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Increased use of technology proposed to further safeguard Jamaica’s borders

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Kingston, Jamaica, October 24, 2016 –   Executive Director of the National Security Policy Coordination Unit (NSPCU) in the Cabinet Office, Jacinth Byles, has recommended increased use of technology to further safeguard Jamaica’s borders.  Among the inputs being proposed are biometric identification, aerial and land-based surveillance and detection, port and shoreline security, and cargo security.

She has contended that if law enforcement and other relevant State agencies collaborate on how these measures can be used to greater effect, “we can prevent new elements of crime from entering our watersI believe if we can stop the criminals from entering, we will be able to control the ones on land,” Mrs. Byles argued.  She was addressing the NSPCU’s fifth annual conference on border security, which was held at the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ), Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on October 20 under the theme ‘Leveraging Technology for Effective Border Security’.

The conference also featured a presentation by Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Border Security Branch, Assistant Commissioner Assan Thompson, which detailed the correlation between security and technology.  His presentation focused on radar technology, closed-circuit television (CCTV), global positioning systems (GPS) as well as devices used to access information and the capabilities of these.

Mrs. Byles said the seminar was one of the Government’s initiatives targeting strengthening of Jamaica’s border security framework and was attended by representatives of several stakeholder agencies.  They include the Ministry of Health; Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Ministry of Health, among others.

Mrs. Byles said the participants were engaged in discussion on the theme, which enabled them to propose practical solutions on how best border security can be enhanced, based on their daily operations and engagements.

The conference also featured a panel discussion involving representatives of law enforcement and border security entities.  “As policymakers, the NSPCU is satisfied with the input and response from the stakeholders. We have started the discussions (which should take us) one step closer to protecting our people from human trafficking, guns, drugs, and even diseases,” she stated.

Several of the participants were also taken on a tour of Jamaica’s coastline between the Kingston Harbour and Rocky Point in Clarendon, which was facilitated by the JCF’s Marine Division.

 

 

 

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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

Staff Writer

 

#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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