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Government expounds on Fuel price investigation

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Provienciales, 23 Jan 2015 – The government will not at this stage contract any independent company to investigate why there are not greater savings for TCI consumers on fuel at the pumps and on electricity bills, despite falling oil prices globally. During the Q&A portion of that media debriefing yesterday, Premier Rufus Ewing explained at this stage it is satisfactory for Malike Cummings, the Energy Commissioner to do the work; he outlined what Mr. Cummings instructions are on the investigation commissioned by Cabinet.

“There is that which falls under his responsibility which is Fortis, because it falls under the regulations with regards to him as the Energy Commissioner in regulating the utility companies such as Fortis; so he has already compiled information. In addition to that he will also give us a report as to the changes and fluctuations in prices at the pump. We do not have any legislative teeth to regulate at the pump but what we can do is to look at trends and to see whether or not those trends indeed reflect what we would expect as a percentage decrease that we are seeing globally as well.”

Consumer Protection legislation is also being considered said the Premier; his government is looking to The Bahamas for a review of how the laws function there.

“We have also been looking at various models of consumer protection legislation that we would like to put in place; I have actually contacted The Bahamas and looking at some of their consumer protection legislation that they have that can be of benefit to us here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Fuel prices have in recent weeks, and following reports on the matter in media, dropped a bit more in TCI but nothing as much as 40%; which is how much the cost of oil per barrel has fallen since June 2014, according to reports on Reuters and the Economist. FortisTCI says it has cut the fuel factor rate by 14%; the Premier shared that government has met with the country’s sole electricity provider.

“We had a meeting with Fortis today as well, and enquiring with them on the fuel factors and dropping the fuel factor. Some of the explanations they gave to us gives us comfort that we will see a significant drop over the next two months or so.”

As for when that report is due from Mr. Cummings; Premier Ewing said in two weeks.

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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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