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CO is a silent killer, Sandals Resorts taking no chances and putting detectors in rooms of all hotels

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – All of the rooms at Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos will be outfitted with carbon monoxide detectors; a move announced by Sandals Resorts International, SRI, last week on the heels of news reports that the three Americans who died at the Sandals Emerald Bay property in Exuma, The Bahamas were poisoned by Carbon monoxide; an odorless, colourless gas.

There are 16 resorts under the Sandals and Beaches brand across the Caribbean.

While the all-inclusive hotel company denies that the report is official, that it was an isolated incident, and as the families of the victims await a private autopsy report, Sandals Resorts international  is still responding to the incredibly heartbreaking tragedy with a somber message and the installation of detectors in all rooms in all of its Sandals and Beaches hotels throughout the region

Perhaps SRI, amidst this calamity is onto something life-saving and which can be adopted by other resort and villa rental properties, given the devastating possible outcomes.

The US CDC has filed that every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental CO poisoning.  Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning.

The report advised that red blood cells pick up CO quicker than they pick up oxygen. That when you inhale CO, your body replaces the oxygen in blood with CO and that people who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.

The deaths are so traumatic that research revealed at least 14 US states make having the detectors mandatory, especially in new hotel constructions.  Among those states were tourism magnets like California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina.

James McAnaly, general manager of Beaches Turks and Caicos confirmed that the new SRI policy includes Beaches Resorts Villages and Spa in Providenciales and its 758 guest suites.

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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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