Daily Brief - Tuesday 8th January, 2019

NEWS

Palo Seco protest over Petrotrin

The Palo Seco/Erin Justice Committee has signalled its intention to stage the “parents of all marches” to express its frustration at Petrotrin’s closure and the State’s failure to provide alternative employment as well as the decision to stop the importation of regular gasoline which has sent the fishing industry into free fall. Committee president Victor Roberts told reporters this after a demonstration at Palo Seco junction yesterday. “We are protesting the demolishing of the houses, the closure of Petrotrin without bringing anything to the table whereby people can survive. The unemployment within the community since Petrotrin closed is affecting all the businesses as well. Read more here

Desal plant back up and running

The Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) is ad­vis­ing cus­tomers in parts of Cen­tral and South Trinidad, who have been af­fect­ed by the re­cent un­planned shut­down at the Point Lisas De­sali­na­tion Plant, that the nec­es­sary re­pairs were com­plet­ed and the fa­cil­i­ty was at full pro­duc­tion of 40 mil­lion gal­lons dai­ly, as at 10.40 pm on Sun­day Jan­u­ary 6, 2019. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Kamla: No MP de-selected

The United National Congress (UNC) is not arbitrarily choosing election candidates, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said in a statement yesterday. She stoutly denied media reports that she was taking advice from some members of the United National Congress (UNC) caucus to change certain incumbent MPs. “I strenuously deny such reports,” she said. “No advice has been sought from caucus members and none has been received about the composition of the UNC’s electoral team. Read more here

Moonilal refuses opening submission to Privileges Committee

A closed door ses­sion of the Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee meet­ing fell apart to­day af­ter Oropouche East Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Dr Roodal Mooni­lal re­fused to give his open­ing sub­mis­sions. Though the at­ten­dees of the pri­vate ses­sion were bound by con­fi­den­tial­i­ty, Guardian Me­dia learned that Mooni­lal chal­lenged the cur­rent com­po­si­tion of the Com­mit­tee. Mooni­lal was be­fore the Com­mit­tee to an­swer ques­tions on two mat­ters: his be­hav­iour dur­ing a Par­lia­men­tary de­bate last Oc­to­ber when he al­leged­ly told Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds "that's why Snake have lead for you" and his ref­er­ence to a fi­nan­cial tri­an­gle in­volv­ing Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley, AV Drilling and a Mi­a­mi-based com­pa­ny. Mooni­lal said then that Row­ley ben­e­fit­ed from a fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tion con­nect­ed to A&V Drilling in Flori­da, which the PM re­fut­ed. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Chamber welcomes plan for waterfront

Stakeholders are welcoming Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s $1 billion plan to develop the San Fernando waterfront. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

More Blood For Dengue - Government, Opposition Join Forces In Call For National Blood Drive To Fight Outbreak

Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, chief medical officer at the Ministry of Health, has endorsed Dr Dayton Campbell's call for a national blood drive to assist persons who develop complications from contracting the dengue haemorrhagic fever. There is currently an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease across the country. Addressing a press conference at the People's National Party's (PNP) headquarters in St Andrew yesterday, Campbell, the opposition spokesman on health, explained that a lot of people end up contracting dengue haemorrhagic fever because their platelet count was falling. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Prime-time Trump faces credibility crisis

President Donald Trump will face one huge obstacle when he appeals to Americans in a prime-time Oval Office address Tuesday to unite behind his crusade for a border wall: Himself. Trump has spent years exploiting immigration -- one of the nation's most divisive fault lines -- during an insurgent campaign and a presidency sustained by the fervor of his committed political base. But now, the downside of that strategy is becoming evident. In his attempt to convince the nation that a genuine crisis is unfolding at the southern border, the President's arguments face extreme skepticism from those not already in his camp. Read more here

North Korea's Kim Jong-un visits China's Xi Jinping

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Beijing for an unannounced visit, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr Kim will be in China until 10 January with his wife Ri Sol-ju, according to state media reports. The visit comes amid reports that negotiations are under way for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump. The two met last June, the first such meeting for a sitting US president. Read more here

8th January 2019

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