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Aspiring TCI pilot featured in international TV show, Clarke gets showcase on The Aviators



GRAND TURK, #TurksandCaicos – December 12, 2017 – Partial funding in a Turks and Caicos government grant ended too soon for Turks and Caicos islander, Compton Clarke.  Clarke is 21 years old and dreams of becoming a pilot, flying the Turks and Caicos skies as an aviation professional instead of only as a passenger.

Compton, a 2014 graduate of Helena J. Robinson High school said he is saving now to continue his education to become a pilot, but the struggle has given him greater focus and a determination to establish a club or flying school to help other young men and women of these islands who share his career objective.

Compton Clarke is an impressive young man and it is not just Magnetic Media which thinks so.  compton clarke 2

In 2016 The Aviators TV show featured the islander in a lovable interview as a budding airman, with a great spirit and grand personality.

Clarke shared the YouTube video with us and we were dazzled by his native charm and endearing story.

“It felt amazing when I was asked to do it, I didn’t know how to react.  It was actually my first time flying a plane and being on television,” explained young Compton Clarke.

Thirty-five aircraft flew for 13 days to a select set of islands in the Caribbean.  The Turks and Caicos was the launching point for the audacious air rally, which has been going strong since 2003.   This year, The Aviators in Episode 703 followed a journey that was both fun and fundraiser.

“This particular rally is a fundraising event that supports the educational programs of Aviation Connection.  A charitable organization that offers an aerospace training program to high school students designed to introduce them to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” – From The Aviators

It was the Governor General’s Cup Caribbean Air Rally that kicked off from the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk, the country’s capital and of all of the people in the Turks and Caicos who could have been singled out for a feature in The Aviators show following the rally, the organization selected young Clarke.

Compton Clarke, in a terrific interview and shaded by the Casuarina trees of the Sand Bar (destroyed by fire in March 2017) and backed up by the turquoise waves of the Atlantic Ocean talked about how his love for flying was born at the age of 5-years-old when he watched his father fly off on a business trip from the Grand Turk airport.

His inaugural flight was in a Pipistrel Sinus, which Clarke says he learned about as he was viewing the 30 plus planes parked at the #JAGSMcCartneyInternational airport.  The aspiring pilot told Magnetic Media that he flew it for about an hour and that it is a powered glider.

“We actually cut the engines to do wing-overs, stalls and turns and we also glided, with the engine off and made it past Salt Cay.  It was really a lot of fun.”  compton clarke 1

In watching Episode 703, there are some other familiar scenes and faces including former Governor Peter Beckingham who hosted the opening of the air rally at Waterloo; gift bags from the TCI Tourist Board were in there, the stunning #GrandTurk shoreline where cruise ship passengers soak up the sun, breathtakingly beautiful aerial views of GT and curious, smiling students of Newman’s Preparatory, Eliza Simons and Ona Glinton – all primary schools on the island.

The other stops on the Governor General’s Cup Caribbean Air Rally included St Croix, Tortola, Antigua, Tortola and Exuma.

Magnetic Media is a Telly Award winning multi-media company specializing in creating compelling and socially uplifting TV and Radio broadcast programming as a means for advertising and public relations exposure for its clients.

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The fastest internet just got even faster…for the same great price


Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 1st, December 2021 –  Digicel+ is gifting The Turks and Caicos Islands faster home fibre speeds for Christmas, and beyond. Fulfilling the brand promise of Simply More (more power, more speed and more reliability), customers will now benefit from up to 2x faster download speeds on broadband and bundle plans.

This is all about a better experience for customers, and not about the cost. This free upgrade gives Digicel+ customers an even better home fibre internet experience, for anyone, on any device. And as part and parcel of the digital lifestyle, Digicel+ is the gateway to a Smart Life, which means that state-of-the-art Smart Solutions like Smart Homes and Smart Security are no longer just concepts, but a powerful reality.

Addison Stoddard CEO of Digicel TCI said, “This Christmas, we’re excited to reward customers with a super slick, superfast, super reliable home fibre experience, underpinned by service delivery that is, of course, second to none. Our entry-level plans are the fastest on the island and this puts us head and shoulders above any other internet offering in the country.”

The upgraded packages now start with download speeds of 50Mbps, and go up to 300Mbps for the speed demons and heavy gamers out there. This allows the Turks and Caicos Islands to connect to the global knowledge economy, have amazing entertainment options, and power their personal and professional experiences, thanks to these new superfast internet speeds.

Addison Stoddard continued, “It’s more of what our customers expect; more of what they want and it’s another way that we can be a part of our customers’ digital lives – at home, on the go, anywhere and everywhere. Simply put, Digicel+ is simply more.”

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified the importance of having a steady, powerful and reliable home internet connection, mainly due to many schools going online and parents working remotely. Now, with even faster internet speeds, customers get the best home fibre experience every time. This provides opportunities for MORE working, MORE schooling, MORE gaming, and MORE streaming with Digicel+.

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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer



Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!


November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”


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PDM Deputy Leader lends to Beach Vending Bill debate from outside Parliament



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – The Opposition party says the new Beach and Coastal Vending bill does not provide adequate protection for TCI vendors.

This came from Deputy Leader of the PDM Robert Been, in an open letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly earlier today.

The Deputy Leader who claimed to be in direct contact with vendors in Sapodilla say while there are several provisions for penalties against the vendors in the bill it does not ‘adequately address the protection of vendors rights.’

The PDM referenced incidents of abuse from homeowners against vendors and said, “These homeowners, very often, insult and threaten vendors which is humiliating…There needs to be, in the law, something that clearly penalizes any overreaching harassment by property owners…situated near vendors.”

The Opposition deputy leader also said the Premier’s claim that the reshuffle of vendors will not affect their earnings was ‘misleading’ and ‘held no truth.’ They added that the section of roadway cited for the relocation was a known hazard and tourists would likely not frequent the area.

The PDM had several other requests to make the bill a more viable one for vendors. Been insisted that the government produce a timeline for the temporary relocation and allocate funds for a stimulus in case of loss of earnings on the vendors’ part. They also requested to see compulsory marketing for the vendor markets and questioned the lack of any clear avenue for redress should the government default on its promises.

Finally the PDM Deputy Leader called for CCTV cameras to be installed at every vendor site for both the protection of vendors and their wares and objectivity in conflict resolution.

The office of the Premier has not yet responded to the letter. The bill will be debated in the House today (November 30).


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