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TCI: A Big Win To The People of North and Middle Caicos as Bellefield Landing Upgrade Project Kicks Off

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#TurksandCaicos, July 26, 2021 – A big win to the people of North Caicos and Middle Caicos as the PNP government moves with speed to begin the upgrade of Bellefield Landing into a state-of-the-art port complete with an ultra-modern welcome facility, barely three weeks after unveiling the financial year’s budget.

In a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 20, 2021, in North Caicos, the government officials led by the Deputy Premier Hon. E.J Saunders, and the Minister for Immigration and Border Services Hon. Arlington Musgrove assured the Islanders that the just-started project would be done to completion.

The construction of the welcome center marks the first phase of the transformation of the Bellefield Landing into a mixed-used port that supports tourism and commercial shipping. The commissioned project will undoubtedly open the gate for warm prosperity and growth for the twin islands.

“This signature groundbreaking today is the continuation and legacy of the vision of PNP party and government transportation sector,” said Hon. Musgrove.

The Minister also added that the upgrade of the port started when the PNP government invested over $10 million in dredging the shipping channel, building the roads to and from the port, and linking the middle and north Caicos via the course way.

“It’s important to the people of North and Middle Caicos to be able to benefit both privately and commercially to this project.

“We will see direct goods to market that will reduce the cost of living and access to our tourist and recreation sector,” said Hon. Musgrove in his detailed groundbreaking event speech. 

In a press release from the Turks and Caicos Authority back on June 23, 2021, the Director of Ports, Mr.  Delton Jones, stated that theWelcome Center project is part of plan for the phased development of Bellefield Landing.

“The plan is for Bellefield Landing to become a community port; catering to tourism traffic and regular trade and shipping to support prosperity on North and Middle Caicos,” said the director.

According to the press release details, the Port Office/ Welcome Center will consist of a restaurant, space for rental as shops, a port office, car park, gazebo, and other tourism amenities.

Talking about the project during the groundbreaking ceremony, the Director of Ports, Mr. Dalton Jones, explained that the facility would be upgraded to a standard international port to increase its user-friendliness and attract more tourists domestically and internationally.

The Bellefield Landing and Welcome center upgrade contract was signed with Unlimited Contracting on June 23, 2021, with the facility upgrade work expected to be completed within a one-year period.  The project began with the clear-up of Bellefield Landing earlier this year to improve the aesthetics of the port facility, followed by clean-up and dredging of the turning basin, and finally, the just-started coastal structural improvements. The project will also include the installation of safe boating slips and is estimated to be completed in a year.

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

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#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 

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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

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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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