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Premier Addresses Low UWI Admissions

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, September 2, 2022 – Despite having access to one of the top Universities in the world, very few Turks and Caicos Islanders take up the offer. Premier Washington Misick addressed the issue in a recent press conference, hinting that policy changes may be on the horizon

Only 13 students are currently enrolled at the UWI from the TCI.  When queried about the low attendance numbers, Premier Misick maintained that the university was one of the top in the world, being in the top 5 percentile of universities globally, and the problem could be the long-held practice of prioritizing the choices of high school graduates in universities.

“The government is still refining its scholarship policy— you can’t force people to go where they don’t want to go, but you can’t have a policy that helps to persuade them in one direction.” he said.

“Clearly we need to look at value for money, and whether we are inadvertently steering people away by so easily facilitating their choices of places to go, rather than where the government believes it can get the best value for money.”

He maintained that just because there was value for money, it didn’t mean there was any less quality in the education that residents would be receiving.  He also said Jamaica may have gained a bad rep with Turks and Caicos islanders based on what students say.

“A lot of our students have gotten the idea that it’s tough in Jamaica, that’s what I keep hearing, that students would rather not go there because life is more difficult.  Certainly, the institutions that I went to… I don’t think I’m any worse for it.” he said.

Of the thirteen TCI students studying at the University of the West Indies, currently four are studying at the Open Campus which is online. One student is studying medicine at UWI Cave Hill Campus.  At the UWI Mona Campus, one student is in sports coaching, three are pursuing sciences, and four are in medical sciences.

The Premier, who attended the University of Technology and Northern Caribbean University, said it was up to students to decide how well they would do in school overseas.

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A Woman in Pain; what to do to be pain-free

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cramps, migraines, back pain, childbirth, throughout their lives women are likely to feel a lot of pain. The FDA says on average women report more pain and some types of long term pain like migraines are more common in females. Despite this many studies have proven that women are less likely to be treated quickly.

One of those ‘The Girl who Cried Pain’ found that ‘women report more severe levels of pain, more frequent incidences of pain, and pain of longer duration than men, but are nonetheless treated for pain less aggressively.’

Many women have had this experience, writer Joe Fassler explained how his wife Rachel waited 14 hours in the emergency room because none of the nurses believed she was in as much pain as she said and the doctor on call didn’t bother to do an exam, writing it off as a common health issue and treating her for that. In fact, Rachel was in dire need of emergency surgery to get rid of an ovarian torsion, which if left untreated causes body tissue to die. When doctors finally realized what was wrong the only option left was to cut out her uterus

So what can women do to get adequate healthcare when in pain? The US Pain Foundation lists several ways women can talk to their doctors about pain efficiently.

  • Make note of and discuss the intensity of your pain on a scale, make sure to note when it gets more or less intense
  • Talk about the functional impact it has on your day-to-day life. Has it stopped you from exercising, from going out? From making yourself a meal? Note all of these things and explain them to your doctor. “When you talk about what the medical community calls “daily activities of living,” doctors often sit up and take notice,” the USPF says.
  • Communicate your short- and long-term goals. Do you want to get back to exercising? or to running marathons, communicate this and organize a treatment plan

In addition learning more precise words for pain will help you describe it effectively, is it throbbing, aching, biting? Don’t be afraid to get a second and even a third opinion on your pain and finally be firm with your explanations, you know your body best.

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Underwater Eyes will help TCI see how to protect its marine life

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheTurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos was recently gifted several Baited Remote Underwater Video Cameras (BRUVs) as part of the UKs Blue Belt Program.

The announcement was made by Governor Nigel Dakin on Instagram on November 18th, less than a month prior to the start of the Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity or COP 15 where countries will lobby for funding to preserve their plants, animals and sea life.

Dakin explained the purpose of the new technology.

“The BRUVs are baited camera systems that are deployed underwater, 200-250 m apart for an hour at a time. They take a snapshot of the area and aid in understanding fish population, status of species, marine biodiversity hotspots, and how well marine parks are performing,” he said.

TCI islanders across several departments have been trained to use the equipment and the first deployment has already been completed.

“With these new resources and added skillset, TCIG will have a broader capacity to study and monitor the wide complexity of marine life inhabiting the TCI waters,” Dakin maintained.

In addition to that, Blue Belt Programme protected area specialists were also in the Turks and Caicos recently for stakeholder meetings on several protected areas in Providenciales and Grand Turk which the governor said were well attended.

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Barbara Lyn Missick, Helping Children to Explore the Art & Craft at BTC

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Children live what they learn. With this in mind, the Beaches Turks and Caicos Kids Camp department is ensuring that children who visit this award-winning all-inclusive family resort are able to find joy in being creative, all under the guidance of experienced ‘crafters’ such as Senior Crafter, Barbara Lyn Missick.

Within its cadre of offerings, the Kids Camp department provides craft, games, and a myriad of fun activities for children of all ages. Missick, who joined the company 24 years ago in September 199,8 has been fostering a creative environment for children to learn art and craft, or just enjoy the opportunity to express their creativity through their own unique designs.

According to Missick, “I believe that in order to lead the craft area of this resort, one must have a passion for creativity, a high level of patience, and motherly instincts. Being able to experience children, and sometimes their parents too, entering the creative arts centre and at the end of the day they are able to celebrate the finished product of their hard, but fun labour, is always rewarding. Art and craft for me has been a transformation from a mere passion to becoming a career, primarily due to what this resort has been able to offer to families who visit our shores.

“Being a part of the BTC family has allowed me to thrive in a very comfortable environment where I have grown professionally and earned significantly while doing something that I enjoy. This craft centre within the Kids Camp is never seen as work as I am able to create an environment where I can see children smile and have a great time every day and I am rewarded whenever returning families make a specific request for me to teach their children,” the resort veteran continued.

Missick went on to add, “Ideas for craft within the area have been born out of the natural environment inspired by the different islands of the Turks & Caicos, hence the opportunity to teach and share the culture of our island home has positioned me to be an ambassador to our visitors and I love it!”.

“The vast levels of leadership available at BTC present great opportunities to grow as a professional and are just some of the main influencers for my longevity with the resort as I have grown from camp counselor to crafter, then to senior crafter and look forward to even more advancement. In addition, the chance to help in the development of this skilled area, especially with the younger team members has created a symbiotic relationship where we build this department as a team. Sharing with my colleagues while learning new and more modern techniques daily, allows us to evolve into being the best all-inclusive family,” Missick shared.

On building prospective leaders within the organisation, general manager James McAnally highlighted the values needed for a strong leader like Barbara. Said McAnally, “Being able to satisfy the creative needs of our guests and especially the children, is of paramount importance at a family resort such as ours. Barbara’s impact within this area is undoubtedly immeasurable. Her creative prowess has allowed our young guests to be at home with the arts and craft through which they get the chance to express themselves. Barbara has been that champion who has given great effort in building and maintaining this area of the Kids Camp at BTC and we are proud to have her as part of our team.”

Sherly Joseph, counselor at the Kids Camp was quick to highlight her own experiences, learning from Barbara. Joseph said, “As a young professional, being able to work with Barbara is like sitting in a classroom. She is a reservoir of knowledge. She is always willing to share her skills and creativity while teaching those around her the value of working within this industry. She is like a mother to all of us.”

Barbara is never one to shy away from sharing life and professional experiences with those around her as she lives the company’s mandate of succession planning especially within her skilled area. “I’m always willing to encourage our younger employees – follow your dreams and ensure that as you work, seek to learn something new every day. I always say to them, invest your time and skills in what you do as you can only become a better professional with each experience,” Missick concluded.

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