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World Health Organization Declares Ebola a Public Health Emergency of International Concern



#Providenciales, July 25, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – On July 17, 2019 World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC, the Committee cited recent development in the outbreak in its recommendations, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border of Rwanda and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the World.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared on August 1, 2018, almost 1 year ago. The outbreak has been classified as a level 3 emergency –The most serious.

Ebola virus is a viral hemorrhagic fever. It is a severe and often fatal disease. The virus originated in the Central Africa rain-forest and is thought to have spread to humans by handling or butchering of infected animals such as monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, forest antelopes, porcupines or bats.

Ebola then spreads through human to human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with

  1. Blood or body fluids of a a person who is sick or has died from Ebola
  2. Objects that have been contaminated with body fluids (like blood, feces, vomit) from a person sick with or the body of a person who died from Ebola.

The incubation period; that is the interval from infection with the virus to the onset of symptoms is from 2 – 21 days. A person infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they develop symptoms.

Symptoms of Ebola can be sudden and include;


Muscle Pain

Sore Throat



This is followed by;




Symptoms of impaired kidney and liver functions, in some cases both internal and external Bleeding. An experimental Ebola Vaccine prove highly protective against Ebola in Major trials in Guinea in 2015

Ebola virus is not spread through food or water.

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports, and Human Services on the advice from the World Health Organization and Caribbean Public Health Agency will be stepping up its border surveillance at our air and sea ports.

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports, and Human Services are liaising with regional and international partners regularly to receive updates. Although travel to the affected region is not restricted, the Ministry strongly discourages non-essential travel at this time because of the extent of the current virus outbreak.

In addition, we would like to advise all persons with a history of recent travel to the affected country be aware of the symptoms and signs of ebola and report to their healthcare providers early if they develop symptoms within three weeks of traveling.  We also encourage the general public to take the following precautions:

  • Practice good personal hygiene at all times
  • Be aware of the risk factors of EVD (travel to affected countries, contact with bodily fluids of affected persons)
  • Be aware of the symptoms and signs of EVD and seek medical advice early

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services will be hosting stakeholder meetings in the near future in addition to making plans and preparations in response to the threat of Ebola. Updates on the Ebola virus disease will be shared with the general public as the situation develops. For additional information please contact Miss. Charlene Higgs, Director of Health Disaster, Education and training at extension 338-3064.

Release: TCIG

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CARICOM sends warning as Oil prices creep higher in the Israel v Iran conflict; 14 regional states import energy



Garfield Ekon
Staff Writer

The recent attack on the Sate of Israel by the Islamic Republic of Iran, has delivered growing uncertainty across the Caribbean region, and the rest of the global economy.

Chief among the many concerns, is the free flow of oil from the Middle East, which stands at 31% of daily production for the global economy. At minimum, shipping costs are likely to increase based on the increased risk of military action in the Persian Gulf.

Pressure is also building on US and European insurance clubs to avoid any transaction, including those with China, that involve Iranian crude and additional rerouting of oil and gas shipments in response to Houthi threats, or Allied responses.

According to the Caribbean Community Council of Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), “these developments not only exacerbate the already tense situation but also pose significant threats to regional stability and international peace,” the group warned in a media statement.

It added that the continued cycle of retaliation, including the recent attack on Israel by Hamas, Israel’s “disproportionate response” in Gaza, and the “alarming new dimension of direct confrontations between Israel and Iran, leads to an untenable situation fraught with potential for greater regional conflict and global instability.

“The human toll of this conflict, highlighted by tragic incidents such as deaths and injuries to children, demand an immediate and empathetic response from the global community. It is imperative that there be no further escalation that can lead to more suffering and instability,” it said.

While calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Iran, the regional body underscored that it strongly urges both nations to halt any further military actions that could worsen the situation, endangering not only their own populations but also the broader international community.

“We implore all parties to consider the severe consequences of further conflict and to commit to diplomatic solutions that ensure the safety, sovereignty, and dignity of all people involved,” the CARICOM statement said.

On October 6, 2023, the day before Hamas attacked Israel, the international benchmark Brent crude was trading at $85 per barrel and has been fluctuating at up to $96.

On Thursday, it traded at $91 per barrel. With the exception of gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago, the 14 other countries of CARICOM, are energy importers.

Approximately 93 percent of the region’s energy needs are met by oil imports, which average 13% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).



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Open Call for Entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival [Deadline – 31 May 2024]



Dear colleagues from the media.


We are thrilled to announce that our 2024 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival is now open for submissions. The deadline to submit videos is 31 May 2024.

The PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that invites young creators aged up to 25 years old to submit original and creative short films of up to 5 minutes in length. This year, PLURAL+ will continue to illuminate the enduring themes of migration, diversity, and social inclusion, while also spotlighting two special categories focusing on combating xenophobia and fostering inclusive climate action. Creators of the selected videos will be honored during a Recognition Ceremony within the framework of the 10th UNAOC Global Forum in Portugal.


We kindly ask your help in disseminating this call for videos among your youth and media networks. 


Additional details are available below:

For any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following colleagues:

Doğan Aşık, Strategic Partnership Consultant (UNAOC) at
Carlos Fernández, Project Management Support – Senior Assistant (UNAOC) at
Rahma Gamil Soliman, Media and Communications Officer (IOM) at


Best regards,


Julie Ann Ladanan
Web and Multimedia Communications Specialist
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

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King Charles Gives Caribbean Artists Opportunity At Dumfries House



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer


#UnitedKingdom, April 15, 2024 – Upcoming African Caribbean Diaspora artists are being given the opportunity to live and work at King Charles 18th century Dumfries House in Scotland for three months, to hone their skills, reportedly due to an “artist in residence programme” being launched through King Charles’ charity.

This is an opportune development for aspiring Caribbean artists and comes after a collaboration between the King’s charity, that is the King’s Foundation and Maro Itoje, English rugby player and co-founder of Akjoe Residency, a charity that gives opportunities to artists from Commonwealth countries.

The programme will offer up to eight funded residencies annually and during the artists stay, they will be able to share their artistic views with exhibitions, open studios and talks; this is in line with Itjoe’s view that “art has the…ability to bring communities together.”

Featured in reports, Itoje describes the programme as providing a “haven” for established and upcoming artists, adding that the environment at Dumfries will be conducive to their development.

“They will benefit from being surrounded by the enriching ecosystem that Dumfries House provides as well as being a contributor to the growth of African art worldwide.”

Simon Sadinsky, executive of the King’s Foundation mirrors Itoje’s idea of the environment’s impact, while highlighting additional benefits of the programme saying, “The residencies, each lasting for three months, will give international artists the opportunity to gain inspiration from our beautiful Dumfries House headquarters while also benefiting from access to The King’s Foundation’s wide range of specialist workshops, expertise, and skilled craftspeople.”

Dumfries, used for education and training programmes, is open to the public all year round.

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