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TCI Youth Shine at Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Youth Congress

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#TurksandCaicos, September 16, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands shone bright in the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Youth Congress – represented by both Danae Dennie and Chelsea Been.

In 2019, then 15-year-old Danae Dennie of the Helena Jones Robinson High School made history at the CTO’s Caribbean Youth Congress in St. John’s, Antigua by becoming the first ever Turks and Caicos Islander to win the competition and be selected as the Junior Minister/Commissioner of Tourism for the Caribbean Region.

As a result of winning, now 18-year-old Dennie was the Chairperson of the CTO’s 2022 Caribbean Youth Congress and had the opportunity to provide her year in review.

During her reign as the Caribbean’s Junior Minister of Tourism, Dennie attended a National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operations, and Developers’ (NABHOOD’s) conference in Miami, travelled to Montreal for the International AIDS Conference, and completed internships with Margaritaville and Ambergris Cay, amongst other things.

“I am so happy that the CTO was able to hold the Caribbean Youth Congress in person this year and it was an honour to be able to chair it. Chelsea and the other participants did exceptional jobs and I am immensely proud of them”, said Danae Dennie. “My time as the Caribbean’s Junior Minister of Tourism has been exhilarating and I have learned so much. I am grateful to all who have supported me and I am ecstatic to have made the TCI proud”, Dennie added.

Representing the Turks and Caicos Islands this year was 16-year-old Chelsea Been also of the Helena Jones Robinson High School who became the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Junior Minister of Tourism on July 5th 2022 after winning the 2022 TCI Youth Congress, which was held at the FortisTCI Headquarters in Providenciales.

TCI’s Junior Minister of Tourism, Chelsea Been delivered a captivating presentation where she persuasively articulated her vision for the future of tourism which included an artificial intelligence-powered tourism-focused mobile app that recommends activities to tourists based on their actual interests, the incorporation of augmented reality and virtual reality into excursions and tours to facilitate more immersive experiences, as well as the introduction of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – digital artifacts that can be utilized as proof of travel and provide tourists with value post-travel, such as digitally re-experiencing areas they visited in-person in our own “metaverse.”

“I am so honoured to have been able to represent my country on the regional stage while in the Cayman Islands” said Chelsea Been. “Participating in the CTO’s Caribbean Youth Congress was an incredible experience and I am confident that the ideas generated for the Turks and Caicos Islands will reap major benefits for our tourism industry, once implemented”, added Been.

“We are extremely proud of Danae Dennie and Chelsea Been. In their respective roles, they showcased composure, poise, and passion”, stated Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board’s Training Manager, Blythe Clare. “These two Junior Ministers of Tourism of the Turks and Caicos Islands represented our country superbly and we look forward to them imparting their knowledge on our next Junior Minister of Tourism”, Clare added.

The CTO’s Caribbean Youth Congress is a developmental competition that is designed to mirror a CTO Board of Directors’ Meeting and seeks to stimulate greater awareness of and excitement about tourism amongst Caribbean youth. The annual event invites 14-17 year-old students from CTO member countries to share and discuss their ideas and visions as it relates to guiding the direction of Caribbean tourism – all while competing for a chance to be a youth ambassador and the Junior Minister/Commissioner of Tourism for the Caribbean Region.

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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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