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Nutrition in Demand and Move-a-thonTCI attracts International Runners



#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2018 – Providenciales –  A crisp, cool morning; a brisk breeze is blowing and the moon is high and shining bright before it gives way to a beautiful sunrise!  This was the backdrop of Move-a-thonTCI 2018.  This event was held this past Saturday on January 13th and from everyone present, was IMG_4786another smashing success!  This 5k, 10k and half marathon fundraising event is in its seventh year and is the first local athletic event in each New Year.  It is held every second weekend in January and is seen as a way to help participants kick start their new Year’s Resolutions of living a healthier lifestyle.

For the first time in Turks & Caicos Island history, international runners came in to run a full marathon.  Organizer of the event and Registered Dietitian, Mrs. Tamika Handfield said, “Adding the full marathon was daunting yet very exciting!  We are pleased to show that Sports Tourism can be a reality in our Beautiful by Nature country.”  Runners in the full marathon, took to the streets at 5:00am; while participants in the 5k, 10k and half marathon distances began at 6:00am.

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As in previous years, Move-a-thonTCI was held at the Children’s Park in the Lower Bight.  Before the participants left to walk, run or cycle the various distances, personal trainer from Graceway Sports Center, Adina Ciurar, provided a stretching/warm-up session for everyone.   Once they returned from the route, health professionals from various medical disciplines were set up and ready to disseminate free medical information.

IMG_4792This year, with the help of our corporate sponsors and participants, we were able to raise quite a bit of funds.  It is still too early to give a figure, but we will do so as soon as we can.   All of the funds raised during this event, goes to help Nutrition in Demand continue its mandate of raising awareness to the importance of health and healthy eating.  This is done through a variety of projects: workshops, nutrition education and culinary classes, KidFit—an exercise program geared toward children, summer camps and writing informative articles and blogs for newspapers and magazines.

Mrs. Handfield said, “We believe knowledge is power.   So, these much needed funds will help us to teach others how to make better, informed food choices.”   She also added, “I am thrilled at the turn out!!  Our records show that well over 200 persons registered and participated in this year’s Move-a-thon!  I am always humbled at the support this event gets every year.  I must say thank you to all of our corporate sponsors because this event would not be as successful as it was without their support.”

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IMG_4782Corporate sponsors to the event included: Colonial Insurance, Long Bay Storage, Grace Bay Pharmacy, Graceway Supermarkets, Ports of Call Resorts, Grace Bay Car Rental, Provo Water, People’s Television (PTV), Spotlight Communications, The Hartling Group, Magnetic Media, The Sun Newspaper, Miller & Simons, Turks & Caicos Banking, Seven Stars, J S Johnson, Scotia Bank, FLOW, Dolmen Construction, GK Insurance, Blue Loos, Sun Oil, Sunny Foods, Prime DJ’s, Isle Help, Fortis TCI, ACCU Diagnostics and Coca Cola.  We must also say a huge thanks to the community of Providenciales, all of the volunteers who gave of their time, the staff of EMS, The Red Cross, Mr. Kevin Clarke and the Royal Turks & Caicos Police Force.  Until next year, January 12, 2019.



Tamika Handfield MS, RD 

Nutrition in Demand 


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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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