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The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. Announces Availability of Cryptocay.ky

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It’s Time to Trade in Paradise!

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, July 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today,  The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. announced immediate availability of Cryptocay.ky, enabling traders of all levels of expertise to immediately register and use the Digital Asset Trading platform.

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“We are truly excited to release this platform to the world.” said Malcolm Hurlston, Chief Marketing Officer at The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd..

Many Countries, One Goal

Many consumers interested in the cryptocurrency world have showed keen interest in the latest platform coming to the shores of the Cayman Islands. Recent studies have shown that as the general media becomes more and more aware of cryptocurrency business, the Caribbean has been taking a closer look at the possibilities of Cryptocommerce.

“Cryptocay.ky is just the beginning of adaptation in the Caribbean,” continued Mr, Hurlston. “We want to become the central hub for everything crypto-related in the Caribbean. We at CIIG are dedicated to creating new products that benefit the investors and entrepreneurs of the future, including an ERC-20 based Money Transfer system!”

Cryptocay.ky Availability

Cryptocay.ky is immediately available for sign up today! Just visit www.cryptocay.ky. For more info on the Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd., businesses and consumers can visit www.ciig.ky

Founded in 2018,  The Cayman Islands Investment Group is a Registered Company in the Cayman Islands. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to develop the entrepreneurial economy of the Cayman Islands and beyond.

The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. and Cryptocay.ky are either registered trademarks or trademarks of The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. in the Cayman Islands and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information on Cryptocay.ky: www.cryptocay.ky

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Tuskegee Airmen Elect Dominican-Born President & Features Jamaican-Born Aerospace Engineer

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New Tuskegee Airmen ECCTAI President, Gabriel J. Christian, and Keynote Speaker Robert Rashford Bring Caribbean Leaders to Forefront

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CaribPR Wire, WASHINGTON, Thursday, June 27, 2019: On December 1, 2018, Gabriel J. Christian, Esq., became the first Caribbean-born President of the Tuskegee Airmen East Coast Chapter.

This summer, Christian led the Tuskegee Airmen by organizing and hosting a historic fundraising event which featured two prominent Caribbean nationals during its 2019 Tuskegee Youth In Aviation Breakfast Fundraiser on May 25th in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The theme for this year’s fundraiser event was ‘Honoring the Legacy of Excellence’ as featured on CBS News (WUSA9) in Washington, D.C. The full news feature is available on CBS online at https://on.wusa9.com/2J9tIzi.

The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc,. (ECCTAI), is the largest and most active chapter in the national organization and brings together — in the spirit of friendship and goodwill — all who share in the aspirations and successes of the men and women who pioneered military aviation in the Tuskegee Airmen; a group of Black military pilots who fought in World War II.

As the newly elected President of ECCTAI, Gabriel J. Christian, a native islander from The Commonwealth of Dominica, is the first Caribbean-born President to serve in this role. Keeping the legacy of his father, Wendell McKenzie Christian, who was a British Army World War II veteran.

Christian is an attorney, an author, and a long-standing and active volunteer member of ECCTAI for over a decade whilst also serving as Lead Counsel at his Bowie-based law practice: The Maryland Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates. Having been raised by a decorated fireman father and a dutiful mother who impressed upon him the importance of civil services, Christian seeks to preserve the legacy of the proud Tuskegee Airmen. “Their successes expanded the bounds of freedom and equality for all people, at home and abroad.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Jamaican-native islander, Robert Rashford, is an internationally known aerospace engineer who makes tools for use in outer space. His wide-ranging work has earned him many awards. This includes four awards from NASA for his work on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and the Hubble Space Telescope. He also received an award for Excellence in Science and Technology from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Today, he says to young people: “Expect challenges in your life; if you have no challenges, you do not live- use each one to motivate you to achieve great things.”

Rashford’s stellar accomplishments and focus on encouraging today’s youth to challenge themselves made him the ideal choice for Keynote during the event. “At a time when space exploration is key to the survival of our species, our scholarship program helps fund activities that promote aerospace and youth leadership development, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Christian.

ECCTAI is dedicated to fostering recognition of and preserving the history of Black achievements in aviation, and to inspiring and motivating young men and women toward endeavors in aviation and aerospace careers.

For more on ECCTAI and to start making a difference, log on to http://ecctai.org/.

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REFERENCES

CaribNation TV News Feature of Tuskegee Airmen Youth in Aviation Event

CBS News Feature of Tuskegee Airmen

https://on.wusa9.com/2J9tIzi

https://www.wusa9.com/video/opinion/editorials/off-script/tuskegee-airmen-work-to-get-teens-interested-in-aviation-stem/65-cb75b160-7da0-4ad4-8644-48731dfbefa6

Tuskegee Airmen Photo Gallery

https://ecctai.smugmug.com/2019-ECCTAI-YOUTH-RECOGNITION-BREAKFAST-FUNDRAISER/

Tuskegee Airmen ECCTAI – President’s Message

http://ecctai.org/presidents-message

Robert Rashford Bio

http://icons.niherst.gov.tt/icon/robert-rashford-ci1/

Wendell M. Christian Obituary

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=wendell-m-christian&pid=154037173

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Holistica, a new joint venture, innovates destination development for evolving world

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‘Win-win-win’ for communities, travelers and multiple cruise lines is the goal of partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and ITM Group

MIAMI, June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Two respected leaders in the travel and tourism industry, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) and privately-held ITM Group, are teaming to form a new destination company, to be called Holistica.

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Holistica will create an inclusive model for destination development that works holistically – thus the name – to meet the needs of coastal communities, local governments, and land, sea, and air travelers.

“The continuing growth and rising popularity of cruise vacations make it clear that the sustainable development of coastal destinations, including the thoughtful evolution of existing ones, is in the travel industry’s best interest,” said Michael Bayley of RCL. “We have spent five decades learning what works and what doesn’t, and we know the potential of strategic development to deliver extraordinary guest experiences and meet the needs of local communities.”

Mauricio Hamui of ITM Group said: “A well-designed destination brings economic benefits to communities and cultural enrichment to travelers, while creating the least possible disruption to the human and natural environment. There is a way to do these projects inclusively, collaboratively, and sustainably – and those are the characteristics this new partnership is meant to embody.”

Holistica Destinations, Ltd. will be a 50-50 partnership between RCL and ITM Group. The partners have commenced a search for a CEO for the new company, which will be headquartered in Miami.

Holistica’s first project: a $275 million development in Freeport, The Bahamas, was originated by RCL and ITM and is currently under review by the Bahamian government. Centered on the regeneration of the Grand Lucayan resort, the project includes ambitious plans for local ownership, employment, job training, community investment and sustainable construction practices.

In addition to the Freeport project, the companies said the new venture will own and operate destinations in Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Kumamoto, Japan. These projects, among others, will serve 8 million visitors annually, and be accessible to all travelers, including land and air vacationers and guests of multiple cruise lines. Holistica is also engaged in discussions regarding multiple existing and proposed destinations around the world.

“The timing is right for a venture of this type,” said Hamui. “A collaborative development approach, paired with meaningful private financial resources, gives local destinations the opportunity to grow the right way.”

Added Bayley: “Having more destinations, and developing them in a responsible manner, gives travelers greater vacation quality, and expands the landscape of available travel options as the tourism industry grows.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50 percent joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49 percent shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 15 on order as of March 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.rclcorporate.com.

Based in Cancun, ITM GROUP is a private Mexican company with more than 30 years experience developing high quality tourism and entertainment infrastructure, as well as real estate. It has built and operated more than six cruise ports in Mexico and the Caribbean, using the tailor-made sustainable technology needed to create, develop and consolidate integrated tourism destinations.

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Holistica, a new joint venture, innovates destination development for evolving world

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‘Win-win-win’ for communities, travelers and multiple cruise lines is the goal of partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and ITM Group

MIAMI, June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Two respected leaders in the travel and tourism industry, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) and privately-held ITM Group, are teaming to form a new destination company, to be called Holistica.

Holistica_logo

Holistica will create an inclusive model for destination development that works holistically – thus the name – to meet the needs of coastal communities, local governments, and land, sea, and air travelers.

“The continuing growth and rising popularity of cruise vacations make it clear that the sustainable development of coastal destinations, including the thoughtful evolution of existing ones, is in the travel industry’s best interest,” said Michael Bayley of RCL. “We have spent five decades learning what works and what doesn’t, and we know the potential of strategic development to deliver extraordinary guest experiences and meet the needs of local communities.”

Mauricio Hamui of ITM Group said: “A well-designed destination brings economic benefits to communities and cultural enrichment to travelers, while creating the least possible disruption to the human and natural environment. There is a way to do these projects inclusively, collaboratively, and sustainably – and those are the characteristics this new partnership is meant to embody.”

Holistica Destinations, Ltd. will be a 50-50 partnership between RCL and ITM Group. The partners have commenced a search for a CEO for the new company, which will be headquartered in Miami.

Holistica’s first project: a $275 million development in Freeport, The Bahamas, was originated by RCL and ITM and is currently under review by the Bahamian government. Centered on the regeneration of the Grand Lucayan resort, the project includes ambitious plans for local ownership, employment, job training, community investment and sustainable construction practices.

In addition to the Freeport project, the companies said the new venture will own and operate destinations in Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Kumamoto, Japan. These projects, among others, will serve 8 million visitors annually, and be accessible to all travelers, including land and air vacationers and guests of multiple cruise lines. Holistica is also engaged in discussions regarding multiple existing and proposed destinations around the world.

“The timing is right for a venture of this type,” said Hamui. “A collaborative development approach, paired with meaningful private financial resources, gives local destinations the opportunity to grow the right way.”

Added Bayley: “Having more destinations, and developing them in a responsible manner, gives travelers greater vacation quality, and expands the landscape of available travel options as the tourism industry grows.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50 percent joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49 percent shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 15 on order as of March 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.rclcorporate.com.

Based in Cancun, ITM GROUP is a private Mexican company with more than 30 years experience developing high quality tourism and entertainment infrastructure, as well as real estate. It has built and operated more than six cruise ports in Mexico and the Caribbean, using the tailor-made sustainable technology needed to create, develop and consolidate integrated tourism destinations.

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The Cruise Industry Is Open for Business with Destinations and Stakeholders: Registration Open for FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

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MIRAMAR, Florida, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests of Caribbean and Latin American destinations and stakeholders along with Member Lines that operate 95 percent of the global cruising capacity, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 26th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise tourism conference and trade show in the region. Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from October 21-25, it will link participants with more than 100 high-level executives expected from Member Lines for a series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities focused on developing mutual understanding and success.

“Last year’s record attendance of more than 150 Member Line representatives – including 11 presidents and above – again displayed the cruise industry’s interest in not only working directly with destinations and stakeholders, but also listening to their needs and understanding how to develop long-term mutual success,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. “We look forward to again presenting those opportunities, while enhancing them with new features to further optimize Conference participants’ and Trade Show exhibitors’ invaluable interactions with Member Line representatives.”

All Conference participants will have access to workshops led by cruise executives and successful stakeholders concentrated on topics ranging from attracting and fulfilling diverse cruise guests and cruise lines, to filling ships with supplies and employees – and participants’ needs taking center stage through most workshops encouraging input.

All participants will also have unique opportunities to meet with cruise executives during networking functions throughout the event.

Plus, pre-registered Delegates will have a host of cruise executives to select for one-on-one meetings where they can give a pitch and receive everything from individualized input to potential deals – with nearly 100 cruise executives scheduling one-on-one meetings in 2018. Delegates will also enjoy premium features including the VIP Lounge, where cruise executives often lounge, and event transfers.

The Trade Show will expand the target on the influential audience. Any booth will display a product, company or destination, and Pavilion options are available to increase the impact with grand sizes, prime locations and the ability to showcase a destination or company as a team. Additionally, Trade Show Pavilions will again include space for private meetings coordinated by FCCA, with this year’s event launching new ways to maximize the popular initiative introduced last year.

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Blue Diamond Resorts Celebrates Multiple Accolades Across Resort Portfolio

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CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 10, 2019: Blue Diamond Resorts, the Caribbean’s fastest growing resort chain, is celebrating numerous awards across multiple resort brands.

At the beginning of 2019, six Royalton Luxury Resorts together with their sister property, CHIC by Royalton, received AAA 4-Diamond Awards. Last week, Royalton Luxury Resorts won two TravelPulse Canada Readers’ Choice Awards in the categories of “Best Hotel Chain Category – All Inclusive” and “Best All-Inclusive Resorts/Chain or Group – Food and Beverage.”

Blue Diamond Resorts continues its record year of industry accreditations with multiple TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice and Certificate of Excellence awards. So far during 2019, 22 TripAdvisor® Certificates of Excellence have been awarded to properties within the Blue Diamond Resorts portfolio, nine of which are from resorts in Cuba. The news was welcomed by President of Blue Diamond Resorts, Jordi Pelfort, who commented, “We are pleased to have received 22 Certificates of Excellence, as well as the AAA 4-Diamond Awards and the Travel Pulse Canada Readers’ Choice Awards. These accolades are a reflection of guests’ experiences and the overall service one can expect when staying at a Blue Diamond Resort.”

Royalton Luxury Resorts’ flagship property, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, has long been recognized among the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. In addition to the numerous awards the resort won this year, the adults-only section, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, has received the TripAdvisor® GreenLeader Platinum award. This award is given to resorts which meet certain eco-friendly requirements, including having a linen re-use plan, tracking energy usage, recycling, using energy efficient light bulbs, hosting staff education programs and having a water waste program.

About Blue Diamond Resorts
Since its inception in 2010, Blue Diamond Resorts has risen to become the Caribbean’s fastest-growing resort company with 46 properties exceeding 15,700 rooms in ten countries. Taking an innovative approach to differentiating brands under each market’s unique demands, Blue Diamond Resorts’ ever-expanding portfolio is more impressive than ever. The newest addition to the company is a boutique resort collection, Mystique Resorts, providing a personalized experience in a strikingly beautiful location like Cuba, Holbox Island and Saint Lucia. Award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts rethink the all-inclusive experience, offering signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton’s adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, offering exclusive dining and preferred accommodations with access to all services and amenities of nearby Royalton, and the stylish All-Exclusive™ CHIC by Royalton, a vibrant social vacation experience with luxury amenities and elite dining options. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril has been revived to provide an upscale and elegant naturist vacation along an exclusive shore for the ultimate private retreat. Memories Resorts & Spa is an experience designed to impress the entire family and Starfish Resorts amazing value for customers in exotic locations with comfortable accommodations.

Blue Diamond Resorts celebra los múltiples premios recibidos por su cartera de resorts

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 10, 2019: Blue Diamond Resorts, la cadena hotelera de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, está celebrando los numerosos premios recibidos por sus múltiples marcas.

A comienzos de 2019, seis hoteles de la cadena Royalton Luxury Resorts junto con su propiedad asociada, CHIC by Royalton, recibieron el premio de 4-Diamond Awards de la AAA. Asimismo, la semana pasada, dicha cadena ganó dos premios Readers’ Choice por parte de TravelPulse Canada en las categorías de “Mejor cadena hotelera en categoría: todo incluido” y “Mejor grupo o cadena/resorts todo incluido: alimentos y bebidas”.

Blue Diamond Resorts continúa este año manteniendo su récord de acreditaciones de la industria turística con múltiples premios Travelers’ Choice y Certificados de Excelencia de TripAdvisor®. Hasta el momento en 2019, distintas propiedades de la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts recibieron 22 Certificados de Excelencia de TripAdvisor®, nueve de los cuales fueron para propiedades de Cuba. La noticia fue recibida por Jordi Pelfort, presidente de Blue Diamond Resorts, quien comentó: “Estamos encantados de haber recibido 22 Certificados de Excelencia, además de los 4-Diamond Awards de la AAA y los premios Readers’ Choice de TravelPulse Canada. Estos galardones son un reflejo de las experiencias de nuestros clientes y del servicio integral que esperan cuando se alojan en una de las propiedades de Blue Diamond Resorts”.

La propiedad emblemática de Royalton Luxury Resorts, Royalton Riviera Cancun, es reconocida desde hace tiempo entre los mejores resorts todo incluido de México. Además de los numerosos premios que el resort ganó este año, la sección solo para adultos, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, recibió el premio platino del programa GreenLeader de TripAdvisor®. Este premio es otorgado a resorts que cumplen con ciertos requisitos ecológicos, entre los cuales se incluyen: contar con un plan de reutilización de ropa de cama, monitorizar del uso de energía, reciclar, usar bombillas de bajo consumo, implementar programas de educación para el personal; así como contar con un programa de desperdicio de agua.

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts

Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de complejos hoteleros de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 46 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15 700 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts es más impresionante que nunca. La adición más reciente a la empresa es la colección de hoteles boutique Mystique Resorts, que brinda una experiencia personalizada en ubicaciones increíblemente hermosas como Trinidad (Cuba), Isla Holbox y Santa Lucía. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer comodidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en la suite. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades del cercano Royalton; y el elegante All-Exclusive™ CHIC by Royalton, una experiencia vacacional dinámica y social con comodidades de lujo y opciones gastronómicas de alta calidad. En Jamaica, se restauró el Grand Lido Negril para brindar unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes a lo largo de una exclusiva playa y ser un refugio privado único. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, y Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor increíble en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo.

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Caribbean Countries Agree to Protect Endangered Largetooth Sawfish

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Dutch Proposal to List the Species under the Cartagena Convention Succeeds

ROATÁN, Honduras, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, on World Environment Day, the critically endangered largetooth sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. Seventeen member governments are thereby obligated to impose strict national protections for the species and cooperate regionally to recover populations.

“We are pleased that governments from across the Caribbean have seen the value of saving the iconic and irreplaceable largetooth sawfish from further regional extinction,” said Olga Koubrak, legal advisor for Sealife Law. “Sawfish are among the world’s most endangered marine species and urgently need strict legal protections wherever they remain.”

All five sawfish species worldwide are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List. Largetooth and smalltooth sawfish were once common in the Caribbean but are now seriously depleted. The smalltooth sawfish was added to SPAW Annex II in 2017. Caribbean countries thought to still have sawfish in their waters include the Bahamas, Cuba, Colombia, and Costa Rica. The level of national sawfish protection varies, however, and regional conservation initiatives are lacking.

“Today’s decision is warranted and welcome, as time is running out for sawfish,” said Sonja Fordham, president of Shark Advocates International. “The success of this measure depends on prompt and robust implementation of associated conservation commitments. We thank the Netherlands for proposing sawfish listing and urge continued engagement to ensure sawfish protection programs are developed across the Caribbean, before it’s too late.”

Found globally in warm waters, sawfish can grow to nearly 20 feet. Like other rays, low reproductive rates leave them exceptionally vulnerable to overfishing. Incidental catch is the main threat to sawfish; their tooth-studded snouts are easily entangled in nets. Despite increasing protections, sawfish parts are used for curios, food, medicine, and cockfighting. Habitat degradation also jeopardizes survival.

Sealife Law (SL) brings legal information and education to ocean conservation. Shark Advocates International (SAI) advances science-based policies for sharks and rays. SL and SAI have joined with marine researchers from Havenworth Coastal Conservation (HCC), CubaMar, and Florida State University to form a Caribbean sawfish coalition, supported by the Shark Conservation Fund. SAI, HCC, and CubaMar are projects of The Ocean Foundation.


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PaySett Corporation continues its global expansion of real time payments

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The real time payments (RTP) solution PayExpedite® will become the foundation for the modernization of the automated clearing house in El Salvador.

ATLANTA and SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – PaySett Corporation a global provider of Payment solutions along with ACH El Salvador announced today the start of the implementation of the PayExpedite® RTP platform based on the  ISO 20022 standard.

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Laura Bowen the head of Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citi commented “For over 55 years we have been a trusted ally of our customers supporting their initiatives and entrepreneurship. As a member of the El Salvador financial system we are focused on modernizing the ACH in order to bring a better service to our customers”.

Jesus Garcia VP of Business Development added “The ease, speed, and security provided by a proven solution like PayExpedite® allows a financial entity to accommodate the future needs of the financial system while driving down costs of traditional payment methods such as cash and checks.”

“The ACH will evolve over the next several months into a more efficient system for the Salvadorians and businesses via the country’s interbank immediate funds transfer and payments system. This will be the path toward more mature and robust services of the payments system that we have been proposing” indicated Roberto Monterrosa, General Manager of ACH El Salvador.

Participants will be able to process consumer, corporate and government payments in real time through a multitude of banking channels.

About PaySett Corporation

Atlanta Georgia based PaySett Corporation is a global provider of payment software solutions. PaySett provides products/services to assist global financial entities to effectively manage the way money moves throughout their organizations and for their customers. PaySett’s two decades of experience moving payments through national and international payment networks has allowed for the development of advance payment software for assisting global banks with the capability to enhance their regional and global payment network processing capabilities.  Sixteen of the top twenty global banks process payments through PaySett software.

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Cloud Carib Joins Discussion on Caribbean Disaster Resiliency ahead of Hurricane Season at Barbados Conference

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CaribPR Wire, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 04, 2019: Last week, organizations from across the globe, including 20 Caribbean countries gathered in Bridgetown, Barbados to discuss disaster resilience, priorities and solutions to tackle climate change and disaster risks at the Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean conference. Hosted by the World Bank in partnership with the Government of Barbados, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union (EU), the week-long conference brought together leaders in risk and disaster management as well as private and public sector organizations to collectively discuss and formulate an action plan to address and take steps to reduce disaster risk within the Caribbean.

The event featured demonstrations hosted by the University of the West Indies, Harvard University, NASA, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Nassau-based Cloud Carib and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, to name a few. All this in time to kick start efforts for improved hurricane preparedness.

Barbados Prime Minister, the Honorable Mia Amor Mottley offered these thoughts in a keynote address at the opening ceremony, “Failure to act is largely because we do not believe that the problem is important enough to require such action. That’s the hardest thing for us as Caribbean people to accept. It is our contention that it is only when moral and ethical leadership is given both at the national level and the international level that we must summon the courage to fight down these battles. Until such time, it is a form of idle entertainment for those who choose to watch,” Mottley continued, “I pray that those of you gathered here will help us as policymakers understand the art of the possible. For you, as technicians more than anything else, will frame what is technically possible, whether at the level of infrastructure, science and technology, capacity to finance or general policy making,” highlighting the importance of disaster preparedness and the need for agreement and action at all levels of government and the private sector. Mottley’s comments struck a chord for the importance of disaster recovery specialists like Cloud Carib who came on as a partnering sponsor for the conference.

The Bahamian company held a panel discussion on ‘Strategic Approaches to Infrastructure Sustainability’.  On the panel was Cloud Carib’s Mark Arruda, Vice President of Solutions, Shiva Bissessar, Managing Director of Pinaka Consulting, Ann Wyganowski, Vice President, of HZX Business Continuity Planning and Yohannes Kesete the Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank. The panel focused on the critical issues influencing infrastructure sustainability from physical to digital infrastructure and addressed strategies on how to approach maintaining sustainability and resilience in a region where natural disasters are common, and resources limited. To take a deeper dive into these complex issues Cloud Carib also hosted a half day workshop and training session led by Stelios Xeroudakis, Cloud Carib Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Mark Arruda, Eamon Sheehy, Cloud Carib, Director of Public Sector and Ann Wyganowski.

“This event is timely, the region is looking for a path to better resiliency, the last few hurricane seasons have devastated the region and with the current trends and impacts of climate change, we expect the devastation to only increase. It is important the private sector and organizations like Cloud Carib be involved in this discussion. Our services offer entities, both public and private, the opportunity to improve their resiliency and reduce their risk profile,” said Xeroudakis.

About Cloud Carib

Cloud Carib is the region’s premier provider of managed cloud services founded upon the principles of delivering quality, agility, and value for every client. Solutions range from complex bespoke dedicated private cloud offerings to hybrid cloud services. Every solution provides clients with controlled costs, unrivaled levels of service, and unparalleled levels of data protection and privacy – when and where privacy matters.

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Life Fitness and Smart Fit celebrate partnership to equip 450 gyms in three years

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With a strong expansion pace, Smart Fit network reaffirms its partnership with Life Fitness in a new project for gyms in Brazil and Latin America

SAO PAULO, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Life Fitness will equip 450 Smart Fit gyms by the end of 2021 in the region. With more than 600 units distributed in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador, Smart Fit grew 34% last year, reaching 2 million customers.

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For the next three years, the company’s goal is to continue to grow in the region. Among the plans is the purchase of equipment for 600 units, between new facilities and refresh. “In order to continue to grow strongly, we needed a solid and robust company to be our partner in almost every unit of this Latam expansion. With Life Fitness, we have achieved the reliability to go through this process and fulfill our purpose of fitness’ democratization on high standards,” says Thiago Somera, Infrastructure director of the Bio Ritmo Group, of which the Smart Fit network is part.

“Smart Fit is one of our most important customers worldwide and I am sure that both sides will continue to put our best efforts to make this agreement an enduring and evolving partnership,” said Joel Pigott, vice president of Life Fitness for North and Latin America.

Considered as key accounts, the major fitness networks, such as Smart Fit, has a relevant representation on Life Fitness’ revenue. “It is a milestone in our partnership and we are delighted to be part of Bio Ritmo/Smart Fit group expansion, with great impact in the fitness industry in the entire Latin America,” says Pedro Goyn, general director of Life Fitness for Latin America.

About Life Fitness
A world leader in commercial fitness equipment, Life Fitness has for more than 50 years the mission of encouraging people to seek active lives. With its global headquarters in Chicago, Life Fitness manufactures and distributes cardiovascular, strength, group training, rehabilitation, billiard tables and accessories, and gaming furniture in more than 160 countries – in Brazil, it has a subsidiary since 1999 and already has stores in almost the entire country. Since 1968, when Lifecycle, the first electronic product of exercise equipment was invented, Life Fitness is dedicated to creating solutions that benefit both gyms and practitioners. Over the last few decades, concerns and innovations in the world of physical activity have completely changed, and Life Fitness has evolved together. Our family, made up of the brands Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group (ICG), SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards, understands that exercise is an important part of daily routine and the best way to know everything we can about our products and solutions Fitness is utilizing them every day. Helping people live healthier lives is what we do, and devotion to that goal begins with our co-workers. www.lifefitness.com.br

About Smart Fit
With 2 million customers in 10 years of activities, the Smart Fit Fitness Network has 600 units distributed throughout Brazil and Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. Created with the purpose of democratizing access to the practice of high-level physical activity, it offers accessible plans, with monthly fees starting at R$ 69.90, and facilitated membership. The brand is part of the Bio Ritmo Group, the 4th largest network in units in the last five years and the 5th in the ranking of the brands that most evolved in the same period, according to IHRSA’s 2017 global report. More information at www.smartfit.com.br

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