TCI: Sonia Fulford Re-Elected To The FIFA Council For Another 4-Year Term
#Turksandcaicos, July 8, 2021 – Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) President, Sonia Fulford, has been re-elected to serve another four-year term on the FIFA Council. On Wednesday, 7 July 2021, Sonia ran unopposed at the 35th Concacaf Ordinary Congress, which was held at JW Turnberry in Miami, Florida.
Concacaf is the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, one of FIFA’s six continental confederations, servicing 41 Member Associations from Canada in the north, to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south; and including the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Sonia was first welcomed into the Concacaf Council on November 2013, in a co-opted position, then became the first female to be elected to the Council at its 30th Ordinary Congress on April 2015. Later on, in 2015, she was awarded the opportunity by appointment of the Concacaf Council, voting rights (that was not initially designated for a female) within the highest ranks of football governing- the FIFA Council, where she served in a co-opted position since May 2013.
Sonia’s journey as FIFA Council member met her with a challenge for the position at the 31st Concacaf Congress in May 2016. She was elected first Female Member representative on the FIFA Council with a resounding 27-8 victory against her contender, Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago.
Here marks another milestone, as Sonia continues to gain ground in the generally male dominated sport with grace and conviction, and press forward in serving a second full term on the FIFA Council. Sonia emphasizes through her accomplishments that gender is not a limiting factor. She maintains a personal goal of reaching her own potential and influencing other girls and women through dedication and service. “It is an exciting and very rewarding feeling to, yet again, receive an overwhelming vote of confidence to continue to serve all those in football, not only to be a voice and advocate for gender equality, but for further development of football in general. I would like to thank the members for their trust in me to continue the work that I have already started and also to embark on new opportunities for growth and development of the sport within Concacaf and the wider world,” said Sonia.
Three Days to NIB Rate Increase for 2023
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 29, 2023 – On April 1st, the second round of increases on contributions at the National Insurance Board will kick in for the Turks and Caicos workforce. Announced last year, the increases were instituted to keep the NIB from running out of money by 2027 as it services a population that is living longer with contributions that had not been increased in 30 years.
As the Government’s new financial year begins, increases at NIB will mean a higher cost for doing business and a higher cost for running the Government.
The private sector is expected to pay contributions at a rate of 11 percent on your taxable income. The hike is up from last year’s 10 per cent; six percent of which is to be paid by the Employer and five percent is to be paid by the Employee. For wages of $2000, this will mean a $200 improvement in income per month to the NIB. As for the burn on residents’ pockets, based on a minimum wage of $1200 monthly salary, that’s at least $60 dollars a month and $720 per year.
Public sector rates will move to 10.15 percent up from 9.15 per cent with the worker paying 4.575 per cent and the Government paying 5.575 per cent; that’s $54 a month and $648 a year at minimum wage.
The NIB rate as of April 1, 2023, will jump to 9 percent for self-employed individuals; For self-employed individuals at minimum wage, that is $108 dollars a month or $1296 per year.
As taxable incomes increase so will the contribution.
The increases follow a 2019 Actuarial review, undertaken every three years, which unearthed that the NIB was facing a dismal future, possible collapse. Contribution rates were growing at a rate much slower than NIB expenses, which included beneficiary payouts. On that trajectory, the NIB’s earnings would be eclipsed by its income by 2027, forcing the worker protection plan to draw down on money saved for economic shocks like Covid-19.
Unsurprisingly, this was deemed untenable, and an immediate increase was recommended.
Despite this scramble to boost earnings, the NIB has simultaneously increased payouts. Payouts for pensions, funeral grants, maternity grants and more will all attract bigger sums.
These incremental increases on contributions and payouts were all consultant recommendations, informed statements from the Board.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
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