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Turks and Caicos Sports Commission Launches Registration for Island-wide Summer Camps

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#TurksandCaicos, June 11, 2023 – Keeping the summer break energetic, the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission are continuing to bring sporting activities to the country with the island-wide Summer Camps.

Starting on July 10 through to August 4, there will be a range of camps spanning from Grand Turk, South Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales.

The Sports Performance Camp will visit each island for three days, exposing budding athletes to various strength and conditioning practices which would enhance their sporting proficiency. This camp caters to boys and girls 13-18 years old who participate in any sport.

Sports Performance Camps

Grand Turk – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 10-12 July

South Caicos – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 13-14 July

North Caicos – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 27-29 July

Providenciales – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 24-26 July

In the Twin Islands, the Sports Development Officer Roshano Cox has organised a range of camps including basketball, cricket and softball for youth 9-17 years old.

North Caicos Summer Camps

Basketball Camp – 9:30am – 2:30pm – 10-14 July

Cricket Camp – 9:30am – 2:30pm – 18-21 July

Softball Camp – 9:30am – 2:30pm – 1-4 August

While sports camps are in action the TCISC Project I.D.E.A. Media Club will also be in full effect, where students will be capturing the various camps and sporting activities scheduled. The club members will also be producing sports mini-documentaries and film projects. This is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2023.

The TCISC have further camps scheduled, which include invited players who have been selected on the merit of their athletic performance throughout the year. Various camps have also been funded by the TCISC, expected to be announced across the islands in short order.

Prospective campers can register for the sports camps in two ways.

  1. Register online here: https://forms.office.com/r/nLg0LKAvXN
  2. Register in person at our island-wide offices:
  • Sports Commission Office, Bottle Creek Office, North Caicos
  • Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex, Downtown Providenciales
  • Sports Commission Office, South Caicos
  • Parade Grounds, Grand Turk

For more information contact Sports Programmes Manager Cheryl Obiakpani ccobiakpani@gov.tc or Sports Event Coordinator Jasmine Malcolm jmalcolm@gov.tc.

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Deputy Premier Spot on, TCI TODAY Removed from EU Blacklist

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024Sixteen months after being added to the European Union’s Black List for non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now off that list.

“Today,the Council removed The Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles and Turks and Caicos Islands from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.”

The release explicitly states that in the case of the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, “ever since October 2022, deficiencies in the enforcement of economic substance requirements had been identified in both of these jurisdictions by the OECD Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP).”

It was recommended for remedy to the deficiencies has now been “converted from hard to soft recommendations,” said the statement.

That pivot was fundamental in the de-listing of the two countries said the information from the Council.

“…which allowed the Code of Conduct Group to consider these jurisdictions with no or only a nominal corporate income tax.”

When Magnetic Media spoke to E. Jay Saunders, Turks and Caicos Deputy Premier and Finance Minister in March 2023 he had full confidence that it was only a matter of time before the TCI was given a more favourable position with the EU. 

“There is no question about it. I’m confident that by February 2024, we will be off the list– I’m completely confident and there are no lasting repercussions.”   

 It had been sub-par computer systems that landed the TCI on the list.  The Deputy Premier, at the time offered that the EU was being too dramatic and its language, disproportionate surrounding the issue. 

That black listing and gray listing is often viewed as a black eye in the financial services sector, therefore this announcement today is vindication for the TCI and a huge plus for the Fintech ambitions of the Misick-led government.

 Twelve others remain with the unsavory categorization including Caribbean neighbours: Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.

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Jamaica hosts 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference

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Rashaed Esson

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#GlobalTourism#Jamaica, February 19th, 2024 – Strengthening the future of global tourism against growing climate challenges, Jamaica hosted the 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference in Montego Bay from February 17th to the 18th, featuring high level delegates from the around the world, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and spearheaded by its co-founder, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The conference was under the theme “Navigating the Future of Tourism Resilience,” and addressed the swift need for more innovative strategies to combat the growing challenges that threaten Tourism. Sustainable tourism practices, crisis management, digital transformation, and the importance of promoting global partnerships, were among the topics discussed. 

 

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Dengue in Peru-Over 12 Thousand Cases

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Rashaed Esson

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#Dengue#Peru, February 19th, 2024 – Since the start of the year, there have been more than thirteen thousand cases of dengue in Peru, with over three thousand in the fifth week alone, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The northern region reportedly has the highest number of cases. Revealed in a February 16th report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, this represents a 53.4 percent increase in cases compared to 2023. This massive increase is linked to prolonged heat waves caused by the El Nino effect, the ministry reporting over 100 consecutive unusually hot days and more than 200 warm nights. Higher temperatures create favorable conditions for dengue transmission.

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