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TCI gets bronze at CARIFTA TRACK  

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Dana Malcolm   

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#TurksandCaicos, April 11, 2023 – Described as ‘one to watch’ in the lead up to the 2023 CARIFTA championships in Nassau Bahamas, Antwon Walkin has delivered, netting the Turks and Caicos not one but TWO bronze medals in the discus throw, one yesterday and one today and Love Joseph, landing a bronze medal after missing medal table coming in 5th with his personal best; TCI now rocks 3 bronze medals. 

Walkin had similar hopes for CARIFTA 2022 but did not manage to medal during those games.  Now in the under 20 category, he got his moment on the podium yesterday  with a TCI flag over his shoulders and his bronze medal proudly displayed, he told ZNS.  

“Medalling at CARIFTA or any international event is really just a testament to your hard work.  This is just showing me that all those nights I put in all those painful days, all the work, it has paid off.” 

Now, today marks his next big win for the TCI as he has another podium moment.  His hard work is once again shining through.

For his Sunday win, he added nearly 2 m to his personal best, pushing it to 52.25 up from 50.74 which is a national record for the TCI.  Walkin managed to pull off the performance, even with an injury.  The youngster trained at Kingston College in Jamaica, one of the country’s premier athletics and educational institutions.   

After missing the medal table coming in fifth in the U17 1500m with a new personal best, Love Jospeh had his comeback moment yesterday by winning another bronze for the TCI in the boys 3000m race. 

Additionally, Roneisha Johnson and Branary Delancy competed in the U17 100m heats, both setting personal bests.  

For the U17 Boys, Jarmal Missick reached the semi-finals of the 100m placing 14th while Markey Zepherin and Alieandio Durham both competed in the U20 100m heats.  

In the U20 event, Kaeson Garland placed 14th. 

Bernard Hyde set a PB finishing 6th in the U20 400m semi-finals, in the U17 400m heats.  Melique Evans ran a personal best to place 7th; while Chyna Simmons finished the U20 Girls 400m heats and Krysann Williams competed in the heats of the U17 Girls 400m.  

Alidavidson Higgs was unfortunately pulled from competition as he was diagnosed with respiratory tract virus after arriving from school in Jamaica.  The country is suffering from a bout of increasing hospitalizations from respiratory infections.  Rayvon Black was also scheduled to run the 100m but was withdrawn due to an injury.  

MM wishes them a speedy recovery and extends congratulations to the other athletes.  

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 

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#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

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How to protect against HIV 

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#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.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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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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