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Flow Sports celebrates One Year as the Home of Sports in the Caribbean

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MIAMI, FL, December 21, 2016 – One year ago, Flow unveiled its new Flow Sports Network, giving fans an exciting and innovative viewing experience, forever changing the game in sports broadcasting in the Caribbean.

In its first year, Flow Sports beamed over 4,000 hours of live and original sports programming in crystal-clear high definition straight from a state-of-the-art 4k-ready broadcast facility in Trinidad. Built around the sports Caribbean fans love – football, athletics and cricket – the network aired the biggest events in local, regional and international sports, including last year’s FA Cup Final, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Flow CARIFTA Games, the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, the 2016-17 Premier League season and much more.

Not long after the network was launched, Flow also unveiled the Flow Sports app to give fans anytime/anywhere access to its premier sports content. Live and on-demand programming, up-to-date news, statistics, behind-the-scenes footage and more is now available ‘on the go’ via the app or the website, www.flowsports.co, along with the regular Flow TV options, so fans can take the action with them wherever they go.

“Giving fans unmatched sports content tailored to their specific preference with the ability to watch it all at their leisure, on their device of choice – that’s what Flow Sports is all about,” said James Tooke, SVP of Media and Content at Cable & Wireless, operator of Flow. “And in just one year we have become the Caribbean’s leading sports network setting the bar for future sports programming across the region. We’ve given fans what they’ve always wanted – a one-stop shop for the content they want to watch.”

Indeed, Flow Sports’ inaugural year was jammed pack with exciting action for viewers. Looking back on some of the milestones, Tooke said: “We became the Official Broadcast Partner and Sponsor of the Flow CARIFTA Games, broadcasting the competition in HD for the first time ever – not just across the Caribbean, but also to more than 20 million households worldwide. We were the Official Broadcast Partner of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, too, and enabled fans to stream over 4.4 million minutes of action across our FlowtoRio2016Extra app and microsite, with 4.6 million people also tuning into our 3 dedicated Olympic channels.   We became home to the Indian Premier League; brought behind-the-scenes coverage of the Super Bowl to fans of American football; hosted watch parties for Manchester United fans; and the list goes on. It was a truly exceptional first year – one we’ll always remember.”

And while Flow Sports made sure to broadcast the big-name events, it also focused on the development of its own original programs. A case in point is Flow Sports Premier Weekly, an in-house production dedicated to all things Premier League, where three world-class hosts (Nadine Liverpool, Jason Roberts and Terry Fenwick) discuss the league’s hottest stories trending in Caribbean circles. The show has gotten such a positive response that Tooke says it has become “football central for Caribbean fans.” And it’s also an excellent example of Flow’s commitment to shape a true Caribbean viewing experience.

That commitment can be further seen in Flow Sports’ coverage of local and regional sports, including the Barbados Rally, Cayman Invitational, Schoolboy Football from Jamaica, Flow CARIFTA Games and the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers and so much more.    “Supporting our athletes and giving fans the chance to watch their hometown heroes compete in these significant regional events has been a privilege for us,” explained Tooke. “We’ll continue to do what we can to develop sports across the region and give fans relevant, local content.”

In recognizing the accomplishments of the network, Cable & Wireless CEO, John Reid, said, “Flow Sports is a celebration of innovation and improvement in sports broadcasting across the region and has been changing the game since it was launched. We’ve invested in the content, the technology, the athletes, the fans and the people behind the network. And it’s paying off. Flow Sports is now available in 24 countries in the Caribbean, and aside from Flow is carried by 34 other operators – and growing.”

Reid also said, “In November, our family of sports networks had the highest cumulative audience of any sports network on the Flow TV platform. But this is just the beginning. We are even more confident that we will continue to raise the bar now that we are powered by our new parent company Liberty Global’s size, scale and access to content. We will ensure that Flow Sports evolves with the sports and with the fans, and we’ll keep investing to develop across the region to demonstrate for years to come why we truly are ‘the Home of Sports in the Caribbean.’”

 

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Missing in House Meetings, BVI law requires By-Election soon

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By Dana Malcolm

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#BVI, August 4, 2022 – The British Virgin Islands will soon have a by-election to contest embattled former premier Andrew Fahie seat in the House of Assembly(HOA). Fahie will likely lose his seat in the coming weeks as the speaker of the house confirmed she will not be granting the ex-premier anymore leave to miss sittings of the House according to local media. 

Fahie is forbidden from leaving Miami while he awaits his court appearance on drug charges after being arrested along with fellow countrywoman, Olenvine Maynard in a DEA operation.

No member of the HOA is allowed to miss three consecutive meetings without leave from the speaker of the house in the BVI.  Once the time expires a by election will be triggered

Fahie has plead “not guilty” to the drug charges against him and remains in Miami at the home of his two daughters who along with his wife have had to surrender their passports.

The BVI narrowly avoided a partial constitutional suspension earlier this year after a UK led Commission of Inquiry found widespread instances of corruption in the government.

Dr Natalio D. Wheatley continues as Acting Premier of the British Virgin Islands.

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A pristine bay in Exuma contaminated in Diesel Spill, Bahamas Gov’t opens investigation

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, July 25, 2022 – Bahamian companies are making significant progress in their effort to clean up a 35,000 gallon fuel spill in some of the most pristine waters in the world: Exuma.

By Thursday afternoon 11,000 gallons had already been removed and the rest is expected to be siphoned out by Friday. The spill was noticed about 4am Wednesday morning during a fuel transfer which was on its way to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL).

Chester Cooper, in acting Prime Minister capacity at the time of the messy spill in his constituency.  Cooper flew into Exuma with a team of ministers and media to assess the damage.  Bahamian-owned, Sun Oil was the source of the diesel leak.

“It was on its way to BPL but ended up here in the cove. We are happy that it appears to be contained,” said Cooper, obviously concerned but expressing relief for the manageable scope of the spill.

In a statement shared with Bahamian media houses Sun Oil said ‘at 4am Wednesday morning crew members onboard the MT Arabian, a vessel contracted on behalf of Sun Oil Limited to deliver diesel fuel, discovered a leak during the discharging process. The crew deployed absorbent pads and containment buoys near the shoreline at sunrise.’

Cleanup is being led by the crew of the vessel with mechanical assistance from BPL whose trucks are holding the fuel.

Utilities Minister Alfred Sears gave this report last week on the cleanup efforts.

“Additional booms are on the way and additional pumps have been secured by BPL to accelerate the process of removal and it will be taken to a waiting ship.”

The fuel is contained to one area, thanks to the booms, said to be the bay of the Exuma Sailing Club.

In photos, while it does appear to be contained, the turquoise of the fuel free water is a jarring contrast with the now brown-black of the contaminated water and residents say the odor is equally putrid and far reaching.

Bahamian Reporter Marlena Leonard said she could smell the odor in the bus on her way to the site and residents told her they could smell it all the way in town.

Aerial images shared by the Bahamian Ministry of Works on Twitter are heartbreaking, showing the extent of the spill stretching from the bay to the open ocean.

Bahamians have taken to Twitter expressing distress, one said

“In the interest of my mental health, I am required to pretend that I did not see news about that oil spill in Exuma.”

Another said, “An oil spill anywhere in this country should spark outrage but something about seeing it happened in Exuma just feels different—“

The was a concerted effort by high ranking officials to see the scene and debrief the media. Officials from Sun Oil, BPL, the Ministry of Environment, Utilities Minister Alfred Sears, various other government officials and Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper attended the scene yesterday morning. Prime Minister Philip Davis was in Miami at the time attending a CANTO telecommunications conference.

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Turks & Caicos and World trending up in COVID cases while Africa experiences big drop

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, July 15, 2022 – Covid-19 cases are trending up globally and in the Turks and Caicos. There were twenty one new cases between July 3rd to 9th and 61 positive cases on the island overall according to the most recent COVID-19 report. This is the highest reported total weekly case count  since the beginning of May.

They were eighteen new cases in Providenciales and three in Grand Turk. There was also one new hospitalization, thankfully there were no new deaths.

Global deaths on the other hand have a risen over 1,500 compared to two weeks ago

Brazil and the United States consistently record some of the highest case numbers in the Americas. The US had 722,000 new cases and Brazil had 396,000 new cases. Both countries along with Chile continue to record the highest death toll in the Americas.

The African region saw a major drop in cases a 33 percent decrease compared to the previous week, deaths were 17 percent lower.

Unfortunately the Eastern Mediterranean region including countries like Tunisia, Iran and Morocco saw a 78 percent increase in people who died due to Covid-19.

The BA.5 variant has not overtaken Omicron as the most dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus but infection linked to BA.5 are rising.

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