Thu, 24 Sep 2020 21:13:54 +0000 FIFA suspends TT Football Asscociation

FIFA has suspended the TT Football Association. The FIFA website, on September 24, said, “The Bureau of the FIFA Council today suspended the TT Football Association (TTFA) with immediate effect due to grave violations of the FIFA Statutes.” The announcement by FIFA comes just one day after the United TTFA, led by William Wallace, decided to withdraw its matter against FIFA from the courts. A media release was sent by the United TTFA at 1 pm on Wednesday, confirming the decision to withdraw the matter. The FIFA statement said, “The suspension was prompted by the former leadership of the TTFA lodging a claim before a local court in TT in order to contest the decision of the FIFA Council to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA. This course of action was in direct breach of article 59 of the FIFA Statutes, which expressly prohibits recourse to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.” It continued, “A normalisation committee was installed by the FIFA Council after it was established that the former leadership of the TTFA had engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement. The decision of the former leadership to go to a local court to contest the appointment of the normalisation committe

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:52:17 -0400 Body of homeless man found in The City

President of the Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness Kemar Saffrey has called for greater inter-agency collaboration to assist homeless people. His comments came after the body of a homeless man...

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 20:24:25 +0000 Weather Forecast For Friday September 25

Friday, September 25 is expected to see a mix of sun and cloud, with the high to be near 27°C/80°F and the low to be near 23°C/73°F, according to the Bermuda Weather Service. Winds are expected to be east. The relative humidity is expected to be near 64%. Sunrise will be at 7.09am and sunset […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 20:44:54 +0000 MSJ: Public spats between top officials eroding Republican Constitution

AS the country celebrated 44 years as a Republic on Thursday, political leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah has warned leaders against eroding the Republican Constitution by bringing the nation’s institutions into public rancour. Abdulah said he was uneasy with the recent public spat between the head of the judiciary and subordinates over virtual court hearings, as well as the open conflict between the Prime Minister and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith over the enforcement of covid19 regulations after people were seen at a pool party at Bayside Towers in Cocorite. “That is one level where our national institutions established by the Republican Constitution, are demonstrating problems. Citizens, therefore, can lose trust, and have lost trust, not just in the office holders but in the very offices which they hold. That is of major concern.” At a virtual news conference on Thursday, Abdulah said the tug-of-war between Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justices Frank Seepersad and Carol Gobin demonstrates that not only is there is a breakdown of trust within the judiciary, between the CJ and some members, but it also exacerbates and makes worse the trust that ordinary citizens have in the judiciary. Abdulah wondered

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:22:54 +0000 Rough start to Road Worlds for TT’s Campbell

TT’s Teniel Campbell had a tough start to her 2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships campaign as she placed 36th in the Women’s Individual Time Trial when day-one action pedalled off in Imola, Italy, on Thursday. Campbell completed the 31.7km distance in 45 minutes and 53 seconds against a total of 50 international road cyclists. Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen powered to victory in 40 minutes and 20 seconds while Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser (40:35) and compatriot Ellen van Dijk (40.51) rounded off the top-three finishers. Campbell, who turned 23 on Wednesday, was a bit upset with her performance on the opening day. After the time trial result, the national cyclist posted her reaction to social media and questioned her tactics. Campbell stated that she was still unable to “wrap this result around my head”. She posted, “An extremely hard pill to swallow and definitely a hard knock mentally. The biggest question being, where did I go wrong and what did I do wrong today? How is it even possible to go slower than when you did the circuit recon. “What really just happened and why did the legs not go? So many questions...You did the preparation, you had the legs, you were ready???... well at l

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:01:00 -0400 Bradshaw calls for 'urgent probe' into concerns over CAPE, CSEC results

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw, has called on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to conduct an “urgent investigation” into concerns over the recently...

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:37:54 +0000 Heart attacks, strokes could be lingering effects of covid19

SOME of the health issues being experienced after a person recovers from the covid19 virus includes strokes, heart attacks and fatigue, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said on Wednesday. At the Ministry of Health's covid19 briefing, Parasram said it was observed locally that the health of people who recovered from the virus was affected by myocardial infractions (heart attacks) and cerebrovascular accidents (strokes) during recovery. "We have seen certain individuals take an extremely long time to actually get back to normal function, especially respiratory function. So there has been a lot of fatigue, post infection, with severely ill individuals. There has been some persistent illness lasting weeks in terms of the recovery post-covid19. "There has been noted thromboembolic phenomena (blood clots) occurring, cerebrovascular accidents occurring – which we know as strokes, as well as myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) occurring in our population as well." He also noted some cases where children developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome – a condition where different body parts including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin and eyes can become inflamed. On the trend of persistent health effects, County Medical Officer

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:35:55 +0000 Killer/s of elderly Sangre Chiquito man at large

No one has yet been arrested in connection with an elderly man's chopping death in his home at Eastern Main Road in Sangre Chiquito. Reports are at about 6.30 am on Wednesday, a friend who visited Kevin "Tallman" Trotman, 70, found his body with injuries to his head. Police said the friend called out but did not get a response. Together with a neighbour, the friend went into the house. They found Trotman's body, with wounds to his head, on the floor in the living room. The house was ransacked, and several household items appeared to be missing. Sangre Grande and Homicide Bureau Region II police were contacted, and officers visited the scene. A door to the back of the house was broken, leading investigators to believe robbery was the motive for the murder. Residents reported that they last saw Trotman alive the night before. An autopsy is expected to be done on Monday at the Forensic Sciences Centre in St James. Anyone with information can contact the nearest police station or Homicide Bureau (Region II) at 640-7815/1738. The post Killer/s of elderly Sangre Chiquito man at large a

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:22:54 +0000 Rough start to Road Worlds for

TT’s Teniel Campbell had a tough start to her 2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships campaign as she placed 36th in the Women’s Individual Time Trial when day-one action pedalled off in Imola, Italy, on Thursday. Campbell completed the 31.7km distance in 45 minutes and 53 seconds against a total of 50 international road cyclists. Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen powered to victory in 40 minutes and 20 seconds while Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser (40:35) and compatriot Ellen van Dijk (40.51) rounded off the top-three finishers. Campbell, who turned 23 on Wednesday, was a bit upset with her performance on the opening day. After the time trial result, the national cyclist posted her reaction to social media and questioned her tactics. Campbell stated that she was still unable to “wrap this result around my head”. She posted, “An extremely hard pill to swallow and definitely a hard knock mentally. The biggest question being, where did I go wrong and what did I do wrong today? How is it even possible to go slower than when you did the circuit recon. “What really just happened and why did the legs not go? So many questions...You did the preparation, you had the legs, you were ready???... well at l

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:21:33 +0000 Youngest national awardee wants to be PM: Superboy returns

FIVE years after he was awarded the Humming Bird (bronze) medal for gallantry, nine-year-old Kal-el Alleyne hopes to continue saving others by becoming a police officer and then prime minister. The standard three student of La Pastora Government Primary School became a national talking point in August 2015 after he helped rescue his mother and aunt who were trapped in their car after an accident along the North Coast Road. On August 18, 2015, just around 4.37 pm, the white Nissan B14 driven by his mother veered off the road, down a precipice. Kal-el was thrown through the back glass of the vehicle, but, luckily, was not seriously injured. On the urging of his mother and aunt who were trapped in the car, Kal-el climbed up to the roadway and alerted passing drivers who helped the women. His mother, Amanda Graham suffered a broken sternum and broken left rib, along with cuts and bruises. She spent a week in hospital. His aunt, Antonia Graham who was pinned inside the car, broke her arm was hospitalised for two weeks. Kal-el spent one night at hospital under observation, just to ensure he suffered no injuries. [caption id="attachment_848359" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:42:07 -0400 Flash-flood warning

A flash-flood warning is in effect for north-western districts. Barbados Meteorological Services said it will be terminated at 6 p.m. today or sooner if conditions warrant. A flash-flood warning...

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:12:54 +0000 32 immigrants held, drugs, shotgun seized in Northern Division

Thirty two immigrants are in police custody after a raid at a Curepe sports bar early on Thursday morning, a police media release said. Police went to the bar at Southern Main Road, Curepe, where they found the suspects in breach of the Public Health Ordinance. They found a quantity of cocaine hidden in a bathroom stall and arrested 18 Venezuelans and 14 Chinese nationals. Investigators are working closely with the Immigration Division to determine the status of those held. In a separate incident, a team of officers led by Insp Hernandez, Sgt Thomas and Cpl Ramcharan found a homemade shotgun at an area along Waterfall Road, Maracas, St. Joseph. Officers of the St Joseph CID are continuing investigations into both incidents. The post 32 immigrants held, drugs, shotgun seized in Northern Division appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:18:54 +0000 Cops rescue 8 stolen sheep

Less than one day after they were reported stolen by their owner, eight sheep were returned after they were found and rounded up by officers of the Santa Cruz police station. A police media release on Thursday said, police received information on the location of the sheep and went on Wednesday to a forested area off Moraldo Trace, Sam Boucaud, Santa Cruz where they found the animals. The exercise was led by Insp Beharry and supervised by Sgt Hosein and other officers of the Santa Cruz police station. WPC Nakhid of the Santa Cruz police station is continuing enquiries. The post Cops rescue 8 stolen sheep appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:18:13 +0000 Police Appeal To Locate 16-Year-Old

Police are appealing for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Noldre Brown. A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Noldre Brown “Noldre was last seen in the Southampton area on Tuesday, 22nd September. Noldre is a black male, approximately 5’ 8” tall, slim built with slight facial […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:18:54 +0000 86 more covid19 cases

Eighty six more people have tested positive for covid19 between 6 pm on Wednesday and 10 am on Thursday. The latest release from the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning said these new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the county medical officers of health. Fifteen people have been discharged from public health facilities. There were 52 recovered community cases. Recovered community cases refer to people who were previously covid19-positive and in self-isolation at home, and subsequently met the discharge criteria and were released from self-isolation. The number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI, and other local sites for covid19 testing increased by 104, from 29,857 on Wednesday evening to 29961. The number of deaths remains at 67. The post 86 more covid19 cases appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:05:54 +0000 Young: Illegal Venezuelan migrants legally deported

MINISTER of National Security Stuart Young said recent deportations of illegal migrants back to Venezuela were all done in keeping with the laws of TT and legal due process. He was speaking at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. While respecting the role of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Young said a mere receipt issued to a migrant by the UNHCR for an asylum application will not trump TT’s laws. He later said TT has no domestic legislation to allow anyone refugee status. Young said people have constantly cried out to the Government to secure TT’s borders, and during a pandemic like covid19 its duty is to protect the population. Illegal immigrants are breaching the Immigration Act, the requirement for Venezuelans to have a visa to enter TT, and TT’s covid19 regulations. “So the State’s policy is very clear in those circumstances. If persons are held in those circumstances they are detained and then repatriated to Venezuela. “Recently some lawyers have thought it advisable – and they are entitled to – to go to court to get mixed up in this whole system. We have actually had some very counter-productive orders and decisions being made." Young said during this global pandemic, i

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:23:08 +0000 Three Appointed To Sargasso Sea Commission

The Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three international experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission on Tuesday [Sept 22]. A spokesperson said, “On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three International Experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission. “The Sargasso Sea Commission was established by the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:45:54 +0000 Indarsingh: Bulbs fail to brighten economic, industrial darkness

Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh said prayers was needed for the Point Lisas Industrial Estate and the economy ahead of the 2020 budget presentation on October 5. His statement came after Nutrien’s announcement on Tuesday of the indefinite closure of one of its four ammonia plants. In a media release, Indarsingh said another 15 per cent of the workforce was displaced, and the announcement represented another disastrous omen for the country’s economy, mere weeks ahead of the sixth budget presentation of Dr Rowley’s administration. “To date, industrial activity has suffered under the Keith Rowley-led administration. This latest PCS Nutrien shutdown follows similar or worse shutdowns by ArcelorMittal, Methanol Holdings, Centrin, Yara, Methanex Titan, Tube City, Proman M3 Methanol and Stork who have close down their respective plants and sent workers home.” Indarsingh called on Energy Minister Franklin Khan and the National Gas Company to reconsider their approach to the negotiation of gas pricing for the downstream sectors. “I acknowledge the need of the State to emerge with a price which is beneficial to the State, but it is in the interest of companies, plants and their employees, that the price of gas be affordable enough

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:18:55 +0000 NP responds to OWTU concerns: Drivers not at risk

Responding to concerns raised by the Oilfield Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) over a purported faulty braking system installed in road tank wagons (RTWs), the National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) sought to assure the public and employees that all the necessary operational health and safety requirements were being adhered to. On Tuesday, the OWTU hosted a media briefing during which first vice president Ricky Benny raised concerns over a lack of emergency brakes to support normal brakes, and accused NP of placing its drivers and the public at risk. In a statement issued on Wednesday, NP dismissed claims of faulty braking systems and asserted there were adequate systems installed in trucks to protect drivers. "The tractors are equipped with four main braking systems, in which the service brake performs the primary function of stopping the vehicle when the footbrake is depressed. "The secondary brake system comes into effect in the event of failure of the service brake and is a failsafe system that is activated when the air pressure is insufficient in the unit. The four main braking systems which the RTW units possess is sufficient to ensure that the vehicle is able to adequately brake when/as required." NP also announced that a circuit to

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:32:50 +0000 Strategic Plan For Town Of St. George

The St. George’s Town Council has initiated the development of a strategic plan for the Town of St. George “in order to better serve the community.” A spokesperson said, “In order to better serve the community, the St George’s Town Council has initiated the development of a strategic plan for the Town of St. George. […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:13:23 +0000 Louis Rafael Corbin: Breaking Golf’s Colour Line

The premiere film screening of “Louis Rafael ‘Kid’ Corbin: Breaking Golf’s Colour Line in America, Canada, and Bermuda” will take place on Monday, September 28 at  BUEI. A Government spokesperson said, “On Monday, September 28, the Minister of Community Affairs and Sports, the Hon. Lovitta Foggo, JP, MP, will host the premiere film screening of […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:11:07 +0000 Volunteers Wanted To Test New Terminal

Skyport is seeking volunteers interested to serve as “mock passengers in trials” designed to test the new passenger terminal building. A spokesperson said, “Skyport is opening the doors at the new passenger terminal building to members of the public interested in serving as mock passengers in trials designed to test out of the new facility. […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:20:56 +0000 Khan: News on refinery sale soon

ENERGY Minister Franklin Khan said he expects word on the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery within the next seven to nine days. Speaking at the post-Cabinet briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Wednesday, Khan said: “There are serious discussions proceeding as we speak, particularly among the legal parties of both teams. “We expect a response in probably seven to nine days as to where we are. At that point in time I’ll be able to make a more definitive statement as to where we are. But, as a government we are committed to the deal.” He said some challenges were being handled by the attorneys involved. On November 7, 2019, Patriotic Energies and Technologies, owned by the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) made a US$700 million bid to buy the former Petrotrin plant which is now mothballed. Khan noted Nutrien’s recent idling of its Ammonia #3 plant, but said it was that company’s oldest plant out of four plants. He said it made just 15 per cent of Nutrien’s output in TT, some 365,000 tons of ammonia, out of 2.2 million total production. Khan said Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited’s (MHTL’s) M5000 plant was now operational for the next three months, while talks are under way for a gas supply for the next t

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:41:09 +0000 UWI’s LiTT Con: Authors explore identity

DEBBIE JACOB SIX diverse authors exploring the theme of self-identity opened day two of UWI’s online literary festival LiTT Con 2020. The morning session began with ten-minute readings from Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Kevin Baldeosingh, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Monique Roffey, Niala Maharaj and Tony Deyal, who also served as moderator as the authors explored various angles of the theme on September 22. Each reader offered a snapshot of how Caribbean novelists deal with the complex issue of identity in a Caribbean context. Walcott-Hackshaw began the readings from Stick No Bills, her latest collection of short stories, which she described as “vignettes.” Through One Day at a Time, Waiting and Jackmill Walcott-Hackshaw  offered various lenses to view self-discovery. The first story focuses on an individual engaged in mundane morning rituals. In the second vignette, the protagonist’s sense of self emerges from outside of herself while the final story, set in St Lucia explores how setting impa

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