Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:33:55 +0000 Dominican Republic’s ‘country brand’ fiasco

Santo Domingo.- The logo that identifies the Dominican Republic’s “country brand” strategy has become one of the main topics of conversation on social networks. Just the design cast the country a cool US$552,000. The controversy has arisen due to accusations of plagiarism of the logo, which has been supported by a Russian creative named Ivan Bobrov, who claims to have produced the brand in 2014. Bobrov says that this logo was not sold or made available to any intermediary, so he was surprised by reports that the Dominican Republic would use it as its logo in its international promotion strategy. This is the complete message that the creative has published on the Instagram social network: Hello:) I wish I could speak Spanish today. I am the author of this logo, […]

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Mon, 26, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT COVID chaos piles up for Trump

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump's re-election campaign was buffeted yesterday by another COVID-19 outbreak in his team, surging infections across the United States, and an uncomfortable admission by his chief of staff.

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Mon, 26, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Barbados to remove Lord Nelson statue from National Heroes' square

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The minister with responsibility for culture in the Office of the Prime Minister, John King, says the statue of Lord Nelson will be removed from its location in National Heroes' Square on November 16, which is observed as International Day of Tolerance.

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Mon, 26 Oct 2020 04:03:19 +0000 Senate pays tribute to trade union ‘giant’ Selwyn John

FORMER government senator and former National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) president general Selwyn John was remembered as a trade union icon as tributes were paid to him in the Senate on Friday. John died on September 29 at the age of 84. Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat described him as a stalwart and icon of the trade union movement in TT and the region. He said those who enjoy the fruits of collective bargaining processes, pensions, leave benefits, medical, Cipriani Labour College, workmen's compensation, occupational safety and health owe a lot to John who left a legacy in all these things. Rambharat recalled he was able to speak on any matter unscripted with a sense of assurance and confidence. [caption id="attachment_853950" align="alignnone" width="944"] Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat. -[/caption] "When it was time for collective bargaining he had a threatening voice and disposition." He said John continued the tradition of some of the best trade union movement by coming into the senate. "His loss is a significant loss to TT.

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Mon, 26 Oct 2020 04:58:05 +0000 3 Tobago beaches get Blue Flag status

TOBAGO has received Blue Flag pilot status approval from the Blue Flag International Jury for three of its beaches: King’s Bay, Bloody Bay and Mt Irvine Bay. Blue Flag is one of the world’s most reputable and recognised awards for beaches. There are over 4,660 Blue Flag sites in 47 countries. The Blue Flag certification is awarded to sites for their sustainable development efforts achieved through strict criteria relating to water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services. Narendra Ramgulam, director of product development and destination management at Tobago Tourism Agency Ltd (TTAL) said, “Having been awarded pilot status for three beaches means that we are taking steps in the right direction to not only boost our environmental sustainability as a destination, but we are in the process also leveraging and building confidence in our eco-conscious travellers." [caption id="attachment_853979" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bloody Bay -[/caption] Ramgulam added, "Trends from leading tourism journals and studies indicate t

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Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:10:00 +0000 New Airport Terminal Will Open On December 9

“The new, purpose-built Airport Terminal will officially open for operations on December 9, 2020,” it has been announced. “Skyport, Aecon, the Canadian Commercial Corporation [CCC] and the Bermuda Airport Authority today announced that Substantial Completion has been achieved on Bermuda’s new Airport Terminal Facility at the LF Wade International Airport,” the announcement said. Aaron Adderley, […](Click to read the full article)

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 22:15:08 +0000 Open Match Racing Worlds To Start On Monday

After a year in which many regattas were postponed or cancelled due to the novel coronavirus, the specter of International One-Design [IOD] sloops thrashing about Hamilton Harbour is welcomed by all associated with the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing Worlds, which begins on Monday [Oct 26] with gold and silver awaiting […](Click to read the full article)

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 17:55:54 +0000 Phillip Julien: Hydrogen could be energy lifeline for TT

TT's involvement in the hydrogen strategy, which is being advanced by the European Commission (EC), could lead to a revitalisation of petrochemical industries at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate. This was the view expressed by NewGen managing director Phillip Julien during a webinar hosted by the Energy Chamber on Friday. Dr Ruud Kempener. EC policy officer (Directorate General for Energy (ENER) Renewables & CCS Policy, European Commission), said the strategy was first articulated in July as a means of reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to renewable energy in several economic sectors. Kempner added that the covid19 pandemic's impact on traditional energy industries has heightened the need to unlock investment in key clean technologies and value chains, to foster sustainable growth and jobs. Julien said TT has "the right stuff" to get involved in the hydrogen strategy, given its energy history and achievements such as the establishment of the Point Lisas Industrial Estate. He said TT has all the raw materials to become "a first mover in this hydrogen

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:30:32 +0000 Wallace and Co omit themselves from Sunday’s EGM

TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace and vice-presidents Clynt Taylor and Joseph Sam Phillip have omitted themselves from Sunday’s crucial extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the fraternity’s 47-member delegation. On the eve of the much anticipated EGM, which is being held to chart a way forward for TT football, Wallace wrote to the TTFA’s membership explaining his absence while declaring Sunday’s meeting “properly constituted”. “Over the last seven months since March, we were fortunate to be allowed rare candid views of the TTFA as it is really seen from several other vantage points—including the international and the regional and, latterly, the judicial and the political. “That combination of different points of view, especially the political, has made it clear to my vice-presidents and me that our views and the views of some fraction of the membership remain at variance at this time. He continued, “We are acutely aware that tomorrow is promised to no one of us and that it is the membership’s right to decide on the tomorrow they desire for the TTFA. We shall not stand in your way. “To this end, we have decided to absent ourselves from the EGM. In our view, the meeting was properly consti

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Sun, 25, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT JSE suspends cannabis firm for late submission of results

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has suspended shares of Tree of Knowledge International Corporation (TOKI) for failure to file the company's second quarter financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2020, effective October 16.According to JSE, several correspondence and telephone communications were made with the company to address the overdue financial statements.

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Sun, 25, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Tourism made me what I am

The name Alvin “Dickie” Butler might not be the most recognisable in local tourism circles, but certainly the same thing cannot be said about his internationally acclaimed eatery, known by many as Portland's “Best Kept Secret”.

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:08:03 +0000 Churches: Online worship a blessing

EVEN with the reopening of places of worship across TT, religious leaders say that the introduction of online worship sessions has been a blessing in disguise. They said such sessions will still continue to reduce the number of people congregating at churches as they now have been given the clearance to operate at a 50 per cent capacity. On Saturday, the Prime Minister, in making the announcement during a press conference in Tobago, said all places of worship will resume services that should not last beyond an hour. He said from Monday the religious bodies will also be operating at a 50 per cent capacity. Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of TT Rev Joy Abdul-Mohan told Sunday Newsday they were overjoyed to hear such news and they are prepared to open their doors next Sunday. Abdul-Mohan said she believes all religious institutions should be seen as essential. She said in the last few months churches have utilised online platforms that have gained a large following and this will also help to reduce the number of people in churches. “The covid19 is a blessing in disguise where we have created online series in terms of counselling. We create g a platform for worship and out of covid we created a programme on YouTube and f

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:14:11 +0000 A case against Caribbean solidarity

To my – and many others’ – surprise, this week’s headlines declared new support from the Roman Catholic church for laws that provide for civil unions between same-sex couples. It was a weird sort of roundabout thing, Pope Francis’s words appearing in a documentary film released at the Rome Film Festival, prompting guesswork as to whether they came before or after his consecration. (Buoyed by the marquee, everyone seems to be ignoring the fine print, that the pope still doesn’t intend gay and lesbian couples to actually have sex – at least not yet. Sex between a married heterosexual couple remains the only kind sanctioned by church doctrine.) Like the pope, Barbados made its own headlines on this issue across the Caribbean last month. Government would recognise unions between people of the same sex, the governor general announced in the ceremonial throne speech at the opening of the new parliamentary term. In her brief two and a half years in office, the country’s prime minister Mia Mottley has leapt to the fore as a regional leader on several fronts. Indeed, she’s very deliberately sought to reinvigorate – and lead – a new wave of political regionalism, becoming an incisive voice for the Ca

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:25:55 +0000 TTOC president calls on sports administrators to sacrifice perks

TT Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis has called on sports administrators to sacrifice some of their privileges and redirect their interests toward a more athlete-centred approach. Lewis made these comments during Thursday’s online talk show Coffee Talks which was held by Cartan Global – a world-renowned organisation in the sports and hospitality industry. The Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) president highlighted that many athletes who strive to reach the Olympic podium sacrifice their careers, health, family and friends. While he commended sports administrators on their many works preparing athletes behind-the-scenes, Lewis believes some of their unnecessary perks and gratuities should be shifted towards helping athletes – “the real workers” – reach their full potential. “We don’t address the fact that the pursuit of the Olympic dream and Olympic podium dream consigns many athletes to poverty. If they want to aspire to make the podium they can no longer do it recreationally. “Why must athletes do this for free, sacrifice everything, while sports administrators and leaders stay at five-star hotels and get per diems? This was one of the reas

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:19:03 +0000 Adapting to the new normal with ADHD

IT’S not a learning disability, it is not a choice, and no - people who have it are not “just lazy.” As the world observes ADHD awareness month, psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health activists wish to continue their efforts in increasing awareness, especially amid a global pandemic. ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can cause increased levels of hyperactivity and/or inattentiveness. This may cause difficulties focusing on one task at a time, or being able to sit still for a long period of time. Detection and diagnosis typically occur during childhood, but it is still possible for one to be diagnosed during adulthood. There are three major types: Inattentive, hyperactive, and combined. Its levels also range from mild to severe. As the pandemic continues to spread, many people are experiencing greater levels of stress, anxiety and depression. And with life as we know it changing drastically almost daily, clinical psychologist Tara Jackman said adapting to the new normal can be a particularly tough experience for those with ADHD. “When you throw in a neurological disorder with all that is happening, these people will experience things gre

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:15:28 +0000 Of eulogies and obituaries

There is a curious omission from all our national newspapers: obituaries. Yet obituary writing is a valued art, much prized by all the leading foreign newspapers, which commission obituary writers long in advance of a likely demise. I have often pondered whether this absence of content is something more recent or a long-standing tradition in TT. I have speculated about its possible link to our innately suspicious character, shaped to some extent by Christian religious belief and manifest in our widespread reluctance to speak about death and to write our last will and testament. It is bizarre that people who should know better are prepared to die intestate, creating endless problems for their loved ones. There seems to be a fear that by contemplating the inevitable we bid it forth, as if death had a heartbeat in sync with our practical thoughts. Exceptions to this rule exist, and those brave souls get to control what happens to their remains, the style of their public farewell and who gets the last word on them. The BBC, like the British newspapers, had obituary departments in television and radio where newspaper cuttings and ready-to-go programmes could be accessed for a rapid response to the death of a range of public figures, not just prime minis

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:30:32 +0000 Wallace and Co omit themselves from Sunday's EGM

TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace and vice-presidents Clynt Taylor and Joseph Sam Phillip have omitted themselves from Sunday’s crucial extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the fraternity’s 47-member delegation. On the eve of the much anticipated EGM, which is being held to chart a way forward for TT football, Wallace wrote to the TTFA’s membership explaining his absence while declaring Sunday’s meeting “properly constituted”. “Over the last seven months since March, we were fortunate to be allowed rare candid views of the TTFA as it is really seen from several other vantage points—including the international and the regional and, latterly, the judicial and the political. “That combination of different points of view, especially the political, has made it clear to my vice-presidents and me that our views and the views of some fraction of the membership remain at variance at this time. He continued, “We are acutely aware that tomorrow is promised to no one of us and that it is the membership’s right to decide on the tomorrow they desire for the TTFA. We shall not stand in your way. “To this end, we have decided to absent ourselves from the

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:34:20 +0000 Hukaymah’s haven for rescued animals

Visitors to Hukaymah Ali’s home in St James may notice a few peculiar house guests: two raccoons, three tropical screech owls, a greyline hawk, an orange-winged parrot and a cascabel snake. Asking what these animals are doing in Ali's home seems a fair question. Actually their stay is only temporary; her home is their haven after being rescued from distressing situations. Ali is a senior volunteer at the El Socorro Wildlife Centre for Conservation in Freeport, often rescuing animals and caring for them until they can be released into the wild. She began volunteering in 2017 at El Socorro, where she did everything: she cleaned the grounds and fed the animals. Over time, she learned new skills. She told WMN, “People would call (the centre) and report animals to be rescued. I would go out and rescue (them). Then I started rehabilitating the animals. There were a lot of animals to deal with.” With the centre pressed for space, Ali began taking home the animals she could manage. She still does so today. Caring for them, though, is no easy task; some are diurnal (day) and some are nocturnal (night) animals. “I sometimes get up at 6 am to feed and take care of the animals that are active in the day. I also have to take care of t

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:00:54 +0000 FIFA pleased with Court of Appeal ruling

FIFA welcomed the decision taken by the TT Court of Appeal, on Friday, which ruled that the former leadership of the TT Football Association (TTFA) acted unlawfully by appealing to a local court to contest the appointment of a normalisation committee to run the fraternity’s daily affairs. The decision was delivered by Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justice of Appeal Nolan Bereaux, who overturned two rulings of the TT High Court, delivered in August and October, on the local court’s jurisdiction to hear TTFA’s complaint and its challenge of the imposition of the normalisation committee, in March. Both appellate court judges agreed that the filing of proceedings in the local courts by TTFA’s president William Wallace and his executive was a breach of the local football body’s constitution which provides that any dispute against a decision by FIFA must be heard by the CAS. As a result of their decision, Justice Carol Gobin’s ruling, which deemed the removal of Wallace’s executive illegal and the appointment of a normalisation committee inconsistent with the provisions of the TTFA Act of 1982, was “set aside.” Gobin was also faulted for refusing to stay the proceedings before her so that the mat

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 18:09:54 +0000 West: Covid19 accelerates govt’s universal digital access plan

Minister of Public Utilities and Digital Transformation Allyson West explained part of government’s action in response to covid19 at a ministerial round-table discussion at the ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 event. The three-day online event, from October 20-22, was co-organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications of Viet Nam, the International Telecommunication Union and the UN specialised agency for Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). The meeting brought together ministers, regulators and private-sector leaders, who examined the significance of connectivity during the global pandemic. It also explored the future roles of digital technologies in national digital strategies. West, who spoke on Thursday at a panel discussion on “The role of digital technologies during and after the covid19 pandemic,” said TT was aspiring to become a digital nation in which the pandemic has accelerated the purpose. She said connectivity had increased throughout the country and work has been ongoing to ensure 100 per cent connectivity and access to digital devices were achieved. West said, “Almost 82 per cent of our households have fixed internet access of 25 megabit per second (mbps) and we have 158 per cent

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 02:27:43 +0000 Where is Tourism after P.G.I.A. Reopening?

The Philip Goldson International Airport resumed operations for international arrivals on October first, though there were concerns from the Belize Tourism Industry Association about the safety protocols that were being [...]

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Sat, 24, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Win or lose, PNP fund for workers is a go, says Golding

THE endowment fund being promised to People's National Party (PNP) workers who fall on hard times will be established even if presidential aspirant Mark Golding loses the internal election on November 7.Golding made the commitment during this week's virtual Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange during which he was speaking to journalists.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 08:00:20 +0000 Cricket Association Head: Covid-19 Pandemic Has Cost Antigua

By Neto Baptiste The country has suffered losses estimated to be around US$2 million due to the cancellation and or postponing of scheduled cricket tournaments and tours by international teams. This is according to President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) and a Cricket West Indies (CWI) Director, Leon Rodney, who said that […]

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:11:34 -0500 Hanna shuns party dispute in public

Contender for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), Lisa Hanna, has asserted that healing and rebuilding the political organisation’s internal structures must be done outside of the public’s eyes. “For too long, the PNP, in many...

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:30:54 +0000 Gray: T20 bowling talented, but inexperienced without Bravo

FORMER West Indies fast bowler Tony Gray said Dwayne Bravo will be “sadly missed” on the West Indies tour of New Zealand, saying the other bowlers are talented but lack experience. On October 16, Bravo was named on the T20 squad to tour New Zealand for a three-match T20 series from November 27 to 30. However, it was announced on Wednesday that Romario Shepherd will replace Bravo after the latter suffered a groin injury during the 2020 Indian Premier League. Bravo was expected to lead the bowling attack with his experience and death bowling which includes Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul and leg spinner Hayden Walsh Jnr. “I think it is a talented bowling attack (but) I just don’t think it is experienced enough against New Zealanders. I think they will miss Bravo because Bravo besides his ability to bowl at the death he brings a lot more to the table. His experience is one, he has played a lot of T20 games. Not just international T20 games, but franchise T20 games over the years,” Gray told Newsday. Gray said Bravo is a key member in planning for the opposition and his fielding and cameos with the bat would have been key on the tour. “I think collectively what he brings to th

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