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Gov’t Committed To Survival Of Sugar Industry

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MONTEGO BAY, Feb. 16 (JIS): Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is committed to ensuring the survival of the sugar industry.

Speaking recently in Falmouth, Trelawny, Minister Kellier noted that sector is facing challenges, which include fall in prices, and factory closure, which have resulted in the displacement of workers.
He said the Government will continue to work with industry stakeholders to address the difficulties and ensure that stability is returned to the sector in the shortest possible time.

“It is a difficult time for sugar and we must face it, but all is not lost. We have to strategise now that our back is against the wall,” he noted.

The Minister said the plans going forward include “transforming the industry from a sugar industry to a sugarcane industry” with a focus on multiple products such as raw sugar, molasses, refined sugar, and ethanol.

“We need to look at the by-products that we can garner from the sugar cane; the bagasse that we will use to generate energy as a renewable resource, the production of ethanol…so that we can earn from other sources,” he pointed.

Minister Kellier said the packaging of sugar for the retail trade represents a step in the right direction and the sector must now focus on marketing to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

“Our call as a Government is that the entire sugar industry in Jamaica must now turn its marketing focus to CARICOM, which consumes some 300,000 tonnes of refined sugar annually, but which has no refining capacity,” Minister Kellier said.

He noted that the Government will continue to provide critical infrastructure such as roads.
“Right now we are committed to rehabilitating the road from Drumally to Maroon Town right through Elderslie to Maggotty to facilitate the transport of sugar cane to the Appleton Factory,” he said.

He noted further that a team from the Ministry has been working with Everglades Farms “to explore and finalise other income streams for the operation of Long Pond/Hampden with a view of setting the stage for reopening the factory as soon as possible.”

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It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel

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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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USVI Natural Resources Dept tackles illegal sand mining

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By Shanieka Smith

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#USVI, December 1, 2022 – Recent reports of people taking large amounts of sand from beaches illegally have been on the increase in the US Virgin Islands.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is urging citizens to refrain from doing this.

The DPNR announced that those found guilty could be charged a fine of $10,000 daily.

While they are unaware of what the illegally mined sand is being used for, the DPNR said it cannot be used for construction.

“In seawater, chloride is present, causing corrosion of steel and iron, which ultimately leads to reducing carrying capacity, so that the structure built using this may not be sustainable,” the DPNR said.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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