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US rap star and actor Ludacris is here for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. The star was seen performing at Soca Brainwash on Saturday, hyping up the crowd and performing some of his major hits. The star shared photos of him and soca star Machel Montano and Olympian gold medallist Usain Bolt, who is also here for Carnival. Ludacris said to Instagram: "Trinidad I love you!" View this post on Instagram Trinidad I LOVE YOU!!! 🇹🇹🇹🇹🇹🇹 A post shared by @ ludacris on Feb 22, 2020 at 4:30pm PST Ludacris said: "When it comes to soca, it doesn’t get much bigger than @machelmontano amazing and inspiring seeing your show last night in your home a country.” Montano replied: “Big up bro! Welcome to the greatest show on EARTH.” (Photo: Ludacris/Instagram) Musical celebrity Nicki Minaj, who has Trinidadian roots, also landed in Trinidad on Saturday for Carnival celebrations. Minaj returned to Trinidad in 2012 to shoot a video for her single, 'Pound the Alarm'. The accompanyingmusic videohighlighted aspects of Carnival.

Trinidad-born American rapper Nicki Minaj has arrived in Trindad and Tobago for Carnival 2020 celebrations. She posted a short video on her Instagram page on Sunday morning announcing her arrival to her homeland. View this post on Instagram My beautiful country 🙏🏾🇹🇹 A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj) on Feb 23, 2020 at 5:01am PST She captioned the video: "My beautiful country." Minaj returned to Trinidad in 2012 to shoot a video for her single, Pound the Alarm. The accompanyingmusic videohighlighted aspects of Carnival.


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Two university students and a teacher were due to appear before an Arima Magistrate on Monday morning on allegations of marijuana possession after marijuana-infused brownies and cookies were seized. The trio was held around7.30 pm on Saturday along Farfan Street, Arima, for selling the sweet treats which werespiked with the illegal substance. According to police reports, a team of officers led by Sgt Mascall and including Cpl Gentle, PC Strachan, and WPC Caruth, all under the supervision of Sup Brandon John, received intelligence which led them to the Farfan Street, where the three were detained and searched. The officers found and seized several of the food items which had been packaged and prepared for sale/distribution. They also seized small quantities of marijuana which would be used in the preparation of the edibles. As a result, they were all detained and taken into custody. More on this as it becomes available.

A 25-year-old Jamaican national is warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, after he was chopped by his neighbour on Monday. The incident took place around 2pm along Griffith Trace, Las Lomas. The victim and his co-tenant, who is also a Jamaican national, got into a confrontation during which the man was chopped. He suffered chop wounds to both hands as he attempted to defend himself. The injured man was rushed for medical treatment. He remained warded up to this morning. Police are searching for the suspect. Cpl Cato is continuing inquiries.


The price of oil surged Friday as global investors were gripped with uncertainty over the potential repercussions after the United States killed Iran's top general. News that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed in an air attack at the Baghdad international airport prompted expectations of Iranian retaliation against USand Israeli targets. In previous flare-ups in tensions with the US, Iran has threatened the supply of oil that travels from the Persian Gulf to the rest of the world. About 20% of oil traded worldwide goes through the Strait of Hormuz, where the shipping lane is only 3 kilometres (2 miles) wide and tankers have come under attack this year. The international benchmark for crude oil jumped 4.1%, or $2.70, to $68.95 a barrel in London trading. "Revenge will come, maybe not overnight but it will come and until then we need to increase the geopolitical risk premium," said Olivier Jakob, head of consultancy Petromatrix, in a note to investors. He noted that Iran's response may not be limited to the Strait of Hormuz. In September, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia. The strike briefly took out about half of the supplies from the world's largest oil exporter. The USdirectly blamed Iran, which denied any involvement. Launching attacks that can't be easily linked back to Iran limits the chances of direct retaliation. But Iran has also directly targeted tankers. This year it seized a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, for several weeks. And it has shot down a USmilitary drone. About 80% of the crude oil that goes through the Strait of Hormuz goes to countries in Asia, including China, Japan, India and South Korea. But the rise in the global price of oil will affect other countries more widely, particularly oil-importing countries with big manufacturing sectors like Germany and Italy. Those countries fared worst in the stock market on Friday, with their main indexes falling 1.4% and 1.1% respectively.

This Oct. 22, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams of the US keeping her eyes the ball. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed. Still winning matches and reaching Grand Slam finals into her late 30s, still mattering as much as ever, Williams was selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Decade on Saturday after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The AP Male Athlete of the Decade will be announced Sunday. "When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. ... I like to call it the 'Serena Superpowers' — that champion's mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself," said StaceyAllaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,"Allastersaid. "Her records speak for themselves." Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Two ski racers were next, with Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth. Three of Williams' five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came during the last decade, in 2013, 2015 and 2018. She also won in 2002 and 2009. "She's been my idol growing up," Biles said. "She's remained humble. She's stayed true to herself and her character and I think that's really neat about an athlete," Biles said. "Once you start winning, some get cocky, but she's stayed true to herself, win or lose." It's the defeats that seem to drive Williams, helping propel her to heights rarely reached by any athlete in any sport. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams said in a 2013 interview with the AP. "I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't be playing the game." With a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in her sport's professional era, which began in 1968. More than half came from 2010-19: four at Wimbledon, three apiece at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, two at the French Open. That includes a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, her second self-styled "Serena Slam." Williams also was the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade, including four of the seven she's entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017. In all, she made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, a nearly 58% rate. The decade began inauspiciously in 2010, when Williams cut her feet on broken glass at a restaurant and was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. Among her many accomplishments, though: — reaching at least one Slam final every year, a streak that dates to 2007; — winning gold medals in singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) at the 2012 Olympics; — becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era; — becoming the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equaling Steffi Graf's record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings; — leading the tour with 37 singles titles, 11 more than anyone else in the decade. The day she won Wimbledon in 2016, Williams discussed the way she constantly measures herself. "I definitely feel like when I lose, I don't feel as good about myself," she said. "But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' You know? Like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Williams continued with a laugh. "And it's those moments that I have to just, like, come off and be like, 'Serena, do you know what you've done? Who you are? What you continue to do, not only in tennis (but also) off the court? Like, you're awesome.'"


Members of the Guyana Defence Force after they participated in the special voting on Friday. Photo: Department of Public Information Guyana.

Members of Guyana’s Disciplined Forces cast their ballots today to mark the start of special voting. The Disciplined Forces are made up of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Guyana Police Force (GPF) Guyana Fire Service (GFS) and Guyana Prison Service (GPS). A total of 10,000 members of the Disciplined Forces are eligible to vote. They will cast their ballots at 60 polling stations across Guyana the will operate until 6 pm. Deputy Chief Elections Officer Roxanne Myers viewed the polling at Camp Ayangana in Georgetown, where 500 GDF members will vote. She said the process was going smoothly and polling agents were doing their part to ensure the correct people voted. Incumbent President David Granger, a retired Brigadier, was also present to view the voting in his capacity as a supervisory agent of the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC). Granger said he was pleased with the voting process. Foreign observers from the European Union and Organization of American States were also present at the polling station.

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TheOrganisationof Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has begun the issuance of its new Electronic Laissez-Passer. It willreplacethe previous travel documentutilisedby staff and representatives of OECS Institutions and Organs on official travel missions. TheCommissionin a statementsays unlike its predecessor, this new travel document is of international standard and is in compliance with the International Civil AviationOrganisation(ICAO),which isan agency of the United Nations (UN) responsible for providing guidance on the issuance ofMachine ReadableTravel Documents (MRTDs). OECS Director-General, DrDidacusJules, welcomed the introduction of the new official travel document noting:“the new machine-readable Laissez-Passer is in keeping with the standards set for internationalorganisationsand I look forward to the full roll-out in the coming months.” A highlight of the security features of the new Electronic Laissez-Passer includes the following: Iridescent ink:Ink containing semi-opaque pigments that become visible/invisible depending on the angle of view as well as the light. Letterpress printing:A printing technique that creates a recessed image, pressed into the substrate by, for example, a stamp or punch. Letterpress printing may berecognisedby the sharp edge surrounding the image (the bead) and a possible relief on the other side of the substrate. Collated:A text or image that has been applied to the substrate at successive positions. Together, they form a complete image or give the appearance of movement. Duotone watermark:An image and/or text created during the paper-production process by varying the density of the paper. This type of watermark consists of lighter and darker sections (positive and negative). Contactless chip:Located in the back cover that meets ICAO specifications. The use of the new OECS Electronic Laissez-Passer ensures that staff and representatives of OECS Institutions and Organs on official travel duties are afforded the relevant privileges and immunities as granted under the Revised Treaty of Basseterre. The new travel documentwill ease the movement of staff and officials of OECS Institutions and Organs through regional and international borders.


The Cayman Islands continues to make strides to meet the recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (“CFATF”) made in its mutual evaluation report of the Cayman Islands, which was published in March 2019 (“MER”). The mutual evaluation assessed the jurisdiction’s compliance with the Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations relating to countering money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing. The MER raised a concern about the potential risks posed by a type of financial institution governed by the Securities Investment Business Law (“SIBL”) that may offer securities investment services, such as portfolio management and brokerage services, to sophisticated and high net worth individuals without obtaining a licencee under that law. While these entities, known as SIBL Excluded Persons (“SIBL-EPs”), were always required to comply with the AML/CFT legislation in the Cayman Islands, they were not subject to comprehensive supervision to ensure that they fulfilled these legal requirements. Of note, the MER stated that the lack of data and information on this sub-sector had not permitted the Cayman Islands to fully assess the risks associated with the activities in that sector. “One of the core requirements of the FATF framework is for countries to know and understand their ML/TF risks and to take measures to mitigate such risks, which is why the lack of risk assessment of this sub-sector was specifically highlighted in the report”, says Attorney General Sam Bulgin. As a result, in 2019, the Cayman Islands conducted an assessment of the money laundering and terrorist financing risks of these SIBL-EPs. CIMA conducted a comprehensive data collection exercise for all SIBL-EPs, requiring information to be provided on 5 risk categories: nature and size of business, customer types, product and services, geographic exposure, and delivery channels. Of 2372 SIBL-EPs registered with CIMA, 94% provided a response to the data request, resulting in a comprehensive representation of the sub-sector. The analysis of the data concluded that the risks arising from the geographic exposures of SIBL-EPs were Medium Low. However, a Medium-High risk of ML/TF was assigned to the other risk categories. This resulted in a Medium-High rating for the entire sector. The risk assessment report also discusses the measures recently taken by the Cayman Islands to mitigate the risks associated with SIBL-EPs, especially the recent amendments to the SIBL to bring SIBL-EPs under the authorisation and supervisory regime of CIMA. As of January 15, 2020, SIBL-EPs no longer exist as a category. All entities previously operating as SIBL-EPs have to re-register with CIMA, providing information on their ownership and control structure as a part of the registration process. From January 15, 2020, such entities are known as “Registered Persons” and are subject to the same authorisation and AML/CFT supervisory engagement as any other sectors subject to CIMA’s mandate.

A recent article in Boat magazine says that Cayman's world-leading culinary scene is starting to attract superyachts. The article, dated February 21, says that "the superyacht community has been equally slow to discover Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac...with fewer than a dozen visiting each year." Among the few that visit are the latePaul Allen’s 92-metre 'Tatoosh'. The article said that after diving, food is the new thing up Cayman's sleeve, referring to a few gems on island that are creating the buzz. The article states that "The food buzz is based around Grand Cayman, where yachts can base themselves at either the superyacht berths in George Town Harbour or on the superyacht mooring created forTatoosh, at the north end of West Bay, to explore the 200-plus restaurants on shore. From old-school fish-fry with rice and peas (there is still a strong Jamaican influence on the island) at the brightly coloured, beachside Heritage Kitchen to exquisite seared wahoo with smoky mashed potato on an overwater deck at the Cracked Conch, there is a vibrancy to Cayman cuisine." Way to go Cayman!


The hashtag #sheissupported in making its rounds on social media, in response to an altercation on Friday in which a “senior member of government” assaulted a woman, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. The senior member of government has since been identified as the speaker of the house. The request to show support by using the hashtag read as follows: “About Friday night in Cayman...I don't know the victim. She might be confused, angry, afraid, hurt. I believe she has the love and support of good, steadfast friends.... In case she is wondering, thousands in this community and abroad support her. Stand with her. Strength in numbers folks. Use the hashtag to show her you support her. #sheissupported”

A portion of Crewe Road, west of the Owen Roberts International Airport runway, will be closed overnight for the next four nights. From February 24 to 29, between 10 pm and 4 am, Crewe Road will be closed between the roundabouts at Smith Road and Printer Way. This is to facilitate works being carried out on the airfield, just west of the runway.