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Almost all Bahamas Cabinet in Quarantine

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#Nassau, The Bahamas – October 7, 2020 — All but three Cabinet Ministers in quarantine because of “potential exposure” to coronavirus said PM Dr. Hubert Minnis today in House of Assembly.

Tourism and Social Services Ministers, Hon Dionisio D’Aguliar and Hon Frankie Campbell were not present at a meeting where there was possible exposure; the two with Hon Dr Minnis were in Parliament today.

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On Monday The Bahamas Cabinet Office announced, “…the Churchill Building in Rawson Square will be closed for cleaning and sanitation on Monday 5 October 2020.  It will reopen for business on Tuesday 6 October 2020 at the normal time. The Cabinet Office apologizes to the public for any inconvenience caused by its closure.”

Hon Peter Turnquest, the Deputy Prime Minister and Hon Renward Well, the Minister of Health are among those “completing quarantine”.

It is at least the third time Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest, also the country’s Minister of Finance, has been quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bahamas Cabinet is comprised of 18 ministers, including the Prime Minister.

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Major Shortage; White House says hunt is on for Baby Food

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, May 14, 2022 – An Infant formula shortage in the U.S. exacerbated by the formula recall by Abbott Nutrition is  threatening the lives of babies and worrying parents.

Last week 40 percent of  formulas were out of stock in the U.S. White House Press Secretary Jen Pesaki says the FDA is working hard to address the issue.

“What the FDA is doing includes working with major infant formula manufacturers to ensure they’re increasing production, because part of this issue is, of course, making sure there is stock on the shelves and working with the industry right now to optimize their supply lines, product sizes to increase capacity, and prioritizing product lines that are of greatest needs.”

Meanwhile Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) which provides formula and other goods to low income mothers is warning against trying to make formula at home saying too much could go wrong.

“Your baby could suffer long-term harm if they do not get the right blend of nutrition. Even a short period of poor nutrition can be harmful.  Do not try to make more formula by adding extra water. Adding extra water to formula is dangerous and can lead to very serious health problems.”

The Guardian reports that parents who are now traveling over state lines and using Facebook and EBay  to secure formula, describe the situation as a ‘nightmare.’

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Earth Day Immersion at Graceway Communities Marketplace  

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2022 – The second staging of Graceway IGA’s Earth Day celebration was a success. It was hosted by the Graceway Communities (the philanthropic arm of Graceway Supermarkets) in association with the National Trust, Graceway Supermarkets, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and Department of Agriculture.

The Market was designed to educate people about the environment, promote conservation, and encourage them to get involved and invest in the planet, act boldly, innovate and implement.

The event was supported by the community and others who came out in their numbers to buy fruits, seedlings, trees, plants, and other earth-friendly items, like ocean-friendly products that were being sold.

The winners of the Graceway Supermarkets Earth Day Art Competition 2022 were also announced. In first place was Chanel Missick from the Mills Institute, second place was Enarij Dickenson from Eliza Simmons Primary, and third place was Mavalicia Mullings from the Mills Institute.

Minister of Environment, Maritime and Disaster Management Josephine Connelly was also present at the celebration.

In giving her address at the event on April 22, Connelly said climate change is real and the Turks and Caicos Islands are low lying areas. As such, “we are susceptible to flood and high seas.” Therefore “the necessary mechanisms must be put in place to cope with what’s going on in our country.”

The Minister noted that the Charter launched at the Climate Change Summit is a guideline to mitigate what is happening in the TCI. She further mentioned that the TCI will be collaborating with all stakeholders and international organizations to unite as one where climate change is concerned.

Minister Connelly congratulated Graceway IGA for hosting the celebration, noting that they should continue to do this because “it is good for us.”

She also encouraged everyone to play their part in Climate Change, stating that the easiest thing to do is to plant a tree.

Travel Designer at Luxury Experiences Turks, and Caicos, Val Kalliecharan, was also present at the Earth Day celebration. He said the initiative was impressive, and Graceway Supermarkets should “keep up the good job.”

The Turks and Caicos National Trust were the charity participant in the Earth Day celebrations.

The Trust expressed its gratitude to the Graceway Supermarkets for partnering with the organization’s mission to protect our environment.

“We are honoured for this recognition and most charitable donations that will help us to continue our important works, entrusted to us by our communities, we implore you to visit our website and become members of TCNT. More importantly, please contact us and find out how you can help us to preserve and protect our Wetlands, our environment and our beautiful by nature TCI,” said the Turks and Caicos National Trust.

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Liver Disease Spreading in UK & US; Worrisome

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By Dana Malcolm

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#April 22, 2022 – In an extremely worrying trend cases of unexplainable liver disease in healthy children have spread to the EU and the US.

It was first detected on children in the United Kingdom when previously healthy children started presenting with hepatitis or liver inflammation the only problem?

They tested negative for the viruses that cause infectious hepatitis.  Doctors have no concrete explanation for what is causing the damage so far 74 children in Britain have fallen ill and now children in the US and Europe are following suit with children in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain.

“mild hepatitis is very common in children for following a range viral infections but what is being seen at the moment is quite different.”

The expert said he was not convinced COVID was behind the infection because of the relatively small number of infections. British health officials say none of the infected children were vaccinated ruling out any link to vaccines.

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