Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:55:03 +0000 Schools invited to plant trees as part of regional project

The first trees to be planted in the Cayman Islands as part of the Caribbean Tree Planting Project were placed in the ground at Cayman International School last week. The post Schools invited to plant trees as part of regional project appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:11:19 +0000 Skerrit urges IMF to provide grant and concessional financing for SIDS

(DNO) – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to put measures in place to determine grant and concessional financing to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He was speaking at the IMF annual meeting held virtually on Tuesday. “We need the international community to throw their collective weight and resources […]

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:02:09 +0000 REGIONAL: Guyana Airline to start flying to Barbados

(Barbados Today) – The privately-owned airline said the service from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport will facilitate travel to and from Barbados as well as connections with some of the major airlines servicing the Grantley Adams International Airport. The flights will adhere to travel protocols implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our […]

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:38:54 +0000 TT-based Nigerians protest police killings at home

THREE Nigerian men living in Trinidad joined in solidarity on Wednesday with protesters in their country and around the world against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a Nigerian special police unit. They chanted peacefully outside the Nigerian High Commission in St Clair for the removal of Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari and the disbandment of SARS. "Nigerian lives matter. We are the future of Nigeria. Stop killing us," they cried. SARS was formed in Nigeria in 1984 and recently sprang into the spotlight after accusations of brutality, unlawful killings and abuse of power against innocent citizens. In June, Amnesty International released a report that documented at least 82 cases of torture and executions committed by SARS over a three-year period. Protests then became widespread, after a video was circulated which appeared to show SARS officers shooting and killing a man in Delta State, south Nigeria. Nigerian authorities maintain the incident never happened. Since protests started, casualty numbers have been difficult to confirm, but by Tuesday, Amnesty International said there was credible evidence protesters had been shot dead. Witnesses say at least 12 people were killed. [caption id="attachment_853076" ali

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:11:54 +0000 Shepherd replaces Bravo for New Zealand tour

Guyanese all-rounder Romario Shepherd will replace Dwayne Bravo for the upcoming West Indies tour of New Zealand. Bravo, 37, suffered a groin injury while playing for Chennai Super Kings on Saturday in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Trinidadian will miss the rest of the IPL and the Twenty20 leg of the Windies tour, set for November 27- December 15. The two-time T20 World Cup winner will return to Trinidad to continue his rehabilitation. Shepherd made his international debut last year against Afghanistan and received his cap from Bravo. He has played five One-Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals (T20Is). His Windies T20 call-up comes despite an underwhelming 2020 Caribbean Premier League tournament. Shepherd grabbed just six wickets and scored 15 runs from eight matches for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The West Indies tour will start with three T20s, followed by two Test matches as part of the ICC World Test Championship. A disappointed Bravo rued the timing of the injury. He said, “I was really looking forward to the tour of New Zealand as it has been so many months since I last wore maroon, in Sri Lanka back in March, and we are all so excited about building towards defending our T20 World Cup next

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:30:53 +0000 Punta Cana will receive 143 weekly flights

The Punta Cana International Airport is scheduled to receive 143 flights a week from November 1 to January 2, 2021, from 25 airlines and more than 20 cities worldwide, mainly from the United States and Canada. According to airport statistics, to date, they have scheduled to receive nine daily flights (63 flights a week), and also, there are 80 weekly flights scheduled. This number of flights could increase up to more than 20% from mid-November and December, as some airlines have announced that they will increase the frequency of weekly or daily flights. The flights scheduled for this winter season quarter are from Air Canada airlines; Argentinas Airlines; Air Transat; American Airlines; LAN; Southwest; United; Edelweiss; Wingo; Tui Airways; West Jet; Sunwing; Frontier; Jet Blue; Spirit; Delta; Air Europe; Evelop; British; Nordwind; Delta; Wamos; Sun Country; Condor and GOL. On the agenda, the daily frequencies come from Air Canada (Toronto); American Airlines […]

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Hurricane

Hundreds of charities directed their focus to the country when the hurricanes hit. Mike and I received calls and emails from our connections involved with international relief. They knew emergency procedures, but not the island. They were heading to the northwest sector, near Gonaives, where the most severe destruction occurred. We asked, but no one was interested in the south where Lamontay lay.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:44:54 +0000 $30m indoor sport facility for Tobago

Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs Jomo Pitt said a $30 million contract has been awarded to Towers International for the construction of an indoor sporting facility in Bacolet. At Wednesday's post Executive Council media briefing Pitt said, "The project has already started. A contract was awarded to Towers International. That contract was awarded August and they were given three months to submit a finalised designed for the facility. Sometime next month, we will get the design and soon after the construction will begin. The construction will take 12-15 months." The post $30m indoor sport facility for Tobago appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:58:09 +0000 About 85 million pounds of Dominican products have been mobilized from the DR in 2020

Exports and imports were made from the AILA cargo terminal to Miami, Florida, New York, and nations on the European continent.   Santo Domingo, DR More than 85 million pounds of Dominican products have been mobilized from the Dominican Republic by air, both for export and import to markets in the United States and Europe, according to statistics from the company Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom). These products have been mobilized through the cargo area of the International Airport of the Americas (AILA) in the last nine months of this year. According to the data provided, in the period from January to September 2020, some 15.1 million pounds were mobilized through the cargo terminal of Las Americas to Miami, the United States, and European countries. Products and countries Exports and […]

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:30:37 +0000 Suspension of Tree of Knowledge International Corporation (TOKI)

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has advised of the suspension of Tree of Knowledge International Corporation (TOKI). The JSE advises that further to several correspondence and telephone communications with the Company regarding overdue filings of TOKI’s 2nd Quarter Financial Statements for the period ended June 30, 2020, “The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has taken the […] The post Suspension of Tree of Knowledge International Corporation (TOKI) appeared first on Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:57:12 +0000 Hiscox Appoints Kathleen Reardon As CEO

Hiscox Ltd announced the appointment of Kathleen Reardon as CEO of Hiscox Re & ILS, subject to regulatory approval. A spokesperson said, “Hiscox Ltd, the international specialist insurer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Reardon as CEO of Hiscox Re & ILS, subject to regulatory approval. Kathleen will succeed Mike Krefta, who as […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:53:33 +0000 INTERNATIONAL: Protestors ‘shot dead’ in Lagos, Nigeria

(BBC) – A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or wounded at a protest against police brutality in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos. Witnesses and the rights group Amnesty International said several people were killed and wounded when soldiers opened fire. The state governor said about 25 people had been wounded but denied there […]

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:25:21 +0000 Dominican Gov. revenue fell 8.5% to Sept.

Santo Domingo.- Revenue by the three main Dominican Gov. collection entities fell 8.5% between January and September 2020, when Customs posted the sharpest decrease. During the first nine months of the year, Customs, Internal Taxes (DGII) and the National Treasury collected RD$451.4 billion, a net reduction of RD$41.7 billion, compared to the same period of 2019. Customs revenue was RD$18.7 billion less between January and September, from RD$104.3 billion that it collected in the referred period of 2019, to RD$85.6 billion this year, according to the DGII report. Likewise, Internal Taxes collections fell 12.8% to Sept.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:38:54 +0000 Dominican Republic launches Country Brand

Santo Domingo.- The Government on Tuesday night launched the Country Brand strategy, which seeks to position internationally the attractions of the Dominican Republic that distinguish this half-island as unique in the world. The Country Brand strategy, promoted by the public and private sectors and coordinated by the Tourism Ministry, will be based on five pillars: tourism, culture, exports, investment and citizenship and talent, as highlighted by President Luis Abinader. The pillars are unified to highlight the motto: “Dominican Republic: the Republic of the world.” During the event carried out in the El Embajador hotel, Abinader highlighted the charms the nation has to continue climbing in all aspects, such as security for foreign investment, tourism, export and other sectors that give it a good place in the ranking of the region.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:10:56 +0000 Local teen pannist in finals of international contest

By Latrishka Thomas With the use of tranquil notes, a young Antiguan and Barbudan musician is hoping to woo voters with his steelpan rendition of an original piece called ‘Stuck in Quarantine’. Residents are being encouraged to vote for 17-year-old Jahfari Hazelwood who made it to the finals of the Commonwealth Composition Challenge 2020. Hazelwood […]

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:12:04 +0000 Belize reportedly suing TT over non-Caricom sugar imports

BELIZE has reportedly sued TT and St Kitts and Nevis over alleged sugar imports from non-Caricom member states without application of the necessary tariff. According to an October 17 article in the St Kitts and Nevis Observer, the country Trade Minister Wendy Phipps updated the public during a sitting of the national assembly on a trade-related claim that has recently been brought by the Government of Belize against the Governments of St Kitts and Nevis and the Government of TT regarding sugar imports from two non-Caricom member states. Phipps said the claim was filed at the Caribbean Court of Justice on September 30 by the State of Belize. “The intention is to commence proceedings against the two countries stated which are St Kitts and Nevis as well as Trinidad and Tobago pursuant to Articles 2 11 Subsection 1 Part A, Article 2 13, and 2 16, of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and Article 12 A and B and Article 16 of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice and Part 10 of the Caribbean Court of Justice Originating Jurisdiction Rules 2019.” She said that Belize is essentially accusing the countries of importing sugar from Guatemala and Honduras without application of the Common External Tariff on these

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Wed, 21, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Hospitals pushed to breaking point

SALT LAKE CITY, United States (AP) — Virus cases are surging across Europe and many US states, but responses by leaders are miles apart, with officials in Ireland, France and elsewhere imposing curfews and restricting gatherings even as some US governors resist mask mandates or more aggressive measures.

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Wed, 21, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — President Donald Trump shunned formal debate practice yesterday and was heading instead for another of his big rallies, two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Democrat Joe Biden took the opposite approach, holing up for debate prep.

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Wed, 21, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

NEW YORK, United States — For the fir st time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their mid-career worker counterparts, according to a study released yesterday by the New School university in New York City.

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Wed, 21, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Vaccine storage issues could leave three billion people without access

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator.

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Wed, 21, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Golding: There is no immediate plan to change Opposition senators

MARK Golding, the man seeking to replace Dr Peter Phillips as the People's National Party (PNP) president next month, says he has no “immediate intention” of reversing the party leader's Senate appointments should he emerge the victor of the internal election.

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Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:41:54 +0000 TT experts get first hand look at FSO Nabarima

A TEAM of experts were allowed to board the FSO Nabarima on Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the oil tanker which is said to be listing to one side as it remains docked in Venezuelan waters. The vessel which has more or less been abandoned because of its state of disrepair has the potential to spill approximately 1.3 million barrels of crude oil which is stores into the Gulf of Paria, which could create an environmental nightmare for TT and other countries in the region. Energy and Energy Industries Minister Franklin Khan who convened the team of experts, the first non-Venezuelans to board the vessel, said he is anxiously awaiting a report so they could chart their next course. He confirmed that the team which comprised a petroleum engineer from the Ministry of Energy, Coast Guard officer who is a mechanical engineer and an expert in ships from the Maritime Services Division were received by the Venezuelan authorities and allowed to conduct an inspection of the vessel. Khan said once he receives the report government would be better poised to determine the potential risk and take whatever action necessary to protect this country and citizens. There have been mounting concerns about the state of disrepair of the vessel lodged in the C

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Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:40:54 +0000 Relatives of arrested Venezuelans: Don’t send them back

The relatives of 13 Venezuelans being held in Chaguaramas and awaiting repatriation have asked the TT government to allow them to stay here. The seven adults and six children were arrested for illegal entry by the Erin and Santa Flora police on September 26, after disembarking from a canoe. Luis Antonio Rodríguez, Argenis Capriata, Emilys González and Franchesca González told Newsday that their relatives arrived independently, fleeing the socioeconomic crisis in their country. “They only told us that they were being held at the Chaguaramas Heliport and that they are going to be repatriated to Venezuela,” González said. She believes they risked their lives for their children. "Parents do whatever it takes for their children, so they come to this country to try to work to buy a little food for everyone," she said. The 13 are isolated in quarantine along with another group of Venezuelans who were recently detained. "There is a disabled child who deserves urgent medical attention. We only ask the TT government to allow these children and their parents to stay here, to supervise them and help them a little," Rodríguez said. These people reportedly asked for support from the Venezuelan embassy

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Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:22:54 +0000 Golden Grove Road reopens with Bailey bridge

Golden Grove Road in Arouca reopened to traffic on Tuesday after a temporary Bailey bridge was installed over the Arouca River. The original bridge, near the Golden Grove Prison, collapsed on October 13. It is believed to have been the result of heavy rains in north-central Trinidad. Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said there had been tireless efforts to shorten the time the road had to remain closed. The Ministry of Works and Transport said that authorisation granted for the partial opening of the Priority Bus Route (PBR) from Arima Old Road to Orange Grove Road ended at 2pm on Tuesday. Sinanan told the media the ministry is working on plans for a new bridge, which it will build. “We have decided that we will do the internal design, which should take around six weeks. The plan is a project that is carried out at home due to the new normal and expenses. This is a good sign. More projects can be carried out by our team,” said Sinanan. Sinanan said 25 of 62 bridges identified as most in need have also been repaired. This project will be carried out through the Bridges division of the ministry with the help of the Tunapuna and Arima Borough Corporations. Sinanan said it should take no more than six-eight

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Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:25:54 +0000 Software glitch blamed for bumping judge off cases

A software error is being blamed for a High Court judge being bumped off the system that assigns cases to individual judges. Outspoken judge Frank Seepersad, who has butted heads with the Chief Justice on several issues in the past, has complained that he realised since March, he had not been assigned new cases, in particular constitutional or judicial review claims. After raising the issue with the registrar of the Supreme Court, he was told he was bumped off the system since August and was told the situation was nothing new, as it has happened before. Seepersad had complained to the registrar that no new matters had been docketed to him since the onslaught of the pandemic in March. In the Supreme Court, the Judiciary said, there is a case-management system designed to randomly assign judges to new cases when they are filed. The system is supported by a case-calendaring and management committee so that cases can be reassigned if docketed judges have to recuse themselves from hearing cases. In his complaint and query, Seepersad said he was concerned and complained no reasonable explanation was given to him as to why the software glitches were not detected until he raised his concerns. He said the Judiciary has an obligation to ensure tha

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