Facebook urged to do more to stop LGBT+ hate speech in Arab countries

first_imgLGBT+ rights groups urged Facebook on Tuesday to act on a rise in online hate speech after the death of an Egyptian activist jailed for waving the rainbow flag.The letter from activist groups in the Middle East and North Africa added to the pressure on Facebook to do more to block hate speech after an advertising boycott by hundreds of US brands.Sarah Hegazy was found dead two weeks ago in her apartment in Canada, the country she fled to after being charged with “promoting sexual deviancy” in Egypt, where discrimination against the LGBT+ community is rife. Since then, posts containing hate speech, death threats and threats of violence have been posted and shared in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, including an image of a rainbow-colored stick figure being kicked.In one video, a woman justifies the killing of gay people. Another shows Hegazy burning in animated flames.Facebook said it operated a zero-tolerance approach to all hate speech, which it defines as attacks based on people’s “protected characteristics”, including sexual orientation and gender identity.But a letter from 22 LGBT+ rights groups mostly from the Arab world said the company had been “lax” in applying its anti-hate speech policies in the region, making it “unsafe for sexual minorities”. “Although the MENA LGBTQI+ community has been reporting thousands of Arabic hate speech posts … most of these reports were declined because the content ‘did not contradict the Facebook community standards’,” the letter stated.It called on Facebook to do more to ensure posts that incite violence were removed.”In the US and Europe, there is no room to spread hate speech against any sexual orientation, race, religion, sect or any other social group,” said Adam Muhammed, executive director of the Morocco-based ATYAF Collective, an LGBT+ rights group.”We addressed a letter to Facebook asking its management to implement the same policy here as it uses in other countries,” Muhammed told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.In response, Facebook said it had teams reviewing reports of hate speech 24/7 in more than 50 languages, including Arabic, and that its AI tools found nearly 90% of the hate speech it removes before users reported it.”We know we have more work to do here and we’ll continue to work closely with members of the LGBTQI+ community in the Middle East and North Africa to develop our tools, technology and policies,” Facebook said in emailed comments.Nicolas Gilles, co-founder of the France-based ANKH Association for minority rights which was among the signatories to the letter, called Hegazy’s death a wake-up call and said she had struggled with online harassment.”The LGBT+ community now in the Arab world are … witnessing harassment and bullying and everybody is saying they could be the next [Hegazy] and we don’t want that,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

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Awilco’s LNG tanker hit off Singapore

first_imgNorwegian LNG transportation provider Awilco said its liquefied natural gas carrier WilForce was struck by another vessel off Singapore. No crew injuries or spills have been reported onboard the WilForce, Awilco said in its statement.The vessel is now en route to the yard in Singapore for class inspection and hull repairs. It is currently unclear how long the vessel will be offhire.The vessel has full insurance cover for repair expenses and loss of hire, subject to a deductible.Based on a preliminary assessment of facts Awilco LNG holds the other vessel fully and completely liable for the collision, and the company expects to recover all costs, losses and expenses including deductibles in due course.WilForce is a TDFE liquefied natural gas carrier built and delivered to Awilco by the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in 2013, capable of transporting 156,007 cubic meters of LNG.last_img read more

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Dakar Rally: Spanish driver wins for third time

first_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Veteran Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally for the third time on Friday, finishing with a comfortable winning margin in Saudi Arabia. The veteran Spanish driver led this year’s Dakar Rally from the third stage The 57-year-old led from the third stage and crossed the finish line 6min 21sec ahead of nearest challenger and reigning champion Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar, who had managed to cut Sainz’s lead to just 24 seconds on Tuesday but fell back after navigation blunders. Stephane Peterhansel was third at 9 min 58 sec behind in his Mini. Both the Frenchman and Sainz won four stages each in the marathon 12-day, 7,800-kilometre (4,800-mile) race.Advertisement Loading… center_img Read Also:Dakar Rally: Peterhansel sneaks 10-second win in 11th stage This year’s Dakar Rally was controversially staged in Saudi Arabia, a decision which has sparked an angry reaction from critics of the country’s human rights record. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Overmars confirms Reds interest

first_imgAjax technical director Marc Overmars has confirmed Liverpool are keeping a close watch on midfielder Christian Eriksen. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to add three or four players in the summer transfer window as he tries to improve the depth of his squad. His priority is a centre-back to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher with speculation linking Rodgers with a return to his former club Swansea for Wales captain Ashley Williams. Rodgers is also expected to make a renewed attempt to bring Blackpool winger Tom Ince back to the club after negotiations hit an impasse in early January. The 21-year-old Denmark international is one of Europe’s hottest prospects but he is out of contract in just over a year and it is expected numerous clubs will make a move this summer. Liverpool have closely monitored the youngster’s progress over the last couple of years and Overmars is well aware of their interest. “We have the list of the scouts of foreign clubs who have been here recently and Liverpool has been a regular visitor,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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C-NS holds off Baldwinsville, gets shot at league title

first_img Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool Once at 1-2, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team has fought its way back to earn an opportunity at yet another Class AA-2 division regular-season championship.The Northstars’ thrilling 35-28 victory over Baldwinsville last Friday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium set up a first-place showdown with Utica Proctor next Friday at Bragman Stadium, with the winner gaining the league title and a top seed for the Section III playoffs.There were moments, especially late in the first half, when C-NS resembled the football juggernaut that won 31 of 34 games and a pair of sectional titles in 2017 and ’18. Yet it also nearly surrendered a 21-point lead to the Bees before a timely fourth-quarter drive helped the Northstars hang on. A minute remained in the half and the Northstars surprised B’ville with an onside kick, recovering it at midfield. Just 11 seconds before intermission, Razmovski found a streaking Pafford down the right sideline for a 37-yard scoring play.What was a close-fought contest was now 28-7, and with C-NS receiving the second-half kickoff, it had an opportunity to put the Bees away. Instead, it was held without a first down in the third quarter, giving the Bees an opportunity to fight back.Willie Strong finished one drive with a one-yard TD run. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Braden McCard, from his own 40, threw down the left sideline to Pat May, who caught it, cut back and found the end zone.With its lead down to 28-21, C-NS took over at its own 13, and it was here that Razmovski made his three best throws of the night.One was a third-down pass to Ellis that covered 23 yards. Then, on fourth-and-four at the Bees’ 47, Razmovski hit Pafford, who broke tackles on a 37-yard run to set up first-and-goal. Three plays later, Pafford lost his defender on a cut to the middle and Razmovski found him again, the TD covering 12 yards with 4:55 to play.That turned out to be the game-winner because B’ville again responded, McCard throwing a 12-yard TD pass to May with 1:13 left, but a poor onside kick was smothered by the Northstars, who were able to run out the clock.While all this was going on, Liverpool clinched the top playoff seed out of the Class AA-1 division and improved to 6-0 on its home field, the state Class AA no. 15-ranked Warriors cruising to a 43-12 victory over the Nottingham Bulldogs.Unlike many other games this season, Liverpool didn’t wait until the second half to take control, bolting out to a 29-0 lead before intermission.Dakari Mack got the Warriors on the board with a 10-yard scoring run. Then fullback Jacob Vacco powered through Nottingham’s defense twice, on scoring runs of five and 53 yards, before Michael Nigro went 16 yards for his first TD of the season.Already with a comfortable lead, Liverpool struck twice on special teams during the second half, Bryce Mills returning a Bulldogs kickoff 65 yards for one TD and Max Michalak taking a punt near midfield and bringing it back 52 yards for six more points.Having completed a perfect 4-0 run through the AA-1 division, Liverpool goes to Corning (Section IV) next Friday night to look to finish an undefeated regular season. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Both C-NS and B’ville entered the game with 2-1 league marks, and traded scoring drives early, C-NS getting a 27-yard touchdown pass from J.J. Razmovski to Adron Pafford in the first quarter after a long punt return by Mason Ellis.With the score 7-7, the Northstars put together a scoring drive Bees fans would find quite familiar – 12 plays, all of them runs, 11 of them by tailback Mike Washington, who went the final yard for the TD with 3:39 left in the half.By contrast, the next time C-NS had the ball after a fourth-down stop by the defense, Washington needed only one play to sprint 62 yards to the end zone, making it 21-7.last_img read more

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Stern makes unfair decisions for NBA

first_imgMany of you read my column a few weeks ago, praising MLB commissioner Bud Selig for his contributions to the game of baseball. The wild card, World Baseball Classic and inter-league play are just a few additions to the longtime commish’s résumé.With the NBA season getting underway last week, it’s time to shift our attention to a different commissioner, one whose actions in the past few months have been questionable to say the least.David Stern has always been a strong and swift disciplinarian, and since he took over the helm in 1984, the league has expanded both nationally and internationally. By 2005, Stern had seen the NBA grow to 30 teams, and the game’s popularity has been growing all over the world — but ever since the proclaimed “Malice in the Palace” Stern has been on a warpath to change the NBA’s image.We all remember that dark day in NBA history where then-Pacers forward Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neil and Stephen Jackson each did their best impressions of Mike Tyson, dropping Detroit Pistons fans like Peter McNeeley.When the smoke finally cleared, nine players where suspended for a total of 156 games. Ron Artest received the harshest punishment, sidelined for a total of 73 games plus the playoffs, the longest suspension in the history of American professional sports.The infamous brawl was undoubtedly a low point in NBA history, but more importantly, it gave Stern the opportunity to change the NBA’s “thug” image.Beginning last season, Stern implemented a new dress code, to reduce the number of throwback jerseys and “questionable” attire often donned by injured or inactive players. The dress code was considered by many to be racist because it forbids hip-hop fashion and urban dress often worn by young African Americans. Stern replied to such accusations, saying all types of clothing that are not business casual have been banned, affecting every player of every race.Now, I am not calling Stern a racist, but when is the last time you saw Austin Croshere wearing a Jim Brown throwback jersey?If that isn’t enough, this season Stern decided that it is no longer appropriate for players to rip off their warm-up pants on the sideline before entering the game.I’ll admit it has always been a little unusual to see players rip their pants off only to have a guy whose only job is to run like the dickens to pick up the pants so nobody slips on them — but it’s always great TV.Doesn’t Stern have anything better to do than make sure people aren’t using snap pants the way they where designed to be used? Perhaps he should try to get referees enforce palming or traveling — actual violations that are in the NBA rulebook.It’s becoming more and more apparent that Stern is afraid of what he can’t understand. To date, the NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban more than a dozen times for more than $1.5 million. Stern does not seem to understand how an owner can actually care about his team winning games and not just about making money.Stern would feel a lot more comfortable if NBA owners where all old geezers who stay upstairs in their air-conditioned luxury boxes.So what does Stern do? He decides to design rules that will curb the behavior of outspoken owners like Cuban. The final language of the legislation has yet to be determined, but it’s expected Stern will soon announce the policy aimed to ensure that “owners refrain from entering the court, taunting players or officials, and generally maintain a level of decorum mandated by the league.”In layman’s terms, Stern simply doesn’t like Mark Cuban, his antics, or the fact that he doesn’t wear a suit to Mavericks games.Now that Stern has gone to great lengths to clean up the NBA’s bad-boy image, he can focus on more important things — like the official Spalding basketball.For the second time in 60 seasons and the first time in 35 years, the NBA has changed its game balls. The new model, according to a league release, “is a microfiber composite with moisture management that provides superior grip and feel throughout the course of a game.”Well, apparently there are conflicting reports, because not one NBA player feels that this ball is superior to anything.”I think the new ball is terrible,” Heat center Shaquille O’Neil said. “Feels like one of those cheap balls that you buy at the toy store, indoor-outdoor balls.”Despite resounding criticism throughout the league, Stern remains adamant that the new ball will be beneficial to players and the NBA.I’m sure Stern was one heck of an athlete in his day, but he doesn’t have the first clue as to what feels comfortable in the hands of 7-foot basketball players.During Stern’s 22-year tenure, the league has been both lucrative and popular among fans — but the fourth commissioner in NBA history has also been the beneficiary of very good timing.The year Stern became commissioner, 1984, is also the same season that four of the NBA’s biggest superstars — Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and John Stockton — joined the league.Stern was able to ride “his Airness” and all of the hoopla and marketability that surrounded M.J. into the NBA’s new wave of greatness.Jordan, along with other legends of the 1980s such as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, took the game to new heights in terms of popularity and profitability.When those Hall of Famers left the game, Stern found himself with a young and brash nucleus of talent that threatened the NBA image he had worked so hard to establish.Stern’s intentions may be genuine and maybe the NBA does have a few bad apples, but you can’t change people and the foundations of a 60-year-old professional league. And that’s what the commish is trying to do.Andrew is a junior majoring in journalism. Comment on the new ball at akluger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Syracuse starts season with 3-0 road swing in Ohio

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm Syracuse field hockey team has started 3-0 in a four-game series in Ohio to begin its season. The fifth-ranked team in the country has defeated Ohio, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio State. In its Friday opener, the Orange defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 3-2 in overtime, as Emma Russell hit the winning goal just under seven minutes into overtime.In its next game on Saturday, the Orange cruised to a 5-1 victory over Miami (Ohio). In the win, freshmen Lies Lagerweij and Annalena Ulbrich scored their first goals of their collegiate careers.After a day off, the Orange continued its early-season winning streak in a 7-0 win over Ohio. Ulbrich collected a hat trick to continue upon her impressive debut weekend along with a two-goal performance from senior Jordan Page.The Orange will look to stay undefeated when it travels to Kent State for a 1 p.m. matchup on Tuesday. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcompiled by Ryan Raigrodski, staff writer, rlraigro@syr.edu  Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse bench bolsters scoring in 80-59 Final Four win over Washington

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2016 at 1:31 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman As the minutes leaked off the pregame clock toward tipoff, Syracuse players danced in their layup lines. Washington’s pep band blared the tune of “Hey! Baby,” and Taylor Ford shimmied with Cornelia Fondren.Before they assumed their role as bench players, unaware when they would be called upon. Before tipoff of the most important games of their career, and the program’s first-ever Final Four. Before they combined to score 18 points and Fondren finished with the second-most rebounds on the team.Dancing. In the Final Four.“It’s funny because this game didn’t feel like the Final Four. It felt like another game,” assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “When I first got here I was a little like, ‘Oh we gotta warm up hard, we gotta focus.’“…They’ve won 16 of 17. I don’t mess with it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game played out like most of them have for Syracuse in the last nine weeks. Not only did Washington struggle to find an answer to SU’s press, but UW’s worn-out, six-man rotation couldn’t match the nine players the Orange cycled through. Every player that took the court for Syracuse (30-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) scored, and SU breezed past Washington (26-11, 11-7 Pacific-12), 80-59, in the Final Four to advance to the national championship game against Connecticut on Tuesday night.Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman leaned more heavily on his bench than he had all postseason, with all four players logging double-digit minutes. But every player that came on the court had an answer when Washington tried to breathe life back into its season.Maggie Morrison neutralized the third leading scorer in the country. Ford hit back-to-back 3s to double-up the Huskies on the scoreboard. Fondren sunk two shots at the buzzer.“They had to come in and give us something,” Hillsman said, “and they came in and gave us something immediately.“That’s all you can ask for, is for your bench to come in and be effective, and be tough.”Ford hadn’t played double-digit minutes since playing 14 against Louisville on March 5. She had to pause and think about how she’d characterize her role on the team, but it didn’t matter when Hillsman yanked her off the bench just over a minute into the second quarter.She snaked through Washington’s defense and was left alone behind the perimeter. The 6-foot senior noticed Alexis Peterson was guarded tightly, so she locked eyes with Morrison holding the ball. She skipped a pass underneath the Huskies’ reach and sank the open 3-point attempt.After Talia Walton answered with her fifth 3 on the next possession, Ford, like Syracuse did all game, punched back. She sank a contested 3-pointer on the next possession, a shot she attributed to Hillsman’s never-ending demands to shoot. So she did, in the biggest minutes she’d played all season.“Taylor has no conscious,” Reiss said. “Taylor’s a 3-point shooter. When Tay gets in the game, she knows what she’s going to do.“It doesn’t faze her. The magnitude of the game, it doesn’t matter.”“When I go in the game, I know what my job is to do,” Ford said. “If I’m open, I shoot it. I don’t think, ‘Oh if I wanna play I gotta make shots.’ It’s just a natural thing.”Morrison rounded out the Orange’s offensive burst by hitting a 3 on the next possession. It marked nine points in three possessions to push the lead to 19, all off the bench. It was the only shot she sank all night, but it pushed SU ahead by keeping Washington behind.The Huskies offense is captained by Kelsey Plum, the nation’s third-leading scorer. All game she was swatted and poked at by the Orange’s press, but not by anyone more than Morrison. At the end of the first quarter she intercepted a pass attempt from the Washington guard at midcourt.To start off the second, Morrison just reached out and bounced the ball out of Plum’s hands. For a player who’s calling card off the bench this postseason has been quick offense, she prevented it on the other side of court Sunday.“Maggie’s our scrapper,” Reiss said. “Maggie’s rocky. You put her in, and she just goes balls to the wall.”Washington couldn’t come up with solutions as Hillsman cycled through his bench, formerly a questionable asset of a team now headed to the national championship game. His reserves had answers, enough to ensure the Huskies never took the lead. And enough to ensure Syracuse will play the last women’s college basketball game of the season. Commentslast_img read more

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Kansas City Chiefs’ equipment bags go missing before crunch game against Patriots

first_imgLiterally everything you need out of your locker is in those bags, I mean everything!! Pads, Helmet, cleats, gloves(if u don’t get new ones) compression gear, warmups, cold weather gear, everything https://t.co/Y7ekziEPEV— Brian Finneran (@BFinn86) December 8, 2019 COMMENT First Published: 9th December, 2019 12:20 IST The Kansas City Chiefs came out on top against the New England Patriots in the NFL at the Gillette Stadium on Sunday night (Monday morning IST). However, things could have been a lot different for the Chiefs on the night. A report from ESPN stated that a container carrying the Kansas City Chiefs’ equipment, that included the bags of 35 players, had been mistakenly sent to New Jersey rather than Boston. The bags, which had the necessary equipment including helmets and pads, were then frantically driven to Foxboro for the kickoff against the Chiefs’ AFC contenders, New England Patriots. Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Trolled Hilariously After Mitch Trubisky Leads Chicago Bears To 31-24 Win NFL: Chiefs vs Patriots recapThe Patriots were on the losing side of the game against the Chiefs, but that result could very well have been reversed, had the Chiefs’ equipment not shown up on time. Interestingly, the Chiefs would have to forfeit the game against the Patriots under those circumstances. The crisis, however, was averted just in time as NFL fans were given the AFC title game rematch from a year ago that they had been waiting for, ever since the NFL schedule for the season was announced.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr Moving Away From Cleveland Browns? Patriots Trade Rumours Circle NFLThat wasn’t the only headline from the game, however. The Patriots succumbed to a 16-23 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, further dampening the expectations surrounding a Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots this season. The din of discontent was audibly heard at half time, as the Patriots fans booed their team. The Patriots offence was largely ineffective against the Chiefs, with the Patriots fans refusing to hold back their frustrations at the Gilette Stadium. Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Vs Chicago Bears Highlights From 31-24 Win For Home Side, Fans Brawl Later WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Colin DCunha center_img BREEZY CALLED GAME ✊@Bree2Land6 | #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/tF9BcaWWtF— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 9, 2019 FOLLOW US Written By Last Updated: 9th December, 2019 12:20 IST Kansas City Chiefs’ Equipment Bags Go Missing Before Crunch Game Against Patriots The Kansas City Chiefs were left sweating over the situation surrounding their equipment as the bags carrying the players’ equipment was shipped to New Jersey LIVE TV Interestingly, the Chiefs’ win over the New England Patriots secured their fourth straight AFC West title. It also snapped the New England Patriots 21-game home winning streak. It was a hard-fought affair, but the Patriots will feel hard done by with their loss due to some questionable calls from the officials.  Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Kicker Brett Maher Sets Unwanted NFL Record During Loss Against Bears last_img read more

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CHTA hails Caribbean’s diversity, beauty and strength

first_imgMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, CMC – The President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Patricia Affonso-Dass, has hailed the diversity of the region as she called for it to be better known as the most welcoming region in the world.World’s most desirable tourism productAddressing the 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event, in Montego Bay on Tuesday night, she said it was time to change the way the world references the region, “from the most tourism-dependent in the world to the world’s most desirable, most tolerant and inclusive, most welcoming, most hospitable, most facilitative and investment-friendly, and most environmentally sensitive region in the world.”Highly trained professionals The CHTA official said she wanted the Caribbean to be known as a region where genuine service is delivered by “regionally proud, highly trained professionals who understand the critical importance of their role and their importance to the success, sustainability and economic viability of the region.The Barbados-based hotelier, who has championed the theme of “people development” prior to assuming the role of president last year, said the people of the region are “our most important asset and our most marketable commodity.”She said in a world that often appears dominated by divisiveness, fear and uncertainty, her dream is for the Caribbean region “to continue to stand strong and united, to be synonymous with a genuine welcome, an authentic experience and excellent service delivered with soul and pride.”She told the 1,000 delegates attending the opening reception that “more and more of our customers are telling us what they are seeking is a personal connection with our people, a genuine experience, and an opportunity to feel that their being here makes a positive difference.Significant increase in buyers Caribbean Travel Marketplace is hosting the largest group of buyers in its history with the organizers stating that 60 new companies have joined the estimated 145 buyers this year.The CHTA said that it was also welcoming the largest contingent of Chinese travel buyers to date along with new buyer companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. “The diversity of buyers attending Marketplace from around the world ironically reflects the diversity of our Caribbean offerings – a united region with an incredible array of offerings with their own distinct natural beauty, history and culture. This is one of our core strengths,” Affonso-Dass said.last_img read more

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