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Tallawahs stay alive, eliminate St Lucia Kings in CPL

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:48am

JAMAICA Tallawahs will meet Guyana Amazon Warriors at 7pm on Wednesday for a place in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final at Providence Stadium, Guyana.

On a slow and turning track on Tuesday evening, St Lucia Kings struggled against the spin of Fabian Allen,Mohammad Nabi and Imad Wasim to be all out for 115 , losing by 33 runs.

Needing 149 to win, St Lucia got off to a disastrous start with the loss of Johnson Charles (3) bowled by Pakistan left-arm speedster Mohammad Amir. But South African opener Faf du Plessis kept St Lucia on course with a purposeful knock of 41 from 25 balls, despite two more wickets falling around him.

However, Du Plessis's stay came to an unfortunate end when a delivery from left-arm orthodox Allen kept extremely low and disturbed his stumps. It could have been two in the over for Allen, but his skipper Rovman Powell failed to hold on to an edge from Adam Hose at slip.

The reprieve did not cost them as Nabi, Allen and Wasim ran through the lower order.

Earlier, St Lucia pacers Alzarri Joseph and Matthew Forde removed openers Brandon King (7) and Kennar Lewis, both trapped LBW, respectively. Tallawahs were reduced to 47 for three when Powell also fell LBW to spinner Jeavor Royal for seven.

At the halfway stage, Jamaica were struggling for momentum with Shamarh Brooks (22) and new batsman Raymon Reifer at the crease.

But the pair quickly went on the offensive to take 45 runs in the next four overs. Brooks took a liking to spinner Deyal in the 14th and hit him for two sixes as Jamaica pushed to 97 for three.

But looking to maximise the last few overs, Jamaica lost five wickets for just 17 runs. Brooks (47) was first to go, followed by Allen (0), Reifer (25), Imad Wasim (7) and Chris Green (2).

Jamaica looked to be heading for a low total until Nabi spanked medium pacer Kesrick Williams for three sixes in the final over to push the score to 148 for eight.

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SporTT chairman Camacho pleased with allocation for sport

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:48am

DOUGLAS Camacho, chairman of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT), is pleased with the allocation for sports from the 2022-2023 budget, which was presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Monday.

On the Ministry’s Draft Estimates of Expenditure for the Financial Year 2023, the allocation for the fiscal year is $763,603,000.

During an interview on Tuesday, Camacho said, “I think it was a very clear impression by the Government on their intent to seriously see sports as a developmental tool, for nation building.

“From SporTT’s perspective, we’ve realised that when you start to analyse details, that the Government has identified development in sport, the whole process of development of sport, not just elite sport, which they have funded over the last couple years, but they have really planned this year to support us and back us in delivering developmental programmes in conjunction with National Sporting Organisations.”

He added, “That is a very positive signal sent, and I am pleased.”

Camacho, who is also the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB), pointed out, “(There is) a better, and bigger, allocation to help us doing some maintenance and repairs in some of the sporting facilities. I’m very pleased to see that they didn’t back us with words but they have, in fact, backed us with action. And now we have to deliver.”

Asked how soon SporTT plans to have work done, in terms of upgrading facilities, Camacho replied, “The refurbishing work, we have always done. It’s just that we have not been able to do it at a faster pace than we would like.

“We’ve already started and we’ve put, in place, programmes. We still can’t do everything, so don’t ask me if we’re going to rebuild the Hasely Crawford (Stadium) and the Jean Pierre (Complex). We’re not talking hundreds and millions for that. We’re talking about refurbishing the facilities that are usable and workable and making sure they’re in a good space. We’ve already developed the programmes, in the event the funding did come for development.”

TT will be hosting the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.

And the former TT Olympic Committee (TTOC) president said, “It’s very instructive that additional funds are provided to do some upgrade and to support the TTOC to host the Junior Commonwealth Games.

“We’re partnering with the Ministry of Sport and funds have been allocated to do some upgrades for the facilities for use, and for the actual infrastructure, now that we’re hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games. But that would be a TTOC and not a SporTT-driven initiative.”

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Pres Sando, San Juan North seek to extend perfect records

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:48am

PRESENTATION San Fernando and San Juan North will be seeking to extend their perfect records in Group B of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division on Wednesday.

Both teams have won three straight matches this season, and are joint top of the group with nine points each.

Matches on Wednesday will all kick off at 4 pm, with Presentation San Fernando hosting Moruga at Union Hall and San Juan North visiting Trinity East at Trincity.

There are two other games on the schedule on Wednesday.

Malick and QRC are set to square off at the St Mary's Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair and Chaguanas North will be facing East Mucurapo at African Ground, Enterprise.

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Rivalry resumes at Ruff and Tuff 11 on Saturday

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:48am

A rivalry which began at a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournament in Mexico earlier this year will continue on Trinidadian soil, as local fighter Jeremy Rodulfo is set for a rematch with Guyanese fighter Carl Ramsay at the Ruff and Tuff tournament on October 1,

Rodulfo, 27, defeated Ramsay by a knockout at the International MMA Federation's (IMMAF) Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, in June.

This win earned Rodulfo a gold medal.

Speaking with Newsday on Tuesday, Rodulfo who has won several tournaments in MMA and Sambo (a Russian martial art), says he is confident in his skills as a fighter and looked forward to being able to compete in Trinidad after the covid19 pandemic.

"I'm both nervous and excited to be fighting at home.

"I just hope to give the fans what they want and walk away with a win at the end of it.

"I'm happy that we are able to compete again and do what we love.

"Ruff and Tuff has been a great platform for all of us as athletes to grow and learn, and there are plenty newcomers who are finally getting their feet wet after waiting for so long."

Asked about his thoughts on facing Ramsay again, Rodulfo said he took the rematch seriously and was prepared to go the distance.

"I feel as though he has a point to prove and will do anything to prove that point, and I'm ready and willing to do what it takes to come out on top."

This is the eleventh Ruff and Tuff tournament and the first local MMA tournament since covid19 regulations were lifted last year.

Speaking with Newsday, president of the Ruff and Tuff Caribbean MMA League and Caribbean chairman of the IMMAF Jason Fraser said Saturday's tournament will be significantly scaled down compared to past competitions, owing to the lack of financial support.

Despite this, Fraser said it was an opportunity for the tournament to get back to basics and deliver an exciting night of fights featuring a line-up of regional athletes.

"It's a very difficult event to put on because of the funding. We didn't have any support from corporate TT and only one company offered us ambulances and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for the event.

"We also had another company, the Human Performance for Holistic Healing, offer to pay for security so we are grateful for that.

"Even with that, we have eight Caribbean countries competing. It's a very special occasion especially for countries like the Cayman Islands and Grenada, who will be contributing MMA fighters for their first tournament.

"We have 14 bouts, including two female fights, for the night, so there will be a lot of excitement on Saturday."

Fraser said the tournament was an important one, as it showed regional athletes were ready to compete after the pandemic, and was optimistic that financial backing will increase in the near future.

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Imbert: If not for fuel subsidy, budget could have been balanced

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:47am

IF IT weren't for the fuel subsidy, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said, Government would have been able to balance the budget.

He made this statement during his contribution at the post-budget forum hosted by the TT Manufacturers Association (TTMA) at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday.

He was talking about the fiscal deficit which was whittled down from an estimated $9 billion to $2billion.

“This is probably the lowest fiscal deficit that the country has had for about 12 years,” Imbert said.

“We could have balanced the budget, you know, if we didn’t have to put money in the Heritage Stabilisation Fund (HSF) and if we didn’t have to spend $2 billion on subsidising fuel."

In his budget presentation on Monday, Imbert said Government was putting $1.1 billion into the HSF as a result of higher-than-expected fuel prices. He also announced a billion-dollar cap on an estimated fuel subsidy of $1.9 billion, resulting in super and premium fuel prices increasing by $1 per litre, and diesel increasing by 50 cents per litre.

Responding to questions on the fuel subsidy, Imbert said the cap was based on an assumption that the price of oil would stay between $80 and $90.

“The cap is going to work both ways and there is a problem both ways,” he said. “If the price of oil goes up our revenue goes up, but the price of fuel goes up. If the price of fuel goes down, then revenue goes down, but the price of fuel goes down.”

He said if the price drops below the figure that government put on the cap, it would be able to make an adjustment to the cap on the subsidy.

He added that money government would save from the cap in the subsidy, would be used for several other measures that would not have been possible had government not taken that measure.

“We gave a tax concession – we increased the personal allowance from $84,000 to $90,000. Whereas, if you were earning $7,000 a month or less you would be tax-free, now, if you were earning $7,500 a month you would be tax-free. That is going to cost the treasury $450 million. If we increased it from $7,000 to $8,000 it would have cost us $900 million.”

“We have decided to give up that $450 million in revenue and put more disposable income in the hands of consumers and allow them to boost sales in the retail trade and that sort of thing…We couldn’t give that up if we decided to leave the price of fuel at lower rates. That’s one of the trade-offs we did in this budget,” Imbert said.

He said he believes the income tax would have a multiplier effect in terms of GDP.

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Funeral on Thursday for poisoned baby

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:47am

BABY Selieen Ramsaroop will be laid to rest on Thursday at the Batchyia cemetery in Penal after a funeral at Boodoo’s Funeral Home in Penal.

The baby's body was released to her biological father on Monday, for final rites. An autopsy done earlier that day at the Forensic Sciences Centre was inconclusive. Police confirmed that body samples have been sent for toxicology testing.

An officer explained to Newsday that following the taking of body samples, baby Selieen can be laid to rest.

“Forensics did what it had to do and got whatever evidence is required to test for certain things. The toxicology report, based on the analysis that is done, would determine if a particular offence was committed or not committed,” the official said.

A file has been prepared by the legal officer at Homicide Region III, which will be forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

A woman has been in custody since September 21, in connection with the nine-month-old baby's death. Police was told that around noon on that day, the woman was at the baby's New Grant when she became frustrated with the baby's constant crying and fussing and fed her a concoction of milk and cereal laced with the poisonous substance, Malathion.

After feeding Selieen, the woman put the child down to sleep. When she appeared unresponsive about three hours later, an ambulance was called and the baby was taken to the Princes Town Health Centre.

She was later transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where she died at around 6.30 pm.

Selieen’s step-grandmother Sharmila Deonarine told Newsday on Tuesday that she was surprised that the baby’s father had claimed her body, witnessed the autopsy and has taken charge of funeral arrangements.

“I did not even know they did the autopsy on Monday. The police never called to say anything. I only found out today (Tuesday).”

Deonarine said she was not certain she would attend the funeral as the relationship between her family and other relatives of Selieen, remain strained.

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Port of Spain seniors, travellers react to domestic travel price hike

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:47am

"What they doing not fair to senior citizens."

That was one reaction to Minister of Finance Colm Imbert's plan to increase the cost of travel between Trinidad and Tobago.

People in Port of Spain shared their thoughts on the price hike. Some thought it was fine and about time while another took it personally.

Fares will increase from January 1, 2023. Currently senior citizens travel on the inter-island ferry for free, but will be required to pay $50 for a round trip come next year. The price of standard round-trip tickets increases from $100 to $150, and premium round-trip from $200 to $300, while round-trip airline tickets increase from $300 to $400.

Umilta James, 84, was walking on Duke Street. Of the fare increase, James said, "I good here. I don't like water. I don't like the sea at all," but on the one-time transport grant for those in receipt of benefits, she commented, "That would be nice."

Bystander Roger Khan said," If the airline not making money and they say they running into deficit right through, well, they have to raise it."

A woman in line at the port, Renis Gabriel said, "I think it's fine. It's been the same thing for a while."

Another woman was quick to disagree. "I am a senior citizen and with regards to cost of living, when public servants and other parties get increases, our pension remains the same. We have to face utility bills and groceries, and I don't think the increase in ferry fares is fair to us. I think it should be on par with international norms. Furthermore, how long will that one-time transport grant last?"

A man nearby reacted immediately: "You don't know what you saying there, lady. If it was on par with international it would be a hell of a lot more."

Suresh Gopaul, 66, said, "The budget stinks. Everything you want in this country is a hassle. The fare increase stinks."

A senior citizen, Rudy Taylor, 79, who has lived the majority of his life abroad, said he had not been to Tobago since he was 14 and the increased rate would not bother him. Other than that, he had much to criticise about TT's underdevelopment throughout his lifetime.

UTT Guild president Alex Hewitt, 23, was at the port. He said, "For a young person like me who not working, let's say a Tobagonian, who has to travel back and forth for school, it would be kind of a struggle. Even if they getting 100 per cent coverage from GATE, you don't know the family's financial situation."

Another man in line just wanted to know how he is getting his one-time $1,000 transport grant.

An official at the port said a meeting would be held to discuss tickets already bought for dates next year, and she could not comment further. She added she was concerned for the ferry regulars who would face the brunt of the increase.

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TTFA debt repayment proposal to be decided on Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:45am

JUSTICE Devindra Rampersad is expected to decide, on Wednesday, on the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) repayment proposal filed under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, according to a TTFA media release on Monday night.

On September 7, Rampersad sat virtually to consider the application to approve the repayment proposal filed by Maria Daniel, the trustee acting on behalf of the TTFA’s FIFA-appointed normalisation committee. At that hearing, the Court approved a short adjournment to September 26, to consider filings made by former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, former TT men's team coach Terry Fenwick and sports marketer Peter Miller.

On September 6, the trustee was notified of applications made by the attorneys representing Fenwick and Miller appealing against the determinations she made regarding their claims. At the September 26 hearing, attorneys Bronock Reid and Kiev Chesney, representing Fenwick and Miller respectively, agreed to the trustee’s proposal of having the invalidated portions of their claims set aside and placed in trust, pending the final determination of their appeal hearings.

The funds that will be set aside will be allocated from the US$3.5 million financial instrument approved by the TTFA and unanimously by the creditors to fund the proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Creditors owed up to TT$200,000.00 will be paid in full and balances above that will be pro-rated.

Attorney Nera Narine, acting on behalf of Warner, presented arguments challenging the trustee’s decision to disallow the claims of Warner and his various companies. Kerwyn Garcia, instructed by Chrishaunda Baboolal, acting on behalf of the trustee, defended the position of the trustee’s determinations and the ethics and compliance requirements of the proposal’s debt financiers, and emphasised the national significance of the substantive matter for the future of football.

Rampersad adjourned the matter and is expected to provide his verdict on the TTFA’s application for the approval of the repayment proposal on Wednesday.

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Port of Spain reacts to budget

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:45am

The annual budget, read in Parliament on Monday, affects everyone in the counry. But the vast majority of people in Port of Spain whom Newsday approached yesterday said, "I didn't really listen to it, inno." Some heard one or two lines and ran with that. Others had no trouble voicing extensive opinions.

Self-described hustler Roger Khan said, "This is the worst budget in the history of Trinidad. Everything raise, bai, I fed up of them. How much you feel that income tax break will work out to? Maybe a couple hundred."

On the health workers' bonus, he commented, "Them ain't getting no bonus. Them work for that, them overwork. That is not no bonus."

Civil servant Carol Lakhan said, "The fuel rise is a killer. As it is, I paying enough to come to town every day – it's $80 a week now. I can't make any adjustment to my transport, I have to come to work.

"Food prices is too much. To be honest, we working on a 2013 salary, and everything gone up since then. It's hard to survive. That four per cent offer cannot be fair. Everything gone up and our spending power is less now and the salary remains the same."

Over the past months labour unions held demonstrations, including motorcades and days of rest and reflection to protest the government's offer to increase public servants' pay by four per cent. During the budget reading, the Minister of Finance refused to deviate from that offer.

Flow saleswoman Shenica Grant, 24, said, "I vex, because everything gone up.

"It not making sense living in Trinidad again. You working just to go to work. Light bill gone up, gas gone up. Just now you have to walk with your wheels in your hand."

Store clerks on Frederick Street Shanice and Isaiah reacted to the lack of an increase in minimum wage with one word, "Failure." They added, "The pressure is getting worser."

Nutsman Aaron Small said,"Everything in the budget was disappointing, because the most you hear is everything going up."

Royal Castle worker Mekida Roach said, "The budget is foolishness. It don't make any sense, because salary is still the same and everything just raising."

With the rise in gas prices, Roach predicted it would cost more to go to work and reiterated, "Pay is still the same."

Not all the reactions were critical.

Orlon Harlow, pieman on Henry Street, said, "I didn't listen to it, inno, but I heard gas went up $1.

"I believe the government have to take action to save the country, because the country in a bad state. All over the world things hard. If they don't make the right choice, the country will get more hard.

"For me, all the years, I find the budget does be a good budget, because the government have to know what they doing to run the country. It's not an easy job but the government know what there."

Lucien Theroulde was waiting for the bus in City Gate.

"I did not really listen to the whole thing.

"Is not everything everybody will agree with and I is not no politics man, but I does just listen. So I don't want to bad-talk and say nothing. For me, the budget was all right. They trying to see if they could facilitate everybody to the best of their ability, so I give them praise for that. Real people does criticise, and if you put them there, they can't do nothing."

Arima taxi drivers said they had not listened to the budget or experienced the effects of the fuel increase as yet. They said Newsday should check them back in a month and then they would say how they feel about the budget.

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Get transport grant to right place

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:43am

WHILE many people anticipated Finance Minister Colm Imbert would trim the fuel subsidy, there was one announcement in Monday’s budget relating to transport that was a surprise.

Having stuck to his guns in going ahead with increases to fuel prices, and having announced increases to air- and seabridge fares, Mr Imbert, at the very end of his four-hour presentation, announced a $1,000 transport grant.

The grant is to be paid to all people who currently get social relief, such as those on public assistance, disability and food support grants and those in receipt of senior citizens’ pensions. According to the minister, the measure will assist 175,000 people and will cost $175 million.

This unprecedented measure can only be seen as a long-overdue concession, on the part of the Government, to the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in.

Though it is a one-off, it nonetheless represents a shift in the State’s approach. It places emphasis not on attempting to buffer the population through subsidies which are effectively price controls, but through reallocating funds directly to those in need. That’s a good thing.

But that’s also just the theory.

On paper, a grant designated for specific vulnerable sectors looks good. In reality, implementing such a grant is, as with all of the social-assistance measures currently in place, fraught with difficulty. It is vulnerable to red tape and abuse.

The bobol that ensued in relation to the special measures that were introduced at the height of the covid19 pandemic is a case in point.

Another example is the litany of problems that have plagued the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme since its inception.

The list could go on.

Given all that has unfolded in the last few months in relation to social grants, with ministers routinely having cause to refer instances of fraud to the police, how will the State guarantee that its transport grant facility gets to the right people?

And hasn’t the Government, through this grant, simply solved a problem that it has partially caused?

For instance, with one hand the budget makes people over 60 pay higher Tobago fares, or in the case of the ferry, a fare they did not previously pay (a measure that will not generate enough revenue to turn loss-making routes profitable). With the other hand these same people, if they are on pensions, will be entitled to the $1,000 grant.

Transport affects all sectors of society because of its implications for inflation. It’s not just about taxi fares. It's about anything that needs to be distributed. And it's about productivity.

We welcome the Government’s $1,000 allowance as a kind of halfway house. For the moment, if it gets to where it needs to get to, it can be of real assistance to those in need.

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Tom, Dick and Harry comedy goes to Central Bank Auditorium

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:43am

Tom, Dick and Harry will bring comedy to the Central Bank Auditorium this weekend when Better Than We? Wey! stages an encore performance of the production, which played last year to sold-out audiences. Three shows will be held from September 30-October 2.

The dynamic new theatre group, whose lead actors worked for years under the directorship of the late Raymond Choo Kong, returns with this riotous comedy by Michael Cooney and Ray Cooney, directed by theatre stalwart Trevon C Jugmohan of First Instinct Productions, a media release said.

In this “fall-out-of-your-seat-laughing” comedy, Tom and his wife are about to adopt a baby and convince the adoption agency they will make good parents. It all seems pretty straightforward until Tom’s errant brothers get involved.

Throw in alcohol, illegal immigrants and a corpse and you’ll be crying with laughter in this fast-paced farce, the release said.

Tom, Dick and Harry's cast includes Kearn Samuel, Nicholas Subero, Arnold “Pinny” Goindhan, Kevon S Brooks, Mark Nottingham, Kyle Hernandez, Cindy F Daniel, Shevonne Tricia Metivier, Paula Hamilton-Smith and Gervais Aleong.

Showtime on September 30 -October 1 is 8 pm and 6 pm on October 2.

For ticket info and details follow Better Than We? Wey! Productions on Facebook and Instagram or at betterthanwewey@gmail.com

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Landslide danger onroad to Fishing Pond

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:41am

THE EDITOR: On September 23, a teacher going to the Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School fell down. Where? At the landslide on the North Oropouche road to go to Fishing Pond.

My daughter fell there last week also.

How many more people must risk harm there? A fall today, a sprain tomorrow, a fracture or broken limb in the near future? What will it take for someone to crack the accountability whip to get matters expedited there? The makeshift walkway and handrail are shaky and don’t inspire much confidence for those traversing that area, especially those advanced in age and those with mobility issues.

Permit me to give some clarity as a resident of the Fishing Pond community.

There are two schools in the affected area, the Gordon Miller Early Childhood Centre and the Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School.

There are therefore school administrators, teachers, other members of staff, school feeding programme workers, students and parents having to experience this trauma every day since the start of the school term, with no word as to when it will be over and a normal means of commuting resume.

Is there a timeline for this work to be completed? Is there anyone who can communicate that information to the affected residents?

We were asked by the contractor on site to give them one week. Well, that time has elapsed and there is no telling when we will be getting back a roadway. Is it going to be two weeks, a month? Can’t someone, anyone responsible, account to the people of the community? After all, we are taxpayers also, you know. The answers seems to be blowing in the wind.

The residents of the communities of Gordon Miller, (lower) Fishing Pond and Fleming Road (upper Fishing Pond) deserve much better than we are currently receiving.

The schoolchildren also deserve a whole lot better than they are getting, both those who are being educated in the communities and those who have to experience the nightmare of travelling to schools in Sangre Grande and beyond. Students have to take extra lessons. What about their safety when returning home?

The alternative route was already severely stressful before this, with its own multiple landslide issues – and now more traffic on that roadway. Added to that, the place is lonely and you lose cell phone service there. The risk of becoming a robbery victim and/or of some other kind of crime is huge in the off-peak hours. Night is not the best time for anyone to be driving there alone.

There are also three churches beyond the landslide area (Presbyterian, Spiritual Baptist and Roman Catholic), so services are being affected as well.

Workers are also having to treat with the matter of getting to their job sites.

And community businesses also are affected. Goods vehicles, including LPG gas trucks, cannot keep the businesses stocked.

Inconveniences are being experienced across the board and people will never understand this until they live or walk in our shoes across that landslide.

DERYCK CYRUS

Fishing Pond

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Can’t retract the spoken word, Morris

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:41am

THE EDITOR: There is an old saying that you cannot retract the spoken word, and if anyone knows it, it’s a Tobagonian. As such, I am gratified that Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Leader Kelvon Morris was called to account for his stupefying nomination of Watson Duke as deputy chief secretary of the THA.

In my mind, he should have been disciplined by the Tobago PNM and, thereafter, he would have the opportunity to apologise profusely, profoundly and prolifically. What appalling nonsense. Morris is alone and has only one vote, and even if the presiding officer allowed the nomination, it was bound to fail by at least ten votes, but Morris thought he was being astute to utter his unpardonable garbage.

He thought he would escape by saying he was trying to make mischief and so "mammy" Tobagonians (please don't beat me – politically – as I will never do it again). How Ancil Dennis must be hopping mad on one foot when he considers that this is the political material he has to deal with. It’s even worse than Tracy Davidson-Celestine.

Anywhere you turn, there is Morris apologising – Tobago Today (30 minutes of apology), Radio 95.5 (more than one hour), then in the print media. God help us.

Alas, it was a wonderful example to show political maturity and demonstrate that he is above commess when it comes to, first, working with the administration in power in good faith, as the election is over and, secondly, lifting the profile of the wounded PNM as a party on the way back. But all he could utter was that foolishness – and then say, "Well I was trying to make mischief."

Morris, you cannot retract the spoken word; you have blown it.

LINDA CAPILDEO

St James

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Hazel Brown, a superb advocate

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:41am

THE EDITOR: It was with sadness that I read of the passing of Hazel Brown.

Apart from the many areas which she championed, including the rights and development of women, Hazel made significant contributions in local government advancement. In the late 1980s, 1990s and continuing, she and her associates would organise meetings and seminars on local government, encouraging more women to be involved and to contest local government elections.

Hazel would often invite me to address these participants on local government issues and development. These meetings were held in many parts of the country, and I recall attending such occasions at her office in Port of Spain, and in Arima and San Fernando.

One notable aspect of Hazel’s approach was that she felt that local government and community participation were the foundation of all development; that meaningful development can only start with the involvement of the people in decisions that affect their basic needs, and this was the essential qualitative difference that was needed.

In fact, I would say that Hazel’s work contributed to the Municipal Corporations Act, 1990, which replaced the old County Councils Act.

It was a great honour to work with Hazel to a limited extent in one of the many issues of which she was a strong advocate.

LENNOX SANKERSINGH

via e-mail

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Uncomfortable facts

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:41am

THE EDITOR: The so-called national awards handed out on Republic Day reflect what a blatantly partisan PNM holiday this is.

Even our highest national award formerly presented on Independence Day, the Trinity Cross, did not reflect the true diversity of our country. It had to be changed via a long-drawn-out court battle (finally implemented in 2008), rather than a simple change of PNM government policy to acknowledge citizens’ legitimate concerns for inclusion.

Basdeo Panday was right to have removed Republic Day as a holiday way back in 1996, as we instituted two new holidays. Notably, TT did not even become a republic on September 24. It was August 1. So why celebrate September 24?

Similar to independence under the PNM, there are uncomfortable truths about Republic Day of which more citizens should be aware. These events are within the living memory of at least 200,000 citizens.

1. The Republican Constitution was passed when there was no elected opposition in the Parliament.

2. This was later "rectified" by PNM members JRF Richardson and Horace Charles crossing the floor and creating an "opposition" (which did not survive to the 1976 election).

3. Former chief justice Hugh Wooding was appointed to lead the constitutional reform discussions. They produced a radically different, very progressive constitution for TT. It included a single-chamber national assembly replacing the Parliament, ending of the unelected Senate, a president elected by members of the national assembly and local government, proportional representation, and many other innovations.

Had this been implemented it would have taken us significantly away from one-man rule, maximum leadership and our colonial crown colony system which Eric Williams reinstituted in 1961.

4. Instead, Williams lambasted the Wooding Commission for nine hours in Parliament, among other things saying it was a "dagger aimed at the heart of the PNM."

5. In its place, Williams pushed forth a republican Constitution which was almost exactly like the Independence Constitution, with the governor general replaced by a largely ceremonial president elected by the Parliament.

6. One of the only differences in the new republican Constitution was that the prime minister had more power over the Cabinet. This was because the republican Constitution removed the previous limitation that only two (appointed) senators could be cabinet ministers. Now any number could be ministers, and dismissed from Parliament altogether at will.

5. This unilateral bulldozing of the republican Constitution through Parliament was similar to the passing of the Independence Constitution, when the Opposition DLP and even John Broome's African National Congress (ANC) walked out of the Queen's Hall conference in protest, as the PNM ignored their inputs and concerns and pushed through their own constitution.

7. The PNM’s republican Constitution was proclaimed on August 1. However, the Republic Day holiday was set for the seemingly arbitrary date of September 24 (the day the Parliament sat).

8. September 24, 1976, it so happens, was also the 20th anniversary of the PNM's coming to power. As a result of this choice, the whole country inadvertently celebrates the first day the PNM won a general election (narrowly, without a legislative majority, in 1956), rather than the day the country became a republic. However, it is called Republic Day.

9. The Republic Day holiday was removed in 1996 by the Basdeo Panday administration to make way for Shouter Baptist Liberation Day (a holiday which the PNM opposed, incidentally).

10. However, when Patrick Manning returned to power in 2001, he reinstated the September 24 Republic Day holiday.

Not many citizens understand that Republic Day celebrates the dismissal of the progressive Wooding constitution and commemorates the date of the PNM election victory in 1956, rather than the day we became a republic (under a unilaterally-imposed PNM constitution).

We need a true understanding of our history, and our holidays, to reflect TT as a whole, and not just the PNM.

DR KIRK MEIGHOO

PRO, UNC

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Four men held for Pennywise heist appear in court

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:39am

FOUR men who were held for the deadly Pennywise Super Centre, La Romaine heist have appeared in court on gun charges.

Christopher Noreiga, 24, and Brent Walcott, 23, both of Ballantyne Street, Five Rivers, Arouca, appeared virtually before San Fernando Magistrate Amelia Deonarinesingh on Tuesday.

The two were found in some bushes in La Romaine, following the Pennywise robbery attempt.

Noreiga and Walcott faced joint charges of trafficking in firearms and possession of ammunition. The charges were laid indictably and the two were not called upon to plead. Their matters were adjourned to September 29.

Two other men who were held during a search by police of a house in Corinth Hill, have also appeared in Court.

Rennico Khan, 32, of Midas Lane, Corinth Hill Extension, Ste Madeleine and Kemo Mc Sween, 26, of Union Hall, San Fernando, both appeared in court on charges of possession of arms and ammunition.

Khan also faced another charge of resisting arrest, to which he pleaded guilty and will return to court on Wednesday for facts and sentencing. Mc Sween will also return to court on Wednesday.

Snr Supt Richard Smith told Newsday on Tuesday that notwithstanding the laying of charges, investigations are very much ongoing and more arrests could be made soon.

He said files were sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution and investigators are awaiting instructions.

Over the weekend, police released a soldier who was arrested after he reported his vehicle stolen by six men who used it to try and escape from police after the Pennywise heist. Four suspects were later shot dead by police.

On September 19, security officers Jeffrey Peters, 51, Jerry “Bat” Stuart, 49, and Peola Baptiste, 57, were transporting money collected from several businesses on the Pennywise compound, when they were ambushed.

Peters and Stuart died while Baptiste remains warded in critical condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

In the hail of gunfire, another security, Allister Harris, 47, was shot but survived. A nine-year-old boy from Siparia who was passing as police chased the bandits, was grazed by a bullet.

Police cornered the suspects at a house in La Romaine and in the ensuing gun battle, four of the suspects were killed. They have been identified as Greg Dodough, Deaundre Montrose and brothers, Kyle and Keyon Ramdhan.

Kyle was on bail at the time of the Pennywise incident, having been charged with attempted murder.

On April 25, Keyon survived a shooting incident that claimed the life of Hakeem "Skinny" Peters, 25, of Lezama Trace, South Oropouche.

Keyon was reversing a Nissan Versa car out of the family's yard at Delhi Road, Fyzabad, when gunmen ambushed him and Peters who was a front seat passenger.

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J’Ouvert with Shell Invaders

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:39am

Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra attracted a good crowd of pan lovers and onlookers for its Republic Day J’Ouvert which began 4 am outside the band’s headquarters on Tragarete Road, Woodbrook. Several steelbands joined in the celebration including, HADCO Phase II, Proman Starlift, Power Stars, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra and Tripolians. [caption id="attachment_977482" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Shell Invaders J’Ouvert sailor masqueraders parde on Tragerete Road, Woodbrook , on Republic Day September 24. - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_977484" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A pannist from Desperadoes Steel Orchestra plays duriing Shell Invaders’ J’Ouvert, Tragerete Road, Woodbrook. - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_977485" align="alignnone" width="683"] - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_977486" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Powder time on the road at Shell Invaders’ J’Ouvert on Republic Day. - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_977487" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Proman Starlift Orchestra plays during Shell Invaders’ J’Ouvert on Republic Day at Tragarete Road Woodbrook. - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_977488" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Showing his colours at Shell Invaders’ J’Ouvert in Woodbrook. - JEFF K MAYERS[/caption]

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Incestuous love

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:39am

Kanisa George

Kings did it; lords did it; even the Targaryens and the Lannisters did it. That's the story of, that's the glory of incestuous love.

Two in the throes of immoral love makes for a controversial yet perfect on-screen plot. Mothers bedding their sons and uncles de-flowering their nieces for political leverage, some would argue, only make sense in the world of make-believe. Or does it?

While, as a society, we might be divided on views of lifestyle choices, it is safe to say that, for the most part, the jury has settled unanimously on their opinions of incestuous relationships.

By and large, incest is a taboo topic, and even when discussed in public forums it's always of the non-consenting kind. It's common for the dialogue to focus on sexual assault that features incest as a pervading theme; a grandfather molesting his grandchildren or a father found guilty of raping his daughter. But for reasons that might be more obvious than not, rarely do we consider incest from the perspective of two consenting adults. In most societies, incest is viewed as morally repugnant and condemned by laws which strive to maintain a code of ethics.

One view highlights potential health concerns. Naturally, inbreeding appears to carry several potentially harmful consequences. Scientists have explained that reproducing with a blood relative increases the chances that two harmful, but otherwise rare, recessive alleles will match up. This can result in numerous genetic and development problems that could be carried from one generation to the next.

Besides the obvious moral and scientific arguments against incest, psychologists believe that subconsciously we have cognitive mechanisms that account for incest aversion. Essentially, it appears we are designed to avoid breeding with close relatives. For most of us, incest is morally distasteful and flies in the face of the family structure.

"Aunt sleeping with she nephew, something wrong with that."

But as we all know, with every rule, there are possible exceptions, and in recent times a number of challengers have questioned the validity of invading one's personal choices even when those choices seek to challenge ingrained social, moral and legal principles.

There have been growing arguments around the legality of laws on consensual incestuous relationships that have forced jurisprudential thinkers to consider whether it should be illegal in the first place. Should consenting adults be able to do as they wish? Or should laws continue to restrict interactions that are by their very nature immoral?

In TT, incest is a criminal offence governed by Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act Chapter 11:28. Like many jurisdictions, Section 9 criminalises both consensual and non-consensual incest. Section 9 (1) states that a person commits the offence of incest who knowing that another person is by blood relationship, his or her parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, uncle, niece, aunt or nephew, as the case may be, has sexual intercourse with that person. Section 9 (2) states that one would face life imprisonment if found liable on conviction. Convictions for non-consensual incest are far more commonplace in our society when compared to consensual incest between two adults, which from all appearances, seldom occur.

In some countries, however, incest is merely taboo and would only attract criminal culpability if it involves a child or lack of consent. For example, in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, there are no laws that prohibit consenting adults (over the age of majority) from engaging in an incestuous relationship. In others, it is legal, but for a few exceptions. In Spain, following the reign of Napoleon, laws against incest were abolished, making it legal for blood relatives to engage in sexual relations, with a restriction placed on marriage between siblings. Perhaps one of the most controversial yet interesting laws on incest can be found in Italy. According to Article 564 of Italy's Penal code, incest is only deemed illegal if it provokes a public scandal and is punishable by two to eight years' imprisonment.

Much closer to home, laws on incest in the US vary between states, and there are several well-known reported incestuous relationships throughout the country. Incest, without a doubt, is one of the most categorically denounced practices in the world, yet some juridical authors questioned the need for its prohibition.

Incest taboo, some believe, is reinforced in contemporary society by moral, religious and scientific viewpoints that somehow don't always relate to the violation of rights. Moreover, the genetic approach to some is a highly flawed argument, as consenting non-related individuals who carry genetic diseases aren't forced to take a vow of celibacy or prevented from reproducing because they are carriers.

In fact, according to one writer, if we subscribe to the genetics argument, should we then treat carriers of all genetic disorders the same way we treat related couples? After all, medical advances may be used to address these genetic issues between socially accepted couples. Shouldn't the same apply to related couples? Or is our application of the genetic argument a form of arbitrary discrimination?

Other writers believe this contemporary view is based on the misleading notion that abnormality and perversion have ethical implications. To this, some argue it doesn't. And while ensuring the sanctity of the family structure is often waved around, there is an argument to be made that relationships between two consent adults further strengthen bonds of love and intimacy instead of undermining them. Generally, supporters hold that forbidding incest denies us our rights and removes our freedom to choose who we love.

Is incest a moral dilemma? Or are we merely simple-minded creatures held captive to views of morality and ethics in a society whose opinions are far different from what they used to be?

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TCL gives tablets, supplies to community schools

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 6:39am

Cemex Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) has been supporting schools and students within its operating communities of Claxton Bay and Mayo for the new academic year via its annual back-to-school drive TCL said it recognises the significant role that education plays in building a sustainable future and in the empowerment of generations to come. In a media release the company said it maintains its commitment through continued investment in the educational needs of communities through its various programmes and initiatives. [caption id="attachment_977479" align="alignnone" width="864"] Claxton Bay Anglican Primary School received devices and back-to-school packages from TCL. -[/caption] This initiative included distributing school bags and stationery to primary school pupils over the past three weeks. TCL’s employees also voluntarily contributed to the cause, the release said. Tables were donated to primary schools to be used as part of their device loan programmes and to assist pupils in need of access to online resources. The company also donated whiteboards and computer monitors to help improve classroom learning, the release said. [caption id="attachment_977477" align="alignnone" width="864"] The staff at Macaulay Government Primary School with whiteboards presented by TCL’s social impact and communications co-ordinator, Janelle Collins and industrial segment manager Rodney Cowan. -[/caption] TCL also recently resumed its annual SEA scholarship programme – Build Your Future Awards for Excellence, at the first opportunity since the covid19 pandemic, the release said. SEA pupils were awarded vouchers redeemable for school supplies in recognition of their academic and extra-curricular achievements and to help offset educational expenses as they enter secondary school. TCL reiterated its commitment to adding value to its communities and said it looks forward to continuing to build meaningful relationships and collaborating with its stakeholders.  

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Royals’ Cornwall: ‘One last push’ to CPL crown

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday - Mer, 28/09/2022 - 12:24am

BARBADOS Royals all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall has urged his team to make "one last push" as it seeks to win its third Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title on Friday at the National Stadium, Providence, Guyana. Barbados ended Guyana Amazon Warriors' four-game win streak on Tuesday with a comprehensive 87-run victory in qualifier one. In contrast to Sunday's top-order collapse to the same opponents, in a preliminary contest, Barbados Royals got the perfect start from their openers, who put on 53 for the first wicket. After a watchful start that saw Barbados six without loss after two overs, man-of-the-match Rahkeem Cornwall switched gears and clobbered 11 sixes for a top score of 91, his highest total of the CPL. A partisan crowd was expecting a similar outcome to Sunday when Barbados lost their first three wickets for eight runs and never recovered. But Cornwall and Kyle Mayers (26) left them silent with some brutal hitting. Guyana thought they had made inroads when left-arm spinner Junior Sinclair bowled out Myers and Imran Tahir trapped new batsman Harry Tector LBW for a duck, but Cornwall and Azam Khan had other ideas. The pair put on 90 runs for the third wicket to take the game away from Guyana. Even the typically frugal Tahir was given some rough treatment with three sixes in one over – two from Cornwall and one from Khan. By the time Shakib Al Hasan got rid of Cornwall, in the 17th over, the platform was set for a big total. Poor bowling and fielding compounded a bad day for Guyana as Khan (52) continued the late onslaught. A 22-run over from Odean Smith in the 19th, which included a no ball, highlighted a poor overall display from the hosts as wicketkeeper Rahmunullah Gurbaz waved away his teammates to attempt a catch off a top edge from Khan, but he lost the ball in the sky and ended uptaking evasive action as the ball fell at his feet. Barbados closed on 195 for five. Any hope of a successful chase was dashed early as Guyana's in-form Gurbaz was out bowled to Mayers in the first over. From there, it was a steady procession of batsmen back to the pavilion. Shai Hope (16), Al Hasan (1) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (10) all fell cheaply as Guyana were reduced to 32 for four. Skipper Shimron Hetmyer tried his best to fight back with 37 off 29 balls but failed to find a reliable partner. As wickets continued to tumble, the Guyana crowd began making their exit, still hopeful their team would not be following them out the tournament on Wednesday. Ramon Simmonds (3/17), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/21) and Cornwall (2/10) did the damage as Guyana were bowled out for 108. Guyana will face the winner of Tuesday night's match between St Lucia Kings and Jamaica Tallawahs for a second crack at the final. On the team's mindset going into Friday, Cornwall said, "It's just one last push. We have to give it our all – can't take anything for granted, just do the right things." He said Sunday's loss to Guyana did not faze his teammates, who are quickly making up for the absences of former captain David Miller and batsman Quinton de Kock, who left after the Trinidad stage for international duty. "We stick together as a team, we cheer up each other. Even though we have a bad game we don't show no one a bad face. The team is gelling well. Not much talk, we had a bad game and put it behind us. We know we're a good team." Despite his impressive knock, Cornwall said the pitch was not conducive to strokeplay. "I think it's a slow, low one, not good for cross-batted shot, but still thankful for the score that we get today." The giant Antiguan said he backed his power and skills when the ball was in his hitting arc. "I stick to my game plan. I know once the ball is in my area, I know I can put it away. Early on it was a bit slow, but I just give myself time to make it up in the end." Summarised Scores: BARBADOS ROYALS 195/5 - Rahkeem Cornwall 91, Azam Khan 52, Romario Shepherd 2/29 vs GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS 108 - Shimron Hetmyer 37, Ramon Simmonds 3/17, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2/21 and Cornwall 2/10.

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