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What the Governor said at presentation of ‘Instruments’ to new Premier & Deputy on February 20

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#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2021 – Well I would like to congratulate you on an extraordinary victory that was declared by the Supervisor of Elections, only this morning and now we are going to swear you in as the Premier and Deputy Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

I have signed these two instruments (turning to C. Washington Misick, PNP Party Leader):

I Nigel Dakin, Govenror of the Turks and Caicos Islands in exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Sections 3 1b and 2 of the Constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands hereby appoint, Charles Washington Misick, the elected member of the House of Assembly who commands the support of a majority of the elected members of the House, as Premier given under my hand and the public seal this 20th day of February 2021.

Premier congratulations (cordial hand shake between the two men).

And now (turning to Erwin EJ Saunders)

I Nigel Dakin, Govenor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Sections 31 1c of the Constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands and acting in accordance with the  advice of the Premier, hereby appoint Erwin Jay Saunders, the duly elected member of the House of Assembly and a minister of the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands as Deputy Premier  given under my hand and public seal this 20th day of February 2021.

Congratulations (cordial hand shake between the two men).

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Jamaica agricultural advancements despite bad weather

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#Agriculture, April 11, 2024 Despite the bad weather conditions in 2023, especially the drought period, Jamaica was able to achieve its second highest domestic crop production on record with over 700 thousand tonnes of local crops produced. This was announced by state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Franklin Witter, on Sunday April 7, at the 41st annual National Farmers’ Month church service held in Trelawney.

 

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Guyana Wildfires

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Rashaed Esson

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#Wildfires#Guyana, April 11, 2024 – Wildfires have been affecting Guyana, the most recent in the Timehri Community on the north-eastern side since April 4, according to a release from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO).

The report says according to PAHO, as of April 5, 28 people have been displaced in a shelter in the Santa Aratack Village. Additionally, the JRC Global Wildfire Information System, also featured in the release, says the total burnt area is more than 16,500 ha.

This comes nearly a month after a 93 year old man was killed by a wildfire in north West Guyana.

Reports say the entire region is dealing with wildfires including Venezuela, Central America and Mexico with a record number of fires, and a major increase compared to the same period in 2023.

 

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Efforts to deliver education to Children in Haiti – Schools still closed

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Education, April 9, 2024 – With schools across Haiti still shut down due to intense gang violence, UNICEF is making efforts to deliver education to students, working with the Ministry of Education. They are trying to deliver distance learning through radio, television and e-learning platforms and right now, solutions are being explored through Haiti’s national radio station. Announced in a press release by UN News on April 7, this comes as UN agencies warned that Haitian children are suffering from not just a lack of education but also primary exposure to violence.

 

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