Daily Brief - Monday 17th July, 2017


Dad killed taking daughter on motorcycle joyride

A father who took his daughter for a joyride on his newly-purchased motorcycle was killed on Saturday, but the 15-year-old girl is battling at hospital for dear life. Doctors said yesterday that Nicolette Paul who is a Form Three secondary school student, is “just hanging there” and they too, like the girl’s relatives, are praying for a miracle, she having suffered broken bones and internal injuries. At the family’s home yesterday at Railway Road, Reform Village near Gasparillo, family members said that Nicolette was anxiously awaiting the purchase by her dad, Nicholas Paul, 38, of his new Suzuki motorbike which he bought three weeks ago. When Paul brought the bike home he promised to take Nicolette for a joyride. He has another daughter, Nikisha, 14, who with her sister, attends the Gasparillo Secondary School. Paul often takes his both daughters for rides and police said yesterday that he is an experience and safe bike rider. Read more here

Diet pill link to Devon’s death

A close friend of Matthews yesterday told the T&T Guardian that Matthews had been using a variety of pills for a prolonged period. The friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Matthews was warned many times about the abuse of these pills. He said the singer/songwriter would use a particular weight loss pill that was supposed to cause drastic weight loss over a short period of time. He believes this practice may have well caused the rising star’s demise. Read more here

Mom killed in hit-and-run on PBR

A mother of three is dead following a hit and run accident along the Priority Bus Route (PBR) in Arouca on Saturday night. According to police reports, at about 7 p.m., Oswald Ayers, 67, and his 63-year-old wife Julia Ayers, had just exited a maxi-taxi on the Priority Bus Route in the vicinity of the Bon Air Secondary School, and were attempting to cross the road. A vehicle speeding along the bus route hit Julia Ayers, throwing her several feet into the air. The woman landed violently on the ground some distance away, and succumbed to the injuries she sustained. Read more here



12 out of 25 bills passed

Of the 25 pieces of legislation debated in the 2nd Session of the 11 Parliament, the current parliamentary session, Government has been successful in passing 12 of them. This is according to information contained on the Parliament’s website. Among the bills passed are the Marriage Bill 2016 (which sets the legal age for marriage across the board at 18 years); Public Procurement and Disposal of Property (Amendment) Bill 2016; Tax Information Exchange Agreements (United States of America) Bill 2016 (which is neccessary to ensure TT is FATCA compliant), Bail Amendment Bill 2017 and the Tobago House of Assembly Election Validation Bill 2017. Read more here

Talk crime and economy

Political analysts are in agreement with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that the issues of crime and the economy should be added to the agenda, when she meets with the Prime Minister tomorrow. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has outlined seven topics to be discussed at the meeting. They are: internal self-government for Tobago, campaign finance reform, anti-gang legislation, difficulty within the Judiciary-JLSC, the Integrity Commission, Service Commission’s effectiveness and the code of conduct for Members of Parliament. Read more here



Investing with different risk appetites

With the first half of the year now complete, this week we at Bourse consider how the portfolios of different investor types would have fared thus far. Our recent article titled “Half-Year Review — Market rally continues” would have served to highlight the performance of individual asset classes for six-months ended June 30, 2017. Building a portfolio, however, often requires investments in several types of assets. Based on an investor’s time horizon, risk tolerance and liquidity needs, investors may fall into one of three broad categories — “conservative”, “moderate” or “aggressive”. Read more here



Invitation to CARICOM to mediate in Venezuela gets lost in mail

In a letter dated July 7, 2017, president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, formally extended an invitation for dialogue to the current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell. However, the letter delivered to Grenada's ministry of foreign affairs inviting Mitchell to a work meeting in Caracas on July 11 or 12 to determine a specific plan of action to resume the national dialogue in Venezuela was not received by him until July 13, i.e. after the suggested dates for the meeting. New dates are being determined between CARICOM and the government of Venezuela to facilitate the visit. Read more here

Eyes On Health - Diaspora Urges Gov't To Put Policy In Place To Facilitate Medical Tourism

With members of the Jamaican diaspora expressing serious interest in pouring investments into the local health sector, the Government, through its trade and investment promotion vehicle, JAMPRO, is working feverishly with the health ministry to craft a policy to facilitate health tourism in Jamaica. Sancia Bennett-Templer, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, told a Gleaner Editors' Forum at the newspaper's North Street offices last Thursday that the ministry had received expressions of interest from the diaspora to invest in the health sector, but noted that the policy framework was not in place to encourage and facilitate that type of investment. "We really have needed to ensure that we have a clear government policy with respect to investment in health which is what JAMPRO is working on now. With myself at Health and my previous experience at JAMPRO, I think I can bring some experience to help to move that initiative along," she asserted. Read more here



Mexico's Vicente Fox banned from Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have declared former Mexican President Vicente Fox a "persona non grata" and banned him from ever returning to the country. Fox was in Venezuela, along with other former Latin American presidents, to act as an observer in Sunday's non-binding referendum called by the opposition on government plans to reform the constitution. Read more here

UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar's state news agency in May. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar's emir that he insisted were fabricated. The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift between Qatar and its neighbours. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told the BBC on Monday the Post's report was "untrue". He also reiterated that the UAE and five other Arab nations had not written to Fifa to demand that Qatar be stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Read more here

17th July 2017


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