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POPULAR tourist attraction Dunn’s River Falls and Park is to be upgraded this financial year, Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke recently announced.

The upgrade is to be undertaken by the St Ann Development Company Limited (SADCo) to enhance the overall sustainability of operations while meeting the needs of patrons.

A 2018 audit into operations at the St Ann-based attraction found major and long-term fraud-control failures, financial mismanagement, insufficient processes and gaps in information technology controls.

A report on the findings released by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) revealed that there was revenue leakage, estimated between $500,000 and $1 million annually, at the popular tourist attraction.

SADCo is expected to establish a new service court to include changing rooms, lockers and shops, and a VIP entrance, as well as redevelop the craft market at Dunn’s River.

SADCo is also expected to collaborate with the UDC in order to improve Dunn’s River’s financial sustainability by pursuing the increased marketing of the managed facilities with a view to increasing revenues by 10 per cent annually.

Dr Clarke outlined this in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, tabled in the House recently.

Also, the organisation projects to realise a profit of $35.12 million, the document notes.

SADCo, an associated company of the UDC, was incorporated in 1967. The company partners with the UDC under a management contract to oversee the management of several properties/attractions in the tourism sector.

Its main activities are focused on the sustainable development of several properties, including Dunn’s River Falls and Park, Green Grotto Caves, Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Roaring River, Laughing Waters and undeveloped lands in surrounding communities in St Ann.

In accordance with its mandate, SADCo is committed to the efficient management and orderly development of the UDC’s assets in its portfolio.

The company seeks to achieve its strategic objectives by undertaking activities and projects that enhance revenues, contain operating expenses and improve service delivery.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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BIARRITZ, France (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that he was “very concerned” about the trade tensions between the US and China, saying their tit-for-tat tariff hikes were harmful for the global economy.

“I’m very worried about the way it’s going, the growth of protectionism, of tariffs that we’re seeing,” Johnson said as he arrived at the G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz, where he was to make his full international debut as Britain’s premier.

“Those who support tariffs are at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy,” he said. “This is not the way to proceed.”

The question of tariffs is of particular concern for Johnson as he prepares to lead Britain out of the EU with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit on October 31 looking increasingly likely — which experts warn would cost both sides dearly.

His remarks echoed earlier warnings from the European Union, which warned that the escalating trade spat between Washington and Beijing could drive economies around the world into recession.

“Trade wars will lead to recession, while trade deals will boost the economy,” EU President Donald Tusk as G7 leaders descended on Biarritz for a three-day summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting the summit, also weighed in, saying trade tensions were “bad for everyone”.

“We have to achieve some form of de-escalation, stabilise things, and avoid this trade war that is taking place all over,” he said, just hours after Trump threatened to impose heavy punitive tariffs on France over its tax on US tech giants.

Trade disputes appear set to dominate the agenda of this year’s G7 summit, with Tusk and Macron warning that an ambitious deal between the EU and Latin America’s Mercosur bloc was at risk over Brazil’s response to wildfires in the Amazon.

But Tusk also said the EU would respond in kind if the US imposed tariffs on French wine.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The United States has named four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries.

President Donald Trump in his “Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2020,” named The Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica.

The other countries named by Trump are Afghanistan, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

In his statement, Trump noted that a country’s presence on the foregoing list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counter narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the United States.

“The reason countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has engaged in robust and diligent narcotics control measures.”

Trump said his administration has devoted unprecedented resources to combating the scourge of illicit drugs in the United States.

He said this includes strengthening the US borders and expanding programmes to prevent illicit drug use and aid the recovery and treatment of those who need it.

“We are making steady progress to turn the tide of our country’s drug epidemic, but more needs to be accomplished. This includes further efforts beyond our nation’s borders, by governments of countries where dangerous illegal drugs originate,” he said.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda (AFP) — India were 14 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 89 runs, at lunch on the third day of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday.

Brief scores

India 297 (A Rahane 81, R Jadeja 58, K L Rahul 44; K Roach 4-66) and 14-0 v West Indies 222 (R Chase 48; I Sharma 5-43)

Toss: West Indies


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