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Jim Furey, Travel Publisher, Retires; Leaves Lasting Impact On Caribbean Marketing

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NEW YORK, NY (June 2, 2015) – Travel industry marketing and promotion veteran James Furey is retiring after a successful career that has spanned nearly 50 years, most of that time in promoting the Caribbean. His company, Furey & Associates, which focused on “Travel Marketing Through Targeted Publishing,” will cease as Jim and his wife Barbara plan to move to their country home in Pennsylvania.

Furey began his career at the Bayonne Times followed by working for the New York Herald Tribune and then landed at The New York Times where he began to make his mark on Caribbean marketing and promotions.

In 1969, he became the Western Hemisphere Promotion Manager for The New York Times. Through 1974, he launched a series of special sections on the Caribbean for The New York Times and in The New York Times Sunday Travel Section.

Over the years he worked as a publisher’s representative for the Caribbean region representing a number of prestigious publications including Business Week, The Los Angeles Times, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, U.S. News & World Report, The Newark Star Ledger and others.

Along with his wife Barbara, he launched Furey & Associates in 1974. What started out as a Publishers Representative company graduated into full-blown publishers of special sections on a variety of travel related subjects and destinations, most of which focused on the Caribbean, a region that held a special place in his heart.

Early on in his career, Jim Furey began giving back to the Caribbean. He was part of the small group of influential individuals that launched the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) travel agency Chapter network with the creation of the first Chapter in New York. He went on to launch a series of Caribbean Sales Seminars for travel agents in the 1980s that were eventually incorporated as an integral part of the annual CTO Conference.

He served on the Board of Directors for CTO for five years during which time he convinced Caribbean leaders to have the region participate as the half-time show during NFL Super Bowl XIII.

He was also a strong supporter of the hospitality sector in the Caribbean and helped launch the Small Hotels Advisory Council (SHAC) program for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association which over a span of 20 years from the 1970s to the early 1990s brought volunteers down to the region to provide expertise to help the growing hotel network across the Caribbean.

A lasting result of these efforts include the St. John Foundation in the Virgin Islands and cooperative marketing programs that resulted in growth in Aruba, Anguilla, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic and many others over the years.

“We had and still have a love affair going with the Caribbean and its people,” said Jim Furey. “We were fortunate to have been there in the 60s when tourism was really beginning to develop and we were able to make a positive impact,” he said, adding: “I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with so many Caribbean people that have influenced the growth and development of the region.”

He was also part of the initial team that brainstormed, created, launched and operated the Caribbean Culinary Federation and the resulting annual Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition that still exists today.

“The outstanding work he did on fundraising for Taste of the Caribbean, where he almost single handily funded the event through his efforts from our start in 1994 for more than a decade, was instrumental in establishing the event for the region,” said William Moore, then Executive Director of Education and Training for the Caribbean Hotel Association. “He was always a positive force in support of education in the Caribbean, tirelessly working year round to benefit the hospitality industry,” Moore added.

For more information, contact Jim Furey at (917) 975-3992 or email fureyassoc@cs.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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