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#Jamaica, June 12, 2023 – Another drug bust for Jamaica as a flight attendant was detained after cocaine valued at  USD$75,000, was found in her luggage at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay St. James.
The cocaine was discovered during security procedures and weighed approximately 1.5 kilogrammes.
It is reported that the woman, 47 years old, arrived at the airport at around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 06, 2023 and later attempted to board a flight heading to New York.
She was arrested on reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act by operatives assigned to the Jamaica Constabulary Force Narcotics Division.
She is reported to hold dual US/Jamaican nationalities. The police said her identity is being Withheld pending further investigations

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#TurksandCaicos, June 12, 2023 – Around 9396.4 square miles of land on Little Water Cay was burned in the two day blaze on the uninhabited islands described by the Department of Environment and Coast Resources, DECR as an “inferno.”
A campfire is believed to be the cause of the destruction. They say it could have spread to Casuarina Duff as it can smolder deeply for days before conditions allow it to generate obvious flame and smoke.
The update came from the DECR on Wednesday afternoon.
“Little Water Cay and Half-moon Bay is a popular site for tour guides and watersports operators to make campfires near the Casuarina forest, for beach cookouts. This activity is believed to have been the cause of the fire on the sandbar this last weekend,” the DECR said.
They explain that fire has threatened the sandbar since the invasion by Casuarina Pine which is very flammable. In addition, “recent habitat restoration efforts have resulted in dry wood on the ground which exacerbated the fire.”
In terms of worry over the native Rock Iguanas that live on the island, the DECR indicated, “The area has not been ideal rock iguana habitat for several years, but some iguanas were living there as the control of non-native mammals has allowed numbers to increase and their occupancy to spread. The fire itself was not problematic to the ecosystem: Although habitat recovery will have to involve control of Casuarina seedlings (which are encouraged by fire and other disturbances), the fire has consumed the fuel that has been a risk for years.”
We were told that when the Cay reopens, iguanas will be able to return and carry out their natural role. The DECR warned that despite the good news it will take time for the natural environment to be back to normal.
“As the non-native species are carefully controlled, the indigenous wildlife will recover over time, and the functional ecosystem (which hasn’t been intact since the introduction of the invasive pine species, cats and rats) will return.”
The press release also reminded that it is a violation of the National Parks Ordinance to set fires within Protected Areas without a permit from the DECR, and DECR does not grant permits for lighting fires in Half Moon Bay or Little Water Cay, due to the high fire risk and sensitive iguana habitat of the cay.

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June 12, 2023 – When Hezron Henry unveiled his display of bold and eclectic artworks at the Atlatnic World Art Fair, he made a huge impression, literally.
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“Hezron will be presenting 4 large-scale works as part of the fair with each piece being roughly 4 feet square, in this precursor of paintings for his newest and most ambitious series since his Tears of the Trouvadore collection, the artist delves deeper into themes associated with identity and its connection to memory; Interweaving flora found in the Turks and Caicos he begins to explore what is lost and what can be gained in the symbiosis between the land and its inhabitants, its mortality and its immortality, its de-evolution, and its fight to survive,” said a statement ahead of the show which opened on June 1. 2023.
The Atlantic World Art Fair is a fairly new but successful showcase opportunity, it spotlights Caribbean artists and that makes it particularly special and helpful to the regional art scene.
Longtime artist, Hezron Henry has been carrying the TCI flag at the event since it opened on June first.
“Being selected serves as validation of the unique artistic vision and the impact of the work. I am excited to join the ranks of other talented emerging artists who have been recognized by Artsy and to have the opportunity to connect with new collectors and curators who are interested in my work,” said Henry.
Hezron specializes in paintings; he was selected as an emerging artist in the ‘Curators Picks” category on Artsy.com , a website which hosts the virtual end of the event.
His paintings often feature bold portraits in vibrant colors, deep blues and zesty oranges, forgoing the traditional skin-like shades thus producing striking silhouettes with especially expressive eyes.
Guyanese by birth, he plies his trade online as well as in person and his prints range from $2000 – $7,500 USD with many already sold.
The art show has been ongoing for almost two weeks and will end on Thursday June 15th.

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#Guyana, June 12, 2023 – The number of people taking the HPV vaccine  is low in Guyana, a concerning reality as expressed by Dr. Frank Anthony, Health Minister
HPV, which means human papillomavirus, is  sexually transmitted and can cause a range of health issues, including genital warts and cancer.
Authorities highlighted the vaccine serves as protection from HPV infections and cervical  pre-cancers.
Despite the known fact that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in Guyana, not enough people are taking their responsibility to get the vaccine according to Anthony, speaking at the launch of the national expansion of the HEARTS Initiative for the management of cardiovascular diseases.
He pointed out that since the introduction of the program, the number of vaccinated people remains low.
“This is something, I recall HPV vaccination was started…a long time ago. Up to now, we have not been able to scale it up to where it ought to be.”
He further urges the country to encourage more people to get vaccinated, emphasize that it needed to help prevent cervical cancer.
“How are we going to prevent cervical cancer from happening if we don’t have a broad base programme?” he said.
Anthony continued to confront the lack of proper resource usage to effect change that is how your vaccination rate and low cases of cervical cancer.
“It’s not that we don’t have the tools to prevent, it’s that we’re not implementing the tools to the scale that we need to implement it, to make that impact and to bring that change.”
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, all HPV vaccines protect against at least HPV types 16 and 18, which places individuals at the greatest risk of developing cervical cancer.
The WHO says since the beginning of the epidemic, 84.2 million [64.0–113.0 million] people have been infected with the HIV virus and about 40.1 million [33.6–48.6 million] people have died of HIV. Globally, 38.4 million [33.9–43.8 million] people were living with HIV at the end of 2021. An estimated 0.7 percent  [0.6-0.8 percent ] of adults aged 15–49 years worldwide are living with HIV, although the burden of the epidemic continues to vary considerably between countries and regions.
Additionally, the WHO African Region remains most severely affected, with nearly 1 in every 25 adults (3.4 percent ) living with HIV and accounting for more than two-thirds of the people living with HIV worldwide.

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