Commissioner opts for press statement says crime down

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – Commissioner James Smith says crime is down country wide, and while statistically this may be true, the general public is more concerned now because the heinous and ruthless nature of crime is certainly the likes of which the Turks and Caicos has never seen.The Commissioner, who prefers to be seen working, as opposed to be seen speaking to the media issued a statement yesterday which makes some good points, but allows him to once again avoid the public by avoiding a live encounter with the Media.   The Commissioner speaks about the mobilization of more CID and Uniformed officers since mid-2016 and he cites that wanted men and over 150 illegal migrants have been detained.  In the statement Commissioner Smith points to 15 people being charged in murder investigations and four, who have been charged in armed robberies.What the statement leaves out is how many cases are unsolved or open or cold; murders, armed robberies, rapes, home invasions, burglaries, roadway assaults, detention center escapees and the unknown number of illegals living undocumented in these islands.   The General Public is asking media to ask authorities why there are not raids of places where guns and drugs are known to be sold and why there is not better scrutiny at our borders which are allowing guns to enter the country not only on illegal boats, but through legal vessels which are largely unchecked at the ports because of a delay on container scanners.The Public had lots to say on the media statement; one person penned that 150 illegal migrants caught is not enough when 200 arrived in a span of a few days; another said the crime situation is being downplayed by Smith, because public awareness of crime is low because there is not sufficient information coming from Police and to the Commissioner’s advice on  how to live in these changing times, there were some who agreed that TCI residents must adapt with street smart routines but others who found the statement repetitive and insincere.The Commissioner gives 18 tips for personal safety on the streets, among them not having headphones so loud that you are not aware of your surroundings, not to resist any attacker, to give up property because it could save your life and to report crime to the police and be aware of your attacker so that you can give investigators accurate information; you can read more from the Commissioner at MagneticMediaTV.com#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more



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TNGs New Distribution Fees A GameChanger or the Same Old Game

first_imgOver the past week I have spoken about little else than the new fees coming in from TNG, formerly The News Group, the largest wholesaler group in North America and responsible for over half of the continent’s magazine newsstand distribution. The fees, imposed unilaterally and to be implemented right away, range from two cents a copy to eight cents a copy, with 131 publications exempt.  TNG is imposing these fees in a move that is eerily reminiscent of the fee-for-distribution that Anderson News Company attempted to impose in 2009. The fee imposed then was opposed by publishers and resulted in ANCO going out of business. There are differences now. And whatever the outcome is, it will be very different from that of the ANCO affair.Which is good, as no one wants another wholesaler group to go out of business. No partner in the newsstand distribution supply chain could afford that today. As an industry, we need to try to create a situation where every member of the distribution channel is healthy and profitable. But the situation troubles me, a lot, and for many reasons. Some aspects of this TNG mandate are game changers. Some are not. But the businesses most vulnerable to the consequences of these changes are the independent publishers.I have heard—and probably so have you—comments made by some that this industry will become stronger, healthier, and more profitable by the removal of the “clutter” of the little guys from the newsstand. The irony is that the growth and stabilization of revenues in our business over the last two decades or so has come from the rise of special interest publications. Haven’t these guys been paying attention?I am troubled by the ironies. And I am troubled by the game-changing aspects of this, and by the aspects that are not game-changing at all.I am troubled that the extra fees are not being negotiated—they are being applied. That’s a game-changer. Now, is there a possibility that a publisher could talk to TNG to discuss other ways of skinning this particular cat? There might be. But to do so each publisher needs to take his or her own initiative to bring a plan to TNG. The initial wave of correspondence doesn’t include an invitation to show up at TNG to discuss. But I would encourage you to do so.The fee is expected to be updated every six months. That means that publishers cannot know what they should expect to pay for distribution of their newsstand copies throughout the coming year. They will be charged at the will of TNG. Budgeting for revenues for a year will not be possible. Planning for what might come down the pike is impossible. That’s a game-changer. The formulas used for imposing the fees are not to be shared with the publishers that they affect. Consequently, publishers have no say in how these fees are imposed, no way of improving their financial picture in the agencies. That’s a game-changer.  Experience tells us that once those fees are imposed, we cannot expect them to be rolled back. Wholesalers are not known to reverse fees, once imposed. This is not just me grousing about life. This is an explicit policy on the part of the wholesaler community. That would be the same old game. However, I have been told on excellent authority that this game is changing as well, and not for the worse. The six-month re-evaluation is formula-based. If a publisher’s standing changes for the worse, per the formula, the fee gets higher. If it changes for the better, the fee gets lower. So that’s another game-changer.Of course, once the fees are imposed, they will obviously not be restricted to TNG. They will spread to other wholesalers, of which there are mostly only two. That is the same game. I’ve heard from some industry sources that these changes are expected to succeed because the business models of publishers don’t rely on newsstand as a source. Publishers, I am told, discount subscriptions dramatically, so they don’t need the circ cash. They make their money from advertising, so they can afford to pay higher circ fees. But the publishers for whom these outdated business models still hold true are in many cases the ones exempted from the TNG fee. Many of the publishers taking the brunt of these changes depend on each revenue-generating channel to be profitable in its own right. Creating assumptions based on business models of the very publishers that aren’t hit by the consequences? That’s both an irony, and the same old game.Where we are now is not any one company’s fault, but the fact remains: There are deep paradoxes involved in the concurrent consolidation of the distribution channel and the fragmentation of publishing and its consumption. I take the wholesalers at their word that they can’t afford to stay in business under the current model. And we ignore this reality at our peril. With a 10 percent loss year over year on a fixed-cost business, the agencies need to find a way to bring their business models into alignment with today’s newsstand realities. The costs of maintaining their truck fleets are huge; the costs of maintaining their merchandising teams are huge. Revenues are slipping. And we as publishers need for them to stay in business. But from the supplier side, publishers also need to stay in business as costs keep rising and revenues keep slipping. I’ve done the math. Many of the publishers affected are already getting the thinnest slice of remit for the newsstand sales of their products. From the point of view of the wholesaler, the game is not changing as much as it needs to. The fees levied are not enough to create the profit. They are not enough to fix a system that no longer works. They are seen as a bridge. Something to keep the distribution channel alive while the game is truly, finally changed.So here we stand, yet again, on the brink of big sweeping changes, on the brink of a whole new way of doing business, and we still don’t know what it’s going to look like. But for today the changes are going to be about who can afford to stay in the game, who is going to leave, what counts as a “little” publisher and what the medium-sized publishers who don’t make the top 131 are going to do.Some are going to go with TNG’s plan. Some will talk about alternative plans, ones that meet the goals of the suppliers as well as their distribution partners, ones that keep the balls in play for at least a while longer. And some are already speaking to book distributors, direct distributors, and retailers directly. Companies are going to disappear from the system as we know it. Most—but not all—will be publishers. One thing that will not change is that publishers will continue to produce quality content that people want to read. And they will continue to find a way to get it into their audiences’ hands.The details of how that will happen are under advisement.last_img read more



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Folio Show Dives Deep Into Data on Opening Day

first_imgNew York—Data, for many years now, holds a huge stake in how advertisers and publishers operate. But a question that publishers kept asking themselves at the 2018 Folio: Show is can data dictate everything?The answer? Well, it depends.The Folio: Show hosted its second day of presentations, panels, and discussions covering the present and future of the publishing industry on Tuesday. While data has become a clear driver of what companies do from a planning perspective, nothing has replaced the onus and importance of content. And sometimes, depending on the organization, the content still can drive planning. The first panel of the day, “Power Up Your Future: Where Publishers Are Placing Their Bets to Grow,” Bonnie Kintzer, president and CEO of Trusted Media Brands, detailed the experience with Family Handyman, and how the right content can lead to new learnings, which creates new avenues for growth.The publication for do-it-yourselfers initially targeted content based on what their community told them they needed to know. This led to massive successes – such as the ‘How to Fix the Toilet,’ which is one of its most read pieces on the site. From there, Kintzer’s publication realized that this community of readers wanted more in-depth, detailed advice and they were willing to pay for it. The success of the content provided the data for expansion. From there, Family Handyman created individual, highly detailed classes, which can range from $200 to $400 a session. They have expanded further to step into B2B marketing, where their editorial knowledge within the home improvement space can be sold to industry vets.“What is it that the audience wants,” advises Kintzer. “Give it to them in the manner they want it in.”This process can be platform agnostic, added Eric Zinczenko, CEO of Bonnier. “You can continue to reach consumers on a variety of platforms,” including print, he said. But in order to take advantage of the platform–whichever you choose–you first have to have “the data and metrics” to support it.Keynote speaker, Seth Dallaire, vice president of global ad sales at Amazon, spoke more directly about the metrics during his conversation. “Insights, are the core proposition we bring to buyers,” said Dallaire. As Amazon looks to extend its reach in the advertising space, encouraging brands to extend content into their e-commerce page with Amazon’s help, it’s these insights in which Dallaire and his team are using to entice companies.While metrics have become the end-all-be-all, it isn’t the primary guide for all ideas. Every once in a while, an idea that’s too good to pass is pursued, even without the data support. These are the ideas that create truly special moments.In the late morning panel, “A Fundamental Truth: Content Is Still King,” Sam Martin, vice president of strategy and business development at Leafly, a review site for marijuana, said that he launched a $500,000 campaign to build a long-form Internet series called “Growers.” Without a distribution network – since cannabis companies can’t advertise on Facebook or Twitter – they used the legal dispensaries across the U.S. to spread the content. Many of these dispensaries have screens up all day long, and they were willing to include the show on their televisions. “It performed fairly well,” said Martin, who then added with a chuckle, “I should have tested it.”Croi McNamara, senior V.P. of video programming at Condé Nast Entertainment, said that nearly 100% of their content is driven by data. And when she joined the company, her first effort was to get rid of going after “gut projects.” Now, that the company has embraced the data driven approach, she’s more willing to look for those unique opportunities that may not have the insight to support it. Condé’s “highly selective” with the opportunities, said McNamara. “When we do make those, it works,” which is often the type of series that leads to awards.This data-led excursion within the industry had long turned many organizations away from print as digital became the primary focus for many titles. But for print publications, there isn’t this fear of data anymore. And, more importantly, much of the data is pointing their publishers back to print, which was discussed at the “What’s the Future of Print” panel in the afternoon. More publishers are viewing print as a way to cut through the clutter readers are exposed to and reach those that enjoy the magazine as a platform.“Print means something,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief at ESPN The Magazine. “It means something to readers and those that are in the magazine.”Maile Carpenter, editor in chief at Food Network Magazine, explained why the company decided to launch its second title, Pioneer Woman, just last year. The brand, which started from a blog, grew into a television show on the Food Network, and then a magazine, needed a way so viewers could connect with brand off-screen, said Carpenter. The magazine added “another touch point” for interaction, beyond the show and digital content, which they can enjoy in their spare time.The issue when it comes to magazines, and all publications, is who will end up paying for the content, even as all these insights drive the next move. After over 400 conversations with advertising executives and others for his book “Frenemies,” famed author and media critic for The New Yorker and keynote speaker Ken Auletta believes that the biggest hiccup to publishing and advertising success may lie in the consumer. They’re not used to purchasing content and they don’t want to be advertised to.last_img read more



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STATE REP RACE Judy OConnell To Hold Campaign Kickoff Rally On June 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Committee for Judy O’Connell for State Representative is holding a Campaign “Kickoff” Rally on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 7:30pm to 11pm, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury).The event will include music, light refreshments, and cash bar. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Judy O’Connell Raises $10,000; Spends $4,000 Thus FarIn “Government”last_img read more



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Golden Globes 2019 Macaulay Culkin tweets like brothers nom is a shock

first_img You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now. Just saying. #thanks— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 0 My brother looks so handsome at the #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/drWsLlslLh— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Whoa! Kieran has such good seats! Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 HOLY SHIT KIERAN IS NOMINATED???WHAT IS SUCCESSION?! Man, I should really answer his calls more often. Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year. #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Macaulay also joked he’d be at the Golden Globes if the internet had voted to change his middle name to Kieran instead of Macaulay Culkin. Kieran was one of Macaulay’s top 5 picks from the list of crowdsourced suggestions. “You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now,” Macaulay tweeted. “Just saying.” Oh my god, there he is! Hi, bro! pic.twitter.com/1Y3iG18bIz— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Post a comment Macaulay continued to tweet at his brother, who sadly doesn’t have a Twitter account to respond in kind.  “Whoa! Kieran has such good seats!” Macaulay tweeted. “Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter!” And when his brother lost, he got in a little tweet-dig. “I was totally pulling for [Henry] Winkler,” he wrote.  This show is rigged!!! I was totally pulling for Winkler. #GoldenGlobes(No one tell Keiran he didn’t win)— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Oh shit! My brother is at the Golden Globes?! That is so cool! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 6, 2019 2019 movies to geek out over Awkward. Share your voice 77 Photos Actor Macaulay Culkin — who’s now known as Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin thanks to a new middle name picked by the internet — had a lot to say about his actor-brother during the 2019 Golden Globes. As Macaulay live-tweeted the show Sunday, he acted surprised to see Kieran Culkin at the star-studded event. I’m guessing he was kidding, but who knows? Hollywood can be a strange place. Culkin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.   Tags Kieran’s performance as Roman Roy in the HBO series Succession earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a miniseries.While Kieran was initially surprised in December to be nominated, his brother Macaulay tweeted like he didn’t know about the honor at all. “Man, I should really answer his calls more often,” he wrote. “Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year.” TV and Movieslast_img read more



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Bigg Boss Telugu 3 latest update Nagarjuna set to announce hosting next

first_imgAkkineni NagarjunaTwitterThe latest buzz about Bigg Boss Telugu 3 is that actor Akkineni Nagarjuna will make an official announcement about hosting the next season of this hit reality show in June.A lot has been written and spoken about the host of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Several names were linked to this show after Nani and Jr NTR rejected this offer and Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh and Anushka Shetty are few among them. The latest we hear that the makers of the show have approached Akkineni Nagarjuna.It is rumoured that Nagarjuna was busy shooting for Manmadhudu 2 in Portugal when he received the offer to host Bigg Boss Telugu 3. The actor is said to have assured to meet the team after returning to Hyderabad. He has now wrapped up the foreign schedule of Manmadhudu 2 and is said to meet with the top management of Star Maa to discuss the deal of hosting the upcoming season of its hit show.Nagarjuna is said to have agreed to be the host of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Now, he will have a word about his remuneration and other terms and conditions of the show in the final round of discussions with the team. Once everything is finalised, the team will announce his name as the host in a press meet, which is likely to take in a week’s time.Nagarjuna has already made his mark on the small screen as he had successfully managed to host a couple of seasons of Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, the Telugu version of Kaun Banega Karodpati. If he is on board for Bigg Boss Telugu, he is sure to have the popularity of this TV reality show to all new heights.The team of Star Maa had kick-started the process of selection of the contestants for Bigg Boss Telugu 3 earlier this year. It is said to have already finalised most of the participants. The buzz is that the makers wanted to launch the show in June, but they pushed this date to July due to the World Cup.last_img read more



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PVR reports fall in Q2 net profit pins hopes on Ae Dil

first_imgPVR shares were trading almost flat on Friday at Rs 1,225.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 12.52 p.m. after the multiplex chain operator reported 5 percent fall in net profit for September quarter (Q2), a day earlier, despite revenues increasing by about 17 percent.The company hopes to benefit from the expected box office success of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” to beef up revenues in the current quarter.The Hindi film hit screens on Friday after facing political hurdles that pit the film fraternity against politicians, especially the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). PVR’s consolidated net profit for the September quarter was Rs 29.13 crore, down 5 percent from Rs 30.70 crore in the corresponding quarter last year while total income rose 17 percent to Rs 554.21 crore as against Rs 474.61 crore in the year-ago period, according to the company’s statements.On a standalone basis, net profit slumped 18 percent to Rs 26 crore.Operating profit margin dipped to 16.8 percent from 18.4 percent in the September 2015 quarter.The multiplex chain operator, which has about 557 screens across 121 properties with a capacity of 1.27 lakh seating capacity, saw a dip in contribution to revenues from top five films.The share price of PVR has appreciated 19.6 percent based on its closing price of Rs 1,024 on July 1, 2016.At one of its multiplexes (in Gurgaon), PVR is charging Rs 1,600 for a gold class ticket to watch “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Highlights of September quarterTop five movies contributed 46 percent to gross box office in Q2, FY 2017 as against 51 percent in Q2, FY2016.Occupancy of top five movies in Q2, FY2017 was 40 percent as against 50 percent in Q2, FY2016.The top five releases (for the company from a box office collection perspective) were “Sultan,” “Dishoom,” “Pink,” “Rustom,” and “Happy Bhaag Jayegi,” but the occupancy rate for all the movies was below 50 percent.People spent more on foods and beverages (F&B), while watching films at PVR halls, resulting in a 17 percent increase in F&B revenues to Rs 139.63 crore. Entertainment Tax as a percentage of Net Box office was 29.4 percent in H1, FY2017 as against 26.7 percent in H1, FY2016.The chain operator has opened 58 screens till date in the current fiscal.The company has listed “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Shivaay,” both released this Friday (October 28), as films in its “content pipeline.” ddlast_img read more



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Android users get malware with their apps

first_img The apps were discovered to contain malware, according to a report from Android Police. Before Google realized the problem, which was reported by a Reddit user, the apps containing malicious code were downloaded over 50,000 times before their removal.Once Google was made aware of the problem, it took them less than five minutes to yank all of the apps from the marketplace. Unfortunately, the apps had been up in the Android App Market for roughly four days before the problem came to light. This is one of the security concerns related to Google’s open approach to the app store. Individual apps are not examined by Google before they are posted to the App Market.The apps, which were copies of some of the most popular apps in the Android App Market, had been modified to contain a Trojan horse. The App publisher who posted these malicious code-containing apps, Myournet, manged to post 21 infected apps in total. The code, which Google described as a “root exploit,” is designed to steal all of the data on an infected Android-based device, and may possibly be able to re-purpose the phone without the user ever being aware.Users who have been infected by one of these app can expect to get some help from Google. They are currently working on a fix for the malicious code. (PhysOrg.com) — As new platforms make their way into the market there will always someone who is looking to exploit them for illegal or unethical ends. More proof of that fact has come today when Google was forced to removed a large number of apps from the official Android App Market. Google says over 30 million people using Google Apps © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Android users get malware with their apps (2011, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-android-users-malwear-apps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more



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Women less sensitive to pain than men

first_imgWomen tend to forget pain that they suffered more quickly than men, confirmed a new study in mice and humans, challenging the widely held belief that the fairer sex are more sensitive to pain than men. The study, by researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), showed that men and women remembered earlier painful experiences differently. While men (and male mice) remembered earlier painful experiences clearly, women (and female mice) did not seem to forget. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen experiencing pain again, men seemed to be stressed and hypersensitive in remembering, but women were not stressed by their earlier experiences of pain. “If remembered pain is a driving force for chronic pain and we understand how pain is remembered, we may be able to help some sufferers by treating the mechanisms behind the memories directly,” said lead author Loren Martin, Assistant Professor at the UTM. “What was even more surprising was that men reacted more, because it is well known that women are both more sensitive to pain than men, and that they are also generally more stressed out,” Martin added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the Current Biology journal, the team conducted experiments on both humans and mice where they were taken to specific rooms and made to experience low levels of pain caused by heat delivered to their hind paw or forearm. Further, human participants were asked to wear a tightly inflated blood pressure cuff and exercise their arms for 20 minutes, while each mouse received a diluted injection of vinegar designed to cause a stomach ache for about 30 minutes. When the next day the participants returned to either the same or a different room and heat was again applied to their arms or hind paws, men rated the heat pain higher than they did the day before, and higher than the women did. Similarly, male mice returning to the same environment exhibited a heightened heat pain response, while mice placed in a new and neutral environment did not.last_img read more



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Cayo Coco Cayo Santa Maria aim for 111 more resort updates from

first_img Posted by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Travelweek Group Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria aim for 11/1; more resort updates from Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Cuba, Sunwing, Travel Alert Share TORONTO — The Cuba Tourism Board says Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria should be ready by or before Nov. 1, thanks to “strong cooperation” between the Cuban government, travel authorities and volunteers that’s expediting the process of repairing damaged properties and clearing debris post-Irma.“Recovery from Irma is proceeding much faster than we had envisioned, in large part due to the continued support of our Canadian partners and the larger travel community,” said Eloy Govea, Director for Canada for the Cuba Tourism Board.“We thank our friends both in Cuba and in Canada for the positivity and solidarity that motivated us through an otherwise trying time.”Havana and Varadero have been operational since Sept. 13. All international airports in Cuba, with the exception of Cayo Coco, are now operating flights as normal.Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Cayo Largo del Sur emerged from Irma are ready to receive Canadian travellers again, says Govea.At the same time restoration efforts continue in Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria.While the two islands are currently closed to tourists, the Cuba Tourism Board and their hotel partners on location are sharing supplies and information to quickly get all hotel properties open and operational, says Govea.“We see Irma not as a challenge but as an opportunity, and we will work to ensure that Cuba remains the destination of choice for those seeking a break from the Canadian cold weather,” said Govea. “Support from Canadians has been invaluable during this process, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Cuba very soon.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureHe said the Cuba Tourism Board will provide ongoing updates on the status of Irma rebuilding efforts as information become available.Meanwhile Sunwing has updated its list of Cuban resorts, for hotels that were advised as not ready at the time of Sunwing’s last update on Sept. 15.Be Live Turquesa: Work nearing completion, expected to re-open for Sept. 23, subject to successful re-inspection.Blau Marina Varadero: Awaiting reports from next inspection, likely re-opening in the next week.Blau Privilege Cayo Liberta: Awaiting reports from next inspection, likely re-opening in the next weekBlau Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsBrisas del Caribe: Not expected to be open in short term, awaiting next inspection for a more firm dateClub Karey: Not expected to be open before Sept. 30, awaiting next inspection for a more firm dateClub Kawama: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivalsClub Tropical: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsHotel Atlantico, (Havana by the sea): Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivalsHotel Bella Costa: Expected to reopen mid-NovemberHotel Gran Caribe Sunbeach: Expected to reopen within the week, subject to successful re-inspectionHotel Los Cactus: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivalsHotel Playa de Oro: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivalsIberostar Bella Vista: Work nearing completion, expected to re-open for Sept. 23, subject to successful re-inspectionIberostar Laguna Azul: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsIberostar Playa Alameda: Awaiting reports from next inspection, likely re-opening in the next weekIberostar Varadero: Expected to re-open Sept. 27Islazul Delfines: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsMelia Marina Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivalsNaviti Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsParadisus Princesa del Mar: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsParadisus Varadero: Expected to reopen Nov. 30ROC Barlovento: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsRoyalton Hicacos: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 21 arrivalsSol Sirenas Coral Resort: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivalsStarfish Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivalsTuxpan Hotel: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 23 arrivalsVilla Sotavento: Not expected to be open before Sept. 30, awaiting next inspection for a more firm dateMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemIn addition Sunwing notes that Hotel Tropicoco, Havana is now not expected to re-open in the immediate future.Sunwing adds that in Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Camaguey, destination teams continue to conduct detailed evaluations on affected hotels. “Until more information is collected, it remains too early to give an accurate assessment as to the reopening date of any specific hotel. Further updates are expected as the week progresses.”Sunwing customers scheduled to travel to any of these three destinations up to and including Oct. 31 may book an alternate date or destination, or obtain a full refund in cash.last_img read more



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