Connect with us


Thank You for Keeping your Word Mr. Carl Simmons



Q&A with Chelsea Stubbs


 Hello Chelsea, so what did you receive?

I received a set of medical textbooks and study materials from Mr Carl Simmons of Cargo Express Services Ltd/Tropical Shipping TCI. Since moving on to the clinical years of my training, I have come to realise the importance of building a strong grasp of the principles underpinning diseases and these books support my studies.


Why did you receive the gift; what inspired Mr. Simmons to support you in this way?

The commitment to sponsor books for me was actually gifted at my 2019 A Level graduation ceremony at the British West Indies Collegiate. When Mr Simmons came up to speak after hearing about the challenges I had during my studies and how I overcame them, I suppose he was very moved by it.

Medical textbooks are classically very expensive (a single good textbook can easily cost $130), and he pledged to pay for the books that I would need for my studies. It turned out that for the first two years of medical school I did not require textbooks, but upon entering my third year there was a very clear need. And surely enough three years later they have indeed kept their promise.

Describe the books and how does this donation help?

I asked for a range of textbooks as recommended by doctors and medics further along in their training. These include reference textbooks, such as “Kumar’s Pathologic Basis of Disease”, and the classic “Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine”, which will be incredibly useful for making sure I have the foundations of clinical practice. In fact, I’ve been using these books quite extensively since the day I received them!

I also got textbooks for mastery of quite isolated areas of medicine such as interpreting imaging. For this I got Herring’s “Learning Radiology” textbook and for consolidating knowledge I got Dr Xiu’s “1000 SBAs for Medical Finals” and “Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology Flashcards”… among other books. They are already proving to be incredibly useful to my studies.


What are you studying and where?

I am studying the six-year Medicine (MBBS) degree at Imperial College, London. It is a very academically challenging environment as one of the top three medical schools in the world (according to Time Higher Education). We are taught by some world-renowned physicians and researchers who are experts in their field, so it’s no surprise that they expect a lot from their students as well. I just want to have the resources to become the best physician I can be and make the most of the learning opportunities presented to me. I’m so grateful for the books.


More about Chelsea

I’m in my third year, otherwise known as my first clinical year. We are rotating through hospital specialities for the academic year and are now learning how to diagnose and manage conditions.

In my first year I placed second overall for my cohort, also receiving first in one of my modules. For the combined pre-clinical years I was awarded a Distinction in Medical Sciences.

Outside of my studies I lead an educational series for the largest academic society at Imperial (MedEd), Chair the Lifestyle Medicine Society, give lectures to younger students, and play volleyball.

I have also continued my flute-playing with the medical school’s Jazz Band. We have an upcoming concert this Christmas.


Continue Reading

Caribbean News

TCI Police Detective Holden Speaks Up on Blue Hills Rapes



Dana Malcolm  

Staff Writer  



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – Following the announcement that several women had been robbed and assaulted in Blue Hills in the past weeks, Magnetic Media queried why the Police would wait until they had a man in custody to release an alert. 

TCI’s newest addition to the top brass Detective Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection, told us that it initially appeared to be an isolated offence and not part of a series of incidents. 

“The full circumstances needed to be investigated to ascertain the facts before a public alert could be considered. Misinformation in such a case would only cause unnecessary public concern and confusion and could adversely impact the investigation and the safeguarding of persons involved—” he said. “Even now there is no definitive information that these offences are linked, and investigators remain open-minded.”  

Holden claimed an early alert with limited information could have hindered the investigation and they were trying to protect the women who may not have wanted to be identified based on where they lived.  

As it turns out, the public concern was very much warranted, because there have been more violent sexual attacks, and more victims got hurt, forcing their hands.  

“When further similar offences were committed, the overriding principle of sustained public protection was considered, hence the alert/release issued,” he said. 

That alert was coupled with the news that a man had been arrested. Whether those further similar incidents could have been prevented if the public was informed earlier and taken extra precautions, is the underlying question. To date, we don’t know how many victims there are. 

Police have increased patrols in the Blue Hills area and condemned the crimes as unacceptable. They have not indicated if anyone was charged for the offences yet.  

Continue Reading

Caribbean News

Louise Garland Thomas High School are TCISS Inter-High Track & Field 2023 Champions



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – After a festive three days of competition, the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 have concluded with the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School reigning as Champions. Featuring a great turnout, eleven schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands met to compete at the National Stadium March 9-11, 2023.

The competition was stiff among athletes, who were all competing for top spots and by extension a spot-on Team TCI’s CARIFTA 2023 team. From high-spirited invitationals to entertainment by DJ Shakes, spectators enjoyed the best Nationals competition yet.

Overall results:

  •     1st Place: A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
  •     2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
  •     3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School

Twenty athletes have been selected for Turks and Caicos Islands National CARIFTA Team, some who would have competed in the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 and some living abroad.

Here are the athletes:

  1. Roniesha Johnson U-17 Girls CHHS
  2. Branary Delancy U-17 Girls LGTHS
  3. Krysann Williams U-20 Girls LGTHS
  4. Anesha Varus U-20 Girls CHHS
  5. Lynn Antoine U-20 Girls Unattached
  6. Chyna Simmons U-20 Girls BWIC
  7. Rayvon Black U-17 Boys Denbigh/Jam
  8. Renaldo Registre U-17 Boys RGHS
  9. Jarmal Missick U-17 Boys HJRHS
  10. Melique Evans U-17 Boys CHHS
  11. Love Joseph U-17 Boys LGTHS
  12. Kaeson Garland U-17 Boys MBHS
  13. Shamar Garland U-17 Boys HJRHS
  14. Alieandio Durham U-20 Boys CHHS
  15. Bernard Hyde U-20 Boys CHHS
  16. Markey Zepherin U-20 Boys CHHS
  17. Rayvon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  18. Anthon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  19. Alidavidson Higgs U-20 Boys JC/Jam
  20. Darvioun Rigby U-20 Boys Keiser/USA

Continue Reading

Bahamas News

Soca Warriors crush  Bahamas at home



By Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.

The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).

Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.

Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.

Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches.  Next match for the Soca Warriors is against  Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day.  The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.

Continue Reading