Mon, 05 Aug 2019 18:00:13 +0000 IFBB Pro Qualifier To Be Held In Bermuda

The island is scheduled to host an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness [IFBB] Pro Qualifier in December of this year, with the overall winners set to earn an IFBB Pro Card. No qualification is required to participate, the league is open worldwide, crossover for open novice and masters will be allowed, and the classes […](Click to read the full article)

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:24:35 +0000 Disaster risk training for C’bean youth

THE Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is supporting the efforts of 19 young professionals to gain work experience in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. In a release, the CCRIF said these interns are university graduates from seven Caribbean countries who have been placed in 14 national or regional organisations. They will undertake key assignments or research during their internship. The former includes examining the costs of last October's flood in TT at the TT Meteorological Service and implementation of a national hazardous materials plan and earthquake plan at Hazard Management in the Cayman Islands. Among the participating national and regional organisations are the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism. Annually, CCRIF allocates US$75,000 to its internship programme. Under the programme, each intern is provided a stipend for a two-month internship, airfare and accommodation for those interns placed in organisations outside their home country. This year's cohort brings to 104 the total number of internships implemented since the programme was launched in 2015. The CCRIF invested approximately US$335,000 from 2015 to now. Since its

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:50:35 +0000 Report: Triathlon Contributed $4.7M To GDP

This year’s MS Amlin World Triathlon Series [WTS] event in Bermuda “generated an estimated $4.7 million for the island’s economy, along with another $9.3 million in projected future tourism,” according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers [PwC]. “The April 28 event—one of three annual International Triathlon Union [ITU] World Triathlon Series races secured by Bermuda through […](Click to read the full article)

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:24:35 +0000 Minister: Look out for snakes in homes

Agriculture Minister Senator Clarence Rambharat is warning the public to watch out for wildlife, including snakes and other reptiles. He said with intermittent to heavy rainfall forecast to affect TT over the next few days, wildlife may be displaced from their natural habitat. He said due to floodwaters some may seek refuge in yards and houses. On his official Facebook page, Rambharat posted a picture taken by a Cascade resident of a large snake lying on a windowsill outside her home. “Yes, it’s that time of the year when the rain is frequent and sometimes heavier than normal. Snakes and other wildlife move to safer, more comfortable grounds, sometimes into yards and homes. Snakes, in particular, are in search of warmth to regulate their internal temperature.“Thanks to this Cascade resident for making the call this morning and getting the Emperor Valley Zoo to safely remove this snake, perched 40 feet up on the window ledge.” Interviewed afterwards, Rambharat said this was not unusual for this time of the year, adding that the zoo normally responds to ten-15 calls per week, mainly from Cascade, St Ann’s and Diego Martin. He said this was not common in rural areas, as there are “lots of trees for reptiles to move to warmer ground an

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:16:31 +0000 Haitian Times News Roundup – August 05

Haiti Haiti joins the International Solar Alliance Haitian chancellor Edmond Bocchit signed the International Solar Alliance agreement that aims to...

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 22:29:23 -0400 Rihanna home for Kadooment

Barbadian pop superstar Rihanna is home.The island’s entertainment queen touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Kadooment. The 31-year-old...

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:00:10 +0000 Scrymgeour Wins Top Honours At Film Expo

Bermudian Alex [Scrimmy] Scrymgeour and his production team recently took top honours at the Long Island International Film Expo with their TV comedy pilot Eddie’s, a stand-alone episode for a proposed series which features a number of nods to the producer’s island home. Eddie’s has previously been runner-up in its category at a number of […](Click to read the full article)

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 05:12:36 +0000 Success possible with creative talents

KINNESHA GEORGE-HARRY "It is important for persons with creative talents to continue to develop it.” So said social media content strategist LaToya Williams, as she addressed attendees at the second instalment of the Youth Chill and Chat series, held recently at the Roxborough Police Youth Club conference room in Roxborough. The event was themed “The Orange Economy: Youths Impact on the Creative Industries” and made possible through the collaboration of Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Division of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Tobago Youth Council. It was hosted by youth activist Cindy Andrews. Williams said: “It is very important to align yourself in terms of what it is you’re studying – what it is your passion is. You would think that it's not making no type of sense whatsoever but eventually you would see. "We have to start developing our own content, we have to start documenting things. It pains me right now that even right now in Tobago we can’t even go to the library and pull a documentary and see who is (cultural icon) Maeda Cowie, (what) she is known for… We have nothing, so it is important for us to stay right here and start developing archives and put that to use for the generations to come. You never know who is looking, who

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 06:00:36 +0000 Quota International TT installs new board

MEMBERS of Quota International TT gathered at the RBC Royal Bank Oval Suite in St Clair recently to celebrate achievements and welcome the newly inaugurated board for the 2019/2020 term. Michelle Low Chew Tung returned as president for a second term. Jillian Jones-Smith was installed as vice president/president-elect, Chantal La Roche, secretary and Jennifer Moore, treasurer. “I feel truly honoured and blessed to be the president of Quota TT for a second term. I can assure you that this is not a responsibility I take lightly. Along with the board and support of our members we will fulfil Quota International’s mission of empowering women, children, the deaf and hard of hearing and people with speech difficulties in our local community” said Low Chew Tung. Reflecting on the previous year, Low Chew Tung said “the collective energy and drive of members is what generated the positive results the club enjoyed in the last year”. Quota TT successfully implemented its Quota International Educational Scholarship Awards for secondary and post- secondary students in the deaf and hard of hearing community. The club partnered with the TT Association for the Hearing Impaired (TTAHI) and other stakeholders on the national Protect Yuh Hearing campaign

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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 04:11:56 +0000 QC bowlers lift T&T team to first win in Canadian tournament

A good spell of fast bowling from Elnathan Sukhnandan and quality off-spin from Vickash Jaikaran propelled Trinidadian side, the Caribbean Superkings, to their first victory at the fourth Annual Mississauga International tournament in Canada. The Queens College bowlers, along with schoolmates Brandon Jaikaran and Amos Sarwan, are guest players for the Superkings in the 30-over

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 22:00:44 +0000 Terceira & Lopes Continue In Flanders Event

Jillian Terceira and Tyler Lopes were both back in action competing in the Flanders Horse International Horse Show Jumping Event in Belgium. During the 1.30m CSI2* Table A in 2 Phases Class, Lopes and Amarulla finished 24th with a Clear First Phase time of 45.37, they then clocked a Second Phase time of 43.92, but […](Click to read the full article)

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:26:36 +0000 MATT welcomes re-laying of charges against A&V CEO, son-in-law

THE MEDIA Association (MATT) has praised the re-laying of charges in the matter of assault against Guardian photographer Kristian da Silva. The MATT executive, in a statement Saturday, said: "We are heartened that both the Office of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) and the (police) took this matter as seriously as to generate a public response within 24 hours. "Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done. In this instance, the public has witnessed an example of institutions working with one another, including asking questions of one another, while seeking accountability and remedies in the interest of members of the public." MATT said it has a keen interest in this case because a bona fide member of the news media was physically assaulted while on duty in September 2017. "We are just as keenly aware, however, that dismissal of charges for want of prosecution is not unique in the magistrates’ courts. Members of the public have been demanding of all institutions, remedies for those asp

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:29:35 +0000 JET strengthens Japan-Caribbean ties

THE Japan Exchange Teacher (JET) programme continued to play a key role in strengthening ties between Japan and the rest of the world. Japanese Ambassador to TT, Tatsuo Hirayama, expressed this view at a farewell function for 15 JET graduates at the Japanese Embassy in St Clair on Friday. The graduates comprised 13 from TT and two from St Vincent and the Grenadines. Hirayama observed that for the last 32 years, JET has invited more than 68,000 people from 78 countries. Through this programme, foreign youths are employed as Assistant English Language Teachers (ALTs) for Japanese students from elementary to high school level. In addition to being proficient in the English language, prospective ALTs should be interested in Japan’s rich culture and also be willing to promote international exchange at the community level. Hirayama said, "It is a pity that I could not benefit from English teachers under the JET programme during my school days as the programme had not yet started at that time." He opined that had JET been in existence then "my English would have been so much better". This year is the 15th year that TT has been involved in JET. Hiryama said apart from teaching English to Japanese students, the graduates would learn Japanese culture, language and h

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 06:11:45 +0000 Windies thwarted by batting in opening defeat

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, CMC – World champions West Indies were left to rue another dismal batting effort as they slipped to a four-wicket defeat to India in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series here yesterday.

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 04:52:38 +0000 Renewable fashion

With growing concern for human impact on the planet, global fashion brands have made immense strides towards more sustainable and ethical business practices. Major moves have been made towards reducing the water wastage involved in cotton production and towards reducing the chemicals involved in garment manufacturing too. The irony is, however, that consumers are yet to get truly involved in closing the loop towards sustainable fashion as even environmentally-conscious consumers are only just coming around to the idea of reducing, reusing and recycling their wardrobes. Renew Consignment, a female-owned business that helps consumers sell their pre-loved and gently used clothing and apparel, aims to change the way we view the second-hand fashion market and is hoping to win consumers over to making smarter and more cost-conscious choices in fashion locally. The brainchild of Trinidad-born, Melanie Jones-Powell and Jamaican, Kathryn Cargill-Warner, Renew Consignment meets the millennial and Gen Z market at two key points – to allow consumers to be seen in new styles constantly while also being a sustainably-minded consumer. As Jones-Powell, a data and digital media specialist recalled, “Kathryn and I had been exploring the idea of working together for some time – but we

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 04:20:40 +0000 A different world

The last time my son got a haircut was in December of 2018 and now he has a boy bun, although he prefers to call it a man bun. His adamancy when it came to allowing his hair to grow in a Christopher Reid’s Kid n Play style has not been well accepted by a lot of people, close family members and friends included. “Time to cut that hair boy,” he was advised many times, but his obstinacy never wavered. Even when I myself tried to coax him into getting a haircut because I got tired of grooming it, he held his ground and groomed it himself as best as he could. He has always been a “pretty” child, not something society graciously associates with boys. When he was a baby, I frequently got, “your daughter is so pretty,” and his long, luscious eyelashes added fuel to the fire. Now that he chooses to wear his hair braided or in a bun, he again gets mistaken for a girl from time to time, but not even that is enough to make him consider a haircut. When he sits in the barber’s chair to neaten the sides and the back, he gives specific instructions, “Do not cut any off the top.” And that’s not just with his hair. Over the years I’ve noticed how he takes a firm stance for things that are importan

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 04:07:38 +0000 Jolene scores an Extra Innings

I just feel really grateful to be a part of such an inspiring film that not only encourages following your dreams, but also tackles mental illness in such a real and relatable way. – filmmaker Jolene Mendes SHIRVAN WILLIAMS From an early age Jolene Mendes fell in love with film. She would use this passion to fuel a successful career as a film producer. Mendes was acknowledged for her work in producing the film Extra Innings when she received the Best Feature Film award at the Manhattan Film Festival (MFF) in June. The MFF is an annual festival created in 2006 by filmmakers Philip J Nelson and Jose Ruiz, Jr, and was first known as the Independent Features Film Festival. Mendes is a Trinidadian who left these shores when she was just 17. “I went to Canada for a completely different field of study. It became apparent that it didn't make me happy, and it was far from what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – but it did lead me to where I am today. "I went back home and took some time to figure out what my passion really was, so I could make a career out of it and love what I do at the same time. That’s when I figured out I wanted to follow my dream in producing films.” Armed with a new vision for her life, she headed to N

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 04:05:37 +0000 Point to point record system for 2019 Great Race

NARISSA FRASER A POINT to point record system will be introduced to all classes at this year's staging of the TT Great Race. The 51st staging of the annual race will be held on August 17 at 7 am, beginning at Williams Bay, Chaguaramas and ending at Store Bay, Tobago. This year's sponsors include NLCB (National Lotteries Control Board) and Bmobile. Speaking at the launch and boat show yesterday morning at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, TT Powerboat Association (TTPBA) committee member Brent Branker said he is thankful for the support shown thus far and explained the new system. Branker said, "What we have in assistance with Bmobile this year is a record holding spot for each class, so we are going to have something similar to what we did last year but this time, everybody has an opportunity to set a record in each class going forward. This starts at Five Islands and will finish at Pigeon Point. "A point to point record will be leading from now on. We are going to try our best to see how we can keep this going forward as another element in the great race to keep things going forward." Last year, this opportunity was strictly for those competing in the 130 MPH (miles per hour) class. This year's classes include: 50; 60 MPH (crui

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 03:28:37 +0000 African Pride, Alfie Kohn & apologies

Wet Dutch waxprint and kente. I missed that smell on Thursday. A seasonably predictable rain-drenched parade of African wear has become the central motif of how the globe’s first nation to make it a public holiday commemorates Emancipation. In the Manning years, this tradition would end standing soaked listening to mindless speeches winding up to that year’s Government-imported dictator. Unhappy Emancipation Day, a young Trini historian wished us on his social media, chiding that “making Emancipation Day all about the celebration of African Pride is beside the point. In fact, it might actually help to defeat the purpose of freedom. African Pride is a beautiful thing. To be honest, I sometimes think that it is a cruel white supremacist joke that has our society using Emancipation Day to dress up and ignore for the most part the real powers that continue to frustrate black people’s search for freedom.” It mirrors LGBTI critiques of “Pride” commemorations of Stonewall. I’ve long had my own unease that, while our three historically “Indian” ethnic holidays celebrate faith and arrival in relatively unfraught ways, our two relatively newer “African” ones, because they commemorate structures of

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 03:26:36 +0000 African youth in danger

Danger. This is described as “exposure to harm; a thing that causes or is likely to cause harm.” Last Sunday at the Diplomatic Centre Emancipation celebrations, the Prime Minister said, “the African population here is not doing well as expected,” and more precisely “it was a problem in the African community where the African youth by their tens of thousands was going astray and choosing crime and violence as a way of life.” Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds called Dr Rowley’s firecracker speech “courageous.” I agree. It raises the politics of relative deprivation. But what now? There is danger, whether caused by “family breakdown,” education system, class discrimination or lack of positive aspirations. Not a new problem. In fact, while Dr Rowley hits “family breakdown,” he kindly failed to mention the education system, where the crisis is largely hatched, recycling inequity. Such social problems, especially those tied to ethnicity, get deeply rooted over time by institutional neglect and political denials, such that whosoever independently dares to warn of the dangers quickly becomes accused of “mischief” and having “an agenda.” Magic will not heal

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 03:38:36 +0000 UWI, University of Glasgow sign reparation MoU

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) has signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Glasgow, Scotland, to partner in a reparation’s strategy of research for Caribbean development. The MoU was signed on July 31, on the eve of Emancipation Day, at the UWI regional headquarters by Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Prof Sir Hilary Beckles and Dr David Duncan, chief operating officer and secretary of the University of Glasgow. Jamaicaglobalonline reported that under the terms of the MoU, the two universities will establish the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development and Research which will operate from both universities. The University of Glasgow has committed to spending £20 million over a 20-year period as part of its programme of reparative justice. The programme will include seed funding, benefactions and research grant income, raised from grant-giving bodies. According to the report, The University of Glasgow will allocate resources to support the running of the centre, scholarships, research, public engagement and related activities. It is well-positioned to do so as it has one of the largest research bases in the UK with research income of £180 million and is a member of the elite Russell Research Group of 24 majo

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 02:33:15 +0000 Failure to assess pitch cost us, says skipper Brathwaite

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC) – Captain Carlos Brathwaite said yesterday West Indies’ failure to properly assess the pitch at the Central Broward County Stadium had led to their defeat in the opening Twenty20 International against India. Sent in, West Indies slumped to 33 for five at the end of the sixth over before recovering through

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 02:24:59 +0000 Saini stars on debut as India win low-scoring T20 in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC) – World champions West Indies were left to rue another dismal batting effort, as they slipped to a four-wicket defeat to India in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series here yesterday. In a scrappy, low-scoring affair on a two-paced pitch at the Central Broward County Stadium, West Indies mustered

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Sun, 04 Aug 2019 01:55:19 +0000 Messi banned from internationals for three months after ‘corruption’ outburst

(REUTERS) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi has been banned from international duty for three months and fined $50 000 (£41 142) after levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American soccer chiefs during the Copa America. Messi was sent off again in the Copa America third-place playoff and afterwards alleged that the tournament had been fixed in

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