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Three Winning Women: First the win to Parliament, then the appointment to Cabinet

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#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2021 – Three women ran on the Progressive National Party (PNP) ticket and all three of those women have won their bids.  All three of the women are also now appointed to the Cabinet of the country and will be the only women in the House of Assembly as elected officials. 

The PNP frontline ladies spoke to the Magnate exclusively on Saturday following official news of the PNP’s 14 to 1 victory in the 2021 General Elections; the elation was palpable. 

“It is an avalanche victory.  I feel very happy, I’m excited and this could not have been done without the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands and for that, I want to say, thanks for their love and support over the years and I come for this wo’k,” said Josephine Connolly, third All Island member who is now the Minister of Tourism.

In the all island category of voting where the PNP emerged holding all five top spots and where the nearest PDM contender was some 600 votes behind the PNP’s lowest performance; it is agreed there was a message in the rejection by Voters of another PDM term in office. 

“This says that the people wanted a change.  That the people were not satisfied.  We felt their pain.  We told them that we could fix it and they have voted us in, so that they can get on and fix this country,” said Connolly who defected from the PDM in 2017, joining the PNP two years later in 2019.

Akierra Missick was an expected seat for the PNP; consistently turning in strong results and good performance and positive reviews from her constituents.  Still, her margin of victory in the February 19, 2021 run-off was widened.

“I feel good. I feel that our team has worked very, very hard for the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. I want to say to the people of Leeward and Long Bay; thank you for not only putting your trust in me but in our entire time and because of that six MPs (from Providenciales) will be proud to represent you in Parliament, but more importantly be your administration. 

Affectionately called, “AK”, the stand-out Turks and Caicos Islander was under 30-years old when she became the deputy premier of the country.  This time, under 35-years old, she becomes the leader of government business in the House of Assembly and the first woman to take on the Infrastructure, Housing, Planning and Development portfolio as its Minister.

“We celebrate in our yellow today, said a smiling AK who was donning a yellow PNP golf-styled shirt, “but once we form the administration, trust me we are working for each and every one of you; PNP or not.  At the end of the day, we have to build a better Turks and Caicos.”

The election results have flabbergasted even the PNP; among the startling upsets was in Five Cays and Chalk Sound.  Former school principal, Rachel Taylor is more than the new member of parliament for the district, she is the new Minister of Education after toppling Sean Astwood in ED#9

“I must say, Deandrea, I worked hard, so it was no surprise to me,” said Taylor who obviously assessed what went wrong in her first attempt for Electoral District #9. She continued with, “I knew exactly what it took to be successful this time because four years ago I was unsuccessful.  I had started (in 2016) very late in the game, so I told myself, if you want to be successful, you must put in the work.  The key thing about this is I knew the people, so when they came into the polling station, I could have looked them in the eye because I knew exactly who they were and I knew what their intentions were.”

Taylor will also manage Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services in her new job as a member of cabinet.

“You spoke resoundingly, that you wanted the change that we so desperately desire and we are here because we come for this work.  We are here because we love people, we care for people and we want to change this country.  We want to ensure that our people are first in everything we do.”

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CHTA President Praises Jamaica’s Hurricane Preparedness, Assures Ongoing Support

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KINGSTON, Jamaica– President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig, has praised the strength of local and regional public-private sector partnerships, while congratulating tourism stakeholders across Jamaica for their strong level of preparedness in weathering the dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Beryl, which impacted the island this week.

“Jamaica was spared the worst of the hurricane and we have now returned to regular business operations,” said Madden-Greig, who rode out the storm at her office in Kingston. She reported that Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios opened today, while Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston will open on Friday, July 5, after minor repairs are completed.

“We have no reports of any guests being injured during the passage of the storm, and the majority of the hotels and the tourism industry in general have emerged unscathed,” Madden-Greig added.

However, she expressed concerns for the south coast of the island, where many local communities were impacted, along with several independent hotels and villa operations.

“We will be including these operators in our disaster relief efforts, particularly in the Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth area,” she noted, explaining however that she had little doubt that this resilient community will rebound in the shortest possible time.

The trade association leader was encouraged with the reports emanating from the Cayman Islands, which confirmed no major impact on the sector there. “We are thankful to God for sparing us for the most part, and we are now resolved to getting our industry back on track, while serving communities (especially those in the Grenadines) who are in dire need at this time,” said Madden-Greig.

Individuals, businesses and organizations that want to contribute to regional hurricane relief efforts may make a monetary donation at www.chtaef.com.

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CARICOM raising profile and priority of its Migration Policy; curbing challenges ‘a tall order’

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Garfield Ekon

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is committed to work with Member States and other stakeholders to implement a “forward-thinking regional migration policy,” according to its Assistant Secretary General, Alison Drayton.

Addressing the opening of a recent three-day workshop titled “Towards a Regional Approach to a Migration Policy in the Caribbean,” in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, she said it is evident that the Region has been facing, and will continue to face, various challenges that affect the lives and livelihoods of Caribbean citizens.

“Namely, due to Climate Change, which has amplified displacements and the need for persons to migrate from areas that threaten their livelihoods or limit their opportunities to prosper and provide for their families,” the ASG told the forum, adding that the Climate Change and natural disasters remain “key drivers of displacements in the Region.”

“With the frequency and magnitude of events likely to increase in the future, this has contributed to many regional States facing demographic decline, which has impacted their workforce, our younger population seeking job opportunities outside the Region, and many key sectors being negatively impacted,” she stated.

The CARICOM official underscored that tackling the challenges would be “a tall order,” hence the Regional body’s commitment that would help address various aspects of Regional migration and human mobility as determined by Member State priorities.

Lauding the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for hosting the workshop, and the and valuable technical contributions made by the United Nations (UN) Migration Group and financial contributions from the United States Department of State, the European Union, and the Inter-American Development Bank, she said  the their efforts have been significant.

The contribution made by International Organization for Migration (IOM), has advanced the policy, with provision of consultancies to coordinate the Community’s work through the Regional Approach to Migration Policy (RAMP) Steering Committee and development of the framework, she highlighted.

For Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister, the Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, his country is also committed to contributing to the development of a regional migration policy framework that reflects the priorities of the people of the Caribbean Community.

“As we embark on this journey together, let us harness the expertise, the insights and the experiences that we already have among us as we gather here today to shape the policy framework that is in front of us,” the Minister said, adding that the current migration realities “should prepare us for future challenges.”

The technical workshop brought together National Focal Points from the CARICOM Member States, and representatives of relevant regional and international organisations, building on IOM’s Migration Governance Indicator (MGI) assessments, and other consultations held with national Governments of CARICOM Member States in 2023.

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Government Earmarks $300M for Post-Hurricane Dengue Mitigation

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#Kingston, Jamaica, July 19, 2024 – The Government has earmarked $300 million to ramp up dengue mitigation activities, inclusive of fogging, treatment of mosquito breeding sites, removal of bulky waste and drain cleaning, in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl.

Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 16), Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the funds have been allocated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, which will spearhead vector-control activities over the next six weeks.

He further informed that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and National Works Agency (NWA), “are technically involved in this dengue mitigation [exercise] by trying to clear the environmental conditions that would create the growth in the vector”.

Mr. Holness highlighted the potential for a significant increase in the dengue vector, the Aedes aegpyti mosquito, which breeds primarily in containers, consequent on  the hurricane’s passage.

“We know that many communities are being plagued by the increase in the mosquito population… and other vectors [such as] roaches, rats and flies. Therefore, the cleanup and removal and clearing of waterlogged areas is of critical importance,” he emphasised.

The Prime Minister noted that the hot summer conditions, along with rainfall, will further contribute to heightening the possibility of an increase in these vectors and the transmission of diseases.

As such, he appealed to Jamaicans to properly store water in covered containers and destroy mosquito breeding sites around their homes.

“I urge all homeowners who are storing water and… leaving the containers open, that an easy way to control the growth of the mosquito population in your households is to cover the containers,” Mr. Holness said.

He pointed out that the NSWMA will shortly announce a schedule for the removal of bulky waste from homes.

Prime Minister Holness further indicated that the NWA will be actively cleaning various gullies.

Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, and joint and muscle pains. These are often resolved through rest and adequate hydration along with the use of paracetamol to treat the accompanying fever.

 

Contact: Chris Patterson

Release: JIS

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