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TCI: Over 30 booths catering to the career curiosities of hundreds from Long Bay High School



#Providenciales, May 15, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Long Bay High School students were learning to C.O.P.E and it is nothing like what we usually associate with the word; the acronym actually stands for Career Opportunity Path Enterprises and last Friday, the inaugural event was held at the Gus Lightbourne Gym in Providenciales.

Diane Paul, Guidance Counsellor at the school said it was mainly for the third form students; designed to expose them to the career and educational opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“It is also to prepare them globally, because we are preparing our students to transfer to the Clement Howell High School and a part of their transitional exercise is exposing them to the various career types in order for them to make the accurate choices when choosing their subjects.”

There was high commendation for the event, which featured from the University of the West Indies, Department of Education, and the TCI Community College.  Other exciting spots were at the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police, the Social Development Department, KB Home Center, the Gospel Ministry represented by Harvest Bible Church, the Department of Statistics, Music & Entertainers, Beauty and Hair Stylist, Auto Mechanics, Jewelry design, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and looming largest on the floor of the Career Day expo were Interhealth Canada, FortisTCI and Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos.

“We want to thank the facilitators for coming out.  We had a total of  32 facilitators here today and this is exciting and we focused a lot on the non-traditional careers because a lot of our students are interested in the cosmetology field, engineering so we wanted to be able to give our children a wide range of options and show them that there is more than just the traditional areas.”

Guidance Counsellor Paul said there were many sponsors for the Long Bay High School Career Day, she called it a tremendous day for the school.

“My heart swells with joy because I am so proud of my team – Ms Stephanie Ivy, Ms Cordell Cobbs – and we just wanna thank everyone, everyone for showing all of this support.”

Ms. Paul was blown away by the level of displays arranged for the teenagers and the prizes which were given away.  There was also high praise for the “moving” remarks brought at the opening of the event by Hon Temard Butterfield, the Governor’s Appointed Member to the House of Assembly.

“We are investing in the youths of the Turks and Caicos Islands and all of this is just a sign that it is not just the teachers, it is not just the home, it is the society that makes a child.”

It was promised that next year will be greater; “See you next year!”



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



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#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



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



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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