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Fuel factor rate declined up to 15% in November and shows stable forecast for December bills

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Friday, December 16, 2022) – The reduction in the fuel factor rate that customers received on November’s electricity bills will remain relatively stable in December, with further reductions in the fuel factor rate across some service territories.

The fuel factor rate on November’s electricity bills decreased by 15% to $0.2587 from $0.3048 per kilowatt hour (“kWh”) for Providenciales, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos customers, and this rate will remain relatively stable on December’s electricity bills.

The fuel factor rate for Grand Turk and Salt Cay customers decreased by 4% to $0.2773 per kWh from $0.2889 on November’s electricity bills and a further decrease is projected on December’s electricity bills due to a decline in fuel costs.

The fuel factor rate for South Caicos decreased from the prior month’s $0.2815 by 2% and projections for December’s electricity bill will be shared once the information becomes available. Current fuel factor rate projections reflect that customers will see a reduced or relatively stable fuel factor rate on their December electricity bill.

This general fuel price trend is expected to continue into January 2023 but with slight changes across some service territories. Providenciales, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos customers will see a slight increase in the fuel factor rate on January’s electricity bills compared to the previous month. Grand Turk and Salt Cay customers are projected to receive another decrease in the fuel factor rate, creating a three-month-streak. These projections are subject to change based on volatility in the fuel market.

Fuel factor rates reached their highest in September and October 2022. The FortisTCI and TCIG fuel factor stabilization initiative helped to insulate residential customers from the impact of the volatility in the market during this period. The arrangement set a fixed price for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity used for the last four months of the year. Residential customers will continue to be billed at a fixed cost of $0.20 per kilowatt hour (“kWh”) for the fuel factor rate on their December electricity bill.

December is the final month in which the fuel factor stabilization credit will be in effect, based on the current arrangement with TCI Government. Electricity bills at the end of January will return to the standard fuel factor rate calculation.

Fuel factor rates are authenticated by the TCI Government’s Energy and Utility Commissioner’s Office every month before the release of bills.

 

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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