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SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT 2018

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#TurksandCaicos, May 02, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education is hereby informing the public that the deadline for applications for international scholarships, with the inclusion of ALL required documentation, has been deferred to May 31th, 2018 and for local applicants the deadline has been extended to August 17th, 2018.  The deadlines have been deferred due to the limited number of applications being received by the Ministry.  In accordance with the Scholarship Policy, the Scholarship Committee will award scholarships to successful applicants in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Youth Development Work
  • Technical Vocational Education (Plumbing, Electricity, Construction, Auto Mechanics etc.)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands Community College – Associate and Bachelor Degree programmes and;

From priority areas listed below:

Institutions Recommended (2018) Areas of Priority (2018) Areas of Priority (2018)
The Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands Community College

Mico University College

Shortwood Teacher’s College

University of the West Indies (All Campuses)

UWI School of Nursing

University of Technology

Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of the Bahamas

 

 

United Kingdom

University of Nottingham

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

Bristol University

University of Manchester

Oxford Brooks University

University College of London

London School of Economics

Cambridge

University of Newcastle

Imperial College

Warwick University

Education

(Max. Award = $30,000/yr):

 

Primary Education

All areas

 

Secondary Education:

Science

Mathematics

Physical Education

Foreign Languages

Education Management

Counseling

 

Health:

(Max. Award = $35,000/yr)

Medical Technology

Nursing (General & Public Health)

Emergency Medical Care Technician (EMTs)

Rehab Technicians

 

Engineering:

(Max. Award = $35,000/yr)

Structural

Electrical

Civil

Mechanical

Marine

Sciences:

(Max. Award = $35,000/yr)

Environmental Science

Agriculture

Marine Biology

Horticulture

Forensic Science

Veterinary Science

 

Technical / Vocational:

(Max. Award = $30,000/yr)

Culinary Arts / Food Sciences

Plumbing

Electrical

Mechanics (Auto and Aviation)

Technical skills (Construction Focus)

Spa Services Technician

Land Survey

 

Liberal Arts:

(Max. Award = $30,000/yr)

Legal/Paralegal studies

Social Work / Counseling

Library Science

Disaster Management

Estate Management

 

NB: This list is the 2018 approved modifications to the 2011 Scholarship Policy booklet.

 

ALL Universities must be found to be fully accredited

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Scholarships and grants may be awarded to persons who satisfy the following criteria. To be eligible for any category of scholarship, the applicant must –

 

  1. Be a Turks and Caicos Islander, and reside in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  1. Have completed secondary education at any of the high schools, post-secondary education at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, British West Indies Collegiate, or any other 6th form College in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  1. Have no fewer than 3 passes in external exams for local scholarships or 5 passes for international scholarships in (CXC-CSEC, IGCSE, GCE) at Grade II/B or above.
  1. Produce evidence of acceptance in an accredited institution, approved by the Ministry of Education, to pursue a course identified in the priority areas.
  1. If a graduate of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, have a minimum Grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent B grade.
  1. If a Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Servant, produce evidence of approval from the Human Resource Management Directorate, through his/her Head of Department.
  1. Submit a completed application form and all supporting documents required for assessment by the Scholarship Board.

 

Applications must be submitted on the standard application form available at the Ministry of Education or Education Department, Providenciales. National Scholar Awardees must also submit a completed application package. International Scholarships will NOT be awarded to applicants wishing to pursue an equivalent course of study that is being offered by the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College.

Application packages should be forwarded to the Secretary of the Scholarship Board, Ministry of Education, Grand Turk, or the Education Department, Providenciales. All applications must be received on or before May 31th 2018 for international applicants and August 17th, 2018 for local applicants.

Applicants who receive a full or partial scholarship shall be required to sign a bond agreement with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, prior to commencement of payment.

 

Release: TCIG

 

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.

 

Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.

Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.

That power has now been transferred from the Governor to the Chief Justice.

Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.

Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.

“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.

In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.

Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.

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Young People in TCI are having sex, Rapport wants to ensure they’re doing it safe

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By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff

 

#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Young people in the Turks and Caicos are very sexually active and while there are no concrete statistics, the newest members of the Rapport all said “Yes” to the question about whether there is rampant sexual activity.

“As a young person I totally agree that they are having a lot of sex,” Arean Louis said.

This is particularly concerning given wider statistics point to a very young age group which is still contracting HIV/Aids.

“Caribbean statistics are showing that between the ages of 15 and 25 those have the highest amount of HIV rates.”

A five person delegation was this past  week representing the Turks and Caicos Islands at the International Aids Conference, staged in Montreal, Canada July 29 – August 2, 2022.

Young adult members of Rapport TCI all agree that youth in the TCI must be made aware of HIV and other STIs. Arean Louis, Denae Dennie and Arielle Neely spoke to Magnetic Media on their way to the International AIDS Conference.

All three agreed that our young people are having a lot of sex.

“I would say that our young people are having sec the only thing that I would say is I hope that they are letting their partners know their sexual history, their status, and that they’re being safe.” Dennie said.

Louis added, “As we talk about HIV and AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands we most definitely need to bring awareness to our young people because there is no set age— kids nowadays just like to experiment.”

He stressed safe sex, using protection and abstinence to maintain sexual health.

“What we aim to do is keep them safe here, we’re tired and we don’t want to see anymore STD and STI new cases in the Turks and Caicos.”

Dennie says she still thinks there is fear surrounding HIV but with education and protection, the world can get to zero new cases and it was something she was looking forward to.

The final member Arielle Neely explained that there were not enough tools and resources to educate youth.

“There are not enough tools or enough record to educate them. Our parents think they’re doing a good job by telling us don’t have sex but telling us don’t have sex isn’t enough. You have to teach us about birth control planned parenthood.”

The three members had high hopes for Rapport and stressed that they need more members to make an effective change on sexual health in the TCI.

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