#Providenciales, November 17, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – FortisTCI is the recipient of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum’s (CREF) 2018 Best Distributed Generation Program for the company’s Customer Owned Renewable Energy (CORE), and Utility Owned Renewable Energy (UORE) solar options. The announcement was made on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the 10th Anniversary of the CREF conference held in Miami, Florida between November 7th and 9th.
CORE and UORE are solar energy programs available to FortisTCI customers that were launched in late 2015 following results from the company’s solar pilot project, renewable energy infusion study, and the integrated resource plan. These solar options are buy-all, sell-all programs that are not subsidized by other electricity customers and were designed to encourage the adoption of solar energy technology and to help create a more sustainable energy future for the TCI. CORE and UORE also afford participating customers credits on their monthly electricity bills to help offset energy costs while also helping to reduce impacts on the environment.
FortisTCI was one of nine recipients in different categories accepting a CREF Industry Award this year. The accolade is meant to “recognize the best in Caribbean clean energy,” and “leaders in the Caribbean energy sector who are making a lasting impact on resilient and renewable energy.” The event included representatives from across the Caribbean region and winners were selected after careful review by leading industry professionals who sit on the CREF Advisory Committee.
FortisTCI President & CEO said, “Renewable energy is a part of our current energy mix in the TCI, and we can expect the integration of solar to grow each year. The collaborative work that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, the Energy and Utilities Commissioners Office, FortisTCI and the Rocky Mountain Institute are doing on the Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy is critical to our success in creating the right energy future for the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
Mr. Powell also said, “I want to thank our Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet who has led the team in these efforts and for the work that she and the supporting team, including Archie Gaviola, Aisha Laporte, Don Forsyth, Talisha Simons and Monette Collymore, among many others, have done over the past several years. I must also make mention of the strong support and commitment from our parent company Fortis Inc., who believes in making sustainable energy investments that support the Turks and Caicos Islands and their other subsidiaries in the Caribbean region. FortisTCI and the Turks and Caicos Islands are no doubt poised to lead the way by strategically integrating more renewable energy solutions.”
Accepting the award on behalf of FortisTCI was President and CEO Eddinton Powell, Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet, Vice President of Grand Turk and Sister Islands Operations Allan Robinson, and Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Talisha Simons.
FortisTCI currently has a half a megawatt of solar connected to the electricity grid, and by the end of 2019 has a target to integrate another one megawatt of solar energy. Beyond 2019, the Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy will guide the integration of renewable energy for the country.
Press Release: Fortis TCI
Photo Caption: FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell (center right) accepts the CREF Industry award for Best Distributed Generation Program alongside (left to right) VP of Grand Turk and Sister Island Operations Allan Robinson, VP of Innovation, Technology, and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet, and Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Talisha Simons
DIGICEL+ GIVES CUSTOMERS THE GIFT OF MORE SPEED THIS CHRISTMAS
The fastest internet just got even faster…for the same great price
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 1st, December 2021 – Digicel+ is gifting The Turks and Caicos Islands faster home fibre speeds for Christmas, and beyond. Fulfilling the brand promise of Simply More (more power, more speed and more reliability), customers will now benefit from up to 2x faster download speeds on broadband and bundle plans.
This is all about a better experience for customers, and not about the cost. This free upgrade gives Digicel+ customers an even better home fibre internet experience, for anyone, on any device. And as part and parcel of the digital lifestyle, Digicel+ is the gateway to a Smart Life, which means that state-of-the-art Smart Solutions like Smart Homes and Smart Security are no longer just concepts, but a powerful reality.
Addison Stoddard CEO of Digicel TCI said, “This Christmas, we’re excited to reward customers with a super slick, superfast, super reliable home fibre experience, underpinned by service delivery that is, of course, second to none. Our entry-level plans are the fastest on the island and this puts us head and shoulders above any other internet offering in the country.”
The upgraded packages now start with download speeds of 50Mbps, and go up to 300Mbps for the speed demons and heavy gamers out there. This allows the Turks and Caicos Islands to connect to the global knowledge economy, have amazing entertainment options, and power their personal and professional experiences, thanks to these new superfast internet speeds.
Addison Stoddard continued, “It’s more of what our customers expect; more of what they want and it’s another way that we can be a part of our customers’ digital lives – at home, on the go, anywhere and everywhere. Simply put, Digicel+ is simply more.”
Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified the importance of having a steady, powerful and reliable home internet connection, mainly due to many schools going online and parents working remotely. Now, with even faster internet speeds, customers get the best home fibre experience every time. This provides opportunities for MORE working, MORE schooling, MORE gaming, and MORE streaming with Digicel+.
Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas. It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!
November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?
While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.
Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.
Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:
5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump – Know what to look for and catch it early
- A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
- Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
- Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
- Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
- Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.
If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.
“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”
PDM Deputy Leader lends to Beach Vending Bill debate from outside Parliament
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – The Opposition party says the new Beach and Coastal Vending bill does not provide adequate protection for TCI vendors.
This came from Deputy Leader of the PDM Robert Been, in an open letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly earlier today.
The Deputy Leader who claimed to be in direct contact with vendors in Sapodilla say while there are several provisions for penalties against the vendors in the bill it does not ‘adequately address the protection of vendors rights.’
The PDM referenced incidents of abuse from homeowners against vendors and said, “These homeowners, very often, insult and threaten vendors which is humiliating…There needs to be, in the law, something that clearly penalizes any overreaching harassment by property owners…situated near vendors.”
The Opposition deputy leader also said the Premier’s claim that the reshuffle of vendors will not affect their earnings was ‘misleading’ and ‘held no truth.’ They added that the section of roadway cited for the relocation was a known hazard and tourists would likely not frequent the area.
The PDM had several other requests to make the bill a more viable one for vendors. Been insisted that the government produce a timeline for the temporary relocation and allocate funds for a stimulus in case of loss of earnings on the vendors’ part. They also requested to see compulsory marketing for the vendor markets and questioned the lack of any clear avenue for redress should the government default on its promises.
Finally the PDM Deputy Leader called for CCTV cameras to be installed at every vendor site for both the protection of vendors and their wares and objectivity in conflict resolution.
The office of the Premier has not yet responded to the letter. The bill will be debated in the House today (November 30).
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