#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – April 4, 2020 — The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services continues the battle of illegal migrants breaching the borders of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This week, thus far, shows multiple landings and interceptions of illegal migrant vessels mostly within the Northwest area of Providenciales.
During the past week, we had the US Coast Guard assistance in turning back a vessel with approximately 300 hundred persons onboard; the Haiti Coast Guard reporting of another vessel with large amounts being returned to Haiti and plus we have had a few illegal drop-offs by speedboats in the vicinity of Northwest Point. However, on the night of April 03rd, 2020, the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force intercepted a vessel and brought it to shore with a total of 152 individuals on board. Shortly after this landing, Officers of the Enforcement Unit, Immigration Department, responded to reports received from 911 and the public of another illegal vessel with an undetermined amount of persons landing in the Northwest section of Providenciales. From this landing, so far, Officers apprehended 18 persons so far and are continuing to work diligently with 911 and Police to capture many more.
Those captured and other detainees are being held at the Gustavus Lightbourne Auditorium which are presently being used as a temporary Detention Centre as of 30th March 2020. At this site the illegals processed by the Medical Team and the Immigration Department. Arrangements are being advanced for their repatriation to their homeland. The total so far at the Gustavus Lightbourne Building is 170 persons.
The Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services states: “I wish to thank all of the various agencies, especially the Immigration Department, for their prompt and active responses to this very challenging period. I also want to ensure the public, that my Government is doing all within our powers to stem this flow of illegal migration especially as we are going through this COVID-19 pandemic. Hon. Williams, also thanked the public and encouraged them to remain alert and to report any suspicious activities to authorities. He went on to say that he will be introducing measures shortly for persons involved in this illegal behaviour.
The Enforcement Agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands are again asking anyone with information concerning planned and landed arrivals of other vessels, poachers and any suspicious movements of persons to contact the Police anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477 TIPS. Information or tips can be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.
In addition, the public is also reminded that it is an offence to harbour or assist illegal persons and that persons found guilty engaging in such activities are liable to a fine of US$20,000 or a term of imprisonment of four years, or both in accordance with the Immigration Ordinance 2018 Revised.
TCI Hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) upgrade is on schedule
#TurksandCaicos, June 16, 2022 – InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital will soon have a new GE SIGNA™ 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, a development expected to significantly reduce wait times for patients visiting the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.
First, the existing scanner was de-installed and required a crane to deposit the 20,000 pounds machine from the radiology department through a specially-cut hatch at the side waiting room wall for the safe navigation and removal of the old machine.
An intensive undertaking also included removing and replacing the RF Cage, which paves the way for quick installation of the new machine. The TCI Hospital’s RF Cage, which prevents radio frequency noise from entering the room and distorting the image of the MRI scan, is already on-site and is scheduled for installation by the end of June 2022 by the installation team from the United States. The works include the construction of the side walls, panelling, ceiling, illuminated picture and connections to ventilation.
In preparation for the day of delivery of the new MRI Machine by early July 2022, the TCI Hospital have also completed all electrical works.
The next step is the safe installation and connection of all components of the unit by GE contractors, followed by the final internal and external finishes, including the installation of fixtures and fittings such as coil storage cabinets and external cupboards and furniture. Once these last finishing touches are completed and checks completed, the MRI will be operational in early August 2022.
The radiology team have spent the past several months working in a much-reduced space to allow building work in preparation for the new MRI. In addition, the Imaging team have also undergone training and certifications in new software applications and MRI safety, with the IM&T and Biomedical Engineering teams to follow. All staff at the TCI will undergo safety MRI training.
The TCI Hospital is grateful for the support and understanding of the public and TCI Hospital colleagues during the disruption caused by this critical upgrade to the MRI Unit at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.
Major Shortage; White House says hunt is on for Baby Food
By Dana Malcolm
#USA, May 14, 2022 – An Infant formula shortage in the U.S. exacerbated by the formula recall by Abbott Nutrition is threatening the lives of babies and worrying parents.
Last week 40 percent of formulas were out of stock in the U.S. White House Press Secretary Jen Pesaki says the FDA is working hard to address the issue.
“What the FDA is doing includes working with major infant formula manufacturers to ensure they’re increasing production, because part of this issue is, of course, making sure there is stock on the shelves and working with the industry right now to optimize their supply lines, product sizes to increase capacity, and prioritizing product lines that are of greatest needs.”
Meanwhile Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) which provides formula and other goods to low income mothers is warning against trying to make formula at home saying too much could go wrong.
“Your baby could suffer long-term harm if they do not get the right blend of nutrition. Even a short period of poor nutrition can be harmful. Do not try to make more formula by adding extra water. Adding extra water to formula is dangerous and can lead to very serious health problems.”
The Guardian reports that parents who are now traveling over state lines and using Facebook and EBay to secure formula, describe the situation as a ‘nightmare.’
Earth Day Immersion at Graceway Communities Marketplace
By Sherrica Thompson
#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2022 – The second staging of Graceway IGA’s Earth Day celebration was a success. It was hosted by the Graceway Communities (the philanthropic arm of Graceway Supermarkets) in association with the National Trust, Graceway Supermarkets, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and Department of Agriculture.
The Market was designed to educate people about the environment, promote conservation, and encourage them to get involved and invest in the planet, act boldly, innovate and implement.
The event was supported by the community and others who came out in their numbers to buy fruits, seedlings, trees, plants, and other earth-friendly items, like ocean-friendly products that were being sold.
The winners of the Graceway Supermarkets Earth Day Art Competition 2022 were also announced. In first place was Chanel Missick from the Mills Institute, second place was Enarij Dickenson from Eliza Simmons Primary, and third place was Mavalicia Mullings from the Mills Institute.
Minister of Environment, Maritime and Disaster Management Josephine Connelly was also present at the celebration.
In giving her address at the event on April 22, Connelly said climate change is real and the Turks and Caicos Islands are low lying areas. As such, “we are susceptible to flood and high seas.” Therefore “the necessary mechanisms must be put in place to cope with what’s going on in our country.”
The Minister noted that the Charter launched at the Climate Change Summit is a guideline to mitigate what is happening in the TCI. She further mentioned that the TCI will be collaborating with all stakeholders and international organizations to unite as one where climate change is concerned.
She also encouraged everyone to play their part in Climate Change, stating that the easiest thing to do is to plant a tree.
Travel Designer at Luxury Experiences Turks, and Caicos, Val Kalliecharan, was also present at the Earth Day celebration. He said the initiative was impressive, and Graceway Supermarkets should “keep up the good job.”
The Turks and Caicos National Trust were the charity participant in the Earth Day celebrations.
The Trust expressed its gratitude to the Graceway Supermarkets for partnering with the organization’s mission to protect our environment.
“We are honoured for this recognition and most charitable donations that will help us to continue our important works, entrusted to us by our communities, we implore you to visit our website and become members of TCNT. More importantly, please contact us and find out how you can help us to preserve and protect our Wetlands, our environment and our beautiful by nature TCI,” said the Turks and Caicos National Trust.
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