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Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission Celebrates Mrs Rita Gardiner being awarded by CANOC

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#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2022 – At the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) 20th General Assembly, Mrs Rita Gardiner was one of six persons recognised by the body as a founding member.

Speaking on the commendation Gardiner says, “This process started back in 1998 in Melbourne Australia, with further talks in KL Malaysia. In 1999, CANOC was officially established in Barbados. Happy to have been one of the Trailblazers of this awesome Association that is doing great things for the region.

I’m overwhelmed with this recognition from the Caribbean Region and thank Mr. Godfrey Been for accepting on my behalf today in Trinidad.”

Further representation of the Turks and Caicos Islands was present at the Assembly, as Ms Edith Cox was re-elected as Treasurer for the CANOC Executive Committee 2022-26 unopposed.

We thank Mrs Gardiner and Mrs Cox for their efforts and actions taken over the years to spearhead and develop sports in the Turks and Caicos Islands and internationally.

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Men Watch Out, OBESITY stunts your sex drive!

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 8, 2022 – Testosterone levels sink when obesity is at play in men, Doctors advise men keep weight down and muscles hard and lean to avoid ED and prostate cancer.

If you suffer from Obesity this means you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more depending on your weight and height. Whether it’s from beer, a desk job which encourages a sedentary lifestyle or one too many slices of pie, many people gain weight as they age.

In the Caribbean we have some of the highest levels of obesity in the world according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency and for men it can cause a host of dangerous side effects.  This theory is supported by a study from Harvard University explained that while obesity affects men and women about the same amount, men bore a particular burden, since obesity takes a special toll on male hormones, sexuality, and prostate health.

The study explained that the effects of obesity on testosterone levels can be extreme, lowering them faster than even age. Testosterone is directly related to men’s sex drive, their body’s fat distribution, muscle mass and strength and the production of red blood cells and sperm.

In addition to low testosterone, obese men are more at risk for erectile dysfunction (ED), kidney stones and lower levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) this antigen is extremely important as it helps doctors detect if you have prostate cancer. Obesity raises your risk of heart disease, hypertension and other serious health effects.

So what can you do?

  • See a doctor or nurse who will calculate your BMI and help you create healthy targets hit in your journey.
  • If you’re uncomfortable, calculate your BMI at home and start to make some healthy lifestyle changes
  •  Lifestyle changes that can help with obesity include eating regular healthy meals at mealtimes instead of lots of sugar filled snacks. Focusing on fresh fruits and veggies instead of processed food.  Eat fibre fresh foods which will keep you feeling full. Drink lots of water
  • Try to get your body moving more exercise is key for losing weight
  • If you find going to the gym difficult incorporate exercise into activities that you find enjoyable. Join an adult football league, start jogging, play tennis, go swimming. If you enjoy it you’re more likely to stick with it.
  • Don’t focus on the scale. Losing weight isn’t the only goal, maintaining healthy habits will help you more in the long run. Focus on creating healthy habits and those will eventually lead to weight loss as disappointment stemming from weight loss that is not immediate may discourage you initially.

One Scottish study suggests that when men get together to exercise, it could be more effective than exercising alone. So grab your friends and work with each other to get yourselves as healthy as possible.

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More New Campuses for the TCI Community College says Education Minister Rachel Taylor

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, December 7, 2022 – North, South and Middle Caicos college-aged students will soon have the opportunity to access courses at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College without coming to Provo with the establishment of a new satellite campus by 2023.

The announcement was made by Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education in a recent town hall meeting in North Caicos in response to a resident who was concerned about fair access to free education for all students.

“Myself along with a few other indigenous twin islanders inquire as to whether online courses will be available for us because I refuse to pack up and relocate to the expensive Providenciales or Grand Turk to get a college education,” she queried.

The resident said she was confused as to why online services were not implemented with the rollout of free Community College for all islanders as virtual learning had been done without any issue during the pandemic.

“The President and her team will be in North Caicos before the end of the semester, which will be within the next few weeks. What we’re doing for the island of North Caicos as well as South and Middle is to introduce a satellite campus,” Taylor promised.

The campuses will be at the Raymond Gardiner High School in North Caicos and Marjorie Basden High School in South Caicos. In addition to those physical satellite campuses, students will be able to work online.

“Persons who would not want to attend the satellite facility, we want to ensure that they have the opportunity to carry out their courses online.”

The major key to the program, Taylor says, is good internet capabilities which can be difficult for the twin islands. The minister revealed that the government had been having discussions about the twin islands’ connectivity.

“We are definitely going to introduce the courses— very, very soon, you will see them being offered” she promised, “as early as next semester.”

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Lyford Cay Foundations Donates $525,000 to University of The Bahamas on Day of Giving

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#TheBahamas, December 5, 2022 – On a day dedicated for a sustained period of giving, the Lyford Cay Foundations (LCF) gave University of The Bahamas (UB) a half-million dollar grant on Tuesday 29th November that will be used for student scholarships, academic necessities and to enrich the student experience.

The LCF is one of UB’s legacy donors and a valued partner in higher education.  Its generous gift was made on UB’s Day of Giving, also observed internationally as Giving Tuesday.

“We could not think of a better day to present this grant to University of The Bahamas than on Giving Tuesday, the day when individuals, corporations and non-profits come together to transform communities through giving,” LCF Chairman, Mr. Basil Goulandris said.

Mr. Goulandris added that the donation means LCF’s partnership with UB now extends beyond traditional scholarship grants.  The new grant will be used to fund study abroad opportunities, meal plans and university bridging scholarships for students who are in need and maintain a good academic standing.

“Our grants to the College of The Bahamas, and now the University of The Bahamas, have aimed to help people achieve their dreams and obtain skillsets most needed in our country,” said Mr. Goulandris.  “Our grants have enabled needs-based scholarships with the aim of equalizing opportunities for Bahamians.

“So much can be said about the breadth of our association with the University of The Bahamas.  The Lyford Cay Foundation is passionate about education, and we value the role University of the Bahamas plays in our national development.”

Tuesday’s donation brought the LCF’s investment in UB and its predecessor, COB, to over $10 million.  Over the past 25 years, the LCF has funded hundreds of student scholarships, the Virtual Library Project, as well as the completion of the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre, fittingly named after the late, former Chairman of the LCF.

“This is, quite frankly, phenomenal, and a reflection of the value and importance that Lyford Cay Foundations and its donors place on access to quality education within The Bahamas, in addition to beyond its shores,” said UB President Dr. Erik Rolland.  “We are honored at the longevity of this partnership, and are proud of the work both of our organizations are committed to the development of young Bahamians by providing these opportunities for higher education.”

Chair of UB’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, K.C., said Tuesday’s donation, though significant, pales in comparison to the near 30-year partnership between the two entities that continues to produce meaningful avenues to academic and professional success for Bahamian university students.

“This is a partnership and shared vision of immense value,” said Mrs. Maynard-Gibson.  “This is the work and the support that builds leaders, develops a country, and transforms the world.  Today, we’ve taken another step forward in this important work.  We’re truly honored to be doing this work with the Foundation, and on our UB Day of Giving, and Giving Tuesday internationally, we celebrate you and your donors for your philanthropic leadership.”

LCF Executive Director Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, a UB alumna and LCF scholar, said she was delighted to be a part of Tuesday’s donation ceremony.

“As a beneficiary of the important work of Lyford Cay Foundations, and University of The Bahamas, I know first hand why moments like these matter,” said Dr. Virgill-Rolle.  “I benefited generously from Lyford Cay Foundations donors who helped students like me achieve our dreams.  As an alumna of the College of The Bahamas now University of The Bahamas, I also benefited from the outstanding education that this institution provides.”

Under the grant arrangement, scholarship funding may be applied to tuition and fees, books and supplies directly related to the course of study and UB meal plans.

University of The Bahamas has been intentional in forging new partnerships and strengthening existing ones to increase the capacity to fulfil its mission of supporting and driving national development.  The LCF grant comes during UB Charter month during which the institution marked its sixth anniversary.

 

Photo Caption: From left are: UB Student Government Association (SGA) President Matthew Williams; SGA Vice President Anthony Sturrup; Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, UB, Inga Bostwick; Vice President of Institutional Advancement, UB, Dino Hernandez; UB President, Dr. Erik Rolland; UB Board of Trustees Chair, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, KC; Lyford Cay Foundations Board Chair Basil Goulandris; Lyford Cay Foundations Executive Director Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle; Lyford Cay Foundations Vice Chair Sarah Farrington; Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, UB, Antona Curry; Executive Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, UB, Kandice Eldon.

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