Daily Brief - Tuesday 21st June, 2022

NEWS

Driver collides with another car while beating woman

A man is facing charges of reckless driving and assault after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday. Police said the man, while driving his van, was also beating a female relative. Port of Spain City Police who were on patrol received a report that a white Nissan Navara van which was involved in an accident in Chaguanas earlier was spotted in the area. At around 12.07 pm, PC Maunday intercepted the van which was heading west along Wrightson Road. The van was being followed bya black Subaru – the other vehicle involved in the accident in Chaguanas. Read more here

T&TEC planned maintenance to affect parts of T&T June 21

T&TEC customers in parts of East, South and Central Trinidad, as well as Tobago, will experience a temporary disruption to their supply of electricity, Tuesday 21 June 2022. Details follow in this release. Read more here

 

POLITICS

AG's Office: State has been vindicated

The Ministry of the Attorney General says Monday’s ruling by the Privy Council which endorsed the Government's covid19 public health regulations was “groundbreaking,” and affirmed the correctness of its approach to legislative drafting. In its ruling, the Privy Council upheld the Government’s management of the pandemic and found that the regulations and guidelines of Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh were appropriate and made in the public interest of protecting the population. Read more here

Privy Council rules Govt’s pandemic regulations constitutional

The Privy Council has ruled in favour of the constitutionality of the Public Health Regulations employed by Government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago. An official statement issued by the Ministry of the Attorney General reports that the Privy Council found that the regulations issued by the Ministry of Health were, “appropriately based on sound medical and expert scientific evidence and made in the public interest of protecting the life and health”, of the citizens of this country. “In particular, the Privy Council rejected arguments of unconstitutionality and interference with religious rights,” the statement asserted. As such, the case brought by Dominic Suraj and Satyanand Maharaj was dismissed by the Law Lords. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Maxi fares going up

Commuters between Chaguanas and San Fernando will from today pay more for transport via green band maxi-taxis using Route 3. The Route 3 Unified Maxi-Taxi Association has dubbed the increase in fares as a much-needed “salary increase” saying yesterday members can no longer absorb rising costs of living and this year’s increase in fuel prices. However, while maxi-taxis remain the cheaper alternative to taxis on the same route, some commuters said they could have done without the added expense. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Trade between Guyana, China tops US$710M

Trade between Guyana and China has grown by 213 per cent over the past five years, reaching US$710 million in 2021, China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Guo Haiyan said on Monday. Ambassador Guo was at the time speaking at the launch of an Online photo exhibition at the Chinese Embassy in Georgetown to celebrate the 50th anniversary of China-Guyana relations. “In recent years, trade between Guyana and China has grown steadily. According to data from China Customs Authority, bilateral trade exceeded US$500 million for the first time in 2020, and reached US$710 million in 2021. Moreover, with the rapid development of Guyana’s oil-and-gas industry, the trade between China and Guyana grew by 213 per cent in the last five years, with an average annual growth rate of over 42.5 per cent,” the Chinese ambassador said. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

France elections: Macron rejects prime minister's offer to resign

French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected a resignation offer from the prime minister he appointed, saying instead that the government must "stay on task and act". Elisabeth Borne was criticised by some commentators after Mr Macron's coalition lost its majority on Sunday. Her future looked under threat after the result, which left the president needing to secure support from rivals. He is set to meet his political opponents for rare talks on Tuesday. Read more here

21st June 2022

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