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JAPEX 2014 WILL BOOST BUSINESS FOR LOCAL TOURISM INTERESTS

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MONTEGO BAY, Sept. 22 (JAmaica Information Service) – The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is expressing optimism that Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2014 will result in “tremendous business” for local players in the industry.

President of the Association, Nicola Madden Grieg, in addressing the opening of the trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Sunday (September 21), said this year’s event has attracted 300 buyer delegates, who will be meeting with some 230 local suppliers.

“We have assembled 230 of the best in Jamaica’s hospitality and tourism industry, including hotels, airlines, attractions and allied members of the JHTA, to meet with over 300 delegates from the world’s major wholesale tour operators, travel agents and media from the United States (US), Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico and the UK (United Kingdom),” she informed.

In addition, over 80 local suppliers of goods and services, including manufacturers, are participating in JAPEX, through the Tourism Linkages Hub, which involves collaboration with entities such as Jamaica Promotions Corporation, (JAMPRO), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), among others.

The initiative is in keeping with ongoing efforts to improve the linkages between tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

Mrs. Madden Grieg said that JAPEX has grown over the years, which she credited to the partnerships that have been forged among companies that have been supporting the tourism sector over the years.

She said a new feature to this year’s event, is an educational session focused on niche markets.

“One of our seminars …addressed disability awareness and service expectations. The JHTA intends to ensure that we are ready to welcome these travellers, who are seeking adventure…and one-of-a-kind experiences with new friends,” she pointed.

Noting that the sector is doing well, she cited growth in investments through brands such as Moon Palace, Hyatt, Royalton, Courtyard by Marriott and Charisma. “Hopefully they will keep coming,” she said.

The JHTA President also hailed the Government’s investment in highway development, which she said, has made it easier for visitors to access resort areas of the south coast, Port Antonio, Kingston and the Majestic Blue Mountains, to take advantage of the “diversity that Jamaica always has to offer.”

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Shooting Incident

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

Around 10:59 am, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots at a location along the Millennium Highway, Providenciales.

Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were dispatched and, based on preliminary investigations, were told that the occupant (s) of a red Suzuki Swift was at a business place when another car pulled alongside it, and the occupants started shooting.

The driver of the Swift drove off while the other unidentified vehicle sped off in a separate direction. 

Officers found the Swift abandoned near Miracle Close, Blue Hills, shortly after.

Based on investigations, no injuries were reported.

This remains an active investigation.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information or CCTV footage of the shooting that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app.

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Twelve Officers Sworn In

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

 

There are twelve new officers within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

The officers—Ronn James, Ernie Henry, Aron Charlery, Andrew Ottley, Emmanuel Dabreo, Damion Clarke, Jeffrey Kaye, Roan Waugh, Shan Livermore, Kemar Chambers, Michael Campbell, and Ajay Budhai—took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday (July 22nd) afternoon at Police Headquarters, Providenciales.

Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin, who administered the officers’ oath, said, “Thank you for choosing the TCI. It will not be a bed of roses. Policing requires hard work, and you ensure our communities are safe. Your arrival was anticipated and highly overdue.

“You are now officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and you are committed to the safety of the people of these archipelagoes. We must lead by example and not let our guard down. Stand firm on the foundation of our motto- Service With Pride and Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing in the absence of anyone watching.”

The President of the Christian Council, Pastor Wilbert Jennings, delivered the opening prayer and told officers to always call on God in their time of need.

Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Assistant Commissioner Kendall Grant, acting Assistant Commissioner Mat Newton, Chairman of the Police Welfare Association Sgt. Jepson Victor and Human Resources Manager Rex Swann also attended the ceremony.

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Male Charged with Theft and Handling Stolen Goods 

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July 23rd,2024.

 

A 23-year-old male from the Bight, Providenciales, has been charged with the theft of a boat.

CHANDELER JOSEPH is expected to appear before a Magistrate next week to answer the following charges:

  • Two Counts of Theft
  • Two Counts of Handling Stolen Goods

The charges against Mr. Joseph followed a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district on July 19th,2024.

Inquiries were conducted shortly after Mr Joseph was arrested and subsequently charged.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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