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FortisTCI and TCIFA Launch Elite Youth Football League



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, June 2, 2021) – A new youth football league that will provide high-level competition for Turks and Caicos Islands’ under 17 male football players was launched by FortisTCI and the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) on Saturday, May 29, at the TCIFA Academy on Providenciales.

The launch of the FortisTCI Elite Youth Football League marked a return to competitive youth football for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The league features eight teams drawn from Providenciales, Grand Turk, South Caicos and North Caicos, and four matches will be played on Saturdays on Providenciales through July 10. The next round of matches will take place on Saturday, June 12.

Last Saturday’s opening ceremony included a colorful parade of the teams, followed by a series of entertaining matches to mark the start of the competition. Participating at the event were FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, TCIFA President Sonia Missick and Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes.

Speaking at the official launch, FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes lauded the ongoing partnership between the company and the TCIFA, which enabled the creation of the Elite Youth Football League in early 2020, with a three-year sponsorship by FortisTCI. The start of the league was, however, delayed by the pandemic.

“I am excited to see our young footballers back on the field of play, and very proud of the partnership between our company and the TCIFA, which has made this new league possible at this time. It reflects how a vision, collaboration, and a commitment to investing in our youth can make dreams a reality,” Mrs. Forbes stated.

“Since partnering with the TCIFA in 2017 to launch the FortisTCI Youth Football league for under 13 boys and girls across the country, FortisTCI has advocated for the continued advancement and expansion of this great sport, and for the work of the TCIFA. This new league allows us to provide high-level competition to our under 17 boys, and it is our hope that they will excel in the sport and go on to represent their country in international tournaments,” she added.

TCIFA President Sonia Missick remarked, “FortisTCI continues to be a true partner to the TCIFA and their commitment to our youth football programs keeps growing. In addition to financial support, we have the benefit of their hands-on involvement in the programs season after season, and we thank them wholeheartedly for their efforts.”

Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes also brought greetings on behalf of the ministry of sports and encouraged the teams to give of their best on and off the field.

Results from Saturday’s games

Provo Falcons 3 vs Provo Lions 2

Provo Jaguars 6 vs Grand Turk Dolphins 0

Grand Turk Dolphins 3 vs Grand Turk Dynamos 8

Provo Lions 2 vs Provo Eagles 2

North Caicos Seals 0 vs Grand Turk Dynamos 8

Provo Falcons 6 vs North Caicos Seals 0

Release: FortisTCI

Photo Captions:

Header: Team representatives and their coaches receive tokens from FortisTCI Corporate Communications Officer & Community Outreach Coordinator Kayla Lightbourne, following the first round of games in the FortisTCI Elite Youth Football League on Saturday, May 29.

1st insert: A Provo Jaguars player goes on a run to goal ahead of his opponent from Grand Turk Dolphins (orange).

2nd insert:FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, addressing football officials, players and coaches at the launch of the FortisTCI Elite Youth Football League on Saturday, May 29.

3rd insert: TCIFA President Sonia Missick at the launch of the FortisTCI Elite Youth Football League on Saturday, May 29, at the TCIFA Academy.

4th insert: A player from North Caicos Seals (grey) fends off his Grand Turk Dynamos opponent in one of the games to mark the start of the FortisTCI Elite Youth Football League.

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 



#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust



February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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