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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Jamaica-based hotel chain Sandals plans to more than double its workforce here by year-end, taking its current staff complement of 570 to over 1,000 workers. Delivering brief remarks during its annual ‘Reunion’ function Tuesday night, General Manager Ferdnand Zievinger said about 600 workers were expected to find jobs when Sandals Royal Barbados opens in Dover, Christ Church this December to join Sandals Barbados in the St Lawrence Gap area. Zievinger also reported that since construction began on the Sandals Royal last July, some 1,000 workers had been employed on the building site. Also addressing the gathering, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Rudy Grant said the world-renowned brand was contributing more than…
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The tiny island-nation of Antigua and Barbuda has made an impassioned plea for support from the international community to deal with the devastating impacts of climate change. Urging “further action”, Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph said the Paris Climate Agreement must become the cornerstone of advancing the socio-economic development of countries. “One area of approach that we have undertaken in Antigua and Barbuda, that I believe would be beneficial amongst other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and developing countries, is for those of us with more advanced institutions to seek to be of assistance to other countries,” Joseph told IPS. “I would like to encourage other countries, which have strong institutions, to take up the challenge in…
FORT LAUDERDALE – The US-based carrier, Spirit Airlines says it will be withdrawing from the Cuban market – joining two other carriers to announce plans to stop flying to the island. The ultra-low cost carrier has blamed insufficient loads to warrant continued flights to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island. On December 1 last year, the airline started flights twice daily between Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International and Havana International. However, President and CEO of Spirit, Bob Fornardo told the Sun Sentinel newspaper last week that “the costs of serving Havana continue to outweigh the demand for service”. As a result, Spirit will begin reducing frequencies starting next month before completely withdrawing from the Cuban capital on June 1. The other airlines to cease…
THE HAGUE – Two shipments of cocaine totalling close to 700 kilogrammes were intercepted by the Royal Dutch Navy in the Caribbean, last week. The Ministry of Defense in the Netherlands on Tuesday reported that the navy station ship – Zr. MS. Van Amstel was patrolling as part of an exercise near Curaçao when it received the first report on a suspect motorboat, a so-called go-fast, north of Colombia’s territorial waters. The Ministry says a helicopter was deployed when the navy multi-purpose frigate got close enough to detect the exact location of the go-fast vessel and with the assistance of the helicopter, inflatable boats of the Van Amstel were sent out with a boarding team of the United States Coast…
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley has applauded UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May for her actions to put Britain on a stable and secure path. May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks. “Prime Minister May has clearly recognised that there are times in the life of a government when a mandate is required from the people of the country if the country is to move forward,” Mottley said in a statement to the media. “Indeed, a Government must understand it has…

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