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TCAAA announces National Team & partnership with FLOW TCI for the 2017 FLOW Carifta Games in Curacao

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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!”

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Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.

 

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Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources  

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.

Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.

Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources for TCI, Amy Avenant, says the Turks and Caicos Islands has not seen the worst of the overgrowth.

“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.

“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”

Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.

Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.

She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.

There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.

Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.

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