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Tourist Board launches Caribbean Primary School Tourism Writing Competition 2017

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Turks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), today launched its Caribbean Primary School Tourism Writing Competition for 2017 in celebration of CTO’s ‘Year of Adventure in the Caribbean’ campaign.

The writing competition commences March 28th – May 1st, 2017 for children within two age groups – 8-10 years and 10-12 years. The competition seeks to encourage both formal and creative writing submissions related to strengthening tourism development in the region. The formal writing stream may only include works that count as either essays or prose, while the creative writing stream may only include works that count as poems or short stories. Participants are only eligible to submit an entry for one category.

A local judging panel will review all submissions and determine the four winning entries, two per age group, which will be forwarded to CTO for the regional finals. Winners will be determined based on the following criteria: knowledge of tourism, originality of ideas, expression of self, organization of thoughts, and grammar. The writing topics given by CTO focus on sustainable tourism or adventure within the participants’ home country.

Through ‘The Year of Adventure in the Caribbean’ campaign, CTO and its member countries and hotels will highlight the Caribbean as the leading choice for a vacation filled with adventure. The campaign will celebrate everything from adrenaline-pumping active pursuits, to local culture, and casually sampling experiences unique to a specific CTO destination.

“Adventure comes in different degrees for travelers. For some, it is zip lining high above a valley or speeding around a motor racing circuit. For others, an adventure is simply exploring local communities to learn their language and customs, and teasing the senses with new cultural and culinary experiences,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of CTO.

At today’s competition launch, Blythe Clare, Training Manager for the Tourist Board, also presented representatives from the Department of Education and the Principals from the Government and Private Primary schools with copies of CTO’s tourism magazine, ‘Making Waves’. The magazine, created for children between the ages of 8-11, aims to educate young Caribbean minds about the diversity of the tourism sector and its importance to the region. The magazine covers a host of tourism topics, environmental issues and jobs available in the industry through colorful, factual and fun-filled presentations.

In addition to the ideas and competitions provided by CTO, each member country will develop their own plan of action for promoting adventure in their individual destinations. The theme is inclusive of a wide range of partners, activities, age ranges and tastes.

The 2017 Caribbean Year of Adventure will also be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travelers and vacation planners to share their experiences and ideas of an adventure-filled Caribbean vacation throughout 2017.

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

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How to protect against HIV 

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Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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