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Call to Tender (Procurement of Computer Systems) + Explanatory Note
Monday, 18 January 2016 09:41
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The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) in the framework of the project SEACOP III (Seaport Cooperation Project), funded by the European Commission, intends to award a contract for the supply of IT equipment with the aim of supporting CCLEC enhancing the existing RCS2013 regional maritime information system.  More information in: http://fiiapp.org/en/servicios/
(Reference number: SYS/0010/16).
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U.S., Cuba Near Deal on Restoring Commercial Flights: AP Sources
Friday, 08 January 2016 08:53
HAVANA — The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and U.S. officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.
The diplomatic advance helps open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would be the biggest business deal struck as the two countries try to normalize relations. Officials on both sides described it as an understanding on aviation but not yet a formal agreement and they hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.
The three officials spoken to weren't authorized to talk publicly and demanded anonymity.
Right now, American and Cuban travelers must fly on charter flights that are complicated to book, rarely involve an online portal and often force prospective travelers to email documents and payment information back and forth with an agent. Those flying sometimes must arrive at the airport four hours in advance and strict baggage limits apply.
U.S. officials and aviation executives have speculated that Cuba could allow more than a dozen flights from the U.S. a day. It's unclear if those flights would completely replace charters, but they appear certain to create a surge in travel that would place heavy strain on Cuba's already overstrained tourist infrastructure. Hotels and private hostels are booked for months.
President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17, 2014, the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba, ending five decades of a policy of isolation.
Since the announcement, authorized American travel to the island is up 50 percent this year, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Havana, said Tuesday. While the majority of U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans, there has been a sharp rise in Americans traveling for specially authorized purposes, particularly on educational tours known as people-to-people travel. Among Obama's regulatory changes this year was one permitting such travel to Cuba without specific Treasury Department permission.

US_cuba_relations_22jan2015HAVANA — The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and U.S. officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.
The diplomatic advance helps open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would be the biggest business deal struck as the two countries try to normalize relations. Officials on both sides described it as an understanding on aviation but not yet a formal agreement and they hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.
The three officials spoken to weren't authorized to talk publicly and demanded anonymity.
Right now, American and Cuban travelers must fly on charter flights that are complicated to book, rarely involve an online portal and often force prospective travelers to email documents and payment information back and forth with an agent. Those flying sometimes must arrive at the airport four hours in advance and strict baggage limits apply.

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Over two tonnes of cocaine seized on ship off French coast
Friday, 08 January 2016 08:41

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The drugs were found aboard a cargo baffled by the coastguard patrol Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Services coastguard French customs come to realize the largest cocaine seizure ever made in France to date.

The drug, discovered aboard a cargo ship last night baffled by the coastguard patrol Boulogne-sur-Mer, is being weighed, but according to initial estimates, the amounts expected to exceed two tons.

The ship was intercepted yesterday to 18.30 high seas and was reduced to 20 hours to dock in Boulogne-sur-Mer where the search operations have started.

The drugs were concealed behind a metal partition. Many people are currently in customs restraint.

Prosecutors in Boulogne-sur-Mer is hearing the case.

Taking into account the amounts already already found on board, the socket is the largest to date in France.

 

 
Passing of LENARD RIVIERE – 09/07/67- 02/12/15
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 14:01

RiviereIt is with deep regret we announce the death of Mr Lenard Riviere, a Customs officer from Dominica.

Lenard joined the Customs and Excise Division on January 12, 1987 and immediately distinguished himself as a serious and dedicated worker. He was an excellent motivator who always encouraged others. He moved up the ranks within the Division being appointed Customs Officer Grade III on May 1, 1988, Customs Officer Grade II on August 1, 1995 and at the time of his passing held the position of Customs Officer Grade I having been appointed to that post on December 1, 2006 and  was stationed at the Post Audit Unit.

Lenard was one of the Officers who pursued the Executive Diploma in Customs Management at the University of Canberra with the assistance of CCLEC and he successfully completed the programme in 2013. He topped the Caribbean Region with a Distinction.

In 2014, Lenard was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and on 2 December, 2015 he succumbed to the disease.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family and Customs colleagues in Dominica.

 
Anguilla and St. Maarten Law Enforcement holds bilateral talks
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 08:37

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ANGUILLA / SINT MAARTEN — Law Enforcement Officers from Anguilla and St. Maarten on Thursday 10th December, 2015 met in Anguilla at Police Headquarters to hold bilateral talks on security and intelligence for both islands.
The meeting hosted by the Royal Anguilla Police Force and chaired by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Elliott Forbes was attended by Police, Customs and Immigration Officers.
Attending the meeting from Anguilla were Chief Immigration Officer, Ms. Laureen Bryan and Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Travis Carter and other members of staff of both agencies as well A/Sgt. Charles Richards from the Marine Department.  The St. Maarten representative included Mr. A. J Doran, Head of Customs and Mr. Cederik A Werleman, Head Support Station St Maarten, Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and other members of staff.
The talks which focused on issues and challenges facing each agency revealed that drug trafficking, firearm trafficking and firearm related incidents as well as illegal immigration affected all the parties concerned in some way or another, some greater than others.
“We all recognized that greater attention needs to be placed on our borders by improving control on both sides as well as collaborating with each other,” said Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Forbes. “We must work closer together developing better working relations in an effort to combatting the illegal activities that affects us all.”
It is anticipated that there will be quarterly meetings organized in the near future between the islands with the inclusion of the French as well.

ANGUILLA / SINT MAARTEN — Law Enforcement Officers from Anguilla and St. Maarten on Thursday 10th December, 2015 met in Anguilla at Police Headquarters to hold bilateral talks on security and intelligence for both islands.
The meeting hosted by the Royal Anguilla Police Force and chaired by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Elliott Forbes was attended by Police, Customs and Immigration Officers.

Attending the meeting from Anguilla were Chief Immigration Officer, Ms. Laureen Bryan and Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Travis Carter and other members of staff of both agencies as well A/Sgt. Charles Richards from the Marine Department.  The St. Maarten representative included Mr. A. J Doran, Head of Customs and Mr. Cederik A Werleman, Head Support Station St Maarten, Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and other members of staff.

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In its quest for modernization via new technology, the Customs and Excise Division is getting ready to launch its new automated system, ASYCUDA World. Over the past few months intense training an...

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