Daily Brief - Thursday 11th April, 2019

NEWS

Much more needed to market T&T Carnival -Peters

Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion chair­man Win­ston "Gyp­sy" Pe­ters said a sug­ges­tion he made while he served as cul­ture min­is­ter the Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship gov­ern­ment to re­cruit Tri­ni-born US rap­per Nic­ki Mi­naj to sell T&T's Car­ni­val was shut down be­cause she curs­es too much. Read more here…

Six HDC procurement officers sent home

The Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) fired six pro­cure­ment and con­tract as­sis­tants in or­der to “out­source” their jobs to a sin­gle yet un­named con­sul­tant. Among those dis­missed is Car­rie-Ann More­au, the woman at the cen­tre of the sex­u­al mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made against for­mer sport min­is­ter Dar­ryl Smith. Read more here…

 

BUSINESS

TT not in recession but stagnation

LAST WEEK, Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon's said TT is out of recession and her comments continue to generate active debate among several commentators. Read more here…

Empire state of mind

FOR more than 15 years, MovieTowne has helped shape the cinema landscape of TT and with the recent opening of MovieTowne Guyana the brand has begun its expansion into other countries. It’s part of Dachin Group CEO Derek Chin’s vision of a regional brand, complimented by their eight (soon to be nine) restaurants, including the brand new Jaxx. Read more here…

 

POLITICS

THA administrator grilled over spending

THE Tobago House of Assembly (THA) is being asked to explain how its executive council has been authorised to rearrange allocations from the national budget for development projects, without seeking approval from Parliament. Read more here…

AG apologises to Industrial Court appointees

ATTORNEY General Faris Al-Rawi apologised to seven new members of the Industrial Court on Tuesday night. Read more here…

 

REGIONAL

Haiti Officially Has a New Prime Minister

The man chosen to be Haiti’s interim prime minister after Jean-Henry Ceant and his Cabinet were ousted last month, has officially been given the job. Read more here…

ICJ Referendum Off For Now, But Belize Gov’t Says It Will Happen Within Weeks

The referendum on whether Belize should take its territorial dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) won’t happen today as originally planned, but the government is adamant it will happen by June. Read more here…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Netanyahu's victory is big news for Trump

With nearly all the votes in the Israeli elections counted, Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have won a fifth term as Israeli prime minister. While his Likud Party tied Benny Gantz's Blue and White with 35 seats each -- a remarkable showing for both parties -- his right-wing bloc will likely secure 65 seats, providing him a clear but still difficult path to negotiate a majority coalition. Read more here…

Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October

The new deadline - 31 October - averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday, as MPs are still deadlocked over a deal.

European Council President Donald Tusk said his "message to British friends" was "please do not waste this time". Read more here…

 

11th April 2019

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