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Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium for June 17 – 18



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, June 17, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission will be hosting a Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium from June 17 – 18, under the patronage of the Minister with responsibility for sports, Rachel Taylor.

The symposium will be geared towards seeking funding and creating awareness for podium athletes who are looking to represent the TCI at an international level.

In speaking during an interview on the event, Deputy Director of the TCI’s Sports Commission, Alvin Parker, said the event is aimed at helping federations to have a better understanding of how to fulfil the mandates of the international sporting governing body.

“The aim of the symposium is to continue to grow federations and give them the support and guidance they need to reach or achieve mandates set out by the international body,” said Parker.

The Director noted that the initiative will be three-phased and target a range of entities and individuals.

“During the symposium we have three phases, where we will be targeting national federations, and also potential sponsors because we’re launching an athlete development fund,” said Parker.

He added that the symposium will be targeting parents of athletes and aspiring athletes because they “play a very key role in helping the athletes to stay focused and provide them with food and nutrition that they need to be the best they can be.”

Parker also encouraged businesses in the TCI that want to donate to the long-term development fund to do so. He said the funds will be used to develop athletes in the TCI by providing amenities such as long-term training, nutrition, travelling costs and promoting the athletes.

The two-day event starts at 9 o’clock and will feature a range of discussions and insights about the sports industry holistically and in the TCI. The event will also feature discussions from the former Director of the National Olympic Academy of Barbados, Dave Farmer, and Professor of the Emeritus School of Human Kinetics.

The Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium will be held at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Centre and streamed online at TCI’s Sports Commission Facebook page.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#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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TCI Hospital Announces Educational Summer Programmes for 2022



#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital announce its annual educational summer Ready and Clinic Observership programmes which are scheduled to run in July 2022. Both programmes intend to raise awareness of healthcare careers and to help improve local capacity in the long term.

The Ready observership program offers third-form high schools, both public and private students, a behind-the-scenes look and in-depth knowledge about professions in health care delivered over five days. The program commences on Monday, July 11th to July 15th, 2022, with health care workers’ feature practical and theory presentations.

The Clinic Exploration program targets students pursuing healthcare-related courses at a tertiary level institution and ordinarily resides in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 10-day program, from July 18th to July 29th, 2022, comprises onsite sessions that include a skills lab on phlebotomy, suturing, vital signs, manual handling, applying splints, and Heart Saver, and Basic Life Support training. A 20- minute presentation is required for participants at the conclusion of the programme.

Our summer programme offers youngsters a great opportunity to gain meaningful experience in a Hospital setting”, said Acting Chief of Medical Services Dr. Sani Amatti.

An opportunity to explore career opportunities in health and medicine. Participants will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. They will engage with physicians and other healthcare associates from various medical disciplines within the organization while learning about the everyday aspects of their speciality areas”, added Dr Amatti.

Chief Executive Officer of the TCI Hospital, Dr Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, stated, “For the past nine years except for 2020 because of COVID-19, we have always looked forward to hosting a group of talented young people who are interested in the plethora of fields in health and medicine. We want to mentor our young people and motivate them to be innovative, creative, empathetic and caring, think critically, and be passionate while elevating their awareness about careers within the hospital. Human capital is the most important asset for healthcare and there remains a global shortage further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic similar to other hospitals, we have faced significant challenges recruiting health care workers, especially nurses. The World Health Organization estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries. It is therefore imperative that we continue to intentionally create opportunities for our young people to engage with us and promote careers in health care”.

Parents and students can visit our social media pages and website to register with a deadline for the programmes on July 4th, 2022. It would be best if students were vaccinated to participate in both programmes.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is accredited and became a licensed teaching facility on July 26th, 2021.


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Macmillan Education Caribbean hosts panel discussion with the women of STEM



June 23, 2022 – Macmillan Education Caribbean has been holding its Summer of Science for the last two weeks, focusing on “Discovering Scientists” across the Caribbean.  Now, it announces its second exciting event in the wider campaign.

In a panel discussion hosted by Macmillan Education Caribbean, three women in the STEM industry will be invited to discuss their experiences in the field, offer advice for young women aspiring to have a career in science, and more. The panel, called Opening up science: Meet the Women in STEM will be hosted online, at 1:00pm AST on Tuesday 28th June.

The event features three fantastic panellists: Dr Claire Durant, Niva Miles, and Dr Joanne Simmons-Boyce.  Between them, they have amassed a wealth of experience at various different touchpoints of the STEM field; from authoring science textbooks and serving on examinations councils, to teaching science and practising natural products chemistry.

With Dr Claire Durant and Dr Joanne Simmons-Boyce being Barbadian scientists, and Niva Miles having authored Human and Social Biology for CSECⓇ Examinations, each of the panellists will bring a unique view on science in the Caribbean to the conversation, which will be especially useful to those watching.

The event is open to all, although young women and female educators are especially encouraged to attend. In a blog she wrote for Macmillan Education Caribbean on the importance of championing women in science, Dr Claire Durant said:

“To establish an inclusive scientist workforce, women and girls need to see themselves reflected in their teachers in the classroom as well as in the scientists who develop the technology, medicine, beauty, engineering and entertainment products that we use every day.”

Macmillan Education Caribbean is strongly encouraging schools to get involved in creative ways, by hosting ‘watch parties’ for the panel discussion inside classrooms, or by getting students and teachers to submit questions for the panellists.

In the fortnight surrounding the panel event, Macmillan Education Caribbean’s channels will be exploring Science for Life, and will be introducing the panellists in more detail, whilst also exploring the accessibility of science and spotlighting the title Human and Social Biology for CSECⓇ Examinations, which this panel was inspired by.

The Human and Social Biology for CSEC Examinations title is centred around “opening up” science, making it both accessible and engaging for learners of varying abilities. In this visually engaging series, a range of different routes to learning are explored – from animated videos to aid understanding, and project guidance for undertaking the independent School-based Assessment.

You can follow the Summer of Science across Macmillan Education Caribbean’s social media channels, visit their website for more information, or follow the hashtag #ScienceForLife to get involved with the next phase of the campaign.

Teachers and students can register for the discussion at

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