Daily Brief - Monday 25th July, 2022

NEWS

Antigua & Barbuda seeks US$60m from TT over Clico losses

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he is considering suing Trinidad and Tobago for US$60 million over losses sustained by his country over the collapse of TT-based Clico, he said in an audio clip posted on the online news source, Antigua Breaking News. "We are pursuing litigation against Duprey and Co, and possibly we may eventually have to sue the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, because as you know they had agreed to provide a settlement of US$100 million." He said that of that sum, the GOTT had paid about US$40 million. "But the balance, about US$60 million, remains unpaid. Read more here

Flow continues support of students in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Local telecommunications and entertainment services provider Flow has supported the graduating students at the University of the West Indies’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for yet another year. In 2022, the award for Best Student in the Communication Systems Option, in the BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering programme, for the Faculty of Engineering’s Annual Prize Awards and Ceremony, went to Jeremy Baksh. “It was truly an honour to be selected for this prize by Flow,” said Jeremy Baksh, following receipt of the $6,000 Flow sponsored prize.  “Your generosity encourages me to continue my academic path as a future engineer. I am so grateful!" Flow’s Vice President, Simone Martin-Sulgan re-stated the company’s commitment to supporting education in this country. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Polio warning from minister

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh called on parents not to neglect the vaccination of their children amid growing vaccine hesitancy following the discovery of a new polio case in New York last week. Speaking at the South-West Regional Health Authority’s (SWRHA) launch of the True Voluntary Blood Donation Campaign on Friday, Deyalsingh said he had previously alerted the country when polio was found in sewage in London. He asked parents to be vigilant to how vaccine hesitancy around the Covid-19 vaccine has increased hesitancy towards vaccines in general. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Can T&T cope with high carnival demand in 2023?

The sidewalks of Ariapita Avenue are lined with people sipping on their preferred or available beverages. Music trucks blast soca music to make the crowd dance and sway as they await Tribe’s Sunset Theatre presentation at Adam Smith Square. It is a true image of Carnival, but that was the scene on Friday as the band kicked off its band launch weekend. After two years without a proper reign of the Merry Monarch, Tribe’s chief executive officer Dean Ackin is expectant of a truly great Carnival 2023 based on the early indicators. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Big boost to home ownership

Guyanese have lauded the initiatives announced by President, Dr Irfaan Ali that is set to target home builders in the below $6 million to $25Million bracket as helpful and timely. The massive investments by the government will see home builders benefitting from the provision of steel and cement for the construction of their homes. Yogakshi Persaud told the Guyana Chronicle that she is happy with the announcements from the President. She was among a group of persons who on Saturday received a house lot at the Ministry of Housing and Water Dream Realised initiative at the International Building Expo being held at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine war: Russian investigator says 92 Ukrainians charged

Moscow has charged 92 members of the Ukrainian armed forces with crimes against humanity, the head of Russia's investigative committee has said. Alexander Bastrykin told government news site Rossiiskaya Gazeta over 1,300 criminal investigations had begun. He also proposed an international tribunal backed by countries including Iran, Syria and Bolivia - traditional allies of Russia. Ukraine is also conducting its own war crimes investigations. As well as the 92 who have already been charged by Russia, some 96 people, including 51 armed forces commanders, are wanted, Mr Bastrykin said. The Ukrainians were involved in "crimes against the peace and security of humanity", he told the newspaper. Read more here

25th July 2022

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