Daily Brief - Monday 18th July, 2022


Cancer patient who defied odds offers wisdom to parents, peers: Life goes on after SEA

Cancer patient Sidara Akalloo who defied all odds to sit and pass the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) for her first choice, appealed to parents, guardians, friends and relatives of the 9,000 students who scored less than 50 per cent, to see beyond that. “We must now move past this and understand that the past cannot be changed. However, the future is ours to shape by what we do now and our mindset.” “No matter what your results were, there is life after SEA results – An entirely new world filled with limitless possibilities. Read more here

Commission into Paria diving tragedy requests witness statements

The Commission of Enquiry into the circumstances which led to the tragic accident at facilities owned by Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited has requested statements about the incident from members of the public. In a full-page advertisement in the newspapers yesterday, the Commission, which is now chaired by Jerome Lynch, QC, has invited written statements and any supporting documents relevant to the Commission’s Terms of References. On February 25, four divers—Fyzal Kurban, Kazim Ali, Rishi Nagassar and Yusuf Henry—were sucked in by a 30-inch pipeline at Paria’s Berth #6. A fifth diver, Christopher Boodram, was rescued the same day the incident occurred. The bodies of the other four divers were eventually removed from the pipeline on February 28. Read more here



Rambally: Armour still has questions to answer

For Chaguanas West MP, Dinesh Rambally, lawyers led by Kiel Taklalsingh that supported a motion of no-confidence against Attorney General Reginald Armour, SC, (AG) at the Law Association of TT (LATT) on Friday, should be commended. Rambally also called for LATT to release the official transcript of the special general meeting held by the association on July 15. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain and members attended and voted both in-person and virtually. Read more here



BPTT plans US$125m pipeline

BPTT is planning to spend US$125 million to construct a pipeline that will take hydrocarbon liquids from its Mahogany B platform, located off Trinidad’s south east coast, to its Galeota Point processing facility. The proposed pipeline is estimated to be 58.61 miles long (94.32 kilometres), according to a statutory notice published on Friday. The proposed route for the pipeline takes it in a south-south westerly direction from the Mahogany B platform, past the Amherstia Platform and the Cassia Processing Hub. The pipeline would then proceed in a north westerly direction to the Galeota Point Processing facility, which is located at the south-east tip of Trinidad. Read more here



Multimillion-dollar shopping complex opened in Enmore 

The Imran Ally Shopping Complex, an over $300 million hardware and variety store, was officially opened on Sunday at Enmore Estate Road. The store is expected to significantly support the construction and housing sector, provide employment on the East Coast, as well as contribute to the development of the country at large. Proprietor for the business, Imran Ally, who delivered a moving address, shared that his vision for the business has been years in the making. Read more here



Heatwave: Warnings of 'heat apocalypse' in France

Authorities in western France are warning of a "heat apocalypse" in 15 regions as a heatwave continues to blanket much of Europe. Temperatures could reach record levels in the southwest of the country, with firefighters battling wildfires and thousands forced to evacuate. Blazes in Spain, Portugal and Greece have forced thousands more to flee. Record temperatures are also expected in parts of the UK, which has its first ever red extreme heat warning in place. Wildfires in France in recent days have forced over 16,000 people to flee the area, with emergency shelters set up for evacuees. Gironde, a popular tourist region in the southwest, has been hit particularly badly, with firefighters battling to control fires which have destroyed over 14,000 hectares (34,000 acres) of land since last Tuesday. Read more here

18th July 2022


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