Trade and Industry Minister flanked by Her Excellency, Tania Diego Olite, Cuban Ambassador and Mr. Christian Llanos, Managing Director, Ansa Coatings Ltd and other Executives following the loading of the first shipment of paint to Cuba.

Trinidad and Tobago paint manufacturers, ANSA Coatings Limited, on Wednesday loaded a container with over €500,000 worth of product bound for Cuba, the company’s newest export market. Minister of Trade and IndustryPaula Gopee-Scoon who witnessed the event stated that the Government was pleased with the company’s penetration of the additional market. This, she added, would create jobs, increase exports and generate foreign exchange. “The Cuban market is significant for us with 11 million people and another three million in tourists. Cuba as a trading partner remains important to Trinidad and Tobago. Eighty percent of the goods from the region entering Cuba originates in Trinidad and Tobago.” The Government, she stated, intends to continue to pursue opportunities for local businesses in that jurisdiction. Tania Diego Olite, the Cuban Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago who was also present, said it was an important step in strengthening economic and diplomatic relations between the two Caribbean countries. She also anticipated an increase in these interchanges in thefuture. Minister Gopee-Scoon concurred citing the need for increased two-way trade. Local companies involved in Information Communication Technology, surveying, recycling and energy, petroleum and gas, construction products, electricity and design, transport and shipping and Printing and Packaging, ice cream and paints are on the cusp of entering Cuba ably supported by exporTT’s Trade Facilitation Office in that country. ANSA Coatings commenced activities to enter Cuba over two years ago. Construction Sector Head of the ANSA McAl Group, Adam Sabga, indicated that access to this new market attests to the quality of its products which was developed in Trinidad and Tobago with local expertise. Christian Llanos, Managing Director of ANSA Coatings Limited, thanked the Government for the support provided. This expansion, he said, would earn foreign exchange which is beneficial to both the country and the company.

Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) has announced the closure of its acquisition of a majority interest in the Cayman National Corporation Limited (CNC). RFHL has confirmed that all employees of the CNC Group will remain following the acquisition of the majority shareholding and that the Bank will not be rebranded. “Cayman National is a leading full-service institution in one of the world’s most sophisticated financial centers, its brand is resilient and strong, and its management and employees are a critical part of that brand strength.” says Chairman Ronald Harford, “We do not want this to change. It will continue to be the same bank known, loved, and run by a very strong and experienced team of Caymanians.” In a release, Republic said this transaction comprised the purchase of 74.99 percent of the issued shares in CNC at an offering price of US$6.25 per share by RFHL’s Barbadian subsidiary, Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Limited. The overall cost of the transaction was US$198,474,012.50. As a result of this transaction, the asset base of the RFHL Group will increase to approx. US$12 billion. For its fiscal 2018 (October 2017 to September 2018), CNC recorded profit after tax of US$26.5 million. Established in 1974, the CNC Group has five subsidiaries: Cayman National Bank Ltd., Cayman National Fund Services Ltd., Cayman National Securities Ltd., Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man) Limited, and Cayman National (Dubai) Ltd. It is the largest financial services company based in the Cayman Islands, providing banking, trust and company management, fund administration, and wealth management services to clients in the Cayman Islands and around the world. CNC is (and will continue to be) publicly traded on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. “RFHL and CNC share the same ideals with respect to values, business processes and opportunities,” says Harford. “The acquisition of CNC will allow us to combine and leverage the talents of our two world-class organisations. We are particularly eager to learn from Cayman National’s experience in international financial services and serving high net worth clients. We are pleased to welcome both the employees and clients of the CNC Group to the Republic Family.” This acquisition is part of RFHL’s ongoing expansion. The Group operates in several territories, including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Ghana, Guyana, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Group’s acquisition of the nine ScotiaBank operations in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Maarten and Guyana is ongoing with that acquisition currently receiving the attention of all the relevant regulatory bodies.


Duchess of Cornwall by day and night in Barbados

If there ever was a royal who truly understands the link between Barbados' weather and attire, it is the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. On a Caribbean tour with her husband Prince of Wales, Charles, when they visited Barbados yesterday, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Duchess wore two kaftans and paired each with loose-fitting, flowing pants on both occasions. She embodied the Cover Girl slogan - easy, breezy! [image_gallery] In the morning, when their Royal Highnesses arrived on parade at Heroes Square in Historic Bridgetown around 11:16 am, the Duchess was wearing an ice-blue kaftan and white slacks. The top and bottom had the same detailing in various shades of blue.She carried a small tote. According to Hello Magazine, the bagwas by Heidi Klein and cost a whopping £220, which is approximately BBD $576.34 or USD $289.63. The mini-sizehand-woven raffia bag has natural bamboo handles and a suede tassel trim. For the cenotaph proceedings, parade and stroll from Heroes Square to Barbados' parliament, the Duchess also carried a small parasol. It was very dainty, but it served its purpose. In the evening, at the Governor General and Prime Minister's Reception held at Government House, she donned another kaftan but it was bedazzled with pear-shaped teardrop-like gems all over.

There was high drama at sea yesterday after the Joint Marine Unit made Cayman'slargest drug seizure in a decade. Altogether, approximately 900 lbs of ganja was recovered with an estimated street value of approximately c.$800K KYD after a high-speed chase in which officers were threatened with a gun. The drama unfolded around 6.30am when the JMU,while on patrol approximately 11miles off the coast of East End, came across a suspicious vessel that refused to stop when challenged. Officers pursued the vessel for an extended period in open waters, during whichpackages were thrown overboard. One of the men on board the fleeing vessel brandished and threatened officers with a firearm during the pursuit, andofficers discharged a service weapon in response. The vessel was disabled and detained. During the pursuit, officers observed the firearm that had been brandished at them, as well as other smaller items that appeared to be firearms, thrown overboard. A large number of the packages that had been tossed overboard were recovered by the JMU. The three men on board the vessel,aged66, 44, 43, and fromJamaica, were arrested on suspicion of drug related charges and firearm offences. Thesuspects and the drug vessel were detained and conveyed to Grand Cayman. This was the largest seizure of drugs in the Cayman islands in the last 10 years. The matter is currently under police investigation.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford to help Manchester United find a new identity.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that Manchester United arestruggling to "find theirown identity"in the post-Alex Ferguson era. Ibrahimovicscored 17 goals in 33games for the Old Trafford clubunder the guidance of then manager Jose Mourinho, before leaving the club to join MLS side LA Galaxy in March 2018. Mourinhowas sacked in December, becoming the third full-time head coach to be dismissed since Ferguson's 27-year tenure ended in May 2013. David Moyes and Louis van Gaal alsofailed to live up to the lofty expectations set by Ferguson, who won13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League trophies during his time in charge. Since Ferguson'sdeparture, United have won one FA Cup, one League Cup and theEuropa League, although interim bossOle Gunnar Solskjaer has impressed since taking over from Mourinho. And Ibrahimovichas urged United to put the Ferguson era behind them by plotting their own path to glory. "Everything that happens is judged by the era of Ferguson," the 37-year-oldtold theMirror. "They are saying if Ferguson was here, this would not happen, Ferguson would not do it like that.Ferguson would do it like this. Everything was Ferguson. "If it was me, I would say I don't have Ferguson any more. And I come here and I want to make my own history, I want to make my own story. "So I do not want to hear what happened before. I want to do it in the present. You come in with a new mentality. "Ferguson has his place in history at this club but now the club continues. It has to find its own identity and it is difficult." United's revival underSolskjaer has been evidenced by the form of two key players – Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba– andIbrahimovic insists that the club must build around the duo. "I thinkPogba has the potential to be the best player in the world in his position," Ibrahimovic said. "He is a good guy, he trains hard, he listens, he wants to become better, he wants to win. He wantsto perform in every game. "Rashford is the future ofUnited.In the beginning,I saw him more as an individual,now he is playing more for the collective. He is using his quality more for the team, not for himself only. "He has big potential and a big future with United and the special thing is that he comes from the academy. I think he has no limits."

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Monday, March 18, 2019.

The San Antonia Spurs aren't concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win. "We're just trying to get wins, man, that's all," Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. "We've had wins, we've had big wins, we've had some bad losses, (too). It just feels good to win the games we think we should." San Antonio won their11th straight at home and moved into fifth in the Western Conference following the Thunder's loss to Miami. The Spurs also clinched a winning record for the 22nd straight season. Stephen Curry had 25 points after a slow start and Kevin Durant added 24 for the Warriors, who entered the game having won two straight. Golden State dropped into a tie with Denver for first place in the West with matching 47-22 records. "That's the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win." San Antonio's winning streak is second only to Golden State's 11 straight wins earlier this season. Remarkably, the Spurs' longest winning streak since 2016 comes directly after they went 1-7 for their worst Rodeo Road Trip ever. San Antonio has beaten Golden State, Denver, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Portland and Detroit during their streak. All of those clubs are among the top six teams in their conference. "Guys are playing better," Aldridge said of the turnaround. "We're trying to be better defensively. Communication has been better and it's just winning time. I think everyone senses that." Golden State was without DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, who both sat with injuries, but remained within two possessions in the final minute. The Warriors had to rally in the second half after a sluggish start. Curry and Klay Thompson opened the game a combined 0 for 11, but the Warriors' defense allowed them to tie the game at 25 when Curry threw in a 61-footer to close the first quarter. Curry finished 9 for 25 from the field and Thompson finished with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Thompson said the "Splash Brothers" struggles were their own rather than anything the Spurs did defensively. "Just missed shots," Thompson said. "That's all it is. Shots that we normally hit, too. Yeah, they're a smart disciplined team but it's not like we weren't getting to our spots and getting good looks. Just didn't go in." After trailing by 11 in the third quarter, the Warriors' offense awoke to silence the sold-out crowd with a 16-5 run to forge a 75-all tie. The run included a shakedown, step-back 3-pointer by Curry and a pair of quick passes from Curry to Draymond Green to Shaun Livingston for an emphatic dunk. Curry had eight points in the run. "Every time we made a run, they countered and they made a run," Green said. DeRozan scored 10 points in the final quarter, including a pair of pull-up jumpers over Thompson, to seal the victory. Gay added 17 points for San Antonio and Derrick White had 12. TIP-INS Warriors: Cousins sat the game out with a sore right foot and Iguodala missed the game following dental work. ... Andrew Bogut started the game after signing with the team March 6 after playing this season in Australia. Bogut spent four seasons with Golden State before rejoining the team as a free agent. ... The Warriors have won at least 23 road games in six straight seasons. They lost for the fifth time in 24 games away from home. ... Golden State defeated San Antonio by 39 points in their previous meeting, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena. It was the largest winning margin over the Spurs in franchise history. Spurs: Aldridge has 18,854 career points, moving past Glen Rice for 69th all-time in league history. Rice had 18,338 career points over 15 seasons beginning in 1989. ... DeRozan is the first Spurs guard to make 300 free throws in a season since Manu Ginobili in 2011. .. The Spurs won 13 straight in 2016. WELCOME BACK, MATE Bogut picked up a foul on an illegal screen 9 seconds into the game. "That was a welcome to the league, for sure," Bogut said. "Just like, we know you set some hard screens so we're just going to blow one early." Bogut finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes as he reunited with Curry, Thompson and Green. His points included an alley-oop dunk from Curry. "It was fun," Curry said. "It's been what three years (since he last played with Bogut). I came in transition and besides probably (Damian Jones) early in the year, I haven't thrown a lob like that to somebody. It just felt like second nature at that point. He went up and finished it." UP NEXT Warriors: At Minnesota on Tuesday night. Spurs: Host Miami on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Michael Malone declared "it's party time" after the Denver Nuggets finally sealed an NBA playoff place on Monday. The Nuggets narrowly missed out on extending their season in each of the last two years, but a 114-105 win over the Boston Celtics ensured they were not to be denied again.


A family dig for their son who got buried in the mud when Cyclone Idai struck in Chimanimani about 600 kilometres south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, March, 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Mozambique on Wednesday began three days of national mourning for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, one of themost destructivestorms southern Africa has experienced in decades. In neighboring Zimbabwe, state media said the death toll was above 100. The full extent of the devastation will only be known once floodwaters from torrential rains, expected to continue into Thursday, recede. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean, and aid groups have warned the waters are still rising. People have been reported clinging to rooftops and trees since the cyclone roared in over the weekend. The United Nations humanitarian office said the town of Buzi, with some 200,000 people, was at risk of becoming at least partially submerged. "Flood waters are predicted to rise significantly in the coming days and 350,000 people are at risk," the U.N. office said. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa received a somber welcome in the hard-hit mountain community of Chimanimani near the border with Mozambique. Zimbabwean officials have said some 350 people may have died. Some bodies from Zimbabwe have been swept down the mountainside into Mozambique. "Some of the peasants in Mozambique were calling some of our people to say, 'We see bodies, we believe those bodies are coming from Zimbabwe,'" said July Moyo, the minister of local government. Mozambique's president late Tuesday said more than 200 people were confirmed dead there. President Filipe Nyusi after flying over the affected region on Monday said he expected more than 1,000 deaths. Aid workers were shocked as they arrived in the badly hit Mozambique port city of Beira, estimated to be 90 percent destroyed. Its 500,000 residents are scrambling for food, fuel and medicine. Some neighborhoods are below sea level. "The power of the cyclone is visible everywhere with shipping containers moved like little Lego blocks," the aid group CARE's Mozambique country director Marc Nosbach said. International aidhas started trickling in to ease the crisis, while churches in Zimbabwe collected supplies to send on. "Everyone is doubling, tripling, quadrupling whatever they were planning" in terms of aid, said Caroline Haga of the Red Cross in Beira. "It's much larger than anyone could ever anticipate." On Wednesday, the Emirates News Agency cited the Emirates Red Crescent as saying that the United Arab Emirates would provide 18.3 million dirhams ($4.9 million) to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Zimbabwe's president said a planeload of aid from the UAE was expected to arrive in the capital, Harare, later Wednesday. The chairman of the African Union Commission said the continental body would provide $350,000 in immediate support to the countries. The European Union has released 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million) in emergency aid, and the United Kingdom pledged up to 6 million pounds ($7.9 million). Tanzania's military has airlifted 238 tons of food and medicine, and three Indian naval ships have been diverted to Beira to help with evacuations of stranded people and other efforts. Sacha Myers of the nonprofit Save the Children described rising floodwaters and "rivers and dams bursting their banks." She said getting aid to affected areas was difficult asroadsand bridges across the region have been washed away or submerged. Now hunger and illness are growing concerns. Crops across the region have been destroyed. Waterborne diseases are likely to spread. "There are large areas where people are really finding it difficult to find sources of clean water," Gert Verdonck, the emergency coordinator with Doctors Without Borders in Beira, said in a statement. He added: "On top of all of that, there's the issue of how to treat people who fall sick_with so many health centers damaged or destroyed."

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers' Questions session, at parliament in London, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to delay Britain's departure from the European Union until June 30. The U.K. is currently due to leave the bloc in nine days, but Parliament has twice rejected May's divorce deal with the EU. May told European Council President Donald Tusk in a letter seeking the extension that she intends to try a third time to get the deal approved. A delay to Brexit needs approval from all 27 remaining EU member states, who are meeting in Brussels on Thursday. ___ 9:55 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to ask the European Union for a short delay to the country's divorce from the European Union. Britain's Press Association is citing sources in the prime minister's office as saying May will write to EU leaders on Wednesday to formally request "a bit more time." Parliament last week voted for a three-month delay to the end of June, but some EU leaders have suggested another two years might be necessary. Education Secretary Damian Hinds told the BBC on Wednesday that a shorter delay is the right option. Hinds says the process has already gone on for more than two years, "and I think people are a bit tired of waiting for Parliament to get our act together and get the deal passed." ___ 9 a.m. The head of the European Union's executive branch says a decision on a delay to Brexit is unlikely at this week's EU summit and the bloc's leaders may have to meet again next week. British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit, currently scheduled for March 29, ahead of an EU summit starting Thursday. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that he hadn't received a letter as of Wednesday morning. Juncker told Germany's Deutschlandfunk radio: "My impression is ... that this week at the European Council there will be no decision, but that we will probably have to meet again next week." He added that "Mrs. May doesn't have an agreement to anything, either in her Cabinet or in Parliament."