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TCI: Luc Clerveaux Appointed as Deputy Director of DECR

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#TurksandCaicos, May 27, 2021 – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Luc Clerveaux to the post of Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) within the Ministry of Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries, Heritage, Religious Affairs and the Environment.

Mr. Clerveaux a graduate of the Marjorie Basden High School in South Caicos, holds an Associate Degree in Business Studies from the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecology and Conservation from the University of Reading and a Master’s of Science Degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management from the University of Portsmouth, England in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

He joined the public service in 2005 as an Environmental Officer in the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, before leaving in 2009 to pursue further educational studies; returning in 2012 to the post of Environmental Officer, before being promoted to the post of Assistant Director of the DECR in 2017 where he held the responsibility for overseeing the day to day operations of the Enforcement Unit within the department.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Clerveaux said: “First and foremost, I give thanks to God for this opportunity. Thanks as well to my family members for their unwavering loyalty and my friends and colleagues for the support and working relationships that have contributed to my success.

I am extremely humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR).

Having been with the DECR since 2005, with brief absences occurring during my years of study abroad, I have had the opportunity to work across the Turks and Caicos Islands on various projects in Fisheries, Parks and Biodiversity Preservation and have a keen awareness of the challenges faced by the department, which I believe my collective experience and professional training can help to overcome as we chart towards achieving the renewed vision, goals and objectives of the department.

As the environment plays a crucial role in the affairs of the country, I envisage that sustainable programmes to preserve the environment whilst safeguarding economic resilience for the current and future generations will be paramount.

I look forward to continuing my service with the best interest of the public and country at heart, and trust that God will continue to grant me the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do so!

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Clerveaux said: “It is with great pleasure that I take the opportunity to formally announce and congratulate Mr. Luc Clerveaux on his appointment to the post of Deputy Director for the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources.

With a strong educational background and over 15 years of experience in the environment, Luc is deserving of this promotion and is certainly capable of helping to lead this department going forward.

I commend him for his service to the department and congratulate him on working his way up through the ranks from Environmental Officer to Assistant Director and now, Deputy Director of the DECR, which is a testament to the fact that hard work, dedication and perseverance does have its rewards. Congratulations Luc and all the best on your new appointment!

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Dog Tales to rescue 500 dogs from the Turks and Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Stray dogs in the Turks and Caicos will be getting a new lease on life in the coming months as Dog Tales Rescue will be coming to the islands. Up to 500 stray Dogs will be recovered from Grand Turk and flown to Canada in a bid to control the dog population and give the existing strays better lives. The visit has been approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands government who revealed the project in a cabinet meeting on May 31st.

Dog Tales rescue is a Canadian-based rescue mostly focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. The sanctuary is massive, sitting on over 50 acres of land. It was started in 2014 by husband and wife duo Rob and Danielle Eden-Scheinberg.  The animals at Dog Tales Rescue get the 5-star treatment (as they should!) while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes.  The rescue provides a space for neglected and abused dogs to heal with resources including kilometers of walking trails, therapy pools, a grooming spa, and medical care if needed.  Dog Tales does not put dogs down, those who are not adopted immediately remain with the sanctuary permanently.  Since 2014 more than 2000 dogs have passed through the sanctuary.

Rather than kennels the dogs at Dog Tale have rooms that they share or occupy alone and the sanctuary really jazzes up the spaces making them as luxurious as possible.  The volunteers at the sanctuary also actively use social media to campaign for potential adoptees by doing photoshoots to entice families to take the chance to adopt animals. Soon strays from the Turks and Caicos will be in that number.  You can see Dog Tales’ most recent photoshoot here.

Dog Tales even had a TV show back in 2018 that lasted for 2 seasons!

The TCIG says they will provide “logistical and regulatory support” for the program but Dog Tales will be funding the recovery and everything else on their own. You can donate to Dog Tales here

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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