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Jamaica’s PM shocks; We are Moving On from the Queen

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#Jamaica, March 29, 2022 – According to its tradition and constitution, Jamaica still sets up as its Head of State, the Queen of England but that state of being for the region’s largest English-speaking country is morphing.

In a shocking reveal, which threw Blue Mountain sized support behind Jamaican protestors who called for Apologies and Reparations, Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s Prime Minister forewarned of the stately shift at a courtesy call by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge during his Caribbean Tour.

“Jamaica is a very free and liberal country and the people are very expressive and I’m certain you would have seen the spectrum of expressions yesterday.”

The conversation about breaking free of the Queen has been on a backburner, but the November 2021 severing of British ties executed by Barbados has been inspiring.  Led by Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, the country stepped fully out of the colonial shadows of the British to soak up the sun on its own, as the world’s newest Republic.

With promises that it was impending, especially as Jamaica will on August 6, 2022 celebrate 60 Years of Independence, the momentum has simmered and slowed; well that was at least until the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – last week – showed up on Jamaica’s doorstep.

The arrival of the Royals from March 22-24 was like petrol on smouldering embers; it fueled a new blaze and the fervor for complete freedom from the monarchy and swift recompense for the pain caused by Slavery and Colonialism, was fire hot fodder for the international press.

The world was watching and Prime Minister Holness took the right side.

From JIS News:  Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that Jamaica intends to attain and fulfil “its true ambitions as an independent, developed and prosperous country” in short order.         He was speaking with Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during a courtesy call on the Prime Minister this morning (March 22).”

The pair, despite the protests and this startling announcement had a culturally enriching time in Jamaica; the experiences and progresses were a demonstration said the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s maturity over the 300 years of the monarchy and over the three score since its sovereignty.

“Jamaica is as you would see, a country that is very proud of our history and what we have achieved. We are moving on and we intend to attain in short order all our development goals and fulfill our true ambitions as an independent developed prosperous country,” said Holness, Prime Minister, as cameras captured the moment.

Their Royal Highnesses arrived in Jamaica on March 22 for a three-day official visit to the island as part of activities to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. This year marks 70 years since the Queen’s ascension to the throne.

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Police Academy Commissioner Shot Dead in Haiti

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Haiti, November 29, 2022 – The police in Haiti have launched an investigation following the assassination of the director of the National Police Academy, Commissioner Rigaud Harington.

Reports from the police are that Harington was shot dead on the grounds of the police training facility in a gang-controlled neighbourhood in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince on Friday, November 25.

The spokesperson for the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Inspector Garry Desrosiers, in confirming Friday’s killing, said the commissioner was “shot in the head not far from the Academy” and the attackers “stole his [Harington’s] vehicle and kidnapped his driver.”

Harington’s killing is the latest in several attacks against law enforcement in Haiti. The killing also happened at a time when international leaders are trying to help Haiti’s political leaders control the surge in gang violence in the country.

The police have not released any information on who might be responsible for the commissioner’s death.

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St Kitts and Nevis Welcomed the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#StKittsandNevis, November 29, 2022 – The twin island of St Kitts and Nevis is about to chart its busiest cruise seasons yet as the world’s largest cruise ship, the Wonder of the Seas, made its inaugural call to Port Zante in the country on Thursday, November 24.

About 6,495 guests arrived on the ship, with 2,259 crew members on board.

The oasis class ship was welcomed by Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, who led a delegation on board last Thursday to host a brief plaque exchange ceremony.

“You have confidence in the destination by adding St Kitts and Nevis to your now largest vessel, the Wonder of the Seas, with a passenger capacity of 6,988,” the Prime Minister said.

The Chief Executive Officer at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Mr. Ellison Thompson, said the ship’s visit was a result of the country’s comprehensive negotiations with stakeholders.

“The destination’s ability to secure a vessel with a 6,495-passenger capacity today, November 24, is the result of comprehensive negotiations between the Ministry, the Authority, and cruise lines. As a result, we are gradually seeing the fruits of our marketing and strategic efforts, and we take pride in celebrating such a momentous occasion,” Thompson said.

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WE GOIN’ KEW: Festival of the Year

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#TurksandCaicos, November 29, 2022 – The WE GOIN’ KEW’ festival charity event was a huge success bringing people together to enjoy Turks and Caicos Islands food and cultural performances and organised by the Turks and Caicos Islands Unity Committee.

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, residents from across the Turks and Caicos Islands chain found their way to the Bellefield Landing in Kew, North Caicos, to support what is being described as the biggest festival of the year with an estimated two thousand people attending.  The event also saw fifteen vendors present, serving local Twin Island dishes, and featuring three local bands, and artists from The Turks and Caicos Islands and The Bahamas.

Proceeds garnered from the WE GOIN’ KEW Festival will support key projects across North and Middle Caicos and assist with completing the homeroom at Ashley’s Learning Center, according to the Director of the TCI Unity Community, Mr. Alvin Hegner.

Hegner added, “This charitable event was held for the people of the Twin Islands and Ashley’s Learning Center.  We wanted to give back to the community while showcasing local food vendors and craft and farmers’ markets.  On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to express thanks and appreciation to the people of the Twin Islands for their unwavering support and for helping us to create an extraordinary outcome.  Thanks to Sharmaine Clarke for her coordinating efforts on the Twin Islands”.

A special thanks to the event’s sponsors for making it all happen in various ways: The Wine Cellar, Turks Head Brewery, Anderson Media, Big Josh Country Club, Play Big Win Big Entertainment, Prime DJ’s, JACA TCI , Grant Thornton, LEW 1 Shipping, Rasco Sounds, Building Materials DoITCenter, Engel & Volkers, Wymara Resort and Villas, Fortis TCI, FLOW, Dragon Cay Resort, Digicel, MEP Solutions: Electrical and Plumbing, HAB Group, Waratah Construction TCI, RED Hospitality and Leisure & Lady Grace, Catamaran, Mac N Cheese Adventures, The Strand, Beaches Turks and Caicos, BCQS, Turquoise Horizons, Franks Hardware, Delta Electric, AE&S construction, COMO Hotels and Resorts, Caicos Isle Management, Island Drilling, Ports Authority, Turks and Caicos Islands, Robinsons’s Variety, Island Convenience – Grace Bay, Got You Covered, Reliable Security, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, TCI Ministry Of Health, District Commissioner Of North Caicos Madam Musgrove, and the District Commissioner of Middle Caicos Sir Delancy.

The  WE GOIN’ KEW Festival is now an annual event.  The scheduled date for WE GOIN’ KEW 2023 is Saturday, November 4, 2023.  The proceeds from WE GOIN’ KEW 2023 will assist with housing projects throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

TCI Unity is a nonprofit organisation geared towards helping those in need in the Turk and Caicos Islands.  Founded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCI Unity distributed over 500 meal boxes to families in need throughout the country.

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