Daily Brief - Tuesday 25th June, 2019


Passport kiosks working

Automated passport kiosks at Piarco Airport are working. In a statement yesterday, the Airports Authority said all automated passport kiosks in the immigration hall at the airport are “fully functional” and were all operational at Piarco last Sunday. Newsday was informed that the kiosks were not working last Sunday. The non functioning of the kiosks resulted in some of the longest lines in the arrival terminal at the airport and an inconvenice to people returning to TT over the long weekend. Read more here

Survivor to police: Be more sensitive to victims

A 55-year-old do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivor on Monday re­count­ed her life of ter­ror as she called for po­lice of­fi­cers to be bet­ter trained and have more sen­si­tiv­i­ty when deal­ing with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims and cas­es. The St Vin­cent­ian na­tion­al, who has been liv­ing in T&T for the past 37 years, knows all too well about how dan­ger­ous and dead­ly do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can be. Read more here



Young corrects Mark

National Security Minister Stuart Young yesterday corrected UNC Senator Wade Mark on the standing of TT in the US Department of State’s report on Trafficking in Persons on this country’s Tier 2 Level rating. During the Urgent Questions section in the Lower House yesterday, Mark asked Young what measures were being taken to improve TT’s rating as the report stated that TT has not met the minimum standards for elimination of human trafficking. Read more here

Rowley should have avoided bait

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley should not have ven­tured in­to a tit-for-tat sit­u­a­tion with the Unit­ed States. So said for­mer di­rec­tor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tion­al Re­la­tions Prof Andy Knight in re­sponse to Row­ley's at­tack last Fri­day on the US State De­part­ment for T&T's rank­ing in their 2019 Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Re­port which placed the coun­try at Tier 2. Read more here



$100,000 funding for Carli Bay Fish Festival

The Car­li Bay Fish Fes­ti­val re­ceived a time­ly in­jec­tion of cash to the tune of $100,000 from the Pro­man Group which op­er­ates at the Point Lisas In­dus­tri­al Es­tate. The cheque was hand­ed over to the Car­li Bay Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion at the Cou­va Point Lisas Cham­ber of Com­merce fa­cil­i­ties on Cam­den Road. Col­lis Williams, man­ag­er at Pro­man, said the com­pa­ny which con­trols IPS, Methanol Hold­ings and De­n­o­vo among oth­ers, plans to share what it can with fence­line com­mu­ni­ties and take an ac­tive role in up­com­ing events. Read more here



Sept PNP Run-Off - NEC Recommends Presidential Polls Two Weeks Before Conference

The Peter Bunting Rise United camp’s opposition to a much earlier special delegates’ conference for the run-off between himself and Phillips in a People’s National Party (PNP) leadership race has seemingly paid off, with the National Executive Council (NEC) recommending that the showdown be held in September, two weeks before the party’s annual conference. Phillips and his camp had been hoping for an early run-off, with a proposed period of late July. Read more here

GuySuCo aims to produce over 50,000 tonnes of white sugar by 2022

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is aiming to produce over 50,000 tonnes of white sugar at the Albion Estate by 2022. It hopes to supply both the regional and local markets with this produce, GuySuCo announced in a release to the media. The local market consumption for white sugar is approximately 20,000 tonnes and the Sugar Company says it intends to meet all or most of the local market requirements. GuySuCo stated that the Albion Factory will be reconfigured with the flexibility to produce both brown and white sugar. Company officials on Wednesday met with the Foreign Trade Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they discussed GuySuCo’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2021. Read more here



Johnson defends Brexit plan and 'row' silence

Boris Johnson has admitted he would need EU co-operation to avoid a hard Irish border or crippling tariffs on trade in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the favourite to be the next PM said: "It's not just up to us." But he said he did "not believe for a moment" the UK would leave without a deal, although he was willing to do so. Asked about a row he'd had with his partner, he said it was "simply unfair" to involve "loved ones" in the debate. Reports of the argument on Friday with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, dominated headlines over the weekend after the police were called to their address in London. The interview comes after Sky News said it would have to cancel a head-to-head debate on Tuesday between the two leadership contenders as Mr Johnson had "so far declined" to take part. Read more here

What shooting down a $110M US drone tells us about Iran

The Iranian downing of an RQ-4A Global Hawk on Thursday is thought to have been the first time one of the Pentagon's surveillance workhorses has been shot out of the sky. Aside from the fact the incident nearly risked taking the United States and Iran to war for a few hours, it was also stark evidence of an escalation in Tehran's military capabilities. "They work," said Jeremy Binnie, Middle East and North Africa editor at Jane's Defence Weekly, of Iran's air defenses. The incident "highlights that when the Iranians really make investment, it can really count," he told CNN. Read more here

25th June 2019


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