A West Bay man who was reported missing on Thursday has been located. According to the police, 29-year-old Orlando Reynolds Martinez was located by officers who conducted searches based on tips ...


A 29-year-old pastor was shot and killed by a gunmanat a church in Jamaica. The deceased has been identified as James Johnson, a member of theChurch of God of Prophecy,located onOld Harbour Road in St Catherine. Reports from the Corporate Communication Unit(CCU)are that at about 5:00p.m.on Wednesday, Johnson wasteaching a class with students at the church when a lone gunman entered the building and opened fire, hitting the pastor. The man then fled the area. Johnson was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A number of persons, especially those from the church community, have taken to social media to expressed shock and anger at the killing. "This is really a sad development. Just goes to show where the crime situation is at this point in time," said one social media user. "Grace Worship Centre COGOP Family extends deepest condolence to the family of Minister/Pastor James Johnson and the entire Church of God of Prophecy Family in Jamaica," another social media post stated. "Only child for his mother.We pray for the swift hands of God against his killer or killers," said another post. The Spanish Town police are investigating the incident.

A ruling by Trinidad & TobagoHigh Court judge Devindra Rampersad has enforced that anal sex between consenting adult men should not be criminalised. The ruling, which was delivered on September 20, 2018, follows the initial historic decision on April 12 in the matter of Jason Jones v the AG, which challenged Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act as unconstitutional. Representing the State, Fyard Hosein, SC, asked for a 45-day stay in order to lodge an appeal, indicating again the State’s intent to take the matter to the Privy Council, however this was denied. Although the legislation was not struck out completely, the amendment ensures that consenting male adults of the same sex will not be liable to criminal charges if engaging in sexual intercourse. It was ordered that the words 'without consent' be inserted into Section 13 (2) of the Act to state: "In this section "buggery" means sexual intercourse without consentper anum by a male person with a male person or by a male person with a female person.” It was also ordered that Section 16of the Act be amended to state 'persons' instead of 'a male person and female person': "16. (1) A person who commits an act of serious indecency on or towards another is liable on conviction to imprisonment for five years. (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an act of serious indecency committed in private between (a) a husband and his wife; (b) persons, each of whom is sixteen years of age or more, both of whom consent to the commission of the act..." The ruling refers to the act of sexual intercourse between consenting male adultsand does not refer in any way to same-sex marriage. Jones, who was not present at the hearing, was represented by attorney Rishi Dass. In his historic ruling on April 12, Rampersadacknowledged the submission and objections made by religious groups but said the religious beliefs of some are not held by all. He said all citizens are entitled to be protected under the Constitution. "This court must and will uphold the Constitution to recognize the dignity of even one citizen whose rights and freedoms have been invalidly taken away," saidRampersad said in the initial ruling on April 12. Jones said after the April ruling that the matter concerns the human rights of all citizens. “What I think the judge pointed out was ‘here every creed and race find an equal place’ and I think we must all come together now and embrace each other in true love and respect. This is not about LGBT, this is about the rights and freedoms enshrined in our Constitution,”he said. What did the law state? Section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act refers specifically to buggery. Section 16 refers to serious indecency: 13(1). A person who commits the offence of buggery is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 25 years. (2) In this section 'buggery' means sexual intercourse per anum by a male person with a male person or by a male person with a female person. 16 (1). A person who commits an act of serious indecency on or towards another is liable on conviction to imprisonment for five years. (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an act of serious indecency committed in private between (a) a husband and his wife; (b) a male person and a female person each of whom is sixteen years of age or more, both of whom consent to the commission of the act; or (c) persons to whom section 20(1) and (2) and (3) of the Children Act apply. (3) An act of serious indecency is an act, other than sexual intercourse (whether natural or unnatural), by a person involving the use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire. 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


Claudia Coenjaerts, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

The Caribbean Tourism Organization on Tuesday announced that Claudia Coenjaerts, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s conference in November. The CTO's annual conference set for November 28- 30 will be held in Cayman at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. In making the announcement, the CTO noted that Coenjaerts’ keynote speech, “The Future of Work – What Will Become the New Normal,” will address major ongoing changes in the labor force, which are anticipated to intensify in the future. She will explore the challenges of building a high-performing, resilient workforce and provide suggestions for rethinking engagement with human resources in the ever-changing tourism environment. According to the CTO, Coenjaerts brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion having joined the ILO in 1995 where she worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to her current role, Coenjaerts served an 18-month tenure as president and chief executive officer of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, D.C. A Belgian national, Coenjaerts holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT), the conference will examine development of the region’s tourism personnel under the theme Building a Resilient, High-performing and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Workforce for Global Competitiveness. The 9th Tourism Human Resources Conference comes at a time when the Caribbean faces increased global competition in the high-tech, innovation-driven industry, and amidst increasing calls for a total rethink of the way tourism leaders engage with the workforce. The event will bring together tourism practitioners from the public and private sectors, human resource professionals, tourism educators/trainers and consultants as well as tourism and hospitality students of tertiary institutions.

Firm Kelly Holding Ltd (KHL) has a new addition to its team. Maxine Love recently joined the event management and communications company in the role of Digital Media Coordinator. Hailing from South Africa, Love is said to have several years of experience in the digital marketing field, and specialises in the production, coordination and implementation of strategic marketing campaigns across web, social, email and paid media. According to the KHL, Love’s responsibilities include developing and managing social media marketing campaigns for the company and its clients; creating promotional videos, graphics and content for web pages and social media. “We are thrilled to have someone with Maxine’s expertise join the KHL family. Her digital marketing experience is a much sought-after skillset which we are pleased to now add to the broad range of services that we currently offer. Our clients are increasingly recognising the value and impact of social media, and we are now better able to leverage those benefits on their behalf,” said CEO Rhonda Kelly. “I am pleased to officially be a part of such a long-standing, reputable company. Rhonda, Laurie-Ann and Bev show massive dedication to their work and their clients, and it’s truly an inspiration to me,” said Love. “I’m really excited about the brands we work with and eager to focus their marketing efforts where I believe they can make the biggest impact – the digital space,” added Love. Kelly Holding Ltd is celebrating 15 years of business success in 2018.


The library of the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) is to host, what promises to be, an exciting career fair on Friday for Year 12 students. The career fair aims to connect the final year students with employers; providing the potential for them to land unpaid internship opportunities which will run from October 2018 to mid-April 2019. If selected, the internship would require the students attend work two days a week, which includes mentoring, monitoring, and evaluation on a regular basis According to the fair organizers, the purpose of the event is for students to engage with employers and make a great impression. “The internship experience is intended to prepare our young people for the world of work, where they can enhance their work ethic, improve their competencies and make an excellent contribution to their place of work,” said Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture, and Land. "For many students, an internship is a stepping stone to additional opportunities within the same organization, including full-time employment,” added the minister. Employers participating in the fair cover a large range of professions including, but not limited to, aviation, banking, law, hospitality, beauty therapy, construction, childcare, education, healthcare, media, the arts and Information Technology (IT).

Twenty-four students started the new academic year with new school bags from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. The service club donated the colourful backpacks with school supplies for distribution by the Department of Children and Family Services’ (DCFS) to deserving students. The Department of Children and Family Services noted that they were thrilled to receive the backpacks and school supplies from Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise. “We are extremely grateful for this act of kindness and are certain that the children who receive these essential school supplies will also be thankful and put them to good use,” said Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Social Work Manager Tiffany Myles. “Rotary Sunrise knows how important having the right kit is,” said one of the club’s Community Services Directors Jenna Mungall. “We are pleased to gift these backpacks and back-to-school stationery to students and hope that these items will contribute to their academic success,” added Mungall.


The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending Caribbean Premier League champions

Trinbago Knight Riders can clinch a top-two finish in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League if they beat the Barbados Tridents at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night in Port-of-Spain. The Knight Riders are coming off a 67-run win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday, while the Tridents are on a six-game losing streak, including a loss to Dwayne Bravo’s team last week. Bravo said that his team will approach their game against the Tridents with the same mindset as against the Amazon Warriors. "We had a great game against the War­riors and the mind­set will be the same go­ing up against the Tri­dents. In the Guyana game, we got a good start through Col­in Munro and we did well with the ball too, Ali Khan was ex­cel­lent,” said Bravo. Bravo also singled out tournament top-scorer Munro for praise. “Munro is our best bats­men, he's very con­sis­tent, he's hun­gry for suc­cess and it’s good to have in­ter­na­tion­al play­ers who are com­mit­ted to the team and com­mit­ted to win­ning and that's what we want from over­seas play­ers,” said Bravo. The Knight Riders are on 12 points with eight games played, while the Tridents are at the bottom of the six-team table with only four points from nine games. The 2018 Caribbean Premier League final is set for Sep­tem­ber 16 in Trinidad at the Bri­an Lara Crick­et Acad­e­my in Tarou­ba, San Fer­nan­do.