TCI Athletes Achieve Historic 4 Medals at Carifta 2018

This past weekend, Turks and Caicos Islands recorded historic achievements at the CARIFTA 2018 Games in Nassau, Bahamas by securing 4 medals.

The former Minister for Sports, Hon. Karen Malcolm, who held the portfolio for Sports until February 1, 2018 when it was transferred to Minister Hon. Edwin Astwood, attended the Games which commenced on Friday March 30th 2018.  Also, in attendance at the Games was Speaker of the House, Hon. Dwayne Taylor. 

Hon. Malcolm sent congratulations to the entire Team TCI for their outstanding performance; stating, “I want to congratulate the young people who have represented our country so well at CARIFTA. I was so proud to watch the performance of our young athletes from the sidelines.  They all did an excellent job, however, I must applaud the admirable performance of those who obtained medals and achieved their personal best at the Games.  I would be remiss if I did not offer congratulations to the coaches and the persons who accompanied the athletes to the Bahamas.  Team TCI has made its mark.  This is the first time a team has won four medals at a CARFITA Games.”

The results of the medal placement are as follows:

GOLD Medalist, Wikenson Fenelon, won the Octathlon;

SILVER Medalist, Ken Reyes, who came second in the Under 20 Boys 800m;

BRONZE Medalists, 4 x 100m Boys Under 17, Joshua Meghoo, Wooslyn Harvey, Daveon Durham and Darren Pierret; and

BRONZE Medalist, Javelin throw from Katrell Pierre.

The Minister, Hon. Malcolm added; “We, as a nation must be extremely proud of the medalists.  Their performance was superb and we have a great caliber of athletes.  Watching them compete on an international stage was a lifetime experience.  I am very impressed. Every member of Team TCI gave their best.  This was demonstrated in their performance this year.  It illustrates that discipline along with hard work and determination are definitely the keys to success. Again, I am so proud of their performance.”

The Minister also stated that she was very pleased with the group of athletes who travelled to Jamaica to compete in CARIFTA Swimming Championships.  Their performances were also excellent and although they did not achieve a medal, most of them achieved their personal best and gained exposure to the world of swim competition.

Minister Malcolm encourages all youth to get involved in competition; be it athletics or otherwise.  She emphasized that her government will continue to invest in Sports.  She further added; “It is the intention of my government to improve the conditions offered to athletes, improve facilities available for them, and strengthen the country’s sport programmes in order to produce more world class athletes.  I can assure everyone that Sports is a priority for My Government; we will be strengthening our investment in sports to allow our children to develop their individual abilities from an early age.”

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TCIG Appoints Two New Dental Hygienist

The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Dental Hygienist, Ms. Raymonda Brown and Mr. Deangello Germain in the Turks and Caicos Government’s Dental Departments in Grand Turk and Providenciales, respectively.

 

Commenting on the appointment, Director of Dental Services Dr. Jameiko Harvey said; “I would like to welcome two of our very own, Ms. Raymonda Brown and Mr. Deangello Germain to the post of Dental Hygienist within the Dental Department.  These two individuals are the first Dental Hygienist to be hired by the Turks and Caicos Government and will be helping to combat the fight on gum disease in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“I can say that I am very proud of these two individuals and the direction that the Dental Department is heading.  As we look to reshape the way individuals think about their oral hygiene, in short order we will be reintroducing our mobile clinic in Providenciales which will help to eliminate the heavy traffic at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and the roles of these two Hygienists will be critical in helping individuals to keep their teeth longer and to live a healthier life.”

 

Mr. Deangello Germain, who is a former track star, trained and competed alongside the great Delano Williams, but put aside his sporting ambitions to pursue a career in dentistry.  Mr. Germain having completed a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Technology has returned home to serve his country, and has further aspirations to become a Dental Surgeon, having already been accepted into Nova Southeastern University in the USA, where he intends to complete a Bachelors degree in Biology before applying to Dental School. 

Ms. Raymonda Brown redefines what it means to be dedicated as she was accepted to Dental Hygiene school some sixteen years ago and had to defer for personal reasons, but always kept in the back of her mind that one day she would finish what she started, so when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a Grant from the Civil Service Professional Development Fund to the APLUS Institute of Information Technology, Healthcare and Business in Toronto, Canada in 2016, Ms. Brown practically gave up everything to make her dreams come true.

Deputy Governor Anya Williams joined in congratulating both new appointees by stating:  “I am pleased to congratulate both Raymonda and Deangello on their new appointments and to wish them much success in their new roles.  Having had the opportunity to interact with them both I can emphatically state that they both are very passionate about their roles and about their profession.

 

“I am especially proud of their accomplishments and also of the efforts and accomplishments of the Dental Department through Dr. Harvey and the work that he continues to do to motivate young persons to pursue medical studies through the Clinic Exploration Program.

 

“I hope that their stories of success will continue to motivate others to pursue these most critical fields.”

 

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Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services To Take tour of TCIG Schools

Following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria 95% of the school's infrastructure throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands was affected. As a result, the Government has taken a bold decision to rebuild stronger, more resilient schools.  The Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Hon. Karen Malcolm,  will on the 5th April 2018 conduct a work assessment tour of the Long Bay High School, Enid Capron Primary School and the Clement Howell High School on Providenciales to evaluate the repair works which have already begun. 

This tour is to ensure that the works will be completed on time and are consistent with the specifications of the Ministry. Works being done on the block that houses the  Computer room, Kitchen and Sickbay at the Enid Capron Primary School are projected to be completed in May 2018. Phase II work for the Enid Capron Primary School will commence once the 2018/19 budget is passed.

The repair work at the Clement Howell High School commenced before the storm, however, the school sustained extensive damages during the passage of Hurricane Irma. Phase III of the Long Bay High School is progressing on schedule and the work is expected to be completed in July 2018.

The Government, in its commitment to rebuilding schools, has approved a supplementary budget of over $8 million. To date, Invitations to Tender have been published for the Iris Stubbs Primary and the Marjorie Basden High School. Contracts have been awarded and works are to commence as early as May 2018.

The drafting of the ITT for repair and rebuilding of the Oseta Jolly Primary, TCI Community College and the H.J. Robinson High will be finalized and published by the end of April. Funding for the repair and rebuilding of the Ianthe Pratt Primary, Eliza Simons Primary, C. Hubert James Primary, Mary Robinson Primary, Adelaide Oemler Primary and additional work at the Enid Capron Primary is allocated in the 2018/19 budget.  Work will commence once the budget is passed in the House of Assembly. 

The Ministry of Education is happy to announce that the works on the Eliza Simons Primary School will be completed in July 2018.

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