#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2021 – It was an emotional evening for those who attended the movie premier and book launch of Drexwell Seymour on Friday November 19; a screenplay of amazing honesty, a stellar cast of native actors, peals of laughter, hoots and cheers, standing ovations, tearful tributes and it was not for some famous face from abroad, it was all for a son of the soil, who dared to Rise Up and Take his position.
What a moment in history; it opens the door further to the creative talents or some might say the orange economy existent with Turks and Caicos.
Seymour is a numbers man, an accountant by profession usually but he took on a fear and began writing and now his first contribution to the literary world is a best-seller on Amazon, as a short read motivational must have.
‘Rise Up and Take Your Position’ was officially launched on Friday and among those in attendance was Seymour’s family including his eldest and only daughter who simultaneously celebrated her birthday; it was no coincidence Seymour explained.
Akierra Missick, (at the time) acting premier; Rachel Taylor, Education and Labour Minister and former Education minister Karen Malcolm were among the fans and friends in the audience.
In an excerpt from the 87 page book, he says: You are not a mistake. Even though it might feel like it at times, I hope you have come to a realization that you are not a mistake and that there is a purpose for your existence. Do not look at your struggles as the end game. It is part of your journey to take you to your destination of purpose.
In a final admonition in the book, Seymour gives ten suggestions to get you out of your seat, one of them reads: You’ve got to be the one to stand up. If you don’t do it yourself, then no one else will do it for you.
The book is dedicated to people who may be suffering low self-esteem and inferiority complex.
Drexwell Seymour said “it is time for you to realise that you are a very important person.”
The event was held at Community Fellowship Center church, where Seymour is a member and elder; mistress of ceremony was CherylAnn Forman.
Vessels sink with 900 barrels of fuel in Trinidad
By Shanieka Smith
#Trinidad, December 2, 2022 – The Ministry of Energy and Energy Resources in Trinidad reported on Wednesday that a ship carrying 900 barrels of diesel fuel had sunk in the Gulf of Paria. The six crew members on board were rescued and received medical assessment.
The statement revealed that the barge owned by Trinity Liftboat Services Limited was trying to demobilise Trinity Heritage Petroleum Company’s North Field when it capsized.
After receiving an SOS from a vessel in their North Field, Heritage sent out a response team. An investigation into the incident has started, however, the main focus is to redeem the barge without making any oil spills.
The owners of the sunken vessel said “there are no injuries recorded. (The vessel) now sits on the seafloor no longer posing a risk to any of Heritage Petroleum’s platforms or installations.” They said the captain made a good decision to abandon the ship so that the crew members could be rescued and transported back to base.
Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – The Commonwealth of Dominica has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, to issue its own national cryptocurrencies, Dominica Coin (DMC), and Digital Identity Documents (DID), already reports indicate a surge for the Huobi token.
This new collaboration with Dominica will bring the Caribbean one step closer to being a global cryptocurrency exchange centre. Huobi also announced its intention to move headquarters from Seychelles to the Caribbean.
It was explained, “The deal is noteworthy partly because of its connections to crypto billionaire Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain where the Caribbean island’s new token will initially reside.”
Dominica Coin (DMC) and digital identity documents (DID) will be issued by Huobi Prime via the TRON network (a project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet); both will serve as credentials for the future metaverse platform based in Dominica. DIDs can be used for cryptocurrency Know Your Customer verification, applying for loans, and opening bank accounts on the island.
The DMC is not yet ready for launch, but The HT token is up 15% over the last 24 hours to $7.12. It’s up 40% over the past seven days.
As one of the first Caribbean islands to adopt the citizenship-by-investment policy, the Dominican government is seeking to delve into the metaverse and Web3 technology as a means to boost the country’s development.
Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose
By Dana Malcolm
December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.
Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.
“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.
Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.
“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.
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