Daily Brief Thursday 10th November, 2022


Tobago teens get advice on studying abroad

Students interested in studying abroad were given crucial advice on Wednesday as Study Abroad Student Services (SASS) hosted UniFest Tobago College and University Fair 2022 at the Shaw Park Complex. SASS founder and managing director Esther Jones told Newsday the organisation helps fill the information gap for students and parents. SASS's objective is to assist Caribbean/international students seeking to study abroad in tertiary institutions. Read more here

Homeowners angry after more flood losses

There were calls for urgent measures to alleviate flooding yesterday, as several parts of the country were inundated by floodwaters, leaving hundreds of residents marooned in their homes. Mayaro MP Rushton Paray said repeated floods in the Mayaro communities and other parts of the country demanded immediate and extensive action from the Drainage Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport. “Minister Rohan Sinanan must direct the division to urgently initiate measures for a speedy runoff of the overflowing watercourses and remedial steps to avert further floods,” Paray said in a press release yesterday. Noting that rivers and tributaries in the Mayaro constituency were all extremely close to full capacity, he said further rainfall could cause an overflow of riverbanks. Read more here



Gopee-Scoon tells investment forum: Caribbean the place to do business

Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon says the Caribbean is eager to attract investment from global companies while strengthening trade relations among regional partners. This is the second investment forum for the year, with the first being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A virtual investment forum was held in Trinidad last year. Speaking during the welcome reception of the Caribbean Investment Forum at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, on Tuesday night, Gopee-Scoon thanked the participants for their interest in the event and emphasised the value of such activities in promoting growth in different sectors. Read more here 

Hinds, Moonilal spar over FUL recommendation in JSC

Former police commissioner Gary Griffith is accusing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds and acting Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob of being hypocrites. His accusation came yesterday in response to Hinds’ denying that he ever recommended be granted a Firearm Users Licence (FUL) during a Joint Select Committee (JSC). During the meeting, Hinds was asked by committee member Dr Roodal Moonilal whether the Prime Minister, Ministers and MPs should be barred from recommending individuals for FULs. Moonilal’s statements were hotly refuted and he eventually chose to move on from the question. However, before the meeting ended, Moonilal again raised the question, this time telling Hinds, “Earlier, I asked the question on the policy issue on whether Ministers ought to be recommending persons for FUL. You indicated then you had no recollection of recommending persons. Minister, I am inviting you to reflect on that and correct yourself.” Read more here



HDF set to take lead in green hydrogen in Trinidad and Tobago

If you are waiting in line to dance with the most beautiful girl at a ball or a dance, would you want to be the second person to dance with her – or do you want to be first? If you are training for a big race or a competition, are you practising to come in second place, or do you want to be first? If you own a business in a lucrative but competitive field, would you rather be ranked second in the world, or do you want to be first? Read more here

Caribbean Investment Forum attracts ‘overwhelming’ response

Executive director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency, Deodat Maharaj, said yesterday that the response to the Caribbean Investment Forum has been “overwhelming.” Speaking yesterday at the opening of the Forum, Maharaj said the conference organisers had to close registration on Tuesday because “we were already way over 600 participants who are overwhelmingly businesses and investors.” Read more here



‘Game over for racism as political weapon’ – President Ali

Guyanese from every community will be met where they are by the President and the government so that their welfare needs are met, and all citizens can enjoy the benefit of ‘One Guyana’ unified in development. This was the sentiment shared by President Dr. Irfaan Ali on Wednesday in a video statement where he strongly condemned the tactics of the opposition A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) in their recent ploy to block Public Service Minister Sonia Parag from accessing a public space in Belladrum, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). Read more here



Ukraine war: US estimates 200,000 military casualties on all sides

The most senior US general estimates that around 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or injured in the war in Ukraine. Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, also suggested that around 40,000 civilians had died after being caught up in the conflict. The estimates are the highest offered yet by a Western official. He also said that signs Kyiv was willing to re-enter talks with Moscow offered "a window" for negotiations. Read more here

10th November 2022


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