Daily Brief - Friday 2nd August, 2019

NEWS

PM: Emancipation is a long process

True emancipation is an ongoing process, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. “Emancipation is a long process. We must take note of the fact that this process of emancipation is one that will have to continue on a daily basis,” Rowley said yesterday during his address at the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (ESCTT) Kambule observance, which preceded the Emancipation Day walk, in front of the Treasury Building, on Independence Square, Port of Spain. Read more here…

485 murders recorded under Gary’s watch

Un­der Gary Grif­fith’s tenure as Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er so far, an es­ti­mat­ed 485 peo­ple have been mur­dered. In this coun­try’s his­to­ry, the mur­der toll in a cal­en­dar year has on­ly ever crossed the 475 mark on four oc­ca­sions.

And there are still more than two weeks left un­til Grif­fith cel­e­brates his first an­niver­sary as Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er. With the cur­rent rate of blood­let­ting tak­ing place in the coun­try, it is not im­prob­a­ble that 500 mur­ders can be record­ed un­der Grif­fith’s first year in of­fice. Read more here…

 

POLITICAL

Back it up with quick justice

The Bail (Amendment) Bill is a step in the right direction but legislation is not the only remedy in the fight against crime, says political analyst Derek Ramsamooj. The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives in Port of Spain on Wednesday night with a total of 32 votes inclusive of that of the Opposition United National Congress (UNC). Read more here…

Tobago PNM looks to 'close ranks'

NOT for the first time, the PNM Tobago Council has stressed the need for the party to be unified. The theme has been a recurring one recently as there have been rumors of dissatisfaction among the ranks. With general elections due next year and THA elections in 2021, there seems to be a concerted effort to smooth the cracks in time for battle. Read more here….

 

BUSINESS

T&T returns to positive growth

THE Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said economic growth across the Caribbean region is expected to increase slightly to 2.1 per cent this year. ECLAC launched its “Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2019” on Wednesday and according to Trinidad-based ECLAC deputy director Dillon Alleyne, economic growth strengthened across the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2018. Read more here…

$31m Scarborough market remodelling project near completion

Ven­dors at the Or­ange Hill, Shaw Park tem­po­rary mar­ket can move in­to the re­mod­elled $31 mil­lion Scar­bor­ough mar­ket in just over one month.

The re­mod­elled fa­cil­i­ty is 95 per cent com­plete, on time and with­in bud­get.

So says sec­re­tary of Food Pro­duc­tion, Forestry and Fish­eries Hay­den Spencer at this week’s post-Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil me­dia brief­ing held at the Tourism Di­vi­sion’s Scar­bor­ough head­quar­ters on Wednes­day. Read more here…

Hello Africa

SPACE may be the final frontier. But for TT, Africa is "the new frontier," as this country seeks to diversify its economy and find new trade opportunities. Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte, should know, since before his appointment two years ago to the government, he was local financial giant Republic Financial Holdings Ltd’s man on the ground in Ghana for several years. Read more here…

 

REGIONAL

Oil $$ to ensure free education

PRESIDENT David Granger has underscored that education is an integral component of emancipation and independence, while pointing out that greater access must continue to be facilitated as it is a key component of national development. Read more here…

FTC Launches Fair Competition Probe Of Post To Post Deal

The Fair Trading Commission, FTC, has initiated an investigation into whether the acquisition of Post to Post Betting Limited by Supreme Ventures Limited, SVL, is likely to adversely affect competition in the bookmaking market. Read more here…\

 

INTERNATIONAL

INF nuclear treaty: Nato 'to avoid arms race' after US-Russia pact ends

Both Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have blamed Russia for the Cold War treaty's collapse.

Nato and the US accuse Russia of violating the pact by deploying a new type of missile, which Russia denies. Read more here…

 

Japan to strike South Korea off trusted export list as rift deepens

The decision to strike South Korea off its so-called "white list" puts fresh trading restrictions on the country.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday condemned Tokyo's "selfish" act and threatened possible retaliation. Read more here…

2nd August 2019

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