First female President of Trinidad and Tobago sworn in

first_img PM Rowley, Cabinet to be Sworn in Today Apr 7, 2020 You may be interested in… Aug 19, 2020 Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes was sworn in today at the Queen’s Park Savannah as the sixth President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Guyana electoral body to request return of CARICOM team to… ‘Too much at stake for Guyana’ – T&T PM Apr 6, 2020center_img PM Mottley urges new oil producers not to abandon green… T&T’s sixth President, Paula-Mae Weekes, takes the oath of office.— C News (@cnewslive) March 19, 2018 A large crowd including Government Ministers, Members of Parliament and senior members of the Judiciary attended the swearing-in ceremony, the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago said. A number of students from primary and secondary schools also attended the event. Feb 5, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… PM Rowley, Cabinet to be Sworn in TodayPresident Paula-Mae Weekes will today swear-in Dr. Keith Rowley as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. The new Cabinet will also be sworn in. The following is a statement from the Office of the President. “Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago today received…August 19, 2020In “CARICOM”Trinidad and Tobago puts on spectacular show for CARIFESTA XIV openingThe Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain Trinidad and Tobago came alive on Friday night with a spectacular display of elaborate performances paying homage to the culture and customs of each Member State and Associate Member of CARICOM. This was the nucleus of the opening ceremony for the fourteenth staging of…August 17, 2019In “Associate Member States”Machel Montano one of CARIFESTA XIV’s Brand AmbassadorsMachel Montano is one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA XIV, which was launched in fine style on Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tobago. The launch event happened in the Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre. It was a cultural explosion fitting for the commencement of preparations for…October 24, 2018In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Going places

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LandSecs tackles London problems

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Forget all the controversies and scandals, things’ll be great when you’re Downtown

first_imgThirteen years after 9/11, the story has taken a melodramatic turn.Downtown Manhattan has a slightly higher vacancy rate than Midtown — just under 13% versus 11%. But the larger availability is due mainly to the sudden addition to the market of new 4 World Trade Center’s 2.3m sq ft and Merrill Lynch’s exit from Brookfield Place.Otherwise, Lower Manhattan is hot. In addition to Condé Nast at 1 World Trade Center, media tenants are moving from uptown, lured in part by rents of $50-$60/ sq ft compared with $70-$80/sq ft further north.Time Inc recently signed for 550,000 sq ft at Brookfield Place, abandoning its historic home on Sixth Avenue in the Rockefeller Center. Also, the gargantuan, Santiago Calatrava-designed train station at the World Trade Center site is nearing completion after a decade of delays and cost overruns.Yet two awkward dramas have unfolded. Larry Silverstein, who seemed poised to build the 80-storey 3 World Trade Center, said he needed a loan guarantee from the Port Authority (PA) of New York and New Jersey, which owns the land. A signed, 516,000 sq ft lease with GroupM wasn’t enough to secure a construction loan for the 2.5m sq ft tower.Silverstein and the PA have bumped heads often in the past. What made this time different is a scandal that’s paralysed the PA. Unannounced entrance lane closings to the PA-controlled George Washington Bridge last December, nominally for a “traffic study,” were found to be an act of retribution by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s aides aimed at the mayor of Fort Lee at the bridge’s foot.The closure caused three days of havoc. The ensuing uproar crippled Christie’s presidential aspirations and sent the PA into a tailspin. Several top commissioners were forced to quit and the agency is under investigation by the authorities. The crisis left the normally secretive but disciplined PA board rudderless which, combined with specious claims of an office “glut” downtown, has paralysed deliberations to the point that the PA has postponed voting on Silverstein’s request three times.The stalemate revived old complaints. Is Silverstein greedy? Does downtown need so much new office space? The dispute comes at a watershed moment as Manhattan’s office-leasing momentum shifts away from Midtown. High-profile relocations are creating a new, high-rise neighbourhood at Hudson Yards.Downtown’s commercial scene seemed on the verge of a definitive recovery from 9/11 until the 3 World Trade Center funding issue came up. It threatens to scuttle the GroupM deal and to leave “ground zero” with only two of the four planned office skyscrapers built.Silverstein’s cause appeared to suffer a further blow two weeks ago when Douglas Durst, the PA’s partner in 1 World Trade Center, said soft demand had forced him to reduce asking rents from the $80s to the $60s. The “iconic” skyscraper was just over 50% leased and had not signed a new tenant in more than two years. Silverstein’s critics pounced on Durst’s downbeat remarks to argue that so weak a market made 3 World Trade Center unnecessary. But that day a tech firm called Kids Creative signed a lease for the entire 88th floor of 1 World Trade Center at more than $90 per sq ft – the highest rent ever paid downtown. Meanwhile, another tech firm, Percolate, is believed to be close to a deal for 50,000 sq ft.As the battle rages over 3 World Trade Center, Silverstein is on the brink of a breakthrough at 4 World Trade Center: a near-certain lease for 120,000 sq ft with software developer MediaMath. It would be the tower’s first private-sector lease; 1.2m sq ft were pre-committed by government agencies, including the PA itself.In May the office tower drama was upstaged by the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum after years of delays and was proclaimed a heart-wrenching, cathartic masterpiece. It was a welcome step toward making the 16-acre site seem more realised. The mood changed, though, when it was revealed the museum — home to horrific 9/11 artifacts and even to human remains — included a gift shop selling tacky souvenirs, including a USA-shaped cheese plate with little hearts marking where the terrorist planes struck.Then came word that famed New York restaurateur Danny Meyer would launch a café inside the museum; that it would offer “New York-made draft beers and American wines on tap” offended many. I wrote that a “bar and grill” was inappropriate at the site where nearly 3,000 were killed, in a museum filled with ruined fire trucks and photos of office workers falling to their deaths.As of now plans for the café are still on.All the controversies recalled the difficult years soon after 9/11 when no one could agree on what the new World Trade Center should be. But vigorous public contention is built into New York City’s DNA. The noisy, untidy deliberations gave way to progress — and better results than seemed possible 10 years ago. Today’s renewed belligerence might well portend just as welcome an outcome.Steve Cuozzo is a real estate columnist and contributor at the New York Postlast_img read more

A Country Teeters On The Brink

first_imgLet’s be clear: It hasn’t happened hereabouts, but it has happened often enough elsewhere to threaten the very existence of this country as we know it. White policemen beating and killing black men without sufficient cause is systematic of the greater problem: ours is a racist nation.Those who rage against the system, those who want to tear it down, are not the thugs our president wants us to believe they are. The anger, the frustration, the injustice, has boiled over. What we are seeing at night in the cities is revolution, not unlike what has happened to other corrupt regimes throughout history.Yet the violence, usually directed against not the perpetrators but other innocent people — people like George Floyd — drives a deeper wedge between Americans, and takes the dangerous position that all law enforcement personnel are somehow culpable for the relative few who, armed with a uniform and a badge, would prey on those who can’t defend themselves.Certainly, no man or woman should be allowed in the law enforcement business without more thorough psychological testing, and no physical response allowable beyond what meets the crime. We need our clergy to take a leading role in helping divergent sides communicate and find common ground.Charging a police precinct or occupying a government building risks anarchy. Looting is to take advantage of a horrible situation.It is time for our best and brightest to take their places in leadership roles held far too long by those who champion the status quo for all the wrong reasons. Tear down the proverbial walls and build our cities back up with fresh perspectives and ideals. Sharelast_img read more

Air Products to introduce new H2 generator

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Ishikawa’s goal still putting on green jacket at Masters

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Smooth operator: Ryo Ishikawa displayed a deft touch while fielding questions during a recent appearance at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. | KYODO PHOTO RELATED PHOTOS Then, he’ll tee off on the first hole and later traverse Amen Corner, where Arnold Palmer made so many famous escapes in 1958.Eventually, with all of Japan watching, he’ll make his way up the 18th fairway to the green, where the year’s previous champion will soon help him slide into an oversized green jacket.That is Ishikawa’s goal — to win the Masters. It’s what fuels much of his desire, and is a journey he’s always said that one day he’ll successfully complete.He reiterated as much as he held court before a packed house at a recent event at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.“Exactly what the distance between my dream and reality is, I don’t think anyone can ever know,” Ishikawa said through a translator. “But I do know, If I ever lose sight of this dream, then I would probably lose sight of myself. I will lose my sense of identity. I don’t know exactly how I’m going to get to my dream, but I know it’s the most important goal in my mind.”Speaking in soft tones and with thoughtful, measured words, Ishikawa showed poise befitting someone beyond his 19 years.“What I think is also important is to not only not lose this dream, but to be very careful that subconsciously I don’t change the dream,” he said. “This is the danger that comes especially when things are going well for me. After all, when things are going badly, I can always cling to my dream, remember my dream, and say ‘I have to work harder because I have to eventually win the Masters.’ “* * *Ishikawa burst onto the scene in 2007 by winning the Munsingwear Open as a 15-year-old amateur. That made him the youngest-ever winner on the Japanese Tour, breaking a mark previously set by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, who won the 1977 Japan Open at 20 years, 7 months.The media took an immediate shine to the young star. His shy nature at the time only endearing him to the public even more and earning him the nickname Hanikami Oji, or, literally, Bashful Prince.Ishikawa took Japanese golf by storm in the ensuing years, going on to win nine events on the Japanese tour and the 2009 JGTO money title all before turning 20, which he will do Sept 17. He’s earned an estimated ¥100 million in winnings in each of his last three seasons.The young star is planning to give back, however, announcing plans to donate his entire winnings this season to the relief efforts in Tohoku in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Ishikawa plans to visit the region in July.His stature worldwide has grown as well, as he’s increasingly been invited to play PGA Tour events and has competed in all four major championships. His best finish in a major came this year when he tied for 20th at the Masters.He ended the 2008 season as the youngest player to have cracked the top 100 of the world rankings and was ranked 53rd as of June 5.In May of 2010, he fired the lowest score ever on a major tour, shooting a 12-under 58 at The Crowns on the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf Club course.“I look back on my career as a professional and realize things have gone almost too smoothly,” he said. “I think that’s because I have been so blessed by the support of so many people.”Now in his fourth year as a professional, the Hanikami Oji moniker no longer fits. Ishikawa’s face is almost everywhere these days, whether he’s golfing or advertising various products on television and billboards.He’s definitely not shy about drawing attention to himself, often donning large belt buckles and a veritable rainbow of brightly covered clothing on the golf course.At the FCCJ, he showed a fair amount of media savvy, deftly working around a question about Tiger Woods’ troubles and parrying a query about his own recent struggles — two missed cuts in the last two weeks — with a joke.“I thought this would be weird if that question didn’t come up,” he said with a smile in response to being asked, ‘What’s wrong and what are you going to do about it?”Ishikawa has become one of the nation’s most recognizable athletes, his fame eclipsing even that of female star Ai Miyazato in golf circles.He’s also seen the downside of celebrity, having to apologize publicly on Friday for driving in Japan without a valid license.But despite having his every move chronicled and attracting Tiger Woods-esque galleries on the course, Ishikawa says he feels no pressure from outside influences.“I’ve never felt that way,” Ishikawa said. “I’ve never felt any kind of stress or pressure. So when people ask me how I deal with it, how do I fight this pressure, I have to ask myself, ‘Am I fighting something?’ Because I don’t feel that I’m ever battling with any kind of negative pressure.“What I do say to myself, I’m always thinking ahead, is that I have this shining goal ahead of me which I think of as my dream. And my dream is to someday win the Masters. That’s always the thought at the forefront of my mind. So on the one hand, I have my dream, and on the other hand, I have my everyday situation, the situation I’m in today.”With Ishikawa, the discussion always seems to venture back to the Masters. He’ll get another turn at Augusta in the future, but the next major he’ll participate in will be the U.S. Open next week at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland.No Japanese player has ever won America’s annual open tournament. Hall of Famer Isao Aoki came closest, finishing second to Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in 1980, the best finish by a Japanese player in a major.The only Asian to win a major title is South Korea’s Y.E. Yang, who in 2009 did the unthinkable — at least at the time — and chased down Woods in the final round to win the PGA Championship.Yang’s triumph and the success of other Asians such as K.J. Choi, who won the Players Championship this year, gives Ishikawa hope for Japanese golfers.“This year, of course I’m going to do my best,” he said. “I’m not going to play with the attitude of, ‘I’ll just enjoy the experience and have a great time.’ Rather, I’m going to play with the intent that eventually, maybe not this time, I’m going to win the U.S. Open.”The native of Matsubushi, Saitama Prefecture, is resolute in his goals, but not in a hurry to reach them. The 19-year-old plans to use his formative years in hopes of being able to compete with the world’s best once he becomes an adult.That mind-set was ingrained in him by his father at a young age, who helped him understand the real challenges will come later in his career.For much the same reason, he shrugs off the fact he’s often mentioned alongside young stars Rory Mcllroy and Rickie Fowler, whom he admits is a snazzier dresser, as golf’s next generation.“After I think about it, I realize there are probably a lot of skilled players who are about my age the world doesn’t know about yet,” Ishikawa said. “They are eventually going to appear on the horizon.“My goal is to begin to be able to compete with these stars when they become adults and in their mid-30s or so. When I am that age, I want to be able to compete with the Rory Mcllroys and Rickie Fowlers and be able to win.”One person he hopes to one day match is Woods. The only time Ishikawa really seemed like a normal 19-year-old is when he spoke of his reverence for the 14-time major champion.“I think he’s fantastic,” Ishikawa said. “I think he is head and shoulders above everyone else. So I very much think he will be able to win another major. I must say, however, much of my reaction comes from the feeling that I want him to win another major as a fan.”He’s not yet ready to join Woods on the PGA Tour, saying a move to the States is something that requires a lot of thought and would not necessarily get him any closer to his goal of winning the Masters or any other major.“What I think it’s important to remember is that I have to have very clear goals,” he said. “I have to know exactly what it is I want to do and where I want to do it. I’m very young and although this is a personal decision, I’m very grateful that a lot of professional golfers who are older than me have offered their advice constantly.“Some people say, ‘You should stay in Japan and hone your skills some more before going off somewhere else.’ Other people say, ‘You should go to the U.S. as soon as possible.’ Right now I’m leaning toward this not being the most opportune time for me to pick up and move to the United States.”Ishikawa’s content to call the Japanese Tour his home, though he didn’t rule out a future move to the PGA Tour. It’s not important to him where he prepares, as long as it helps him live out his dream scenario at Augusta one day. center_img Ryo Ishikawa doesn’t own a crystal ball. Nevertheless, the teenage golf star says he knows where his future is going to lead him.That someday, on a Sunday afternoon, he’ll arrive at Augusta National and walk among the azaleas, The Big Oak Tree and Ike’s Pond at the pristine course in Georgia. 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Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday morning. TMZ reported that Bryan was travelling with at least three other persons in his private helicopter when it went down in the hills of Calabasas and caught fire. It is reported that no one survived. However it is reported that his wife Vanessa Bryant was not on board. Bryant has been known to travel by helicopter for years, even when playing for the Lakers. He is survived by his wife and four daughters Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and newborn Capri. Bryant was 41 years old. More on this story in Monday’s Gleaner.last_img read more

Bristol Rugby Supporting Movember At Ashton Gate

first_imgThe Movember Foundation has funded over 1,200 men’s health programmes around the world, focusing primarily on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.A fan zone in the South Stand will give fans the opportunity to have a moustache face-painted on, while leaflets and merchandise will also be available throughout the afternoon.Movember ambassadors will join Slick during the half-time break to explain the importance of the Move Like A Pro campaign, a programme to help fans get active and lead a healthier lifestyle.Bristol Rugby will also be supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal with a bucket collection throughout the afternoon.The Royal British Legion was formed to support the veterans of the Great War. But since then, Britain has been involved in many other conflicts, creating a continuous supply of Service men, women and dependants, requiring assistance.Every donation to the Poppy Appeal will make a difference to the lives of the Armed Forces community.  In the UK an estimated 6.5 million members of this community are more likely than the general population to be out of work, have money problems or life restricting health conditions.Join your Aviva Premiership Rugby team today. Go to, sign-up, search for your team and start participating: Sign Up Here.last_img read more

Loan Watch: Pair enjoy dream start

first_imgStriker McCoulsky netted 31 goals for a variety of teams last season, but this was his first in the EFL and it couldn’t have been more vital for the Welsh side.Trailing 3-2 at Stevenage heading into stoppage time, McCoulsky – who had come off the bench in the 67th minute – lashed home a 93rd minute leveller in front of the travelling fans.Smith, meanwhile, secured a 2-2 draw at home to Boreham Wood for Fylde. He had only been on the field for eight minutes when he struck the fourth and final goal of the game.Elsewhere, Ashley Harper and Aden Baldwin both completed 90 minutes for Weston-super-Mare as they lost 2-1 to Poole Town.Connor Lemonheigh-Evans played 75 minutes for Bath City in a 3-2 defeat at Bognor Regis and Jake Andrews featured in Chippenham Town’s goalless draw with Havant & Waterlooville.last_img read more