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Students to learn about Anti-doping via Curriculum

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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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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.

 

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