Daily Brief - Monday 15th May, 2017

NEWS

Man shot dead in KFC, St Helena

A 33-year-old Maloney man, who was described by police as a suspected gang member, was shot dead after entering the St Helena KFC outlet on Saturday night. According to police, at about 10.30 pm, Akino Suya was standing in line waiting to make a purchase when three men entered and shot him twice before running off. However, one of the men returned and fired a third shot at Suya. Screaming customers and employees scampered for safety. Read more here

Dumas dies four months after heart surgery

An indomitable spirit within a towering figure and strong presence. That was how PNM lady vice chairman Camille Robinson-Regis described late former PNM minister Rennie “Stretch” Dumas who died yesterday morning. Former PNM Tobago East MP Dumas died around 6.45 am at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences (Mt Hope) Complex where he’d had heart surgery four months ago, in January. Dumas is reported to have developed complications subsequently. Read more here

Grounded

An ex-parte injunction has been filed by Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development Jennifer Baptiste-Primus against 62 air traffic controllers, ordering against any “sick-out” action. The application was made in the Industrial Court and was filed under various sections of the Industrial Relations Act Chapter 88:01, by a team of attorneys, led by senior counsel Russell Martineau, on behalf of the Minister. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Robinson-Regis tells her mother ‘sorry’

Planning Minister Camille Robinson- Regis yesterday apologised to her mother for some of the things she (Robinson- Regis) would have done to hurt her.The Arouca / Maloney MP was speaking at a Mother’s Day service held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port of Spain . “I know there are times when, much to her distress, I walked other paths and other ways only to return to the path to which she had originally directed me,” Robinson-Regis said. Read more here

Ministry probes protest outside Lara stadium

The Ministry of National Security has launched an investigation into protest action by members of the Opposition at the opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium and Academy at Tarouba, south Trinidad, last Friday. In a statement yesterday, the ministry said the probe will determine whether anyone was culpable for the massive traffic jam and whether any action should be taken. The ministry also deemed the protest as being “reckless” saying it was concerned about the “undue disruption to the lives of thousands of commuters due to the ill-advised and irresponsible protest action by members of the Opposition.” Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Opportunities on the horizon?


This week, we at Bourse take a closer look at the highlights of the 2017 Mid-year Budget Review as presented by the Honourable Minister of Finance on May 10th 2017, placing particular emphasis on opportunities and implications to investors. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

'No Patty Shop Business!' - DPP Lashes Anti-Corruption Campaigner For Wanting To Curtail Her Office's Power

Anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe would, ideally, want a review of constitutional powers given to the director of public prosecutors (DPP) to intervene in cases, but the office holder, Paula Llewellyn, says that that appears to be a "run with it" attempt to simply get more corruption prosecution numbers. "Prosecution is not patty shop business, and I love patty but in a different space. You cannot have a run-with-it mentality when you are dealing with people's reputation. You must respect due process of law. You cannot allow emotion to override commonsense," Llewellyn told The Gleaner. Writing in yesterday's Sunday Gleaner, Munroe expressed concern that the powers of the DPP could hinder the work of the director of corruption prosecutions - a proposed position in the Integrity Bill that is now before Parliament. Read more here

Former Bahamas PM loses constituency recount by four votes

Following an exhaustive recount that lasted just over 24 hours, Free National Movement (FNM) candidate Reece Chipman won the Centreville constituency by four votes, taking down former Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, who began his career in frontline politics before Chipman was born. Chipman, 36, got 1,909 votes. Christie, 73, received 1,905 votes. The MP-elect said he is ecstatic and pledged to represent the people of Centreville with dignity. It was unclear on Friday whether the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) would take the case to Election Court, but Chipman said he would be surprised if Christie pursued it further. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Cyber-attacks from WannaCry ransomware slow but fears remain

A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday. However staff beginning the working week have been told to be careful. The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users' files on Friday, demanding $300 (£230) to restore access. Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call. Read more here

Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea after latest missile launch

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch as "dangerous" but warned against "intimidating" Pyongyang. Speaking in China, Putin called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Russia's Sputnik news agency reported. "I would like to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear states, including through the Korean Peninsula," Putin told reporters. "We are against it and consider it counterproductive, damaging, dangerous," he said. Read more here

15th May 2017

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