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St Vincent’s Largest Ever Tourism Project – a Five-Star Luxury Resort – Breaks Ground

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Thursday
February 13, 2020

St Vincent and The Grenadines is embarking on its most ambitious tourism project
to date – the Royal Mill Hotel Luxury Resort and Residences which is set to be a
premier 5-Star private community and contender among luxury resorts in the
region.

The single
largest private sector tourism investment in the country is being undertaken by
A&A Capital.

And Prime
Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves expects it to have huge spin-off potential.

“Upwards of
400 families island-wide are expected to benefit directly or indirectly from
the hotel. I anticipate a major shift in our tourism economies and wealth
creation through direct employment, taxes and National Insurance contributions,”
he said.

“Though St
Vincent and the Grenadines entered the mass tourism market late, it is evident
through other hotels on the island that our country’s product is of excellent
stature. Overall, I expect the Royal Mill to be an immense contribution to the
people of St Vincent and the Grenadines.”

Currently,
the staff base at the construction site is about 70 workers, and that is
expected to increase considerably to more than 200 in the coming months. The
local job creation from the project ranges from site engineers to foremen,
masons, carpenters and other labourers.

The US$60
million Royal Mill Hotel Luxury Resort will comprise 15 independent and private
residence homes, while the resort will provide 18 high-rise apartment units and
two rooftop penthouse units. The property will house a business centre, a
conference/meeting centre, a gym, an aqua centre, an exclusive spa, a pool area
and bar, an urban lounge viewing the ocean, a rooftop bar and restaurant and
parking for more than 60 vehicles.

The residence
portion of the project has an expected completion date of December 2020, while the
hotel section is due to be done by mid-2022.

Principal
Investor and co-founder of A & A Capital, Alex Lodde said he was happy to
see the pace of the new development, and the cooperation and assistance of the St
Vincent and the Grenadines Government, and was looking forward to the
completion of the project.

CEO and
Co-Founder of A&A Capital, Adem Adem, added that he was excited about the Royal
Mill Hotel project and looked forward to it benefitting the country.

“I have been
visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines for the past 15 years and I never
thought I would have seen this day and our dream has come true. I am grateful
for the commitment of my team, the support of family and the warm welcome of
the people and the leadership of St Vincent and the Grenadines,” he said.

“It is
important to note that the most critical aspect of the project for us is
ensuring that the people of the country benefit meaningfully from a
trickle-down economy and are always safe and secure while employed at the
hotel. We see the Royal Mill Hotel spanning generations of St Vincent and the
Grenadines.”

He further assured
that A&A Capital was strongly committed to and invested in the completion
and longevity of the development.

“One of the
major proofs of commitment is the levels of employment already realized as well
as the importation and purchase of millions of dollars’ worth of major
equipment and material, both for construction of the hotel and for use by St
Vincent and the Grenadines. We realized the need for heavy-duty equipment on
the island and felt that the country can benefit from our equipment resources
as well. We have also purchased over 10 million dollars’ worth of integral
material which would fulfil the completion of the hotel,” he said.

The Bank of
St Vincent and the Grenadines (BOSVG) has given its backing to the project. The
bank, through its Managing Director Derry Williams, has acted as a principal
collaborator.

“As a bank,
we must provide assurances to investors coming into any unknown to take
investment risks. From our end, it’s not just about conducting the investor’s
transactions effectively but also providing feedback from the banking community,
the trajectory of the economy and governing policies. The passion,
thoughtfulness and commitment to developing St Vincent and the Grenadines were
also very important. A&A Capital has proven, to date, their commitment to
the project and seeing it to its absolute fruition and this is truly good news
for our country,” Williams said.

Camillo
Gonsalves, Minister of Finance and Parliamentary Representative for East St
George – the constituency in which the project is located – this is the exact
type of tourism that the country is interested in leveraging.

“One which
brings people into the island and will realize an entire set of ancillary
spin-offs which will benefit the economy. Already, the construction sectors are
profiting from the construction phase of the project,” he said.

In addition
to the Royal Mill Hotel Development, A&A Capital has acquired the family-owned
Grand View Hotel. Renovation works have already started on the 20-room boutique
hotel.

“This boutique property will be ideally positioned for tourists, regional travellers, businesses and organizations that wish to host conferences on the island. It will also play host to special events and weddings….Works are progressing rapidly to have the small property ready for guests in April 2020,” Lodde said.

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Haitian Leaders Urged to End Political Impasse

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday February 26, 2020 – Leaders in Haiti must step up and end the
political impasse between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition
movement that has paralyzed the island nation since July 2018, the top United
Nations (UN) official there says.

UN Special Representative Helen La
Lime made the call as she updated ambassadors on latest developments in the
prolonged divide which has left Haiti without a functioning government,
deflated the economy, and fuelled insecurity.

“Haiti is about to enter in its
second year with a caretaker government, its economy is forecast to sink deeper
into recession, and 4.6 million of its citizens are now estimated to require
humanitarian assistance,” she said, speaking via videoconference from Haiti’s
capital.

“To avoid a greater deterioration,
Haitian leaders need to rise to the occasion and commit to a way out of this
impasse that will best serve the interests of their people.”

La Lime was introducing the first
report on the UN Integrated Office in Haiti, which she heads.

Known by the French acronym BINUH, it
was stablished last October, following the end of 15 years of UN peacekeeping
operations. Its mandate includes strengthening political stability and good
governance.

During the past months, La Lime and
international partners the Organization of American States and the Holy See
have been supporting negotiations to forge consensus on a political
agreement. 

However, talks failed to yield
progress on the formation of a new government and the designation of a
“consensual” Prime Minister by the President.

“The lack of agreement on this
matter, as well as on the remaining length of President Moïse’s term, threatens
to needlessly prolong a situation that has already lasted too long,” she told
the UN Security Council.

In the interim, said Executive
Director of the non-profit Fondasyon Je Klere, Marie Yolène Gilles, who also
spoke from the capital city, Haitians are being subjected to widespread human
rights violations as armed gangs now control around a third of the country,
generating “a rising tide of cruelty”.

“We have witnessed odious killings,
decapitations, rapes, robberies, embezzlement and the diversion of supplies,
abductions and kidnappings,” she reported, later adding “we have death
squadrons, and that’s a form of state terrorism.”

La Lime told ambassadors the ongoing
impasse and economic troubles risk further affecting the integrity of the
national police and other key institutions.

The senior UN official said that while
the road to improved governance will be difficult, the deployment of the new UN
office should see deeper and more targeted collaboration with the country.

Success will be measured by progress
in six areas.  Besides facilitating
political consensus, strengthening the police and justice sectors, and
addressing unemployment and other grievances, benchmarks also focus on
addressing gang violence and promoting human rights.

“Only through a combination of strong
national will and steadfast international support can Haiti surmount the
multifaceted crisis with which it is contending,” said La Lime.

“I remain confident that the United Nations, in its new configuration, is uniquely placed to help State institutions address the factors that catalyze cyclical periods of instability in the country and ensure that Haiti is once again on the path to stability and sustainable development.”

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…

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27/02/2020 09:28:53

Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

La PNH ouverte au dialogue interne :

Ce jeudi 27 février la Commission de facilitation créée par le Haut commandement de la PNH, devrait se réunir avec les représentants des policiers qui se revendiquent du syndicat SPNH (non reconnu) autour de leurs revendications afin de trouver une solution à la crise que confronte l’institution policière

Avertissement de Moïse J-C

« La mobilisation va reprendre dans tout le pays. Si la population ne se soulève pas pour défendre ses droits, la situation sera pire. Il faut qu’on se soulève pour montrer au monde entier qu’on n’est pas d’accord avec l’ingérence de certains pays » a déclaré Moïse Jean Charles, leader de l’opposition radicale de la plateforme « Pitit Desalin ».

Les USA condamnent les violences en Haïti :

« Les États-Unis condamnent les violences récentes en Haïti https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30109-haiti-flash-affrontements-au-champ-de-mars-au-moins-une-douzaine-de-victimes-bilan-provisoire.html et appellent les haïtiens à rejeter la violence et à respecter l’État de Droit. Nous encourageons tous les Haïtiens à engager un dialogue constructif en vue de résoudre leurs différends. »

Protection de l’investissements étranger :

L’Ambassadeur d’Haïti au Royaume d’Espagne, Claude Joseph a rencontré José Sánchez Tinico, le Président de la Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie de Grande Canarie, pour discuter des efforts du Président Jovenel Moise visant à garantir l’investissement étranger en Haïti.

Bilan 3e jour gras du carnaval à Saint-Marc :

Au terme du 3e jour gras du carnaval à Saint-Marc, l’hôpital Saint-Nicolas a rapporté 8 blessés dont un par balle.

Épidémie COVID-19 : Bilan mondial 27 février 2020 :

Jeudi 27 février 2020, le nombre de personnes contaminées dans le monde par le Coronavirus COVID-19 (cas confirmés en laboratoire) s’élève aujourd’hui à 82,170 en hausse de 1,165 cas (+62.7%) par rapport à la veille (716), https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30126-haiti-actualite-zapping.html ; 2,804 décès (+1.5%) soit 42 cas de plus que la veille (2,762). Taux de mortalité moyen 3.4%. 32,898 personnes guéries soit 2,782 personnes (+19.6%) de plus par rapport à la veille (2,327).

On recense à ce jour hors de Chine, 3,673 cas confirmés de personnes dans un total de 49 pays (+24.9%) soit 732 cas de plus que la veille.

56 décès à l’étranger depuis le début de l’épidémie (décembre 2019) soit 7 de plus par rapport à la veille : 22 en Iran, 13 en Corée du Sud, 1 à Taïwan, 1 au Philippine, 2 à Hong Kong, 3 au Japon, 2 en France et 12 en Italie.

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Protests continue as violence intensifies

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Anti-government protests continue to rock the Caribbean nation of Haiti for more than a year, with violence taking a deadly toll. 

Gunfire interrupted on the first day of Haiti’s biggest carnival in the capital of Port-au-Prince last weekend, leaving at least one person dead and several wounded.

Carnival celebrations were canceled Sunday by the government “in order to avoid a planned bloodshed,” according to a statement released by the Communication Ministry.

The UN and the 35-member Organization of American States (OAS) regional bloc condemned increase violence and voiced concern for Haitians.

“We condemn the violence in Haiti and express our condolences to the families of the victims. We advocate for the solutions the country needs: end of violence, violence is not acceptable in any form, and above all, it is not acceptable with the intention of a violent change in the established democratic regime; political dialogue; stability; formation of a government and parliamentary elections as soon as technically possible,” OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro tweeted Monday.

The UN also expressed concern about the police and military and condemned the use of violence by those branches.

It called on “all sectors of national life, in particular the police who demand better working conditions, to avoid any situation which could cause tensions to escalate and jeopardize the security of citizens.”

The UN and OAS have supported negotiations in recent months to forge consensus on a political agreement, but talks failed to yield progress on the formation of a new government.

Protests began in July 2018 in response to increased fuel prices, however, it evolved into demands for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise with a new wave of protests in February 2019.

Protesters demand the creation of a transitional government to provide social programs and prosecute allegedly corrupt officials.

They accuse senior government officials, including Moise, of misusing as much as $38 billion in loans from the Petrocaribe — an oil alliance between Caribbean member states and Venezuela.



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