Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Ministry disburses $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has disbursed subventions totalling $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools. Making the disclosure during a virtual press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew on Tuesday, Portfolio Minister Fayval Williams said this represents 100 per cent of the third tranche of regular grants to primary and secondary schools.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Sandals' housekeeping teams get training to face COVID-19

IF we think of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as a war, then in any resort the housekeeping team members are the warriors on the front line. This would make Beverly Brown, Sandals Resorts International's group housekeeping trainer, the chief tactical officer, preparing and arming the team for battle.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Coronavirus has a higher toll compared with other modern viruses

PARIS, France (AFP) — The novel coronavirus pandemic, soon to pass the milestone of one million deaths, has a higher toll compared with other modern viruses although its ravages to date are far less than the Spanish flu a century ago.As the pandemic continues, the death toll from an AFP tally is only provisional, but it provides a reference point for comparing the new coronavirus with that of other viruses, past and present.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT How can I tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

IT'S impossible to tell without a test. Influenza and COVID-19 have such similar symptoms, you may need to get tested to know what's making you miserable.Body aches, sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and headaches are symptoms shared by the two.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Provision of houses for the indigent remains a priority — McKenzie

THE provision of houses for the indigent remains a priority for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, says Minister Desmond McKenzie. Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the new minister of state Homer Davis at the ministry on Tuesday, McKenzie said that work is far advanced on a number of projects for the indigent.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Soldier shot dead while on anti-drug mission

THE Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is mourning the death of 21-year-old Private Reniel King, who died after sustaining injuries in a firefight with gunmen in Milk River, Clarendon, on Thursday. A release by the Civil/Military Co-operation and Media Affairs Office at the JDF confirmed media reports that King succumbed to his injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday morning.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT JSIF donates computers to RGD

THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has handed over 35 desktop computers, four laptops and an all-in-one multimedia printer/copier/scanner to the Registrar General's Department (RGD), for the efficient processing of birth certificates.Valued at $10 million, the donation forms part of JSIF's Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), which is funded through a loan from the World Bank.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Commonwealth countries call on international community to reform financial system

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) —Representatives of several Commonwealth countries have called on the international community to reform the financial system and the ways it offers support to small states in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Tufton calls for end to COVID conspiracies

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed what he called the reckless circulation of COVID-19 conspiracies in the public domain which, he said, only serve to compromise Government's response to the virus which is now in the community transmission phase.

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT World on the brink of recording one million deaths

PARIS, France (AFP) — On January 11, the first coronavirus death was officially recorded in China. Eight months after the identification of the disease that appeared in Wuhan in December 2019, the world is on the brink of recording one million deaths.1,000 deaths in the first month

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?

IT appears the virus can spread among children and teens, but how easily may vary by age. Research is still underway, but children under age 10 seem to be less likely than older kids to transmit the virus to other children and adults.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:09:57 +0000 Youths learning from the adults

THE EDITOR: I have been observing the conduct of our youths for some time. And we have heard the Minister of Education recently speak out against the disrespect shown to teachers during the online classes and also a video with young men having a good time drinking what looks like alcohol. The fact is that … Continue reading Youths learning from the adults The post Youths learning from the adults appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 09:15:18 +0000 Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: Sept 25 2020

September 25 saw 560,942 shares trade on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, valued at $2,184,823.38 BD. 5,142 shares were traded by Argus Group Holdings Ltd, closing up 3.0% at $2.73 per share, while the other 555,800 shares were traded by One Communications Ltd, closing down 2.5% at $3.90 per share. The BSX finished at 1,731.90, up […](Click to read the full article)

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Sat, 26, Sep, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Sudden death in prison

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security Matthew Samuda has denied suggestions that yesterday's death of an inmate at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre in Spanish Town, was caused by COVID-19.Early yesterday reports surfaced that an inmate at the St Catherine-based prison had died suddenly after allegedly exhibiting symptoms of COVID.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:00:55 +0000 Deyalsingh: Moral double standards fuel youth alcohol use

PSYCHOLOGIST Dr Varma Deyalsingh believes a double standard in the norms and values of people is behind the youths going astray. His comments came after a video circulated on social media where a group of young boys was consuming what is believed to be alcohol and “partying” in a manner which adults do. The video which was recorded in San Fernando sparked outrage on social media platforms, where questions were raised about the children’s supervision or lack thereof. Newsday was told the Child Protection Unit (CPU) launched an investigation and the names, ages and location of the parents and children were obtained. No further details were given on the matter, except that an interactive session with all parties involved will be conducted this weekend. Deyalsingh said it was the responsibility of adults to protect the youth, but double standards are blatantly displayed as part of culture. “We have a drinking culture. Our drinking culture is at wakes, weddings, Christmas, our carnival culture is of wine, women and song. When people visit home, we offer alcohol. “From a national survey in 2017, nearly two out of three households use alcohol. Alcohol must not be seen as a family activity,” Deyalsingh said. He added that while there are ma

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 04:59:54 +0000 Tobago Gas ordered to pay $3.7m

TOBAGO-based Tobago Gas Trading and Logistics Limited, which obtained approval from the State to construct an LPG terminal at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, has been ordered to pay $3.7 million dollars to one of its suppliers. The San Fernando-based supplier of industrial equipment, G. Singh Marketing Ltd (GSM), filed a claim for payment of building material and commodities delivered to Tobago Gas but the latter failed to defend it and judgment was delivered in default, ordering it to pay the $3.7 million, which includes interest, owed. In its claim, GSM, which was represented by attorney Abdel Mohammed, argued that it supplied the material and commodities to Tobago Gas for construction of the LPG import terminal at the Point Lisas Estate. The project was expected to create a “virtual” trans-shipment hub to supply and deliver LPG, or cooking gas, to Tobago, using a modern method known as a virtual pipeline. The concept was created to distribute LPG to places where it was physically or economically unfeasible. GSM claimed the supplies were provided on credit to Tobago Gas after the company provided copies of approvals from the Ministry of Works and Transport Maritime Division, the Ministry of Energy and Export TT.Invoices were presented to Tobago

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:05:55 +0000 Trinidad Union Club dissolved

MEMBERS of the Trinidad Union Club took a decision at their annual general meeting in July to dissolve the club, effective from September 30. The Trinidad Union Club has been in existence for 150 years, since 1870. It was the premier club of Port of Spain’s business community. From 1886 until Independence, successive governors of TT had served as presidents of the Club. However, as businesses moved from down town and as other organizations were formed to represent the business community the club had declined. As such a decision was made to close the club. The post Trinidad Union Club dissolved appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:21:17 +0000 New minister visits libraries

MINISTER Symon de Nobriga reiterated the role libraries play in facilitating lifelong learning as he began his visits to Nalis’ libraries. The newly appointed Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for communications and by extension Nalis, toured the National Library Building on September 11, said a media release. [caption id="attachment_848622" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Paula Greene, executive director (Ag) Nalis; Symon de Nobriga, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Communications; Keith Scotland, MP Port of Spain South; Neil Parsanlal, chairman of the Board of Nalis and Tamica Charles-Phillips, CEO (Ag.), UDeCOTT at the restoration site of the old public library/former Heritage Library. When restored, the Eric Williams Memorial Collection will be housed in this building. -[/caption] There he met with the members of the Board of Nalis, management and staff and explored the Heritage Library and its Rare Books Collection; the Adult, Children’s and Young Adult Libraries and the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory. de Nobriga,

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:16:45 +0000 Arima group gives Covid Care

Many small businesses have had to close down because of the ongoing covid19 pandemic and the struggle to provide food is real for many families. This reality inspired the creation of Covid Care (Comforting One another Voluntarily Intentionally Devotedly). Covid Care is a non-profit organisation founded in April 2020, that seeks to bring hope, light and relief to families and citizens around TT who have been affected by the current pandemic. Last Saturday, the group which comprises 12 members, most of who are from Arima, went to the San Fernando Centre for Displaced Persons to deliver dinner to the residents. Some of the members live in the US. Founder of the group Natasha Noreiga said, “Our relief efforts are many, however, our focus at this time is food sustainability and ensuring that vulnerable persons can comfortably provide for themselves and their families. Our group seeks to provide another outlook or a renewed narrative on covid19. While wounds are being created in so many areas of unemployment, financial stability etc, we seek to bring care, ho

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:15:24 +0000 Ginger does it

MINCED, chopped, diced, powdered, crystallised; ginger root has found its way across oceans and over mountains to flavour cuisines around the globe. Today India is the largest producer although it is widely grown throughout the world. It’s hard to think of a recipe where a bit of ginger flavour would not be welcomed. Its flavour is hot, zesty and biting, with lower notes of sweetness and warmth. Ginger is an absolute staple of Asian and Indian cuisine. Pickled, it’s used in Japanese cuisine and is served as a palate cleanser with sushi. Its popularity in the Caribbean does not run short as it is included in savoury foods, and drinks like ginger beer and sorrel. So try some ginger the next time you stew or curry some chicken, grate some into your fruit juices and add it to your muffin, cake or pancake batters. Steamed fish with ginger chilli oil 4 fish fillets about 3-4 ozs each 1 tbs soy sauce 6 tbs coconut oil 1 tsp sesame oil 2 tsp chilli garlic sauce 1 tbs grated ginger 1 tsp minced garlic ½ cup chopped chives Rub the fillets with soy sauce. Place in steamer and steam for 5 minutes until opaque and flaky. Heat oil in small pan, when hot stir in chilli garlic s

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:08:54 +0000 Flambeaux tourism

Culture Matters OH SH--! A grown man fell off his chair. In that moment, he was petrified at the thought that the figure in white next to him could actually be La Diablesse. His fear was probably justified. The pitch dark of the night punctuated only by flambeaux, the white flowing robes, broad hat, pronounced limp and maniacal laugh were not for the faint-hearted. Children bawled and ran away. Other adults laughed nervously; you could see them logically repeating to themselves, “This is not real. It is only an actress. This is not real.” This week, there is an interesting confluence of commemorations. On Thursday, we celebrated becoming a republic. Tomorrow, World Tourism Day will occupy our attention. The theme of the day is significant. Not only does it place a focus on rural development, but seeks to highlight “the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting culture and heritage all around the world.” In many ways, covid19 has triggered what common sense could not – forcing us to refocus on diversification and self-sufficiency. As we grow older, how do we empower our creative sector to be centre stage in a new type of tourism, as opposed to being mere spectators in the fantasy of someone else? It i

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:07:50 +0000 MP Cummings tours constituency

BAD roads, landslips, poor water connection and flooding were just some of the issues raised by residents during a tour of areas in the La Horquetta/Talparo constituency by its MP Foster Cummings on Wednesday. Cummings, councillor for Longdenville/Talparo Ryan Rampersad and engineers from the ministries of Rural Development and Local Government and Works and Transport drove from Todds’ Road to Brazil, assessing existing infrastructure and the needs of the residents. Cummings said this initiative will continue in other parts of his electoral district as part of a drive for improvement and development. [caption id="attachment_848599" align="alignnone" width="1024"] - Marvin Hamilton[/caption] “I have started meeting with the councillors, those representing the UNC and the PNM to make sure that we have full coverage of the constituency. The election is done, and it is now time for representation. With a lack of funding being a major issue cited by regional corporations for project delays, Cummings said his intention is to get the maximum amount of funding released to avoid similar situations

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Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:46:01 +0000 UWI SPEC International Marathon 2020 called off

THERE WILL be no staging of the annual UWI SPEC (University of the West Indies) International Marathon, according to a media release from the UWI St Augustine campus on Friday. The race, which takes place along the Priority Bus Route, from UWI St Augustine to La Resource Road in Arouca and back to the UWI SPEC, has been cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Professor Funso Aiyejina, head of the St Augustine Academy of Sport, said, “We understand the disappointment that the participants may feel having put many hours of training towards this event, but cancelling this year’s Half Marathon and 4x5k relay is necessary to protect all involved. “The health and safety of all our stakeholders remain our number one priority,” Aiyejina continued. “We are hopeful that 2021 would present a much safer scenario than the one being faced now for us to return to the 17th edition of the race.” Aiyejina expressed gratitude to the event’s chief sponsor, First Citizens, for their partnership and contribution to the success of the race over the years. He added that the organising committee will use this downtime to brainstorm and plan for a bigger and better return next year. The post

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