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Governor Awarded CMG, bestowed at Windsor Castle by HRH Prince Charles

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By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2022 – The Governor of the TCI is now officially a Champion of Saint Michael and Saint George.

Dressed smartly in his waistcoat Governor Nigel Dakin was awarded the honor for work he did in his 40 years as a civil servant prior to his duties in the TCI. That work spans stints in Washington, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Germany and Northern Ireland.

The CMG order is conferred on men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country, or for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

“It was nothing short of a wonderful day. I’ve spent more than 50 per cent of my working life overseas and when I think back over a 40 year career -the award was for Service it’s a British foreign policy prior to my time in the TCI-the overwhelming thought is the power fortunate I was to be in the right place at the right people at the right time…” said Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor in an Instagram post.

The investiture was Wednesday March 30, 2022, delayed two years due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, said Governor Dakin\ and conferring the honour, was His Royal Highness Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and The Governor described Windsor Castle as “beautiful.”

“If the CMG represents anything it represents just how lucky I’ve been and how much amazing support I received and that continues to this day in the TCI,” said Dakin.

The Governor, during this trip to Great Britain attended the passing out ceremony of TCI’s newest Sandhurst Graduates and members of the Regiment, and got into conversations about national security for the islands.

“I’ve been visiting West Midlands Police who have twinned with the RTCIPF giving us access to the experience of the UKs second largest Force and visited West Midlands Ambulance Service who are interested in a similar relationship (more on that over the next few days).

I also called on a British Home Office Minster to discuss support to our Borders work and I’ve been in Portsmouth looking at how we can draw on the UKs ability to monitor the seas around us in TCI. Technology is moving quickly and to our advantage.”

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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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