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TCI TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION

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TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, OCTOBER 8, 2013- On October 13, 2013, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) leads several activities as the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).

This year’s theme Living with Disasters and Disability focuses on the one billion people around the world, who live with some form of disability. “Persons living with disabilities are among the most excluded in society and their plight is magnified when a disaster strikes. Not only are they less likely to receive the aid they need during a humanitarian crisis, they are also less likely to recover in the long term more often than not, their unique contribution to helping communities prepare for and respond to disasters is also often overlook,’ a UN statement said.

The theme also aims to emphasis the unique way in which persons living with disabilities contribute to helping communities prepare for and respond to disasters, and how this is often overlooked.

It is against this background that the DDME has partnered with the Ministry of Health to increase awareness of the wider public to get involve and take ownership of the process in order to create disaster resilience in local communities.

The advantages of IDDR theme here in the TCI will draw attention to the needs of the disabled communities and allow stakeholders to seek alternatives for the effective management of Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies for those less abled members of society.

The following activities have been planned in observance of the day:

· Messages in recognition of the day senior members of Government.

· Distribution of Brochures.

· Participation of Public and Private High Schools throughout the island in a National Oratorical Presentation. Trophies will be presented to the winning schools.

· Participated in the Disability and Disaster Survey for IDDR day which closed on 25th September 2013.

In a release issued on 2nd October 2013, the UNISDR noted that more than 5000 responses to the survey had been received. Due to the high level of interest and response to the survey, the Agency said it has had to extend the original deadline from 25th September 2013 to the end of the year. The preliminary findings will be announced on 10th October 2013.

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Dog Tales to rescue 500 dogs from the Turks and Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Stray dogs in the Turks and Caicos will be getting a new lease on life in the coming months as Dog Tales Rescue will be coming to the islands. Up to 500 stray Dogs will be recovered from Grand Turk and flown to Canada in a bid to control the dog population and give the existing strays better lives. The visit has been approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands government who revealed the project in a cabinet meeting on May 31st.

Dog Tales rescue is a Canadian-based rescue mostly focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. The sanctuary is massive, sitting on over 50 acres of land. It was started in 2014 by husband and wife duo Rob and Danielle Eden-Scheinberg.  The animals at Dog Tales Rescue get the 5-star treatment (as they should!) while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes.  The rescue provides a space for neglected and abused dogs to heal with resources including kilometers of walking trails, therapy pools, a grooming spa, and medical care if needed.  Dog Tales does not put dogs down, those who are not adopted immediately remain with the sanctuary permanently.  Since 2014 more than 2000 dogs have passed through the sanctuary.

Rather than kennels the dogs at Dog Tale have rooms that they share or occupy alone and the sanctuary really jazzes up the spaces making them as luxurious as possible.  The volunteers at the sanctuary also actively use social media to campaign for potential adoptees by doing photoshoots to entice families to take the chance to adopt animals. Soon strays from the Turks and Caicos will be in that number.  You can see Dog Tales’ most recent photoshoot here.

Dog Tales even had a TV show back in 2018 that lasted for 2 seasons!

The TCIG says they will provide “logistical and regulatory support” for the program but Dog Tales will be funding the recovery and everything else on their own. You can donate to Dog Tales here

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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