#intheBUZZ : EP9
Trinidad Visa-Free Travel, KLE, Chris Brown Vs Tyson Beckford, Charlie Charlie

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Trinidad & Tobago Visa-Free Travel to Europe

maxresdefaultCiti­zens of Trinidad and Tobago travelling to European countries in the Schengen Zone will no longer require entry visas for short visits up to 90 days, in any 180-day period.

A release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday advised the Short Stay Visa Wai­ver Agreement between T&T and the European Union will be signed on Thursday and will immediately take effect.

The agreement allows visa-free travel for citizens of both T&T and the European Union, except in the case of tra­velling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity, the release said.

“The category of persons carrying out a paid activity covers persons entering for the purpose of carrying out gainful occupation/remunerated activity in the territory of the other contracting party as an employee or as a service provider.”

Citizens are advised to familiarise themselves with the precise travel requirements prior to tra­velling abroad.


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Michelle Obama surpasses Oprah as most powerful African American woman on Forbes’ list

1400306010000.cachedFor as long as most of us can remember, billionaire media mogul, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has reigned supreme as the most powerful and influential African American woman of all time.

Oprah was nevertheless dethroned this week when Forbes magazine’s Most Powerful Women 2015 listed her at number 12, two spots behind the United States’ charismatic First Lady Michelle Obama, who placed 10th.

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul Dumped for Two Test Series


West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s long Test career looks over, with the 40-year-old reportedly to be overlooked for next month’s two matches against Australia.

Chanderpaul is just 45 runs from Brian Lara’s record 11,912 Test runs by a West Indian but poor form appears set to deny him the chance to eclipse that tally.

In 164 Tests Chanderpaul has scored 11,867 Test runs at 51.37 including 30 centuries.

Chanderpaul has scored five hundreds in 20 Tests against Australia, including a 69-ball ton in 2003.

But the gutsy left-hander made just 96 runs in the recent three-Test series against England and failed to pass 50.

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KLE Group Announces 8 New Tracks & Records Locations


THE KLE Group plans to pursue franchise opportunities for its Tracks & Records restaurant in eight territories including the Middle East.

Its the first time that the group, which runs a restaurant and nightclub, publicly announced target areas outside the US and UK markets.

“With the programme in place we have advanced the discussions with two initial candidates for the first locations. These transactions are progressing as planned and we are confident they will provide the start we need to kick-off the expansion of the concept. At the same time we continue to move other potential candidates through the evaluation process,” stated Gary Matalon, chief executive officer, about negotiations to expand the single restaurant operation in Kingston, which began years ago. KLE also operates a nightclub in Portmore.

“Once we have established our first franchisees, the intention is to cast a wider net through targeted international marketing initiatives. Some of the target areas for these efforts include the US, UK, Ireland, Spain, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Australia and Brazil,” he added in the preface to financials released this month to shareholders.

The group recorded a $21.7-million net loss for its March 2015 quarter which worsened the $12.6-million loss a year earlier. Revenues were also down by 25 per cent year-on-year to $46.6 million due to a closed lounge and nightclub.

“This was primarily due to the sale of Fiction Night Club and the closure of Odyssey Gaming Lounge. The unfavourable results must, however, be viewed in the context of operating four business units in 2014 versus two units in 2015,” stated Matalon.

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Dream Ent. Signs Deal with Expedia.com


DREAM Entertainment Ltd, promoters of the annual Dream Week of parties, recently signed a deal with American online travel company Expedia Inc.


According to Scott Dunn, managing director of Dream Entertainment, the deal is “unprecedented” and will see the party series being advertised on the website expedia.com.

“The website’s users will be allowed to buy Appleton Special Dream Weekend tickets. The site will also feature listings from hotels in Negril and Montego Bay. The deal is supported, in part, by a contribution from the Jamaica Tourist Board,” Dunn told the Jamaica Observer.

Dream Weekend is scheduled for Negril from August 5-9.

Expedia Inc is the parent company to several global online travel brands, including Hotels.com, Trivago, and Hotwire.com.

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