By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, July 15, 2022 – Despite incredible talent, poor training facilities are holding TCI swimmers back according to TCI Swim Federation President Dan Redmond. TCI junior swimmers put on an incredible showing in the recent “Race for the Conch” Eco SeaSwim Tournament managing to land on the podium for all but one of the events where they competed against adults and teens from across North America.
With this brilliant performance in mind it is unthinkable that the swimmers do not have proper swimming facilities.
Many of the TCIs top swimmers choose to train overseas because of the lack of resources on the islands. Rohan Shearer, Lenin Hamilton, Arleigha Hall and Luke Haywood, some of the island’s top swimmers in the past 5 years all chose to train overseas. And it’s costing the TCI. Luke no longer swims competitively for the country despite making it to the FINA world championships at 15 years old and the TCI was robbed of a double medal haul when infighting over where he trained pushed Lenin out of the 2022 CARIFTA games.
President of the TCI Swim Federation Dan Redmond lamented the issue.
“Perhaps if we had proper facilities talent like Luke would still be representing us. The pool Lenin’s club is trying to train in has a set of concrete steps stopping swimmers from completing lengths of the pool— We have the talent, we have the passion but no pool. Imagine what could be possible.”
Minister of Education Rachel Taylor spoke to the students in March this year and when asked what they thought they needed most Taylor said they told her “an Olympic size pool.” The government has promised that the pool will be built in the coming years and the land parcels have been allotted to house it.
The Turks and Caicos has a genuine chance to make its name in international swimming. Lenin Hamilton, Ethan Gardiner, Taijari Williams, Luke Haywood, Lenika Hamilton, Thaiss Burgess, Sophie Burgess, and Angelina Lidnenhanhn all medaled in the recent Eco SeaSwim tournament.
Jayden Davis and Rohan Shearer have both medaled at CARIFTA, Jayden with a massive haul of 2 gold medals (a first ever for the Turks and Caicos) and 2 silver medals. Additionally, Shearer and Haywood both made it to the World Championships. For a nation with less than 50 thousand people the level of talent is incredible.
One can only hope that the government makes good on this promise of proper training facilities.
Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes
#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
How to protect against HIV
#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.
CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust
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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