Daily Brief - Wednesday 27th March, 2019

NEWS

Roget: Women’s issues on back burner

Today, workers’ issues are left on the back burner and women’s issues are left even behind that. In the security industry in TT, women outnumber the men but they are the most exploited in the industry. So said president of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) Ancel Roget, addressing the Women’s Committee of the Estate Police Association (EPA) yesterday at the OWTU office in Marabella. The JTUM, he said, embraces the opportunity to stand with the EPA as it moves to establish a women’s arm. He urged the EPA never to turn a blind eye to issues affecting women and to not see these issues as being different from those of other workers. Read more here

Slain teen was a comeback story—neighbour

Teenag­er Ne­tanya Mo­ham­dal­ly, who spent sev­er­al years in a home be­cause of her un­con­trol­lable ways, had start­ed pro­gress­ing nice­ly, earned sev­er­al ed­u­ca­tion­al cer­tifi­cates and was just start­ing to get her life back on track when her life was snuffed out. But the chance for the 17-year-old to full­fil her promise was sud­den­ly tak­en away from her by some­one po­lice be­lieve may have been very close to her. Of­fi­cers said yes­ter­day that one of Mo­ham­dal­ly’s male friends holds the key to what hap­pened to her, as she was last seen at his Chase Vil­lage, Ch­agua­nas home at about 8 pm on March 17. Mo­ham­dal­ly’s de­com­pos­ing body was found in a ravine at Ex­change Lots, Cou­va, by a farmer on Sat­ur­day. Both her hands and feet were tied to­geth­er with rope and her head was al­so bashed in. An au­top­sy re­vealed she died of chop wounds to the neck. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Behave or Be Sent Home

This is the warning National Security Minister Stuart Young is giving to documented Venezuelans in this country amid news that they as well as locals have been threatening Immigration officers who refuse entry to Venezuelans freshly arrived. He gave the warning in the Senate yesterday even as his Government promised to let all Venezuelans in TT register to work for a year here, amid that country’s continued political, economic and social turmoil after the stand-off between President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly head Juan Guaido. Read more here

Moses: No change on Venezuelan policy

T&T’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in last week­end’s meet­ing with Venezue­lan Na­tion­al As­sem­bly leader Juan Guai­do is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of this coun­try’s con­tin­ued main­te­nance of its po­si­tion on Venezuela, says For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Den­nis Moses. Moses gave the re­ply yes­ter­day in Sen­ate fol­low­ing Op­po­si­tion queries on T&T’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the meet­ing. Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress Sen­a­tor Wade Mark asked Moses, who at­tend­ed the meet­ing, in which Caribbean lead­ers spoke to Guai­do in a video con­fer­ence, if that rep­re­sent­ed a change of T&T pol­i­cy. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Central Bank creating history...badly?

You many not have known it, but the Central Bank created a small, but important, piece of history on Monday. On Monday March 25, 2019, the Central Bank of T&T held an auction for a One-Year Treasury Bill that is “open to the public” for the first time since the institution was established on December 12, 1964, more than 54 years ago. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Privy Council Sides With JFJ

Former executive director of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), Dr Carolyn Gomes, is hailing a major ruling from the United Kingdom-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which could place cops accused of extrajudicial killings under greater scrutiny and prompt the Police Service Commission (PSC) to investigate them before they get the all-clear signal for upward mobility in the force. The Privy Council, in its judgment, indicated that if the PSC had exercised its power to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings levelled against then police superintendent, Delroy Hewitt, he may not have been promoted. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Brexit: MPs prepare for votes in bid to break deadlock

MPs are preparing to vote for their preferred Brexit option, with the PM due to meet Tory backbenchers in an effort to win them over to her deal. Some have suggested Theresa May must name the date she will step down to have any hope of winning MPs' approval for her deal at the third attempt. The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg said some leading Brexiteers were "tiptoeing their way" towards supporting her plan. Jacob Rees-Mogg has said of the deal: "Half a loaf is better than no bread." He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he did not "begin to pretend this is a good deal or a good choice", but he would support the PM's plan if it had the backing of the Democratic Unionist Party. Read more here

A Boeing 737 Max 8 made an emergency landing after an engine problem

A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from the fleet that was grounded after two deadly crashes made an emergency landing in Florida on Tuesday. No passengers were aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 8701, which was being ferried from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the grounding, the airline said. Read more here

27th March 2019

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