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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Fri, 29 May 2020 23:17:51 +0000 Cudjoe unopposed for Tobago West

COREY CONNELLY Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Ayanna Webster-Roy and veterinarian Dr Kern Johnson are to be screened on May 31 to contest the PNM’s Tobago East seat in the upcoming general election. And Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Shamfa Cudjoe is the sole nominee to be screened for the Tobago West seat. PNM Tobago Council general secretary Yolanda George confirmed the developments in an interview with Newsday on Thursday. She said nominations closed at 6pm on Wednesday. George said in Tobago East, the nominations from the constituency’s youth league and 19 party groups were split between Webster-Roy and Johnson. She added the other three contenders in the race to contest the Tobago East seat – Brian Nurse, Julette Pope and Crystal Edwards – did not receive any nominations. George said Cudjoe got overwhelming support from the Tobago West constituency youth league and 25 party groups. She said the screening exercise is expected to take place at 4pm but a venue is still to be decided. PNM Tobago Council chairman Stanford Callender said at a virtual news conference on May 22 the party is in full election mode. He added the party has already identified its campaign co-ordinator

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Fri, 29 May 2020 23:05:51 +0000 35 girls under 12 give birth over seven-year period

SOME 35 girls, age 12 or under, gave birth in a seven-year period. This was revealed the thirteenth report of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Social Services and Public Administration recently laid in Parliament. These figures were collected at the main public hospitals in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Mount Hope, Sangre Grande, and Tobago for 2008-2015. In that period, some 2,645 girls age 13-16 gave birth. Some 11,717 girls age 17-19 also became mothers. This sum of 14,397 teenage and pre-teenage girls giving birth made up nine per cent (one in 11) of all births. The area with the highest number of teen births was Port of Spain followed by St George East, while the lowest rate was in St Patrick. The report cited Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi in 2016 saying that for 2011-2015, some 764 abortions were done on girls 13-19 at three major public hospitals. The JSC said, “TT has one of the lowest rates of adolescent pregnancy in the region.” It said the adolescent fertility rate in TT fell from 86 cases per 1,000 girls in 1980 to 34 cases per 1,000 in 2015. The Latin America and Caribbean regional average rate is 66 cases per 1,000, compared to a world average of 46 cases, and a US rate of 30 cases and a Canada rate of 11

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:16:33 -0400 Trinidad students to write CXC exams in July

PORT OF SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago students will sit examinations set by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in July, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed Friday. He told...

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Fri, 29 May 2020 21:54:51 +0000 CWI gives green light for England tour

CRICKET West Indies (CWI) has given the green light "in principle" for the West Indies three-match Test tour of England, expected to start in July. After months of speculation, CWI is comfortable with the covid19 measures in place and is willing to send its players to England. The CWI decision was finalised at a board of directors teleconference, on Thursday. CWI will now have to liaise with the relevant authorities throughout the Caribbean to facilitate the process of getting all the Windies players to Antigua. The players will meet in Antigua, before taking a chartered flight to England. The Ministry of National Security in TT will have to facilitate the process in getting the TT players to Antigua. United Kingdom is greatly affected by the virus with over 270,000 cases and over 38,000 deaths. A number of the Windies players have resumed training this week under strict covid19 guidelines. Captain Jason Holder, along with fellow Barbadians Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks and Raymon Reifer resumed training at Kensington Oval, on Monday. The Antiguan pair of Alzarri Joseph and Rahkeem Cornwall also trained this week at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. The post

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Fri, 29 May 2020 22:06:20 +0000 Mottley: We will not rush to reopen borders

(CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will adopt measures that will ensure the safety of their citizens as well as tourists as they prepare to reopen their borders in the post-COVID-19 era, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said Tuesday. Mottley, who is also the chair of the 15-member regional integration grouping, told the BBC World […] The post Mottley: We will not rush to reopen borders appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 21:33:30 +0000 TTSE ends month positively

Trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange ended May on a slightly positive note with the market index closing moderately higher on Friday but ending the months with a rise of nearly 65 points or 3.9 percent above April’s close. The T&T Composite Index advanced by 2.60 points to 1,289.18. The All T&T Index […]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:16:34 +0000 Borel ‘puts’ out Marlene in PoS South

Freshly elected PNM Port-of-Spain south candidate, Cleopatra Borel intends to continue building on the many positive works done by incumbent MP Marlene McDonald having replaced the latter at the party’s screening on Thursday. The four-time Olympic shot-put athlete got the nod ahead of current constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and TT Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis. 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 senior 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

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:23:53 +0000 1 new positive case as next plans for reopening announced

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee Friday reported one new case of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands, which is believed to have been a community acquired case and was found through the country's screening programme.  The post 1 new positive case as next plans for reopening announced appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:50:51 +0000 UWI modifies entry requirements in light of covid19

The UWI has announced its decision to modify the matriculation requirements for the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement released on Thursday, the university announced its board of undergraduate studies made the decision on Tuesday, following the closure of schools and postponement of exams due to covid19. The statement said students will qualify as normal matriculants to the UWI if they have passed at least two CAPE subjects either at unit 1 or 2 (grades 1-4), have the requisite CSEC subjects and are currently registered for either unit 1 or 2. It said the decision is grounded in scientific analysis of students’ predictive performance which shows that passes at CAPE unit 1 (grades 1-4) were 97 per cent predictive of success at CAPE unit 2. The statement said, “The proposal on the adjusted matriculation requirements was jointly presented by the UWI and the Caribbean Examination Council to the ministries of education at CARICOM’s council for human and social development meeting earlier this month, where it received endorsement.” Pro Vice-Chancellor of the board, Professor Clive Landis said universities around the world have had to adapt to more flexible admissions processes in response to the pandemic. “As a world-ranked university

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:44:51 +0000 EC Central Bank: Covid19 provides opportunities

EASTERN Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) senior project specialist Shelby Welsh on Thursday said the covid19 pandemic has provided opportunities for advancement in the digital realm. Welson expressed this view during a virtual meeting hosted by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisations (CANTO). With physical and social distancing being part of the new normal around the world, Lewis said there are greater opportunities now that in the pre-covid19 period for digital. "Digital is here," she said,. With almost everyone chats on WhatsApp, virtual government and virtual meetings in countries which are scheduled to have elections are becoming a norm, Lewis said, "Covid19 has been a watershed moment for all of us." She said it opens the conversation about whether people use digital technology to be a consumer or provide a service. In this regard, Lewis said covid19 has placed priority on projects such as the ECCB Digital EC Currency (DXCD) pilot project which was launched on March 12, 2019. The pilot involves a securely minted and issued digital version of the EC dollar (DXCD). Lewis explained the objective of the pilot is to assess the potential efficiency and welfare gains that could be achieved: deeper financial inclusion, ec

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:23:53 +0000 1 new positive case reported as next plans for reopening announced

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee Friday reported one new case of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands, which is believed to have been a community acquired case and was found through the country's screening programme.  The post 1 new positive case reported as next plans for reopening announced appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:39:51 +0000 Nailah's Carnival filter

WHAT makes a selfie even better? A filter, right? If you’re missing Carnival and looking for that carnival-esque type filter to make living through the pandemic a little more interesting, Instagram and Nailah Blackman have it for you. The soca songstress teamed up with Winery Mas to create a filter called Carnival Cutie. In WhatsApp responses to Newsday, Anson Soverall, Blackman’s manager said she was used as the model for the filter’s design. TT-born visual artist Graham Goddard designed and created the Carnival filters. Goddard is also the founder of Winery Mas in Long Beach, California. A release said, “Goddard designed and created the carnival filters after recognising the need for more international awareness of Caribbean culture.” Winery Mas’ website says it,“is an all-inclusive carnival band that puts the value of love, culture and community first. Our masqueraders come from all over the world to celebrate the beauty of carnival in Hollywood, California. We sing at the top of our lungs and dance to make the streets vibrate. Winery Mas prides itself in being the wildest band on the road.” Soverall said Blackman and her team were contacted at the beginning of May about the filters. Blackman w

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Fri, 29 May 2020 18:21:51 +0000 Canada-bound farm workers hopeful

FARM workers who want to travel to Canada to be part of its seasonal agricultural workers’ programme are hopeful at least some of them will still be able to do so. On Wednesday, Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus told the anxious farm workers they “can be assured” that the government was weighing all the pros and cons of allowing them to travel to Canada. Baptiste-Primus said the issues have been clearly identified and clinically ventilated and she has submitted a note to Cabinet on the matter. “A decision on the way forward should be known imminently. “In the final analysis, the matter for consideration is ensuring that the farmer workers are fully seized of the pros and cons and have been allowed sufficient time to deliberate, discuss and sensitise their families and establish the necessary support mechanisms for their dependents during their absence under the pandemic crisis or determining whether the Government should endorse the travel of nationals to Canada to participate in the farm programme in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta; conscious of the risks to their lives and the pain and suffering which could descend upon their families,” the minister said. She also said the government will askfor wr

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Fri, 29 May 2020 13:46:24 +0000 Common health protocols are the key to tourism’s safe return

The View from Europe David Jessop, Dominican Today senior Op-Ed contributor   Since late April there have been virtually no tourist arrivals in the Caribbean. In the last few days however, several countries have announced plans to reopen to international travel, albeit in a restricted way. Among those that have established dates and announced strict rules and specific health requirements for tourism, are Antigua, St Lucia, and the USVI. Others such as The Bahamas, Aruba and the Cayman Islands have indicated tentative dates when they hope again to be able to welcome visitors. For their part Cuba, Barbados and Jamaica, out of an abundance of caution, have spoken only about the preparations they are making for when tourism might resume. Much less mentioned is the basis on which air and […]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 12:32:50 +0000 Minnis: Widespread testing not as necessary in The Bahamas

Dr. Hubert Minnis.Prime Minister and Minister of Health Dr. Hubert Minnis claimed yesterday that widespread testing for COVID-19 is not as necessary in The Bahamas as it is in larger countries. Minnis said contact tracing is “more than adequate”. “In the Caribbean, we have one of the […] The post Minnis: Widespread testing not as necessary in The Bahamas appeared first on

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Fri, 29 May 2020 12:38:06 +0000 Restrictions relaxed

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis delivers his contribution in the House of Assembly. FILE A weekday 24-hour curfew, which has been in place since March, will be lifted on Tuesday and will be replaced with a reduced curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for all islands of The Bahamas, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced in the House […] The post Restrictions relaxed appeared first on The Nassau Guar

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Fri, 29 May 2020 12:29:37 +0000 Live Video: A Look Back At Bermuda Day

With the typical Bermuda Day events and celebrations on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, people across the island are finding new ways to celebrate the holiday while following the physical distancing regulations. With many of us remaining at home today, watch the video below to take a look back at Bermuda Day celebrations […](Click to read the full article)

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Fri, 29, May, 2020 07:01:00 GMT CAB regards EU's decision to 'blacklist' as unwarranted

THE Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has described the recent decision taken by the European Union (EU) to blacklist some Caribbean countries as unanticipated and unwarranted.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 09:52:30 +0000 Governor John Rankin Bermuda Day Message

[Bermuda Day message from Governor John Rankin] Bermuda Day cannot be celebrated in the usual way this year, no half-marathon and no parade around the streets of Hamilton. But I know that the holiday will still be marked in homes by families across the island and I take this opportunity to send my best wishes […](Click to read the full article)

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Fri, 29 May 2020 09:48:12 +0000 Unique Cocktail Celebrates Bermuda Day

John Lake – Rosewood Bermuda’s bar manager – has created a ‘Jewel of the Atlantic’ cocktail for people across the island to make at home in celebration of Bermuda Day. A spokesperson said, “In celebration of one of the island’s most important holidays, Bermuda Day, Rosewood Bermuda bar manager John Lake has created a first-ever […](Click to read the full article)

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Fri, 29 May 2020 09:59:00 +0000 Rape convict gets five-year reduction on sentence, after appeal

By Latrishka Thomas A man will now spend less time behind bars after the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court granted his appeal against a sentence for rape, which was handed down three years ago. In June 2017, the man was found guilty of raping a minor, and a few months later — in October – High […] The post Rape convict gets five-year reduction on sentence, after appeal appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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Fri, 29 May 2020 09:56:00 +0000 Arthurton calls for former players to assist at grassroots level

By Neto Baptiste Former West Indies player, Keith Arthurton, said he is focused on developing the game at the grassroots level and urges other former players who have carved a career out of coaching to do the same. Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, the former Leeward Islands and St Kitts/Nevis player said […] The post Arthurton calls for former players to assist at grassroots level appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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