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TCI Premier Speaks to ‘Crime Fighting’ in the House of Assembly

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2022 – TCI Residents have been understandably anxious for word from the government after the constant barrage of violent crimes on tourists and locals alike over the past few weeks.

Premier And Co-chair of the Security Council Washington Misick addressed the situation in the House of Assembly on Monday once again acknowledging the lack of communication.

“I can understand the disquiet, I can understand the anxiety. I can understand their concern, I can understand their fear…” he said. “I believe one could understandably interpret silence as complicity but that would be ridiculous because no leader would be complicit as it relates to crime.”

Misick did not outline any plans to improve the line of communication to the public but denounced at-home speculation.

“Much has been done and much is being done in the fight against crime, but crime is a very complex issue. It is not a straight line solution” the Premier said.

“Too many of us sit in the comfort of our home on our social media in our armchairs and prescribe solutions and it’s not that easy. Crime is asymmetrical, the police can’t be everywhere for every crime it’s just not going to happen.”

About the recent cruel attacks on tourists which continue to shock the nation. Premier Misick reinforced the need for border security saying, “Most of these crimes are alien to us, chopping people and chopping tourists is alien to us.”

He cautioned villa owners to ensure they were properly licensed, had security, and had put preventative measures in place to protect their guests from harm.

The Premier also criticized the Opposition (PDM) for what he described as being divisive and taking advantage of the public’s anxiety while maintaining that the security forces were working hard.

“The truth of the matter is exploiting the anxiety of people to boom blast and [spread] vitriol is wrong, boom-blasting and vitriol is not a substitute for action…outrage is good only when it leads to action. Crime and national security is not something that we are divided on.” He added, “This Government and the other agencies on the front line are not sitting on their hands.”

Speaking of security forces The Premier said that the private security providers on the island needed to be upgraded so they could assist the Police and were identified as an important part of fighting crime. He said a code of conduct has been developed as a first step toward regulating the security industry.

Missick maintained that the Police and other agencies were working hard but agreed more needed to be done.

“We are doing a lot. Can we do more and will we do more? Yes.” Misick said. “The border situation will continue and we will have to continue to pour money into it, it is like a chronic disease you have to continue to pour money into it, that is what has to happen given the geography of the Turks and Caicos.”

He said at least six different projects were running in concert at the moment; one of them being a $2 million allocation to deal with illegal settlements or shanty towns.

The Premier urged residents who see something to say something and to continue doing their part to help the Police fight crime.

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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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