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Lawrence, Whitmore emphasise on home player development

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence and his Jamaica counterpart Theodore Whitmore are welcoming the opportunity to utilise their home-based talent in Thursday’s International Friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The match kicks off at 8 pm.

Lawrence has selected a provisional squad that includes only three overseas-based players in Aubrey David (Finland) and US-based duo of Cordell Cato and Mekeil Williams. Whitmore also has a squad comprising of mainly Jamaican-based players with at lest five of those players being part of the squad which came second at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Some of the home-based players now coming into the set-up for T&T include Kevon Villaroel of North East Stars, Julio Noel of San Juan Jabloteh, Neil Benjamin Jr of W Connection, Shane Sandy of MIC IT St Ann’s Rangers, Jared London of Club Sando and Taryk Sampson and Nathaniel Garcia of Central FC, along with more seasonal national team players such as Hughtun Hector, Nathan Lewis, Marvin Phillip, Alvin Jones and Curtis Gonzales.

Meanwhile, Whitmore expects his bunch to give a strong account of themselves in the Caribbean derby as they are all pressing for regular selection.

“It does not really matter whether it is a FIFA date, this is something we want for the local national players to have enough games for them to expose themselves and in environment like this,” Whitmore said.

“Against quality opponents like a T&T, who is preparing for two World Cup Qualifying games, it gives us a chance to look at other players. We need more games like these for our local players. This is our base,” he added.

Lawrence also expressed similar feeling saying, “The local-based players have come in and done very well. They have applied themselves well and of course with proper international matches like the Ecuador game and now Jamaica helps to bring them up to a level so that in a situation where we need them to step to the call when we have World Cup qualifiers with the full roster available, then it will not be a culture shock or something totally new to some of these guys.”

“Matches like this one on Thursday are vital for our development and getting the younger players exposed to the real challenges of international football. This then gives myself and the rest of the coaching unit that opportunity to make a proper assessment of what is available to us in terms of selection and ensuring we have the best possible team together for the qualifiers and other big international assignments ahead of us,” Lawrence added.

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Spinners, McCullum power TKR home

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

A mature, sensible knock from the experienced Brendon McCullum, who scored and unbeaten half-century (65 off 45 balls), guided Trinbago Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in match 17 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Guyana Stadium, yesterday.

This was after Knight Riders’ twirlers had displayed all of their skills to restrict the target to a very gettable 131. Their victory means Knight Riders have become the first team to qualify from the group stages for the Playoffs which will take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, in Tarouba, south Trinidad from September 5-9.

McCullum’s innings set the bedrock for Knight Riders’ pursuit and allowed his side’s other batsmen the freedom to play as they wished. Darren Bravo and Colin Munro took the opportunity to attack, striking 11 off 8 and 27 off 19 respectively, while Denesh Ramdin enjoyed some time in the middle, finishing on 20 off 19.

The role of platform-building is not one McCullum often plays, with him more often choosing to attack from ball one, but it’s a job he performed with aplomb, as he put the result beyond doubt before exploding, taking 20 runs off a Roshon Primus over and bringing the game to an early finish.

McCullum didn’t have everything his own way, and was troubled in particular by 18-year-old Afghan Rashid Khan, who finished with exceptional figures of three overs for 11 runs. McCullum survived two consecutive LBW appeals from the leg-spinner, but made sure he capitalised on his reprieves, striking four fours and four sixes, before Ramdin brought an end to proceedings with another six with Knight Riders victors by seven wickets and with 4.1 overs remaining.

Earlier, after Dwayne Bravo won the toss and chose to bowl, Knight Riders’ spinners played a key part in restricting Amazon Warriors to a chaseable total. Their trio of slow bowlers—Sunil Narine, Nikita Miller, and Khary Pierre—conceded just 60 off their combined 12 overs, with Narine’s 1-11 off 4 overs the standout. Meanwhile the seamers—Robert Frylinck, Ronsford Beaton, and Dwayne Bravo—went for 68 runs off their eight overs. Captain Bravo in particular came in for some punishment, going for 35 off his three overs.

The main resistance came from Jason Mohammed, who bided his time before adding some late acceleration. In the face of consistent bowling and the loss of batting partners, he reached 50 at exactly a run a ball, before striking two fours and a six in his next eight balls, the last of which, also the last of the innings, bowled him for 66.

The result leaves Guyana Amazon Warriors facing an uphill struggle to qualify.

Guyana Amazon Warriors are next play Barbados Tridents today.

SCORES

Trinbago Knight Riders 131-3 (McCullum 65 not out, Darren Bravo 27) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 130-5 (Mohammed 66) by seven wickets and with 25 balls to spare

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Khan works Oracle in Arima

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

The in-form trainer Shaffique Khan did what he promised and worked the ‘Oracle’ with Blue Oracle yesterday in the feature event for Horses rated 70-55 over 1,200 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

Last Saturday, Blue Oracle played ‘second fiddle’ to returning stable-mate Bergeron Boy in the feature event and was spot on for this weekend’s main event.

Khan, who is not famous bringing his horses back quickly, had no hesitation in sending the Jamaican bred five-year-old horse to win today. The Aga Khan owned thoroughbred won at odds of 5/2 for apprentice jockey Ri Hernandez.

Punters made the John Loetaud trained Criminal Intent ridden by Brian Boodramsing the overwhelming favourite and this horse disappointed once again as he ran no race at all.

From the off King Ronan was sent to front by Jovika Boodramsing with the intent of making all the running. He was followed by Central Square, Golden Bid and Blue Oracle. These were being tracked by Crown The King, Dublin Fashion with War Brigade and Criminal Intent at the rear of the field.

Going to the far turn King Ronan had established a three-length lead on Central Square with Golden Bid and Blue Oracle in close proximity.

At the top of the straight King Ronan still held sway but the challengers headed by Blue Oracle were ready to deliver their challenges. With 250 metres remaining Rico Hernandez gave the son of Blue Pepsi Lodge /Quick Burst the office and he settled the issue in a matter of strides. King Ronan came under pressure and hoisted the white flag as Central Square and Bublin Fashion moved forward close to the line, with Dublin Fashion taking second.

The winner record the time of 1:12.4 for his 1 1/4 lengths victory.

Training honours fell to Chester Roberts who saddled two winners in 25/1 shock winner Sing Sing Sing and the Speedy Chelsi Magic.

No jockey was able to land a double on the eight-race card.

Racing continues on Independence Day–August 31—with the running of the Trinidad Derby where Leading Lady and Carlos Montalvo will look to double up after their Midsummer Classic romp.

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CPL 2017 GLANCE

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Today

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (Guyana)

Friday’s results

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated Barbados Tridents by 17 runs under Duckworth/Lewis,

Yesterday’s Results

Trinbago Knight Riders bt Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets

Top Performers

TKR’s Brendon McCullum 65 n.o; Darren Bravo 27

Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Jason Mohammed 66 (Bowling - Sunil Narine 1 for 11)

Tomorrow

St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs (St. Kitts & Nevis)

See Reports on Page A 36 & 37

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Taxi driver killed by ‘passenger’

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

PH taxi driver Stephen Nero, 43, was attacked and killed by a man posing as a passenger along Hamilton Siding Road, Wallerfield, on Friday night.

According to police, Nero, of Denny Road, Valencia, was stabbed in the neck and back by his attacker around 8.30 pm. Police found Nero bleeding from stab wounds on the roadway when they arrived at the scene.

The engine and lights to his grey Nissan AD Wagon were found on and there was blood in and on the vehicle.

The murder came as a shock to his family, who said he usually doesn’t work after 6 pm as he is a practicing Seventh Day Adventist.

Nero’s family members have reportedly told police they believe he was set up by a woman he was dating.

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Harvey heads through Caribbean

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

MEXICO CITY—Tropical Storm Harvey weakened into a depression as it moved through the Caribbean Sea yesterday on a projected course that would have it approaching Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula early this week.

The US National Hurricane Centre reported that Harvey was centred about 140 miles (225 kilometres) north-north-west of Curacao and was heading west at 22 mph (35 kph). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). The centres said Harvey could regain its tropical storm status today.

It said heavy rains were possible last night over Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Another tropical storm, Kenneth, was far out in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico and moving away from land.

The hurricane centre said Kenneth was expected to strengthen somewhat during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane.

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Double gold, record for Morean in Goodwill Swim

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Kami Morean, one of the captains of the T&T Goodwill Swim Team, won the first gold medal for Team T&T, establishing a new 15-17 Girls meet record on Friday evening at the National Aquatic Centre in Guyana.

Morean won the 15 - 17 Girls 100m freestyle in a personal best 1:00.83, to erase the 2015 record of Kaisha Rouse of 1:01.05. She achieved a second gold when she went on to win the 50m breaststroke in 37.02.

Naomi Walters also won gold for T&T with her 38.20 clocking in the 11-12 girls 50m breaststroke while her team-mate Isabella Edwards secured bronze in 38.65, which added to the bronze she won earlier in the 100m freestyle (1:05.67).

Joy Blackett sped to the wall in the girls 9-10 100m backstroke to win gold and set a personal best time of 1:20.04. Blackett earned bronze in the 100m free (1:09.43) just behind her compatriot Amelia Rajack who got silver (1:08.39).

Blackett went on to win a third medal by securing bronze in the 50m breast in 40.22.

However, Jamie Williams won T&T’s fourth gold with his 31.26 time in the 15-17 male 50m breaststroke. T&T’s Nathaniel Pascall won bronze in 31.26.

Eight and under swimmer Isabella Mendoza picked up two medals, taking silver in the 100m freestyle (1:20.27) and bronze in the 50m breaststroke (48.06).

Liam Carrington earned a double bronze in the 8 & under 100m freestyle (1:12.05) and 50m breast (44.12). Zachary Anthony was the bronze medallist in the 9 - 10 boys 100m freestyle (1:07.65), with Keishawn Daniel (1:02.07) and Prince Moreau (1:02.36) winning silver and bronze in the 11-12 male equivalent.

Daniel also won silver in the 100m back (1:12.91) ahead of teammate Sheni St Hillaire (1:14.39) who won bronze.

T&T was in the medals again with 13-14 boy Jordon Mc Millan winning 100m free silver in 56.68, while Kristoff Vialva and Derelle Augustine got bronze in the 11-12 boys (36.46) and 13-14 male (33.51) 50m breast respectively.

There were medals also from Analee Maharaj, who won silver in the 13-14 girls equivalent (37.38), as well as the pair of Giovanni Rivas and Caitlyn Look Fong, earning bronze in the 9-10 boys 100m backstroke (1:20.92) and 11-12 female 100 m back (1:18.25), respectively.

Day one of the Goodwill meeting came to a premature end due to poor lighting. T&T leads the point standings after the opening day with 265 points, ahead of Suriname (214.5) and Bahamas (181).

Hosts Guyana are currently in fourth with 155 points.

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Dortmund impresses without Dembele in Bundesliga-opener

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

BERLIN—Borussia Dortmund showed it can thrive this season without suspended forward Ousmane Dembele by opening its Bundesliga campaign with a 3-0 rout at Wolfsburg yesterday.

United States international Christian Pulisic scored one goal and set up another.

Dembele remains suspended after missing training when Barcelona made a bid for the player. Dortmund is yet to receive a second offer after turning down a bid reportedly worth 85 million euros ($100 million) with another 20 million ($23.4 million) in add-ons.

Dortmund fans have turned against the 20-year-old Dembele, who had six goals and 13 assists in his debut Bundesliga season after joining for 15 million euros from Rennes last year. One supporter attending yesterday’s game altered his Dembele jersey to read “Dumbele.”

Pulisic scored Dortmund’s first league goal of the season after good work by Mario Goetze, who was making his first Bundesliga start since December after illness. Goetze spotted Pulisic free to his right and played in the teenager. Pulisic scored with a great finish inside the far post midway through the first half.

Marc Bartra made it 2-0 with a brilliantly curled shot from a difficult angle inside the top corner.

Dortmund continued its domination in the second half when Pulisic crossed for last season’s top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start his tally for the 2017-18 campaign.

Andrej Kramaric scored late for Hoffenheim to beat Werder Bremen 1-0, and Hannover celebrated its return to the league with a 1-0 win at Mainz. (AP)

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England embarrasses Windies by innings, 209 runs in 3-days

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

BIRMINGHAM—England took 19 wickets in a day to send West Indies tumbling to a humbling defeat by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test, yesterday.

England won with time to spare on Day 3 of the day-night test at Edgbaston, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in the most commanding fashion.

The loss was the sixth heaviest ever for the West Indies in their test cricket history. West Indies, resuming on 44-1, was all out for 168 in its first innings after lunch and, asked to follow on, all out again for 137 in the third session.

England bowled West Indies out twice in less than 100 overs in total, and the tourists were miles short of England’s first-innings total of 514-8 declared.

England’s rampant performance was full of significant moments, not just because it was the first day-night test to be played in England or involving England.

Making the pink ball game look easy, Alastair Cook scored a fourth double-century and passed 11,500 career runs in England’s innings. Joe Root’s 136 saw him become just the sixth man to make a half-century in 11 straight tests.

And yesterday, Stuart Broad overtook Ian Botham to become England’s second-highest test wicket-taker with 384.

Pre-match predictions were that the young and inexperienced West Indies would struggle in the series, but maybe not to the extent of their showing in the first three days at Edgbaston.

West Indies hasn’t won a test in England since 2000. Despite having a reasonable record at home against the English, they have been outclassed on tour, losing their last four series in England 4-0, 3-0, 2-0 and 2-0.

This series looks like it might be completely one-sided too.

The margin of the West Indies’ defeat in the series-opener was the biggest in test cricket for two years, with the last defeat on this scale also involving the West Indies, when they lost by an innings and 212 runs in Australia in December 2015. (CMC)

Scoreboard 

England vs West Indies
3rd day 1st Test
ENGLAND 1st Innings 514-8 decl.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 44 for one)
K Brathwaite c wkp
Bairstow b Anderson 0
K Powell run out 20
K Hope c Stokes b Anderson 25
S Hope b Roland-Jones 15
R Chase b Anderson 0
J Blackwood not out 79
S Dowrich lbw b Roland-Jones 4
J Holder c wkp Bairstow b Ali 11
K Roach b Broad 5
A Joseph lbw b Broad 6
M Cummins run out 0
Extras (lb1, w2) 3
TOTAL (all out, 47 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-45, 3-47, 4-47, 5-89, 6-101, 7-129, 8-134, 9-162, 10-168.
Bowling: Anderson 15-6-34-3,
Broad 16-3-47-2,
Roland-Jones 6-0-31-2,
Stokes 7-0-40-0,
Ali 3-1-15-1.
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (following on)
K Brathwaite lbw b Ali 40
K Powell c Cook b Anderson 10
K Hope lbw b Roland-Jones 12
S Hope c Root b Stokes 4
R Chase lbw b Broad 24
J Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 12
S Dowrich b Broad 5
J Holder c Cook b Broad 0
K Roach b Anderson 12
A Joseph c Stokes
b Roland-Jones 8
M Cummins not out 0
Extras (b9, lb1) 10
TOTAL (all out, 45.4 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-41,
3-60, 4-76, 5-102, 6-104,
7-104, 8-115, 9-137, 10-137.
Bowling: Anderson 7-2-12-2,
Broad 10-4-34-3,
Roland-Jones 6.4-3-18-2,
Stokes 9-4-9-1,
Ali 13-2-54-2.
Result: England won by an innings and 209 runs.
Series: England lead three-match series 1-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Alastair Cook.
Toss: England.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Sundaram Ravi; TV – Chris Gaffaney.

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Pensioner found dead

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Police are investigating the discovery of the decomposing body of a pensioner who was found outside his Siparia home yesterday.

Investigators said around 10.10 am, Dillon Green reported that he went to La Pastora Street to check on his father’s friend, who he knew only as Mr Bars. On walking into the yard, he found the man’s body at the bottom of the staircase leading to the house.

When Sgt Ali and officers of the Siparia Police Station checked, they found body in an advanced state of decomposition. Relatives were contacted and he was identified as 71-year-old Junior Pena.

Relatives said Pena lived alone and suffered from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease for many years. Police said they will wait for the results of an autopsy, carded for tomorrow at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, to ascertain the cause of death.

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Children’s Authority working with cops on child beating case

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

The Children’s Authority of T&T says it is working with police to investigate the brutal beating of a toddler, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Wendy Fitzwilliam Paediatric Hospital last week.

The toddler was taken to hospital after allegedly being punched repeatedly in the stomach and back by a close female friend of her family last Saturday. (See editorial on Page A16)

The toddler suffered a ruptured colon during the beating and doctors worked on her in a two-and-a-half-hour emergency operation to repair the damage.

Yesterday, in a telephone interview with the Sunday Guardian, the toddler’s mother said there had been no change in her condition overnight. Doctors had told the parents there was a possibility the child might die.

“She is pretty much the same. They are saying it is still a possibility that she could die and she isn’t out of the clear yet. I’m all right and hopeful. I have to be hopeful, that’s my daughter.”

The toddler is scheduled to undergo another surgery tomorrow.

In a release yesterday, the authority said the matter had been brought to its attention as soon as the child was admitted to hospital.

“The Authority is horrified and strongly condemns the actions of those responsible for the brutal abuse of the child,” the release stated.

The organisation said it was once again reminding the public that preventing child abuse is everyone’s responsibility.

“In fact, if you see, hear or are suspicious about the treatment of a child in your family or neighbourhood you should immediately make a report to the police or the Children’s Authority.”

The authority is calling on anyone with information about this incident to make a report to the police at 999 or to the Children’s Authority Hotline at 996 or 800-2014. KC

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Thompson, Yorke set for Junior Worlds

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00
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Jeron Thompson and Kael Yorke will represent T&T at the biennial World Junior Swimming Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium Swimming Pool in Indianapolis, USA, from August 23 - 28.

Thompson recently returned from the Bahamas after winning T&T’s first ever swimming medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games, claiming bronze in the 50m freestyle. He qualified for Worlds in the 50m breaststroke, but will also compete in the 50 and 200 free, and the 100 and 200 breast.

Yorke qualified for Worlds in the 50m butterfly, but will also compete in the 100m and 200m butterfly events. Both athletes represented T&T at the Carifta and CCCAN Swimming Championships this year, with Yorke winning gold medals in the 15-17 male CARIFTA 50, 100 and 200 fly.

They leave today under the guidance of coach Joseph Mc Leod, who also accompanied Thompson at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Thompson will be the first to face the starter’s gun. He will contest the 100 metre breast stroke, while Yorke will close his participation on August 28 with the 200m butterfly.

The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and the last edition, two years ago, in 2015 was held in Singapore. Many Rio 2016 medallists made their international debut at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Thompson and Yorke will be competing for the first time.

The sixth edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships will get underway on Wednesday (August 23), and is open to girls in the 15-18 age bracket and boys between 14-17.

Over 600 young promising swimmers from 93 national federations, will be taking part in this six-day competition.

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Annisette needs to get facts correct—Sinanan

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Trade Union president Michael Annisette needs to get his facts correct before implicating him in the current sea bridge imbroglio.

Following outcries from the business community, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley appointed Prestige Holdings Ltd chairman Christian Mouttet to probe the procurement process and charter party agreements for the Cabo Star and the Ocean Flower 2.

A charter party is a hire or lease contract between the owner of a vessel and the charterer. The vessels were procured last month to replace the MV Super Fast Galicia, which left T&T in April after a contractual fall out with Port Authority of T&T (PATT). On August 9, Government cancelled the Ocean Flower II contract after it failed to arrive in T&T at the end of last month as stipulated by the contract.

Speaking outside the Prime Minister’s office in St Clair on Friday, Annisette said Rowley should investigate Sinanan for failing to sign the charter party to retain the services of the Super Fast Galicia.

Annisette said Sinanan signed a charter party for two vessels that did not arrive in T&T for a year, but failed to sign an agreement for the Galicia, which was already in the country.

“We in the trade union movement are demanding an inquiry to determine why the minister did not sign a charter party agreement. That is what we want an inquiry into, not about the board. Remember, a board was fired,” Annisette said.

But speaking to reporters in Palo Seco yesterday, Sinanan said he was not even a minister when the issue of the charter party for the Galicia came up. Sinanan, who was appointed to the Works and Transport portfolio on October 31, 2016, said the contract for the Galicia finished since April 2016.

“He spoke about the Super Fast Galicia and that I did not sign-off on the contract and that is why it left. What Mr Annisette has to understand is that the charter party that he is talking about, if he would remember, that was in April 2016. I became a minister in November 2016,” Sinanan said.

“I do not understand where he is going with it, that I did not sign-off on the agreement, because the contract for the Super Fast Galicia finished in April. I was not even a Cabinet minister. I need to check back to see if I was not even a senator. I don’t know what he is talking about and he needs to get his facts correct.”

He added: “I have always stood for integrity, accountability and value for money. I welcome an investigation because I too, like the entire population, wants to know if anything went on in the procurement process.”

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Rambharat using trees in flood plan

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

 

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat says trees should be seen as an asset to assist us in the hurricane and rainy seasons, as they can help reduce damage, soil erosion and flooding.

He made the comment after he took part in the Citizens for Conservation’s tree planting exercise at the Queen’s Park Savannah (QPS), Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The event was part of the bicentennial celebration of the QPS in commemoration of the 200-year anniversary of the purchase of the space for the people of T&T.

Fifty trees that were sponsored by various trust and conservation groups and representatives from the diplomatic corps were planted in the savannah and 40 trees were distributed to the public.

Rambharat said: “We are now entering the height of the hurricane season. We don’t know what to expect later on in the season but so far we know we’ve had a very active season.

“The strongest weather system we’ve had to deal with was Bret. Before during and after Bret in Port-of-Spain you would have seen the effects of the wind and rainfall on trees.

“We lost a few trees in the Savannah, one of the things that concern me is the health of the trees, some are over 100 years old and over a period of time they are rotting at the base and underground.”

Rambharat said there were more landslides, fallen trees and branches on the Lady Young Road during this wet season. But he said this was because after fires which occurred in previous dry seasons, no one surveyed the damage on top the hills and as the rains came down the ground became unstable and landslides occurred.

He said the ministry was now working in tandem with the Port-of-Spain City Corporation, San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, Forestry and Horticulture Division and the Ministry of Works to manage some of the terrain, and recently just joined with the Works Ministry on clearing the North Coast rock slides.

Rambharat said some trees’ roots destabilised the rock structure and combined with their weight promoted landslides.

He said there was an ongoing exercise on the North Coast through Maracas to Blanchisseuse on removing some of the trees, but they were also replanting trees.

Asked about planting more trees in the city, Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez said they were looking at a programme for tree restoration earmarked for strategic areas and he was trying to include private citizens and the business community.

Also asked about the homeless in the city, he said this was foremost on their agenda, adding they had held a number of meetings with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and the Ministry of Health to address the plight of the dispossessed.

He said a piece of land to establish a homeless centre was in the works and he wanted the business community and NGOs to get involved to find a solution.

Regarding the stray dog population in the city, he said just last week a hotel had asked him to remove several dogs from the area and an exercise was conducted to do so.

He said from time to time the corporation would encounter such requests.

European Union Ambassador Arend Biesebroek said the EU could make finance available to countries that wanted to take measures to mitigate climate change.

He said the EU was discussing with Government whether it had intentions of using the EU’s technical experience or funding.

Biesebroek said one of the ideas currently floating was the rehabilitation or reintroduction of mangrove areas near Port-of-Spain specifically to deal with rising sea levels.

He said that was an area where European expertise could be used to provide technical assistance.

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Husbands fire City Hall to PoS football title

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Anthony Husbands scored a pair of goals as City Hall battled past Transport & Cleaning 3-2 to lift the 2017 Port-of-Spain Corporation Inter-Department Football Tournament League title at Nelson Mandela Park (Formerly King George V Park) on Wednesday night.

Going into the contest, Transport & Cleaning led the eight-team table with 16 points from six matches, two clear of previous joint-leader City Hall, and needed only a draw to be crowned champions.

However, it was not to be as Husbands’ double and one from N’Kosi Raphael cancelled out Nicholas Solomon and Andy Charles strikes for Transport & Cleaning.

With the win, City Hall ended with 17 points, one ahead of Transport & Cleaning and St James Division, the latter of which grabbed second spot on goal-difference after hammering Public Health 6-0 in the final league match on Thursday.

For St James Division, Marvin Harper, Michael Harris, Kalim Young, Keston Williams, Sekou Long-Kujufi and Aton Thomas were all on target in the one-sided contest.

In another match, Central Market blasted Central/Eastern 10-0, led by a hat-trick from Tikeste Jules and two from Akeem Young.

The quintet of Jabari Bruce, Dillon Murrel, Yevan Rajpaul, Ysama Young and Kibwe Patterson also netted. And in the other match played, St James Medical edged Western Division, 2–1, with Stephan Guun and Tevin Figaro scoring for the winners while Akinola Paul got the losers’ lone item.

Attention now switches to the knockout competition which will kick off on Monday, August 21 with the final set for September 2.

Results

St James Medical 2 (Stephen Guun, Tevin Figaro) vs Western Division 1 (Akinola Paul)
Central/Eastern 10 (Tikeste Jules 3, Akeem Young 2, Jabari Bruce, Dillon Murrel, Yevan Rajpaul, Ysama Young, Kibwe Patterson) vs Central Market 0
City Hall 3 (Anthony Husbands 2, N’Kosi Raphael) vs Transport & Cleaning 2 (Nicholas Solomon, Andy Charles)
St James Division 6 (Marvin Harper, Michael Harris, Kalim Young, Keston Williams, Sekou Long-Kujufi, Aton Thomas) vs Public Health 0

Standings

Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. City Hall 7 5 2 0 18 6 17
2. St James Division 7 5 1 1 25 9 16
3. Transport & Cleaning 7 5 1 1 12 5 16
4. Central/Eastern 7 4 2 1 17 7 14
5. St James Medical 7 2 1 4 5 12 7
6. Public Health 7 2 0 5 13 14 6
7. Western Division 7 1 0 6 7 15 3
8. Central Market 7 0 1 6 2 33 1
Knockout quarterfinals
Monday
City Hall vs Central Market, 5 pm
Tuesday
St James Division vs Western Division, 5 pm
Wednesday
Transport & Cleaning vs Public Health, 5 pm
Thursday
Central/Eastern vs St James Medical, 5 pm
Semifinals
Tuesday, August 29 & Wednesday, August 30, 5 pm
September 2:
Exhibition match
Eugene Mc Auely All Stars vs Ricardo Murray All Stars, 4 pm
Final, 6 pm

 

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Pollard’s 63 not enough as Tridents lose again

Sports - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Aug 19— Kieron Pollard extended his great form but rain dealt Barbados Tridents a cruel blow with a 17-run defeat to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots under Duckworth/Lewis in the Caribbean Premier League on Friday night.

Sent in at Warner Park, the Tridents mustered a competitive 168 for six off their 20 overs, with Pollard top-scoring with an unbeaten 63 off 40 balls.

Opener Dwayne Smith chipped in with 33, Pakistani Shoaib Malik got 29 while Nicholas Pooran scored 20.

Leg-spinner Samuel Badree picked up two for 27 to lead Patriots.

In reply, the hosts had reached 84 for one when rain arrived at the half-way stage of the innings to end play prematurely, 17 runs ahead of the par score.

Captain Chris Gayle was unbeaten on 38 while Mohammed Hafeez ended 30 not out.

The victory was the fourth in fifth outings for Patriots and it left them second on eight points while Tridents slipped to their third defeat and lie fourth on four points.

Tridents were off to a stuttering start, losing New Zealander Kane Williamson (7) and Chris Barnwell (1) cheaply to be 34 for two in the fourth over.

Smith threatened briefly, belting five fours and two sixes in a 16-ball cameo before picking out mid-off with Badree in sixth over to leave Tridents on 50 for three.

Akeal Hosein (3) and Shoaib, who struck a four and a six off 30 balls, followed in quick succession as the visitors slumped to 89 for five in the 13th.

Not for the first time this season, Pollard came to his side’s rescue, pummeling a four and half dozen sixes to up the momentum.

Crucially, he put on 57 for the sixth wicket with left-hander Pooran who slammed a pair of sixes in 14-ball knock.

Tridents then struck early when they bowled, prising out the dangerous Evin Lewis for seven in the first over, miscuing a stroke to third man off left-arm spinner Hosein with the score on 14.However, Gayle and Hafeez then came together in a potential match-winning stand as they added 70 in an unbroken second wicket partnership.

The left-handed Gayle clubbed four fours and two sixes off 25 balls while Hafeez faced 29 deliveries and struck four boundaries.

With both players set, the match was nicely poised for an interesting finish when the elements intervened. (CMC)

Scores

TRIDENTS
168 for six off 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 63 not out, Dwayne Smith 33, Shoaib Malik 29; Samuel Badree 2-27)
PATRIOTS
84 for one off 9.3 overs (Chris Gayle 38 not out, Mohammad Hafeez 30 not out)
(See more CPL news on page 38)

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Patriotism in action

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Old politics crept in again

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

Former deputy leader and candidate for political leader in the upcoming Congress of the People (COP) elections Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, says it is disappointing that the internal elections of the party had to be taken to the courts but is looking forward to the elections whenever they may be.

In an interview with the Sunday Guardian yesterday, Seepersad-Bachan said it was a disappointment to see elections postponed yet again as it was demoralising to her team, but added that the COP needed to comply with the dictates of the constitution.

The party’s election was postponed for the second time in two months after Justice Ricky Rahim, sitting in the San Fernando High Court last week, ordered that the election, carded for today, be postponed and that the national executive of the party meet to consider the membership of persons who had applied.

He ruled that given the resignations of the members of the election’s committee the leadership election had to be postponed to a date to be fixed.

The election was originally scheduled for July 9, but COP member Kirk Francis filed an application to the court seeking an injunction to prevent Nicole Dyer-Griffith, who had left her party and formed a new party in 2015, from voting and being a candidate for political leader, and to prevent 34 other people from voting in the election.

The party’s constitution states that if someone leaves the party, goes to another one and wants to return they need to write the chairman and political leader first. The letter is then supposed to be discussed by the national executive, who will interview the person and then take a decision on the application.

Seepersad-Bachan yesterday said the court matter had had a negative impact on the party.

“It is my humble view that this should have remained out of the court. I was very disappointed as I had feared the party has collapsed with all these resignations. I am happy to know we are moving forward again,” she said.

She said the lesson to be learned was that “winning an election at all cost should never happen.”

“Nobody wanted to compromise. This is exactly the problem with politics of this country,” she said.

“People were so caught up with political power and did not realise they were damaging the interest of the party. Winning at all costs is not the way to go. The COP politics slipped into some of the old traditional styles. It confirms, in my view, the message that we need to change our politics.”

Congress of the People chairman Jamieson Bahadur has said if Dyer-Griffith wants to re-apply for membership in the party, she will have to write to him and he will take the matter to the national executive.

Yesterday, Gary Griffith, Dyer-Griffith’s husband and campaign manager, in a response to the Bahadur’s statements, questioned whether the constitution of the COP was being used conveniently.

“Jamie Bahadur, the returning chairman of COP, who did not support Nicole for the post of political leader, is quoted as saying that Nicole’s application for membership required that she submit a request in writing to both the political leader and chairman, which he claims did not happen.

“In total contrast to his curious comments, exactly what he claimed that was required for Nicole Dyer- Griffith to be considered to be a member was actually done, except for the part of writing to the chairman, as he was absent from that post for nearly a year,” Griffith said.

He also claimed Bahadur had informed the party he was no longer interested in acting as chairman and never attended one meeting of the national executive for several months, and was never involved in anything involving the running of the party for this year.

“So how can Nicole have written to someone in a post who was absent?”

Griffith said it seemed that some people wanted to use the COP constitution conveniently.

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Law gives you authority

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

President Anthony Carmona can, by law, make an intervention into the ongoing fiasco surrounding the procurement process used by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) for the inter-island ferry service. In fact, the Port Authority Act gives him the power to do so.

This is the position of former transport minister Devant Maharaj, who wrote to Carmona on Friday requesting the President’s immediate intervention in what he called an “unlawful and unqualified investigation” into PATT’s procurement of the Ocean Flower 2 and the Cabo Star.

In the letter, which was obtained by the Sunday Guardian, Maharaj requested that Carmona intervene to instruct the Port Authority to allow only the Integrity Commission or any other lawful authority to conduct any investigation into the selection of the Bridgemans Services Group LP vessels for the sea bridge. This action, he said, would be unprecedented on the part of the Office of the President and demands a display of presidential courage and fortitude.

Maharaj’s letter was penned following the announcement last week by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that businessman Christian Mouttet would be the sole investigator into the “circumstances surrounding the procurement of the Cabo Star and the Ocean Flower 2 and the entering into the charter party agreement for these vessels.”

Mouttet’s appointment followed PATT’s decision to terminate the Ocean Flower 2 contract after the supplier failed to deliver the vessel by the date stipulated in the contract, July 17, and an inspection damning report by PATT chief engineer Brendon Powder.

The Ocean Flower was to service the inter-island route between Port-of-Spain and Scarborough due to a series of maintenance problems with the current passenger ferry vessels, the T&T Spirit and the T&T Express, but Powder ruled it was unsuitable to do so due to a number of mechanical issues.

Rowley’s decision was met with a measure of confusion and questions on the choice of Mouttet, whose qualifications for and experience in investigating such matters remain unclear.

The Integrity Commission and PATT are also conducting investigations into the matter, but the PATT has already indicated its initial findings have revealed the process in acquiring the vessels was compromised.

Maharaj, in his letter to Carmona, pointed out that the act was established and constituted in the name of the President of the Republic of T&T. Under the provisions of Section 12 of the Port Authority Act, chapter 51:01, the President may, from time to time, give the authority directions of a special or general character on the policy to be followed in the exercise of powers conferred and the duties imposed by the authority in matters that appear to the president to affect the interest of the public.

Maharaj said it was “unambiguous” that the issues surrounding the procurement methodology employed by PATT regarding the vessels were issues which affect the public interests.

“In particular, the people of Tobago who have been hardest hit economically. The taxpayers of Trinidad and Tobago have a material interest in the procurement process, which will burden the treasury with an annual cost of over TT$100 million,” Maharaj wrote.

“The uncontested reports of the sea worthiness of both of these vessels are of critical importance to the health and safety of citizens who are potential users who will utilise the services of the inter-island ferry.”

Maharaj said Section 15(1) of the act gives the Office of the President authority and power to intervene and not to be fettered by the interference of Cabinet or the line minister.

“I request your intervention given the issues surrounding the procurement of the services of Bridgemans Services LP vessels to provide inter-island ferry services and the subsequent investigations of same by persons who are not lawfully authorised or qualified so to do, and as such these persons may seriously comprise and/or contaminate the lawful investigation by the Integrity Commission.”

In a telephone interview yesterday, Maharaj said his main concern was that the evidence could be tainted, even innocently, and pervert the course of justice.

“The right way, as I suggested, is to use persons duly authorised by law and independent bodies of statute.”

Maharaj said his own experience with the Integrity Commission had proved the commission to be thorough in their investigations.

“It is more importantly the body which by law should be able to do this. What are they collecting salaries for? You cannot say you don’t trust them and you are paying them a salary,” Maharaj said.

“It should be that anyone who has the lawful authority to investigate should do so, but it cannot be people I’m just liming with down the road. Mr Moutett is doing this for free but we all know nothing in this country is free.”

PORT AUTHORITY ACT

PORT AUTHORITY ACT CHAPTER 51:01 Section 15. (1), states:
“The President may from time to time give the authority directions of a special or general character on the policy to be followed in the exercise of the powers conferred and the duties imposed on the authority by or under this act in relation to matters that appear to the President to affect the public interests. 2) The authority shall, as soon as practicable, give effect to all directions issued pursuant to subsection (1).”

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Birds a delicacy at special parties

News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00

The national bird, the Scarlet Ibis, can become an endangered species “very, very quickly” if conservation efforts are not improved, Chief Game Warden Courtenay Park has warned.

Park said the Scarlet Ibis is now being poached and sold in “special bars and elite parties” because it is a delicacy that is in demand.

Park made the statements during an interview on the CNC3’s The Morning Brew with Hema Ramkissoon on Thursday.

Asked whether the national bird’s population is in danger, Park said: “At present, scientifically no, but it can head that way. Surveys and counts have been done over the last three years, they have been done twice a year and the results have shown that the populations are fairly stable, the numbers are down slightly but fairly stable, but the status of being endangered can be reached very, very quickly, it does not take much.”

He added: “The onus is on us at the Forestry Division, specifically the Wild Life Section, to continue our patrols and to increase our presence at the Caroni Swamp and other areas to ensure that the populations do not move closer towards the state of instability and endangerment.”

Park said although the national bird is a protected species, it is being eaten because it is a “delicacy.”

“The trade is taking place in special bars that are often times hidden and obscure to the public and I am told as well at elite parties. It is illegal and it is hidden, it is not offered in an open way,” Park said.

One of the hurdles being faced in the fight to protect the national bird is that there are less than half of the required number of games wardens currently on duty. The number of game wardens needed to effectively patrol this country is 42 but there are currently only 16, he said.

Park said the arrest of three people caught poaching the Scarlet Ibis last Monday proved that the game wardens are doing their best to protect this country’s wildlife despite limited resources. The trio were charged under the Wild Life Conservation Act of 1958.

Richard Ramlogan was one of the game wardens responsible for the arrest of the three poachers. Ramlogan said the maximum fine for hunting or having the national bird in your possession is $1,000 or three months in prison.

Park said this fine is “definitely too low” and needs to be increased.

“I would say that in my opinion the fines are definitely too low, however, I would want to depend on the consensus of the Wildlife Conservation Committee to come up with a reasonable figure,” Park said.

Park said the ten-member committee is expected to come up with that consensus soon.

In addition to fines, persons found guilty can have their vehicles used in the offence seized, Ramlogan added.

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