Daily Brief - Monday 25th March, 2019

NEWS

Water quality testing for World Water Day

As World Water Day was observed last Friday, water quality testing was done across Tobago. Environmental officers from the THA’s Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) were seen monitoring fresh water, brackish water and saltwater sites as well as wetlands situated throughout the island. Newsday understands that 29 freshwater sites, 13 brackish water sites (salt and fresh), 16 saltwater sites and wetlands situated throughout the island were monitored and data collected on pH, temperature, total dissolved solids (TDS), salinity, dissolved oxygen (DO), nitrate, turbidity and specific conductivity. Read more here

Sir Vidya’s sister: Settle ownership before restoration

The sis­ter of No­bel Lau­re­ate Sir Vidya Naipaul has called on the Capildeo fam­i­ly to set­tle their dif­fer­ences in a bid to save the his­toric Li­on House from to­tal col­lapse. Sav­it­ri Naipaul-Akal spoke with Guardian Me­dia on Sun­day as she and oth­er rel­a­tives met with Ch­agua­nas May­or Gopaul Bood­han at the his­toric Ch­agua­nas land­mark. Naipaul-Akal who was born in the Li­on House said “I was shocked be­cause sums of mon­ey had been spent in the past to lit­tle or no avail. But that’s not the prob­lem, the prob­lem with this house is the own­er­ship, and that has to be set­tled.” Read more here

 

POLITICS

PM: Mischief-making by MP Charles

The Prime Minister last week alluded that Naparima MP Rodney Charles was mischief-making in asking if this country was biased is its treatment of different types of immigrant. In a listed question to the PM in the House of Representatives on Friday, Charles asked, “Could the Prime Minister state why refugees from Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone are treated less favourably than those from Venezuela?” Read more here

Moses: Guaido provided new information

Gov­ern­ment is main­tain­ing its po­si­tion of non-in­ter­fer­ence in Venezue­lan af­fairs af­ter For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Den­nis Moses at­tend­ed a Cari­com meet­ing in Bar­ba­dos to par­tic­i­pate in a con­fer­ence call with Venezuela's self-de­clared in­ter­im pres­i­dent, Juan Guai­do. Moses told the me­dia on Sun­day that he does not rule out talks with Venezue­lan pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro. On Sat­ur­day, Moses at­tend­ed a pre­vi­ous­ly undis­closed meet­ing with oth­er re­gion­al For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ters in Bar­ba­dos and par­tic­i­pat­ed in the video call. The meet­ing was fa­cil­i­tat­ed by Cana­da, ac­cord­ing to Cari­com. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

AMCL, GKC report higher earnings

This week, we at Bourse review the 2018 year-end financial results of Ansa McAl Ltd (AMCL) and GraceKennedy Ltd (GKC). Both companies recorded overall improvements in performance despite adverse economic conditions in their respective main operating jurisdictions. We take a closer look at the results and give a brief outlook. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Not Ruel’s Man - CMU’s Pinnock Denies Chairmanship Of Reid Foundation As Corruption Probe Deepens

Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Fritz Pinnock has distanced himself from Cabinet discard Ruel Reid, denying allegations that he holds chairmanship of a fundraising foundation linked to the former education minister, who was sacked amid swirling allegations of corruption engulfing agencies under his purview. “I was off the island on company business, and on my return, I became aware that several questions were raised about my actions and my involvement as chairman of a particular foundation. I wish to place on record that I am not the chairman of the foundation in question nor any other foundation of that nature,” said Pinnock in a statement released to the press yesterday evening. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Emboldened: Trump's presidency enters new era

Donald Trump now has a chance to recast the story of his presidency. Just as he did on election night in 2016, the President has won a victory over the conventional wisdom of his critics, this time after special counsel Robert Mueller found there was no evidence that Trump had conspired with a hostile foreign nation -- Russia -- to win power. The finding, delivered in a summary of the Mueller report by Attorney General William Barr, means Trump can finally try to move on from an intrigue that strangled his presidency from the start. Read more here

Brexit: Cabinet meets amid pressure on May

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to update ministers on her Brexit strategy as she chairs a meeting of her cabinet this morning. It comes after a weekend of speculation about her leadership and claims of a plot to oust her - something senior ministers have denied. There have been suggestions that naming a date for her departure as PM could boost support for her Brexit deal. But Downing Street has refused to be drawn on Mrs May's future. The Sun newspaper has used its front page to urge Mrs May to set a date for her resignation to win over reluctant Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party in order to bolster the chances of her withdrawal agreement passing in a third vote. Read more here

25th March 2019

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