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            [post_content] => The upcoming Unicomer facility in Freeport, Trinidad that will include a distribution centre, technical service centre, business offices and a retail branch, was welcomed with a ceremony earlier this month. It was said that the new facility will bring 250 new jobs and a US$60 million investment to the local economy.

"In the many signals that this sod turning ceremony for Unicomer’s Freeport Campus sends to our country, our region and our global trading partners, one in particular stands out, that is that economic reforms over the past five years have worked, and Trinidad and Tobago is now one of the best places to invest and do business in this hemisphere," the Senator of trade, industry, investment and communications minister, Vasant Bharath, said at the construction site.

"The environment is such that we are now experiencing the highest levels of foreign direct investment in our history. Right now, over 400 foreign firms are currently operating out of Trinidad and Tobago, including the regional headquarters for globally revered names such as Microsoft, British Petroleum and General Electric. This has helped to make us the largest Caribbean exporter to the United States. And we did not stop there. We continue to expand access to regional and international markets through trade agreements with the European Union and Latin American nations including Cuba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic," he added.

The executives of Unicomer were also shown appreciation by the trade minister“for the confidence you have demonstrated, and for continuing to stand as a partner and ally in the Trinidad and Tobago success story.”

While addressing the attendees of the ceremony, the Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of the Unicomer Group, Guillermo Siman, said that this is a "very ambitious project" for the firm. He also went on to thank the Trinidadian government for its support over the past 25 years, since the day Courts opened its doors in 1991.

He said unequivocally that he and his team have enjoyed the support of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, including the valuable customers; and will continue to invest in the country.
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Unicomer Group Execs Turn Sod At Ceremony For Construction Of US$60 Million Distribution Centre in Trinidad

August 28, 2015
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The upcoming Unicomer facility in Freeport, Trinidad that will include a distribution centre, technical service centre, business offices and a retail branch, was welcomed with a ce...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => As the tropical storm closes in on the region, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is urging residents of the Leeward Islands to get ready for Tropical Storm Erika’s passing.

The tropical storm is expected to continue passing near or over portions of the Leeward Islands tonight, near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow, and near or just north of the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Friday, after it positioned itself 245 miles east-southeast of Antigua at 2 p.m.The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said that the northern Leeward Islands may feel tropical storm-force winds by late tonight.

A statement issued by the Barbados-based CDEMA shared, "CDEMA urges countries in the Northern Leeward Islands to continue monitoring and to enhance their readiness status."

While little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, Tropical Storm Erika's current maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, but St. Martin and St. Barthelemy have now joined Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius on the list of countries under tropical storm warnings.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area in the Leeward Islands tonight, and reach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area tonight and early Thursday. Tropical storm conditions could reach portions of the Dominican Republic on Friday," the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Erika is moving towards the west near 17 miles per hour, and a west to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 48 hours.

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It is expected to produce total rainfall of 3 to 5 inches, with maximum amounts of 8 inches across portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through Friday morning.

Tropical Storm Erika’s future track and intensity beyond Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands remains uncertain, and may involve a track near the Bahamas this weekend and possibly parts of the Florida peninsula early next week.
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CDEMA Issues Warning To Leeward Islands To Prepare For Tropical Storm Erika

August 26, 2015
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As the tropical storm closes in on the region, the CaribbeanDisaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is urging residents of the Leeward Islands to get ready for Tropical Storm ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => One of the most modern international airports in the Caribbean has been opened in Antigua and Barbuda. Making way for an increase in passenger traffic, the new terminal at the V.C. Bird International Airport is more than double the capacity of the previous terminal that sat on the same ground. Some of the additions include four jet bridges, a state-of-the-art baggage sorting, and a scanning system.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said that the near US$100 million terminal that open for operation on Monday will greatly improve the visitors' experience as they are allowed expedited access to Antigua and Barbuda with faster immigration processing times and user-friendly innovations and features.

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The Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Energy and Investment, Asot Michael, also shared that the terminal was the largest single infrastructural investment in the development of the twin-island nation.

"This facility is one that we can all be proud of and of which I am confident will help ensure the bright and successful future of Antigua and Barbuda," he said. "It will further cement our position as a premier tourist destination of choice in the Caribbean. We are responsible for ensuring a major part of this, by ensuring that our islands are exactly what we promise: welcoming, beautiful, safe and enjoyable; from the point when visitors touch down to their departure we will ensure that their experience is one that is unforgettable and that they take back only warm and lasting memories of their time spent in our beautiful country."

In addition to the new terminal opening, JetBlue Airways will begin direct service to the new international airport from New York’s JFK International Airport on November 5 for the upcoming winter season. In December, Alitalia will begin weekly service from Milan, and Seaborne Airlines will begin direct service from San Juan.

Other features included at the new airport includes 46 check-in counters and 15 self-check-in kiosks; an enhanced shopping and dining experience with 30 retail units including International brands Dufry, Colombian Emeralds, Café Britt, Café Player and Subway; free Wi-Fi and Internet service; pet restroom; a VIP lounge and VVIP lounge; and Airport Executive Lounge. The facility, funded by China EXIM Bank concessional loan and a Chinese government interest-free loan, has also been specially designed with elevators, escalators and ramps.

The previous terminal building which processed over 860,000 passengers per year, will continue be used partially for administrative purposes.
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August 26, 2015
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