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Turks and Caicos Welcomes Governor General’s Cup Caribbean Air Rally



Turks and Caicos, March 30, 2017 – Providenciales  – A fleet of vintage aircrafts will converge at the JAGS McCartney International Airport on April 3, 2017 as aviation enthusiasts from around the globe visit the destination for the launch of the eighth edition of the Governor General’s Cup Caribbean Air Rally.

The Governor General’s Cup Caribbean Air Rally is an annual event covered by major international aviation and travel magazines. Since its inception in 2001 the International Air Rally team has put together one of the largest international air rallies in the region. The purpose of the Air Rally is to promote the beauty, safety and the advantages of flying in the Caribbean, and through their coverage via various media outlets highlight the region as an ideal destination for General Aviation. The International Air Rally also provides training to junior pilots through their Mentoring Program, sponsored by Bombardier.

dsc_1202The Governor’s Office will host an evening cocktail for the pilots and the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture will host a welcome reception at the Bohio Resort where the Caribbean Air Rally will have its official start declared on Monday, April 3rd. The crew will enjoy a full day’s tour to some of the historical sites and touristic attractions on Grand Turk before departing to the island of Anguilla on Wednesday, April 5th.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph L. Higgs commented “The Turks and Caicos is in a unique position that allows us to celebrate the culture and love of aviation with the unparalleled beauty of our islands and our people. We are pleased to be a part of such an esteemed aviation event and look forward to hosting the upcoming Caribbean Air Rally.”

The Governor General’s Cup Caribbean Air Rally will visit the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, St. Eustatius, and St. Croix before returning to the Turks and Caicos Islands on April 14th for the grand finale and award ceremony in Providenciales. The Caribbean Air Rally will receive international broadcast on television in North America.

To date, over 500 pilots and aviation enthusiasts have traveled across Canada, the USA, the Caribbean and Latin America in what is usually 13 days of adventure. The Caribbean Air Rally is presented by Aviation Connection, a non-profit organization and official trustee of the Canadian Governor General’s Cup, and made possible by the support of participating Caribbean island’s Tourist Board Offices and Airport Operations.

For more information about this event, or to see media highlights from last year, kindly visit:

Press Release: TCI Tourist Board





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



#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.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 



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



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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