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Turks & Caicos donates $100,000 to St Vincent and the Grenadines



#TurksandCaicos, April 23, 2021 – Clean up is stymied by the windy conditions, the thousands displaced need food and basic essentials and farmers, with no earnings will be faced with a financial dilemma as the end of the month brings bills to pay. 

Help is coming for St. Vincent and the Grenadines from around the world, this includes the Turks and Caicos Islands whose government has just approved a donation of $100,000 USD.

It is the third week for an active La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the world is being asked to make a financial contribution to help in restoring the eastern Caribbean country. 

The United Nations has put the restoration cost at $29.2 million.

The Turks and Caicos Islands, an Associate Member of CARICOM has agreed to a sizeable donation.  From the Wednesday April 21 cabinet meeting:  “Approved a donation of $100,000 to the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to assist those affected by the recent volcanic eruption of La Soufriere.”

Vincentians residing in TCI are grateful.

“It is a great initiative and the people of St. Vincent thanks the government of the Turks and Caicos for their donation and continued support,” said Wilbert Mason, hotel manager at the Ocean Club resorts.

Mr. Mason, who originates from Rose Hall, North Leeward in SVG said “In addition to the government, people here in Turks and Caicos have expressed they are willing to support St Vincent in any way possible and for that we are grateful.”

Harvest Bible Church has supported the effort of the Association of Evangelical churches is

to distributing food and water; 500 cases of food and 500 cases of water are given to residents of Barrouallie.  Barrouallie, sits within nine miles of the volcano.

“Being part of the Caribbean and recognizing that St Vincent and the Grenadines is going through a crisis, it is good for Turks and Caicos to respond with assistance to one your neighbouring islands.  Turks and Caicos is in a position to help and so it is very thoughtful to give, and this gift is really good because it can go a long way in helping people to get back on their feet,” said Caldon Charles, Pastor at Harvest Bible in Turks and Caicos.

Pastor Charles is also a native of SVG, from the East St George constituency.

“Up to this week people still need food, there are some who are not getting any assistance and I think it is a matter of ensuring that the basic needs are taken care of and the farmers who have been displaced have to have some means of support.  Farmers have been severely affected,” added Mr. Mason.

Wilbert Mason adds communities have come together to clean-up but that has been disturbed by brisk winds and there have been no major health issues, of which he is aware, in the island nation which has been inundated with volcanic ash.

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Barbados to Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace this Spring



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer



#Barbados, February 2, 2023 – Barbados has been selected to host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The event will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown from May 9 -11, and it is expected to build on the success of the 40th staging held in Puerto Rico last fall.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig, who made the announcement recently, said it’s the first time in the organization’s history that the association’s largest annual event, which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products and services, will be staged in Barbados.

“CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region’s top earner for robust growth this year, we are delighted to lock arms with our Bajan partners to drive business to the Caribbean,” she stated.

Noting that: “This year’s Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on the revival of multi-destination travel.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados Ian Gooding-Edghill, said the Barbados tourism industry was undergoing a major renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing could not be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to local soil.

“We are honoured to host such a preeminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,”  Minister Gooding-Edghill said, noting that the meeting aligns with Barbados’ value offerings, which appeal, among others, to the very important MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] market.

The launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, a highlight of the Puerto Rico meeting, will return for a second edition and will be held in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, ahead of the official opening ceremony of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.

The Forum will also focus on the business of tourism, and business appointments will be conducted on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11.

Over 150 delegates, including Ministers of Tourism and key private sector leaders, engaged in the Caribbean Travel Forum last year.

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National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.

“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.

Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.

Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”

The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.

Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.

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Guyana secures cryotherapy machines to help fight cervical cancer



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer



#Guyana, February 2, 2023 – Guyana will see a significant boost to its healthcare system soon as the health ministry has acquired 20 cryotherapy machines to help treat and prevent cervical cancer, the second most prevalent cancer among women in the country.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, involves cooling the body’s tissues for therapeutic purposes and removing the abnormal tissue. This type of therapy is also used to treat many skin conditions and some cancers, including prostate, cervical and liver cancer.

The Health Ministry said the machines will help clear the backlog of patients needing such treatment.

Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Programme of the Health Ministry, Dr. Latchmie Lall, said the equipment will be very instrumental in providing immediate service to patients.

“We are indeed very thankful for this donation of cryotherapy machines that were brought through the IDB project; a total of 20 machines that are going to be used to improve our screening services for cervical cancer; this will come as a great measure for not only screening but to provide immediate medical treatment in that if we do find a pathological cervix, cryotherapy can be applied immediately, and we have one healthy patient going back home to her family,” Dr. Lall said.

Director of Primary Healthcare Services, Dr. Ertensia Hamilton, said the equipment comes at an opportune time when the ministry is extending its services for women of reproductive age across the country.

“We recognise that Guyana still has a high incidence of cervical cancer in our women, and so we want to be able to have services available to them as we work towards ensuring that each individual across their life course has services to meet their medical needs,” she said.

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, during his comment, revealed that Guyana is trying to develop a comprehensive programme for cervical cancer.

“One of the things that we are trying to do is to have a comprehensive cervical cancer programme. The first level will be to prevent cervical cancer. We want to do that by encouraging people to get the HPV vaccination. We have these vaccines available. We have been rolling them out to ensure that every person eligible for these vaccines gets them.”

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