Sat, 30 May 2020 06:12:51 +0000 Let’s be rationalaboutcovid19

THE EDITOR: The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts the covid19 fatality rate at 0.4 per cent and the asymptomatic rate at 35 per cent. Therefore, according to the CDC, the actual fatality rate is 0.26 per cent, similar to the fatality rate for the flu (0.1 per cent). The World Health Organization usually … Continue reading Let’s be rationalaboutcovid19 The post Let’s be rationalaboutcovid19 appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:31:03 +0000 OPEN BACK RUMSHOPS

THE GROUP Bar Owners and Operators Association is calling on Prime Minister Dr Rowley, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to include all bars in the fourth phase of ease of covid19 restrictions, after the country’s rumshops were ordered closed in March under public health regulations. The newly-formed association has not been registered as yet but already has 156 members. It hopes to get buy-in from the approximately 5,000 bars throughout the country. With no new infection in over a month, Dr Rowley is expected to address the issue of further ease on restrictions when he hosts a media briefing on Saturday. Already, the construction sector, the manufacturing sector and public food stores, roadside food stalls and restaurants have resumed operations. In a press release, the association’s interim president Teron Mohan said it is in the process of developing a covid19 policy for bar operations and working with its membership to ensure compliance. In a phone interview on Friday, Mohan said research was done regarding the World Health Organization (WHO) policies. He added, the association sought consultation from local Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) consultants and the Ministry of Health. &

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:29:57 +0000 Agriculture Ministry wants people to grow more food

Senator Avinash Singh, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, presented over 500 packets of seeds to Tunapuna MP Esmond Forde. The donation was made on May 21 as part of the Grow Trinbago seed initiative at Paradise Heights, Tacarigua with residents and councillors in attendance. In a statement released on Thursday, Singh encouraged residents to take advantage of the programme and get more into home gardening. Seeds were also given to Minister of Finance Colm Imbert on May 22 for distribution to his Diego Martin North/East constituents. The initiative was launched on May 9 with the intent of distributing over 50,000 seed packets to citizens. Anyone interested in getting seeds can contact the their MP’s office or their local government councillor to register for collection. The post Agriculture Ministry wants people to grow more food appeared first on

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:28:54 +0000 We must be loyal to good governance

THE EDITOR: The Highway Reroute Movement has been engaged in a struggle against the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir highway for nine plus years. The struggle has been against successive governments that have been determined to construct this multibillion-dollar highway extension without providing robust, sound evidence to justify this massive expenditure nor to … Continue reading We must be loyal to good governance The post We must be loyal to good governance appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:26:52 +0000 We will carry on

WHAT DO Eric Williams, ANR Robinson, Basdeo Panday, Patrick Manning, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar have in common? Each found themselves at odds with the media. That says less about them than it tells us about the fourth estate. It tells you we’re doing our job. We will continue. Addressing the media at the Diplomatic Centre, of … Continue reading We will carry on The post We will carry on appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:26:51 +0000 St James and the East Indian connection

THE EDITOR: The commemoration today of 175 years of East Indian arrival to our shores is indeed a significant milestone. Incidental to this is the 82nd anniversary of the inclusion of St James into the city of Port-of-Spain. This historic event took place on June 1, 1938. Since then, St James has developed from a … Continue reading St James and the East Indian connection The post St James and the East Indian connection appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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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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Sat, 30 May 2020 06:31:11 +0000 PNM picks Borel for PoS South, Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande

OLYMPIC shot put finalist (2016) Cleopatra Borel was chosen as Port of Spain South prospective candidate by the PNM screening candidate on Thursday, party PRO Laurel Lezama told Newsday on Friday. The incumbent, former minister Marlene Mc Donald, did not present herself for screening. Newsday called Mc Donald on Friday for a comment and she answered, but then the phone line then went dead. While New National Vision leader Fuad Abu Bakr visited the Queen’s Hall screening venue, he was not screened, Lezama confirmed. The PNM chose former cricketer Mervyn Dillon for Toco/Sangre Grande, replacing Glenda Jennings-Smith, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police. Robert Le Hunte, former public utilities minister, was screened for La Brea, along with incumbent former energy minister Nicole Olivierre, but the constituency executive was asked to widen its pool of nominees, Lezama said. Diego Martin Regional Corporation chairman Symon de Nobriega was chosen for Diego Martin Central. Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards Jnr was selected for Point Fortin, the seat now held by Housing Minister Edmund Dillon. Clifford Rambharose is prospective candidate for Oropouche East

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Sat, 30 May 2020 03:48:51 +0000 PM on Indian Arrival Day: Put aside biases, focus on TT’s survival

The Prime Minister is calling on all citizens to put aside “narrow, partisan agendas and biases” and instead focus on the survival of the country. In his Indian Arrival Day message, Dr Rowley said today’s holiday caused him to reflect on the experiences of the 200-plus people who made the first journey from India to TT. “Many reviewers have sought comparisons between Indian indentureship and African slavery, concluding that servitude for the African slave was a lifetime, from dusk to dawn, while Indian indentureship was for five years in the first instance. “Yet, oppression in various forms was inflicted on East Indians. There were a series of repressive colonial laws designed to keep indentures confined to the sugar estates and, worse, separated and divided from the rest of the Trinidad population. “We should never forget that, in our collective history, the colonial experiences of all races have been one of suffering and sacrifices. Now, we have to overcome those measures that sought to divide us.” Rowley said although people would not be able to re-enact the arrival of the Fatel Razack, which is usually done at various beaches, it does not diminish the celebrations during the day. He said he stood with the

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Sat, 30 May 2020 03:39:51 +0000 President’s Indian Arrival Day message: Let the ties which unite us prevail

President Paula-Mae Weekes is hailing the courage, resilience and determination of the Indian indentured labourers who arrived in TT between 1845 and 1917. She said the qualities displayed are critical to the survival of all citizens as we learn to adjust to the new normal since covid19. Weekes made the statements in her Indian Arrival Day message to the nation, commemorating the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Fatel Razack boat to these shores. “The intrepid immigrants hailed from various cities and regions across India, such as Bombay, Madras, Agra, and Bihar. (They) were an eclectic mix of peoples, customs, languages and beliefs, united in the pursuit of a better future. Fortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, many opted to remain after their contracts expired and planted roots here, continuing to work diligently to overcome sundry obstacles—social, religious, economic— and secure for themselves an equal place in their adopted homeland.” Weekes said our nation, over the years, has reaped the benefits of hard work, perseverance and fidelity to heritage of those early pioneers. “Beyond the outward cultural manifestations of music, food and dance that are now an indelible part of the mosaic that is Trinidad and Tobago, the v

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Sat, 30 May 2020 03:12:51 +0000 Persad-Bissessar: Never forget ancestors’ struggles

As TT marks 175 years of East Indian arrival, UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the country must not forget the struggles of the nation’s ancestors. In her Indian Arrival Day message, she noted the contributions of all which made TT a uniquely diverse, multicultural, multi-religious nation. Persad-Bissessar said, “Those who came from India, China, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and other regions – their hard work, courage, and strength of spirit continue to inspire us today. “History would show us that we all came on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now.” She added that the current challenges only reinforces that point that unity is needed to propel TT forward and to be wary of people who may seek division for their own gain. “Our forefathers believed, and I also believe, that by working together, we can build a stronger, more prosperous TT, and overcome the challenges that currently face our country.” Persad-Bissessar added that while Indian Arrival Day celebrates the accomplishments of the ancestors of East Indians, people should learn from the past and continue to work towards addressing the challenges faced today. She also noted that the contribution of the F

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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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Sat, 30 May 2020 00:21:04 +0000 Speaker puts out Rodney Charles

SPEAKER Bridgid Annisette-George put Naparima MP Rodney Charles out of the House of Representatives on Friday leaving him perplexed as to why. As Charles spoke on the Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill 2020, Annisette-George complained he was being too lengthy in quoting extracts of a past parliamentary speech of Minister of National Security Stuart Young. She ordered him to take his seat, before the end of his 20 minute speaking time limit, newly reduced under covid19 restrictions. He complied. Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell rose and spoke for a minute, but then suddenly shifted to the side of the speaking podium to allow the Speaker to preside from her chair. Annisette-George instructed Charles, “Please have a seat. I am speaking.” Standing with bag in hand as if to leave the chamber, Charles said loudly something about his seat. The Speaker again told him to sit. Charles then shouted something about his seat to her, prompting "oohs" and "awws" among surprised MPs. Annisette-George shot, “Member for Naparima, I’ll ask you leave the chamber for the rest of today.” Mitchell resumed his speech. He said, “Madam Speaker, even though it ought not to be said, I take umbrage to t

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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 23:16:34 +0000 Hinds: Some inmates leaving jail rich

SOME inmates get wealthy in jail, where they use cell phones to carry out criminal activities beyond prison walls, Public Utilities Minister Fitzgerald Hinds said in support of a bill to allow the wire-tapping of prisons and prison vans. He spoke on the Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill 2020 on Friday in the House of Representatives. “Money gets into the prison, and gets out too. They have prisoners today using technology and coming out of jail not as millionaires, but with plenty money, extorting people on the outside.” He said some inmates pressure their poor mother and poor aunt to send them $200-$300 in phone cards, and the credit is then sold to fellow inmates. “Fellows coming out rich, with property! This is real! Carrying on their criminal enterprise in jail.” Hinds lauded the bill as letting the authorities intercept such phone calls and use this information as evidence in law courts. He said the bill has the safeguard of the involvement of the courts. Earlier Hinds lamented corrupt attorneys. “The truth is some lawyers are criminals. I know two in TT today, without calling a name, who are before the criminal court for criminal conduct. One was known to be involved in matters – I ain’t calling no name

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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 20:55:07 +0000 More people visit Living Water Community for hampers

The Living Water Community (LWC) distributed more than 800 hampers to families in need of help on Friday. It was the seventh such distribution since measures were put in place to curb the spread of covid19. People began arriving and lining up at the Frederick Street, Port of Spain venue since Thursday night. By Friday morning, the line extended to Keate Street with several police officers helping to keep order and ensuring people were practising physical distancing guidelines. The distribution of hampers started at 6am and people were attended to in batches of 20. This continued until around 9am, but some in the line were left empty handed as the hampers ran out. They were advised by the police to try to arrive a bit earlier next week to get a number. Last week, about 875 hampers were distributed. One woman told Newsday, "It is a good help because many of us are out of work at the moment. We hope this will continue as the country returns to normal." Living Water officials said the program will continue as long as individuals and companies continue to collaborate. The office continues to receive donations Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm.

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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 18:51:38 +0000 Poor couple who benefited from generosity of others gives back

GRATEFUL and inspired by the generosity of people who responded to their cry for help, ailing couple Evans Rajpaul and his wife Vitra Teelucksingh-Rajpaul are now giving back to others who are also in need. Last week, Rajpaul, 60, who walks with a crutch as a result of a work-related injury, and his 68-year-old wife – a cancer patient – turned to Newsday for help. Putting aside their pride, the Rajpauls, who live at an HDC apartment at Corinth Hill, San Fernando, said they were literally starving. Evans Rajpaul said they were solely dependent on Vitra’s old age pension, as a disability grant he previously received was stopped when he turned 60 in April. That is because he is now entitled to a monthly payment under the National Insurance system (NIS). However, the NIS payment is yet to be settled. Rajpaul said because of the lapse in payment, he and his wife of 33 years were saddled with mounting and unpaid debts. He said he did not want handouts, but help to get the payment so he and his wife can take care of themselves. Their story was published a week ago in Newsday’s Saturday edition, and immediately good Samaritans responded. From empty cupboards there was not enough space to store what they received. “Is whole day an

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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:20:51 +0000 State agrees to compensate man accidentally shot by police

THE STATE has agreed to compensate a Marabella man who was accidentally shot in the hip by police who were chasing masked individuals outside a bar in the area in 2016. Kendell Wright filed a personal injury claim against the State seeking compensation for loss of earnings, physiotherapy, and other medical expenses. A consent order was entered into by the State before Justice James Aboud who signed off on it. It was agreed that Wright would be paid $101,349.32 in damages and interest and $9,000 in costs. Wright said he was outside Foxy’s Bar, Southern Main Road, Marabella, on September 19, 2016, buying a burger when he saw a group of masked individuals running towards a small lane next to the bar. He said shortly after, two policemen followed the direction the men disappeared and began shooting. Wright said the police fired no warning shots and everyone who were outside the bar took cover to avoid being hit. He said after the gunfire stopped, he felt a burning sensation in his hip. Wright said one police officer tried to arrest him, but patrons at the bar told him he was not one of the masked individuals they were chasing. Wright, who was represented by attorney Josiah Soo-Hon, said in his claim that the police did not take him to

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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:17:51 +0000 Tobago man on sex charge against girl, 12

A 31-year-old plumber was granted $150,000 bail after appearing in court for sexual touching, kidnapping and false imprisonment of a 12-year-old girl. On Thursday, Atiba Lewis of Sunset Valley, Moriah appeared before the Scarborough magistrates virtual court to answer charges over a May 15 incident. The charges were laid indictably and Lewis was ordered to report to the Moriah Police Station once per week. He will reappear in court on June 15. WSRP Corbin Clarke of the Child Protection Unit laid the charges. The post Tobago man on sex charge against girl, 12 appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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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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