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CELEBRATING WORLD TOURISM DAY: TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS HIGHLIGHT PAST ACHIEVEMENTS AND SET THE COURSE FOR AN EXCITING FUTURE

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Hon. Josephine Connolly

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (28TH SEPTEMBER 2023) – In the wake of World Tourism Day on September 27th, the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Ministry of Tourism, its Department of Tourism Regulation (DTR), and Experience Turks and Caicos, the newly-launched Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMMO) delve into past accolades and outline the future of tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, reflected, “Celebrating World Tourism Day reminded us of our storied journey – a journey punctuated with accolades like the World’s Top Trending Travel Destination of Fall 2022 and the recent titles from the World Travel Awards, Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination for 2023.

As the most tourism-dependent country in the Caribbean, we recognize the weight of our responsibility. Ensuring that the Turks and Caicos Islands remains a premier destination for years to come is paramount. The establishment of the Department of Tourism Regulation and Experience Turks and Caicos signifies our unwavering commitment to elevate, fortify, and diversify tourism in our cherished islands.”

Racquel Brown

Inaugurated in July, Experience Turks and Caicos is a symbol of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ forward-thinking approach to tourism. Ms. Racquel Brown, Interim CEO/Change Manager, articulated, “Experience Turks and Caicos is a testament to our islands’ future – a future where we do more than just welcome tourists. We aim to integrate them into a unique, immersive experience that is both responsible and inclusive. We are not just competing to be the best in the Caribbean; our goal is to set a global standard for what tourism can and should be.”

Mr. Avi Adams, Director of the Department of Tourism Regulation, added, “Our primary task is to usher in an era where our tourism meets world-class standards consistently. By advocating for best practices and maintaining an environment that respects both our visitors and our heritage, we ensure that the Turks and Caicos Islands remains synonymous with unparalleled excellence in the tourism domain.”

Avi Adams

In the ever-changing tapestry of global tourism, the Turks and Caicos Islands emerge as a beacon of excellence, blending past achievements with visionary strategies. Through endeavours such as Experience Turks and Caicos and the Department of Tourism Regulation, the Turks and Caicos Islands is not merely witnessing the transformation of the tourism industry but is actively sculpting its future, offering a harmonious fusion of heritage, responsibility, and unparalleled experiences. As the world gazes upon the horizon of tourism’s potential, the essence of the Turks and Caicos Islands shines brightly, setting a benchmark for destinations regionally.

The Turks and Caicos Islands looks forward to hosting the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO’s) State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) and its attendees from October 9th to October 13th.

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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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Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer

 

 

#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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