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New Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is Rishi Sunak

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By Dana Malcolm

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#UnitedKingdom, October 28, 2022 – Less than 50 days after losing the public vote to Liz Truss for the post, Rishi Sunak was officially named the new UK Prime Minister with overwhelming MP support.  Sunak is the first person of color in Parliament’s 221 year history to hold the role and bags the top spot after only seven years in politics.

Sunak was invited by King Charles lll to start a Government on Tuesday (October 25) afternoon.

He began his career in politics in 2015 and at 42 is the youngest British PM in 210 years following Robert Jenkinson in 1812, who was also 42 at the time. Sunak, a British-Indian of Hindu faith, born to Punjabi immigrants studied at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University sometimes on scholarship. He co-founded an investment company which made him a millionaire.

“I have been fortunate to enjoy a successful business career. I co-founded a large investment firm, working with companies from Silicon Valley to Bangalore.” his bio says.  He also met his wife Akshata Murthy, heiress to Infosys Ltd. while at Stanford, the two have a combined net worth of £730 million.

There was little time for campaigning during the snap election to replace Truss, a fact which has several MPs angry.

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Angela Reynor said, “The Tories have crowned Rishi Sunak without him saying a word about what he would do as PM. He has no mandate, no answers and no ideas. Nobody voted for this.”

Labour MP and Chair of Committee on Standards Chris Bryant, “If Rishi Sunak becomes PM without a single interview or a smidgen of scrutiny, let alone a public vote, the British electoral system will look no more democratic than a banana republic.  He will have no mandate.”

The comments came as the Labour Party is furiously pushing for a general election after coming off of one of their biggest losses ever in 2019.

Despite this during the previous contest for the top spot in August (which Truss won) Sunak had outlined a plan maintaining it was his intent not to cut taxes until inflation was under control.

Now that he’s in the top spot, Prime Minister Sunak will inherit a party still somewhat divided along with an electorate facing record inflation and an energy crisis coupled now with market turbulence caused by recent economic policies implemented by Liz Truss.

How long he will hold the position, say pundits, depends on whether he will cave to demands for a general election and whether he can lead the conservatives to victory in said election.

The former Finance Minister won the leadership contest by default after both his competitors Boris Johnson and Penny Morduant pulled out of the race.  Johnson, who left the post in disgrace in July and is still under investigation for whether he lied to his MPs, claimed standing down was the ‘right thing to do.’

Sunak next named his Cabinet; a team hand-picked to help him get the UK back on track as the Liberal party clamors for an election.

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It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel

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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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USVI Natural Resources Dept tackles illegal sand mining

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By Shanieka Smith

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#USVI, December 1, 2022 – Recent reports of people taking large amounts of sand from beaches illegally have been on the increase in the US Virgin Islands.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is urging citizens to refrain from doing this.

The DPNR announced that those found guilty could be charged a fine of $10,000 daily.

While they are unaware of what the illegally mined sand is being used for, the DPNR said it cannot be used for construction.

“In seawater, chloride is present, causing corrosion of steel and iron, which ultimately leads to reducing carrying capacity, so that the structure built using this may not be sustainable,” the DPNR said.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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