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TCI: Women in Sports celebrates 8 Years



#TurksandCaicos, April 14, 2021 – In an effort to promote Gender Equality in sports, the former President of the Commonwealth Games Association and Sports Hall of Famer Mrs.  Rita Gardiner partnered with the Director of Gender Affairs, Mrs. Carolyn Dickinson to organize an initiative for women and girls of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  After much consultation with sporting bodies, the first women, sport and physical activity was established, named “TCI Women in Sport”.

The launch of this most needed body took place on the 13th April, 2013 in Providenciales and in Grand Turk on the 14th April, 2013 by the then Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon. Akeirra Missick. 

The organization is an independent group with a cross section of women throughout the communities of the TCI with interest in bringing about gender equality in all sectors of society as well as persons keen in sporting activities.  This Association will help to identify and place women and girls in the various sporting disciplines; provide the required support to allow them to maximize their full potential; to award women’s achievements; to increase the number of women in decision-making roles. Wis is committed to changing attitudes to ensure girls and women have a life-long involvement in sport and physical activity and to cultivate relationships with international organizations.

To this end, the Women in Sports TCI signed a MOU with their Canadian Women in Sports partners and have also established great ties with the Women’s Commission in the Caribbean. 

WIS Vision – Our shared aspirations tor TCI

Turks and Caicos Islands have a holistic and equitable sport and physical activity system where all girls and women can participate.

Mission – Our Core purpose and reason for being the Turks and Caicos Islands Women in Sports Association that is a catalyst to change the mindset of stakeholders, close the gender gap and create a revolution of women and girls involved in sports and physical activity through a multi-sectoral approach.

Our Values – We believe in being fair

Fair – We foster partnerships and engage in discussions

Audacious – We take risks and strive to achieve high standards

Inclusive – we encourage equal access to all programs and opportunities

We embrace diversity

Our Canadian partners assisted us immediately with an Intern, Kathleen Reeves who immediately set to work with the CGA President by developing Grassroots programs.  WIS’ first program was ‘Learn to Swim” a program for young girls and women who needed to master the art of swimming or learn basic survival skills.  That program runs every summer and is one of our most popular on WIS’ sporting calendar for the youths of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Due to the pandemic it was postponed in 2020, there are many other sporting activities for Adults and Children alike. Our most anticipated event is the Christmas Gala and Awards banquet.

Special recognition must be made of the Presidents, Mrs. Florence Jarrett-Dunkley, Sherry Ingham, Angela Brooks and currently Symadia Ingham-Wallace, all of whom did an outstanding job in the development of Sports and Gender equality for women and girls in the Turks and Caicos Islands.     

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 



#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust



February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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