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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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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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