Daily Brief - Monday 16th December, 2019


Jamaica wins Miss World crown

 Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned as Miss World 2019 yesterday and said she wanted to use her title to work for “sustainable change” for women and their children.

TT's Tya Jane La Shon Ramey won the Miss Caribbean title of the pagaent.

Asked about the value of beauty contests in today’s world of MeToo# and the drive for equality and respect for women, the 23-year-old graduate of Florida State University said beauty for her was the least important aspect of her achievement. Read more here…

Two men held in Trinicity Mall skimming plot

Two men were ar­rest­ed in Trinci­ty Mall around 4:30 pm yes­ter­day, with equip­ment used to skim bank cards.

Cell phone footage showed the men ly­ing on the ground, near the Sco­tia­bank au­to­mat­ed teller ma­chine, while their be­long­ings were be­ing ex­am­ined by plain clothes po­lice of­fi­cers.

The video showed a de­vice on the ground, while the per­son who record­ed it said it was a skim­mer that was be­ing used by the men to mine users’ ATM card pins. Read more here…



Rowley: Kamla must not forget Anil, Life Sport

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s call for an “urgent and immediate investigation” into a possible breach of Integrity in Public Life Act by high ranking government member as “dangerously hypocritical and self-serving” by a former head of government. Read more here…



Scotia, Agostini’s advance

This week, we at Bourse review the financial performance of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (SBTT) for its financial year ended October 31 and Agostini’s Ltd (AGL) for its financial year ended September 30. SBTT would have advanced on account of a lower provision for taxation, while AGL’s profitability. Read more here…

NGO reaches out to heal families hurt by crime

Trauma, resentment and sorrow are some of the emotions that families of victims of crime face daily, despite the number of years that may have elapsed.

On Sunday, NGO Restoring Encouraging Advocating Care for Humanity (REACH 'N Inc) hosted 45 families at a luncheon themed "Victims to Victors" as part of its TT Let Love Flow programme at the Woodbrook Youth Facility on Hamilton-Holder Street, Port of Spain. Read more here…

La Brea loses again

The peo­ple of La Brea have once again lost out on eco­nom­ic ac­tiv­i­ty as Aus­tralian out­fit BHP has de­cid­ed to build its lat­est oil and gas plat­form out­side of T&T.

The com­pa­ny con­firmed that it will not be con­struct­ing the plat­form at La Brea claim­ing that the for­eign bid was more com­pet­i­tive.

In an emailed re­sponse to a num­ber of ques­tions from the Sun­day Busi­ness Guardian the com­pa­ny’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ag­er Judy Dane said a com­pre­hen­sive analy­sis showed that the lo­cal bid was not as com­pet­i­tive as oth­ers they re­ceived. Read more here…



Short-term, direct sale of crude best for Guyana – Dr Bynoe

ONLY the first three cargo lifts of Guyana’s crude following ‘first oil’ will be up for direct sale to international traders expected in the country this week, Director of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe said on Sunday, while noting that the short-term arrangement is the best option for Guyana as it heads into the new industry. Read more here…


US envoy Stephen Biegun tells North Korea: 'Let's get this done'

His comments in Seoul come days after North Korea conducted missile tests at a satellite launch site.

North Korea has set an end-of-year deadline for the US to come up with a new denuclearisation deal that would involve significant sanctions relief.

It said the US could expect a "Christmas gift" if it did not comply. Read more here…


Republican tactics spark Democratic claims that impeachment trial is rigged

Even before Donald Trump is impeached, the partisanship of his looming Senate trial is casting doubt on whether polarized Washington can hold a President to account -- now and in the future.

Democrats on Sunday accused Republicans of subverting bedrock values on which America is founded after Republican Senate leadership abandoned any notion that they had not pre-judged the case. Read more here…

16th December 2019


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