Important and interesting research and conclusions, as well as additional market profiles, bring us the key features of tourist traffic in major emitting markets. Interestingly, the summer season as a travel time is most often mentioned in Germany, Italy and Poland, while the British mostly talk about the pre-season. Also, as stated in the document, tourists looking for sun and beach holidays, Croatia should emphasize the beauty of the landscape and the quality of accommodation.The material provides concise key information on the characteristics of individual emitting markets (with some variations in terms of data coverage with regard to the relevance of each market for the tourist result of our country, but also with regard to the general availability of market data), in order to support business decision-making processes. marketing investments of all entities operating in tourism. As part of the analysis, the markets are arranged in alphabetical order.”The following overview of key emitting markets is based on data from various relevant and verified domicile and international sources, as well as data obtained in the framework of market research conducted by the Croatian National Tourist Board. ” stand out from the CNTB. Be sure to study all the analyzes and research results as well as the market profiles well.Side dish: Key features of tourist traffic in major emitting marketsRelated news: CNTB announces new edition of “Market Profiles” for 2016
FBI: Colorado Man Sentenced For Interstate Communications Threatening To Kill New Mexico Official, Attorney
FBI News:ALBUQUERQUE – Andrew Graham, 40, of Snowmass, Colorado, was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 5, to 15 months in federal prison for interstate communication of threats. In December, Graham pled guilty in federal court to sending communications threatening to kill an official with the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department as well as an attorney with a private law firm.Graham had originally sought help from the Department and the firm in recovering money taken from a trust fund, stolen by Paul Donisthorpe in the Desert State fraud case. As those recovery efforts met with limited success, Graham accused state officials and his private attorneys of being complicit in the loss of his funds. Subsequently, his communications with New Mexico officials and the law firm became more hostile and, eventually, threatening.Dec. 21, 2018, Graham sent an email to the Director of the Director of the Financial Services Division, stating in part, “If this continues I will come down there and start killing people … I will hunt you down and kill you if you continue to willingly participate in this fraud.”Jan. 2, 2019, Graham left a voicemail with the private law firm. In that message, Graham used particularly graphic language threatening to kill an African-American attorney, to whom he repeatedly referred by a racial slur.While the defense requested a sentence involving no incarceration, the prosecution requested a prison sentence based on the graphic, violent nature of the threats and the fact that both victims were trying to help victims of the Desert State fraud recover their stolen money.In addition to 15 months in prison, Graham also will be subject to two years supervised release following his release from prison.This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.
Address by Outgoing CARICOM Chairman, Prime MInister Dr Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and NevisLet me at the outset express my sincere appreciation to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Chair of the Caribbean Community, the Honourable Allen Chastanet, his Government and people, for the generous hospitality and the excellent arrangements put in place for our Meeting.I speak on behalf of my colleague Heads of Government when I say that I am confident that, given the conducive and salubrious environment provided, we will have a most productive and fruitful Meeting.I am delighted to pass the baton of Chairmanship over to you Prime Minister Chastanet.We are graced with several special guests. I refer in particular to the Prime Minister of Norway, Your Excellency Erna Solberg and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Your Excellency António Guterres. Secretary-General, you continue to be a reliable friend to our Region. That was demonstrated by your visit to the affected states after the Hurricanes of 2017 and your continued advocacy with respect to the effects of climate change, which is an existential threat to our Community.Prime Minister Solberg, your presence is historic. I am advised that you are the first Head of Government of the Nordic Countries to interact with your CARICOM counterparts. I must commend you on your advocacy on climate change and your initiative, which resulted in the establishment of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which you chair and of which Prime Minister the Honourable Andrew Holness of Jamaica is a member. The blue economy and our ocean resources are critical to the sustainable development of our region.I certainly look forward to the exchanges with our two distinguished guests.Progress on CSMEColleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I assumed the Chairmanship of the Community at a time when, internally, we were vigorously pursuing measures to advance the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). We were also seeking ways to strengthen our security arrangements. Externally, we were and are still grappling with the situation in Venezuela, which is having a direct effect on some of our Member States.Within the past six months, we have been making some headway in driving the CSME forward.An Agreement on Public Procurement has been finalised and was opened for signature in February at the Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Agreement would enable the creation of competitive and non-discriminatory conditions within the Single Market for access to bidding for public contracts above a certain threshold. When this Agreement enters into force, it will open up a significant market for our private sector expansion within member states.However, there are still outstanding issues, which we must address, if we are to keep pace with the Implementation Plan to which we have agreed. If our people are to feel the impact of a fully operational CSME, we must make every effort to adhere to our timetable.I must commend the efforts of the Lead Head of Government with responsibility for the CSME, the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, who has been striving unceasingly to ensure progress in that area.Security in the CommunitySimilarly, in the area of Security, which is of concern to us all, we must act urgently to fulfil the obligations to which we have signed on. Also, in February in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Agreement on the Return or Sharing of Recovered Assets was opened for signature. The Agreement seeks to enhance the effectiveness of regional security cooperation by establishing a framework for the return or sharing of recovered assets from criminal activity.The Special Meeting hosted by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Lead Head for Security allowed us to identify concrete steps to combat the scourge of criminal activity. We do not have the luxury of time to introduce the agreed measures as the burden of crime is weighing heavily on our citizens and residents. The regional approach to support each other is critical to providing a safe and secure Caribbean Community.VenezuelaColleagues, our engagement in the attempts at resolving the situation in Venezuela has clearly demonstrated that there is a role for us to play. It also is now quite clear that our principled stance enunciated from the outset and our approach are now being accepted by other parties.Along with my colleague Heads of Government, Prime Ministers Mottley and Rowley, and the Secretary-General, we have represented the Community in engaging with the UN Secretary-General and other interested parties, such as the International Contact Group. The CARICOM Secretary-General and I have met with the International Contact Group while our Foreign Ministers have engaged with Venezuelan Opposition representatives. We have consistently argued that the cardinal principles to undergird a resolution of the political crisis in Venezuela include: (1) non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, (2) inviolability of the Sovereign State, (3) respect for democracy, rule of law and the constitution of Venezuela, (4) peace and resolution of conflict. The Montevideo Mechanism provides a guide to achieve peaceful resolution. Its core imperatives are:DialogueNegotiationCommitmentImplementationSpeaking to dialogue between both sides, I must commend the efforts of the Norwegian Government to bring the two sides together in an attempt to end the impasse and allow the country to return to stability. Venezuela is our neighbour, and our Member States are being affected by the crisis. For us, this is not a geo-political game of chess. It is a situation creating hardships for millions of people right on our doorstep, fostering instability in our already fragile economies and exacerbating criminal activity. We must make clear that CARICOM plays a role of honest broker. All stakes are high. The undermining of the Caribbean as a zone of peace; disruption of tourism and trade; uncontrolled migration with risks to health, and socio-economic problems in member states, compounded by illegal trade in arms, cannot be whisked away. It has been a rewarding experience working with Colleague Heads of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on the resolution of the impasse in Venezuela.Importance of MultilateralismFor CARICOM, non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of states, prohibition of the threat and use of force, respect for sovereignty, adherence to the rule of law, respect for the constitutional framework and democracy, and the right of people to self-determination are core principles, which should not be violated. These are what we have to cling to in a world where international law and multilateralism are being undermined and small states are being increasingly marginalised. And despite whatever apparent differences appear in the ranks of CARICOM, I can assert that we ALL subscribe to these principles.Multilateralism is the medium that ensures that we as small states have a voice in the global arena. It is what makes it possible for our Member State, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to be elected to the most powerful body in the UN system, the Security Council, and to promote and protect the interests of the small and vulnerable states. Let us give a round of applause to the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.HaitiColleagues, the deteriorating situation in our Member State, Haiti, is of great concern. The continuing violence causing loss of life and property must cease, and dialogue must begin to arrive at a solution to this cycle of instability. The Haitian people deserve to go about their daily lives in a calm and peaceful environment. I reiterate the Community’s call for all parties to act responsibly and in the interest of the country. We stand ready to offer the good offices of the Community to bring a resolution to this crisis.Where are we?The past six months have been very illuminating for me. They have made me even more aware of the efforts that must be infused to ensure that our integration movement keeps on track. It has been recognised that what we have may not be perfect, but it has been argued that it is improving every day. Yes, there has been progress in every one of our four pillars – economic integration, foreign policy co-ordination, human and social development, and security co-operation, but this progress has been incremental while our challenges have exponentially increased.Our inherent vulnerabilities as Small Island Developing States, compounded by the growing existential threats, do not allow us the luxury of time. If we are to merely survive, we must accelerate our processes of common action; if we are to thrive we must be transformational and not incremental; we must leapfrog and not just keep up. The technological revolution, the volatility of the geo-political climate, the erosion of global principles, as well as the continual assault on every comparative niche advantage that we strive to carve, all necessitate a sense of urgency and continuous self-critical, unsentimental assessments to determine whether the pace of progress is commensurate to the magnitude of our challenges.Quo Vadis: Where are we going?In the context of the regional project, prosperity requires growth; growth requires equity. We come together as a region because we recognise that the aggregation of our demographics gives us viable market mass; that the combination of our respective advantages makes us more competitive, and that the resolve of our unity is what will make us unassailably strong.The provisions of our Revised Treaty in Chapter Seven (on disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors) and the establishment of mechanisms like the Caribbean Development Fund (CDF) are interventions designed to address imbalances of size and scale, as well as promote equitable and inclusive growth across the CSME, which would guarantee a shared and universal prosperity for all.Our Revised Treaty, Esteemed Colleagues, is visionary and robust enough to have specified these provisions; the question is whether our politics is pragmatic and visionary enough in its regional embrace to effectively utilise them.Finally, a word of appreciation to the CARICOM Secretariat and more specifically the Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque for the sterling support given to me as Chairman and to the region generally. Working closely with Ambassador LaRocque and his team over the last six months, I can attest to their industry, ingenuity, reliability and professionalism. We are blessed to have such an excellent cadre of regional public servants working to effect our integration arrangements.Forward on with CARICOM Integration! I thank you. CARICOM Competition Authorities encouraged to co-operate Sep 25, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Oct 7, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Oct 7, 2020 CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Standards, Quality Still Important Sep 23, 2020
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Abrahams is Australia’s long distance rowing world record holder and on December 2, 2013 he will take part in one of the world’s toughest nautical challenges.Adventure 4 a Cure – Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge Solo Row 2013 will see Abrahams attempt to row across 5,000 km (3,000 nautical miles) from San Sebastian De La Gomera in the Canary Islands across to English Harbour, Antigua to raise USD500,000 for disadvantaged children. In the process, Abrahams will have to overcome harsh weather conditions and be completed self-sufficient while at sea. Jason Roberts, director of Aurora Global Logistics, said: “Aurora is thrilled to be a part of Andrew’s quest to raise money for a very worthy cause and feels honoured to be a part of something so humbling and exciting. Aurora has become a key sponsor, as we felt it was a wonderful opportunity to see Andrew become the fastest Australian to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.”www.auroralogistics.com
SWITZERLAND: Bombardier Transportation formally opened a 1 200 m2 development and test laboratory at its Zurich-Oerlikon site in June 4. MITRAC Powerlab Zürich is the company’s core competence centre for high power traction propulsion technology, with two test benches for transformers, traction and auxiliary converters, motors and related electronics. The location will enable Bombardier to intensify its collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and other university applied science departments. ‘Powerlab’s opening clearly illustrates Bombardier Transportation’s commitment to Zürich as an important site for doing business’, said city councillor Andres Türler. ‘The city of Zürich is delighted with this boost to the region’s technological sector.’
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report into delays to the Crossrail project on April 3, saying a ‘fixation’ on a delivery deadline of December 2018 led to signs that the programme was in trouble being missed or ignored. ‘It is clear that the delivery deadline of December 2018 had been unrealistic for some time’, said Chair Meg Hillier. ‘But the Department for Transport, Transport for London and Crossrail Ltd continued to put a positive face on the programme long after mounting evidence should have prompted changes. Wishful thinking is no basis for spending public money and there remain serious risks to delivering this programme, with a revised schedule and costings for completing the work still to be agreed.’In a trading update for its financial year ending on April 27, Stagecoach Group said its UK rail division had seen ‘further strong trading and positive progress‘, with financial performance ahead of expectations and continued good underlying revenue trends. It had ‘continued to make progress in achieving favourable outcomes from concluding industry charges and contractual matters associated with the expired South West Trains franchise, resulting in additional profit being recognised in the current financial year.‘The allocation of £300m of Access for All funding for enhancements at 73 stations over the next five years was announced by the Department for Transport on April 4. Stations were selected by criteria including footfall weighted by disability in the area, value for money, local factors such as proximity to a hospital and a ‘fair geographical spread’.South Western Railway has launched a Station Watch Scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour and low-level crime at 10 stations. Subject to a review this autumn, SWR plans to extend it to other stations. The initial stations covered are Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Clapham Junction, Guildford, Richmond, Southampton Central, Staines, Surbiton, Wimbledon and Woking. Each station will have a tailored plan that will include patrols by SWR’s Rail Community Officers, security awareness sessions for passengers twice a year and partnership arrangements with Network Rail and British Transport Police.Greater Anglia has decided not to proceed with a proposal to stop selling advance purchase tickets at booking offices.Network Rail has started work to repair extensive damage to the Conwy Valley line which was closed on March 16 owing to significant flood damage caused by Storm Gareth. Detailed inspections including the use of drones found that 10 km of track, two stations, and eight level crossings require significant repair. The line is expected to reopen this summer.Following enforcement action taken in November, on April 3 the Office of Rail & Road approved Network Rail’s Performance Action Plan. This includes establishing a new performance management system that will give it a clearer understanding of the factors causing delays; improving its response to incidents and the time taken to return to a normal service after disruption; and increasing operational capability through additional staff training and recruitment.Pay-as-you-go travel with contactless bank cards and Oyster was expanded to Govia Thameslink Railway’s Hertford North, Bayford and Cuffley stations on April 2.Network Rail is to renew the gateline leading to the main concourse at Leeds station, with new machines installed in a straighter alignment to improve passenger flow.
Sharing is caring! Share BusinessLocalNews AID Bank reports $2.69M profit by: Dominica Vibes News – March 23, 2016 Tweet Share 301 Views one comment (L-R): Director of the Dominica Social Security, Janice Jean Jacques Thomas, AID Bank’s Manager, Julius Corbett and AID Bank’s Chairman, Martin CharlesThe Agricultural Industrial Bank of Dominica (AID Bank) has recorded its second largest profit to date in its forty-four year history. Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Directors, Martin Charles reported on the institution’s operations for the period July 2014 to June 2015 at its 23rd annual general meeting at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau on Wednesday 23 March 2016.“I am especially delighted this morning to report that net profit for the financial year was 2.69 million dollars which was 3.08 percent lesser than the restated 2.78 million dollars net profit recorded in 2014,” Charles said.“This is the Bank’s second largest profit after restated figure for the financial year ending June 30th 2014 which was the largest in the bank’s forty-four year history,” he continued.Total comprehensive income was XCD 6.12 million for the year under review, after recognizing a revaluation excess for AID Bank’s office building.For the year in review, total loan approvals amounted to XCD 28.92 million representing an increase of 7.43 percent in comparison to the previous year’s loan approvals of XCD 26.92 million.Approvals for tourism and other productive sector enterprises amounted to XCD 13.29 million or 45.97 percent of total approvals. Loan approvals for mortgage, student and other categories amounted to XCD 15 million or 54.03 percent of total approvals.Mr Charles said while the bank’s goal is not profit maximization, in order to continue to expand its contribution to the national economy and to maximize stakeholder value, the bank’s operations must be financially sustainable. The Chairman assured its shareholders, the government of Dominica and the Dominica Social Security, that he will drive needed reforms to achieve greater institutional efficiencies and effectiveness. “The bank must become more nimble, there are way too many dysfunctional processes that simply clog up the effectiveness of the bank. Everywhere I go, I am confronted with these remarks; ‘Your bank is too slow”. The board, shareholders, does not intend to run a slow bank. Yes we must become more efficient. It will be a long journey but a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step,” Charles stated.As part of the Bank’s AGM, a number of its clients displayed their services and products which was viewed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Cabinet Ministers, and other invited guests.– / 33 Share