PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS – MARCH 15, 2015 — Turks and Caicos Islands Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing was all smiles as he formally accepted the official invitation of himself and residents of the TCI to the upcoming Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which begins in Grand Bahama in April.
Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas and representing the Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company was in Providenciales for the courtesy call at the Office of the Premier at the Hilly Ewing Building. The visit, arranged by Magnetic Media (Bahamas and Turks and Caicos), allowed Ms Moxey a face to face opportunity to share on the events line up and roll out a red carpet invite to the residents and guests of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, which sits southeast of The Bahamas.
“Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is one of the cultural experiences that we would like Turks and Caicos Islanders/Belongers to come to The Bahamas to experience. The event will take place in Grand Bahama Island from April 17-18, and begins with the Music Masters semi-finalist concert where 19 Bahamian artists will compete, and 10 finalists will be determined to perform at Music Masters in Nassau on May 9. This concert will be followed by a Midnight Rush, where all are invited to jump in the line to sweet Junkanoo music. On April 18th there will be a Junkanoo Carnival Beach Party, with that second night of the Music Masters semi-finals, featuring Jay Mitchell and T-Connection.”
The events will be staged at Taino Beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing called it the beginning of new way to deepen the linkages and share the heritage of the two nations. “I would like to congratulate you on your endeavor in terms of The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. I know that the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Bahama, in particular, Eight Mile Rock have a strong heritage and strong cultural relationship and we would like to see that cultural relationship and heritage grow, together and so I am sure this initiative will resonate well with a number of the individuals here in Turks and Caicos who may find it necessary to experience our strong cultural and heritage bond.”
A supersized special invitation was presented and reads: “The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company considering the special bond between Grand Bahama Island and The Turks and Caicos Islands; the Community of Grand Bahama Island and the GBCC cordially invite the Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands, to experience „The Grand Life‟, Grand Bahama kick off weekend of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival…”
The Premier endorsed the idea of residents travelling to Grand Bahama and Nassau for the two weekends of festivities; adding that by Summer there will be events to entice Bahamians and others into the Turks and Caicos Islands for a similar cultural exchange. “In Turks and Caicos we are continuing to grow our culture and heritage (which is shared with yours) and we have a number of activities coming up throughout this year including our Culture and Heritage month, in the month of October. There will be numerous activities and we are looking forward to you likewise, and the people of Grand Bahama supporting us here in The Turks and Caicos, visiting our shores and
participating in our activities throughout the year – like Maskanoo – and some events to be announced for this Summer.”
Hon. Rufus Ewing was unable to confirm his attendance; yet was intrigued by the possibility that some Bahamian airliners are considering running direct flights between Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Freeport, Grand Bahama. It was among the marketing pitches within The Caribbean region for the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival: In the Spirit of Junkanoo‟ which opens in Freeport April 17-18, and continues in Nassau May 7-9, 2015.
Major Shortage; White House says hunt is on for Baby Food
By Dana Malcolm
#USA, May 14, 2022 – An Infant formula shortage in the U.S. exacerbated by the formula recall by Abbott Nutrition is threatening the lives of babies and worrying parents.
Last week 40 percent of formulas were out of stock in the U.S. White House Press Secretary Jen Pesaki says the FDA is working hard to address the issue.
“What the FDA is doing includes working with major infant formula manufacturers to ensure they’re increasing production, because part of this issue is, of course, making sure there is stock on the shelves and working with the industry right now to optimize their supply lines, product sizes to increase capacity, and prioritizing product lines that are of greatest needs.”
Meanwhile Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) which provides formula and other goods to low income mothers is warning against trying to make formula at home saying too much could go wrong.
“Your baby could suffer long-term harm if they do not get the right blend of nutrition. Even a short period of poor nutrition can be harmful. Do not try to make more formula by adding extra water. Adding extra water to formula is dangerous and can lead to very serious health problems.”
The Guardian reports that parents who are now traveling over state lines and using Facebook and EBay to secure formula, describe the situation as a ‘nightmare.’
Earth Day Immersion at Graceway Communities Marketplace
By Sherrica Thompson
#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2022 – The second staging of Graceway IGA’s Earth Day celebration was a success. It was hosted by the Graceway Communities (the philanthropic arm of Graceway Supermarkets) in association with the National Trust, Graceway Supermarkets, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and Department of Agriculture.
The Market was designed to educate people about the environment, promote conservation, and encourage them to get involved and invest in the planet, act boldly, innovate and implement.
The event was supported by the community and others who came out in their numbers to buy fruits, seedlings, trees, plants, and other earth-friendly items, like ocean-friendly products that were being sold.
The winners of the Graceway Supermarkets Earth Day Art Competition 2022 were also announced. In first place was Chanel Missick from the Mills Institute, second place was Enarij Dickenson from Eliza Simmons Primary, and third place was Mavalicia Mullings from the Mills Institute.
Minister of Environment, Maritime and Disaster Management Josephine Connelly was also present at the celebration.
In giving her address at the event on April 22, Connelly said climate change is real and the Turks and Caicos Islands are low lying areas. As such, “we are susceptible to flood and high seas.” Therefore “the necessary mechanisms must be put in place to cope with what’s going on in our country.”
The Minister noted that the Charter launched at the Climate Change Summit is a guideline to mitigate what is happening in the TCI. She further mentioned that the TCI will be collaborating with all stakeholders and international organizations to unite as one where climate change is concerned.
She also encouraged everyone to play their part in Climate Change, stating that the easiest thing to do is to plant a tree.
Travel Designer at Luxury Experiences Turks, and Caicos, Val Kalliecharan, was also present at the Earth Day celebration. He said the initiative was impressive, and Graceway Supermarkets should “keep up the good job.”
The Turks and Caicos National Trust were the charity participant in the Earth Day celebrations.
The Trust expressed its gratitude to the Graceway Supermarkets for partnering with the organization’s mission to protect our environment.
“We are honoured for this recognition and most charitable donations that will help us to continue our important works, entrusted to us by our communities, we implore you to visit our website and become members of TCNT. More importantly, please contact us and find out how you can help us to preserve and protect our Wetlands, our environment and our beautiful by nature TCI,” said the Turks and Caicos National Trust.
Liver Disease Spreading in UK & US; Worrisome
By Dana Malcolm
#April 22, 2022 – In an extremely worrying trend cases of unexplainable liver disease in healthy children have spread to the EU and the US.
They tested negative for the viruses that cause infectious hepatitis. Doctors have no concrete explanation for what is causing the damage so far 74 children in Britain have fallen ill and now children in the US and Europe are following suit with children in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain.
“mild hepatitis is very common in children for following a range viral infections but what is being seen at the moment is quite different.”
The expert said he was not convinced COVID was behind the infection because of the relatively small number of infections. British health officials say none of the infected children were vaccinated ruling out any link to vaccines.
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