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TCI Preliminary 2015 Electoral List to be Published Friday January 30 2015

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Providenciales, 29 Jan 2015 – Turks and Caicos Islanders will be given the opportunity to view the 2015 Preliminary Electors list from Friday 30th January 2015. The Preliminary list of voters will be posted at 70 locations across the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“After the publication of the Preliminary List, voters will have fourteen (14) days to scrutinize it and to make any claims or objections” said Supervisor of Elections Dudley Lewis.

“Electors can make claims on their own or on behalf of others, as set out in Form 3 in Schedule 1 of the Elections Ordinance. Similarly, objections can be made as set out in Form 4 in Schedule 1.”

He also stated; “An elector who is off Island for the next two weeks may appoint an agent to act on his/her behalf as set out in Form 3 in Schedule 1. The Agent must produce a sworn affidavit that they are acting on the Claimant’s behalf.”

All Forms can be obtained from the Elections Office in Grand Turk and Providenciales and the District Commissioner’s Officers.

The Preliminary List of Electors is available for viewing in the 10 Electoral Districts from today, Friday January 30, 2015 at the following locations:

ELECTORAL DISTRICTS PLACE

ED 1 – Grand Turk North Fulford’s Gas Station
Dominican Supermarket (Pond Street)
E & R Supermarket (West Road)
Durham’s Home Centre
Dominican Supermarket (Over Back)
John Missick Bar

ED 2 – Grand Turk South and Salt Cay Cee’s Food Centre
Mozey’s Cozy Corner Store
Palm Grove Variety Store
Do-it Centre
Tom’s Mini Mart
Grand Turk Library
Dominican Supermarket (Back Salina)
Grand Turk International Airport
DC’s Office (Salt Cay)
Community Centre (Salt Cay)
Circle G Food Store

ED 3 – South Caicos Airport Terminal
District Commissioner’s Office
Sea View Marina
Super Value Supermarket
G & H Enterprise

ED 4 – Middle and North Caicos District Commissioner’s Office (Conch Bar)
Community Centre (Bambara)
Government Clinic (Lorimers)
District Commissioner’s Office (Bottle Creek)
Airport Terminal
Kevin’s Enterprise
Digicel Store (Bottle Creek)
Community Centre (Kew)
Community Centre (Whitby)
Community Centre (Sandy Point)

ED 5 – Leeward Mini Golf Club
TCI Ferry Service
K.K. & T Auto Rental
I B O Store
Tropical Plaza Gas Station

ED 6 – The Bight Smokey’s Restaurant
PTV’s General Office
Ocean Club Convenience Store
Kathleen’s 7-11

ED 7 – Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill The Library
Grant’s Gas Station
Elite Sports Club
The Post Office
Betty’s Store (Kew Town)
Black’s Store (kew Town)
Chinson’s Grill Shack
Discount Liquors
Provo Discount Store
H & C Variety Store

ED 8 – Blue Hills Doreen’s Club
Keyse’s Variety Store
J & m Fair Trade
Carrington’s Store

ED 9 – Five Cays Mackey’s Automotive
Kitch’s Restaurant
Hole in the wall Restaurant
Gilley’s Café, International Airport
5 Cays Electronic Store
Walkin Service Station
I B O Store
Liz Bakery
Solomon’s Store
Arawak Shipping

ED 10 – Wheeland Grant’s Gas Station
Froggies on the Beach
B & J Restaurant
3 Queens Restaurant & Bar

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Omicron results in 267,000 case record for USA, eclipsing even Delta

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, December 31, 2021 – The US has broken its record for most daily coronavirus cases with a massive 267,000 cases recorded on Tuesday. The information was courtesy of data prepared by the New York Times about infection rates.

The Omicron variant now accounts for more than half of the cases in the country.

Information the Times released said, “The country is averaging more than 260,000 new cases a day, surpassing the peak levels from last winter. Infection rates are especially high in parts of the Northeast and Midwest. Though breakthrough infections are common with Omicron, scientists say vaccinated people, especially those who have received booster shots, have protection against severe cases and death.”

Despite the steep increase there is a silver lining. The same data that shows the increase also shows that hospitalizations and deaths remain at a steady rate and that rate is much lower than variants like Delta.

Amidst the drastic increase the Centers for Disease Control has slashed its recommendations for quarantine days in half, after which a COVID patient may leave quarantine without testing. There has been much controversy surrounding the issue with accusations of capitalism being slung toward the entity.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky defended the decision saying, “What we do know is about 85 percent to 90 percent of viral transmission happens in those first five days, which is why we really want people to stay home during that period of time.”

She said masks should be worn for five days after quarantine to prevent the final 10 per cent to 15 per cent of possible transmission.

Walensky did not explain the efficiency of a 10 quarantine vs the new five day quarantine or say if this was expected to lead to an uptick in cases.

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Deadly Salad Mix Recall in US; TCI seems unaffected

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By Shanieka Smith

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#December 24, 2021 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating an outbreak related to packaged salads that have killed about three people, and 22 have been hospitalised due to fears over Listeria infection.

As a result, Fresh Express has recalled salad products from approximately 19 states on Monday.

Recalls were made in Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Indiana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Massachusetts.

The brands recalled are Fresh Express, Bowl & Basket, Giant Eagle, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, O Organics, Signature Farms, Simply Nature, Weis Fresh from the Field, and Wellsley Farms Organic.

The CDC advised that anyone who has purchased the recalled items should discard them and properly sanitise their refrigerators to avoid contracting the associated bacteria called listeria.

Listeria may cause headaches, stiff neck, confusion, and fever.

Local grocer, Sunny Foods confirmed that the recall does not impact his store and it may be the same for others in country.

The TCI Government had not replied up to news time to a query about whether the recall affects this market.

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TC Reef Fund gives a Financial & Projects Report

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TurksandCaicos, December 7, 2021 – The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, the local environmental non-profit, announced a successful fiscal year.  Approximately $114,058 dollars was raised in 2021. The expenses of the organization, however, outweighed the revenues. For the fiscal year, it was about $128,984 dollars.

The largest source of revenue came from donations designated for specific projects. Nearly half of the fiscal year’s revenue came from individual donations and memberships.  Don Stark, Chairman of the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, said the ongoing success of fund-raising contributed to hiring their first full-time Executive Director in 2021, Mrs. Alizée Zimmermann.

“I have been very happy to become a major part of the TCRF as the Executive Director,” said Alizée Zimmermann. “TCRF has accomplished so much since 2010 and I hope that we will continue to be a leader in environmental advocacy not only in the TCI, but also regionally. We are already considered a regional leader in the battle with SCTLD. I am also happy to say that in 2021 we have expanded our volunteer network to over 100 residents who donate their time to assist TCRF with our various projects.  We could not accomplish the things we do without the support we receive from these generous volunteers.”

Since 2010, when the organization was founded, $1.4 million dollars have been raised without the government’s contribution.  About $924,000, which is, 67 per cent of the money, has been used to support environmental projects in the TCI.

Its largest project, which started in 2012, is installing and maintaining dive and snorkel boat moorings. Stark said the project’s cost is now at 287 thousand dollars.

“That’s $287,000 that TCRF has essentially donated to the TCIG, since once we install a mooring in a marine park, it becomes Government property,” said Stark.

He added that over $43, 000 had been invested in education and outreach programs.

Alizée Zimmermann, Executive Director of the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, said they expanded their volunteer network to over 100 residents.

The Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease project, which dominated the expenses, came to almost $37,000. Also, moorings which were over $24,000 accounted for a large part of the project expense.

The third-largest project expense was the Smith’s Reef Rehabilitation and Improvements project. It was about $10,585 dollars for the year.

 

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