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|American Airlines Adding More Daily Flights to Saint Lucia|
By the Caribbean Journal staff
American Airlines is expanding its flight service to the island of Saint Lucia this winter.
The carrier will be launching an additional daily nonstop flight between Miami and Saint Lucia beginning Dec. 20.
“The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority welcomes this news as the US is a major source market for Saint Lucia and we have been fraught with airlift challenges,” said Agnes Francis, executive chairperson of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. “One of the greatest impediments to growth in market share is insufficient airlift, especially during the peak winter demand, and the SLTA is confident that the introduction of this new service, especially its timing, will make the island more accessible and translate into more tourism business for the island.”
The new flight will supplement American Airlines’ existing daily flight from Miami and its weekend service from Charlotte.
The latter will be expanded into a daily service starting in June, according to the SLTA.
JetBlue and Delta already operate daily flights to Saint Lucia from New York and Atlanta, respectively.
The new daily flights launch bookings this week.
The post American Airlines Adding More Daily Flights to Saint Lucia appeared first on Caribbean Journal.
|A New Beach Club in Belize|
By Dana Niland
One of the newest resorts in Belize has launched a new beach club.
Belize’s Mahogany Bay has unveiled its newly opened Beach Club on the white sandy beach of Ambergris Caye.
Just a 10-minute boat ride from the property by private shuttle, it offers guests their own secluded escape, with view of remote islands and clear Caribbean Sea waters along the way.
The restaurant and bar menu, created by Executive Chef Lisa Sellers offers light bites inspired by local ingredients and indigenous fish, while the cocktail list features the Caribbean classics.
Over-water day beds made from local Belizean hardwood are available to rent either for half- or full-day, and hammocks are placed in the water offering plenty of room for guests to spread out and relax.
The Beach Club also features a covered upper deck with a view of Ambergris Caye’s sprawling landscape and lush greenery.
The Beach Club also offers full bathrooms,and a plethora of modern conveniences.
Mahogany Bay is situated 1.5 miles south of San Pedro, the only town on Ambergris Caye, and just 20 minutes from San Pedro Airport.
|Delta Set to Launch Daily New York-St Thomas Flights|
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Delta Air Lines is set to relaunch an important service for the United States Virgin Islands this month.
The carrier is launching daily nonstop flights between New York and St Thomas, with the expanded service set to begin May 24.
The move has come as the result of strong bookings on Delta’s popular Atlanta-St Thomas route, according to United States Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty.
It’s a big lift for a destination that has been steadily recovering from last year’s storms.
Indeed, several of St Thomas’ top place to stay have reopened, including the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove resort, while St Thomas’ Secret Harbour is planning to reopen June 1. The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas will likely reopen in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The island’s beloved Bolongo Bay is also plotting a June relaunch.
The new Delta flights come as several other carriers have also been ramping up their service to the US Virgin Islands, including Spirit, which has added daily service from Fort Lauderdale to St Thomas, and JetBlue which earlier this year added additional flights between San Juan and St Thomas.
They also provide a boost for the British Virgin Islands, easily accessible via ferry and short flights from St Thomas to Tortola’s Beef Island Airport.
Delta’s latest expansion comes after the carrier announced a wave of new routes to destinations including Jamaica, The Bahamas and Haiti.
The post Delta Set to Launch Daily New York-St Thomas Flights appeared first on Caribbean Journal.
|A New Caribbean Beach Resort to Try: Skylark Negril|
By Alexander Britell
There’s a new Caribbean beach resort on the scene — and it’s instantly one of the region’s hippest places to stay.
This is the Skylark Negril, a Caribbean beach resort that is the sister property to the well-known Rockhouse boutique hotel on the cliffs of Negril.
Skylark, which already launched in soft opening, is planning a grand opening in June that will include the first-ever Caribbean outpost of New York institution Miss Lily’s.
Skylark is a collection of beachfront studios set on 220 feet of beachfront on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach.
The aesthetic aims to take travelers back to the jet-set days, with a retro glamour and a bohemian-style beach scene that hearkens back to the Negril of the 60s and 70s.
“We have always wanted to complement the cliffside experience our guests enjoy at Rockhouse with a prime beachfront property,” said Paul Salmon, who is the chairman of both Rockhouse and Skylark. “It was only a matter of time before we found the perfect spot, and when this location presented itself we knew the time was now.”
There are 28 rooms in all (two of which are ocean-view and on the beach), with the remainder of the rooms featuring furnished balconies overlooking Skylark’s interior garden.
Every room has a four-post king bed, a work desk, a minibar, bluetooth speakers and bath essentials.
There’s a signature Skylark Spa led by Linda Hall, along with a dedicated sound program that will feature a rotating selection of iconic Jamaican music.
And yes, there’s Miss Lily’s, which features the culinary team led by Adam Schop and Kingston’s Andre Fowles, with a wide selection of rums from around the Caribbean and nighttime DJ sessions focusing on the latest reggae and dancehall music.
“We can’t wait to offer our guests another way to experience Jamaica’s natural beauty and culture, and deepen our commitment to our local community,” Salmon said. “It is also only fitting that we are bringing Miss Lily’s home and celebrating the island’s beautiful people and rich culture, which have always been a constant inspiration to me.”
It all adds up to what is a very exciting new Caribbean beach resort.
For more, visit Skylark.
The post A New Caribbean Beach Resort to Try: Skylark Negril appeared first on Caribbean Journal.
|The Caribbean’s Best Yachting Destination: The BVI|
By Alexander Britell
It’s long been the Mecca of yachting in the Caribbean, a bucket list destination that has sent a siren song to travelers and adventurers around the world.
And here’s the good news: The British Virgin Islands is still number one.
When it comes to Caribbean yachting, one thing is certain: the British Virgin Islands is still the best yachting destination in the Caribbean.
The territory has seen a remarkable recovery in the wake of last year’s storms, and that means the British Virgin Islands’ 60 islands and cays are ready for you to discover — or rediscover — them.
The BVI’s charter yacht sector has more than 1,800 boats and cabins available, according to data from the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, with all of the big charter names back in business, from MarineMax to The Moorings.
And all of the things that made the BVI such a sought-after sailing spot for so long are back again.
Yes, you can down Painkillers at the Soggy Dollar Bar and sample Foxy’s Fire Water on Jost Van Dyke; you can set up shop on Sandy Spit, or spend a day on the waterslide at Scrub Island, visit one of the Caribbean’s legendary rum bars at Cooper Island, or have an unforgettable lunch on Norman Island.
And, perhaps more importantly, the Willy T has made a triumphant return, this time off the coast of Peter Island.
Now, the BVI has announced a major push to help draw travelers to its seas this summer, with “Summer Sails,” a new promotion that puts the spotlight on the yachting sector.
The promotion includes discounts on seven-day sailing charters, with visitors also getting VIP clearance upon arrival, including expedited customs and immigration — in other words, more time to spend exploring.
But the BVI has long been about more than just the water, and yes, Summer Sails also applies to stays on land, meaning if you want to, for example, spend a beach-filled getaway on Anegada, this is the way to do it.
For more information, visit Summer Sails, and use the code BVISS18. Just make sure you hurry, as the promotion is limited to 100 bookings.
The post The Caribbean’s Best Yachting Destination: The BVI appeared first on Caribbean Journal.
|Jamaica Launches Major New Solar Project|
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Jamaica’s green push is continuing with plans for another new solar energy park in the country.
Eight Rivers Energy Company Limited has commenced work on a new 37-megawatt solar energy plant, slated for completion by late 2018 or early 2019, according to Jamaica Energy Minister Andrew Wheatley.
The Jamaica Public Service Company had signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eight Rivers in 2017 to supply electricity generated from the park to the national grid.
The project is also notably run by an all-female leadership team.
“This project represents the first Jamaican female-led major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development. We are very pleased to see that the women are taking charge and they are providing the energy to drive real growth and prosperity,” Wheatley said.
It’s the latest solar project on an island that has moved to the forefront of the Caribbean green energy movement, both in wind and solar production.
|Caribbean Business – 8 Things To Know About The PDVSA’s Caribbean Link|
By NAN Business Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 11, 2018: The big news on the business front this week in the Americas was that U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips moved to take up the Caribbean assets of Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country. So what’s the PDVSA and how is it linked to the Caribbean? Here are 8 fast facts:
1: PDVSA stands for Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. and is Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company founded on January 1, 1976 with the nationalization of the South American nation’s oil industry.
2: Since its founding, it has dominated the oil industry of Venezuela in exploration, production, refining and exporting oil, as well as exploration and production of natural gas.
3: In 2004, the Venezuelan government created Petrocaribe to promote energy cooperation and integration between Venezuela and a number of states in the Caribbean region.
4: This move helped Venezuela’s PDVSA begin to purchase assets and stakes in facilities through joint ventures (JV’s) in most Caribbean and Central American nations including Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
5: It also participated in the construction of storage tank farms in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis and the distribution of gasoline or domestic gas through partnerships in Dominica.
6: Venezuela supplied the Petrocaribe member states with daily shipments of oil and products, offering payment facilities and discounts, with the ultimate goal of displacing U.S. and European oil companies throughout the region while promoting the socialist ideology in the zone.
7: Since Nicolas Maduro came to power after the death of Chavez, this mechanism has been losing steam as oil prices went down and the Venezuelan economy began collapsing. This has led to it gradually losing market share in the Caribbean, unable to sustain its diverse JV’s with Petrocaribe states.
8: Now is in danger of also losing its decades old facilities leased Isla refinery on the island of Curaçao and its fully owned BOPEC tank farm and terminal in Bonaire which is crucial for exports to China.
9: And despite having the largest non-conventional oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is fast becoming a less relevant oil producer and could see itself overtaken by its neighbor Guyana, where oil finds continue unabated.
The post Caribbean Business – 8 Things To Know About The PDVSA’s Caribbean Link appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
|The Most Wanted Women From The Caribbean|
By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 4, 2018: Six women from the Caribbean are on the Interpol’s Wanted Persons list, making them the region’s most wanted. The six are from The Bahamas, Cuba, Suriname, The Dominican Republic and Guyana. They are:
1: Nicole Russell
Nicole Russell, 29, of The Bahamas is wanted by U.S. authorities for aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a knife during a felony.
2: Maria Eugênia Olmes Garcia
Cuban national Maria Eugênia Olmes Garcia, 74, is wanted by Brazilian authorities for criminal association money laundering.
3: Niurka Apolinar Pedro Silva
Niurka Apolinar Pedro Silva, 53, of Guane Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, is also wanted by Brazilian authorities for criminal association money laundering.
4: Elizabeth Cleydy Peralta Marte
Elizabeth Cleydy Peralta Marte, 27, of the Dominican Republic, is wanted by authorities in Argentina for counterfeit money.
5: Julie Elizabeth Avel
Julie Elizabeth Avel, 64, who has both Guyanese and German nationality, is wanted by authorities in Uruguay for homicide.
6: Patrícia Terezinha Miguel Bom
Patrícia Terezinha Miguel Bom, 43, of Suriname, is wanted by authorities in Brazil for international drug trafficking.
If you have any information on these wanted women, contact your national or local police.
|Jail For Chinese Billionaire Who Bribed Caribbean Born UN Officials|
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 14, 2018: A Chinese businessman who bribed two Caribbean-born UN officials will have to spend four years in jail a New York judge has ruled.
Ng Lap Seng, aka “David Ng,” 69, Chairman of Macau Real Estate Development Company will serve 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to bribe two Caribbean-born United Nations ambassadors to obtain support to build a conference center in Macau that would host, among other events, the annual United Nations Global South-South Development Expo.
The sentencing comes after Ng was convicted on July 27, 2017, after a five-week trial of two counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, one count of paying bribes and gratuities, one count of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy.
U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick of the Southern District of New York also ordered Ng to pay a $1 million fine and $302, 977 in restitution to the United Nations $1.5 million in forfeiture money judgment.
Ng must report to the U.S. Marshals Service by July 10th to start his prison sentence.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Ng, the chairman of the Sun Kian Ip Group, conspired with and paid bribes to Francis Lorenzo, a former UN Ambassador from the Dominican Republic, and John W. Ashe, the late former Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN and the 68th President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
The trial evidence showed that Ng bribed Ambassador Ashe and Ambassador Lorenzo in exchange for their agreement to use their official positions to advance Ng’s interest in obtaining formal UN support for the Macau Conference Center.
As the evidence demonstrated at trial, Ng paid the ambassadors in a variety of forms. For example, Ng appointed Ambassador Lorenzo as the President of South-South News, a New York-based organization — funded by Ng, which described itself as a media platform dedicated to advancing the implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
Ng provided bribe payments to Ambassador Lorenzo through South-South News by transmitting payments from Macau to a company in the Dominican Republic affiliated with Ambassador Lorenzo’s brother.
Through South-South News, Ng also made payments to Ambassador Ashe, including to Ambassador Ashe’s wife, who was paid in her capacity as a “consultant” to South-South News, and to an account that Ambassador Ashe had established, purportedly to raise money for his role as President of UNGA.
According to the trial evidence, one of the actions that the ambassadors took in exchange for bribe payments, to advance Ng’s objectives, was to submit an official document to the then-UN Secretary-General in support of the Macau Conference Center.
The UN Document claimed that there was a need to build the Macau Conference Center to support the UN’s global development goals.
Ambassador Ashe, aided by Ambassador Lorenzo, initially submitted the UN Document to the UNGA in or about late February 2012. More than a year later, at Ng’s behest, the Ambassadors revised the UN Document to refer specifically to Ng’s company, the Macau Real Estate Development Company, as a partner in the Macau Conference Center project.
The UN Document requested that the Secretary-General circulate the UN Document “as a document of the 66th session of the General Assembly,” under a specific item of the official UNGA agenda. The Secretary-General followed this request, thereby making the UN Document an official part of the UNGA record.
Lorenzo pleaded guilty to various charges, including bribery, and are awaiting sentencing. Ashe passed away in 2016 and the charges against him were dismissed.
The post Jail For Chinese Billionaire Who Bribed Caribbean Born UN Officials appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
|Jerusalem embassy: Are other countries planning to move?|
The US officially opened its new embassy on 14 May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel.
|Colombia’s ex-fighters taught skills for peace|
Farc guerillas have returned home, but they are often illiterate and unemployed and in urgent need of new skills for jobs.
|Venezuela crisis: Cereal maker Kellogg ends operations|
The US-based firm blames the economy but President Maduro says workers will take over the factory.
|Venezuela seizes Kellogg cereal factory after closure|
Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro says the plant has been handed to workers and will continue output.
|Russia World Cup: Argentina ‘flirting manual’ panned|
Argentina’s football association is panned for giving advice about flirting in Russia.
|Trump: Immigrant gangs ‘animals, not people’|
The president says the US has the “dumbest immigration laws in the world” and he wants that to change.
|Canada proposes sweeping law to block foreign interference in elections|
The new bill would restrict political advertising and force political parties to reveal what voter information they’ve collected.