Daily Brief - Wednesday 18th December, 2019

News

President's House new 'crown jewel' of T&T

Af­ter near­ly 20 months of labour and $89 Mil­lion spent, the new­ly-ren­o­vat­ed Pres­i­dent's House host­ed its first func­tion on Tues­day.

And her Ex­cel­len­cy, Pres­i­dent Paula Mae-Weekes, said she is ful­ly aware of the hefty price tag in the cli­mate of sev­er­al na­tion­al is­sues. How­ev­er, she said some­times na­tion­al pride must be a pri­or­i­ty. Read more here…

Marlene’s home broken into

St Joseph CID police are investigating a housebreaking at the home of Port of Spain South MP Marlene McDonald on Tuesday.

Police said McDonald locked the doors of her Maracas, St Joseph, home at around 11.30 am on Tuesday and went away.

When she returned at 7.30 pm she found the house was broken into and ransacked. Read more here…

 

Politics

Dr Denise wants to 'heal' PNM

Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus is determined to bring a different style of politics to Tobago to bring healing within the PNM Tobago Council, if she is elected as its political leader on January 19.

Tsoiafatt Angus and Tracey Davidson-Celestine filed their nomination papers last Monday, challenging Kelvin Charles for the political leader position in next month's PNM Tobago Council internal election. Read more here…

Youngest mayor of Chaguanas sworn in

The Chaguanas Borough Corporation has a new mayor, Vandana Mohit, and a new deputy mayor, Faaiq Mohammed.

Mohit was sworn in on Tuesday morning after a three-hour delay at the corporation’s office on Cumberbatch Street. At 29, she is the youngest mayor of the corporation and the second woman to hold the post. The first was Natasha Navas. Read more here…

 

Business

CAL chairman now Republic director

Chairman of state-owned Caribbean Airlines Shameer Ronnie Mohammed is now a director of Republic Financial Holdings Ltd, effective December 16.

Mohammed is also group executive director of Nutrimix and a director of United Processors Ltd, United Hatcheries (1991) Ltd and Ferritalia Ltd. He is also a member of the Private Sector Implementation Committee in the Office of the Prime Minister. Read more here…

NCBGF raises $400m bond for MTS

NCB Global Finance announced on Friday that it successfully raised a $400 million bond issue for the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Ltd. The announcement came in a news release issued by NCB Global Finance, which is the T&T subsidiary of the Jamaica-based, pan-Caribbean conglomerate. Read more here…

 

Regional

Curacao explores trade relations with Guyana

MINISTER of Economic Development of Curaçao, Giselle Mc William, on Tuesday, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings to discuss collaboration in the areas of tourism, oil and gas industry, and trade.

Minister Mc William later met with Foreign Secretary, Carl Greenidge. They discussed deepening trade and bilateral relations between Guyana and Curaçao. Read more here…

 

International

A grave day in history: Trump faces impeachment

The House of Representatives is set to impeach an elected President accused of violating the nation's trust and his oath to preserve, protect and defend bedrock constitutional values. Donald Trump will be only the third president in 240 years to be impeached -- the ultimate trauma for the system of checks and balances, which will unleash fury that will boil for years. Read more here…

 

General election 2019: Blair attacks Corbyn's 'comic indecision' on Brexit

In a speech in London, the ex-PM said he believed the party could have kept much of the vote in traditional Labour areas under a different leadership.

The situation was "made impossible by failure to take a clear position and to stick to it", Mr Blair said. "The result has brought shame on us. We let our country down," he added. Read more here…

18th December 2019

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