Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:28:15 +0000 Dominican wind farms 1st power plants to get carbon credits

Santo Domingo.- The two phases of the Los Cocos Wind Farm, of the Haina Electricity Generating Company (EGE Haina), became the first power plants in the Dominican Republic to receive Reduced Emission Certificates (CERs) (Cap-and-trade). Carbon credits, granted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of the UN are an international mechanism that promotes the reduction of pollutant emissions into the environment, causing global warming. Los Cocos Wind Farm located between Juancho, Pedernales, and Enriquillo, Barahona (southwest) received a total of 636,531 CERs. These carbon credits are generated in proportion to the amount of equivalent tons of carbon dioxide that are no longer released into the atmosphere.

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:13:55 +0000 Imbert: Moonilal refinery allegations ‘scandalous fantasy’

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert has dismissed claims by Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal of a "tangled web" concerning the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery as a "scandalous fantasy." He was winding up budget debate in the House Tuesday night, and said the Opposition members did not address measures in the budget presentation. "All I heard was screaming about this and that. Scandalous accusations that have no merit. A tissue of untruths came out of the lips of the MP for Oropouche East. A fantasy. Fantasy. A scandalous fantasy. Not a single word that he uttered was true. Not a word. Not a full stop. Not a semi-colon." But.Imbert said, "That will be dealt with in another place. Those scandalous and false remarks will be dealt with in another place. Soon. Not another time. Soon. In another place. "He knows. He has received his papers. He knows." [caption id="attachment_791299" align="alignnone" width="692"] Oropouche East MP Dr. Roodal Moonilal, at the buget debate at Parliament on Tuesday. Photo by Angelo Marcelle - Angelo Marcelle[/caption] Moonilal, in his earlier contribution, said he fou

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:20:07 +0000 Marsh Harbour airport will soon be operating up to full steam, minister says

Iram Lewis.Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis said the Marsh Harbour International Airport is expected to be fully “up and running” by the end of the week. The airport was significantly damaged during Hurricane Dorian in early September. On Monday, Lewis […] The post Marsh Harbour airport will soon be operating up to full steam, min

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:23:46 +0000 Despite LatAm slump, Dominican economy to grow 5%: IMF

WASHINGTON.- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tue. predicted that Latin America and the Caribbean will experience economic growth of just 0.2% during 2019, a significant reduction from the 1.4 % expansion projected in April. The Fund attributed the trend to a lower growth than expected in the two largest economies in the region, Brazil and Mexico, the Argentine crisis and the severe Venezuelan depression, whose domestic product will shrink this year by a third. The IMF projected that Latin America will rebound and grow 1.8% next year. During 2018 the expansion had been 1%, according to the AP. The countries with the best performance this year will be Dominica (9.4%), Dominican Republic (5%), Guyana (4.4%) and Panama (4.3%).

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:14 +0000 What to do about shantytown residents not rocket science 

Dear Editor, The reasonable situation to me is that whatever has been destroyed by Dorian can of course be demolished and removed for environmental and sanitary health reasons. And then the government tries to help those people with all the international aid and domestic aid […] The post What to do about shantytown residents not rocket science  appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:07:11 +0000 Ministry of Health to develop NCD registry for Antigua and Barbuda

Doctors and nursing staff from three community health centres are currently being trained to use a new software that will be used to develop an electronic National Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) registry for Antigua and Barbuda. The software was developed by the International firm Reomed which was contracted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is funding the project that will be piloted at the Clare Hall, All Saints and Browne’s Avenue Health Centres over the next three months.  The aim of the registry is to collect timely and accurate data on the occurrence of NCDs in order to contribute […] The post Ministry of Health to develop NCD registry for Antigua and Barbuda appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:45:40 +0000 Lendl: I have a lot more to offer

LENDL Simmons was named yesterday in the West Indies T20 squad to face Afghanistan after a two- year hiatus from representing the regional side. Simmons justified his selection by performing commendably when he represented the Trinbago Knight Rides (TKR) in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) scoring 430 runs in 11 innings including five half-centuries at an average of 39.1. The 34-year-old right handed batsman said, “ I`m a lot fitter than previous years making me more willing and able to play.” He added, “Believing that West Indies cricket is in a better position and the necessary changes were made for the better of cricket I have decided to make myself available to play for the “Maroon” once again. I still believe that I have plenty more to offer at the highest level and I look forward to completing my boyhood dream.” The two-time T20 World Cup winner, Simmons last played for the West Indies two years ago with his T20 International record standing at 907 runs from 44 innings with a top score of an unbeaten 82 runs in the semi-final of the 2016 World Cup T20 against hosts India. Commenting on playing under the guidance of the newly reinstated West Indies Coach Phil Simmons. “I worked with him for World Cup and i

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:41:40 +0000 Campbell completes UCI training camp

ELITE national female cyclist, Teneil Campbell, recently concluded her 15-month training stint at the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland. Throughout this duration, Campbell underwent several intense training sessions under the expert tutelage of some of the globe’s most experienced coaches. The four-time Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) medallist also racked up several commendable performances on the European road circuit. Some of her achievements with the WCC were capturing the most stage wins at the Tour de Belle Isle en Terre - Kreiz Breizh Elites Dames, runner-up at the Women’s Tour of Thailand and 2019 Pan American Games road race, third at Pan American Championships road race, fifth in the Danilith Nokere Koerse voor Dames and sixth at the Chrono Champenois Trophee Europeen and SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour. Campbell also competed in the 2019 World Championships in England with her WCC squad. Following the completion of her training, Campbell took to Facebook to express her gratitude to those who aided her athletic development over the past few months. “The time has come to say goodbye. I will always be grateful for the huge opportunity given to me here at the UCI World Cycling C

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:42:40 +0000 Adams says Haynes can play key role

DIRECTOR of cricket at Cricket West Indies Jimmy Adams said former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes could still play a key role in West Indies cricket. Haynes and Floyd Reifer were among the top three candidates for the head coaching position of the West Indies men’s team, but former West Indies all rounder Phil Simmons was given the nod on Monday. Haynes, 63, represented West Indies from 1978 to 1994. He played 116 Test matches, scoring 7,487 runs at an average of 42.29 that included 18 centuries and 39 half centuries. In One Day Internationals he amassed 8,648 runs at an average of 41.37 with 17 centuries and 57 half centuries. Yesterday, at a press conference, at the Queen’s Park Oval, in St Clair, Adams said CWI will try to utilise West Indies legends. “Desmond, not only his ability, but his working knowledge of the game is something that I think will be a benefit to West Indies cricket going forward and similarly the onus is on us and we are committed,” Adams said. “When you look at people like Desmond, like (Sir) Curtly (Ambrose), Courtney (Walsh), people from that era who have served us well, but on top of that have such a good working knowledge of their skills. (We have to ensure) that we don’t lose that. I th

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:21:44 +0000 Criminologist: Jail ISIS moms

WHILE TT citizens who took their families to war-torn Syria and Iraq seek government’s help to return home, a criminologist is calling for the mothers, if ever they return, to be charged with trafficking their children. Criminologist Dr Simon Cottee, in a keynote address at a recent international conference hosted by the University of the Southern Caribbean, said, “These women, along with their husbands, took their children to a war zone, and in effect, trafficked their sons and daughters into ISIS's machinery of war and sexual servitude. They should face justice for this grave dereliction of parental responsibility.” The conference’s theme was: Prioritising Caribbean Security in the 21st Century: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism & Terrorism. Cottee lectures in criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is currently writing a book on TT being the largest "exporter" per capita of ISIS fighters to Syria and Iraq. The police, army, Attorney General’s office and Vyana Sharma, who heads the Anti-Terrorism Unit, attended the conference. Giving an overview of his research into TT nationals who joined ISIS between 2013 and 2016, Cottee said he is quite convinced that the total number is approximately 240. 

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:20:40 +0000 FOLLOW THE MONEY

FOLLOW the money. This was the advice to government by Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal, who during his contribution to the budget debate in the House, alleged a “tangled web” involving money wire transfers, clandestine meetings and secret signing of documents all having to do with the sale of the refinery in Pointe-a-Pierre to the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU). Moonilal said he found a paper trail showing foul play in the acquisition of the Petrotrin refinery by the OWTU’s holding company Patriotic Energies and Technologies Co Ltd. He said he had printouts of banking co-ordinates to be sent, who it was to be sent to and what was to be wired. Moonilal said he had a copy of an e-mail from one David Goldberg to vidyadeokiesingh@yahoo.com sent on February 23, 2019, at 1.19 pm. Goldberg is an attorney in Maryland, United States. Deokiesingh is a former Petrotrin employee named in an internal audit into the AV Drilling Co Ltd fake oil scandal. He is a former PNM candidate for Siparia and a close friend of Prime Minister Dr Rowley. Moonilal read from a document: “Dear Mr Deokiesingh, attached please find a copy of a receipt of outgoing wire transfer to Formula 1 Trading in the sum of US550,000. Thank you for your co-operation. I

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:19:07 +0000 International tax evasion by EU nationals amounts to US$50B per year

A new study by the European Commission estimates European Union member states lost US$50.7 billion (46 billion euros), about 0.3% of GDP, in tax revenue in 2016 to international tax evasion by individuals.

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:08:49 +0000 Sweet talk from Kamla?

THE Tobago Business Chamber has expressed mixed views about Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's plan for Tobago if the United National Congress returns to government after next year's general election. "The Tobago Business Chamber is always open and receptive to ideas and plans for the development and improvement of business and business persons in Tobago and in that regard, some of the initiatives proposed by the Opposition Leader for Tobago, in her budget response, appear attractive while others appear to be broad blandishments on sound-bites and well-worn talking points with no real details or substance, amplified to elaborate on the operationalisation of same," chairman Martin George told Newsday Tobago. In her response to the 2020 budget in the House of Representatives on Friday, Persad-Bissessar delivered a comprehensive overview of the $53 billion package, some of which revolved around promoting Tobago as the ideal tourist destination. She regarded tourism, the mainstay of the island's economy, as being "in crisis" because of marked decline in passenger arrivals and occupancy rates at hotels and guest houses. [caption id="attachment_791217" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:08:49 +0000 PTSC promises new Scarborough terminal

Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) chairman Edwin Gooding has said a new bus terminal facility is to be constructed in Scarborough. Speaking at the launch of the corporation's Explore Tobago: Know Your Country tours on October 4 at Fort King George, Gooding said the proposed facility will be constructed on the allocated parcel of land at Sangster's Hill. He added the last terminal building was deemed unsafe for employees and members of the public. Gooding said the project will boost economic activity and create jobs for Tobagonians. "Commuters in Tobago will enjoy a clean, safe, modern environment to await transportation service," he said. "Improvement in transportation will also be achieved as there will be an increased number of routes being serviced in the area." Outlining a slew of initiatives aimed at modernising its operations, Gooding said the corporation recently awarded a contract for the provision of 25 buses, which are expected to be delivered by January 2020. He said of the 25 buses, three have been earmarked for Tobago. "This will ensure that the travelling public in Tobago has access to a reliable bus service." The PTSC, Gooding said, is also upgrading its IT infrastructure to ensure a proper preventative maintena

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:13:36 -0500 IMF downgrades outlook for world economy, citing trade wars

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts. The IMF’s latest...

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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:51:26 +0000 Robotics team visits premier

Members of the Cayman Islands National Robotics Team took their hand-built robot, called ‘345’, on a visit to Premier Alden McLaughlin’s office last week, ahead of their participation in an international competition in the Middle East.

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:08:15 +0000 Photos: Fans At Bermuda vs Guatemala Match

Fans of the Gombey Warriors are out tonight [Oct 15] for the Bermuda vs Guatemala match, as the two teams match up for an international friendly at the National Sports Center. The team for tonight is set to include Dale Eve, Jahquil Hill, Quinaceo Hunt, Donte Brangman, Chikosi Basden, Dante Leverock, Liam Evans, Jaylon Bather, Daren Usher, […](Click to read the full article)

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:02:36 +0000 Photos: Hong Kong Defeat Bermuda In Cricket

Bermuda took on Hong Kong in their second ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier warm up match at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai, with Hong Kong winning by 24 runs. Both teams went into the match with wins in their first warm up matches, Hong Kong batted first and scored 160/5, the Hong Kong top […](Click to read the full article)

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:48:50 +0000 Dominican Republic implores for an agonizing Haiti

Santo Domingo.-  Dominican Republic’s Permanent Mission to the UN on Tue. called on the international community to show solidarity with Haiti in search of restoring the stability of that nation, which has endured a general strike for five weeks to demand that president Jovenel Moïse step down. It tweeted that it intends to support Haiti’s legitimate authorities in its objectives of restoring stability and democratic development. “Haiti is at a crucial moment today and the Haitian State requires that our collective effort move forward. It is essential to take into account the security conditions and the capacity of Haiti to guarantee stability in its territory,” it said. It also encouraged “all the main actors in Haitian public life to participate without delay in an inclusive dialogue.” The entity said it […]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:03:40 +0000 Planning minister: Full Styrofoam ban by June

PLANNING Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, in a statement yesterday, said TT is ready for the Styrofoam ban, and lambasted the businesses which oppose this plan. She repeated Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s announcement in his budget speech of a ban on the import of Styrofoam by January 1, 2020, and added a later ban on locally-made Styrofoam. “The manufacturing of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in the food and beverage industry will be banned from June 1, 2020.” The statement said Robinson-Regis rejects the stance taken by some businesses that TT is not ready for the Styrofoam ban. “The Government has joined the international community in its quest to position the environment at the centre of social and economic development through Cabinet's policy to ban the importation of non-biodegradable expanded polystyrene or Styrofoam food and beverage containers.” She said since 2017 the Government had widely consulted stakeholders in the public sector and those in the private sector involved in the Styro

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:55:31 -0400 King and Walsh in, Brathwaite out of Windies teams

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Both Brandon King and Hayden Walsh Jr are poised to make their international debuts for West Indies after being named in the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 squads to...

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:42:40 +0000 CPL stars earn Windies picks

CARIBBEAN Premier League (CPL) stars Brandon King, Lendl Simmons and Hayden Walsh Jr have all been rewarded with West Indies picks for the upcoming matches against Afghanistan that will be played in India from early November to early December. West Indies and Afghanistan will play in three One Day Internationals (ODIs), three T20 Internationals and one Test match. The squads for all three formats were announced at a press conference at Queen's Park Oval in St Clair, earlier today. King and Walsh Jr are in the ODI and T20 squads and Simmons is included in the T20 squad. King and Simmons led the run scoring charts at the recently concluded 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League. The uncapped King, 24, ended as the top scorer cracking 496 runs for the Guyana Amazon Warriors at an average of 55.11 with three half centuries and one century. The experienced Simmons, 34, finished second with 430 runs for Trinbago Knight Riders at an average of 39.09 that included five fifties. Simmons last played a T20 for West Indies in June 2017. Leg spinner Walsh Jr, 27, is eligible to play for both West Indies and USA as he was born in St Croix, US Virgin Islands to his Antiguan father Hayden Walsh. Walsh Jr, who has never played for West Indies, has played one

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:06:50 +0000 Groups demand probe into power plant ‘graft’

Santo Domingo.- Civil society organizations on Tue. demanded an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office into the alleged graft by Odebrecht in the construction of the Punta Catalina power plant. They demanded that the prosecutor open a probe or else they will go to international organizations to demand justice on the case. Speaking on behalf of several organizations, National Human Rights Commission spokesman Manuel María Mercedes, said that they filed the demand with the Attorney General’s Office and various embassies, including the United States, to update them on their concern. They chanted “not a step back against impunity” and “Punta Catalina, corpus delicti of the crime,” and didn’t rule out mobilizations if their demand isn’t met.

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:44:04 -0500 IMF downgrades outlook for world economy, cites trade wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts....

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