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100 Days in Office, New TCI Governor talks Security, Youth Empowerment and Cabinet relations 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, November 10, 2023 – As she marked her 100th day in office on October 7, Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor took to the radio airways to speak to the Turks and Caicos people, describing the major issues she hopes to address including the country’s national security, the reactive nature of the security forces, and opportunities for Youth.

“When I first came in, they really had to be a focus in terms of national security. We had that spate of shootings two or three weeks in so that really brought a focus in terms of my priorities and responsibilities,” she explained.

It’s one of the top issues in the country with several facets that she wants to work on.

“I think one of the key challenges is actually— the responsive nature to the crime that we are seeing, but another, where I would really like to get more strategic intervention is attention is early intervention.”

The Governor, who entered the islands in historic fashion as the first female governor and first governor of colour, said it came down to how the TCI as a British overseas territory was nurturing the ambition of its youth.

“How are we giving them confidence to you go for the opportunities that are available to them and— how are we nurturing a sense of pride, because I think if we are not nurturing that talent, and then I think there is hope, all are ability among our youth, and respect to the wider crime side.”

Daniel-Selvaratnam stressed that it was, for her, important to explore how the government could drive community partnerships to combat crime early.

“I am in this position because I was very fortunate and had parents who gave me every confidence to go for the opportunities I wanted to go for whereas a lot of children they don’t have the benefit of that-so I really believe that there is a duty on myself and others in our posts, to be able to help structure that pathway for them.”

In her duties, she has described the relationship with Turks and Caicos elected officials as supportive.

“I have a very supportive team led by the deputy governor, and also a very good working relationship with the Cabinet so in that respect, it’s been a very mutually supportive, frank and open relationship that I’ve been able to have.”

The Governor, who marked 100 Days in Turks and Caicos on October 8 was speaking on Wassup TCI with Andy Missick.  The show aired on Government-owned, RTC, Radio Turks and Caicos on Thursday October 7, 2023.

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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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