Daily Brief - Monday 25th October, 2021

NEWS

North Eastern cops to ramp up exercises, patrols in Divali, Christmas anti-crime plan

Police in the North Eastern Division will be increasing their visibility and patrols in different communities in anticipation of the Divali holiday and the Christmas season. A police media release on Friday reported that National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds and Deputy Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob, together with senior police in the North Eastern Division, were at the launch of the anti-crime plan at the Ibis Building, El Socorro. Read more here

 

POLITICS

UNC fires back at Independent Senators

United National Congress (UNC) Senators Jayanti Lutchmedial and David Nakhid are challenging statements made by Independent Senators Anthony Vieira and Paul Richards about Thursday’s failed motion to remove President Paula-Mae Weekes over the Police Service Commission (PSC) fiasco. Vieira has been reported as describing Thursday’s proceedings as a “fish market” and said that he was offended that the UNC members had said the Independent Senators voted with the Government to toe the line. Richards too has been reported as likening the atmosphere created by the Opposition to that of a fish market. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Govt concerned over climate change losses

The Government is working to avert possible US$1 billion in losses related to biodiversity resources and services, tourism and other economic activity as a result of climate change, Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis has said. She recently led Trinidad and Tobago’s virtual participation in the Ministerial Round Table of the global Conference on Biological Diversity, COP15, based in Kunming, China, and supports the view of world leaders to place emphasis on the environment and ecosystems to build back better from Covid-19’s effects, a statement from her ministry said on Saturday. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

50 million barrels of oil expected by 2026

With ramped-up oil exploration and extraction activities slated for the coming years, Guyana seems to be well on its way to realising its potential as the Dubai of the Caribbean and South American regions. This was the indication given by Minister of Natural Resources, Vickram Bharrat, during a recent engagement with petroleum news website, OilNOW. Minister Bharrat said that Guyana’s petroleum sector could begin to facilitate 50 oil lifts per year, at one million barrels per lift, thereby producing 50 million barrels of oil annually. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Sudan's military dissolves civilian government and arrests leaders

Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency. Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting. Protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and there are reports of gunfire. Military and civilian leaders have been at odds since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago and the transitional government set up. Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among those reported to have been put under house arrest. Video footage from the north African nation's capital on Monday showed protesters manning lit barricades and entering the area near the military's headquarters. Read more here

25th October 2021

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