Sat, 30 May 2020 01:12:29 +0000 Meeting the Country’s Needs Amid Economic Hardship

The massive relief effort to assist thousands of destitute families with food supplies during the economic hardship that has befallen the country since the initial wave of COVID-19 is ongoing.  [...]

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Sat, 30 May 2020 01:10:10 +0000 Criminal Charges for Herman Longsworth

Former Minister of Sports and Consul General in New York, Herman Longsworth was fired after it was revealed that he was responsible for questionable cash transactions. An audit into the [...]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:31:44 -0500 15 Opposition MPs demand meeting with Phillips to discuss future of PNP

A group of 15 Opposition Members of Parliament have written to Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips demanding a meeting by Monday to discuss the future of the People’s National Party. There are 29 Opposition Members of Parliament. In a letter...

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Sat, 30 May 2020 00:29:21 -0500 Pressure on Phillips - Bunting-backed Comrades demand meeting with PNP president

THERE IS another political flare-up in the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) as its president, Dr Peter Phillips, has yielded to a demand by a Peter Bunting faction to discuss the party’s future. “There has not been a meeting between you...

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:50:52 +0000 Borel 'puts' out Marlene in PoS South

FRESHLY-SELECTED PNM Port of Spain South candidate Cleopatra Borel says she intends to continue building on the many positive works of incumbent MP Marlene McDonald, having replaced the latter at the party’s screening on Thursday. Borel is a four-time Olympic shot-put athlete and 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games gold medallist. She got the nod ahead of current constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and TT Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis. Borel was selected to serve alongside the party’s latest candidate additions including national men's cricket coach Mervyn Dillon (Toco/Sangre Grande), Symon De Nobrega (Diego Martin Central), Kennedy Richards Jr (Point Fortin) and Clifford Rambharose (Oropouche East). The seasoned athlete expressed delight on her selection and felt “honoured” and “privileged” to be chosen ahead of her fellow nominees. “I look forward to working for the people and becoming an asset to everyone in the area. I intend to work towards building our constituency and carrying on from the work that has already been done in the area. I hope to continue to represent and meet the people of the constituency, liaising with the current MP (McDonald) and to continue in a po

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Sat, 30 May 2020 05:00:33 +0000 GECOM opens probe into alleged electoral fraud

…seeks immigration records of persons listed as voted …PPP/C objects, threatens court action if Commission proceeds IN an effort to confirm or negate allegations that Guyanese who were out of the jurisdiction during the conduct of the March 2,2020 General and Regional Elections are marked as voted, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has requested immigration

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:01 +0000 1,555 ballot boxes processed

Day 24 of the National Recount of the votes at the General and Regional Elections came to a close with 82 ballot boxes being processed, thereby taking the total number of ballot boxes processed to date to 1, 555. There are an overall total of 2,339 ballot boxes, and with 1,555 completed, there remain 784

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:58:50 +0000 GLSC’s Benn addresses UN Expert Group on land administration

CHIEF Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor L. Benn has highlighted the importance of all countries being included and considered on the issue of effective land management. On Friday, via the virtual meeting, Benn addressed the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Expert Group

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:58:45 +0000 GECOM extends recount deadline to June 13

THE long-awaited results for the General and Regional Elections are likely to be declared in June, days after the completion of the National Recount, which has been extended to June 13, based on an amended order issued by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Addendum to the Order, signed by the Chair of GECOM, Justice

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Sat, 30 May 2020 00:02:29 +0000 JSE Notice to All Listed Companies Re: Holding of Invalid AGMs

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (“JSE”) notes with concern reports in the media, and complaints from various stakeholders, which suggest that some companies have held, or have issued notices which suggest that they are planning to hold, Annual General Meetings in a manner which the JSE and the Companies Office of Jamaica have previously warned would […] The post JSE Notice to All Listed Companies Re: Holding of Invalid AGMs appeared first on Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 23:17:51 +0000 Cudjoe unopposed for Tobago West

COREY CONNELLY Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Ayanna Webster-Roy and veterinarian Dr Kern Johnson are to be screened on May 31 to contest the PNM’s Tobago East seat in the upcoming general election. And Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Shamfa Cudjoe is the sole nominee to be screened for the Tobago West seat. PNM Tobago Council general secretary Yolanda George confirmed the developments in an interview with Newsday on Thursday. She said nominations closed at 6pm on Wednesday. George said in Tobago East, the nominations from the constituency’s youth league and 19 party groups were split between Webster-Roy and Johnson. She added the other three contenders in the race to contest the Tobago East seat – Brian Nurse, Julette Pope and Crystal Edwards – did not receive any nominations. George said Cudjoe got overwhelming support from the Tobago West constituency youth league and 25 party groups. She said the screening exercise is expected to take place at 4pm but a venue is still to be decided. PNM Tobago Council chairman Stanford Callender said at a virtual news conference on May 22 the party is in full election mode. He added the party has already identified its campaign co-ordinator

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Fri, 29 May 2020 23:05:51 +0000 35 girls under 12 give birth over seven-year period

SOME 35 girls, age 12 or under, gave birth in a seven-year period. This was revealed the thirteenth report of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Social Services and Public Administration recently laid in Parliament. These figures were collected at the main public hospitals in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Mount Hope, Sangre Grande, and Tobago for 2008-2015. In that period, some 2,645 girls age 13-16 gave birth. Some 11,717 girls age 17-19 also became mothers. This sum of 14,397 teenage and pre-teenage girls giving birth made up nine per cent (one in 11) of all births. The area with the highest number of teen births was Port of Spain followed by St George East, while the lowest rate was in St Patrick. The report cited Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi in 2016 saying that for 2011-2015, some 764 abortions were done on girls 13-19 at three major public hospitals. The JSC said, “TT has one of the lowest rates of adolescent pregnancy in the region.” It said the adolescent fertility rate in TT fell from 86 cases per 1,000 girls in 1980 to 34 cases per 1,000 in 2015. The Latin America and Caribbean regional average rate is 66 cases per 1,000, compared to a world average of 46 cases, and a US rate of 30 cases and a Canada rate of 11

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Fri, 29 May 2020 21:54:51 +0000 CWI gives green light for England tour

CRICKET West Indies (CWI) has given the green light "in principle" for the West Indies three-match Test tour of England, expected to start in July. After months of speculation, CWI is comfortable with the covid19 measures in place and is willing to send its players to England. The CWI decision was finalised at a board of directors teleconference, on Thursday. CWI will now have to liaise with the relevant authorities throughout the Caribbean to facilitate the process of getting all the Windies players to Antigua. The players will meet in Antigua, before taking a chartered flight to England. The Ministry of National Security in TT will have to facilitate the process in getting the TT players to Antigua. United Kingdom is greatly affected by the virus with over 270,000 cases and over 38,000 deaths. A number of the Windies players have resumed training this week under strict covid19 guidelines. Captain Jason Holder, along with fellow Barbadians Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks and Raymon Reifer resumed training at Kensington Oval, on Monday. The Antiguan pair of Alzarri Joseph and Rahkeem Cornwall also trained this week at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. The post

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Fri, 29 May 2020 21:14:10 +0000 First Rock Capital Holdings Limited (FIRSTROCK) Considers Dividend

First Rock Capital Holdings Limited (FIRSTROCK) has advised that there will be a Board of Directors’ meeting on June 5, 2020 at which the Board will consider the payment of interim dividend payments to all shareholders. The post First Rock Capital Holdings Limited (FIRSTROCK) Considers Dividend appeared first on Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:05:30 +0000 GECOM extends National Recount deadline to June 13

The order for  the ongoing national recount of the ballots cast at the March 2, 2020 General and Regional elections has been amended with the new deadline for the completion of the process being June 13,2020. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) met over the past three days to determine the timeline for the expansion of

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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:20:51 +0000 State agrees to compensate man accidentally shot by police

THE STATE has agreed to compensate a Marabella man who was accidentally shot in the hip by police who were chasing masked individuals outside a bar in the area in 2016. Kendell Wright filed a personal injury claim against the State seeking compensation for loss of earnings, physiotherapy, and other medical expenses. A consent order was entered into by the State before Justice James Aboud who signed off on it. It was agreed that Wright would be paid $101,349.32 in damages and interest and $9,000 in costs. Wright said he was outside Foxy’s Bar, Southern Main Road, Marabella, on September 19, 2016, buying a burger when he saw a group of masked individuals running towards a small lane next to the bar. He said shortly after, two policemen followed the direction the men disappeared and began shooting. Wright said the police fired no warning shots and everyone who were outside the bar took cover to avoid being hit. He said after the gunfire stopped, he felt a burning sensation in his hip. Wright said one police officer tried to arrest him, but patrons at the bar told him he was not one of the masked individuals they were chasing. Wright, who was represented by attorney Josiah Soo-Hon, said in his claim that the police did not take him to

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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:16:34 +0000 Borel ‘puts’ out Marlene in PoS South

Freshly elected PNM Port-of-Spain south candidate, Cleopatra Borel intends to continue building on the many positive works done by incumbent MP Marlene McDonald having replaced the latter at the party’s screening on Thursday. The four-time Olympic shot-put athlete got the nod ahead of current constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and TT Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis. Freshly selected PNM Port of Spain south candidate Cleopatra Borel says she intends to continue building on the many positive works of incumbent MP Marlene McDonald, having replaced the latter at the party’s screening on Thursday. Borel is a four-time Olympic shot-put athlete and 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games gold medallist. She got the nod ahead of current constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and TT Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis. Borel was selected to serve alongside the party’s latest candidate additions including national senior cricket coach Mervyn Dillon (Toco/Sangre Grande), Symon De Nobrega (Diego Martin Central), Kennedy Richards Jr (Point Fortin) and Clifford Rambharose (Oropouche East). The seasoned athlete expressed delight on her selection and felt “honoured” and “privileged” to be chosen ahead of

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:50:51 +0000 UWI modifies entry requirements in light of covid19

The UWI has announced its decision to modify the matriculation requirements for the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement released on Thursday, the university announced its board of undergraduate studies made the decision on Tuesday, following the closure of schools and postponement of exams due to covid19. The statement said students will qualify as normal matriculants to the UWI if they have passed at least two CAPE subjects either at unit 1 or 2 (grades 1-4), have the requisite CSEC subjects and are currently registered for either unit 1 or 2. It said the decision is grounded in scientific analysis of students’ predictive performance which shows that passes at CAPE unit 1 (grades 1-4) were 97 per cent predictive of success at CAPE unit 2. The statement said, “The proposal on the adjusted matriculation requirements was jointly presented by the UWI and the Caribbean Examination Council to the ministries of education at CARICOM’s council for human and social development meeting earlier this month, where it received endorsement.” Pro Vice-Chancellor of the board, Professor Clive Landis said universities around the world have had to adapt to more flexible admissions processes in response to the pandemic. “As a world-ranked university

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:44:51 +0000 EC Central Bank: Covid19 provides opportunities

EASTERN Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) senior project specialist Shelby Welsh on Thursday said the covid19 pandemic has provided opportunities for advancement in the digital realm. Welson expressed this view during a virtual meeting hosted by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisations (CANTO). With physical and social distancing being part of the new normal around the world, Lewis said there are greater opportunities now that in the pre-covid19 period for digital. "Digital is here," she said,. With almost everyone chats on WhatsApp, virtual government and virtual meetings in countries which are scheduled to have elections are becoming a norm, Lewis said, "Covid19 has been a watershed moment for all of us." She said it opens the conversation about whether people use digital technology to be a consumer or provide a service. In this regard, Lewis said covid19 has placed priority on projects such as the ECCB Digital EC Currency (DXCD) pilot project which was launched on March 12, 2019. The pilot involves a securely minted and issued digital version of the EC dollar (DXCD). Lewis explained the objective of the pilot is to assess the potential efficiency and welfare gains that could be achieved: deeper financial inclusion, ec

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:26:51 +0000 Free online Microsoft Suite training

MICROSOFT Trinidad will host free virtual webinars in June to train people to fully utilise its Microsoft Suite. As the needs for remote teamwork including remote work and education rapidly change during covid19, Microsoft will co-host three webinars to equip individuals and businesses, with fundamental knowledge on the versatility of its suite of products. The June 1 webinar will teach people how to run effective meetings in Microsoft Teams and learn the best way to have efficient meetings. People can register here for that workshop: https://imsr.me/msteamstrainingjune On June 2, people can learn about the Windows Virtual Desktop to efficiently navigate the Microsoft cloud system. Workshop attendees will lean how to run a business virtually using the Microsoft Office Suite that merges both the desktop and mobile applications on Microsoft Azure. Webinar attendees will be taught how to optimise the use of Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and the Azure platform. Register here: https://imsr.me/msttwindowsdesktop On June 15, Microsoft will discuss the privacy and security of Microsoft Teams. “At Microsoft, privacy and security are not an afterthought. It is our commitment to you – not only during this challenging time, it alwa

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:25:03 +0000 Appeal Court gives advice for small-weed convictions

THOSE convicted for possession of small amounts of marijuana should apply to the Commissioner of Police to have their criminal records expunged. This was the advice by Justices of Appeal Mark Mohammed and Maria Wilson who held the court had no jurisdiction in an appeal brought by a man who was convicted in 2016, of possession of three grammes of marijuana. Dion Horsford challenged the severity of his sentence – a fine of $800. His attorneys, Nicole Maharaj and Taradath Singh raised the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2019, which decriminalises small amounts of the drug. In giving the court’s opinion, Wilson said there was a method provided under the new law for those convicted to apply to the commission to have their records wiped clean. She said after that option is taken, then Horsford could then file a notice of abandonment of his appeal. In her submissions, senior prosecutor Mauricia Joseph told the court Horsford could not complain about the severity of sentence or conviction since the $800 fine was a reasonable one. “His recourse should not be to the Court of Appeal but to the Commissioner of Police. This is not the place for this. Although he wanted a reprimand and discharge, the sentence imp

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:14:51 +0000 Third contender declares interest in fighting Moruga/Tableland

A third candidate has thrown his hat into the ring to contest the marginal and now controversial hot seat of Moruga/Tableland where battle lines are being drawn in the sand over the choice of candidates. Steve Alvarez, political leader of the Democratic Party of TT (DPTT), who was born in Moruga but lives in Diego Martin, said his decision to contest the seat is an answer to calls from people who want real representation. “I choose Moruga because, of all the places I lived before, Moruga remains home,” he told Newsday. “I still have the house I grew up in at Moruga. I usually go there on weekends. I also do a bit of agriculture in Moruga at our ancestral lands. I have never lost touch with Moruga or the people I grew up with.” Although he has been knocking on yet unopened political doors, Alvarez who contested and lost Diego Martin Central and East in the past, believes he has the best possible chance this time around of winning the seat against the main contenders. Winston “Gypsy” Peters has been selected to replace incumbent Dr Lovell Francis as the People’s National Movement (PNM) prospective candidate. Local Government councillor Michelle Benjamin is the United National Congress’ (UNC’s) choice in that constituency. Alvarez

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Fri, 29 May 2020 17:45:51 +0000 CSEC/CAPE exams start July 13

CSEC and CAPE examinations will begin on July 13. Minister of Education Anthony Garcia made the announcement on Friday morning during a press conference at the ministry’s office, St Vincent street Port of Spain. This decision to have the exams in July, came out of a meeting on May 8 with the CEO of the CXC and education ministers in the region. On Wednesday, CXC sent a proposal on a date to start of the exams. Garcia took the proposal to Cabinet on Thursday and government agreed on the date. The CXC exams will include a multiple choice paper and School Based Assessments (SBA) while subjects without an SBA, will see two exam papers. The deadline for SBAs has been extended to June 30 and teachers will be allowed to go into schools to meet with students to help them complete their SBAs, from June 7. Changes to facilitate the practical aspect of some exams were also decided on. The ministry will be spending $6 million to ensure schools are properly sanitised. Proper hygiene, guidelines for cleaning and sanitisation and signage with covid19 information are apart of the ministry’s plans to protect all teachers and students. He said there are also policies being developed to screen student and teachers entering the school’s compound, this includes the use of t

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Fri, 29 May 2020 16:57:35 +0000 Registering newborn babies during COVID-19

The General Registry has released details of new arrangements whereby parents can register their new-born babies during the COVID-19 restrictions.  The post Registering newborn babies during COVID-19 appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 16:57:35 +0000 Registering new-born babies during COVID-19

The General Registry has released details of new arrangements whereby parents can register their new-born babies during the COVID-19 restrictions.  The post Registering new-born babies during COVID-19 appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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