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Fulford confronts backlash, explains his stance on ‘treating’

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Providenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Mark Fulford, the PNP Candidate for North and Middle Caicos was among those stopped before holding a back to school event for children of his potential constituents after the Elections Office warned about ‘treating’ which is any gift given by candidates or those linked to candidates ahead or during a general election.
 
Mr. Fulford called the law faulty because among other things it calls an event corrupt even before it is proven to be so.
“If you observe section 70, it says any person who corruptly gives or provides or corruptly influences, aside from being grammatically incorrect Deandrea, it means that  if as a part of a corrupt action or enterprise, so that means that it has to be established that an event is part of a corrupt action.   I wonder if you can see the problem there, because when I wrote to the commissioner, I laid out the event in its entirety, and I said to them that if any of the items outline as  breach in any of the stipulations of the law, then I would be open to altar the event in order for it to fall within the stipulated guidelines.  No such suggestions were offered.” – Mark Fulford
 
Magnetic Media asked him about some comments he made in a media release issued to notify the children that his back to school jamboree was cancelled.  Did you usually give back to school gifts to the children of North and Middle, we wanted to know…
“Over the years, I’ve always done smaller events or provided individualized assistance to young people of the Turks and Caicos, and also to my Alma Mata the Raymond Gardiner High School.  As a private citizen, I’ve made annual donations to assist in various projects to assist my school.  I also have a robust internship program here at F. Chambers, and we’ve trained and provided opportunities to many young people from North and Middle, as well as other parts of the Turks and Caicos over the years.  My contribution was made in private, i’m now vying  for public office, so these efforts take on a public life.” – Mark Fulford
 
On popular social media thread on Facebook, Speak Your Mind TCI, there was criticism because the school bags planned for distribution to these non voting members of the community were PNP yellow. 
 
Mark Fulford said the bags were only meant as holding bags for the goodies to be put inside and that there was no Mark Fulford message, no vote for Mark on the bags and nothing about him on the bags.
 
The law of treating is not new and before the 2012 General Elections it was especially highlighted, we asked the PNP’s twin islands candidate why he waited until now to challenge the stipulation. 
 
“You know I can appreciate the comment, obviously i’m now running for office,  but I wrote to the electoral and integrity commissions just because my team and I wanted to obey the law and to be seen to care about being lawful, which is the truth, law must be precise and clear, that section is drafted very poorly, which is not the commission’s fault either, but their interpretation of it cannot make sense.” – Mark Fulford

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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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