Belgium spoil Canada’s World Cup return with 1-0 win Loop Jamaica

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Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi celebrates after scoring during the World Cup Group F match against Canada, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).

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AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty and Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal to give Belgium a 1-0 win over Canada at the World Cup on Wednesday, spoiling the North American team’s return to the tournament after 36 years.

The Canadians have yet to collect a point or even score a goal in four World Cup matches, which includes the three games from their debut in 1986.

Still, they outplayed second-ranked Belgium at times at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, with Alphonso Davies — the star of Canada’s team — squandering the best chance when his penalty was blocked by Courtois.

With Eden Hazard ineffective and Kevin De Bruyne’s passing unusually awry, Belgium often relied on the long ball from the back and that tactic led to the 44th-minute goal. Center back Toby Alderweireld split the defense with his pass and Batshuayi ran through to guide a left-footed finish into the far corner.

Batshuayi was only playing because first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku was injured and could potentially miss the entire group stage.


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Young tells students: Use social media to educate about energy

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Adrian Thomas, founder of Renew Caribe (Far right) discusses renewable energy with Energy Minister Stuart Young, NGC chairman Mark Loquan and a group of students at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain on Wednesday at the launch of Re-Energize TnT. – Photo by Narissa Fraser

ENERGY Minister Stuart Young urged young people to use social media not only for fun but also to educate others, especially when it comes to clean energy and energy preservation.

He was speaking at the launch of Re-Energize TnT – a collaborative educational programme between the National Gas Company (NGC), Renew Caribe and Shell – at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Re-Energize TnT is a renewable energy education programme that spans across different secondary schools in the country.

Young told students from Mayaro and Woodbrook and Mayaro Secondary Schools that TT is currently experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand, such as rising sea levels, flooding and landslides.

“Those are some of the ill effects,” he said.

Energy Minister Stuart Young chats with participants of the Re-Energize TnT programme at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain on Wednesday. – Photo by Narissa Fraser

He told the students they have to make decisions which will eventually “carry TT forward.”

He said he and the Prime Minister, have been “travelling all over the world” for the past 11 months and “having audiences with the leaders of the world in the energy sector.”

Reminding them that gas is the cleanest fossil fuel, he said it’s crucial for TT to remain at the forefront of the gas industry.

“We (government) are determined to not just talk the talk,” he said, adding that they are not like some leaders who go on TV to “just talk. It real easy to talk, eh. You could say you going to do so and so, and it doesn’t happen.”

But this government, he said, is working on getting new technologies to help walk the walk.

Energy Minister Stuart Young poses with a participant of the Re-Energize TnT programme at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain on Wednesday as her friends snap photos. – Photo by Narissa Fraser

He said installing solar panels in schools was one of several ideas being considered, but told the students: “You have to buy into it.

“How do you use things like TikTok to connect to people, to get out your message, in that we have to save our planet?

“It is as drastic as that.”

He warned them not to listen to any “ole talk” from people who try to tell them the oil and gas industry in TT must be stopped.

“We ain’t doing that here in TT. We will do it responsibly, we will do it clean. That is the way to do it.”

NGC chairman Mark Loquan said many people still don’t see climate change as an important topic.

Mark Loquan, President of the National Gas Company of TT spoke on Wednesday at the launch of Re-Energize TnT. –  Photo by Roger Jacob

“Given the compelling evidence that exists that tells us we are in deep trouble, one can conclude that we are, perhaps, not sharing that evidence loudly, often enough or widely enough.”

He said energy education was integral, so the programme was easy for NGC to get behind.

Country chairman and senior vice president for Shell TT Eugene Okpere said just as food and water are essential to survive, so is energy.

“But we need to provide this energy where it’s affordable, secure…that’s not an easy task (and) with everything going on around the world, it is now a daily concern. We can’t take energy security for granted any more.”

Energy Minister, Shell say Trinidad and Tobago to get Caribbean’s largest solar farms

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The Re-Energize TnT launch held at the Hyatt Regency conference room, Port of Spain on Wednesday. – Photo by Roger Jacob

SENIOR vice president and country chairman of Shell TT Eugene Okpere says within the next few weeks, there will be “good news” related to renewable energy in TT.

He was speaking at the launch of the Re-Energize TnT programme at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, on Wednesday morning.

He said renewable energy is important and that, in keeping with government’s target of renewable energy accounting for “ten per cent of the energy mix here,” Shell has been working with the National Gas Company (NGC), and soon BP, on sanctions.

He said discussions are leading to “the largest solar programme in the Caribbean,” adding that installing solar panels at schools is being considered.

Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the NP service station in Preysal, Couva. – File photo/Lincoln Holder

Energy Minister Stuart Young agreed, saying, “Very, very soon you will hear big announcements on the solar side.

“You can be proud that Trinidad and Tobago will have the largest solar farms in the whole Caribbean.

“So we not just talking, and that’s for your generation.”

Deyalsingh reminds: Covid is not over

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Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh. File photo/Ayanna Kinsale

HEALTH Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has reminded the population that the covid19 pandemic is not over.

He was speaking with the media after the launch of a flu vaccination drive by the South West Regional Health Authority on Harris Promenade, San Fernando on Wednesday.

In its covid19 update on Tuesday, the ministry reported three people had died of covid19. The trio were elderly men with comorbidities. One man had a single comorbidity. The other two men had multiple comorbidities.

Diabetes, heart disease and cancer are examples of comorbidities.

Deyalsingh said, “We still feel we have a duty to keep the public updated.

“Covid is not over in any part of the world. Covid is still a major problem in certain parts of the world where cases are still rising. We don’t have that in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Deyalsingh attributed this in large measure to the public health measures employed over the last two-and-a-half years. Sanitisation, physical and social distancing and mask-wearing are some of those measures which are still in effect.

Mask-wearing is no longer mandatory in public.

Reiterating that TT’s covid19 vaccination rate of 51.3 per cent could have been better, Deyalsingh said it still did better than many other countries which had rates of below 40 per cent.

He reiterated his praise for the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram and other health care professionals who helped deal with the pandemic.

“Today TT is back to normal. We are looking forward to Christmas, parang. We are looking forward to Carnival.”

On Carnival 2023, Deyalsingh remained confident that it will happen.

“So far there is nothing on the horizon that says that we can’t (stage Carnival 2023). So fingers crossed no new (covid19) variant crops up. Once nothing untoward happens, TT is open.”

Team Karen loses bid to stall PNM internal election

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Karen Nunez-Tesheira – AYANNA KINSALE

PNM political leader contender Karen Nunez-Tesheira has been unsuccessful in her attempt to stall the party’s internal election until her lawsuit over the changes to the electoral process is determined.

On Wednesday, Justice Devindra Rampersad dismissed an injunction application by Nunez-Tesheira and two members of her slate.

He said he was not minded to grant the interim relief sought, as the greater risk of prejudice in doing so lay with the party.

Rampersad also held the application was devoid of evidence, saying an election should not be stopped or altered on the basis “only on fears without cogent evidence.”

The judge added, “Whereas the defendant has indicated facts which the court has to consider and to take into account, the claimants have not.

“Of course, the upshot of any unfair election could be that officers are elected for four years, thereby depriving the unsuccessful candidates of the chance to have so been elected. During that next four-year period, the court can also take judicial notice of the fact that there would be national general elections so that the impact of the appointment of persons to any of these relevant offices would have an even greater lasting effect.”

Rampersad said there was no actual evidence of the potential for an unfair election.

In their breach of contract lawsuit, Nunez-Tesheira, Dr Kenneth Butcher, who is vying for the post of chairman, and Bishop Victor Phillip, who is contesting the post of election officer, claim the party’s central executive breached the party’s constitution by deciding the election should be contested on three separate days over a nine-day period – November 26, 27, and December 4 – instead of on one day. Their lawsuit said the party’s central executive does not have the power to make this decision.

They also raised concerns about the security of the ballot boxes.

The PNM’s election committee chairman Anthony Roberts, in his evidence, said the ballot boxes on the days of the election would be secured and transported by the police to a “secure secret location” and an independent accounting firm, Pannell Kerr Forster, will secure the boxes.

The judge said, “Should these things be shown to be otherwise later on when there has been comprehensive disclosure and discovery, then the claimants may have other recourse should the process be found, in fact, to be tainted. Even though it is a more onerous task to correct an election after the fact, evidence of actual illegality and unfairness would be grounds to set it aside.”

Rampersad also agreed with the PNM’s complaint, advanced by its lead attorney Russell Martineau, SC, of a delay in filing the injunction application until mere days before the party’s membership goes to the polls, particularly when the announcement by the party’s central executive, which was ratified by the general council, was made on August 10.

However, Rampersad held he was not able, at this stage, to come to a definitive finding on how to interpret article 18.1 of the PNM’s constitution.

“The case, therefore, turns on the construction to be found applicable to Article 18 (1),” he said.

The claimants say the only body that can change the party’s constitution is the annual convention, which was not done here. They say article 18.1 referred only to an election day and not multiple days, even if special voting is factored in.

In finding there was an issue to be tried on this interpretation and construction, the judge said, “If it applies, then it seems it may require amendment at an annual convention. If it does not apply, then the argument in relation to an established course of practice of the election spanning just one day would not be sufficient having regard to the power invested in the general council.”

He said the court would have to look at the constitution and background factors to reach a decision on what the article means.

“In those circumstances, the court is of the respectful view that there is an issue to be tried – an issue which is more than just fanciful but which is a real one for determination.”

He also dismissed a complaint that Foster Cummings, the party’s general secretary, was the wrong person to be named as the defendant by the three.

He said there was no allegation that Cummings was not a member of the PNM when the decision on the voting was made and in the absence of named trustees, the matter could proceed as is and an application to make a change can be made at a later stage.

In their injunction application, the Team Karen challengers had asked for orders for the election to be held on one day or postponed until their lawsuit is determined.

They were represented by attorneys Egon Embrack and Peter Taylor. The PNM was also represented by Michael Quamina, Anthony Bullock and Adana Bain-Bertrand.

250 Burma residents allocated house lots at Region 5 Housing Drive

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A section of the gathering at the Dream Realised event in Region Five

Close to 250 residents of Burma, Region Five were allocated residential house lots earlier today, at the ‘Dream Realised’ Housing Drive hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Water – Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA). The exercise was held at the MARDS, Complex, Burma Road.

The activity was led by Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal and a team from CHPA, with attendance by Regional Chairman, Mr. Vickchand Ramphal, Regional MP, Mr. Faizal Jafarally and MARDS-General Manager, Mr. Bindrabhan Bisnauth.

Before the commencement of the allocation exercise, Regional Chairman-Mr. Ramphal lauded the Ministry’s effort in delivering serviced lots to persons who have been waiting for years. He noted that the activity has been long in the making, as the commitment was made since 2020 but after much planning persons can now start the first phase of their homeownership process.

Also, on the occasion Minister Croal spoke of the efforts made to make the exercise a reality. He noted that while there was an initial plan for a scheme in the Burma area, these plans were abandoned post 2015, leaving residents in limbo. The Minister further stated that after assuming office in 2020, this plan was revisited and the scheme will soon be realised. He however called for the new allottees to be patient as the budgetary allocation for the necessary infrastructure work will be provided for in the 2023 National Budget. The new scheme is located east to the existing housing scheme and east of the main access road to the Burma Housing development. This scheme provides for residential, residential-commercial, industrial and other land use purposes. More importantly, the development caters for four residential income categories; low, moderate, middle and high-income lots. Lands in the new development have also been earmarked for a recreational facility, and other social and infrastructural facilities.

According to Minister Croal, while these allocations are being done the Ministry is simultaneously working on matching those with infrastructure development as a means of ensuring occupancy in those new schemes. On this note, a call was made for contractors who have been tasked with executing these works to honor their obligations in a timely manner. He also outlined other development plans for the region including the upgrading of water infrastructure. Over the past two years, the sum of $80 million was expended on infrastructure projects in region 5, benefitting some 1,615 residents.

Covid death toll climbs to 1,284

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The Ocean View Hospital

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that as of November 22, 2022, one more person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1,284.

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The MOH has expressed sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased and has committed to making every effort to provide all the necessary support during this difficult time.

The Ministry is also appealing to the general public to respect the confidentiality of the deceased and her family and to allow them to mourn their tragic loss in peace.

All Guyanese are being encouraged to continue to observe the public health measures set out by the Ministry of Health.The public health measure encourages the:

the need for everyone five (5) years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19;
the need for everyone to get a COVID-19 booster dose after completing the primary vaccination series;
the need for correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving your home;
the importance of maintaining a safe distance of six feet from others and;
the need for good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or needs any additional information, kindly contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 IMMEDIATELY or visit us at

WATCH: Saint Lucia Set To Improve Its National Risk Assessment Profile – St. Lucia Times News

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Latoya wants others get tested for Diabetes since mum’s passing Loop Barbados

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Latoya Scott has always loved to walk for fun, but when her mum died in 2015 that put even more pep in her step to keep on her fitness path.

Loop spotted Latoya’s big smile first and her infectious personality made the interview a breeze as she stood on the sidelines waiting for the first-ever Diabetes Awareness Walk by the Lions Club of St Michael to move off from the YMPC grounds in Beckles Road.

Asked why she chose to walk, Latoya said, “I’m here walking in respective to my mom…she passed away.”

The mother of one 20-year-old daughter said that her mother’s death was very sudden. She was a diabetic and “it went from one little scrape on her foot to an amputation and gone”. She said it felt surreal at the time. Her mum was 65 years old when she passed on March 25, 2015.

Since her mum’s untimely death and seeing the impact of Diabetes first-hand, Latoya said that catapulted her to get tested and she found out that she is pre-diabetic. Despite being active and signing up for any and every 5K walk over the years, she didn’t know her status until 2015.

Now, Latoya is encouraging everyone to know their status and their blood sugar numbers as it pertains to Diabetes. She said, “I lost my mum to it” and she insisted that she wants anyone who could avoid being in her same situation or similar, to take care of themselves and loved ones. She told adults, especially parents and guardians, to get themselves and their children tested. “Go and get checked on a rapid to see where the blood glucose is at, the level it’s at, if it’s there [diabetic], on the border or if it’s going there, cause it’s real important.”

Latoya also walked to support her walking partner and friend Lion Deidre Wood, whose Lions Club of St Michael orchestrated the 2022 Walk on November 13.

Hopey bringing joy all year round Loop Barbados

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Whether rain fall or sun shine, during the month of November, Barbadians can always find Hopey De Clown decked in his ultramarine and yellow.

Christened Adrian Hinds, for over two decades, Hopey has been a familiar face at all national celebrations across Barbados.

In December, it is all about red and green and during the Crop Over season he is a kaleidoscope – but one thing is certain wherever he goes, he brings laughter, wonderment and cheer.

When Loop spotted Hopey this November, he expressed that he was happy to hear about the Government’s suspension of Barbados National Day.

The proud Bajan hailing from Silver Hill, Christ Church, was one among the thousands who was upset about the suggested change to Independence Day.

“I was so glad they put a pause on the Barbados National Day. I come along with the Independence and I ain’t see no reason to change the name of it.”

A lover of all things Barbadian – from conkies with raisins to the music of cultural icons Red Plastic Bag and Gabby – Hopey said that he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world. He professed that he gets homesick quickly and within two weeks, he is eager to be on a flight heading back home.

“I love my country. I don’t like cold countries to start with. When Barbados get too cold, I get offset. When I go to air-conditioned places I does be offset.”

Hopey is arguably a national personality, his balloon animals leave little kids amazed and his down-to-earth humour evokes a chuckle from the adults.

Speaking to Loop, Hopey shared that he started ‘clowning around’ back in 1989.

“I saw some guys doing it in ’89 at Sheraton – some guys that went to school at Lodge [School] – but I was a shy guy. I didn’t have the heart to do it but then one day I was at the calypso tent and I went up on stage with Mac Fingall and Kevin Hinds and I said, ‘You know something, let me tell my mom bring back a clown suit for me and try it out’.

“I found out later it was a lucrative thing. I didn’t even know how to price a job. A youngster showed me how to make the balloons and from then, it was all over from there.”

Hopey’s Delights isn’t just a business, but he finds joy in bringing smiles to people’s faces.

“It is a job you do for fun and also get paid,” he said while also sharing anecdotes of how everyone doesn’t like clowns, and where children would do the darnedest things.

As Barbados celebrates its 56th anniversary of Independence, Hopey’s wish for the nation is for a cessation of the gun violence.

“Keep away from all the shooting. I would love for the killings to ease up. I would love for people to be safe, take precaution and have a safe end to 2022 and a prosperous 2023.”