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SHANICE WILLIAMS REPRESENTS THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AT 63RD MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, Sunday January 25, 2015

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government extends congratulations to Miss Turks and Caicos Universe 2014, Shanice Williams who proudly represented The Turks and Caicos Islands at the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Florida, USA.

The twenty-one year old Grand Turk beauty was one of eighty-eight contestants vying for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2014 copped by Miss Columbia Paulina Vega, and fierce though the competition be, it was not enough to subdue the spirit of the Turks and Caicos Islands, nor did it shake the confidence of the country’s beauty queen Ambassador.

Residents rallied behind Ms. Williams throughout the past weeks leading up to last evening’s finals, and actively participated in online voting polls in their show of support. Ms. Williams also received extensive media coverage while in Doral and official photographs captured several of her moments in interviews and other events organized by the Pageant Committee.

The newly announced Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Porsha Stubbs-Smith who was among supporters present at the preliminaries and Costume competition in Doral remarked, “Shanice is a very talented young lady, of whom we are extremely proud. Her confidence was unwavering and she exhibited the very essence of the Turks and Caicos Islands Beautiful by Nature brand.”

Premier, Dr. the Hon. Rufus Ewing commented, “This is a very proud moment for Turks and Caicos Islanders. It was heart-warming to see the outpour of support that Shanice was shown and it proves that we can unite and be proud of who we are as a people, our heritage and everything that is Turks and Caicos. Shanice is our queen and I know that she did her best and that is all that matters.”

Premier Ewing also went on to recognize the efforts of the Miss Turks and Caicos Universe Pageant Committee and Chair, Mr. Kazz Forbes and the members and staff of the Tourist Board for their invaluable contribution. He commented, “I also want to congratulate the Tourist Board and Mr. Kazz Forbes and his committee for the 2014 production and especially their commitment to having our country so ably represented in the international arena. We must support our young professionals who are coming forward and leading on initiatives such as this as it not only brings a fresh approach and gives them the opportunity to make a contribution, but it also helps to cultivate and instill a greater sense of national pride in the generation of the future.”

Ms. Williams is scheduled to return to the country on Tuesday January 27, 2015.

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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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