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Better Solid Waste Management for TCI

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#TurksandCaicos, May 27, 2022 – The growing demand for better control of solid waste management in TCI still remains a challenge.  In recent years, what have we done differently to improve or expand in scope the existing resources to support our current solid waste management situation?

Polluted air has plagued residents of Grand Turk and Providenciales for years. The lingering question is, can we get control of the situation before it becomes a crisis? This is the concern of many citizens across the country.

As a resident of Grand Turk, I have experienced first-hand the impact it can have on this tiny island. Due to the location of the dump site, some residents are in a more vulnerable position to toxic fumes then others.

Citizens are relieved to hear the recent announcement that a dialogue is set to take place among a newly established Solid Waste Management Task Force.  It should also be noted, within the last couple of years, the occasional flare-ups has declined. Nevertheless, to my knowledge it’s yet to be determined whether the fires were the work of an arsonist or uncontrollable combustion.

In all likelihood, until a viable plan is put in place and in motion, I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time. With the damages it could cause to human health over time, even one flare up is to many.

What is even more concerning due to the potential impact it could have on our sanitation services; is the fact that Carnival Cruise Line recently added their largest ship to the fleet and is now embarking on our shores.   This particular ship has a capacity that exceeds 6K passengers. Now imagine the additional number of recyclable cans, bottles, human waste etc. that will be added to our inadequate landfill.

It’s pretty clear as to which companies and or facilities in these islands are generating the lion share of the waste.  The question remains, are they doing enough to support the country as a whole in this area.  In a small developing nation like TCI where the economy depends primarily on its pristine coastline and ecotourism, a lot more can be done by big players like the Ritz-Carlton, Beaches, Carnival Corporation and others.

With the recent opening of the Ritz-Carlton in Providenciales and the newly signed Carnival contract, it was a pivotal time to bring this issue to the table. If provisions were not included, in my opinion it should have been.

Our country is in a financial position right now to lead the way on this issue and not just follow or propose Band-Aids. Any government must have a commitment to put a solid plan of action in place based on reasoning and evidence of critical issues impacting the country.

Therefore, it’s imperative that critical issues such as this, is placed at the forefront of any cabinet discussion. This will help to raise the level of accountability for those responsible for protecting the health and well-being of our citizens.

Here are some proposed ideas to expand upon.

First and foremost, government must provide more support for local level sanitation services and strategies, to include restructuring the existing processes and procedures for garbage collection and disposal.

Grand Turk in particular, the constant easterly winds blows garbage from the dump site towards the leeward side of the island. Rather than having a chain link fence to contain it, erecting a wall will help to alleviate this issue.

Secondly, we must get serious about recycling. The existing company that is undertaking this initiative, why not expand their reach to the other developed islands.

Let’s start with educating and exposing our elementary and high school students to the importance of recycling instead of disposing of garbage. This will help to pave the way for a more sustainable future.

Let’s incentivize the private sector to set up local food banks or soup kitchens and encourage resorts, hotels and restaurants to donate their nonperishable and unspoiled perishable foods instead of disposing them in the landfill.

Long term solutions needs to be explored, to include being more open to outside investors with genuine interest and expertise in this arena.

The infrastructure for getting rid of recyclables is partly there. For example, there is a high volume of containers coming into our country on a weekly basis via these cargo ships.

This is a great opportunity to broker a deal with a foreign recycling company. Recyclables can be shipped out in those empty containers on un-laden vessels that are heading back to home base or other ports of departure.  We realize this initiative is a monumental task, but we must act fast as time is running out.

Until the country is ready to tackle this issue head on, we will probably continue to see spontaneous combustion as the cause of landfilled fires.

As concerned citizens, we must become a stronger voice in the push for clean air and continue to sound the alarm before it’s too late.

 

Ed Forbes 

Concerned citizen of Grand Turk 

 

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TCIFA Referees selected to participate in FIFA RAP Course

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#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2022 – It is always a massive boost when not only our players are given opportunities to develop, but also our Match Officials. The FIFA RAP (Referee Assistance Programme) presents referees with an opportunity to not solely refresh their understanding of the laws of the game, but also to improve with the ultimate objective of being appointed to the FIFA list of International Referees. This year, a FIFA RAP Course is set to take place in Nassau, Bahamas on August 25-28. From the TCIFA, three referees have been granted the chance to partake in the course; Watson Antoine, Anice Bernadin, and Leonard Suckrajh.

The course also serves to renominate existing FIFA Referees onto the list of International FIFA Referees for 2023. Last year, Anice Bernadin made it onto the list for International FIFA Referees for 2022 as an assistant referee, being given the chance to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands on the international stage.

The program is divided into two parts- theory of refereeing, as well as the practical elements. In order to qualify for this list, referees are required to pass the FIFA Fitness Test.

Patrice Senior, Head of Referees at the TCIFA, commented the following, “The role of the referee is key for the implementation of a football match, that is to interpret and enforce the laws of the game. Referees require positive learning environments with a framework that incorporates continuous development based on meaningful performance objectives – that allows successful promotion through the ranks from the grassroots level, up to the football league and beyond.

She continued by saying, “I am pleased to see the hard work and dedication of our referees in these Turks and Caicos Islands. I would like to congratulate those persons nominated by the TCIFA, Watson Antoine, Ancie Bernadine, and Leonard Suckrahj, and wish them all the best on their journey to the 2022-2023 FIFA International Referees list.”

Patrice also extended thanks to President Sonia Fulford and the TCIFA. She’s also shown gratitude towards the Bahamas Football Association for continuing to include the TCIFA.

Refereeing is a vitally important part of football. For our referees here in the Turks and Caicos to be given the chance to improve their knowledge and experience in an international setting is nothing less than magnificent.

 

Written by: Joshua Hall, Intern

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

 

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TCIFA National Academy

Venetian Road

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands

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FortisTCI partners with Sam’s Club and Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping for Solar Energy 

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Thursday, August 18, 2022) – FortisTCI is pleased to announce that Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping and Sam’s Club have signed onto the Utility-Owned Renewable Energy (UORE) program.

FortisTCI has leased the 18,000 square foot roof space of Sam’s Club, a grocery wholesale business on Leeward Highway in Providenciales, to install a 312.8 kW solar photovoltaic system. Once commissioned, the system will produce renewable energy for the country’s electricity grid and avoid approximately 317 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

FortisTCI has also leased the 13,000 square foot roof space of Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping’s building on South Dock Road in Providenciales to install a 200 kW solar photovoltaic system. The system is projected to avoid approximately 188 metric tons of carbon emissions annually once commissioned. Both systems will be installed by the end of 2022.

The UORE program, operated by FortisTCI, has been in place since 2015. The program now has 18 partnerships following the recent signees, which will increase the number of solar energy system installations across partner properties.

Customers undergo a pre-qualification process, and successful applicants receive incentives for leasing their roof space and the solar energy produced by the system. FortisTCI purchases, install, maintains, and owns the solar system at these properties at no cost to the customer.

Commenting on the partnership, Director of Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping, Carl Simmons stated: The Cargo Express brand is eager to partner with FortisTCI in advancing renewable energy initiatives in the TCI. This partnership allows us to protect the environment by generating electricity using solar energy, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuels. The installation of solar panels on Cargo Express’s 13,000 square foot roof will benefit our organizations and the wider community.”  

Owner and Manager of Sam’s Club, Gus Karagianis stated: “I am very fortunate to qualify for the UORE program operated by FortisTCI. I hope that more businesses that can qualify for the program, embrace the opportunity, and one rooftop at a time, we can all make a difference in creating a more sustainable energy future.”

President and CEO at FortisTCI Ruth Forbes stated: “We wish to commend our newest UORE customers for supporting the journey to a more sustainable energy future. Roof-mounted solar installations have allowed us to steadily increase our solar footprint year-over-year. Our studies have found that at least four acres of land are needed to produce 1MW of solar energy.

Therefore, we continue to maximize roof spaces through customer partnerships. We also continue to pursue regulatory reform to advance our clean energy plan, which includes investing in utility-scale solar projects. By December 2022, we expect to have at least 2.6 MW of solar energy installed on the grid.”

 

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Header: (L-R) Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning at FortisTCI, Rachell Roullet,  President and CEO at FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes, Owner and Manager of Sam’s Club, Gus Karagianis, and Manager of Innovation and Resource Planning, TeAnn Thomas.

Insert: Rachell Roullet,  President and CEO at FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes, Director of Cargo Express -Tropical Shipping, Carl Simmons,  and Manager of Innovation and Resource Planning, TeAnn Thomas.

 

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TCI Beach Soccer National Team Players Train in Italy

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#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2022 – In June of this year, Pisa Beach Soccer, located in Italy, presented an opportunity for two of our Beach Soccer National Players to train alongside their team. This opportunity was nothing short of astounding. Herby Magny and Makenson Cadet were the two fortunate players who were chosen to train with the Pisa Beach Soccer team. Pisa Beach Soccer is ranked at the top of the Italian Serie AON Beach Soccer League and in addition to that, they are the reigning champions from last season.

This entire experience would not have been possible for Herby or Makenson if it was not for the recommendation of Matteo Marucci, Head Coach of Pisa Beach Soccer as well as Head Coach of the Turks and Caicos Islands Men’s beach Soccer Team. Coach Marucci has a long-standing history within the sport of Beach Soccer, representing Italy in both the 2015 and 2017 Beach Soccer World Cups.

Both Herby and Makenson engaged in a series of intensive training sessions that took place over a ten-day span.  These were morning and evening sessions. The morning sessions were coached by Bruno Xavier, Captain of the Brazilian Men’s National Beach Soccer Team. Bruno is not a new face to the Beach Soccer World, he was awarded World’s Best Player in 2014 and was a part of the Dream Team from 2014 to 2018. In the morning the focal point was working on core, balance, agility, and strength. The evening sessions consisted of a training session with the Pisa Beach Soccer first team under the supervision of Coach Marucci.

When asked for a comment on what It was like to train with the team, Herby Magny had the following to say, “It was one of the best experiences in my soccer career. It has made me fall in love with the beautiful game of beach soccer even more. Training with the Pisa Beach Soccer Team was conducted at a different level than how I’m used to training. The level of intensity and professionalism stood out the most, as most of the players are key players for the Brazilian & Italian national teams.” He went on to add, “The first 2 sessions were difficult as the guys did not really know us and so they didn’t pass to us during the games, however by the third day onwards it was fantastic, as we proved ourselves. The guys welcomed us like their own teammates and involved us in every play.”

Fellow teammate, Makenson Cadet, had this take on his time spent in Italy, “The experience was needed. Italy is beautiful, the food was delicious and training in a professional environment was top notch.” He continued, “What really stood out to me is the passion they had for the game, it’s unbelievable some of the players still have to work full-time jobs because they are not getting paid enough, but they still showed up every day with the same strong mentality. Matteo is a really good coach and a good person as well.”

Without doubt, these training sessions challenged Herby and Mackenson for the better. Both players expressed an abundance of gratitude for the chance to take part in the training sessions. Experiences like these are crucial in the development of our players here at the TCIFA.

 

Written by: Joshua Hall, Intern

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

 

Address:

TCIFA National Academy

Venetian Road

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands

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