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SHOCKING:  Police too busy to help!  911 Call Transcribed!

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  #TurksandCaicos, April 21, 2022 – A shocking audio recording, said to be a 911 call made during the rampant gun fire in Five Cays of last week.  A woman, described as a resident of Five Cays, was given the worst kind of response.  She says her door was broken open; the reaction to that information is appalling.

The operator answers “911 what’s your emergency?”

To which the woman responds:

“I been calling they say they gonna send somebody else to help, I just made call-”

She is cut off before she can finish the operator demands,

“What’s your name?”

She gives her name.

“What’s the problem?” the operator asks

“They broke my door, they coming to steal inside my house in Five Cays”

“Okay,” the operator responds, “The police will check it in the morning.”

“So they cannot come in right now?” she asks confused

“No, they’re dealing with another report.”

The next few seconds are jumbled but the woman seems to ask what she should do as she is still inside

“Well you could call the station and ask them.” the operator says

The woman requests the number and the operator reels it off and without responding to the woman’s thank you, the call is disconnected.

It’s absolutely chilling, especially considering the rising frequency of home invasions in the Turks and Caicos as well as the fact that a Grand Turk resident  who also called the police to report a robbery in progress in January was killed before they could get to her.

Magnetic Media reached out to the police for comments but none were forthcoming.

Last week, Police Commissioner Trevor Botting assured Five Cays residents of increased armed police presence in their community to combat criminal activities; admitting the community was terrorised.

The voice note of the alleged 911 call has been making the rounds on social media; the operator expresses no concern for the caller, asks none of the expected questions about the woman’s safety, possible threats, no assurances about urgent service and quite frankly, the male operator coldly dismisses the woman who seems to be dumbstruck by the interaction and bewildered when given another number to call police herself for more immediate help.

While there have been comments in relation to other crime matters from both National Security bosses – PC Trevor Botting and Governor Nigel Dakin since the 911 call hit social media.

There has been nothing confirming if the purported call is real and no comments addressing the horrible handling of the distress call of who appeared to be a Haitian woman.

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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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