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#TurksandCaicos, May 18, 2021 – Despite the cancellation of CARIFTA 2021 in Bermuda, TCI athletes can celebrate their achievements at the 2021 CARIFTA Trials held on May 7-8 at the TCI National Stadium. The meet which was held to allow athletes to compete for a chance to represent the TCI at CARIFTA, saw four national records broken in the field events.    

One record broken spanned two age categories, with Under 17 Female athlete, Tanesia Gardiner breaking the National Record for High Jump clearing 1.68m. The jump broke both the Under 17 Female record of 1.50m previously held by Israel Ramsey, as well as the Under 20 Female High Jump record of 1.65m previously held by Sanadia Forbes.   

Continuing the record breaking for field events, Tayjoe Oppong shattered his own national record of 13.20m for the Under 20 Male Shot Put event with a throw of 16.02m. Following closely behind Antwon Walkin bested the Under 17 Male Shot Put record of 12.94m previously held by Darvion Rigby, with a throw of 14.01m.    

Speaking of the athlete’s accomplishments, President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Amateur Athletics Association, Ms. Edith Skippings said “The TCAAA is extremely proud of Tayjoe, Tanesia and Antwon. We salute them for not only performing well at the trials but also beating their own personal bests and ultimately breaking national records.”    

Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission, Mr. Jarrett Forbes said he was impressed by the athletes’ performances. “It was quite exciting watching our athletes perform at the CARIFTA Trials. Their display of tenacity reflected their passion for excellence and desire for quality country representation. We are disappointed that CARIFTA Games 2021 was cancelled but we have no regrets in hosting the CARIFTA trials. What we witnessed from our athletes was nothing short of spectacular.”   

Minister of Education, Hon. Rachel congratulated the athletes on their accomplishment. “As Minister with responsibilities for Sports, congratulations to all athletes who participated in the CARIFTA Trials. Your dedication, enthusiasm and persistence played a pivotal role in your success. We must highlight Tayjoe Oppong, Tanesia Gardiner and Antwon Walkin who broke the Turks and Caicos record in their particular event. This sums up the level of coaching received , the inner desire to succeed and the self-discipline of each athlete. There is always room for improvement and this is achieved with more training. Stay focus and have the courage to follow your dreams.”   

Both Under 17 record breakers, Tanesia Gardiner and Antwon Walkin are members of the Quality Athletics Track Club in Providenciales lead by coach Randy Ford. Tayjoe Oppong is a student at Kingston College in Kingston, Jamaica.    

CARIFTA 2021 was scheduled for August 13-15 in Bermuda but was cancelled due to a two-week quarantine requirement for arriving guest. For more results from the TCI’s CARIFTA Trials and for updates on the 49th CARIFTA Games, visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission’s Facebook or Instagram page.    

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Hurricane Help; Money donated to Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Lucia and Grenada



Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – The relief efforts in countries affected by Hurricane Beryl have been bolstered by a donation of US$800,000, from the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Executive President of the financial institution, Sergio Diaz-Granados said it is hoped that the funds will assist needs during the “critical period” in the immediate aftermath of a “very powerful and destructive Hurricane. The grant serves to address this emergency, through the designated Ministries and official Governmental channels,” in the five countries, he said.

Barbados and Jamaica will each receive $250,000, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will all receive $100,000. The Bank said it is essential that global awareness be elevated about the vulnerability to Climate Change in the Caribbean.

It said “decisive action” needs to be taken to tackle the effects of Climate Change, with emphasis on policies and investments in adaptation, as well as risk management tools, and it will continue to work closely with international partners, to gather data, produce specialised knowledge, innovate, and offer financial solutions to strengthen resilience in the region.

In early July, Hurricane Beryl ripped across the Caribbean, with winds of 150mph tearing roofs from buildings, uprooting trees, and devastating the islands in its path. At least three islands reported that more than 90% of the homes and buildings either destroyed or severely damaged, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency reported. All three are within the chain of Grenadine Islands, where the hurricane roared into the Caribbean on the southern end of the Windwards, between St. Vincent and Grenada.

Since the devastation, the United Nations (UN) and its partners have launched a US$9 million response plan to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 43,000 people in Grenada and Sanit Vincent and the Grenadines.

UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Simon Springett said “swift action” is imperative to meet the “pressing needs” of people whose homes and livelihoods have vanished overnight, he said.

Mr. Springett, who visited Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, after they were struck by Hurricane Beryl, said that the devastation is “immense and heartbreaking,” and he spoke to many families, and It is likely that utilities will take a long time to be restored,” the Resident Coordinator stated.

The response plan will help to both support immediate life-saving and early recovery efforts. The UN and its partners, who are supporting the Governments’ response, have identified shelter, food and health care as being among the top priorities.

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TCI Cabinet Renews Hurricane Insurance, (CCRIF) in May 22, 2024 Meeting



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 15th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday May 22nd, 2024, at the Office of the Governor on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of the Ministers of Education, Tourism and Home Affairs.

At this meeting, Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation on the National Risk Assessment.
  2. Granted approval for the establishment of a National Land Secretariat; further agreeing for the required amendments to the Ordinance to give effect to it being under the remit of the Governor and the Premier; subject to approval from the United Kingdom.
  3. Granted approval for amendments to be made to Invest Turks and Caicos Islands Agency (Amendment) Bill 2024 which would give the agency the ability to carry out previously approved recommendations.
  4. Granted approval for the waiver of penalty and interest for all HRTT registrants who were assessed during the period February 22nd to March 31, 2024, and an Amnesty Bill to give effect to the decision.
  5. Granted approval for the renewal of the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility Policy, Segregated Portfolio Company for the 2024/2025 Policy Year.
  6. Approved the International Tax Compliance (Amendment) Regulations 2024, with the amendment of a provision that will compel RFI’s to submit CRS forms to verify their due diligence requirements.
  7. Approved the Business Licensing (Extension of Time) Regulations 2024 for online applications to June 30th, 2024.
  8. Granted approval of the Companies and Limited Partnerships (Economic Substance) (Amendment) Bill 2024 and the Administrative Penalty Policy for forward submission to the House of Assembly
  9. Approved the appointment of the following persons to the Promotions and Implementation Committee Credit Union:  President of the Civil Service Association, Dr. Carlton Mills, Rudelle Williams, Drexwell Seymour, Lacal Palmer-Mason, Chalsianna Misick, Claudette Higgs, Shirlen Forbes, Nordia Campbell, Ivan Ssembuya, Ferique Bruce.
  10. Granted approval of the Companies and Limited Partnerships (Economic Substance) (Amendment) Bill 2024.
  11. Noted work being undertaken taken by the Government in respect of Firearms provisions.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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TCI Cabinet hears NHIP Change Management Plan in Meeting held April 24, 2024  



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 12th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday April 24, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members were present with the exception of the Ministers of Education, Tourism, Border Control and Public Safety who were away from the islands on official duties.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the National Health Insurance Plan Consultants on the organizations Change Management Program.
  2. Noted an information paper on the work of the Economic Substance Consultancy which was undertaken to provide services to the Financial Transactions Information Exchange Unit (FTIE) in regard to the previous blacklisting of the Turks and Caicos Islands which has since the engagement of this consultancy been reversed.
  3. Approved the reinstatement of the Grand Lucayan MOU for an additional six months from the execution date of the previously approved MOU.
  4. Approved the settlement of a Claim Against Government in line with a ruling of the Court.
  5. Approved the grant of a license for the beach nourishment and installation of four groins lying seaward of parcels 60703/253-263, 330, 331-342 situated at Cheshire Hall for the protection of the shoreline of the said parcels.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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