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TCI Chevening Scholar Ready to Make an Impact

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2018 – Providenciales – Lormeka Williams, the TCI’s 2016/2017 Chevening Scholar, has returned home after a successful year of study in the UK, where she achieved a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology (Merit) from the University of Kent.

In recognition of her achievement, H.E the Governor, Dr. John Freeman, met with Mrs. Williams to present her with the Chevening completion certificate; officially making Mrs. Williams an alumnus of one of the most prestigious professional and educational networks in the world.

H.E. the Governor, Dr John Freeman commented: “I congratulate Lormeka on her achievement in being awarded a Chevening Scholarship and for having gone on to gain her Master’s Degree at the University of Kent in the UK. The Chevening awards are highly prestigious and the subject of great competition internationally”.

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“It is wonderful that a person from TCI was able to win through and I hope it will encourage others to apply for Chevening awards in future. For bright, motivated persons in TCI, Chevening offers the chance to widen horizons, to build expertise and come back and contribute further to the development of the country,” said Governor Freeman.

Williams expressed that: “The experience of being a Chevening Scholar was very exciting and to be an alumnus of this prestigious programme is humbling.  I would like to thank everyone that supported me throughout this time, especially my husband and family; and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for this opportunity”.

“My time in the UK gave me many opportunities to broaden my horizons and deepen my knowledge and skills: from studying in the southeast, to field work at the Durrell Conservation Academy in Jersey, Channel Islands; Environmental Legislation debate at King’s College and glamping at the Port Lympne Reserve.  The past year of study has brought lifelong friends, colleagues and a network of professionals and experts in their fields; I highly recommend that persons apply during the next application cycle that begins in August 2018. I am excited to be back home and motivated to see how I can contribute to the Turks and Caicos Islands and make a valuable impact.”

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To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship, an applicant must:

– Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there after your studies;

– Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;

– Have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;

– Be able to meet the Chevening minimum English language requirement;

– Be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

Further details of the application process are available at www.chevening.org/apply.

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CRIMINAL: Indonesia bans SEX before MARRIAGE; Tourists included 

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Dana Malcolm

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#Indonesia, December 7, 2022 – Indonesia has made it illegal to have sex outside of marriage following the passing of a controversial new criminal code in Parliament.

The Criminal Code which carries a host of new regulations criminalizes sex between any two people outside of marriage on pain of a year’s imprisonment, including residents, foreign nationals living in Indonesia and even tourists.

The Muslim majority country signed the bill into law on Tuesday December 6th according to state owned media outlet Antara.  It passed unanimously.

The law also applies to adultery and even unmarried couples living together, both now carry jail time.  In addition to that, it places restrictions on speech and religion.

AP news says it carries punishable clauses on blasphemy, deviating from the five recognized religions – Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism – spreading communist messaging and even insulting the president.

Chairman of the House of Representatives, Bambang Wuryanto told Antara it had been perfected through holistic means by accommodating inputs from all members of society.

But after it passed, young people gathered in front of Parliament protesting.

Human rights activists are describing it as a dramatic rollback of individual rights.

Usman Hamid, Amnesty International’s Indonesia Executive Director said,  “What we’re witnessing is a significant blow to Indonesia’s hard-won progress in protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms–Outlawing sex outside marriage is a violation to the right to privacy protected under international law.  Such ‘morality’ provisions could even potentially be misused to criminalise victims of sexual assault or to target members of the LGBTI community.”

Indonesia is one of the most popular destination spots in the world and Bali especially has become a world renowned island swarming with tourists from across the globe all year round.

According to Bali Management Villas, in October alone, more than 300,000 tourists visited the island.

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US News Organizations could be barred from Facebook

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, December 7, 2022 – Facebook parent company, Meta is threatening to block US news organizations from its sites after congress tabled a bill that would allow news organizations to have more bargaining power with the company over money made from their content.

The bill in question is the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act introduced to Congress last week. It makes provisions for a four-year safe harbor from antitrust laws (which bar some companies from owning daily newspapers and TV Stations and cross ownership).

During this time, print, broadcast, or digital news companies would be able to collectively negotiate with online content distributors including social media companies about the terms on which the news companies’ content may be distributed by online content distributors.

Meta describes the bill as ‘ill considered’ said if Congress passed it they would take immediate action.

“We will be forced to consider removing news from our platform altogether rather than submit to government-mandated negotiations that unfairly disregard any value we provide to news outlets through increased traffic and subscriptions,” The company said.

Meta says publishers and broadcasters put their content on Facebook unprompted because it brings them traffic and the company benefited little.  “No company should be forced to pay for content users don’t want to see and that’s not a meaningful source of revenue,” it said.

Pew Research says 47 per cent or nearly half of Facebook’s users regularly get news from the site.  The Act which has bi-partisan support has been tabled but not passed by congress, yet.

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JAMAICA: PM Announces New State of Public Emergency

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#Kingston, December 7, 2022 – States of Public Emergency (SOEs) have been declared in several parishes and police divisions islandwide to address an increase in criminal activities and ensure public order.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister this morning (December 6).

The parishes are St. Ann, Clarendon, St. Catherine, specified areas in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Mr. Holness said that the Government, after careful consideration of the recommendations of the security chiefs, decided to advise the Governor General that it was necessary and appropriate to declare the SOEs.

“Since the end of the last SOE, we have seen, unfortunately, an increase in criminal activities in these areas and, indeed, a threat to property and in some instances public disorder,” he said.

He noted that the security measure is also aimed at protecting lives and property during the Christmas period.

“This will be the first Christmas season since the ending of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) [which imposed COVID-19 restrictions] and already we are seeing and projecting an increase in activities, including entertainment and commercial [events].

“We are already seeing a demand, a stretch on the resources, and we have to guarantee our citizens that they will be able to go about their business in a safe and secure manner,” he said.

SOEs were previously imposed in several of the areas on November 15 but ended on November 29 after the resolutions to facilitate the extensions failed to achieve a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

 

Contact: Chris Patterson

Release: JIS

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