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Sports In TCI On A Dramatic Comeback, But With Restrictions

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#TurksandCaicos, March 19, 2021 – After a long-hold on sporting activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sporting activities finally breathe back into life, but with a phased approach. This was after the earlier efforts were thwarted with a raft of restrictions aimed at suppressing the virus’s spread.

“We were making our way to resume. We did resume. I guess sometime in last September,” said Jarret Forbes, TCI Sports Director, in an interview who adds the Fall season incline of the coronavirus force again a decline in sporting activity. 

“We believe that with the guidelines established by the Ministry of Health, oversight by the National Federations and the Sports Commission. We were able to implement a plan where we can resume the sports in a safe manner.”

According to Mr. Forbes, the recent Cabinet approval to resume sports training for the CARIFTA ad FIFA teams while implementing the guides prescribed by the Ministry of Health aims to keep the participants safe. He added the decision was necessary to stay on the regional calendar of sports activities since the athletes are right now preparing for a wide range of competitions.

“Just, for example, our football programme is preparing for FIFA World Cup. But they have competitions for qualifiers starting as early as this month.:

The TCI National Football team, on Monday left for the Dominican Republic for intense practice ahead of FIFA matches with Nicaragua and Belize; both in March.

The Sports Director explained the resumptions of sports amid the Covid-19 pandemic is key to ensuring that anyone who represents the TCI in any sporting competition stands a good chance of performing well.

“We are eager to resume sports in TCI,” he added.

Mr. Forbes revealed this re-boot resums regional and international competition practice; with other sporting activities progressing in phases, from the first phase which encompasses contactless training to the final phase where the fans can attend events while adhering to the strict guidelines.

“The decision for Phase One is to resume training in our national programs, which includes only non-contact training. Phase Two, once we’re able to follow the guides and transition properly, will be assessed by the Ministry of Health and recommendations made whether we can move to phase two,” he added.

If phase two, which involves contact training goes according to plan, phase three will be rolled out. Phase three will allow national competitions, but without fans.

Phase four will allow national competitions, wihich includes international teams travelling to the TCI to compete.

Finally, phase five will allow fans to attend the events while keeping social distancing and high-level sanitary measures.

This is good news for TCI sports teams and participants as the possibility of ending nearly a year of dormancy, mimics the season and springs to life an essential pass time and profession for islanders.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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