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Late last year, Nicole Duke-Westfield finally took a bold step she had been thinking about for some time and resigned as senior manager, corporate communications, at RBC Financial Caribbean Ltd, to follow her dream.
Although it seemed like a daring move after 12 years in a stable job at a major financial institution, Duke-Westfield came to the conclusion that “there is no right time and there is always a reason why not.”
She said: “Lots of changes were taking place at the bank and that gave me the opportunity to think about my future. I had always wanted to work for myself and run my own business.”
At that point, married for more than 20 years to Julien, an IT professional, and with a teenaged son, Liam, on the verge of CSEC exams, Duke-Westfield decided that there was no time like the present and took the leap into entrepreneurship.
The result is Westfield Communication—the boutique PR and communications company that she and her husband launched earlier this year.
Combining her crisis communications, public relations and media expertise with his IT experience has proven to be a winning formula for the couple who are able to provide clients with support and advice tailored for the demands of the digital age.
The Westfields started working on the legal, regulatory and financial requirements to set up their business in October and November last year and by January they were up and running.
For corporate clients, organisations and even individuals, the company has been providing support in reputation management and strategic communications, helping their varied clientele navigate the world through communications.
“The level of support that we received when we started the business has been tremendous,” said Duke-Westfield.
In addition to encouragement and offers of help from family and close friends, there have been referrals
from colleagues who have been spreading the word about Westfield Communications.
From journalism to communications
It also helped that in the years she had worked, first in journalism, then in corporate communications, Duke-Westfield had built a solid reputation.
She said a lot of the referrals tell her they considered what she had built over the years.
“I have had a few calls like that—your name does have to speak for itself,” she said.
Her personal brand was shaped by years of experience working for two global multinational brands—before RBC, Duke-Westfield had been media and internal communications adviser at energy company bpTT.
Before that, there had been the 12 years she had spent rising through the ranks at the Trinidad Express, then the Trinidad Guardian, starting out in 1991 as a junior reporter fresh out of the University of the West Indies with a BA in History and Sociology.
After covering multiple news beats, including crime and business, she was appointed an editor at the Trinidad Guardian just when some major developments were taking place at that publication.
Duke-Westfield led the editorial team through the transition from a broadsheet to tabloid, then played a role in the launch of the Business Guardian.
Then came her first professional leap, when she left journalism and joined bpTT in mid-2003. She worked there for just over three years before joining RBC.
More challenges awaited there, with some major Caribbean-wide projects involving technology and production implementations, as well as organisational restructures.
One of the most significant was serving as Caribbean communications adviser for the rebrand of RBC and RBTT as a single regional
It was an exercise that spanned 19 countries, more than 6,000 employees and more than one million clients.
Looking back on those experiences, Duke Westfield revealed: “For me the joy has always been in the work. In my corporate life I have worked with some very talented people. These experiences have been very sustaining me.”
Keeping it real
The common thread through all of her professional undertakings has been the ability to “help people tell their stories well.”
The difference now, she said, admitting that it has given her some nervous moments, is scaling down from a work environment in a large regional organisation to a two-person home business.
“Suddenly I have to do this for me,” she said.
Still, there is a sense of satisfaction for Duke-Westfield in making that professional shift.
Working with her husband as they build the business has been a positive experience, she said.
“Julien and I mirror each other well— my creative mind and his technical talent.”
However, there has to be a reality check from time to time.
She explained: “We have to be realistic about the range of services we can offer to our clients. Yes, I want to make a profit and have a suite of clients but there are only so many projects I can take on at any given time. I can’t do it all.”
Rather than giving a potential client less than a best—she doesn’t want to fall into the trap of spreading herself too thin— Duke-Westfield directs then to one of her talented counterparts.
According to her, in the world of public relations and communications, T&T has a lot of talent.
She said: “We can build a talent network.”
But don’t get the idea that it has been a walk in the park for the Westfields thus far.
They have had their learning experiences and some aspects of the business are still being fine tuned.
Duke Westfield admitted: “As an entrepreneur sometimes the challenge is deciding how and when to monetise that conversation.
You have to learn to draw the line between general advice and your professionalm mode.”
No regrets, though, and no looking back.
Drawing inspiration from other communications professionals who have established successful small and medium-sized businesses, the Westfields are forging ahead with their brand new venture.
‘Communications is more of a strategic role, especially now in the digital age...’
Communicating effectively can be the difference between success and failure, not just for companies but also individuals, says Nicole Duke-Westfield, principal consultant at Westfield Communications.
“Brands can be tarnished and things can go wrong very quickly,” she said.
“For the success of your business, who ever is your client or shareholder needs to believe in and be a part of your story.”
Duke-Westfield added: “Communications is more of a strategic role, especially now in the digital age where everyone is communicating through social media.”
She gave the example of the incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia in the United States where the arrest of two black men sparked allegations of racial bias and quickly led to repercussions across the global coffee house chain.
However, the company quickly went into crisis communications mode, with CEO Kevin Johnson apologising for the arrests and describing the incident as “reprehensible.”
Duke-Westfield said while there was fallout, the company managed to contain the damage because of the speed and effectiveness with which its communications strategy was rolled out.
In the other example, where video of passenger David Dao being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight quickly went viral, CEO Oscar Munoz was slow in responding to the public outrage.
Although Dao eventually arrived at an amicable settlement with the airline, the incident was handled was described as a “fumbling response” and a “public relations disaster” and it was felt that Munoz should have been more genuinely apologetic from the start.
“People follow brands and they do so based on a relationship. They are drawn to a particular product and service by what the company stands for,” Duke-Westfield said.
About Westfield Communications
Westfield Communications is a boutique PR and communications company committed to working closely with companies and individuals in the design and execution of strategic communications to help grow their business and enhance their brand and reputation in Caribbean markets.
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In its quest to lift a fifth consecutive title at the annual Goodwill Swim Meet which splashed off yesterday in Bridgetown, Barbados, T&T swimmers have so far secured 13 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals.
There were record performances for the visitors on the opening night.
Dillon Jaglal equalled the 11-12 boys 50 metres breaststroke record with a 34.43 seconds swim which was set in 2015 by Justin Muler of Suriname. Kiara Goodridge won gold in the 11-12 girls 100m backstroke with a time of 1:11.81, smashing the 2011 record of 1:13 06 which was held by TT’s Ariel Cape.
In the 9-10 boys 4 x 100 medley relay, the team of Giovanni Rivas, Jacob Cox, Zachary Anthony and Liam Carrington set a new record of 5:05.78 to obliterate the 2016 record set by Team TT of 5:11.47. Kiara Goodridge, Amari Ash, Daniella Blackman and Sharana Balkaran combined to establish a new 11-12 girls record in the relay of 5:00.34, erasing TT’s 5:02.32 set in 2014.
The 15-17 girls joined in the record-breaking fray with a relay time of 4:52.07. Bianca Prevatt, Courtney Lawrence, Analee Maharaj and Kami Morean surpassed Suriname’s 2017 record of 4:54.05.
As part of the team’s preparations for the meet, the swimmers were given some inspirational words of advice by triple-Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games gold medal winner, Dylan Carter, who also represented T&T at Goodwill back in 2008.
Carter was present at the last team session last Saturday at the National Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva.
He also expressed his disappointment as he was dropped from the national water polo team in 2008, however, immediately after that disappointment, he decided to try swim training in afternoons.
His coach at the time Franz Huggins encouraged him to try out for the Goodwill Swim Team and the national Goodwill trials were his first competitive swim meet.
Eight years after he was in a FINA Senior World Swimming Championships final, Carter who also took photos with the swimmers encouraged them to use disappointments to their advantage as it can open doors for them, and acknowledged the Goodwill Swim Meet as one of the stepping stones to his success
Carter, who would have been eligible for Carifta Swimming Championship in 2008, but did not qualify for Carifta.
Following the Goodwill experience in 2008, in Carter’s second year in the 11-12 age-group in 2009, Carter swam to eight Carifta records, two national records, eight gold and one silver medal at his first Carifta in Aruba.
Speaking ahead of the meet, manager Nefertiti Acosta-Yates and coach Mark Alexis both expressed confidence in T&T’s chances.
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent—West Indies Under-19 batsman Kimani Melius propelled hosts Windward Islands to their second straight victory in Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under-19 One-day Championship yesterday.
A devastating spell from left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce swept Barbados to victory in their opening match and an all-round effort helped Jamaica rebound from a first-round defeat when the rain-affected, second round of the seven-team competition was contested.
Melius hit a boundary-studded 65 from 53 balls to top an even 50 from Uri Smith to carry the Windwards to a six-wicket victory over Leeward Islands at Cumberland.
Boyce followed up a solid 72 from Shian Brathwaite with 5-33 from 7.2 overs to spur Barbados to a 60-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern Method over arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.
And, Jamaica’s bowlers, led by Sanjay Brown, set things up before their batting guided them to an easy, seven-wicket win over Canada at Sion Hill.
The third round of matches on Monday features: Guyana vs Jamaica at Cumberland, Windward Islands vs Barbados at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex and Leeward Islands vs Canada at Sion Hill. (CMC)
At Arnos Vale Playing Field
Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 60 runs via the Duckworth Lewis System.
BARBADOS 193 for seven in 43 overs (Shian Brathwaite 72, Mekhail Marshall 29, Matthew Forde 24 not out; Avinash Mahabirsingh 2-47, Teron Jadoo 2-57)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 149 in 36.2 overs (Leonardo Julien 38, Mbeki Joseph 37, Crystian Thurton 31; Camarie Boyce 5-33, Shemar Persaud 2-32).
At Sion Hall Playing Field
Jamaica defeated Canada by seven wickets.
CANADA 91 for eight in 30 overs (Eshan Sensarma 23; Sanjay Brown 3-12, Roberto Simpson 2-13)
JAMAICA 99 for three in 20.5 overs (Carlos Brown 37 not out, Andre McCarthy 36 not out; Randhir Sandhu 2-19).
At Cumberland Playing Field
Windward Islands defeated the Leeward Islands by six wickets.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 155 for nine in 43 overs (Uri Smith 50, Zawandi White 40; Micah Joseph 3-18, Jeron Noel 3-23, Jahseon Alexander 2-29)
WINDWARD ISLANDS 156 for four in 33.3 overs (Kimani Melius 65, Johnel Eugene 29; Mikyle Louis 2-36).
N’Kosi Rouse got his campaign in the Junior Boys Singles round robin playoffs, of the International Table Tennis Federation Junior Circuit in El Salvador, off to a perfect start yesterday.
He whipped hometown favourite Omar Villalta 3-1 to position himself for a spot in the Main Draw. Rouse who only the day before saw his compatriot Mikhail Dookie go down in his opener on Friday, raced to an opening set lead 11-6, but stumbled in the second 6-11. Afterwards, he executed perfectly, winning 11-2 and 11-5 to complete the win.
Meanwhile, Jesse Dookie dominated his opponent Arnoldo Tucubal of Guatemala 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-4) before going down to Diego Orantes of El Salvador 1-3 (4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3) last week. And yesterday he again finished on top to a battling Chilean Alonso Hidalgo 3-2.
The TT player claimed the opening set 11-4 but he could not stop the Chilean taking the other two matches 11-8, 11-8. But he sealed the win by holding off his counterpart 13-11 and 11-6 in the final two sets.
Dookie later joined forces with Rouse in the Boys Doubles but they went down to the pair of Joel Cisneros (Peru) and Jadriel Villanueva (Puerto Rico) 1-3.
The same pair (Cisneros/Villanueva) later defeated the TT team of Mikhail Dookie and Derron Douglas 3-1.
The John Leotaud trained General JN won the feature Modified Benchmark Handicap for Horses Rated 80-60 over 1,750 metres with contemptuous ease out at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday.
The Jerry Narace Triple Crown aspirant was put at the ahead of affairs from the starts by a very confident Brian Boodramsing and he never saw his rivals after that.
He never gave his backers any anxious moments as he cruised into a two-length lead going down the backstretch with rider Boodramsingh doing precious little. The three-year-old champion was always holding sway ahead of second favourite Nuclear Power which beat his when they first met on February eight this year by five lengths.
He exacted this revenge and by the far turn 600 metres out Boodramsing was noticeably unsaddling so much better was the son of Forest Danger travelling than his rivals.
At the far turn, General JN skipped three lengths clear of Nuclear Power with Caesar Country moving up on the inside as Maha Raja hoisted the red flag. These were followed by Blind Date, Eye See You, Reggae Dancer and Leading Lady which was not travelling well.
At the top of the straight, the race was on for second place as General KN quickened away in great style for an impressive victory
Nuclear Power outstayed Caesar Country for second with Blind Date running on when it was all over to get fourth.
The running time was good 1:50.63
Punters had a good day as three punters walked home with big bounties.
In the sixth event, the combination of King of the Band, Well Connected, San Antonio, Captain Sparrow and Star Rocket gave a punter an excellent Independence Day gift of $38,470.20.
In the final event which was won by Acus Reus which was well punted at 3/1, the combination of favourite Gus No Fuss, Why Kapalua, Golazo and Lombard gave two lucky punters $20,376.60 for their knowledge.
The leading trainer yesterday was Glenn Mendez who saddled two winners in Road Rage and Integrity.
Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will be looking to exact revenge on the Jamaica Tallawahs when the two clash in a fifth round Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at the Central Broward Regional Park, USA, this evening from 6 pm.
TKR scored 223 runs for six wickets when the two teams met at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, over a week ago and then looked on in disappointment as Tallawahs captain Andre Russell stroked a winning century that saw his team emerge from a desperate position of 41 for five and looking beaten, to record an outstanding four-wicket victory that stunned the opposition and their fans that packed the venue.
Going into today’s clash the TKR will be looking for a ‘roadwin’ to improve on its record which reads two wins and two losses.
The team’s two losses came at home at the Queen’s Park Oval.
TKR got its first win away from home in St Lucia on Thursday when it chased down 213 for victory behind Darren Bravo’s commanding unbeaten knock of 94 off 36 balls that helped registered a five-wicket win. There’s no doubt that he will be looking to repeat his heroics at a venue in which he scored two centuries at the 2017 US Open T20 championships.
While TKR batting seems to be in very capable hands, the bowling continues to be the team management concern as the bowlers have conceded over 200 runs in each of its last three matches. Only Muhammad Ali Khan and Fawad Ahmed have made an impression, while skipper Dwayne Bravo has appeared to out of form by giving up over 50 runs in each of his last three matches. In his first match against Stars, he took three for 11.
The word from the dressing room is that TKR’s technical staff is considering giving Windies Test pacer Shannon Gabriel, a rest and bring in Queen’s Park spinner Khary Pierre, as the team seek to take pace off the ball in an effort to tame the rampaging Tallawah batsmen headed by the dangerous Russell and New Zealand import Ross Taylor.
The toss this evening will be crucial as well because teams batting first have won over 80 per cent of the matches at the venue.
As the match progresses the pitch tends to become two-pace which makes it difficult for run scoring.
The Tallawahs are now using the American venue its home base, so they could get greater support from hundreds of Jamaican residents and general West Indian cricket fans that reside in Lauderhill, Florida. The organisers expect a capacity of 15,000 to be chanting for both teams. The two teams have met 13 times in the CPL with Tallawahs winning nine times and the TKR four.
Trinbago Knight Riders Squad: Amir Jangoo, Anderson Phillips, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin,Dwayne Bravo, Hamza Tariq, Javon Searles, Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper, Khary Pierre, Nikita Miller, Muhammad Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Terrence Hinds.
Jamaica Tallawahs: Johnson Charles, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, David Miller, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, Krishmar Santokie, Kemar Roach, Samuel Badree.
The New South Wales Swifts are delighted to announce that international representatives Helen Housby, T&T’s Samantha Wallace and Sarah Klau have re-signed with the club for the 2019 Australian Suncorp Super Netball season.
The trio becomes the fourth, fifth and sixth players to recommit after the Swifts last week secured the services of Maddy Turner, Maddy Proud and Sophie Garbin.
Trinidad & Tobago international Wallace, who also joined in 2017 after being talent spotted at the 2015 Netball World Cup, re-sign on a two-year deal and will look to continue her potent connection with Housby.
The 24-year-old has an impressive shooting record of 932 goals from 1044 attempts over the past two seasons of Super Netball, placing her fifth on the all-time competition ladder.
Housby will remain a Swift until 2021 at least after signing a three-year deal.
The 23-year-old has become one of the most feared and respected attackers in the world since making the move to Australia from England in 2017 and forming a strong partnership with fellow Test star Wallace.
She won Commonwealth Gold with England on the Gold Coast earlier this year and backed it up with another stellar Super Netball campaign.
Klau, also 23, re-signs on a one-year deal after continuing her impressive form in the Swifts’ defensive end which earned her a place in the 2018-19 Australian Diamonds Squad.
Since making the move to Sydney from Adelaide in 2017 the goal keeper’s stock in the game has risen significantly and her partnership with Turner has been key to the Swifts’ successes over the past two seasons.
Head Coach Briony Akle said she was delighted to have secured the signatures of all three players ahead of the 2019 season.
“This is great news for everyone at the Club and it is a credit to the environment that Netball NSW has created that all players were very eager to stay in Red,” she said.
Twin brothers, Ahkeem Boyd and Ahkeel Boyd combined for 60 points to lead Stories of Success (SOS) Basketball Academy to an emphatic 130-92 demolition of Trailblazers in the Men’s Premier Division of the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Thursday night.
Ahkeem poured in a tournament-high 38 points while Ahkeel added 22 in a dominant offensive performance for SOS which also got 21 points from player/coach Kern George.
Juvani Edwards did his best to keep Trailblazers in the match with 34 points, while Akil Paynther got 18 and Jalani Mapp, 15, in the loss.
In the second match on the night, Detour Shak Attack had a much tougher battle on its hands before coming away with a 73-70 triumph over Brian Chase Basketball Academy.
Forward Reynold “Pie” Hospedales led the way for Shak Attack with 17 points while Ancil Ollivierre added 13, and Wadikie Felix, 11 for the winners, which allowed a 24-13 first quarter lead to slip at the end of the first-half which ended 35-all, before regaining a slight advantage at the end of the third, 52-47.
Nathan Lewis led all scorers with 21 points for Brian Chase with keya Blackett and Kushiah King netted 19 and ten points respectively
Men’s Premier Division
n SOS Academy (70) 130 (Ahkeem Boyd 38, Ahkeel Boyd 22, Kern George 21) bt Trailblazers (35) 92 (Juvani Edwards 34, Akil Paynther 18, Jalani Mapp 15)
n Detour Shak Attack (35) 73 (Reynold Hospedales 17, Ancil Ollivierre 13, Wadike Felix 11) bt Brian Chase (35) 70 (Nathan Lewis 21, Keya Blackett 19, Kushiah King 10)
Nippy forward Orsaze Springer scored a first-half double as Cemeteries held off Transport & Cleansing 2-1 in a virtual decider to lift the Port-of-Spain City Corporation Inter-Department Seven-a-Side Football League crown on Tuesday night at Nelson Mandela Park (formerly King George V Park), St Clair.
Going into the future match of the day’s double-header which was postponed by two days due to unplayable conditions at the venue, Transport & Cleansing held a two points lead over Cemeteries on the eight-team round-robin table and needed only a draw to capture the title.
However, Springer had other ideas and bagged a first-half double to hand Cemeteries a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Cemeteries then wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage and with less than five minutes left in the 30-minutes half, Christopher Wilson reduced the deficit.
In the end, Cemeteries held on for the narrow win to lift its points tally to 17 points from eight matches, one more than Transport & Cleansing.
In the day’s opener, last year’s winner City Hall and Central/Eastern battled to a 1-1 draw to end in fourth and third placed respectively. On completion of the league last night, the knockout competition will kick off at the same venue on Tuesday, August 21 with quarterfinal matches.
The semifinals are carded form Wednesday, August 29 while the final will come off on September 1.
n City Hall 1 (Kushaiah King) vs Central/Eastern 1 (Marvin Harper)
n Cemeteries 2 (Orsaze Springer 2) vs Transport & Cleansing 1 (Christopher Wilson
Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. Cemeteries 7 5 2 0 29 8 17
2. Transport & Cleansing 7 5 1 1 11 4 16
3. Central/Eastern 7 4 2 1 18 4 15
4. City Hall 7 4 0 3 8 5 13
5. Western Division 6 1 1 4 10 14 4
6. Public Health 6 1 1 4 5 17 4
7. Central Market 6 0 2 4 6 18 2
8. St James Division 6 0 1 5 3 21 1
Triple Crown aspirant General JN will have his final run before the Trinidad Derby today when he will contest the Modified Benchmark Handicap race for three-year-old and over horses rated 80 - 60 over - 1,750 metres. The field will be chasing a purse of $41,225 to the winner on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
The John Leotaud trained, Jamaican Bred horse has been winning his races with ease and looks likely to land the ‘Triple Crown,’ but today he will have to be at his absolute best to win his beaver-trick and turn back the improving Nuclear Power from the Walter Debysingh barn.
This filly beat General JN over course and distance on February 8th and came back to finished second to Desert Dancer last time out over shorter. She will be a formidable rival over this trip and could inflict a second beating on the champion.
The John O’Brien trained 2017 Derby winner Leading Lady which will be ridden by the in-form apprentice Ri Hernandez with 53.5 kilos is absolutely thrown in at the weights. This is the best chance for Leading Lady to return to winning ways but Nuclear Power may well improve past them all.
General JN’s half brother, Momentum, was the last Triple Crown winner at Santa Rosa Park, four years ago.
Owner, Jerry Narace and trainer Leotaud are both optimistic of a win. At Sunday’s workout, General JN ran an exceptional five furlongs in one minute. Brian Boodramsingh will be riding the three-year-old this weekend for the second time in his career, as he tests his wit against old rival, Nuclear Power.
The prospect of a Triple Crown victory is expected to add to the anticipation and excitement on race day next month, as Cape Canaveral, also a strong contender for the Derby, is hoping to steal the win from the General and deny the chestnut the Triple Crown.
However, on form General JN is the horse to beat and he will be a short-priced favourite to continue his winning ways.
Eight horses have been entered for the feature.
Post time for the first event on the ARC eight-race card is 1:05 pm.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum produced one of the greatest displays of power hitting in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders to a shocking win over the St Lucia Stars Thursday night.
Bravo belted an unbeaten 94 from just 36 balls – laced with six boundaries and 10 sixes – and McCullum smashed 68 from 42 balls during a fourth-wicket stand of 137 to help the Knight Riders snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, overhauling the Stars’ challenging total of 212 for two, to reach 218 for five in 19.5 overs.
The result left fans at the Darren Sammy Stadium in disbelief, as their team’s losing streak increased to 15, dating back to 2017.
After Rahkeem Cornwall had struck twice in successive overs to leave the Knight Riders on 20-2, a Stars victory seemed on the cards.
And even when Bravo joined the hard-hitting McCullum at 71-3, few believed there was any hope for the Knight Riders, including St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allan Chastanet, who was in the stands.
Brendan McCullum (left) and Darren Bravo led the Trinbago Knight Riders to a shock victory over the St Lucia Stars
Heading into the final five overs they required 85 runs for a seemingly impossible victory.
But in the ensuing over, Bravo took his fellow countryman Pollard to the cleaners, smashing him for five huge sixes in an over which yielded 32 – the most expensive ever in the history of the CPL.
McCullum then joined in on the act, clouting Obed McCoy for two sixes and a four in the next over which went for 21, as the Stars’ bowlers suddenly began to lose their composures.
By the time Mitchell McClenaghan returned to account for the wickets of McCullum and Javon Searles within three balls of each other in the 19th over to leave the score on 209-5, the damage had already been done.
Denesh Ramdin hammered the final nail with a six, the 34th of the match, off the penultimate ball that not only sealed the win but also equalled the record for most sixes in a Twenty20 match.
Earlier, half-centuries by David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Pollard had pushed the Stars to their highest ever total overs and given them a real chance of picking up their first win in the competition in over a year.
It was the first time in CPL history that three batsmen had scored half-centuries.
Following the dismissal of Andre Fletcher for 17, and the score on 49 in the sixth over, Pollard made the bold decision to promote Cornwall.
That immediately paid dividends as he pummelled Fawad Ahmed over midwicket for six and soon after hit fast bowler Shannon Gabriel out of the ground twice.
He quickly raced to the third-fastest 50 in this year’s competition, off just 25 balls, before losing his wicket soon after.
That brought Pollard to the crease and together with Warner, belted 80 runs from the last five overs.
Pollard’s 50 came from just 18 balls, the joint-fastest ever in the CPL’s history, as he finished unbeaten on 64 off 23 balls inclusive of one boundary and seven sixes.
Warner was much more patient, his unbeaten 72 requiring 55 balls and containing four boundaries and three sixes.
In the end though it wasn’t enough, as the Knight Riders claimed their second win of the competition while handing the Stars their fourth loss.
Khan resigns as Stars manager
The General Manager of the St. Lucia Stars Mohammad Khan resigned yesterday. The man who was largely responsible drafting the current St. Lucia Stars team made the announcement after the Stars registered their 15th consecutive defeat.
Khan visited the set of 758 Sports Talk a few weeks ago. In the exclusive interview on DBS TV, Khan was enthusiastic about this year’s team and believed that the Stars would have a successful 2018 campaign. So far, the opposite has happened.
Stars have had three consecutive games where they were in a position to win but still remain the only team without a point in the competition.
Perhaps the most devastating defeat occurred at home on Thursday night where the Stars registered an impressive 212 first inning total and still came out on the losing end. Speculation is rife that the now former General Manager may have been at odds with the franchise owner on a number of key issues.
Last year, the franchise decided to move away from Daren Sammy as Captain, indicating that when a team is not winning something has to change. This therefore may be the first of many moves to come, as the Stars continues to seek some form of success. (CMC)
St Lucia Stars
A Fletcher c Searles b Gabriel 17
D Warner not out 72
R Cornwall c wkp Ramdin b Searles 53
K Pollard not out 65
Extras (lb1, w3, nb1) 5
TOTAL (2 wkts, 20 overs) 212
Did not bat: L Simmons, C Hemraj, D Sammy, K Hodge, M McClenaghan, Q Kamawal, O McCoy.
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-128.
Bowling: Searles 4-0-36-1, Ali Khan 4-0-49-0, Narine 3-0-26-0, Gabriel 2-0-28-1, Fawad Ahmed 3-0-22-0, DJ Bravo 4-0-50-0.
Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR)
S Narine c Pollard b Cornwall 9
C Lynn lbw Cornwall 4
C Munro c Hemraj b Pollard 25
B McCullum c wkp Fletcher b McClenaghan 68
DM Bravo not out 94
J Searles c wkp Fletcher b McClenaghan 0
D Ramdin not out 8
Extras (b1, w8, nb1) 10
TOTAL (5 wkts, 19.5 overs) 218
Did not bat: DJ Bravo, M Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-20, 3-71, 4-208, 5-209.
Bowling: Hodge 4-0-31-0, Cornwall 4-0-52-2, Pollard 4-0-52-1, Hemraj 2-0-21-0, McClenaghan 3-0-21-2, McCoy 2.5-0-40-0.
Result: TKR won by five wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Darren Bravo.
Umpires: N Duguid, G Brathwaite; TV – L Rusere
National Under-15 Singles champion, Derron Douglas moved to within a win of advancing to the main draw knockout of the Cadet Boys Singles competition at the El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Junior Circuit in San Salvador, yesterday.
This after Douglas held a 1-1 winless record after two matches in his fourplayer Group Six round-robin series with a remaining fixture against winless David Mange to complete group play.
Douglas was first beaten by Puerto Rico’s Axel Torres Torres 6-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11 in a tense five-set battle before he rebounded to defeat Guatemalan, Sergio Carrillo 6-11, 11-7, 12 10, 11-7 ahead of his final match with Mange, who was beaten in his first two matches.
T&T’s other entrant in the Cadet Boys, Mikhail Dookie had little chance of advancing from his group after losing his first two matches.
Dookie went under to El Salvador’s Edgardo Sanchez, 7-11, 12-14, 8-11, and Costa Rican, Johnny Vasquez, 11-9, 10-12, 5-11, 5-11 ahead of his final match versus unbeaten Kenzo Carmo of Brazil.
The local trio of Luc O’Young, N’Kosi Rouse and Jesse Dookie were all carded to serve off their campaign in the Junior Boys Singles late yesterday as well.
Rouse faced Puerto Rican Angel Naranjo ahead of his final match against Omar Villalta of El Salvador today in Group Three; O’Young came up against Cristian Carrillo of Chile and El Salvador’s Rene Escobar in Group Seven; while in Group Nine, Dookie ( J) met El Salvador’s Diego Orantes and Arnoldo Tucubal of Guatemala before he concludes his pool play today versus Chile’s Alonso Hidalgo.
Last Thursday, the Privy Council delivered what many consider to be a scathing judgment against the Chief Justice of T&T, the Honourable Ivor Archie.
Owing to the seriousness of the matter, the Privy Council noted that “The courts in Trinidad and Tobago have dealt with this important and sensitive matter with commendable speed. The
Board has likewise expedited the hearing of the Chief Justice’s appeal.”
The Privy Council heard this case on July 23, 2018, and delivered its judgment in less than a month’s time. Would the Caribbean Court of Justice (if it was this country’s final appellate court) deliver such a judgment in record timing?
The entire country should be commending the various courts for the speed in which they dealt with this matter. But this is not so when looked upon by the “fair-minded and informed observer.” There are people whose “private suit” cases are languishing in the local court system. We remember how expeditiously a special elite police group hunted down a cell phone for Minister of Finance Colm Imbert’s son. Or how many ministers are escorted with police detail and blue lights flashing and blaring sirens on the rest of us who are stuck in traffic and have absolutely nowhere to move.
Our system seem suited to helping its own whilst others die in the process of accessing it. A sort of corpocracy where the affluent helps its own.
Moving along, my reading of the Privy Council’s judgment was that despite the eloquence of the CJ’s legal team, the PC stated that “…each of the grounds of appeal relied upon by the Chief Justice must be rejected and that this appeal is dismissed.” After treating with the CJ’s grounds of appeal individually, it employed use of language that they “MUST BE REJECTED.” I pointed out in earlier articles, the PC is very crisp and cute with articulating its reasoning. They employ English language in a manner that their judgments withstand the test of time.
To break down the effect of the Privy Council’s ruling in simple local parlance, the CJ got a “serious cut tail” (for further meaning of this local phrase, see page 54 of Cote ci Cote la under heading ‘CUT A..’). Following the delivery of the ruling, CJ Archie issued a press release stating inter alia that he was “nonetheless heartened by the decision…” Chief Justice Archie said that he brought the proceedings because the Law Association (Latt) declared that they could hold a member of the Judiciary “to account.”
But the PC was at pains to point out that the Latt had in fact written to CJ Archie stating, inter alia that it fully appreciated that it had no power to compel him to respond and that it had no disciplinary or other power in relation to him. (See paragraphs 11, 40 of judgment).
In attempting to vindicate his resort to the courts, the Chief Justice somehow seeks to rely upon a statement of the Privy Council that “The Latt will be conscious of any possible legal constraints relating to the publication of its report” (See paragraph 24 of judgment). Far from connecting with the ratio decidendi of the case, this statement, when taken in context, meant that the Latt had already proceeded with considerable caution and that if anyone was able to conduct an investigation and present its conclusions in a responsible manner, it was the Latt.
That statement was meant as a statement of fact that the Latt has been acting properly on all accounts.
So whilst the CJ is heartened by the decision of the PC, many are disheartened by his press release. His press release seem to suggest that he will approach the courts yet again, should he find disfavour with any steps the Latt takes in the interest of accountability. This is just plainly wrong as a matter of common sense and principles held by decent-minded citizens of our society. I here wish to ask who has been paying the CJ’s costs of these proceedings thus far. I hope that it is not the taxpayers.
Senior attorneys have already spoken out on the negative impact the allegations surrounding the CJ has had on the confidence reposed in the Judiciary. The CJ’s refusal to respond and/or refute allegations is embarrassing on the rest of T&T.
International press has been lapping up the Privy Council’s ruling much to the embarrassment of T&T.
He may not be a politician any more but new Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, at yesterday’s appointment function, would have echoed the view many on the “ground” hold about the political landscape.
Less talk and more action is what Griffith promised on the anti-crime fight and that’s likely what J Public also wants from politicians.
In Griffith’s new Top Cop role, the latest murder of Dr Sinanan Lutchman has unfortunately guaranteed him the opportunity to “hit the ground running” and begin to get systems in gear.
Griffith’s Herculean task is complicated not only by the Police Service’s internal challenges plus the external landscape of organised crime, drugs, guns, and gangs, but also the level of messages emanating from the political landscape.
Government particularly came in for its fair share of messages—and doing its own messaging also—in a recent series of unforced errors.
The new job of National Security Minister Stuart Young might have benefited if his image didn’t have to now cope with perception that he might shrug off violence towards women as a “lil bit of fun.”
The latter, his view on last Sunday’s controversial PNM Family Day gorilla/sari stripping skit.
Griffith may have to work doubly hard to rebalance scales and ensure protection of women in the face of Young’s casual take on the PNM buffoonery. The situation effectively demonstrates the dilemma presented by Young holding multiple portfolios (as noted last week).
As PNM PRO or Communication Minister, he may have thought his message might defuse the heat generated by the skit depicting the disrobing of a yellow sari from a woman.
Whether he considered the effect of this on the Indian/Hindu community, he obviously didn’t care how the Opposition—whose signature colour is yellow—would respond since the skit targetted UNC’s political image.
However, Young clearly didn’t get the memo on how his opinion would have impacted on his role as National Security Minister in a country overrun by crime and violence toward women—with his Government claiming concern on this.
Those factors also seemed absent from the Prime Minister’s complaint about alleged responses on the matter.
PNM’s Tabaquite unit which did the skit—and had to defend what some PNM officials didn’t do directly—seemed to have organised the depiction on the basis that gorillas and political satire have always been accepted as part of Carnival.
With T&T’s political landscape now minefield status, Government has learned the hard way Carnival is only two days of the year.
However much of T&T’s large Indo sector was affected by the issue, it has proved political weaponry for the Opposition.
Potentially potent if Equal Opportunity Commission scrutiny sought by UNC’s Devant Maharaj finds the skit breaches EOC law on offending people in certain ways publicly.
The issue has communicated to PNM how certain PNM “ground” sentiment within could work against it. And that “casual” in the face of concerns, isn’t real communication.
Different messages of dissatisfaction from the “ground”—within PNM turf this time–were sent with Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds’ watery Beetham “reception.”
Most telling was the admission by Beetham Gardens Community Council PRO Kareem Marcelle. Despite his apology to Hinds, he said many residents remained unapologetic.
And in-house PNM again, party leadership sent its own telling reply–a slate by the leader—following messages about party unity with the emergence of potential challengers for PNM’s September internal poll.
The level of concern about challengers is demonstrated in the fact that the leader traditionally doesn’t have a slate, PNM strategists explained.
His slate will therefore be geared to ensure his team—and he—maintain party control, rather than the former frontline Manning PNM personalities expected to contest.
How much detail on election plans will be given at this afternoon’s PNM General Council meeting, remains ahead.
But whatever message Prime Minister Keith Rowley conveys at tonight’s PNM meeting in Malabar, it’s likely to weigh in–directly or indirectly—on the assorted messages his party has sent and received in recent days.
For J Public, however, action also speaks louder than words.
And will be judged by that.
Overall market activity resulted from trading in 16 securities of which 4 advanced, 2 declined and ten traded firm.
Trading activity on the first tier market registered a volume of 184,443 shares crossing the floor of the exchange valued at $1,417,004.88. NCB Financial Group Ltd was the volume leader with 128,781 shares changing hands for a value of $782,225.05, followed by Sagicor Financial Corporation Ltd with a volume of 17,003 shares being traded for $131,523.30.
LJ Williams Ltd B contributed 10,000 shares with a value of $7,500, while National Enterprises Ltd added 6,991 shares valued at $62,961.15.
NCB Financial Group Ltd registered the day’s largest gain, increasing $0.40 to end the day at $6.07. Conversely, FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd registered the day’s largest decline, falling $0.09 to close at $8.40.
Clico Investment Fund was the only active security on the mutual fund market, posting a volume of 50 shares valued at $1,000. Clico Investment Fund remained at $20.
Fortress Caribbean Property Fund Ltd SCC—Development Fund remained at $0.67. Fortress Caribbean Property Fund SCC—Value Fund remained at $1.70. Praetorian Property Mutual Fund remained at $3.05.
The Second Tier Market did not witness any activity.
In Friday’s trading session the following reflect the movement of the TTSE Indices:
• The Composite Index advanced by 9.20 points (0.75%) to close at 1,241.20.
• The All T&T Index advanced by 0.15 points (0.01%) to close at 1,712.78.
• The Cross Listed Index advanced by 2.53 points (2.50%) to close at 103.53.
The T&T Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s recent statement that the growth of the local manufacturing sector relies on the success of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME).
In a statement to the media yesterday, chamber president Christopher Alcazar said: “The special interest taken by the Government of T&T towards the proper implementation of the CSME must be commended. The arrangement of a Caricom Heads of Government meeting this November with the single agenda item of discussing the CSME is seen by the TTMA as a step in the right direction.”
Alcazar added that the chamber unreservedly support free and fair trade without any non-tariff measures which may pose a barrier to the realisation of the vision of the CSME.
The statement said that both local and regional manufacturers have the potential to be more productive and therefore effectively compete in the international market with a proper functioning CSME.
“From a local perspective, our trade facilitation framework needs to be supported significantly, especially as it pertains to the operations of our main regulatory and border control agencies.
Specifically, more needs to be done to optimise the services provided by our Customs and Excise, major cargo ports, Chemistry Food and Drugs Division and other governmental agencies in order to create a seamless facilitative business environment,” the statement said.
The chamber said it is eager to learn of the Government’s planned initiatives in the upcoming budget that will seek to stimulate the non-energy sector such as the export allowance for manufacturers dubbed the Incremental Foreign Exchange Earnings Tax Credit—announced in the 2017 national budget but unfortunately is still yet to be implemented.
The TTMA said it is looking forward to the outcome of the Caricom Heads of Government meeting in November.
As the Nutrimix Group of Companies begins construction of its Next Generation Hatchery, Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon is hopeful that it will help to reduce the millions of dollars spent annually on imported poultry.
Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony at Brechin Castle, Couva, on Thursday, Gopee-Scoon said that in 2017, $122 million was spent to import chickens, which represented 90 per cent of the overall poultry import.
“The management of the Nutrimix Group of Companies must, therefore, be applauded for their foresight because currently there is a substantial reliance on imported poultry and poultry products which in 2017 cost $144 million,” Gopee-Scoon said.
When completed, the hatchery being built on five acres of former Caroni (1975) Ltd land, will have the capacity for three million eggs.
Gopee-Scoon said that a global review and analysis has forecasted that by 2034, the global population will be increased by approximately 15 per cent, raising the demand for food. She said that consumption of poultry is expected to outstretch beef, pork and lamb, with outputs climbing to 130 billion tonnes per year being required. She said that locally, the statistics follows global trends and it indicated that there will be a growing demand for poultry and poultry products.
But as the poultry industry expands, Gopee-Scoon said that it is important that quality standards are matched. She said that recommendations will be brought to Cabinet soon for the implementation and enforcement of the Caricom Regional Standard Specifications for poultry and poultry products, which was approved at the 35th Meeting of the Council for Training and Economic Development in 2012.
This means that poultry carcasses and products should not be offered for sale if more than six months have passed since the day of slaughter. In the case of turkey, no longer than 12 months after the day of slaughter.
It also calls for strict regulations in sanitation, hygiene, grading, labelling, inspecting, packaging and marketing.
Nutrimix director Ronnie Mohammed said the hatchery will be the most modern facility in the Caribbean and the largest investment in agriculture in the past five years.
Mohammed said the hatchery will utilise the latest technology in incubation methods to produce strong healthy chicks with the highest hatch rates. It will also use the latest technology for inovo/embryo vaccination. The facility is designed as a bio-secure facility with controlled access and an internal and external environment that is carefully designed and moderated. It will be equipped with multiple systems for energy conservation, using a heat recovery system and incorporate facilities for waste water treatment and the recycling and processing of waste material.
Mohammed said that 100 people will be employed during the 18-month construction and 50 workers will be hired to operate the hatchery.
The Nutrimix Group of Companies operates a flour mill, grain terminal, feed division and the Nutrina Division, Nutrina Chicken Certified Halal, Process Division and Hatchery Division.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is reminding citizens to take the necessary safety precautions to protect their lives and properties.
It said in light of recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding, and the expected reoccurrence during the rest of the rainy season members of the public must take the necessary safety precautions to protect their lives and properties.
The commission warned that people should exercise extreme caution when walking/standing in floodwaters as they could be at risk for shock or electrocution.
Members of the public are strongly advised to turn off any electrical outlet or connection that has been or is likely to be breached by water.
This can be done by turning off the breaker switch for that individual outlet.
The commission also warned that to not do so increases the risk of shock/electrocution, as water is a conductor for electricity and if there is electricity in the outlet/connection any person standing in the water will be in danger. Similarly, standing on a wet surface and handling electrical equipment such as cords, power tools, plugs, outlets exposes you to the same danger.
The commission is also warning the public to be extremely cautious and take every precaution to protect themselves from the life threatening danger.
In case of an electricity emergency, please call T&TEC’s 24-hour Call Centre at 800-BULB (2852) or make a report via the T&TEC mobile app.
The Police Service is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the body of a man which was found on Tuesday along the North Coast Road, Maracas.
The body was that of a man, approximately 5 feet 7 inches. He was dressed in a pair of red three quarter pants and tall rubber boots.
It was found by a crab catcher in a forested area in the vicinity of Cyril Bay, around 5 pm in an advanced stage of decomposition. Anyone with information can contact the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region Two at 640-1738 or 640-7815, the police at 999, 555, 911, any police station or call 800-TIPS.
Loaded gun found in Enterprise
Police have found a loaded revolver in the Enterprise district during a raid. During the raid, officers led by Sgt Allan Jodhan of the Central Division Special Crime Unit, went to Williams Street, Enterprise, around 5 pm on Thursday and searched a bushy area.
The search resulted in officers discovering one .38 Special revolver loaded with two rounds of ammunition, wrapped in plastic and hidden under a sheet of galvanise.
St James man held after revolver, ammo seized
A St James man was arrested after a revolver and a quantity of ammunition were seized by officers of the Western Division Task Force.
The lawmen conducted an exercise from 9 am to 9 pm on Thursday during which they proceeded to Dundonald Hill, St James, and searched the home of a 21-year-old man.
There, they found a Taurus revolver a magazine containing 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition and an additional 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition in plastic wrapping hidden in a Marvin Gaye hat, under a pillow inside a bedroom of the house.
The suspect was arrested in connection with the find and taken to the Four Roads Police Station pending charges.
Arrive Alive president Sharon Inglefield is urging victims of vehicular collisions on the highway to refrain from walking out onto the roadway when possible. She made the plea following the tragic deaths of Aarti Sarah Basdeo, 25, and her mother Lutchmin Rampersad, 52, yesterday.
Inglefield said that depending on how badly the person is hurt and based on the condition or location of the crashed vehicle, he or she should remain inside of the wreck and call for help.
Reports stated that around 4.30 am yesterday, Basdeo, of Rousillac was driving a white Nissan Wingroad along the south-bound lane of Uriah Butler Highway with Rampersad, of Penal, in the front passenger seat. While approaching the Chaguanas overpass, there was a collision with a black pick-up which was parked on the highway, close to Chaguanas exit.
The pick-up was said to have been left there after it was involved in a prior accident. Basdeo ran out of the vehicle after the collision but was struck by an oncoming pick-up and thrown forward. That driver stopped a short distance away.
Other motorists stopped to assist and the Chaguanas police and Highway Patrol Unit were contacted. When they arrived, they found Rampersad dead in the front seat.
Basdeo, who was on the roadside, was taken to hospital where she died hours later. Inglefield told Guardian Media that walking onto highways with four to six lanes is extremely dangerous and motorists and their passengers have to be careful when getting out on the highways during any situation.
She called for more patrols on the highway.
“Once again, we make an appeal to the police to be out in the night. We also encourage the Government to pass the speed legislation that will include ticketing by camera, wherein the cases where the police can’t be in certain places at nights, the cameras can pick up those who go above the speed limit and break traffic lights,” Inglefield said.
There have been several other survivors of road traffic accidents who have been fatally knocked over by passing vehicles. Just last month, businessman Javed Hassanali, 37, was killed when he was struck by a white wagon as he stepped onto the San Fernando Bypass. Mere seconds before, Hassanali had accidentally veered his Toyota Hilux into the median of the bypass. The driver that struck him never stopped.
Inglefield said that in many cases, accidents survivors who walk onto the highway are struck by speeding motorists. She said that anyone struck by a vehicle travelling at a rate between 50-60 kmph has a 50 per cent chance of survival while being hit at 80 kmph mostly ends in fatality.
“Motorists on the highway need to be driving within the speed limit and take road conditions into consideration. If it is wet, you do not necessarily drive at the speed limit, you adapt to the conditions. You do not speak on your cellphone and you stay aware of what is going on around you. At 4.30 am, you should be aware that the lights are very tricky and you need to make sure that the portion of the road you’re driving on is well lit and the road condition is good.”
She also said that utility poles are placed too close to the roadside and often times when people accidentally veer on the road, they crash into poles, which often results in death.