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Magnetic Media response to TCI Minister of Health Edwin Astwood

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – August 28, 2020 — It took nearly two days, but the Minister of Health informs that he was aware but unprepared to reveal to the country that there was a third COVID-19 death at the time of his Wednesday August 26 press conference.

The information was withheld intentionally admits Minister Edwin Astwood in that statement issued today. 

The reason given by the Minister is he needed more time for his team to notify next of kin or family of the death of the person in question.

‘Next of kin notification’ is the reason officials may provide for withholding the identification of a deceased person; the goal is to ensure the loved ones of the deceased is well aware of their death before personal information is released to the general public or media.   

In this instance ‘Next of Kin’ as a reason for not informing of a COVID-19 death is utterly irrelevant. 

Here’s why:  The statement, which was eventually issued on Wednesday night to inform of the death still had no identity, no time of death, no sex or age of the person. 

In the end, the Minister in his Wednesday press release only said, what he could have said earlier… that there was a third COVID-19 related death.

The Minister claims he is deeply concerned and goes on to try to chastise Magnetic Media for exposing one of two possible scenarios.  And there were two…

We questioned if it was a convenient truth intentionally left out at the press meeting.

We also offered that it was possible the Minister was unaware of the death at the time of the press conference.

We now know that he did intentionally leave it out.  We also now know that he was well aware of the death and suspicion for possible cause of death.

Magnetic Media takes this opportunity to state that in our obviously powerful, little WhatsApp blast we are speaking solely about Minister of Health, Edwin Astwood;  no one else. 

This clarification must be made since the Minister tries to promote the hypothesis that my piece was directed at his ‘health professionals’.

It was not.  It was just directed at the Minister with responsibility for Health, Agriculture, Sports and  Human Services.

It is concerning that the Minister of Health found the time to draft and issue a two page media statement on our report which is of unquestionable accuracy.  From where I sit, there is much critical work to be done.  From what we are told, the Health Team is overwhelmed with an enormous work load.   It is not useful to us for our Minister of Health to be “catching feelings” every time something of essence is said related to his ministry.

We are thinking, participating beings and this is our country too.

We are in a multi-faceted crisis, together.  That people are dying as a result is a vital fact.  It should not have been left out of a national press conference.  It actually would have worked to underscore the urgency of residents to adhere to the health messages.

To the Minister:  Magnetic Media will not shrink from citing what is noteworthy and news worthy because you are chaffed Mr. Minister…  and perhaps if there was any response to Magnetic Media’s emails, texts, voice note or calls – I could believe you were truly sincere when you say you want a partnership.

Accountability.  Transparency.  Kudos when you nail it.  Call out when you drop it. Get used to your job and welcome to the new normal.

Deandrea Hamilton, CEO – Magnetic Media

Magnetic Media is a Telly Award winning multi-media company specializing in creating compelling and socially uplifting TV and Radio broadcast programming as a means for advertising and public relations exposure for its clients.

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Blue Hills Man Charged with Manslaughter  

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#TurksandCaicos, February 8, 2023 – A 48-year-old man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

MIUS ANDRE, a mason by trade from Blue Hills, Providenciales, was charged with the offences, following advice received through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He appeared before a Magistrate on January 30th. Following his court appearance, the matter was committed for sufficiency hearing on April 06th.

Andre was charged in connection with an incident which occurred on December 24th at the Residence Yard, Five Cays.

Two female minors -ages six and seven-  died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Press Release: RTCIPF

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

 

 

February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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