Fri, 23 Oct 2020 02:07:07 +0000 Did U.D.P. Nominate a COVID-19 Candidate?

Did the U.D.P. nominate a COVID-19 candidate? There are reports circulating, though unconfirmed that Anthony “Tony” Herrera of Corozal South East was tested for the virus again on Sunday. But [...]

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:15:09 -0500 Mixed reactions to COVID cluster in Vineyard Town

Residents of Vineyard Town in Kingston have reacted with shock to news of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Golden Age Home in the community. On Tuesday, the Minister of Health and Wellness reported that a cluster of cases had been found at the home after...

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:54:27 -0500 COVID tally at The Golden Age Home jumps to 69

Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton has reported that another 26 COVID cases have been confirmed at The Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, Kingston. This means there are now 69 cases there.  This comprises 40 residents and 19...

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:25:55 +0000 $15m spent to prepare for property tax

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert reported that more than $15 million has been spent on hiring field officers to conduct assessments on buildings and other assets as part of the implementation of property tax. He was speaking Thursday as the Standing Finance Committee examined the estimates of the Finance Ministry. Oropouche West MP Davendranath Tancoo asked about $7 million for travelling and subsistence, an increase of $4 million. Imbert said this had to do with the intention to step up visits to properties for valuations for the collection of property tax. Tancoo also asked about a line item for $17 million for contract employment. Imbert explained that in 2020 the ministry brought on a significant number of field officers and the process for the implementation of property tax. He also reported there were 333 contract positions for the implementation of the property tax. Mayaro MP Rushton Paray asked if the number of officers was sufficient to complete the number of homes to trigger the property tax (50 per cent) and Imbert replied the ministry was utilising a variety of approaches including databases. He added if additional workers are required the ministry will approach Cabinet to get more staff. Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein asked the pe

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:22:57 +0000 Trini woman among 3 charged for Scarborough break-in

A TRINIDAD woman is among three people who appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates Virtual Court on Wednesday, charged with breaking into LAL’s Building, Dutch Fort, Scarborough, on October 18. Sparkle Christmas, of Claxton Bay; Winston Bailey, 29, a labourer of Mt Marie, Scarborough; and Taireke Lawrence, 21, a labourer, of Dutch Fort, stood before before magistrate Jo-Anne Connor in the First Court, charged with housebreaking with intent. Bailey, who pleaded guilty, begged for leniency and was sentenced to six months’ hard labour. Christmas was fined $3,000 or six months’ hard labour. Lawrence, who pleaded not guilty, was put on $45,000 bail with surety. Lawrence also has the option of paying $3,000 in cash on condition that he report to the Scarborough Police Station every Saturday. He is expected to reappear at the court on November 17. WPC Stewart of the CID laid the charges. The post Trini woman among 3 charged for Scarborough break-in appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:33:56 +0000 Angostura puts advisory labels on products

Angostura is putting advisories on labels for its latest products. The upgraded labels on White Oak Watermelon Flavoured Rum inform consumers about the number of calories per drink and include warnings on underage consumption, driving under the influence and drinking during pregnancy. A release from Angostura said this latest initiative puts Angostura ahead of its international counterparts, as the introduction of the new labels will increase the information on the rum products to consumers. Launched in August, White Oak Watermelon Flavoured Rum is the latest addition to Angostura’s rum portfolio. The labels on White Oak Sorrel and Coconut Flavoured Rums also have warning signs and a responsibility statement. The advisory labels will be introduced to all new products and will be rolled out to existing products within the next year. Angostura’s acting CEO Ian Forbes said while adding the advisory labels is an expensive process, consumers need to be better informed and understand what they are buying and drinking. “This is really a natural progression for us...It has coincided well with the launch of several new and exciting products from us, such as our White Oak Watermelon Flavoured Rum. Despite a difficult year for t

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:36:35 +0000 Fearless speakers for TEDx PoS

THIS year's TEDx Port of Spain, like almost every event since March, is going virtual for its tenth anniversary. The TEDx co-ordinators had big plans for this milestone event. The speakers were chosen by January, and to celebrate the tenth anniversary, TEDx would have been held on the tenth day of the tenth month. When they realised the event would not happen, plans were first cancelled, but Dennise Demming, co-licence owner of TEDx Port of Spain, said she knew the group had to celebrate despite the pandemic. "We became competent in an in-person conference and covid happened, so we've had to pivot away from an in-person conference to a virtual online conference...For a long time we were immobilised by fear. We decided no matter what, we would have it. We wanted to have it on the tenth of the tenth, but we pushed it back. We can't have the tenth anniversary pass and covid stop us. That's why we had it on October 24," Demming said. TEDx is using a platform called Hubilo, a virtual event platform, in addition to Zoom for tomorrow's event. "The platform, laid on top of Zoom, gives you a virtual experience. We are trying to mimic a new approach. It virtual-mimics what we've been accustomed to with our in-person experience...If we were having it a

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:39:03 +0000 Wallace willing to take FIFA case to Privy Council

TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace is not ruling out the possibility of taking his ongoing battle against world football body FIFA all the way to the Privy Council if he has to. Wallace told Newsday on Thursday the idea of taking the case to the London courts – TT’s highest appellate court – if the Court of Appeal’s decision is not in his favour, is something he “cannot disagree with.” It is now nearly eight months since Wallace began his legal battle against FIFA after it removed his administration and appointed a normalisation committee to run the affairs of local football, on March 17. FIFA insisted the move was not victimisation and that the decision was made because of “a massive debt” and financial woes. It also refused to acknowledge TT’s High Court as a legitimate option for the hearing after Wallace appealed. It said the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland is the only court it recognises for such disputes. Initially, Wallace and his attorneys – Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle – appealed to the CAS but withdrew, moving to TT’s High Court, as they believed they would not get a “fair hearing” from the Swiss c

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:19:09 -0500 Parade of airline losses for American carriers

Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic chokes off air travel, but a recent uptick in passengers, however modest, has provided some hope. American Airlines on Thursday reported a loss of US$2.4 billion and...

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Fri, 23, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Raising party funds hinges on PNP being united — Hanna

THE Opposition People's National Party (PNP) can claw its way out of the apparent financial hole in which it has found itself, aspiring president Lisa Hanna believes.But, that will only happen if members of the embattled party can unite, she cautioned, following a series of leadership challenges brought on by constant infighting.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:37:54 +0000 DEADLY DISPUTE – Arima man shot dead by older relative

A DOMESTIC dispute between members of an Arima family ended in death on Thursday morning when a 38-year-old labourer was shot once in the chest at point blank range by an older male relative. Police said at about 10.30 am, Allan Stoute was in a heated argument at his Mt Pleasant Road home with a 61-year-old relative. It was reported that when Stoute grabbed a cutlass, his relative pulled out his licensed firearm and open fire. Other family members who heard the shot called the police and an ambulance which later took Stoute to the Arima Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police arrested Stoute's relative and seized his pistol, ammunition and Firearms User's Licence (FUL) documents. One spent shell was also recovered. When Newsday visited the home, a brother of the victim who asked not to be publicly identified, said this shooting was the culmination of years of aggravation, provocation and arguments meted out to him and his brother by the suspect. The victim's brother claimed that both he and Stoute were victims of repeated bullying and provocation by the older relative who is a businessman and a hunter. The brother said that he and Stoute had regular disputes with the suspect but added that

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:07:54 +0000 Two new covid19 deaths, 54 new cases

There have been 54 new reported cases of covid19 between Wednesday and Thursday, with two additional deaths, according to the Ministry of Health's 4 pm update on Thursday. This is a decrease in the number of new cases recorded, as there were 59 on Wednesday. The release said the two latest fatalities were both elderly men with pre-existing medical conditions. There are 1,467 active cases, and there have been 103 deaths. As of Thursday afternoon, the total number of cases stood at 5,446. The release on Thursday also reported that there were 39 recovered community cases and five people have been discharged from public health facilities. The post Two new covid19 deaths, 54 new cases appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:46:59 +0000 AM Best Affirms “A” Ratings Of BF&M

BF&M Limited announced today that AM Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A [Excellent] of BF&M Life Insurance Company Limited [BF&M Life], BF&M General Insurance Company Limited [BF&M General] and Island Heritage Insurance Company, Ltd. [Island Heritage]. The outlook of each of these ratings is stable. The outlook of each of these ratings […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:01:55 +0000 Alleged Oropouche car thief denied bail

An Oropouche man who was arrested and charged for stealing a carwas denied bail when he appeared before a San Fernando magistrate on Thursday. A police media release said David Ramsey was arrested when he was stopped by police on Hector Street, La Romaine, while driving a black Kia Cerato. Ramsey got out of the car and ran off but was arrested. The release said the car was reported stolen by its owner and had false registration plates. The owner identified Ramsey as the man who stole the car. He was charged with robbery with violence and was remanded into custody. The post Alleged Oropouche car thief denied bail appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:01:55 +0000 Pleasantville man denied bail for attempted rape

A man who allegedly attacked a woman while she was putting out the garbage last week Monday in San Fernando faced a magistrate on Thursday charged with three offences, including attempted rape and robbery with violence. PC Clarence of the Mon Repos CID on Wednesday also charged Roger Greene with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Greene lives in Pleasantville, a release from police said on Thursday. The victim reported that last week Monday, Greene allegedly entered the property at Richard Street. She was taking out her garbage and he forced her back into the house. He also beat her,then robbed her of $6,300 and a quantity of foreign currency. The release said Mon Repos CID recovered $6,200 from Greene. CSI personnel who visited the scene used fingerprints to identify the accused. The magistrate denied bail and adjourned the case to next week Friday. The post Pleasantville man denied bail for attempted rape appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:07:54 +0000 RBC, Pan American Life team up to help small businesses

RBC Royal Bank has partnered with the Pan-American Life Insurance Group to supply 30 small businesses in TT with covid19 care packages. A release issued by the bank on Wednesday said each package contains personal protective equipment (PPE) products and signage to help business owners safeguard their staff and customers. The packages will be delivered in the next few weeks. Greer Quan, CEO-Caribbean at the Pan-American Life Insurance Group, said, “Small businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. As many regions move into the stabilisation phase, PPE will be vital to their recovery.” She went on to say this initiative shows the "power of collaboration." RBC managing director Gretchen Camacho-Mohammed said, “With restrictions being lifted, we saw a need to help small business owners not only financially but also to assist them in preparation for their return to office and/or reopenings.” She thanked the Pan-American Life Insurance Group for working with the bank to “bring this initiative to life. “As corporate partners working together we are stronger in the positive impact we can make in society. We all need to work together to protect lives and livelihoods for all stakeholders as we make

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:37:41 +0000 RCIPS logs 1,876 domestic violence reports in 9 months

Cayman’s domestic violence reports appear to be continuing the upward trajectory it has been on over the last couple of year as reports at the close of September were just shy of the 2000 mark. The post RCIPS logs 1,876 domestic violence reports in 9 months appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:09:54 +0000 Imbert on GATE: It’s under review

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert has responded to a reduction of more than $30 million in the allocation for the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme and said GATE was under review. He was speaking Thursday as the Standing Finance Committee looked at the budget estimates for the Finance Ministry. Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein asked about a line item showing a cut in the GATE programme by $35 million. Hosein asked: "Is there any plan to reduce the number of programmes?" Imbert replied: "GATE is under review." Hosein asked by whom. Imbert replied,"By Government." Hosein wanted to know, "When will we get the report of the review?" Imbert said, "Soon." Hosein asked who were the members of the committee reviewing GATE, but Imbert said there was no committee. He said there is a Cabinet and it will be advised by the Education Ministry. He added: "Not only GATE but there are other things under review." Hosein asked if there may be a reduction in the number of programmes, but Imbert said he could not give any more information than to say it was under review. Hosein said: "GATE is going to be cut." The post

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:07:55 +0000 Chaguanas man to face court for robbing doctor’s office

A 25-year-old man is scheduled to appear virtually before a Chaguanas magistrate on Friday charged with two counts of robbery with aggravation. Police charged Ashton Ramsoogoon, who lives at Caparo Street, Montrose, on Thursday. A release from the police said the robbery occurred last week Tuesday at a doctor’s office at Montrose. Reports are an armed man entered the office at about 3.15 pm and announced a robbery. He robbed two people of cell phones and cash, which included the office's earnings for the day. The man then ran off. Police from Chaguanas Criminal CID and CID in the Penal district investigated. On Monday, police arrested a man selling at a parlour at Penal Rock Road. They later placed him on several ID parades and the victims of the robbery identified him. The post Chaguanas man to face court for robbing doctor’s office appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:43:31 +0000 Agricultural exports from the DR to the US rise

LAS AMERICAS AIRPORT. Exports of agricultural and vegetable products to the United States and Europe markets have maintained a growth rate of four percent during the first nine months of this year. A report released by the company Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) indicates that January-September exports of items and merchandise were 85 million 186 thousand 843 pounds of various products. Exports are produced through the Punta Caucedo cargo terminal, Las Américas, in planes operated by shipping and postal companies that operate there, many with more than 30 years of existence. Large product exports also occur through cargo flights of Jet Blue, Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines airlines, among others, to New York, Miami, Georgia, Atlanta, and other places in the United States. Exports, especially agricultural and vegetable products, also […]

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:03:54 +0000 Activists: Not enough being done on domestic violence

There are renewed calls for the authorities to implement more strategies and enforce laws to protect victims of domestic violence. The plea came from a group of activists who held a virtual discussion on Wednesday. “Shades of Domestic Violence” was a collaborative initiative between the International Women's Resource Network (IWRN) and the US Embassy. Among the panellisst were deputy public relations affairs officer at the US Embassy Naureen Naila; journalist Bobie-Lee Dixon; US domestic violence advocate AnnDena Fredrieka McCleary; progranme co-ordinator at Cure Violence Transition Team Gregory Sloane-Seale; founder of Women of Substance in Tobago Onika Mars ;and IWRN’s president Adriana Sandrine Isaac-Rattan. Isaac-Rattan said “Shades of Domestic Violence” sought to discuss and highlight the different types of abuse and triggers in men. She said, “Why 'shades'? Because there are that are lighter than others and then there are the darker ones. But at the end of it all, it is all violence, whether physical, verbal or otherwise. "Abuse and violence can be triggered by rejection, anger, sexual issues and obsessive behaviours.” Sloane-Seale said apart fromthe known forms of abuse there were m

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:40:54 +0000 Patient discharged, 2 days without new covid19 case in Tobago

One more patient has been discharged from the Tobago covid19 treatment facility. The island has also gone two days without a new reported case of the virus. Active cases remain at 32 and the number of deaths stands at two. The Division of Health Wellness and Family Development's midday update said the total number of people discharged on the island is now 70. In all 104 covid19 cases have been recorded in Tobago. A total of 1,515 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Tobago Regional Health Authority, UWI and other local covid19 testing sites. The release said three people are in the treatment facility, 15 in the Tobago step-down facility and 14 covid19-positive inmates still recovering at the Claxton Bay Correctional facility in Trinidad. The post Patient discharged, 2 days without new covid19 case in Tobago appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:02:21 +0000 DoE alerts beachgoers following reports of jellyfish stings

An eight-year-old girl is among several people nursing injuries after encountering jellyfish along Seven Mile Beach this week. The post DoE alerts beachgoers following reports of jellyfish stings appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:42:59 +0000 BSE Trading Report Package October 22, 2020

BSE Trading Report October 22, 2020 BSE Share Summary October 22, 2020 The post BSE Trading Report Package October 22, 2020 appeared first on Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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