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Voting Results are In as Turks & Caicos Amateur Athletic Association (TCAAA) holds Elections

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#TurksandCaicos, November 11, 2023 – The Annual General Meeting of the Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association that governs Athletics, which is the Sport of Track and Field including Road Races took place on Saturday 4th November 2023 at the Oseta Jolly Primary School in Blue Hills, Providenciales.

Below are the results of the election of Executive Officers that will serve for 2023 to 2027 and will oversee the running of the Association.

 President

Edith Skippings -29 votes

Alvirto Smith -9 votes

1st Vice President

Judith Robinson -30 votes

Alvirto Smith -8 votes

 2nd Vice President

Gervin Simmons -29 votes

Courtney Missick -7 votes

Brenda Lightbourne -2 votes

 General Secretary

Rosalie Ingham-Hall -31 votes

Willah Gray -7 votes

 Assistant Secretary

Rosanna Henry -33 votes

Yanique Hayes-Smith -5 votes

 Treasurer

Linda Grant -27 votes

Willah Gray -11 votes

 Assistant Treasurer

Willah Gray -20 votes

Thelma Vanalstine -17 votes

 Public Relations Officer

Alexander Ewing -28 votes

Courtney Missick -10

 Athletes’ Representative

Antwon Walkin -27 votes

Courtney Missick -7 votes

Yanique Hayes-Smith -4 votes

 Coaches’ Representative

Christopher Foster -28 votes

Courtney Missick -10 votes

 Technical Officials’ Rep.

Kenesha Thompson –unopposed

 Committee Members

Abigail Delancy -33 votes

Dawn Ford -33 votes

Donnovan Garvey -26 votes

Alvirto Smith -11 votes

Brenda Lightbourne -9 votes

Final Results, New Executive 2023-2027

President Edith Skippings

1 st Vice President Judith Robinson

2 nd Vice President Gervin Simmons

General Secretary Rosalie Ingham-Hall

Assistant Secretary Rosanna Henry Treasurer Linda Grant

Assistant Treasurer Willah Gray

Public Relations Officer Alexander Ewing

Athletes’ Representative Antwon Walkin

Coaches’ Representative Christopher Foster

Technical Officials’ Rep. Kenesha Thompson

Committee Members:  Abigail Delancy Committee Member Donnovan Garvey Committee Member Dawn Ford Immediate Past President Edith Skippings

“I certify the above to be True and Correct to the best of my knowledge as per our last Annual General Election of the Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association, held on 4th November 2023 at the Oseta Jolly School, Blue Hills, Providenciales.”

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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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