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US cloud provider explores taking service to Trinidad

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(Fibre optic cable due for so long – would Montserrat be able to contend for this…?)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr, 19, CMC – The number one cloud provider in the world, Amazon Web Services (AWS), that is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, has expressed an interest in taking its services to the twin island republic.

This was disclosed during a recent meeting between Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie , representatives from AWS and Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.

imagesThe meeting was held to present the benefits Government stands to gain from using Amazon’s public cloud services.
“Their visit here is very timely because the Government is in the process of developing a cloud policy. The Government is also going to the market for a solution for data processing and the evolution of the Gov Net platform,” said Cuffie in a release issued following the meeting at his ministry .
According to Cuffie, with AWS having only one data centre located in the Latin America/Caribbean region, among its 16 locations, the company could consider Trinidad and Tobago as an ideal location to expand its services to the region.

The AWS team that was on a three-day visit also expressed interest in providing cloud services to various educational institutions and the establishment of reseller and partner relationships with businesses and service providers in the country.

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MPs vote to approve Theresa May’s plans for snap general election

 

The United Kingdom will now go to the polls to elect a new government on June 8

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Theresa May has won the backing of Parliament for her plan to hold a snap general election on June 8.

The vote was required by law, but her motion to hold the election was carried with broad support from across the House of Commons.

Both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and top Liberal Democrat Tim Farron backed the move, while Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP abstained.

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MPs backed the motion by 522 votes to 13. This comfortably gives the PM her two-thirds majority, which is required to call an election under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

Opening the Commons debate on the election motion the Prime Minister told MPs it was time to “put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide” and that her party would provide “strong and stable leadership in the national interest”.

But Mr Corbyn said the Prime Minister’s U-turn showed she could not be trusted to run the country.

“The Prime Minister talks about a strong economy, but the truth is most people are worse off then they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago. The election gives the British people the chance to change direction,” he said.

“This election is about her Government’s failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority.”

The few MPs who voted against a general election were mostly Labour rebels, including Clive Lewis, Liz McInnes, and Dennis Skinner. Two former SNP independents, Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thompson also voted against, as did SDLP MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell.

Aside from the main parties, those who voted in favour also included the eight Democratic Unionist Party MPs, three Plaid Cymru, two Ulster Unionist Party, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas and independent former Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale.

The Prime Minister told the Commons: “We are determined to bring stability to the United Kingdom for the long term and that’s what this election will be about – leadership and stability.

“The decision facing the country will be clear. I will be campaigning for strong and stable leadership in the national interest with me as Prime Minister and I will be asking for the public’s support to continue to deliver my plan for a stronger Britain, to lead the country for the next five years and to give the certainty and stability that we need.”

MPs appeared to take great pleasure in interrupting the Prime Minister during the debate. One Labour member, Paul Farrelly, intervented to ask Ms May to “explain why she has such a loose and complicated relationship with telling the truth”. He was slapped down by the Speaker John Bercow and asked to “reformulate” his question, after which he accused the PM of having “such a complicated and loose relationship with giving the country a clear indication of her intentions”.

Ms May said she had given a clear indication of her intentions “yesterday”.

Some MPs raised the question of the CPS and police investigation into Conservative election expenses. The SNP’s Stewart Malcolm McDonald said the PM had “some brass neck to call a general election when you are facing allegations of buying the last one”. Ms May replied that the question was “not worthy of the honourable gentleman”.

 

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Theresa May asks MPs to back snap election

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Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

 
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Theresa May is seeking to hold a General Election on 8 June arguing it is the only way to secure stability ahead of Brexit.

The shock move follows speculation the Prime Minister would call a poll to shore up her parliamentary position as Britain leaves the EU and given Labour’s dire position in the polls.

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Mrs May informed the Queen of her decision by phone on Monday, according to Downing Street.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, introduced under the last coalition government, the next election was not due until 2020.

However, a poll can be called before then if backed by two thirds of MPs or if there is a no confidence vote in the Government.

The PM is to table a motion in the House of Commons on Wednesday and has called on MPs to back an election.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he welcomes the poll move, but many of his MPs are likely to have private reservations, given the party’s poor performance.

Making the dramatic announcement, following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mrs May said she had come to the decision “reluctantly”, but argued other political parties opposed Brexit.

Speaking in Downing Street she said: “At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity in Westminster, but instead there is division.

“In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reached with the European Union.

 
 
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“The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.

“The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formerly repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”

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She added: “They underestimate our determination to get the job done And I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.

“Because what they are doing jeopardises the work we must do to prepare for Brexit at home.

“And it weakens the Government’s negotiating position in Europe.

“If we do not hold a General Election now, their political gameplaying will continue.

“And the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.

“So we need a general election and we need it now.”

 
 
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In a stark message to political opponents, Mrs May said: “You have criticised the Government’s vision for Brexit, you have challenged our objectives, you have threatened to block the legislation we put before Parliament.

“This is your moment to show you mean it, to show you are not opposing the Government for the sake of it, to show that you do not treat politics as a game.

“So tomorrow vote for an election, let us put forward our plans for Brexit and our alternative programmes for government and then let the people decide.”

The PM said the decision facing the country would be about leadership.

She said: “It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your Prime Minister, or weak and unstable coalition government led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats, who want to reopen the divisions of the referendum, and Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.”

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Woman killed in Nevis shooting incident – another injured

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Apr. 17, CMC– A woman was killed and another injured early Monday in a shooting incident in the community of Cotton Ground.

shot up car in nevisA police source who confirmed the incident said the women were reportedly heading home from a bingo game, shortly before 4:00 am (local time) when the car they were in was attacked.

They were taken to the Alexandra Hospital where one of the women- Morella Webbe, 28, died from her injures. The other woman, Sonia Grant, 34, was admitted.

As investigations continue, it is not known how many persons were involved in what is believed to be an attempted robbery.

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Leeward Islands jolted by strong tremor

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Map shows Montserrat off left between Antigua and Guadeloupe

Olveston, Montserrat: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rocked the Leeward Islands to include Montserrat, Antigua and St. Kitts Nevis early Monday, but there are no early reports of injuries or damage.

One person out of Antigua reportedly though they felt another tremor later in the morning.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit  (SRU) says the tremor was recorded at 1:23 am (local time) at a Latitude of 17.48 N, Longitude of 61.20 W at depth of 10 km., confirmed by information coming from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.

DATE AND TIME:
2017-04-17 01:23 am (Local Time)
2017-04-17 05:23 (UTC)

MAGNITUDE: 5.8
LOCATION:
Latitude: 17.48N
Longitude: 61.20W
Depth: 10 km

The centre  of the quake was located 83 km NE of St. John’s, Antigua; 141 Km NNE of Point-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 171 km East of Basseterre, with Montserrat located west in the middle of these two islands. Many people have reported feeling this tremor around the reported time.

The UWI, SRC – Automatic Earthquake Location, naming NEARBY CITIES:
83 km NE of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
141 km NNE of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
171 km E of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Further details will be reported later, but meanwhile the MVO through their website is asking: if you felt this earthquake, please tell us at: (http://uwiseismic.com/EarthquakeFeedback.aspx

With a disclaimer: “this event has NOT been reviewed by an analyst. It was automatically located by a seismological computational system, therefore, it is a PRELIMINARY result and this may vary when new additional data are processed.”

 

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US Department of Transportation penalizes Dynamic International Airways

NORTH CAROLINA, Apr. 15, CMC – The United States Department of Transportation (DOT), has ordered Dynamic International Airways to pay penalties of US$120,000 following an incident last year in which several passengers were stranded here and New York .

The DOT says the airline cancelled several flights and failed to notify passengers in a timely manner and refund them.

dynamic airlinesDemerara Waves Online reports that Dynamic has provided several reasons for each of those problems that plagued passengers during September, October and November, 2016.

“Failure to comply with this cease and desist provision may subject Dynamic International Airways, LLC and its successors and assignees to further enforcement action,” said the DOT in a warning to the airline on Friday.

While the destinations were not named by the DOT, the authority said the complaints received were from passengers who used the airline to and from destinations outside the US.

Earlier this year, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) summoned Dynamic Airways to discuss the adverse impact the cancellations had on passengers.

Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings at DOT, Blane A. Workie warned DOT said a probe was triggered after its Department’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division received a  “significant increase” in the  number of complaints. “In many instances, Dynamic failed to provide refunds in a timely manner to passengers affected by cancelled flights, as required….  In numerous cases, consumers had to wait for months to receive a refund.

The US agency said those violations prohibit unfair and deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition and also violate a cease and desist provision of an order issued on March 3, 2016.

Dynamic Airways, according to order, has since put systems in place to adequately notify passengers of flight cancellations.  “To address the cancellation notices issue, Dynamic advises that it now requires travel agents that book passengers on Dynamic flights to provide Dynamic with passenger’s contact information. Dynamic states that it also revised its procedures to provide for timely issuance of cancellation notices to travel agents in the first instance following a flight cancellation,” the carrier was reported to have told the proceedings.

Dynamic International Airways is a charter airline that operates out of Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States and offers service from New York to the Caribbean and South America.

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High Court awards man TT$70,000 for unlawful detention

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 14, CMC – A High Court judge has awarded TT$70,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) to a man detained by police during the 2011 state of emergency (SOE) on suspicion that he was involved in a plot to assassinate then prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and three senior members of her cabinet.

In addition, Justice Vasheist Kokaram said the case “as presented, demonstrates through an action of false imprisonment the balance between individual and collective rights in times where there is a threat to our public safety under a declared state of emergency”.

TT CourtsAnton ‘Boombay’ Boney had challenged his detention that he was among a group of people who were planning to murder Persad-Bissessar, her then attorney general Anand Ramlogan, housing and environment Minister Roodal Moonilal and local government minister Chandresh Sharma.

Boney’s lawyers had argued that the police damaged their client’s reputation by the allegations made against him. Attorneys Lee Merry and Kelston Pope said that the police never justified the arrest and detention of their client despite advancing a defence that it was legally done under the Emergency Powers Regulations.

Boney was detained during the period November 29, 2011, to December 5, 2011. And released at the end of the SOE without any charge being laid against him.
In his ruling on Thu4rsday, the judge warned against the arbitrary detention of people even during a declared state of emergency.

“Freedom from arbitrary detention is a proud legacy of our shared values and equally threats to public safety lie not only in attacks against citizens’ security and well-being by criminal acts but, also acts of the State which irrationally deprives its citizens of their cherished private rights and individual freedoms,” Justice Kokaram said.

He said that while Corporal Charles Budri, the police officer, who arrested Boney, did have an honest belief in the suspicion that Boney was involved in criminal activity, there was no proper explanation for his detention beyond the first 24 hours.

“In the aftermath of many acts of terror, which have threatened public safety, democratic societies legitimately react to protect its citizens and their values of human security and their right to peace,” the judge said.

But he emphasised that “mere suspicion” to justify an arrest was “no licence to continue to detain” an individual without justification.

Justice Kokaram said while there was an honestly held suspicion of Boney’s involvement in gun related violence, which may have destabilised the country, he was not satisfied that the five-day detention was necessary for the police to continue their enquiries into his involvement in the alleged plot.

During the trial retired deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Mervyn Richardson defended Boney’s arrest and detention, saying the police had cogent, compelling intelligence that something bad was to happen.

“We had to act,” Richardson said.

But the judge dismissed his evidence of the need to conduct interviews and make further enquiries into Boney’s alleged involvement in the plot as “unhelpful and very thin.

“There is no question in this case of the legitimacy of the purpose of the Emergency Powers Regulations legislation under which the power of arrest is being exercised.

“…similarly, in this case, it cannot be overlooked that this is a nation that has endured the reverberating pangs of criminal activity from the 1970 insurrection to the 1990 attempted coup to an increasing crime rate for a small nation which resulted in the Government’s decision to declare the State of Emergency,” Justice Kokaram said.

Boney was one of some 17 people, including a police sergeant, who were arrested in connection with an alleged threat to assassinate Persad-Bissessar and three members of Cabinet as well as create public disorder and panic.

According to the detenion order, the assassinations were due to have taken place on November 24, 2011.

In late 2011, Persad Bissessar told the nation that she was not surprised that the authorities had uncovered the plot to assassinate her and members of her cabinet since the introduction of the SOE had forced the criminal elements to seek reprisals.

“…I did anticipate their extreme displeasure,” she said, noting that nearly 7, 300 people had been detained with 463 arrested on gang related activities under the SOE.

“ I am advised by the  law enforcement authorities that they have, through their intelligence resources uncovered an assassination plot against members of my  government and myself,” she said then.

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Police hunt for Jamaican man involved in robbery

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr. 18, CMC – The police in Antigua and Barbuda, are on the hunt for a Jamaican man who was reportedly involved in a recent robbery at a travel agency earlier this month.

crimeThe man – Anthony Kenroy Hamilton, 22, reportedly went Innovative Travel & Tours, on April 7, armed with a gun.

The police say he bound and gagged the female owner, before robbing her of an undisclosed sum of money and her purse.

According to the police, witness pursued the man before reporting the robbery to a police officer who gave chase, but eventually lost sight of the suspect.

The police say Hamilton is considered armed and dangerous and have urged to him to surrender at any police station immediately.

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Ruling party names caretakers ahead of next general election

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Apr 12, CMC – Two candidates of the ruling New National party (NNP) who contested the 2013 general elections will not be contesting the upcoming poll constitutionally due next year but widely expected to be held later this year.

In a statement, the NNP said that it would soon be launching caretakers in five constituencies during the month of April, the first in a series scheduled for the coming months.

Among the caretakers is Peter David, who had represented the Town of St. George constituency as a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and represented the constituency from 2003 to 2013.

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The constituency is now being represented by Health Minister Nicholas Steele, who has also been named as a caretaker.

David was one of many NDC executive members who were expelled from the party in 2012. Since then he has aligned himself with the NNP serving as a government senator in the Upper House of Parliament.

He has been appointed the caretaker for the Town of St George , adding “I am grateful for the confidence that has been shown in me by the general executive of the NNP, and by the party supporters at large, in town.

“We have a lot of work to do together – and we will get down to ensuring that the seat stays in the column of the NNP,” David said.

The former foreign minister said that he has worked closely with Steele in recent years “to unite all of our people.

“We believe that the challenges we continue to face as a nation, despite the awe-inspiring successes, call for a sense of unity like we have never seen in our history. There are too many possibilities out there for anyone to govern over a divided nation,” David said.

Steele has been named the caretaker for St George South. Acknowledging it is “a challenge I embrace with the South being one of the largest constituencies in Grenada.

“There is already an enthusiastic team working there, and it is our intention to expand on that and bring in additional support,” Steele said.

The NNP controls all 15 seats in the House of Representatives. The NDC, which is now led by former finance minister Nazim Burke, recently announced a number of caretakers for several constituencies.

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Ousted opposition legislator to launch new political party

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr. 14, CMC – A new political party will be launched next week by former member of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) Joanne Massiah who was ousted two months.

Joanne-640x375-640x375Massiah, who is the legislator for the constituency of All Saints East and St Luke, has not disclosed the name of the party that will be launched on Tuesday.

With the launch, she will become the first woman in the country’s history to lead a political party.

Massiah was booted following a row, which started almost two years ago when she accused her UPP colleagues of lying about her refusal to cooperate during the dispute over the leadership race and after.
According to a report in the Antigua Observer, Massiah said based on how things unfolded during that period, she was constructively dismissed from the UPP the moment she was not named as a candidate in the next general elections.

In February, the UPP said that, Massiah, who was being touted as the first woman to attempt to lead the party, was expelled after a meeting of the party’s Disciplinary Council.

In January 2016, Massiah said she had entered the race to succeed former prime minister Baldwin Spencer at the “urgings of the party faithful, after much prayer, broad-based consultation and sober reflection as well as through a process of objective assessment of the legacy of the UPP and the overwhelming sense of duty to introduce the country to a different type of politics.”

Former finance minister Harold Lovell is now leading the opposition party.

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