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Crucial Public Meeting coming with new Dellis Cay Owners; construction set for early 2023



By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, December 9, 2022 – It will no longer be the tiny island with decaying homes, languishing amidst a scandalous transaction when construction resumes on the infamous Dellis Cay Project as early as the first quarter of 2023.

Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services made the announcement at a town hall meeting in North Caicos on November 29th in response to a resident’s query about the development.

With the help of a stated injection of $200 million, the picturesque property is expected to transition to one of international glamour and prestige.  But first, it will be a great opportunity for those in the construction industry with some 300 jobs expected to be generated during the building phase.

“The owner for Dellis Cay wanted a meeting this week but it was conflicting with our town halls so they’ve scheduled a meeting for the first week of January,” Musgrove explained “He wants to come here and his main focus is housing so it’s a great opportunity for the people of the twin islands.”

Musgrove said the owner wanted to discuss housing, boating, opportunities for construction workers and more, including tourism-based businesses.

“They want to start in the first quarter of next year…” he said.

Dellis Cay which is just off the coast of North Caicos was sold off under the Michael Misick administration. A huge luxury project was started on the private cay by Dr. Cem Kinay, a Turkish hotelier before everything came to a grinding halt in 2009.  Allegations of corruption linked to a reported $ 500,000 donation to Misick marred the deal, sent the property into receivership and back onto the market.

This past July, Dellis Cay was purchased by the Desarollos Hotelco, owners of the Ritz Carlton on Grace Bay. At the time news broke of the sale, construction was slated to get started within 12 months.

No sale price was made public for the the 560-acre private island, which Desarollos Hotelco brokered through Engel and Völkers Turks and Caicos from Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (TTUTC); TTUTC held the property in receivership.

Hope is now reignited as Dellis Cay is poised to be yet another luxury development strongly linked to and dependent upon North Caicos islanders.

Minister Musgrove, as the Member of Parliament for the twin islands of North and Middle Caicos encouraged residents to attend the January 2023 meeting with the new owners.

“Please I want everyone to be there so we can listen and say what we want; and whoever has housing and whoever has cars boats that we can help organize that.”

A hotel is also planned for the Cay in the near future.

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Barbados to Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace this Spring



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer



#Barbados, February 2, 2023 – Barbados has been selected to host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The event will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown from May 9 -11, and it is expected to build on the success of the 40th staging held in Puerto Rico last fall.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig, who made the announcement recently, said it’s the first time in the organization’s history that the association’s largest annual event, which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products and services, will be staged in Barbados.

“CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region’s top earner for robust growth this year, we are delighted to lock arms with our Bajan partners to drive business to the Caribbean,” she stated.

Noting that: “This year’s Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on the revival of multi-destination travel.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados Ian Gooding-Edghill, said the Barbados tourism industry was undergoing a major renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing could not be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to local soil.

“We are honoured to host such a preeminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,”  Minister Gooding-Edghill said, noting that the meeting aligns with Barbados’ value offerings, which appeal, among others, to the very important MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] market.

The launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, a highlight of the Puerto Rico meeting, will return for a second edition and will be held in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, ahead of the official opening ceremony of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.

The Forum will also focus on the business of tourism, and business appointments will be conducted on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11.

Over 150 delegates, including Ministers of Tourism and key private sector leaders, engaged in the Caribbean Travel Forum last year.

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National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.

“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.

Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.

Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”

The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.

Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.

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Guyana secures cryotherapy machines to help fight cervical cancer



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer



#Guyana, February 2, 2023 – Guyana will see a significant boost to its healthcare system soon as the health ministry has acquired 20 cryotherapy machines to help treat and prevent cervical cancer, the second most prevalent cancer among women in the country.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, involves cooling the body’s tissues for therapeutic purposes and removing the abnormal tissue. This type of therapy is also used to treat many skin conditions and some cancers, including prostate, cervical and liver cancer.

The Health Ministry said the machines will help clear the backlog of patients needing such treatment.

Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Programme of the Health Ministry, Dr. Latchmie Lall, said the equipment will be very instrumental in providing immediate service to patients.

“We are indeed very thankful for this donation of cryotherapy machines that were brought through the IDB project; a total of 20 machines that are going to be used to improve our screening services for cervical cancer; this will come as a great measure for not only screening but to provide immediate medical treatment in that if we do find a pathological cervix, cryotherapy can be applied immediately, and we have one healthy patient going back home to her family,” Dr. Lall said.

Director of Primary Healthcare Services, Dr. Ertensia Hamilton, said the equipment comes at an opportune time when the ministry is extending its services for women of reproductive age across the country.

“We recognise that Guyana still has a high incidence of cervical cancer in our women, and so we want to be able to have services available to them as we work towards ensuring that each individual across their life course has services to meet their medical needs,” she said.

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, during his comment, revealed that Guyana is trying to develop a comprehensive programme for cervical cancer.

“One of the things that we are trying to do is to have a comprehensive cervical cancer programme. The first level will be to prevent cervical cancer. We want to do that by encouraging people to get the HPV vaccination. We have these vaccines available. We have been rolling them out to ensure that every person eligible for these vaccines gets them.”

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