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TCI’s Shandrique Ebanks: ‘Covid has taken our right to play’; Mills celebrates regional writing stand out

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – December 1, 2020 – Reading and writing are fundamentals for learning and Mills Institute in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos has determined it will elevate the profile of these foundational skills for a standard of excellence which is returning national and regional successes for the school and its students.

In 2020, Mills Institute has captured top prizes in a national essay competition hosted by grocery store conglomerate, Graceway Supermarkets.  De’Aysia Seymour and Rodney Adams won first and second place respectively in the Graceway IGA Staying Blue Essay Competition.  

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Now, there is a regional first runner up and her name is Shandrique Ebanks.  With a bright smile, curious eyes and razor sharp comprehension skills, Shandrique has made her family overwhelmingly proud.

An excerpt: “covid19 has put a really big hole in our social life. We miss playing together on the monkey bars at school. This new lifestyle has taken away our rights to play. “

“I am just so proud of Shan, so very proud of her,” said her mother who is also a teacher at the school.

Mills Institute in a statement said:   “For a second year in a row Mills Institute has secured a top position in the UWI & UNICEF Caribbean Child Research Conference Essay Competition. This year, fifth grader, Shandrique Ebanks captured second place position for the school once again in the regional competition. She read her essay at the virtual conference and excerpts have been posted in the Jamaica Observer’s last week’s edition.” 

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Mills Institute has excelled in the University of the West Indies and UNICEF hosted essay contest before.

“Last year the school’s sixth grader, De’Aysia Seymour was placed second in the competition, and she later traveled to Barbados to read her essay for the delegates at the conference,” informed Mills Institute.  The school also shared that another of their talented writers rounded out the top submissions, “…Shaneisa Taylor, a Grade 6 student at the school, secured a top 10 position, both in the category 8-11 years.”

The children penned their thoughts on a weighty and timely subject:   “The Impact of Covid-19 on Children.

Shandrique Ebanks
FIRST RUNNER UP UWI & UNICEF Essay Contest

Mills Institute said they are pleased to be blazing a trail with brilliant young writers.

“We are excited to see that that the emphasis we have been placing on training our staff in the teaching of Creative Writing over the years is now paying huge dividends, our students are excelling not only locally but regionally. Congratulations to Shandrique and Shaneisa for your stellar achievements. I also commend all the other students whose essays were selected for entry in this important  competition. Continue to blaze the trail for academic achievement,” said Deputy Director Debby-Lee Mills.

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT from Carnival Cruise Line

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Earlier this morning, Carnival Freedom’s emergency response team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel while the ship was in Grand Turk.All guests and crew are safe, and the ship’s guests were cleared by local authorities to go ashore. We continue to assess the situation. Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral on Monday on a five-day cruise.

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Governor Nigel Dakin on Carnival Cruise Line Fire

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can again Update:  Emergency teams including TCI Regiment members were on standby, ready to act once 911 alerted about the fire on board Carnival Freedom, says Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor.The assistance was, however not required as the crew communicated having the situation under control.The question is now, whether the fire has rendered the vessel inoperable. Will it be healthy enough to continue its itinerary.At this hour the Deputy Governor and the Home Affairs Minister are en route to the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The DDME is accompanying them as well, said the governor.“…we remain poised to help if needed, including responding to any requests that may be made by Carnival in support of passengers,” said Governor Dakin.Carnival Cruise Line has also since issued a statement.

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Carnival Freedom suffers fire damage while at port

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can report, information is fluid and changing as we give a update on the incident at the Grand Turk Cruise Port.Cruise passengers sharing photos and videos Stateside have given an up close perspective on this fright at sea, which greets us on this Thursday morning.Guest images show that it is the Carnival Freedom, exhaust stack ablaze in a menacing fire that had passengers scrambling to safety.The Carnival Freedom cruise ship which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida suffered this disaster onboard; no word on what becomes of the voyage given the damages caught on cell phone cameras.While some information is changing, steady is the report that no one is hurt.Tweeted by ‘Chester 4×4’ the video is now making social media rounds and has been picked up by mainstream media in Florida.Officials had not spoken to the alarming matter up to the time of this post.

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