Reports that the Paria Fuel Trading Company (PFTC) has been sold to Simpson Oil Ltd of Barbados have been denied by Communications Minister Stuart Young.
Social media was abuzz after an image stating “Breaking News” with the PFTC logo in the background emerged. The contents of the post claimed: “Despite all official denials to the contrary, information received this morning confirms that in fact, Paria Fuel Trading Company has been sold to Simpson Oil Limited (SOL) of Barbados, owned by Sir Kiffin Simpson, who is a close friend and golfing buddy of Prime Minister Keith Rowley. Trinidad & Tobago has been lied to and betrayed yet again by this PNM administration.”
The origin of the post was not clear but it was shared by the Braveboy Report, a page operated by UNC activist Marcia Braveboy. The post stated that after shutting down Petrotrin and borrowing $1.4 billion to run its newly-formed replacement, the company was being sold to SOL.
“Wilfred Espinet, you would recall, is a Barbadian. Espinet had formally advertised for the sale of Paria, with the Government denying that Paria is for sale,” the Braveboy Report stated.
But in a response to the claim yesterday, Young said the image and the associated information were completely false.
“There is no truth to the information whatsoever. This is another desperate attempt by the UNC to mislead the public of Trinidad and Tobago. I can also say that the Hon Prime Minister does not play golf with Mr Simpson and it is really disturbing that the UNC would continue to attack private individuals, such as Mr Simpson, in such dishonest and deliberate manners,” Young said.
In a media release, PFTC’s parent company Trinidad Petroleum Holding Ltd (TPHL) also said the statements circulated on social media that the PFTC had been sold to SOL or any other party was untrue.
TPHL stated that the process for inviting, receiving and assessing proposals for TPHL’s refinery assets is currently in train and to date, TPHL has only sought expressions of interest from potentially interested parties.
Outlining the steps completed thus far, the release stated that on March 11 TPHL issued an overview of the assets and non-disclosure agreements to 58 potentially interested bidders, asking them to indicate their interest. The company is currently at the stage of receiving such expressions of interest and entering into confidentiality agreements with those parties that wish to proceed further. TPHL stated that the process is at a preliminary stage and still ongoing.
“We hope this clarifies any misconceptions and we ask that the process be allowed to take its course,” PFTC said.
The PFTC is one of four entities emerging from the shutdown of Petrotrin last November. Its mandate is to supply fuel to the domestic and Caricom market. But the future of the four-month-old company has been the subject of contention after TPHL chairman Wilfred Espinet announced recently that two Requests For Proposals (RFP) were issued for the refinery and the fuel company. After vowing that the creation of the company was in the country’s best interest last August, Espinet recently said it made no sense for the State to operate a business that supplies fuel to the local and regional market. With criticism mounting, Energy and Energy Industries Minister Franklin Khan said the divestment of the company was not within the current mandate given by the Government. He said the TPHL was directed to withdraw and retract any advertisement of the RFP that “may have been inadvertently issued for the sale” of the company. But a few days later, Rowley said that although the Government had taken no position to sell the State company, its sale will be considered if there is a good bid.
“We have not got the proposals as yet, so why should we close the door on a proposal that we have not seen. I am anxious to see the proposals that we might get because somewhere there might be someone who sees Pointe-a-Pierre as their gold mine,” Rowley said last week.
Ireland's former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor says he has "retired from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art'".
The 30-year-old announced his decision on social media on Tuesday.
"I wish all my old colleagues well going forward," he added.
McGregor's last fight ended in defeat, when he was beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 - the Russian winning the lightweight contest by a fourth-round submission.
It was his first fight in the octagon in two years and the defeat was marred by a post-fight brawl which led to both fighters being fined and suspended.
Since making his mixed martial arts debut in 2007, former trainee plumber McGregor established himself as one of the sport's leading fighters.
A second major power cut in just a few hours has plunged the Venezuelan capital Caracas into darkness again, with other regions also affected.
It came after a four-hour blackout on Monday which the government sought to blame on opposition sabotage.
A nationwide power cut earlier this month prompted looting and desperation in many parts of the country.
The opposition blames the power cuts on two decades of underinvestment and corruption by the socialist government.
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has been locked in a power struggle with the government of President Nicolás Maduro, which is grappling with a severe economic crisis.
Last week, Mr Guaidó's chief of staff was arrested on terrorism charges in another escalation of the political crisis.
Power went down in Caracas around 13:20 (17:20 GMT) on Monday, causing chaos in the city's public transport system as the metro shut down and many thousands of people had to stream home on foot or by bus.
Electricity was restored about four hours later but cut out again at 21:50, Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez was quoted as saying by Efe news agency.
He had gone on state TV earlier to repeat the now-familiar assertion that opposition sabotage rather than a lack of maintenance had caused the afternoon blackout, saying hackers had attacked computers at the country's main hydroelectric dam.
The minister boasted that the first power cut had been fixed in "record time".
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is responding to critics who says her administration's policies do not help poor people.
In her budget debate windup she listed the hike in non contributory pensions from a hundred and forty five dollars to two hundred and twenty five dollars a week, the reinstatment of tuition fee payments for UWI students and increased funding for the welfare department as some of the steps taken so far.
Ms. Mottley says the adjustment in income tax is further evidence of government's commitment to help Barbadians.
As additional investment flows into Barbados, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is reiterating that the country is open for business.
Ms. Mottley repeated her message to investors and potential financiers last Friday evening, when she delivered an address during the Sod Turning Ceremony for Sagicor’s The Estates at St. George, at Boarded Hall.
The Prime Minister told her audience: “Barbados is here to tell Sagicor and everyone else that we want to work with you. We are open for business, and we want you to help us in the model that allows us to carry as many people with us, recognizing that those who want to live where they love, also may want to live in Barbados, even if they are not from here.”
She said there was a global shortage of nurses and Barbados was committed to training a surplus of them at every level, including specialists.
The Estates at St. George is an adult, wellness and amenity-driven community with continuing care facilities on 19 acres. The first community of its kind in Barbados and the Caribbean, it will be built over three phases, and once completed, will offer a range of amenities, including a 4.5-acre green space. The infrastructural works have commenced, and the first phase will offer 120 independent living homes for sale.
Ms. Mottley said Barbados must be a hub for educational and medical services, and opined that the project represented a perfect confluence of what the island’s immediate future must be about.
“Barbadians…have always placed an emphasis on medicine, health and education. The unique advantages that we have as a country, climatic in particular, …have allowed us to be viewed as that place where people can have a therapeutic experience, almost across the entire island….
“What is our gift from God, has become inextricably linked to our process of development…. This is the essence of who we are and what we can offer as a people by being able to create the surroundings within which people can live comfortably and safely, with an abundance of joy and serenity in their hearts,” the Prime Minister stated.
Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sagicor Life Inc., Barbados Operations, Edward Clarke, disclosed that following infrastructural work, construction of the first phase would commence in the first quarter of 2020. He added that keys were expected to be handed over to proud homeowners before the end of the following year.
Mr. Clarke continued: “Sagicor is very pleased to be the promoter of The Estates at St. George, which we see as very timely, firstly because of the contribution it will make towards our ongoing economic transformation and recovery….”
Group Chief Operating Officer at Sagicor Life Inc., Barbados, Ravi Rambarran, pointed out that the project would generate jobs in construction and health care, which would then help to generate revenue through payroll taxes. He surmised that it would also generate foreign exchange through investment, and ultimately contribute to Barbados’ economic recovery and transformation.
Mr. Rambarran stated: “The project represents part of Sagicor’s strategic business diversification into the provision of active lifestyles for a key target group.
Sagicor will be looking to generate awareness and interest in The Estates at St. George, among age and income-qualified individuals within key audience categories, including Barbadians at home and abroad, Trinidadians…and tourists from the UK, US and Canada.”
Chairman of Sagicor Financial Corporation Ltd, Stephen McNamara, said the Bds$170 million investment reflected the company’s continued commitment to Barbados and the wider region. He noted that the requirement for trained medical specialists and caregivers was essential to the operations of the facility.
“In an effort to cultivate our practitioners from right here in Barbados and the region, we aim to explore a partnership that will see us at Sagicor and managers of the facility, Origin Inc. of Canada, partnering with the Barbados Community College to upgrade their existing training curricula to generate a stream of trained caregivers.
“Whilst some of these graduates will be absorbed into the adult care services segment of the Barbados services sector, some of them will have the opportunity to be employed at The Estates at St. George,” he said.
The Canadian-based Origin Active Lifestyle Communities Inc., a global leader in the field, will be contracted to manage the operations of The Estates at St. George.
Explosive West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin again proved superb as Barbados easily retained their Regional Super50 title by brushing aside archrivals Trinidad and Tobago by 28 runs, in their final round match here Monday.
Both sides entered the contest at Enmore on the backs of four straight wins but it was Barbados who proved superior, chalking 242 for seven off their 50 overs and then restricting T&T to 214 all out in the 48th over.
Not for the first time, Dottin’s performance was the decisive factor as she stroked a half-century and grabbed a six-wicket haul to snatch Player-of-the-Match honours.
After Barbados were sent in, the 27-year-old veteran of over 100 ODIs and T20 Internationals struck a rapid 73 off 43 deliveries, to lead a trio of half-century makers as Kycia Knight top-scored with 77 while her twin, Kyshona Knight, chipped in with 56.
Their interventions were needed after captain Hayley Matthews and fellow opener Danielle Small perished without scoring to leave Barbados two wickets down without a run on the board in the second over.
But the Knight twin – both West Indies players – came to their side’s rescue in a 133-run, third wicket stand. The left-handed Kycia faced 88 deliveries and struck eight fours while Kyshona, also a left-hander, counted five fours in a patient 135-ball innings.
When both fell in the space of 25 balls, Dottin arrived at the crease to dominate in typical style, blasting three fours and half-dozen sixes in a frenetic 88-run, fifth wicket partnership with Charlene Taitt (15).
Off-spinner Karishma Ramharack was the best bowler with four for 37.
In reply, Felicia Walters (27) and Rachel Vincent (10) provided a 50-run opening stand for T&T but it consumed 97 deliveries and placed immense pressure on the innings.
Stacy-Ann King then chipped in with 38 from 49 balls , adding 44 for the third wicket with Britney Cooper (23), while former Windies skipper Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with 32 from 21 balls in a 49-run fifth wicket partnership with Reniece Boyce (39), in an attempt to repair the innings.
However, Dottin produced a telling burst with her medium pace to claim six for 38, scything through the middle and lower order as T&T crashed from 182 for four in the 42nd over, losing their last six wickets for just 30 runs.
At the National Stadium, Jamaica chased down a paltry 91 to beat Leeward Islands by eight wickets, with Windies captain Stafanie Taylor taking four for nine with her off-spin and international teammate Chedean Nation then stroking an unbeaten 53.
At Bourda, hosts Guyana beat Windward Islands by 52 runs after comfortably defending 132, with off-spinners Sheneta Grimmond (4-23) and Phaffiana Millington (3-12) doing the damage.
Age 69, better known as “Kenny Hoyte” of #16 St. Paul’s Avenue, Bayville, St Michael and formerly of Sweet Bottom and Bridge Cot, St George. Former employee of BIDC and former member of Joseph Nile and the Consolers.
Son of the late Geraldine and Oscar Hoyte.
Husband of Pearline Hoyte.
Father of Kerry Hoyte.
Step-father of Kevin Payne.
Father-in-law of Michelle Hoyte.
Brother of Kayreen Walters, Jacklyn Leach, Virginia Odle-Jackman, Monica Odle, the late Opel Inniss and Rodney Holder.
Uncle of Maxine Holder, Wayne, Kim, Ian, Philip and Curwin Webster and Rondell Williams, Dave and Corry Holder, Keisha Desantos, Leah and Ryan Leach and Nikita Chandler.
Cousin of Keith, Othneal and Nigel Holder.
Brother-in-law of Ashton Inniss, Ronald Leach, Cecile and Carnetta Payne, Samuel Durant, Sylvester Durant-Mason and Peter Jackman.
Friend of many.
The funeral of Lionel Kenric Hoyte leaves the Belmont Funeral Home on Friday, 29th March, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. for St Augustine Anglican Church, St Augustine, St George where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 3:00 p.m. for the service and interment.
The organist and members of the choir are asked to attend.
Floral arrangements may be sent to the Belmont Funeral Home no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
Viewing of the body will take place at the Belmont Funeral Home from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 28th March, 2019 .
Age 74, of # 44 Wanstead Gardens Cave Hill, St. Michael - formerly of Chalky Mount St. Andrew.
Son of the late Edmund and Cleotta Boyce.
Husband of the late Dorian Boyce.
Father of Barry, Brian and Braden Boyce.
Grandfather of Micah and Malachi Boyce.
Brother of Everton, Malcolm, Dalton, Darcy Boyce, Kathleen Husbands and the late Victor Boyce and Daphne Pinder.
Uncle of Ulric Springer, Roger, Bernard and Shanice Pinder, Clint, Shane, Duane, Dario, Esther, Victor, Guilaine and Mathew Boyce, and Brieanne Evanson.
Uncle to Cherene, Sakeya, Ryan, Shane, the late Shawn Cumberbatch, Alicia Barrett, Leslyan Kirton, Andrea Scott and Kelly Beckles.
Brother-in-law of Elaine, Carol, Vivian, Pamela and Ceciiy Boyce, Michael, Lester, Desmond, Glenroy and the late Janice Cumberbatch.
Relative of Yvette,Margaret and Wilma Cumberbatch.
Cousin of Lester Boyce, Frank and Deighton Harding, Samuel Springer, Mary Hope, Major Irvin Boyce, Gwynedd Gibbs and many others.
Relative of the Boyce, Cumberbatch, Springer, Headley, Campbell, Harding, Greaves, Herbert and Rudder families.
Friend of Dennis Cadogan, Burton Foster, Desmond Durant, the members of Grace Bible Church, the Alleyne School Alumni Association and The Barbados Amateur Athletic Association, Cave Hill Wesleyan Holiness Church and many others.
The Funeral of Desmond Osbert Boyce leaves the Tranquility Chapel of Two Sons Funeral Home, Stadium Road, Bush Hall, St. Michael on Thursday 28th March 2019 at 1:45 p.m. for St. Andrew Parish Church; where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 3:30 pm.for A Home Going Service and the Interment
The Organist and Members of the Choir are asked to attend.
Floral arrangements can be sent to the Tranquility Chapel of Two Sons Funeral Home no later than 1:30 p.m . on Thursday
Viewing will take place in the Tranquility Chapel of Two Sons Funeral Home from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. on Wednesday 27th March.
Age 86, affectionately known as “Sweet Top”, of Inch Marlow, Christ Church and former employee of Bannatyne Plantation.
Brother of the late Eula Eileen ‘Edith’ Went, Ernesta Chase of the U.K., Vernon ‘Bob’, William and Urick Yarde, Edwin Bynoe and Vita Frederick.
Uncle of Monica Chase and Elsie Sargeant both of the U.K., Gladwyn Bynoe, Erin Yarde-Mason, Irwin Yarde and Dr. Keren Yarde-Ayeni all of the U.S.A., Leroy Went, the Venerable Eric Lynch Archdeacon of Barbados, Hallington Lynch, Andrew, Alvin and Anderson Yarde and late Anthony Chase of the U.K.
Great-Uncle of Wendell Isaacs and Nickolai Ayeni both of the U.S.A., Alicia and Stephen Lynch, Justin Went, Rasheed Pilgrim and Antoine Sandiford.
Cousin of the late Lemuel 'Cossey' Prescott.
Relative of the Yarde, Sobers, Williams, Chase and Bynoe families.
Friend of the Burke family, Esther Best, Gregory Castagne and Harold Williams.
A Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of Wilfred Yarde will take place on Friday March 29th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.at The Church of St. Christopher, St. Christopher, Christ Church, where relatives and friends are asked to meet. The cortege will then proceed to Christ Church Cemetery for the interment.
The Organist and Members of the Choir are asked to attend.
Viewing takes place from 1:00 p.m. until the commencement of the Service.
Flowers may be delivered to St. George's Home for Funerals, Carmichael House, Carmichael, St. George no later than 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
A collection will be taken towards the work of the Church.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to St. George’s Home for Funerals.
Daughter of the late Seibert and Beatrice King.
Widow of George Cephas.
Mother of Judy, Billy, Procter, Frank, Barry of Slumber Foam Limited and Basil of Bermuda.
Grandmother of Lana Bryan, Samantha Hadaway, Trey Butcher, Courtenay and Corey and Camrae Butcher.
Great- Grandmother of Kadeem Bryan and Cadan Hadaway.
Sister of Patsy Breedy and Shirley Gooding.
Aunt of the Hon. John King - Minister Sports and Culture, Lemuel Rawlins - Attorney-at-law, Delvin King, Andrew Belle of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gail Gooding, Stephanie Clarke of the Transport Board, Errol Walcott and many others.
Mother-in-law of Bethany and Cheryl Butcher.
Sister-in-law of Parston Breedy and Marion and Monica King.
Relative of the Alleyne family, the Clarke family of Lakes, St. Andrew, the Reid family of Sunbury and the Rawlins family of Ebenezer.
The funeral of Euslyn Yvonne Butcher leaves L. E. Smith Funeral Home, St. Michael’s Row, Bridgetown at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, 28th March for St. Philip Parish Church, where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 4:00 p.m. for a Thanksgiving Service and interment.
The Organist and members of the choir are asked to attend.
The body will be reposed for viewing in the Chapel of L E Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday 27th March from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and at the church from 3:00 p.m. until the start of the service.
Floral tributes should be delivered to L. E. Smith Funeral Home no later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday