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MSMEs In Jamaica And Uk To Benefit From Mou

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MONTEGO BAY, June 22 (JIS): The Micro, Small and Medium Size Enterprise (MSME) sectors in Jamaica and the United Kingdom (UK) are to benefit from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the MSME Alliance and the Caribbean Enterprise Network UK (CENUK).

The MoU, which represents a three-component arrangement – the creation of a marketplace; the creation of value; and the provision of mentorship for MSME businesses in Jamaican and the United Kingdom, was signed during the
6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, between June 13 and 18.

President of CENUK, Dennis St. Bernard, said the MoU has a five-year lifespan, during which the development of MSMEs in Jamaica and the Diaspora in the United Kingdom will be facilitated through a networking, upskilling and capacity building arrangement between the two MSME-incubator companies.
CENUK, which is a 95 per cent Caribbean -led company, is based in the UK, while the MSME Alliance operates as a development company in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Mr. St. Bernard described the signing of the MOU as “timely, as local SMEs are struggling.”
“Therefore, we are very excited (to be) holding hands with (them) and taking them through this transition, because we ourselves have been through this painful period in Europe… getting access to capital. So, we can bring all that expertise to the local market.”

CENUK, which is already operating in the Caribbean, was instrumental in bringing a Nigerian company to Jamaica, where it has invested more than US$300 million, recently.

“They are already training people, working with about 50 to 100 employees. This is the type of collaboration we would like to see going forward,” Mr. St. Bernard said.

For his part, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, lauded the MSME development partnership, noting that MSMEs have a critical role to play in engendering growth in the country’s economy.
He cited the importance of mentorship to capacity building in the sector, adding that “we recognise that we need to do a lot more work.”

“This is the area in which people who are successful at building businesses in difficult environments would want to take their experience and expertise into (the Jamaican) marketplace. Mentorship will go a far way to benefit MSMEs, both here in Jamaica and those in the UK,” the Minister said.

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 

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Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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