By Sherrica Thompson
#TurksandCaicos, June 17, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission will be hosting a Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium from June 17 – 18, under the patronage of the Minister with responsibility for sports, Rachel Taylor.
The symposium will be geared towards seeking funding and creating awareness for podium athletes who are looking to represent the TCI at an international level.
In speaking during an interview on the event, Deputy Director of the TCI’s Sports Commission, Alvin Parker, said the event is aimed at helping federations to have a better understanding of how to fulfil the mandates of the international sporting governing body.
“The aim of the symposium is to continue to grow federations and give them the support and guidance they need to reach or achieve mandates set out by the international body,” said Parker.
The Director noted that the initiative will be three-phased and target a range of entities and individuals.
“During the symposium we have three phases, where we will be targeting national federations, and also potential sponsors because we’re launching an athlete development fund,” said Parker.
He added that the symposium will be targeting parents of athletes and aspiring athletes because they “play a very key role in helping the athletes to stay focused and provide them with food and nutrition that they need to be the best they can be.”
Parker also encouraged businesses in the TCI that want to donate to the long-term development fund to do so. He said the funds will be used to develop athletes in the TCI by providing amenities such as long-term training, nutrition, travelling costs and promoting the athletes.
The two-day event starts at 9 o’clock and will feature a range of discussions and insights about the sports industry holistically and in the TCI. The event will also feature discussions from the former Director of the National Olympic Academy of Barbados, Dave Farmer, and Professor of the Emeritus School of Human Kinetics.
The Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium will be held at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Centre and streamed online at TCI’s Sports Commission Facebook page.
Guyana, India to create a regional Agri-Tech Campus
By Sherrica Thompson
#Guyana, February 7, 2023 – In an effort to advance the region’s food security strategy, Guyana will be working with India to create a regional agri-tech campus to support the food hub in the region.
The announcement was made by President Irfaan Ali during his recent address at the 74th anniversary of the Republic of India, hosted by the Indian High Commission in Guyana.
Dr. Ali maintained that the discussions with Bangalore Bio-Innovation Centre will help to build Guyana’s agriculture sector with an ecosystem that includes a regional food hub.
President Ali noted that over the next few months, there will be a plethora of measures aimed at creating a new ecosystem centred around agriculture, which will focus on high-value, new areas and innovation. He added that technological innovation plays an integral role in nation-building.
The head of state underscored that Guyana is building a food production and agriculture system on a platform that will make it competitive and resilient to operate in an economy in 2023 and beyond.
The president also noted that his administration will continue to position Guyana to be a strong, responsible leader, regionally and internationally, on the environment, climate, energy, and food security, among other areas.
“We must find strategic partners bilaterally, to work with us on a government-to-government relationship, and basis to advance the energy sector. This is a policy position of the government. I am very pleased with the discussions we had at the highest level in India. And their overall deep interests in being a part of the entire ecosystem of our energy sector,” President Ali said.
Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Scores of students in Providenciales will benefit from back-to-school supplies donated by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, strengthening the instructional process in four schools at the start of the new school term.
More than 2,000 students from Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and the Thelma Lightbourne Primary Schools were presented with a generous supply of educational materials including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, knapsacks, reading material, sports gear and musical instruments from members of the philanthropic arm of the family all-inclusive resort. While sharing the gratitude for the gifts received, the leaders at the various institutions lauded the efforts of the more than 20 volunteers on hand.
Neekimo King, Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation over the years have adopted our institution as their own. These reading books will go a far way in increasing our library stock and improving literacy among the students while the physical education and the guidance counseling units have received lots of materials to bolster the learning experience for our students.”
Sophia Garland, Principal of the Enid Capron Primary School was equally elated as she expressed how beneficial resources will be for the teaching and learning process.
“These supplies, including the books, will definitely aid in increasing literacy amongst the students and the many teaching aids that we have been received will create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.”
In sharing with the schools, James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches resort noted, “Sandals Foundation and the resort remain committed to the development of the education of our children, the environment and the communities in which we operate. These four government operated primary schools were identified for these supplies to help in fostering their academic and extra-curricular growth.”
McAnally continued, “A big thank you to the Sandals Foundation Ambassadors who came out and helped with making these distributions possible.”
Vice principal of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Diana Dean, also expressed gratitude noting, “With these tools, I am sure the students will be excited about learning and the teachers will be better equipped to deliver the lessons.”
The Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort have long been supporters of education and community development in Turks and Caicos, donating to a number of schools and youth sports programmes. Since 2011, the organisations have been assisting students at Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron Primary Schools and other schools across the islands in their holistic development by providing educational supplies and the opportunity for Sandals and Beaches resorts guests to meaningfully engage with the students through a weekly literacy enhancement programme, hosted in partnership with Island Routes Tours – Reading Road Trip.
Header: Staff and students from the Enid Capron Primary School share a moment for the cameras with members of the Sandals Foundation team as the school received educational items from the Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.
Insert: James McAnally, General Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos (front left) makes a presentation to members of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School recently with sporting gear and educational items looking on are members of the Sandals Foundation team, Sesame Street Character
UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment
#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.
Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.
Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.
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