KINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): – Over 100 children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS will benefit from psychological, educational and social support under an J$8 million (US$70,000) grant assistance programme.
The grant is being provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with World Learning, and will support a four-month initiative that will be carried out through three non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The organisations are: Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, which will receive US$30,000; EVE for Life, US$29,980; and St. John’s Ambulance, US$10,009.
The programme will provide for training of parents/caregivers, as well as increase the skill set of an existing volunteer corps to provide ongoing mentorship and psychological support to orphans and vulnerable children.
Speaking at the launch and signing ceremony today (May 5), at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, Project Management Specialist, USAID/Jamaica, Dr. Jennifer Knight, said the initiative is a demonstration of strong commitment and partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
She noted that children are forgotten in the HIV/AIDS response, adding that it is for this reason that USAID/Jamaica is partnering with World Learning to provide support for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
She noted that in 2002, with Jamaica’s HIV prevalence at 1.5 per cent, statistics showed that 10,000 to 20,000 children were at risk of losing parents or caregivers to the disease, and by 2008, there were an estimated 20,000 HIV orphans in Jamaica.
“USAID/Jamaica extends appreciation to the World Learning team, who addressed the key needs of these children. This is part of the broader Jamaican-U.S. partnership for a healthy and prosperous Jamaican people. The bonds between our two nations run deeply and we must continue to address the needs of these children,”
Dr. Knight said.
Project Director, World Learning, said the programme is critical to strengthening existing activities and provide a holistic approach to addressing some of the needs of orphans and vulnerable children.
She said it is anticipated that the programmes, to be implemented by the NGOs, will have long-term impact in the lives of the beneficiaries.
The assistance falls under the USAID-funded Caribbean HIV/AIDS grants solicitation and management programme, implemented by World Learning, which focuses on grant management in the health sector in Jamaica and the Bahamas.
The initiative supports service delivery, capacity development and training to assist the most-at-risk populations. In 2012, World Learning received additional funding to expand its reach to work with orphans and vulnerable children.
TCI Man tries to escape major Gun Trafficking case, caught in Provo Airport
Freelance Court Correspondent
#TurksandCaicos, March 1, 2024 – He was reportedly trying to flee the Turks and Caicos last Thursday February 16 and now he is arrested and charged as among the people allegedly part of a gun smuggling ring. GINO GERBEX, who was caught in the airport trying to evade authorities is the brother of LORENZO GERBEX. Lorenzo has already been before the courts and is granted $20,000.00 bail with conditions.
Gino Gerbex is the older brother and was checked in for a flight out of the TCI when he was taken into police custody and taken before the Court to face gun charges; the man has been remanded to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
While one brother was on his way out of jail on bail, that is Lorenzo Gerbex; the other brother, Gino Gerbex, was on his way into prison on remand on gun conspiracy charges; that was Tuesday February 20.
Both brothers are formally charged with conspiring to supply firearms and ammunition following a six month long investigation.
He appeared before the Hon. Chief Magistrate Mr. Jolyon Hatmin charged with conspiring with JUMILLO ISMA, now deceased and others to supply guns and bullets in 2022 and 2023 in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Chief Magistrate explained to him his limitations in such an indictable case and transferred the matter to the Supreme Court for April 10th, 2024. The elder Gerbex was also remanded to that date but can apply for bail in the Supreme Court at any time.
Three others, RYAN SMITH, JAMES FERGUSON AND LORENZO GERBEX have already been charged in this conspiracy ring and with others not yet named. Smith, Ferguson and Gerbex have been granted bail.
A fourth accused SHAKEME SEYMOUR who had asked for time to consult an attorney or apply for legal aid had his matter, on Tuesday February 20th, transferred to the Supreme Court by the learned Hon. Grand Turk Resident Magistrate Ms. Patricia Arana.
He was remanded to the same Sufficiency Hearing date of April10th. He too has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.
It is anticipated that the older GERBEX brother will be granted bail in a matter of days.
It is not clear if officers of the Serious Crimes Unit have exhausted their arrest list in this matter, evolving from the reported discovery of a cell phone found in a white Fuga car in 2021, believed to be left behind when Isma fled the car.
Jumilla Isma was gunned down in October 2023 mere yards away from the departure terminal of the Providenciales International Airport; he too was trying to flee the Turks and Caicos Islands on a British Airways flight but was murdered, along with another young man, Mike Forbes, before he could board the plane.
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Grace Bay Beach Crowned Caribbean’s Best
PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (February 29th, 2024) – Experience Turks and Caicos is pleased to announce that the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach has been recognised by Tripadvisor’s® Travelers’ Choice® Awards No. 1 Beach in the Caribbean and Best of the Best for 2024, ranking No. 5 among the Top 25 Best of the Best Beaches in the world.
Grace Bay Beach has consistently ranked among the top beaches in the world on the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards since 2019. The highest level of Tripadvisor’s awards, the Best of the Best winners are among the top one percent of listings around the world on Tripadvisor.
As the world’s largest travel guidance platform, Tripadvisor has unparalleled authority with travelers and diners. This award is based on genuine feedback from anyone in the community who has visited and left an authentic, first-hand review on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period, making it a valuable and trustworthy designation of travelers’ favourites.
Responding to this latest accolade for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ most famous beach, Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Josephine Connolly said as a luxury destination, the Turks and Caicos Islands has a natural allure with its breathtaking beaches that allows affluent leisure travelers to unwind and relax in comfort.
“Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award is one of the most recognised and coveted awards in the travel space, so it is very valuable to us to have our very own Grace Bay Beach included yet again among the best beaches in the world. I want to thank all of our visitors who continue to make the Turks and Caicos Islands their vacation spot of choice and who enjoy the white sand and clear, turquoise waters of Grace Bay Beach. For those who are yet to experience the beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I urge you to visit and spend some time with us. We look forward to welcoming you,” said the Minister.
“Congratulations to the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grace Bay Beach on its recognition in
Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best for 2024,” said John Boris, Chief Growth Officer at Tripadvisor. “Ranking among the top percentage of businesses globally means you have made such a memorable impact on your visitors that many of them took time to go online and leave a glowing review about their experience. Travelers rely on Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best lists to help them navigate the myriad things to see, eat and do across the globe. We hope this recognition continues to drive business to you in 2024 and beyond.”
Tripadvisor said Grace Bay Beach is a scenic spot with powdery-white sand and bright blue waters where you can relax on the shore, swim in the calm sea, try some water sports and at the end of the day, go for a walk along the beach and catch the breathtaking sunset.
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