Castries, St Lucia, December 18, 2017 - CIBC FirstCaribbean hasput the power to monitor their debit and credit card accounts for fraud in the hands of its clients by introducing client-controlled anti-fraud tools, including a geo-location service, transaction controls (including the ability to Freeze your Card) and real-time alerts to its award winning mobile banking app just in time for the holidays. The new features demonstrate the importance of clients’ card safety and security to CIBC FirstCaribbean. “The bank is committed to putting industry leading mobile banking capabilities in our clients’ hands”,says Trevor Torzsas, Managing Director Cards and Customer Relationship Management. “We listened to our clients and added these enhancements to meet their needs and demands. We added a two-step verification process (fingerprint/touch ID sign in) as well as the capability for card users to transfer funds and track and monitor their transactions from their smartphones. We are proud to now offer new capabilities that add an extra layer of protection.” The new services are built on Visa technology calledmobile location confirmation and Freeze Your card service. The first features of their kind to be offered by a bank within the English-speaking Caribbean region. The Freeze My Card feature allows clients to place a temporary freeze on their debit and credit cards if they misplace or lose their card. Clients will be able to reactivate their card when they have located their lost card – all through their mobile phone. Clients are also now able to make use of the Mobile Location Confirmation feature. Enabling this feature notifies CIBC FirstCaribbean of the client’s location and compares the location of the client to their card’s location. This feature is available on credit cards only. Additionally, the enhanced mobile banking app allows clients to receive real time alerts as soon as any transaction is processed on their debit or credit card. The features were made available to clients throughout the region last week. Users can opt in or out through their CIBC FirstCaribbean Mobile banking app.The enhancements are available on both Android and Apple devices. “So far, within days of being available in the app stores, a significant number of CIBC FirstCaribbean clients have opted for the new upgrades. The successful uptake of the features are a result of the bank’s client centric app development. Clients have asked for better fraud protection and we gave it to them”, Torzsas said. A little over a year ago the bank launched the successful mobile banking app throughout the region. The app joined CIBC FirstCaribbean’s convenience channels - including the internet banking and ABM services. The continual enhancements of the app are a sign of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s commitment to provide a banking experience that fits the lives of its clients. According to Mr. Torzsas, more digital channel enhancements are in motion to be rolled out in the coming year.

Last month’s third annual Digital Marketing Symposium culminated a packed Business Month agenda in Saint Lucia. The symposium was jointly hosted by the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) and the Saint Lucia ICT Association. It aimed to engage participants on digital and online media best practices to empower and enable them to upgrade their digital presence in a competitive global market. TEPA’s Information Officer, Mr Glenfield Gilbert was one of the speakers. “The idea for this symposium came out of a need that TEPA saw to ensure that businesses and the business community was well represented online. We also knew that there were quality digital marketing specialists within our shores and sought to make the connection between these service providers and the businesses that needed that specialized service.” Johnathan Allain, Business Development Officer at The Department of Commerce International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, also addressed the symposium. “The Department of Commerce is indeed privileged to be part of this event, the third annual digital marketing symposium which is the result of a collaboration between the Saint Lucia ICT association and TEPA. It is also very fitting that this activity is taking place during the month of November which was selected as Business Month under the theme Promoting an Entrepreneurial Culture: Innovation and Creativity.” Allain went on to urge participants to maximise the potential that effective use of ICT presented for the enhancement of business. “We recognize that in this age of Internet access and mobile technology, digital marketing is very important to the business person as it offers tremendous opportunities to connect with your target audience in an efficient and cost effective manner.” President of the Saint Lucia ICT Association, Dr. Lyndell St. Ville, during his brief remarks applauded the participants’ efforts at making strides in being online and seeing the need to strengthen their online presence. The Digital Marketing Symposium was held on Nov. 29, at the Finance Administrative Centre in Pointe Seraphine.

Ninjaman arrives at court for sentencing last week. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Veteran dancehall artiste, Ninjaman, whose birth name is Desmond Ballentine, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston. Judge Martin Gayle handed down the sentenceon the entertainer for the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Ricky Trooper.Ballentine will not be eligible for parole until serving 25 years. In response to the sentencing, the deejay smiled and said: "Thumbs up, your honour." On the count of shooting with intent, Ninjaman was sentenced to 20 years, which will run concurrent with the murder sentence. Ninjaman's son Janeil was also sentenced to life in prison, the same as Dennis Clayton, for Johnson's death. The prosecution had led evidence during the trialthat all three contrived and killed Johnson in adomestic dispute. The case started in October and was completed in Novemberafter 17 missed trial dates and 23 mentioned dates. Ninjaman's lawyer, Queen's Counsel Valerie Neita Robertson said the entertainer will appeal the conviction. More to come from the sentencing.

Lights of service, protection and reassurance, but occasionally also 'passion'.

With recent assertions of misuse of service vehicles by some members of the Jamaican police force, along with overly close association with criminal elements by some law enforcers, information is surfacing of the case of a policewoman who was reportedly caught in the extremes of both indiscretions. The woman cop who was based in Manchester, was dismissed after an internal Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) investigation into an incident that allegedly involved gross misconduct on her part. Information scooped by Loop News indicates that the corporal was internally charged with having allowed a criminal suspect to actually drive a marked police service vehicle on an evening out between the two in the neighbouring parish of Trelawny. The alleged breaches by the female cop reportedly extended to her having engaged in a rendezvous with the criminal suspect with the use of the police service vehicle at more than one location in Trelawny, including at a police station in the parish. Reports were that the officer allegedly made a false declaration to a junior officer and got herself dispatched on an ‘urgent’ but bogus assignment to a particular location in Trelawny. Instead, she reportedly went to other locations in the parish, where she allegedly engaged in the extended romantic tryst with the criminal suspect. The unauthorised journey and unacceptable activities, particularly the alleged misused of the police service vehicle and the direct and very personal association with the criminal suspect, later came to the attention of the constabulary, which took disciplinary action in relation to the matter. Five charges were laid against the woman cop, namely for the misuse of the service vehicle; the alleged extreme association with the criminal suspect; the improper association with the suspect at the police station; the false statement to trigger the bogus assignment; and the unauthorised journey in the service vehicle to a number of locations in Trelawny, including the police station. The woman corporal has been dismissed from the JCF. It is not the first reported case of an alleged extreme relationship between a female police officer and a criminal suspect in Jamaica, as, for example, earlier this year, a female cop was sentenced for having a wanted man living at her home. In March of this year, Woman Constable Kaye Falconer was found guilty of harbouring a fugitive at her home in Glendevon, St James, and handed a 30-month prison sentence in the St James Parish Court. In handing down the sentence, Parish Judge Natalie Hart-Hines told Falconer that she had betrayed the public’s trust. Reports were that on January 30, 2013, several dangerous prisoners escaped from the Freeport Police Station lock up in Montego Bay, where they were being held. The following month, one of the fugitives was found in hiding at the woman constable's home.

Leverkusen's Leon Bailey. top, celebrating a goal with teammate Karim Bellarabi during the German Bundesliga football match between Hannover 96 and Bayer Leverkusen in Hannover, Germany, on Sunday, December 17, 2017. (PHOTOS: AP)

Jamaican winger Leon Bailey scored twice as a substitute but Bayer Leverkusen failed to hang on as Hannover grabbed a 4-4 draw in the German Bundesliga on Sunday. The in-demand Bailey, who came on at the break, needed only two minutes to equalize after Hannover had gone 3-2 ahead, and he scored again 20 minutes later to put Leverkusen 4-3 in front. But the 20-year-old missed another chance to complete a hat trick and Julian Korb scored late for Hannover to draw. "I had a third chance, and I just know if I had taken that chance it would have been over for them. It's just unlucky. But that's football," said Bailey. "A wise man learns from his mistakes. But a wiser man learns from others' mistakes." Both teams traded goals on an afternoon to forget for the goalkeepers. "It was worth the entrance price for the spectators," Korb said. Julian Brandt fired Leverkusen into an early lead with a brilliant volley but Ihlas Bebou replied straight away with a header for Hannover. Niclas Fuellkrug put the home side ahead with a penalty, only for Admir Mehmedi to equalize four minutes later for Leverkusen. Hannover went ahead again after Fuellkrug set up Felix Klaus with his heel before the break, when Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich reacted with two substitutions. One of them was Bailey, who raced forward to reach Kai Havertz's through ball and kept his cool to beat Hannover 'keeper Philipp Tschauner. Bailey claimed his sixth goal of the season after the game's longest stretch without a goal when Mehmedi played him through on a counterattack after a Hannover corner. But there was further drama to come as Bebou eluded three Leverkusen defenders to set up Korb for Hannover's equalizer with seven minutes remaining.

Australia celebrate.

Australia have reclaimed the Ashes and remain on course for a 5-0 whitewash of England, after completing an innings-and-41-run win on the final day of the third Test in Perth. Rain initially threatened to deny Steve Smith's men on Monday, with a combination of showers and wet patches on the pitch delaying the start of play at the WACA and shaving 20 overs from the final day. However, the hosts still wrapped up victory with plenty of time to spare, Josh Hazlewood taking 5-48- his sixth five-wicket haul in Tests - as England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings. Having now been beaten in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to relinquish the urn, England are in danger of losing 5-0 for the third time in four tours of Australia. The tourists were 368-4 early on day two of this match, but collapsed alarmingly to 403all out before Australia powered to 662-9 declared on the back of 239 from Smith and Mitchell Marsh's 181. Dawid Malan, who made a maiden Test hundred in England's first innings, impressed again on Monday by reaching 54 after his side had resumed on 132-4, but there was little else in the way of resistance as Australia claimed the six wickets they required. Pat Cummins claimed the series-clinching scalp after tea had been pushed back with England nine down, the seamer having Chris Woakes caught behind for 22. Australia struck quickly when play resumed, a Hazlewood delivery skidding through to clean bowl Jonny Bairstow (14). Moeen Ali almost departed on four, edging Hazlewood toSmith at second slip. The Australia captain thought he had taken the catch, but the soft signal from the umpires suggested otherwise and there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision. Aside from some variable bounce, Australia's seam bowlers rarely troubled Moeen and Malan, who put on 39 for the sixth wicket. However, Lyon made the breakthrough, trapping Moeen (11) lbw a ball after an inside edge saved the Englishman.It marked the fifth time in six innings this series that Lyon removed Moeen. Hazlewood thought he had Malan, then on 53, as Australia reviewed an lbw decision, but his delivery was pitching outside leg stump. Malan did not hang around much longer, though, gloving Hazlewood through to Tim Paine down the leg side, effectively ending any slim hopes England had of rescuing a draw. As has been the case throughout the series, England's tail failed to wag. Craig Overton (12), batting with an injured rib, and Stuart Broad (0) fell cheaply, before Cummins - who struck James Anderson in the face with a nasty short ball - finished the job by ousting Woakes. Final scores in the match: England 403 & 218; Australia 662-9 dec.

Crews trying to corral Southern California's enormous wildfire hope to take advantage of a two-day window of calmer winds before potentially dangerous gusts return at mid-week, officials said Monday. The blaze that broke out two weeks ago still threatens communities northwest of Los Angeles, where thousands remain under evacuation orders. Cooler temperatures, slightly higher humidity and light winds forecast for Monday and Tuesday will be "critical" for firefighters hoping to make progress against the Thomas Fire, said fire spokesman Capt. Rick Crawford. "For right now the winds seem very favourable," he said. "We're always looking out for those unpredictable gusts." The hot, gusty winds that caused a huge flare-up and forced more residents to flee over the weekend are expected to come back Wednesday. The fire churning through brush in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has burned more than 1,000 structures, including at least 750 homes. Some 18,000 more residences are still threatened. The 422-square-mile (1,093-sq. kilometer) blaze, the third largest in state history, is 45 percent contained. Television news footage showed at least one structure burned on property in the wealthy enclave of Montecito, and authorities said damage assessments could take days. Michael and Sonia Behrman told KABC-TV they fled their hillside home when heavy smoke blew in and returned to find it in ashes. "It's just hard to put into words," Michael Behrman said. "It's where we live. It's just smoke and ruin right now." The body of a firefighter killed while battling the blaze was transported Sunday in a procession that rolled through five counties before ending up at a funeral home in San Diego. Mourners stood on freeway overpasses to pay respects to firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, who died Dec. 14 of burns and smoke inhalation. He is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter. The blaze is also blamed for the Dec. 6 death of a 70-year-old woman who died in a car crash on an evacuation route. Everything about the fire has been massive, from the sheer scale of destruction that destroyed entire neighbourhoods to the legions of people attacking it. More than 8,000 firefighters from nearly a dozen states battled the third largest wildfire in state history. The cause remains under investigation. So far, firefighting costs have surpassed $117 million.

Travelers wait to check in for for flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hundreds of flights were canceled and long lines snaked throughout the world's largest airport Monday as the nation's air-travel system struggled to get back on schedule after a crippling power outage in Atlanta that struck just days before the Christmas travel rush. A fire in an underground electrical facility brought the main Atlanta airport to a standstill Sunday, and it could be days before Delta Air Lines, which has its hub in Atlanta, can resume normal operations. The fire broke out next to equipment for a backup system, causing that to also fail. Power was fully restored about midnight. During those hours in the dark, thousands of travelers waited on planes or in the terminals. Disabled people had to be carried down stairs and escalators in the chaos. Inbound flights were diverted to other cities and outgoing flights were halted. One bit of good news: Delta has more spare planes and crews in Atlanta than anywhere else, said Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former American Airlines executive. Anthony Foxx, who served as U.S. transportation secretary under former President Barack Obama, blasted airport officials, saying the problem was "compounded by confusion and poor communication." Foxx said he was among the many travelers stuck for hours on a plane on the tarmac. "Total and abject failure here at ATL Airport today," he tweeted, adding that there was "no excuse for lack of workable redundant power source. NONE!" Georgia Power apologized for the inconvenience and thanked people for their patience in a tweet Monday. All essential services were restored and an investigation was ongoing, the tweet said. Delta customers flying to or from Atlanta were able to make a one-time change to travel plans without incurring a $200 change fee. The airline encouraged travelers not to pick up their bags Monday because of congestion at the airport. Juan Rivera, 46, arrived in Atlanta on Sunday for a layover on his journey from Huntsville, Alabama, to Newark, New Jersey. He waited on the plane on the tarmac for more than two hours until passengers disembarked into a dark airport. He returned to the airport Monday morning and was unable to get on a flight to Newark, so he is now scheduled to fly to Philadelphia on Monday evening. Despite the 10 hours ahead of him at the airport, he had a smile on his face. "I come from Puerto Rico," he said, noting that many there have been without power since Hurricane Maria pounded the island in late September. "This is nothing compared to what's happening over there." When Delta flights were grounded last spring, it took the airline five days — and about 4,000 canceled flights — before it fully recovered. Like Sunday's outage, that April storm hit at a busy travel time when there were not many empty seats to accommodate customers from canceled flights. At the time, CEO Ed Bastian vowed that Delta would make "significant improvements" to its system for scheduling and tracking aircraft crews to recover more quickly from disruptions. Delta canceled about 1,000 flights Sunday and another 400 Monday. American Airlines canceled 24 departures and an equal number of arrivals, spokesman Ross Feinstein said. Some passengers complained about a lack of information from airport officials and little help from first responders to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators. "They had these elderly people, handicapped people lined up in wheelchairs," stranded passenger Rutia Curry said. "The people were helpless. They can't get down the stairs. It was just a nightmare." Sara Melillo and her husband, Greg Presto, were traveling from Kenya, where they live, to Pittsburgh to spend Christmas with his family when they were stuck on the tarmac for six hours. The couple had made stops in Nairobi and Amsterdam and landed shortly after the lights went out in Atlanta. Melillo said the pilot did not have a lot of information for travelers but the plane had air conditioning and flight attendants offered water and juice a few times. She described the Delta terminal as "big chaos" with not enough customer service for the hundreds of people trying to find a flight to their next destination and a place to sleep for the night. In an email, Melillo told The Associated Press that the couple was scheduled to leave for Pittsburgh around midday Monday. The Delta check-in process was organized and lines were moving, she wrote. Airport workers were handing out doughnuts and other breakfast foods. At Southwest Airlines, about 70 Atlanta departures out of 120 scheduled for Sunday were canceled, an airline spokesman said in an email. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways were among carriers reporting delays or cancellations. Hartsfield-Jackson, which serves 104 million passengers a year, is the world's busiest airport, a distinction it has held since 1998. The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Nearly 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day.

A power outage has been reported throughout much of Venezuela's capital. The country's power utility stated on Twitter Monday the outage is being felt in parts of Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas. State television and local media indicate the outage has affected the Caracas subway system and international airport. Power outages are not uncommon in Venezuela, which has struggled to maintain its electrical grid amid a worsening economic crisis. The trustee of a $650 million power company bond declared it in default in November following a missed interest payment, though the company later said it had paid the amount due. Government officials routinely blame outages in Venezuela on "sabotage" by the opposition. Power was being restored in some parts of Caracas by early afternoon.

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago AATT has confirmed that there was an incident of armed robbery at one of the cargo facilities at the Piarco International Airport, on the Golden Grove Road, at 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday. Earlier today, police responded to an incident Piarco International Airport's cargo compound where armed men were said to have robbed a cargo cart of a quantity of cash on Wednesday. According to eyewitness reports, three men, who wore camouflage uniforms resembling that of regiment officers and face masks entered the compound in a vehicle. When the cargo cart arrived, the men, armed with what appeared to be high-powered weapons, reportedly exited the vehicle, forced agents to lie on the ground and robbed the cart containing the cash. The source said no security agents were visible at the entrance to the cargo compound at the time and that the vehicle had been waiting for some time before the cargo cart arrived. The amount of cash is yet to be confirmed, but initial reports indicate the sum to be in the millions. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has launched an investigation into the incident. The AATT says the Airports Authority Security Force is working with the Police Service to ensure the safety and security of the airport estates.


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