Daily Brief - Tuesday 6th August, 2019

NEWS

Met Office: Don’t be complacent

The Meteorological Office at Piarco is advising the country not to become complacent because the weather seems to have mellowed since the yellow alert issued on Sunday. Senior meteorological officer Saide Shakeer said while the weather may have changed from rain and is now hot, this was the weather needed for thunderstorms. Read more here

 ‘Hero’ homeowner shot dead in St Ann’s

The usu­al­ly sub­dued res­i­den­tial St Ann’s com­mu­ni­ty re­coiled in hor­ror on Monday af­ter a would-be rob­ber shot dead a res­i­dent who wres­tled with a gun­man who at­tempt­ed to storm a house. Res­i­dents said the mur­der of Math­ew De Sil­va was part of a trend of vi­o­lent crime af­fect­ing the once safe com­mu­ni­ty lo­cat­ed a short dis­tance away from the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence. De Sil­va, 36, was at the home of a friend along Hut­ton Road play­ing a game of cards when an armed in­trud­er walked in­to the house af­ter his friend’s girl­friend ar­rived around 2 am. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, De Sil­va, who was con­front­ed by the armed man, at­tempt­ed to over­pow­er him. Dur­ing the strug­gle, the gun went off and De Sil­va was shot sev­er­al times. Read more here

 

POLITICS

UNC MP: ‘PM, take over national security’

Naparima MP Rodney Charles has alleged that ayear after his appointment as national security minister, Stuart Young has proven "amongst the worst performing national security ministers in our history." He called on the Prime Minister to do "the patriotic thing and assume responsibility for national security" or appoint a more qualified and experienced person. Charles reiterated the UNC's call for Dr Rowley to call a general election now, given the hopelessness in the population about the crime problem. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

NCB Global Finance gets good credit rating

NCB Glob­al Fi­nance Lim­it­ed (NCBGF) has an­nounced that Caribbean In­for­ma­tion & Cred­it Rat­ing Ser­vices Lim­it­ed (Cari­CRIS) has as­signed to it an ini­tial Is­suer/Cor­po­rate Cred­it Rat­ing of CariA (For­eign and Lo­cal Cur­ren­cy) on the re­gion­al rat­ing scale, and ttA on the T&T na­tion­al scale. Ac­cord­ing to NCBGF, these rat­ings in­di­cate that the lev­el of cred­it­wor­thi­ness of NCBGF, ad­judged in re­la­tion to oth­er oblig­ors with­in T&T and the Caribbean, is good. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

143 Persons Set To Get National Honours

Tamar Blake, who raised an alarm when a woman tried to register a baby snatched from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in January, is among more than 100 Jamaicans appointed to the various orders of societies of honour and given badges of honour this year. Blake has been bestowed with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for an act of courage and bravery in ensuring the safe return of an abducted infant, Sae’breon Hutton. The newborn was stolen from the Kingston hospital on January 9, prompting a police manhunt for the baby snatcher and the infant. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire'

China has issued a strong warning to Hong Kong's protesters, saying their attempts "to play with fire will only backfire". A spokesman for China's top policy office on Hong Kong told protesters not to "underestimate the firm resolve [of] the central government". Hong Kong has seen nine consecutive weeks of anti-government protests. On Monday, a call for a general strike caused severe disruption, and more than 200 flights were cancelled. Protesters want an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, and the resignation of Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam. The demonstrations have frequently ended in violent clashes with police. They are seen as a challenge to Beijing's authority in the territory - and a reflection of how many Hong Kongers fear that their freedoms are being eroded. Read more here

Dayton shooter appeared to have leftist Twitter feed

A Twitter account that appears to belong to Dayton mass shooter Connor Bettsretweeted extreme left-wing and anti-police posts, as well as tweets supporting Antifa, or anti-fascist, protesters. The most recent tweet on the @iamthespookster account was on August 3, the day of the shooting, when he retweeted a post saying, "Millenials have a message for the Joe Biden generation: hurry up and die." He also retweeted messages supporting Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The user's Twitter bio reads: "he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / I'm going to hell and I'm not coming back." One tweet used the hashtag #HailSatan. Read more here

6th August 2019

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