Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:45:42 +0000 E-ticket portal for inbound and outbound travel starts operating Nov. 29

Dominican Republic, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, starting November 29, 2020, the Dominican Republic will adopt a new electronic system providing digital versions of the Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration and International Boarding/Disembarking forms, combined in a single digital form. All passengers entering and departing the country will be required to fill out and submit their digital forms through the Electronic Ticket Portal either before or upon their arrival to the country. This new system is the result of extensive work and collaboration between the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Public Health, the General Directorate of Customs and the General Directorate of Migration. “The implementation of a single digital registration form to enter and leave the country […]

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:00:11 +0000 Sailing Bubble, Scaled Down Events Being Considered For Sailing Week 2021

By Neto Baptiste The creation of a bubble at a yet to be decided marina and a possible scaled down version of next year’s Antigua Sailing Week, are among measures being considered by the event’s organizing committee as they continue planning for the international sailing regatta slated for the last week of April. Yesterday, the […]

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:43:57 +0000 Khan educates UNC on geography and energy

ENERGY Minister Franklin Khan gave the Opposition UNC a free education on geography and energy matters in the House of Representatives on Friday. Responding to a question from Tabaquite MP Anita Haynes, Khan said, “The marine vessel FSO Nabarima is located in the waters of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela and is not in between the waters of TT and Venezuela.” Reiterating the vessel poses no environmental danger to TT, Khan continued, “This vessel has been at its present location for over a decade.” Providing more information on the Nabarima, he said, “The Nabarima is an floating storage and offloading vessel which is utilised for the export of Venezuelan crude oil produced from the Corocoro field, right there in the Venezuelan side of the Gulf of Paria.” He reminded all MPs it is public knowledge that Venezuelan authorities are systematically offloading and transporting any crude oil stored on the Nabarima, away from the area to eliminate the threat of an oil spill. Khan said it is also well known that Government established the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan 2020 and since 1989, there has been a bilateral oilspill contingency plan developed between TT and Venezuela to deal with potential oil spills in the gulf. “T

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:41:58 +0000 Automotive Dealer head: New tax will drive away electric-vehicle buyers

VISHAM Babwah, CEO of P&V Marketing and president of the TT Automotive Dealers Association, said TT has recently taken a backward step. By reintroducing taxes on imported vehicles and limiting concessions for the capacity of electric vehicles (EVs), Babwah said, TT’s government is killing the industry for vehicles using clean energy. Meanwhile, countries like Barbados are making progress in reducing greenhouse gases and carbon emissions through introducing and promoting electric vehicles, In the 2020-2021 budget in October, Finance Minister, Colm Imbert announced that from the end of that month tax concessions on imported vehicles would be removed. Imbert said with close to a million vehicles on TT’s roads already, the country still spends about $2.5 billion a year (US$400 million) on importing an average of 25,000 cars. Speaking at the Caricom Virtual Electric Road show on Friday, Babwah said TT’s EV and hybrid car dealers started on their own, developing the industry in TT. But dealers are constantly being shot down by government because they are not major franchise dealers. He said removing concessions for imported vehicles would drive away customers. “We are doing our part, but we are not getting any support

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:50:08 +0000 From bubble to bubble: Windies cricketers push through covid19

THE pressure on athletes throughout the world is massive. And cricket has not escaped. Because of the seemingly unending coronavirus pandemic, since March 2020, international cricket has taken a severe blow to its activities. Hence, participants have to absorb the pain of insufficient preparation; living in a bio-secure bubble; undergoing constant testing; over and above having to get out on the field and perform. We should all be proud of our West Indian cricketers who have been pioneers in this regard, being the first to play Test cricket while the pandemic was raging. Some people referred to our team as guinea pigs when they first accepted the invitation to tour England. However, the tour was successful, as all protocols were followed no matter how inconvenient, to the joy and surprise of all concerned. The old news is that West Indies (WI) lost the series two to one which in hindsight is better than expected, because of the disadvantages they had to endure. However, it was the first Test series to be played worldwide since March. Currently, WI are in New Zealand (NZ), another country that has not staged a Test match in almost a year. Again, WI are the first to visit. The main reason for WI being the first team to tour England was s

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:46:05 +0000 UWI working on virtual global campus

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is working toward expanding the regional Open Campus to the global online market. UWI Vice Chancellor Hilary Beckles said the campus set up the Office for UWI Global Online which has been doing “excellent work” in the past four years to drive research and policy planning into the expansion. Beckles was speaking at the virtual launch of the UWI Open Campus STAT (Student Today, Alumni Tomorrow) week on Monday. Beckles said although the covid19 pandemic had been unforgiving in many ways, it had also helped to move the education sector forward. “This pandemic has allowed us to embrace the technology and the future. We have had to do in the last six to nine months what we have been trying to do in the past six to ten years and so in a short time, we were able to move speedily along into the future and we are not going back.” He said phase one of the Office for UWI Global Online was to establish international centres all over the world by “practising internationalisation and globalisation” and partnering with universities around the world. Beckles said as part of phase two, the team will begin to develop the online campus platform. “We have done a policy paper and we are seeking dev

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:52:57 +0000 Wallace: Enogh time for Fenwick to prepare

WILLIAM Wallace, ousted president of the TT Football Association (TTFA) is not worried over the inactivity of the national men’s football team. The national squad last played an international match on November 17, 2019, when they suffered a 4-0 trouncing by hosts Honduras in the Concacaf Nations League. Terry Fenwick, who replaced Dennis Lawrence as TT men’s coach in January, is yet to guide TT in an official match, due to the coronavirus pandemic and FIFA’s suspension of the TTFA, which lasted from September 24 to November 19. FIFA suspended the TTFA after Wallace and his former executive challenged the global governing body’s decision at the local courts, instead of the Switzerland-based CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) to remove them, on March 17, and implement a normalisation committee, headed by Robert Hadad. FIFA’s decision to remove the TTFA executive was due to the $50 million debt accumulated by the local body. The suspension was lifted after last week’s FIFA window, and the next FIFA window is carded for March 2021, which is the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification Concacaf First Round. During an interview on Monday, Wallace was asked if the FIFA ban may have robbed TT of the likelihood of fri

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:51:15 +0000 Daniel to serve as TT triathlon boss

DEREK Daniel has been elected as president of the TT Triathlon Federation (TTTF), with Karen Araujo as his deputy, Mandisa Leacock taking on the role as secretary and Colin Hosein as treasurer. Also on the TTTF executive committee is Lara Baden-Semper, who will serve as past executive member. Daniel brings with him a wealth of knowledge as an administrator, coach and athlete. A founding member, president and coach of XO Multi-Sport Club, Daniel is a British Triathlon Federation Level 2 and IRONMAN certified coach. He has also competed in a variety of races, at age group levels, locally, regionally and internationally. Araujo is a long-serving member of the TTTF. She is the president of CAC Triathlon, an executive member of the regional governing body Pan American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) and is a member of the World Triathlon Women’s Committee. She is a development swim coach, and a World Triathlon Level 1 technical official. Leacock is a qualified sports administrator and event coordinator with over a decade of experience in both swimming and triathlon. She has served in various positions at the 2010 and 2011 Goodwill Swimming Games, the 2017 CCCAN and at the 2018 Triathlon CARIFTA Games. She is an executive member of the RJR Tri

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:44:05 +0000 Bharath: UNC 'dictatorship' coerces ‘loyalty’

FORMER trade minister Vasant Bharath, who is vying to become United National Congress (UNC) leader in the December 6 internal elections, described the party’s current leadership as a “dictatorship.” He alleged the leadership was now trying to coerce pledges of loyalty from various party units for the candidacy of UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. “The UNC Facebook Page and the Monday Night forum has been used to shamelessly campaign on behalf of Mrs Bissessar and her slate.” He alleged UNC MPs constituency offices were being used to canvass for the Persad-Bissessar slate. Bharath asked why she had not accepted his help to fight the PNM in the last election, and invited her to meet him for a leadership debate. Saying his post on the Roadmap to Recovery Committee did not signal support for the Government, he asked if Persad-Bissessar was supporting the People’s National Movement in feeding a cupcake to PNM head Dr Keith Rowley, or taking him to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Questioning the integrity and fairness of the election process, he alleged the day after Persad-Bissessar was overheard in a Zoom broadcast saying she had been working on a manual, the election committee had published

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 22:20:10 +0000 5 on gang-related charges

FIVE men were expected to appear virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Monday on several gang-related charges. Following extensive investigations into alleged criminal activities by certain members of the "6ixx gang," a police release stated, and with the assistance of external and internal partners including the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) five men were charged on Saturday. The police said that Calvin Lee, aka Tyson, 32, of Clifton Hill Towers, St Paul Street, Port of Spain was charged with being a gang leader and receiving a stolen car. The other four: Akiel "Bolo" Hovel, 28, of Desperlie Crescent, Laventille; Dwayne "Docs" Skeete, 35, of Anisette Street, East Dry River, Laventille; Kerwin "Joey" and/or "Black Hand" Williams, 24, of St John Road, East Dry River, Laventille and Anthony "Master Cain" Caine of LP71, Pelican Extension, Trou Macque, Laventille were all charged with supporting a gang and receiving a stolen vehicle. The five were arrested during an anti-crime exercise last week.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:31:10 +0000 Jetblue opens nonstop flights between Newark and Punta Cana

The service launched last Friday, the airline said   JetBlue now flies nonstop between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). The new service was launched on Friday, November 20, the airline said in a statement. “This launch reinforces JetBlue’s commitment to the Dominican Republic and is part of JetBlue’s strategy to serve customers in markets where recreational trips and trips to visit family and friends show signs of strength,” the company says. The route allows JetBlue “the opportunity to generate revenue, re-commission aircraft that would otherwise be idle, and add more flight opportunities for JetBlue crew members,” the statement said. Days of operation vary, according to the airline. “Along with the rest of the JetBlue network, this new market will be evaluated regularly. The airline will […]

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:28:23 +0000 Footballer Anele Ngcongca dies in a car accident aged 33

(CNN) – Former South African football international Anele Ngcongca died in a car accident on Monday, according to the country’s IPSS Medical Rescue service. In a statement on its website, IPSS Medical Rescue said it responded to a single vehicle roll-over on the N2 highway near Mtunzini. “On arrival of IPSS advanced life support paramedics, they found […]

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:52:42 +0000 Dominican free zones operate at 90%+ capacity

Santo Domingo.- Free zones in the Dominican Republic operate above 90% capacity and increased exports 9.8% in September, according to Central Banker, Héctor Valdez Albizu. A meeting of the Central American Monetary Council with presidents of central banks of the region and representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) analyzed how the central banks of the region have generally adopted monetary and financial easing measures in order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the productive sectors and households. “The monetary stimulus plan implemented in the Dominican Republic was highlighted, which amounts to more than 4% of GDP, which has allowed to reduce the active interest rate of commercial banks by more than 300 base points and boost credit in national currency, which reached an expansion of around 10% […]

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:26:20 +0000 Bermuda Granted FITEQ Teqball Membership

The International Federation of Teqball [FITEQ] has granted Bermuda membership earlier this month. According to the FITEQ website, Gary Adams is the President of Teqball Bermuda. Ten new members were recently accepted by FITEQ, growing its membership to some 80 countries and territories. In addition to Bermuda, National Teqball Federations in Venezuela, Iraq, Papua New […](Click to read the full article)

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Greek police fine priest over Mass

ATHENS, Greece — Police interrupted a Sunday Mass in a northern Greek village and fined a priest 1,500 euros ($1,780) for allowing two people to attend the service.They also arrested the priest's 30-year-old son and one of the two worshippers, who they said attacked the police officers.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Biden's first Cabinet picks expected Tuesday amid roadblocks

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite roadblocks from the Trump Administration.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Michigan leader: Trump didn't ask for election interference

LANSING, Michigan (AP) — President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday, a day before canvassers plan to meet about whether to certify Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the battleground state.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Palestinians may limit Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry has recommended strict limits on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.Celebrations in the biblical town revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace are usually attended by thousands of people from around the world.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Traffic for miles at Tyler Perry Atlanta food giveaway

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of people jammed roads for miles in Atlanta on Sunday to try to get boxes of food and gift cards donated by entertainer Tyler Perry.Tyler Perry Studios said they had enough boxes of canned vegetables and $25 gift cards for 5,000 families to drive through and pick up.The studio said it was out of food by 10:00 am Sunday.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT For rookie Thanksgiving cooks, expert tips to avoid disaster

NEW YORK (AP) — After Christopher Hughey tweeted that he's tackling his first Thanksgiving turkey this year, the advice started rolling in.Brine it. Don't bother. Try “spatchcocking” — grilling the bird split open. Remember to turn on the oven, and expect that something will burn.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump's failed re-election bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centred on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Lessons from COVID-19 pandemic teaching educators too

QUINCY, Illinois (AP) — Lincoln-Douglas third-graders Emma Smith and Alaina Nichols sat at their table, brainstorming ideas about a Thanksgiving parade float for a writing assignment.Alaina settled on a pumpkin pie theme.“Pumpkin pie goes with November,” she explained. “Thanksgiving is in November.”

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT US Rhodes Scholars chosen virtually for the first time

The US Rhodes Scholars for 2021 were elected virtually this year for the first time as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, though that didn't extinguish enthusiasm among the 32 students who won scholarships to Oxford University.The Rhodes Trust announced the winners early Sunday, which include 22 students of colour. Ten are black, which ties the record for the most black students elected in a single year.

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Mon, 23, Nov, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Age is just a number, as Biden pushes to 78

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In two months, he'll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice. As he wrestles with those issues, Biden will be attempting to accomplish another feat: demonstrating to Americans that age is but a number and he's up to the job.

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