Staff of the Vector Control Unit attend the 89th American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Annual Conference
#TurksandCaicos, March 12, 2023 – The Environmental Health Department Vector Control Unit consisting of Ms. Zatanya Handfield Vector Control Coordinator, Mr. Deon Wilson Vector Control Supervisor and Mr. Hilton Robinson Vector Control Supervisor, attended the 89th American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Annual Conference held in Nevada, Reno on February 27th-March 3rd 2023.
Ms. Handfield in commenting on the conference stated that “This conference was a great opportunity for the Vector Control Unit team members to stay up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in mosquito control. Attending the AMCA Annual Conference allowed the team to connect with other professionals in the field and learn about new technologies, strategies, and best practices for controlling mosquito populations. As a science/education, not for profit public service association, the AMCA plays an important role in promoting the health and well-being of communities worldwide by advancing the science and practice of mosquito control.”
EHD is committed to safe-guarding the public against vectors which can cause diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika in the TCI. This conference, along with a number of other coordinated activities in partnership with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the UK Health Security Agency, is aimed at strengthening the TCI’s Vector Control Unit and the important services it delivers to communities throughout the TCI.
For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2142/43.
Three Days to NIB Rate Increase for 2023
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 29, 2023 – On April 1st, the second round of increases on contributions at the National Insurance Board will kick in for the Turks and Caicos workforce. Announced last year, the increases were instituted to keep the NIB from running out of money by 2027 as it services a population that is living longer with contributions that had not been increased in 30 years.
As the Government’s new financial year begins, increases at NIB will mean a higher cost for doing business and a higher cost for running the Government.
The private sector is expected to pay contributions at a rate of 11 percent on your taxable income. The hike is up from last year’s 10 per cent; six percent of which is to be paid by the Employer and five percent is to be paid by the Employee. For wages of $2000, this will mean a $200 improvement in income per month to the NIB. As for the burn on residents’ pockets, based on a minimum wage of $1200 monthly salary, that’s at least $60 dollars a month and $720 per year.
Public sector rates will move to 10.15 percent up from 9.15 per cent with the worker paying 4.575 per cent and the Government paying 5.575 per cent; that’s $54 a month and $648 a year at minimum wage.
The NIB rate as of April 1, 2023, will jump to 9 percent for self-employed individuals; For self-employed individuals at minimum wage, that is $108 dollars a month or $1296 per year.
As taxable incomes increase so will the contribution.
The increases follow a 2019 Actuarial review, undertaken every three years, which unearthed that the NIB was facing a dismal future, possible collapse. Contribution rates were growing at a rate much slower than NIB expenses, which included beneficiary payouts. On that trajectory, the NIB’s earnings would be eclipsed by its income by 2027, forcing the worker protection plan to draw down on money saved for economic shocks like Covid-19.
Unsurprisingly, this was deemed untenable, and an immediate increase was recommended.
Despite this scramble to boost earnings, the NIB has simultaneously increased payouts. Payouts for pensions, funeral grants, maternity grants and more will all attract bigger sums.
These incremental increases on contributions and payouts were all consultant recommendations, informed statements from the Board.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
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