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Students to learn about Anti-doping via Curriculum



KINGSTON, Feb. 2 (JIS): The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has indicated plans to introduce anti-doping to students via the school curriculum, as it places emphasis on preventative education as part of its focus areas.

Executive Director of JADCO, Carey Brown, said “the idea is to train [junior athletes] early, so that instead of them wanting to try a prohibited substance or method, they will know the ills of doing this and so it will prevent them from even being tempted.”

The Executive Director was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held last Friday (January 30), at the agency’s head office.

He said JADCO will be working with the relevant agencies to develop the curriculum to be taught in schools as early as the primary level.

“There is greater emphasis on preventative education. It’s not just about testing but also about the issue of fair play and ethics, so that our juniors will understand the need to be honourable in their dealings in sport and there is also greater emphasis on preventative education,” said Mr. Brown.

On the issue of minors violating anti-doping regulations, the JADCO head reminded that the sanctions remain the same as that of senior athletes and therefore stressed the importance of compliant support personnel.

“If a minor turns up with an adverse analytical finding it is incumbent on us to investigate that case. There is again the great emphasis on athlete support personnel, because a lot of times the minors are not in a position to get hold of these banned substances, it has to be someone administering it to them,” he said.
The 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code stipulates that if an athlete is found in violation of anti-doping rules, he can be sanctioned for up to four years. Previously, athletes were sanctioned for up to two years.
Mr. Brown pointed out that when JADCO does begin testing junior athletes they will be fully protected as the athlete’s adult representative will always be present during the process.

“The minors will have their representative when they go into the doping control station and when they are passing their samples. The minors can opt to have the representative watching the doping control officer or the minors can opt to have the representative come around and watch the process. Also, when we do start out of competition testing for minors, the best practice which we are going to engage is to have an adult at the home. The key factor is always to have an adult present,” he informed.

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Dominican poachers caught



#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – Several Dominican fishermen were caught in the midst of poaching from the Turks and Caicos waters last week.

A report from the Fisheries and Maritime Department and Marine Police, indicated the illegal fishermen were spotted in the vicinity of Bush Cay on September 18th.  The men were arrested and around six bags of fish recovered.

“We will not tolerate illegal fishing activities that threaten the delicate balance of our marine environment and the livelihoods of our people,” says Josephine Connolly, Minister with responsibility for Fisheries and Resources.

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Accused Sexual Degenerate Daddy case is held up; insufficient Jury



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter



#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – A 31-year-old Providenciales man is accused of sexual abuse of his own daughter during the pandemic lockdown of 2020; the complainant is his own child.

We will give only the initials of that man, DF, in an effort to protect the young accuser.  DF is also facing two counts of sexual assault; one count of indecent assault and he has to answer to one count of sexual activity with a child family member.

DF, who appeared in the Supreme Court on Monday and Tuesday (September 25th & September 26th) to be tried, had his case stalled due to insufficient jury attendance on both days.

The mother came in support of her daughter on both days; the daughter is ready to testify against her father for what she is alleging happened to her between the June 1 and August 31 in 2020; a period of three months during the COVID lock down.

The case was adjourned to November 6, 2023 by The Hon. Lady Justice Ms. Tanya Lobban Jackson with thanks and apology to all 14/15 jurors who came and had to wait hours on both days and to all other parties involved in the matter that did not proceed.

The defendant, who is on bail in this matter, bail was extended to the new trial date.

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No direct hit but Tropical Storm Ophelia impacted TCI



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – Turks and Caicos residents are reconnected following inclement weather that caused disruptions in service from providers FortisTCI and Flow over the weekend.

It also affected several community services like the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex.

The heavy showers forecast to last just over two hours were caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia.

Grace Bay, Chalk Sound and Blue Hills lost electricity, while South Caicos, Ambergris Cay, Grand Turk & Bambarra experienced delays in getting Flow mobile and landline services restored after a power surge because the stormy conditions hampered movement.

Crews from these providers were deployed once it was safe to carry out repairs and services were restored.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, (TCIAA) also suspended air traffic at the islands’ airports for a few hours while the storm passed overhead.

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