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A compensation fund to benefit the victims of an
April factory building collapse in Bangladesh that
killed more than 1,100 people is being created.
The fund, estimated at US$40 million, would
compensate injured workers and dependents of
those of who died.
Retailers El Corte Ingles, Bonmarche, Loblaw and
Primark have pledged to contribute to the fund.
The illegally-constructed, eight-story Rana Plaza
collapsed on April 24 as thousands of people
worked inside in five garment factories. The
collapse was the deadliest disaster to hit
Bangladesh's garment industry, which is worth
US$20 billion annually and supplies global retailers.
US$40 million fund created for Bangladesh victims
Arcos Dorados, the largest operator of
McDonald s restaurants in Latin America
and the Caribbean, opened its newest
restaurant in Trinidad on Saturday in Gulf
City Mall. This marks the second McDon-
ald s in south Trinidad and the fifth in the
country. The company also announced it
will open its first dessert centre within
the next few weeks at Gulf City Mall.
Jameela Mohammed-Ali, market manager
for Arcos Dorados T&T, said: "We continue
to show our commitment to the people of
south Trinidad by opening this second
restaurant in a matter of months.
"In just over two years, Arcos Dorados
has successfully opened and operates five
restaurants in Trinidad, exemplifying its
commitment to the market."
Like all McDonald s in T&T, the new Gulf
City Mall restaurant has a modern ambience
and comfortable seating areas for guests.
It includes a state-of-the-art PlayPlace,
McDonald s safe and fun play and activity
centre for children.
Just last week, Ronald McDonald paid a
surprise visit to Gulf City Mall and McDon-
ald s Gulf View, sharing fun and season s
greetings with customers in anticipation
of the store s opening weekend. On opening
day, the first 50 customers received courtesy
cards, and activities included face painting
for kids and balloon giveaways.
Arcos Dorados is also creating new
employment and business opportunities
for locals with this new restaurant, with
approximately 30 new jobs. Collectively,
the two South restaurants have created
approximately 100 jobs in a company that
is recognised as one of the leading employers
in Latin America, offering flexible hours,
opportunities for growth and development,
and a very welcoming work environment.
The company is ranked sixth among the
top 25 best multinationals by the Great
Place to Work Institute and is one of the
ten largest employers in the region according
to the Latin Business Chronicle.
In addition, McDonald s partners with
several local suppliers, some based in South,
for items like pastries, ice cream and chick-
"When we entered Trinidad and Tobago,
Arcos Dorados made a vow that we would
provide not only a one-of-a-kind dining
experience, but that we would be a good
neighbour, providing jobs and training, car-
rying out charitable works and creating
new business opportunities for local sup-
pliers. Another example of our contribution
to the local economy is investing in local
suppliers," Mohammed-Ali said.
"We focus our efforts on being part of
the local community and making a tan-
gible, positive contribution. We are ded-
icated to bringing the best that we have
to offer in quality, service and opportunity
to this beautiful country."
The company celebrated McDonald s
T&T s second McHappy Day on November
15, the company s global annual fundraiser,
to raise proceeds for the Christ Child Con-
valescent Home in Diego Martin.
T&T's fifth McDonald's
opens at Gulf City ALEEM KHAN
Digicel said it reached an agreement with
the Guadeloupe-based Loret Group and with
Caribbean Fibre Holdings to acquire a subma-
rine fibre network across the Caribbean region.
Digicel will acquire Middle Caribbean Network,
Southern Caribbean Fibre, Antilles Crossings
and a number of related assets from Global
"This deal will provide Digicel with a whol-
ly-owned submarine fibre optic cable network
of approximately 2,100 kilometres providing
capacity from Trinidad to Guadeloupe," the com-
pany said in a statement.
Digicel has also entered into a transaction
with Global Caribbean Fibre and Global
Caribbean Network to provide submarine fibre
capacity from Guadeloupe to Puerto Rico with
onwards connectivity to mainland USA.
With these new capabilities, Digicel said it
"is underpinning its commitments to delivering
best network, best service and best value and
will once again be at the forefront of driving
competition and consumer choice in the region."
"In total, Digicel has secured access to a robust
network comprised of 15 submarine segments
with a reach of some 3,100 kilometres across
the Caribbean region. Digicel will also have
extensive onwards capacity on other submarine
networks connecting locations such as Miami,
Paris and New York. The financial terms of the
contract are not being disclosed and the trans-
action is subject to regulatory approval."
Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves was quoted
in the statement as saying: "We are always look-
ing for new ways to ensure that we deliver choice
and innovation to our valued customers. The
acquisition of this submarine network secures
significant additional broadband capacity for
Digicel. This additional capacity is central to our
continued drive to offer innovative services and
products to our customers in a data hungry
Digicel Group Ltd is a mobile telephone oper-
ator in 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central
America and Asia Pacific. The company has
been in operation since 2001 and has expended
US$4.9 billion worldwide.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its
markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda,
Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British
Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao,
Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grena-
da, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mar-
tinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea,
Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent
& the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, T&T, Turks
& Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage
in St Martin and St Barts in the Caribbean.
Gulf City Mall manager Seunarine Sanmook, centre, cuts the ribbon to the newest
McDonald's restaurant and is assisted by Jameela Mohammed-Ali, Arcos Dorados T&T
market manager, right, restaurant manager Valmiki Persad, left, and Kalifa Duncan, Arcos
Dorados T&T operations supervisor.
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