Sun, 24 May 2020 01:34:53 +0000 Why not TT asks Look Loy

NARISSA FRASER KEITH LOOK Loy, technical committee chairman of the TT Football Association (TTFA) has described as cynical and hypocritical FIFA's agreement to “bail out” the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) of its US$10 million debt. According to Zimbabwean media, the world governing body of football approved a “package” for ZIFA that is expected to be released in June under the FIFA Forward Programme. This is in addition to the US$1 million grant FIFA issues to the association annually. The Herald newspaper in Zimbabwe said, “FIFA have approved two of the eight project applications, which ZIFA tendered, under the FIFA Forward Programme. “The other project which, was approved and will receive funding from Zurich, is the association’s restructuring.” The Herald report said the project aims to “professionalise” the association, and that auditors are currently verifying figures with organisations and individuals owed by ZIFA. Look Loy finds this questionable since FIFA removed the former TTFA executive in March and appointed a normalisation committee owing to “low financial management methods” and “a massive debt.” The TTFA currently has a debt of approximately $50 million — most of which was accumulated during the tenure of its former president David

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Sat, 23 May 2020 19:41:40 +0000 Fake hurricane warning circulating

Hazard Management Cayman Islands issued a statement Saturday to alert residents that a posting about a hurricane warning making the rounds on social media is false. The post Fake hurricane warning circulating appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Sat, 23 May 2020 22:55:51 +0000 COVID-19 cases hit 100

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas has reached triple digits. The Ministry of Health confirmed an additional three cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 100. The patients include an eight-year-old boy, a 25-year-old woman and a 27-year-old […] The post COVID-19 cases hit 100 appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Sat, 23 May 2020 20:31:41 +0000 UK to fly home 900 Caribbean travellers in June

British travellers stranded in TT will be able to leave the country to return home on June 3 and 4. It is expected that one flight will depart from Piarco International Airport and another from ANR Robinson International Airport on the respective dates. The travellers are among those who were left stranded as countries across the globe closed their borders in an effort to stem the spread of covid19. The UK Government organised charter flights to return 900 travellers across the Caribbean to the UK via Barbados. The sweeper flights will take British nationals and non-British nationals from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, TT, the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. Three flights from Barbados will then leave Grantley Adams International Airport for London Heathrow on June 3, 4 and 5. The last repatriation flights for British nationals in TT was arranged by British Airways on March 23, 24 and 26. A British High Commission release stated that Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) teams across the Caribbean also helped over 11,000 British travellers return to the UK via commercial routes. High Commissioner to TT Tim Stew said, “We continue to work on getting British travellers home to the U

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Sat, 23 May 2020 13:51:34 -0400 PM’s tribute to Griffith-Watson

The following statement was issued by Prime Minister Mia Mottley on the passing of Barbados’ first female Chief Education Officer, Wendy Griffith-Watson. Today, Barbados lost one of the finest Chief...

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Sat, 23 May 2020 14:41:32 +0000 Officers question authority of Legal Head to discipline police: Out of order

HEAD of the Legal Unit of the police Christian Chandler has been accused of overstepping his authority by threatening to discipline errant police officers within his unit. In a branch order issued on May 11, Chandler informed the staff at Tower C, International Waterfront that the intention of the order was to govern the daily operations of the unit. Under the heading “Intention” Chandler writes: “It is also to clearly establish the duties and responsibilities of all employees under the Head Legal Services at Tower C. Failure of any employee to comply with this Branch Order will result in disciplinary action as deemed fit in the appropriate circumstances, by the Head Legal Services.” The order which was circulated only to Tower C staff, caused police officers to question the authority that Chandler has to discipline police officers. In a WhatsApp response to Newsday, president of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association, Insp Gideon Dickson said Chandler did not have any authority to discipline officers as he is a civilian. The order also mandates that women in the office either wear or have readily available high-heeled shoes in the event of a meeting. “There is no authority for such action to take place. That cannot happen a

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Sat, 23 May 2020 12:01:44 +0000 A call to prayer

VIDYA THURAB EID-UL-FITR celebrations in TT are different this year, as it is around the world.  For Muslims, is a time to show gratitude to God, give to the poor (known as Zakat al-Fitr), send greetings and feast with families. As Muslims here adapted to changes for Ramadan observations, the Rahaman family allowed Newsday to observe how it practised its prayer session, while adhering to measures to ensure family members stay safe and protected from the covid19 virus, and at the same time, embodying devotion to God, charity and family love. We captured the family in these prayer positions: [caption id="attachment_826785" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dr Muhammad Rahman, left, Zaleef Mohammed and Dieter Gaskin demonstrate the takbir prayer position.[/caption] Takbir  – is the beginning stance of the Muslim prayer positions. The devotee faces towards Mecca with both hands raised  to the ears or shoulders with palms facing outwards. The s

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Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:44 +0000 Out of order

HEAD of the Legal Unit of the police Christian Chandler has been accused of overstepping his authority by threatening to discipline errant police officers within his unit. In a branch order issued on May 11, Chandler informed the staff at Tower C, International Waterfront that the intention of the order was to govern the daily operations of the unit. Under the heading “Intention” Chandler writes: “It is also to clearly establish the duties and responsibilities of all employees under the Head Legal Services at Tower C. Failure of any employee to comply with this Branch Order will result in disciplinary action as deemed fit in the appropriate circumstances, by the Head Legal Services.” The order which was circulated only to Tower C staff, caused police officers to question the authority that Chandler has to discipline police officers. In a WhatsApp response to Newsday, president of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association, Insp Gideon Dickson said Chandler did not have any authority to discipline officers as he is a civilian. The order also mandates that women in the office either wear or have readily available high-heeled shoes in the event of a meeting. “There is no authority for such action to take place. That cannot happen and will not happen” Dickson said. The o

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Sat, 23 May 2020 11:24:13 +0000 TTUTA to consult Caribbean union on CXC

If the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) does not amend the decision to have the exam in July, the TT Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) will meet with the general council of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) said TTUTA president Antonia De Freitas. De Freitas said, “It will be decided by the general council of TTUTA. We will have a discussion with the general council and they will make the determination to the next step forward because the concerns that are being raised now, the association raised those same concerns from the onset of the issue. “The CUT issued a letter to CXC to make adjustments and to reconsider their position on the issue.” On Wednesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said the CXC is a regional exam and TT must adhere to the region's decision. In an interview on Thursday, De Freitas said the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) represents teachers union from around the region and they will have the last say on the matter. De Freitas said the CXC had not considered the negative impact on students and teachers that came with hosting the examinations in July. She said T

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Sat, 23 May 2020 11:19:48 +0000 Govt ‘bungling’ recovery

CARONI Central MP Dr Bhoendradat Tewarie piloted a motion in the House Friday calling on Government to work with the Opposition on covid19 recovery. The private motion specifically called on Government to consider the Opposition Leader’s Economic Master Plan and a genuine bipartisan collaboration towards a national policy for recovery and growth in TT. Tewarie told the House the Opposition Leader had instructed him to file the motion following Government’s “bungling” management of the situation.  He pointed out that Robert Le Hunte was no longer minister of public utilities nor was he vice chair of the covid19 Roadmap to Recovery Team. He also said there are the issues of the controversial visit of Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodriguez and the sale of fuel by Paria. “(These events have) made Government weak at the knees.” He added it was likely there would an imminent call for 2020 elections.  On the Roadmap to Recovery final report Tewarie said it has been severely undermined and any proposal would be suspect. “This might have been avoided if the Prime Minister had heeded the call on March 16, 2020 for a bipartisan committee.” He said Government was between a rock and hard pla

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Sat, 23 May 2020 11:17:44 +0000 Raw emotion to Young’s decision to open borders for stranded Trinis 

RAW emotions surfaced on Friday among the 430 nationals stranded on board several cruise ships in different ports as National Security Minister Stuart Young announced plans to repatriate them. Leader of the Band Xcite Sterling Howell was close to tears as he welcomed the news. He said he spoke to his mother and family in Trinidad and, like him, they were all emotional in anticipation of his return. Howell has been at the forefront of a social media blitz to get all nationals back home following the closure of TT borders to flatten the spread of the covid19 He said being stuck in their cabins for the majority of the seven weeks and the suicidal deaths of five crew members from different ships, had taken a toll on their mental health. In a statement on Friday Young said a schedule was being worked out with the Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh and CMOH Dr Roshan Parasram for the nationals to re-enter the country. He said it was being carefully managed to ensure the rest of the population was protected. The statement came as 49 Trinidadians also stranded on board the Disney Fantasy cruise ship were in waters off Trinidad’s north coast while the vessel was being refuelled, but the nationals were not allowed to disembark. Crew from that ship also took to social media expressing

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Sat, 23 May 2020 11:14:26 +0000 Imbert: Govt response to covid19 world class

Finance Minister Colm Imbert said if Government had followed covid19 proposals from the United National Congress (UNC) the country's economy and health system could have been destroyed.  He was responding to a private motion for Government to consider the Opposition Leader's proposals of an Economic Master Plan and a genuine bipartisan collaboration towards a national policy for recovery and growth in TT. Imbert said: "Come on. All the Opposition has done since this covid19 crisis is to come up with proposals that would have destroyed the economy, destroyed our public health system, create a runaway crisis in terms of the virus, (and) create confusion. They are the ones who said that rum shops should be kept open (with) no rational basis, when the public health experts are telling you that you have to control the places where people congregate. It is only logical. There is no rocket science in that." Imbert described the motion as frivolous and vexatious.  He pointed out Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government in their lockdown roll back checklist listed TT as number one out of more than 180 countries in terms of being ready to exit the lockdown. He said that as Government has begun to ease the res

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Sat, 23 May 2020 11:40:29 +0000 Lewis: ‘We are all miracles’

TT OLYMPIC sailor, Andrew Lewis has urged athletes to use their challenges as catalysts to keep pushing on. Lewis made these inspirational remarks during the second webinar hosted by motivational speaker Dion La Foucade and himself, entitled "Positive Moments with Andrew and Don" via Zoom on Wednesday. During the 75-minute chat between the pair, Lewis took viewers on a trip back to 2015 when he was involved in a career-threatening incident in Brazil, mere months away from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 30-year old emotionally reflected on this experience, as he revealed how this challenge served to be one of his weakest but most intimate life-changing moments of his sporting career. In December 2015, Lewis was training in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Copa Brasil Championships. He was also using this time to acclimatise himself with the country’s varying winds, water and currents. The laser class sailor had just left his apartment en route to training when he suddenly realised he forgot his key. Using his tall Dutch

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Sat, 23, May, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Facing the coronavirus, still haunted by Ebola

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — “Are you going to die?” my eight-year-old daughter asked me the other day. “They said on the radio that adults are getting sick and dying.”“Maybe you should stay inside.”Instantly I was flooded with the anguish so many parents around the world are carrying right now because we cannot protect our children from these grown-up fears.

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Fri, 22 May 2020 22:28:18 +0000 Ailing couple seeks help during pandemic: ‘We are starving’

"WE ARE starving, we need help desperately." This was the cry of Evans Rajpaul, 60, who said he and his wife Vitra Teelucksingh-Rajpaul, 68, are struggling even to find food to eat as they eke out an existence on her old-age pension. Rajpaul said he had to put aside his pride and seek out Newsday to have a story done to highlight the sorry state he and his wife have found themselves in, a state that has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. [caption id="attachment_826687" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Evans Rajpaul - Marvin Hamilton[/caption] The couple, who live in an HDC apartment in Corinth Hill, San Fernando, said they are seeking help for food and to pay outstanding bills. Rajpaul said, "I am starving right now, I won't lie to you. I had knee replacement surgery on my left leg, and I have no money. My wife is sickly, and her pension is all we have to carry us through. If I could have worked, I would, but I have not been the same since that surgery." Rajpaul explained that owing to a work injury more than ten years ago, he became incapacitated. He was a construction worker with Agostini Industries which shut down in August 2

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Sat, 23 May 2020 01:36:07 +0000 Maxi-taxi drivers collect $2,000 fuel grant

Maxi taxi owners received $2,000 fuel-grant cheques from the Ministry of Transport on Friday. Minister of transport, Rohan Sinanan said the Minister of Finance will be looking at taxis next. “The directive from the Ministry of Finance at this point in time is for the maxi-taxi owners,” he said. “I’m sure the Minister of Finance will be looking at the taxis in future.” [caption id="attachment_826710" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Maxi-taxi operators pose for a group photo after receiving their fuel-support grant on Friday at the Ministry of Works and Transport, Richmond Street, Port of Spain. - ROGER JACOB[/caption] Rohan addressed maxi-taxi drivers at his ministry during a ceremony for the rollout of the grant Friday, saying, while the ministry knew how hard they had been working during the pandemic, they were not the only people being affected. “This affected the entire country,” he said, adding the Prime Minister saw it fit for them to be given the grant for having to transport a significant portion of the population. Drivers were required to provide a certified copy and proof of insurance, to verify that their maxis

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Sat, 23 May 2020 00:36:51 +0000 Trinis on Princess have chance to return Saturday

AFTER being stranded for seven weeks at sea, there is a chance that six Trinidadian musicians on board the Caribbean Princess may be home on Saturday. Sterling Howell, leader of the music band Xcite, said the captain of the ship, which is docked in Barbados, received an e-mail from the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday indicating plans to repatriate them. The e-mail followed a release by National Security Minister Stuart Young earlier in the day saying exemptions would be made for nationals onboard several cruise ships at different locations, as well as university students. Howell said the Princess, on which they have been stranded for the past seven weeks, was bound for another destination at 5 am on Saturday. “Now that the captain has received this e-mail, the ship would probably wait around a little bit longer. Chances are we may be home by Saturday morning or Saturday evening.” He said once clearance is given, the ship will sail into Trinidad and Tobago waters to bring them home, just like it has done elsewhere for crew members of other nationalities  on board. He said he is not certain which port would be used for them to disembark. “I am so emotional right now. Words can’t explain,” said Howell who has been at the forefront of the struggle to

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Sat, 23 May 2020 00:36:51 +0000 Trinis on Princes have chance to return Saturday

AFTER being stranded for seven weeks on the ocean, there is a chance that six Trinidadian musicians on board the Caribbean Princess may be home on Saturday. Sterling Howell, leader of the music band Xcite, said the captain of the ship, which is presently docked in Barbados, received an e-mail from the office of the Prime Minister on Friday indicating plans to repatriate them. The e-mail followed a release by National Security Minister Stuart Young earlier in the day that exemptions would be made for nationals onboard several cruise ships at different locations, as well as university students.   Howell said the Princess, on which they have been stranded for the past seven weeks, was bound for another destination at 5 am on Saturday. “Now that the captain has received this e-mail, the ship would probably wait around a little bit longer. Chances are we may be home by Saturday morning or Saturday evening.” He said once clearance is given, the ship will sail into Trinidad and Tobago waters to bring them home, just like they have been doing for other nationals on board the vessel. He said he is not certain which port of entry would be used for them to disembark. “I am so emotional right now. Words can’t explain,” said Howell who has been at the forefront

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Fri, 22 May 2020 22:28:18 +0000 Ailing couple seeks help during pandemic: We are starving

"WE ARE starving, we need help desperately." This was the cry of Evans Rajpaul, 60, who said he and his wife Vitra Teelucksingh-Rajpaul, 68, are struggling to even find food to eat as they both continue to eke out an existence on her old-age pension. Rajpaul said he had to put aside his pride and seek out Newsday to have a story done to highlight the sorry state he and his wife have found themselves, a state that has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. [caption id="attachment_826687" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Evans Rajpaul - Marvin Hamilton[/caption] The couple who live in an HDC apartment in Corinth Hill, San Fernando said they are seeking help for food and to pay outstanding bills. Rajpaul said, "I am starving right now, I won't lie to you. I had knee replacement surgery on my left leg, and I have no money. My wife is sickly, and her pension is all we have to carry us through. If I could have worked, I would, but I have not been the same since that surgery." Rajpaul explained that due to a work injury more than ten years ago, he became incapacitated. He was a construction worker with Agostini Industries which ceased oper

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Fri, 22 May 2020 19:53:51 +0000 Constituency stands with Young

THE PNM Port of Spain North/St Ann’s West Constituency on Friday expressed support for its MP Stuart Young. The Minister of National Security is under fire over the March visit of Venezuela Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and PDVSA officials just before a Paria Fuel Trading Company oil shipment sold to oil-trader ES Euro Shipping SA was due to go to a refinery in Aruba yet was thought to have ended up in Venezuela, now under US sanctions for alleged election rigging. Regarding Opposition concerns that Rodriguez's visit may have violated the Rio Treaty, Young told the Senate that, in a recent talk with US Ambassador Joseph N Mondello, no breach of any treaty was raised. The constituency, in a statement headlined "Let’s Talk About Stuart," defended Young in the current controversy and detailed his record as minister and MP. It said he had been under "incredulous attack” as one of TT's most active ministers, and hit the Opposition for an alleged major rights violation by way of Cambridge Analytica. On the current controversy, the statement said, “We could talk about the fact the 1947 Treaty of Rio has no bearing on this circumstance of an alleged third party sale of oil from TT to Venezuela, despite much due diligence from local authorities.” The constituency hailed the Governme

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Fri, 22 May 2020 18:36:07 +0000 Fifty-five victims of Hurricane Dorian buried on Abaco; some relatives forced to watch from a distance

Eight months after their deaths, 55 victims of Hurricane Dorian were buried in Central Pines, Abaco on Friday. Their remains were encased in white coffins and interred as the screams of some of their loved ones echoed in the distance. Due to the government’s social […] The post Fifty-five victims of Hurricane Dorian buried on Abaco; some relatives forced to watch from a distance a

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Fri, 22 May 2020 18:20:30 +0000 PLP Women’s Caucus To Host Online Discussion

The PLP Women’s Caucus will be hosting a live roundtable discussion on the “new normal in the face of Covid-19″ on Sunday [May 24] at 4.30pm. A spokesperson said, “The PLP Women’s Caucus invites members of the public to join a live roundtable discussion on the ‘new normal in the face of Covid-19′. Issues to […](Click to read the full article)

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Fri, 22 May 2020 17:51:51 +0000 Young ready to let Trinis on cruise ships return

NATIONAL Security Minister Stuart Young has given in to the appeal of over 400 Trinidad and Tobago citizens on board different cruises ships who want to come home. A short while ago, Young gave permission for nationals who have been stuck on cruise ships for seven weeks, to enter the country. However, it will not be done immediately. In a statement issued on Friday, Young said a schedule would be established to manage their return, consistent with government’s resources, to protect them and the population. Young also made a statement in Parliament to that effect on Friday afternoon. Young said discussions were taking place with the Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram and others on how the return of the cruise-ship contingent could be scheduled. The statement came while 49 Trinidadians on board the Disney Princess, which is currently being refuelled on an oil rig 12 miles off Trinidad's north coast, made further appeals to government to open the borders and let them in. In his statement, Young said it had come to government's attention, “that there may be nationals of TT in different numbers, on various cruise ships, in different locations, throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere. “Previously, the official request for exemptions f

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Fri, 22 May 2020 17:36:44 +0000 PM extends business hours and days of some exempted operations

Dr. Hubert Minnis.Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis today extended the hours and days of operations for several exempted businesses and services. Dry cleaners, which are newly exempted, and insurance comp

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Fri, 22 May 2020 17:25:04 +0000 Churches cleared to resume on cleared Family Islands; other islands will have drive-up services

Worship services are now permitted to be held on Family Islands cleared for normal commercial activity, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced today, adding that drive up services are permitted on the remaining islands, including New Providence.  Those services — not including Sunday school — […] The post Churches cleared to resume on cleared Family Islands; other islands will have drive-up services appeared first on

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