Providenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – Turquoise Morning TV show, which is a Magnetic Media production which airs to 24 countries in the Greater Caribbean and key cities in the US enters 2016 recounting its favorite ‘people, places and plans’ of 2015.
It is a stellar list of the people who made the show and made 2015 an unforgettable year.
On the list of 18 people is NBA Champion and Bahamian, Mychal Thompson who opened the intriguing Bahamian sports walk at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium; Hotel magnate and CEO, Adam Stewart of Sandals Resorts International; ground breaking politician and business woman, the late Dr. Rosita Butterfield, who died due to illness in early 2015; for his leadership in the biggest Turks and Caicos marketing adventure: Premier Hon Dr Rufus Ewing.
Other gems from the country’s number one industry who made the list: Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Executive, Stacy Cox; esteemed General Manager of the Regent Palms, Karen Whit and 2014s Tourism Director of the Year for the Caribbean, Ralph Higgs.
Also in our line-up of favorite people is: Garnet Reid, Jamaican and founder of the Caribbean Hall of Fame; Ronnie Butler, MBE – Bahamian singing legend who is most known for his hit song, Burma Road; Elanor Fin-Fin Krawsonoski, super duper public relations manager at Beaches Turks and Caicos; Tellis Bethel, the Deputy Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force who launched out as author this year to write on the history of the waters between The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos; Rev Bradley Handfield who also took on a new role in the literary world and hails from North Caicos; his children’s folklore is called ‘Auntie Fannie Mattie & the Talking Potatoes’.
The TCI said farewell to cherished national song author, talk show host and Gospel minister, Rev Dr Conrad Howell and there was delight, particularly for Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama as they continued to watch home girl, Ginger Moxey of Immerse Bahamas soar as an independent business woman and leader of the Grand Bahama edition of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
And what would 2015 have been without attention paid to at least one major sports figure from the TCI – Delano Williams makes the cut as one of our favorite people in 2015 and is poised to do even more this year as he was an automatic qualifier on team Great Britain for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which are set for Rio in Brazil.
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CANARI outlines climate priorities ahead of Cop28
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) informed that the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance, in preparation for the upcoming annual COP28 in 2023, launched its “Caribbean Climate Justice and Resilience Agenda,” outlining the priorities for climate justice and resilience in vulnerable Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS).
In a press release, CANARI highlighted that the agenda recognizes the major threat of climate change to the region as well as aims to louden the voices of the at-risk groups “on the frontlines of the climate crisis and catalyze actions for climate justice and local resilience in the Caribbean SIDS.”
The priorities stated under the agenda are:
- Curbing emissions to limit global temperature
increase to 1.5 ̊C
- Scaling up locally-led solutions for adaptation and
loss and damage
- Improving access to and delivery of climate finance
for frontline communities, small and micro enterprises, and civil society organizations as part of a ‘whole of society’ approach
- Scaling up just, nature-based solutions for resilience
- Supporting a just transition for pro-poor, inclusive,
sustainable and resilient development
- Promoting gender equity and social inclusion
approaches to climate action
- Promoting youth and intergenerational equity as
core to the climate response
- Integrating a rights-based and earth-centered
approach in addressing all these priorities and ensuring climate justice
The at-risk groups referred to in the release include small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, rural women producers, income-poor people, elderly and disabled people, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, migrants, and LGBTQIA+ people.
Being cognizant of the severity of the effects of climate change on the Caribbean, CANARI referred to the fact that the very existence of the region is on the line.
“If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global temperature exceeds 1.5 ̊C, the impacts of rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, rainfall variability, ocean acidification, and other changes threaten the very existence of our way of life in the Caribbean and other SIDS that have contributed the least to global emissions.”
CARICOM Sec Gen speaks on Gender Based Violence
“Everyone must continue to invest in preventing violence against our women and girls (VAWG). It is an investment in our shared future,” were the words of Dr. Carla N. Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, as she reiterated the need for solutions against VAWG.
She called attention to VAWG as she gave a speech surrounding the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2023.
Barnett expresses the well-known fact that VAWG is one of the most prevalent issues affecting all corners of society.
“VAWG remains one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violations in the world and cuts across all races, cultures, genders, and educational backgrounds,” she maintained, as she continued to point out the sad reality that this is still a major issue despite regional and global policies.
“Despite the existence of regional and global policies and legislation to combat VAWG, weak enforcement and discriminatory practices remain significant barriers to ending VAWG.”
The Secretary-General highlighted statistics for VAWG, bringing attention to how serious and embedded this issue is in society.
She said that globally, 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced violence—physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or even both.
For the Caribbean region, she said surveys conducted between 2016 and 2019 inform us that one in two women experience intimate partner violence, which is higher than the global average.
In continuation, Barnett expressed that the campaign calls everyone to action against VAWG, including “development partners, civil society organizations, women’s organizations, youth, the private sector, and the media.” Also, world governments are being asked to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.
Ending her address, the Secretary-General urged everyone to wear the color orange for the duration of the campaign, as well as on the 25th of each month, “as a symbol of hope for a brighter future where women and girls live free from violence.”
Sea Patrol Vessels Approved by Cabinet, October 11 Meeting
#TurksandCaicos, November 25, 2023 – Her Excellency the Governor, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, chaired the 26th meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday, 11 October 2023 at the Governor’s Office, Providenciales.
All Members were present except the Hon. Josephine Connolly.
- Approved the Consultation Report on the Proposed Amendments to the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Ordinance with amendments and agreed for the amended document to be brought back to Cabinet for final approval for onward submission to the House of Assembly.
- Approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) and Geta Crew Holding Ltd. for a mixed use development project on the island of Grand Turk, with the view of entering into a Development Agreement as per the Encouragement of Development Ordinance and the National Investment Policy.
- Approved the renewal of rental lease agreement, for various Government offices, between TCIG and Waterloo Property Management, Grand Turk.
- Approved the awarding of the following contracts:
- PN 005694, TR 23/13, Furniture and Equipment for NJS Francis Building; and
- PN 005696, TR 22/10, Purchase of Patrol Vessels.
- It noted the update from Her Excellency the Governor regarding the upcoming visit of UK Ministers to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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