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Bambarra Rum sponsors TCI Rally Team

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Hartling bambarra carProvidenciaes, 18 May 2015 – Stan Hartling and Paul Horton are heading to Barbados this week in preparation for the Rally Barbados international racing event, which is being held from Friday, May 29th until Sunday, May 31st.

The event is one of the largest motor sport events in the Caribbean with approximately 100 race teams competing from over 17 countries, including some from as far away as New Zealand.

Over 20,000 spectators normally line the roads at this annual Barbados event in a carnival type atmosphere, with music, food and drinks everywhere. This is the 25th year that Rally Barbados has been hosted so the festivities and attendance are expected to be at an all time high.

Bambarra Rum is helping to raise the profile of TCI in the event and is sponsoring the highly modified BMW M3 that will be driven by Stan Hartling. The BMW will be fully wrapped in Bambarra Rum livery as will be the team’s race suits and spectator shirts.

More than 25 people, including members of the Bambarra Rum organization, are scheduled to fly to Barbados to cheer on the Turks and Caicos team and enjoy the racing action.

Stan Hartling expressed his sincere gratitude and excitement to Hon. Galmo Williams and Althea Ewing Williams for their support in helping to bring more awareness to motorsport and to TCI’s involvement at such events. “Bambarra Rum is now the “Racing” Spirit of the Turks and Caicos Islands” he stated.

Hartling will be working hard to gain back some of his position against Horton after a shattered rim and shock tower left him out early in last month’s Shake Down event in Barbados.

Horton will be running his Mark I Vintage Escort that is boasting a new Duratec engine in the Super Modified 7 group, while Hartling’s BMW will be running in the Super Modified 12 class. Horton presently is going into the up coming event holding an impressive 1st place in SM7 with Hartling at 3rd in SM 12.

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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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