#TurksandCaicos, July 13, 2021 -The inaugural Fortis TCI Elite Boys U17 Youth League concluded on Saturday, 12 July 2021. The tournament provided an excellent opportunity for 127 players from across the Turks and Caicos Islands to compete. The league consisted of one team from South Caicos (Mariners), one team from North/Middle Caicos (Seals), two teams from Grand Turk (Dynamos and Dolphins), and four teams from Providenciales (Jaguars, Falcons, Lions, Eagles).
During this first season, fifty-nine matches were played within fifteen rounds of competition. A total of 281 goals were scored, by 61 scorers.
Aisha Laporte, CFO of Fortis TCI said “All of us at Fortis TCI are very proud of this league, and very committed to our partnership with the TCIFA, which has made this possible. We are especially pleased at the level of competition that this tournament has given to our young footballers from all across our family islands. It means so much to us that players from Grand Turk, North/Middle Caicos, South Caicos, and Providenciales could be in Providenciales week after week.” She continued, “since we’ve partnered with the TCIFA in 2017 to launch the Fortis TCI Youth Football Leagues, our goal continues to be the development of our youth as players and as young people who will one day lead this country.”
Indrani Saunders, TCIFA Executive Committee Member with responsibilities for youth football, commented, “The past year has been challenging for us all, but especially for the youth. For months, this pitch has been empty due to the pandemic. But the last eight weeks have brought back some normalcy to our lives. We enjoyed watching the talented players from across the TCI come together.” She continued, “This league would not have been possible without Fortis TCI’s partnership. It has continued to make a positive impact on our youth football development throughout our islands.”
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:
MVP GRAND TURK DYANOMOS: DAVIDSON MENEIDE
MVP GRAND TURK DOLPHINS: OMARION LIGHTBOURNE
MVP SOUTH CAICOS MARINERS: MARCO WILLIAMS
MVP PROVO JAGUARS: MIKE LEGERME
MVP PROVO FALCONS: PETERSON ST. FLEUR
MVP PROVO EAGLES: CALLUM PARK
MVP PROVO LIONS: LOUIS SANDRO
GOLDEN GLOVE: SAMUEL HARVEY (PROVO JAGUARS)
GOLDEN BOOT: LOUIS SANDRO (PROVO LIONS), 18 GOALS
MVP OF THE SEASON: LOUIS SANDRO (PROVO LIONS)
THIRD PLACE: PROVO JAGUARS
SECOND PLACE: PROVO LIONS
CHAMPIONS: PROVO EAGLES
Grants for farmers
#TurksandCaicos, January 31, 2023 – Good Morning to my colleagues in government, I recognize……..and most importantly good morning to the farmers. It is my pleasure today to have you here at this award ceremony. For the very first time in Turks and Caicos, farmers are getting relief for hurricane damage.
This shows that the government is committed to ensuring that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands have access to a constant and nutritious supply of food, reduce the food import bill and retain money in the local economy. Food Security is the foundation of all human needs. Given the threat to the global supply chain and growing inaccessibility to enough nutritious food, the Government is committed to supporting the farmers to produce local food, to supplement the food requirement of the country. My government’s priority is to provide an enabling environment, to facilitate local investment within the Agriculture Sector as outlined in the People’s Plan for Empowerment
In February last year (2022) my government launched the Agriculture Finance Support Programme (Agro-Grant Incentive). This Finance Support Program for farmers is the first program of this kind in the Turks and Caicos Islands and shows Government’s mandate is to invest heavily in local food production through providing financial support. My government has allocated US$250,000.00 in this first year to promote agriculture development. This Finance Program has 3 areas of support
- Improvement Programmes – to upgrade farms, Existing registered farmers who wish to perform farm upgrades can receive a maximum of $20,000
- New Farm Start Up/Young Entrepreneurs– For new or younger farmers between the ages of 18-25 years can receive a maximum of $15,000
- Disaster Relief – this is specifically in response to National Natural Disasters “Acts of Nature” inclusive of earthquake, hurricane and storms and other approved natural disasters. The value of this grant will be 10% of the assessed damages (up to a maximum of $20,000 USD
To date 12 farmers have received grants in the first 2 categories. Today we are here to give disaster relief to those registered farmers who would have suffered from losses due to the passage of hurricane Fiona in September last year.
Government knows that Farming is an expensive business, farmers livelihood depends on the investment they make on their farms. We live in a small island state that is vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricane. These disasters can have devastating effects on farms, destroying years of productive work and effort farmers would have put in.
Government in recognizing the important contribution farmers make to Food security and the vulnerabilities they face has moved into action to provide much needed support towards the rebuilding of the farms. Today 15 registered will be receiving funds for disaster relief to assist with their rebuilding efforts. This monies I know will be used for the purposes granted.
I want to thank my Cabinet colleagues and Premier for supporting the continued efforts to grow the Agriculture Sector.
My department of Agriculture recognizes farming is dynamic and as such has lobbied Cabinet for continued support. I am pleased to say that in August last year through a Cabinet Paper, government had approved amending the Agriculture Policy to provide full exemption of import duties for farm vehicles registered farmers can now apply through the department for this support. At that meeting we also agreed for the Department of Agriculture to develop a comprehensive Agro-Incentive Program to support farming in the TCI.
Once again I would like to commend the farmers who are benefiting today for their hard work and dedication and look forward to serving you as your minister
U.S. Supports the RBPF With Additional Crime Fighting Vehicles on The Bahamas’ “Road to 50”
#TheBahamas, January 31, 2023 – Since 1973, the United States and The Bahamas have enjoyed a long-lasting security partnership. To mark this valued friendship, the United States Government, on January 31, 2023, renewed its support for the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) with 20 new Ford Police Inceptor Hybrid SUVs valuing nearly $1.4 million. The United States’ Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts; Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis; Minister of National Security, the Hon. Wayne Munroe and RBPF Commissioner Clayton Fernander were on hand for the donation at RBPF East Hill Street Headquarters.
The 20 hybrid vehicles will be added to the 32 vehicles previously donated to the RBPF by the US government to help replace crucial infrastructure lost during Hurricane Dorian. Recovering from a hurricane is an arduous process that requires support at many levels, from roads and housing to mental health services. The U.S. government hopes these vehicles will contribute to one key step in the process: citizen security. These vehicles will not only assist the RBPF’s efforts to combat crime but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the islands.
In her remarks Chargé Pitts noted, “these vehicles are just one example of the United States’ continued efforts to help for The Bahamas’ keep its citizens and visitors safe.”
Prime Minister Philip Davis showed his appreciation for this timely vehicle donation as it will assist with added capacity and increased saturation patrols on the streets. The Prime Minister added that residents will notice an increased police presence and the police will have new capacity to respond quickly to any criminal activity.
RBPF Commissioner Clayton Fernander highlighted that “we have noticeably taken more illegal firearms and ammunition off our streets in 2022. We have also seized more illegal drugs including marijuana and marijuana plants than in [previous] years. Suffice to say, we have efficiently utilized all 32 vehicles previously donated by the U.S. government in our crime fighting efforts.”
In recent years, the U.S. Government, through U.S. Embassy Nassau, has delivered more than $25 million to assist The Bahamas with efforts to fight crime. On behalf of the Bahamian people, Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe extended his gratitude for the U.S. government’s assistance noting “It seems that when we’re together there [is] always an occasion where they [U.S. government] have helped us and assisted us substantially.”
Captions: Credited to U.S. Embassy Nassau
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