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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – State Funeral Service of the late Hon. Dr. Rosita Butterfield



The death is announced of the late Hon. Dr. Rosita Butterfield, MBE former Speaker of the Legislative Council 1991-1993 on Saturday 10th January 2014 in Nassau, Bahamas.

The State Funeral service will be held at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sport Complex, Downtown Ballpark, Providenciales on Thursday February 5th, 2015 at 10:00am.

Her body will be lie in the State at the House of Assembly from 1:00pm-12:00am Monday 2nd February and from 8:00am-2:00pm Tuesday 3rd February. The House of Assembly Members will view the body between the hours of 3:00pm – 4:00pm on Monday 2nd. The members of the family will view the body from 4:00pm- 5:00pm, the Nurses Association and other Government Officials from 5:00pm – 6:00pm and the general public from 6:00pm – 11:30pm.

The body will leave the House of Assembly on Tuesday 3rd February at 1:30pm from the JAGS McCartney International Airport to depart for Providenciales at 2:00pm.

The body will lie at the Faith Tabernacle Church, Leeward Highway from 3:00pm Tuesday February 3rd until 9:00am on
Thursday 5th February, 2015. Family viewing would take place from 4:00pm – 6:00pm and the Nurses Association and Government Officials from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and the general public from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. On Wednesday 4th February there will be a public viewing from 8:00am – 6:00pm.

The body will leave the Faith Tabernacle Church and will proceed along Leeward Highway to the Gustavus Lightbourne Sport Complex, Downtown Ballpark on Thursday 5th February, 2015 at 9:00am.

All attending members of the public are asked to be seated by 8:45am. The public is further asked to note that persons will not be allowed to enter the venue after 9:00am. The service will be carried live on Radio Turks and Caicos and local television stations.

On Thursday February 5th the following roads will be closed from 9:00 am:
• Down Town section of Leeward Highway
• Butterfield Drive
• Sections of Blue Hills Road and Kew Town

All flags are to be flown half-mast from today until the date of the funeral.

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 



#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust



February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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