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Cruise ships, shelter plus more in Caribbean news in brief

PICTURED: Galleons passage

CRUISE SHIP FIRM’S PHILANTHROPY

THE WORLD’S largest cruise operator, Carnival Corporation, has announced a series of community projects supporting children, education and emergency preparedness across the Caribbean. The cruise line’s philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, is gathering up to US$10m in funding and in-kind support for projects which will have a lasting impact in their local areas.

GUYANESE SHELTER FOR VENEZUELANS

GUYANA HAS announced that there are now 2,588 documented Venezuelan migrants in Guyana. The government said that the Civil Defence Commission would work on essential food and non-food items for the migrants living in shelters in Region One in the north-west part of Guyana.

DOING BUSINESS ONLINE IN JAMAICA

THE JAMAICAN government has launched a National Trade Information Portal, aimed at helping people do business with the Caribbean nation. The portal was launched at the same time as Jamaica’s new National Foreign Trade Policy and Consultancy, which will provide a “one-stop shop” on trade laws, import-export regulations and agreements.

NEW FERRY GIVES BOOST TO ISLANDS

The new Trinidad to Tobago inter-island ferry, Galleons Passage, is expected to boost tourism as well as business between the two islands. Galleons Passage had its maiden run in October. Tourism Minister Randall Marshall said that the launch of the vessel had given domestic tourism “a big boost” by providing an affordable, comfortable and reliable service.

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