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FortisTCI delivers Occupational Health and Safety Training for TCI Electricians

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#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2022 – Thirty-four licensed electricians in the Turks and Caicos Islands received Occupational Health and Safety training at FortisTCI, in a joint undertaking between the Company’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) department, the TCI Electricity Board, and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation.

The training was held at the FortisTCI Providenciales headquarters on Saturday, February 26, with 27 electricians, followed by a second session on Saturday, March 19 in Grand Turk with seven electricians.

Acting Energy and Utilities Commissioner Dr. Eric Salamanca delivered opening remarks at the session on Providenciales. FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, and Senior Vice President of Operations Devon Cox, also attended the session to provide brief remarks. They applauded participants for their commitment to workplace safety. The training was delivered by FortisTCI Manager of EHS, Marcus Francis, Manager of Engineering and Substation Operations Maintenance, Hortnel Johnson, and Senior EHS Officer, Rikardia Pardo.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, James Astwood, delivered opening remarks and supported electricians who participated in the Grand Turk session.

The training covered three modules: hazard management, job safety planning, and emergency planning and response. Participants examined topics such as the compliance requirements for electrical safety, common workplace hazards, their classification, and mitigation methods. The electricians also learned the core components of building a job safety plan, the rudiments of workplace emergency planning, and effective response in an electrical emergency. The sessions began with an overview of FortisTCI, the company’s Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS), and efforts to sustain a strong safety culture.

Commenting on the training, FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, stated: “FortisTCI welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with key stakeholders for the common cause of improving electrical and workplace safety throughout the country. Training is essential to developing a safe workplace and public space. Therefore, I commend participants for improving their knowledge and skills. Local contractors who work with FortisTCI are already part of our ongoing training and compliance program. We look forward to additional opportunities to partner and enhance workplace safety in TCI.”

 

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Header: Providenciales electricians captured in a group photo with FortisTCI Manager of Environment, Health and Safety, Marcus Francis.

1st insert: Twenty-seven electricians on Providenciales attended the first training session held at the FortisTCI headquarters.

2nd insert: Grand Turk electricians captured in a group photo with FortisTCI Manager of Environment, Health and Safety, Marcus Francis, and Executive Assistant of Operations Sanderlye Methelus.

 

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Vessels sink with 900 barrels of fuel in Trinidad

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By Shanieka Smith

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#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.

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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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