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British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry

first_imgPhoto credit: roc-taiwan.orgTAIPEI, Taiwan (CNA) — The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be the 125th country or region to grant visa-free entry or landing visas to Taiwan passport holders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei said on Wednesday. The details and when the privilege will take effect, however, will be announced after negotiations with the BVI government, the MOFA said in a press statement. The statement noted that the visa-waiver program will follow the one adopted by the British government in March 2009. The BVI is the sixth British overseas territory — after Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos, St Helena, and Falkland Islands — to establish such an agreement with Taiwan, it said. The visa-free entry scheme should boost bilateral ties, increase cultural exchanges and encourage tourism, it added. Although the BVI consists of a small population of 25,000, its tourism and financial service industries have made it one of the most thriving economic areas in the Caribbean, according to the MOFA. By Nancy LiuCaribbean News Now Share Share Share NewsRegional British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry by: – January 5, 2012center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Badree warns of ‘dangerous’ Pakistan

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree said yesterday West Indies would be wary of an unpredictable Pakistan side, as they chased victory in the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series.He told journalists here that Pakistan were a dangerous unit and said West Indies would have to play well if they were to top the hosts in the games, which run from September 23-27 in the United Arab Emirates.”Pakistan are very similar to us in terms of their consistency or lack of it,” Badree told reporters.”One day, they give a brilliant performance just like us and the next day there is a lot to be desired. On their day, they can demolish any opposition. We are wary of that challenge.”We respect every opposition that we come up against and we are going to do the same against Pakistan, and we are going to prepare well and execute our plans as best as we can, knowing they are a very dangerous team.”MISSING PLAYERSWest Indies will not be at full strength for the series, especially with a few of the players who were members of the T20 World Cup-winning squad last April now missing.Darren Sammy, who captained the side to that triumph in India, has been axed by selectors, while Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell are unavailable for varying reasons. Also, batsman Lendl Simmons was overlooked for medical reasons.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has taken over leadership of the squad, while the uncapped Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran, along with Chadwick Walton who played the last of this two T20s two years ago, have been called up.”It is a different team from the team that played the World Cup. We have a lot of new guys, a few guys making their debut on this tour,” said the 35-year-old Badree.”We have been here before, many of us. The heat is quite different to what we are accustomed to. We came a bit early realising we need to acclimatise, so within the next week before the first game against Pakistan, we will be well adjusted and fit and all players will be 100 per cent ready for the challenge.”The two opening games – on September 23 and 24 – are set for here in Dubai, with the final game on September 27 carded for Abu Dhabi.”I’ve been here in the PSL (Pakistan Super League). I’ve played with Islamabad United, the team that eventually won the competition, so I’ve got quite a bit of experience here,” the Trinidadian noted.”The pitches seem to be very good for T20 cricket and that’s what you’re looking for – good games, competitive games. Like I’ve said before, a number of the guys have been here before – the likes of (Sunil) Narine, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard etcetera – so we’re looking forward to some very good games of cricket.”Of course, we’d like to win this series and remain one of the best T20 teams in the world.”last_img read more

Metro hikes dividend reports sales up from year ago

first_img Recommended For YouOman urges Iran to release seized tankerDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through The Canadian Press Metro hikes dividend, reports sales up from year ago Adjusted profit up More Join the conversation → Featured Stories Sponsored By: Reddit Email MONTREAL — Metro Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a first-quarter profit of $203.1 million.The grocery and drug store company says it will pay a quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share, up from 18 cents per share.Metro reported its profit amounted to 79 cents per diluted share for the 12 weeks ended Dec. 22, compared with a profit of nearly $1.3 billion or $5.67 per diluted share for the same period a year earlier.At that time, it benefited from the sale of its stake in Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. to help fund its deal to buy the Jean Coutu Group Inc.On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned $172.2 million or 67 cents per diluted share for its latest quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $126.7 million or 55 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 68 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for what was the company’s first quarter totalled $3.98 billion, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier.  What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generationcenter_img ← Previous Next → Metro Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a first-quarter profit of $203.1 million.Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS 0 Comments advertisement Facebook Twitter Share this storyMetro hikes dividend, reports sales up from year ago Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn January 29, 20199:32 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Commentlast_img read more