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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says the coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit Trinidad and Tobago “hard, shrinking our economy by 10 per cent”.In an exclusive interview with the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, Rowley said that the national budget to be presented by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on October 5, “must be presented in the serious scenario of managing an economy downwards without collapsing it”.Trinidad and Tobago has 2, 493 positive cases with 1,705 being active. The country has recorded 39 deaths since the first case was recorded in mid-March. The country has had to shut down its borders and during the start of the pandemic and lock down its economy as it forced people to remain at home as part of the efforts to curb the spread of the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for 898,000 deaths and 27.6 million infections worldwide.In the interview, Rowley, whose People’s National Movement (PNM) was returned to office following the August 10 general election, said that as an oil and gas producer, production and sale of oil has dropped globally.“COVID has hit us hard, shrinking our economy by 10 per cent, even as we continue to support our hardest-hit citizens at a big cost,” Rowley said, noting that COVID-19 came at a time when oil and gas prices were already softening and had the effect of further reducing consumption of methanol, urea ammonia, LNG, oil and gas.“It was a perfect storm. Some plants in Point Lisas have shut down. Just today I was advised by BP Trinidad they are reducing their staff by 25 per cent. All gas and oil markets are experiencing the same thing due to reduced demand. Thousands of planes are on the ground, fewer cars are moving about.”Rowley said that he was urging the population to pay attention to the “realities of our reduced circumstances” during the budget presentation, adding “we are staving off economic collapse since the country had become accustomed to spending and living off a budget of TT$63 billion (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents).“Recently, government revenues dropped to TT$43 billion. We don’t have a strong enough revenue stream to sustain the servicing of the country. We’ve used a lot of debt and short term borrowings to keep it on an even keel.“Still, the energy sector remains our best bet. We have been strengthening our revenue stream against the odds, including revising contracts which will boost revenue, improving production volumes and providing quality business in the energy sector,” Rowley told the newspaper.He said also the country should be prepared for the re-introduction of the property tax that had been suspended for several years.“ The court has given us parameters to meet; we will meet those, collect tax that will not be onerous given the large number of people paying it, and, as part of local government reform, make the funds available to local government bodies to service their communities and the environs of peoples property will be looked after. We will also vigorously minimise tax evasion in general.”Rowley did not rule out dipping into the Heritage & Stabilisation Fund, saying “that’s what savings are for, a rainy day, and this is a storm. We have not touched the capital yet, which remains the same as five years back”.In the wide-ranging interview, Rowley also commented on the complaints by the private sector regarding the shortage of foreign exchange.”To battle COVID economic contraction, the US government printed two trillion dollars and gave it to its people. They don’t have to make the money. They just print it. But for us, every US dollars we spend, we must earn it. So the demand for more foreign exchange is just that, a demand.“Take medicine. We must pay for all the drugs in foreign exchange. We can’t buy them in TT dollars. We pay for the food in foreign exchange. The question is how much of what we import in a free market do we really need?”Rowley said the country’s ability to earn significant foreign exchange through agriculture and other means is limited.“What we can do is reduce our foreign exchange expenditure by producing and consuming as much local food as we can. We have been brought up eating other people’s food. We need to prioritise our a) use of foreign exchange and b) earn more.”During the interview, Rowley maintained that the sale of the state-owned oil refinery at PETROTRIN to the company owned by the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) represented the best offer for the company that had been losing billions of dollars annually over the years.He said Patriotic Technologies “made us the best offer and was selected (and) we are currently working out contractual arrangements on which the outcome will depend. They are close, but it’s not finalised.“Last August, a thorough review of PETROTRIN revealed a US$850 million debt. We had to either pay the debt or refinance it and couldn’t do so without severe financial consequences to the Treasury. “Restructuring allowed us to create the Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd., which is servicing that debt without a government guarantee, paying the taxes to the country and making a profit of over a billion dollars. The downside was we had to close the refinery. The upside to that was we saved the national financial economy,” Rowley told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.CMC
Skyworks has unveiled its second-generation SkyOne™ platforms at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. SkyOne™ is a family of fully optimized, scalable devices that integrate all of the high-performance RF and analog content between the transceiver and antenna into the industry’s smallest footprint. The SkyOne Front-end solutions are ideal for smartphones, tablets and data cards. This product family provides exceptional linearity and power added efficiency for smart RF integration. The newest front-end solutions cover more frequency bands, integrate up to seven duplexers, support carrier aggregation and provide standardized inputs for all leading chipsets that are MIPI® RFFE compatible. Skyworks has incorporated breakthrough RF switching technology in its newest devices that are enabling early adopters to implement carrier aggregation solutions. Carrier aggregation allows mobile service providers to combine spectrum and increase data rate throughput by utilizing two or more bands simultaneously instead of the single band method used currently, thereby giving consumers an enriched data experience regardless of location. Skyworks’ SkyOne™ devices also support standardized inputs to industry leading basebands (MIPI® RFFE compatible) and address both transmit (Tx) and receive (Rx) switching paths. Skyworks’ carrier aggregation switching solutions, which are compliant to tier-one, carrier-driven specifications, are based on silicon-on-insulator wafer process technologies and available in many different configurations. About Skyworks’ SkyOne™ Front-end Solutions SkyOne™ is an 8 x 9 x 0.95 millimeter module with up to seven duplexers and a dual-pole, 19 throw antenna switch module (ASM) for models supporting carrier aggregation (CA) and single pole, 16 throw ASMs for models without a CA requirement. SKY78021 is a hybrid, multimode, multiband (MMMB) front-end module (FEM) that supports 2.5G, 3G/4G and CDMA handsets and all standard carrier aggregation frequency band combinations through its integrated dual pole 19 throw switch. This module operates efficiently in EDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSPA, LTE and WCDMA modes. SKY78022, SKY78025 and SKY78026 are MMMB FEMs supporting 2.5G, 3G/4G, CDMA and TDD-LTE handsets and operate efficiently in EDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSPA, LTE, TDD-LTE and WCDMA modes. These modules integrate single pole, 16 throw switches with internal IEC protection.
Down 112-115 midway in the second extension, Powell drained a triple and later completed a three-point play while Ogugua Anunoby added another as the Raptors took a 123-119 lead with under a minute left. Leonard finished the match with near triple-double of 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, Montrezl Harrel added 15 markers while Lou Williams contributed 12 points for LAC. Boston Celtics’ Daniel Theis foils the shot of Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka. AP PHOTO The Clippers set the tone early behind Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for a 26-12 start. Los Angeles maintained the advantage since then en route to taking a 3-1 edge in their best-of-seven series. The Celtics made its last push as a triple by Kemba Walker trimmed the deficit to 122-123, but two free throws by Powell and a missed triple by Boston’s Marcus Smart sealed the win for the Raptors. The NBA holds all matches of its 2019-2020 playoffs at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, United States./PN Meanwhile, Los Angeles Clippers (LAC) moved a win closer from reaching the Western Conference finals after a 96-85 triumph over Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of their semifinals. Kyle Lowry top-scored with 33 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds, Norman Powell added 23 markers while Fred VanVleet contributed 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the defending champions. TORONTO Raptors kept its title-retention bid alive following a 125-122 double overtime win over Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila).
UWF will be the number one seed in the GSC Tournament and will receive a first-round bye. (Photo by Bill Stockland) West Florida to host Gulf South Conference Volleyball Tournament Share GSC Tournament PagePENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida will play host to the 2013 Gulf South Conference Volleyball Tournament this weekend at the UWF Field House. UWF will be the number one seed in the GSC Tournament on Nov. 22-24 in Pensacola, Fla. and will receive a first-round bye. West Florida clinched the Gulf South Conference regular-season championship after defeating North Alabama 3-0 on Nov. 8. West Florida will either face Christian Brothers or Alabama Huntsville in the semifinals of the GSC Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23 at noon. The championship match will be on Sunday, November 24 at Noon. Fans unable to attend can watch a free live video stream with live stats of all matches at www.gscsports.org.Single day passes for adults are $7 while students, seniors and military pay $4. The 2013 GSC Tournament pass for adults is $10 while students, seniors and military pay $7. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Students, faculty and staff will not be admitted free, as this is a Gulf South Conference event.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
Firelines east of the Sterling community have remained strong as hot, dry weather tested firefighters’ work. Hot, dry weather combined with dry black spruce stands will challenge firefighters all week. Smoke and haze conditions on the Kenai Peninsula were moderate Monday. Smoke remains a concern. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu. Ashford: “There’s a lot that goes into that, but one that will remain in place is there has been a lot of communication over the last couple days. We have been discussing what has been happening, and what the goals are. The Refuge and other agencies involved have been a part of those discussions.” Homer Electric Association joined firefighters Monday to inspect the transmission line corridor north of the highway, planning further fire risk mitigation this week before the line is turned back on. Ashford: “You won’t see as much work along the highway while crews continue to work on that southwest corner as we try to complete containment line that heads up towards the East Fork Moose River.” The Alaska Black Team is approaching the end of their assignment. Type 2 Incident Management Team Northwest 13 shadowed the Alaska Team on Tuesday in preparation of assuming command of the fire Wednesday morning. Crews have remained busy with mop-up and suppression repair along 18 miles of firebreak north of the Sterling Highway and along the East Fork Moose River, where they kept mopping-up hot spots and burning out green pockets of black spruce. The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area partially re-opened Monday to public use at Lower and Upper Ohmer Lakes, Lower Ohmer Campground, Upper and Lower Skilak Lake Campgrounds, and Upper Ohmer Lake Cabin. Skilak Lake Road, along with Jim’s, Upper and Lower Skilak landings remain open. Contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and is currently at 14% containment, according to Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team there was no fly over measurement taken on Tuesday.
World beater After just 30 minutes of action, Charles Piutau had already racked up more than 100 running metres and beaten nine defenders.The All Black sensation was in rampant form at Ashton Gate on Sunday, finishing up with an astonishing 201 metres from 25 carries, as well as 12 defenders beaten, two clean breaks and beautifully finished second-half try.Piutau set the tone as early as the fourth minute when he broke from inside his own 22, before stepping and fending his way into London Irish territory and stabbing through a well-weighted kick.For his try, the full back fed Fricker on the outside before racing up in support, as some deft handling from Piers O’Conor freed up Piutau for his seventh Premiership try for the Bears. Thack attack Not far behind man of the match, Charles Piutau, was the Bears dynamo hooker, Harry Thacker who put in an eye-catching display for Pat Lam’s side.Thacker racked up 98 metres and beat an incredible nine defenders, as well as registering a try and an assist – unbelievable stats from a front row forward, but then again, Thacker isn’t your average number two.After racing clear and locating Nathan Hughes with a slick offload early in the second half, Thacker was at it again with a surging break through the middle in the build up to Ed Holmes’ impressive try.And to cap an outstanding performance, Thacker went over for Bears’ bonus-point try two minutes from time, only for for Stephen Myler to snatch a draw for Irish even later on. Home comforts Both Pat Lam and Joe Joyce admitted it was a disappointed dressing room after a late London Irish penalty denied the Bears a bonus-point win at Ashton Gate.But despite the draw, it’s now more than eight months since Bristol lost a game at Ashton Gate, stretching back to March 23, 2019 against Worcester.That’s eight games unbeaten in BS3 – and although Sunday’s draw wasn’t the result Bristol were looking for, it extends a proud home record.
USA TODAY SportsBALTIMORE (AP) — Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went deep in the seventh.Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.George Springer had a season-high three hits and a homer for the Astros, who stranded seven and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.Brad Brach (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Oliver Drake worked a perfect eighth before Zach Britton got three straight outs for his 11th save.
Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.THUMBS UPRestart of the season: Graham Rahal didn’t panic when Justin Wilson surged ahead briefly on the final start at Lap 84, and Rahal somehow regained the lead with an aggressive dive into Turn 4, a right-handed corner. That’s how championships are won. Holding the lead not only gave Rahal the margin that became a victory worth an additional 10 points – race winners get 50 points, runners-up 40 – but the extra lap in front gave Rahal 23 for the race, one more than Scott Dixon (22). Juan Pablo Montoya had 21. Winning that category earned Rahal two bonus points, which might prove critical when the season ends later this month.Pass of the race, maybe the season: Give it to Wilson, who used congestion and apparent indecision in front of him to first box in Rahal and then scoot around Montoya on the outside in the same corner sequence. That vaulted Wilson, a part-timer this season, to second place. “I was just trying to box in Graham; I realized the outside (was open) on Juan and I went for it,” Wilson said. It’s no wonder Michael Andretti and Honda are bullish on bringing the Brit back to the No. 25 car full-time in 2016.Justin Wilson back with Andretti for 5 IndyCar racesThis championship fight: The separation at the front — Montoya to Rahal — is a scant nine points, which is nothing given the road ahead. There are 500 miles to travel Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway and an Aug. 30 road race at Sonoma Raceway where race-finishing points are doubled. Think about the pressure that will mount at mighty Team Penske if this pesky one-car Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team is still a threat late in the Sonoma race.IndyCar scheduling: Although this season ends Aug. 30, next year’s almost certainly will last longer. How long remains to be seen based on three versions of the 2016 plan shown to the team owners over the weekend. Road America is expected to rejoin the series with a June 26 race (in conjunction with the Pirelli World Challenge). As previously reported, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway are possible returns.To this Mid-Ohio crowd: Credit the recent drives of Rahal, who was born and raised in suburban Columbus, or the weekend’s gorgeous weather, but this crowd was huge and arguably IndyCar’s best since the Indianapolis 500. Attendance estimates are difficult to come by given the expansiveness of the property and the rolling hills people sit on, but it was impressive from any number of angles.THUMBS DOWNThe warning for Will Power: The reigning series champion got pushed wide at the start of the race and trampled through the grass. That was his problem. But in fighting back into the fray, his right front wing clipped the left rear tire of Charlie Kimball. The slice of Kimball’s sidewall allowed for the air to cut loose, sending the 2013 event winner spinning into the sand trap at Turn 6. Maybe Kimball should have given Power room to rejoin, but it’s the responsibility of the one off the track to get back safely. As Kimball lost two laps to the leader, Power was only warned for avoidable contact. That wasn’t equitable.The debris caution on Lap 21: Surely it had to be called, but it really sunk Scott Dixon’s chances to win this race. He was among the group that hadn’t yet pitted, and the ensuing stops dropped them behind others, including Montoya, Josef Newgarden and Rahal, for the next segment. Dixon might not have won again – he was the reigning champion and winner of five of the past eight events here – but he would have been in the hunt. As it was, he finished fourth, picking up 13 points on Montoya.This circuit isn’t pass-happy: For as much as IndyCar, its drivers and its fans like this place, it doesn’t yield passes easily, and races often become processional, as this one did. Dixon got shuffled back because of the caution and couldn’t fully recover no matter how fast he was; he was the pole winner in track-record form, after all.Finally, a post-race review: There have been a lot of them this season, but one this weekend is a must-see. There are some in the paddock who think Sage Karam — “My buddy,” as Rahal sarcastically called him — spun on purpose to help give Dixon a chance to win. That seems unlikely, but IndyCar will review it. Penalties are typically handed out on Wednesdays.
Dec 27, 2014; Shreveport, LA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2014 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. South Carolina defeated Miami 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsSHREVEPORT, La. – South Carolina did something that has been difficult for it throughout the 2014 football season.It won a football game in which it had to fight to maintain a second-half lead.Quarterback Dylan Thompson, scored on a two-yard run to allow the Gamecocks to claim a 24-21 victory over Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.The win allowed the team to end the season with a 7-6 record. USC coach Steve Spurrier has never had a losing season since taking over the Gamecocks’ program 10 years ago and only one his college coaching career.His demeanor following the contest suggested this victory was as important as any he has had as South Carolina’s coach.“This one felt as good as the last three bowl games,” said an elated Spurrier. “It has sort of been amazing. We have been the home team in all of them. We got to wear our garnet on garnet and something good keeps happening for us it seems like late in the games there.”The game was big for both Spurrier and his program as there has been a lot of negativity floating around in recent weeks.Following a Spurrier announcement that he planned to only coach the team for two to three years, six recruits decommitted with at least one admitting the fact that The Head Ball Coach might not be around for his entire stint at the school as a reason.Spurrier has since amended that statement to say he plans to remain in charge for four to five years.The has also been a groundswell of support among fans for the removal of several assistant coaches in an attempt to get the program back to the level of the three previous seasons when it posted a 33-6 mark with consecutive 11-2 records that landed the squad in the nation’s top 10 at the end of each.There was some thought Spurrier would make a play for former Florida coach Will Muschamp, considered one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators prior to taking over the Gators program.Spurrier opted to stand pat with his staff, and, while there could be changes coming in the future, he doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to do so.Right before the team traveled to Shreveport on Dec. 23 to prepare for the game it learned that former South Carolina Mr. Football Shaq Roland had quit the team.While statistically the defense did not have a great day against the Hurricanes, it managed to play well enough to make up for an up and down offense that played winning football for just a little more than a quarter.The Gamecocks forced two Miami turnovers with the second, a Gerald Dixon recovery of a Duke Johnson fumble, leading to the game-winning touchdown.Spurrier in no hurry to make coaching changesThe Gamecocks picked up two sacks, which doesn’t seem like a great number. But for one of the worst teams nationally in that department, it was a step forward as it managed only 12 during the regular season.The team managed that despite not having the services of senior defensive tackle J. T. Surratt, who was hospitalized Thursday with stomach problems, and end David Johnson who missed the game with an injury.“If felt great,” said USC linebacker Skai Moore, who was named defensive player of the game after leading the team in tackles with 11 and being credited with a half of a tackle for loss. “We won the game and showed the country that we are a good defense.”The Gamecocks allowed 422 yards of total offense, including 132 yards rushing by junior tailback Johnson.It held the explosive Hurricanes’ offense to two touchdowns, however, which allowed the USC offense to do just enough to win the game.“I think we showed we could stop them,” said embattled USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “When we played assignment football we were pretty good.”Despite an up-and-down game, Boiling Springs native Dylan Thompson went out with a solid performance at quarterback.He not only completed 22 of 34 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, but scored the winning touchdown from two yards out with his feet.His biggest target through the air was wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. The sophomore caught nine passes for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown reception.That was good enough to earn Cooper offensive most valuable player honors.Thompson leaves USC with the most single season passing yards and is second in touchdown passes in a season with 26.“We really wanted to go out with a big win against an elite program,” said Thompson. “Miami gets a lot of recognition. They are a good team. For our guys to play together and get this win was pretty special.”The victory was USC’s fourth straight in bowl games. Spurrier pointed out that each came against programs that have rich histories – Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Miami.The 69-year old coach still hopes to accomplish things in Columbia that will lead to the Gamecocks becoming a program that sustains year-in and year-out.There will probably be more twists and turns for the program in the coming weeks. But for at least one night Spurrier will sleep well as a difficult season ended on a positive note.USC’s Pharoh Cooper caps impressive season with MVP performance