Jadon, Kavya & Malik of PTIS are now published authors
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, February 16, 2022 – As the ‘orange economy’ or the economy of creatives which includes all the sectors whose goods and services are based on intellectual property becomes more and more viable, countries are beginning to explore ways to foster young minds and interest them in the arts. The Turks and Caicos is brimming with natural talent as the country nabbed not one, not two, but three spots in the top 20 placements of the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) story writing competition.
The CPEA Short Story Competition was created by the Caribbean Examinations council and is only open to students partaking in the CPEA and calls for a 1000 word original story. The competition was created to provide students across the Caribbean an opportunity to write stories that would be read by a regional audience.
Three students in the Turks and Caicos school system placed in the top 20, getting their stories published and illustrated by the Caribbean Examinations Council.
Jadon Harvey with his story titled: ‘The Harvey’s Survival Against Hurricane Irma’; a robust portrayal penned about his experience in: “hurricane filled with thunderous skies, escaped chickens and flying barn doors…”; it claimed the No. 18 spot. (click the image to read the story)
On the other hand Kavya Mirwani penned ‘Hannahs Adventurous Christmas Holiday’. (click the image to read the story)
The charming tale of a family overcoming Covid-19 to break out enjoy a fabulous holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, lapping up the natural beauty, all while being safe, netted Kavya the No. 12 spot in the best 20 list.
Malik Forsythe was the TCI’s biggest winner with ‘Chronicles of a Grenadian American Boy in Turks and Caicos Islands’. (click the image to read the story)
His culture rich story about his blended background as a Grenadian-American living and experiencing life in the Turks and Caicos, journeying to the islands of his heritage and being immersed in the variety of cultures painted a vibrant picture of life and lifestyles in the islands. The thrilling account thrust him to the No. 5 spot in the regional story-writing competition.
The top twenty stories were selected by a panel of judges from across the region. The judges made their selections with these criteria in mind. Did the story capture the imagination of the readers and did the original entry contain the rich and diverse cultures and lifestyles of the Caribbean?
All three students who attend Precious Treasures International School in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands demonstrated tremendous talent and an uncommon astuteness about the world in which they live, reflected in the very nature of the topics they chose to reflect upon.
The stories could easily be used by any teacher to segue into topics including climate change, tourism, world health, migration or culture. This is especially relevant as the project is aimed at identifying short stories written by students that could be used as reading materials by other students
Through the competition the Caribbean Examinations council says they hope to inspire children to write; this creative outlet can open intriguing doors including providing them with an authentic audience far beyond their shores; provide a lucrative career; expands the understanding and appreciation of life within the region and the most obvious being it can unearth writing potentials in students.
Many of the goals are already accomplished in the CPEA Story Writing Competition.
Hearty congratulations to Jadon, Kavya and Malik; all 11-year-olds, in sixth grade at PTIS.
CARPHA Remembers Former PAHO Director Emeritus – Dr. Carissa Etienne as a “Tireless Advocate for Regional Solidarity”
Port of Spain, Trinidad. 01 December, 2023: It is with profound sadness and shock that I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends, people of Dominica, the Caribbean Community and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), on the untimely passing of PAHO Director Emeritus, Dr. Carissa Etienne.
Dr. Etienne’s contributions to public health in the Americas were not only significant, but also transformative. Her leadership and unwavering commitment to our Caribbean Community’s collective pursuit of healthier people, healthier spaces and a healthier Caribbean were a source of inspiration to many. Dr. Etienne was a tireless advocate for The Americas’ regional solidarity, for she knew that was the only way to address the glaring inequalities that exist here.
She was the Director at PAHO for most of the life of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and under her leadership, CARPHA graduated from the PAHO Biennial Work Programme (BWP) arrangement to having framework agreements.
PAHO funded many of the programmes that are difficult to attract support, like the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) and the Medicines Quality Control and Surveillance Department (MQCSD), which are important services for the Region to ensure the quality of medicines. Under Dr. Etienne’s leadership, PAHO also funded non-communicable disease interventions, another area that does not attract large pots of funding, although the number one cause of deaths in the Caribbean region.
During the Pandemic, CARPHA worked with PAHO to fund the downpayments to give 12 Member States access to COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX to the tune of US$2.6 million.
Dr. Etienne will be remembered as a true Caribbean lady who worked with great dedication and focus throughout the horrible COVID-19 period and right up to her last working day at PAHO.
During this challenging time, we pray that God will give strength to Dr. Etienne’s family, friends, and colleagues. CARPHA cherishes the memories of her remarkable contributions to the well-being of individuals and communities throughout the Americas, but especially the Caribbean.
The CARPHA Executive Management and staff stand in solidarity with our Caribbean Community as we mourn the loss of a visionary leader.
Dr. Joy St. John
Executive Director, CARPHA
Energy & Utilities Commissioner says new legislation will help to stabilize energy costs in Turks & Caicos Islands
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, 30th November 2023: The Energy and Utilities Department (EUD) of the Turks and Caicos Islands, today reminds the public that the comprehensive Renewable Energy Legislation is currently before the House of Assembly and that the Legislation not only addresses the existing challenges posed by fuel price volatility but also lays the foundation for a sustainable and resilient energy future for the TCI.
In a recent press release, FortisTCI cited global factors such as production cuts and increased demand for fuel, leading to a surge in market prices. The EUD acknowledging these challenges thanks our power supplier for its proactivity when it comes to informing consumers of any changes in the cost of electricity. Further, the Government of Turks and Caicos wants residents and guests to know that it is committed to taking proactive measures that will transform the energy landscape through robust Renewable Energy Legislation.
In that vein, Delano Arthur, the new Energy and Utilities Commissioner looks forward to working with FortisTCI in the upcoming days to find innovative and collaborative solutions to reduce the cost of Fuel and Energy in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This initiative aims to not only mitigate the impact of volatile fuel prices but also secures a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy future for all of us.
Key components of the Renewable Energy Legislation include:
- Integrated Resource Plans: A formal planning process to prioritise renewable energy in addressing evolving energy needs.
- Competitive Tendering Process: Government-run initiatives to promote healthy renewable energy competition, achieve low-cost energy, and meet Paris Agreement goals.
- Administrative and Regulatory Measures: Establishing clear processes and responsibilities for all players who are in the renewable energy market.
- Licensing and Safety Standards: Comprehensive licensing provisions to ensure accountability and safety standards for renewable energy systems.
- Net Billing Program: Allowing building owners to self-generate and sell surplus electricity back to the grid.
The Renewable Energy Legislation serves as a mitigation against volatile fuel prices. By transitioning to cleaner energy sources and fostering a diverse renewable energy infrastructure, these Islands aim to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The competitive tendering process introduced in the legislation ensures the selection of the most cost-effective renewable energy solutions, contributing to energy affordability and stability.
As the Islands invest in renewable energy, the increased share of clean, locally produced electricity provides a stable alternative to fluctuating fuel prices. The Net Billing Programme further incentivises distributed energy generation, offering a predictable path for building owners to contribute to the grid and receive compensation, thus reducing reliance on traditional fuel sources.
For further information, please contact:
Delano R. Arthur
Energy and Utilities Department
Turks and Caicos Islands Government
CANARI outlines climate priorities ahead of Cop28
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) informed that the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance, in preparation for the upcoming annual COP28 in 2023, launched its “Caribbean Climate Justice and Resilience Agenda,” outlining the priorities for climate justice and resilience in vulnerable Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS).
In a press release, CANARI highlighted that the agenda recognizes the major threat of climate change to the region as well as aims to louden the voices of the at-risk groups “on the frontlines of the climate crisis and catalyze actions for climate justice and local resilience in the Caribbean SIDS.”
The priorities stated under the agenda are:
- Curbing emissions to limit global temperature
increase to 1.5 ̊C
- Scaling up locally-led solutions for adaptation and
loss and damage
- Improving access to and delivery of climate finance
for frontline communities, small and micro enterprises, and civil society organizations as part of a ‘whole of society’ approach
- Scaling up just, nature-based solutions for resilience
- Supporting a just transition for pro-poor, inclusive,
sustainable and resilient development
- Promoting gender equity and social inclusion
approaches to climate action
- Promoting youth and intergenerational equity as
core to the climate response
- Integrating a rights-based and earth-centered
approach in addressing all these priorities and ensuring climate justice
The at-risk groups referred to in the release include small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, rural women producers, income-poor people, elderly and disabled people, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, migrants, and LGBTQIA+ people.
Being cognizant of the severity of the effects of climate change on the Caribbean, CANARI referred to the fact that the very existence of the region is on the line.
“If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global temperature exceeds 1.5 ̊C, the impacts of rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, rainfall variability, ocean acidification, and other changes threaten the very existence of our way of life in the Caribbean and other SIDS that have contributed the least to global emissions.”
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