Sat, 30, May, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Walk good, Shahine

THE woman who changed the tide of losses for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) with an upset in a People's National Party (PNP) stronghold in St Ann North Eastern in 2001, Shahine Robinson, died at her family home in Claremont, St Ann, around midday yesterday, after a long battle with lung cancer.

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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 00:29:37 -0500 Supporters flock Robinson’s house with passing of MP

FOR SOME time it had not rained in Claremont, St Ann, but the showers came down yesterday, forcing supporters of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament (MP) for St Ann North East, Shahine Robinson, to seek shelter inside her home or other...

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:31:03 +0000 OPEN BACK RUMSHOPS

THE GROUP Bar Owners and Operators Association is calling on Prime Minister Dr Rowley, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to include all bars in the fourth phase of ease of covid19 restrictions, after the country’s rumshops were ordered closed in March under public health regulations. The newly-formed association has not been registered as yet but already has 156 members. It hopes to get buy-in from the approximately 5,000 bars throughout the country. With no new infection in over a month, Dr Rowley is expected to address the issue of further ease on restrictions when he hosts a media briefing on Saturday. Already, the construction sector, the manufacturing sector and public food stores, roadside food stalls and restaurants have resumed operations. In a press release, the association’s interim president Teron Mohan said it is in the process of developing a covid19 policy for bar operations and working with its membership to ensure compliance. In a phone interview on Friday, Mohan said research was done regarding the World Health Organization (WHO) policies. He added, the association sought consultation from local Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) consultants and the Ministry of Health. &

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:24:53 +0000 ‘Independent Thought and Caribbean Freedom’ revisited

DR KIRK MEIGHOO WE IN TT have found ourselves in a political and diplomatic mess, in the middle of a geopolitical conflict between the US and Venezuela – perhaps even Iran now? – and apparently taking sides in the latest Venezuelan civil war. It appears as though we have lost sense of the fundamentals of our independence, foreign policy and international relations. Other interests appear to be taking us off course into dangerous territory which does not serve our short-, medium- or long-term interests. An important place to start to regain our bearings is Lloyd Best’s seminal 1971 essay, “Independent Thought and Caribbean Freedom.” This was in many ways the seminal statement of the pan-Caribbean, political-intellectual New World Group – to which I have been connected for some decades. The New World Group began in Jamaica while Best was lecturing there, inspired by CLR James’s lectures at the UWI Mona Campus on the West Indies Federation. The movement spread down to Guyana, TT, and throughout the Eastern Caribbean. By 1971, Jamaica (1962), TT (1962), Guyana (1966) and Barbados (1966) had become independent. The Eastern Caribbean states had not done so as yet. Black Power, radical trade unionism, so

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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 06:31:11 +0000 PNM picks Borel for PoS South, Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande

OLYMPIC shot put finalist (2016) Cleopatra Borel was chosen as Port of Spain South prospective candidate by the PNM screening candidate on Thursday, party PRO Laurel Lezama told Newsday on Friday. The incumbent, former minister Marlene Mc Donald, did not present herself for screening. Newsday called Mc Donald on Friday for a comment and she answered, but then the phone line then went dead. While New National Vision leader Fuad Abu Bakr visited the Queen’s Hall screening venue, he was not screened, Lezama confirmed. The PNM chose former cricketer Mervyn Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande, replacing Glenda Jennings-Smith, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police. Robert Le Hunte, former public utilities minister, was screened for La Brea, along with incumbent former energy minister Nicole Olivierre, but the constituency executive was asked to widen its pool of nominees, Lezama said. Diego Martin Regional Corporation chairman Symon de Nobriega was chosen for Diego Martin Central. Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards Jnr was selected for Point Fortin, the seat now held by Housing Minister Edmund Dillon. Clifford Rambharose is prospective candidate for Oropouche East

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Fri, 29 May 2020 23:56:00 -0400 Unions: Members to speak to BOSS

Trade unions and staff associations across Barbados are now seeking to garner feedback from their members regarding what they think about the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme (BOSS). The four-year...

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Sat, 30 May 2020 00:59:51 +0000 TTPBA: PM anti-media rant can prompt 'dangerous behaviour'

THE TT Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) has said the Prime Minister's rant against the media during Thursday's post-Cabinet conference can result in journalists being put in danger. Dr Rowley, commenting on news reports over the TT/US diplomatic row – following a visit by Venezuela’s president – said there were no independent media houses in the country and all media outlets had interests to protect. The TTPBA in a media release on Friday, said that as an individual he is free to hold an opinion, but as Prime Minister elected by the citizens, he must have an expectation, as a member of government, of being held accountable. "The position of our Prime Minister is familiar and over the decades the media has been subjected to similar comments by our country’s leaders. Prime ministers and governments change, but media remains. It is also normal in an election year that tension between incumbents and the media heightens. It is déjà vu chatter!" The TTPBA said that over the years the media has experienced cyberbullying by politicians: a prime minister going to a radio station and pulling the plug; threats of revocation of a broadcast licence and the refusal to grant a broadcast license; attempts to fetter freedom of speec

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Sat, 30 May 2020 00:20:35 +0000 Junior Market rises 9% in May

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with modest gains in the market index to close out May, up 9 percent for the month but is still 21.4 percent adrift of the start of the year. At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 10 declined and eight […]

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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 22:13:56 +0000 JSE US market closes May up

Jamaica Stock Exchange, US dollar market, closed upon the final trading day of May but lost just over three percent for the month and 16 percent for the year to date. The US dollar market activity resulted in four securities changing hands, down from six on Thursday and ended with one declining and three stock […]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 21:33:30 +0000 TTSE ends month positively

Trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange ended May on a slightly positive note with the market index closing moderately higher on Friday but ending the months with a rise of nearly 65 points or 3.9 percent above April’s close. The T&T Composite Index advanced by 2.60 points to 1,289.18. The All T&T Index […]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:51:38 +0000 Poor couple who benefited from generosity of others gives back

GRATEFUL and inspired by the generosity of people who responded to their cry for help, ailing couple Evans Rajpaul and his wife Vitra Teelucksingh-Rajpaul are now giving back to others who are also in need. Last week, Rajpaul, 60, who walks with a crutch as a result of a work-related injury, and his 68-year-old wife – a cancer patient – turned to Newsday for help. Putting aside their pride, the Rajpauls, who live at an HDC apartment at Corinth Hill, San Fernando, said they were literally starving. Evans Rajpaul said they were solely dependent on Vitra’s old age pension, as a disability grant he previously received was stopped when he turned 60 in April. That is because he is now entitled to a monthly payment under the National Insurance system (NIS). However, the NIS payment is yet to be settled. Rajpaul said because of the lapse in payment, he and his wife of 33 years were saddled with mounting and unpaid debts. He said he did not want handouts, but help to get the payment so he and his wife can take care of themselves. Their story was published a week ago in Newsday’s Saturday edition, and immediately good Samaritans responded. From empty cupboards there was not enough space to store what they received. “Is whole day an

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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 18:51:38 +0000 Poor couple who benefited from generosity of others, gives back

GRATEFUL and inspired by the generosity of others who responded to their cry for help, ailing couple Evans Rajpaul and his wife Vitra Teelucksingh-Rajpaul are now giving back to others who are also in need. Last week, Rajpaul, 60, who walks with a crutch as a result of a work-related injury, and his 68-year-old wife – a cancer patient, turned to Newsday for help. Putting aside their pride, the Rajpauls who live at an HDC apartment at Corinth Hill, San Fernando, said they were literally starving. Evans Rajpaul said they were solely dependant on Vitra’s old age pension, as a disability grant he previously received was stopped when he turned 60 in April. That is because he is now entitled to a monthly payment under the National Insurance system (NIS). However, the NIS payment is yet to be settled. Rajpaul said because of the lapse in payment, he and his wife of 33-years were saddled with mounting and unpaid debts. He said he did not want handouts, but assistance to get the payment so he and his wife can take care of themselves. Their story was published one week ago in the Newsday’s Saturday edition, and immediately good Samaritans responded to their plight. From empty cupboards there was not enough space to store what they received.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 13:41:25 +0000 The Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats advocates the idea of ​​a political transition after February 7, 2021

The term of President Jovenel Moïse continues to stir public opinion. Public figures and political parties have weighed in. The Fusion of Haitian Social... The post The Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats advocates the idea of ​​a political transition after February 7, 2021 appeared first on The Haitian Times.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:19:54 +0000 BSE Trading Report Package May 29, 2020

BSE Trading Report May 29, 2020 BSE Share Summary May 29, 2020 The post BSE Trading Report Package May 29, 2020 appeared first on Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:51:38 +0000 Poor couple who benefitted from generosity of others, gives back

GRATEFUL and inspired by the generosity of others who responded to their cry for help, ailing couple Evans Rajpaul and his wife Vitra Teelucksingh-Rajpaul are now giving back to others who are also in need. Last week, Rajpaul, 60, who walks with a crutch as a result of a work-related injury, and his 68-year-old wife – a cancer patient, turned to Newsday for help. Putting aside their pride, the Rajpauls who live at an HDC apartment at Corinth Hill, San Fernando, said they were literally starving. Evans Rajpaul said they were solely dependant on Vitra’s old age pension, as a disability grant he previously received was stopped when he turned 60 in April. That is because he is now entitled to a monthly payment under the National Insurance system (NIS). However, the NIS payment is yet to be settled. Rajpaul said because of the lapse in payment, he and his wife of 33-years were saddled with mounting and unpaid debts. He said he did not want handouts, but assistance to get the payment so he and his wife can take care of themselves. Their story was published one week ago in the Newsday’s Saturday edition, and immediately good Samaritans responded to their plight. From empty cupboards there was not enough space to store what they received.

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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 09:34:18 -0500 Stocks Round Up | 75 stocks traded

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Combined Index was again slightly down on Thursday with an advance/decline ratio of 29/33. The JSE Combined Index fell marginally 706.37 points or 0.19 per cent to close at 377,801.79. The JSE Main Market Index was...

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Fri, 29 May 2020 14:49:08 +0000 Marlene OUT, Olympian Borel IN

2016 Olympic shot put finalist Cleopatra Borel was chosen as the PNM's Port of Spain South prospective candidate by the party's screening committee on Thursday. In confirming this on Friday, the party's PRO Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing told Newsday that incumbent PoS South MP Marlene Mc Donald did not present herself for screening. While fromer NNV leader Fuad Abu Bakr visited the Queen's Hall screening venue, he was not screened, Lezama-Lee Sing also confirmed. The PNM also on Thursday chose former West Indies and TT cricketer Mervyn Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande replacing incumbent MP, Glenda Jennings-Smith. Robert Le Hunte, former public utilities minister, was screened for La Brea, along with incumbent Nicole Olivierre, but the constituency executive was asked to widen its pool of nominees, the PNM's PRO said. Diego Martin Regional Corporation chairman Symon de Nobriga was chosen as Diego Martin Central prospective candidate. Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards Jnr was selected for the Point Fortin seat held by Edmund Dillon. Clifford Rambharose is the prospective candidate for Oropouche East. [caption id="attachment_827725" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 10:00:00 -0400 Bahamas has worst budget in living memory, says opposition

NASSAU, Bahamas – The main opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on Wednesday labeled the 2020/21 budget as the worst budget in “living memory”. Following the tabling of the budget by the Dr Hubert...

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Fri, 29 May 2020 12:15:33 +0000 Dominican Republic opposition candidate will win in a runoff: poll

Santo Domingo.- Discarded the fact that in the country there is a winner of the elections on July 5 in the first balloting by the pollster Mark Penn Stagwell, everything will be defined in a runoff, which would be won by the candidate of the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), Luis Abinader said the firm Thursday night. According to the second report of the survey, the opposition candidate “would win” the elections with 46%, while Gonzalo Castillo, an official candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), would only get 42%. These results are conditional on that second round, scheduled for July 26, taking place on a scenario between Castillo and Abinader, “but with a high of 12% undecided.”

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