Members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime (CTOC) in Jamaica announced a breakthrough after clamping down on a major prostitution ring in Runaway Bay, St Ann. Jamaican police said during a series of operation to targetpersons involved in thehuman trafficking tradethey discoveredthe underground scheme that involves some residents in the Salem area of Runaway Bayturning their houses into makeshift motels and renting them toprostitutes, some of them underage girlsbetween 14 and 15-years-old, to perform sexual favors to customers. Police told Loop News that between late Friday and early Saturday a team of officers from CTOC carried out a raid in the mentioned area where they arrested three women involved in the illegal underground operation. “Police acting on information went to sections of the parish and during a raid thewomen, who are home owners were arrested,” Assistant Superintendent, Victor Barrett told Loop News Barrett said further investigation into the illegal operation revealed that the home owners would rent rooms in their houses, or the small shacks built at the front of their premises, for a fee of $300 for 15 minutes to allow customers and the prostitutes to engage in their sexual activities. “We have found that this underground operation is a multimillion-dollar scheme that sometimes target children and is also used to fund the operation of criminal gangs,” said one police source. CTOC members say based on the information more persons could be arrested in coming days as they intensify their operation to clamp down on individuals involved in the human trafficking trade.

The Ethical Corporation has named the Digicel Haiti Foundation as winners of the prestigious “International Community Investment of the Year” award with the announcement being made at an awards gala in London in November. The award highlighted the contribution and assistance from Digicel Foundation in developing the education opportunities for the children of Haiti. To date, Digicel has impacted the lives of over 55,000 students with the construction of 172 schools in Haiti and provided professional training for over 2,000 teachers. Mindful of the economic constraints, especially following the devastating earthquake in 2010, the design aesthetic of the schools is simple but functional and easy to maintain – as well as being built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. This is the second time that the Digicel Foundation has taken home an Ethical Corporation award – the first being back in 2015 with “Improvement of Education in Haiti” for the construction of 150 schools in the country after the 2010 earthquake. Vanessa Slowey, CEO for Digicel Caribbean and Central America, said; “Every child deserves an education to give them a chance to reach their full potential. This is what our work in Haiti is all about. So this award is really for the entire Foundation team who worked very hard to ensure that students, teachers and parents can benefit from well-constructed schools and access to the right training to provide the students with a good quality education. Congratulations to them all.” Other winning companies in other categories included Heineken, Lloyds Bank, Maersk, Ikea and BASF.

The Customs Department’s Collections Office will be open longer come Monday, December 11 to allow for the pickup of packages in the holiday season. Beginning Monday through December 22, 2017 the Collections Office will open for one hour later, closing at 5:00 pm instead of the usual closing time of 4 pm. However, the office will close at noon on Saturday December 16, 2017. The Customs Courier Office will however maintain, regular business hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm and remain closed on Saturdays. Deputy Collector of Customs and head of the Revenue Collection Portfolio, Kevin Walton said Customs is offering the increased hours to give importers the opportunity to clear their goods before the holidays begin. “We want our customers’ holiday experience to be a very happy one, so we have decided to extend the hours to help facilitate trade, “Walton added Both the Collections Office and the Courier Office will be closed on December 23; with offices reopening on December 27, at which time they will revert to their regular hours for the rest of the week. However both office will again be closed on December 30 and resume regular operations at on January 2, 2018. The Collections Office is located at Customs Headquarters on Owen Roberts Drive, while the Courier Office is located on the same road between the Airport Post Office and the Customs warehouse.

Alexander Matuschka Greiffenclau

Digicel announced the appointment of Alexander Matuschka Greiffenclauas Group Chief Executive with effect from February 2018. He will succeed Colm Delves who had signalled to the Board some time ago his intention to step down from his executive role for personal and family reasons. Delves will remain as a non-executive director of Digicel and will also provide advisory services to the Group. Under Delves’ leadership over the past 13 years, Digicel grew from US $478 million revenues in eight markets to $2.5 billion revenues across 32 markets with a ten-fold increase in profitability and subscribers. Greiffenclau joins Digicel from VEON, a leading global provider of telecommunications services, where he has served as Group Chief Performance Officer since mid-2015. He previously served asChief Transformation Officer at Nokia Networks, where he was credited as playing a key role in its transformation.Prior to joining Nokia, he gained extensive experience in the automotive and machining industries. Greiffenclau holds a joint business degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) in International Business Economy from International Business School Lippstadt in Germany and West Virginia University in the US. Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel Group, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Alex to lead our talented management team at a really exciting time for the business. Given his telecommunications credentials and his experience of working in dynamic and transforming sectors, he’s a natural fit for our business. “Our enthusiastic welcome of Alex is tempered only by the fact that Colm will be stepping down from a role in which he excelled and where he led by example for more than a dozen years. Colm has led the diversification of Digicel from being purely a mobile company to a total communications and entertainment provider with major investments in Fibre-to-the-Home, Business Solutions and Digital Media. Most recently, he also successfully initiated and led Digicel’s 2030 Transformation Programme. We thank him for his enormous contribution to Digicel and we are very pleased that he has agreed to remain on board as a non-executive director.” Commenting, Colm Delves said: “Having accrued more air-miles than I care to admit and with Digicel very well positioned to capitalise on our unique market positions, I have decided now is the appropriate time to step down from my executive role to spend a bit more time on personal and family priorities. “It has been my privilege to serve both as Group CEO and Group CFO of Digicel, a true business trailblazer that has invested over US$5 billion in 32 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. It has been my pleasure to work with talented, energetic colleagues to help develop a company that has become as ubiquitous in these markets as Coca-Cola. I wish Alex every success in his new role and I look forward to continuing to support Denis and the board in my new role as a non-executive director,” Delves added. Greiffenclau, Group CEO Designate, said: “I am very pleased to join the Digicel team. I view Digicel’s progress implementing Digicel 2030 as a truly groundbreaking initiative and an opportunity to transform our customers’ communications and entertainment experience. In my view, Digicel has first mover advantage in its customer engagement evolution and I aim to ensure we capitalise on that for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Saturday for the ropes challenge course being built by the YMCA with funds from the 2017 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge. Following the ground-breaking for the foundations, construction of the course is scheduled for January 22, 2018 and is to run until February 3, 2018. The facility will be situated at the Field of Dreams, behind the Little League fields, across from the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The event, which took place in April 2017 with around 2,000 participants, raised a record $85,000 from the walk/runs held in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman. “I am delighted that work has now begun on the ropes challenge course and that it will soon be up and running,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson. “The purpose of the DG’s 5K Challenge is to help projects such as this, which are of benefit to the community. We aim to be part of the solution to the many issues that we face in the Cayman Islands,” he added. The course will consist of ground-level structures, a 50-foot Alpine tower, and a 30-foot high giant’s swing with a 60-foot arch path. Team exercises on the course are expected to provide an alternative to classroom-style learning in areas proven to increase self-esteem, confidence and team-building skills. The facility is to offer participants practical examples of ways to improve communication, awareness of themselves and others, and to gain leadership skills. In addition, the course will allow participants to overcome fears, insecurities, depression, and anti-social behaviour. “We are thrilled that we have now broken ground and that construction of the ropes challenge course will begin next month,” said YMCA Chairman Andrew Johnson. “We intend the facility to be of benefit to everyone in the community, especially our young people. On behalf of the YMCA, I once again give a huge thank you to the Deputy Governor and his team for raising the money to make this possible,” he added. The ropes challenge course is slated to be on budget at around $80,000, with the support of CUC, which has donated electricity poles. The remainder of the money raised by the DG’s 5K Challenge paid for young people from the Brac to attend a YMCA camp in Grand Cayman in August. The beneficiary of the 2018 DG’s 5K Challenge will be announced early in the New Year. Dates for the event have already been announced as set for April 15, 2018 on Cayman Brac, April 22, 2018 on Little Cayman and April 29, 2018 on Grand Cayman.

Parents of the Clifton Hunter High School areencouragedto attend an importantPTA meeting at the school on Wednesday December 6. The meeting is expected to start promptly at 6:30 p.m. The school also used the opportunity to remind parentsof Year-7 students should attend the reporting evening on Thursday December 7from5:00pm to 7:00pm.


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