Daily Brief- Friday 28th July 2017

NEWS

Seven-year-old boy drowns in family pool

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy drowned on Wednesday afternoon at his Millennium Park, Trincity home after his right hand got stuck in the pump inside the pool.Riberto Heeraman is believed to have drowned after he attempted to pull his hand from the pump but became confused and remained submerged in the water for close to five minutes. Read more…

13-year-old suffers heart attack

A Princes Town family is trying to come to terms with the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy.Anderson Gopaul, a form two pupil of the Tableland Secondary School, died after he collapsed outside the bathroom of the family’s New Grant home on Wednesday morning. An autopsy revealed Anderson, who is one of a twin, died as a result of heart failure. He was found unresponsive at about 11.30 am by his 18-year-old brother Anson Gopaul Jr.  Read more…

 

POLITICS

PNM councillors lead no-confidence walkout

UNWILLING TO lose the vote in a motion of no-confidence brought against the Corporate Secretary of the Siparia Regional Corporation, six PNM members of council walked out of the debate just before it was put to a vote on Wednesday. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Customs staff still uneasy after meeting

Customs and Excise Division staff who attended yesterday’s meeting with Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Allyson West, to discuss the proposed introduction of the T&T Revenue Authority (TTRA) were left disappointed following the two-hour long session. Read more…

 

REGIONAL

Politicians not above the law, says Bahamas PM

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said on Wednesday night that he is “disturbed” that some people believe politicians in The Bahamas are above the law and should not be held accountable for alleged misconduct while in office. Read more…

Terrorism suspects detained in Suriname

Authorities in Suriname have confirmed that police have arrested several individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. Among the five suspects, believed to be Muslim, who were detained on Sunday at several locations, are two Dutch nationals, reportedly two brothers. It is the first time ever that individuals have been arrested on suspicion of terrorist activities in Suriname. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

US healthcare: Senate 'skinny repeal' bill fails

The latest attempt to repeal the Obama-era healthcare act has failed after a dramatic night in the US Senate.At least three Republicans - John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - voted against the bill, which needed a simple majority to pass.President Donald Trump said the three had "let the American people down". Read more…

Rare 'Argyle Everglow' Fancy Red diamond could sell for millions

As the head of jewelry in Asia for British auction house Bonhams, Graeme Thompson is used to handling beautiful diamonds on a daily basis. Yet he's only ever held a red diamond once, about five years ago. "Red diamonds are the rarest of them all and whoever gets to hold one in his hand is very lucky indeed," he said. Read more…

Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

India's Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her uncle on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy.A doctors' panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be "too risky". Read more…

 

 

28th July 2017

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