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TCI: Samajeo Williams Appointed As Director of National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL)

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#TurksandCaicos, April 24, 2021 – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Samajeo Williams to the post of Director of the National Public Health Laboratory.

Following his return from the United Kingdom where he worked as a registered Biomedical Scientist, Mr. Williams who is an accredited Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology, joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as the Chief Medical Technologist within the National Public Health Laboratory in November 2019 and was subsequently appointed to act in the post of Director of the National Laboratory during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic here in the islands.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Newcastle University and a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in Healthcare Science-Infection Sciences from the University of West England.

Mr. Williams in commenting on his appointment said: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Director of the Turks and Caicos National Public Health Laboratory and look forward to meeting the challenges that it will present head on. This marks the accomplishment of a goal and major milestone that I set for myself when I went off to the UK to study, which was to return home with sufficient knowledge and experience to make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of our country’s healthcare. I never imagined I would have the opportunity so soon after returning to be one of the many diligent persons at the helm as we are navigating our way through this pandemic.

I am grateful for the trust that has been bestowed in me to direct the National Public Health Laboratory to new heights and milestones. I thank God for the opportunity and I am sure that with his strength and the support of my family and co-workers, I will do the Turks and Caicos Islands well!”

Commenting on Mr. Williams appointment, Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams said: “It gives me great pleasure to officially announce and congratulate Mr. Samajeo Williams on his appointment to the post of Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Public Health Laboratory.

When Samajeo joined the NPHL in 2019 I can frankly state that we did not realize at the time that we were making one of the most important appointments of our lifetime!

To say that he has been an asset to the National Public Health Laboratory would be an understatement as he been has been a phenomenon to not only the Ministry of Health and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, but to the entire Turks and Caicos Islands as a whole; as he and his team at the NPHL have worked to not only upgrade, but to completely transform the work and capabilities of the National Public Health Laboratory.

Several months ago the Turks and Caicos did not have the capability to test for viruses such as the Coronavirus. We instead at the beginning of this pandemic had to rely on the assistance of the Bahamas and CARPHA to test our samples that had to be transported overseas. However through the hard work, leadership and dedication of Samajeo and his team we now have the capability to provide on island real time testing, as well as numerous other capabilities.

Samajeo and his team have worked long, hard hours in peak periods during this pandemic and for this the Turks and Caicos owes Samajeo and his team a huge thank you for the work that they have and continue to do. He not only deserves this appointment, but also deserves to be recognized as one of TCI’s Pandemic Heroes for the dedicated service that he has provided throughout this pandemic in helping to accurately diagnose COVID-19 cases here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Congratulations Samajeo! You have already and will continue to do well!”

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FLOW CUSTOMERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED SPEEDS

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New upload speeds to improve online gaming, video conferencing & Online Voice Calls

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, JUNE 24, 2022 – Flow TCI wishes to remind customers of a broadband speed increase to our existing broadband plans, which took effect on April 25th, 2022. An incremental rate increase for the new higher speed plans has taken effect.

The rates were increased by US$4 for the following plans and the download and upload speeds will increase by the following allotments:

All customers will be migrated from all previous fixed broadband plans to the new broadband Fibre to the Home plans. The new speeds will improve the overall broadband experience for all customers for online gaming, voice over IP calling, video conferencing, and social media usage.

For more information on our new Fibre to the Home plans, visit https://discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/broadband-overview for more details.

 

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2022 Hurricane Preparedness Exposition

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“Mission Ready – Pledge to Prepare; Be Smart Take Part”

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2022 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting its 3rd Hurricane Preparedness Exposition on 1st July 2022 from 10:00 am at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will feature booths from over twenty-five different agencies, partners and public safety officials this year. The event provides critical stakeholders with roles in disaster management an opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate their services, and guide individuals and businesses on how they can prepare for this hurricane season.

The goal is to ensure residents are ready should a hurricane impact our region by offering a one-stop shop for the general public to gather helpful information and ask their hurricane and storm-related questions.

We ask all residents to come out and participate in this preparedness event. The event is free, fun and educational with tons of giveaways, including the chance to win a Graceway Smart Supermarket Hurricane Supplies Shopping Spree on 1st July 2022.

This venture also encompasses the principles of Public-Private Partnership, as it demonstrates the Disaster Risk Reduction commitment of the private sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also highlight’s the Public Sector Department’s determination to ensure all major entities are involved in its goal of building a resilient country.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be on Friday, 1st July 2022, at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your participation.

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Worst time to be a Woman; a Haitian crises

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By Deandrea Hamilton

Magnetic Media 

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – I know many of us are frustrated by the reports of illegal vessels breaching our waters, landing on our shores, costing us in repatriation expenses and overwhelming our small states and we’re not wrong to be bent out of shape by it.  However there are many facets to this maddening issue to sound alarms and from what I’m told and because of what I have noticed, the number of women increasingly taking the risk to runaway confirms the heartbreaking truth that abuses of this vulnerable group are escalating in frequency and violence.

A teenager, pregnant jumped from a balcony in Blue Hills (TCI) in desperation to escape pursuing law enforcers; it was dark, she could have died, she was hospitalized then sent back.

Turks and Caicos Police ‘stop & search’ operations are capturing many women; women who are trying to get to a job site in the many illegal jitneys moving around the town.

Sure it is all illegal, however it remains gut wrenching that these skittish ladies would have started the day on the hustle for a little cash only to be caught, with no document affirming legal status breaking the law. They will be deported and life will change, likely for the worse.

Haiti’s instability is driving the exodus of Haitian people.  The plummeting quality of life is pushing the “irregular migrants” as they are labelled to board boats, take to the ocean in pitch black conditions, driven by a desperate home.

Some make it, some do not.

The only death recorded or reported at the TCI detention center in years was this month; it was a Haitian woman. We don’t know what went wrong. But a journey toward a better life ended with the loss of hers.

I come from a set of nations – The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands – which have ensured I have a place.  Whether that’s school or college or a job or as an entrepreneur, room was made for me and laws are in place to enable and empower me. Not only do I have bread to eat, but I get to choose the type of bread I want to eat and can share it.

I am blessed. Truly.

But for my Haitian sisters, when you see their faces and the sadness in their eyes. When the human spirit is so shattered that it creeps into the dankest of places which is utter hopelessness, we should sit up and stand up.  This should capture our attentions.

In fact we should know, that for the hundreds we do encounter, there are countless more out there, unseen and trying to survive without being fortified by a force field of love, rule of law and simple decency.  There are too many more relentlessly buffeted by exploitation and circumstances outside of their control.

I suspect, this is the absolute worst time to be a woman or girl in Haiti. Just the worst.

Whether it is the recent memorial held to remember 11 Haitian women who perished at sea in early May trying to get in, undetected to Puerto Rico or a new and emerging report on describing the sexual abuse of Haitian women working at a factory; given sickening ultimatums:  Sex for their salary; an exploitation which usually draws throngs of people to vociferous protests in more developed countries; to this news however, there is silence and little reaction that we can see.

I declare that these women are significant.  They are valued despite the trials and tribulations of their homeland.  Within this dispensation, a post Black Lives Matter world, the darker complexion of many of their skins no longer means they are disposable.

And united, it means, women wherever we are can link hearts and hands to partake in and contribute to a shared stance of solidarity.  We can do it for the voiceless anywhere we want, we are women and though muted by the many dramas and truamas unfolding in our own lives, communities and countries, we still hear these voices crying and screaming out and we will help.

Just watch and see.  Women of Haiti, help is on the way.

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