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New TCI Kidfit to benefit from Move-a-thon 2018

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#TurksandCaicos, December 31, 2017 – Providenciales – A new program is coming to encourage healthier lifestyles among our youngest residents thanks to Nutrition in Demand and Move-a-thonTCI 2018.  Kidfit will be launched this year, adding to half a dozen other nutrition outreach programs started by TCI Registered Nutritionist, Tamika Handfield.

IMG-20171231-WA0004“It is Nutrition in Demand’s biggest fundraiser and all funds raised for the running of the various programs in the community.  Some programs include: nutrition education workshops, disease prevention workshops, nutrition education and culinary classes for children and our newest program starting in 2018 will be KidFit….a exercise program just for children.  They will be engaged in physical activity through fun and interactive games.”

Handfield in speaking to Magnetic Media explained this sixth installment of her walk, run and cycle event is designed to jumpstart and undergird New Year’s goals for healthy living.

“Many people make New Year’s resolutions and many of those resolutions are health related.  Therefore, one of the main aims of Move-a-thon was to encourage residents to kick start their New Years resolutions.  This is why it is held so early in January.  We believe it’s the perfect time especially since so many of us over indulge during the holidays.  Over the years, Move-a-thonTCI has grown to become one of TCI’s premier sporting events.”

It is the first health-based community activity on the annual calendar, attracting hundreds of all ages – year after year – to the starting line at The Bight Park at 6am for IMG-20171231-WA0003a 5k or 10k or half marathon and full marathon, which is 26.2 miles.

“The organizing committee has prided itself on making #Move-a-thonTCI a family friendly event.   Everyone from 0-100 is welcomed to either walk, run, cycle or be pushed in a wheelchair.  The aim is just to get moving!  We have had toddlers being pushed by their mothers, older children on tricycles and we’ve even had a few dogs in previous years.  So, everyone is welcomed to join us on Jan 13th, 2018.”

The walk, run, cycle is capped off with a health fair featuring the island’s leading medical facilities and supporters of healthy living.

Registration opened just before Christmas and is ongoing. Secure the 5k at $20; 10k at $25; Half Marathon at $35 and Marathon at $65.  Contact Tamika Handfield: 649-442-3978 to join Move-a-thon2018.

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.

 

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