Daily Brief - Tuesday 13th September, 2022

NEWS

Schoolboy among 3 killed by police – Mom: Clear my boy's name

The mother of a teenager who was among thee people shot dead by police on Saturday, said her son paid with his life after he decided to accept a drop from a neighbour. Speaking on Monday, Magilta Dujon said her son, Maalik Paul, 17, left home on Saturday to assist neighbours with yard work and was killed on his way home. Police reported that at about 12.30 pm on September 10, officers on an exercise in Couva, attempted to get the driver of a silver-grey Isuzu Dmax van, which was proceeding along Esperanza Road, to stop. Read more here

Villagers cut off after Mayaro landslips

More than ten households are now cut off because of two landslips which developed along the Old Rio Claro/Mayaro Road, leaving residents and farmers in distress. Since the land caved in two weeks ago, farmers have been walking to their fields and using wheelbarrows to bring out their produce. Over 11 acres of agricultural lands are now inaccessible and farmers say they face the heartache of watching their crops rot in the fields. Speaking to Guardian Media yesterday, farmer Anthony Moore said he had to make four trips in and out of his fields to get a supply of plantains for a customer. “It was stress walking up and down. For every trip, I had to walk with the barrow, load it and bring it out. It took me almost two hours to get the produce out. We are frustrated and we want the Government to step in and assist us,” Moore said. Read more here

 

POLITICS

PM expects hectic Parliament session, unhappy with justice system

Now that the Third Session of the 12th Parliament has been officially opened, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley revealed yesterday that it will be a busy session for the next year. “This period that is coming up would be very hectic, there are a number of things that the Government intends to get done,” Rowley said. The contentious Public Procurement legislation is high on the list to be completed. “We expect to get the procurement legislation proclaimed fully, there are some lil (sic) hiccups and rough edges in there but I expect that we are going to go ahead with it and smooth them out along the way,” he said. Read more here

Heed your own advice

President Paula-Mae Weekes should honour her own words rather than come to the Parliament to “bouff” politicians about their behaviour, says Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Speaking to the media at the Rotunda of the Red House following the ceremonial opening of the Parliament yesterday, the former prime minister hit back at the President as she noted that the Office of the President was embroiled in the controversy surrounding the collapse of the former Police Service Commission (PolSC) and the withdrawal of the Police Commissioner merit list after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with former PolSC chairman Bliss Seepersad at President’s House. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

CAL cargo goes door-to-door

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) recently relaunched a redefined door-to-door skybox service. In a media release yesterday the airline said customers can shop online and have their packages of 50 pounds or less delivered directly to their homes or businesses. For now, the product is being offered in Trinidad and Tobago, with two convenient locations at Caribbean Airlines’ Cargo Office in Piarco and at the Parkade Building in Port of Spain. Currently, Tobago has a delivery-only option. Eventually, the airline said Jetpak will expand to other countries in the Caribbean Airlines network. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Laluni farmers expect boost in profits with $50M road works

With works soon to commence on the main access road of Laluni, a small farming community on the Linden Soesdyke-Highway, farmers are in high spirits as they anticipate a big boost in their profits. Earlier this month, President, Dr. Mohammed Irfaan Ali visited the community and announced that some $50 million in contracts will be awarded for the rehabilitation of the road. These works will be done in two phases and will see members of the community being employed during the second phase. Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle in a recent interview, citrus farmer, Shivnarine Singh, said, “I feel really glad, because first time the President came and we living at the back here and like no body don’t remember we, so I feel glad.” Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine war: What will Russia's losses mean for Putin?

You can normally expect Russian state TV's flagship weekly news programme to trumpet Kremlin successes. But Sunday's edition opened with a rare admission. "On the frontlines of the special operation [in Ukraine], this has been the toughest week so far," declared sombre-looking anchor Dmitry Kiselev. "It was particularly tough along the Kharkiv front, where following an onslaught by enemy forces that outnumbered ours, [Russian] troops were forced to leave towns they had previously liberated." For "liberated", read "seized". Moscow had occupied those areas months ago, but after a lightning counter-offensive by the Ukrainian army, the Russian military has lost considerable territory in north-east Ukraine. Still, Russian state media are putting a brave face on things. Officially, what happened in Kharkiv region isn't being referred to here as a "retreat". Read more here

13th September 2022

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