Jamaica, Antigua and Barbados Suffer From the Collapse of Thomas Cook…

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Three of the major tourist destinations in the Caribbean have shared contrasting views on the impact the collapse of the British-based travel company, Thomas Cook, would have on their tourism industry.Thomas Cook, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure £200 million (US$250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors.Chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said that the impact of the collapse would be insignificant.He said Thomas Cook has been operating a once-weekly service into Antigua and Barbuda since December 2013.“There are no passengers stranded in Antigua and Barbuda at the moment because that service operates only from November to April. But we have approximately 992 bookings that have already been on the books,” James said, noting that while island enjoyed a good working relationship with the company, passengers utilizing its service sonly represent a small fraction of the United Kingdom market.“Last year, for example, Thomas Cook did approximately 1,600 passengers to Antigua and Barbuda out of a total of 70, 670 from the UK, so it is less than a half percent impact. So the impact will be very negligible. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who held talks with the British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad on Monday, is expected to lead a delegation to London on Tuesday as part of the efforts to mitigate the impact of the closure of the company.“We will be working feverishly over the next few weeks to mitigate the impact of it and to ensure that the fallout to our market will be minimised,” he said, acknowledging that the closure of the British tour company will negatively affect Jamaica’s tourism.Bartlett said Thomas Cook was responsible for bringing up to 14,000 passengers to Jamaica annually.“The impact on our tourism industry will be huge because they have long-staying guests averaging 14 days. When you multiply that, it is a couple hundred million dollars,” Bartlett said.In Barbados, tourism stakeholders acknowledged that the collapse would have an impact on the industry.“We were aware of the company’s ongoing financial challenges for some time. It is a major blow to the industry to lose the world’s oldest travel company,” the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) said.It said it was working closely with other stakeholders including the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) to minimize the impact to Barbados’ tourism business.“Our first priority is working with the BHTA to facilitate solutions for the visitors currently on the island who would have booked Thomas Cook packages. While customers are entitled to refunds from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), we are committed to ensuring minimal discomfort and disruption to their Barbados holidays due to the fallout.“It is estimated that there are currently only 44 Thomas Cook guests on the island, all booked through scheduled airlines and it is likely that they will not be considered as stranded passengers,” the BTMI said.Thomas Cook currently operates three flights to Barbados from Manchester in the winter, as well as a direct flight from the London Gatwick airport, providing a total of approximately 24,000 seats to the destination each year.The 178-year-old company officially ended its operations on Sunday after last-minute negotiations aimed at saving it failed.The BTMI said it estimated that about 60 percent of Thomas Cook’s winter business to the island would have been booked in advance and that it was already working on a strategy to assist any displaced passengers.“The Honourable Kerrie Symmonds, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, is already in the UK meeting with other airline partners who currently service Thomas Cook’s routes,” the BTMI said.The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (NHTA) has also expressed concern at the closure.“The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association is very concerned about the recent failure of Thomas Cook and its impact for the winter season when the service would be operating,” said BHTA chief executive officer, Rudy Grant, who is also part of the Barbados delegation in the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Children in S. Sudan hopeful they will get lasting peace in…

first_imgAbout 10,000 children are currently living in Protection of Civilians sites in Juba, South Sudan.This provides them with a secure shelter, away from the violence that has displaced millions from their homes.Many of the children remain hopeful that their young nation will experience lasting peace in the not so distant future.last_img

No redundancies planned for Clear Harbor

first_img 50 Views   5 comments Share Clear Harbor staff at work. Photo credit: GIS NewsA senior official at Clear Harbor has refuted a report that the company intends to make over two hundred employees redundant in July of this year.“We will be having a meeting with the Chief Operations Officer and also our HR Manager and our Site Director in a while but I’m just telling you that the information that was leaked out last night on Marpin it is absolutely incorrect,” the official who opted to remain anonymous until after the meeting said. According to a report on Monday (March 11th) on Marpin 2K4 Limited’s Channel Five news, when they contacted Clear Harbor they were told; “it is not guaranteed that employees will be made redundant. Clear Harbor is hoping to get more business to avoid this situation”. Following the management team’s meeting this morning, the company will release a statement regarding the report as “we want to put out something of truth” the official said.The official further informed that the company recently leased another building from the Agricultural Industrial Development Bank and has begun operations there.“We have started already so if we’re going to shut down why would we invest all that money? So if Marpin had done their homework properly, then they would not have put that out last night,” the official stated. Clear Harbor has been operating in Dominica for over four years. Currently, over six hundred people are employed at their Canefield and Roseau branches.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews No redundancies planned for Clear Harbor by: – March 12, 2013 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

PM calls on society to report child abuse cases

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Sharecenter_img 147 Views   no discussions LocalNews PM calls on society to report child abuse cases by: Dominica Vibes News – May 1, 2015 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has appealed to members of the public to take responsibility for preventing child abuse, including sexual abuse, by reporting these incidents to the investigative authorities.There has been widespread debate on child sexual abuse in recent times, following a report from the Child Abuse Prevention Unit indicating significant increase in the number of reported cases, compounded by a recent high court ruling in which a man who pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with two female minors was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.Prime Minister Skerrit told members of the press on Wednesday 29 April 2015, child abuse is “a societal problem” and frequently, people in the community, fail to report these incidents to the police, while in other cases, there is collusion between the parents of the victim and the perpetrator.“It is something that we are taking very seriously…It’s terrible and parents should not hide this thing, they must not keep it a secret”.“Too many parents want to save a guy who they’re calling a boyfriend who’s a vagabond, knowing that this man has affected the child, because [in] a lot of these cases, the person is known to the family,” Mr Skerrit stated. He added that often times, the reports are investigated by the police, referred to the director of public prosecutions, only to be stalled due to lack of cooperation from some of the main witnesses.“Sometimes you go to court with the matter and you have to adjourn because your main witness is not present, or in some cases the child refuses to talk because she has been told so, or he has been told so,” Mr Skerrit said. However, the Prime Minister indicated that there is need for a revision of the legislation so that “once the matter is reported, then it is taken out of the hands of those who have reported it”.While some members of the public have called for more stringent laws regarding sentencing for child sexual abuse offenders, the Prime Minister said the current legislation is adequate.“The law as it is now, if you read the law, it is a strong piece of legislation. In my respectful view, in some cases, it has even gone beyond reasonableness in its content, but that notwithstanding, you still have those cases and an increasing number of them,” Mr Skerrit said.Moreover, the Prime Minister said he has heard the calls for harsher legislation, but “it’s not going to solve problems”.“Because if legislation could solve problems, look at Indonesia where you are put before a firing squad for drug trafficking, but people traffic drugs every day. So yes, you need a good legislative framework, but society has to be more responsible and speak out,” Mr Skerrit stated.last_img read more

First Chief Minister to be laid to rest on April 23

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 213 Views   no discussions LocalNewsPolitics First Chief Minister to be laid to rest on April 23 by: – April 21, 2016center_img Share Tweet Frank Baron at the launching of the water bottling company in 2013 (file photo)Dominica’s First Chief Minister, Franklin A. M. Baron will be afforded a state funeral on Saturday 23 April 2016, government announced on Thursday 21 April.Baron, 93, hailed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit as an individual who made a major contribution to Dominica’s political and economic landscape, died on Saturday 9 April 2016.The period, Thursday 21 April to Saturday 23 April 2016, has also been declared a period of mourning by government and in keeping with protocol, the Dominica flag will be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State during that time.His body will lie in State at the State House Conference Centre on Friday 22 April 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Viewing will take place at the St. Gerard’s Hall Chapel on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The State Funeral will commence from 2:00pm at the St. Gerard’s Hall Chapel and Baron will be laid to rest at the Roseau Catholic Cemetery.President Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mrs. Skerrit and other members of Cabinet, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd-Knights and other members of Parliament, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other Government Officials are expected to attend the State Funeral for Mr. Franklin A.M. Baron.Biographical note about Mr. Baron; courtesy of Historian Dr Lennox Honychurch) Franklin Andrew Merrifield Baron—politician, businessman and newspaper proprietor—served as the first Chief Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica from January 1960 to January 1961.Mr. Baron was born in Portsmouth, Dominica on January 19, 1923. He was educated at the Portsmouth Government School, the Dominica Grammar School and St. Mary’s Academy.Mr. Baron had a distinguished career in both politics and business. He started his business career in 1939 as Manager of his father’s company, A. A. Baron & Company; a firm engaged in import/export activities, general merchandise and groceries. He assumed partnership of the firm in 1945.Mr. Baron was involved in the first exports of bananas after World War II and was a founding member of the Dominica Banana Growers Association (DBGA).Mr. Baron served on the Roseau Town Council in the 1940s. He contested the Portsmouth Legislative Council seat in the 1951 general elections, losing to R.B. Douglas. As a result of this defeat he abandoned Portsmouth and concentrated his attention on Roseau and the south of Dominica. He won the Roseau South seat in the 1954 and 1957 general elections.In March 1956 the Ministerial system of government was introduced and Baron was made Minister for Trade and Production. In 1957 he founded the Dominica United Peoples Party (DUPP) and formed the government.During 1957 he represented Dominica at talks in Jamaica and Barbados leading to the creation of the Federation of the West Indies the following year. Baron represented the Windward Islands at talks in London on the winding up of military bases in the West Indies among the United States of America, United Kingdom and West Indies in 1957.In constitutional changes resulting from the 1959 Constitution which came into effect in January 1960, Baron was made the first Chief Minister of Dominica and Minister for Finance.In the general elections of January 17, 1961, Baron lost his seat and the government to the Dominica Labour Party (DLP). When the DUPP lost to the DLP by a landslide in the 1966 general elections he quit active politics and returned to business, tourism and real estate.Mr. Baron built and operated the Sisserou Hotel. He was a prime mover in the Rotary Club’s construction of a Psychiatric Unit to replace the outdated St. Luke’s psychiatric home.He was a great friend of the late Mary Eugenia Charles and when her Dominica Freedom Party came to power in 1980, Baron was very much a power behind the scenes. Dame Eugenia appointed him to several diplomatic posts. He served as High Commissioner to the Court of St. James, London, and was Ambassador to the United Nations, Organization of American States (OAS) and the US.Mr. Baron founded Paramount Printers and re-established The Chronicle newspaper.He was the husband of Sybil Baron and father of Royette, Frances, Edward, Frederick (Member of Parliament for the Soufriere Constituency 2000-2005), Annie, Dave, Francine (Minister for Foreign Affairs, CARICOM Affairs) and Franklyn.last_img read more

Achievement Learning Centre student gets job internship

first_img Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Achievement Learning Centre student gets job internship by: – July 9, 2018 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 464 Views   no discussions Allistair Abel and one of his teachersAlistair Abel, a graduate of the Achievement Learning Centre (ALC), has secured a job internship at Jolly’s Pharmacy.The Achievement Learning Centre, located at Pottersville in Roseau, caters to children with disabilities and special educational needs.It teaches them to function in the real world as well as the curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.On Friday 6 July 2018, the school hosted a ceremony to celebrate eight of its students including Abel who will be one of the first persons with Down Syndrome to be integrated into the working world.“We make history at the Achievement Learning Centre and also in Dominica; Alistair will be taking up a job internship at Jolly’s Pharmacy,” Founder of the Achievement Learning Centre, Beverly LeBlanc said at the ceremony.Ms. LeBlanc added that the internship will be for one month after which he will be reviewed. Additionally, the Achievement Learning Centre will be providing Jolly’s Pharmacy staff with some training as they prepare for Alistair.“We just want to say ‘to God be the glory, great things he has done’, Ms. LeBlanc said and thanked his parents for “entrusting us with Alistair”.Teacher at the Achievement Learning Centre, Miss Yorke described Alistair as “our eldest student and go to guy for help. He always let’s people know how strong he is; very loving and caring individual”. “Mr. Abel loves being hands on in all activities around the centre. He likes things in proper order and always compliments when they are due and comments if there are beauty tips that need to be redone,” she added.Among his achievements highlighted by Ms. Yorke includes the completion of a landscaping course at the Dominica State College before his 18th birthday.“So Alistair we say a warm goodbye to you from ALC because you are no longer a student here but a big brother,” Miss Yorke said.– / 32last_img read more

Brownsville sues Laguna Vista, Port Isabel

first_imgBy MARTHA McCLAINSpecial to the PRESSSaying an existing contract cannot be legislatively set aside, the City of Brownsville has filed suit against the cities of Laguna Vista and Port Isabel in US District Court, seeking a declaratory judgment over recent action that prevented Brownville from its strip annexation practices.At issue is a recently enacted law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott that enacts HB 4059, passed by the Texas Legislature designed to halt the City of Brownsville’s strip annexation practices and protect unincorporated communities in Cameron County from future land-grabs. The measure which won both Texas House and Senate approval, was sponsored by Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. and Rep. Rene Oliveira.This is “just another attempt by Brownsville to stifle the ability of the smaller cities in Cameron County to claim land that it cannot develop or provide services to,” said City Manager Rolando Vela.Brownsville’s request for declaratory relief stipulates that HB 4059 cannot be used to impair the existing contractual relationship between Brownsville and Laguna Vista because such an interpretation would violate the Contract Clause of the United States Constitution.But, Vela said, “The legislators recently addressed the issue of strip annexations when both the Senate and the House unanimously approved the bill that Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on June 18.  The State of Texas thinks there a problem with these strip annexations of Brownsville.”“We have a trial in State district court with the Honorable Janet Leal in October to invalidate these strip annexations,” Vela said.Brownsville’s request says that in 2009, the cities of Brownsville and Laguna Vista entered into a binding interlocal agreement where Brownsville surrendered a significant area of extra territorial jurisdiction to Laguna Vista in exchange for the agreed stipulation of boundaries between the cities.However, the petition states, in 2011, the Town of Laguna Vista passed a resolution establishing itself as a Home Rule City, thereby claiming an expanded ETJ of one and one-half miles. “A population of 5,000 is necessary for a city to become a Home Rule City. According to the most recent United States census, the population of Laguna Vista is less than 5,000,” the petition reads.“HB 4059 only applies to cities which were completely surrounded by Brownsville’s limits or ETJ. Laguna Vista was one of the main proponents of the legislation. However, Laguna Vista shares a common border of both corporate limits and ETJ with the Town of Port Isabel which means that under the statutory language used in the legislation, HB 4059 should not apply to either City” the document states.Therefore, “The City of Brownsville would show that HB 4059 cannot be used to impair the existing contractual relationship between Brownsville and Laguna Vista because such an interpretation would violate…the US Constitution,” the petition states.Points noted for the court’s decision to grant the declaratory judgment include:HB 4059 does not apply to Laguna Vista because that city has an existing contract with Brownville which cannot be legislatively set aside.An interpretation of the law would require Brownsville to withdraw its ETJ from area around Laguna vista which would violate the contract clause of the ConstitutionThe law does not apply to Laguna Vista or Port Isabel because it only applies to a town which is completely surrounded by Brownville’s limits or ETJ, but Laguna Vista and Port Isabel share a mutual border.The law does not apply to Port Isabel because it is the presence of the Brownsville Navigation District to the South, not Brownsville’s ETJ which precludes the growth of Port Isabel southward, andThat Laguna Vista’s ETJ should be only 1.0 miles and not 1.5 miles because a city with a population of 5,000 cannot be a home rule city under Texas law.The petition requests the declaratory judgment in Brownsville’s favor and seeks attorney fees and costs, as well as all other relief in law to which the City of Brownsville is entitled.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedAnnexation issue headed to courtBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A Brownsville court will hear motions June 30 on the annexation lawsuit filed against the Town of Laguna Vista and City of Port Isabel by the City of Brownsville. Judge Janet Leal of the 103rd District Court is expected to hear motions where attorneys…April 29, 2016In “News”Strip annexation legal battle continuesBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Continuing the fight over aggressive annexation practices by the City of Brownsville, the smaller municipalities of Laguna Vista and Port Isabel received a favorable judgment in district court recently. On Aug. 16, Brownsville had requested Judge Janet Leal’s 103 district court void the smaller…September 2, 2016In “News”Council adopts ‘Strip Annexation’ resolutionBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS January 15, 2015 A resolution calling for state officials to seek legal means to stop the City of Brownsville from strip annexation was adopted by Laguna Vista council members Tuesday. Strip annexation is a term used for an annexation by a city, town or…January 16, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more

PREVIEW: Cavs look to bounce back with win against Magic Tuesday night

first_imgORLANDO– The Cavaliers (30-21) play at the Orlando Magic (16-36) on Tuesday night before heading home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in a back-to-back.When: 7 p.m.TV: Fox Sports OhioOnline: FoxSports GoRadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FMCavs injuries: Kevin Love (left hand fracture– OUT), Dwyane Wade (illness– QUESTIONABLE)Magic injuries: Aaron Gordon (strained left hip flexor– QUESTIONABLE), Jonathan Isaac (sore right ankle– OUT), Terrence Ross (sprained right MCL, non-displaced fracture of right tibial plateau– OUT), Nikola Vucevic (fractured second metacarpal, left hand– OUT) Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsCavaliersCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersDwyane WadeLebron JamesNBAOrlando Magic Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Ashley Bastocklast_img read more

Vanderbilt coach wants Houston preparing for 2 quarterbacks

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason believes it’s tough for an opponent to prepare for his team if they think the Commodores will play two quarterbacks with different styles.It worked out for the Commodores last week, and Mason strongly hinted he might use two QBs against No. 18 Houston on Saturday night.Johnny McCrary started the first six games for Vanderbilt (3-4), then freshman Kyle Shurmur started last week’s 10-3 win over Missouri with McCrary coming off the bench. That was Mason’s first Southeastern Conference win in his 12th game.“We’re going to look at what are Johnny’s strengths and what are Kyle’s strengths, and we’re going to play to those,” Mason said Tuesday. “Well, really, is there enough time to game plan all of that when you look at it defensively? I mean, it’s really tough. Are you game planning spread, or are you game planning West Coast offense?”Shurmur, the seventh true freshman quarterback to start in Vanderbilt history, was 10 of 20 for 89 yards passing against Missouri. Shurmur’s strength is seen as a passer in the West Coast offense, and his father, Pat, was Cleveland’s head coach in 2011 and 2012 and currently is the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator.“As soon as (Kyle) came in, he was calling and texting me and asking me, ‘When can we get some work?’ ” Commodores wide receiver Trent Sherfield said. “And I think that sets him apart. His dad being the OC with the Eagles, I think that has something to do with (his early success) as well. His dad instilled into him that the work has to be behind you.”More importantly, Shurmur didn’t throw any interceptions. That’s been a problem for McCrary who has thrown 10 — now tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference with Mississippi’s Chad Kelly.McCrary is considered a dual threat, and he completed 7 of 8 passes for 47 yards against Missouri. The sophomore also gave the Commodores a running threat with a 14-yard gain on a keeper that gave Vanderbilt a crucial first down on a drive that led to Tommy Openshaw’s 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.Shurmur played in nine possessions against Missouri and McCrary was in for five and finished the game.Center Spencer Pulley said they have a plan, so the Commodores have a plan with the quarterbacks. Shurmur and McCrary do have different styles.“It’s really not too big of an adjustment. I practice with all the quarterbacks every day,” Pulley said. “It’s nothing new to me.”The Commodores will need more from each quarterback to keep up with Houston (7-0) from the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars are averaging 47.6 points, while Vanderbilt currently is scoring 18 points a game. Mason said practice will decide who starts Saturday night.“We’ll continue to look at the best option . and who’s had the best week of practice and managed the game will be out their first,” Mason said. “To be honest, I think Johnny’s helped Kyle and Kyle’s helped Johnny. These two guys have developed probably an unlikely friendship because it’s very competitive at the quarterback position.”___Online:AP College Football website: http://www.collegefootball.ap.orglast_img read more

Early morning accident injures driver

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A one vehicle one occupant car wreck happened around 7 am this morning in Jacksboro.   Officials on the scene report to WLAF that the Campbell County Rural Fire Service answered the accident call in the 300 block of River Road.  The driver, the sole occupant, suffered minor injuries.  Campbell County EMS, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/20/2019-9AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF CCRFS ASSISTANT CHIEF DANIEL LAWSON)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more