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Thank you World Central Kitchen, nearly 10,000 hot meals served in TCI post-Hurricane Fiona

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2022 – In an amazing act of goodwill at a time when many islanders needed it most, globally acclaimed World Central Kitchen provided thousands of meals to Turks and Caicos islanders in the immediate aftermath of Fiona.

The meals were provided free of cost for almost a week; a blessing to those who were without electricity due to damages from the Category three hurricane.

The international organization is a non-profit, non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. It was founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés and most notably prepared food in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Puerto Rico, following the harrowing hit from Hurricane Maria.

Since then World Food Kitchen has grown in scope and scale.

The WCK moves with incredible speed to mobilize hearty meal preparation and distribution centers with the help of their own organizers and actors on the ground in countries impacted.  It has been documented that their volunteers are some of the first responders providing hot meals to people of all nations after a disaster.

Fresh off of relief work in the Dominican Republic, they followed the track of Hurricane Fiona to the Turks and Caicos Islands where the southeastern islands were worst hit.

World Central Kitchen delivered an incredible service to multiple islands in the TCI, and the group supported local businesses as all food used for the hot meals were bought from local grocers and restaurants.

We learned that the team from WCK arrived the day after Fiona exited the British overseas territory and purchased food from IGA.

First stop for the food caravan was Grand Turk, where several times a day for the first few days hot meals were distributed. Next to receive the meals were Salt Cay and Middle Caicos; both by ferry.

In total WCK served 9,982 meals in the Turks and Caicos Islands; all of which were purchased directly from restaurants such as Bugaloo’s in Provo and MyDees in Middle, or the volunteers purchased ingredients from local supermarkets and assembled them on site.

Many of those thousands of meals were delivered by plane, still hot.

An incredible undertaking.

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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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