Daily Brief - Monday 6th June, 2022

NEWS

Missing hiker found safe at top of waterfall

A missing hiker was found alive on Sunday morning at the top of the Rincon waterfall in the forests of Las Cuevas in the Northern Range. He was found by members of the Fire Services and the TT Defence Force search and rescue teams. Members of the Hunters’ Search and Rescue Team were also said to be involved in the search. A WhatsApp message from the Hunters' Search and Rescue Team’s captain Vallence Rambharat said that shortly after 2 pm on Sunday, lost hiker Andre Rock was found safely at around 11 am. Read more here

Magistrate raps woman for fake domestic abuse report Protection order a shield not a sword

A Chaguanas Magistrate has advised police officers to properly investigate domestic abuse allegations before bringing charges before the courts. Magistrate Duane Murray gave the advice on Friday, as he dismissed a case against a man for breaching a protection order obtained by the mother of his child. According to the evidence in the case, the woman obtained the protection order, prohibiting the man from being physically and verbally abusive towards her, in September 2019, after their seven-year relationship ended. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Fuad Khan challenges Kamla for UNC leadership

Former Barataria/San Juan MP Dr Fuad Khan is challenging Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the position of political leader in the United National Congress (UNC) internal elections set for June 26. In confirming that he has thrown his hat in the UNC's election ring, Khan told Newsday that he had flown to the US to attend a medical training course and hence had someone file the nomination papers on his behalf. "Yes, I have the receipt which shows I have filed my papers. I have filed for the post of political leader of the UNC," Khan said. Read more here

Deyalsingh on doctors’ paediatric COVID vaccines concerns

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has rejected concerns raised by a group of medical professionals, social activists and religious leaders over his ministry’s ongoing move to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11. Responding to questions over a lengthy “joint public declaration” issued by the group referring to itself as “Responsible and Informed Parents” on Saturday, Deyalsingh yesterday noted that the vaccination drive was voluntary and parents had the sole discretion to decide on whether to consent to have their child vaccinated with the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

US government supporting Quanten

The United States embassy in Port of Spain last Thursday acknowledged that it is supporting Quanten LLC, the American company that has been selected as the preferred bidder to acquire or lease the oil refinery at Pointe-a-Pierre. The embassy was asked to respond to comments made by Energy Minister, Stuart Young, in a Facebook post last week Sunday. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Centre of Excellence for cancer treatment in the works

President, Dr Irfaan Ali said his government will be launching a four-pronged aggressive healthcare plan targeting vulnerable persons and providing specialty care. This, the President said, will be supported by a number of state investments as well as collaboration with the private sector, which includes the development of a Centre of Excellence for cancer treatment. President Ali made the pronouncement as he delivered the keynote address at the Guyana Cancer Society’s inaugural fund-raising dinner at Project Dawn in Liliendaal on Saturday night. “I’m launching a campaign in four areas very soon… and we’re going to go hard, we are going to go wide. I intend to shake things up a bit.” Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine war: Another Russian general killed by Ukrainian forces – reports

Russian state media has confirmed the death of one of Moscow's top generals during heavy fighting in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region. Maj Gen Roman Kutuzov was killed leading an assault on a Ukrainian settlement in the region, a reporter with the state-owned Rossiya 1 said. Alexander Sladkov said Gen Kutuzov had been commanding troops from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic. Russia's defence ministry has not commented on the reports. "The general had led soldiers into attack, as if there are not enough colonels," Mr Sladkov wrote on the Telegram social media app. "On the other hand, Roman was the same commander as everyone else, albeit a higher rank." Ukraine's military also confirmed the killing of Gen Kutuzov, without offering further details about the circumstances. Read more here

6th June 2022

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