Daily Brief - Thursday 11th January, 2018


Police say Biche shooting was accidental

Police investigating the death of Brandon Sampath, a Biche man who was found dead near his home on Monday, have deemed his death accidental. According to police, investigations have revealed that he died after his home-made shotgun discharged while he was repairing it. On Monday, at about 7.30 pm, Sampath’s father Ramnanan took police to a drain near a garden close to their home on La Salle Road where Sampath’s body was found. Read more here

Father vows vengeance as son, friend gunned down

With his dead son’s blood smeared on his face, the father of one of two men murdered in Pleasantville yesterday vowed to get justice for his child. Ralph “Natty Rebel” Donaldson, in a fit of rage, vowed vengeance as he stood from a distance while undertakers removed the bodies of his son Jahmie Donaldson, 26, and Akeemie Wilson, 30, from the scene. Read more here

Musical send off for Max

Former president George Maxwell Richards will receive a musi­cal send-off at his State funeral, which takes place at the National Aca­demy for the Perfor­ming Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain, next Wednesday. The public will have an opportunity to view Richards’ body next week as it will lie in State at Parliament, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, on Monday, and at NAPA on Tuesday. Read more here



Charles: Where’s Rowley’s plan?

Naparima MP Rodney Charles said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s recent address to the nation lacked specifics and did not constitute a plan to tackle current challenges of crime and the economy. “What Dr Rowley told us on Sundaywas not a plan to take us forward but a list of activities upon which the State intends to embark. A plan is a roadmap, with measurable targets and set time frames to achieve identified goals.” Read more here

Corruption main problem in Police Service —former PM

Former prime minister Basdeo Panday yesterday identified “corruption, waste and mismanagement” as the main problems that have been existing in the Police Service for decades. This was what Panday told a Joint Select Committee on National Security chaired by Fitzgerald Hinds as they examined the report into the T&T Manpower Audit Committee, set up by Prof Ramesh Deosaran. Read more here

Farrell Fed Up

A clearly fed up and frustrated Dr Terrence Farrell has resigned as chairman of the Government-appointed Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB). Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced yesterday, that he had accepted Farrell’s resignation with immediate effect on Monday. Read more here



Business: Rowley’s speech welcome but action must follow

Business groups have welcomed Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s speech to the nation on Sunday as an attempt to keep the country informed about the state of the economy, but they remain ambivalent about the government’s ability to implement the necessary remedies for improvement. The fate of the seabridge remains one of the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s greatest concerns, one it does not believe Rowley adequately addressed in his speech. Read more here

EFCL to pay $.7m after losing lawsuit

The Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) has been ordered by a High Court judge to pay another company, Advance Commercial Equipment Ltd, close to $.7 million after it failed to keep its side of an agreement for the supply of cafeteria equipment for three secondary schools. Read more here



Run For The Hills! - Tsunami Scare Sends Old Harbour Bay Residents Scampering

Residents of Old Harbour Bay in St Catherine never got an official warning, neither were there any planned evacuations in place, but the news of a possible tsunami threat sent them scampering by the hundreds to higher ground in search of safety yesterday morning. A magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck in the Caribbean Sea dead centre between Honduras and The Cayman Islands on Tuesdaynight resulted in a tsunami warning being issued for Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, as well as sections of Central America and Mexico. Read more here



California mudslides death toll rises with 17 still missing

Hundreds of rescuers are combing wreckage in Southern California for those missing after mudslides that have killed 17.Another 28 injuries have been reported in Santa Barbara County following the deluge that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. More than 100 homes were destroyed, and another 300 have been damaged. One rescue worker tearfully described plucking a "muddy doll" of a toddler from under several feet of debris. Berkeley Johnson said the two-year-old girl was taken to hospital and suffered an injury to her hip. "I don't know how the baby survived," Mr Berkeley told the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper. Read more here

Europe urges Trump to honor Iran nuclear deal

Senior European diplomats have urged the US not to kill off the Iran nuclear deal, as President Donald Trump mulls whether to reimpose sanctions on the country ahead of a Friday deadline. Trump had vowed to rip up the agreement during his election campaign and has repeatedly referred to it as "the worst deal ever," accusing Iran of violating the "spirit" of the pact. European nations, who helped broker the deal with the Obama administration, on Thursday urged Trump to sign the latest sanctions waiver required to keep the deal alive. Read more here

11th January 2018


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