Daily Brief - Friday 6th May, 2022

NEWS

CAL resumes JFK-Tobago flights

Direct flights from New York to Tobago have resumed. On Thursday, Caribbean Airlines restarted its non-stop service between Tobago and JFK, New York, its first international flight directly to Tobago since March 2020, when the country’s borders were shut to restrict the spread of covid19. The flight, BW 433, brought approximately 54 passengers. Speaking with the media at the ANR Robinson International Airport in Crown Point, Secretary of Tourism Tashia Burris expressed positivity. Read more here

T&TEC planned maintenance to affect parts of T&T

T&TEC customers in parts of East, North, South and Central Trinidad, as well as Tobago, will experience a temporary disruption to their supply of electricity, Friday 6 May 2022. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Lutchmedial raises questions over Special Branch report on senior PNM member

Opposition Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial has called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to say if he’s aware of a purported 2019 T&T Police Service Special Branch investigation report on the alleged activities of a senior Government member. If, as National Security Council chairman, Rowley had such information, Lutchmedial wants to know why he approved the person to contest a general election and subsequently appointed them a minister. Lutchmedial brought up the issue at last night’s UNC ‘T&T Speaks’ meeting in San Fernando West. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Trinidad and Tobago must keep up its digitisation drive

Trinidad and Tobago must continue its drive to digitisation has it moves toward a post-pandemic economy, experts said Thursday at the launch of a two-day technology conference that takes place in July. PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Caribbean digital services leader Zia Paton said as the country continues to emerge from the pandemic, it must continue to drive change as it transitions toward the fourth industrial revolution. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Guyana, Brazil to advance discussions on range of issues

The President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is scheduled for a visit to Guyana today. According to an official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Brazilian President is visiting at the invitation of Guyana’s President, Dr. Irfaan Ali. During the visit, the two Presidents will discuss a range of issues of bilateral interest, as well as developments at the regional and global levels. “The two countries share a broad bilateral agenda, covering issues such as infrastructure development, energy cooperation, trade and investment, health, agriculture, and defence and security cooperation, and these will be among the issues to be addressed by the two Heads of State in Georgetown,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Moskva sinking: US gave intelligence that helped Ukraine sink Russian cruiser – reports

The US provided intelligence that helped Ukraine sink the Moskva, Russia's flagship Black Sea missile cruiser, several US media report. Unnamed officials said Ukraine had asked the US about a ship sailing to the south of Odesa. The US said it was the Moskva and helped confirm its location. Ukraine then struck it with two missiles. The Pentagon has not commented. But a spokesman said the US gave intelligence to help Ukraine defend itself. The unnamed US officials quoted in media reports said they did not know that Ukraine would target the Moskva after helping determine its location. The 510-crew missile cruiser had led Russia's naval assault on Ukraine, and its sinking was a major symbolic and military blow. Read more here

 

6th May 2022

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