Daily Brief - Friday 5th April, 2019

NEWS

$24,500 for bird lover held with illegal cargo

A mar­ket ven­dor who was held with 81 birds in Ce­dros has been slapped with $24,500 in fines. Akash Ram­per­sad, 23, of Pe­tit Bourg has to pay the fines with­in three months oth­er­wise he could go to prison. Read more here…

Garcia: No hitch in SEA exam

The 2019 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination was conducted without a hitch, says Education Minister Anthony Garcia. Read more here…

BUSINESS

23 per cent hike in cruise passengers to PoS

TOURISM Minister Randall Mitchell has boasted that the number of cruise ship visitors to Trinidad increased for the just-concluded 2018/19 cruise season, with over 58,000 tourists recorded. Read more here…

No one’s happy with forex situation

Nobody is happy with the foreign exchange (forex) situation in T&T, said the head of the local operations of Scotiabank, at the bank’s launch of its digital banking platform at the Hyatt Regency on Wrightson Road in Port of Spain on Wednesday evening. Read more here…

 

POLITICS

Registration of asylum seekers: ‘system to minimise fraud’

The Government plans to put in place as ­robust a system as possible to minimise fraudu­lent duplication of the registration cards which are to be provided for Venezuelans wishing to stay in Trinidad and Tobago. Read more here…

 

REGIONAL

Not ‘business as usual’ in Guyana

De­spite gov­ern­ment claims to the con­trary, it has not been all “busi­ness as usu­al” in Guyana fol­low­ing the con­tentious De­cem­ber 21 no-con­fi­dence mo­tion. Read more here…

'Action' Did That!... Ann-Marie Vaz Beats Damion Crawford In Portland Eastern By-Election

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has ended its 30-year political drought in the flourishing Portland Eastern constituency after Ann Marie Vaz today defeated the People’s National Party (PNP's) Damion Crawford in a hotly contested by-election. Read more here…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Brexit: UK asks EU for further extension until 30 June

The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 12 April and, as yet, no withdrawal deal has been approved by MPs.

The prime minister has proposed that if UK MPs approve a deal in time, the UK should be able to leave before European Parliamentary elections on 23 May. Read more here…

Homes and people swept away in Iran floods

Rescue operations are under way across Iran as the death toll from severe flooding has reached more than 60. Read more here…

5th April 2019

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