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Overseas Territories Biodiversity Strategy workshop 



#TurksandCaicos, August 24, 2022  – This week the Ministry for Tourism and the Environment is joined by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) who is hosting high-level stakeholder meetings and a two-day workshop, with stakeholders from the private and public sectors, to inform the UK Overseas Territories Biodiversity Strategy.  

 The TCI has already completed the Environmental Strategy, looking at how we manage our natural resources taking into account our usage as well as climate change resilience, which is currently being reviewed by the Government. The UK Overseas Territories (OT) Biodiversity Strategy, first developed in 2009, is now being updated and refreshed, with the aim of building collaboration and consensus to deliver both the UK Government and OT Governments priorities for biodiversity and nature conservation.  Through the facilitation of the JNCC, this strategy aims to deliver the biodiversity and nature conservation priorities of both the UK Government and the Governments of the UKOTs, and the process will inform investment decisions of funding available exclusively to governments and organisations based in the UKOTs.   

 It is vital that the strategy be guided by stakeholders such as yourselves, and our strategic priorities and vision for our biodiversity. Collaborative engagement will assist with guiding future, more detailed, discussions, and will be critical to shaping the direction of a new UK Overseas Territories’ Biodiversity Strategy and associated investment“, said Hon. Minister Josephine Connollyat the first day of the workshop on Wednesday. 

 In June 2022, the UK Government and the Governments of the UK Overseas Territories agreed to work together to update the UK Overseas Territories Biodiversity Strategy. Accordingly, the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is running the 2-day consultation workshop, on Providenciales to inform, in particular the priorities of the Darwin Plus programme, and the structure of the new Darwin Plus Local funding tier that will be available exclusively to governments and organisations based in the UKOTs. The process, facilitated by JNCC, will include a series of questionnaires, remote and on-island consultations, and in-depth discussions with key stakeholders over the next 18 months. 

 Details and Goals of the Stakeholder Workshop

 The stakeholder consultation workshop will: 

  • Develop a vision and strategic priorities for biodiversity for the UK Overseas Territories; 

  • Understand TCI’s strategic priorities for biodiversity, including aspirations for Multilateral Environment Agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity; 

  • Explore how the new Biodiversity Strategy can support TCI’s biodiversity goals. 


Photo Captions:

Header: Hon Premier Misick with Hon Min Connolly PS Cherylann Jones Director Lormeka Williams Dep Dir Luc Clerveaux and JNCC Amanda Gregory.

1st insert: stakeholders include Fortis Provo Water

2nd insert: Hon Min Connelly opens the Workshop on Wed 24 Aug

3rd insert: Director Lormeka Williams DECR





#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – An investigation has commenced into the shooting death of a male.

The murder occurred today (January 24th).

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays

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.

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Drunk Driver charged says TCI Police



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer



#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.

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Women 30x more likely for UTIs; Learn More



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



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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