Daily Brief - Tuesday 12th March, 2019

NEWS

CoP: Info being gathered on absent Carnival cops

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said this morning investigations are still continuing into the absence from work of 125 police officers on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Speaking with Newsday, Griffith said all nine divisions were still gathering information on whether the officers were assigned elsewhere at the time, on sick leave or neglecting their duty. He said the meeting which was expected to take place today did not happen, but believed he might have the necessary information for the meeting by Wednesday. Read more here

Blackout may bring even more migrants—councillor

Two more fer­ries are seek­ing to be reg­is­tered to trans­port Venezue­lans to the Ce­dros port but the coun­try-wide black­out which en­tered its fifth day on Monday was de­lay­ing the process, ac­cord­ing to an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cial. The of­fi­cial, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymi­ty, said two ad­di­tion­al fer­ries were reg­is­tered to come in. “A lot of ves­sels are reg­is­ter­ing right now for in­creased trans­porta­tion. Due to a pow­er out­age in Venezuela, some pa­per­work could not be processed. We were ex­pect­ing two more ves­sels but these could not be processed,” the source added. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Deyalsingh: Victim-shaming to be deplored

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh today refused to comment on former health minister Dr Fuad Khan's statement on social media last week on plus sized-women. Speaking to the media at the seventh meeting of National AIDS programme managers and key partners at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann’s, Deyalsingh said victim-shaming on the whole is to be deplored. Read more here

Cops to use tech tools in crime fight

Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young says that tech­nol­o­gy will dri­ve the fight against crime in To­ba­go. The Min­is­ter made the com­ment dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the new Shir­van Road Po­lice Sta­tion on yes­ter­day. Ac­cord­ing to Young, the TTPS plans to “pack the fa­cil­i­ty with tech­nol­o­gy.” “To­ba­go is not go­ing to be left be­hind as you have heard the com­mis­sion­er and my­self say the on­ly way to ef­fec­tive­ly fight crime, one of the pil­lars is the util­i­sa­tion of tech­nol­o­gy.” Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Lenten fish prices draw customer complaints

Purchasers of fish are complaining about increases in the price of the food that they say coincides with the Lenten period. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Social Media Clampdown - Broadcasting Commission Wants To Police Online Sites

The Broadcasting Commission has urged the Holness administration to increase its oversight responsibility beyond free-to-air electronic media to policing social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. Citing growing concerns about cyberbullying, pornography and violent content, the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has called for the Government to giving it more powers of sanction in a revamp of legislation governing the local digital media landscape. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Brexit: MPs study updated legal advice on Theresa May's deal

MPs are weighing up what Theresa May says are "legally binding" changes to her Brexit deal as they prepare to vote on it for the second time. The PM says concerns that the Irish backstop, an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland, may "become permanent" have been addressed. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has published his updated legal advice before making a Commons statement. Labour said the PM had secured nothing new and they would vote against. The last time Mrs May's withdrawal agreement was put to Parliament in January, it was voted down by a margin of 230. The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it would be a "political miracle of historic proportions" if Mrs May could overturn such a heavy defeat. The PM will address a meeting of Tory MPs at 11.30 GMT. Read more here

Tucker Carlson defiant against outrage over audio clips: 'We will never bow to the mob'

Tucker Carlson portrayed himself as the victim of a "mob" on Monday night. And he said Fox News has his back. "We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what," he said. At the exact same time, on MSNBC, the progressive group Media Matters for America shared even more examples of offensive remarks made by Carlson on a shock jock radio show. The "Bubba the Love Sponge Show" audio clips are from 2006 to 2011. Media Matters is circulating them now as part of a pressure campaign against Fox's advertisers. Read more here

12th March 2019

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