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ST. THOMAS, United States Virgin Islands (January 11, 2012) - The family of Trinidadian journalist, Mr. Afzal Khan who suddenly passed away in his hometown over the weekend, received condolences from the Commissioner of Tourism of the United States Virgin Islands Beverly Nicholson-Doty.

Expressing her deepest sympathies to his family, the commissioner remembered Mr. Khan "as a valued team member of the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago," serving recently as manager of corporate communications.

The American Red Cross marks the second anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake with a vigorous and continued effort to help the people of Haiti rebuild their homes and lives, with hundreds of millions of donated dollars committed to the long-term relief project.

In a two-year update, the American Red Cross highlights its emergency work after the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, as well as its recovery efforts over the past year. The developments also are summed up in this short video.

The new Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, His Excellency Desi Bouterse, has called on the region to make 2012 a year of change.

Bouterse, who is also the President of Dutch-speaking Suriname said that “by changing the way we do things, this Community will be a changed one – for the better – by the end of 2012.”

First of six Saab’s purchased by Silver Airways is also the first to sport the carrier’s new livery.

sliver-airwaySilver Airways Corp, a new regional carrier launched with assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, took delivery of its first Saab 340Bplus aircraft today. Unveiled as the centerpiece of a special launch event held today at the carrier’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport headquarters, the modern, 34-seat aircraft is the first to feature the new Silver Airways livery. 

A total of six Saab 340 aircraft will be integrated into the Silver Airways fleet between December 2011 and July 2012.  Each aircraft will be subject to a period of inspection and certification under U.S. and Bahamian aviation regulations to ensure full compliance with all safety and operational requirements prior to initiating scheduled passenger service.  In-service dates for the new aircraft type will be announced upon receipt of regulatory approvals.  Once cleared, the aircraft will be deployed along the carrier’s Florida-Bahamas routes.