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Russia names TCI as “unfriendly”; Governor explains implications

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, November 4, 2022 – In response to the Turks and Caicos being listed as an “unfriendly country” to the Russian Federation, Governor Nigel Dakin says he is surprised it didn’t happen sooner, maintaining that the TCI would be fine and doubling down on earlier condemnation of the war.  He was responding on Tuesday November 1st to Magnetic Media queries from the weekend; when it was initially revealed that the TCI had made the troubling list along with other British overseas territories.

“Because of our opposition to the war, and the means by which that war is being waged, Putin’s Government and his supporters – but not the Russian people – are therefore unfortunately right to view us as ‘unfriendly’. That is not the position we want to be in, and so we look forward to an end to this terrible war, against a sovereign neighbour.”

As for what this means for the islands, broadly and specifically?

“We expect no consequences, but any private entity doing business with Russia should note the fact that, as a result of this listing, Russia reserves the right to pay its debts in roubles,” the Governor explained.

That rule of only paying and being paid in roubles dates back to an initial list in March of this year.  Russia, at that time, had released its ‘unfriendly countries’ which included the UK and three overseas territories among other countries.

“The list targeted in particular those who “imposed or joined sanctions against Russia—Given we had imposed sanctions at the same time as these three fellow Territories, I was surprised TCI did not feature back in March,” said Dakin.

Dakin explained that the listing seemed to mainly be for Russia’s economic benefit as it ‘has allowed the Russian government (and its citizens and companies) to pay creditors from those named countries in roubles.

He noted that, “For the three Overseas Territories already impacted, and listed in March, there has not been any other automatic measures implemented.”

Despite this, he went on to explain the possible repercussions of a different kind listing.

“What the list did not do was see Russia declare the UK, or those Overseas Territories it named, as an “unfriendly state under a formal decree.  If it did, that would restrict the ability of those named countries or Territories to employ or contract individuals residing in Russia.”

Dakin has been firm on his stance on the invasion telling media back in February when the incursion began that “Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unprovoked, premeditated and barbaric attack against a sovereign democratic state. It is a clear breach of international law and the UN Charter.”

He reiterated this position again this week, in the statement obtained by Magnetic Media.

“For our part – and as described by both the Premier and myself in separate statements – but with the same message – TCI’s position remains as it was from the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The invasion was illegal and the war crimes that have since followed are abhorrent. We stand with Ukraine”

Since the start of the invasion over eight months ago 7.5 million Ukranians have fled home due to the war, which has been raging for nearly nine months now.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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