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Jamaicans asked to Donate Blood in fight against Dengue Fever

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica, October 18, 2023Voluntary blood donations have been requested by Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness as a precautionary measure in case the recently declared dengue outbreak reaches severe levels.

This comes as the ministry is cognizant of the possibility of dengue progressing to what it called “Severe Dengue” leading to an increase in demand for “blood and blood products.”

Dengue, it says, as it expressed these growing concerns in a September 26th release, can advance to a level that is cause for concern, despite typically being a mild disease.

In fact, it further evoked caution, informing that the disease can get to a life threatening level as organ failure may occur, blood loss hence the reason for the call for blood donations and severe fluid depletion which can lead to shock and death.

Additionally, the ministry provides the necessary information for blood donation for interested individuals. It says one must be ages 17 to 60 years and in good health, carrying a body weight over 110 pounds.

To see the locations where blood can be donated, as well as the time frame allowed, visit https://www.moh.gov.jm/health-ministry-encourages-voluntary-blood-donations-to-support-dengue-outbreak-response/ .

Cases are increasing in Jamaica. As of September 29th, as reported by the Ministry, cases stood at 1060 with 132 confirmed as dengue type 2 strain dominating the case count.

To minimize the increase of dengue, the ministry calls on the public to do its part by “monitoring water storage containers for mosquito breeding; keeping surroundings free of debris; destroying or treating potential mosquito breeding sites; wearing protective clothing and using DEET-containing mosquito repellant.”

 

UPDATED: October 22, 2023

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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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#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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