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FortisTCI and TCIFA Announce Expanded Sponsorship of Youth Football and Introduce Elite Youth League

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, February 5, 2020) – FortisTCI and the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) announced this week, a three-year partnership to further develop youth football across the country. This partnership also facilities a restructuring that will see the introduction of an Elite Youth Football League featuring six Under-14 boys’ teams comprising three teams in Provo and one team each in Grand Turk, North Caicos, and South Caicos. Games will be played on Saturdays in Provo between April 25 and May 30, 2020.

This three-year partnership continues FortisTCI’s sponsorship of the first competitive youth football leagues across the Turks and Caicos Islands, which the company signed on to in 2017. The FortisTCI Youth Football League began in Providenciales in that year with over 282 players aged nine to 13 years, and in 2018 expanded to Grand Turk, South Caicos and North Caicos. Over three seasons, the league experienced significant growth, with the number of players almost doubling. Growth was also seen in the number of games played over each season, bringing the youth leagues close to the minimum number of competitive games stipulated by FIFA, the governing body of world football.

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For the 2020 season, the FortisTCI Youth Football League will feature co-ed teams of Under-10 and Under-12 players. The league will commence on May 18 and end on June 26, with games played across the islands of Provo, Grand Turk, North Caicos, and South Caicos.

FortisTCI’s sponsorship goes beyond financial contributions. Through staff volunteerism, the company will also maintain its weekly fruit and water stand for players on game days, in all islands, to provide nutritional support. FortisTCI employees look forward to supporting and encouraging the players in this way.

TCIFA President Sonia Fulford-Missick said, “Once again, the TCIFA extends massive gratitude to our Diamond Sponsor FortisTCI. The relationship between TCIFA and FortisTCI has resulted in the growth of the grassroots and youth programmes and the quality of the players. The continuance of this relationship allows us to launch an Elite League that will provide regular competitive games for our highly skilled youth players across the islands. This inclusive approach is as a result of FortisTCI’s commitment and dedication to the development of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

FortisTCI President and CEO said, “FortisTCI is pleased to again work with the TCIFA, which continues to demonstrate its commitment to youth football development in the positive way it administers the league, and in the strong relationship we have enjoyed over the last three years. Our support of youth football is in keeping with our corporate social responsibility focused on education, youth sports, heritage and culture, health and wellness, and the environment. We know that the 2020 season promises to be another exciting encounter and we value being a part of the growth and development of youth football in these islands.”

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Bahamas News

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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Caribbean News

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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