Daily Brief - Tuesday 28th November, 2017

NEWS

Hunters urged to stop using bright headlights

Hunters are being asked not to use powerful lamps and headlights to stun their prey, as this can seriously disrupt the behavioural patterns of night-dwelling or nocturnal animals in the immediate area, according to a release issued yesterday by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Zoological Society (ZSTT). The society said the use of artificial lights is becoming a growing trend among hunters and reminded them that such practices were not allowed under the Conservation of Wildlife Act. Read more here

Man killed, 3 hurt in drive-by

A 20-year-old former Fatima College student was murdered while on his way home from a birthday party at River Estate, Diego Martin, yesterday. Police said Abraham Simpson, of Gopaul Avenue, Diego Martin, died at the scene after gunmen shot at two cars, including Simpson’s Nissan Almera, in the community around 3 am. Simpson’s friend, Shadrach Joseph, remained hospitalised last night. Read more here

Body floating off Mosquito Creek

The body of a man was discovered floating in the Gulf of Paria yesterday afternoon. At around 3 p.m. fishermen at the Mosquito Creek saw the body in the water near the bridge on the Paria Suites side of the Mosquito Creek. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Lee: Govt has no plan

United National Congress (UNC) deputy political leader David Lee is not surprised a recent MFO poll concluded that half the population saw the Government as doing a poor job running the country, as he claimed Government has no plan or vision. Read more here

State to pay half of Devant’s legal cost in wire tapping lawsuit

The State has been ordered to pay half the legal costs of former agriculture minister Devant Maharaj’s lawsuit over the failure of the Minister of National Security to publish annual reports on wire tapping between 2012 and 2015. Delivering a decision on the issue in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, Justice Frank Seepersad ruled that Maharaj was entitled to costs even though his lawsuit was rendered academic as the ministry admitted its error and sought to correct it. However, Seepersad ruled that he is only entitled to 50 per cent of what was claimed, as he was a Cabinet minister during the period of non-compliance. Read more here

PNM Senator resigns amid father’s involvement in ‘fake oil’ scandal...

The “fake oil” scandal has claimed a political casualty with the resignation of Senator Allyson Baksh. Baksh, who is the daughter of chief executive of A&V Oil and Gas, Haniff Nazim Baksh, the man at the centre of the “fake oil” controversy, resigned as a People's National Movement (PNM) Senator yesterday. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

2017 winners of AmChamTT’s HSE Awards

Scotiabank TT and Massy Technologies Applied Imaging are the winners of AmChamTT's 4th Annual National Excellence in HSE Awards. Scotiabank won for Outstanding HSE Project: Services to the Non- Energy Sector – Large, while Massy Technologies won for Outstanding HSE Project: Services to the Energy Sector – Medium.SCOTIABANK TT and Massy Technologies Applied Imaging are the winners of AmChamTT’s 4th Annual National Excellence in HSE Awards. Read more here

Work-life balance critical to healthy living

Managing director of Blue Waters Dominic Hadeed stressed the importance of employers working with their employees to cultivate the right work-life balance to support healthier lifestyles. Hadeed spoke yesterday at the launch of the Gary Cooper Health and Wellness Room at the company's head office in Trincity. The health and wellness room was dedicated to the memory of one of Blue Waters founding and longest serving employees, Gary Cooper, who died last year from a heart attack. Read more here

New change fee on Tobago flights

Majority State-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) last night announced that it will be introducing a change fee of $50 (one-way) from December 12, 2017 on domestic flights for changes to flight and/or date by the passenger. In a statement last night, CAL said the implementation of the change fee “will support our efforts to improve the efficacy of service to our customers.” Read more here

 

REGIONAL

'Get Used To It!' - Police Watchdog Unfazed By Holness' Criticism

Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Terrence Williams, is demanding clarity from Prime Minister Andrew Holness for a statement he made on Sunday at the Jamaica Labour Party's 74th annual conference at the National Arena, where he suggested that the agency demoralises members of the police force by their overzealous manner of conducting investigations. During a press conference at the commission's New Kingston offices yesterday, Williams was adamant that INDECOM will continue to carry out its duties as outlined by law. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Kenya election: Kenyatta vows to overcome divisions

Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to overcome Kenya's divisions after being sworn in for a second term as president, at a ceremony boycotted by the opposition. Speaking after his inauguration in the capital Nairobi, he said he would try to incorporate some of the opposition's ideas "in the spirit of inclusivity". But elsewhere in the city, police clashed with opposition supporters. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who boycotted an election re-run last month, mocked Tuesday's "coronation". Read more here

Undisciplined Trump disrupts his own tax reform pitch

President Donald Trump can't -- or won't -- keep his eye on the prize. Trump has always used chaos as a tool to disorientate his rivals but now risks wounding himself with his disruptive behavior, as a critical moment looms for his presidency with a generational tax reform bill on the Senate launchpad. A traditional White House would ensure every comment, tweet, event and public message right now is geared toward the cause of passing a measure that is likely to be critical to the Republican Party's electoral fate next year. Read more here

28th November 2017

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