Daily Brief- Monday 3rd December 2018

NEWS

Elderly couple tied up, robbed

An el­der­ly Cunu­pia cou­ple was tied up and robbed by four ban­dits at gun­point on yes­ter­day morn­ing.The 71-year-old woman and her 74-year-old hus­band, who did not want to be named, told the T&T Guardian the ban­dits stormed their Munroe Road home around 7 am. The men placed a gun to their heads, tied them up in a bed­room and ran­sacked the place. They stole $4000, bot­tles of liquor, gold jew­el­ry, a tele­vi­sion and es­caped in the fam­i­ly’s sil­ver-grey Nis­san Ti­i­da li­censed PDA 3086. Read more…

Two arrested in abduction of rescued family of five

TWO men in their 20’s have been arrested in connection with Saturday’s kidnapping of a Penal family of four and a female relative. The five – Aaron Sooknanan, 28, his 26-year-old Venezuelan-born wife Paola Sanchez-Sooknanan, five-year-old son Ricardo, three-year-old daughter Isabella and Sanchez-Sooknanan’s sister Rosa Angel, also from Venezuela, were rescued by a joint team of officers who went to a house at South Oropouche, Barrackpore at around 11.40 am yesterday. Read more…

OWTU says not them and sabotage

THE Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) has categorically denied its involvement or the involvement of its members in reported acts of sabotage on an oil line at Rancho Quemado. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

P-a-P refinery operations shut down

Lights out at Petrotrin yes­ter­day - and a new be­gin­ning for re­struc­tured com­pa­nies start­ing work on Mon­day.That was the pic­ture as the life of the em­bat­tled state com­pa­ny flick­ered out on Gov­ern­ment's planned dead­line yes­ter­day, with re­struc­tured en­er­gy geared to kick off on Mon­day when 42 em­ploy­ees (so far) at its new com­pa­nies be­gin work. Read more…

 

POLITICS

Deyalsingh takes new policy to Cabinet

One in every four cit­i­zens will suf­fer a men­tal health ill­ness in their life­time. And of those af­flict­ed with a men­tal dis­ease, on­ly one quar­ter are cur­rent­ly di­ag­nosed and re­ceive ad­e­quate treat­ment. The wor­ry­ing sta­tis­tics were re­vealed yes­ter­day as the T&T Med­ical As­so­ci­a­tion host­ed its 24th an­nu­al med­ical re­search con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty Inn in St Au­gus­tine. Read more…

Rambachan says pnm undermining constitution to pass laws

THE passage of the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill in the House of Representatives by a simple majority has been described by Tabaquite MP Dr Surujrattan Rambachan as a “dangerous approach to good governance” by the ruling party. Read more…

REGIONAL

Dubai firm named in St Kitts-Nevis citizenship-by-investment scandal

Copies of letters, emails and other documents in the possession of Caribbean News Now reveal that Savory & Partners, a Dubai-based citizenship by investment (CBI) agent with a claimed 200-year British pedigree, has seemingly been diverting investors from the St Kitts and Nevis government’s Hurricane Relief/Sustainable Growth Funds into a real estate development. Read more…

Jamaica Tops World Travel Awards

Jamaica and Jamaican companies emerged the big winners at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Finale Gala Ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday night, winning eight of the coveted awards.Notably, Jamaica received the World's Leading Beach Destination and World's Leading Cruise Destination for 2018. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Qatar is pulling out of OPEC to focus on gas

OPEC is losing one of its oldest members.The small, gas-rich state of Qatar said Monday that it will leave the oil cartel on January 1 after nearly 60 years. The country's state oil company, Qatar Petroleum, made the announcement in a series of tweets."The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar's desire to focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas production," Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the country's newly-appointed minister of state for energy affairs, was cited as saying in one of the tweets. Read more…

David Attenborough: Climate change 'our greatest threat'

The naturalist David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity's greatest threat in thousands of years.The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of "much of the natural world".He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland.Read more…

3rd December 2018

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