Expect scattered showers on Tuesday in and around the Cayman area, with radar images showing these showers moving north to northwest. According to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, cl...

An award-winning television journalist with ties to the French Caribbean country of Haiti will host the Caribbean’s most prestigious tourism awards event in the Big Apple. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has named the former CBS News reporter Marlie Hall as the master of ceremonies for its Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show where the tourism development agency will recognise and honour outstanding journalists, influencers and industry contributors. The elegant awards dinner is taking place during Caribbean Week New York 2018on Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue). Hall, an award-winning broadcast journalist and entrepreneur, is a former correspondent for CBS News and has covered some of the most important news stories across the country. Known for her in-depth reporting on international issues, Hall holds a degree in journalism from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Dowling College. Hall has worked for PHL 17 in Philadelphia, One Caribbean Television and Cablevision’s HDNews where she earned a Bronze Telly Award for her commentary on Haiti’s healthcare crisis. “As a proud Haitian-American who has taken part in Caribbean Week festivities for years, I’m beyond excited to serve as host of this year’s Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards. I’m humbled to help honour those whose work has brought the Caribbean to the world,”she says. The Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards programme recognises excellence in the promotion of Caribbean tourism and honours journalists across the industry whose outstanding, passionate and dedicated work has contributed to the development of tourism business to the region. The media awards are presented in 12 categories. In addition to media awards, the evening’s programme will recognise individuals who have influenced the Caribbean tourism industry. The CTO Allied Awards compromising of the “Jerry”, the Allied and special Recognition Awards will be given. The Jamaica Tourist Board will present the Marcia Vickery-Wallace and Marcella Martinez Memorial awards. Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3-8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/. Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff from Havana's international airport in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The only three survivors of Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet carrying 110 people crashed in a fireball in Havana's rural outskirts. Carlos Alberto Martinez, director of the Calixto Garcia Hospital in the Cuban capital, said doctors are always hopeful that their patients will recover, but he acknowledged that the three Cuban women were in extremely grave condition. "We must be conscious that they present severe injuries," Martinez told a small group of journalists. "They are in a critical state." Meanwhile, relatives of those who died gathered at a morgue in the capital, weeping and embracing each other, as investigators tried to piece together why the aging Boeing 737 went down and erupted in flames shortly after takeoff early Friday afternoon. And the Cuban Council of Churches announced that 20 clergy members of an evangelical church were among the dead. "On that plane were 10 couples of pastors, 20 people. All of the Nazarene Church in the eastern region," said Maite Quesada, a member of the council. The pastors had spent several days at a meeting in the capital and were returning to their homes and places of worship in the province of Holguin. Skies were overcast and rainy at the airport at the time of Cuba's third major air accident since 2010, and state television said the 39-year-old jet veered sharply to the right after departing on a domestic flight to the eastern city of Holguin. Eyewitness and private salon owner Rocio Martinez said she heard a strange noise and looked up to see the plane with a turbine on fire. "In flames, here it comes falling toward the ground, and it seems (the pilot) saw it was an area that was too residential and makes a sharp turn," Martinez said. "To avoid (the houses) ... to avoid a tragedy, because there would have been a massacre." Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said a special commission had been formed to find the cause of the crash. The plane had 104 passengers and six crew members. State airline Cubana, which operated the flight, has had a generally good safety record but is notorious for delays and cancellations and has taken many of its planes out of service because of maintenance problems in recent months, prompting it to hire charter aircraft from other companies. Mexican officials said the Boeing 737-201 was built in 1979 and rented by Cubana from Aerolineas Damojh, a small charter company that also goes by the name Global Air. Aviation authorities in Guyana last year stopped the same aircraft from conducting charter flights because of serious safety concerns, including fears about excessive baggage overloading and other issues. A statement from Mexico's Transportation Department identified the pilot and co-pilot as Capt. Jorge Luis Nunez Santos and first officer Miguel Angel Arreola Ramirez. It said the flight attendants were Maria Daniela Rios, Abigail Hernandez Garcia and Beatriz Limon. Global Air said maintenance worker Marco Antonio Lopez Perez was also aboard. Outside the company's Mexico City offices on Friday, former Global Air flight attendant Ana Marlen Covarrubias said she had worked for the company for over seven years and knows nearly all the crew members. "I don't have the words. I'm very sad. We're in mourning," she said in tears. "It was something really, really, really terrible; a tragedy for us." In addition to the Mexican crew, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that the passengers were mostly Cubans plus five foreigners from countries it did not identify. Argentina's Foreign Ministry said two of its citizens had died in the crash. In November 2010 a Global Air flight originating in Mexico City made an emergency landing in Puerto Vallarta because its front landing gear did not deploy. The fire was quickly extinguished, and none of the 104 people aboard were injured. That plane was a 737 first put into service in 1975. Mexican aviation authorities said a team of experts would fly to Cuba on Saturday to take part in the investigation. 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

Following the Cayman Islands Monetary Authorities (CIMA’s) recent clarification on the various compliance roles of investment vehicles and other entities, local financial services training company, FTS, has announced it will be hosting a seminar on the roles of MLRO, AMLCO & Deputy MLROs for compliance professionals, CEOs and fun directors. “The seminar will provide delegates with more information about each role, the duties involved and how to manage potential related risks,” Paul Byles, Director of FTS, said. Speakers at the seminar include Prabha Namburi, Chief Policy & Development Officer at CIMA, and Heather Smith, Head of Investments and Securities Division at CIMA. Namburi is responsible for conducting research on international regulatory developments relating to financial services, while Ms. Smith is responsible for the authorisation and supervision of regulated hedge funds, fund administrators and securities investment companies in the Cayman Islands. “Both Ms. Namburi and Ms. Smith will provide delegates with more information on what is expected of their MLRO, AMLCO & Deputy MLROs, ensuring that companies have the information they need to operate their compliance departments efficiently and effectively,"Byles said. The seminar will take place on Friday May 25 2018, at The Westin Resort and Spa, from 8:30am to 11:00am. Registration is USD$250 and can be made online at ftscayman.com/events/

Nestle has entered into an agreement to bring Starbucks products to millions of homes worldwide. The Swiss-based company announced Monday that Starbucks will receive an up-front cash payment of $7.15 billion for a business which generated annual sales of $2 billion. Approximately 500 Starbucks employees will join Nestle, and operations will continue to be located in Seattle. The agreement excludes ready-to-drink products and all sales of any products within Starbucks coffee shops. In a news release, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says the "historic deal is part of our ongoing efforts to focus and evolve our business to meet the changing consumer needs." Nestle CEO Mark Schneider says it's a great day for coffee lovers. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the year. 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

The organizers behind 9th annual Off the Beaten Track 50 kilometer ultramarathon and relay have awarded two local charities $5,000 each, raised by this year’s race participants and sponsors. “The aim of Off the Beaten Track, is to not only provide Cayman’s runner with an opportunity to put their training to the test but to also support some of the amazing local charities that do so much for the community,” said Kenneth Krys, race founder and Executive Chairman KRyS Global, the lead sponsor. This year, all major sponsors were able to choose one local charity which aligns with their community values to promote at their designated leg’s water station. The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), nominated by Island Heritage, and Academy Sports Club, nominated by Tower, were chosen to receive the proceeds from the race. “Both of these not-for-profits continue to do an amazing job at inspiring and developing the next generation of Caymanian talent,” Krys said. “We are so excited to be able to support both The Cayman National Cultural Foundation and Academy Sports Club and everything that they are doing for the community,” he added. “We are equally humbled to also be supporting the international charity, Facing Africa,”Krys said. The donation will go towards helping children in Nigeria and Ethiopia affected by NOMA, a potential deadly infection that affects the face,” Krys added. Both local charities expressed their gratitude for the donation “CNCF is honoured to have been nominated by Island Heritage as one of the beneficiaries,” said Patrice Beersingh, CNCF’s Programmes Manager. “The awarded funds will help support our continued efforts towards the production of high quality arts programmes, and the preservation of our local heritage and culture,” she added.

A cruise ship passenger was last week reunited with her handbag that she accidentally left behind in a taxi in George Town. Reports are that taxi operator Romellia Welcome had first thought the handbag, which had been left in her vehicle, had belonged to one of her relatives. However, upon asking her relatives she realized that the bagbelongedto a cruise ship passenger, who had been in her vehicle earlier. Welcome unable to get in contact with the visitor on her own brought the bag to the police. Inspector Courtney Myles of the Community Policing Department, was able to contact the visitor’s bank in the US, which informed him that she had just cancelled her credit cards the day before. The bank, in turn, put him in touch with the woman, and he was able to let her know that the bag, which contained both her and her husband’s credit cards and passports, had been found. Inspector Myles contacted FedEx, who even offered to ship the bag back to its owner free of charge, and arrangements were made to have the bag sent back to the US. “When Ms. Welcome approached me, I was more than happy to help,” said Inspector Myles. “I commend her for her persistence in doing the right thing, and we are both grateful to FedEx for their generosity and support in shipping the bag free of charge. While it seems like just a minor incident, this is a small example of what can happen when we work together with members of the public and local organizations,” added Myles.


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