Wed, 20 May 2020 01:22:42 +0000 Belizean Traveller Campaign is Launched to Boost Domestic Tourism

With the borders and the international airport still closed, local tourism is being promoted across the country as a first step before international visitors begin making their way back to [...]

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Wed, 20 May 2020 01:22:12 +0000 B.T.B. Developing a Property Manual for Hotels/Resorts

As the Belize Tourism Board promotes local tourism, it is also getting ready for the day when international visitors arrive at the P.G.I.A.  It is collaborating with the Ministry of [...]

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Wed, 20 May 2020 05:09:12 +0000 Our solutions lie in nature

ATTISH KANHAI, Institute of Marine Affairs In 1970, Theodor Geisel was fighting to save some Eucalyptus trees around his house from being cleared in order to make way for suburban development. His idea was to write a children’s book about conservation that was not boring but entertaining. However, writer’s block got the better of him and upon his wife’s suggestion he travelled to Mount Kenya Safari Club where he was able to watch the animals along Kenya’s Laikipia plateau. Theodor Geisel was a children’s author of some repute, he could ill afford to have his work be substandard, and such an important message of environmental conservation had to be done correctly. We all know Theodor Geisel much better by his other name – Dr Seuss – and the work he would go on to pen, thanks to his visit to Kenya, he would later describe as his favourite of the more than 40 books he wrote. This book was later adapted into the 2012 movie The Lorax. Written 50 years ago, the message of the Lorax remains relevant. The Lorax, although a children’s book, detailed the very real threat of biodiversity loss and its far-reaching consequences. If you have not read the book or seen the movie, in a nutshell, it is the story of a once beautiful valley containing Truffula trees and teeming with biodive

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Wed, 20 May 2020 07:05:01 +0000 HOLD ON, CXC

TT Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) president Antonia De Freitas said the Caribbean Union of Teachers has made a plea to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to reconsider holding exams in July. In an interview on Tuesday, De Freitas said the union is hoping to have a conversation with respective governments and the CXC to find a resolution. The call comes after CXC registrar Dr Wayne Wesley said on May 15 that the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations exams will be held in July. De Freitas said one of the major concerns raised at the union’s general council meeting was the changed format for students’ grades. She said there was no consultation with teachers. “In the past, at least up until last year, students’ final grades would have been awarded based on a combination of assessments, which include SBAs (school-based assessments), paper one and paper two as the case may be. “Given the fact that now, because of the covid19, CXC is projecting that the fin

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Wed, 20 May 2020 07:08:00 +0000 New senator JW: I want to be the conduit for the 'grass roots man'

NEWLY appointed Government Senator Jason Williams said he wants to be a go-between for the "grass roots" and the power in Parliament. He was speaking with Newsday during the lunch break at the Senate chamber Tuesday about the experience of being sworn-in. He said being in entertainment for so many years he rarely gets nerves. "But I felt an emotion. It felt really humbling. And when I sat down and you see all these personalities that you would see on TV, I was like 'wow, I'm in the Senate yes.'" He said it was a watershed moment for him and he made an effort to internalise what he was saying in the oath. He said the reception has been very warm from all benches. The senate seat of former Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte was declared vacant following his resignation and Williams was appointed in his place. Following his swearing-in heads of the Opposition and Independent benches, Wade Mark and Paul Richards respectively, clasped their hands and bowed to him, likely as part of covid19 physical distancing. Later in the sitting Finance Minister Colm Imbert also greeted him with a bow. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi welcomed Williams at the start of his contribution and also thanked Le Hunte for his contribution to the country and for the

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Wed, 20 May 2020 07:06:13 +0000 UNC: Young, Rowley, PNM must go

LIES by the Government as exposed by the US ambassador have put TT in jeopardy, the UNC alleged in a statement on Tuesday, calling for the resignation of Minister of National Security Stuart Young and the Prime Minister and his Government. The UNC responded to US envoy Joseph N Mondello’s statement earlier which said he had discussed with Young the visit of Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez to TT. “The Keith Rowley administration has once again been caught lying to the people of TT,” the UNC said. They said less than a week ago in the Senate they questioned Young, and he claimed Mondello never spoke of the potential violation of the Rio Treaty caused by Rodriguez’s meeting with Dr Rowley. There are US sanctions against Venezuela. “Stuart Young lied again. “Today, the US Ambassador released a definitive statement on the matter, stating that he ‘expressed concern to the minister in that conversation about the consistency of Delcy Rodriguez’s visit to Port of Spain with TT’s obligations as a party to the Rio Treaty. “‘Article 20 of the Rio Treaty makes it unambiguously clear that all measures imposed by the Organ of Consultation – like the travel restrictions on Ms Rodriguez – are binding on all treaty parties.’” The UNC said the Inter-American Trea

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Wed, 20 May 2020 07:14:24 +0000 Young leaders on covid19 recovery:

THE post-covid19 recovery period will present unique socio-economic challenges and opportunities to TT. To gauge the youth perspective on this recovery period, Newsday spoke to three young leaders in three separate fields of study. With a history of working with marginalised groups through various volunteer efforts and drawing on their areas of expertise, the young leaders shared their feelings on the lack of youth inclusion in post-covid19 planning and what their hopes are for post-covid19 policies. Chrisette Benjamin – National Youth Parliamentarian and NGO Founder [caption id="attachment_826259" align="alignnone" width="750"] An aspiring social policy analyst, Chrisette Benjamin, 20, said TT’s post-covid19 planning must address disparities amplified during the pandemic like the national digital divide, socio-economic inequalities, and high dependency on food imports. - Photo Courtesy Chrisette Benjamin[/caption] Aspiring social policy analyst Chrisette Benjamin, 20, studies international relations and social policy planning at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine campus. In March, Benjamin acted as the Opposition Chief

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Wed, 20 May 2020 06:35:39 +0000 Over 80 pct of exhibition area at China’s import expo booked

SHANGHAI, May 15 (Xinhua) — More than 80 percent of the planned exhibition area has been booked for the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) slated to take place in November, according to its organizers. On Friday, more than 50 companies signed contracts with the CIIE Bureau, making it the largest signing event ever during

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Wed, 20 May 2020 06:35:37 +0000 China announces concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 as Xi addresses WHA session

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 including providing international aid and making the country’s COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available. Xi made the announcement as he addressed the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA)

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Wed, 20, May, 2020 07:01:00 GMT The RFI is for contingency funding —IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the funds approved last week under its rapid financing instrument (RFI) serves mainly as a contingency funding mechanism which is to be used by the country in cushioning the economic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic.Last Friday the IMF's executive board approved a request to give emergency financing assistance to the country totalling US$520 million or 100 per cent of quota.

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Wed, 20, May, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Jamaica's progress towards accrual accounting

For some time now, there has been a major move from cash accounting to accrual accounting within the public sectors worldwide. The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) is currently championing this needed change.

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Wed, 20 May 2020 04:22:54 +0000 Mitchell keen to work with Dennis on tourism

Minister of Tourism Randall Mitchell has congratulated newly installed THA Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation Ancil Dennis. Last Thursday, Dennis, who also holds the post of chief secretary, replaced Nadine Stewart-Phillips who held the tourism portfolio since 2017. In a press release, Mitchell congratulated Dennis while noting the tourism industry sits at a crossroad with the covid19 pandemic affecting tourism destinations around the world. He said TT was no exception. “The Government of Trinidad and Tobago in recognising the challenges that confront the destination sought to not only improve the ease of access to product development incentives but also to develop a system of grants that together, will build the capacity of both islands in preparation for an expected resurgence in the tourism industry,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said he is looking forward to working with Dennis in charting a course towards recovery, adding that as tourism agencies on both islands work to fulfil their respective mandates it is expected that the spirit of collaboration and resilience would bolster joint efforts towards building a successful tourism industry. Mitchell said his ministry is renewing its commitment to build an even stronger relati

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Tue, 19 May 2020 19:16:26 +0000 International: Pier One Imports to wind down retail operations, JC Penney to close 250 stores

(Fox News) – There is no hope for one North Texas-based retail chain while another could be thrown a lifeline by an online competitor. In its glory days, Fort Worth-based Pier One Imports had millions of customers and thriving store locations across not just the United States but also Europe, Australia and Japan. But the […] The post International: Pier One Imports to wind down retail operations, JC Penney to close 250 stores appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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Tue, 19 May 2020 15:55:52 +0000 Demands for Dominican vote abroad snowball

Santo Domingo.- The non-partisan civic movement and Dominican chapter of Transparency International on Tue. demanded that the Central Electoral Board (JCE) make greater efforts to guarantee the vote of Dominicans abroad. In a press release, Citizen Participation drew attention to delays in the work necessary to guarantee the suffrage of Dominicans overseas and demanded that the JCE and the political parties guarantee this right, preventing their postponement in the next elections, stoke a political crisis with serious institutional consequences and a further deterioration of democracy. “In the framework of the actions of our electoral observation program of the presidential and congressional elections of July 5, we express our concern that just 47 days before the elections, 45% of school officials still have to be appointed in district number 1; at […]

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Tue, 19 May 2020 13:19:12 +0000 Group demands papers in US$3.5B power plant scandal

Santo Domingo.- The National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC) on Mon. said that it requested from State Electric Utility (CDEEE) CEO, Rubén Jiménez Bichara, the reports of the tests that the Punta Catalina power plant have been subjected to. It asked for a copy of the agreement signed between the state corporation and Odebrecht in New York, which ended the arbitration filed by the Brazilian company against the Dominican Government, and other documents. The said that as soon as it receives the requested documents, it will submit them to the scrutiny of national and international experts, in order for them to be evaluated and determine the real situation in which the CDEEE and the Government are receiving Punta Catalina. “It is very important to begin to verify if the […]

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Tue, 19 May 2020 12:43:01 +0000 Bermuda Cricket Board To Host Zoom Webinar

The Bermuda Cricket Board [BCB] will be hosting a free Zoom Webinar on Saturday [May 23] at 3.00pm. A spokesperson said, “The BCB is hosting our first free Zoom Webinar on Saturday, May 23 at 3PM – featuring International Guest Speaker & former South African Cricket Player, Mr. Daryll Cullinan. “Join us as we discuss […](Click to read the full article)

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Tue, 19 May 2020 10:14:35 +0000 SLiC International Closes Seed Funding Round

SLiC International Ltd [SLiC] announced that it has closed its Seed Funding Round, and it will launch their Series A Funding Round later in 2020. A spokesperson said, “SLiC has closed its Seed Round valuing the company at USD 12 MN post-money. Private funding contributions ranged from USD 1 MN to USD 100,000 from the […](Click to read the full article)

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Tue, 19 May 2020 09:15:00 +0000 Regional airlines could help restore tourism

By Carlena Knight Kickstarting regional airlines is being touted as one of the ways the Caribbean can best reignite the tourism industry. Development specialist Arvel Grant says the Caribbean should reduce reliance on international travellers and look closer to home. He says the region has the potential to resolve its economic woes if it adopts […] The post Regional airlines could help restore tourism appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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Tue, 19 May 2020 07:08:53 +0000 Mitchell sandwiched between Mannings

IN THE end, he was sandwiched between two Manning’s. That is the position San Fernando East MP and Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell has found himself. Mitchell learned yesterday, that his successor and candidate for the constituency he served for five years, is Brian Manning, son of his predecessor, the late prime minister Patrick Manning. Upon learning of his removal via the San Fernando East Facebook page, Mitchell, an attorney, sought to bow out gracefully. There was some consternation prior to last weekend’s screening and allegations of rigging the internal nomination process, but in the end Manning prevailed. In a letter addressed to “my dear constituents,” Mitchell thanked them saying it was the privilege and honour of a lifetime to have served them as MP. “Today (Monday), I was advised by the screening committee of the PNM of its decision to select Mr Brian Manning, son of my erstwhile predecessor, the late Patrick Manning as its candidate for San Fernando East in the upcoming general election.” Mitchell congratulated Manning and wished him every success and then thanked political leader Dr Rowley for the confidence reposed in him in 2015 and for the opportunities to serve in the Cabinet in the portfolios of Public Administration, Housing and Tourism. Mitchell said

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Tue, 19 May 2020 07:07:21 +0000 Poon: An opportunity for TT tourism

ALTHOUGH the tourism industry has felt covid19’s harshest brunt, one tourism expert believes that this is a great opportunity for TT to get its tourism right. Dr Auliana Poon is the managing director and founder of Leve Global. She is also an economist and management consultant. Poon established Caribbean Futures Ltd that became Tourism Intelligence International in 1990; Villa Being, Tobago, in 2000; Being Sustainable in 2010; the Tourism Intelligence Academy in 2015; Lévé-the Event in 2016 and Leve-Global in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s in economics from the University of the West Indies (UWI). She also holds a doctorate in technology and tourism from the University of Sussex, UK. In a release dated May 14. Poon said covid19, “is the greatest opportunity of our lifetime – it is an opportunity for us in TT to ‘get tourism right’; an opportunity to rethink, reinvent and create a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, responsible and fair tourism industry.” She added that tourism is big business and no country needs tourism more than TT, adding no country has greater potential to deliver tourism than TT. To do this, however, TT needs to engage its past, love the country, love the guests and love itself. She offered suggestions about wha

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Tue, 19 May 2020 07:05:00 +0000 Jamaica gets US$520m from IMF for covid19 relief

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a US$520 million disbursement to Jamaica under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to aid with covid19 relief. The is 100 per cent of the allotted amount that Jamaica can access. In a statement Friday, the IMF said these funds will help meet “the urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the covid19 pandemic, while catalysing additional support from development partners.” The covid19 shock hit Jamaica only a few months after the successful completion of its precautionary stand-by arrangement with the IMF, which was underpinned by strong ownership and civil society oversight, the fund noted. “Jamaica’s established track record of economic reforms has created buffers that are invaluable today in responding to the covid19 crisis. Yet, despite the authorities’ proactive mitigation strategies, the pandemic is significantly impacting Jamaica’s economy.” Jamaica is the hardest hit English-speaking Caribbean country with 520 confirmed cases as of May 17. The Jamaican government has declared the entire island as a disaster area and established a special taskforce to coordinate the country’s covid19 response and recovery efforts, with the paramount objectives of

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Tue, 19 May 2020 06:11:55 +0000 ‘I am confident’ …President Granger not expecting a landslide victory but confident

…condemns hooliganism at GECOM tabulation centre …urges diplomats not to intrude in affairs of other countries While there has been unwarranted interference in the Guyana’s elections process from various groups, President David Granger is confident that Guyana will soon conclude its elections process to the satisfactory international standards. The President said too that while he

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Tue, 19, May, 2020 07:01:00 GMT WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent evaluation of how it managed the international response to the coronavirus, which has been clouded by finger-pointing between the US and China over a pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 people and levelled the global economy.

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Tue, 19 May 2020 04:44:51 +0000 Des Vignes eyes US$60k sargassum warning system

Secretary of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) Kwesi Des Vignes said his division is looking to improve its early detection of sargassum heading to Tobago. Des Vignes said Tobago is far ahead of many of countries in the region and the Americas in terms of dealing with the sargassum problem. On April 30, the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) reported sightings of a large mass of sargassum on the Atlantic side of the island. Providing an update, Des Vignes said clean-up operations at Delaford Bay ended last weekend after an excavator was used to remove the sargassum from the shorelines. He said the sargassum phenomenon was no new issue, adding that a sargassum management unit has been established, which includes THA divisions, Cepep, URP, TEMA and a number of other non-governmental organisations. “In general, mechanical interventions tend to be the very last method that we go to remove any sargassum from our beaches. “We do have a sargassum response plan that we updated recently and as a matter of fact, the division was invited to a regional symposium on sargassum and it was recognised that Tobago is quite far ahead of many of our neighbouring countries and other countries in the region (and) the Americas

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Tue, 19 May 2020 02:15:13 +0000 International: Over 100 Million in China’s Northeast Face Renewed Lockdown

(Bloomberg) – Some 108 million people in China’s northeast region are being plunged back under lockdown conditions as a new and growing cluster of infections causes a backslide in the nation’s return to normal. In an abrupt reversal of the re-opening taking place across the nation, cities in Jilin province have cut off trains and […] The post International: Over 100 Million in China’s Northeast Face Renewed Lockdown appeared first on Antigua Observer Newspaper.

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