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Mass Casualty Simulation Training held in Collaboration with PAHO

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#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2022 – The Health Emergency Management Unit within the Ministry of Health and Human Services,through its commitment to providing a comprehensive approach to health emergency management in response to public health threats including natural and man-made disasters affecting the Turks and Caicos Islands in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), resumed its Mass Casualty Management Training after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Three trainings were conducted, two on the Island of Providenciales and one on Grand Turk. Participants for these trainings were drawn from Government and Non-Government first responders and included Medical Doctors, Nurses, Emergency Medical Services personnel, Police, TCI Regiment, Aerodrome and Domestic Fire, Port and Airport Authority Security Officers, Red Cross, ADRA, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies and TCIG Treasury Staff. A total of 94 persons were trained.

Each training took place over the course of six days culminating in a live exercise. Participants were awarded certificates based on successful completion of the course which includes written and practical examinations. The Mass Casualty Management course is a didactic, multi-sectoral training course consisting of five days of lectures, field exercises and role-playing. It is designed to sharpen the response skills of mass casualty responders, helping them to more effectively manage events in human and/or other resources-challenged areas. On day six, it culminates in a series of practical field exercises, held at night, to underscore nocturnal challenges.

The Director of Health Disaster, Education and Training stated that “the response to the Mass Casualty Management training was overwhelming and the Unit will be conducting training throughout the Islands to ensure that each island builds their emergency response capacity.”

Instructors for the trainings included Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) subject expertand Regional Emergency Response Trainer, Mr Peter Burgess, PAHO certified instructors Miss Charlene Higgs and Dr Denise Braithwaite-Tennant and Associate Instructors Mrs TammikaLall-Williams and Mr. Leron Albert.

The Ministry of Health and Human Services would like to thank the Pan American Health Organization for the continuous support provided to the Health Emergency Management Unit and the Ministry of Health and Human Services.

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The Bahamas major moves towards Space Tourism

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Rashaed Esson 

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#TheBahamas, February 22, 2024 – Exciting, groundbreaking developments are coming for The Bahamas’ tourism product, as tourists will soon be able to view rocket landings according to the government on Tuesday February 20th, 2024, introducing Space Tourism to the archipelago, making it the only destination of its kind globally.

The government informed this is due to the negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Space Exploration Technologies (Space X).

Space X, headquartered in Hawthorne, is an American spacecraft manufacturer, launch service provider, defense contractor and satellite communications company.

Visitors will be able to witness the rocket landings directly from their cruise ships, resorts and different tourist hotspots throughout The Bahamas.

For the landings, reports inform that Space X is finishing up on designs which includes one of the company’s autonomous droneships being the landing station for the rockets, Falcon 9s.

The site will be located east of the Exumas.

The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, says this is a strategic partnership which will anchor The Bahamas “as a key player in the emerging space tourism industry.”

In continuation, the Ministry also revealed that more exciting developments are coming, that is the creation of an exhibit disabling space travel related hardware and a SpaceX spacesuit.

This will be the only other exhibit outside the US which the ministry expressed will attract many tourists and Bahamian citizens.

Chester Cooper, Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister, is featured in reports showing great appreciation for working with Space X.

“We are honoured to work with SpaceX to enable their Falcon 9 rockets to safely land on an autonomous droneship within Bahamian waters, helping to continue their rocket reusability efforts,” he maintained.

Additionally, the government, according to Cooper, is prepared to grab at the opportunities that will be presented with these developments such as for economic growth, job creation and education enhancement.

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Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

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NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador

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Rashaed Esson

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#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”

 

 

 

 

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