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Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 1, 2018 — About one mile of sidewalks is currently being added to the infrastructure of native communities; and the simple addition of these concrete pathways throughout Glass Shack and Kew Town are notably historic.

“That roadwork project is a continuation of the Glass Shack round about rebuilding project, it is the second phase.  Now you will notice that all the roads in Glass Shack, including side roads are properly paved.  Right now they are on their last leg in the down town, Kew Town area.  They are actually hold up for the time being for Fortis to move their poles back a little so that they can handle the down town round-about and going into Walter Cox drive into the Kew Town area.”

Magnetic Media continues to advocate for greater consideration to be given to the pedestrian public of Providenciales who were seemingly forgotten as roadways and highways were developed in the island.

No pedestrian crossings on Leeward Highway.  No pedestrian crossings on Millennium Highway. And there had been no sidewalks anywhere beyond the Blue Hills round about heading northwest… until now.

“Sidewalks are also going in place and that is because of our new policy of making sure that pedestrians have some place to walk, instead of walking in the street.  All new road construction from here on in, will be done with sidewalks properly…”

Minister Goldray Ewing shared that the concrete work has a dual benefit.  

“Roads without sidewalks or curves continue to have these big gouges eaten out of the sides of the road, and to combat that action by heavy equipment we need to put curves and sidewalks on all roads.”

The TCI Cabinet on February 28, 2018 agreed to a company to complete the National Physical Development Plan which will mean more infrastructural enhancements nationally for these islands.

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Dog Tales to rescue 500 dogs from the Turks and Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Stray dogs in the Turks and Caicos will be getting a new lease on life in the coming months as Dog Tales Rescue will be coming to the islands. Up to 500 stray Dogs will be recovered from Grand Turk and flown to Canada in a bid to control the dog population and give the existing strays better lives. The visit has been approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands government who revealed the project in a cabinet meeting on May 31st.

Dog Tales rescue is a Canadian-based rescue mostly focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. The sanctuary is massive, sitting on over 50 acres of land. It was started in 2014 by husband and wife duo Rob and Danielle Eden-Scheinberg.  The animals at Dog Tales Rescue get the 5-star treatment (as they should!) while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes.  The rescue provides a space for neglected and abused dogs to heal with resources including kilometers of walking trails, therapy pools, a grooming spa, and medical care if needed.  Dog Tales does not put dogs down, those who are not adopted immediately remain with the sanctuary permanently.  Since 2014 more than 2000 dogs have passed through the sanctuary.

Rather than kennels the dogs at Dog Tale have rooms that they share or occupy alone and the sanctuary really jazzes up the spaces making them as luxurious as possible.  The volunteers at the sanctuary also actively use social media to campaign for potential adoptees by doing photoshoots to entice families to take the chance to adopt animals. Soon strays from the Turks and Caicos will be in that number.  You can see Dog Tales’ most recent photoshoot here.

Dog Tales even had a TV show back in 2018 that lasted for 2 seasons!

The TCIG says they will provide “logistical and regulatory support” for the program but Dog Tales will be funding the recovery and everything else on their own. You can donate to Dog Tales here

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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