Sat, 30 May 2020 00:59:51 +0000 TTPBA: PM anti-media rant can prompt 'dangerous behaviour'

THE TT Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) has said the Prime Minister's rant against the media during Thursday's post-Cabinet conference can result in journalists being put in danger. Dr Rowley, commenting on news reports over the TT/US diplomatic row – following a visit by Venezuela’s president – said there were no independent media houses in the country and all media outlets had interests to protect. The TTPBA in a media release on Friday, said that as an individual he is free to hold an opinion, but as Prime Minister elected by the citizens, he must have an expectation, as a member of government, of being held accountable. "The position of our Prime Minister is familiar and over the decades the media has been subjected to similar comments by our country’s leaders. Prime ministers and governments change, but media remains. It is also normal in an election year that tension between incumbents and the media heightens. It is déjà vu chatter!" The TTPBA said that over the years the media has experienced cyberbullying by politicians: a prime minister going to a radio station and pulling the plug; threats of revocation of a broadcast licence and the refusal to grant a broadcast license; attempts to fetter freedom of speec

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:19:54 +0000 BSE Trading Report Package May 29, 2020

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Fri, 29 May 2020 19:00:31 +0000 JSE Bond Indices as at May 29, 2020

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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 04:53:29 +0000 More retreating for JSE Main Market

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market activity ended with the market index declining for a second day, just ahead of the final trading day for May as investors exchanged more shares than on Wednesday. At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 1,262.37 points to 416,829.26, the JSE Market Index fell 1,326.12 points […]

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Fri, 29 May 2020 09:15:16 +0000 Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: May 28 2020

May 28 saw 27,000 shares trade on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, valued at $151,020.00 BD. 2,000 shares were traded by Bank of N.T. Butterfield Ltd, closing up 14.4% at $27.00 per share, while another 25,000 shares were traded by One Communications Ltd, closing down 2.5% at $3.90 per share. The BSX finished at 1,906.69, up […](Click to read the full article)

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Fri, 29 May 2020 07:06:09 +0000 Sprangalang is back

IT WAS his first show back and Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall was virtually, warmly greeted by many across TT and the world. The legendary comedian’s fans were taken on a personal and national history tour as Sprangalang touched on topics from his childhood to Viagra in Wack 90.1 FM’s Up Close and Personal live concert series. It was supposed to have been an hour but Sprangalang’s concert went beyond the hour. The live concert was held on May 19 from 6 pm. It was his first show after being hospitalised last June due to seizures which resulted in a mild stroke. Many local celebrities have appeared on Wack’s concert series including reigning calypso monarch Terri Lyons; Baron and Carl and Carol Jacobs. Wack's website says, “Up Close and Personal is a one-hour live concert series designed to entertain us while we remain safe within our homes during the covid19 pandemic.” Fans posted messages saying “welcome back”, “glad to see you’re recovering nicely” before the concert’s 6 pm start. He began the event by talking about his school days, saying he went to the Government school. Throughout the concert he used his trademark phrases including, “I am telling you.&#

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Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400 BOSS questions and answers

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme as announced by the Mia Mottley Government on May 28, 2020. What is a bond? It is a government...

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Fri, 29 May 2020 01:32:51 +0000 PM Rowley on US/TT row: Mad at media

MEDIA HOUSES in TT were fuelling their own agenda and, as a result, deliberately misrepresented the Government’s handling of the Venezuelan vice president’s visit in March, the Prime Minister has charged. Addressing the media at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Thursday, Dr Rowley said decisions taken by the government “to protect the people” made enemies of the media houses, who published articles filled with inaccuracies. The articles centred on the visit of Delcy Rodriguez and her delegation and the sale of oil to Aruba that reportedly ended up in Venezuela, contrary to US sanctions against the Nicolas Maduro government. Rowley told the media briefing, “In TT – let me say this here now: we don’t have independent media houses in TT. What we have are media houses with interests to protect. And if you think I don’t know what is going on, I know exactly what is going on and will speak to it in full at a future time.” He highlighted two media houses, Guardian Media Ltd, which owns the CNC3 television station and the Guardian newspaper; and One Caribbean Media, which owns TV6 and the Express, as the ones aggrieved by the Government’s stance. “The time has come for the population to

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Thu, 28 May 2020 19:47:18 +0000 JSE Bond Indices as at May 28, 2020

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Thu, 28 May 2020 18:34:21 +0000 BSE Trading Report Package May 28, 2020

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Thu, 28 May 2020 14:54:33 +0000 The big Junior Market rally ahead

Investors can trade shares either by using fundamental analysis, the more common method, or technical analysis. Both have their place, but technical analysis informs investors ahead of significant market moves and thus reduces the time one has to buy or sell a stock. The Junior Market suffered a sizable fall from its peak of 3,436 […]

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Thu, 28 May 2020 12:50:00 +0000 Essent Group Offers 11,000,000 Common Shares

Essent Group has commenced a public offering in which it is offering 11,000,000 common shares. The underwriters will have the option to purchase up to an aggregate of 1,650,000 additional common shares from the Company. “The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for general corporate purposes, which may include [i] capital […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 28 May 2020 04:45:49 +0000 Heavy trading in Lasco Manufacturing

Lasco Manufacturing dominated trading on the Junior Market on Wednesday, with for 47 percent of the units traded, with Jamaican Teas and Caribbean Cream rounding out the volume leaders on Wednesday as investors exchanged 12,985,144 shares at $58,964,309 from 33 securities. Wednesday’s trading contrast with Tuesday’s 4,137,638 units valued at $10,997,880 as 32 securities changed […]

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Thu, 28 May 2020 10:00:31 +0000 Video: May 28th Bernews Morning Newsflash

107 students to graduate from Bermuda College, no new Covid-19 cases and a total of 139 in Bermuda thus far, second tropical storm of season formed and is not a threat to Bermuda, ocean educators unite for virtual series, Bermuda Day holiday garbage collection change, suspected perimeter breach at Westgate, police advise people not to share images, people ‘relieved of […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 28 May 2020 09:15:46 +0000 Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: May 27 2020

May 27 saw 4,000 shares trade on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, valued at $8,840.00 BD. 4,000 shares were traded by Argus Group Holdings Ltd, closing down 1.8% at $2.21 per share. The BSX finished at 1,755.15, down 0.05% on the day. There were 0 advances, 1 decline, and 59 remained unchanged. The full report for […](Click to read the full article)

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Thu, 28 May 2020 07:23:55 +0000 UWI business school ahead of covid19 with virtual classes

Long before covid19 became a pandemic, the UWI Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (GSB) had a plan for virtual classes in place. Monitoring the gradual global response to the novel coronavirus, which first surfaced in China last December, the business school got a head start on a response system. In explaining the process, Keenan Martinez, the manager of its information technology (IT) and multi-modal educational technology support (METS) unit, told Business Day the GSB's IT team started planning internally in mid-January. To the end of February, the school called a committee together to start planning for the incident of the closure of schools. The transition from face-to-face to online classes was not very difficult as the business school had developed a system after the threat of a hurricane a few years ago. "When we got word of schools closing, in less than 24 hours we were able to make the switch to have all classes online," said Martinez. "We had implemented our online system since 2015 and we took the time to polish the system, update our policies and procedures and work it into our teaching and learning modalities. [caption id="attachment_827532" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Thu, 28 May 2020 05:52:51 +0000 Defeating our post-covid19 demons

TERRENCE HONORE THE TRUE character of a person is seen in times of crisis. Likewise the real nature of a nation is revealed in calamitous times. We are a people who care and even share, but there is a dark side to our demeanour. We gossip like our life depends on it and litter a … Continue reading Defeating our post-covid19 demons The post Defeating our post-covid19 demons appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Thu, 28 May 2020 00:12:01 +0000 Police: ‘You Are Advised To Not Share Them’

Noting that members of the public have been circulating images of the victim and the accused in a sexual offences matter that is before the courts, the police have reminded the public that anyone sharing these images “will be committing an offence.” A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service [BPS] has been made aware […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 27 May 2020 22:37:51 +0000 Trini stuck in US: We will pay for our own hotel quarantine

ONE of a group of 83 nationals in the US seeking exemptions to return to Trinidad and Tobago has said they are willing to pay for their own 14-day quarantine. The group is being co-ordinated by Trinidadian professor Dr Alana Belcon, who submitted an exemption request on May 18 for a group of 45, four of whom are babies, and earlier this week a second exemption request for 38 people. The national, who asked not to be named, left Trinidad three months ago to work in the Middle East. While there the borders were closed and he was under a 24-hour curfew. On May 9 he was able to travel to Florida where he was currently staying with relatives. "It is so mentally frustrating waking up every day hoping to get some news." He said the different members of the group were facing different situations including some who came with children for surgery and medical treatment for a week, but ended up spending two months in hotels. He added that luckily the hotels have subsidised their rates, but the people affected are still paying for the rooms and have to buy food. There were also people who had babies, elderly people and those who required prescription drugs but cannot access them because they do not have medical insurance. He shared an excerpt from one of t

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Wed, 27 May 2020 22:25:56 +0000 Cops find car burnt in New Grant quadruple killing

With the help of GPS technology, police detectives found the car that a murdered Venezuelan housekeeper rented last month from an auto rental company in Pleasantville. The car was abandoned and burnt at Corosan Road, George Village in Tableland. Police found it on Tuesday afternoon, the day after they found four bodies with gunshot wounds. Mother of four Guimar Jose Rausseo Marcano, 36, rented a silver Toyota Aqua on April 9. She was among the four people found dead on Monday at about 6.30 am with gunshot wounds at Daly Road in New Grant. She had been renting an apartment for almost a year with her children and her father at Hope Road in Princes Town. Also killed were her boyfriend Aaron George, 36, Manzanilla contractor Darnel Mitchell, 35, and Venezuelan Jose Serrano. Mitchell was last seen alive in his car on Sunday night together with a man fitting the description of Serrano. The car is still missing. Police said Serrano had a tattoo of a crown with the words "One Life" on his right hand. On the left hand, he had a tattoo with the word "Brithany." Several Ven

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Wed, 27 May 2020 22:49:27 +0000 JSE US$ Market index rises

The Jamaica Stock Exchange, US dollar market, had an increased number of stocks changing hands on Wednesday as overall volume and value trading rose.    Market activity resulted in five securities changing hands, with three declining and two remained unchanged. The volume of shares traded was 253,911 units with a value of US$25,811, in contrast […]

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Wed, 27 May 2020 21:15:18 +0000 JSE Bond Indices as at May 27, 2020

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Wed, 27 May 2020 18:46:43 +0000 Tobago covid19 limers appear in court

TWENTY people, including four teenagers below the age of 18, appeared before a Scarborough magistrate, via a virtual hearing on Tuesday, charged with gathering in public in contravention of covid19 public health regulations. The 16 adults and four minors were arrested on Monday after being caught cooking, bathing, and liming at No Man’s Land. According to the Public Health Ordinance, public gatherings of over five people are prohibited and all beaches and rivers remain closed due to the covid19 pandemic. After all 20 pleaded guilty, 12 of them were each placed on a $6,000 bond and ordered to keep the peace for two years, failing which, they would be brought back to court for sentencing. Punishment for this crime includes jail time and fines to a maximum of $50,000. The other eight, including the four children and their parents were reprimanded and discharged. The court heard that officers from the Crown Point station received information of the illegal gathering and with the assistance of officers of the Shirvan Road and Scarborough police stations along with the Emergency Response Patrol, went to No Man’s Land and caught the group busy grilling fish, cooking meat, bathing and liming in a makeshift galvanize shed. Officers said there were also coolers filled with

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Wed, 27 May 2020 18:42:51 +0000 Ministries working on school reopening policies

THE Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education have begun working on a policy framework for education and the reopening of schools later this year. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said on Wednesday that the education system poses unique challenges not solved by general guidelines issued for workplaces. Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the reopening of schools have been shared and discussed with education ministry officials. He reiterated that it is difficult to enforce social distancing measures with children, and so frequent handwashing and sanitising of frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, desktops, chairs et cetera, will have to be implemented. He said the most critical part of the guideline was that children and teachers need to stay home when they are ill, as once an illness enters the school environment it spreads quickly, as had been seen with the common cold, influenza, and gastroenteritis, to name a few. The WHO guidelines recommend implementing hygiene and daily practices at schools, including hygiene and environmental cleaning to limit exposure, screening and management of sick students, teachers and other school staff and communication with parents and students, as well as

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