Daily Brief - Thursday 24th November, 2022


KC Confectionery, leading the way on SDGs

In one way or another, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were always topics of concern and consideration for many organisations. But it wasn't until September 2015 that these issues and others were compiled at the UN Summit in New York. Ending world hunger and poverty; ensuring that the world practises good health and well-being, creating a framework for net-zero emissions; reducing inequalities and creating affordable and clean energy to meet the demands of the world; and providing decent work and encouraging economic growth, among other key issues were finally given a deadline, as signatories promised to do their part. Read more here

Boy, 5, survives four-storey fall from building

A five-year-old boy who fell off a fourth-floor balcony minutes after he arrived home from school yesterday, survived after landing in a muddy puddle at the back of the apartment complex. Sequan Manswell was reportedly peering over the balcony outside his apartment when he fell head-first over the railing. Manswell, who lives with his mother Jamilia Manswell, had just been dropped off by his driver at Building 21, Maloney, and had been sent up to his apartment by a neighbour on the second floor when the incident occurred around 2.45 pm. The woman, who later heard noise from the fall, said she thought it was “a fridge falling.” Read more here



Tuesday hearing for UNC local government election injunction

Next Tuesday, the High Court will hear arguments on the emergency application filed for injunctive relief as part of the legal challenge to the possible delaying of local government elections by a year. On Wednesday, Justice Jacqueline Wilson set November 29 for oral submissions on the injunction application of activist Ravi Balgobin-Maharaj who is asking the court to restrain all councillors and aldermen, who were elected after the December 2, 2019 local government election, from acting beyond December 3, 2022. In the alternative, Balgobin-Maharaj wants the offices of all councillors and aldermen declared vacant from December 4. Read more here

PM wants T&T to be clean fuel hub

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Trinidad and Tobago is aiming to become a major provider of clean fuel. He made the comment as Proman and Stena Bulk launched its first methanol-powered vessel, the Stena Pro Patria, outside the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The vessel is said to be the first of its kind, emanating from the partnership between global methanol producer Proman and Stena Bulk, one of the world’s leading tanker operations. Read more here



‘Govt, Proman aiming to make T&T a refuelling hub’

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday that T&T will explore a bunkering industry, based on the use of methanol as a marine fuel. He made this comment at the launch of Proman’s methanol-fuelled tanker, Stena Pro Patria, at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain last night. He said that T&T would seek to take advantage of its geographical location, of being close to the Panama Canal by offering fuel services for ships. In addition, he said Proman’s ability to provide methanol fuel would be viewed as part of T&T’s climate change response. Read more here



$59M water supply system commissioned at Isseneru

A $59M water supply system has been commissioned in the village of Isseneru, Region Seven, providing first-time access to potable water. The system was commissioned on Tuesday by the Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal. Also present were the Director of Hinterland Services, Ramchand Jailal; Toshao Dhaness Larson; residents and other officials. Minister Croal, in his address, stated that the development of water and other services in hinterland communities is paramount to the government. Read more here



Afghanistan: 'I drug my hungry children to help them sleep'

Afghans are giving their hungry children medicines to sedate them - others have sold their daughters and organs to survive. In the second winter since the Taliban took over and foreign funds were frozen, millions are a step away from famine. "Our children keep crying, and they don't sleep. We have no food," Abdul Wahab said. "So we go to the pharmacy, get tablets and give them to our children so that they feel drowsy." He lives just outside Herat, the country's third largest city, in a settlement of thousands of little mud houses that has grown over decades, filled with people displaced and battered by war and natural disasters. Read more here

24th November 2022


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