Daily Brief - Monday 29th July, 2019

News

Kambon: Don’t make us work on Emancipation Day

IT is unconscionable to ask Afro-Trinidadians to work on Emancipation Day, says chairman of the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (ESCTT), Khafra Kambon. Read more here…

‘My dad’s death taught me life is short and brutal’

THE eldest daughter of Orange Valley fisherman Anand Rampersad, who was killed following an attack in the Gulf of Paria by pirates a week ago, said her father’s murder has taught her that life in Trinidad and Tobago is “short and brutal” and the best way to combat that is with family, prayer and a good laugh. Read more here…

 

Political

PM accuses Law Association of political bias

The is­sues sur­round­ing Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie con­tin­ued to be in fo­cus Sun­day, as Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley questioned the Law As­so­ci­a­tion’s po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions and said it seemed as though the body had a prob­lem with the CJ’s lifestyle.

Speak­ing at the in­stal­la­tion of a new Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment Diego Mar­tin West Con­stituen­cy ex­ec­u­tive Sun­day, Row­ley said the main ba­sis for re­ject­ing the call by the Law As­so­ci­a­tion to in­voke Sec­tion 37 of the Con­sti­tu­tion to trig­ger a tri­bunal to in­ves­ti­gate the Chief Jus­tice is a lack of ev­i­dence. Read more here…

Rowley says Judiciary has sympathy for criminals

With just three days to go be­fore a spe­cial sit­ting of Par­lia­ment to de­bate the Bail Amend­ment bill, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley is lev­el­ling crit­i­cism in the di­rec­tion of the Ju­di­cia­ry and the op­po­si­tion Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress. Read more here…

Chaguanas residents reluctant to go to polls for local elections

Burgess­es of Ch­agua­nas are re­luc­tant to go to the polls for the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tions, say­ing they are fed up of the con­stant lack of rep­re­sen­ta­tion, lies and lip ser­vice by their coun­cil­lors. Read more here…

 

Business

NCBFG flat, WCO advances

This week, we review National Commercial Bank Financial Group Ltd (NCBFG) for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, and West Indian Tobacco Company Ltd (WCO) for the half-year ended June 30, 2019. While NCBFG reported relatively muted performance, improved manufacturing efficiency and product innovation would have driven WCO’s performance higher. Read more here…

 

Regional

Prime minister meets World Bank delegation

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, and Dawn Hastings, Minister of State, met with a high-level delegation from the World Bank Group on Monday last.

The World Bank Group, headed by Tahseen Sayed, Director for the Caribbean and Latin American region, reaffirmed its commitment to expand positive engagement with Guyana as the country heads to first oil. Read more here…

Phillips Promises To March Around Island To Expose Gov't Corruption

Speaking today on the final of a two-day NEC meeting held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Phillips spoke out strongly against the allegations of corruption, claiming over $14 billion has been filched from government coffers. 
 
“It is particularly scandalous in the context where over 14 billion dollars has been pillaged from public resources because of the corrupt conduct of officials in the Government,” Phillips said today at the NEC meeting, although he did not give details on his calculation.  Read more here…

 

International

Hong Kong protests: China condemns 'horrendous incidents'

A spokeswoman for China's top policy office on Hong Kong insisted that the territory's "top priority" was to "restore social order".

The comments marked a rare intervention by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office [HKMAO]. The city has seen eight consecutive weekends of anti-government protests. Read more here…

Dan Coats: US intelligence chief leaves Trump administration

President Donald Trump tweeted Mr Coats would step down in mid-August and that he would nominate the Texan congressman John Ratcliffe to replace him. He said Mr Ratcliffe would lead and "inspire greatness for the country" he loved. Mr Coats and Mr Trump have often been at odds over Russia and North Korea. As director of national intelligence, it was Mr Coats' role to oversee all 17 US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA. Read more here…

 

 

29th July 2019

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