Fri, 25 Sep 2020 01:22:54 +0000 Cudjoe slams ‘selfish’ Utd TTFA for FIFA suspension

SHAMFA Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development, has described FIFA’s suspension of the TTFA (TT Football Association) as “a sad day for football and sport” in TT. On Thursday, the Bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the TTFA with immediate effect due to grave violations of the FIFA Statutes. In a statement on its website, FIFA said, “the suspension was prompted by the former leadership of the TTFA lodging a claim before (the TT High Court) in order to contest the decision of the FIFA Council to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.” In March, TTFA president William Wallace and his executive were removed by FIFA, due to the TTFA’s mounting debt, and a normalisation committee, headed by businessman Robert Hadad, was put in place to run the affairs of TT football. On Thursday evening, Cudjoe said, “I am not surprised because FIFA would have already stated its position quite early. I was trying to avoid this situation. I remembered calling a meeting in August with all the football (bodies). I think FIFA has been fair and reasonable in its dealings by giving them a deadline (of September 16) and then going the extra mile of giving them an extension (of September 23).” Turning her focus towards the Unite

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 23:00:51 +0000 Scrap iron dealers face hard battle to buy Petrotrin’s old steel

Officials at state-owned Heritage Petroleum have been accused of preventing the TT Scrap Iron Dealers Association from legitimately buying scrap metal from the company’s predecessor Petrotrin. The association’s president Allan Ferguson told reporters during a news conference at Signature Hall, Longdenville on Thursday, they have been sidelined after investing heavily in a proposal for the materials. Ferguson said they have been lobbying for the scrap metals since the closure of Petrotrin in 2018, but found that their efforts were betrayed when Heritage put out an advertisement inviting the public to bid for the sale of scrap metals. He said they sought international investments to acquire the necessary equipment to properly purchase and deal with Petrotrin’s scrap metal. “We got loans from outside of Trinidad, almost $15 million, to purchase the equipment to use the materials how they are supposed to be used, so that this country gains more money.” After a Point Fortin site visit and bid process on Wednesday, he said the association believes it is deliberately being prevented from buying the materials. “They want to take this industry from us. If we do not get Petrotrin material, this industry will close. With the typ

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 22:59:02 +0000 Gadsby-Dolly: We will address CSEC/CAPE concerns

Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly says the ministry will address the concerns of students who have joined their regional counterparts in an online petition querying their grades in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). In the meantime, she is advising students and schools to use the established protocols in making the necessary queries. Since the results were released on Wednesday, there have been mounting calls from students in several Caricom territories for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to urgently review the results. This has resulted in a regional online petition which has already received an estimated 12,000 signatures. A story in News Source, Guyana, on Wednesday said several parents and students have been voicing their concerns about the accuracy of the results. The publication also referred to an interview with Guyana CSEC mathematics teacher Leon Burton who questioned how an entire examination centre could receive ungraded results. Burton was quoted as saying, “The students are crying, the teachers are crying, even I am crying.” Several islands, including Barbados, St Lucia and Jamaica, have also called on CXC to review t

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 20:44:54 +0000 MSJ: Public spats between top officials eroding Republican Constitution

AS the country celebrated 44 years as a Republic on Thursday, political leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah has warned leaders against eroding the Republican Constitution by bringing the nation’s institutions into public rancour. Abdulah said he was uneasy with the recent public spat between the head of the judiciary and subordinates over virtual court hearings, as well as the open conflict between the Prime Minister and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith over the enforcement of covid19 regulations after people were seen at a pool party at Bayside Towers in Cocorite. “That is one level where our national institutions established by the Republican Constitution, are demonstrating problems. Citizens, therefore, can lose trust, and have lost trust, not just in the office holders but in the very offices which they hold. That is of major concern.” At a virtual news conference on Thursday, Abdulah said the tug-of-war between Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justices Frank Seepersad and Carol Gobin demonstrates that not only is there is a breakdown of trust within the judiciary, between the CJ and some members, but it also exacerbates and makes worse the trust that ordinary citizens have in the judiciary. Abdulah wondered

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:22:54 +0000 Rough start to Road Worlds for TT’s Campbell

TT’s Teniel Campbell had a tough start to her 2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships campaign as she placed 36th in the Women’s Individual Time Trial when day-one action pedalled off in Imola, Italy, on Thursday. Campbell completed the 31.7km distance in 45 minutes and 53 seconds against a total of 50 international road cyclists. Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen powered to victory in 40 minutes and 20 seconds while Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser (40:35) and compatriot Ellen van Dijk (40.51) rounded off the top-three finishers. Campbell, who turned 23 on Wednesday, was a bit upset with her performance on the opening day. After the time trial result, the national cyclist posted her reaction to social media and questioned her tactics. Campbell stated that she was still unable to “wrap this result around my head”. She posted, “An extremely hard pill to swallow and definitely a hard knock mentally. The biggest question being, where did I go wrong and what did I do wrong today? How is it even possible to go slower than when you did the circuit recon. “What really just happened and why did the legs not go? So many questions...You did the preparation, you had the legs, you were ready???... well at l

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:22:54 +0000 Rough start to Road Worlds for

TT’s Teniel Campbell had a tough start to her 2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships campaign as she placed 36th in the Women’s Individual Time Trial when day-one action pedalled off in Imola, Italy, on Thursday. Campbell completed the 31.7km distance in 45 minutes and 53 seconds against a total of 50 international road cyclists. Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen powered to victory in 40 minutes and 20 seconds while Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser (40:35) and compatriot Ellen van Dijk (40.51) rounded off the top-three finishers. Campbell, who turned 23 on Wednesday, was a bit upset with her performance on the opening day. After the time trial result, the national cyclist posted her reaction to social media and questioned her tactics. Campbell stated that she was still unable to “wrap this result around my head”. She posted, “An extremely hard pill to swallow and definitely a hard knock mentally. The biggest question being, where did I go wrong and what did I do wrong today? How is it even possible to go slower than when you did the circuit recon. “What really just happened and why did the legs not go? So many questions...You did the preparation, you had the legs, you were ready???... well at l

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:23:08 +0000 Three Appointed To Sargasso Sea Commission

The Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three international experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission on Tuesday [Sept 22]. A spokesperson said, “On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three International Experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission. “The Sargasso Sea Commission was established by the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:41:09 +0000 UWI’s LiTT Con: Authors explore identity

DEBBIE JACOB SIX diverse authors exploring the theme of self-identity opened day two of UWI’s online literary festival LiTT Con 2020. The morning session began with ten-minute readings from Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Kevin Baldeosingh, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Monique Roffey, Niala Maharaj and Tony Deyal, who also served as moderator as the authors explored various angles of the theme on September 22. Each reader offered a snapshot of how Caribbean novelists deal with the complex issue of identity in a Caribbean context. Walcott-Hackshaw began the readings from Stick No Bills, her latest collection of short stories, which she described as “vignettes.” Through One Day at a Time, Waiting and Jackmill Walcott-Hackshaw  offered various lenses to view self-discovery. The first story focuses on an individual engaged in mundane morning rituals. In the second vignette, the protagonist’s sense of self emerges from outside of herself while the final story, set in St Lucia explores how setting impa

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:55:33 +0000 Internal tourism plan has rates ranging from US $ 35

Santo Domingo, DR   The Government’s development of an internal tourism plan to reactivate the Dominican economy generates great relief for business people and workers who have been economically affected due to the closing of borders due to the coronavirus’s arrival. President Luis Abinader announced the first phase of the “Internal Tourism Incentive Plan,” which provides interest-free financing to average families with two adults and two children to have access to hotels of an international category with low rates. This plan, carried out in conjunction with travel agents, banks, tour operators, and authorities of the public and private tourism sector, comes into effect on October 1, when the reopening of hotels in the country is established. Providing families with a different environment after seven months of quarantine to enjoy the […]

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:52:12 +0000 BSX & MIH Approve Listing Of Hashdex

The Bermuda Stock Exchange [BSX] and parent company Miami International Holdings, Inc. [MIH], today announced that the Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index ETF was approved for listing on the BSX. BSX President and CEO Greg Wojciechowski commented, “The team at the BSX welcomes the Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index ETF listing. The ETF listing is the first […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:52:18 +0000 Emergence Limited Wins International Award

Bermuda-based company, Emergence Limited, was awarded Prophix’s “North American Partner of the Year” during last week’s annual client and partner summit. A spokesperson said, “Whilst the “Future Forward” themed conference had to be held virtually this year, the global Corporate Performance Management [CPM] software company did not disappoint. The day was filled with informative sessions […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 01:50:28 +0000 B.T.I.A. Asks Prime Minister and the N.O.C. to Rethink its COVID-19 Strategy

The Phillip Goldson International Airport is less than a week away from reopening and once again final preparations are being made to ensure that strict protocols are put in place [...]

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 01:46:52 +0000 Was B.T.I.A.’s Letter Discussed at Today’s N.O.C. Meeting?

The National Oversight Committee met earlier today to discuss the reopening of the international airport. The three-page letter was forwarded to several tourism officials who also sit on the N.O.C., [...]

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:46:56 +0000 Grim outlook for Tobago tourism post-covid19

CHRIS JAMES The Tobago tourism sector is one of the best-kept Caribbean secrets. Unlike other Caribbean destinations that mainly specialise in all-inclusive mass tourism, Tobago focuses on niche markets – diving, nature seekers, birdwatching, golf, and destination weddings. Let’s face it – the Caribbean is full of beautiful beaches. What sets Tobago apart is its unspoilt nature and laid-back atmosphere. Visitors to Tobago, local and foreign, relish the authentic Tobago experiences and interactions. Because of its niche appeal, tourist arrivals to Tobago have always been low in comparison to other Caribbean islands. Compare fewer than 20,000 international arrivals to Tobago (unique, exclusive of cruise ship visitors) in 2019 to 97,629 to Grenada for the same period. In its heyday in 2005, visitors to Tobago reached an all-time high of 87,796. From 2003 to 2007, Tobago proved to be a leading earner of the country’s foreign exchange. With astute management, this can happen again. In 2019, despite limited airlift, the Tobago tourism industry was showing encouraging signs of growth. Tobago was once again being regarded as an exotic long-haul destination for international travellers and an accessible staycation option for domestic tourists. Unfortu

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:41:09 +0000 Authors explore self-identity

DEBBIE JACOB SIX diverse authors exploring the theme of self-identity opened day two of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI’s) online literary festival LITTCON 2020. The morning session began with ten-minute readings from Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Kevin Baldeosingh, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Monique Roffey, Niala Maharaj and Tony Deyal, who also served as moderator as the authors explored various angles of the theme on September 22. Each reader offered a snapshot of how Caribbean novelists deal with the complex issue of identity in a Caribbean context. Walcott-Hackshaw began the readings from Stick No Bills, her latest collection of short stories, which she described as “vignettes.” Through One Day at a Time, Waiting and Jackmill Hackshaw she offered various lenses to view self-discovery. The first story focuses on an individual engaged in mundane morning rituals. In the second vignette, the protagonist’s sense of self emerges from outside of herself while the final story, set in St

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:41:06 +0000 Avoid pitfalls of hair loss

DR GERMAINE WILLIAMS-BECKLES NINETY per cent of the world population will suffer with some type of hair loss at some time in their lives. Be aware, so you can avoid the pitfalls of this disorder which can be financially taxing and emotionally crippling. It is easy to become confused about what alopecia/hair loss really is, and the negative mindset that this disorder can have on those affected by it. To give more insight into the condition, August and September were dedicated to building awareness for alopecia, which is the scientific term for hair loss. Most people show a lack of concern until they have experienced hair loss or about 50 per cent of their hair is already gone. They are then confronted by thinning hair which can be worrying or confusing. I once suffered this very fate. About 25 years ago, I poured myself into hard work and started experiencing hair loss. I became desperate and began looking for answers, but there were no true answers. I became very confused until after a few years when I discovered the study of hair and scalp disorders called trichology. I found out the hair loss I experienced was telogen effluvium, which was due to my suffering from anaemia and my toxicity levels were very high. In addition, a stressful lifesty

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:51:38 +0000 Nudge moves entrepreneurs forward

If you ever doubted the creativity of the people of TT, look no further than Marcia Seales-Rodney. She's always loved head wraps and would often tie her hair. Her husband, Merrell Rodney, would help her every time, except one day when she had an important meeting to attend; he refused to do it. She told Business Day, “I tied my hair in this crazy way and went to my meeting but I told him, ‘You know what’s going to happen? I’m going to create something to wear so that I’ll never have to ask you to tie my hair again.’ And that’s where the idea was born to have this pre-tied headwrap or turban.” So, three years ago on July 12, she and her husband made their first pre-tied headwrap. [caption id="attachment_848235" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Marcia Seales-Rodney, creator of Afrocessories, which has now become a family business. Photo courtesy Marcia Seales-Rodney -[/caption] Not long after, she visited UpMarket– an artisan craft, food and small business market in Port of Spain – to support a friend who had a table there. The friend encoura

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:50:23 +0000 Mc Clashie energised to make a difference in La Brea, Labour Ministry

Being elected as an MP and given the task of leading the Ministry of Labour has been quite an eye-opener for Stephen Mc Clashie. As MP he has encountered situations he never knew existed and people who have all kinds of strange requests and expectations of him. His goal, he said, is to make a little difference every day so tomorrow somebody’s life would be better. He has seen first-hand the depression in La Brea in the few weeks he has been in office and on his pre-election walkabout, including unemployment, poverty and lack of opportunities, and he wants to give it his best shot to bring about some kind of improvement to the people who elected him. “As I begin my five-year term, it has given me a very new perspective on some of the real issues people have and what they are looking for – and answers are not readily available," he admitted. “Therefore, when I encounter these people and their problems, it depresses me in the first instance, but in the second instance it energises me to try to really make a difference to really create avenues for jobs. “When you have children, ages 12 and 13, who are working to send themselves to school because of absent parents, and I am talking about girls, and all the attendant problems

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Thu, 24, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT A prophet for justice, American icon

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — With crowds of admirers swelling outside, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered yesterday at the court by grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon.

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Thu, 24, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Trump vilifies science, prioritises politics

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — “I did the best I could,” President Donald Trump said.

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:19:54 +0000 Artistes come together for regional concert of hope

Patrice Roberts, Barbadian Alison Hinds, Vincentian Skinny Fabulous and Grenadian Mr Killa are among a regional line up of performers set to entertain at the first ever CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s virtual walk for the cure and concert of hope. For the first time in nine years, the CIBC’s breast and prostate cancer fundraisers had to be moved online to adapt to covid19 health regulations. The bank, through promoter 4D Entertainment, will host the regional event on October 4, bringing together 13 regional performers and two DJs for three hours of entertainment. Other performers include Mr Vegas from Jamaica; Edwin “The General” Yearwood, Adrian “AC” Clarke and Hypa Dawg aka Lil Rick from Barbados; Teddyson John from St Lucia, Ricardo Drue from Antigua, Julian Believe from the Bahamas; King James from St Maarten and Reinir Lijfrock from Aruba. The fundraiser will have energetic workout sessions from a number of top fitness coaches. Donations can still be made to assist with the cause through TicketLinkz.com. The online programme begins at 4 pm and can be viewed on Faccebook at CIBCFCIB, Instagram at cibcfirstcaribbean, YouTube.com at CIBCFirstCaribbean, Caribvision and on Zoom.

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 04:58:11 +0000 PM: Democracy not in danger

AS the nation celebrates its 44th year of republicanism, the Prime Minister is assuring that the country’s democracy is not in danger. In his Republic Day message, he said the Constitution does not “ring hollow” and still demands “the government conduct the affairs of state on the principles and the practice of Parliamentary democracy and rule of law.” His government, he said, has maintained the values of integrity, morality and equality. “In the international community, we have conducted ourselves, as a partner, respectful to all, inferior to none, holding firmly to the principles of the United Nations, including the non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.” He said citizens have shown they are vigilant when it comes to protecting the country’s democracy. He said TT recognises competition and co-operation, but there are times where “increased outpourings of competition” are not focused on “promoting the national good. “This may be one indicator that our democracy is not in danger, but at this time TT is facing many challenges. “When my government took office in 2015, it was confronted with the collapse of global oil and gas prices. However,

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Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:30:27 +0000 Dominican families will be able to vacation in resorts at a manageable cost

 it would start from next Monday, September 28  It will be done with a preferential rate without paying interest   On Wednesday, President  Luis Abinader announced the first phase of an incentive plan for internal tourism that will allow Dominican families to have facilities to access hotel infrastructure. The incentive will be carried out with a preferential rate without the clients paying interest to the country’s banks, for which the Government agreed with the commercial banks to grant loans. In this sense, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, said that “The idea is that a family can assume with 1,500 pesos per month with financing without interest for 12 months, they can visit our country and have the opportunity to visit the hotel complexes they have.” There will be financing […]

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Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:02:02 +0000 Complete speech by David Collado when presenting internal tourism plan

Minister of Tourism David Collado presented today the internal tourism incentive plan in the Dominican Republic that will begin next Monday. The activity was also led by President Luis Abinader and Vice President Raquel Peña and other authorities from the tourism sector. Here is the full speech by David Collado: “Good morning, Constitutional President of the Dominican Republic Mr. Luis Abinader Corona, good morning to all our allies, friends, and collaborators, who once again come to another call for solidarity, support, and work in favor of Dominican households. Since the middle of March, our country, our citizens, and the world began a new way of living, operating, and relating. We started an unknown path towards an unfamiliar place, but with the sole purpose of protecting the life and health of […]

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Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:39:01 +0000 Bahamas in good position to benefit from investment, multicultural segment

T he Ministry of Tourism & Aviation recently participated in the 24th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show (NABHOOD). The primary goal of the summit is to increase the numbers of African Americans and other minorities managing, operating and owning hotels; develop executive-level jobs for minorities; and boost vendor …The post Bahamas in good position to benefit from investment, multicultural segment appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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