By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2022 – The Governor of the TCI is now officially a Champion of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Dressed smartly in his waistcoat Governor Nigel Dakin was awarded the honor for work he did in his 40 years as a civil servant prior to his duties in the TCI. That work spans stints in Washington, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Germany and Northern Ireland.
The CMG order is conferred on men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country, or for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.
“It was nothing short of a wonderful day. I’ve spent more than 50 per cent of my working life overseas and when I think back over a 40 year career -the award was for Service it’s a British foreign policy prior to my time in the TCI-the overwhelming thought is the power fortunate I was to be in the right place at the right people at the right time…” said Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor in an Instagram post.
The investiture was Wednesday March 30, 2022, delayed two years due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, said Governor Dakin\ and conferring the honour, was His Royal Highness Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and The Governor described Windsor Castle as “beautiful.”
The Governor, during this trip to Great Britain attended the passing out ceremony of TCI’s newest Sandhurst Graduates and members of the Regiment, and got into conversations about national security for the islands.
“I’ve been visiting West Midlands Police who have twinned with the RTCIPF giving us access to the experience of the UKs second largest Force and visited West Midlands Ambulance Service who are interested in a similar relationship (more on that over the next few days).
I also called on a British Home Office Minster to discuss support to our Borders work and I’ve been in Portsmouth looking at how we can draw on the UKs ability to monitor the seas around us in TCI. Technology is moving quickly and to our advantage.”
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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