Daily Brief- Thursday 23rd November 2017

NEWS

Meagre salaries despite NLCB’s $300M

Despite $300 million in profits for the past 12 months, the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) stands accused of paying low salaries to its staff members, so much so, that it has been unable to hold on to a financial comptroller for any great length of time. Read more…

PM to team: Step up to the plate

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has read the riot act to his team of ministers, senators, parliamentary secretaries and Members of Parliament, telling them that at mid-term the “image” of the party and MPs is “not healthy” and they need to “step up to the plate” and be more “in tune” with the needs of the people they serve. Read more…

Tobago schoolgirl rescued from kidnappers

Villagers of Tobago East are being hailed as heroes following the rescue of a 15-year-old female secondary school pupil from the hands of kidnappers yesterday morning. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Gas coming to T&T soon

Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) plans to export up to two billion cubic feet of gas to neighboring countries in the next 10 years through gas pipelines, according to PDVSA Gas Vice President, César Triana on Wednesday. Read more…

Pan-American Life continues to invest

José S. Suquet, Chairman, President and CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance Group believes that despite a challenging economic climate in TT, the company will continue adding value to individuals and businesses with life, accident and health insurance needs. Read more…

 

POLITICS

Kamla: No-confidence motion in govt coming

Despite the United National Congress’ (UNC) November 26 internal election being less than three days away, incumbent political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar spent little time focusing on her opponent for the post of political leader and instead trained her guns on the ruling PNM administration, “the real enemy,” saying a motion of no-confidence would be filed against the Dr Keith Rowley-led Government. Read more…

 

REGIONAL

EU partners with CDB to support renewable energy in the Eastern Caribbean through geothermal energy

On Monday, in New York, the commissioner in charge of international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica and the president of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the geothermal risk mitigation programme for the Eastern Caribbean. Read more…

Jamaica to Strengthen Efforts to Combat Violent Crime With Help From IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to measurably increase the conviction rate for murders and other violent crimes.This project aims to help reduce homicides through intensified crime prevention activities as well as to improve the quality and rate of criminal investigations being managed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military says

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe and his wife have been granted immunity from prosecution, the military said Thursday, allowing the couple to remain in the country.Col. Overson Mugwisi, a spokesman for the Zimbabwean Defense Forces, told CNN that an agreement had been reached with Mugabe that included immunity and a guarantee of safety for the former leader and his wife, Grace Mugabe. Read more…

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Deal to allow return of Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown.A statement from the Bangladesh foreign ministry said displaced people could begin to return within two months.The two sides say they are working on the details of the deal, which was signed in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw. Read more

23rd November 2017

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