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TCI: DCP today, Commissioner of Police next says Rodney Adams

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#TurksandCaicos, June 10, 2021 – Rodney Adams has been officially appointed to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police; he has served 35 years on the Force and after an announcement in a recent press conference led by Police Commissioner Trevor Botting, images of Adams receiving his full credentials from Governor Nigel Dakin have emerged; drawing congratulations for the Grand Turk native. 

Commissioner Botting said the Deputy post took effect since April 1, DCP Adams was sworn in on May 28th and that as acting, complete dedication was shown. 

For Turks and Caicos residents, this ascent to second in command role at the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police is particularly welcoming.  Residents have over the years voiced that they would like to see a return to an indigenous islander at the helm of policing. 

It has been ten years since Edward Hall headed police as its Commissioner.   And that is precisely the goal in mind for the new DCP.  “Although there were many challenges, I remained focused and will continue to do so as I seek to become the next leader of this great organization, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams in a press statement, adding:” I have over the years, encouraged and promoted new concepts into policing that will assist in meeting 21st-century policing demands and I am impressed by the level of dedication and commitment made by officers in this regard.” 

Current Police Commissioner, Trevor Botting informed in the media release that official DCP Rodney Adams is skilled at developing progressive crime reduction strategies. He was instrumental in the creation of phase one of the Closed Circuit Television(CCTV) Business case in 2015 that has led to the introduction of CCTV technology to the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2018.   

Rodney Adams paid homage to past Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, saying he was inspired by examples set in former officers like the late Micheal Taylor, a former DCP and former Superintendent, Vernon Alco Williams were named. 

DCP Adams holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Police Management from Leicester University. Additionally, he has a level seven Executive Diploma in Executive Strategic Management from the Chartered Management Institute United Kingdom, where he is a Chartered Manager fellow. 

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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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