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Turks and Caicos Islands removed from Zika Travel Advisory by CDC

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#Providenciales, March 26, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sport and Human Services is pleased to announce that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has updated its Zika travel information website to reflect that the Turks and Caicos Islands is among the countries with current or past Zika transmission but no outbreak. In the case of the TCI, the last confirmed case of Zika was reported in January 2017.

The CDCs Zika travel information website provides information to prospective travelers about the risk of acquiring Zika when traveling to different countries. It is a tool to help travelers make informed decisions about whether to travel to a particular destination.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency, the regional public health agency of which TCI is a member, has previously issued a statement on October 19th 2018, indicating “that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the Region. This was matched by data shared with CARPHA by Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, which showed that no Zika had been detected for over 12 months in travelers returning from the Caribbean to their countries”. 

On October 17th 2018, World Health Organization (WHO) discontinued the Zika classification scheme which saw several Caribbean countries, including the TCI, characterized as having   “new introduction or reintroduction with ongoing Zika transmission”. The discontinuation came after much advocacy from several Ministries of Health including the Turks and Caicos, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). However, the Zika label remained on much of the region based on the United States’ CDC travel advisory website. The CDC travel advisory continued to have an adverse impact on the hotel and tourism industry of the Caribbean, the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and one of the most popular honeymoon destinations worldwide.

According to Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA, ongoing cancellations due to the classification of most Caribbean countries was hurting the industry unnecessarily. Thus, the new categorization on the CDC travel advisory website is welcomed news for the TCI and the region. 

The Ministry of Health has continued its efforts to strengthen its vector control programme through the implementation of its Integrated Vector Management Plan which was approved by Cabinet as well as a number of technical assessments and training facilitated by regional and international  partners including PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), CARPHA and PHE (Public Health England).

In addition, clean up campaigns are ongoing throughout the country in order to maintain the cleanliness of the environment thereby reducing and eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Health promotion activities are ongoing to educate the general public about measures they can take to reduce mosquito breeding as well as avoid mosquito bites through various forms of media.

The Ministry of Health continues to take a proactive multifaceted approach in addressing mosquito-borne  diseases including Zika in order to protect the health of residents and visitors to the TCI.

For additional information, please contact the Ministry of Health on 338-3055.

Press Release: TCIG

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EXPERIENCE TURKS AND CAICOS MOURNS THE PASSING OF MR. REGGIE DICKENSON

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PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (June 22nd, 2024) – It is with deep regret that Experience Turks and Caicos confirms the passing of Mr. Reggie Dickenson, one of our employees who worked in the Grand Turk office.

Mr. Dickenson passed away on Saturday, June 22nd following a vehicular accident in Providenciales. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

A passionate, vivacious and animated person, Mr. Dickenson was a former employee at the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board who transitioned to Experience Turks and Caicos in 2023.

He worked as the Grand Turk Customer Service Representative alongside Ms. Kadeisha Forbes, a role he took seriously as he greeted visitors to the Cruise Centre, interacted with them and ensured they had the relevant information they needed to enjoy their stay on island.

Mr. Dickenson was known for his unwavering positivity and team spirit, always eager to contribute his opinions and ideas. He last participated in a Customer Service Training session with his colleagues on June 10th in Providenciales where he invoked laughter with his witty remarks.

Minister of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly expressed her sadness upon receipt of the news of Mr. Dickenson’s passing.

“Reggie was a passionate son of the soil of Grand Turk. I last saw him at our celebrations for Salt Cay Day where he was thoroughly enjoying himself. This is devastating news. Reggie would certainly be missed and I would like to extend my condolences to his family and loved ones. May he Rest in Eternal Peace,” the Minister said.

Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-chair of Experience Turks and Caicos also expressed his condolences.

“Reggie will definitely be missed. He had a larger-than-life personality, always jovial and a positive. His energy was infectious and his loss will certainly create a void that would be difficult to replace. From the board and staff of Experience Turks and Caicos, I would like to extend my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May he Rest in Peace.”

Experience Turks and Caicos will update the public on Mr. Dickenson’s funeral arrangements as those details become available.

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Arrests made in connection with Serious and Organised Crime

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#TurksandCaicos, June 21, 2024 – Over the last 24 hours, officers from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Serious Crime Unit and the Tactical Unit undertook proactive operations in Kew Town and The Bight to combat serious and organised crime.

During these operations, three addresses were searched, and eight males were arrested for Gang Membership, Robbery and Firearms offences.

They are currently detained and will be processed in due course. The men detained are between 19 and 27 years old.

Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection, and Intelligence, said, “This proactive activity is part of our continued targeting of persons we suspect are involved in serious and organised crime. These arrests and continued operations are to progress investigations into serious offences, disrupt serious criminality, and demonstrate to our communities our commitment to striving to protect them and build public confidence.

“We will continue to conduct such operations when necessary and urge the public to contact us if they have any information that can assist investigations or otherwise support our fight against serious and organised crime.”

Anyone with information that may help in this investigation is urged to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information anonymously.

 

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NATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPELLING BEE RESULTS

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 14th June 2024 – Sponsored by F Chambers and Islands Printing, and in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, on June 4, 2024 saw a keenly contested Primary Schools Spelling Bee.

After an intense competition, we are thrilled that Marbelli Costillo of these amazing sixteen (16) spellers emerged victorious as the top speller. Marbelli represented Provo Christian School. We are extremely proud of each and every one of the spellers who showcased their exceptional spelling skills and represented their schools with excellence.

To the spellers we can say that your hard work, determination, and dedication have truly paid off. Your commitment to learning and your passion for language have set you apart as outstanding spellers and students.

Congratulations once again to all the participants. Keep reaching for the stars and never stop exploring the power of words!

Sixteen (16) spellers from across the country competed for the coveted title of Champion Speller, they included:

Adelaide Oemler Primary: Amber Gonzales and Coach Stafford Salmon

Alpha Christian Academy: Elaynie Regis and Coach Heather Robertson

B.E.S.T. Institute: Sydney Kay Brisbane and Coach Tanisha Rigby

C Hubert James Primary: Tivon Wright and Coach Uldean Harris-Wright

Community Christian Academy: Khamora Coalbrooke and Coach Glenda Jones

Eliza Simons Primary: Kevaun Lamoy Lewis and Coach Althia Rocke

Enid Capron Primary: Herifer Fermin and Coach Elizabeth Vandenburg

Ianthe Pratt Primary: Karessa Wynter and Coach Daniela Carroll

Iris Stubbs Primary:  Hernadgeka Pierre and Coach Debrica Davids-Beckford  
International School of the TCI: Lola Jimenez and Coach Iman Rudi-Bonotti

Ona Glinton Primary: Malachi Warlock and Coach Jacqueline Henry

Oseta Jolly Primary: Edley Charles and Coach Tevyon Lewis

Precious Treasures International School: Jaden James and Coach Monique Fletcher

Provo Christian Academy: Marbelli Castillo and Coach Terry-Ann Roberts

Richmond Hill Preparatory: Dabria Thomas and Coach Veranick Burrick-Sinclair

Shining Stars Preparatory: Danae Leslie and Coach Aldith Campbell

The top Three winners were

Winner  Marbelli Castillo, Provo Christian School

1st Runner Up Jaden James, Precious Treasures International School

2nd Runner Up Lola Jimenez, International School of the Turks & Caicos

The following prizes were sponsored by Sponsors F Chambers, Island Printing & TCI Paint

Grand Prize/Winner: MacBook Air

1st Runner Up Prize: Apple iPad Mini

2nd Runner Up Prize: Apple iPad Mini

Top 7 of final 10: Asus Memo Tablet

Remaining Participants: $50 gift certificates

Complimentary Trophies for everyone

The Champion Coach received a Lenovo laptop sponsored by the Department of Education

A special thank you is extended to all volunteers who helped to make the competition a success:

CHAIRPERSON Ms Jacqueline Henry

SCORERS Ms Evadne Williams and Mr David Bowen

JUDGES Mrs Claudette Dean, Pastor Pedro S Williams and Mrs. Latoya Skippings

PRONOUNCERS Ms Shelaine Been and Ms. Kawanza Morley

TIMEKEEPER  Mr. Jermaine Fulford

Profound thank you is extended to Ms. Tanya Swann, Director of Sales and her team of Groups and Conventions at Beaches Turks and Caicos for coordinating the hosting of the event at the resort and providing complimentary snacks.

Commenting as Lead Sponsor: Mark Fulford Managing Partner of F Chambers said “It’s good to see a growing participation in the TCI National Spelling Bee. This year we saw 16 schools compete and the energy and healthy spirit of competition grew as well. As sponsors we will continue to work with the Ministry of Education to raise the caliber of this prestigious event. It is always a pleasure to give back and we salute our corporate friends at TCI Paint who joined hands with us again to make all the donations a reality. Congratulations to the 2024 winner……and all the participants on a Job well done. It is evident that a lot of work was put in and simply making it to the National Spelling Bee deserves recognition.”

Minister of Education, Hon. Rachel Taylor extended congratulation to all sixteen (16) schools who participated in this year’s National Spelling Bee. They are all winners and have represented their schools well! Special commendation to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners whose efforts have aided in their victory. Through this event, our young spellers experience the joy of learning new words, understanding their pronunciation and meanings, enhancing their spelling skills, and enriching their vocabulary. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the brave young ladies and gentlemen chosen to represent their schools. I also express sincere gratitude to the teachers, members of the Education Department led by Mrs. Sarah Kennedy and our private partners for their dedication to the success of this event. My Ministry views these events as crucial for the overall development of our children.

The Ministry and Department of Education event coordinator, Mrs. Sarah Kennedy commended the participants for not only demonstrating their spelling prowess but also their ability to handle pressure with grace. “We applaud your achievements and the dedication you have shown to honing your spelling skills. Each one of you is a shining example of the values we hold dear for the future for our beautiful by nature islands”.

She also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the coaches and parents who have provided guidance, support, and encouragement to our spellers throughout their preparation for this competition. Your unwavering belief in their abilities has played a vital role in their success.

Turks and Caicos Islands National Primary School Spelling Bee continues to promote success  and again we say thanks to the sponsorship of the leading corporate sponsors, F Chambers and Island Printing, TCI Paint, FLOW, Radio Turks & Caicos and Beaches Turks & Caicos.

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