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ILLEGAL MIGRANT LANDING AT SOUTH SALT CAY

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SOUTH SALT CAY, 7th February 2024 – In the early hours of 7th February 2024, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a boat carrying migrants illegally landed at South Salt Cay. Border Force took immediate action in collaboration with the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and other law enforcement agencies. Resources have been mobilized to apprehend those involved and gather crucial information for ongoing investigations.

The community spirit displayed by the residents of South Salt Cay has been commendable. Their valuable assistance has proven instrumental in effectively managing the situation. We express our gratitude for their vigilance and commitment to the safety and security of the community.

At the time of this statement, approximately 59 individuals had been apprehended, and one female migrant was found deceased. We recognize the potential risks posed by the presence of illegal migrants and urge all residents to continue to take necessary precautions for their safety.

Residents are advised to secure their homes and belongings, exercise caution regarding unfamiliar individuals or activities, and promptly report suspicious persons, activity, or information to local authorities through the 911 emergency hotline.

Border Force, in partnership with other agencies, will continue working tirelessly to protect the well-being of our community and maintain the security of the Turks and Caicos Islands. We stand united against any threats to our nation’s borders and prosperity.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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