Coming off a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Panama at the Haisley Crawford Stadium on Friday night, a buoyed Trinidad and Tobago soccer team are set to face group leaders Mexico in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round match on Tuesday.The match was won on the back of a strike from Minnesota United forward Kevin Mulino and head coach, Dennis Lawrence, is urging his team to keep the momentum and be brave against the group favorites when they meet at the same venue on their home turf.The Mexicans who boast a record of seven points from two wins, one draw and no losses, are in pole position, four more than Trinidad who have one win, no draws and two losses.The match is another must win for Trinidad and Tobago, who are sitting sixth in the six team table with a minus three goal difference.Only the top three teams are guaranteed automatic qualification to the 2018 gtournament in Russia.
The Barbadian-born international pop star has teamed up with Swiss luxury jewellery and watch designer Chopard to introduce the new “Rihanna Loves Chopard” collection of high jewels that will debut in stores this summer.The collection of pieces are set to blend urban chic with classic glamour.“Rihanna and I collaborated closely on the collections, so you can feel her unstoppable energy, strong creativity, and inherent sense of design in every essence”, said Swiss jeweler’s co-president and creative director Caroline Scheufele.“With her unique style, she redefines the way people see and wear jewelry” Scheufele said in a statement from the company.“I have always been in love with Chopard’s exquisite jewellery, so to actually design collections with them is something I still can’t believe,” Rihanna said. “It was a really incredible process and I learned so much. I cant wait for everyone to see it”.The first collection will feature nine pieces crafted from 18 carat rose ethical gold mixed with a jungle-green shade hand-picked by Rihanna, will be unveiled in full later this month and will be available to purchase in June.The second range- The Haute Joaillerie collection- will debut next month as part of the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, to celebrate Chopard’s 20th year as the official partner of the world-famous movie event.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says an audit of security protocols at some public hospitals will be carried out by the Jamaican government.According to Tufton, the audit, to be conducted shortly, will be done at several institutions located in areas where there are incidents of gang related violence.Reassure health workers “At the health care level, we have to do more to reassure our workers and to ensure you feel safe in carrying out your duties,” he told health workers at a recent event in the western parish of St. James.Tufton said while there are ongoing discussions at the policy level to resolve this issue, the audit is one of the initial measures being undertaken to ensure the safety of health workers in these facilities.“The reality is some locations are riskier than others. We have to assess what we already have in place and what we need to put in place to enhance the sense of personal security of the individuals who work in these institutions. We have to also ensure the security of the infrastructure that’s so critical to the citizens of the community,” he said.Over J$100m spent on hospital securityThe Health Minister said the government now spends over J$100 million annually on contracting private security for public health facilities and the audit will seek to provide a tailored ‘needs assessment’ for these public facilities.The hospitals include the Kingston Public Hospital, the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Savanna-la-Mar Hospital and St Ann’s Bay Hospital. The minister is urging healthcare workers undergoing psychological trauma to seek counseling. He said medical personnel in public facilities should at all times be able to function and make decisions uninfluenced by external forces.Between January and April of this year, the Health Ministry says hospitals treated close to 5,000 trauma cases. These included over 500 stab wounds, close to 280 gunshot wounds and 3,944 injuries due to road crashes.
Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were on Tuesday named in a new list of global tax havens released by the European Union.EU finance ministers said Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago were among 17 countries on the blacklist of tax havens, after 10 months of investigations by EU officials.Caribbean countries have in the past been very critical of being included on these lists insisting that they have done everything required as outlined by various European organizations like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Countries blacklisted not doing enoughThe finance ministers who met in Brussels on Tuesday also named American Samoa, Bahrain, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.They said the countries on the blacklist were not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes.Potential sanctions that could be enforced on members of the list are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.Cayman Island and Bermuda included tooThe list excludes a number of British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Island and Bermuda that were on a previous EU blacklist from June 2015. Complaints about the methodology of that last list saw it scrapped and replaced with the new register.The new list was drafted by the European Council’s Code of Conduct (COC), a group comprised of finance ministers from EU member states. Countries’ inclusion is based on whether a state gives preferential treatment to companies enabling them to move profits to avoid charges.Another 47 countries have also been included in a “grey” list of countries not compliant with EU tax standards but who have committed to change their rules.The announcement comes less than a month after the publication of the Paradise Papers, a global leak containing information about individuals and companies holding offshore finances.
After recording 2,581 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest number of positive cases recorded in the state over 24 hours, Florida broke the record again on Tuesday morning. Tuesday: 2,783Monday: 1,758Sunday: 2,016Saturday: 2,581Friday: 1,902Thursday: 1,698Wednesday: 1,371June 9: 1,096 The state reported another 2,783 cases of COVID-19 today, which now becomes the highest number of new cases confirmed in a single day. Since last week Tuesday, there have been over 1000 new confirmed cases every day: Florida is now up to over 80,000 cases and 2,993 COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest numbers released by the health department. The main message from the mayors was to keep following safety guidelines, such as wearing masks and social distancing. “We’re not going back to closing our economy because numbers inch up over a couple days,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “What we’re going to continue to do is to strictly enforce the rules.” In the meantime, concerns are growing as to whether or not local leaders will reinstate the stay-at-home orders. Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos Gimenez says that although he is aware of the sudden spike in numbers, he has no plans to announce a reimplementation of the orders.
Current President of Guyana, David Granger But in a brief statement, the Granger government said that “the matter affecting the outcome of Guyana’s elections is still before courts, which is entirely the responsibility of the judiciary. No declaration has been made. “The (David) Granger Government must respect the result of democratic elections and step aside,” Pompeo said. The government said it “regrets” the position of Washington. Earlier, Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire said she will begin hearing arguments on Friday in the case filed by a private citizen seeking to prevent the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from receiving a report from the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, regarding the results of the disputed March 2 regional and general election. CMC Lowenfield had earlier written to Singh indicating that he needed guidance as to whether the report should be premised on Section 18 of the Election Laws or on Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana government has said it regrets the decision taken by the United States to implement visa restrictions on persons undermining democracy” in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country where the official results of the March 2 regional and general elections are still being awaited. Justice George- Wiltshire, describing the case as one “of national interest and importance” and intends to give a ruling, hopefully by Sunday, noting “it all depends on what is presented”. “The Executive Branch has not participated in the undermining of the electoral process and urges all countries interested in Guyana’s development to await the logical conclusion of the process which is being managed by the Elections Commission, in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana,’ it said, adding that it has “not interfered in the functioning of the Elections Commission” She has named GECOM, its Chairman retired justice Claudette Singh and the Attorney General, Basil Williams. Last Friday, GECOM’s chairman, retired justice Claudette Singh had informed Lowenfield by letter that he should revisit her previous communication of July 9 to prepare his report that would start the process of releasing the official results of the elections Misenga Jones, a private citizen, through her attorneys, led by Trinidad-based Senior Counsel, John Jeremie, wants the Court to prevent GECOM from using the recounted, valid and certified results to declare the results of the election and instead compel the seven-member body to use the 10 district declarations. The GECOM chair has since rejected Lowenfield’s latest report. “Today I am announcing visa restrictions on individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana. Immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to such restrictions,” US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said during a live press conference streaming on the U.S Department of State Facebook page.
CMC The new corridor was introduced on July 15. Similar to the North Coast Resilient Corridor, which was introduced in June, this area will welcome visitors with robust health and safety protocols. “I’m not going to mince words on it, the instruction from me is to shut them down if they don’t comply. This is not just a South Coast edict, this is a Jamaica edict, it’s for every tourism facility that is operating in Jamaica. “If you are not COVID compliant we are going to shut you down and whether you’re big or you’re small, because we cannot compromise on health security,” Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, said, during a tour of the newly opened South Coast Resilient Corridor in Manchester, in west central Jamaica over the last weekend. “So, the message to the South Coast is that this corridor is going to be managed as tight, if not tighter, as we are trying to manage the Northern corridor and breaches within this corridor are going to be met with very strong action,” Bartlett said, noting that a team is in place, comprising government personnel and private sector stakeholders, to monitor and ensure compliance. KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul 20, CMC – The Jamaica government is warning tourism entities that they will be shut down if they fail to comply with health and safety protocols designed to facilitate the phased reopening of the tourism sector, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In his address, Bartlett sought to underscore the importance of tourism interests working in collaboration with various ministries and agencies, including the Ministries of Tourism and Health and Wellness. He said such collaboration was necessary in ensuring adherence to the protocols and effectively managing the process of containing the virus “to keep Jamaica safe, secure and seamless for ourselves first and our friends and visitors. “The start of the South Coast phase of the reopening is very important to us,” Bartlett said, noting that “this is a really popular region for Jamaicans and some international visitors, because this is country style tourism”. “So if you are a little man and you’re not compliant, if you’re a medium sized man and you’re not compliant, if you’re a big man and you’re not compliant, any man you are and you are not compliant, you’re going to be treated the same.” Bartlett said lined that Jamaica has to be strong in its resolve “because we recognize that we’re operating in a global community that is still not compliant fully” with the spread of the virus being seen in Jamaica’s source markets “in a manner that is frightening to some of us”. Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Ed Bartlett
“With no flight flights between South Africa and the UK which is the obvious route for them to travel, at this moment it’s not something South Africa have been able to confirm to us. But we’re talking to them regularly and we hope for good news soon.” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave “We obviously hear and read that India are trying to get the IPL towards the back end of September either in India, which I know is their preferred choice or the UAE, which is their back up choice but there’s been no announcement on that yet. If the tour goes ahead, Grave said the template being utilised by the CPL where games will be played in a single jurisdiction, would be mirrored so as to limit movement of players and personnel in the ongoing COVID-19 environment. All CPL matches for the upcoming tournament will be played in Trinidad and while Grave said CWI were still in discussions over the venue for the South Africa series, he backed the Caribbean’s ability to successfully execute the various bio-secure protocols required. He continued: “It will be dependent on the IPL. South Africa have a number of their Test players who have IPL contracts whereas this current Test team we don’t have any IPL players in. And with the New Zealand limited overs tour carded for July 8-19 also put on hold, Grave said CWI remained hopeful over the South Africa series and were continuing their dialogue with Cricket South Africa. “Whether we can get the full tour in or we’re going to have to look at a split tour between the Tests and the T20s, we don’t know. However, with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) in the process of finalising dates for the rescheduled IPL, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said any tour by South Africa would have to accommodate the lucrative T20 tournament, especially with several of their players involved. “We very much hope that South African will be able to come here in September for either a T20 only tour or a Test only tour at the very least.” “I think moving does create challenges in terms of bio-security but also in terms of ensuring that all of the measures that we would want put in place can be adhered to, and then obviously changing countries involves different procedures and measures in terms of Ministries of Health and National Security. He continued: “Certainly, in terms of our medical panel, in terms of our sports science and medicine manager, I’ve got all the confidence that we’ve got the medical practitioners and the cricketing operations staff that are used to operating cricket and therefore I’m pretty confident that we’ll be able to adhere to any government protocols and do everything we can to ensure player safety which is always going to be our number one concern.” South Africa were expected to play two Tests and five Twenty20 Internationals from July 23 to August 16 before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced a global cessation of cricket. Due to COVID-19, CWI have already been forced to postpone several home series. South Africa Women were scheduled to arrive for a One-Day International tour from May 30 to June 10 while South Africa A had been expected to tour from June 10 to July 9 for three four-day “Tests” and five one-dayers. “So it’s a huge operational challenge if we have to have long tours that need multiple venues and therefore cannot be hosted in one country.” “I think very much like the Caribbean Premier League we would be looking to host South Africa in one country,” Grace explained. “CPL finishes September 10. We hope very much that South Africa will follow immediately after that. CMC BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Cricket West Indies are eyeing September as a possible window for the hosting of South Africa’s rescheduled tour of the Caribbean but said the staging of the Indian Premier League would be the final determinant of when the series will be played. “The plan as we are working on now is that the players would come home [from England], they will have the weekend at home. Those that are in the Caribbean Premier League will head down to Trinidad on probably August 3rd so it’s a quick turnaround,” Grave told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guests cricket show. “We won’t be able to play Test cricket against South Africa during the IPL – Cricket South Africa have made that very clear to us. They’ve got a commitment to their players to allow them to go and play in the IPL.” With the Caribbean Premier League expected to be staged from August 18 to September 10, CWI hope South Africa can follow immediately afterwards with the series to be staged in one territory in a bio-secure environment. “At this stage, we hope that’s the case (South Africa will tour) but I can’t confirm at this stage,” the Englishman said.
“That is a dangerous situation,” he said, adding that he has since raised the matter with the local Toshaos. “They are 23 new cases in the region, that in addition to the 18 we had before. Of those 18, four have recovered and one died, so that is 23 and 13 active cases that we now have.” Parker said. Regional Executive Officer of Region 9, Carl Parker, said there have been 36 active COVID cases, all of being imported. But he made it clear that no resident of Lethem in Region 9 has been diagnosed with the virus and that the cases were imported from neighbouring Brazil. “Despite all the pleading, begging and information out there, persons are still not adhering to the safety guidelines,” Parker stated. “Persons are still coming across the border and when they reach the villages, residents are hiding them, so when the team shows up, they are told that they are no persons from the border. Community leaders have been called on to ensure residents are adhering to the health guidelines. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A senior regional official in Guyana says the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Region 9 of the country has become a challenge as a result of the increased number of illegal travel from Brazil. Staff conduct disinfection at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 16, 2020 (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso) Guyana has recorded 389 cases of the virus with 20 deaths. Brazil is one of the countries in the world with a high number of deaths associated with the virus. As of July 28, Brazil recorded some 2,455,905 COVID-19 cases and 88,000 deaths. “But now we know persons are coming from the border. Those cases did not come from Lethem, we have no reports of anyone in Lethem with COVID, everything is from across Brazil,” Parker said, warning that the practice of harbouring migrants threatens local communities with the spread of COVID-19. CMC
Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; Voters in Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, will go to the polls today to vote for the next government. The COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted this year’s election, as no international election observers will be present for the polls due to 14-day quarantine order. The twin-island, which has 275 COVID-19 cases, has also established safety protocols to govern election day activities, including the wearing of masks inside the polling stations. Prime Minister and leader of the People’s National Movement, Keith Rowley will go against the main opposition, United National Congress’ Kamala Persad Bissessar for leadership of the country, following allegations of corruption and racism during their political campaigns. Among the other candidates facing the electorate today is embattled former vice president of FIFA, Austin “Jack” Warner, who is his Independent Liberal Party’s lone candidate contesting the Lopinot/Bon Air West seat in Trinidad. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 10 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Now for the news in the detail Early voting began in Florida over the weekend, ahead of the August 18 primary elections. Hundreds of early voting sites were open across Florida’s 67 counties, even while many voters opted to cast their ballots by mail. According to the Florida Department of State’s website, more than 4.2 million Florida voters requested a vote-by-mail ballot, and nearly 1.5 million had been returned by Saturday morning, when the voting began. That compares to nearly the 1.3 million mail ballots cast in the state’s 2016 primary election. With 2.7 million ballots still not returned, this primary will far surpass the totals from four years ago. As for voting at the poll sites, South Florida voters are still required to wear masks as all three counties still have face covering orders in place. Other COVID-19 protocols include no-touch check in for voters, Plexiglas between voters and poll workers, the wiping down of booths and no reusing of pens. In South Florida, 22 voting sites were opened in Broward County, 23 in Miami-Dade and 18 in Palm Beach County. Early voting ends on Sunday, August 16. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m… Now for Caribbean News, Jamaica has become the second CARICOM country, behind Haiti, to surpass the 1,000- COVID-19 case mark. From Friday night to Sunday morning, the island recorded 75 new cases of the virus while Prime Minister Andrew Holness warned that the country is beginning to show signs of a second wave of COVID-19. He also stressed the need for locals and visiting travellers to follow the protocols that are in place, as the Government cannot resort to closing the country’s borders. The increase in cases comes as the island begins its preparation for the next general elections. While no date has been announced yet, speculations were heightened over the weekend when the two main political parties, the JLP and the PNP, held meetings over the weekend, to present their candidates and announce readiness for the elections. Jamaica’s next general election is constitutionally due by February 2021. Coming up in the newscast, Florida begins early voting over the weekend, Jamaica surpasses 1000 COVID-19 cases and Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls today. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.