Turks and Caicos, March 24, 2017 – Providenciales – President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Amateur Athletic Association (TCAAA), Ms Edith Skippings, officially announced the names and makeup of the delegation that will represent the Turks and Caicos Islands at the FLOW Carifta Games 2017 in Curacao over the Easter Holiday Weekend at joint press conference held at the FLOW Headquarters in Providenciales. “Our team this year is eighteen (18) strong. In addition to the student athletes travelling to the FLOW Carifta Games this year, we are also pleased to announce that Mr. Randy Ford will be joining us as the Head Coach for the 2017 National Team, assisted by Mr. Alvirto Smith, accompanying the team as Assistant Coach,” shared Skippings.
Skippings added that, “The governing body also extended an invitation for an official trainee to have an opportunity to work the games to gain experience at officiating this level of Track and Field. Mr. Darian Forbes was selected by the association to represent Turks and Caicos in this capacity.”
To date preparation has already started. In fact, Ford mentioned that most of the athletes would have started training as early as last year October. He further mentioned that this year the athletes are in great shape and this is probably the best set of athletes that will be travelling to the Carifta Games in years. This time we are also seeing a large number of athletes outside of the Turks and Caicos. There are five (5) athletes coming out Jamaica. We are seeing the islands favourite girl, Akia Guerrier, who is currently at K State University who will be joining us in Curacao.
In terms of choice, there is a balance in the number of athletes from the various islands within the Turks and Caicos Islands. We are certain that we are going to do Turks and Caicos proud, and represent with class and enthusiasm and national pride. “I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to FLOW for coming on board to sponsor Team TCI for the FLOW Carifta Games 2017 in Curacao. Fortunately, thanks to FLOW, persons at home have a variety of ways to watch the games. In recent times, that has been a challenge to us,” shared Ford, Head Coach, Team TCI.
At the press conference, FLOW, was officially announced as the exclusive telecommunications partner and sponsor for the national team. Marketing Communications Executive for FLOW TCI, Mr Darron Hilaire said, “We are proud as a company to be able to provide support to the athletes selected to represent TCI at the FLOW Carifta Games and to enable our customers to Watch the Future in a way that it has never been seen before in the TCI via our new TV product, the FLOW Sports App, and website.”
The athletes will step out with their FLOW branded gear and accessories to aid them in achieving their personal best at the FLOW Carifta Games. In closing, FLOW Brand Ambassador, First Olympian, 3x Carifta medallist, and 2x Cartifta Gold medallist, sends a message to the travelling team, “Congratulations to the Team that was selected to represent our beautiful by nature TCI at the historic FLOW Carifta Games. Go out there and show heart, determination, and dedication to conquer the world.”
He added, “I’d also like to take this opportunity to say how much of a blessing it is for FLOW to sponsor these sporting activities to enhance our youth’s talent to become world champions in the coming years. All the best, Team TCI!”
Press Release: FLOW
CANARI outlines climate priorities ahead of Cop28
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) informed that the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance, in preparation for the upcoming annual COP28 in 2023, launched its “Caribbean Climate Justice and Resilience Agenda,” outlining the priorities for climate justice and resilience in vulnerable Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS).
In a press release, CANARI highlighted that the agenda recognizes the major threat of climate change to the region as well as aims to louden the voices of the at-risk groups “on the frontlines of the climate crisis and catalyze actions for climate justice and local resilience in the Caribbean SIDS.”
The priorities stated under the agenda are:
- Curbing emissions to limit global temperature
increase to 1.5 ̊C
- Scaling up locally-led solutions for adaptation and
loss and damage
- Improving access to and delivery of climate finance
for frontline communities, small and micro enterprises, and civil society organizations as part of a ‘whole of society’ approach
- Scaling up just, nature-based solutions for resilience
- Supporting a just transition for pro-poor, inclusive,
sustainable and resilient development
- Promoting gender equity and social inclusion
approaches to climate action
- Promoting youth and intergenerational equity as
core to the climate response
- Integrating a rights-based and earth-centered
approach in addressing all these priorities and ensuring climate justice
The at-risk groups referred to in the release include small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, rural women producers, income-poor people, elderly and disabled people, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, migrants, and LGBTQIA+ people.
Being cognizant of the severity of the effects of climate change on the Caribbean, CANARI referred to the fact that the very existence of the region is on the line.
“If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global temperature exceeds 1.5 ̊C, the impacts of rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, rainfall variability, ocean acidification, and other changes threaten the very existence of our way of life in the Caribbean and other SIDS that have contributed the least to global emissions.”
CARICOM Sec Gen speaks on Gender Based Violence
“Everyone must continue to invest in preventing violence against our women and girls (VAWG). It is an investment in our shared future,” were the words of Dr. Carla N. Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, as she reiterated the need for solutions against VAWG.
She called attention to VAWG as she gave a speech surrounding the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2023.
Barnett expresses the well-known fact that VAWG is one of the most prevalent issues affecting all corners of society.
“VAWG remains one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violations in the world and cuts across all races, cultures, genders, and educational backgrounds,” she maintained, as she continued to point out the sad reality that this is still a major issue despite regional and global policies.
“Despite the existence of regional and global policies and legislation to combat VAWG, weak enforcement and discriminatory practices remain significant barriers to ending VAWG.”
The Secretary-General highlighted statistics for VAWG, bringing attention to how serious and embedded this issue is in society.
She said that globally, 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced violence—physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or even both.
For the Caribbean region, she said surveys conducted between 2016 and 2019 inform us that one in two women experience intimate partner violence, which is higher than the global average.
In continuation, Barnett expressed that the campaign calls everyone to action against VAWG, including “development partners, civil society organizations, women’s organizations, youth, the private sector, and the media.” Also, world governments are being asked to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.
Ending her address, the Secretary-General urged everyone to wear the color orange for the duration of the campaign, as well as on the 25th of each month, “as a symbol of hope for a brighter future where women and girls live free from violence.”
Support for Flood-Affected Farmers
#Kingston, November 26, 2023 – A total of $157 million is to be provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, to support farmers affected by the recent heavy rains from Potential Tropical Cyclone 22.
Portfolio Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, made the announcement during a National ‘Eat Jamaican Day’ ceremony in Portland on Friday (November 24).
The Minister lamented that the country had moved from a period of harsh drought to the next extreme – flooding.
“A number of our farmers suffered tremendous loss and the team from RADA (Rural Agricultural Development Authority) has been out since last week Saturday, trying to quantify what has been the losses that have been suffered by our farmers,” he said.
According to the Minister, preliminary figures reveal that $274 million in damage was done to the agricultural sector, with livestock farmers suffering about $25 million in losses; equipment loss of over $10 million; $173 million in crop loss; and $64 million in damage to the farm road network.
“The good news is that we are not going to leave our farmers alone and we know, as they said to the Prime Minister when he toured last week, that once they get some support, they are willing to go back out and farm,” Mr. Green indicated.
The $157 million support package from the Ministry will be used in several ways. A total of $70 million is to be provided for crop support – inputs, seeds, and fertilizers – and another $8 million for equipment support.
A total of $15 million will be expended for support to livestock and $64 million will be used to rehabilitate farm roads.
Minister Green also announced that resulting from a gift from the Kingdom of Morocco, 24,000 bags of fertilizers will be distributed among farmers over the next two weeks.
The Minister informed that the parish that was most affected by the recent weather event was St. Thomas and that, “almost every farming community in St. Thomas suffered from flood damage.”
Farming communities in St Andrew were also cut off because of landslides.
Contact: Mickella Anderson-Gordon
Photo Caption: Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Hon. Floyd Green.
Photo by Mark Bell
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