By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, August 20, 2022 – Something is killing sea urchins and while environmentalists in the eastern Caribbean try to figure it out, Turks and Caicos Islands residents are being urged by the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources to be on the lookout in case the fatal disease presents itself in the country’s waters.
The “die-out event” or “mortality event” as it’s being described presented itself in the US Virgin Islands in mid-February this year and affects long-spined sea urchins causing the normally prickly pincushion like animals to deflate, their spines falling flat or sagging and causing loss of tissue as well.
Amy Avenant, Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the DECR explained why the animals are so important to the marine ecosystem.
“Long-spined urchins graze on algae from coral reefs, limiting algal growth and competition with corals. They are therefore critically important to the health of coral reefs,” she said
Those coral reefs make up one of the largest barrier reefs in the world and protect the Turks and Caicos from hurricanes that would otherwise decimate the islands shores.
In order to preempt the disease arriving to Turks and Caicos, the DECR is asking residents to report any sick sea urchins and to share locations and photos where possible. to our marine habitats.
RTCIPF Press Release: FIVE CAYS MURDER UPDATE
#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – An investigation has commenced into the shooting death of a male.
The murder occurred today (January 24th).
RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found the lifeless body of a male, lying face down on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.
Based on initial information received, the victim resided at Sand Bar Street, Five Cays.
Officers are at this time gathering pertinent details to ascertain a motive behind the murder of the deceased.
The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or any illegal activity anonymously.
Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.
The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.
Drunk Driver charged says TCI Police
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – Turks and Caicos’ road fatalities remain at zero. But a serious traffic accident had residents concerned that an individual may have died. With those concerns voiced by residents, Police have confirmed to Magnetic Media that while an accident did occur last weekend near the Chicken Shack, no one died.
Press Officer Denyse Renne explained that in the case of that accident a 59 year old Grand Turk man was arrested for driving with alcohol consumption above the legal limit and that the Traffic Department is continuing investigations.
Women 30x more likely for UTIs; Learn More
By Dana Malcolm
January 25, 2023 – Itchy, uncomfortable and often painful Urinary Tract Infections affects millions of people yearly, the vast majority of them women. In fact ‘UTIs will likely affect almost half the female population at least once in their lives and women get UTIs up to 30 times more often than men do. Also, as many as 4 in 10 women who get a UTI will get at least one more within six months’ the US Office on Women’s Health explains.
Caused by germs that get into the bladder, UTIs can happen in any part of the large urinary system including the kidneys; ureters; bladder; and urethra, but are most common in the bladder. They are easy to cure with proper antibiotics but can be serious if left untreated. Knowing how to identify a UTI and getting quick and effective treatment can save women and girls a lot of pain. The UK National Health Agency lists the symptoms as
- pain or a burning sensation when peeing (dysuria)
- needing to pee more often than usual during the night (nocturia)
- pee that looks cloudy, dark or has a strong smell
- needing to pee suddenly or more urgently than usual
- needing to pee more often than usual
- blood in your pee
- lower tummy pain or pain in your back, just under the ribs
- a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
- a very low temperature below 36C
What many people may not know is that these painful symptoms can affect young children as well, if your baby is generally unwell, has a high temperature, wets the bed or themselves and refuses to eat you may want to ask your doctor to take a look as these are symptoms of UTIs in children.
A quick visit to your doctor and a round of antibiotics will usually clear up the infection and any recurring ones but avoiding UTIs completely may be the best bet for all. UTIs are caused when bacteria often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract the CDC says. The agency also lists a myriad risk factors that can cause this including poor hygiene in older adults with catheters or young children who are potty training causing bacteria to spread. Other risk factors include: Sexual activity; Changes in the bacteria that live inside the vagina, or vaginal flora. (For example, menopause or the use of spermicides can cause these bacterial changes.); Pregnancy; and Structural problems in the urinary tract, such as an enlarged prostate.
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about in having the common medical condition a UTI, while painful, is easy to treat, make use of the treatment options available to you and don’t ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will disappear as this could make the problem worse.
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