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Trend Media CEO, Aileen Corrigan

At the recently held United Nations World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO) conference held in Montego Bay, Trend Media’s CEO Aileen Corrigan took time out to speak with Loop News about the technological/digital era and the utilisation of its applications. She was part of a roundtable discussion entitled ‘,Smart Destinations Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism: Catalysts for Inclusive Growth and Job Creation’. Trend Media’s CEO made the point that rather than fear the technological era, people should focus on how best to utilize its applications. She noted that many people have already embraced the digital paradigm by using mobile phones and signing on to social media accounts and that we are in an epoch of evolution rather than revolution. Corrigan stressed that the question should be how do we better engage people in a more two way conversation (peer to peer) to determine what they require. Underscoring her point she made reference to the use of technology in the tourism industry more specifically in reviewing and assessing hotels and other establishments. She took the opportunity to give an overview of Trend Media’s products and services, and how the company utilises data to better service its clients. Watch this Loop video.

Jamaica's Tourism Minister Minister Bartlett pointed out that the Caribbean is vulnerable to external shocks.

Caribbean government ministers and senior officials of investment promotion agencies have been told they must embrace regional collaboration and harmonization of policies as a valuable strategy to promoting investment in the region. The charge came from Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett in his keynote address at the ‘Ministerial Roundtable on Investment Promotion in the Caribbean’, yesterday at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay. The event was hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and JAMPRO. Minister Bartlett pointed out that the Caribbean was vulnerable and each country going it alone did not give them the economies of scale. However, with a combined population of 40 million, “if we project the region as one there is a bigger market to appeal to investors who, for instance, could set up an operational base in Jamaica and reach out to the other islands.” Quoting from the World Investment Report 2017, Minister Bartlett pointed out “global foreign direct investment (FDI) lost momentum in 2016, showing that the road to recovery remains bumpy.” FDI inflows decreased by 2 percent to US$1.75 trillion “amid weak and significant policy risks.” The report went on to state, “the downward trend in FDI flows to Latin America and the Caribbean accelerated, with inflows falling 14 percent to US$142 billion, owing to continued economic recession, weak commodity prices and pressures on exports.” FDI is seen as the largest and most constant source of finance for Caribbean economies with positive spill over effects in such areas as technology transfer, job creation and insertion into the global value chain as “essential not just to trade arrangements that we put together but indeed, as we look for investment within the region as well.” Underscoring the importance of deliberations by the association, Minister Bartlett said with investors often looking at the region before making a decision in which country to invest, “Making the Caribbean brand known must become a priority for us if any of us is to benefit from investments. We must proactively engage with each other and face this challenge of low foreign investment together as we face other challenges that confront us in the face of our new realities.” Among issues that he said must be addressed, were climate change, regional security, regulation of the foreign service sector, unemployment in general and poverty as an offshoot “as we seek to build out a strategy to drive more investment in our region.” Adding investment promotion and policy dialogue was also necessary, he said as survival of small economies depended on that. Of major concern to many, said Minister Bartlett, was how to make Caribbean integration work with countries struggling to achieve economies of scale because of their size and the transportation challenge, which he said, was at the core of efforts to do collaborative activities. “And how do we get over the notion of political integration which is fraught with all kind of difficulties and causes all sort of things, insularity and feeling of nationalism, to creep in? How do we make that transition to what we call a more collaborative approach?” he questioned, adding, “How do we get to avoid political logic and to focus on economic logic?” Minister Bartlett suggested that understanding tourism presented a huge pathway to understanding the value of regionalism, regional cooperation and collaboration. “Perhaps that’s where the economic logic needs to come from and a tourism diplomacy might very well be the vehicle to make this transition,” he said. He directed the ministers and their senior investment officials’ minds to consider how to come together and work together to create the power of a Caribbean that was very visible to a world that viewed all the islands as one geographic area called the Caribbean.


Lisa Hanna and Richard Lake exchange vows during a wedding ceremony in St Andrew on Saturday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna will celebrate the Christmas holidays as Mrs Lake. The former Miss World beauty queen wed her long time beau, businessman Richard Lake, in a ceremony in St Andrew on Saturday. The pair exchanged vows on a balcony overlooking the city in a beautiful affair. There wasa significant security presence at the event which had many high-profile guests, including a number of dignitaries, in attendance. Hanna announced that she was engagedlast year in an Instagram post with a photo of herself showing off a ring, andthe caption, "Yes I said Yes!". Since then, sheshared some details of the wedding plan, announcing in September that her dress was being made locally. It isHanna's second marriage, having previously tied the knot with businessman David Panton. The couple, who share a teenage son,divorced in 2004 after five years of marriage. Lake is also getting married for the second time.

Viral videos showing one high school boy being tossed into a pool and slapped by other students has drawn outrage and debate among citizens. The viral videos, which were shared to social media on Saturday, show one student alternately being slapped and kicked by his classmates, and in another video being pushed into a swimming pool. The students involved appear to attend a secondary school in north-west Trinidad. The video has received almost 5,000 shares online. Many citizens expressed outrage at the act, calling for the matter to be investigated, however some called the incident a 'birthday session';a term used for hazing rituals practised in some schools, mainly boy's schools, where students with birthdays are subjected to a series of unpleasant experiences. Some people said the incident was unacceptable. Lisa Bernard:"That is no game to play by no pool and in your school uniform no way." Beverly Collette:"Extremely troubling.....what in the world are we teaching our children.......something NEEDS TO BE DONE.....this saddens me to the core....seems like an epidemic happening all over the world ......Lord please." Chantal Charles:"If this child could not swim and God forbid had drown what would of been the outcome. I know if this was my brother I was fucking the whole school up." Chavez Mendonça:"I now watching it dey. Dem youth men disgusting. If small man get ah gun and shoot up d school dey go say he wrong hhhmmm. Wet up d man clothes all kinda thing. We woda deal with dem men rel different if we was still going dey ah swear. I doh like dem advantage thing na." Scasha Smith:"So what is the school administration doing !! First of all where is the teacher!! And other staff !! All of them should have been suspended." Susan Doug:"This is why your kids kill them self that child is taking to much...I hope the police hold you to for what you and your friends did that child." However others said they saw nothing wrong with the videos. Stefon Jah Nathan:"Sure it wasnt he birthday ? Cuz them thing does happen on men birthday bess you stay home." Frank White:"Apparently nobody went to school. These kinds of things have been going on a long time, just didn’t have cameras back then." Jan Elle C:"Ok, lemme be devil’s advocate a little: In the first video they really don’t look like they’re hitting him to hurt him. Some lil soft clout (open hands even) and the boy on the desk was kicking him just as hard (more gross than violent). Maybe was oneof those birthday beatings (I witnessed those on multiple occasions and they can look even worse than this). They even had the restraint to say alright stop it that’s enough. Second video, a boy got thrown into the shallow end of the pool.Now of course, if it were my kids I’d be mad. More mad at the fact that they playing way too much; next thing the boy had his phone in his pocket or got sick? Now you putting me in expense. But honestly I wouldn’t call this bullying JUST YET!!!" Akeem Cooke:"Steuppss a generation of females yall tryin to raise ...all i see is rough play ...boys will b boys." Richie Richardson:"Cause uh see the boi on the desk with the unbuttoned shirt he was the one pushed in the pool into the pool and he was also involved with the beating of the other boi it was just games." Education Minister Anthony Garcia has called for the enforcement of smartphone bans in schools so as to prevent videos such as these from reaching the public. Loop News has reached out to the Education Ministry for comment.


Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi, right, scores his side's second goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.

Manchester City capitalized on two defensive lapses by Romelu Lukaku to claim a record-setting 2-1 win over Manchester United and open up an 11-point lead over theirfierce rival in the Premier League on Sunday. Both of Lukaku's mistakes came in United's penalty area while the forward was defending set pieces, with David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi taking advantage to score with close-range finishes in the 43rd and 54th minutes. Marcus Rashford equalized for United between City's goals, from another defensive mistake, in the meeting of the league's top two teams at Old Trafford. It was City's 14th straight victory in the league, something that has never been achieved by a team before in England's top flight in a single season. Arsenal won 14 straight games in 2002, but across two seasons. In handing United theirfirst loss at Old Trafford since winning there in September last year, City ended their neighbour's club record-equaling run of 40 matches unbeaten at home in all competitions. And it gave City manager Pep Guardiola another win over his great coaching rival Jose Mourinho, his ninth in 20 meetings between them. Mourinho has won four of them. With 16 games gone, City arestill unbeaten in the league. Third-place Chelsea are14 points off the pace, with theircoach Antonio Conte having already given up on defending the trophy. "You cannot be champions in December," Guardiola said, attempting to downplay expectations. "But it's important for our confidence to feel that we can compete on big stages with huge personality." Just like City did in beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and thrashing Liverpool 5-0 at home. Mourinho pointed to two major incidents in the final 10 minutes of normal time: the failure to award United a penalty for Otamendi's challenge on Ander Herrera and then City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes's double save from Lukaku and Juan Mata. "Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck," Mourinho said. "The gods of football are behind them." The game kicked off in light snowfall and, until being caught cold by Rashford's equalizer, City overran United at times, just like in last season's 2-1 win at Old Trafford. Kevin De Bruyne and Silva, in particular, were given so much time in central midfield with opposite numbers Nemanja Matic and Herrera unsure whether to close down or retreat in front of their defense. It meant City weregetting quite easily to the edge of United's box before encountering a wall of red jerseys. The final pass was the only thing lacking and invariably the opening goal came from a source which United weresupposed to have the advantage: The set piece. De Bruyne's outswinging corner hit Lukaku as the United striker challenged for the ball with Otamendi, and Silva was on hand to guide the loose ball past stranded goalkeeper David De Gea from just inside the six-yard box. City's players switched off in the final moments of the half and United made them pay. De Bruyne had already wasted a three-on-two breakaway when Otamendi failed to deal with a routine long ball forward from United center back Marcos Rojo, who was bandaged up after a clash of heads with Silva. Otamendi misjudged the flight of the ball and succeeded only in glancing a header backward, behind his flat-footed left back Fabian Delph. Rashford was more alert, driving a first-time shot low past Ederson. Both teams were forced into halftime substitutions in defense — Kompany off for City, Rojo for United — but the shape of the game didn't change. Lukaku barely threatened up front for United but he again unintentionally made his presence felt at the other end of the field. He had time and space to deal with Silva's floated free kick in the 54th, yet managed to smash his attempted clearance into the back of teammate Chris Smalling. Just like with the first goal, the ball dropped kindly for a City player, with Otamendi this time powering home the finish. "We won because we were better," Guardiola said. "In all departments, we were better."

Barbadian surfer, Chelsea Tauch.

Chelsea Tuachcontinues to inspire and make fellow Barbadians proud. The 22-year-oldsurfer is bringing home silver from theXIII Pan American Surf Games in Lima, Peru. Chelsea Tauch during the finals in Peru. The silver was not without controversy however, as the Barbadianscored more points than her Argentine opponent,Ornela Pellizzari. Tauch's score wascut in half after judges penalised her for interference. She explained what happened: “At the start of the heat, I had priority for the wave and took off. Meanwhile, the Argentine surfer paddled around me and dropped in on the inside. Insurfingthis is called ‘snaking’ and is not legal. But the judges called the interference on me. It is a disappointing end to an amazing week for me." And she is focusing on the positive: “I hope that my performance will inspire other Caribbean athletes to believe in themselves and fight for their dreams. We may not have the resources of the bigger countries, but we have the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best."


The suspect in police custody following an explosion at Port Authority Bus Terminal (Photo: New York Post)

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the blast. Police say the explosion happened in an underground passageway under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The 7:30 a.m. blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with throngs of Monday morning commuters. (Video: @NYCityAlerts on Twitter) Law enforcement officials said it appeared the detonation was accidental, and the bomb was a crudely made low-grade explosive device. It's not clear what the suspect had intended, they said. The officials said the 27-year-old lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent. A photo published by the New York Post showed a bearded man crumpled on the ground with his shirt apparently blown off and black soot covering his bare midriff. A police officer is holding the man's hands behind his back. The explosion triggered a massive emergency response by police and firefighters both above and below ground, tangling subway and bus service at the nearby Port Authority bus terminal. Elrana Peralta, a customer service worker for Greyhound, said she works in the Port Authority terminal complex near where the blast happened, but didn't hear the explosion. "All we could hear was the chaos," she said. "We could hear people yelling, 'Get out! Get out! Get out!'" John Miles, 28, from Vermont, was waiting for a bus to Massachusetts. He also didn't hear the blast, but saw police react. "I didn't know what was going on. Officers were running around. I was freaking out," he said. There was an announcement that people should take their bags and leave. "They didn't incite panic. It was fairly orderly." Video from above the "Crossroads of the World" showed lines of police and emergency vehicles, their lights flashing, lining the streets and no other vehicle traffic moving. Everything around the Port Authority area was shut down — a surreal scene of still at what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour. New Jersey Transit buses headed to the Port Authority were diverting to other locations. NJ Transit said buses were taking passengers to Secaucus and Hoboken, where they could take trains into the city. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the explosion.

Police respond to a report of an explosion near Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Zoeller)

A pipe bomb that was strapped to a man went off in the New York City subway near the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday, injuring the suspect and another person on the platform at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said. The person on the platform was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Another person on the platform sustained non-life-threatening injuries The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident. The explosion, which happened around 7:30 a.m., triggered a massive emergency response by New York police and fire both above and below ground, tangling subway and bus service at the nearby Port Authority bus terminal. (Video: @NYCityAlerts on Twitter) White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has tweeted that President Trump has been briefed on the explosion. Video from above the "Crossroads of the World" showed lines of police and emergency vehicles, their lights flashing, lining the streets and no other vehicle traffic moving. Everything around the Port Authority in the 42nd Street area was shut down — a surreal scene of still at what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour. New Jersey Transit buses headed to the Port Authority were diverting to other locations following the explosion. NJ Transit says buses are taking passengers to Secaucus and Hoboken. From there, they can take trains or PATH into the city. Trains, PATH, light rail and ferries are honoring bus tickets into New York.


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