Turks and Caicos, July 7th – Police arrested one man yesterday after a robbery in Northwest Provo and were much of the early evening searching for a second suspect according to Police press officer, Kevin Clarke.
Unbossed, unbought Mia Mottley leads BLP to historic back to back, full sweep Election Victory
By Dana Malcolm
#Barbados, January 20, 2022 – “They who helped raise me carried me on this occasion…The working class, the workers of this country will remain at the centre of what we do.”
The words of Prime Minister Mia Mottley at her swearing in ceremony early Thursday morning.
Mottley was sworn in for a second term as Prime Minister alongside Attorney General Dale Marshall after a whirlwind of a year in 2021 where she reached international acclaim as one of the strongest and most respected Caribbean voices in the fight against climate change and being named a United Nations 2021 Champion of the Earth.
Mottley who also transformed her country into a Republic was voted in along with all General Election candidates of the Barbados Labor Party (BLP) managing to successfully sweep all 30 seats for the second consecutive time in history. Local media have dubbed the feat, “Red Wash Number 2.”
The elections which were called 18 months early faced foul cries and injunctions from opponents of the BLP but Bajan voters put the matter to rest with an overwhelming victory for the party.
A hoarse Mottley had much to say to the Bajan People
“Barbadians are far more perceptive than we give them credit for, we are buoyed by [the win], we are humbled by the confidence, I have given the commitment that I have to be the opposition to the government because I must not in any way break the oath that I just took.”
She announced that a revised Cabinet would be announced to the public on Monday after a weekend of careful reflection and rest. She made it clear that Barbados would be continuing on its track as a regional leader.
“We shall endeavor to continue the process of transformation so our country will be able to face [future] challenges, there is still the aspirations of development that we set as a nation when we became independent in 1966, closing the development gap, eliminating poverty from our landscape, ensuring that our children can be educated to the maximum and above all else that our people shall remain owners in their land and not tenants.”
The general election was contested on January 19th by representatives from seven parties and several independents. No official data has been released in terms of voter turnout yet but 266,330 Barbadians were eligible to vote.
TCI & Bahamas and over 20 other countries put at higher risk by CDC, Residents say DIVERSIFY
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – ‘We need to diversify!’ is the main call from residents of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas after the recent bumping of their countries to a level 4 in the US, Centres for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice index. The Turks and Caicos Islands along with the Bahamas, Cayman, Bonaire, Curaçao Trinidad and Tobago and 16 other countries were officially added to the CDC’s level 4 list on Tuesday.
Jamaica was also moved up to level three.
Despite a record breaking year for arrivals, one TCI resident said, “Maybe now the PNP will put something credible into place to go with their words about diversifying the economy.”
A Bahamian resident added his views from Grand Bahama.
“Tourism is running the whole country, which is ridiculous because every time something goes down in the rest of the world tourism is the first thing that drops off. With Covid you think they would have learned a lesson, no, they’re still using Tourism as a base for everything.”
This is a blow for all the Caribbean countries listed, who are still trying to rebound from 2020’s economic shocks due to the freeze on travel and tourism when the Coronavirus Pandemic first started.
It is especially difficult for the Turks and Caicos which mandates that travelers must have travel insurance to vacation on the islands as level 4 ratings makes that security more difficult to procure.
JAMAICA: Unemployment Falls to Record Low of 7.1 Per Cent
#Kingston, January 19, 2022 – The country’s unemployment rate fell to a record low of 7.1 per cent for October 2021, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for the month. This is 0.1 percentage point lower than the previous 7.2 per cent pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) out-turn recorded in October 2019.
STATIN’s Director General, Carol Coy, said the October 2021 figure also represents a 3.7 percentage-point decline, relative to the corresponding period last year. She was speaking during STATIN’s digital quarterly media briefing on Monday (January 17).
Ms. Coy said there were 32.4 per cent less unemployed persons for the review period, relative to October 2020.
The Director General further informed that youth unemployment fell by 9.3 percentage points to 18.9 per cent during the review period, with the number dipping by 17,600 persons to 37,400.
She noted that there was a larger decline in the female out-turn, down by 12.3 percentage points to 21.6 per cent. The male equivalent fell by 7.2 percentage points to 16.6 per cent.
Ms. Coy said the number of persons employed in October 2021 rose by 76,600 or 6.6 per cent to 1,234,800, up from 1,158,200 for the same period last year.
“Females recorded the larger increase… [growing] by 8.5 per cent [or 43,700 persons] to 568,600, while for employed males, the increase was 5.1 per cent [or 32,900] to 676,200,” the Director General informed, while adding that there were increases across all age groups.
Ms. Coy advised that the overall labour force, as at October 2021, rose by 31,400 persons or 4.2 per cent, to 1,329,100. Females accounted for the higher upswing, rising by 3.5 per cent or 20,700 persons to 613,800. The out-turn for their male counterparts climbed by 32,900 or 5.1 per cent to 715,300.
STATIN reports that the increase of 76,600 in employment was more than twice the 31,400 recorded for the labour-force complement. Females accounted for 57 per cent of the increase in employment, equating to 43,700.
Meanwhile, there were 766,500 fewer persons outside the labour force for the review period.
Ms. Coy said the number or males and females not regarded as employed or unemployed declined by 9,500 and 19,500, respectively.
Contact: Douglas McIntosh
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