Daily Brief- Monday 10th April 2017

NEWS

Deadly love: cops take murder case to DPP

POLICE believe they know which of two men in custody for the murder of Claxton Bay printery worker Melissa Mohammed-Ramkissoon committed the crime. Homicide detectives are expected today to take their evidence to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consult on whether or not charges can be laid against the main suspect.  The two men, who are also from Claxton Bay, have been in custody following Mohammed-Ramkissoon’s death on Tuesday night. Read more here

Toddler, 3, perishes in fire

An Arima family is now homeless following a housefire which claimed the life of the family’s youngest member, three-year-old Tryane Garcia. According to reports, Terrence Wilson, 48, left his six step-children in the care of his 14-yearold daughter at the family’s Arima home yesterday, to go to work. Read more here

Verdict expected tomorrow in Mayaro double murder trial

Market vendor Anand Baboolal, who is accused of killing Ria Ramlochan and her  18-month-old son, is expected to know by tomorrow whether he will be freed or convicted of the crime. At the close of the defence case in the San Fernando Third Assizes last week, Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor told the jury that if all goes well she will be summing up the case on tomorrow. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Queries on PM’s trip as Parliament meets Wednesday

Prime Minister Keith Rowley, who returned home from his vacation last Saturday, will be facing a series of questions on his recent US trip when Parliament meets Wednesday. The Prime Minister’s office yesterday confirmed Rowley returned home last Saturday after leaving T&T on March 29, for a series of meetings with major international energy companies in Houston, Texas. Read more here

Government to blame for Angelin’s departure

UNC Chairman, David Lee, says Government’s failure to act in a timely manner, not protest action by workers or La Brea residents, is to blame for bpTT’s decision not to build the Angelin platform in Trinidad. “BP’s decision not to utilise Trinidad and Tobago as the location to build the multi-million dollar project must not be thrown at the feet of workers and citizens who only wanted better wages but is majorly as a result of Government failing to negotiate a new contract between the National Gas Company (NGC) and BP in a timely manner.” Read more here

 

BUSINESS

SFC earnings advance, dividends increase

This week, we at Bourse review the 2016 full-year performance of a closely monitored stock, Sagicor Financial Corporation Ltd (SFC). SFC’s stock price has advanced 18.4 per cent year-to-date, moving from a price of $7.73 to its current $9.15. We highlight some key areas of the performance and provide a brief outlook. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Jamaica to benefit from international financial services centre

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister without portfolio in the ministry of economic growth and job creation, Daryl Vaz, says Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from the establishment of an international financial services centre. “The economic opportunities… cannot be overstated. Firstly, the government stands to gain increased revenue from fees generated from incorporations, registration, licences and work permits. Read more here

Fuel price hike ignites mass demonstration in Suriname

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- For the second day in a row, several thousand disgruntled citizens marched in the streets of Suriname’s capital Paramaribo on Friday, calling on the Bouterse administration to reverse the recent fuel price hike.  Initiated by 30-year-old Maisha Neus, some 1,500 people held a protest demonstration last Monday at Independence Square opposite the Presidential Palace, denouncing recent measures taken by the government, including price hikes for fuel, water and electricity. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Trump administration sends mixed signals on Syria ahead of G7 meeting

(CNN)Foreign ministers of leading industrialized nations were meeting Monday amid mixed signals from the Trump administration on the future of Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad. Leading members of the G7, at a summit in Italy, will get their first chance to seek clarity from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on whether the US is now committed to deposing the Assad regime. Read more here

Stockholm attack: Sweden holds minute's silence for victims

Sweden's prime minister has told the families of the victims of Friday's truck attack they are not alone, after the country held a minute of silence. Stefan Lofven said all of Sweden's thoughts were with them following a ceremony outside Stockholm City Hall, also attended by the mayor and most of the Swedish royal family. Four people died and 15 were injured when a hijacked truck was driven into a department store in central Stockholm. Read more here

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