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#Jamaica, May 5, 2023 – A section of the North Coast Highway in St. Ann will be renamed in honour of the late Harry Belafonte; the announcement came from Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica while speaking in the House of Representatives last Tuesday April 25, on the day the screen and stage superstar died.
“The Government of Jamaica considered how we should recognise this icon and we concluded that we would name a highway in his honour,” Holness expressed.
He added that it will be called The Harry Belafonte Highway.
This gesture is in connection to Belafonte’s roots as a child of Caribbean parents who immigrated to the US, specifically his mother Melvine Bellanfanti, who was Jamaican.
Holness explained that they chose the section because of its location as it passes through St. Ann, close to where Belafonte spent his youth when he and his younger brother were brought to Jamaica from New York in 1936.
Additionally, he said the decision was made by Cabinet before he passed.
However, while the naming is in placed to happen, an official date has not been revealed detailing when it will take place. It will be on hold until decisions regarding the upgrading of the highway are finalized.
The naming of the highway is only a piece of the pie.
Holness also revealed that St. James will see the construction of a state-of-the-art performing arts centre, also to be named in his honour.
The lands for the project have already been acquired, according to Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister.

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#TurksandCaicos, May 5, 2023 – Stakeholders from local National Security State Agencies with responsibility for disaster preparedness, mitigation, interception, border response, law enforcement and disaster recovery,  yesterday (May 04th)  participated in a workshop aimed at strengthening collaborative capabilities.
Thirty-three high-level personnel from Government agencies, Law Enforcement, the Attorney General Chambers, Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), TCI Hospitals, TCI Regiment, Border Force , Fire,  TCI Airport Authority, Immigration, Customs, members of the RTCIPF Executive and senior management were in attendance .
The Workshop entitled: “Working Together, Saving Lives, Reducing Harm”, was facilitated by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force
Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting in delivering opening remarks said: “We can only ensure we have a safe and secure Turks and Caicos Islands if we, those that serve our communities and who are charged with the responsibility of protecting this territory, work together collaboratively in partnership and with a commitment to do so.”
Commissioner Botting noted that in the last six weeks multi agency Silver and Gold Command training was delivered, with members of the Immigration Ministry and Enforcement, Customs, Airport Security, Policing and the TCI Regiment in the sessions: “Not as one agency, but learning and developing alongside their Law Enforcement and security partners.”
Commissioner Botting said such steps form part of a collaborative journey, and : “In this way, we will emerge stronger as a collective and be better equipped to tackle the threats and challenges we face.”
The aim of the workshop was to  develop a common understanding of the principles and benefits  of an interoperability framework in multi-agency  responses to incidents and operations of any scale and also to commit to the development of joint guidance during incidents.
Also speaking at the opening yesterday (May 04th ) was Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Moreen Braithwaite-Knowles OBE, KC.
Hon. Braithwaite-Knowles  said: “We have confronted major and serious crime. As Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Committee, which is responsible for combatting the scourge of money laundering , I can tell you that no individual body can do it alone . We need to work together , collectively and collaboratively. No one department has all the resources. Criminals are in business, we have the tools to rob them of their proceeds of crime”.
Adding that criminals,  “love the fact when we work in silos,”  Hon. Braithwaite-Knowles told those in attendance:  “It is in our collective interest to work together . In the TCI,  I  want us to foster collaborative partnerships . Our (Government) role  is to support, empower and ensure you have the tools to get the job done”.
Acting Premier Hon. Erwin Jay Saunders in delivering brief remarks said every emergency requires collaborative efforts to ensure a “more secure and beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands”.

By: Rochelle Williams
#Kingson, May 5, 2023 – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HoneyVera Limited, Christal-Ann Thompson, is anticipating big returns from participating in the just-concluded Expo Jamaica 2023.
It was the second time that the eight-year-old organic skin and haircare company was exhibiting at the tradeshow that allows Jamaican businesses to connect with buyers from all over the globe.
This year’s event was held over four days, from April 27 to 30, at the National Indoor Sports Centre and the National Arena in Kingston.
Noting that the company has reaped dividends from its initial participation in the show in 2018, Ms. Thompson tells JIS News that the exposure and  contacts made were invaluable in increasing sales, particularly in the international market.
“We have been growing and we are grateful and thankful to God for the growth. This event has helped tremendously, especially with the export market,” she says.
“At our last expo, we got [into] four stores in the United States (US) from a buyer that came, and we still have those stores now and they are doing very well, so… it goes beyond the days that we are here. It is an awesome event, and it is a good investment for entrepreneurs,” she tells JIS News.
She notes that HoneyVera is looking to expand its international reach and so far, there has been interest from buyers in the United Kingdom (UK) and the US.
“The buyers bring your products into a chain of supermarkets, beauty stores, and that is even bigger than making a one-day sale. That has been my experience,” she says.
“We want to quadruple what we did before. We definitely want to expand our market overseas, and so we are looking forward to the buyers,” she says.
Ms. Thompson was excited to participate in the 2023 staging of Expo Jamaica, which returned after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She tells JIS News that during the period of the pandemic, the company saw an increase in business, particularly online.
“I thought I was going to have to find something else to do because I was like ‘Lord have mercy, nobody naah go buy nuh hair products now’. But people were buying the products. We did a lot of shipping. People from overseas did a lot of buying. Our website sales went up,” she notes.
She says that at the onset of the pandemic, the company was preparing to launch a hand sanitiser and was able to corner the market at a time when local supplies of the product were short.
“COVID had just hit, and the companies were not ready with their hand sanitisers. However, we were actually going to push out hand sanitisers prior to the pandemic, so we had everything ready. When some of the companies were out of ingredients out here, we had it in stock… .  We were already prepared, and that is what gave us a big boost during COVID.  We sold to companies that do maintenance for [commercial enterprises], supermarkets, schools, gas stations, hotels. It helped us greatly,” she says.
Ms. Thompson is encouraging other small businesses to participate in Expo Jamaica whenever it is held.
“Sometimes it’s not about making the money. When you look at the booth cost, the value that you get with it far outweighs the cost… .  Brand awareness is always very important,” she says, noting that the invaluable exposure and partnerships gained through the Expo have the potential to launch small businesses to the next level.
Even with the risks and uncertainties associated with entrepreneurship, Ms. Thompson says the experience is rewarding.
Since its inception, HoneyVera has expanded its range of skin and haircare products from eight to 42.
The company is committed to producing 100 per cent organic products, which it grows or sources directly from local farmers.
“Owning HoneyVera is exciting, to be honest. I would tell anybody entrepreneurship is the way to go but you have to be determined to stick to it and be willing to fall, but when you rise, you’re like a phoenix,” she says.

By Rashaed Esson
Staff Writer
May 5, 2023 – Norse Atlantic Airways, a Norwegian low-cost long-haul airline, announced that they will soon be flying to Barbados and Jamaica from London, Gatwick.
As of October 29th, 2023, daily flights to Barbados will commence, and the airfare will start from $565 (USD).
For Jamaica, also from the 29th, flights will be four times weekly to Montego Bay, fares starting from $704 (USD).
Flights will also go to Kingston three times weekly starting on the 31st of October and the airfare, a little bit higher than Montego Bay, starting from $729 (USD).
The fare returns include all taxes.
This is a good establishment for Jamaica and Barbados as people will be able to now travel there, as expressed by Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO Norse Atlantic Airways.
“More travellers will now be able to experience these amazing destinations thanks to our low fares and those wishing to reunite with friends and family will have greater choice during this traditionally high demand period of travel,” he said.
“Having more opportunities for passengers to enjoy some winter sun in Barbados and Jamaica, at fantastic value, is great news for people across London and the South East,” added Stephanie Wear, VP Aviation Development, London Gatwick, who expressed excitement for Norse’s expansion in destinations.
Considering this, this new development can potentially contribute to tourism growth in both countries.

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