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MSMEs In Jamaica And Uk To Benefit From Mou



MONTEGO BAY, June 22 (JIS): The Micro, Small and Medium Size Enterprise (MSME) sectors in Jamaica and the United Kingdom (UK) are to benefit from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the MSME Alliance and the Caribbean Enterprise Network UK (CENUK).

The MoU, which represents a three-component arrangement – the creation of a marketplace; the creation of value; and the provision of mentorship for MSME businesses in Jamaican and the United Kingdom, was signed during the
6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, between June 13 and 18.

President of CENUK, Dennis St. Bernard, said the MoU has a five-year lifespan, during which the development of MSMEs in Jamaica and the Diaspora in the United Kingdom will be facilitated through a networking, upskilling and capacity building arrangement between the two MSME-incubator companies.
CENUK, which is a 95 per cent Caribbean -led company, is based in the UK, while the MSME Alliance operates as a development company in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Mr. St. Bernard described the signing of the MOU as “timely, as local SMEs are struggling.”
“Therefore, we are very excited (to be) holding hands with (them) and taking them through this transition, because we ourselves have been through this painful period in Europe… getting access to capital. So, we can bring all that expertise to the local market.”

CENUK, which is already operating in the Caribbean, was instrumental in bringing a Nigerian company to Jamaica, where it has invested more than US$300 million, recently.

“They are already training people, working with about 50 to 100 employees. This is the type of collaboration we would like to see going forward,” Mr. St. Bernard said.

For his part, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, lauded the MSME development partnership, noting that MSMEs have a critical role to play in engendering growth in the country’s economy.
He cited the importance of mentorship to capacity building in the sector, adding that “we recognise that we need to do a lot more work.”

“This is the area in which people who are successful at building businesses in difficult environments would want to take their experience and expertise into (the Jamaican) marketplace. Mentorship will go a far way to benefit MSMEs, both here in Jamaica and those in the UK,” the Minister said.

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Stolen Vessel Recovered





July 20th, 2024.


#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

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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Firearm and Drug Charges



Media Release


July 15th, 2024.


SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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