Daily Brief - Monday 11th November, 2019

NEWS

Coosal’s, Habitat put smile on Angela’s face

The collaboration with Coosal Group of Companies and Habitat for Humanity has brought “unspeakable joy” to a 60-year-old visually impaired Chaguanas mother who cares for her special needs adult son. Angela Swamber and her son Aaron, 29, who has cerebral palsy, will soon receive a new home next door to their dilapidated home at Boodram Street in Enterprise. Swamber said, “I feel ecstatic. It is joy of unspeakable amounts. I feel God has finally answered my prayers. I have been praying for years now and this is my time. It’s a new season for me. Thank you Coosal, thank you Habitat for Humanity.” The mother and son have been living in the termite-infested house. She also suffers from diabetes and struggles to make ends meet. Read more here

John-Williams wants fresh TTFA mandate

Less than 24 hours af­ter he of­fi­cial­ly opened the Home of Foot­ball at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Bal­main, Cou­va, on Sat­ur­day, em­bat­tled David John-Williams an­nounced on Sun­day, his can­di­da­cy for re-elec­tion as T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA) pres­i­dent at the an­nu­al gen­er­al meet­ing (AGM) on No­vem­ber 24. He fell short of de­clar­ing his slate but said all his doc­u­men­ta­tion had been lodged with the TTFA Elec­toral Com­mit­tee well with­in the dead­line which was set back on Oc­to­ber 14. John-Williams’ an­nounce­ment comes ex­act­ly a week af­ter his chal­lengers, the Unit­ed TTFA which is led by board mem­ber and Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent William Wal­lace, launched their slate. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Minister Francis: Education is the nation’s salvation

Minister in the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis has said education, and not a hole in the ground filled with oil or gas, will be the nation’s salvation. He was speaking at the National Primary Schools Principals Association, (NAPSPA), inaugural principal of the year award at SAPA in San Fernando on Saturday night. He said TT is at critical junction in its development saying the nation could decide to continue as before and hope for a turnaround or raise up a new generation of thinkers who would propel the nation forward. “We are at a time in our history where, I would suggest, our salvation has to be education. Read more here

Rowley- UNC and PNM not the same

The PNM’s prin­ci­ples are sound, PNM’s hands are clean and its doors are open. That was Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s pitch to vot­ers at yes­ter­day’s PNM 49th con­ven­tion and launch of the PNM’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tion cam­paign, based on the theme “Get­ting the Job Done.” Row­ley’s hour-long ad­dress to the faith­ful at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah fo­cused on the pos­i­tives of his gov­ern­ment’s term cul­mi­nat­ed the all-day event de­signed to ral­ly PNM troops for the De­cem­ber 2, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment poll. In Cou­va, Op­po­si­tion leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar al­so ral­lied UNC sup­port­ers with a sim­i­lar­ly long ad­dress at her UNC par­ty’s cam­paign launch. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Witco, Angostura advance

This week, we at Bourse review the performance of two companies within the Manufacturing Sector. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Bust-Up At Bustamante - PNP Councillor, Doctor Clash, Locking Down A&E For Hours

A clash between People’s National Party Councillor Kari Douglas and a medical doctor at the Bustamante Hospital for Children exploded into an expletive-laden tirade and near-brawl, triggering a shutdown of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit for two hours. Dr Judith Francis Bogle declined to give details of the confrontation but told The Gleaner last night that she has requested an immediate transfer from the institution because of the constant abuse staff face from patients and parents. “This is a longstanding issue. The entire A&E and ward staff feels unsafe to report to work. I do want a transfer because I don’t feel safe. I have been in the department for five years, and every patient who visits the hospital feels as if they can do and say anything without repercussion,” she explained. Read more here

Guyana has tough call to make

Guyana must soon commence discussions on whether it will need a depletion policy to manage its oil reserves. This is according to Department of Energy Director Dr. Mark Bynoe, who made the observation at a recent press conference. Dr. Bynoe said that with oil being a non-renewable resource, it is therefore subject to depletion, and that as Guyana begins to gather more information on its subsurface, it must reassess how it will proceed to extract and manage that commodity. In some countries, he said, a depletion policy is utilised by governments to control the rate at which resources are extracted by a company. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Hong Kong protests: Two people in critical condition after day of chaos

Two people are in critical condition after another day of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong. A protester was injured on Monday morning when he was shot at close range by a police officer. He was the third person shot by police since the protests began 24 weeks ago. Later on Monday a pro-Beijing supporter was doused in flammable liquid and set alight after arguing with protesters, who are demanding greater democracy and police accountability in Hong Kong. The territory's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking to reporters on Monday evening, warned protesters they would not succeed in getting their demands. Read more here

Republicans push diversions and distractions ahead of this week's televised impeachment hearings

Two days before televised impeachment hearings begin, Donald Trump's allies are peddling a smokescreen of conspiracy theories and distractions, hoping to sow confusion over the case against him. Trump himself aggressively squelched the one defense that could ease the political pain of moderate Republican lawmakers. He warned that it would be unacceptable for any Republican to argue his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was inappropriate but did not meet the constitutional standards for removal. "Republicans, don't be led into the fools trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable. No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG!" Trump tweeted Sunday. Read more here

11th November 2019

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