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Countdown to Queen’s Baton Relay – Arrival in Turks & Caicos is April 6, 2022

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2022 – The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton will be in the Turks and Caicos Islands from April 6-8, 2022 as part of its epic journey to 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, containing the Queen’s Message for the Athletes of the 22nd Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom July 28-August 8, 2022.

Coordinator of the Queen’s Baton Relay, Mrs. Rita Gardiner, said: “The CGA is very pleased to partner with the Governor’s Office, Premier’s Office, Ministry of Tourism and the Tourist Board, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Culture, thereby ensuring that the Queen’s Baton Relay 2022 will be a huge success as we carry out our objectives of Youth Empowerment and Sustainability.’

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

To commemorate the Turks and Caicos’ arrival, billboards will be unveiled on every inhabited island simultaneously, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday 1st March, 2022.  This unveiling will be the kick off to the local media interest and awareness drive during the entire month of March until the Baton’s arrival.

The Baton will arrive at the Providenciales International Airport at 10:55 a.m. via Inter Caribbean Airways JY271 from the Bahamas and will be met by H.E. The Governor, H.E. Deputy Governor, Honourable Premier, Minister of Sports, Minister of Tourism, Leader of the Opposition, other Dignitaries, President of the CGA and Executive Members, who will receive the Baton, Members of the Media as well as school children, civic organizations and residents.

President of the Commonwealth Games Association, Mr. Godfrey Been, said: “The Baton will visit the Turks and Caicos on its epic journey for the 5th time in the history of the Queen’s Baton Relay, making its debut for the first time in 2006 under the presidency of Mrs. Rita Gardiner, OBE, who will be organizing the events once again along with the CGA Members and the Queen’s Baton Relay Committee.     

Although we are going through unprecedented times we are looking to host the Baton with the utmost care and protection for all those involved and following the Covid-19 protocols.

As always, we will include the School Children and ensure that every island and cay throughout the length and breadth of the Turks and Caicos is represented with a visit and will showcase their best attributes:  our hospitality, great cuisine, world class beaches and historic sites.”

During each visit, nations and territories will host events and activities that showcase untold stories from Baton bearers, athletes and young people who are striving for change in their community, as well as showcasing a project that addresses at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

GLOBAL JOURNEY

The global journey will conclude at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony where the final Baton bearer will return the Baton to Her Majesty the Queen for reading to the 4,500 athletes taking part in 11 days of spectacular sport, culture and comradery.

Commonwealth Games Federation President, Dame Louise Martin DBE, said: “The Queen’s baton Relay is one of the most special aspects of the Commonwealth Games as it so vividly symbolises the friendship, respect and unity across our 72 nations and territories.”

 

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Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi

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By Shanieka Smith

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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.

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Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose

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By Dana Malcolm

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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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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried admitted he’d screwed up

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 2, 2022 – An interview with FTX founder Sam Bankman- Fried on Wednesday at the DealBook Summit revealed that there were no risk management teams or form of corporate control to help govern the organisation.

Bankman-Fried resigned from his position in November following a liquidity crisis that resulted in the loss of billions in customer funds.

The CEO said he was shocked by what had taken place.  While he had made loans to his hedge fund Alameda, Bank-Fried said he did not intentionally commingle the funds.

Bankman-Fried acknowledged that he had a responsibility to the company and all its customers but he “screwed up.” “There was no person who was chiefly in charge of positional risk of customers on FTX, and that feels pretty embarrassing in retrospect,” he shared.

The investigation is ongoing and it still needs to be clarified whether customers will be able to regain any funds.

Former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer Howard Fischer said that Bankman-Fried’s comments are being scrutinised.  “Everything he says that turns out to be contradicted by admissible evidence will be taken as evidence of deceit.”

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