HMCS Calgary Helps Stop USD 1 Mln Worth of Marijuana

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMCS Calgary Follow @navaltoday View post tag: Coast Guard As reported by U-T San Diego, two suspected drug smuggler aboard a 35-foot panga were spotted on Wednesday about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego.HMCS Calgary joined the pursuit after the smugglers. Two suspects, both Mexican citiziens, along with their vessel and 50 bales of marijuana weighing 1,200 pounds were transported to the immigration and customs officials.[mappress]Press Release, October 06, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: helps HMCS Calgary Helps Stop USD 1 Mln Worth of Marijuana View post tag: Marijuana October 6, 2014 View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Calgary Helps Stop USD 1 Mln Worth of Marijuana center_img View post tag: 1 Mln View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: stop View post tag: USD View post tag: worth The Royal Canadian Navy’s frigate HMCS Calgary assisted the US Coast Guard in stopping more than $1 million worth of marijuana off the coast of Mexico.last_img read more

New Report Curates Best Practices in Transparency Reporting

first_img Read Full Story The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Open Technology Institute surveyed U.S. Internet and telecommunications companies to highlight best practices and encourage standardization in transparency reporting. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Open Technology Institute at New America (OTI) are releasing The Transparency Reporting Toolkit: Survey & Best Practice Memos. This report, a compilation of eight memos, looks at the major challenges that U.S. Internet and telecommunications companies face when reporting on U.S. law enforcement and government requests for user information, and identifies industry best practices for this transparency reporting. It’s the culmination of more than two years of work by OTI and the Berkman Center cataloguing the diversity of transparency reporting approaches and engaging with a variety of companies and stakeholders about the goals and challenges of transparency reporting.In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed details of the U.S. government’s classified surveillance programs, including those permitting access to Internet users’ data and the bulk collection of telephone records. In the wake of those revelations, Internet and telecommunications companies scrambled to rebuild lost trust. One approach many companies took was publishing “transparency reports,” publicly disclosing data on the number and type of government requests for user information they received. However, a diversity of approaches to reporting quickly led to a fragmentation of practices that have made it impossible to meaningfully compare metrics across companies.last_img read more

Find your flow on the bike trails of Patrick County

first_imgMountain bikers and road racers alike can find riding nirvana in the mountains and valleys of Patrick County, Virginia, and the best of both will travel there in May and June for top-tier races.Perched at the point where the Blue Ridge Mountains crash into the rolling hills of Piedmont Virginia, the county is home to a wide variety of biking options, from 15 miles of epic trail at I.C. DeHart Park in Woolwine to the sweeping panoramas of ridgetop runs on the Blue Ridge Parkway.I.C. DeHart Park will host the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Virginia State Championships on May 19. Known as the Bootlegger’s Blitz, the roughly 15-mile race showcases the park’s numerous features, including rock gardens, drops, screaming descents, mountains, creek crossings, and more. The race is part of the Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series and Virginia Off-Road Series, with prizes for different age groups and skill levels.Two weeks later, the Big Ivy Grand Fondo Charity Bike Event at Primland on June 3 gives a completely different look at cycling in Patrick County. The event, which benefits local EMS services, offers challenging 14, 33, 52 and 75-mile routes on paved roads through hills and mountains, with great support, a post-ride meal, and performance awards—all based at Primland, a luxury Blue Ridge resort that offers ATV tours, disc golf, golf, hunting, fishing, and all sorts of adventures at its 12,000-acre property.The race events signify the quality of bicycling in Patrick County, which offers plenty of additional options for hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, and kayaking.I.C. DeHart Park is a great ride no matter the season, with two loops that offer a multitude of ride options. The route used for Shiner’s Revenge XXC and Bootlegger’s Blitz XC offers a taste of everything, and 90 percent of the route is singletrack. The park is located on the former estate of Isaac C. DeHart, who operated a roller and grist mill and legal distillery. The park has a picnic shelter, children’s playground, two tennis courts, a walking trail, baseball field and horseshoe pitching area. Admission is free.Road cyclists will want to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers stunning views and a variety of loop options with paved backroads that descend and climb the Blue Ridge Plateau. Consider the 64-mile Mabry Mill Challenge, or a 41-mile ride from Meadows of Dan to Willis Gap to Squirrel Spur.For shorter options, check out the newly built Mayo River Trail in Stuart and the bike trails at Fairy Stone State Park.Unwind after your ride with a visit to one of the county’s wineries, Stanburn Winery, and Villa Appalaccia Winery. Enjoy a meal at one of Patrick County’s numerous restaurants, a cup of coffee from Honduras Coffee Shop, or a local-made treat at Nancy’s Candy Company. Listen to old-time mountain music along the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail, and explore the county’s deep arts scene.Patrick County, Virginia: Experience the simple life.last_img read more

Trying to save your way to profitability? Consider these 4 options instead

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: www.marketingsolutionsunltd.com Details As credit union professionals are entering the fourth quarter, we’re all rolling our eyes at what a year it’s been. As much as we want 2020 to end, everyone is trying to figure out the best way to close a fiscal year that has been abysmal.Credit unions are realizing record lows in loan growth, member growth, ROA, etc. Deposits have increased throwing everyone’s ratios into turmoil. Credit unions are scrambling to end the year as strongly as possible. I’ve observed a particular strategy over the years, and it’s rearing its predominately ineffective head right now. Some credit unions are jumping on this bandwagon as they desperately try to salvage their 5300. What do they think is the answer?Save your way to profitability!Cut expenses wherever you can. Anything. Everything. Save money to show income. Cut office supplies. Cut staffing. Cut marketing. (Gasp!) Cut technology upgrades. Cut food at the board meetings. Cut that new product launch. All of these actions will save money to make you profitable so you can end the year in the black, right? Wrong. Sadly, saving your way to profitability is not a strategy that will have a significant long-term impact. In today’s financial climate, loan rates are at an all-time low. The pandemic has impacted the economy, and credit unions will need to consider alternative non-interest income resources to maintain stability. Long gone are the days when loan interest was the majority of the bottom line. The harsh reality is that interest income most likely will not carry you through this unprecedented storm.I want to share some income-generating ideas for any credit union to consider. These suggestions can work for credit unions of any size. Some are quick and easy fixes, while others may require a business partner and more time. But they all can give a boost to the bottom line. If you need resources for any of these ideas, call me. I know people.1. Evaluate Your Courtesy Pay Program.By now, most credit unions have some sort of Courtesy Pay/Overdraft Privilege program. Many implemented it on their own through their Core Processor, while others partnered with a third-party vendor. Some credit unions evaluate their program regularly, however, most Courtesy Pay programs were established years ago and haven’t been analyzed since. This could be the fastest way to generate a significant amount of income to a credit union’s bottom line, while also providing an essential service to the members. Consider partnering with an expert who will evaluate your program to recommend improvements resulting in additional income. You think your program is successful? Maybe there’s something you haven’t considered. Are you compliant? Is your advertising legal? Are you managing the opt-in process appropriately? Find a company that can help you fine-tune your Courtesy Pay, ensure its compliance, and provide marketing support and collateral materials. Courtesy Pay companies typically earn a percentage of the income generated above your current totals. They make money when you make more money.2. Build a Rapport with a Credit Union Specific Law Firm.Most credit unions have legal counsel, and it’s often a local attorney. But do you have a relationship with a law firm that specializes in credit union issues? (They do exist.) Credit unions often think they are knowledgeable of laws regarding bankruptcy, judgments, statute of limitations on collecting charge-offs, and the legalities of a vehicle repossession. A misunderstanding or lack of knowledge could result in significant losses or missed opportunities. Many credit unions view legal counsel as an expense. But what if that legal advice could prevent losses in the future or identify an asset to collect on a judgment? Are you actively trying to recover your charge-offs? How are you managing judgments? These actions will incur an expense, however, expenses can be investments, so look at the big picture. That lawyer may uncover “found money” for you, and that helps the bottom line.3. Revisit Your Business Partners that Offer Incentives.Many vendors offer incentives (to your employees and/or to the credit union) to promote certain products and services. This could be a great way to generate additional income for the credit union. For example, GAP (Guaranteed Auto Protection) vendors often allow credit unions to mark up the product they sell to members. The credit union’s GAP is usually considerably less expensive than when a member buys it at a dealership. Warranty coverages sometimes work the same way with a markup, and the credit union recognizes income on the markup. Other credit union partners offer member discounts on various consumer services while offering the credit union a monetary incentive to advertise those products and services.4. Review Your Fee Schedule.I’ve always encouraged credit unions to review their Fee Schedule annually and adjust accordingly. Credit unions can strategically update fees that will help the bottom line. I’m not suggesting you gouge the members on fees. But credit unions should have abuse fees for those members who cost the credit union time and resources. Like cost of living expenses, those fees should be reviewed and adjusted annually. Review your refunded fees. Are your staff members constantly waiving fees? I recently talked to a CEO who discovered that one particular teller was excessively waiving and reversing fees. This caused a significant loss in YTD fee income. Also, audit your core processor. Is your core charging fees correctly? If you updated a fee last year, did someone actually update it on the system? It may sound trivial but updating (or implementing) fees can add significant income to your bottom line.This has been a rough year for everyone. In countless ways. But as we wind down 2020, we’re all trying to finish strong. The amount of money you can SAVE is only as much as you spend. It’s a fixed amount. But the amount of money you can EARN has unlimited potential. Once you implement certain practices or business partnerships, you could fatten up your bottom line significantly. If there’s one takeaway from this article, it’s this…Don’t spend so much energy counting the pennies going out, that you neglect seeing the opportunity of dollars coming in. And if you need help, call me. I know people.last_img read more

Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts

first_imgJustin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESJustin Brownlee has fond memories of Game 6 of last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, but he knows that it’s already a thing of the past.“I definitely remember it,” Brownlee said, looking back on the shot that downed Meralco and ended Ginebra’s eight-year title drought. “But I’m just trying to move on from it.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees And with the Gin Kings and the Bolts clashing anew in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Brownlee is focused on leading his team to back-to-back titles.“A lot of people still talk about it, but this is a new year and a new conference. Whatever we did last year, it doesn’t matter in this time. I’m just trying to move forward from that. It was a great memory and nothing can take that away, but I’m just moving on,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBrownlee unfurled monster numbers on Sunday, scattering 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five shots in the series-clinching win over TNT.That was just the kind of performance coach Tim Cone would like to see from his import going into the tough series against Meralco, but Brownlee is wary of the Bolts’ threat, specifically Allen Durham. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “Like coach said, the guy is a beast. I got to give it to him, he’s just been a beast and he’s been unstoppable. That’s why he’s in the finals and his team. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully we can slow him down,” he said.But it’s not just Durham alone, as the rest of the Bolts are raring to get their redemption against the Gin Kings.“If I was with that team, I would want to face Ginebra in the Finals, too,” he said, understanding the sentiments of a lot of Meralco players, particularly Jared Dillinger, who’s been vocal of his desire to have the rematch. “That just shows his fight and you know, maybe get some revenge. I would be the same way if I was him so I respect that.”Game 1 of the best-of-7 Finals series kicks off on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

“Extraordinary” Radiocarbon Anomaly Found in Tree Rings

first_imgA tree ring sample from a bristlecone pine reveals something weird happened to the sun around 5480 BC.This paper’s title should set off alarms for radiocarbon dating: “Large 14C excursion in 5480 BC indicates an abnormal sun in the mid-Holocene” (PNAS). For one thing, Christians might celebrate the apparent trend away from designating dates BCE (“before Common Era”) and back to BC (“Before Christ”). But what about this “abnormal sun”? And what does the carbon-14 anomaly mean for radiocarbon dating?Carbon-14 contents in tree rings tell us information of the past cosmic ray intensities because cosmic rays produce 14C in the atmosphere. We found a signature of a quite large increase of incoming cosmic ray intensity in the mid-Holocene (the 5480 BC event) from the measurement of 14C content in North American tree rings. The cause of this event is supposed to be an extremely weak sun, or a combination of successive strong solar bursts and variation of a solar magnetic activity. In any case, 14C variation of the 5480 BC event is extraordinary in the Holocene, and this event indicates the abnormal solar activity compared with other periods.The paper does not quantify how “extraordinary” this “large” increase was, other than to say it “one of the largest increase rates (0.51‰/y) in the Holocene,” faster even than the Maunder Minimum and two other known excursions. Unfortunately, they do not state what it means for published radiocarbon dates. The authors mainly focus on the fact that tree ring dating from this slice of California bristlecone pine provided finer resolution than previously-known anomalies—and may be indicative of other rapid changes in radiocarbon production in the atmosphere arising from different mechanisms. Readers may not be aware of the unknowns in this dating method:The 14C contents in tree rings are normally affected by the solar magnetic activities and the geomagnetic activities, which modulate the GCR flux [galactic cosmic rays] to Earth. There is an excellent tree ring record of 14C data in the international radiocarbon calibration curve IntCal. This record has a typically 10-y resolution extending to 13,900 y B.P. We can see solar and geomagnetic variations exhibited in the radiocarbon record as decadal to millennial time scale, i.e., 50- to 100-y variation such as grand solar minima, and ∼1,000-y variations of the geomagnetic dipole moment.On the other hand, there is little understanding of annual 14C variations, due to the lack of annual 14C data for periods before AD 1510. Previously, it was considered that annual variations of 14C contents do not change rapidly because the original signal is diluted and attenuated by the carbon cycle. Although most of annual 14C data show a gradual variation, there are some periods that show significant and rapid annual changes. The AD 775 and AD 994 (or AD 993) events are two examples of large changes, which occur at annual resolution. The 14C variation of these two events have a characteristic increase over 1 y to 2 y followed by a decay that reflects a rapid input of cosmic rays to the atmosphere within 1 y and the decay by the global carbon cycle. The most likely explanation of these events is that they were the result of extreme SPEs [solar proton events], based on verifications of annual 14C measurements using worldwide tree samples and annual 10Be measurements in ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland. It is possible that there were more annual cosmic ray events like the 775 event and even other types of annual rapid 14C variation in the past.What’s notable is that this “extraordinary” and “large” anomaly was just discovered after decades of trust in radiocarbon dating. Experts have their calibration curves, which are supposed to tell technicians how to account for anomalies. Now, here’s another “excursion” away from the norm. Some process, whether the sun or galactic cosmic rays,  may have produced more 14C than expected that year (however reliable the date 5480 BC can be regarded). If so, it seems likely that radiocarbon dates would be off by some unspecified amount. Perhaps it is not a big adjustment. But how many more excursions will surface in the future? What other unknown unknowns give false confidence in this highly-regarded dating method? Their last sentence sounds a warning: “In any case, the 14C variation of the 5480 BC event indicates an unprecedented anomaly in solar activity compared to other periods.”We alert interested geophysicists to this paper and solicit comments. Does it having any significant bearing on radiocarbon dates? (Visited 336 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

first_imgThe Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.” last_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

Jamaica and Dominican Republic Sign Multi-Destination Agreement

first_img Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market.The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed during a luncheon with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and several local and international dignitaries at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa on November 28.The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado.In his remarks, Minister Bartlett said the MOU focuses on joint marketing and airlift arrangements, similar to the agreement signed between Cuba and Jamaica in January.“The Dominican Republic is the largest tourism destination at this time. The infrastructure there allows for connectivity from far-flung places and markets, which we are not able to access at this time,” he said.He informed that Jamaica and Mexico will also sign an MOU in January 2018 that will “bring together the four major markets in the Caribbean into a symbiotic arrangement that will allow us to provide a market for close to 33 million people”.“It will (also) allow us to develop and exchange partnerships with large airlines and major tour operators. This is a win-win situation, because if it happens in the north, it will happen in the south,” he contended.Mr. Garcia, for his part, said his country wants to be given an opportunity to learn from and share its experiences with other islands of the Caribbean.He underscored the importance of tourism to Jamaica and the rest of the region, and commended the efforts to implement multi-destination arrangements, “which we’ve wanted for so long”.Mr. Garcia noted that there is unquestionable support for the move from the leaders of the Caribbean, including Mr. Holness. Story Highlights The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. last_img read more