Daily Brief - Wednesday 10th April, 2019

NEWS

Seven SRPs in court on fraud charges

Mar­vin Bas­combe, Nicole Stephens, Amoy Black­ette, Ker­ry-Ann Alexan­der, Moni­fa David, Van­da O’Neil and Liz Fran­cis ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate’s Court. Read more here…

North water should be back in 2 days

PUBLIC Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte says the water supply to areas in north Trinidad serviced by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant should resume in a couple of days. Read more here…

 

POLITICS

PNM, UNC claim wins on Wealth Bill changes

De­spite a unan­i­mous vote in Par­lia­ment for the Civ­il As­set Re­cov­ery and Man­age­ment and Un­ex­plained Wealth Bill, 2019, on Mon­day night, the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion dis­agreed over the ma­jor amend­ments made to the bill. Read more here…

Campaign finance reform law soon - AG

The pro­posed Cam­paign Fi­nance Re­form leg­is­la­tion (CFR) will be brought to Par­lia­ment in a cou­ple weeks, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi says. He gave the yes­ter­day es­ti­mate in re­sponse to queries from Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen, who asked if the Non-Prof­it Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NPO) bill would ex­tend to po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Read more here…

 

BUSINESS

World Bank: T&T economy will shrink this year

NOTING that T&T has the largest fiscal deficit in Central America and the Caribbean, a group of World Bank economists are forecasting the T&T economy will contract this year by -0.5 per cent. T&T is one of only four countries that the World Bank estimates this year will have weaker economies by the end of 2019. Read more here…

Should CAL be privatised?

ONE of the real problems that I have with how the previous and the current administrations have run T&T since May 2010 is that neither the United National Congress (UNC) nor the People’s National Movement (PNM) have an ideological position on the role of the State in the economy. Read more here…

 

REGIONAL

A new regional gas producer?

IS Guyana likely to become a natural gas exporter in the near future? Yes, thinks Mark Bynoe, the head of the country’s Department of Energy (DOE). He says the country’s two most recent oil discoveries are expected to lead to a more complex form of field development that will incorporate the development of natural gas. Read more here…

Anguilla’s Fishers Share First-Hand Knowledge About Climate Change and its Impact

Fishers in Anguilla saw posted on Youtube a video they helped produce that depicts the impacts of climate change on their industry. Titled “Anguilla’s Fishing Dilemma”, the four-and-a-half minute video highlights some of the main challenges Anguilla’s 92 licensed fishers’ face in earning a living. Read more here… 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Netanyahu on cusp of victory after tight Israeli election results

Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be on the cusp of securing a record fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister Wednesday after a dramatic finish to a closely fought election race. Read more here…

Brexit: Theresa May to make plea for 30 June delay at EU summit

Prime Minister Theresa May wants to postpone the date the UK leaves the EU beyond this Friday, until 30 June. Read more here…

 

10th April 2019

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