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TCI: DDME gears up for Hurricane Preparedness Expo, Public invited out this Friday

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#Providenciales, May 21, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – On Friday the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies will host a Hurricane Preparedness Expo, featuring its key partners in disaster readiness and emergency response and the general public is invited.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will take place at the Gus Lightbourne Gym and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, May 24, 2019.

At least one dozen stakeholder partners will convene with informative displays and helpful personnel on site to share on their own readiness steps and respond to any public concerns.

A recent press conference where the DDME was formally introduced as the newest department under the Ministry of Tourism umbrella, is where minister with responsibility for the DDME, Hon Ralph Higgs encouraged residents to prepare for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins on June 1.

“We are on the eve of the official start of the 2019 Hurricane season, do your assessments, do an inventory, know your risks, know your vulnerabilities, make plans to mitigate against those and do a test run of those plans because if in the event, heaven forbid, that we have a catastrophic storm in the 2019 season – natural or man-made – we need the ability to recover quickly so that our economy and the life as we know it, and the life that we have come to expect and enjoy is not disrupted in a way that we cannot recover.”

Tonight, Director Dr. Virginia Clerveaux and her team were using social media to inform residents of the upgrade of Sunday’s tropical disturbance to the first named storm of the season; sub-Tropical Storm Andrea.

Andrea, which comes 12 days prior to the official start of the 2019 season, is packing winds of 40 mph winds and located south of Bermuda, a fellow British overseas territory.

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

 

 

February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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The Shore Club makes Travel + Leisure 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – The Shore Club is the perfect place to escape the cold with your family according to well-known travel magazine, Travel + Leisure at least.  The Turks and Caicos resort was featured in the worldwide magazine’s January feature last month.

“It’s hard to overstate the grandness of our accommodations,” travel writer Hannah Selinger gushed as she described the luxurious Shore Club experience that retails for around $750 per night.

The resort owned by Stan Hartling, 2021 TCI Humanitarian of the Year, was lauded for its use of local materials including coral harvested in Long Bay on which the property resides.  The writer was particularly impressed with the expansive space and multiple amenities at the resort which even when significantly booked “never feels even remotely full”.

She described the food and the entirety of her experience as ‘extremely satisfying’.

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