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International fugitive who bilked $130K out of elderly people arrested in SC – The State


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International fugitive who bilked $130K out of elderly people arrested in SC
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Hainsley DaCosta Browne, who also goes by Barbados, was arrested Friday in Fairfield County, according to a news release Sunday. Brown fled the Caribbean island of Barbados to escape law enforcement for operating a phone scam ring in which he …

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THE RITZ-CARLTON’S LUXURY RESORT OFFERINGS IN EVER-POPULAR CARIBBEAN TO GROW WITH … – St. Lucia Times Online News (press release)

Press Release:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Castries, SAINT LUCIA 3 August 2017 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has signed a management agreement with Range Developments to open a Ritz-Carlton property in Saint Lucia in 2021, bringing the award-winning luxury brand for the first time to the Eastern Caribbean island known for its lush, mountainous terrain and expansive beaches.

The 180-room Ritz-Carlton, St. Lucia will be located on the picturesque southern tip of the island, on the Caribbean southwest coast. Not only will the hotel be within easy reach of Hewanorra International Airport which has seen increased airlift catering to luxury travellers in recent years it also will be in close proximity to the famous twin volcanoes known as the Pitons, two spires that rise dramatically from the sea. The Pitons are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Among the hotels many amenities will be ample meeting and group space both indoors and out; multiple dining facilities, all with outdoor seating; a spa that includes an outdoor treatment area; and several swimming pools, including one that will be designated as a quiet relaxation area only for adults.

Today, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, and other members of the cabinet joined the principals of Range Developments and representation from Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton to commemorate the signing of the agreement to build The Ritz-Carlton, St. Lucia. The Honourable Prime Minister Allen Chastanet noted that this was an historic and significant event in the continuing development of tourism on the island.

We are delighted to see this first step in what will be a major project on the southern tip of the island, said PM Chastanet. We have maintained that our focus is on enhancing our tourism offerings and we are committed to ensuring sustainable investment and employment in Saint Lucia and particularly in the south. I am elated that we have such eminent partners in this project in what is surely going to be one of the best resorts in the Caribbean.

We are delighted to bring The Ritz-Carlton to the stunning island of Saint Lucia, and are happy to have found the right partner and opportunity to do so, said Herv Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Were excited about the increased demand for luxury travel offerings on Saint Lucia and look forward to welcoming guests to experience the unparalleled service of The Ritz-Carlton against such a breathtaking backdrop.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Lucia is the anchor of a larger development project led by Range Developments, a multi-phase project currently titled the Black Bay Master Development, set on a total of 180 acres. The project will be developed under the countrys Citizenship-by-Investment programme.

Range Developments has received plaudits and awards both for its designs and robust and innovative corporate social responsibility activities.

This will be our third major luxury development in the Caribbean and we are delighted to be working with the Government of Saint Lucia, says Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman of Range Developments. Range is aggressively expanding in the Caribbean and we are excited to bring the legendary Ritz-Carlton brand to this exclusive destination.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Lucia will be designed and built to the highest standards. The project is estimated to create about 500 jobs on the island during construction, with a similar amount once the hotel is operational.

Saint Lucias natural beauty attracts travellers who wish to immerse themselves in stunning surroundings, with ample opportunities for hiking, sailing, swimming, and many other watersports. Travelers are drawn to the islands mountainous terrain, waterfalls, natural hot springs, coral reefs, and seemingly endless beaches.

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UPDATE: 2 potential systems brewing in Caribbean, Atlantic – MyPalmBeachPost (blog)

8 P.M. UPDATE: The showers and thunderstorms associated with a strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean is showing signs of organization, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Additional development is possible while it moves west-northwest at 10-15 mph, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the northwestern Caribbean before it reaches the Yucatan peninsula late Monday or Tuesday, according to the Hurricane Centers outlook issued at 8 p.m. Theres now a 70 percent chance of formation in the next five days.

Its also possible for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form over the Bay of Campeche during the middle of next week after the system passes over the Yucatan peninsula. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system tomorrow afternoon, if necessary.

Meanwhile, shower activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is becoming slightly more organized. Some additional slow development is possible during the next two to three days before the system encounters less favorable environmental conditions during the middle part of next week.

Forecasters put the chance of development over the next five days at 50 percent as the system moves generally west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean at about 15 mph.

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The National Hurricane Center dropped the chance of development for a system in the central Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters say they expect some development as it heads toward the Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas for tropical development.

A large area of disturbed weather more than 1,000 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, and still more than 2,000 miles from Florida, has been given a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone by Monday afternoon and a 50 percent chance by Thursday afternoon, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. advisory. The system is moving west-northwest at about 15 mph.

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Forecasters are also closely watching a system in the central Caribbean Sea that they say is starting to show some signs of organization, with data showing a small area of winds just below tropical-storm force. The system is moving west-northwest at 10-15 mph, and forecasters say a tropical depression or storm could form over the Yucatan peninsula Monday or Tuesday.

A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to fly into the system Sunday afternoon at this time.

Updated season forecast: 61 percent chance of Florida landfall

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US forecaster see 90 percent chance of cyclone over northwestern Caribbean sea – Reuters

(Reuters) – A low pressure area located about 405 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico has a 90 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.

“The center will pass north of Honduras tonight and early Monday, then approach the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula Monday afternoon,” the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Reporting by Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru; editing by Diane Craft

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UPDATE: 2 potential systems brewing in Caribbean, Atlantic – Palm Beach Post (blog)

8 P.M. UPDATE: The showers and thunderstorms associated with a strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean is showing signs of organization, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Additional development is possible while it moves west-northwest at 10-15 mph, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the northwestern Caribbean before it reaches the Yucatan peninsula late Monday or Tuesday, according to the Hurricane Centers outlook issued at 8 p.m. Theres now a 70 percent chance of formation in the next five days.

Its also possible for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form over the Bay of Campeche during the middle of next week after the system passes over the Yucatan peninsula. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system tomorrow afternoon, if necessary.

Meanwhile, shower activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is becoming slightly more organized. Some additional slow development is possible during the next two to three days before the system encounters less favorable environmental conditions during the middle part of next week.

Forecasters put the chance of development over the next five days at 50 percent as the system moves generally west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean at about 15 mph.

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The National Hurricane Center dropped the chance of development for a system in the central Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters say they expect some development as it heads toward the Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas for tropical development.

A large area of disturbed weather more than 1,000 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, and still more than 2,000 miles from Florida, has been given a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone by Monday afternoon and a 50 percent chance by Thursday afternoon, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. advisory. The system is moving west-northwest at about 15 mph.

Check The Palm Beach Post storm tracking map

Forecasters are also closely watching a system in the central Caribbean Sea that they say is starting to show some signs of organization, with data showing a small area of winds just below tropical-storm force. The system is moving west-northwest at 10-15 mph, and forecasters say a tropical depression or storm could form over the Yucatan peninsula Monday or Tuesday.

A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to fly into the system Sunday afternoon at this time.

Updated season forecast: 61 percent chance of Florida landfall

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Caribbean franchise celebrates National Jamaican Patty Day – News 12 Bronx (registration)

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The nations largest Caribbean franchise chain celebrated National Jamaican Patty Day Saturday with 99 cent beef patties, live reggae music and activities across the country.

News 12 visited Golden Krust in the Bronx to celebrate the sites third annual patty festivity, where hundreds of people turned out and close to 1,000 patties were sold.

Attendees were also invited to participate in a beef patty eating contest.

The franchise serves nine different patties, including beef, shrimp and spinach, and has over 120 locations across the US.

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Puerto Rican island is a Caribbean paradise without the frills [column] – LancasterOnline

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico Our family wanted a Caribbean island with the white sand, secluded beaches, aqua water, palm trees, vivid sunsets and great snorkeling, but without wall-to-wall resorts.

Yes, such a place still exists, and it is Vieques, a small island 8 miles off the eastern coast of the Puerto Rican mainland.

We encountered the laid-back vibe as soon as we landed in the eight-seat puddle jumper from San Juan. Exiting the one-room terminal, we walked out the door, suitcases in tow, and were startled to see two wild horses sparring over a mare and foal in the parking lot.

There are some 4,000 free-range horses on the island, and they go everywhere and anywhere, including the main streets in the islands two modest small seaside towns.

The wild horses of Vieques are usually shadowed by cattle egrets, which savor the insects the horses flush when they walk. Sometimes, the egrets perch on the horses back, eating bugs.

A mongoose on Vieques island. The predator from India has played havoc with native wildlife

The remains of the Puerto Ferro lighthouse.

A 300-year-old ceiba tree.

Lounging dogs are part of the open-air restaurant scene in Esperanza on Vieques island.

Clashing clouds during a Vieques sunset.

The wild horses of Vieques are usually shadowed by cattle egrets, which savor the insects the horses flush when they walk. Sometimes, the egrets perch on the horses back, eating bugs.

A mongoose on Vieques island. The predator from India has played havoc with native wildlife

The remains of the Puerto Ferro lighthouse.

A 300-year-old ceiba tree.

Lounging dogs are part of the open-air restaurant scene in Esperanza on Vieques island.

Clashing clouds during a Vieques sunset.

Youll also see dates clip-clopping around town, texting in the saddle. Many of the open-air restaurants in the quaint fishing village of Esperanza have fixtures of dogs on the floor.

Add the unpenned dogs, cats and chickens that also roam as they please, and you may see more animals than the islands 9,000 residents.

The Vieques experience is not for the resort crowd there is only one on the island.

But get yourself a Jeep almost all rentals are Jeeps bounce down lumpy dirt roads, and you have your pick of about two-dozen iconic beaches as found in one of those Corona Find your Beach ads.

The island is a mere 5 miles wide and 21 miles long so youre never far from a new cove, each with its own flavor, color of sand, height of waves and coral reefs.

And then theres Mosquito Bay, the worlds best bioluminescent water where microscopic organisms when disturbed turn each paddle stroke into a silvery streak.

Under a new moon one night in a glass-bottom kayak, we oohed and aahed as a fish zig-zagged away in a shimmering dart.

Its like chasing Tinkerbell, my nephew exclaimed under a sky festooned by the arc of the Milky Way. It looked like shooting stars passing under the glass in our skimming boats. Even the waves were tipped with phosphorescence.

Snorkeling day after day, we lost ourselves in watery worlds following fingers of coral. Reef madness.

Underwater plants bowed to the pulse of currents and sea turtles glided effortlessly through grass beds. I felt like I was floating through a dream.

From our hilltop rental bungalow, we watched daily spectacles where billowy dark storm clouds sailed over outbursts from sunrises and sunsets.

Sunsets on Vieques are spectacular.

All these wonders on Vieques came at a price.

Beginning in World War II, the U.S. military seized the island for bombing practice and to simulate beach invasions. Barbed wire was strung between palm trees and beaches bulldozed. Bombs containing napalm, Agent Orange and radioactive plutonium were dropped over the next 50 years.

After the U.S. bought most of the island from owners of former sugar cane plantations, thousands of self-sufficient islanders with farms and orchards were forced to squeeze into the middle of the island without compensation.

After decades of protests that attracted increasing worldwide sympathy, the island was returned to Puerto Rican control in 2003.

More than half the island was made a national wildlife refuge. No other island in the Caribbean has as much land under conservation.

Though parts of the island still contain unexploded ordnance and are off-limits, the military rule did keep some of the best beaches in the Caribbean from being developed and are now open to the public for free. One morning, we had an entire beach to ourselves.

Environmental degradation goes even further back.

A mongoose on Vieques island. The predator from India has played havoc with native wildlife

Foreign plantation owners brought the mongoose, a predator from India, to control the rat population. The animal controlled ground rats, but not tree rats. With no natural predators of their own, the out-of-control mongoose population has killed many native birds and virtually wiped out snakes.

Yet islanders do not appear to hold a grudge. Several times, locals stopped to offer guidance when I stopped in uncertainty in our Jeep.

There are no friendlier people on the planet, maintains E. Martin Walker, a New York psychologist whose search for an alternative to overdeveloped Mexican beach resorts led him to Vieques 21 years ago.

He arrived sight unseen in a puddle jumper that landed in a field with a cargo container for a terminal. He slept behind a bar his first night.

Now, he spends part of the year in a small house tending to 15 varieties of tropical fruit trees, whose bounty he gives away to neighbors.

I love driving the rough roads that go nowhere because it is impossible to get lost on a tiny island, and breathtaking views are around every corner, he says.

Adds the Rev. Don Bradley, 68, who visited the island from his home in Massachusetts four years ago and has felt the pull ever since, Its just one great place after another.

One morning, on U-shaped Playa Media Luna beach, I spied an islander, face pasted with sunscreen, slowly walking along the beach, picking up flotsam washed in by the sea and stuffing it into a bag.

He walked a long way and when he got close I asked him why he was doing it.

In broken English, he said he does it so that the beach is as it should be.

Panoramic view of a Vieques beach.

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Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green Bring Their PDA to the Caribbean on Barbados Vacation – Entertainment Tonight

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Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green are taking their PDA to the Caribbean!

The couple showed off plenty of PDA while vacationing in Barbados on Saturday.

WATCH: Jeremy Meeks Reconnects With Chloe Green In Steamy LA Makeout Session After Filing for Separation From Wife

Meeks and Green both sported printed bathing suits as they held hands during a stroll along the beach. Later, the two heated things up with a makeout session in the ocean.

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Meeks and Green first made headlines last month when they couldn’t keep their hands off each other during a Mediterranean yacht vacay — while Meeks was still married to his wife, Melissa.

After seeing the photos, Melissa declared that their “marriage is over” and Meeks filed for legal separation upon his return to Los Angeles. Meeks continued to flaunt PDA with Green while Melissa threw shade at the model over social media.

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Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas Adding Havana, Cuba As Port of Call In 2019 – SpaceCoastDaily.com

Majesty of the Seas homeports in Port Canaveral

Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas will be adding Havana, Cuba as a port of call beginning in March, 2019. The ship homeports in Port Canaveral and accommodates more than 2,700 passengers.

BREVARD COUNTY PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas will be adding Havana, Cuba as a port of call beginning in March, 2019.

Majesty of the Seas homeports in Port Canaveral and accommodates more than 2,700 passengers.

The Havana stop will be part of a four-night cruise, including a day at sea, 12 hour stay in Havana, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and then another day and night sailing back to Port Canaveral.

Empress of the Seas is currently the only Royal Caribbean vessel to offer cruises to Cuba. Those cruises began in April of this year.

Empress of the Seas currently operates a 7-day cycle with four night cruises sailing every Monday through Friday, stopping at Nassau, Coco Cay (a private island owned by Royal Caribbean), and one day at sea.

A three-night cruise follows to Nassau and Coco Cay only each weekend.

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Free Caribbean Cruise – HuffPost

Boy, was I excited or what? Imagine picking up the phone expecting to hear the familiar voice of a friend and instead being informed, by a perky female, that youd won a free Caribbean cruise! I was so tired of the guy with an Indian accent claiming to be Bob from Ohio and offering to fix the Windows computer that Ive never had. But a cruise, warm breezes, margaritas, island girls. Well, it turned out to be not entirely free, but at least the pitch was delivered by a living person.

I said how glad I was that shed called because I lived in an isolated lighthouse and was lonely: did she have time to talk? She paused, then hung up. I guess there were lots of other winners to move down the list to.

To be truthful, Im surprised it took so long to make my phone into an advertising medium. I was used to ads on the TV, the car radio, billboards, magazines, the local newspaper, coasters, shopping bags, and in my mailbox. Plus door-to-door guys hawking religion. Why not the phone, too? And what about the internet?

On the computer screen it was such a relief to find ads increasingly decorating what would otherwise have been plain unaccompanied articles and videos. Sending content out alone is like pushing a kid out the door to make his or her way to school past all the terrorists and sex perverts. It would be un-American to pass a law against calling a number at which you didnt actually know someone or otherwise restricting uninvited solicitations, wouldnt it?

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Caribbean, East Atlantic may spawn tropical threats in coming days – Fox News

There is the potential for two tropical systems, one in the Atlantic and one in the Caribbean, to slowly develop and drift westward over the next week.

The next two names on the list of tropical storms in the Atlantic for 2017 are Franklin and Gert.

Residents and those planning vacations around the Caribbean should closely monitor the weather and forecasts.

Up to this point in the season, there have been extensive areas of dry air and Saharan dust as well as a large zone of strong westerly winds aloft. These three factors act as a strong deterrent toward tropical storm formation and can bring an early demise to well-developed tropical storms and hurricanes.

Conditions are gradually becoming more favorable for development in the tropical Atlantic with dry air, dust and strong winds aloft on the retreat. Waters are sufficiently warm over the region.

One system, dubbed 90L, was located close to South America over the south-central Caribbean and is the more immediate concern of the two.

“In the short-term, the close proximity to South America will be a significant inhibiting factor for development,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

“However, once this system moves away from South America, it will have a better chance for development sometime this weekend,” Doll said.

Depending on the track and speed of strengthening of 90L, some of the islands and mainland areas may be affected by adverse conditions and perhaps localized flooding.

An immediate concern for torrential downpours, gusty thunderstorms and building seas will be in northwestern Venezuela, northern Colombia, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao through Saturday.

As 90L grows in size, the risk of flooding downpours, gusty winds and rough seas may affect Jamaica late Saturday night and Sunday.

Westerly steering winds may bring 90L close over Nicaragua and Honduras later this weekend.

While this track would mark an end for strengthening, the two nations could be affected by damaging and dangerous conditions from flooding and gusty winds.

Should 90L take a more northwesterly track, toward the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, it would have more time for development and may then wander into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico next week.

The system farthest away from North America, dubbed 99L, has the potential to gradually develop into next week and beyond, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

“Nintey-nine L could become a tropical depression by the end of the weekend,” Doll said.

Provided the system avoids strong winds aloft and dry air to the north, significant additional strengthening could occur.

If 99L develops and/or survives, then it is likely approach the Windward and Leeward islands during the middle to latter part of next week. Parts of these islands are likely to experience an uptick in showers and thunderstorms at very least during that time.

The exact track of 99L in relation to the proximity to the islands will depend on how quickly the system strengthens. A weak and poorly organized system is more likely to track to the west. A developed system is more likely to track north of west.

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South Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival planned for Aug. 19 – News-Daily.com

JONESBORO The Caribbean Association of Georgia Inc. is hosting its 8th Annual South Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival on Aug. 19.

The festival, presented by Clayton County Board of Commission Chairman Jeff Turner, will be held at the Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. Highway 138, from 1 to 8 p.m. The event will celebrate Caribbean American heritage.

The CAG festival will feature a lineup of entertainers including dancers, singers, musicians, stilt performers and spoken word artists. Visitors will have the chance to taste authentic Caribbean food and children can play in the CAG Kids Zone. Free medical screenings will also be available.

The Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival provides a family friendly atmosphere that highlights the rich contributions of the Caribbean American community. Each year, the Caribbean Association of Georgia shares the spirit and economic power of Atlantas Caribbean American community. This years celebration in Clayton County will help support CAGs ongoing international humanitarian efforts and local social impact programs.

Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available, but space is limited. For more information about the South Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival and the work of CAG visit http://www.caribbeangeorgia.org.

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Airbnb will let you rent your own off-the-grid Caribbean island – Inhabitat

Why settle for a beachfront cabana when you can rent the whole island? For $595 per night, Bird Island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean could be yours. The listing comes courtesy of Airbnb, which plies such unique retreats as a treehouse in a 150-year-old oak, a replica of Vincent Van Goghs Bedroom in Arles, and a floating house on Australias Great Barrier Reef.

Stay on your own in a truly private island on a beautiful atoll, with excellent swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and exploringwith all the comforts, Airbnb promises. It is a perfect setting for either a romantic get-away for a couple, a family gathering/reunion or for a small group of friends.

The spot, which is 20 minutes by boat from Placencia Village on the mainland, includes a private three-bedroom home that can accommodate up to six guests, a brand-new propane refrigerator and freezer, and a rainwater filtration system.

Although Bird Island is off the gridpower is generated through solar and windyou dont have to be cut off from the world if you dont want to. The locale boasts a phone for local numbers, plus good and reliable WiFi.

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Self-sufficiency is key, however. Youll have to supplyor fish foryour own food. Snorkling or angling equipment is also strictly BYO.

The central theme of Bird Island is a self-catering, Robinson Crusoe type of adventure, yet with all the comforts, where one could get to do their own thing in total privacy, Airbnb says. We offer Bird Island at an exceptional price for an experience best-suited for the adventurous who are totally self-sufficient.

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The time for Caribbean flair is now – ESPN

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What is the CPL?

The Caribbean Premier League is a six-team franchise T20 competition that’s perhaps better than England’s T20 Blast but not quite as big as the IPL. From a quality and entertainment perspective, it’s about on par with Australia’s Big Bash League.

More than anything, what makes the CPL unique from other T20 competitions is Caribbean flair. It’s not just Dwayne Bravo who is dancing after each wicket. The league is filled with crowd-pleasing entertainers, and that infectious energy spreads into the stands where the support is reinforced by soca, reggae, calypso and other island beats.

Each of the six teams plays each other twice, five games each home and away (with the exception of the four neutral-venue games in Florida). The top four teams qualify for the playoffs in Trinidad & Tobago.

CPL Draft v IPL Auction

Unlike the IPL auction, where players go to the highest-bidding franchise, the CPL uses a player-draft system modelled on American sports franchises. Each draft slot has a fixed salary; players taken in the first round get US $160,000, fifth-round picks make $70,000, all the way down to $4000 for the final selections in the 15th round.

Squads have the choice to retain players from previous seasons or release them back into the draft pool. They also must pick an ICC Americas player from either USA or Canada, who are not considered overseas players, as well as an Under-19 West Indies player to round out their 17-man squads.

As teams are only allowed a maximum of four overseas players in the XI, most franchises carry no more than five overseas players in their squad. So, unlike in the IPL, where overseas stars can be picked at will to boost the bench, CPL franchises are much more judicious in their overseas draft picks. If you get a dud, it’s far more difficult to swap them because there may only be one overseas player waiting on the bench and one who is not necessarily a like-for-like skillset swap.

Where do the teams stand?

Jamaica Tallawahs

The defending champions are relying more on brain than brawn, after a major revamp in the offseason. Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton, their openers and two leading scorers, are gone, while Andre Russell, the player of the previous season, is still serving his one-year ban for a doping-code violation.

Lendl Simmons was tipped to fill part of the opening void after coming over from St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, while Kumar Sangakkara was retained to provide stability in the top order and behind the stumps. Coach Paul Nixon places high value on players with a winning mentality, and few fit that description more heading into this season than Imad Wasim, who was part of the victorious Pakistan side in the Champions Trophy earlier in the year.

Imad forms a three-man left-arm spin attack, along with Shakib Al Hasan and Garey Mathurin, as they focus on building pressure by choking the scoring rate. Kesrick Williams was taken in the 13th round in the 2016 draft for just $5,000, but after topping his team’s bowling charts with 17 wickets, has earned a pay rise to $30,000. Another good season should attract the attention of other overseas leagues.

Guyana Amazon Warriors

Three times a bridesmaid, but never the bride. Guyana topped the table at the end of the league stage last year, but with Martin Guptill leaving for New Zealand duty, they were walloped in the final by Jamaica to fall short of the title for the third time in four years.

Guyana were dealt a major blow on the eve of the tournament when their leading scorer of 2016, Chris Lynn, was ruled out of the season due to upcoming shoulder surgery. He has been replaced by the up-and-coming Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, while the batting order has been injected with fresh blood in the form of Chadwick Walton and USA captain Steven Taylor, who is expected to take on a bigger role after limited opportunities in his two years with Barbados Tridents.

The Australian Adam Zampa, last season’s leading spinner, is no longer with the side. In most cases, any replacement would be considered a downgrade, but the arrival of Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan may be what this side needs to clear the final hurdle and claim their first title.

St Lucia Stars

Formerly called the Zouks, the Stars received a double-blow ahead of their first match when their top two picks, David Miller and Lasith Malinga, withdrew. In their places is a pair of New Zealanders, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jesse Ryder.

In the past, Ryder was as capable of imploding as he was of exploding on the opposition. If he can rediscover his peak form, it will go a long way toward ensuring the Stars return to the playoffs for the second year in a row. Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher formed the most consistently destructive opening combination of CPL 2016, but with the exception of Shane Watson, struggled to find support down the order. That will need to change for sustained success.

Trinbago Knight Riders

The 2015 champions are the most settled of the six squads, with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, Dwayne Bravo, supported by fellow returnees Kevon Cooper and Sunil Narine. Outside of Rashid, Knight Riders may have plucked the best acquisition of the offseason by drafting Pakistan legspinner Shadab Khan in the eighth round for $30,000.

On the batting front, Knight Riders will have to endure the early-season absence of Hashim Amla, their leading scorer from 2016, while South Africa’s Test series continues in England. Brendon McCullum will have to pick up the slack in Amla’s absence and will be keen to bounce back after a subpar 2016 season.

Barbados Tridents

After winning the title in 2014 and losing in the final in 2015, Tridents missed the playoffs for the first time in 2016. AB de Villiers finished as their second-highest scorer despite playing just six games, and they have addressed the top-order deficiency by revamping the batting.

Dwayne Smith was brought over from Amazon Warriors, while the CPL’s most high-profile batting newcomer, Kane Williamson, was snapped up in the second round for $130,000. Twin legspinners Imran Khan and Damion Jacobs provide captain Kieron Pollard with attacking options in the field.

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

This side has undergone the biggest facelift during the offseason in a bid to change their fortunes, having finished with at least a share of the last place in every season. Gayle was the most high-profile acquisition, and despite a poor IPL, he still possesses the intimidation factor that Patriots lacked in the past. If he clicks, Gayle and Evin Lewis may give Patriots a lethal opening combination.

The bigger changes, though, were made in the bowling, which was the weakest of any side last year despite having one of the top T20 bowlers in the world in Samuel Badree. Hasan Ali, the Man of the Tournament in the Champions Trophy, and Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi are new additions, while the $130,000 big ticket item Chris Morris will enhance the bowling further when he arrives after the end of South Africa’s tour of England.

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Sunday Supper: Caribbean Salmon – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Caribbean Salmon

MIKE GARTEN

August 04, 2017 – 7:30 AM

Caribbean Salmon

Serves 4.

Note: From “Skillet Suppers,” by the editors of Good Housekeeping.

1 14-oz. can coconut milk, shaken

2 garlic cloves, crushed with press

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. salmon fillet, skin removed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

1/2 tsp. salt

3 c. cooked basmati or jasmine rice

1 medium mango, peeled and finely chopped

3 c. baby arugula

1/4 c. loosely packed fresh dill, chopped

Directions

In a 10-inch skillet, combine coconut milk, garlic and pepper and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Sprinkle salmon with salt. Add salmon to skillet. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until just salmon is just opaque throughout. Remove from salmon from heat.

Using a slotted spoon, remove salmon from coconut milk and transfer to a large bowl. Add rice, mango, arugula and dill. Carefully toss, and serve.

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ECLAC: Latin America And The Caribbean To Grow By 1.1% In 2017 – Markets Insider

(RTTNews) – Latin America and the Caribbean economies will jointly grow by 1.1% in 2017, after two consecutive years of contraction, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The forecast is identical to a previous estimate released in April.

The growth should occur in spite of geopolitical risks, as the global economic background seems supportive, and because of an improvement in raw materials prices.

The report foresees that, in contrast to last year, all the countries in the region will experience positive growth rates in 2017, except for Venezuela, which should see its economy drop by 7.2%, and two countries in the Caribbean (Saint Lucia and Suriname).

ECLAC kept unchanged the growth forecast for South America’s 2017 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 0.6% and raised the growth forecast for Central America and Mexico from 2.3% to 2.5%.

In fiscal terms, the average deficit in Latin America will remain stable in 2017, at around -3.1% of GDP. Meanwhile, average inflation in the region’s economies has declined since the second half of 2016, despite the fact that three countries maintain rates above 20% per year.

On Argentina, ECLAC indicated that by 2017 it expects GDP growth of 2.0%, as a result of the sustained public investment momentum and the moderate expansion in private investment and exports.

Regarding Brazil, ECLAC said that the results of the Brazilian economy indicate that there are still hurdles before the return to a growth path. The economic challenges are still centered at the investment rebound and household consumption said the report.

On Chile, ECLAC expects that the deceleration scenario will remain in 2017, although at a slower pace than in 2016, and that GDP growth rate will be around 1.4%.

Meanwhile, economic activity in Colombia has shown strength and resilience in a context of adjustment in the face of slowing external demand, declining revenues due to the falling oil prices, and temporary shocks to domestic supply, the report said. The ECLAC forecast for Colombia’s GDP is 2.1% growth in 2017.

Regarding Mexico, ECLAC estimates that the country’s economy will grow 2.2%, but under pressure of higher interest rates and uncertainty in foreign investment and international trade due to possible protectionist measures by the United States.

On Peru, ECLAC projects that GDP will increase 2.5% in 2017, driven by the increase in mining production in a context of deceleration of both private and public domestic demand.

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Why Royal Caribbean Tops Carnival, Norwegian – Barron’s

July 21, 2017 2:04 p.m. ET

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We are upgrading Royal Caribbean Cruises to Overweight from Neutral and bumping our year-end 2017 price target to $130 from $111, offering about 20% plus annualized upside potential.

We see 2018 as another year of mid-to-high teens earnings-per-share growth driven by about 3% capacity growth, about 3% net yield growth, and about 1% new cruise costs growth. Our upgrade is based on the following three points: 1) our…

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Ready for Innovation: Caribbean Entrepreneurs on Hati Tech Summit – HuffPost

Over 500 Caribbean tech entrepreneurs, influencers, and speakers attended The Haiti Tech Summit where they discussed how to accelerate various Caribbean industries via technology. Summit attendees Darren Butcher (founder of Hack by Design) and Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown (editor/founder of Carry On Friends) reflect on the summit and share their hopes for future Caribbean Entrepreneurs.

What was your biggest takeaway from Haiti Tech Summit?

Darren: My biggest takeaway from attending Haiti Tech Summit was the opportunity I had for networking with many accomplished and resourceful individuals. I was able to gain insightful feedback that would further impact my entrepreneurial journey.

Kerry-Ann: Caribbean entrepreneurs need to move from being necessity entrepreneurs to opportunity entrepreneurs. In order to do this, there needs to be tools: opportunities, mentorship, and a shifting of mindsets. According to Dr. Claire Nelson (founder of the Institute of Caribbean Studies), one mindset shift needed to move towards opportunity entrepreneurship is accepting failure and the desire to break things. Dr. Nelson points out that most people in the Caribbean arent taught to fail or to break things, and these are two key things needed in tech for value creation.

What do you think is the Caribbean’s biggest tech need?

Kerry-Ann: [We need] access to Capital. The Caribbean doesnt have enough investors or not enough alternative methods to raise capital such as crowdfunding — particularly in early-stage seed startup funding. said.

Darren: Currently I believe the biggest tech need for the Caribbean is access to modernized infrastructure. This would better support local entrepreneurs efforts to build technological solutions within the region. Additional needs such as investment would see more growth as a result of this change.

What do you hope the Caribbean population gains from HTS and similar events?

Darren: I hope the Caribbean population would gain more global exposure, not only for our vibrant arts and culture but also for business opportunities.

Kerry-Ann: My hope is two-fold. On one hand, I hope that these events foster innovation using what the Caribbean/each island already has at its disposal. Secondly, that these innovations can be supported via investment opportunities from the diaspora and other investors.

The Haiti Tech Summit is a 13-year initiative of the Global Startup Ecosystem which conducts the largest online digital accelerator in emerging markets. The Summit aims to revitalize Haitis entrepreneurial economy and repositionit as a global study of catalyzedinnovation within an emerging market country.

Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown (@carryonfriends) is a Jamaican born, New York City based, Caribbean influencer and founder of Carry On Friends. The was one of the first to solely feature Caribbean American entrepreneurs and business professionals. The podcast has been featured as an editor’s choice in iTunes under the categories “Black Voices in Business” and the “Black Experience” collection.

Darren Butcher (@darrenbutcher) is a full-stack developer and entrepreneur, currently between St. Maarten and Toronto. He is the founder of Hack by Design, a digital product design and product development studio.

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Shelling From Royal Caribbean’s MS ‘Allure’ Sinks Carnival Cruise Vessel That Crossed Into Disputed Waters – The Onion (satire)

COCO CAY, BAHAMASIn the latest clash between rivals that have long vied for control of highly prized cruise routes, a barrage of cannon fire from Royal Caribbeans M.S. Allure of the Seas sank a Carnival Cruise Line ship that crossed into disputed waters off the coast of the Bahamas, sources said Thursday.

The Allure, an Oasis-class recreational vessel with a standing crew of around 2,300, opened fire on Carnivals M.S. Magic after it allegedly ignored repeated warnings not to approach Coco Cay, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. After sustaining several direct hits, the enemy ships hull reportedly ruptured, immediately flooding its bingo hall and spa with seawater, collapsing several theme restaurants, and ultimately killing all 3,675 guests on board.

By approaching within three nautical miles of Coco Cay, the M.S. Magic was in direct violation of the terms of the 2011 Caribbean Nights cease-fire agreement, said Captain David Beeman of the Allure, stating that the attack was necessary to safeguard the recreational interests of the customers he is sworn to serve. Per standard procedure, our limbo emcee first alerted the Magic that it had entered our territorial waters by issuing a verbal warning and blasting conga music over our PA system. When the ship refused to change course, we proceeded to launch a broadside from our starboard cannons, delivering a direct hit to their most crucial facilities, including the engine room, water slide, and Red Frog rum bar.

We suffered just one casualty ourselves, losing a tango instructor to friendly fire, he added.

Pulling up alongside the smaller enemy vessel, the 1,187-foot Allure reportedly extended its powerful battery of guns from the portholes of a lower-deck theater currently staging Mamma Mia! Witnesses said Magic patrons standing in line for the 24-hour seafood buffet had little time to take cover before the Allure opened fire, scattering body parts and shrimp scampi all over the ships pool deck and mini-golf course.

When the first shells hit, you could see blasted sections of the hull, bloody scraps of cargo shorts, and flaming flip-flops raining down into the ocean all around, said Allure passenger Nicole Rice, adding that a few Magic guests tried to run for safety behind overturned massage tables, but were set upon by a Royal Caribbean boarding party that had crossed over with the assistance of their ships zip-line and ropes-course operators. Once the second round of fire took out the piano bar and Guy Fieris Burger Joint, it was pretty much all over. The Magic had just dropped anchor for the Dune Buggy Heritage Adventure Tour, so it really had no chance of escape.

Maritime historians are calling the attack upon the Magic the deadliest encounter between rival ocean liners since the so-called Cruise Wars of the 1990s, when the wrecks of sunken pleasure vessels littered the waters from Fort Lauderdale to St. Kitts. During that era, the upstart Disney Cruise Line came to rule the waves, and marauders dressed as Pinocchio, Goofy, Tinker Bell, and other company-owned mascots were known to slit the throats of their competitors guests and plunder everything from bar supplies to blackjack tables to karaoke equipment.

Despite official explanations, Thursdays attack is actually believed to be in retaliation for a 2013 incident in which a Royal Caribbean vessel on a nine-day Best of the Bahamas cruise was captured off the coast of Paradise Island. According to deck logs, its entire passenger list was impressed into service as caterers aboard Carnivals Breeze flagship.

Ill never forget the sight of the Magics crew and guests desperately trying to bail out the Club O2 teen zone as the ship started to tilt, causing all the deck furniture, the ice cream sundae station, and those seniors on their church group trip to go sliding off into the sea, Allure passenger Jason Heidt said. Then I guess they lost power, because suddenly all the party lights shut off and everyone in the Punchliner comedy club went silent as the ship capsized.

Everyone except Joe Rogan, Heidt continued. He kept on telling jokes until he was completely underwater.

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Sandals Is Looking to Wall Street to Expand in the Caribbean – Skift

Sandals Resorts International is looking to Wall Street to help finance as many as a dozen new Caribbean hotels as the luxury resort manager ditches its conservative strategy ofbuilding just one project per year and keeping debt right down.

CEO Adam Stewart, who runs Sandals with his father, Gordon Butch Stewart, said the closely-held company is not for sale and has no immediate plans to go public, contrary to rumors. Instead, its looking beyond the regional Caribbean banks it has traditionally used, to fund the biggest expansion in its history.

Were open to taking on more debt to build more than on hotel at a time. We want to build three or four hotels a year, Stewart said in a telephone interview. We are trying to look for bigger capital to grow. We know exactly what to do and how to do it. But up until now weve been restricted by the balance sheet of regional banks.

The company, which owns and operates 23 resorts across seven Caribbean islands, is in talks with Deutsche Bank and others to raise money as it weighs the new projects, including four hotels it plans to build next year, Stewart said. While he declined to say how much he is seeking to borrow, the company next year is spending about $375 million to build a 580-room Barbados hotel and around $500 million to construct a resort on the island of Tobago in the southern Caribbean.

Were not looking at $200 million any more, he said.

With its expansion, Sandals is aiming to capitalize on a Caribbean tourism boom. A record 29.3 million tourists visited the islands last year, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. And 41,000 new rooms are under construction or being planned in the region, said STR, which tracks the industry, up more than 40 percent from a year earlier.

The increase was led by several major projects, such as a 2,000-room casino hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a 934-room beach resort in Varadero, Cuba, STR said.

Tourism is the biggest source of foreign currency earnings for many countries in the region. Stewart said growth in the Caribbean tourism has attracted interest from private equity and some of the hotel industrys biggest names.

While the company does not disclose revenues, Stewart said the company is very sound, with a ratio of debt to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of less than one.

The Marriotts, the Hiltons, the Hyatts, institutional capital and private equity, theyre all looking to get a piece of the action in the Caribbean, he said. Its at an inflection point. I expect to see a massive boom in the 2-star or 3-star level of hotels.

Sandals, the biggest private employer in Jamaica, targets the luxury vacation market. The average daily rate across its portfolio of 6,000 rooms is around $550, according to Stewart. Its opening over-the-water suites in Jamaica and St. Lucia, which come with a dedicated butler and around-the-clock service, for as much as $3,000 a night.

Were easily among the most expensive and were proud of it, Stewart said.

With assistance from Oscar Medina

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Photo Credit: The Pink Gin Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada, St. George’s, Grenada. Sandals Resorts is hoping to expand throughout the Caribbean. Sandals Resorts International

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