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Celebrated & Celebrity Chefs in for 2017 TCI Caribbean Food & Wine Festival

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#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – October 31, 2017 – It is being hailed as a true partnership giving the world the evidence it needs to see that the Turks and Caicos is indeed open for business; the 2017 Caribbean Food and Wine Festival organizers were praised for making the weekend happen by the TCI Tourist Board’s Director Ramon Andrews.

“But this is what true partnership looks like, Tony and Nikheel coming together to pull this event off.  I gave these guys a call and asked, are we on, are we on, are we on 0 they said ‘yes’ we are going to make sure this happens because this shows that we are open for business.”

Andrews joined the team for the announcement of the grand event, which is usually sold out and which features local talent, nurtures local talent but also welcomes some of the islands’ premier partners in wines and celebrity and celebrated chefs from all corners of the globe.  Nikheel Advani of the Grace Bay Club is co-Chairman and talked about the culinary guests.

“This year we are going to have a bit of an Asian influence.  Victor Yu coming out of the UK with a lot of Far East cuisine, a tad bit Chinese and you will be really excited because this restaurant is very well recognized in the UK.  Also we have Meherwan Irani coming from Asheville, North Carolina where it is sort of a new foodie capital and so he specialises in Indian street food but he also has one of the   famous partnerships for a BBQ restaurant in the Ashville area.  Also a superstar, from the Food Network is Melissa D’Arabian.  Melissa has been to the Turks and Caicos, she’s tried the cuisine, she’s been excited so when we called her it was really great of that caliber and talented excited about being with us.  So not only is she good in the kitchen, but you guys (media) will have a lot of fun with her.”

The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is also co sponsored by The Wine Cellar and unravels with four events over three days November 2-4.

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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