Tuesday 15th December, 2020

NEWS

Dr Hinds: No cases of MIS-A in Trinidad and Tobago

WHILE there have been 20 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds says there have been no cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults (MIS-A) thus far.

He was responding to questions from the media at the Health Ministry’s virtual press conference on Monday morning. Read more here… 

Trade Minister urges women to practise safety

Stay safe and get home safely. This was the advice from Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon to the women working at the supermarkets and manufacturing plants around this country.

In recent times attacks against women have come to the fore. Gopee-Scoon alluded to the situation as she delivered the feature address at the supermarket association’s award ceremony held on Sunday. Read more here…

 

POLITICS

DPP takes Ramlogan, Ramdeen case straight to High Court

Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, SC and former opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen’s corruption case will join the queue of cases awaiting trial in the High Court sooner than expected.

During a virtual hearing of the case before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle yesterday, State prosecutors indicated that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had decided to file the indictments against both men directly in the High Court, as opposed to having the case go through the preliminary inquiry phase first. Read more here…

 

BUSINESS

Gopee-Scoon congratulates TTMA awardees

TRADE and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon says winners of the 2020 TT Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) awards are “true exemplars of excellence.” She says they have proven to be stalwarts in the sector. Seven awardees were announced for various categories last week.

Winner of the Green Manufacturer of the Year Award was Trinidad Tissues Ltd. The ministry in a release said, “The Company has managed to reduce wastage, manage its carbon footprint and contribute to energy conservation in TT. Read more here…

 

Central Bank paints grim picture of T&T’s economy

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT) has painted a grim picture of T&T’s economy in its latest Monetary Policy Report.

The Bank said economic activities contracted in the first half of 2020 in both the energy and non-energy sectors. A decline in output was seen in natural gas, crude oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petrochemicals, especially methanol and ammonia. Read more here…

 

REGIONAL

Pre-pandemic oil prices expected until 2021

OIL, like most global commodities, has taken a hit because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the World Bank has reported that oil prices are recovering slowly and will return to pre-pandemic levels in 2021.

According to the World Bank’s Commodity Market Outlook report for October 2020, almost all commodity prices recovered in the third quarter of 2020, following steep declines early in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Joe Biden says 'time to turn the page' after victory confirmed

In a speech after the announcement, he said US democracy had been "pushed, tested and threatened" and "proved to be resilient, true and strong".He condemned President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the result.Later Russian President Vladimir Putin became one of the last world leaders to congratulate Mr Biden on his victory. Read more here…

Canada begins Covid-19 vaccinations, but officials fear supply issues due to global scramble

It may not have been Santa's sleigh but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knows that for most of the country, the UPS flight was nearly as good.

Within minutes of the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine landing in Canada on Sunday night, Trudeau tweeted a picture of the aircraft's precious cargo but noted "our fight against COVID-19 is not over." Read more here…

15th December 2020

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