Sat, 30 May 2020 01:09:44 +0000 An Update on the John Saldivar’s Investigation

On February twenty-sixth, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told News Five that disgraced minister John Saldivar would naturally be brought in for questioning into the allegations of bribery against him. [...]

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Sat, 30, May, 2020 08:03:55 GMT More British travellers stranded in Jamaica to fly out next week

ABOUT 310 more British travellers will be able to return home from Jamaica on a second charter flight organised by the Government of the United Kingdom.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:12:51 +0000 Let’s be rationalaboutcovid19

THE EDITOR: The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts the covid19 fatality rate at 0.4 per cent and the asymptomatic rate at 35 per cent. Therefore, according to the CDC, the actual fatality rate is 0.26 per cent, similar to the fatality rate for the flu (0.1 per cent). The World Health Organization usually … Continue reading Let’s be rationalaboutcovid19 The post Let’s be rationalaboutcovid19 appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:31:03 +0000 OPEN BACK RUMSHOPS

THE GROUP Bar Owners and Operators Association is calling on Prime Minister Dr Rowley, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to include all bars in the fourth phase of ease of covid19 restrictions, after the country’s rumshops were ordered closed in March under public health regulations. The newly-formed association has not been registered as yet but already has 156 members. It hopes to get buy-in from the approximately 5,000 bars throughout the country. With no new infection in over a month, Dr Rowley is expected to address the issue of further ease on restrictions when he hosts a media briefing on Saturday. Already, the construction sector, the manufacturing sector and public food stores, roadside food stalls and restaurants have resumed operations. In a press release, the association’s interim president Teron Mohan said it is in the process of developing a covid19 policy for bar operations and working with its membership to ensure compliance. In a phone interview on Friday, Mohan said research was done regarding the World Health Organization (WHO) policies. He added, the association sought consultation from local Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) consultants and the Ministry of Health. &

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:29:57 +0000 Agriculture Ministry wants people to grow more food

Senator Avinash Singh, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, presented over 500 packets of seeds to Tunapuna MP Esmond Forde. The donation was made on May 21 as part of the Grow Trinbago seed initiative at Paradise Heights, Tacarigua with residents and councillors in attendance. In a statement released on Thursday, Singh encouraged residents to take advantage of the programme and get more into home gardening. Seeds were also given to Minister of Finance Colm Imbert on May 22 for distribution to his Diego Martin North/East constituents. The initiative was launched on May 9 with the intent of distributing over 50,000 seed packets to citizens. Anyone interested in getting seeds can contact the their MP’s office or their local government councillor to register for collection. The post Agriculture Ministry wants people to grow more food appeared first on

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:28:54 +0000 We must be loyal to good governance

THE EDITOR: The Highway Reroute Movement has been engaged in a struggle against the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir highway for nine plus years. The struggle has been against successive governments that have been determined to construct this multibillion-dollar highway extension without providing robust, sound evidence to justify this massive expenditure nor to … Continue reading We must be loyal to good governance The post We must be loyal to good governance appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:26:52 +0000 We will carry on

WHAT DO Eric Williams, ANR Robinson, Basdeo Panday, Patrick Manning, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar have in common? Each found themselves at odds with the media. That says less about them than it tells us about the fourth estate. It tells you we’re doing our job. We will continue. Addressing the media at the Diplomatic Centre, of … Continue reading We will carry on The post We will carry on appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:26:51 +0000 St James and the East Indian connection

THE EDITOR: The commemoration today of 175 years of East Indian arrival to our shores is indeed a significant milestone. Incidental to this is the 82nd anniversary of the inclusion of St James into the city of Port-of-Spain. This historic event took place on June 1, 1938. Since then, St James has developed from a … Continue reading St James and the East Indian connection The post St James and the East Indian connection appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:24:53 +0000 ‘Independent Thought and Caribbean Freedom’ revisited

DR KIRK MEIGHOO WE IN TT have found ourselves in a political and diplomatic mess, in the middle of a geopolitical conflict between the US and Venezuela – perhaps even Iran now? – and apparently taking sides in the latest Venezuelan civil war. It appears as though we have lost sense of the fundamentals of our independence, foreign policy and international relations. Other interests appear to be taking us off course into dangerous territory which does not serve our short-, medium- or long-term interests. An important place to start to regain our bearings is Lloyd Best’s seminal 1971 essay, “Independent Thought and Caribbean Freedom.” This was in many ways the seminal statement of the pan-Caribbean, political-intellectual New World Group – to which I have been connected for some decades. The New World Group began in Jamaica while Best was lecturing there, inspired by CLR James’s lectures at the UWI Mona Campus on the West Indies Federation. The movement spread down to Guyana, TT, and throughout the Eastern Caribbean. By 1971, Jamaica (1962), TT (1962), Guyana (1966) and Barbados (1966) had become independent. The Eastern Caribbean states had not done so as yet. Black Power, radical trade unionism, so

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:50:52 +0000 Borel 'puts' out Marlene in PoS South

FRESHLY-SELECTED PNM Port of Spain South candidate Cleopatra Borel says she intends to continue building on the many positive works of incumbent MP Marlene McDonald, having replaced the latter at the party’s screening on Thursday. Borel is a four-time Olympic shot-put athlete and 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games gold medallist. She got the nod ahead of current constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and TT Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis. Borel was selected to serve alongside the party’s latest candidate additions including national men's cricket coach Mervyn Dillon (Toco/Sangre Grande), Symon De Nobrega (Diego Martin Central), Kennedy Richards Jr (Point Fortin) and Clifford Rambharose (Oropouche East). The seasoned athlete expressed delight on her selection and felt “honoured” and “privileged” to be chosen ahead of her fellow nominees. “I look forward to working for the people and becoming an asset to everyone in the area. I intend to work towards building our constituency and carrying on from the work that has already been done in the area. I hope to continue to represent and meet the people of the constituency, liaising with the current MP (McDonald) and to continue in a po

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:31:11 +0000 PNM picks Borel for PoS South, Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande

OLYMPIC shot put finalist (2016) Cleopatra Borel was chosen as Port of Spain South prospective candidate by the PNM screening candidate on Thursday, party PRO Laurel Lezama told Newsday on Friday. The incumbent, former minister Marlene Mc Donald, did not present herself for screening. Newsday called Mc Donald on Friday for a comment and she answered, but then the phone line then went dead. While New National Vision leader Fuad Abu Bakr visited the Queen’s Hall screening venue, he was not screened, Lezama confirmed. The PNM chose former cricketer Mervyn Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande, replacing Glenda Jennings-Smith, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police. Robert Le Hunte, former public utilities minister, was screened for La Brea, along with incumbent former energy minister Nicole Olivierre, but the constituency executive was asked to widen its pool of nominees, Lezama said. Diego Martin Regional Corporation chairman Symon de Nobriega was chosen for Diego Martin Central. Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards Jnr was selected for Point Fortin, the seat now held by Housing Minister Edmund Dillon. Clifford Rambharose is prospective candidate for Oropouche East

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Sat, 30 May 2020 05:02:20 +0000 ICJ sets hearing for border controversy for June 30

THE International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set public hearings on the long-awaited Arbitral Award of 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) case for June 30, 2020, by video conference. The hearings were initially scheduled for March 23 to 27, 2020 but the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic derailed those plans. In a release on Friday, the

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Sat, 30 May 2020 05:01:19 +0000 Elderly woman, child crushed by tree

-Family was camping out to stay safe from COVID-19 TRAGEDY struck a family of eight who were camping out at Kambaru Backdam, Upper Mazaruni, to avoid contact with the novel coronavirus. On Thursday evening, two of the family members were killed by a fallen tree. Dead is 54-year old Desiree John, a farmer, and her

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Sat, 30 May 2020 05:00:37 +0000 Moruca on lockdown

…residents issue call for mobile testing WHILE concerns grow at the Moruca sub-region since 8 coronavirus cases have been recorded there within the past 10 days, the Santa Rosa Village Council, the main hub at Moruca, has enforced a complete, two-week lockdown from June 2nd to June 16th. “As such all shops, boat services and

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Sat, 30 May 2020 05:00:33 +0000 GECOM opens probe into alleged electoral fraud

…seeks immigration records of persons listed as voted …PPP/C objects, threatens court action if Commission proceeds IN an effort to confirm or negate allegations that Guyanese who were out of the jurisdiction during the conduct of the March 2,2020 General and Regional Elections are marked as voted, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has requested immigration

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Sat, 30 May 2020 05:00:17 +0000 Golden Anniversary!

President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary today. The President and Mrs. Granger were married at Christ Church on 30th May 1970. Congratulations to the First Couple on this their Golden Anniversary. Attached is a photograph of the President and First Lady on their wedding day.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:25 +0000 Several injured in Tain accident

AT least two workers attached to the Nand Persaud Rice Milling facility at Number 36 Village, on the Corentyne, were among those seriously injured when the minibus taking them to work ran into a Nissan Dualis on the Tain Public Road late Friday evening. According to eyewitnesses, the minibus (PHH 3410) was proceeding east along

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Sat, 30 May 2020 01:19:34 -0400 Shot visitor leaves hospital

  After spending 97 days in a hospital, the Canadian visitor who was shot during a home invasion in Barbados earlier this year is finally at home in familiar surroundings. Sixty-five-year-old Ken...

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Sat, 30 May 2020 01:00:00 -0400 UPDATE: Man charged with murder

Police have charged Michael Brathwaite 48, of Storey Gap, Codrington Hill, St Michael, that between May 22 and May 24, 2020, he murdered Roland Francis. A media statement from police on May 29 said...

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:21 +0000 Flaring of natural gas was intended for short-term — Dr Bynoe

WHILE there have been several criticisms pertaining to ExxonMobil’s offshore flaring of natural gas, Director of the Department of Energy (DoE), Dr. Mark Bynoe has noted that the said activity was catered for in the Environmental Management Plan of the block’s operator, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL). Reports are that ExxonMobil flared over

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:16 +0000 PAHO working with mining sector to improve resilience against COVID-19

THE Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has joined forces with stakeholders in the local mining sector, to make the industry more resilient against the direct effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With mining being listed as an essential service amidst the pandemic, stakeholders thought it best to engage PAHO on ways the sector could

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:11 +0000 Credibility of polls crucial before declaration

…Alexander says elections results will not be declared based on ballots recounted …insists observation report will be examined to determine credibility of polls WHILE in principle the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is leaning towards June 13 as the new deadline for the completion of the national recount as proposed by the Elections Secretariat, it remains

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:06 +0000 Giftland Mall owes City Council over $103M

– As council struggles to find finance to run city THE Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, disclosed to reporters on Friday that the Giftland Mall in Turkeyen owes the city over $103M in rates and taxes. In fact, he pointed out that since the mall was opened in 2015, the owner never paid its rates

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Sat, 30 May 2020 04:59:01 +0000 1,555 ballot boxes processed

Day 24 of the National Recount of the votes at the General and Regional Elections came to a close with 82 ballot boxes being processed, thereby taking the total number of ballot boxes processed to date to 1, 555. There are an overall total of 2,339 ballot boxes, and with 1,555 completed, there remain 784

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