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Sep 7, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Jun 10, 2020 Oct 9, 2020 (Antigua News Room) Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne Wednesday called for the establishment of a Caribbean bank that would allow the region to counteract the position of international banks regarding corresponding banking. Caribbean countries have been arguing that the threat by banks in developed countries to withdraw correspondent banking services would exclude the region from the global finance and trading system with grave consequences for maintenance of financial stability, economic growth, remittance flows and poverty alleviation. Browne, who is leading the region’s response to the issue, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the region has been making “slow progress” on dealing with the matter. Imbert: Taxes Removed on Computers, Laptops, Tablets –… “But at the same time there’s still a problem. The corresponding banks continue to take this policy of risk and return, so as far as they are concerned the banks in the OECS (Organistion of Eastern Caribbean States) in particular are too small and they are in essence looking to bank larger banks within the region which then forces us to consolidate to have bigger banks. There may even be the need for us to have a Caribbean bank, that is a bank that is owned by various indigenous banks in the Caribbean and one that could have branches in the US diaspora, UK diaspora (and) Canadian diaspora in order to provide services to the Caribbean in the diaspora.” Read more at: Antigua News Room Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Prime Minister addresses Nation on Airport re-opening Jun 29, 2020 You may be interested in… LIAT to be Liquidated and New Airline Formed – PM Gaston… Way forward identified on correspondent banking challenge – PM BrowneThe Conference welcomed the timely and valuable guidance report from the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and the FSB (Financial Stability Board) which states that “it is important for correspondent institutions to maintain an ongoing and open dialogue with the respondent institution(s), including helping them understand the correspondent’s anti-money laundering/counter…October 31, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua PM discussed corresponding banking with CDB, JNBS(CMC) Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne met officials of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) on the Region’s efforts to address the withdrawal of correspondent banking services. The meeting also discussed the upcoming conference on de-risking in October in Antigua and…September 14, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Regional initiative to tackle banking threatCARICOM Heads of Government have agreed to establish a Committee of Finance Ministers to work with the Caribbean Association of Banks on a plan to deal with the region being unjustly labeled a high-risk area for financial services. CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of The Bahamas Rt. Hon. Perry Christie made…March 2, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp
The heat is rising and quarantining at home is starting to feel less restricting as outdoor activities open up. But even so, staying 6 feet apart and donning a face covering doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Wearing them can be uncomfortable and downright limiting — especially when it comes to working out. Going for a run with a mask on is stifling, but forgoing a mask altogether seems inconsiderate. As fitness and wellness businesses begin to open their doors again, it’s important to comply with regulations while also feeling as comfortable as possible. Here are three brands that are working to get you outside. Athleta Girl sells a pack of five non-medical face masks for only $30 in a variety of colors. The polyester/spandex material with a cotton liner has three layers of fabric that are lightweight and breathable. They’re also machine washable. The company is also committed to making a change by donating 100,000 of these masks to major health care organizations to support frontline heroes. Find out more at www.athleta.gap.com. Onzie is selling what it’s calling mindful masks. A two-pack sells for $24 and they’re made from upcycled fabrics the company uses to make its yoga clothing. The non-medical masks are made of full flex spandex on the exterior with a high-performance inner lining, making it stretchy, comfortable, breathable, and quick to dry. Proceeds from these masks will be donated to American health care workers through the Center For Disaster Philanthropy. Visit www.onzie.com to learn more about the initiative. Carbon38 is getting technical with a multilayer face covering that comes in large and small sizes. A two-pack sells for $29. Using Fuze technology, the filtering system includes 100 percent certified cotton, a filter screen, and Oeko-Tex-certified microfiber four-way stretch fabric. It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, UV protecting, and fast-drying. All of the profits will go to Frontline Foods, supporting local restaurants impacted by the pandemic and feeding frontline workers. For more information check firstname.lastname@example.org@NikkiOnTheDaily Share
With legal aid rates squeezed and the ‘threat’ of increased competition from the CPS and solicitor higher court advocates, the bar ought to be looking keenly at survival strategies. It is surprising, therefore, that the bar has been so slow either to seize the opportunities presented by the Legal Services Act, or perhaps even to recognise them. The Bar Standards Board, after much pressing from the Gazette, revealed it will not be making a final decision until October on the rule changes necessary to enable barristers to join legal disciplinary practices. Why not? By then solicitors will have been in a position to benefit from the provisions in the act for six months. Over 60 firms have already chosen to operate as LDPs. Desmond Browne QC, chairman of the bar, gave an impassioned speech on the future of the publicly funded bar at Westminster last week, during which he criticised the unfairness of the general practice used by the Legal Services Commission in contracting with solicitors, not barristers. The act provides the opportunity for barristers and solicitors to be in business together. They could provide advocacy services jointly, rather than in competition, and would both be involved in any contractual relationship entered into with the LSC. So why does the bar appear content with the glacial pace at which its regulator is moving? Is it fear of the unknown, lack of business acumen, or just an unwillingness to move with the times?
The architect of the government’s civil litigation reforms today rejected calls for a bigger uplift in damages payouts. Lord Justice Jackson said his original proposal of a 10% uplift on all settlements is still fair, despite claimants having to spend up to 25% of their damages on legal costs. Jackson, giving the 10th and final speech of his series to explain his proposals, admitted he was persuaded to recommend a 10% uplift only through the ‘force and volume of the submissions from the personal injuries lobby’. Despite initial misgivings, Jackson said that insurers have now accepted his proposal, as long as it is part of a total package of reforms. And he stated there was ‘no conceivable justification’ for increasing the recommended figure of 10%. Jackson said: ‘The forthcoming reforms to conditional fee agreements could quite properly be introduced without any increase in general damages. ‘The proposed increase of 10% has the consequence that most claimants will be better off under the package of reforms as a whole. It would not be proper to unpick this part of the package in an attempt to secure additional cash for claimants and their lawyers.’ Indeed, Jackson told the IBC Legal Conferences event that more claimants will be better off as a result of his proposals than first envisaged. In his original report, Jackson quoted research that said 61% would be better off; that figure will increase, he argued, when solicitors are forced to compete on ‘who can charge the lowest success fees, not who can pay the highest referral fees’. Thus the beneficiaries of competition will be injured claimants, ‘rather than claims management companies, before-the-event insurers or other referrers,’ he said. ‘There can be little doubt that the great majority of claimants will be better off under the forthcoming reforms than they are under the present arrangements.’
Highbury FC’s Samantha Roos, from Manenberg, keeps Simone Martin at bay during a women’s last round of 32 Coke Cup fixture, at the Rocklands sportsfield, in Mitchell’s Plain, on Sunday. Vasco won 7-0. Coke Cup matches also took place at the Metropolitan fields, in Bonteheuwel, and at the Rooikrans sports complex, in Grassy Park. 1 of 5
Josette Maeyer has learnt a hard, expensive lesson and will be more wary of a sales pitch.This after the Vredehoek resident stepped into a pothole at Malta Airport when she was returning home and broke her foot. But Travel International Consultants (TIC) wouldn’t pay her medical expenses because she was treated in South Africa and not in the country where the injury occurred.“Last year my husband and I took out a travel ticket to the USA with Flight Centre in Sea Point and we then asked for insurance cover to protect us against any unforeseen accidents or health issues that may require hospitalisation or doctor treatment. My husband told the agent we would be with a tour group in Malta before the American trip and wanted cover from the day we left for Malta to the day we returned from America. Their travel agent told us it was possible even though we will be back in SA for 11 days before we left for America,” Ms Maeyer said.“As I was stepping out of the car at Malta Airport I stepped into a pothole and broke my foot. I did not realise at the time it was broken although it was extremely painful. The only choice I had was to continue on my journey home. When we got home I went to MediClinic where they found that it was broken. On my return from America I claimed R7 679.22 from TIC for this injury but they rejected it because I did not have it attended to in Malta,” Ms Maeyer said. She told TIC why it was not possible: they were not permitted to leave the travel group in Malta; she did not know that her foot was broken; she knew she would have it seen to in South Africa and the agent made sure they were covered for the whole trip, including the 11-day stay-over at home, and they paid for it. “I have tried to sort this out and feel that I have been misinformed by the agent even though he confirmed what the cover was for. The agent no longer works at Flight Centre,” Ms Maeyer said.“I hope you can assist me as my dealing with TIC has been fruitless.”Even though Ms Maeyer alleges she and her husband were misled by the agent, the onus is on them to read the contract and if they didn’t understand to ask and ask again, until they did, which is their right under the Consumer Protection Act.While the TIC policy is not as clear as daylight, it should state clearly why they will not countenance a claim if the injury is not attended to where it happened. Melody Makeka, spokesperson for TIC, which is underwritten by Santam, said they repudiated Ms Maeyer’s claim in line with the legislative framework they operate in. “Ms Maeyer claimed for the reimbursement of medical expenses incurred in South Africa following an injury she sustained in Malta. The policy operates on the basis that it will cover emergency medical expenses incurred, whether injury or illness, while travelling outside the borders of South Africa. We acknowledge that the incident occurred outside the country, however the expenses incurred within South Africa.” All travel insurance policies were amended to be compliant with the Demarcation Regulations, which prohibits a short-term travel insurance policy from covering expenses incurred within South Africa. (The regulations were amended to prevent medical aid and insurance fraud).Ms Makeka confirmed that if Ms Maeyer had attended to the injury in Malta, TIC would have paid for the extra expenses, including tickets, she would have incurred, as the policy covers events that occur while on a journey outside the borders of South Africa. “TIC is bound by the Demarcation Regulations (Section 70 of the Short-term Insurance Act) that does not allow us to pay medical costs incurred within the borders of South Africa irrespective of the circumstances and as such we are not in a position to contravene the prevailing legislation,” Ms Makeka said.However, Ms Maeyer was not satisfied with the explanation, as she says she was led to believe that the policy covered her for the entire period.The TIC document wasn’t entirely in plain English, although I understood why they rejected Ms Maeyer’s claim.Ms Makeka said the policy states, “We will insure you for the benefits subject to the terms and Limits of Liability while on an International Journey. The Schedule of Insurance and policy wording must be read together as one document” .“The reimbursement to the policyholder or to a medical institution is dealt with under Section 1 of the Schedule of Insurance. There is no mention of any benefit for the reimbursement of medical expenses in your home country, in this case, South Africa. Historically this was allowed but TIC along with all travel insurers in South Africa had to remove this benefit from the policy because it was deemed in conflict with the Demarcation Regulations that came into being a year ago in January. TIC added an endorsement to explain to the policyholder that the benefit was no longer allowed,” Ms Makeka said.That explains it. But I still believe TIC (and other insurance companies) should explain their policies in plain English: TIC should spell it out: “If the injury occurs outside the borders and you have it treated in South Africa we will reject your claim”.
Phil Collins will reissue …But Seriously on 180-gram turquoise vinyl will be released as a double-LP set on 22nd November 2019.Marking the album’s 30th anniversary, there will be 1,000 copies made with a bundled lithograph that will be available exclusively at the Rhino.co.uk store. …But Seriously was originally released in November 1989 and it was Collins’ fourth multi-platinum solo album.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The record topped the album charts in more than 16 countries, including in the US, where it spent four weeks at number one. In the UK, the album spent a total of 15 weeks at number one and almost a year in the Top 10.…But Seriously sold nearly 3 million copies in the UK and more than 4 million in the US. It was also the last number one of the 1980s and the first of the 1990s.The record features classics such as Another Day in Paradise, I Wish It Would Rain Down, Something Happened On the Way to Heaven and Do You Remember?In 2016, Collins completed a campaign to create deluxe editions for all eight of his solo albums. Each one featured expanded track lists, remastered sound and new artwork in which Collins recreated his poses from the original album covers using present-day photos.The new turquoise vinyl edition features the remastered audio and artwork that were released in 2016.The track listing for …But Seriously is:Side A1.Hang In Long Enough2. That’s Just The Way It Is3. Do You Remember?Side B1. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven2. Colours3. I Wish It Would Rain DownSide C1. Another Day In Paradise2. Heat on The Street3. All Of My LifeSide D1. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning2. Father To Son3. Find A Way to My Heart
Seasons 1 and 2 of Pakt will be released on All 4 via Walter Presents in January.The Polish crime drama stars Marcin Dorocinski, Marta Nieradkiewicz and Magdalena Cielecka. It was created by Vegard Eriksen Stenberg, Gjermund Eriksen and Maciej Kubicki.Walter Presents: Pakt is set against the backdrop of Polish corruption and follows Piotr, an investigative journalist who is on the track of a major financial fraud.Piotr has a source who’s pushing him to publish his damning article, so despite adamant protests from his editors and a huge personal risk, Piotr posts it. However, it transpires that his source was not who they said they were; it was someone much closer to him than he would have liked, causing his life and career to spiral like never before. This political series explores conspiracies that go back to 1989 Poland, where a generation from the post-communist era often rose quickly to success, earning huge fortunes, and not always strictly within the law. But, as Piotr soon discovers, there comes a time to pay for past mistakes.The show’s creators won an international Emmy for their previous series Mammon, and viewers may recognise Marcin Doroncinski, who plays Piotr, from his role opposite Patrick Wilson in the hit film ‘Jack Strong’.Walter Presents: Pakt series 1 and 2 will be available as full boxsets to stream exclusively on Walter Presents via All 4 from 10th January 2020.
Canaan Smith has announced he’s hitting the road for his headline Pour Decisions Tour.Named after the Country star’s latest track, the tour will kick off on 21st February 2020 in Rootstown, OH. He will visit several cities through to March and will be joined on the run by REDFERRIN, Noah Schnacky and Kylie Morgan on select dates.“This is gonna be a big year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than by hitting the road and heading to a few of my favorite cities,” shares Smith. “A new year means new music, and the Pour Decisions Tour is just a taste of what’s coming up. I can’t wait for people to hear what I’ve been workin’ on.”The full list of dates is:February 21 – Rootstown, OH – The Dusty Armadillo *+February 22 – Chicago, IL – Joe’s on Weed Street *+March 6 – Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s *^March 7 – Greenville, SC – The Blind Horse Saloon *^March 21 – Columbia, SC – St. Pat’s in Five PointsMarch 27 – Savannah, GA – Saddle Bags *+March 28 – Tifton, GA – Terminal South *+* REDFERRIN+ Noah Schnacky^ Kylie MorganSmith is the first artist signed to Florida Georgia Line’s Round Here records and he’s currently hard at work in the studio with more new music expected soon.