In efforts to promote healthy eating among students at the Enid Capron Primary School, Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Beaches Resorts, joined forces with Registered Dietician Tamika Handfield of Nutrition-in-Demand to bring a healthy eating seminar to hundreds of students this week.
The foundation has been very active in promoting healthy eating at its sponsored schools in Providenciales. Together with Mrs. Handfield the Sandals Foundation took the opportunity to not only provide whole-wheat and brand cereals to over five-hundred and thirty-three students at the Five Cays based school but also to provide them with healthy fruits and water.
Students were taught the importance of a balanced nutrition and the benefit of healthy eating so that they can make the healthy choices for themselves.
The entertaining health seminar hosted by Mrs. Handfield was geared towards empowering, encouraging, and motivating students to get fit. “It is always a pleasure working in collaboration with Beaches Turks & Caicos in giving back to the community. It is especially so being that March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month.” Said Tamika Handfield speaking on the initiative, “Nutrition in Demand’s main mandate is to provide credible, factual and scientifically proven nutrition education to the community. Working along with Beaches afforded us the opportunity to speak to over 500 students of the Enid Capron School about the importance and benefits of eating a healthy breakfast each day.”
The mid-morning session saw a group of enthusiastic students who all expressed interest in several exercise routines and asked questions about their favourite foods.
The Foundation is no stranger to the health and wellness arena. Over the years the charity teamed up with the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the Wellness and National Health Planning to bring health awareness and distribute fruits and low-fat yogurts to over 1,500 students in providenciales.
PR Manager for the Beaches resort Elanor Finfin Krzanowski who spear headed project for the Sandals Foundation also commented on the importance of the event by saying the following, “Teaching the importance of healthy eating to the students of our sponsored schools is a priority for the Sandals Foundation.” She continued, “A well-rounded education not only includes academics but also the knowledge of how to maintain a physical healthy lifestyle. It is the goal of the Sandals Foundation to promote healthy nutrition as well as the importance of a balanced diet and our first step is to provide the fruits to every student of Enid Capron while teaching these basic life-altering skills.”
Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP
#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.The run for party leader was a risky maneuver by Saunders, son of former PNP Party leader and Chief Minister Norman Saunders. Delegates cast votes, giving E Jay Saunders 58 votes and Washington Misick 88. The elder statesman convincingly retaining delegates’ confidence. It is also reported that, based on the PNP Constitution, Saunders needed 70% support from delegates in a preliminary run off. He was unable to secure that much backing. A constitutional motion to change the selection process of the deputy leader to a delegate vote reportedly failed. It is therefore unclear what the immediate future, politically is for Saunders whose party and government roles are hinged on Washington Misick’s prerogative to have him or someone else in these posts. However Misick is already promoting a strict focus on uniting the party following the NGC meeting held at the Shore Club.It has been a contentious battle today at the PNPs National General Congress (NGC) for party leadership with interest coming from: Jas Walkin, the party’s 2021 campaign manager who this week publicly withdrew his bid; Dameko Dean, former Wheeland candidate who had published an article revealing his quest to lead the PNP and E Jay Saunders who today unsuccessfully challenged MISICK for the role. Saunders has tried for leader before and has served as the party’s deputy leader, at the pleasure and selection of Washington Misick since June 2019.
TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers
#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – Attacks against several of its staff members last week have forced the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to reassess its security.
“The college is robustly ending in immediate steps to review and reinforce our campus security protocols,” said a February 16 letter to staff seen by Magnetic Media.
The letter puts the date of the incidents as February 15th at one of its Providenciales campuses.
In the first, a male member of staff was attacked and his car stolen after he left a meeting. When Magnetic Media queried police about the event, they released additional details of the robbery.
We were told around 9:15 pm, Thursday February 15, a 39-year-old male and his colleagues were leaving the TCI Community College Campus, Princess Drive, Providenciales, when a group of men surrounded his vehicle.
The man, noticing that one of the men had stopped at the rear of the vehicle, approached him to investigate and was struck on the head. In the immediate aftermath, the assailants escaped in the victim’s car, leaving the TCICC staff member injured at the scene.
The victim was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center by police officers, and up until news production time, the car had not yet been recovered.
Following this incident, the Community College also revealed that a car chase had taken place.
A female member of staff this time, was chased down by suspected criminals as she left the campus. The employee managed to outdrive the people pursuing her and arrive safely at her destination, but she was described as shaken.
Now both, police officers and campus administration are urging residents to remain vigilant, especially when heading into their cars at night.
Safety tips that can help residents avoid attack, robbery, injury, or worse include:
- Stay alert when heading to your vehicle; don’t be distracted by your phone; pay attention to your surroundings.
- if you see anything or anyone suspicious, do not investigate on your own; go back and get a security guard or similar personnel to assist.
- Have your keys ready in your hands before approaching your car, so you can enter the safety of your vehicle immediately.
The police have not yet arrested anyone for the robbery attack against the employee.
Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights
#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – On Thursday, 8th February 2024, between 9 am – and 2 pm, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a Career Day event at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Providenciales.
Under the theme “Be aware, choose a career”, the RTCIPF showcased the many career options available in policing.
Members of the Community Policing Unit, Safeguarding and Public Protection, Anti-Gang and Drugs Unit, Marine Branch, Traffic Enforcement, Air Support Unit and Mechanical Department were present. Officers answered questions posed by the young, impressionable minds.
Insp Ensa Wilson lectured students on various topics, including: “Good Touch, Bad Touch”, alerting adults to inappropriate situations and the importance of calling 911.
Students were asked questions following the lecture and were given RTCIPF tokens.
Sgt. Kavin Mars, along with PC Fitzlewis McDonald and Kiyon Doughty of the Anti Gang and Drug Unit, freestyled “Don’t Huff, Don’t Puff, Don’t Do That Stuff” and warned students of the dangers –health and legal – of using drugs.
Superintendent (Community Policing and Divisions) Dwight Gardiner commended the school’s initiative and applauded the representation of officers present.
Supt. Gardiner said: “Career Days often highlight the importance of community policing and underscore law enforcement’s vital role in fostering trust, collaboration, and safety within neighbourhoods.
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