Daily Brief - Friday 4th January, 2019

NEWS

3 charged for thefts at Heritage Petroleum

Two brothers from Golconda Settlement, San Fernando are among three men charged with stealing thousands worth of heavy oil equipment from state-owned Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd. The brothers, aged 29 and 32 and the other man, 21, will appear before a Siparia magistrate today charged with unlawful possession of 19 electrical motors and one generator. They were arrested in the Forest Reserve area on Wednesday night by officers from the Amalgamated Security Services Limited who were on mobile patrol. Read more here

Charlotte Street to get facelift

Street ven­dors who ply their trade on Char­lotte Street, Port-of-Spain, be­tween Thurs­day to Sun­day will have to wait for six weeks be­fore re­turn­ing to their stalls as work­ers of the City Cor­po­ra­tion look to clean up the busy street. This was the word of Port-of-Spain May­or Joel Mar­tinez, who con­firmed that the con­tract for vend­ing on the street ex­pired on De­cem­ber 31. He ex­plained that the de­ci­sion to keep them off the street was part of a plan to re­ha­bil­i­tate Char­lotte Street, one of many ar­eas in Port- of- Spain ear­marked for work. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Hinds: PSC issues must not be repeated in Tobago

Joint select committee (JSC) member Fitzgerald Hinds has questioned whether the setting up of a Tobago Service Commission will repeat the issues plaguing the Public Service Commission (PSC). He was speaking as the JSC for the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self-Government) Bill 2018 met with the Director of Personnel Administration (DPA) Debra Parkinson and other officials yesterday at the ANR Robinson room, Parliament Building, Port of Spain. Read more here

Be reasonable with inspection in Tobago—Duke

As the mad rush to have ve­hi­cles in­spect­ed and cer­ti­fied con­tin­ues, Mi­nor­i­ty Leader Wat­son Duke is call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to “be rea­son­able” in en­forc­ing the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle and Road Traf­fic Act as two of three work­ing au­tho­rised ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion sta­tions, ser­vice the en­tire of To­ba­go. Both are lo­cat­ed on the west­ern end of the is­land—the Li­cens­ing De­part­ment on Shir­van Road, Buc­coo and Sylvester Au­to World, Sher­wood Park, Carn­bee. The end-of-year rush to meet the le­gal re­quire­ment af­ter Gov­ern­ment ex­tend­ed the pe­ri­od for in­spec­tion by five months last year, ex­ac­er­bat­ed the prob­lem, Act­ing As­sis­tant Trans­port Com­mis­sion­er Michael Loo­by said. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

So Hippie: Plants = Happiness

Graphic designer Kirk Stoute and former account executive Sherry Maxwell are the brains behind So Hippie, a rapidly growing brand, So Hippie, which has graced desks and homes throughout TT with beautifully potted succulent plants. The concept of decorative succulents has been a growing trend, especially for millennials. While Stoute puts in tremendous time and energy in balancing production and sales with his job as a graphic designer, Maxwell decided to leave her corporate job to work on building the company while working as a freelance communications consultant for a number of companies. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Outbreak - Ministry Urges Caution As Dengue Cases Spike, Fatalities Confirmed

The Ministry of Health has pumped an additional $250 million into its response efforts as the island is now experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever. Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made the announcement yesterday during a press conference at his ministry's offices in New Kingston. Tufton said that for December, there were 123 reported dengue cases. This number includes suspected, presumed, and confirmed cases. The number also exceeds the outbreak threshold of 96 cases. He noted, too, that seven deaths have been reported since the start of the season, two of which have been confirmed as dengue related. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Thousands stranded on Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk hits

Thousands of people were left stranded on Thailand's southern gulf coast as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on Friday. Authorities had moved to suspend all flights and ferry services ahead of the storm, which hit Pak Panang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province at 12.45 p.m. local time (12:45 a.m. ET) with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75 kilometers per hour (46 mph), according to Thailand's Meteorological Department. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations, including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao islands, along with islands in the Andaman Sea such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi -- made famous by the movie "The Beach" -- are expected to be affected by the storm during what is peak holiday season. Read more here

US House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown, but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. Mr Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has branded the wall "an immorality". The new congress is considered the most diverse in history with record numbers of women and women of colour. Read more here

4th January 2019

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