Sun, 27 Sep 2020 21:59:54 +0000 Belmont gingerbread house being demolished

Demolition of the uniquely designed, historical gingerbread style house on Jerningham Avenue in Belmont has started. The National Trust posted details about the demolition on its website. It said work began last week with the removal of the fence, and added that there have since been reports of trespassing, removal of items and damage to the building. The National Trust said it was working with the Citizens for Conservation group and has had discussions with Udecott and NH International (Caribbean) to prevent further theft and/or vandalism. It noted that no prior knowledge of the demolition was received and the space was earmarked for the Ministry of Health’s new office. “In an inquiry from (Udecott), the National Trust conducted a site visit in 2018 and advised that this building, along with the one on the corner of Jerningham Avenue and Queens Park East, were suitable for restoration and adaptive reuse. “It was noted that this historic property retained its original design and would be a strong addition to the gingerbread houses of Belmont that could be incorporated into a Belmont heritage district.” Gingerbread houses are so called because of their unique, elaborately-designed trim – reminiscent of the piping used

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 22:30:54 +0000 Keith Scotland considers possible legal action against CXC

Port of Spain South MP Keith Scotland has joined his daughter Adela in her Justice for CAPE campaign. The 18-year-old upper six St Francois College student launched the social media campaign days after receiving Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results. The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), which is responsible for administering the CAPE and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, released the results on Tuesday last week. In a phone interview with Newsday on Sunday, Scotland, an attorney, said he is in the process of compiling information on “numerous students” who have come forward with complaints against CXC. He said he is consulting with a local senior counsel and foreign Queen’s counsel on the matter and will be issuing a formal response to the CXC board on Monday. He said the action being taken is based on “legitimate concerns” from students across the region. “We have seen discrepancies and we would like them addressed.” Adela added, “I had spoken to him about pursuing legal action, but when other students from other schools started to have the same concerns as myself, I was wondering if it were possible to help all of them and he said yes, we could file a class action (su

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 21:12:20 +0000 2021 NatWest Island Games Postponed

The 2021 NatWest International Island Games — scheduled to be held in July 2021 — in Guernsey have been postponed due to the impact of the pandemic, the organisers announced today. A spokesperson said, “The International Island Games Association held their virtual AGM on Saturday 26 September when Jorgen Pettersson, chair of the IIGA, sadly […](Click to read the full article)

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 17:06:36 +0000 Sites in Trinidad and Tobago to visit when covid19 restrictions ease

Sunday is World Tourism Day, celebrated annually on September 27. This year marks the 40th anniversary since the United Nations (UN) in 1980, designated the date to promote global awareness of the social, cultural, political and economic importance of tourism. This country is still closed to visitors because of measures put in place to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Other countries in the Caribbean have started the process of reopening. While Government has given no indication of when the borders will be reopened to commercial flights, the Prime Minister will review internal covid19 restrictions in October. With tourist sites empty, Newsday photographers captured these images over the past few months of popular sites and attractions. We're sharing them as the globe observes World Tourism Day. Here are some places to visit when the covid19 restrictions are lifted. [caption id="attachment_834073" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Pigeon Point Jetty, Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Tobago. - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_848121" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 16:28:02 +0000 Annisette: Help workers during covid19 pandemic

NATIONAL Trade Union Centre (NATUC) head Michael Annisette called for collaboration between capital and labour during the covid19 pandemic and for more to be done to protect the rights of workers especially vulnerable women and informal sector workers. He gave his views to Newsday on Friday when asked about Industrial Court president Deborah Thomas-Felix’s recent call for companies to obey labour laws during the pandemic and pay workers any severance benefit owed to them. Annisette urged a collaborative approach against covid19 as both a health issue and a social and economic issue. “From the information we are receiving and what we are seeing too often is that a lot of employers are using covid to unilaterally implement conditions and terms without respect to workers rights.” Saying the survival of any business was in the best interest of TT and the workers, Annisette urged capital and labour to find a connectivity and social accommodation to move forward. He said businesses have a responsibility towards their workers who must not be seen as inanimate objects to be used and then discarded. “Workers have families and have a soul and a heart. Understand your responsibility as an employer. It is not just to make money.” Annisette

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 15:01:44 +0000 Avianca will resume flights to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo in October

 It applies strict biosecurity protocols on its flights  Integrates 34 aircraft for the restart of its international links The Avianca airline will gradually restart its international operations starting on September 28 from Colombia to 16 destinations, with flights from Bogotá and Medellín, and will increase flights to other destinations as it has the respective authorizations. In that sense, on September 28, flights from Medellín to Miami and New York will begin. On October 1, from Bogotá to Guayaquil, Quito, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Miami, and New York and on October 15 flights to Cancun, Punta Cana, and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; in addition, to Guatemala City, La Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago de Chile, San Salvador, and Washington. “We are very happy with […]

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Sun, 27, Sep, 2020 16:00:01 GMT US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:04:35 +0000 Terceira Begins Competing In Bonheiden

Jillian Terceira is competing in the Bonheiden – CSI2* CSI1* CSIYH* International Show Jumping Event in Belgium. Competing in the 1.30m CSI2* Table A Against the Clock Class, Terceira and Iluna Di Cantero finished 3rd clocking a Clear Round time of 52.80. Related Stories Equestrian Patrick Nisbett Competes in France Terceira, Nisbett Continue Competing In […](Click to read the full article)

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Sun, 27, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT ANOTHER BOOST FOR LISA

LISA Hanna has moved closer to delivering the knock-out punch to her opponents' cheeks, as the boxing match to decide the new leader of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) intensifies.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 00:17:02 -0500 Leaked PNP poll shows most want Hanna presidency

Beauty queen-turned-lawmaker Lisa Hanna has emerged as the front runner to take over the reins of the floundering People’s National Party (PNP), according to a leaked internal poll commissioned by the party. But with the PNP heading towards a...

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:32:51 +0000 Kirina Dowrich: Connects art, interior design to social mission

As a child, Kirina Dowrich used cardboard boxes to design and build houses, on her own, for her dolls. Now at 23, her talents and ideas have blossomed, and she hopes to transform people’s lives to make TT and the world a better place. The UWI graduate is a fine artist, graphic artist and designer, and illustrator. She is self-employed and hopes to develop her part time-business, Kirina Dowrich Art & Design, at the family’s home in San Fernando. Dowrich is a past student of St Joseph's Convent, San Fernando, where she studied modern studies and visual art for the CSEC examinations. She also pursued technical drawing (after school) as an additional subject. At the CAPE level, she did literature, sociology, and Spanish. She gained full passes at both levels and in 2018, she obtained a bachelor of science degree in political science and a minor in social development policy and planning at UWI, St Augustine. Some may not see how studies from secondary school to university connect, but Dowrich said they were a natural flow. [caption id="attachment_848798" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:32:21 +0000 A course for Armageddon

On October 20, 1983 Maurice Bishop, prime minister of Grenada, was shot dead in a bloody coup, along with ten others, after a violent split in his party. Bishop’s New Jewel Movement had staged the socialist “Revo” in 1979 against the dictatorial prime minister Eric Gairy. After the coup, US troops invaded the island (TT was one of the few Caribbean countries which opposed the US invasion, along with the Bahamas, Belize and Guyana). The coupmakers, the “Grenada 17,” were tried and imprisoned. They were freed in 2008. This week we publish the second of a series of excerpts from Godfrey Smith’s new book The Assassination of Maurice Bishop.   GODFREY SMITH It was the fifth measure that set the party on a course for Armageddon. There should be joint leadership of the party marrying the strengths of Comrade (Cde) Bishop and Cde Coard, James proposed. Without pausing, he explained in detail how responsibility would be distributed betw

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 04:57:10 +0000 PM: TT must lower cases to 20 a day for regional travel

There will be no additional health restrictions placed on the people of TT this week says the Prime Minister. Dr Rowley said although the level of infection was still high at 40 new cases a day, it was lower than before, so he would leave things as they were and make a determination as to any changes by October 11. In the meantime, he asked that people continue obeying the public health guidelines and flattening the curve. “If we do not reverse our trend when we meet next week we should be able to take one or two decisions... (But) We are aiming to go back to some level of participation. I wouldn’t say normalcy at this point.” He added that Caribbean leaders set 20 new daily infections as the target for countries to participate in the Caricom travel bubble. They believed the number was low enough that member states could “mix and mingle without resulting in an explosion.” “If we get down to that target of 20 infections per day or less, then we can interact with the people of Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, and then have some type of economic contact and travel arrangements between us.” He said Caricom members needed to get to a stage where they could have scheduled international flights. “What was holding us back was

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 04:55:58 +0000 Rowley appeals for debt relief for the Caribbean

PRIME MINISTER Dr Rowley on Saturday told the United Nations that despite the middle and upper-income status of regional economies like TT, there is a strong case for some countries to be considered for debt relief. “We strongly urge the international community to assist with the financial support needed by developing countries, including middle-income countries like Trinidad and Tobago, to meet their development commitments.” He said small nations like TT, as well as larger nations, anticipate and depend "on us all sharing and caring for each other." TT’s experience in battling covid19, he said, is a testament that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) should be supported through business activity, financing, international trade, as well as technical cooperation and, most importantly, multilateralism. "The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), has cautioned that a debt crisis is looming for the economies of the Latin American and Caribbean sub-region, which will compound their high debt to GDP and debt service ratios. Despite the middle and upper-income status of many economies in the region, a strong case exists that these countries are deserving of special consideration for debt relief.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:06:03 +0000 Cafra TT tribute to Tara Ramoutar: Walk good Sistah!

Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, TT Chapter (Cafra TT) Yes, it is Bread we fight for But we fight for Roses, too (James Oppenheim, 1911) Tara Ramoutar was a TT-born labour and feminist activist whose work and service impacted the Caribbean. Since her passing on September 19, after a long battle with cancer, tributes have been pouring in from Cafra members around the region and advocates for women’s rights and gender equality. The early years: TIWU and CWP (1970s-1983)   Tara’s route to feminism was through the trade union movement. Rhoda Reddock first met her in the mid-1970s when she attended meetings of the TT-Cuba Friendship Society and Puerto Rican Solidarity Association, at the Transport and Industrial Workers’ Union (TIWU), where Tara worked. Patricia Mohammed noted that “Tara’s work with TIWU helped to shape her feminist politics, having been exposed to the way in which wome

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:03:16 +0000 Shift education spending to prioritise pandemic

DARCELLE DOODNATH The outbreak of covid19 escalated to pandemic proportions in March 2020, and by mid-April, the World Bank estimated 1.6 billion students globally were out of school. Since early July, over 50 countries have begun to reopen schools, but still, more than 1.1 billion students are yet to resume classes. Jaime Saavedra, leader of Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group, argues that without aggressive public policy measures as a means of effective, remedial action when students return to school, this generation of students risks losing approximately US$10 trillion in earnings over their lifetime, having fallen short of achieving their full education, employment and earnings potential. While coping with the health and economic shocks of covid19, the World Bank forecasts that education spending is likely to stagnate in most countries, and fall significantly in some, as governments try to contain budget deficits. Yet, it maintains that the protection of education financing should form part of an effective pandemic response, with significant resources needed so that systems are prepared and learning can continue during school closures, and progress accelerated once schools can safely reopen. Amid our own covid19-dr

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:25:54 +0000 Campbell finishes 47th at Road Worlds

NATIONAL CYCLIST Teniel Campbell placed 47th in the women’s elite road race on day three of the 2020 Road World Championships in Imalo, Italy, on Saturday. Among a field of 83 riders, Campbell completed the challenging 143-kilometre distance – five laps of a 28km circuit – in four hours, 24 minutes and 19 seconds. Capturing the rainbow jersey was Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen, who completed the distance in four hours, nine minutes and 37 seconds. Holding on to runner-up spot was her compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten (4:10.17) while Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (4:10.18) copped bronze. This was Campbell’s third stint at the Road World Championships, having recently made her competitive debut at the Giro Rosa in Italy two weeks ago. She continues to be TT’s lone female pro rider competing on the European circuit. On Thursday, the 23 year-old took part in the individual time trial and placed 36th. The rising road cyclist completed the 31.7km distance in 45 minutes and 53 seconds against a total of 50 international road cyclists. Saturday’s performance climaxed her ‘Road Worlds’ campaign as the meet concludes on Sunday with the men’s road race. The post

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:26:07 +0000 'Who can we trust?' asks TT coach Fenwick

NATIONAL men’s football coach Terry Fenwick believes United TTFA’s decision to renew its legal fight with FIFA will bring further detriment to the administration of local football. Fenwick, who was appointed coach by ousted TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace and his executive in December 2019, has dubbed this move by the former regime as “poor” and “unprofessional”. On Thursday, FIFA indefinitely suspended the TTFA for failing to withdraw its case against the sport’s governing body before their 3 pm (TT time) deadline on September 23. Wallace and his executive were contesting, in the TT High Court, FIFA’s decision to remove them from the helm of local football, in March, and appoint a normalisation committee, led by businessman Robert Hadad, to run the affairs of local football. After several warnings from FIFA, that TT could be sanctioned for their persistence to contest its decision in a local court, and not the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the global governing body stood true to their

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 04:54:35 +0000 St Francois student launches Justice for CAPE campaign

Concerned with the accuracy of this year’s Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results, Adela Scotland has launched the Justice for CAPE social media campaign. Scotland, 18, is an upper six student at St Francois Girls' College in Belmont. In an interview with Sunday Newsday, Scotland said she hopes the campaign puts pressure on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to review and remark this year’s exam scripts. Scotland’s campaign is just one of many ways students and educators have taken to social media to voice their concern over the accuracy of this year’s CXC results. “I was in shock when I saw my grades. I went into the exams with high IA (internal assessment) marks and I prepared really hard for the multiple choice (exam),” said Scotland. She launched the campaign on Wednesday. As a lower six student, for this year’s CAPE examination, Scotland wrote five subjects. She is displeased with the grades she obtained in the unit one exams for history, literature, and sociology. Scotland obtained a grade three in literature. In both history and sociology, she received a grade two. “I know people may ask why I am dissatisfied about twos and threes, when th

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 04:53:25 +0000 Presbyterian church hits 'heartless' CXC over results

The Presbyterian Church of TT joins the chorus of criticism of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) over the 2020 secondary schools examinations, accusing the Barbados-based body of lacking compassion to the turmoil students feel over their disappointing results. "We join with the principals, students, teachers, and parents within our educational institutions in expressing our disappointment by the lack of empathy, transparency, and compassion shown by CXC," at its news conference on Friday, the Presbyterian Secondary Schools Board of Education of the Presbyterian Church of TT said on Saturday. The church's concerns come as the Education Ministry prepares to make an official complaint to the CXC over Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results. In a media release, also on Saturday, the ministry noted that in a meeting held with CXC on Friday afternoon, the issue was raised not only by TT but several other Caribbean territories. It said, “At this meeting, attended by at least six regional ministers of education, the issues surrounding the consternation of students and education stakeholders on receipt of the preliminary results were raised.” On Wednesd

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 04:52:18 +0000 Media personality hails covid19 care

Media personality Hansley Ajodha has praised the health professionals at Caura Hospital and the Siparia County Medical Officer of Health for the care they provided him as he suffers from covid19. In a Facebook post on Friday, Ajodha said he had been in isolation for 31 days, and that the medication he was taking made him groggy and had “harrowing” side effects. However, the medical workers as brilliant, hard-working, competent, skilled, and kind. He said the care and support of medical workers was of international standards, so much so that he suggested that the Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, consider medical tourism as a way to diversify the economy after the covid19 curve was flattened. “Let me start with Caura Nurses... My God!! Their efficiency left me at a loss for words, and they treated everyone in that ward equally. Tears come to my eyes as I remember them, God bless everyone of them. I hope to see you again one day. The young doctors at Caura who so worked hard to stabilise me, may your careers blossom and find success. “To the Siparia CMO your five and six daily phone calls to update my status makes me feel like I have an angel by my side. And you sent help when my oxygen ran low

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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Dottin half-century not enough

DERBY – Deandra Dottin’s second half-century in three innings proved futile as West Indies Women produced another haphazard run chase in a 20-run defeat to England Women, to slip to another Twenty20 International...

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 20:42:23 +0000 Football: Hastings United Signs Knory Scott

Bermuda’s Knory Scott has signed with Hastings United Football Club in the UK. In an online post, Hastings United said, “Bermudian international winger Knory Scott joins The ‘U’s from Kidderminster Harriers. “All at the club welcome Knory to Hastings and listen to what he has to say about the manager, the club, what to expect […](Click to read the full article)

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT US rescinds prize to Finnish journalist for tweeting on Trump

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — The US State Department rescinded an award for a Finnish journalist who reported on Russian disinformation after spotting her social media postings critical of President Donald Trump, an internal review said yesterday.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 13:35:00 +0000 Industry and Commerce increases fuel prices

SANTO DOMINGO.-The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Mipymes (MICM) announced this Friday that for the week of September 26 to October 2, 2020, fuel prices will vary due to the instability of the international market. Regular gasoline will be sold at RD $ 197.30, premium $ 205.70 per gallon for an increase of RD $ 1.40 and RD $1.30, respectively. In comparison, regular diesel will be sold with a slight rise of RD $ 0.20 and will be sold at RD $ 143.50, while optimal diesel will be priced at RD $ 156.50 per gallon for a reduction of RD $ 0.70. On the other hand, liquefied petroleum gas will be sold at RD $ 113.80, increasing RD $ 2.40 per gallon. In the case of avtur, this fuel will […]

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