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TCI Children and Coaches Sharpen Skills with Real Madrid Foundation Football Clinics

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – January 23, 2020 — Some forty children and close to 15 local coaches benefitted from a series of football clinics hosted through a partnership between Sandals Resorts International, Beaches Resorts, The Sandals Foundation, and The Real Madrid Foundation, the social entity of the Real Madrid C.F., to develop its social commitment through education, integration and cooperation programs.

The activities kicked off at the Turks & Caicos Football Associations field on Monday, January 13, and ran through to Wednesday, January 15, 2020.   “This special partnership was two years in the making,” said James McAnally, General Manager for Beaches Resorts.  “We are extremely excited to bring the Real Madrid Foundation to the Turks & Caicos Islands for the first time ever and present opportunities for our children and coaches to learn important skills and training alongside these talented and respected coaches here within our island.”

In his remark at the opening ceremony on Monday, McAnally noted that “Through this unique relationship between Beaches Resorts, The Sandals Foundation and the Real Madrid Foundation, we’re able to use football to offer theory and practical training while promoting good values and contribute to the holistic development of our local kids.”

Over the three days, local children, all fewer than 12 years old,  participated in intense football training sessions learning the Real Madrid tactics and technique. On Wednesday, January 15, local coaches benefited from a three-hour, immersive theoretical and practical training session with the goal of passing on the skills, training, and knowledge of which future generations can learn, benefit and excel.

The resort and both Foundations collaborated with Turks & Caicos Football Associations (TCIFA) to recruit players from across the country and offered the use of their football field for the clinics. Oliver Smith, TCIFA General Secretary said, “ This was a tremendous opportunity for our junior players to be exposed to coaches and methods of training from one of the top clubs in the world.  An experience like this will go miles in aiding football development and we at the TCIFA look forward to continuing this fruitful relationship.”

“The Sandals Foundation has always used sports as an avenue to engage and transform the lives of children across the Caribbean,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director for the Sandals Foundation.  “Sport is an incredible tool that teaches lifelong skills in teamwork, tenacity, confidence, persistence and discipline. These clinics provide a unique opportunity to expose our youth and local coaching fraternity to learn the tricks and trade directly from professionals selected by the Real Madrid Academy, one of the world’s most acclaimed football clubs,” Clarke concluded.

The Real Madrid Foundation Football clinics were first executed in Jamaica in April 2019 and brought together some 50 local children. As the programme widens its reach to Turks and Caicos, Real Madrid Foundation’ Clinics Manager, Andres Muntaner, expressed delight.  “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Beaches Resorts and the Sandals Foundation for it provides opportunities to educate the Caribbean kids using soccer with the goal to foster grassroots sports to all levels of players while promoting good values and contributing to the development of young players in the region”.

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Police De-Briefing with TCI Governor Daniel-Selvaratnam

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#TurksandCaicos#Anti-Crime, February 23rd, 2024 – De-briefing Acting Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre held a meeting with Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the Hon. Otis Morris, today (February 21st ) at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The debriefing was to discuss concerns raised by residents during last evening’s Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting at the H.J Robinson High School, Grand Turk. Commissioner Eyre expressed his deep appreciation to Her Excellency and Hon Morris for their attendance, saying that work was already underway to address the community concerns.

Commissioner Eyre said: “I acknowledge the challenges raised and wish to assure you that the Executive of the RTCIPF remains steadfast in ensuring the TCI is safe. We listened to your concerns, and I assure you that rebuilding trust and strengthening community-policing relations are top priorities.“

The RTCIPF has taken a holistic approach in the fight against crime. Increased visibility, greater stakeholder collaborations and ongoing dialogue forums to appraise you will occur. We are accountable to you.”

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Too much secrecy with Airport Tax increase says former Deputy Premier Sean Astwood

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos#Tax, February 23rd, 2024 – “The TCIAA should not be allowed to announce and implement new or increased taxes or fees in this already difficult financial climate without more details,” says Sean Astwood, Former Deputy Premier regarding the increase in the  Airport Development Fee from $20 to $35 describing the increase as not proactive but premature.

Astwood said there were a number of questions that he believed every Turks and Caicos Islander should ask and have the right to know the answers to including ‘Why now?’

The Opposition PDM member pointed out that only one airport has international flights and it would soon undergo a change in structure, paired with the ‘unexplainable’ delay in the completion of the airport in South Caicos and the possibility of ongoing negotiations in relation to the one in North Caicos, he queried: ‘Why not wait to see what amount or step may be needed in facilitating services in these Airports before a hike in fees?’

“In this climate, taxpayers must have more information and the benefit of a complete picture from not just the TCIAA Chiefs but from the Premier himself. The people must know what the current earnings of the TCIAA is; how has the management of the Airports increased to warrant such a large increase; how much does it cost to operate all of these airports; what is the estimated increase in revenue and how will these monies be used,” the former DP said.

He also questioned the avalanche of resignations that had recently affected the TCIAA

“I have serious concerns with the Premier’s oversight of this matter knowing that the TCIAA is no doubt experiencing a major problem with the vast number of Turks and Caicos Islanders resigning from their positions including high level positions. This alone requires a more in-depth investigation.”

Astwood also demanded information about the ongoing canopy project at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International which should have been completed in less than six months but was running on two years.

“TCIAA has quickly developed a reputation for big spending recently and stalled projects. We need answers as taxpayers. Why now? How much do you intend to raise? How will it be used? The people deserve a response. In a “proactive” step, this information must be provided to the public before this increase is implemented,” he ended.

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Justice system instructed to improve coordination 

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos#Violence, February 23rd, 2024 – Violence exploded in the Turks and Caicos between January 26 and February 2nd, and with signs pointing to the involvement of recently released convicts the National Security Council is on a mission to reduce the risk of flare ups when offenders rejoin society.

The Police Force, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and other criminal Justice partners have now been instructed to review how they coordinate with each other and complete their specific roles to support case progression. Assessments about public safety in respect to offenders during bail hearings are also to be given keen attention.

The NSC is also planning to engage with the Judiciary as part of this review to help with delivering verdicts in a timely manner,

Called after the January 26 killing in Grand Turk which allegedly involved a former inmate, the meeting gathered law enforcement and other partners so that the NSC could get a sense of how effectively they were working with each other to ‘secure criminal justice outcomes.’

“The NSC— sought briefings on the effectiveness of liaison between the RTCIPF, the office of the DPP and wider criminal justice agencies in respect of case progression, including the assessments made to public safety that inform representations at bail hearings,” a statement revealed.

The information detailing the January 30th NSC meeting was released on February 2nd.

With senior leadership from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), the TCI Regiment, TCI Border Force, HMP and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the room, the NSC looked into two incidents involving recently released inmates.

Two days after the meeting the NSC chairs had to be briefed again about another incident involving a former inmate where two men were left dead on February 1.

The Council headed jointly by Washington Misick, TCI Premier and Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor says the risk reduction strategies discussed in the meeting NSC will seek to address HMP exit arrangements and risks to public safety.

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