#Kingston, April 24, 2021 – The 27 Jamaican nationals who returned home from the United Kingdom (UK) on April 21 are currently in State quarantine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, gave the update while addressing Friday’s (April 23) sitting of the Upper House. The Government has imposed a restriction on flights from the UK as part of prevention and containment strategies to deal with the new strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Senator Johnson Smith said that the return of the Jamaicans was made possible “through controlled re-entry exemptions granted by the Ministry of National Security under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) and, of course, subject to strict adherence to public health protocols, including agreement to State quarantine”.
She said at the end of the quarantine period and subject to negative test results the repatriated residents will rejoin their families.
“We know that an additional 66 persons, who are awaiting to return, are registered with us at the High Commission in London. The High Commission assures me that they remain actively engaged with those nationals on the ground and will continue to update them on the lifting or expiration of travel restrictions,” she said.
The Minister is encouraging persons in the UK to reach out to the High Commission.
Senator Johnson Smith noted that the Government continues to operate in the interest of safeguarding the public health of Jamaicans “as we fight the impact of this pandemic together”.
The UK travel restrictions were initially announced with immediate effect on December 21, 2020 for two weeks and have been extended since then, on the advice of public health officials. The current period of extension expires April 30, 2021.
Senator Johnson Smith lauded the relevant ministries, agencies and professionals who have worked on the logistics to enable the Jamaicans to return home.
“I want to thank, as well, British Airways that facilitated their arrival on this special flight and the team in the Consular Department at the Ministry and the Jamaican High Commission in London,” she said. She said the team in London has been providing support to persons in terms of visa extensions, special medical needs, access to vaccination and tests, among other things.
Opposition Senator, Donna Scott Motley, said she is pleased at the measures to being Jamaicans in the UK home.
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Rich Nations told to pay for Climate Change, Mia Mottley bring another charged speech to World Leaders
By Shanieka Smith
#Barbados, June 25, 2022 – Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, unapologetically laid the blame for the climate crisis on wealthy nations. She said it is long past time for them to compensate countries undergoing the effects of climate change. Motley expressed her thoughts and made the request in New York, where she joined a panel on sustainable development at the Global Citizen NOW summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Nye.
“We’ve been carrying the costs on our balance sheet of your behaviour…”We’re not asking for the world. We’re saying: Look, put some money down and help us,” she said.
Barbados is battling rising sea levels, which threaten the water supply and encroach on coastal communities. The World Health Organization has also warned that sea-level rise and changing weather could put immense pressure on freshwater resources. However, this has not been a result of Barbados, which accounted for less than 0.01 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions in 2020.
Mottley expressed that the reason for the issues of climate change is the G20 nations, including the US, UK, China, Russia and the EU. The countries that have released the vast majority of the emissions heating the planet.
“That’s what”s put us in this position,” she said.
To emphasize the effects of climate change on the island, she added, “Can you imagine going to a restaurant next to a place full of sargassum seaweed smelling?” “You’re not gonna go!”
Meanwhile, the heavy polluters are better equipped to deal with the consequences of climate change, and smaller developing nations in the Caribbean are forced to battle climate extremes with very few resources.
“It would be not so bad if we had 25, 30 years to adapt. Instead, we’ve got 12-13 years, according to everyone,” she said. This is approximately 144 months.
Motley said that mitigating the issue is not simple and that it comes with obstacles like Covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine. She said, however, that we have to “push past the pain.”
She added, “the issue is, will we get there fast enough to save those of us on the front line?”
138 illegals add to the over 900 migrants captured by TCI Joint Forces
#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – RTCIPF Marine Operations Centre and partners continue to work together to protect our borders and keep TCI secure.
During the evening of Wednesday 22nd June 2022 the RTCIPF Marine Operations Centre identified a target of interest and immediately started to track the vessel around 5 miles North West of Providenciales travelling at around 7 knots.
The operator immediately updated colleagues within the Royal Turks and Caicos Marine Branch who made their way to the location and intercepted a vessel containing irregular migrants. Following a delicate, coordinated operation with the necessary stabilization of the vessel which was unsafe, severely overcrowded and the occupants were without life vests, the RTCIPF Marine Unit was joined by a second RTCIPF Marine crew and a third vessel crewed with TCI Regiment to support the delicate operation.
The vessel was carefully offloaded at sea to ensure the safety of the occupants and then the boat was towed to South Dock where it arrived around 4:45am with a total of 138 persons, 98 males and 40 female including 1 juvenile, who were then taken into custody by the Immigration Department. One male needed immediate medical attention in relation to a leg injury sustained.
Superintendent Martyn Ball said, “Again working with partners we have safely intercepted another vessel that was desperately overcrowded, unsafe and risked the lives of those on board. It continues to demonstrate the professionalism and dedication of the RTCIPF Marine Unit, working together with colleagues in the Marine Operations Centre, TCI Regiment, TCI Immigration and Health to save lives and keep our borders here in the Turks and Caicos Islands safe.
In the last couple of months over 900 individuals on 9 dangerous and unseaworthy vessels have been intercepted here in the TCI.
I would appeal to anyone if you have any information relating to such activity that you call CrimeStoppers free and anonymously on 1-800-8477, not only will you be saving lives but also supporting our national security here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
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International joint forces seize $99 Million in Cocaine in Caribbean Sea
By Dana Malcolm
The US Coast Guard, and ships from the Netherlands made drug busts in the Caribbean Sea over the last few weeks resulting in a cumulative seizure of 5,237 pounds of cocaine. The Coast Guard says the illegal narcotics which were offloaded at Base Miami Beach last Friday value $99 million.
The drugs were seized in the international waters of the Caribbean Sea by crews from: Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship Friesland, His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship Groningen.
Coast Guard Commanding officer of the Thetis, which transferred the drugs to the base in Miami, Justin Nadolny praised the partnership between themselves and the Netherlands which led to the massive seizure.
“Interdicting drug traffickers on the open ocean is challenging work and every interdiction is complex and unique,” he said. “This offload is a testament to the teamwork and devotion of every crew assigned to carry out this mission, and it showcases the strength of the valuable international partnerships united to combat transnational organized crime. The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation.”
The Turks and Caicos also have an agreement with the US Coast Guard signed in recent months which allows for tighter partnerships between the two countries (and the Bahamas) in the fight against illegal migration and drug trafficking in the county’s waters.
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