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TCIAA update on matter as it relates to Disruption in Flight Services at Providenciales

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#TurksandCaicos, June 18, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) wishes to advise its stakeholders and the public on the matters which unfolded at the Providenciales International Airport today. It is important that all who are concerned note that not all flight cancellations occurring today were the result of the events which unfolded in the early morning at the Airport.

Concerning the industrial action taken by firefighters today across the TCIAA and in the wake of various news and social media circulars purporting to properly understand the situation the TCIAA wishes to advise that it has and continues to prioritize improving work conditions and salaries/wages at the TCIAA.

Today’s industrial action occurred without any formal notice issued to the TCIAA and in response to a recent announcement by the TCIAA to its staff that it was immediately introducing a phased salary increase to all staff. To this end, the fire service received a 15% increase to be applied to all staff within the department. The announcement advised that this 15% increase was the first step of a two-part process leading to the introduction of a salary grading scale, during which time an additional increase was to be anticipated.

To prepare for the introduction of this salary pay grade scale the TCIAA proposed in its budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and additional sum to be reserved to meet the demands of these salary increases once they occurred. The Turks and Caicos Islands Government approved this provision during its 2022 budgeting session.

The TCIAA continues to review staff salaries for the purpose of implementing a grading scale which meets the ethics of both staff remuneration and the fiscal management of public funds. The TCIAA will continue to work with its Team Members, including the Fire Service to wholly and adequately address salary and other concerns affecting the work environment. It is important that stakeholder and the public are aware of the open and transparent manner in which the TCIAA endeavours to address these legacy staff issues.

Notably, the TCIAA has recently broken ground for the construction of a new Fire Hall and Air Traffic Control Tower, another effort being taken to improve work conditions at the TCIAA.  It is further hoped that the anticipated redevelopment of the Providenciales International Airport would address several other workplace issues which both the Board and Management of the TCIAA share concerns about with its staff.

The TCIAA thanks the Hon. Deputy Governor, the Hon. Premier, and the Hon. Minister for Border Services for being part of the discussion with the Fire Service this morning. Together, with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, the TCIAA remains committed not only to the safety of aircraft, passengers, staff and other users of the airport, but is genuinely committed to developing the TCIAA into a desirable and model work environment. Addressing all of the legacy issues will not be an overnight fix, but the TCIAA remains committed to doing it because in all honesty, our staff deserve it.

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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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