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TCI: Sandals Foundation Strengthens Schools’ Reopening with Sanitation Conveniences and Back to School Aide



L to R: Tianna, Tiara and Rushane pose with General Manager at Beaches TCI, James McAnally.

PRESS RELEASE (April 21, 2021): Some one thousand students at the Ianthe Pratt Primary School and Clement Howell High Schools will benefit from brand new handwashing stations and improved sanitization conveniences thanks to an investment of just under US $12,000 from the Sandals Foundation.

On Monday, April 12, hundreds of students began a phased return to “in person” classes for the first time in over a year. The philanthropic organization was keen to help strengthen the health and safety measures within the learning institutions to meet the hygienic needs of students, parents and educators alike.

“We are very delighted to see the phased return of students to the physical classrooms but we are also very cognizant that there will be need for enhanced sanitation facilities to help ease the anxieties that may come along with that,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director at the Sandals Foundation, “These newly added resources, we hope, will help bring a sense of comfort to the minds of parents as they will be assured their children are able to access the necessary facilities to practice proper hygiene”.

CHHS Student, Matthew McCoy at the Handwashing station

With the Ministry of Works partnering to conduct the installations, the Ianthe Pratt Primary School saw the injection of 3 pedal and 3 knee operated handwashing stations, 10 sanitizers and 6 soap dispensers. While at the Clement Howell High School, students will now have access to 5 pedal operated hand wash stations, 5 soap dispensers and 35 sanitizers.

Principal at the Ianthe Pratt Primary School, Ms. Neekimo King in commenting on the impact of the new infrastructure stated, “This contribution by the Sandals Foundation has helped to create a feeling of comfort around the school compound. The installations of these sanitizations fixtures make it more convenient for our staff and students to practice good hygiene which is essential in the fight against Covid-19”.

Ms. Kadean Cunningham, Principal at the Clement Howell High School, says the new sanitation infrastructure will help to enhance the COVID-19 protocols on the school compound for both staff and students now that they are fully returned to face to face classes.

L to R: Public Relations Manager Zhavargo Jolly, Projects Manager Wendy Fae Rodriguez, Ken Javier, Matthew McCoy, Principal of CHHS Kadean Cunningham,  Yulenny Walkin and General Manager James McAnally pose at one of 5 pedal operated hand wash stations installed at the school to help with sanitation needs as students return to face to face classes.

“The staff and students now have the option of washing hands in different areas on the compound and sanitizing throughout the day as all rooms now have sanitizing machines.  At Clement Howell High, we promote the mantra during this time that safety is our number one priority and we are elated that Sandals Foundation has partnered with us, yet again, to continue to fulfil this goal. We are profoundly grateful and look forward to more collaboration as we strengthen our programmes and initiatives as we journey to excellence,” stated Ms. Cunningham.

In the meantime, and as part of its continued investment into the island’s education infrastructure, the Sandals Foundation also helped to supply nearly 100 children with new school supplies in time for the new school term.

Sandals Foundation ambassadors from Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort donated ninety-one fully stacked backpacks to students on April 10 to help with bring relief to back to school expenses.

Ninety-one students received fully stacked backpacks on April 10 at the Lower Bight Basketball Courts in the Bight community from Sandals Foundation ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort.

General Manager at Beaches TCI, James McAnally says the activity was aimed at helping to relieve parents of what can sometimes be overwhelming costs associated with the start of a new school term.

“This has been a tough year for families right across the world and for us, as a Caribbean company, we knew there would be areas of need that we could support. It is our duty to do what we can to mobilize our resources as we all navigate these unique times,” said McAnally.

In March, the Sandals Foundation celebrated 12 years of service, investing in the region’s communities, education and the environment.

L to R: James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort poses with Ianthe Pratt Primary School students Tekhaii Hall, Kandice Gibson, Quintero Cartwright and Sandals Foundation Ambassador, Wendy Fae Rodriguez at one of 6 new handwashing stations installed by the Sandals Foundation

Press Release: Sandals Foundation

Header: A few of the recipients along with the Sandals Foundation ambassadors and the General Manager of Beaches Turks and Caicos James McAnally.

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CARPHA, HCC and PAHO call on the Caribbean Community to “Reimagine Healthy Spaces” for Caribbean Wellness Day



September 9, 2022 – The Caribbean Community is celebrating Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2022 under the theme “Our Neighbourhood, Our Health”. In commemoration of the day, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), are calling on the region to “Reimagine Healthy Spaces” around three main themes – Active Societies, a Smoke Free Caribbean and Healthy Schools.

In a statement commemorating the occasion, Dr. Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA noted that, “We take this opportunity, at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, to create a renewed vision and re-commit to the practices and policies that we know support the health and wellbeing of our Caribbean people.”

Built spaces and urban planning laws can significantly impact the level of movement in society and is a crucial element in ensuring a healthier Caribbean.

“The commitment of governments towards the implementation of intersectoral public policies and programs so that all neighbourhoods have basic services, safe public transportation, areas where we can socialise, safe streets, places to walk and green spaces, is so important.” PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne said. “I want to recognize the efforts of many municipalities in the region that are working on making their municipalities healthy, responding to the needs of people, and facilitating strategies that improve the conditions of places where they are born, work, study and have fun,” she added.

Another issue to be addressed during the “Reimagine Healthy Spaces” campaign is the negative impact that cigarettes have on both public health and the environment.

Dr. St John noted that, “Millions of trees are cut down annually to produce the number of cigarettes that the industry demands to maintain profits, while cigarette butts and packaging can contribute to environmental pollution.” She asserted that, “This reimagining of a smoke-free Caribbean, that limits the negative impact of the tobacco industry on our health and our environment is necessary, not just for our own health but for the health of the next generation.”

Sir Trevor Hassell, President, Healthy Caribbean Coalition noted that “Healthy Schools are a cornerstone of our neighbourhoods and a building block of a productive society.  A Healthy school is smoke-free, promotes inclusive physical activity and is protected by healthy school policies.” He elaborated, “These policies would limit the sale and marketing of foods full of sugar, fats and salt both in and around schools, while increasing the availability of healthy foods and drinking water.”  In keeping with this, the recently launched digital campaign, ‘#ActOnFacts – The Food in Schools Matters’, encourages public and policymaker support for the introduction of policies that puts the health of our children at the centre.

Caribbean Wellness Day

Caribbean Wellness Day is celebrated each year on the second Saturday in September to address the threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The day was originally conceived by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and is an integral part of the Port of Spain Declaration where the region united to fight the epidemic of NCDs. The event aims to increase awareness and promote activities to address non-communicable diseases including mental health issues.

The overall theme for Caribbean Wellness Day for the five year-period, 2020-2024 has been, “Power Through Collective Action”. It is this collective power that can be harnessed to affect the much-needed changes that can transform our spaces into enabling environments for a healthier Caribbean people. Collectively, the region has the power to bring the vision of a healthier Caribbean to life – one person, one neighbourhood, one nation at a time.

CARPHA, HCC and PAHO invite the public to join the celebration by visiting our social media pages to share your vision of Healthy Spaces. The campaign will feature key facts around the need for change, enable conversation in our communities and encourage our leaders to continue to build on the commitments made in the historic Port of Spain declaration.

Follow the campaign by using the hashtags: #CaribbeanWellnessDay, #CWD2022, #CWDHealthySpaces

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Covid Entry Vaccine mandate ‘working’ for Turks and Caicos



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, August 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos will not be dropping its vaccine mandate for visitors immediately according to E. Jay Saunders, TCI Deputy Premier, acting as Minister of Health; Saunders was speaking at a press conference on Monday August 8th.

He explained that while the government would certainly follow the advice of the health ministry the mandate would be around a while longer.

“We feel currently that the vaccine mandate is working for the Turks and Caicos. It certainly hasn’t slowed down the amount of tourists coming into the Turks and Caicos and we’re happy with that,” he said.

He expressed gratitude that the government would not have to be reactive and change the protocols just because of the low tourist arrivals.

“We are watching it to see what’s best for the country and so there’s no date on that. It’s not going to be in forever.

Eventually we are going to get to a point where we think that it’s safe enough, where we have enough herd immunity in the country where we can allow people to come in unvaccinated.”

While the acting minister did not have a specific date set for this removal he reassured that whenever the decision was made it would be with the best interest of the country in mind.

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By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#Cayman, August 20, 2022 – After cheers, celebration, and a proud victory for twenty-four old, Tiffany LeAnn Conolly, there is now dismay, disbelief, and shame.

Conolly was crowned Miss Cayman Islands Universe at the annual beauty pageant at the Westin Hotel on Saturday August 6.  Now, she is facing several criminal charges regarding an assault last year.  The newly crowned queen has not yet been convicted but appeared in Summary Court in March, facing two counts of common assault, two counts of damage to property, two further charges for disorderly conduct at a police station and one of assaulting a police officer.

Conolly was also arrested following an altercation at a former boyfriend’s house after allegedly assaulting her former lover and another family member, as well as a police officer at the detention centre following that arrest.

Conolly was still allowed to enter the pageant because she has not been found guilty of the charges; the case is still ongoing. On Saturday, she was awarded Miss Photogenic, Miss Best Smile and Miss Best-In-Gown.

The Miss Cayman Islands Universe title comes with a number of rewards and responsibilities, including a $70,000 three-year educational scholarship.  Nonetheless, Conolly may not be allowed to represent the island at the international pageant should she be convicted.

Chloe Powery-Doxey, the first runner-up and winner of Miss Best Legs, will become the new Miss Cayman Islands Universe if Conolly is convicted

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