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Concacaf W Gold Cup: A Beacon for Women’s Football

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Concacaf’s inaugural Women’s Gold Cup showcased the incredible talent and determination of female footballers from across the region. The exciting matches, fierce competition, and unwavering sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament truly highlighted the growing prominence of women’s football on the global stage.

  \As the sport continues to evolve and gain recognition, it is inspiring to see initiatives like the Women’s Gold Cup provide a platform for female athletes to shine and inspire future generations. The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association remains committed to supporting and promoting women’s football, and look forward to witnessing the continued growth and success of the sport in the years to come. 

During 2023, the Turks and Caicos Women’s National Football Team participated in Group G of the qualifying stage, known as the “Road to Concacaf W Gold Cup,” alongside Belize, Aruba, and Bonaire. Regrettably the competition concluded for Turks and Caicos during this early stage, which comprised a total of thirty-four teams. Subsequently, the tournament transitioned to the 12-team Group Stage, hosted across three USA venues, leading up to the inaugural Concacaf W Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup began with a six-team Preliminary Round in February and culminated in the final match. The final, held at the bustling Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California, drew over 30,000 spectators on Sunday, March 10th. The match showcased a thrilling encounter between the national women’s teams of The United States and Brazil, both renowned competitors in international tournaments, and no stranger to each other.The United States clinched the championship with a 1-0 win, making history as the inaugural champions of the Concacaf Gold Cup.

President Sonia Fulford, who holds the position of Concacaf’s Female Council Member, a prominent advocate for Women’s Football, graced the stage alongside Concacaf’s President Victor Montagliani to present the awards. Their shared passion for recognizing and celebrating the achievements of female athletes was evident. In her remarks, she highlighted the incredible talent and determination of the athletes, emphasizing the importance of supporting and uplifting women in sports. “ As I stood there, surrounded by the warmth of shared joy and unity, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for being a part of this beautiful moment. The energy in the air was electric, filled with love and positivity. In this moment, I am truly thankful for the opportunity to share in this experience with all those involved. The passion and dedication of the athletes have illuminated the field, showing the world the power of teamwork, skill, and resilience. As the sun sets on the horizon, it’s a reminder that in unity, there is strength. Women’s football is not just a sport, but a movement that inspires and empowers individuals to reach new heights and break barriers. It’s a celebration of talent, determination, and the unbreakable spirit of women in sports. Continuing to embrace the essence of International Women’s Day, let’s persist in backing and empowering women in football, celebrating their accomplishments and encouraging their path to even greater achievements.”

Congratulations to Concacaf and all the talented players who made the inaugural Women’s Gold Cup a resounding success! Special commendations to the champions, Team USA, and the runners-up, Team Brazil.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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