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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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 04:57:54 +0000 Unions disturbed by lack of engagement with CPO

THE trade union movement has said it is disturbed by Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s statement that the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) has not been authorised to enter into negotiations with some of the larger unions. In a joint statement, the leadership of the Joint Trade Union Movement, (JTUM), National Trade Union Centre, (NATUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organisations, (FITUN) said Imbert’s statement suggested government has no intention to build national consensus on sharing the burden of economic adjustment. “This can only mean that once again the entire burden of economic adjustment will be imposed on the backs and shoulders of ordinary working people," they said. "The trade union movement as one united force views this as totally unacceptable and vehemently rejects this approach to resolving the country’s crisis. “The approach by the Minister of Finance can only lead to industrial instability. "Alternatively we once again call for constructive and meaningful dialogue and immediate restoration of collective bargaining.” Noting that collective bargaining is recognised and protected by law so that industrial relations disputes can be dealt with in a constructiv

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:09:03 +0000 Airports get covid19 safety accreditation

BOTH Piarco and Crown Point International airports were recently accredited for steps taken against the spread of covid19, in a boost to the goal of re-starting TT’s tourism sector, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Randall Mitchell said in a statement on Friday. The award came via the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme of the Airports Council International (ACI). “This accreditation has been awarded to both airports in recognition of the health and safety measures implemented for the protection of travellers, employees and users of the airport from the spread of covid19,” Mitchell said. He said the accreditation matches the goal of his ministry and its agency Tourism Trinidad Limited to consider all visitor touch points “From the time a visitor boards a plane to when he/she lands, leaves the airport, stays at a hotel, visits a restaurant or goes on a tour.” Helping the ministry set the protocols were the Ministry of Health, the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited, the Airports Authority, the Port Authority and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha.) The desired result is for various stakeholders to be able to entertain visitors safely with all protocols in place. Mitchell said about 150 stakeholders were train

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:10:54 +0000 High-stepping into a new vision of Caribbean arts

Culture Matters I DID a Google search. I had read that someone from TT was now on the immensely popular American talent programme called The Voice. What followed was me screaming at the screen as Paige “Payge Turner” Roopchan dipped in and out between deep tones and elevated notes, confidently high-stepping across the stage as she delivered her chosen piece. I felt as though all of us were up there on stage with her. I thought about other Caribbean people who have had an opportunity to showcase their talent on a global stage. In 2014, when Tessanne Chin of Jamaica appeared on The Voice, it took Christina Aguilera less than 15 seconds to hit the buzzer to indicate she liked what she was hearing. It took less than 30 seconds for all four panellists to turn to face the woman with the vocals that amazed them. Adam Levine was prophetic when he said to Tessane, “You could easily win Voice this year.” How have international successes by Caribbean people advanced the creative sector in the region? If one knows where to look, we may be found at the highest levels of our chosen fields. Grace Jones, supermodel and actress from Jamaica. TT national Geoffrey Holder, villain in a James Bond film as early as the 1970s. Guyanese Letitia Wright an

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:30:54 +0000 Gray: T20 bowlingtalented, 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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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:04:55 +0000 Kidnappers release former soccer player Johnny Descollines

Kidnappers released Johnny Descollines, a former international soccer player, early Friday morning, according to Juno7.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:00:21 +0000 Canadian city to test Covid-19 at its borders to shorten quarantine

Travelers entering Canada by land or air through the province of Alberta will soon have the option of getting a Covid-19 test at the border, which could shorten quarantine times, in a pilot project that is the first of its kind in Canada, Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced. The mandatory quarantine period for returning international travelers will remain in place for now. But the 14-day self-isolation period could be shortened to approximately 48 hours if a traveler receives a negative COVID-19 test result at one of the province’s two border crossings. “We must move forward to develop policies that facilitate safe travel. While there is much work ahead, we can see a return to normal travel,” Kenney said during a press conference last Thursday, calling it an important day. Beginning […]

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:22:54 +0000 Appeal Court quashes TTFA’s court victory

THE TT Football Association’s complaint about the imposition of a normalising committee by the world governing body FIFA should have gone to arbitration before the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport. In a decision delivered just after 3 pm on Friday, Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justice of Appeal Nolan Bereaux both 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, the decisions of Justice Carol Gobin in August and October were set aside. Gobin was also faulted for refusing to stay the proceedings before her so that the matter could be resolved at the CAS. “There was no reason it should not have proceeded to arbitration,” Archie said of TTFA’s dispute. The judges also ruled that the purported service by e-mail of the TTFA’s legal claim to FIFA was against both Swiss law and the local civil proceeding rules. In March, FIFA appointed a normalisation committee to run the affairs of local football, removing Wallace and his administration. FIFA said the move was because

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:11:02 +0000 Destination Tobago boosted by Blue Flag pilot status

Tobago 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. [caption id="attachment_853460" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The pristine Mt Irvine Bay received Blue Flag Pilot status from the Blue Flag International Jury. PHOTO BY AYANNA KINSALE -[/caption] Narendra Ramgulam, director of product development and destination management at 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."

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:58:18 +0000 Johnson focused on the finals

It has been almost exactly two weeks since Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Daijah Johnson made chess history for The Bahamas, becoming the first Bahamian to qualify for a final in the International School Sports Federation (ISF) Virtual World Schools Championship Online Tournament. Looking ahead, the teenager is confident as she competes tomorrow morning. Johnson got to …The post Johnson focused on the finals appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:45:54 +0000 Stakeholders welcome Bacolet indoor sporting facility

Sport administrators in Tobago have welcomed the news that the Bacolet Indoor Sporting Facility will be completed in a year’s time. Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Jomo Pitt made the announcement on Wednesday at the post Executive Council media conference at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex, Scarborough. Pitt said the project, estimated to cost $30 million, will cater to most major sports, including netball and basketball. He said Towers International was awarded the contract and will complete the designs for the project by next month. Basketball coach Kerry Celestine said on Thursday an indoor sporting facility in Tobago was long overdue. “I am excited to see the end result and excited to see how we could use this to develop the sports that will be used in the facility,” he told Newsday. Celestine, who coaches at the Elite Eagles Basketball Academy, said the facility will further expose players to competitions in an indoor environment. “It is really great for Tobago because it's always a challenge when we have to play in Trinidad and go against teams who already use indoor facilities with the glass back board. It is a whole new environment, so having players being able to play in that environment would

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:11:54 +0000 Bermudian Magazine Wins IRMA Awards

The Bermudian Magazine won three awards during the 40th annual International Regional Magazine Association [IRMA] awards presentation. An IRMA spokesperson said, “The International Regional Magazine Association announces its 40th annual magazine awards, highlighting accomplishments in editorial, photography, art direction, design, and overall publication. “The Bermudian Magazine won three awards at the 40th annual International Regional […](Click to read the full article)

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:24:15 +0000 Dominican Republic’s economy will fall 6% in 2020: IMF

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s economy will fall 6% in 2020, as a result of the impact of the pandemic, although it expects a recovery next year, according to estimates revealed Thursday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, the IMF estimates that by next year the country will be able to regain economic dynamism, projecting growth of 4%, according to the report “Economic Outlook for the Americas: the persistence of the pandemic clouds the recovery.” The fall in Dominican GDP will be lower than the average for Latin America and the Caribbean, which the agency estimates at 8.1% for this year, although it projects a 3.6% recovery of the regional economy by 2021. In April, the IMF estimated that the country would suffer an economic fall of 1%, while at […]

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:22:57 +0000 No danger posed by Nabarima

ENERGY Minister Franklin Khan and Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne sought to assure the nation on Thursday that there is no danger posed by Venezuelan-registered oil tanker FSO Nabarima which is anchored in the Gulf of Paria. With 1.3 million barrels of crude oil in its storage tanks there has been growing unease both locally, regionally and internationally after claims were made that the vessel was listing to one side and slowly sinking. However, at a virtual press conference to reveal the findings of a TT team of experts who boarded the vessel on Tuesday, on the invitation of the Venezuelan government, Khan and Browne said there is concrete evidence the vessel is upright, stable, with no visible tilt and no imminent risk of tilting or sinking. However, Browne said there will be no sharing of images taken during the visit to the vessel because it is a “sensitive asset” for Venezuela and its petrochemical industry. Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) has been pressing government to make public, videographic evidence of the vessel’s stability because of what the group said were doctored pictures which were issued recently. Khan said he is satisfied with the findings of the TT team who were the first vi

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:33:56 +0000 Angostura puts advisory labels on products

Angostura is putting advisories on labels for its latest products. The upgraded labels on White Oak Watermelon Flavoured Rum inform consumers about the number of calories per drink and include warnings on underage consumption, driving under the influence and drinking during pregnancy. A release from Angostura said this latest initiative puts Angostura ahead of its international counterparts, as the introduction of the new labels will increase the information on the rum products to consumers. Launched in August, White Oak Watermelon Flavoured Rum is the latest addition to Angostura’s rum portfolio. The labels on White Oak Sorrel and Coconut Flavoured Rums also have warning signs and a responsibility statement. The advisory labels will be introduced to all new products and will be rolled out to existing products within the next year. Angostura’s acting CEO Ian Forbes said while adding the advisory labels is an expensive process, consumers need to be better informed and understand what they are buying and drinking. “This is really a natural progression for us...It has coincided well with the launch of several new and exciting products from us, such as our White Oak Watermelon Flavoured Rum. Despite a difficult year for t

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:36:35 +0000 Fearless speakers for TEDx PoS

THIS year's TEDx Port of Spain, like almost every event since March, is going virtual for its tenth anniversary. The TEDx co-ordinators had big plans for this milestone event. The speakers were chosen by January, and to celebrate the tenth anniversary, TEDx would have been held on the tenth day of the tenth month. When they realised the event would not happen, plans were first cancelled, but Dennise Demming, co-licence owner of TEDx Port of Spain, said she knew the group had to celebrate despite the pandemic. "We became competent in an in-person conference and covid happened, so we've had to pivot away from an in-person conference to a virtual online conference...For a long time we were immobilised by fear. We decided no matter what, we would have it. We wanted to have it on the tenth of the tenth, but we pushed it back. We can't have the tenth anniversary pass and covid stop us. That's why we had it on October 24," Demming said. TEDx is using a platform called Hubilo, a virtual event platform, in addition to Zoom for tomorrow's event. "The platform, laid on top of Zoom, gives you a virtual experience. We are trying to mimic a new approach. It virtual-mimics what we've been accustomed to with our in-person experience...If we were having it a

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:40:11 +0000 Celebrating girls and young women

International Day of the Girl Child The post Celebrating girls and young women appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:39:03 +0000 Wallace willing to take FIFA case to Privy Council

TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace is not ruling out the possibility of taking his ongoing battle against world football body FIFA all the way to the Privy Council if he has to. Wallace told Newsday on Thursday the idea of taking the case to the London courts – TT’s highest appellate court – if the Court of Appeal’s decision is not in his favour, is something he “cannot disagree with.” It is now nearly eight months since Wallace began his legal battle against FIFA after it removed his administration and appointed a normalisation committee to run the affairs of local football, on March 17. FIFA insisted the move was not victimisation and that the decision was made because of “a massive debt” and financial woes. It also refused to acknowledge TT’s High Court as a legitimate option for the hearing after Wallace appealed. It said the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland is the only court it recognises for such disputes. Initially, Wallace and his attorneys – Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle – appealed to the CAS but withdrew, moving to TT’s High Court, as they believed they would not get a “fair hearing” from the Swiss c

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Fri, 23, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT GOP-led Senate panel advances Judge Amy as Democrats boycott

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott yesterday to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump's pick on track for confirmation before election day.

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