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Local Vendors size up Grand Turk Cruise Industry

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Providenciales, TCI, January 24, 2017 – The Premier says it is serious that Grand Turk, an 11 year old cruise port is seeing such a steady decline in interest among cruisers through the region and invited the stakeholders in Grand Turk to a meeting where they got to dish on the challenges and got to present ideas to improve the industry.

GT Cruise meeting 1As many as six of the seven government ministers attended the town hall meeting held in the Capital and comments included a call for vendors to be more innovative, questions about the true impact of the cruise industry on the economy of Grand Turk, problems with speeding and road safety, disappointment with use of bad language and giving of bad customer service to guests, inadequate facilities to accommodate boaters, the expense of doing business, inability to gain insurance as water sports operators, problems with garbage, feelings of an unfair business landscape due to often overbearing Carnival Cruise Lines policies which those attending say limits guests interactions with local vendors and a long standing row over land for a vendors village and public beach access.

One representative of the boaters said guests prefer to come directly to them for sea adventures because their costs are more competitive; he called on the Premier to embrace their organization as wanting to contribute to the development of the destination’s activities, especially because a leading complaint for Grand Turk as a cruise port is a lack of things to do.

 

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Morgan Heritage Member dies

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Rashaed Esson

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#MorganHeritage#PeterMorgan, February 26th, 2024 – Peter Morgan, member of the Grammy Winning Jamaican Reggae Band Morgan Heritage, died on Sunday February 25th at the age of 46. His family made the announcement on Instagram, however the cause of his death was not mentioned. Morgan Heritage, an all family group, children to Jamaican reggae artist Denroy Morgan, was known for hits like “She’s Still loving me.”

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Jamaica Local Govt Elections held

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#LocalGovElections, February 26th, 2024 – Jamaica’s long awaited local government elections were held today February 26th, after being postponed on several occasions since November of 2020. Reports indicate that just over two million Jamaicans are eligible to vote and that the electoral system was well prepared with a total of 6,726 polling stations in 2,148 locations across the island, open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Voters selected from 496 nominated candidates across the island. The date for results is yet to be announced

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Ariel Henry to Finalize Agreement with Kenya for Multinational Force – Could Bring Political Tensions.

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Kenya#ArielHenry, February 26th, 2024 – Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry is flying to Nairobi Kenya on Tuesday February 27th, to finalize the paperwork with Kenyan authorities for the deployment of the multinational force. However, the legitimacy of anything he agrees to or signs is already being questioned because Haiti currently has no parliament and Henry should have demitted office since February 7.  

 

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