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New Sports program launched in partnership with Royal TCI Police

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 17, 2022 – A new sports program has been launched for youth in the Turks and Caicos, PAL or the Police Action League is a partnership between The Turks and Caicos Islands Sports commission the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and the Ministry of Education. It aims to promote positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth through educational programs, sports, and recreational activities.

Director Of the TCI Sports Commission Jarrett Forbes described PAL as a “safe space and nurturing environment…[that] can help channel our young people in a positive way by empowering our youth to make responsible life choices.”

The PAL Program was launched on June 10th, 2022, and will work with softball and basketball initially but will also have projects in the educational sphere.

The initial sports leagues will be launched in Providenciales in August for young people ages 10-16 and will run for 12 weeks.

The program is not just for police officers but volunteers as well.

Superintendent of Police Dwight Gardiner lauded the program saying programs like this made a world of a difference.

“PAL is what community policing is all about. At its basic level community policing is about partnering with the community to identify problems or areas for intervention and coming up with methods of solving these problems.”

Gardiner maintained that force on its own was not the answer rather creating support systems was an integral part of policing. He urged families to support the project when it was officially launched.

Deputy Police Commissioner Rodney Adams concurred with Gardiner,  “For too long we have gotten it wrong in law enforcement globally…in policing we have had a reactive approach for far too long…The reactive approach has not worked and it will not work.” He added, “At the end of the day it will cost us a whole lot of money because we have to be paying for DNA, investigative stuff…what we are doing here today is critical.” Adams said.

He maintained that the TCI needed a more proactive approach with Prevention Intervention then Enforcement and Rehabilitation (PIER)

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Wesley Clerveaux described youth intervention as a “win-win” for the community, the individual, and the country at large.

“Through the PAL we aim to build peaceful communities…through the engagement of our youth adults too will benefit by enhancing their own competencies, they’re learning to better understand and value our youth.

He maintained that it aided in the development of a holistic child and was especially important for students who had gone through traumatic childhood experiences.

President of the Softball Association Godfrey Been and the Basketball Association Trevor Cook also attended the launch in a show of support. Both sports will launch on August 6th and last until October 22.

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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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#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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