'Terrorist-financing' leads to T&T being banned from South Korean cryptocurrency exchange

Trinidad and Tobago has found itself among a group of 11 countries, banned from trading in a particular cryptocurrency in South Korea.

The ban is said to be related to terrorist-financing and money-laundering activity.

The list of banned countries includes North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Serbia, Ethiopia, Syria, Trinidad & Tobago, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Vanuatu and Yemen.

The ban comes from Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea.

GraceKennedy first to comply with T&T ban

GraceKennedy Ltd yesterday said it would immediately comply with the temporary ban imposed by the Agriculture Ministry and withdraw its corned beef from T&T shelves.

In the press release, head of corporate communications for the Jamaican firm, Klao Belle-Lewis, said they would withdraw corned beef originating from Brazil from sale “as a precautionary measure until further notice and will be working with its distributors in T&T to do so.”

No ban on T&T citizens

T&T-born former professional footballer Dwight Yorke encountered problems entering the United States recently because he used a United Kingdom passport, Finance Minister Colm Imbert says.

“There are no adverse consequences for T&T citizens as far as I’m aware with respect to travel to the US,” Imbert told the Senate on Tuesday night.

CAL bans use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on its aircraft

Caribbean Airlines has issued an advisory, banning in-flight use and charging of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones.

This follows a recall by the company, following reports of batteries overheating and setting phones afire.

The following is Caribbean Airlines' advisory:

"Following a directive issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA), effective immediately, Caribbean Airlines has enforced a ban on the in-flight use and battery charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, on all flights.

Barbados Government bans importation of drones for one year effective April 1st

The Barbados Government has announced a 12-month prohibition on the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, with effect from Friday, April 1.  

According to an official in the Customs & Excise Department, this ban would allow the authorities to complete a legal framework to govern the use of these devices and determine the number in operation in Barbados.