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Cunupia, QPCC rejoin FC Santa Rosa at top

Sports - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:38

Cunupia FC and Queen’s Park Cricket Club both won on Sunday to ensure that FC Santa Rosa’s sole hold of the top spot in the T&T Super League was a brief one.

Down at St Anthony’s College Ground, Morne Coco Road, Westmoorings, the competition’s leading scorer Kevon Woodley netted a first-half double to lead Cunupia FC past Petit Valley & Diego Martin United 4-0.

Woodley found the back of the net in the 28th and 31st minute to carry his season tally to 12 goals while Michael Darko and Kerri Mc Donald added second-half strikes in the 59th and 86th minute respectively for the winners, now with 24 points from 11 matches, the same as FC Santa Rosa and the Parkites.

However, FC Santa Rosa leads on goal-difference ahead of Cunupia, followed by Queen’s Park.

The Parkites got a 77th-minute item from national defender Yohance Marshall in a 1-0 triumph over a determined RSSR FC at St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair in Sunday’s other match.

One day earlier, defending champions, Guaya United and Matura ReUnited both won to maintain their top five positions as well.

At Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular, St James Gary Glasgow netted as early as the second minute and Keston Frontin, in the 79th to lead Guaya United to a 2-0 win over host Club Sando Cultural Roots United.

Kerin Vincent found the target twice, in the 20th and 58th to inspire Matura ReUnited to a 3-1 defeat of Police FC at Valencia Secondary School Ground, Valencia.

Kadeem Riley pulled a goal back for Police in the 62nd minute, but Isaiah Lee made certain of all three points for Matura ReUnited with a 70th-minute strike.

Elsewhere, J’Deeem Parris scored two and Shaquille Smith the other for the University of T&T in a 3-0 defeat of Bethel United at UTT Campus, O’Meara Road, Arima and a short distance away at Youth Training Centre, Ground, Arouca, Nathan Julien’s goal a minute into time added on at the end of the first-half was enough for YTC to beat San Fernando Giants.

LATEST STANDINGS

Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
1. FC Santa Rosa 11 8 0 3 29 10 24
2. Cunupia FC 11 7 3 1 27 10 24
3. QPCC 11 7 3 1 23 12 24
4. Guaya Utd 11 6 4 1 20 9 22
5. Matura ReUnited 11 6 2 3 23 22 20
6. Police FC 11 4 4 3 14 13 16
7. Prisons Service 10 4 4 2 13 13 16
8. UTT 11 4 2 5 16 19 14
9. RSSR FC 11 3 4 4 13 15 13
10. Bethel Utd 11 1 5 5 14 25 8
11. Club Sando Cultural 11 2 2 7 7 18 8
12. Erin FC 10 1 3 6 11 17 6
13. P.V.D.M Utd 11 1 3 7 9 22 6
14. San F’do Giants 11 0 5 6 8 22 5

RESULTS

ON WEDNESDAY
• FC Santa Rosa 4 (Kishun Seecharan 76th, 86th, Akeem Garcia 28th, Kheelon Mitchell 50th) vs Erin FC 1 (Akinola Williams 70th)
ON SATURDAY
• Guaya United 2 (Gary Glasgow 2nd, Keston Frontin 79th) vs Club Sando Cultural Roots 0, Dibe Rec. Ground, Long Circular, 6pm
• Matura ReUnited 3 (Kerin Vincent 20th, 58th, Isaiah Lee 70th) vs Police FC 1 (Kadeem Riley 62nd), Valencia Sec. School Ground, 4pm
• UTT 3 (J’Deem Parris 41st, 65th, Shaquille Smith 90th) vs Bethel United 0, UTT O’Meara Campus, 7pm
• Prison Service 1 (Nathan Julien 45th) vs San Fernando Giants 0, YTC Ground, Arouca, 3.30pm
ON AUGUST 12
• QPCC 1 (Yohance Marshall 77th) vs RSSR FC 0
• Cunupia FC 4 (Kevon Woodley 28th, 31st, Michael Darko 59th, Kerri Mc Donald 86th) vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin 0

UPCOMING MATCHES

ON SATURDAY
• Erin FC vs QPCC, Erin Recreation Ground, Erin, 6pm
• San Fernando Giants vs FC Santa Rosa, St Margaret’s Recreation Ground, 4 pm
ON SUNDAY
• Guaya United vs Matura ReUnited, Guaya Recreation Ground, 5 pm
• RSSR FC vs Club Sando, To be confirmed
• Cunupia vs Prison Service, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 4 pm
• Bethel United vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd, Mt Pleasant Recreation Ground, 6 pm
• Police FC vs UTT, St James Police Training Barracks, St James, 4 pm

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T&T U14 boys top Group C in CFU Challenge Series

Sports - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:35

T&T topped Group C in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys Under-14 Challenge Series with a 2-0 victory over hosts Curacao at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad on Sunday evening.

The win was T&T’s fourth successive in the competition and left the team on 12, three ahead of runners-up Curacao.

Controlling the majority of the match, T&T took charge with two goals in quick succession in the first half. Following a breakdown in Curacao’s attack, T&T got its opening goal in the 15th minute when a ball came over from the left of the penalty box for Abdul-Quddoos Hypolite to slot home in an open goal.

A minute later, Dantaye Gilbert nailed one in from close range to put T&T 2-0 ahead which it held until the final whistle.

Speaking after T&T coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier credited his players for their unbeaten showing over the four matches.

“For us personally as a staff I would say we were quite pleased with the performance of the boys in the competition,” he told TTFA Media.

He said, “This competition was an opportunity for us to see them against foreign opposition and of course playing away from home for the first time. I must say they were consistent in terms of the performances in the games. It still has room for improvement in terms of our overall play.”

Looking back at the final game against Curacao, Charles-Fevrier added, “Our boys went up to another level in terms of their game organization as Curacao never really got a goalscoring opportunity. We were very organised in defence and offensively we created at least six or seven scoring chances in the game.

Fevrier said the four victories against Bonaire (11-1), Aruba (3-1), Guyana (8-0) and Curacao showed that the TTFA/NLCB Elite programme to be essential in the progress of the team.

The T&T senior team assistant coach is hoping to see the team gradually progress to a level that will enable them to compete against tougher opposition in the region.

“Well, now it’s about continuing the programme. We have a training programme and this is why we have done that well thus far. We have sessions with a nutritionist that works with the Ministry of Sport, a psychologist, we have video sessions, classroom sessions and field sessions. We are trying our best to educate the boys not just about football but also about life and it has paid dividends because you are seeing it on the training pitch.

The CFU Boys’ Under-14 Challenge Series was played across seven venues, including Warner Park Sporting Complex in St Kitts/Nevis; Estadio Pan Americano de San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic; Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao; Ed Bush Playing Field in the Cayman Islands; Stade Pierre Aliker in Martinique; UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center of Excellence and the Anthony Spaulding Sporting Complex in Jamaica.

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Volleyball men one win away from final

Sports - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:34

T&T’s men volleyball team will go into their final round-robin match against the Bahamas from 9 am this morning at the in Paramaribo, Suriname needing a win to be certain of contesting the Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship gold medal match tonight from 6 pm at the same venue.

This after the Ryan Stewart-led T&T men, two-time defending champion, rebounded from a five-set loss to ten-time winner Barbados on Sunday night, with a four-set 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-15) win of their own over host and previously unbeaten Suriname to get back in title contention.

Also yesterday, Barbados made it two wins on the trot after an opening loss to the Bahamas, by edging past Haiti in five sets 3-2 (17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17).

Going into last night matches, T&T, a three-time tournament winner overall, has contested the last four finals.

However, T&T led by virtue of more sets won to loss, 8-4 for 11 points followed by Suriname 7-6, with eight points, and Barbados, 6-7 for six points.

But the Barbadians are in the fourth spot, one point behind the Bahamas (1-1) which faced Haiti last night before Suriname and Barbados squared off in a virtual battle for a spot in tonight’s final as a top two finisher.

On Sunday night, Barbados prevailed over T&T in five-setter (23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13) after two hours, 17 minutes of fierce battle.

Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, who has played for his country for well over a decade, led the way for T&T with 18 points, and Mikheil Hoyte and Brandon Legall chipped in with 12 apiece to follow up on the team’s 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17) win over Haiti on Sunday morning.

But the game’s real star was Barbadian Kyle Browne, who scored a tournament-high 33 points, 19 more than their next best contributor Simpson.

The top two teams from the tournament at the end of the round-robin stage today, will clash for the title during the today’s evening session.

Also on Sunday night, Suriname, after winning one of the most dramatic sets in the history of the tournament to draw first blood, was still forced to come from behind to edge Bahamas 3-2 (42-40, 23-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11) in just under two and a half hours of play.

Three players from the host country – Gino Nardeen (28), Keven Sporkslede (26) and Zefano Breinburg (24) – each scored in excess of 20 points, while captain Princ’Tanique Wilson led from the front for the Bahamas with 24 points.

Earlier in the morning session on Sunday, Bahamas, the 2012 champions defeated ten-time champs Barbados 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22) in 74 minutes.

When then tournament served off on Saturday night, Suriname overcame Haiti 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22).

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Unilever closes $0.10 lower at $26.90

Business - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:22

Overall market activity resulted from trading in 14 securities of which four advanced, five declined and five traded firm.

Trading activity on the First Tier Market registered a volume of 179,866 shares crossing the floor of the Exchange valued at $1,273,300.39.

GraceKennedy Limited was the volume leader with 66,687 shares changing hands for a value of $193,392.30, followed by Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited with a volume of 65,393 shares being traded for $495,076.

Trinidad Cement Limited contributed 20,900 shares with a value of $60,610, while Guardian Holdings Limited added 10,696 shares valued at $176,984.

Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited registered the day’s largest gain, increasing $0.07 to end the day at $7.57.

Conversely, Unilever Caribbean Limited registered the day’s largest decline, falling $0.10 to close at $26.90.

On the Mutual Fund Market 23,364 shares changed hands for a value of $464,638.14. Clico Investment Fund was the most active security, with a volume of 23,050 shares valued at

$459,695.78. It declined by $0.06 to end at $19.94.

In Monday’s trading session the following reflect the movement of the TTSE Indices:
• The Composite Index advanced by 1.09 points (0.09 per cent) to close at 1,232.01.
• The All T&T Index advanced by 0.22 points (0.01 per cent) to close at 1,711.96.
• The Cross Listed Index advanced by 0.27 points (0.27 per cent) to close at 101.10.

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Google is watching you

Business - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:20

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.
An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent

Google from doing so.
Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating.

If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects—such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina,

served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company will let you “pause” a setting called Location History.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location

History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It’s possible, although labourious, to delete it .)

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude—accurate to the square foot—and save

it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Sean O’Brien, a Yale Privacy Lab researcher with whom the AP shared its findings, said it is “disingenuous” for Google to continuously record these locations even when users disable

Location History. “To me, it’s something people should know,” he said.

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Bonds to help fund public housing

Business - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:17

Government is considering introduction of a bond to assist with funding of public housing. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who was at a key distribution ceremony for the Lake View Housing Development in Point Fortin yesterday, said it is among new ways being looked at to provide low income housing.

“The demand for housing in Trinidad and Tobago continues to be substantial but the problem remains as daunting now as it was in the period of 2006-2009, except that at this time the State does not have the financial ability to fund from the Treasury in a way that we have been doing, but the demand is still there,” he said.

“Most people in this island state of Trinidad and Tobago believe . . . expect that they can look to the State housing programme for their houses.”

Dr Rowley said he discussing the housing bond plan with Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

He explained: “In the not too distant future, through the HDC programme, they could pay into a savings bond which will give a pool of funds to drive the housing programme with the expectation that when the house becomes available they would have been saving and would have that money available to conclude the transaction.

“That element of saving will provide specifically in housing efforts a pool of cash that will be in addition to what the government or private sector entrepreneurs can bring to the programme.”
Dr Rowley said he hoped his discussions with Imbert will conclude successfully in the not to distant future so they could begin mobilising the savings bonds, particularly for younger people.

The Prime Minister recalled that a house in the public sector ranged between $12,000 and $14,000. He said he knew that because his mother got one of houses in the Morvant area.

However, he said, even the cheapest of the houses available now are not low cost.

He said Government’s housing programme will focus on building more rental units which are the best option for tens of thousands of people.

Newly appointed Housing and Urban Development Minister Edmund Dillon, who is also the MP for Point Fortin, urged the new home owners to contribute to the upliftment and development of their environment.

During yesterday’s ceremony, 71 families received keys to homes at the Lake View, Hubertstown and Pier Road Housing Developments in Point Fortin and La Brea.

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Caricom mourns loss of Sir Vidia

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:12

Caricom secretary-general Ambassador Irwin LaRocque paid tribute to the late Sir Vidia Naipaul.

In a message of condolence to the family of the late Nobel Laureate and the Government and people of T&T, he wrote: “The Caribbean Community mourns the loss of the great writer Sir Vidia Naipaul.

“The T&T-born Nobel Laureate was a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction works which elicited much critical acclaim and earned him many literary awards. He was acknowledged as a master in the use of language.

“His unsparing critique of post-colonial societies across the globe was the basis of much of his work and provoked a great deal of thought and discussion.

“On behalf of the community, the secretary-general extends condolences to the family of Sir Vidia and to the Government and people of T&T on the loss of this great son of the soil.”

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Flack for Rowley over ‘imps’ remark

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:49

Not so, Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley is getting flack from some PNMites for referring to certain members as “imps” at last Sunday’s PNM Family Day function—and for making reference to mosques in his speech.

Rowley at PNM’s Family Day, in Chaguanas, reportedly attacked—among others—someone whom he referred to as a particular “imps who spent the last four years before elections going to every mosque in T&T” saying Rowley was against Muslims. He said that person now wanted to contest party office.

He also waded into other members about making statements about him, adding he had to protect PNM from “imps” entering the party’s executive to run it.

Rowley spoke after last Sunday’s exclusive Guardian Media story on the postponement of the party election—from September 16 to September 30—and that several former frontline PNM members and ministers intend challenging the incumbent team managing PNM.

Rowley said he is defending the leadership of the party and has a full slate.

However, one challenger Dane Wilson asked, “Exactly who was Dr Rowley referring to as ‘imps’? This is a disturbing trend—his fixation on issues relating to the Muslim community. Instead of bringing religion or race into the election, he should instead account for his current executive’s stewardship and explain whether disciplinary processes like (suspended member) Harry Ragoonanan’s have been completed or why PNM has not had an education officer for months.”

Wilson, who is challenging PNM’s Ronald Huggins for social media officer, said he supports Rowley as the leader.

“And my leader’s right—there are ‘imps’ in the party: on the current executive and Cabinet. I fully support him having his slate and I’m extremely grateful he introduced the one-man/one-vote system for our elections as PNM’s membership is much smarter and educated and will vote their mind,” Wilson said.

Former minister in finance Mariano Browne who intends contesting a senior post also queried Rowley’s “imps” remark. Browne who was among prospective challengers who were warmly received at the Family Day shook hands with Rowley at the function.

“The PNM’s a democratic institution so I expect basic respect for common things will hold. But why is the leader so afraid of competition and diplomacy in the internal elections that he has to put up a slate and deem as ‘imps’, fellow members who may be against his slate?” Browne asked.

“However, I would understand why Dr Rowley would feel people are stabbing him in the back. That’s probably how (former leader) Patrick Manning would have felt when there was talk during the 2010 PNM general election campaign of ‘time for court-martial later on’”.

Indications, so far, suggest that several of the 15-plus incumbents are expected to defend their posts including senior officers like chairman Franklin Khan, vice chairman Camille Robinson-Regis, labour relations officer Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, PNM sources hinted.

They noted Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte’s name has been called concerning treasurer—held by Dr Lester Henry—and other frontline posts.

Incumbent assistant general secretary Daniel Dookie is tipped to contest the general secretary’s post, in which he has been acting since after Ashton Ford’s tenure, they added. Other incumbents expected to contest include youth officer Chinua Alleyne and operations officer Irene Hinds.

A July 25, internal memo from acting secretary Dookie confirmed the poll was being shifted from September 16 to September 30 due to the September 16, CPL tournament final.

Prospective nominees have been told the initial nomination submission process has, therefore, been shifted from this week to September 3- 7. Yesterday, Balisier House officials said forms are available from now.

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Upgrade sanctuary instead of building new dog pound

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:38

Instead of building a new $3 million animal shelter in San Fernando to keep stray animals, vice president of Animals Alive Jowelle De Souza is suggesting that the money be used to expand the existing Animals Alive sanctuary in South Oropouche.

She is also hoping that part of the $3 million can be used to embark on a mass educational campaign to advise citizens to spay, neuter and care for their pets. For those who neglect and abuse their pets, De Souza hopes the Government could impose stiffer fines.

Speaking ahead of her planned meeting with Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein at San Fernando City Hall today, De Souza said instead of building another pound, the Government could utilise the five-acre plot owned by Animals Alive to re-home stray animals.

“Instead of using up land space in the city and building another animal pound, why not forget the pound and do an investment with Animals Alive instead?” she asked.

“We can set up more buildings for the animals at our sanctuary and we could invest that money in an education drive to spay and neuter.”

Currently, the sanctuary at Ralph Narine Trace has 385 stray animals. There is already a staff and the sanctuary is run using funds from corporate citizens and animal lovers. De Souza said the Government should also advise the citizenry about the penalties for dumping their animals.

“We want to encourage the minister to partner with us. We need an advertisement drive to remind people of the need to spay, neuter and care for their animals. De Souza said she also hoped to meet with incoming Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to discuss the enforcement of existing laws to protect animals.

“We will be mounting a campaign for fines to be increased. The fine for dumping dogs should be increased. We will also be campaigning for the media to help us in our efforts to educate the public about spaying and neutering,” De Souza said.

She added that the new pound will cater for the stray animals in San Fernando but questioned what will happen to the stray animals in other parts of the country.

SPEEDY SOLUTION NEEDED — HOSEIN

Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein in an interview said he was committed to finding a speedy solution to the stray animal population across the country.

“I believe in consultation and I will be listening to all recommendations to bring a speedy solution to this problem. I will have to get guidance on whether the State can build on private lands but when we meet tomorrow we will look at how we can move forward,” Hosein said.

He said after the dog pound at Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando was permanently closed, monies were allocated for a new pound to be constructed. Designs were completed but they were not done according to the specifications of the Dog Control regulations.

Hosein said in June, the engineers from his ministry met with officials of the San Fernando City Corporation and designs were redeveloped.

On Friday, nine dogs were removed from the animal pound. Many of them were emaciated and appeared to be starved. However, San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello said the animals were usually fed with food from the San Fernando market.

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‘A gifted purveyor of truths’

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:35

President Paula-Mae Weekes has paid tribute to the late Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul who died at his home in England on Saturday.

The full text of her statement follows:

I join with all citizens of T&T in extending sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Sir Vidia Naipaul, who passed away in England on Saturday at the age of 85.
Sir Vidia was a renowned author and literary giant whose success helped to inspire entire generations of Caribbean writers. His masterful storytelling captivated his audiences and infused them with a love of reading.

Many of his stories, in which we recognised ourselves, have been set for study by Caribbean students, awakening in them the realisation that great writers could come from among us and emboldening them to follow along the path.

Without doubt, Sir Vidia was an immensely gifted purveyor of truths, with an unparalleled ability to capture the vagaries of life in a post-colonial society. His passion for literature was reflected in the intensity of his many works which routinely challenged the status quo. His often unsparing analyses provided millions of people around the world with a glimpse into his formative years in

Trinidad and subsequent life in England.

Sir Vidia’s achievements reflected his work ethic and talent for writing, winning the Booker Prize in 1971 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Though we mourn his passing, we celebrate his undisputed legacy and significant contribution to the literary landscape of T&T. His voice will continue to be heard through his enduring and well-loved literary masterpieces.

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Speed up prison promotion process

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:34

There have been no promotions for Second Division prison officers for the past two years due to a delay by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in setting the criteria and selection process.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Prison Officers’ Association president Ceron Richards accused the PSC of hampering the promotion process by its tardiness to iron out the issue.

“There is a need to move quickly on this matter as it has the ability to undermine the overall performance of officers,” Richards said.

Richards said the issue arose in 2016 when a promotion policy for the rank of Prison Officer 11 and Prisons Supervisor, as set in a general order from 2011, expired. The PSC attempted to modify the policy but the move was opposed by both the association and prison administration. In April, the association sent a pre-action protocol letter to the PSC threatening legal action over the change.

“In response to the letter, they (PSC) said it would take no further action on the issue unless all parties agreed on the way forward,” Richards said. Since then, there has been no update from the PSC, he said.

Richards claimed that the delay left prison officers dissatisfied, disenchanted and demotivated.

“You would understand that officers closest to retirement would be feeling the pinch because they were eligible for promotion years ago. They would have sat and passed examinations, gotten educational qualifications and now they are at the mercy of the PSC,” Richards said.

Richards also encouraged the PSC to promote officers who were eligible before the previous policy expired. He suggested that Government reconsider the antiquated system of promotion of public servants including prison officers.

Issues with the promotion procedure are not unique to the Prison Service as the T&T Police Service (TTPS) regularly faces litigation from its members over its policy.

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Suspect charged with stealing SUV outside police station

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:30

A 38-year-old man, accused of stealing CNC3 television anchor Khamal Georges’ vehicle from outside the Besson Street Police Station after it was recovered following an armed robbery, last week, is expected to appear in court today.

The suspect, from Layan Hill, Belmont, was charged with stealing the car yesterday as officers of the Port-of-Spain CID led by Senior Supt Ajith Persad completed their investigation.

Hours before he was charged, the suspect took park in an identification parade linked to a separate offence.

The vehicle, a Kia Sportage SUV, was first stolen as Georges was ambushed by two gunmen as he returned to his home after attending the opening Caribbean Premier League game on Wednesday night outside his St James home.

The vehicle was eventually recovered by police at the Bath Street Plannings in Port-of-Spain, the following day.

The vehicle was impounded at the Besson Street Police Station and advised Georges to return with the certified copy of the vehicle to retrieve it.

Shortly before 6 pm, police officers at the station realised the vehicle was missing.

It was eventually recovered at Roget Place, St Barbs Road, Belmont, to following morning. The vehicle has since been returned to Georges.

An internal investigation has also been launched into the theft at the station, which is also located within a stone’s throw away from specialist police units housed at Riverside Plaza.

The suspect was charged by ASP Anderson Pariman.

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Traffic chaos after flash flooding

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:28

Under the grim skies and persistent rainfall, thousands of commuters rushed for transportation to get home as flood waters rose across the country.

According to the Meteorological Service, the Adverse Weather Alert #1- Yellow Level issued at 11.15 am yesterday was expected to continue today. The adverse weather came as a result of a low-level trough that is interacting with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ICTZ), which brings with it, chances of floods, gusty winds and landslides.

For those in the Port-of-Spain yesterday, all it took was 25 minutes of a downpour at noon for the South Quay and environs to be transformed into gushing streams and ponds. It was difficult to differentiate City Gate from the sea as flood waters rose several feet, making it difficult to see the roads and pavements. So voluminous was the runoff following the afternoon showers a section of asphalt was lifted off at the corner of the St Francois Valley Road and Waterman Road, Belmont. Motorists had little choice but to drive onto the pavement to pass.

Up to late yesterday, an engineering team from the Port-of-Spain City Corporation was assessing the damaged road.

Residents of Trou Macaque, Laventille were told that their concerns about crime and policing will have to wait as the Police Service cancel its town meeting at the Trou Macaque Community Centre, Laventille on account of the bad weather. In Diego Martin, motorists had to drive cautiously and strong winds and soggy soil almost toppled a utility pole with high tension wires onto passing vehicles.

Motorists on the Lady Young Road moved along precariously as mud covered their path. Several drivers and their passengers escaped serious injury after their vehicles skidded off the Solomon Hochoy Highway during the downpour.

Yesterday, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) issued a notice, asking citizens to delay travel for approximately 1-2 hours out of the capital city and avoid driving or walking through floods. According to the ODPM the Couva/Tabaquite, Talparo Region Corporation had the most reports of flooding as residents in Gasparillo, Williamsville, Piparo, Claxton Bay and Freeport felt to the pinch of swollen watercourses. There was also floods in the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation and minor flooding in San Fernando.

Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings and cancellations. Visit http://www.metoffice.gov.tt or www.odpm.gov.tt.

Too much for drainage system—Works Minister

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said that because of global warming, the country is experiencing extreme weather in which the volume of rainfall is burdening the country’s drainage system. This, he said, was the reason for yesterday’s floods.

Sinanan added that homeowners, developers and business owners who refuse to obey Town and County Planning regulations and build on river banks, thus narrowing the watercourses, were to blame as well.

He said the Ministry has completed Phase I and Phase II of its watercourse cleaning project, which accounted for the major rivers and drains. Phase III, which has begun, deals with the minor watercourses under the Ministry’s purview. He said that a study done on the drainage in Port-of-Spain between 2013 to 2016 had failed so the Ministry has embarked on a new study. In the short-term, a pilot project, in which infrastructure is being built to accommodate a drainage pump near the Port of Port-of-Spain, is underway.

If this project is successful, nine pumps will be placed from Wrightson Road to South Quay to push the flood waters out into the sea.

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Mother detained after toddler’s drowning death

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:23

A 19-year-old woman was up to late yesterday assisting homicide detectives as they continued investigations into the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of her two-year-old daughter at Chaguaramas on Sunday.

According to reports, around 4 pm, the woman, of Quarry Road, San Juan, was at Williams’ Bay, Chaguaramas, with her two-year-old daughter and another toddler, when the little girl drowned.

Coast Guard officers attempted to resuscitate the child but were unsuccessful. She was taken to the St James Medical Complex, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident occurred a little over a year after three-year-old Josiah “Messi” Gorkin died in similar circumstances during a family outing at the same beach.

Gorkin’s father Atiba was eventually charged with manslaughter (unlawful killing). That case is still at the preliminary inquiry stage.

Police sources said that investigators will continue to compile witness statements from those present during Sterling’s drowning and would approach the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), later this week, for advice.

Investigations are continuing.

Lifeguard warning to parents

Contacted yesterday evening, a veteran lifeguard warned parents with young children to be vigilant when visiting beaches during the school vacation period.

In a telephone interview, patrol captain at Las Cuevas Bay, Kirk Morton said that the special attention is necessary during the period as the already limited lifeguard resources were stretched by the high influx of people going to beaches.

Morton suggested that upon arriving at the beach, parents with children, as well as adults, should consult with lifeguards if there are any present.

“Normally there will be dangerous areas marked off. If you don’t understand the flags then consult the lifeguards and he or she would explain where you should and should not bathe,” he said.

Morton also warned against the use of boards and inflatables in the water these devices may cause swimmers to encounter difficulties.

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Final inspections being done on Galleons Passage—Rohan

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:21

If all goes well the Galleons Passage can begin servicing the seabridge before month’s end.

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said yesterday as he gave an update into the operations of the US$17.4 million vessel which was purchased to service the limping seabridge.

Speaking at a press conference at his Port-of-Spain ministry, Sinanan said the ministry and the Port Authority of T&T were awaiting inspection from Lloyd’s Register.

The vessel arrived in T&T on July 16, with a flag of convenience from Vanuatu, a small island in the Pacific. It docked at the Port of Port-of-Spain after its almost five-month journey from China.

“My information is that, (an inspection report) has been handed in on Friday. That is another step that has been concluded. As we speak, today, the inspectors are supposed to be back on the vessel doing some final inspections which we expect to be handed in by about Wednesday or Thursday of this week.”

This report, Sinanan said, will then be submitted to the Maritime Division.

“So we are in the process. It is ongoing and as I said we will have the vessel in service in the shortest possible time. So far, we have been able to accomplish two of the steps that have to be completed.”

Questioned if the travelling public can expect the vessel to make its maiden voyage to Tobago before month’s end, Sinanan replied: “If things go as planned, the answer to that is yes. However, these are reports that have to be done by independent institutions. We will not put the vessel in operation until all the procedures have been completed and the authorities are satisfied that the vessel is fit for purpose.”

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Suspended PNM member vows to clear his name

News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:17

A witch hunt.

That’s how suspended People’s National Movement (PNM) member Harry Ragoonanan described moves to have him face the party’s disciplinary committee to answer charges involving alleged corrupt practices and behaviours with respect to procurement of Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) buses.

His response came minutes after acting Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds, at a press conference, in Port-of-Spain yesterday said the PNM received information and a complaint from a citizen “about a most untoward conversation that was electronically recorded between Mr Ragoonanan and a bus supplier to the PTSC.”

Hinds said the PNM found that the contents of the recorded conversation to be “sufficiently troubling,” stating that if this matter “yields information that should gain the attention of other agencies in T&T, it most certainly will.”

“Higer is a firm that provides buses to PTSC out of China. This conversation was recorded on June 1, 2016. This most revealing and troubling conversation that was recorded raised serious issues for us in the PNM because, after all, Mr Ragoonanan is a senior party member and at the time held office as chairman of the Oropouche West constituency of the PNM,” Hinds said.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young, who also attended the conference, said when they talk about forensic work being done and recordings “they immediately start a conversation with a suggestion that it is the State apparatus for interception being used. I want to put this to bed before it starts.”

Young said the recording was done by an individual outside of T&T.

Like Hinds, Young, the recently-appointed National Security Minister, stated that the recording was “most troubling and suggestions of corrupt practices and behaviours with respect to procurement at PTSC was the content of that recorded conversation.”

Hinds said the contents of the electronic recording was raised at the PNM’s general council previously.

“The general council of the PNM took a decision that that complaint should be referred, in accordance with our party’s constitution, to the investigations committee of the PNM.”

Having been so referred, Hinds said the committee began its work where they arranged three meetings to which Ragoonanan was invited “so that his voice and position would be heard” in keeping with the principles of natural justice.

“He refused to show up on two occasions and on the third occasion did not show up but sent a legal representative. Left with little other choice and having heard his representative, the investigations committee continued its work and finalised its report and the matter moved in accordance with the party’s constitution to the disciplinary committee of the PNM which will hold a meeting on Thursday next.”

At this meeting, Hinds said Ragoonanan will be invited.

Ragoonanan said he was notified via the telephone yesterday that he had to appear before the committee chaired by Camille Robinson-Regis and team of PNMites on Thursday at 6 pm. He said he will attend with his attorney.

He said the PNM was on a “witch hunt,” and he has no idea what they were speaking about.

“I have no information about that tape. Where is the tape all this time? Months ago I asked them for a copy of the tape and they have not responded. They expect me to answer to it now.”

He said the PNM was trying to bring his name into disrepute because of what he has been revealing about the seabridge fiasco.

Ragoonanan said on the last hearing he sent his attorney but the committee refused his representation.

“I will attend and clear my name with my attorney. If they don’t want my attorney present, I will not attend.”

Hinds said he had to suffer the agony of seeing Ragoonanan joining with UNC activist Devant Maharaj and attorney Nyree Alfonso on Sunday, each of them speaking as a marine expert into the purchase of two new Coast Guard vessels from Austal.

Hinds said legal action will also be initiated against Alfonso shortly.

Young also revealed that Government has commenced legal action against Intercontinental Shipping “for what they did in relation to the Super Fast Galicia.” Young said the Government had sued for “$8 to $10 million in damages against Intercontinental Shipping.”

He also dismissed claims that the deal had been signed for two new vessels from the Coast Guard costing US$35m each. Young said those claims were premature.

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Brathwaite blasts wounded TKR

Sports - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:41

On Friday night, TKR fans sat and watched their team decimated by Andre Russell, as he scored the fast ever CPL century to give the Tallawahs a great comeback win and twenty-four hours later, on Saturday night Carlos Brathwaite hammered them into submission, as they fell to the St Kitts/Nevis Patriots at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Today, they leave for St Lucia where they seek to regain lost ground after an opening win followed by two successive defeats.

They will come up against the St. Lucia Stars, whom they outplayed in their opening match, looking to get a win on the road.

Normally teams look for three wins out of five on home turf, which means the TKR will have to get two wins in as many matches in early September when they come home for their last preliminary round matches.

On Saturday, they held control of the Patriots innings for a while until Brathwaite let loose to take his team to an eventual 203 for seven off their allotted 20 overs. The Windies T20 captain struck TKR skipper Dwayne Bravo for three successive sixes en route to 41 runs of just 15 balls.

Everyone remembered him after struck four successive sixes for the Windies to win the last World T20. In all, he hit the TKR bowlers for five sixes and a four.

When TKR went in to bat they lost wickets regularly and they thwarted their progression.

In the end, the host had to settle for 161 for the loss of eight wickets—losing by 42 runs.

Their situation could have been even worse but for a rapid unbeaten 43 from Kevon Cooper at the end. Coming in with the required rate soaring at the conclusion of even over, the right-hander needed just 22 balls for his runs which came with the help of four sixes and two fours.

Darren Bravo also showed form in counting 41 off 38 balls with four and two sixes but it was not enough.

Earlier, the Patriots recovered from two wickets down after the first over bowled by the impressive Muhammad Ali Khan.

The right arm pacer bowling at good speed sent back Evin Lewis and Tom Cooper to set the Patriots back. However, Gayle struck 35 from 30 balls to control the recovery, while Devon Thomas played beautifully in taking the game away from the home franchise. Thomas made 58 from 34 balls hitting nine fours and one six but it was the effort of Brathwaite and to a lesser extent Ben Cutting that took the Patriots to their unassailable score. Cutting carved 25 runs off 18 balls to add the mayhem towards the end.

Khan yet again was the most impressive TKR bowler finishing with 3/23 from his four-over quota.

SCOREBOARD

TKR vs Patriots
Patriots innings
E Lewis c Narine b Ali Khan 0
C Gayle c Ali Khan b Cooper 35
T Cooper c DJ Bravo b Ali Khan 1
D Thomas b Narine 58
A Devcich lbw Bravo 15
Mahmudullah b Narine 16
B Cutting not out 25
C Brathwaite c Narine b Ali Khan 41
J Louis not out 0
Extras 12
Total for 7 wkts 203
Fall of wkts: 1, 3, 69, 108, 120, 141, 201.
Bowling
M Ali Khan 4-0-23-3,
S Gabriel 2-0-29-0,
S Narine 4-0-24-2,
K Cooper 4-0-47-1,
D Bravo 3-0-52-1,
F Ahmed 3-0-27-0.
TKR innings
S Narine c Devcich b Cottrell 4
C Lynn b Lamichhanie 6
C Munro c Lewis b Brathwaite 35
B McCullum c Louis b Cutting 0
DM Bravo c Cutting b Louis 41
D Ramdin c Gayle b Louis 6
DJ Bravo c Louis b Cutting 10
K Cooper not out 42
M Ali Khan c Devcich b Brathwaite 2
F Ahmed not out 5
Extras 10
Total for 8 wkts 161
Fall of wkts: 5,. 32, 34, 56, 71, 95, 115, 125.
Bowling
S Cottrell 4-0-34-1,
C Brathwaite 4-1-19-2,
C Lamichhane 3-1-17-1,
B Cutting 4-0-43-2,
Mahmudullah 1-0-5-0,
J Louis 4-0-42-2.
Result: Patriots won by 41 runs.
Man of the match: Devon Thomas.

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Heightening safety at sporting events

Sports - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:36

Sporting events are vulnerable to a number of threats ranging from fan violence, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Given that terrorist attacks are unpredictable, security managers must plan, respond and deal effectively with the possible consequences of any attacks. A notable terrorists attack at a major sporting event was the 1972 Munich Olympics.

According to the FBI, terrorism is “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Hall et al (2008) state that terrorists may use conventional or highly destructive means. Conventional means include knives, guns, and bombs and weapons of mass destruction including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives.

Several indicators of potential terrorist activity that sport event managers should be aware of are:

• Surveillance: It is important to take note of anyone recording activities, taking notes, or using video/camera/observation devices.

• Elicitation: involves individuals attempting to gain information about certain operations. For example, terrorists may acquire knowledge about a stadium structure and the location of security personnel during game time.

• Test of security: usually conducted to measure reaction times to breaches of security and to test physical security barriers for weaknesses. For example, individuals trying to access unauthorised areas of your facility.

• Suspicious people: this may be someone on your staff that does not fit in because of their unusual behaviour, language usage, or unusual questions they are asking.

• Trail run: before the final attack, terrorist normally conduct a “dry run” to address any unanticipated problems. This may include recording emergency response times.

Homeland Security (US) have highlighted the following best practices for all sporting venues:

• Conducting security assessments

• Increasing perimeter security

• Enhancing detection monitoring
capabilities

• Establishing access control

• Reinforcing employee procedures to ensure knowledge of emergency protocol (DHS.gov, 2004).

At the end of the day “sport venue managers must be familiar with terrorist activity indicators, common sport venue vulnerabilities, and possible protective security measure improvements.” (Hall et al. 2008).

I don’t feel it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. —Michel Foucault

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Francis Rivas’ funeral today

Sports - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:35

Francis Rivas who passed away at age 82 on August 5 at the Mt Hope Medical Sciences Complex after ailing with prostate cancer will be cremated today following a funeral service at Belgrove’s Funeral Home in Trinity at noon.

A shuttle service will be provided between Chacon Street and Independence Square from 10 am and will leave an hour later for all who wishes to attend the service.

The pint-size Rivas, once known for his prowess in minor league football with Sporting Club and Woodbrook Dodgers in the North Zone of the T&T Football League in his heydays, to his venture into sports administration.

He ran the Francis Rivas Football League which included an under-15 competition, as well as an open tournament, both of which started in 1968 and 1969 respectively.

Rivas also held the Men’s Cricket League in 1975 which influenced a number of the country’s legends today, such as batting genius Brian Lara. His league which went on for 20 years, was a stepping stone for many others.

Rivas also started the first Francis Rivas Schoolgirls’ Cricket League/Tournament as well as the Women Cricket League, both in 1978.

For his hard-work, Rivas was given the National Medal of Merit (Silver)in 2000. He continued his leagues at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, up until the time of his passing.

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Armstrong doubles up on champs NE Stars

Sports - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:33

Forward Akim Armstrong’s first-half brace proved enough to earn Central FC a comfortable 2-0 win over North East Stars, the reigning Pro League (PL) champions, at Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima last night.

The Stars, less than a shadow of the bunch that celebrated the league title under Derek King last season, fell behind after only two minutes when Armstrong prodded in a Keron Cummings’ cross to belly the back of goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel’s net.

Armstrong grabbed his second on 35 minutes with a cool finish at the back post after Samuel had stretched to his left to spoon out a strike from Duane Muckette. But with Samuel’s defence almost absent and the ball landing in the path of the eventual double-scorer, Central were comfortably in front 2-0.

Armstrong, who joined Central this year from Club Sando, took his tally to four goals in all domestic competitions so far this season for the Couva Sharks, snapping a five-game drought since scoring both goals in a 2-0 won over St Ann’s Rangers in their opening group play of the First Citizens Cup on June 10.

Central went all the way to celebrate the First Citizens Cup on July 20 with a 4-2 penalty win over Defence Force FC following a 2-2 draw, and today enjoyed a winning start to their 2018 PL campaign against their former coach, Yugoslav-born Zoran Vranes, who returned Trinidad this year as part of North East Stars’ new management’s player development approach.

Central was the sole aggressors throughout the match while North East Stars struggled to test Couva Sharks’ T&T international goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.

Vranes’ side came closest to testing Phillip in the fourth minute when Kyle Bartholomew’s pass from the left picked out Rakim Cabie.

A timely challenge, however, stopped Cabie in his tracks but defender Dwight Pope injured his thigh in the process, forcing Central assistant coach Walt Noriega—caretaking in absence of Stern John—into a premature change with Anthony Charles entering play.

Muckette and Cummings scored their goals came from set pieces, and Dominic Douglas’ drilled attempt before the break was just wide of its mark.

However, the Couva Sharks convert their chances in the second half, most notably when Samuel denied Cummings at point blank in the 90th minute, getting a glove to the midfielder’s header off a Taryk Sampson cross before substitute Obadele Dickson was denied by the upright on the rebound.

Cabie then made a clearance at the goalmouth to keep out a Muckette strike after Cummings cued up his hardworking midfield partner in stoppage time.

North East Stars may have walked away at the final whistle pleased to avoid a heavier defeat against a star-studded Couva Sharks outfit, but not with a sixth consecutive loss from as many matches in all competitions so far this season.

Vranes’ bunch must now train their focus on San Juan Jabloteh, whom they host at the same Larry Gomes Stadium from 4 pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Central FC has started at the top of the standings, moving ahead of Defence Force FC, 4-3 winners over Morvant Caledonia United on Friday night, by goal-difference with their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and sixth victory from seven outings.

RESULTS
On Friday
San Juan Jabloteh 0 vs Point Fortin Civic 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Defence Force FC 4 (Devorn Jorsling 38’, Jomokie Cassimy Own Goal 58’, Brent Sam 66’, Hashim Arcia 73’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 3 (Quincy Ballah 31’, Renaldo Francois 40’, Sheldon Holder 70’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.
On Saturday
North East Stars 0 vs Central FC 2 (Akim Armstrong 2’, 35’), at Larry Gomes Stadium.
Upcoming fixtures
On Tuesday
North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh, 4pm at Larry Gomes Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic vs Morvant Caledonia United, 7pm at Mahaica Oval

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