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TCI: More Transparency in Government and other things Washington Misick had to say on Feb 20



#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2021 – The epic defeat of the former People’s Democratic Movement administration was a colossal party failure and a cold protest on its contract performance. With a win of 14 seats to 1, the glaring error of the former Government remained inevitable.

On the other hand, the overwhelming majority vote on February 19 by the Turks and Caicos Islands’ good people sent across a message of support, trust, and confidence in the now governing Progressive National Party (PNP).

On the day the landmark election victory was announced – February 20, 2021 – the former TCI minister assured the Turks and Caicos people that he would not let them down. Speaking from the Progressive National Party’s headquarters, C. Washington Misick vowed to “rebuild the country block by block.”

“On behalf of the incredible PNP team, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the faith and trust that you have placed in us. You have signed our contract with the people,” said Misick in his well-composed statement.

“You have given us the mandate to work on your behalf to rebuild the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“I promise that we will not let you down. It was a hard-fought contest,” he added.

The two-time leader also extended an olive branch to their competitors, vowed to govern for all, and called for unity to build better Turks and Caicos Islands.

“To the leadership, members, and supporters of the PDM, I know you are disappointed. My team and I extend a hand to you.

“The elections are over. Today, we are no longer dueling parties; we are team TCI. We will govern for all, and we need all-hands-on-deck for the work that is ahead,” the former chief reassured the Islanders.

Without hesitation, the former chief echoed the promise they made to the Islanders as a party on their 16th October 2020 re-election campaign launch.

“My fellow Islanders, we embrace this massive victory with humility,” he said.

“We are ever conscious of the difficult task ahead to deal with the ravages and risks caused by Covid-19, take care of our people and rebuild the economy,” he added.

“You have called upon us to ease the burdens and the pressures of increasing poverty, unemployment, the worsening standard of living, and crime.

Our mandate is to turbo-charge the economy; create jobs; cut the cost of living; provide quality healthcare and education; make a more secure TCI; invest in our future through agriculture, environmental protection, and infrastructural development; give our young people a chance for a better life and restore hope,” he continues as his speech resonates with the electorates who voted for change.

The newly sworn-in premier assured Islanders that their Government would work to earn their trust and honor their mandate: “You have spoken loudly and clearly. The Government must earn your trust. You want a Government that is accountable and transparent. You want a Government which consults you, and you must expect nothing less from us.”

Misick also promised a warm partnership with the businesses and fair policies that would promote a better business environment.

“With new legislation making it easier to do business and innovative policies and programmes, we will unleash the boundless creativity of our people.

“Together, we will rebuild the country block by block,” said Misick.

 As he wrapped up his speech, the two-time elected chief promised a transparent government allowing the media and the public greater access.

“The people of the TCI have elected us to lead, and we will lead. “We must, and we will take responsibility for our society, and we must be responsible to our people.

“There will be more transparency in Government. The media and the public will have greater access,” reassured Misick.

The landslide win was a resounding assurance that the people of Turks and Caicos had given the PNP administration a 4-year term of great work, with a cue of 14 elected leaders to materialize their manifesto.

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



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.

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



Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer


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



#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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