Men’s Health Conference 2017

The first ever exciting, provocative and informative Men’s health Conference was held by the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services. The conference was held on the 15th and 16th of June islands represented at the conference held on Grand Turk on the 15th were Grand Turk and South Caicos, on Providenciales, men from Providenciales and North Caicos. 

 
Men from other islands were engaged but were unable to attend. The conference delivered a holistic experience which provided education and connections to community resources aimed at improving the overall health of men in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Men were met with services that were at their fingertips. This conference encouraged positive health habits among men and even women who were in attendance.
 
Men were able to access service by visiting the various booths. Screening conducted at the conference were blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, blood sugar checks, HIV checks, Syphilis checks, BMI checks and depression screening checks. Men benefited from a nutritionist being on site to speak generally and one on one about healthy eating and demonstrations of how to prepare healthy nutritious drinks and sampling of a variety of drinks was a huge hit.
 
Other services offered at the conference were massages this was also a popular service along with the Red Light District were a very romantic scene was set up to encourage men to use condoms correctly. According to Mrs. Robinson Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit even though the number of men anticipated was not reached the conference was a huge success and saw men engaging and showing a willingness to adapt healthier lifestyles. She further stated; “It was for some men a real defining moment where commitments were made.”
 
Dr. Connell keynote speaker from the University of the West Indies Cave Campus and Hypertension Specialist stated; “I would like to congratulate Turks and Caicos for hosting what appears to be the first Men’s Health Conference in this region.  I did some research on Men’s Health Conferences and up to this point I have not seen one, Turks and Caicos you are doing a great work.”
 
There was one screening that was to be offered at the conference and due to unforeseen challenges was not offered was the PSA test for prostate cancer. But, men were referred to the Public Health laboratory to have the test done. Due to the test being a blood test and not a rectal examination men opted to have the screening done.
 
Engaging topics generated much discussion, topics presented were:-
 
“Most common Cancers in Men” - Dr. Yohamna Marante
 
“The Importance of the Physical Man Being Healthy to House the Spiritual Man” - Bishop Cox, Rock of Jesus Ministries
 
"High Blood Pressure, Diabetes & Early Morning Stiffness - Man Up, Stand Up & Know Your Numbers!"- Dr. Kenneth Connell, Key Note Speaker
 
“Men and Depression” - Dr. Patrick Prince
 
“Kidney Failure Who Cares” - Dr. Ravindra Kidney
 
“Man enough to Make the Right Choices”- Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing
 
“Cancer and Kidney Failure”- Dr. Henry Blythe
 
For more information on Men’s Health contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772.

National Honours and Awards Nominations closes June 30, 2017

The National Honours and Awards Committee is reminding the general public to submit their completed nomination forms for the third annual National Honours and Awards Program before Friday, June 30, 2017 in a sealed envelope to the Premier’s Office on Grand Turk, Providenciales; District Commissioners Office in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Salt Cay or South Caicos or any member of the National Honour’s and Awards Committee.
 
The National Honors and Awards program recognizes outstanding citizens who have made exemplary contribution to the country’s development. The classifications of awards are:
 
The Order of National Hero:
The Order of National Hero is the highest award and may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander for extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to the Turks and Caicos Islands or to humanity at large.
 
The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands:
The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has served with distinction in any field of discipline and may be conferred to upon a person during his lifetime or posthumously.
 
The Patriotic Awards:
The Patriotic Awards may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has demonstrated a keen sense of national consciousness and rendered exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the people of the islands.
 
- Provided that the Patriotic Award: Mouchoir Bank medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander as an honorary award for demonstrating a very high regard for national integration philanthropic
 
The Long Service Medal:
The Long Service Medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has given outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty years.
 
National Young Achiever’s Medal:
The National Young Achiever’s medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the following areas (but not limited)-
 
- Culture
 
- Academics
 
- Performing Arts; or
 
- Sports
 
It is important that you nominate persons you believe are worthy to receive such honour with the classification of the award since the committee cannot nominate him or her for an alternative honour or awards.
 
Nomination forms can be collected from the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk and Providenciales; District Commissioners Office in North Caicos, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, Government Website and other areas throughout the community.
 
Your completed nominations formed should be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Premier’s Office, District Commissioners office or any member of the Committee Marked:
National Honours and Awards Committee
Office of the Premier
Turks and Caicos Islands
 
The form only introduces your nominee. You may add additional information regarding your nominee’s work, service and merits on an additional page to support your reason why your nominee should be so honoured; whether documents, newspaper clippings, letters, testimonials.
 
Nominations must be submitted by June 30th 2017.
 
Committee Members:
Mr. Oliver Mills
Chairman
 
Mr. Samuel Handfield 
Member
 
Mrs Medline Mills 
Member
 
Mr. Duke Delancy
Member
 
Mrs. Albert Capron 
Member
 
Mr. Sonny Forbes
Member

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association plays crucial role in embedding good governance in Turks and Caicos with post-election seminar for newly elected Members of the Legislature

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has held a post-election seminar for newly elected Members of the Turks and Caicos Legislature to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure following the recent elections. The CPA is the only Commonwealth body that works to strengthen territorial assemblies and legislatures such as the House of Assembly in Turks and Caicos as well as national, state and provincial legislatures. The relationship between Turks and Caicos and the CPA is key in providing a platform to develop good parliamentary practice within the UK Overseas Territories and to share good practice with other similar legislatures across the Commonwealth.
 
In her address at the opening ceremony, Turks and Caicos Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, MHA said that she wholeheartedly welcomed the CPA seminar, the purpose of which is to equip local Parliamentarians with the tools and knowledge they need to better serve the people who elected them. She further encouraged: "It is so important that as Parliamentarians we sharpen our skills and that we keep doing so to better equip ourselves.”
 
On 15 December 2016, Turks and Caicos held transparent, free and fair elections for the second time since the introduction of the interim administration in 2009. The elections demonstrated the islands’ commitment to the democratic ideals and standards upon which the Commonwealth is founded and the ideals enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter. The election also resulted in the first female Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands signifying a strong commitment to gender equality and the importance of women’s political leadership.
 
The CPA Post-Election Seminar in Turks and Caicos provided an excellent opportunity for newly elected Members of the House of Assembly to ask questions about parliamentary practice and procedure and provided Members with a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes in other Commonwealth jurisdictions. The seminar was opened by Hon. Dwayne S. Taylor, MHA, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos. Commitment to improving democratic processes in the legislature was demonstrated by the active participation in the seminar of Members from all sides of the House. 
 
The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan also addressed Members at the CPA Post-Election Seminar. 
 
The CPA Secretary-General said; “The Post-Election Seminar in Turks and Caicos demonstrates the CPA’s commitment to our Small Branches and to the territorial legislatures that we represent. I am delighted to visit the CPA Turks and Caicos Branch to share good practice with local Members on issues such as the importance of Codes of Conduct as a tool to help address the trust deficit in Parliaments; the importance of gender equality in parliament; and the essential role that an effective Committee can play. This peer-to-peer learning and bringing together of expertise from across the Commonwealth, goes to the heart of the CPA’s key strength as an Association.”
 
The newly elected Members of the House of Assembly heard from experts from across the Commonwealth including: Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA, Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly; Hon. Dave Levac, MPP, Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, Canada; Mrs Jacqui Sampson-Miguel, Clerk of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago; as well as local Members and officials from Turks and Caicos.
 
Following the CPA seminar, a CPA Roadshow for over 150 young people was held at the Helena Jones Robinson High School Auditorium in Turks and Caicos as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of Commonwealth schools and universities. The CPA Secretary-General was accompanied at the CPA Roadshow by the Speaker; the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition; and many Members of the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos.
 
Students had the opportunity to discuss the importance of the Commonwealth and of parliamentary democracy with the CPA Secretary-General. The Premier of Turks and Caicos spoke to students about what unites them with each other and with others across the Commonwealth and to recognise that focusing on unity will benefit all citizens in Turks and Caicos. Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA spoke about the work of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) as the CWP regional representative for the Caribbean Region and she highlighted the great success of women’s representation in Turks and Caicos with women occupying many senior positions in all three arms of the state – executive, legislature and judiciary. Hon. Shirley Osborne also reminded young people that parliaments work best when all people including women govern together. 
 
The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to find out about the work of the CPA. 
 
During the CPA visit to Turks and Caicos, the CPA Secretary-General held a range of bilateral meetings with the Speaker of the House of Assembly; the Premier; the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Charles W. Misick, OBE, JP, MHA; and His Excellency the Governor of Turks and Caicos, Dr John Freeman, CMG. 
 
The Secretary-General discussed the range of parliamentary strengthening programmes that the CPA offers to its members and is developing to support the professional development of Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff. The newly-elected Members attended the CPA Post-Election Seminar, which took place in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, from 7 to 9 June 2017, hosted by the CPA Turks and Caicos Branch.