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Virgin Atlantic Providing Increased Airlift for Barbados on Heels of Thomas Cook Collapse

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Virgin Atlantic Airways will now provide increased flights, totaling 30,000 seats, to Barbados starting November 1.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday
October 3, 2019
– Government
has announced its plan to deal with any major fall out due to the recent collapse
of Thomas Cook Airlines.

Minister of
Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds has revealed that Virgin
Atlantic Airways will now provide increased flights, totalling 30,000 seats, to
Barbados over the upcoming winter season.

When Thomas
Cook Airlines folded on September 23, it put some local hoteliers at risk of
losing over 60 per cent of their winter bookings. Symmonds noted that Thomas
Cook was also an important partner to the island’s cruise sector and disclosed
that the British cruise line P&O Cruises, which homeports in Barbados,
stood to suffer as it depended heavily on airlift from the defunct British
airline.

“Thomas Cook
provided Barbados with 23,500 passengers over the last winter season and was
contractually obligated to provide 27,000 seats across winter….Of that maximum
capacity of seats, we would have shared the service with Antigua, St. Lucia and
Tobago,” he said.

The Tourism
Minister said following discussions with Virgin Atlantic, the airline announced
that Barbados would benefit from increased airlift.

There will
be an additional weekly flight from Manchester with 455 seats; and two flights
from London Gatwick which will bring the total number of weekly flights from
Gatwick to nine during the winter season.

“The 27,000
seats which had been put into jeopardy immediately upon the collapse of Thomas Cook
are now defended and we will be in a position in fact to benefit from 30,000
seats via Virgin Atlantic to Barbados, and they will not be shared by any other
destination,” Symmonds said.

“For those
who wish to access those other Caribbean countries, the opportunity will exist
for them to fly to Barbados for onward connections to those other CARICOM
member states, so that Barbados will act as the hub in the Eastern Caribbean
for all Virgin Atlantic passengers who would have been using these flights and
obviously all dislocated Thomas Cook passengers.”

The Tourism
Minister added that discussions were underway with Virgin Atlantic to provide
mix-used scheduled flights to Barbados.

“We are
anticipating that we would be able to have mix-used scheduled flights so that a
percentage, [of] an aircraft [let’s say] carrying 240 passengers, half of them
maybe set aside to carry the cruise passengers and then the other half would be
for those regularly scheduled flights for long stay.

“The
important thing has been to use the increased capacity to make sure we are able
to adequately satisfy the demand on the cruise side… now that Thomas Cook is
completely obliterated from the landscape,” he said.

Symmonds
further noted that while he was in Ireland last week, he and other tourism
officials met with Aer Lingus to discuss the possibility of partnering with the
Irish airline to provide both scheduled and chartered flights to fill the void
left by Thomas Cook’s collapse.

He revealed
that P&O Cruises had also begun discussions with Aer Lingus and that “they
are satisfied the discussions are going well”.

“Aer Lingus
is a potentially useful partner for Barbados. It comes out of Ireland; it is
well known….It has very close links with the upper middle class who are doing a
lot of long-term leisure travels these days,” he noted, adding that the numbers
out of Ireland needed to be sufficiently stimulated.

The Minister
added that the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association was looking to launch a
Barbados Cares Campaign geared towards offering dislocated Thomas Cook
passengers in the UK market discounted vacations under certain circumstances.

“The simple philosophy is it is better to have the business at a discount than not to have the business at all,” Symmonds surmised.

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FIFA suspends head of Haiti soccer amid sex abuse charges

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Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a light blue protective face mask, arrives at a courthouse for a hearing regarding allegations that he abused female athletes at the country’s national training center, in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Several players and former players have come forward and accused him of sexual misconduct after he threatened to remove them from the team if they did not accept his advances.

Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a light blue protective face mask, arrives at a courthouse for a hearing regarding allegations that he abused female athletes at the country’s national training center, in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Several players and former players have come forward and accused him of sexual misconduct after he threatened to remove them from the team if they did not accept his advances.

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For two decades, Yves Jean-Bart has loomed large over Haitian soccer, a father figure in a country where people are as passionate about the sport as they are about politics.

Now, Jean-Bart, 73, is the focus of a sex abuse probe by FIFA which on Monday announced that its investigatory chamber has temporarily suspended Jean-Bart while it investigates allegations that he coerced young female players into having sex.

“This sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning Mr Jean-Bart,” the Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a brief statement.

The suspension is for 90 days, and Jean-Bart, who has been at the helm of the Haitian Football Federation since 2000 and recently was elected to a sixth term, is banned from all soccer-related activities at both the national and international level.

Known as “Dadou,” Jean-Bart just recently started his 20th year as president of the Haitian Football Federation.

FIFA, which is still emerging from a 2015 bribery scandal, opened an investigation into Jean-Bart after the Guardian published an article last month on the allegations. The piece, quoting anonymous players and their families, accused Jean-Bart of coercing young female soccer players at Haiti’s national training center, the Centre Technique National in Croix-des-Bouquets, into having sex. The incidents are alleged to have occurred within the last five years.

Jean-Bart has strongly denied the allegations, calling them baseless. He said they were aimed at destabilizing him, the Haitian federation and his family. Following the article, several players staged a protest at the training center. In a statement he said the allegations are aimed at trying to oust him as head of the federation.

“These false accusations are as criminal as the practice of child sexual abuse. The design of the detractors aims to grab the FHF without going through the election process,” he said in a statement.

In a statement, the Haitian Football Federation called the allegations suspicious and highlighted Jean-Bart’s contributions to the development and success of youth training programs for Haiti’s girls and boys despite the lack of financial resources and support.

Feminists organizations in Haiti issued statements in support of the alleged female victims while demanding his suspension from the Haitian federation. Human rights groups have also demanded an investigation into the allegations.

Haitian police have also launched an investigation.

Jacqueline Charles has reported on Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean for the Miami Herald for over a decade. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she was awarded a 2018 Maria Moors Cabot Prize — the most prestigious award for coverage of the Americas.

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…

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25/05/2020 11:42:17

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Le marché Shadda détruit par un incendie :

Dimanche un incendie a ravagé le marché « Shadda » à Pétion-Ville. Les dégâts et les pertes de marchandises sont considérables. L’incendie aurait pour origine le brûlage d’ordures à proximité du marché dont les flammes se seraient propagées. Les pompiers ont pu circonscrire le sinistre et éviter la propagation des flammes hors du marché.

Le Ministère à la condition féminine en quarantaine :

En raison de 2 cas suspects de Covid-19 au Ministère à la condition féminine et aux droits des femmes (en attente de confirmation du test) et pour éviter la propagation du virus tout le personnel du ministère a été invité à rester chez eux pendant une quinzaine de jours et à se rendre rendre disponible en cas de besoin. Le télétravail sera appliqué pour tout ceux qui le peuvent.

Covid-19 : Prise en charge assuré par l’État

« La prise en charge des personnes infectées par la Covid19 est assurée gratuitement par l’Etat haïtien. La population doit continuer à suivre les consignes des autorités sanitaires. Il ne peut y avoir de déni de l’épidémie […] Il faut changer de comportement aujourd’hui… si vous présentez des symptômes liés à la Covid-19 (fièvre, toux sèche, fatigue…) il faut prendre contact en urgence avec un professionnel de la santé » a déclaré Eddy Jackson Alexis, le Secrétaire d’État à la Communication

FAd’H : opération de nettoyage et de désinfection

Dans le cadre de la lutte contre la propagation de l’épidémie de Covid-19, les Forces Armées d’Haïti (FAd’H) ont lancé au cours de la semaine écoulée une vaste opération de nettoyage et de désinfection des rues dans la zone métropole. Cette initiative s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une série de mesures mise en oeuvre par le haut État-major en vue d’assister la population haïtienne dans le cadre de la lutte engagée contre le Coronavirus qui a déja contaminé 958 personnes https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30857-haiti-flash-958-cas-confirmes-et-3-115-cas-suspects.html

Distribution de masques et de savon dans la Grand’Anse :

A l’initiative de l’Administration Moïse/Jouthe en collaboration avec le Bureau de la Première Dame Martine Moïse, plus de 5,000 masques et des paquets de savon ont été distribués durant le weekend à Bonbon et Desameaux dans la Grand’Anse. Cette campagne de distribution va s’étendre sur tout le département afin de renforcer la lutte contre la propagation la Covid-19.

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Liverpool’s clash against Atletico Madrid ‘led to 41 additional deaths’

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An analysis of data has discovered that ‘s Champions League last-16 second leg against at Anfield ‘led to 41 additional deaths’ due to . 

Jurgen Klopp’s side hosted their Spanish rivals at Anfield on March 11 in front of 52,000 fans. There were 3,000 Atletico Madrid fans in attendance. 

The match was the last major game played in England before lockdown restrictions were enacted and the league was temporarily suspended due to the scale of the coronavirus pandemic.  

A explains how Edge Health, a group that analyse NHS data through data-modelling, believe the game at Anfield led to 41 additional deaths between 25 to 35 days later. continue reading

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