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TCAAAs calls for investigation; local executives in row over Presidency

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 16, 2022 – There seems to be confusion in the camp at the Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletics Association as various members claim to be the head of the institution but Edith Skippings remains President until further notice.  On June 1st a notice was released apparently from the executive of the TCAAA addressed to Members, Partners, and Stakeholders.

The notice read: “This notice serves as an official correspondence to inform you that as of Wednesday 1st June 2022, Ms. Edith Skippings was placed on a conditional Suspension by the Executive Team of the TCAAA’s. Mr. Willah Gray, 1st Vice President, has been appointed as Acting President in the interim.”

Skippings, who has been the President of the organization since 2011 hit back immediately in an interview with Magnetic Media calling the move “illegal”.

Because of the infighting in the TC 3As the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC), the overarching track & field body for the Americas, is stepping in to investigate decisions by and accusations against Skippings.

But she is not the only one under scrutiny; the NACAC will also investigate the purported missteps by members of the TC 3As executive.

Skippings told Magnetic Media that she will “not be bullied” into vacating the role of president and denies being suspended.

The NACAC concurred with her on this account as they issued a communication which keeps her as president and Rosalie Ingham-Hall as General Secretary. She called the meeting where this vote reportedly happened unconstitutional and illegal.

The TCI Sports Commission has been reached by the TC 3As for intervention; we are told none has come from the Commission.

The local Sports Commission, in May, made it clear it was not responsible for the appointment of members in NGBs like the TCAAA, “Contrary to public belief, national team selection and coordination is the remit of the National Sports Governing Body and not the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission. NGB executive members are elected by their general membership and are not appointed by the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission.”

It had also informed in a media statement it would investigate allegations of abuse and inequalities at the TCI Swim Federation. To date no information from that investigation has been shared with the public.

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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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