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Get the DDME App encourages Minister, speaks to Improvements in Emergency Management in Budget speech  

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, May 19, 2022 – With 2022 predicted to be an above average year for hurricanes and June 1st only days away the Disaster Management sector is getting a boost in funding and in initiatives this year according to Minister of Immigration Arlington Musgrove.

While Minister Musgrove did not specify the amounts budgeted he revealed that money was budgeted for more Emergency Communications Equipment and Systems, and for every emergency shelter across the TCI to be fitted with its own dedicated Emergency Radio Equipment.  Additionally signage in English, Spanish and French Creole will be erected to help with shelter identification and Tsunami evacuation routes.

Governor Nigel Dakin in a recent hurricane preparedness meeting said he had been advised by experts that “The first national priority beyond immediate action to save life and limb is getting the international airport open to bring in first responders.”

Subsequently the Immigration Minister has revealed plans for securing means of external communication saying the government, “Will be developing long range emergency communications that will allow for communications with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Neighbouring States and  UK Military Ships via High Frequency (HF) method of communications.”

These efforts will be alongside the DDME ALERT App which was unveiled earlier this year and is also set to be upgraded with Spanish and French Creole added as additional language options.

Minister Musgrove impressed upon residents the importance of downloading the application.

“With this mobile application the DDME can now communicate with every man, woman and child; however, for it to be successful we must all download the app and get onboard, therefore, as citizens of this country, this is when I ask you and the entire TCI to “Pledge to Prepare” for this upcoming Hurricane Season by downloading the app and following the safety tips and alerts that the department will be sending out – it is safety information at your fingertips,” he said.

The DMME Alert App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices for free.

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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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