CrimsonLogic Helps Automate Qatar’s Customs System

New unified clearing system to streamline procedures and ensure accuracy

 SINGAPORE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — CrimsonLogic, a leading provider of eGovernment solutions and services, was awarded a contract in 2008 by the State of Qatar to design and implement a nationwide eGovernment system to automate and streamline the customs administration system. Currently in phases of implementation, the system, upon completion, will simplify procedures to bring about hassle-free trade clearance for the local trading community and their international trading partners.

 The Qatar Customs Clearance Single Window (QCCSW) project, granted by government agency ictQATAR, with support from the Customs and Ports General Authority (CPGA), will provide a single electronic interface linking the trading community with up to 13 relevant ministries and government agencies. This will facilitate data exchange for cargo clearance, encourage a seamless cross-border trade flow and reduce time spent on paperwork.

 ”We are excited to be part of this revolutionary system by the Qatari government. Qatar is a visionary country and is aggressively embracing automation to achieve greater transparency and increased business efficiency. The QCCSW project is a significant milestone in Qatar’s extensive automation drive as it puts in place a unified clearing system that simplifies customs procedures and ensures accuracy, as well as brings significant cost savings to government agencies and the trading community,” said Leong Peng Kiong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), CrimsonLogic.

 The new customs system employs a method of classification, by separating declarations according to the importance of inspections needed. Qatar is set to lessen customs inspection to just five percent of total imports — a target set by the country’s Maritime Customs. Importers will be able to save time and efforts as clearance procedures will now be conducted virtually. Consignment clearances will also be greatly reduced from a period of a few weeks to a few minutes, preventing overcrowding and demurrages in Qatari ports. This utilisation of international best practices will benefit economic development and promote foreign investment in the country.

 On the challenges of executing multi-geographical solution implementations, Mr Leong said, “Our approach to any solution is holistic and goes beyond IT systems and implementation. Specifically, it encompasses devising comprehensive change management programmes to cultivate adoption of the system amongst potential users. Similarly, for the Qatar project, the provision of online end-to-end services aims to make it convenient for users to use the system during the customs clearance process.”

 In a span of five years, CrimsonLogic has established a strong presence in the Middle East, having worked on several prominent projects, including a trade facilitation project known as SaudiEDI in Saudi Arabia in 2005, an integrated arbitration system in Dubai in 2007, and an eJustice programme in the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

 As a leading eGovernment solution provider worldwide, CrimsonLogic has been working with governments across the globe to develop and implement eGovernment systems. Just last month, it announced its recent appointment by the government of Mauritius to help design and implement an eJudiciary programme. This new system aims to improve court administration, boost judicial transparency and efficiency.

 Commissioned by the Judiciary of Mauritius and in partnership with local partner Mauritius Network Service, CrimsonLogic will be establishing an eJudiciary platform that delivers e-Filing and Case Management capabilities to automate internal processes for the Supreme Court in the first phase of the project.  The rollout of activities from planning, designing, marketing, delivering and supporting various eJudiciary services will take place over a period of 18 months.

 The programme will enable the Judiciary to move towards a paperless system, easing the reliance on paper and eliminating the need for physical storage space and security. This integrated platform enables seamless case filing, notary services and legal research — minimising the risks of human error and time spent on administrative procedures. The legal fraternity will also benefit from its single user interface where the easy management of cases from initiation, trial and then disposal can be facilitated. In addition, CrimsonLogic will work closely with the Judiciary to drive user adoption amongst government officials and the legal community.

 About CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd

 CrimsonLogic is a trusted partner to governments worldwide. For over 20 years, CrimsonLogic has worked with governments across Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America and Africa to find innovative and sustainable solutions to collaborate more seamlessly with their citizens and ecosystem.

 CrimsonLogic has continued to set industry-standards by delivering world-first eGovernment solutions to optimize workflow, increase operational efficiencies, and improve decision-making. CrimsonLogic has the unique ability to deliver end-to-end services, from designing and building eGovernment solutions, through to operating these services in order to drive substantial and lasting improvements.

HBO Premieres the New Drama Series Boardwalk Empire in the Caribbean

MIAMI, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — HBO Latin America announced that the new, highly anticipated drama series, Boardwalk Empire, will premiere in the Caribbean on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Created by the Emmy®-winning writer of “The Sopranos”, Terence Winter, and produced and directed by the widely acclaimed Martin Scorsese, this roaring ’20s drama takes place at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States. The plot follows a corrupt politician and his network of liquor smugglers, as they rise to undisputed leadership of the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. 

“Once again, HBO offers the perfect combination of the best talent from film and television, as well as a storyline full of drama and action. Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and producers like Mark Wahlberg, in collaboration with this outstanding cast, will make Boardwalk Empire one of the best series of all time and, without a doubt, a true favorite among our Caribbean subscribers,” said Gustavo Grossman, Vice President and General Manager of HBO Networks Latin America.

With the Great War over, it is a time of vast changes in America. On the beach in southern New Jersey sits Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as “The World’s Playground” – a place where the rules do not apply. Its famous boardwalk, filled with luxurious hotels, nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment rivaling that of Broadway, quickly emerges as the mecca for the illegal trafficking of alcoholic beverages. At the head of all backroom dealings and rum-running is the town’s treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Corrupt, yet clever, Nucky effortlessly caries out a double life – one in which he reveals himself to be a respected politician, by day, and a feared gangster, by night.

Together with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham) – the town’s sheriff – and a crew of Ward Bosses and local thugs, Nucky heads smuggling operations, doing business with some of the most infamous names in mafia history: Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Big Jim Colosimo, (Frank Crudele), Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham). As a result, Nucky positions himself as the primary contact for anyone wanting to obtain alcohol illegally.

The story takes a complicated turn when Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), Nucky’s former protege and driver, returns from the war eager to get ahead and reclaim his rightful place in the political fixer’s organization. But when Jimmy feels things aren’t moving quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands, forming a deadly alliance with some of Nucky’s associates, which promptly sets Federal Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) on his mentor’s tail.

Boardwalk Empire’s star cast features Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, leader of the area’s African-American community; Gretchen Mol as the exotic dancer, Gillian, who shares a long and complicated history with Nucky; Dabney Coleman as Nucky’s mentor, Commodore Louis Kaestner; Paz de la Huerta as Nucky’s girlfriend, Lucy; Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder, a married woman that also becomes involved with Nucky; Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle; Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler; and Aleksa Palladino as Angela, Jimmy Darmody’s Bohemian girlfriend and mother of their three-year-old son.

Inspired by Nelson Johnson’s book, BoardWalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire is directed by Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor and Allen Coulter; executive-producers include Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg, with Gene Kelly as co-executive producer; produced by Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn, with Howard Korder as supervising producer, and David Coatsworth as producer of the pilot.

Writers that collaborated with Terence Winter include Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Margaret Nagle, Steve Kornacki and Meg Jackson.

 About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the leader in paid, Premium television network broadcasting in the region, which as well as being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, movies, and documentaries, delivers services of the highest technology in SD and HD formats to over 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO®, HBO2®, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, HBO Caribbean®, Cinemax®, Max®, Max HD® and Max Prime(SM), and its SVOD service.

Two Major Caribbean Organizations Join to Develop Haiti’s First Airport Hotel

Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, WIN Group, join to develop much-needed hotel

 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Sept 13 /PRNewswire/ — Argentine entrepreneur Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, President & CEO of Basic Energy Ltd., as well as numerous other diversified entities, along with Haiti-based WIN Group, one of the country’s largest enterprises, today announced an agreement to develop a 240-room hotel with conference facilities directly adjacent to Port-Au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport.

 The property, scheduled to break ground by the end of 2010, has an 18-month construction window and will be Haiti’s first airport hotel. The hotel, which is yet to be named, will be independently operated.

 The fully-enclosed, $33 million project will be developed on a 5.3 acre parcel (2.14 hectares), and will be completely self-contained, with on-site power plant, water treatment, sewage, and related facilities.

 Construction will be achieved through a combination of standard construction methods and pre-fabricated processes.  The site allows for future development, specifically commercial office and retail outlets.

 The amenity-rich, seven-story property is being designed by OBM International, a 70+ year-old full-service design-consulting firm with vast experience in the hotel industry.  The property will feature full conference facilities with capacity to accommodate up to 400 individuals for a single event.  It will also include numerous break-out rooms, expanded food and beverage outlets, work-out center, swimming pool, spa facilities and lounges, all within lush, tropical landscaping, and will be built to meet or exceed all international earthquake standards.

 ”We recognize the importance of having facilities that can house individuals during the rebuilding process,” said Gonzalez-Bunster, whose holdings include energy investments in neighboring Dominican Republic.  “It is currently extremely challenging to secure accommodations since so much of the infrastructure was decimated by the earthquake.”

 ”This is such an important project on so many levels,” adds WIN Group Managing Partner Youri Mevs.  “Not only will it provide badly-needed hotel and conference facilities, but will employ hundreds of local workers in desperate need of generating revenue to support themselves and their families.”

 ”We are pleased with the opportunity to be part of such an integral project,” states Douglas A. Kulig, AIA, CEO of OBM International.  “The hotel will be elegant, with a distinct Creole feel, as well as provide an all-inclusive element for its guests from the moment they pass through the property’s entry-gate.”

 ”Our goal is to encourage long-term sustainable investment in Haiti,” notes President Bill Clinton, UN Special Envoy to Haiti and co-chair of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC).  “An adequate network of hotels is crucial to the country, and this venture is one example that the numerous facets needed to rebuild Port Au Prince are slowly getting under way.”

 For additional information about the project, please contact Edmund Miller at 305.987.0995.

 About Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster

Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster is President & CEO of Basic Energy Ltd., an international electrical power company. Mr. Gonzalez-Bunster is engaged in diversified agribusiness and is currently a principal in several projects in Argentina, Paraguay and Dominican Republic. He is a partner in Remington Realty, a Texas based commercial real estate holding company and AquaCube, a Scottish manufacturer of portable water treatment and purification plants. Gonzalez-Bunster is a Trustee of the William J. Clinton Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

 About WIN Group

The Haiti-based, Mevs family-held WIN Group is one of the Caribbean’s largest conglomerates with stakes in diverse industries such as warehousing and storage, port operations and ethanol processing. WIN’s holdings include SHODECOSA, the largest privately-owned industrial and commercial park in Haiti, Varreux Terminal, the largest privately-owned general cargo shipping terminal, and WINECO, the largest liquid bulk storage facility, among other enterprises. The fourth generation family has always had a significant impact on the country through its social service-based endeavors, and actively supports numerous organizations providing both immediate relief, and long-term infrastructure development. For additional information, visit www.wingrouponline.com.

 About OBM International

For over seven decades, OBMI has been the premier full-service design-consulting firm in Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Today, with seven multinational offices, projects throughout the world and a diverse team of experts, OBMI is a global leader in architecture, master/town planning, interior design and project management with landmark projects in the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe and the Arabian Peninsula. OBMI currently has design offices located in Antigua, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Madrid, Miami and Trinidad and Tobago, a strategic alliance in the Bahamas and in Muscat, Oman. For more information visit, www.obmi.com.

Widespread Fraud by Calling Cards Exposed by Rebtel in First-Ever Report on U.S. Calling Habits to Trinidad and Tobago

75.3% of Survey Respondents Received Fewer Minutes Than Calling Cards Promised

 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ — People in the U.S. who use international calling cards to stay in touch with family and friends in Trinidad and Tobago said they almost never get all of the calling minutes purchased, and that calling card fraud has cheated some of them by as much as $1,000.

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 The first-ever report on calling habits to Trinidad and Tobago from the U.S. revealed that 75.3% believe they received fewer minutes than promised by calling cards.  The average loss due to fraudulent cards was $90, the study found, but many respondents said the total sum lost was far greater.

 Conducted last month by Rebtel (http://www.rebtel.com), the first-ever research uncovered fascinating findings on U.S. calling habits to Trinidad and Tobago.

 Nearly two-thirds – 61.2% – of Rebtel calls to Trinidad and Tobago that originate in the U.S. go to family members; 36.5% go to friends; only 2.4% go to business associates. Calling rates are hands-down the most important aspect of international calling among survey respondents, with call quality second.

 Among survey participants, 73.2% said Rebtel rates are better than alternatives for calling Trinidad and Tobago.  Almost 71% said Rebtel offers superior call quality.

 For calling Trinidad and Tobago, 96.5% of survey respondents said they would recommend Rebtel to friends.

 Release of the study coincides with dramatic rate reductions by Rebtel on calls to Trinidad and Tobago: a 72% cut on calls to landlines and up to 22% on calls to mobile phones.

 Founded in 2006, Stockholm-based Rebtel was established to give people around the world an alternative to rip-off phone cards’ rates for making international calls.

 Rebtel is the world’s largest independent mobile VoIP company. Millions of people worldwide regularly use Rebtel to make international calls to loved ones at home for just pennies per minute. Rebtel works with any phone. There’s nothing to download, upload, or install. No contracts, monthly fees or hidden costs.  No special access numbers, PIN numbers or long international phone numbers to remember and enter. Rebtel customers only pay super-cheap calling rates for the minutes they use, and free calling is always an option between 50 countries where Rebtel is available. To start using Rebtel, go to http://www.rebtel.com.

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls Cop Lime Caribbean American Netball Cup

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CaribPR Wire, Weds. Sept. 1, 2010: Multiple champions Jamaica completed an unprecedented double last Sunday at Lincoln Terrace Park in Brooklyn, NY when the New York Sunshine Girls were again crowned champions in both the senior and junior divisions of the LIME-sponsored Caribbean American Netball Association’s (CANA) Caribbean Cup Tournament.

 Oozing confidence, the New York Sunshine Girls beat back all other teams, as they copped yet another title in a competition they have dominated over the years. Under the tutelage of Coach Sonia Sewell, the former Jamaica national representative, the Jamaican team was ruthless in disposing of all challengers in the finale of the summer netball season.

 The Seniors defeated Barbados, 23-18 in the finals to complete a very productive afternoon for the ‘black, green and gold’ standard bearers. The Juniors had earlier turned back Grenada, 18-15, to set the stage for the seniors to complete the double in a stirring end of season display before a colorful crowd numbering in the thousands.

 On their way to the title, the Sonia Sewell-coached senior squad was to suffer a minor hiccup by falling to Grenada 18-16 in a keenly contested preliminary game.  Grenada edged Jamaica after the New York Sunshine girls had taken an early lead in the game.

The Jamaicans then inexplicably chose to expend as much energy bickering among themselves and with the game officials, than actually playing netball. However, the Jamaican girls would later re-group to make light work of the game as they overmatched, Sri Lanka (the only non-West Indian team in the competition) and the other challengers to barrel their way to the final.

Teams representing Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka and Barbados played in the round robin tournament, which brought the curtain down on the summer long netball fiesta, sponsored by telecom provider LIME, the new approach to Cable & Wireless.

According to Andrea Bullens, the marketing manager of BullzII Marketing, Inc.,  LIME’s sponsorship of the netball tournament is a seamless progression in the company’s effort to break into the New York market.

“LIME is new to this market and as the platinum sponsors of the netball tournament, gives us a chance to partner with a grassroots base,” she said.

The 2010 CANA season comprised three competitions, the divisional tournament and the KO tournament involving over 30 clubs and the Caribbean Cup championship.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sheldon Keens Douglas, LIME’s Regional Head of Sponsorship, presents the trophy to a representative of the winning team.  (Sharon Bennett image)

What’s in a Name? The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Can Open the Door to the Cruise Industry around the World, Not Just the Caribbean

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — If you want to showcase your destination, company or product to cruise executives, destination governments, tour operators, ship agents and all facets of the industry spanning the globe from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, then the 17th Annual FCCA Conference & Trade Show in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is the place you need to be from October 25-29, 2010.

 This is the event and opportunity you have been looking for, one that provides the chance to increase your cruise industry contact base with the dozens of cruise executives from the operations, purchasing, marketing and shore excursions sectors and the more than 1,000 industry partners from destinations’ ministries of tourism, tour operators, ports, ship agents and many more segments of the industry.

 These are the people you want to talk to if you are looking to gain insight on what the cruise lines are looking for in terms of shore excursions, products, services and port of call, along with displaying your products and services.

 This is where you can establish a clear vision that will map the road to success in your dealings with the cruise lines and the only event where the top decision makers from the 15 FCCA Member Cruise Lines come together for four entire days to share ideas, discuss industry trends and even have some fun. After all, providing events, functions and trips that will foster business and personal relationships between members and cruise executives is the FCCA’s specialty, along with offering crucial information about the industrial trends, and these events and resources are open to Platinum and Associate Members.

 So don’t miss this opportunity to meet with and develop business and personal relationships with some of the cruise industry’s top executives and most powerful players within the destinations.

 FCCA is a trade association composed of 15 Member Lines: AIDA Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc., Norwegian Cruise Line, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Seabourn Cruise Line. It was created in 1972 by the Member Lines operating more than 100 vessels in Florida, Caribbean and Latin American waters, in order to discuss and exchange views on issues relating to: legislation, tourism development, ports, safety, security and other cruise industry issues.

 For more information on the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, please contact Terri Cannici at (954) 441-8881 or tcannici@f-cca.com.

HBO Receives 25 Primetime Emmy® Awards

HBO received the most awards of any network; “The Pacific” leads all programming with 8 Emmys®

 SAO PAULO and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — HBO® received 25 Primetime Emmy® Awards, the most of any network at the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards Show, which took place Sunday night in Los Angeles.

 The miniseries, “The Pacific,” headlined the list of awarded programming, with 8 Emmys®, while the HBO® original made-for-TV film, “Temple Grandin,” was awarded 7, and “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert” received 3 awards.

 Among the recognitions, HBO led the list with 17 Creative Arts® Emmys, from which “The Pacific” received 7 statuettes and “Temple Grandin” received 2.

 The awards the network received this year reflect the quality of original programming offered by HBO and the variety of its television series, movies, and special documentaries which range from drama and science fiction to comedy, romance, and suspense, among other genres.

 HBO’s 2010 Emmy® award-winning productions are as follows:

  • 8 Emmys® for “The Pacific,” including Outstanding Miniseries; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
  • 7 Emmys® for “Temple Grandin,” including Outstanding Made for Television Movie; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Claire Danes); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (David Strathairn); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Julia Ormond); and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson).
  • 3 Emmys® for “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert,” including Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
  • 2 Emmys® for “You Don’t Know Jack,” including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Al Pacino) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Adam Mazer).

 Other HBO programs recognized by the Emmy® Awards were: “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming; “Teddy: In His Own Words” for Outstanding Nonfiction Special; “Bored to Death” for Outstanding Main Title Design, “The Ricky Gervais Show” for Individual Achievement in Animation: Character Design; and “Entourage” for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.

 As part of HBO Latin America’s programming, the series “Mad Men” was also awarded 4 Emmys® including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy) and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

 HBO Latin America programming received 124 nominations for the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards, for programs and categories such as:

  • 24 nominations for “The Pacific,” including Outstanding Miniseries, 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa; Tim Van Patten) and 2 for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Michelle Ashford and Robert Schenkkan; Bruce C. McKenna and Robert Schenkkan).
  • 15 nominations for “Temple Grandin,” including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Claire Danes), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (David Strathairn), 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Catherine O’Hara, Julia Ormond), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Christopher Monger, William Merritt Johnson).
  • 15 nominations for “You Don’t Know Jack,” including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Al Pacino), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (John Goodman), 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Susan Sarandon, Brenda Vaccaro), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Barry Levinson) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Adam Mazer).
  • 5 nominations for “The Special Relationship,” including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, 2 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Dennis Quaid, Michael Sheen), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Hope Davis) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Peter Morgan).
  • 5 nominations for “True Blood,” including Outstanding Drama Series.
  • 5 nominations for “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert,” including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (Joel Gallen).
  • 4 nominations for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Larry David).
  • 3 nominations for “Big Love,” including 2 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Mary Kay Place, Sissy Spacek).
  • 3 nominations for “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama,” including Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Amy Rice, Alicia Sams).
  • 3 nominations for “Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction,” including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
  • 2 nominations for “Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong,” including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (Bill Maher).
  • 2 nominations for “Real Time with Bill Maher,” including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series (Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Jonathan Schmock, Danny Vermont, Scott Carter).
  • 2 nominations for “Teddy: In His Own Words,” including Outstanding Nonfiction Special.
  • 2 nominations for “Treme,” including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Agnieszka Holland).
  • 2 nominations for “Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me,” including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (Wanda Sykes).

Other HBO nominees include “Avatar: Enter the World of Pandora (HBO First Look),” “Bored to Death,” “Capturing Mary,” “A Dog Year,” “Entourage,” “Hung,” “The Ricky Gervais Show,” “Sergio” and “Terror in Mumbai.”

 About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader which, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its HBO®, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, Cinemax® and Max Prime(SM), and its SVOD service.

 

LIME/CANA NETBALL – Caribbean Cup To Close Out 13th Season

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CaribPR Wire, BROOKLYN, NY. Tues. Aug. 24, 2010: More than the usual national pride and bragging rights will be at stake this weekend Saturday August 28th and Sunday August 29th, at the Lincoln Terrace Park on East New York and Buffalo Avenues in Brooklyn, NY when the final shrill of the umpire’s whistle is sounded and the curtain closes on the 13th season of the LIME-sponsored Caribbean American Netball Association (CANA) tournament. 

“I am expecting full participation especially from the teams from the islands, as we present the LIME/CANA Caribbean Cup Netball Championship and closing ceremony on Sunday evening,” said Cheryl Howell, President of the League.

 Howell and her executive team are hoping that all eight eligible nations will take part in the championship, which will be played using the round robin, aggregate win system; meaning that teams will play against each other and the team with the most wins (points), will be declared the winner.

 Defending champions Jamaica and seven other teams will contest the Senior Cup. They are: Africa, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent & Grenadines (SVG), St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and the U.S.A.

 “I expect perennial winners Jamaica to get some competition this year from St. Vincent & The Grenadines,” said Howell, noting that the SVG team includes the talented Joleen Christopher (GA), of Flying Targets NC and captain of the CANA Senior squad.

 Jamaica will counter with the gutsy and versatile Petra ‘Nina’ Williams (GA, GS).

 And, if the volcanic Dawn Small gets going and is able to play her game, Barbados should not be counted out of the top spot, according to Howell, who thinks that this is CANA’s lucky year due in large measure to the corporate partnership struck with LIME (Cable & Wireless) and Western Union, among others.

 Sharing the closing weekend spotlight in the park will be a contest for the juniors as well. Five teams are expected to compete: U.S.A., Jamaica, Barbados, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Grenada.

 Other attractions on Sunday will include exhibition matches involving the CANA Under-21 team against a CANA Senior team and the Brooklyn Navigators (male team) Netball Club. Action in the Caribbean Cup Championship will tip off at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

 “We feel this is a nice way to end what has been a good netball season here in Brooklyn and I hope the community will come out in bigger numbers and support the girls and guys,” President Howell said.

 LIME is collaborating with CANA to make this another Brooklyn coming out party on the heels of the Labor Day holiday weekend celebrations and festivities. A number of senior executives from the company are expected to be in attendance.

 Patrons attending the season ending games will be treated to ‘goodies’ from the regional telecommunications company while players and teams will be presented with their trophies and other incentives for a successful season.

 On Saturday, the divisional finals for the knock-out competition will also be played, starting at 5 p.m. A total of four matches will be played to determine the winners of the Junior, Intermediate, Seniors2 and Seniors1 categories for 2010.  All the games including the big showdown at the Caribbean Cup on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public.

ABOUT LIME

LIME, (formerly Cable & Wireless), is the Caribbean`s leading telecommunications company. LIME has kept the people of the Caribbean connected for more than 100 years. LIME is focused on providing products and services that improve the lives of Caribbean people every day whether they live in the region or are part of the Diaspora. LIME`s aim is to deliver the best communication services at the best value across the board–full stop. LIME–for living every day.

 

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 Cheryl Howell, President of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Netball Association (CANA). (Photo courtesy of Sharon Bennett)

LIME/CANA Netball Tourney – Seeded Teams Advance To Quarter Finals

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CaribPR Wire, BROOKLYN, NY. Tuesday, August 17, 2010: They stride into the Lincoln Terrace Park at Buffalo & East New York Avenues in Brooklyn, New York just before game time each weekend, pushing strollers with one hand as a sports bag weighs down one shoulder and a folding chair the other. Moments later they are dressed and ready to play.

 They are the sports moms of netball – migrants from several LIME Caribbean territories who are proud to call New York City home.  The above scenario has played out every weekend since June 5th at the park, the playing headquarters for the LIME/CANA (Caribbean American Netball Association) endorsed tournament, which turns 13 years this year.

 As the umpire’s whistle sounded shortly after 6 pm, on Saturday, August 14th and fans took up their positions around the touch lines, it soon became clear that there were 96 degrees of separation between the teams on this humid summer evening.

 It was a different atmosphere in the park, with teams knowing that a loss meant the end of a promising season and more than time enough to ponder ‘what if’, looking ahead to the off-season.

 “The atmosphere on the court and in the park was different, more hustle, more purpose in the play,” noted veteran administrator (player/coach/umpire) Kunkel Blaine.

 In the span of sixty minutes, that separation would translate into a 47-16 victory for Pitons2 over Spice Girls in the Seniors2 division, as the single elimination or knockout phase of the tournament tipped off.

 The result means an early summer vacation for the Spice Girls and the other losing teams, as you must win to stay in the competition and move on.

 Powered by their athletic center, Sharm Jean Pierre, Pitons2 left no doubt about their second place finish in the crowded and competitive division, scoring at will against an undermanned Spice Girls unit that finished their divisional campaign, one place (11) from the bottom.

 Pierre, a former St. Lucia national junior player, was as generous off the court as she was during the match, insisting that the entire team contributed to the delivery of the KO punch to the opposition.

 “It was one of our easier games so far this season as all the players contributed. It was a team effort,” she said.

 And true to form, the weekend schedule produced no surprises, as the seeded teams all advanced to this weekend’s quarter-final round. Among them are Crusaders and Typhoon.

 Much of the buzz will no doubt be on Senior division champions Volcanoes2, as they go for the double. They closed out division play with an emphatic 57-17 win over Flying Targets that had the coaching staff singing their praise.

 Tip-off this Saturday, August 21st is at the usual 4 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

 ABOUT LIME

LIME, (formerly Cable & Wireless), is the Caribbean`s leading telecommunications company. LIME has kept the people of the Caribbean connected for more than 100 years. LIME is focused on providing products and services that improve the lives of Caribbean people every day whether they live in the region or are part of the Diaspora. LIME`s aim is to deliver the best communication services at the best value across the board–full stop. LIME–for living every day.

 

 

 

PHOTO CAPTION:

 A Pitons2 GK gets into her defensive stance as her Spice Girls opponent prepares to shoot, during knockout round action at the LIME/CANA tournament at the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn, last weekend, August 15th, 2010. Pitons2 won the match.(Sharon Bennett Photo)

MSC PLUS, SA, First-Of-Its-Kind Home Improvement and Construction Supply Store Opens in Haiti

30,000 square foot (2787 m2) facility another step in providing much-needed materials for country’s reconstruction

 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ — MSC PLUS, SA, the first full-service home improvement and construction supply store of its kind in Haiti, has opened a 30,000 square foot facility stocked with more than 10,000 items.

 Located on Port-au-Prince’s Boulevard du 15 Octobre, less than a kilometer from the new American Embassy, MSC Plus is stocked with a broad range of construction and home improvement supplies to assist with Haiti’s vast reconstruction needs. 

 ”The country basically needs everything related to construction and home supplies,” said Chris Handal, who along with his three brothers, Michel, Stanley, and Randy, developed and run MSC TRADING SA.  “So we developed this concept of a one-stop shop with everything from the smallest screw, to appliances, to flooring, to finishing supplies, and much more.”

 The Handal family businesses, founded by Michel and Nicole Handal, have been serving the Haitian community since the mid-1960’s. 

 ”Absolutely no one was immune from this catastrophe,” continues Chris Handal.  “We lost close friends, we lost property, but we did not lose our desire to see a brighter future for Haiti.  We are determined to capitalize on the momentum that was realized during 2009, and the hope it brought to all of our people.”

 ”The importance of enterprises such as MSC PLUS to Haiti’s rebuilding efforts cannot be overstated,” said Youri Mevs, president of the Haitian Economic Development Foundation (HEDF), and managing principal of Port-au-Prince based WIN Group.  “For the most part, companies looking to rebuild have to procure construction materials and supplies from neighboring countries, which is expensive and time-consuming. MSC PLUS will stock many of the materials needed to accelerate the repair and rebuilding process of homes, schools, hospitals and businesses.  We applaud their efforts and are honored that they are an integral part of our Foundation.”

 The Haitian Economic Development Foundation was designed to foster economic growth throughout Haiti. The apolitical Foundation is comprised of some of the nation’s most influential enterprises and individuals, with the singular goal of attracting and fostering business in Haiti.

 ”We have taken our government’s message that ‘Haiti is open for business’ to heart,” concludes Handal.  ”The needs are clearly great, and it is of paramount importance that we all do what needs to be done to reignite our economy, create jobs, and help rebuild the country.”