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Constitution promises security, protection from prejudice and a happy life

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#TurksandCaicosIslands, July 2018 – Part one of the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution 2011 says:  Whereas every person in the Islands is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, without distinction of any kind, such as race, national or social origin, political or other opinion, colour, religion, language, creed, association with a national minority, property, sex, sexual orientation, birth or other status, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely—

(a)life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;

(b)freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association; and

(c)protection for his or her private and family life, the privacy of his or her home and other property and from deprivation of property save in the public interest and on payment of fair compensation,

the subsequent provisions of this Part shall have effect for the purpose of affording protection to the aforesaid rights and freedoms, and related rights and freedoms, subject to such limitations of that protection as are contained in those provisions, being limitations designed to ensure that the enjoyment of the said protected rights and freedoms by any individual does not prejudice the rights and freedoms of others or the public interest.

 

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Free Legal Advice via Zoom May 28th Meeting, says TCI Bar Council

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, May 23rd 2022 – The TCI Bar Council is pleased to announce that the TCI Bar Association is hosting an online Legal Advice Clinic for the public on Saturday, 28th May 2022 with a free initial consultation session with volunteer Turks and Caicos attorneys.

The effort is being spearheaded by the Pro Bono Committee of the TCI Bar Association led by David Cadman QC.  Mr.  Cadman QC said of the clinic‘The Bar’s Pro Bono Committee is immensely grateful to those Turks and Caicos attorneys who have pledged their commitment to this scheme for free preliminary legal assistance to the public. We hope that the Legal Advice Clinics will become a regular event and extend access to legal assistance as part of the Bar Association’s commitment to serving the community.”

Members of the public who wish to participate in the Legal Advice Clinic are invited to join by Zoom meeting using the following details on 28th May between 2pm and 4pm:

Meeting ID: 690 482 7049
Passcode: 7N53Ne

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87252772972?pwd=TDd1Tlk0aFRkTGhESWNqcm80NC9CZz09

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Ministry of Health Provides an Update on Monkeypox

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#TurksandCaicos, May 23, 2022 – The Ministry of Health and Human Services has been carefully monitoring reports of monkeypox which have been increasing and are being reported in multiple countries across Europe (Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden), the US, Canada and Australia.  12 countries which are not endemic for monkeypox, so far have reported at least 92 confirmed cases with 28 pending investigations.  More cases are likely to be reported as surveillance expands.

Although no cases have been reported in the Caribbean, it is important that persons are aware of the situation as it continues to evolve.

Monkeypox is a viral illness and is found in a number of countries in Central and West Africa.  The more recent news of spread to countries without known endemic disease is unusual.  Cases may occur in persons who have travelled from Nigeria or who have been in contact with persons with the confirmed illness.  Cases which have been reported since May 14 2022, have largely had no history of travel.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced that the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed in England since 6 May is 20.  The UKHSA initially identified one case of monkeypox on 7th May 2022 in an individual with a history of recent travel to Nigeria.  Subsequently, additional infections have been identified, some of which have been linked and others which have been unrelated.  This spread as well as the occurrence of cases in Europe and other countries has suggested the possibility of community spread.   Active investigations are ongoing in countries which have identified cases including contact tracing, testing isolation etc. in order to prevent further spread.

The World Health Organization (WHO), held an emergency meeting on Friday 20th May 2022 to discuss the monkeypox outbreak.  WHO is working with affected countries in order to expand disease surveillance to find and support people who may be affected, and to provide guidance on how to manage the disease.

It is expected that more cases will be identified through surveillance with the possibility of additional countries being affected.

TCI residents returning from, or going to, countries where cases have been identified, are urged to be aware of the signs of infection and to seek medical help if they think they may be at risk.

 How the virus spreads

Monkeypox does not spread easily between people.  The virus spreads through close contact with an infected animal (rodents are believed to be the primary animal reservoir for transmission to humans), humans, or materials contaminated with the virus.  Human-to-human transmission occurs through large respiratory droplets and by direct contact with body fluids or lesion material.  Respiratory droplets generally cannot travel more than a few feet, so prolonged face-to-face contact is required.

The virus enters the body through broken skin (even if not visible), the respiratory tract, or the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth).

Person-to-person spread is uncommon, but may occur through:

  • contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) used by an infected person
  • direct contact with monkeypox skin lesions or scabs
  • coughing or sneezing of an individual with a monkeypox rash

Animal-to-human transmission may occur through a bite or scratch, preparation of wild game (in areas where the virus is present in animals such as Central and West Africa), and direct or indirect contact with body fluids or lesion material.

Individuals, particularly those who are gay, bisexual or MSM, are urged to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and to contact a health services if they have concerns.

Monkeypox has not previously been described as a sexually transmitted infection, though it can be passed on by direct contact during sex. It can also be passed on through other close contact with a person who has monkeypox or contact with clothing or linens used by a person who has monkeypox.

 Symptoms

The incubation period is the duration/time between contact with the infected person and the time that the first symptoms appear. The incubation period for monkeypox is between 5 and 21 days.

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

Within 1 to 2 days a rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals.

The rash changes and goes through different stages – it can look like chickenpox or syphilis, before finally forming a scab which later falls off.

The illness tends to be mild and self-limiting within 2-4 weeks, however it can in some cases be severe particularly in persons with weakened immune systems and children. In some cases, affected persons may die.

 Treatment

Treatment for monkeypox is mainly supportive. The illness is usually mild and most of those infected will recover within a few weeks without treatment.

There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, however, vaccines used against smallpox can be used for both pre and post exposure and is up to 85% effective in preventing monkeypox. People vaccinated against smallpox in childhood may experience a milder disease.

Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, is advised to visit their health care provider, particularly anyone who; 1) traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported 2) reports contact with a person who has a similar rash or received a diagnosis of confirmed or suspected monkeypox, or 3) is a man who has had close or intimate in-person contact with other men in the past month.

As the virus does not usually spread easily between people and the risk to the general public is expected to be low, however the public is advised to monitor the situation as it develops and obtain information from credible sources. The MOH should be notified of any suspected cases.

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor developments and provide updates accordingly.

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Let’s Get Candid Premiere Party

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#Turksandcaicos, May 22, 2022 – On speaking about the future of GNM, Mr. Been added “This partnership worked well because of harmony and a shared vision. I look forward to the production of more major projects that will raise the bar and demonstrate the excellence and effort that is on this display from the many multi-talented individuals we’re surrounded by. So I celebrate this moment and stand with great pride in support of what we have created and hope the world appreciates it.”

 

The 2-hour event kicked off with a mix and mingle social followed by a live screening of one of the up-and-coming episodes. Immediately after the screening, the hosts and producers took the stage to engage in a panel discussion to share their experience with producing the series. Speaking about the filming process Executive Producer Nolan Smith said that “Although we faced some challenges at times, we got the job done, on time and to specification. Through our continued hard work, we have been able to accomplish so much as a team and meet the demands of producing a television show.”

Co-Host of the show Loren Hall was overjoyed by the support the event received from the community and shared her aspirations for the show. “I’m extremely grateful for the support we’ve received at the event, even from those who couldn’t make it but ensured to buy a ticket in support of us. I hope that Let’s Get Candid acts as a catalyst for our community to start having more open conversations. “she said.

The event was attended by a few of the guests who will be featured on season one of the show including the Minister of Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development Hon. Akierra Missick, Owner of KiKa Design Studios Kier Adams-Hegner, and Bespoke Travel Concierge Johnna Messam.

Mary Fulford, Host of the show shared that Let’s Get Candid is not an everyday talk show. “We’re having conversations with our guests and each other about societal issues and experiences we all face irrespective of social status and ranks. We can get caught up on the highlight reels of everyone’s life forgetting that there are some not so pretty parts to us that we try to suppress and hide. Not anymore, not here, and not on Let’s Get Candid.” she added.

Ms. Fulford stated that the audience can expect captivating conversations, and the truth with a hint of fun and enlightenment when the show airs this week. Executive Producer Leo Lightbourne speaking on the importance of the show in the Turks and Caicos Islands said that “as the Turks and Caicos Islands continue to experience economic growth, the voices of the people must not be lost through this process. If the goal is to live our best lives in this country, we must build platforms that inspire action and change narratives.”

Let’s Get Candid aired on May 8th, 2022 and will air a new episode every Sunday at 3pm for the next eight weeks on YouTube, Facebook, and all major podcast platforms. The show features a variety of guests who share their views and experiences in their professional or personal lives. Companies and individuals looking to support the show can do so by obtaining ad slots in each episode by contacting 341-8846 or 348-7805.

 

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