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            [post_content] => Regional airline, LIAT, announced that they are banning with immediate effect, the carriage of e-cigarettes in checked luggage. The air transport operator company urges regional countries to take up a united view on the subject. Citing a recommendation from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airline said that e-cigarettes are a fire hazard and that they "mainly use lithium cells to heat liquid nicotine into a vapour."

The LIAT recalling past incidents said that these devices will sometimes overheat and catch fire when the heating element becomes activated by accident. They also shared that the FAA highlighted two recent incidents in the United States.

“In the first incident, e-cigarettes packed in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of a passenger aircraft caused a fire that forced an evacuation of the aircraft. In the second incident, a checked bag that had missed its flight was found to be on fire in a baggage area. Emergency responders attributed the fire to an overheated e-cigarette inside the bag.”

While the banning stands to take immediate effect, the LIAT said that airport security in the different territories across the Caribbean have not yet confirmed a unified stance on the carriage of the device in their carry-on baggage.

“It is therefore recommended passengers should not carry e-cigarettes in their cabin baggage either, so they don’t lose their devices if the airport security decides to remove them. Should airport security across the territories subsequently allow e-cigarettes to be carried on board flights, LIAT would review its current recommendation,” the airline added.
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Carriage Of E-Cigarettes In Luggage Attracts Immediate Ban By LIAT Because Of Fire Hazard

March 5, 2015
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Regional airline, LIAT, announced that they are banning with immediate effect, the carriage of e-cigarettes in checked luggage. The air transport operator company urges regional co...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Monday, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago announced that it sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely counterbalancing a US$154 million foreign exchange gap that was experienced in February.

In a brief statement shared by the organisation, the Central Bank, which has been under the scope by many who have been severely criticising for its new foreign exchange policy, said that demand for foreign exchange from the business community and public totalled to US$592 million in February 2015. The supply of foreign exchange, mainly from energy sector companies on the other hand, amounted to US$438 million, resulting in the overall gap of US$154 million.

“In keeping with its strategic foreign exchange management programme, Central Bank sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely offsetting the gap and providing just over US$95 million in excess supply to be used in early March 2015," the statement proclaimed.

It said that transitions by the energy sector contributed 71 percent of US$310 million to total foreign exchange inflows for February 2015.

“Demand was mainly driven by the Retail and Distribution (US$141 million), Manufacturing (US$38 million), and Automobile (US$19 million) sectors. Net credit card sales amounted to US$19 million," the statement added.

The Central Bank also shared that Trinidad and Tobago's net official reserves currently stand at US$10.7 billion, which represents one year worth of import cover.
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Current Foreign Exchanges Miseries In T&T Addressed By Central Bank

March 4, 2015
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On Monday, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago announced that it sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely counterbalancing a US$154 million foreign exchange gap th...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Yesterday at the ICC Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and South Africa, the Caribbean team was shelled in every aspect by their opponent as they plunged to a heavy 257-run defeat in their fourth Group B game of the tournament. As leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up five for 45, the West Indies collapsed to 151 all out off 31.1 overs, chasing a massive 409 for victory to record the joint worst defeat in the history of World Cup.

While pacers Morne Morkel (2-23) and Kyle Abbott (2-37) finished with two wickets apiece, captain Jason Holder hammered 56 off 48 balls for his maiden one-day half-century and opener Dwayne Smith got 21. The team then slid to 63 for seven in the 18th over with no chance of recovery. For the eighth wicket Holder added 45 with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin who struck 22. Jerome Taylor, who was 15 not out then passed the plate with 42 for the ninth wicket. His efforts however never came close to making a dent in the chase to surpass South Africa.

At an earlier point of the match captain AB de Villiers delivered an unbeaten 162 off just 66 balls to fire South Africa to the highest ODI total ever accomplished on Australian soil. The right-hander's 20th one-day hundred which helped to propel the Proteas to a whopping 261 runs in the last 20 over of the game, was the fastest ever 150 in one-dayers. In other respects, opener Hashim Amla hit 65 off 88 balls, Faf du Plessis 62 off 70 balls, and Rilee Rossouw, 61 off 39 deliveries in support.

Earlier, captain AB de Villiers slammed an unbeaten 162 off just 66 balls to fire South Africa to the highest ODI total on Australian soil.

The right-hander’s 20th one-day hundred was the fastest ever 150 in one-dayers, helping to propel the Proteas to a whopping 261 runs in the last 20 overs of the game. Before perishing in one over from part-time off-spinner Chris Gayle (2-21), Amla and de Plessis put on 127 for the second wicket after Quinton de Kock fell cheaply for 12 in the sixth over.

De Villiers' inspiring 134 run, fourth wicket stand with Roussouw then came snatching the advantage away from the Caribbean side. As West Indies fell to pieces after an encouraging start, the right-hander smashed 17 fours and eight sixes. Andre Russell then finished with two for 74.

Check out the details of the match below.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

+Q de Kock c Russell b Holder 12

H Amla lbw b Gayle 65

F du Plessis c wkp Ramdin b Gayle 62

R Rossouw c wkp Ramdin b Russell 61

*AB de Villiers not out 162

D Miller c Taylor b Russell 20

F Behardien not out 10

Extras  (lb2, w11, nb3) 16

TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 408

Did not bat: D Steyn, K Abbott, M Morkel, Imran Tahir

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (de Kock, 5.4 overs), 2-145 (du Plessis, 29.2), 3-146 (Amla, 29.4), 4-280 (Rossouw, 42.1), 5-328 (Miller, 46.4)

Bowling: Taylor 8-1-64-0 (w2, nb1), Holder 10-2-104-1 (w2, nb2), Russell   9-0-74-2 (w1),   Samuels 2-0-14-0, Benn 10-0-79-0, Sammy 7-0-50-0, Gayle 4-0-21-2 (w3).

 

WEST INDIES

D Smith c Miller b Imran Tahir 31

C Gayle b Abbott 3

M Samuels c de Kock b Abbott 0

J Carter c de Villiers b Morkel 10

+D Ramdin b Imran Tahir 22

L Simmons lbw b Imran Tahir 0

D Sammy st de Kock b Imran Tahir 5

A Russell c Abbott b Imran Tahir 0

*J Holder c Amla b Steyn 56

J Taylor not out 15

S Benn c Amla b Morkel  1

Extras (lb5, w3) 8

TOTAL (all out; 33.1 overs) 151

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Gayle, 1.3 overs), 2-16 (Samuels, 3.3), 3-52 (Carter, 11), 4-52 (Smith, 11.1), 5-53 (Simmons, 12), 6-63 (Sammy, 17.1), 7-63 (Russell, 17.4), 8-108 (Ramdin, 26), 9-150 (Holder, 32.4), 10-151 (Benn, 33.1)

Bowling: Steyn 7-0-24-1 (w2), Abbott 8-0-37-2 (w1), Morkel 5.1-0-23-2, Imran Tahir 10-2-45-5, du Plessis 3-0-17-0.

 

Result: South Africa won by 257 runs.

Points: South Africa 2, West Indies 0.

Man-of-the-Match: AB de Villiers.

Toss: South Africa.

Umpires: Steve Davis, Ian Gould; TV – Ranmore Martinesz.
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South Africa Delivers Historic 257-Run Win In Cricket World Cup Match Thrashing The Windies

February 28, 2015
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Yesterday at the ICC Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and South Africa, the Caribbean team was shelled in every aspect by their opponent as they plunged to a heavy 257-r...Continue reading