A police spokesman in Bermuda says authorities have found a body amid a search for a U.S. student who disappeared after a rugby tournament on the British island territory. Spokesman Dwayne Caines did not disclose any details about the discovery and did not confirm that the body was that of 19-year-old Mark Dombroski. The Bermuda Police Service said a news conference would be held later Monday. Mark Dombroski, 19, a member of the rugby team at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, disappeared early Sunday after a night of socializing. Authorities and members of Dombroski's family had been searching Bermuda for the young man in a wooded area known as The Arboretum. It was near a sports center where Dombroski was competing as a member of the rugby team at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. A marine unit scoured the harbor, police reviewed surveillance footage and Dombroski's family and other searchers tried retracing his steps but found no immediate sign of the slender 6-footer, a Saint Joseph's freshman from the Philadelphia suburb of Media. "We dearly love our son, we cherish our son. ... we want him back," his mother, Lisa Dombroski, said Monday at a news conference with Bermuda police officials. "We thank the citizens of Bermuda. People have been with us shoulder to shoulder throughout this ordeal." Dombroski had been relaxing at The Dog House, a bar and restaurant in the capital of Hamilton, when he left by himself after midnight early Sunday, police officials said. He was last seen at 1:15 a.m., when government surveillance cameras recorded him walking east, a little more than a half-mile from the bar. Detective Sgt. Jason Smith said there's no evidence Dombroski was drunk, or that alcohol played a role in his disappearance. Lisa Dombroski speculated her son, who had hurt his shoulder in a game that day and wasn't feeling well, had simply wanted to call it a night. She said the surveillance footage showed him favoring his arm. "He wasn't in a celebratory kind of mood," Lisa Dombroski said. "He wanted to get back." Dombroski was last seen walking in the opposite direction of the Royal Bermuda Regiment camp, which provided lodging for the Ariel Re Bermuda rugby tournament on the British island territory. The team from Saint Joseph's was among more than 20 taking part. Police circulated aflyerwith his photos and asked hotels and other businesses in the area of Dombroski's last confirmed sighting to review their private security footage. Authorities also appealed for help from taxi drivers who had been shuttling players back and forth from the Regiment camp, and tried locating Dombroski by his cellphone, which the surveillance footage showed him using. He was reported missing more than eight hours later.

(This post is developing; please refresh this page for updates.) Eight years after the country's first female Prime Minister was elected, Trinidad and Tobago witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of the country's first President, Paula-Mae Weekes. Following her swearing in, President Weekes said that citizens have to make the choice to fight the 'darkness' threatening the nation. "Our destinies are inextricably linked. Many experts beset us with dismal stories, they tell us Trinidad and Tobago is perilously close to the point of no return….that we will soon be a failed state….so what are we to do?” “As I see it, we have two choices; we can lament, blame, criticise and allow a miasma of despair to overwhelm us, or we can consciously choose the alternative…not dream about the alternatives but mobilise our resources to step out boldly and make Trinidad and Tobago a better place for us and our children…all the while understanding that although faith is a necessity, without action it is useless.” “Confront the darkness and declare that it will not take over…good things are indeed possible for Trinidad and Tobago," she said. She urged citizens to create doable short-term plans to help assist their communities. “I ask all of you to find ways to make a positive difference in whatever your sphere of influence…practicable, doable projects, the results of which can be seen and measures in the short term.” “Many organisations have been asking to meet with me, but let;s not meet just for meeting sake. Come armed with your ideas, your feasible projects to improve the quality of life in our nation nothing will catch my eye faster than a man or woman with a plan,” she said. She also urged citizens to consciously move away from violence thoughts, actions and speech. “We speak about how violent we have become, but the climate of violence is not in overt acts, it’s embedded in everyday talk, schools, business places, rum shops, and worst of all in homes.” She also urged citizens to join her and to help bring the country to greatness. “Do not let me walk alone. By faith let us stand together side by side as we carry our nation to greatness.” Weekes was put forward by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for the position in January 2018 and was elected on January 19, 2018. The event was open to the public andthousands were expected to attend this historic event. Traffic restrictions were also put in place for the event from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm near the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on Monday. Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, as the country's first female prime minister, had several words of advice for Weekes, urging her to be a strong leader and to set an example for the nation. "I think you may agree with me that what is needed at this time in our country is strong leadership to stimulate and motivate young minds and inspire and embolden consciousness and hearts and souls of every single citizen. The time to win over the young impressionable minds in our societyto the much-needed spirit of nation-building is indeed, now," Persad-Bissessar said in a statement ahead of the inauguration. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he was pleased to be part of the history-making election, noting that it was the perfect opportunity for the young people of thenation to sit up and take notice. “This is a fitting time, as good a time as any, for our young people and indeed each and every citizen, to recommit to being the best that we can be. Justice Weekes’ story serves as a living example that nothing is beyond our reach.” Weekes is the sixth President of Trinidad and Tobago and carries on from former president Anthony Carmona. Weekes, a former student of Bishop Anstey High School, attended the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She then went on to the Hugh Wooding Law School and was called to the Bar in 1982. After graduation, she worked in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for 11 years, before going into private practice in 1993. She was appointed to the judiciary in 1996 and to the Court of Appeals in 2005, where she served until her retirement in 2016. In September 2016 Weekes was appointed to the appeals court in the Turks and Caicos. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

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The Cayman Islands economy grew at a rate of 2.4 percent in the first nine months of 2017, according to data published by The Economics and Statistics Office. The growth was fueled by construction, hotels, restaurants, electricity supply and business activities. Growth in hotels and restaurants was firmly supported by a rebound in air arrivals which grew by 5.3%. However, the largest and most highly regarded financial services sector was characterized by declines in the number of bank and trust licences, insurance licences and mutual funds. “Continued consolidation and restructuring in the global banking industry weighed on the number of banking and trust companies licensed in the Cayman Islands,"read the report. "Accordingly, the number of licenced Bank and Trust companies at end September 2017 declined by 11.4% to 155 relative to September 2016," added the report. The insurance industry also took a hit, with the industry having contracted in the first three quarters of the year. “Similarly, captive licences fell from 711 to 705. Within captives, a reduction in Class ‘B’ licences from 685 to 677 accounted for the contraction,” the report said. Registration of new companies and new partnerships increased, as well as, stock market activities expanded. The solid performance of the economy in the first three quarters of the year coupled with expectations of robust growth in the fourth quarter has led to an upward revision inthe forecast for the year to 2.4% from 2.1%. The central government also recorded an overall surplus of CI$115.0 million in the first nine months of 2017, an improvement from the surplus of CI$114.1 million a year ago. This resulted as growth in revenue (1.8%) outweighed a rise in expenditure (2.1%). The increase in revenue was generated mainly from domestic taxes on goods and services, including accommodation and financial service fees. The rise in expenditure is traced to a sharp increase in capital spending. The central government’s outstanding debt fell anew and settled at $464.0 million as at September 2017, lower than the $498.7 million recorded for the same period in 2016.

Many businesses with small marketing budgets struggle to decide which kind of marketing to do because financial constraints dictate they can only do one or the other, and not both. The decisions are not usually easy to make: which method of marketing will give the most conversions for your dollar? A shift from traditional to digital marketing has been noticeable in the past couple of years. Digital marketing is a lot more interactive and real-time data can be recorded. Statistical data can be collected almost immediately and there is also a direct link to which ad consumers are responding to the most. So when it comes to digital marketing, what is producing the most potent and impactful punch in Caribbean markets? The answer is video. Online videos are used widely to spread brand awareness. And videos are sometimes more attractive to the eye of consumers, especially millennials. Brands which use video understand the importance of social media shares, virality, and permanence. Once uploaded to an online platform, a video remains there for as long as you want it to. According to SlideShare analytics, in Jamaica approximately 1.2 million active users are on social media. That is close to half of the island’s population. Which means digital marketing, along with traditional marketing, can easily cover the entire island. Social media videos, once executed properly, will almost always be a hit among consumers. Content sharing on social media is extremely popular and helps boost visibility to potential customers. And there are a number of reasons why video reigns supreme when it comes to digital advertising: - Videos appeal to mobile users and engage even the laziest buyer. - Having a video embedded in your website boosts visibility on Google. Studies have shown this makes your website 53 times more likely to show up in the search. - Millennials prefer watching a tutorial than reading a manual. Creating short, simple instructional videos can boost your product usage significantly - Videos are memorable and have the highest potential of going viral. The statistics also speak for themselves. A landing page with video can boost conversation rate by 80 percent, according to Eyeview. According to Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, online video accounts for 74 percent of all online traffic, and 59 percentof executives agree that if both text and video are available they will more likely choose video, as reported by My Web Presenters Ltd. Social media has emerged as a powerful avenue for communication and commentary in the Caribbean. According to Internet World Stats the region collectively now has over ten million active Facebook users. Video, being an easily consumable media on all social media platforms, is dynamic and attractive. So when choosing a form of digital advertising, choose video! AMPLIFY is the commercial content studio of Trend Media. A team of designers, producers, and strategists develop digital content which helps brands establish a strong digital footprint with positive and profitable impact on a business’s bottom line. To book a consultation message us at Trend_Advertising@Trend.Media

Kevin Goring was recently appointed as a Librarian for the Cayman Islands Public Library Service (CIPLS). In addition to providing general library services, Goring will assist with outreach, planning, promotion, coordination and implementation of programming offered through or by CIPLS to support the recreational, educational and information access needs of its patrons. When asked about his new role at the CIPL, Goring said, "I believe that families are the core of any community, and as librarians, it is our responsibility to provide them with the information and tools at our disposal in order to ensure their success in education, employment and life in general. “Goring brings with him a great deal of education and experience to his new post and the staff feels very fortunate that he is a member of the CIPLS. He has worked as Library Assistant since 2016 and has built a good rapport with his team and the community,” said Director of CIPLS Ramona Melody. Amongst other professional accomplishments, Goring holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Computer Art from the Savannah College Art and Design (SCAD), an Executive Certificate in International Marketing from Loyola University Chicago and various certificates. Shortly after joining the civil service in 2002, he spent nearly a decade as a key member of the Marketing Unit at the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) and a stint as an Information Officer at Government Information Services (GIS). On National Heroes Day 2014, Goring received an 'Emerging Cultural Heritage Pioneer Award' for his two self-published books: "The Cayman Islands Dictionary" and "Caymanian Expressions". He was honoured once again on National Heroes Day 2018, when he received a 'Long Service Award' for sports due to his 12 years’ experience as a martial arts instructor, national team member and competitor. Goring is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information and Library Studies via Robert Gordon University Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, and he recently completed a certificate in Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) via the Idaho Commission for Libraries. In an effort to keep abreast of industry trends, Goring became a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom, as well as the Cayman Islands Information Professionals (CIIP) organisation. Chief Officer Christen Suckoo for the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture, and Lands stated, “I wish to extend congratulations to Mr. Goring on his well-deserved appointment. It is heartening to see Caymanian civil servants continuing to pursue further education and connect with relevant organisations that will assist them not only personally in their careers, but professionally it will enhance how we serve the people of the Cayman Islands. “I trust he will be successful in his new role at the Public Library Service and continue to make the lives of those we serve better,” added Suckoo.

A GoFundMe page which was set up on March 6 has raised more than $20,000 for a Cayman Prep student who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Cayman Prep and High School student Matthew Chong Ping was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. According to the page organizer Milly Serpell, who created the page on behalf of Matthew’s relative Richard Chong Ping, the year 9 student is currently receiving treatment at the Baptist Children’s Hospital in Florida. Serpell further noted that Matthew’s chemotherapy will initially last approximately four months, after which radiation treatment may also be needed. “Whilst Matthew, is being an extremely brave, positive and resilient young man, his family needs our help,” Serpell. “Matthew’s family have rented an apartment very close to Baptist Hospital and urgently need help as they face mounting travel, accommodation and living expenses,” added Serpell. 14-year-old Matthew is described as a very popular student at Cayman Prep and High School who is a dedicated and gifted pupil. He is also is a member of the Cayman under 14 rugby team. In 2017, Matthew shaved his head at The Heroes for Hannah Big Shave as part of a fundraising effort for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Matthew’s parents who are originally from the UK have been residing in the Cayman Islandsince 1996; Matthew was born in Cayman in January 2004. The page on the crowdfunding website hopes to raise $50,000 in funds for thebrave teen; money can also be donated in Cayman into Butterfield Bank, Richard Chong Ping account # 02201131857 (Cayman Islands dollars account).


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