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TCI Governor Nigel Dakin gushes over progress at Prison Farm

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#TurksandCaicos, February 9, 2023 – Some good news linked to “His Majesty’s Prison Grand Turk”. It’s now a resource, in and of itself, for providing an educative experience for children – while also helping rehabilitate those incarcerated there.

The Prison Farm has of course been long established and indeed one of my previous close protection officers helped establish it some years ago.  It suffered damage in the recent hurricane but is back and fully operational and is now – in many ways – a model farm for TCI.

Drawing on this national resource it’s now reaching out to schools and the Prison has just hosted its third school visit. So what do the children get to see?

The farm has 400 chickens producing 800+ eggs per week which are sold to the local community along with goats and pigs that also find a local market.  There are rabbits (not for the pot) which are for petting by the children and the farm grows peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, cabbages, callaloo, sweetcorn, tomatoes, onions, okra, melons and a range of herbs.

The farm employs up to 8 prisoners and has a farm manager and two civilian workers. This financial year the farm generated over $11,000 in revenue which was paid to the Treasury. In addition the produce supports the prison kitchen making savings to the prison budget.

The children learn how vegetables grow, seed to plate, and what vegetables make up well know foods (coleslaw for instance). They also learn about animal welfare and how they live and are cared for. It’s a great thing..

The new Prison Superintendent, who is as keen on it as his predecessor, tells me that Mr Lyons rendition of “Old McDonalds Farm” is priceless. The song strings together the tour, each section of the tour adding a new verse; the children love it.  This is part of a program the Ministry are developing to connect the Prison to the community. Mandy and myself have enjoyed helping the Prison on this journey in other ways.

Why. Because todays prisoner is self-evidently tomorrows neighbour – and HMP Grand Turk needs to be a place where those convicted are not only incarcerated but where they can make a positive change in their lives. This looks like a step in the right direction.

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Deputy Premier Spot on, TCI TODAY Removed from EU Blacklist

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024Sixteen months after being added to the European Union’s Black List for non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now off that list.

“Today,the Council removed The Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles and Turks and Caicos Islands from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.”

The release explicitly states that in the case of the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, “ever since October 2022, deficiencies in the enforcement of economic substance requirements had been identified in both of these jurisdictions by the OECD Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP).”

It was recommended for remedy to the deficiencies has now been “converted from hard to soft recommendations,” said the statement.

That pivot was fundamental in the de-listing of the two countries said the information from the Council.

“…which allowed the Code of Conduct Group to consider these jurisdictions with no or only a nominal corporate income tax.”

When Magnetic Media spoke to E. Jay Saunders, Turks and Caicos Deputy Premier and Finance Minister in March 2023 he had full confidence that it was only a matter of time before the TCI was given a more favourable position with the EU. 

“There is no question about it. I’m confident that by February 2024, we will be off the list– I’m completely confident and there are no lasting repercussions.”   

 It had been sub-par computer systems that landed the TCI on the list.  The Deputy Premier, at the time offered that the EU was being too dramatic and its language, disproportionate surrounding the issue. 

That black listing and gray listing is often viewed as a black eye in the financial services sector, therefore this announcement today is vindication for the TCI and a huge plus for the Fintech ambitions of the Misick-led government.

 Twelve others remain with the unsavory categorization including Caribbean neighbours: Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.

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Jamaica hosts 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference

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Rashaed Esson

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#GlobalTourism#Jamaica, February 19th, 2024 – Strengthening the future of global tourism against growing climate challenges, Jamaica hosted the 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference in Montego Bay from February 17th to the 18th, featuring high level delegates from the around the world, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and spearheaded by its co-founder, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The conference was under the theme “Navigating the Future of Tourism Resilience,” and addressed the swift need for more innovative strategies to combat the growing challenges that threaten Tourism. Sustainable tourism practices, crisis management, digital transformation, and the importance of promoting global partnerships, were among the topics discussed. 

 

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Dengue in Peru-Over 12 Thousand Cases

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Rashaed Esson

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#Dengue#Peru, February 19th, 2024 – Since the start of the year, there have been more than thirteen thousand cases of dengue in Peru, with over three thousand in the fifth week alone, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The northern region reportedly has the highest number of cases. Revealed in a February 16th report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, this represents a 53.4 percent increase in cases compared to 2023. This massive increase is linked to prolonged heat waves caused by the El Nino effect, the ministry reporting over 100 consecutive unusually hot days and more than 200 warm nights. Higher temperatures create favorable conditions for dengue transmission.

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