Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:14:26 +0000 Sector unveils plan to relaunch Dominican free zones

Santo Domingo.- Dominican authorities, together with executives of the country’s free zones, on Tuesday presented the plan t relaunch the sector, made up of five pillars: investment promotion, zero bureaucracy, promotion of productive chains, education and stronger infrastructure. “The ministry, as responsible for formulating public policies for the free trade zone sector, and jointly with the National Council of Export Free Zones and the Dominican Free Zones Association, have formulated the plan for the relaunch of the sector,” said Industry and Commerce minister Víctor Bisonó. He said the first pillar, investment promotion, aims to maximize the use of opportunities arising from the new international economic environment.

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:24:44 +0000 Arrivals of travelers to the Dominican Republic increase

The arrival of passengers, especially Dominicans living in different countries, has registered a considerable increase in recent weeks, a large percentage from the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe. According to reports from August and September to date, only through the Las Americas Airport, between 360 thousand and 378 thousand passengers of different nationalities enter and leave. However, most of them are Dominicans returning from abroad. It is recalled that international air operations to and from the Dominican Republic were interrupted for more than five months due to the coronavirus pandemic that still plagues many countries. Tourism authorities have also been increasing with the opening of many of the closed hotels, and according to reports, thousands of European tourists are arriving in the country weekly, on charter and regular flights […]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:59:06 +0000 Pact bolster the cold chain, boosts competitiveness

Santo Domingo.- The American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (Amchamdr), the National Competitiveness Council (CNC) and the Ministry of Agriculture on Wed. agreed to strengthen the cold chain and increase competitive advantages of the country’s exportable supply of perishable products. The agreement was also initialed by the Exporta Calidad Program (PEC), an entity financed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the execution of the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). The alliance between the institutions seeks to promote the development of the export sector on the basis of a more competitive insertion and with higher quality of the agro-food chains in international markets. Amchamdr executive vice president William Malamud, pointed out that the agreement is a sign of the progress of the work carried out by […]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:41:43 +0000 Dominican Republic exporters cringe as Haiti slaps new fee

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Association of Exporters (Adoexpo) affirmed yesterday that the new charge of approximately 800 dollars established by the Haitian authorities represents an exorbitant cost, for the verification of the merchandise that pass through the customs of the neighboring country. This doesn’t include the 27% of income taxes that must be paid for services abroad. Adoexpo president, Elizabeth Mena, expressed the sector’s concern because that market is the second trading partner of the Dominican Republic, to which an approximate amount of US$536 million was exported between January and September this year. She called on the Ministry of Foreign Relations, ProDominicana, Customs, Internal Taxes and other official institutions linked to this issue to seek a fair solution to this new measure of the Haitian government that “constitutes a hard […]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:29:13 +0000 U.S. envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics

The U.S. ambassador to Jamaica exchanged insults with people on Twitter who accused him of interfering in the country's internal affairs, telling one he used too much marijuana and another that "you drink that cheap stuff." The post U.S. envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:43:35 +0000 Cooper blasts govt on borrowing; Turnquest responds to Moody’s

Responding to international credit rating agency Moody’s assertion that government’s gross borrowing will likely hit $2 billion, Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said government’s high coupon, $600 million foreign currency bond and the historic borrowing brought on by COVID-19 and Hurricane Dorian, will likely be a generational albatross around the neck of Bahamians …The post Cooper blasts govt on borrowing; Turnquest responds to Moody’s appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 08:05:41 +0000 Efforts to slash wait time for passengers arriving at VCBIA

By Carlena Knight Officials at the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) are meeting with their partners to examine ways to cut wait times for arriving passengers at VC Bird International Airport (VCBIA). Incoming travellers, according to regulations implemented by the government, are required to complete a number of Covid-19 checks, to include temperature screenings. […]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:13:55 +0000 Sancho optimistic FIFA will lift ban

JADA LOUTOO and JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH THE TT Football Association (TTFA) executive has withdrawn its appeal of FIFA’s suspension of TT from international football before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. On Wednesday, deputy president of the CAS appeals arbitration division Dr Elisabeth Steiner ruled that the appeal between the TTFA and FIFA was terminated and removed from the court’s roll. Wednesday’s order was given without costs, except for the court office fee already paid by the TTFA. On Monday, the TTFA withdrew its appeal, which was filed on September 25. This withdrawal follows Sunday’s extraordinary general meeting, at which the majority of the TTFA membership voted to accept the normalisation committee appointed by FIFA in March. Since then, TTFA’s president William Wallace and his executive have been in a battle against FIFA, first over the appointment of the committee and then the world governing body’s suspension of TT from international football. On Friday, the Court of Appeal overturned Justice Carol Gobin’s decision that FIFA acted illegally in removing Wallace’s executive. In response to TTFA’s withdrawal, TTFA board member Brent Sancho be

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:26:56 +0000 How journalism can be seriously profitable

kmmpub@gmail.com The market has dropped out from under journalism. Revenues are plunging, along with staff counts and salaries. But the death of journalism is by no means assured. There are proven, profitable models that are bucking the trend. The trends in media are little different from the trends in most other industries disrupted by technology: products are becoming unbundled, and the middle of the market – which has historically provided a broad menu of content – is being hollowed out. What remains is either high-end, expensive, high-quality content (think the Financial Times or the New York Review of Books) or mass market, high-volume, cheaply produced content consisting of a mix of free user-produced work, clickbait, and data-scraped content on a variety of platforms, from TikTok or Facebook to any number of the proliferating websites staffed by hordes of interns frantically publishing press releases. If your content is not highly specialised, then you find yourself competing with some of the most powerful influencers or news organisations in the world – not a position where you’re likely to gain much traction unless your content is exceptionally brilliant, original and viral. With falling revenues and ever-shrinking news

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:16:10 +0000 Njisane used wheels to train

TWO-TIME Olympic cyclist Njisane Phillip has denied he misappropriated property belonging to the TT Cycling Federation (TTCF) with the intention to permanently deprive the local cycling fraternity of its assets. The 29-year-old also rebuffed claims made by the cycling federation which said he acted in bad faith and with disregard for the benefit of other national cyclists by taking into his possession five Mavic wheels (two rear disk, two front disk and an iO five-spoke), valued at US$15,600 (TT$112,200). On October 13, Phillip, through his attorneys Kristy Mohan and Jagdeo Singh, of Fortis Chambers, responded to the TTCF’s claims made in a pre-action protocol letter issued to the cyclist, on September 18. The letter was sent by the federation’s legal team of Adriana Marine, Keith Scotland and Asha Watkins-Montserin of Virtus Chambers. It requested “the immediate return of the five Mavic wheels in the condition in which they were taken, that is, as new.” If Phillip is unable to do so, he was instructed to repay the US$15,600 to the TTCF and the fraternity’s legal fees which then amounted to TT$7,500. TTCF sent Phillip this correspondence eight months after he took, on December 23, 2019, the equipment from

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:30:29 +0000 The effect of pandemic domestic violence on productivity

Pandemics do not come properly one at a time, as they should if they were well-behaved. This is not flu season in the tropics, although the mimic men who need to find something to say are picking up the northern hemisphere statistics and making specious comments straight out of the Toronto Star beginning with: “As we move into the flu season…” no doubt about to give us advice on wearing long woollen underwear now that November is here. Flu season here is usually tied up with the arrival of people from “foreign” like Christmas and Carnival. But that and public-service truancy are not the only reasons that employment absenteeism rates have risen. I have a granddaughter who, unable to live any longer with the harassment she experienced on the streets of Port of Spain, left the country for good. This followed the discovery of the decomposing body of a young woman her age in a barrel in a building she walked past every day to buy lunch. She always wanted, as her goal in life, to get into the field of human rights, and having a master’s degree from Canada, she went to Toronto, where she now lives. She is working for the largest public-service trade union in Canada, heading a department dealing with public pronouncements, lobbying and prom

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:32:42 +0000 TT on the digital road

When he set out the economic future of TT in the reading of the 2020/2021 budget on October 5, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said the country's development "must be anchored on the newly emerging digital model." Government's steps to the updated development model include the removal of taxes on devices including laptops and cell phones, allowances to businesses that invest in tech start-ups, businesses in tech solutions and those that create jobs in the tech industry. These fiscal measures take effect on January 1, 2021 and the budget reserves $3 million for each business model, an indication that government is further integrating information communication technology (ICT) in the operations of the state and daily lives of people. The minister also said the government has budgeted to provide approximately 45,000 students across TT with mifi modems which will allow them to have access to the internet. The mifi provision programme will be reinforced by another drive where internet cafes throughout rural TT will be supported with infrastructure to ensure people have internet access. [caption id="attachment_854593" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:31:06 +0000 Businesses need to pivot to communication

LISA ANN JOSEPH Pivot has become the latest buzz word. Under the circumstances we now face, it is no wonder that the word has become key in many a conversation in how to manage and survive. But how many of us understand what pivot really means? Just recently, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley offered it as a rally cry to the Caribbean. Speaking at the recent inaugural Pivot Event hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank, she urged Caribbean people to find their cultural confidence and creativity so that the region can secure its place as a world leader in technology and innovation. In essence, she was encouraging us as a united Caribbean front to present ourselves more than the traditional image of sun, beach and fun. While these are integral as many islands depend on tourism revenue for survival, Mottley was encouraging us to take a bold step in another direction. Regardless of the direction taken – as a region or individually – a most critical element of any pivot action is communications. But I must pause here. Before reaching to that point of my discussion, let’s try to unpack what pivot really means. Going through the dictionaries, pivot is a doing word – turning on a shaft or pin. Merriam-Webster also defines it as a

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:38:54 +0000 Rejected Tsoiafatt Angus ponders next move

REJECTED THA election candidate Dr Denise Tsoiafatt Angus says she is contemplating her next move. Tsoiafatt Angus, who was seeking to be the PNM’s candidate for the Scarborough/Calder Hall seat in the upcoming election, was rejected by the Tobago Council’s screening committee. Incumbent Marslyn Melville-Jack, the Secretary for Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour, was retained as the candidate. The screening committee is chaired by PNM Tobago Council political leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine. Davidson-Celestine became Tobago Council leader after winning a run-off election against Kelvin Charles on January 26. She did so with the support of Tsoiafatt Angus and Secretary for Finance and the Economy Joel Jack. Told on Tuesday that Tsoiafatt Angus’ rejection is being viewed as a “slap in the face” by her supporters, Davidson-Celestine said: “I would not say that. I want to give the public the assurance that there are opportunities for every person who would have put their foot in the ring to serve within the PNM and to serve in various capacities and also at different levels.” Acknowledging Tsoiafatt Angus had supported her in the run-off, Davidson-Celestine said the screening process was rigo

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:26:55 +0000 Disaster descends on Ring Bang

DR RITA PEMBERTON The staging of the Ring Bang concert assumed great importance to the THA organisers because it was an international deal that appeared to be financially viable. It was an event for which the intellectual property rights were seen as a potential billion-dollar industry and some were of the view there would also be broadcast rights from the show. It was an investment which offered the highly desired and much needed, financial returns and was visualised as salvation from the squeeze of the tight-fisted central government. The investment partner promised that some of the returns would accrue from the 20,000 patrons whose attendance was assured and, in addition, local participation would be facilitated through an undertaking to shuttle people from Trinidad with the domestic carriers. The concert was supposed to be a part of the BBC/WGHB 2000 today Millennium Day live 24-hour global broadcast which was scheduled to begin at 10.30 am on December 31, 1999. The agreement also guaranteed that the island would receive a 39-minute feature on the BBC which would b

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 19:29:54 +0000 Experts: Culture change needed to end gender-based violence

Lack of data, the prevalence of "sextortion" and the need for behaviour change and school reform were some of the topics brought up on Tuesday during the TT Transparency Institute’s virtual town hall meeting on ending gender-based violence in TT. Equal Opportunity Commission chairman Ian Roach said incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) and intimate-partner violence (IPV) had skyrocketed during the covid19 pandemic as people were forced to stay at home. But he said data on this issue in TT is lacking. “The lack of comprehensive, systematic, nationally-owned data remains a serious challenge and, consequently, we have not been able to assess our progress in meeting international and national commitments to ending GBV. “I therefore make a call for surveys specifically to collect data on GBV in all its manifestations. Data from these surveys will provide critical information for the design of intervention to prevent GBV, to protect those who have experienced violence, and to prosecute perpetrators.” Head of the Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) acting Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne said domestic violence has not been treated as a crime for many years, but this has started to change. She said the unit has started working within the

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:39:30 +0000 Tobago acquires UNESCO Man on the Biosphere status

North East Tobago has been awarded the prestigious UNESCO Man and the Biosphere designation. The area is now the largest UNESCO-branded site in the English-speaking Caribbean, spanning 15 communities from Belle Garden in the east towards Moriah in the northern part of the island. The announcement was made at Wednesday morning’s 32nd sitting of the Man and the Biosphere international co-ordinating committee. [caption id="attachment_854448" align="alignnone" width="681"] A large silk-cotton tree near the town of Runnemede. Silk cotton trees are said to be haunted by "jumbies". PHOTOS COURTESY DIQE[/caption] According to UNESCO, “The Man and the Biosphere programme is an intergovernmental scientific programmes that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments.” A delighted Secretary of Environment Kwesi Des Vignes said, “This is yet another milestone for Tobago and the nation on a whole…TT is a small nation with a fierce spirit. North-East Tobago has always been the pearl of our paradise. It is therefore no surprise that the a

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:44:18 +0000 Build a Future ready business

Is your business structured to thrive despite - or even because of - today’s business environment and tomorrow’s new challenges? TSTT and VMware hosted a webinar recently to discuss this issue and detail how cloud-based technology, delivered by a best in class data centre provider, could dramatically improve a company’s financial profile while providing it all the tools to better manage the current business challenges and be ready for the future. Within an information-packed, 90-minute forum, presenters from both TSTT and VMWare described the challenges that businesses today faced, what a future ready business needed, bmobile’s Cloud Services, VMware’s Cloud Strategy, and TSTT’s own migration experience when it made the move from a traditional IT infrastructure to Cloud infrastructure in 2016. The tech experts also addressed customer concerns about cyber security - including whether a virtual virus could cause community spread, portability if one wanted to move data or migrate to a different cloud, reliability and speed of access to data, ease of scaling services up or down, and even what support TSTT could give to IT manag

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:26:56 +0000 TTFA withdraws appeal before Court of Arbitration for Sport

THE TT Football Association (TTFA) executive has withdrawn its appeal of FIFA’s suspension of TT from international football before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. On Wednesday, deputy president of the CAS appeals arbitration division Dr Elisabeth Steiner ruled that the appeal between the TTFA and FIFA was terminated and removed from the court’s roll. Wednesday’s order was given without costs, except for the court office fee already paid by the TTFA. On Monday, the TTFA withdrew its appeal, which was filed on September 25. This withdrawal follows Sunday’s extraordinary general meeting, at which the majority of the TTFA membership voted to accept the normalisation committee appointed by FIFA in March. Since then, TTFA’s president William Wallace and his executive have been in a battle against FIFA, first over the appointment of the committee and then the world governing body’s suspension of TT from international football. On Friday, the Court of Appeal overturned Justice Carol Gobin’s decision that FIFA acted illegally in removing Wallace’s executive. The post T

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:26:56 +0000 TTFA withdraws appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport

THE TT Football Association (TTFA) executive has officially withdrawn its appeal of FIFA’s suspension of TT from international football before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. On Wednesday, deputy president of the CAS appeals arbitration division, Dr Elisabeth Steiner, ruled that the appeal between the TTFA and FIFA was terminated and removed from the court’s roll. Wednesday’s order was given without costs, except for the court office fee already paid by the TTFA. On Monday, the TTFA withdrew its appeal which was filed on September 25. This withdrawal of the appeal follows Sunday’s extraordinary general meeting at which the majority of the TTFA membership voted to accept the normalisation committee which was first appointed by FIFA in March. Since then, TTFA’s president William Wallace and his executive have been in a battle against FIFA, first over the appointment of the normalisation committee and then the world governing body’s suspension of TT from international football. On Friday, the Court of Appeal overturned Justice Carol Gobin’s decision in which she said FIFA acted illegally in removing Wallace’s executive. The post

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:28:20 +0000 Students Excel In Public Speaking Competition

The finals for the International Independent School Public Speaking Competition [IISPSC] were held on Sunday, October 25th, with four students from Bermuda performing in After Dinner Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, and Dramatic Interpretation. The competition was due to be hosted by the Mulgrave School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but, due to the pandemic, Mulgrave decided […](Click to read the full article)

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:15:21 +0000 Football: Solihull Borough Signs Justin Donawa

The Solihull Moors football team in England has signed Bermudian footballer Justin Donawa on a contract until May 2022. The club’s announcement said, “Solihull Moors are delighted to announce the signing of Bermuda international Justin Donawa. “The 24-year-old attacker signs from Darlington for an undisclosed fee, on a contract until May 2022. “Donawa has quite the background, […](Click to read the full article)

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Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:09:56 +0000 Moody’s expects govt’s gross borrowing requirements to hit $2B

International credit rating agency Moody’s expects the government’s gross borrowing requirements will likely hit $2 billion as the fiscal deficit widens to 11 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), explaining that the recently closed $600 million foreign currency bond will meet one-third of government’s needs. Moody’s, in its latest report on The Bahamas, stated it …The post Moody’s expects govt’s gross borrowing requirements to hit $2B appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:04:35 +0000 LPIA preparing to facilitate rapid antigen testing

With just days left before the November 1 full reopening of tourism, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is putting together final preparations to facilitate on-site COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. President and Chief Executive Officer of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) Vernice Walkine said over the next few days the airport will be installing cubicles at …The post LPIA preparing to facilitate rapid antigen testing appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:51:40 +0000 Joseph, Gardiner look forward to next year

The first International School Sports Federation (ISF) event that The Bahamas participated in is over and the local organizers were satisfied with the progress made and look forward to performing even better next year. The ISF Chess Virtual World Schools Championship Online Tournament wrapped up this past Saturday. The president of the Bahamas ISF Chapter, …The post Joseph, Gardiner look forward to next year appeared first on The Nassau Guardian.

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