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TCI: Faint winds contributing to sweltering heat; rain by Friday says Bahamas Department of Meteorology

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#Providenciales, May 16, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Residents believe that the heat experienced in the TCI and The Bahamas over the past three days is unlike anything they have ever known…

“…certainly, it seems hotter now than when I was growing up, but I don’t know by how much and this is hurricane season, I don’t even want to imagine,” explained a Providenciales resident who said he also had to dodge two whirlwinds at work today.

Another Providenciales home owner explained, “The heat is like a sauna.  I woke up two nights now in perspiration; wet like a hog wallowing in his mud bath.  Trust me, seriously hottt!”

From Grand Bahama, there was: “Just this morning, I talked of how unbearable the heat is.”

A Nassau woman said, “This is not the same sun that I grew up under because I used to be able to be outside playing in the sun and never get burned.  This is a different kind of sun Sister!”

At a local school, the report was: “…the kids are dripping sweat and buying a couple of bottles of water at a time.”

Still, despite the overwhelming responses pointing to an uncommon phenomenon, the recorded data shows that the temperatures were nothing unusual, and the sweltering weather was described to Magnetic Media by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology.

“Based on the temperatures being sent out from the observations being done in Grand Turk and also in Provo, the temperatures are not indicating anything out of the ordinary,” said Mary Butler, Senior Meteorological Officer, who also explained that “it is the humidity and the reaction to this humid condition which is the problem.”

In an over the phone interview arranged by the Bahamas Meteorology Department’s Director, Trevor Basden, the Chief Climatological Officer, Michael Andrew Stubbs gave the official five-day forecast.

“The current weather pattern over The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Island is influenced by stagnant airmass creating very humid and warm conditions.  However, some reprieve is expected by Friday 17th May, 2019 when a broad area of showers and thunderstorms will move in to the vicinity of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands through to the weekend.  In addition, the aforementioned areas will experience brisk East to Southeast winds which will be welcomed change.”

With just 17 more days until the start of the five-month long Atlantic Hurricane Season, the intensity of the heat is conjuring up thoughts of a dangerously busy basin.

“It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity that is more alarming; just fuel for storms.”

“This heat is sapping energy and hydration; profuse sweating is the order of the night.  With a broken AC unit, it is pure misery. My grandmar told me that when it gets this hot in the summer… WATCH OUT – hurricanes comin.”

“As far as the hurricane season is concerned, I’ve asked God for mercy on this country,” said a Nassau native.

Some individuals responded to our questions about the heat and the upcoming storm season with advice and ideas.

A wife and mother resident in Millennium Heights, Providenciales shared: “In our subdivision, thankfully we all have air-conditioned units however we all cannot afford to run our AC as we would like to because of the astronomical electricity bill we would incur… A concession should be given to FortisTCI on fuel taxes to be passed on to the consumer so that the elderly and babies can stay cool other than with cold lemonade.”

Yet others compared the heat to “hell.”

Ms. Butler described that:“Provo, Grand Turk and the islands are in a col, this is an area where the winds are calm, very light to calm so if you don’t have the wind to cool you down, you are going to feel some discomfort because your sweat will have nowhere to go.”

In the meantime, the officials advise that we use best practices when it comes to managing our lives and those of your loved ones in hot and humid weather.

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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

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#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

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#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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