Daily Brief - Wednesday 23rd October, 2019

NEWS

Caught trying to enter TT illegally, 18 Venezuelans held

Police are in Carenage where 18 Venezuelans have been detained after they were caught trying to enter TT illegally. The 18, including women and children, were held just after 5.30 am in a pirogue. Investigators say the people are believed to have come from Tucupita and Guiria. Read more here

Imbert: ‘I’m like the Hulk’

“I’m like the Hulk.” That was Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s grinning confession yesterday as he responded to UNC MP Fazal Karim’s queries during yesterday’s Standing Finance Committee (SFC) scrutiny of 2020 Budget items for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA). Read more here

Husband...then wife, charged with drunk driving after crash

A HUSBAND and his wife who were both found driving the same car under the influence of alcohol mere moments apart on the same day, appeared before the court. Retired taxi driver Ramundar Shucoon-Singh, 61, and his wife Hayma Mohammed, 49, both of Freeport, faced Chaguanas magistrate Nikolas Ali on Monday. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Ministry: St Joseph Sec not neglected

The Ministry of Education has says it is not neglecting the Joseph Secondary School and has put a number of initiatives in place to safeguard staff and students. Read more here

UNC councillor has crossed the floor

AT the start of the election season, a UNC councillor has crossed the floor moving to the PNM at the penultimate meeting of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation. UNC Councillor Khubal Paltoo stated that he was “mandated” by his burgesses to support the PNM candidate for this district, (Candice Small) in the upcoming elections. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Trinidad records 2% increase in tourist arrivals

TRINIDAD Tourism Ltd (TTL) has recorded a two per cent increase in tourist arrivals for the period January to September. The company said the figures were compared to the same period last year, and the total number of international visitors for 2019 amounted to 276,269. Read more here

Businessman in court to answer ‘Secret Sunday’ offences

Valsayn business­man Emile Sanowar was charged with the possession of a firearm and ammunition after he was held by police when they raided the Secret Sunday party at Lady Chancellor Heights in Port-of-Spain on Sunday night. Sanowar was charged by Corporal Mohammed of the Port-of-Spain Task Force late yesterday afternoon at the Besson Street Police Station and was later taken to the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Port Headache - Fee Hikes, Jams Hit Cargo As Fears Mount Of Christmas Crunch

There are fresh jitters and deepening anxiety about “increasing inefficiencies” at the Port of Kingston that have caused a logjam in cargo movement and an uptick in storage fees that has rattled stakeholders amid heightened concerns as the Christmas season approaches. Read more here

Fisheries Dept. poised to help propel ‘agri’-sector

MINISTER within the Ministry of Agriculture, Hon. Valerie Adams-Yearwood, said the Ministry’s Fisheries Department is poised to propel the agricultural sector.

The minister’s comments followed four presentations on research in the fisheries department at the ministry’s boardroom on Tuesday. Minister Adams-Yearwood said the demonstrations were a first-time feature of Agriculture Month, noting that this signifies a sign of progress for the sector and that the ministry is on the right path to ensuring food safety and security. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Dramatic deposition rocks Trump's impeachment defense

Democrats may have just unearthed their smoking gun and the quid pro quo in one fell swoop after the most consequential and dramatic turn yet in their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. Read more here

A PM intent on giving up on Parliament?

I haven't said it for a while, but I have written it here a lot - in these strange political times, two apparently contradictory things can both be true. I know that doesn't always fit with the tone of politics in 2019, but it is the case and it is still a central fact. Frankly, if the world really was black or white, yes or no, up or down, we wouldn't be in the kind of tangle that Westminster is in right now. Read more here

23rd October 2019

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