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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES MAIN AREA OF FOCUS AT DIASPORA CONFERENCE

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KINGSTON, Jan. 13 (JIS): Investment opportunities in Jamaica will be the main area of focus, when the sixth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, from June 13 to 18.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said this emphasis will be a continuation of activities initially undertaken at the 2013 conference, and is in response to concerns which have been raised by persons in the Diaspora, mainly the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, about the seeming lack of information about opportunities available to them.

Speaking at Monday’s (January 12) launch of the revamped Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents (JARRR) website, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, Mr. Brown said based on discussions with persons residing in the three largest Diaspora communities, some have indicated that “they are not hearing about the investment opportunities in Jamaica…while others are saying that they are not hearing about the investment opportunities in (good) time.”

“This indicates that there is significant interest among Jamaicans (overseas) to invest in Jamaica…and their interest is welcome and ought to be facilitated. It is one of the reasons why we felt that the best place to begin to have a deeper dialogue about investment opportunities is in the context of the biennial conference,” the State Minister added.

Mr. Brown, who has responsibility for Diaspora Affairs, said it is against this background that the Government, through the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ministry, will partner with several private sector entities to stage the six-day conference.

These include: Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), GraceKennedy Limited, and J. Wray & Nephew Limited.

The State Minister said these companies have “built out their network based on Diaspora engagement and locations.”

“This demonstrates the importance of members of the Jamaican community who live outside of Jamaica. We believe that they should have an opportunity to take full advantage of the many and varied investment products that are available in the country,” Mr. Brown emphasised.

Citing the success of the 2013 conference, the State Minister pointed out that the marketplace concept that was introduced at that conference, which facilitated networking among Jamaican businesses operating locally and overseas, will be expanded, adding that the concept has been fruitful.

“So, this year we are going to have (among our partners) the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Agro Investment Corporation (AIC), and the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) and, of course, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be there with a one stop shop facility, where you can get everything you need done right there, and in (good) time,” he added.

The revamped website of the JARRR will cater to returning residents, other persons in the Diaspora, businesses and
other stakeholders, by providing direct linkages on products and services offered locally.
The site can be accessed at: www.ja-rrr.com.

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Dog Tales to rescue 500 dogs from the Turks and Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Stray dogs in the Turks and Caicos will be getting a new lease on life in the coming months as Dog Tales Rescue will be coming to the islands. Up to 500 stray Dogs will be recovered from Grand Turk and flown to Canada in a bid to control the dog population and give the existing strays better lives. The visit has been approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands government who revealed the project in a cabinet meeting on May 31st.

Dog Tales rescue is a Canadian-based rescue mostly focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. The sanctuary is massive, sitting on over 50 acres of land. It was started in 2014 by husband and wife duo Rob and Danielle Eden-Scheinberg.  The animals at Dog Tales Rescue get the 5-star treatment (as they should!) while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes.  The rescue provides a space for neglected and abused dogs to heal with resources including kilometers of walking trails, therapy pools, a grooming spa, and medical care if needed.  Dog Tales does not put dogs down, those who are not adopted immediately remain with the sanctuary permanently.  Since 2014 more than 2000 dogs have passed through the sanctuary.

Rather than kennels the dogs at Dog Tale have rooms that they share or occupy alone and the sanctuary really jazzes up the spaces making them as luxurious as possible.  The volunteers at the sanctuary also actively use social media to campaign for potential adoptees by doing photoshoots to entice families to take the chance to adopt animals. Soon strays from the Turks and Caicos will be in that number.  You can see Dog Tales’ most recent photoshoot here.

Dog Tales even had a TV show back in 2018 that lasted for 2 seasons!

The TCIG says they will provide “logistical and regulatory support” for the program but Dog Tales will be funding the recovery and everything else on their own. You can donate to Dog Tales here

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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