Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:45:33 +0000 World Tens Series Start Date Moved To Oct 25

The Rugby World Tens Series – which was scheduled to start this Saturday [Oct 24] in Bermuda — will be pushed back by one day to avoid any possible impact from the weather conditions. “Round One of the World Tens Series, the League, will now be played across Sunday 25 and Monday 26 October,” the organization […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:44:54 +0000 $30m indoor sport facility for Tobago

Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs Jomo Pitt said a $30 million contract has been awarded to Towers International for the construction of an indoor sporting facility in Bacolet. At Wednesday's post Executive Council media briefing Pitt said, "The project has already started. A contract was awarded to Towers International. That contract was awarded August and they were given three months to submit a finalised designed for the facility. Sometime next month, we will get the design and soon after the construction will begin. The construction will take 12-15 months." The post $30m indoor sport facility for Tobago appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:16:48 +0000 Scarborough fire officers back ‘home’ for Christmas

Eighteen months after it was damaged by fire, repair work on the Scarborough Fire Station is 50 per cent complete. On Wednesday, project manager and public relations officer David Thomas told Newsday he hopes officers and other staff return to the headquarters by Christmas. Thomas told Newsday, “We would have set a timeline of two weeks for the roof and in terms of the physical structure, not amenities, we expect work on that would be completed by the third week in November.”By end of October repairs on the floor will be completed and work on the roof will begin. “Another two weeks will take care of plumbing, painting and electricity, and it will bring us closer to occupying it. I cannot say exactly when it will be opened, but I’m the project manager and I’m trying to deliver between the end of November and the third week in December, if all goes well. So I’m hoping to occupy it by Christmas.”Thirty-five per cent of the fire station was ravaged by fire on April 14, 2019 after an electrical issue on the second floor. An investigation into the fire showed there was smoke and water damage throughout the building, particularly in the male and female dormitories. Since then, the Scarborough fire officers were housed at the Crown Point Fire Station. The ar

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:41:54 +0000 CMO: No TB outbreak in TT

Chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram said there is no outbreak of tuberculosis in TT. He was responding to questions from the media during the Health Ministry’s virtual press conference on Wednesday morning. One reporter said he had heard reports that the tuberculosis ward at the Caura Hospital was filled to capacity, and asked if this was true. Parasram said the hospital’s thoracic medical director Dr Michelle Trotman said it was not. He said in 2019, there were 242 cases and there have only been 196 cases thus far in 2020. “In June 2019, there were 12 (patients), in June 2020 there were 30. In July 2019, there were 37, and in July 2020 there were 26. "So the distribution is more or less the same from last year to this year.” The post CMO: No TB outbreak in TT appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:04:54 +0000 Bajan investigators sworn in as SRPs

Two members of the Royal Barbados Police Force were sworn in as Special Reserve Police (SRP) officers on Wednesday, senior police confirmed. They are a superintendent and an inspector, sources said. The two arrived in TT on Tuesday afternoon, less than a week after the Prime Minister announced he would be seeking overseas help for local police in the probe into the seizure and return of $22 million in cash from "Drugs Sou-Sou" (DSS) administrators in September. Asked if the investigation was kept at a standstill until the arrival of the two officers, a police source said the nature of the enquiry requires the involvement of local police, so the investigation was continuing even before the arrival of the Barbados officers. "The investigation was launched before their arrival and it was still ongoing," the source said. Police said they could not confirm when British investigators would arrive, as discussions on the involvement of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) were still ongoing with the Ministry of National Security and local police. On Tuesday, National Security Minister Stuart Young told Newsday that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, who is in Europe on vacation, may visit the NCA's head office for further discussions on the mat

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:47:54 +0000 TT among 11 Caribbean countries in PAHO’s Covax plan

TT IS AMONG 11 Caribbean countries in the Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) financing mechanism plan for the purchase of vaccines against covid19. PAHO director Clarissa Etienne speaking at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, reported that the organisation is working on ways for  all countries in the Americas to access a vaccine. "We are evaluating the legal, judicial and economic steps and actively collaborating with financial entities to support countries for the acquisition of vaccines through advance payment, all through the Covax mechanism," said Etienne. Covax is a platform that supports the research, development and manufactureof a wide range of covid19 vaccine candidates and negotiates their prices. "In the Caribbean, PAHO is working with many financial institutions in the region, the Caribbean Subregional Programme Co-ordination, and with the European Union so that all countries can receive support," said Jarbas Barbosa, PAHO deputy director, in response to a question from Newsday. Barbosa said there is an inventory of 190 experimental vaccines and 11 have advanced to phase III of human trials already. PAHO will support the distribution of a vaccine that has been proven in clinical trials to be

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:00:21 +0000 Football: Z’Dao Dill Scores In FAB Academy Win

Z’Dao Dill represented FAB Academy in the Under 19 Tactics Cup, as the FAB Academy took on Pro Direct Academy, picking up a 6 – 1 win. Dill assisted the first goal when his free-kick was saved by the Pro Direct Academy goalkeeper and Dill’s teammate was on hand to put away the rebound. Dill […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:19:20 +0000 Changes coming to cannabis laws, PM says

The government will begin expunging the records of those convicted for possession of small amounts of marijuana next year, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced today. Minnis said the government is also reviewing the possible legalization of a hemp industry. “We will report back to the nation following greater public consultation. He said a hemp …The post Changes coming to cannabis laws, PM says appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:22:50 +0000 128 new cases; three more deaths

The Ministry of Health reported three additional COVID-19 deaths in The Bahamas and 128 new cases of the virus. A 51-year-old New Providence woman died on October 10 and two New Providence men, ages 62 and 77, died on October 20. The COVID-19 death toll now stands at 127. There are an additional 14 deaths …The post 128 new cases; three more deaths appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:22:54 +0000 Prison officer found outside Golden Grove prisons with 9,000 cigarettes

A 52-YEAR-OLD prison officer was arrested and later released after being found with a large quantity of alcohol, cigarettes, cellphone accessories and grocery items in his car near the prison he was assigned to on Tuesday afternoon. Police said members of the Northern Division Task Force Intelligence Unit received information from surveillance they conducted at around midday and went to the Golden Grove prison, Arouca, where they intercepted the officer as he was driving his silver Subaru. Police searched the car and found 32 cell phones, 23 cell phone chargers, 19 headsets, 9,690 cigarettes, 80 lighters, 350 rolls of hemp, ten bottles of alcohol and a variety of grocery items. Police went to the officer's Gasparillo home and searched his house but nothing illegal was found. Investigators said the prison officer was arrested and released pending further enquiries. The post Prison officer found outside Golden Grove prisons with 9,000 cigarettes appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:38:54 +0000 5,000 use NCRHA’s telemedicine service

OVER the past five weeks, 5,000 patients have been attended to in the North-Central Regional Health Authority via its telemedicine programme. This was revealed by NCRHA manager, primary care services Dr Abdul Hamid who added that the country's elderly population has been appreciative of the authority’s telemedicine initiatives. He was speaking at the Health Ministry’s virtual press conference on Wednesday morning. Telemedicine refers to remote or virtual consultations with medical professionals. For instance, a doctor’s appointment or consultation occurring over a video chat. Asked how the elderly population has been responding to such initiatives, Hamid said it has been “the biggest success story. “The appreciation for the older persons who can’t come out their houses or depend on somebody else to get transport - they have been extremely appreciative. “They have a relative who will be contacted as well, and we have been counselling the relatives as well to take care of the older persons at home. So it’s very, very successful in terms of our elderly population.” He said almost daily, the elderly patients commend the doctors, saying, “They didn’t know something so revolutionary could have existed

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:56:54 +0000 Diego Martin woman, child missing

Police are asking for the public's help finding a missing 28-year-old woman and a small child. A police media release on Wednesday said Tricia Anthony and two-year-old Akim Charles, who live at Spaniol Extension, Covigne Road, were last seen on Tuesday. Anthony is dark brown in complexion and of African descent. She is slim and about five foot seven inches tall. Anyone with information about their whereabouts can contact the West End police station at 637-4226. People can also call 999, 555, 911, 800-TIPS, text/WhatsApp 482-GARY or report via the TTPS App. Police did not give any additional information. The post Diego Martin woman, child missing appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:59:54 +0000 PC in Sangre Grande court charged with raping minor

PC Kevin Dattoo appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate charged with four counts of sexual penetration of a minor and one count of rape. The magistrate granted him $150,000 bail with a surety, a release from police on Wednesday said. Police arrested Dattoo on Tuesday after investigations found he was allegedly involved with the then 17-year-old girl. Now 19, the woman reported to the Professional Standards Bureau that they had a relationship from June-November 2018. Between September and October 2018, Dattoo had sexual intercourse with her four times. The girl was not yet of legal age, as evidenced by her birth certificate which said she was born in December 2000. Eastern Division police contend that in March 2019, Dattoo took her to a hotel, where he also had intercourse with her without her consent. The magistrate postponed the case to December 17. The post PC in Sangre Grande court charged with raping minor appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:51:18 +0000 BCF: ‘Is Philanthropy Up For The Challenge?’

The Bermuda Community Foundation [BCF] has released a new report entitled “Social Equity: Is Philanthropy Up For The Challenge?” which BCF Managing Director Dr. Myra Virgil describes as “a call to action, providing a context for social and race equity in Bermuda and offering guidance on programme investment opportunities for people who want to give.” […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:27:52 +0000 Covid-19: 649 Test Results, None Were Positive

There were 649 test results received yesterday and none were positive for Covid-19, so the total of confirmed cases to date remains at 188, with 5 cases being active. A Government spokesperson said, “Yesterday, there were 649 test results received by the Ministry of Health, and none were positive for Covid-19. “Bermuda now has 188 […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:17:26 +0000 MSA Welcomes Naquita Robinson As PE Teacher

Mount Saint Agnes Academy [MSA] have welcomed Naquita Robinson — who is well known for her work in football coaching — as a PE Teacher. A spokesperson said, “Welcome to our new PE Teacher, Naquita Robinson. Mrs. Robinson has been teaching since 2000, first at TNT Tatem and then at Dellwood. One of her strengths and […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:59:49 +0000 August: 123 Visit Hospital Due To Road Accidents

123 people visited the Hospital’s Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre in August due to road traffic accidents, according to the latest statistics from the Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB]. A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency Department [including the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre], attended to 123 cases in August. Nine patients had to be […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:56:06 +0000 “Social Disparities In Healthy Food Access”

A discussion will take place on Thursday, October 29th centering around “social disparities in healthy food access.” A spokesperson said, “The Health Council invites you to a Facebook Live discussion with Food Fight Task Force, part of the Social Justice Bermuda Collective to discuss Social Disparities in Healthy Food Access. “This live discussion will be […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:41:54 +0000 Speaker tells Young to ‘take a walk’ after calling UNC MPs ‘racists’

MP for Port of Spain North/St Ann's West Stuart Young took a walk on the orders of Standing Finance Committee chairman Bridgid Annisette-George after calling the Opposition "racists." The incident occurred on Wednesday morning as the committee looked at the Tobago House of Assembly. While Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram was putting a question to Finance Minister Colm Imbert, Oropouche West MP Davendranath Tancoo interjected that Young had suggested opposition members were making racist comments. St Augustine MP Khadijah Ameen added: "He said, 'Racist.' He said it twice." Tancoo explained Young on two occasions leaned across and said the Opposition was making racist statements and "We are racists." Ameen said: "He is repeating it." Annisette-George intervened to tell Young that, if he had indeed said such a thing, she was asking him to withdraw it. Young said: "Withdraw, seeing what they are?" The Opposition protested and Young then shouted, "Withdrawn." Annisette-George said: "Take this as a word of caution. Take a little walk. Reboot yourself and come back." Young then left the chamber. When opposition members began clapping the chairman admonished them. "I don't want any supp

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:17:54 +0000 Groin injury rules Bravo out IPL

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled of the rest of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The 37-year old suffered a groin injury during Saturday’s game against Delhi Capitals and was forced to sit out Monday’s game against the Rajasthan Royals. In a video posted to ESPN’s Cricinfo Facebook page, Bravo lamented his tournament exit but called on CSK fans to rally around the team, currently sitting last in the IPL standings. “It’s sad for me to be leaving my team CSK. To all of our CSK fans, I want you all to keep encouraging the team and keep supporting, all the true die-hard CSK fans. This wasn’t the season that we expected and (what) our fans wanted. “We gave it our best and sometimes our best, the results doesn’t show. Keep supporting us and I guarantee that we’re gonna come back stronger and better, like champions. We’re one of the most successful franchises and should be proud to be members and fans of CSK,” he said. After missing CSK’s first three matches this season, Bravo played an integral role in his team’s following six matches. He bagged six wickets at a strike rate of 21, including a match haul of three for 37 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he bat

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:59:54 +0000 Barbados monitors tilting oil tanker FSO Nabarima

All eyes are on the FSO Nabarima in the Gulf of Paria as assessment teams and evaluate its ability to stay afloat. The ship, which is permanently anchored between TT and Venezuela, has nearly 1.3 million barrels of crude oil on board. If it spilledit could cause immense damage to the marine environment in TT, the wider Caribbean and South America. The latest update from the Barbadian government said the Nabarima has been on its priority list since the issue was raised in early September. A media statement from its Ministry of Maritime Affairs on Tuesday said various bodies met to evaluate the issue and devise mitigation methods in the eventuality of an oil spill. Its National Oil Spill Committee and the National Oil Spill Response Team met on September 11 under the chairmanship of the director of the Environmental Protection Department, to evaluate the potential risk to Barbados and to review the readiness of the national oil spill response mechanism, it said. “The committee also sourced information from the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre – Caribe (RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe) to inform the evaluation.” The Barbadian government added it had an emergency response unit on standby in the unlikely

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