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TCI airliners cancel flights to Port-au-Prince amidst rioting, no official warnings from Govt

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Monday July 9, 2018 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has not issued any advisories or alerts despite the unrelenting chaos which continues in Haiti since Friday; the destructive protests erupted just hours before new, increased fuel prices were to take effect there.  

Border Control Minister and Deputy Premier, Sean Astwood overnight confirmed to #MagneticMediaNews that he had been in talks with the airline companies and at this stage there are suspended flights.

On Sunday, Caicos Express Airways explained that their company halted commutes into Port-au-Prince, the Capital of Haiti and the heart of the violent riots.  Adding that they were watching the second city of Cap Haitien to determine if the same extreme decision had to be made for their more popular route.  

Today, we are informed that flights on board Caicos Express Airways to Cap Haitien in Haiti are still running as usual explained Stephane Meneles, Operations Manager of Caicos Express.

Longer serving interCaribbean Airlines has opted to discontinue flights to both Port Au Prince and Cap Haitien. In a Sunday issued notice, Magnetic Media was informed that flights are suspended and refunds are being given.

“interCaribbean announces the suspension of flights to Haiti until further notice.  Due to civil unrest on the streets in Haiti, most movement in the cities of Port au Prince and Cap Haitien is not possible.  As a result, the airports are closed and flights are suspended until further notice, when circumstances allow safe travel.  Customers whose flights are for today July 8th, and potential the next several days, may seek a refund or reschedule for a later date.  Flights for travel in the next two weeks will receive a waiver of change fees and re-book into the same fare class.  Customers who elect to travel at a later time will receive the same fare class or higher, and the change fee waived.”

Although, Haiti’s Government has since suspended the increase due to the wild riots which have forced other countries to send out warnings and stop flights into Haiti, the unruly and deadly protests have continued. 

It was reported that tourists were barricaded in prominent hotels, that buildings, businesses and vehicles were being torched, rocks were being hurled at motorists and people were injured, severely.

The Haitian Police Force is described as being overwhelmed by the anarchy.

An inability to afford basic food items and the prospect of a 38% increase in fuel due to pressures brought upon the Haitian Government to comply with International Monetary Fund standards, are all key factors in this heated exchange, which is playing out in full view of the world.

The images and reports are damaging to the already fragile reputation of safety and stability in Haiti

Looting is also now widespread and the death toll has risen to four people killed.

Magnetic Media is a Telly Award winning multi-media company specializing in creating compelling and socially uplifting TV and Radio broadcast programming as a means for advertising and public relations exposure for its clients.

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Barbados to Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace this Spring

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Barbados, February 2, 2023 – Barbados has been selected to host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The event will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown from May 9 -11, and it is expected to build on the success of the 40th staging held in Puerto Rico last fall.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig, who made the announcement recently, said it’s the first time in the organization’s history that the association’s largest annual event, which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products and services, will be staged in Barbados.

“CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region’s top earner for robust growth this year, we are delighted to lock arms with our Bajan partners to drive business to the Caribbean,” she stated.

Noting that: “This year’s Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on the revival of multi-destination travel.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados Ian Gooding-Edghill, said the Barbados tourism industry was undergoing a major renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing could not be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to local soil.

“We are honoured to host such a preeminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,”  Minister Gooding-Edghill said, noting that the meeting aligns with Barbados’ value offerings, which appeal, among others, to the very important MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] market.

The launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, a highlight of the Puerto Rico meeting, will return for a second edition and will be held in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, ahead of the official opening ceremony of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.

The Forum will also focus on the business of tourism, and business appointments will be conducted on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11.

Over 150 delegates, including Ministers of Tourism and key private sector leaders, engaged in the Caribbean Travel Forum last year.

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National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.

“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.

Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.

Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”

The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.

Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.

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Guyana secures cryotherapy machines to help fight cervical cancer

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#Guyana, February 2, 2023 – Guyana will see a significant boost to its healthcare system soon as the health ministry has acquired 20 cryotherapy machines to help treat and prevent cervical cancer, the second most prevalent cancer among women in the country.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, involves cooling the body’s tissues for therapeutic purposes and removing the abnormal tissue. This type of therapy is also used to treat many skin conditions and some cancers, including prostate, cervical and liver cancer.

The Health Ministry said the machines will help clear the backlog of patients needing such treatment.

Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Programme of the Health Ministry, Dr. Latchmie Lall, said the equipment will be very instrumental in providing immediate service to patients.

“We are indeed very thankful for this donation of cryotherapy machines that were brought through the IDB project; a total of 20 machines that are going to be used to improve our screening services for cervical cancer; this will come as a great measure for not only screening but to provide immediate medical treatment in that if we do find a pathological cervix, cryotherapy can be applied immediately, and we have one healthy patient going back home to her family,” Dr. Lall said.

Director of Primary Healthcare Services, Dr. Ertensia Hamilton, said the equipment comes at an opportune time when the ministry is extending its services for women of reproductive age across the country.

“We recognise that Guyana still has a high incidence of cervical cancer in our women, and so we want to be able to have services available to them as we work towards ensuring that each individual across their life course has services to meet their medical needs,” she said.

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, during his comment, revealed that Guyana is trying to develop a comprehensive programme for cervical cancer.

“One of the things that we are trying to do is to have a comprehensive cervical cancer programme. The first level will be to prevent cervical cancer. We want to do that by encouraging people to get the HPV vaccination. We have these vaccines available. We have been rolling them out to ensure that every person eligible for these vaccines gets them.”

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