Miami, Florida, March 7th 2016 – Flow Sports – the region’s newest and only Caribbean-based High Definition (HD) sports TV network – today announced that it has become the Official Broadcast Partner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket tournament starting in 2016.
In securing the broadcast rights, Flow Sports will be the only broadcaster in the region to provide HD coverage of all the IPL action. The deal also gives Flow exclusive digital rights for the IPL, which will be available for free to all Flow mobile and broadband customers via the cricketgateway.com platform – making it easy for working fans to catch the daytime games.
Entering its ninth season, the IPL is the largest and most popular professional T20 cricket tournament in the world, and features West Indies’ superstars including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Samuel Badree, and Jason Holder. The IPL is also the most popular regular-season cricket tournament in the Caribbean, and often the most watched event in the annual sporting calendar. Flow Sports will be showing all 60 games of the 8-team tournament live, with up to two games being broadcasted per day, all in crystal clear HD.
“Our customers consistently tell us that, as the biggest and most exciting T20 tournament in the world, the IPL is their favourite regular season cricket competition – the IPL is to cricket fans what the English Premier League is to football fans. We are therefore thrilled to announce our agreement with the IPL to confirm what is the region’s best cricket and, indeed, sports line-up” said John Reid, President of Flow.
The IPL deal comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Flow Sports had secured broadcasting rights for two other global cricket tournaments – The Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 and the ASIA Cup 2016. During its recent coverage of the PSL, Flow Sports was consistently the most popular sports network on the Flow TV platform, demonstrating the enduring popularity of cricket in the Caribbean.
“With IPL rights, we have cemented Flow Sports as the “Home of Cricket” in the region,” said Reid. “Thanks to this deal with the IPL, as well as the partnerships we’ve secured with the New Zealand Home Series, South Africa Home Series, Bangladesh Premier League T20, the Ram Slam T20 and more recently the PSL20 and Asia Cup, our customers can watch their favourite West Indies players in action from leagues all around the world, and never miss a ball.”
Flow’s TV customers can catch all of the IPL 2016 season action between April 8th and May 29th, 2016 on Flow Sports, with further announcements set to made to Flow customers on how to access digital coverage.
Agreement Signed! Next Foghorns and Three Times the Arrivals
#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2021 – When the foghorns blare again at the Grand Turk Cruise Center it will be well into the Christmas season, but the scheduled arrival of the Carnival Freedom on November 28, will end a 20-month pandemic imposed pause on cruising, the economic life-blood, of the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“We have eleven meetings since May to make this happen. I think it’s a huge, huge improvement on what we’ve had before, speaking to the value of the partnership of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Carnival and we look to have a long and fruitful relationship,” said Hon Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Government today, finally inked a deal with Carnival Corporation, which appeared hinged on the cruise company being granted the green light for an expansion to berthing at the Port, which opened in 2006 on the island of Grand Turk.
The signing of a new Development Agreement followed an October 7 Cabinet approval of the document; the brief ceremony was carried live on Facebook from the Office of the Premier in Grand Turk.
“Indeed as the Premier has stated, we met 11 times and many times in person, you were in every meeting and sometimes with members of Cabinet, the Attorney General and we worked on something that we will all be proud of for many years to come,” said Giora Israel, Senior Vice President Global Port & Destination Development.
Strongly intimated, by Premier Misick, that this expansion had been stalled. Definitely stated, also by Premier Misick, it is full steam ahead for a resumption of cruising.
“We are confident that cruise ships filled with visitors will be back in time for the high season 21/22. We are not stopping there. Government is investing heavily in the improvement of the Cruise Port and infrastructure in Grand Turk including: Acquisition of a Property to be converted into a Vendors Market. $1.5m dollars has been allocated to refurbish and improve the property. Additional properties will be acquired and developed to accommodate vendors who depend on the cruise industry for their livelihood. 2-million dollars will be spent to construct a floating dock for the Water Sports Operators. We are providing up to $1 million in grants to eligible operators to help them prepare for the reopening of the Cruise Industry,” said the Premier during a National Address on September 23.
Three cruises to Grand Turk are booked for November and December 2021 and if all goes according to schedule – or better – the cruise calls on November 28, December 11, December 12 and December 26 will usher in a happier holiday season for the dozens of companies left in limbo with the crash of cruising in March 2020.
“I really want to thank our employees at the Port. We have had employees who stayed here for the last two years working hard to maintain the port,” said Mr. Israel as he acknowledged the enthusiasm shown by the TCI Government to complete the deal; he added, “But I also want to thank the Community of Grand Turk. We are a part of this community; we have been welcomed as a part of this community. The Community has embraced us and we have embraced the Community, the business community and we need to look at this as a partnership,” expressed Mr. Israel during the live stream.
Outside of cruise tourism, Grand Turk draws dive enthusiasts from around the world and is increasingly experiencing popularity in the luxury villa market. Nonetheless, these other distinctions for the island which is home to the Parliament and the Governor’s Residence, fall a distant second and third place to the thousands of cruise visitors travelling on four, five and six day itineraries; Cruising is what really brings the boom.
“We’ve had a long partnership of 20 years and this partnership is just getting better. New horizon, new opportunities and when I look at this magazine, which is a magazine we issued when the port was opened, we expected that the biggest ship would be 1,800 passengers. Within 90 days of today, we are expecting ships that will be able to carry three times the number of passengers…”
The Development Agreement gives Carnival Corporation the permissions and perimeters to begin a $25 million dock expansion project. The Turks and Caicos Cabinet informed that the signatories represented: the Crown, the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk Cruise Terminal Ltd and Carnival Corporation.
Details of the Agreement were not revealed, therefore the scope of the expansion remains unknown. What has been made clear is upon completion of the new dock, the largest ships in Carnival’s fleet will be able to moor in Grand Turk with the high probability that cruise passenger and crew arrivals to the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, will triple.
Carnival elation Dec 11
Carnival Freedom Nov 28, dec 26
Carnival freedom Dec 12
TCI Health Minister pledges Urgency is Serving Mental Health
#TurksandCaicos, October 14, 2021 – Minister of Health and Human Services, Hon. Jamell Robinson says the Government will be making increased investment to tackle the issue of mental health.
In his message for World Mental Health Day, observed under the theme “Mental Health In An Unequal World,” he said it was fitting for the focus to be on the way persons who suffer from the disorder are treated.
While noting that finances are not the only factors affecting persons living with chronic illnesses and mental health disorders, he said mental health is a fundamental element to “overall health and livelihood.
“It must be recognised and treated by all Turks and Caicos residents of the, with the same urgency as physical health. We must continue to ensure that mental health remains an important part of our public health mission-we will make certain that the mental health project that was started, is seen to completion. We will ensure that where necessary, increased funding is made available for outreach and support programmes,” the Minister said
He disclosed that a special needs support group for parents, guardians and caregiver will be implement, adding that mental issue is a “longstanding problem” that has been tackled for decades by various professionals, and it must be part of all citizens to lend support and care, where they can.
The Minister stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has “triggered us” to ponder more about individual health and wellbeing and brought to the forefront that while some enjoy the beauties of life, others cannot.
“Not all of us have the same experience while accessing necessary services, such as healthcare, and what resonates most is the difference in health outcomes for different people, sometimes,” he outlined.
RBDF Congratulates Retired Commander Defence Force on National Honour Award
During a ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, West Bay Street, Commodore Smith was presented with the Order of Distinction within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, by Governor-General, the Most Honorable Sir Cornelius A. Smith. Also in attendance were his daughter, Mrs. Italia Seymour, and the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King.
Commodore Smith was one of sixteen other deserving individuals recognized on National Heroes Day for the vast contributions they made to the development of the country. The first Bahamian Officer to be appointed as Commander Defence Force, he is the longest-serving Commodore to serve this office from 1983 to 1997.
Throughout his military career, he received numerous awards and accolades, and his career in public life spanned over forty years, and on September 19, 2014, an RBDF Legend Class Vessel bearing his name was commissioned. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is truly grateful for the devoted services of Commodore Smith to the organization and his country.
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King extends congratulations on his behalf of the members of his Executive Command, Officers, Senior Enlisted, and Junior Enlisted members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, to Commodore Retired Leon Smith, on his great accomplishment.
Header: Commodore Retired Leon Smith being presented with the Order of Distinction within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, by Governor-General, the Most Honorable Sir Cornelius A. Smith on October 11, 2021, during a ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, West Bay Street.
Insert: Commodore Retired Leon Smith along with recipients of the 2021 National Honours Awards on October 11, 2021, during a ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, West Bay Street.
(RBDF Photos by Able Seaman Paul Rolle II)
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