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TCI: Sonia Fulford Re-Elected To The FIFA Council For Another 4-Year Term

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#Turksandcaicos, July 8, 2021 – Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) President, Sonia Fulford, has been re-elected to serve another four-year term on the FIFA Council. On Wednesday, 7 July 2021, Sonia ran unopposed at the 35th Concacaf Ordinary Congress, which was held at JW Turnberry in Miami, Florida.

Concacaf is the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, one of FIFA’s six continental confederations, servicing 41 Member Associations from Canada in the north, to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south; and including the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Sonia was first welcomed into the Concacaf Council on November 2013, in a co-opted position, then became the first female to be elected to the Council at its 30th Ordinary Congress on April 2015. Later on, in 2015, she was awarded the opportunity by appointment of the Concacaf Council, voting rights (that was not initially designated for a female) within the highest ranks of football governing- the FIFA Council, where she served in a co-opted position since May 2013.

Sonia’s journey as FIFA Council member met her with a challenge for the position at the 31st Concacaf Congress in May 2016. She was elected first Female Member representative on the FIFA Council with a resounding 27-8 victory against her contender, Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago.

Here marks another milestone, as Sonia continues to gain ground in the generally male dominated sport with grace and conviction, and press forward in serving a second full term on the FIFA Council. Sonia emphasizes through her accomplishments that gender is not a limiting factor. She maintains a personal goal of reaching her own potential and influencing other girls and women through dedication and service. “It is an exciting and very rewarding feeling to, yet again, receive an overwhelming vote of confidence to continue to serve all those in football, not only to be a voice and advocate for gender equality, but for further development of football in general. I would like to thank the members for their trust in me to continue the work that I have already started and also to embark on new opportunities for growth and development of the sport within Concacaf and the wider world,” said Sonia.

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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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