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TCIFA Celebrates Long-Serving Employees

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In a heartwarming tribute to dedication and loyalty, the TCIFA celebrates its long-serving employees. These employees have not only contributed their valuable skills and expertise but have also shown unwavering support and passion for their work. As we honour their years of service, we also acknowledge the invaluable impact they have had on shaping the culture and success of TCIFA. Their resilience, hard work, and positive attitude serve as an inspiration to us all, reflecting the true spirit of teamwork and excellence that defines our organisation.

Taking on a new career adventure, ten years ago, Candia Ewing joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association with a background in pre-medicine and considerable knowledge in the medical and dental fields. Initially assuming the role of administrative assistant at TCIFA, she later took on the responsibilities of Acting General Secretary during the crucial period of Sonia Fulford’s Presidency transition. Over time, Candia went on to become the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Her creative flair and strategic approach brought a fresh perspective to the FA, enhancing its public image and engagement with stakeholders. Eventually, in addition to this role, she undertook the position of Office Manager. In her multifaceted capacity, Candia fulfils various duties, such as overseeing the organisation and execution of matches and events, managing travel arrangements for national teams, and handling a myriad of tasks essential to the smooth daily operations of the FA. Her dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to excellence make her an invaluable asset to the TCIFA and a true inspiration to aspiring professionals in the field of sports administration.

“In 2014, I discovered a whole new world within the TCIFA, filled with passion, dedication, and teamwork. Initially, there wasn’t much familiarity with the game aside from occasionally watching my mother and sister play. This gave me a unique perspective; but working within TCIFA broadened my horizons and deepened my appreciation. With that being said, my journey has been nothing short of transformative. Every day, I am surrounded by individuals who share a love for football, immersed in an environment brimming with enthusiasm and unity, and it is truly inspiring. While I may have started off as a very reserved person, football has helped me find my voice and a place in a world full of vibrant personalities and stories waiting to be shared.” Candia remarked, “Looking forward, I am enthusiastic about continuing on this illuminated path that football has set before me. Each person who loves football contributes to the rich tapestry of this sport. It is a testament to its inclusive nature that there is a place for everyone, regardless of their background, gender, age, or ability.”

From her early days as a player in the Football Development Programs to representing the U15, U17, and Women’s national teams, Olivia Graveley’s passion for the sport has been unwavering. Transitioning into a role as a Youth Development Officer at the TCIFA, in 2014, was just the beginning of her impactful career in football. Her dedication and expertise led her to the position of Head Coaching Development Officer, where she played an important role in shaping the future of football in the TCI. Consequently, as the Deputy Women’s Director, Olivia continued to break barriers and pave the way for women in football. Her commitment to the sport and her leadership skills did not go unnoticed, as she now holds the prestigious role of Director of the Grand Turk Football Program. With her U.S. and Concacaf C Licenses, Olivia continues to inspire and empower the next generation of football enthusiasts. Moreover, she holds a position as a member of the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Committee. Notably, she is the visionary behind #GOAM (Girls On A Mission), a collective of young female leaders devoted to community service in the TCI region, and an initiative that aims to empower women through various projects and workshops, underpinned by values of service. Her narrative exemplifies the profound impact of perseverance, diligence, and an unwavering passion for a sport that transcends boundaries.

“Football has been a part of my life for almost all my life,” Olivia reflects, showcasing her deep connection to the beautiful game. “From the early days of kicking a ball around with friends to the adrenaline rush of playing competitively on the field and coaching, football has been a constant source of joy and excitement for me. The beautiful game has taught me the value of teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. It has a way of bringing people together and creating unforgettable memories. I am reminded of the passion and love that has fueled my journey with this sport. Football isn’t just a game to me; it’s a part of who I am, shaping my character and providing endless opportunities for growth and camaraderie. I am very grateful for the invaluable years of growth and development experienced within TCIFA.”

From the humble beginnings at Tropical Plaza to the bustling headquarters of today, Fritz Elvariste has been a pillar of support for football at the TCIFA. His expertise in grounds maintenance and active involvement in various football activities, both within the FA and the Sharks Football Club, exhibits his deep love for the sport. Fritz has fulfilled multiple roles, serving as the groundskeeper, equipment manager, driver, player, coach, and referee, showcasing remarkable versatility and unwavering dedication to the sport. His passion for the game can be traced back to his roots at Violette Athlete Club in Haiti, underlining his lifelong connection to football.

Fritz’s infectious enthusiasm and optimistic outlook shine through his words, “Football holds a special place in my heart.” His joy in his work and gratitude for being part of TCIFA is palpable. He frequently articulates that his colleagues serve as an enduring wellspring of motivation and inspiration. For Fritz, football is a lifelong passion that continues to fuel his dedication and bring him immense happiness. He thrives on the energy of the game, finding solace in the rhythm of each moving component.

TCIFA President, Sonia Fulford, commented, “The dedication and commitment shown by by our employees are truly commendable. Candia, Olivia and Fritz embody the very essence of loyalty and expertise within the association. As we mark their milestones of 10 (in the case of Candia and Olivia) and 24 years (in the case of Fritz) respectively, we reflect on the invaluable contributions they have made to the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association. Their unwavering passion for their work has not only shaped the organization but has also inspired others around them. Their commitment and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and we are immensely grateful for everything they do. Here’s to celebrating these remarkable individuals and looking forward to many more years of success and collaboration ahead. Congratulations on this significant milestone, and may their passions continue to drive them to even greater achievements in the years to come.”

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InvestTCI facilitates the Development Agreement Between TCIG and Molo Hotel Group 

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – May 14th, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Molo Hotel Group reached a pivotal juncture on Monday, May 13th, 2024, with the ceremonial signing of a development agreement at the Premier’s Office on Providenciales. The agreement, which received official Cabinet approval on March 13th, 2024, signifies a steadfast commitment to advancing the economic landscape of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Molo Hotel Group is a family-owned business, renowned for its distinguished portfolio of high-quality hotels worldwide. The development initiative encompasses the construction of three distinct IHG branded hotels: InterContinental Turks and Caicos, Kimpton Turks and Caicos and Hotel Indigo Turks and Caicos. Scheduled for completion by 2027, each resort boasts a distinctive design from luxury to laidback sophistication spanning across the shores of Grace Bay Beach.

Kimpton Turks and Caicos – an epitome of luxury lifestyle living, will feature 192 guest rooms including three outdoor pools, a luxury spa and a fitness center. Additionally, seven dining options ranging from a beachfront restaurant to a rooftop bar.

Adjacent to the Kimpton, InterContinental Turks and Caicos will offer 59 classic luxury suites with panoramic ocean views. Mirroring its counterpart, this resort will offer an array of dining options and upscale facilities.

Steps away from the Intercontinental and Kimpton resorts, Hotel Indigo Turks and Caicos will embrace a sense of community and contemporary elegance, offering 56 bedrooms. The resort will feature an onsite restaurant, lobby bar, outdoor pool, and fitness room.

Beyond the realm of hospitality, this development agreement underscores the government’s commitment to fostering economic growth and enhancing employment opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Molo is partnering with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) to actively promote hospitality as a career choice and support in developing training programs, career fairs, seminars, workshops, and events to raise awareness about hospitality careers. Molo has committed to provide employment and apprentice opportunities to TCICC students and provide mentoring and practical on property training to students.

The signing event was graced by Hon. Charles Washington Missick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Jamell Robinson, Deputy Premier, Hon. Kyle Knowles, Minister of Public Safety and Utilities, Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Łukasz and Marcin Slominski, Owners of Molo, Ross Morrow, Managing Director Molo, Arik Kono, Vice President Upscale Development for IHG, Dr. Candice Williams, President and CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, Angela Musgrove, InvestTCI CEO, Dr. Barbara Ambrister, Chairperson of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, Dr. Delores Stapleton- Harris, Vice President of Academic, Vocational and Student Affairs for the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, Mr. Kevin Baxter, Dean of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) and Sheryl McLaughlin, InvestTCI Investment Services Executive.

Commenting on the development agreement, Premier, Hon. Misick, stated “The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing of IHG/Molo Hotels is a significant step towards a sustainable future for hospitality in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Three hotels, Kimpton, Intercontinental, and Hotel Indigo, will be introduced, enhancing our tourism product and creating employment opportunities.”

He further added, “Partnerships with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission are underway, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to developing human capital and elevating tourism offerings. This project will bring economic growth, embrace local talent, and enrich our economy.”

Additionally, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, emphasized “This collaboration confirms our commitment to fostering economic growth and prosperity within our country. We have worked closely with Molo Hotel Group, and we are confident that this transformative project will further position the Turks and Caicos Islands as a premier destination for travel and investment. Much to our delight, it will also provide opportunities for engagement with our Community College and small business community.”

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, operating through its primary Investment Promotion

Agency, Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, remains committed to attracting and facilitating Foreign Direct Investments to the country by providing a comprehensive suite of services. Through strategic initiatives and targeted promotion, the agency catalyzes sustainable development, driving innovation and small business opportunities across various sectors of the economy.

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Male Charged with Robbery

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#TurksandCaicos, May 13, 2024 – Detectives of the Serious Crime Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged a man who allegedly stole a vehicle.

The accused, DANVANTE  BRISCO, 30,  of  Kew Town, Providenciales, was charged with:

  • One Count: Robbery
  • One Count: Taking Motor Vehicle Without Authority
  • One Count: Using Offensive Weapon to cause fear

Mr. BRISCO appeared in court today (May 13 ) and was granted bail of $7500.00 with one surety.

The matter was adjourned to July 05 for a Sufficiency Hearing.

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Dock Yard Male Charged  

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#TurksandCaicos, May 13, 2024 – A 20-year-old Dock Yard male appeared in court today (May 13th) charged with a series of firearm-related offences.

The accused, JAMES SIMON, was denied bail and remanded into custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing scheduled for July 05th, 2024.

Mr. SIMON faces the following charges: 

  • One Count: Robbery;
  • One Count: Gang Membership
  • One Count: Possession of a Firearm for the Benefit of a Gang
  • One Count: Possession of Ammunition for the Benefit of a Gang.

The charges against Mr. Simon followed investigations by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force into a robbery at the parking lot of a Casino where three males robbed a victim.

Additionally, Mr. Simon is charged with the following offences, having been arrested on May 02nd, 2024, along South Dock Road.

  • One Count: Possession of a Firearm
  • One Count: Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count: Unlawful Entry

Officers also charged a teenage minor who was in the company of  Mr. Simon on May 02nd with One Count of UNLAWFUL ENTRY. 

The accused, seventeen and from Kew Town, Providenciales, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on May 20th.

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