7 May 2013 South Africa and Vietnam have signed an action plan to set in motion the biodiversity conservation and protection agreement signed by the two countries in December, aimed at curbing wildlife crimes, in particular rhino poaching. “The implementation plan, effective until 2017, gives further impetus to the fight against wildlife crimes, particularly rhino poaching,” the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement. South Africa’s Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and Vietnam’s Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Ha Cong Tuan signed the follow-up implementation plan in Hanoi on Monday. “The signing of the action plan is the culmination of intensive negotiations and discussions between the two governments,” the department said following the signing. The memorandum of understanding on biodiversity conservation and protection was introduced to promote cooperation between the two countries in law enforcement and compliance with legislation such as the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).‘Joint efforts to conserve biodiversity’ “Put into action is the development of joint legislative efforts to conserve biodiversity, build capacity and promote participation of international organisations and non-governmental organisations in the process,” the department said. Priority cooperation areas also include the use, transfer and development of technology, natural resource and protected areas management, wildlife trade and community development. “The two countries will, in the next six months, share information on each country’s legislation in regards to the management of sport hunting for trophies of rhino and other wildlife with the aim of improving the management of imports of hunted specimens to Vietnam,” the department said. “Awareness and education campaigns on biodiversity management, compliance with international regulations and legislation, forestry, skills development, sustainable utilisation and the improvement of livelihoods while conserving the environment and related matters, will also be conducted to ensure wildlife-related crimes are reduced.” Further development of wildlife monitoring systems, including the introduction of a gene bank and training courses in wildlife forensic analysis and DNA sample techniques, also form part of the implementation plan to combat levels of wildlife crime. “The two countries will share experiences on a regular basis, resulting in recommendations to enhance biodiversity, management, conservation and protection,” the department said. SAinfo reporter
“More attention should be paid to producing a generation of young people armed with skills to meet the economy’s needs,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said in his address to Brand South Africa’s Competitiveness Forum.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Petrus de Kock Research ManagerBrand South Africa+27 11 712 5000Sulaiman Philip Success over the past 20 years has brought South Africa to a crossroads, according to speakers and delegates at the inaugural Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum. Two hundred delegates drawn from government, business, academia, labour and civil society gathered at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg to discuss and exchange ideas around South Africa’s competitiveness and how to improve it.Before breaking into five discussion groups – education, skills and labour, infrastructure, foreign direct investment, manufacturing and related services and governance and leadership – Deputy President Kgalema Mothlante set the tone for the day at the opening plenary by asking delegates to treat the forum as a platform to discuss building a brighter future for South Africa.“We know enough what our challenges are; now we need to decide what we need to do about them.”South Africa’s great leap forward from 1994 has spread the benefits of democracy and equality to most of its population, the deputy president explained, but problems remain. High rates of poverty and unemployment, especially among the young, are still intractable problems that need new solutions.“We have also fallen short of the development trajectory necessary to place us on par with many of our competitors. We are acutely aware that improvement in the competitiveness of our nation is proportional to strides in these critical areas that define the character of our nation today.”Using the National Development Plan, NDP Vision for 2030, as a roadmap for discussion, delegates were tasked with developing ideas to stimulate growth, reduce unemployment and poverty and narrow the inequality gaps still prevalent in the country. Shared valuesTrevor Ndlazi, country director at the Reputation Institute, chaired the panel for the breakaway session on Governance and Leadership. In his welcome remarks he asked if the right to govern and lead are based on shared values and whether the nation has a common identity that can be harnessed to pull the country toward a flourishing future.Dr Vuyo Mahlati of the International Women’s Forum and member of the National Planning Commission, argued that the successes of the past 20 years – universal education, increased access to basic services and growth of the economy – were built on a shared vision for the country, which in turn was based on a shared identity as South Africans.The country is at the point where government and business need to strengthen co-operation to build on the foundation of the past two decades. Business has the skills needed and government the vision of a society it wants to create, Mahlati said.“A councillor needs to understand that non-delivery of services is not just a local issue; it affects the way the country is perceived. Business has to understand that they cannot work to maximise profits without considering the environment in which they are active.” Emulating successful economies Professor Dirk Kotzé, of the University of South Africa (Unisa), pointed out that the successful emerging economies held up as good examples, or to which South Africa is often compared were not democracies when their economic miracles began. Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong and even China were one-party states with one vision and the political will to put plans into actions.Professor Kotzé added, “South Africa has the opportunity to define what is economically possible in a democracy.”Responding to a question about how a state is defined he used South Africa’s successful electrification programme to illustrate the different routes that the country could follow.“Do we choose to continue providing electricity and other services to someone who can’t afford them, a social democratic system? Or do we embrace business-friendly policies that will grow the economy and provide this person with a job and then ask them to pay for the services?”Nomaxabiso Majokweni, representing Business Unity South Africa expanded on the idea that South Africa is beating a new path.“As a nation success is based on universal education, skills development and good governance. It is defined by the greater good our wealth of natural resources can create rather than the personal wealth that can be accumulated.”Vigorous debate between the audience members began with an interesting dilemma. Some audience members were long-term residents in South Africa, not citizens; they felt uncomfortable participating in the conversation. They did however raise a point that had not been discussed previously, saying government could not ignore how social media would change how people are governed, especially at a local level. Government can learn, from business, how to respond to the influence that platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have. Defining South Africa The breakaway discussion resulted in five points taken back to the plenary.• South Africa is blessed with a much-lauded constitution and institutions; however the gap between government policy and action needs to be addressed.• What it means to be South African needs to be defined; this vision of “who we are” and “what values mould us” needs to be the foundation of a nation branding programme.• Leadership based on those shared values need to be encouraged and promoted.• There needs to be a clearer understanding of the values that underpin governance.• The developed economies that are held up as development models for South Africa were not democracies at the birth of their economic miracles. South Africa has an opportunity to develop a unique development model based on democratic principles.Ndlazi, while acknowledging that the group’s report was vague, said this conference was the first step of a challenging journey, and that South Africans needed to remind themselves of the country’s successes and not just fixate on the challenges.“We have more than tripled the size of our economy since 1994,” Gross domestic product in 1994 was $136-billion; last year it was $400-billion according to a Goldman Sachs report released the day before the conference. “If we focus our energies we can do so much more while building a society with the shared value of effecting maximum development whilst still maximising profit.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the groundby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is staying grounded over growing transfer interest.Switzerland international Zakaria has the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all keen.And Gladbach have intimated a willingness to sell for €50m.But the youngster says: “I’m happy with Borussia and I want to play a big season with Gladbach if possible. “The important thing is that I keep my feet on the ground and do not worry about the other things.”
shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateClemson and Florida State are set to tangle this Saturday, and more than likely, the contest will decide which team wins the Atlantic division in the ACC. Despite losing the last three matchups to the Seminoles, at least one Tigers player is confident about how his team will perform. Junior defensive end Shaq Lawson talked a bit of trash Monday, telling reporters that he believes that the Tigers will “show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson” by the time the game is over. Cook, at one point, was committed to play for the Tigers before flipping and attending FSU [email protected]_Lawson90 “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.” pic.twitter.com/X0tZSNpkXP— CUTigers.com (@CUTigers_com) November 2, 2015#Clemson DE Shaq Lawson talks trash: “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.” #FSU— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) November 2, 2015Tigernet.com has video of the press conference, if you’re interested.Cook has become a star this year, rushing for over 1,000 yards in just seven games. If Clemson is actually able to shut him down (provided he plays), it’ll have a much easier time leaving Memorial Stadium victorious.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Columbus for tomorrow’s big showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State, which means that former Michigan star Desmond Howard, who is an analyst for the show, is in enemy territory. One Buckeyes supporter appears to have gone overboard in making sure Howard doesn’t feel at home.Friday morning, Howard, on SportsCenter, told Cari Champion that he’d been flipped off and screamed at by an Ohio State supporter on his walk to the set. Hours later, a fan claimed responsibility on Twitter and called out Howard in the process. We’ve gone ahead and transcribed what Howard told viewers. We imagine that the fan is going to eventually delete all of his tweets, including the video – it isn’t a good look at all.“On my way to the set, I came across a young man, a student here, who showed me that he thought I was No. 1 with one of his fingers and then he – he went on to say that, using this foul language, that he wanted to have some sort of weird sexual relations with Michigan. So I told him, hey buddy, I don’t blame you, I blame your parents and the way you were raised, have a good day young man.” Told Desmond Howard right to his face, “fuck Michigan” he wasn’t happy pic.twitter.com/7FVSVhcGE0— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015ok chill Desmond you didn’t say anything to me pic.twitter.com/tt5laMhEJy— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, [email protected] say it to my face next time and not on sports center. You don’t want these hands chump— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015Rivalries are great, but this kind of stuff isn’t cool at all. Maybe a simple “Go Bucks!” would have sufficed instead.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the nation’s #1 advocate for kids and teens, launched their new Boys & Girls Clubs – Alumni & Friends Club to engage its estimated 16 million Club Alumni.Alongside Alumni & Friends Club spokesperson Shaquille O’Neal, numerous other celebrity ambassadors, hundreds of local Boys & Girls Clubs, corporate and media partners, BGCA is calling former Club members to join the movement in building great futures for the next generation.“Boys & Girls Clubs have impacted the future of multiple generations, with 54 percent of our Alumni saying that their Club saved their lives,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO of BGCA. “We want to reconnect with the millions of former Club kids and issue a call to action to come together as advocates and ambassadors for Clubs around the country, so that every kid in America has an open door to a great future.”It’s estimated that one out of every 16 Americans has been a Club kid at one point in their life. In an effort to reconnect, BGCA is leveraging the power of social media and rallying its celebrity alumni and friends as part of this effort with well-known supporters like Shaquille O’Neal, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Evander Holyfield, Nick Cannon, Queen Latifah, Victor Cruz, Michael Phelps and others encouraging their social media fans and followers and the millions of Club Alumni to join.More than 45 of BGCA’s corporate supporters are also joining this effort long-term, with companies like Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Nestlé USA, Anthem Foundation, AT&T, Staples, Raytheon, Comcast NBCUniversal, Fox Sports, Bank of America among others engaging their combined millions of employees, as well as friends and followers on social media to join the Alumni & Friends Club and impact a kid’s life forever.“It is imperative for all Club Alumni to come together to support kids in this country,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Larry and his wife Colette co-chair BGCA’s Alumni & Friends initiative. “My Boys & Girls Club was an important part of my childhood and also taught me the importance of giving back. I’m inviting all alum to join me to help build a great future for the next generation of leaders.”As part of the Alumni & Friends Club launch, BGCA is introducing a new PSA illustrating stories of celebrity and professional alumni, and how the Club equipped them with tools they needed to be successful adults. In a recent survey of Club Alumni, over a third (33 percent) reported that without the Club they would have dropped out of high school. Nearly 66 percent of Alumni reported that they became more committed to their education because of the Club and 64 percent said that the Club helped them improve their grades.BGCA’s aim is for the Alumni & Friends Club to be a network of youth advocates and Club supporters committed to giving back and helping Clubs serve more members, more often, to increase the impact on kids who need the Club’s support and guidance the most. For every new Alumni & Friends Club Member joining in September, a Club membership will be donated for a kid in need.Today, Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly four million kids annually at more than 4,100 locations throughout the U.S. and worldwide at BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations as well as on Native lands. The organization’s vision is that all Club members graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character, citizenship, 21st century leadership skills and leading a healthy lifestyle. While BGCA’s reach is unparalleled, the crisis facing America’s kids remains paramount. In the U.S., every afternoon 11 million kids (one in five) leave school with no place to go, and they risk being unguided and unsafe.“We can build a better future for our nation’s kids,” said Clark. “Who better to do that than the millions of Club Alumni whose lives were forever changed at a Boys & Girls Club? We encourage everyone, whether you are alumnus or friend, to join us and be a Boys & Girls Club member for life.”For more information and to join the Alumni & Friends Club, go to bgcalum.org.
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe failed search for Amber Tuccaro “was not our best work,” Alberta RCMP said Thursday in apologizing for mishandling the missing persons case that remains an unsolved murder.“On behalf of the RCMP, I am truly sorry,” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki.“Amber was a beloved member of your family and of the community.”WATCH THE APOLOGY HERE.The public apology, broadcast live from Edmonton, was the latest development in a crime that saw the 20-year-old vanish from Nisku, Alta., in August, 2010.At the time, she was living in Fort McMurray with her mother but flew to Edmonton with her 14-month-old son Jacob and a female acquaintance.When Vivian Tuccaro couldn’t reach her daughter she knew right away something was wrong.But it took four months for an RCMP officer to interview her.“When Amber first went missing I was calling Leduc police every day, like sometimes five time a day, because people were giving me tips,” said an emotional Vivian, who broke down in tears.“And all along they hadn’t even done any work until November.”That was only the first in a series of missteps.Leduc officers removed Amber’s name from the missing persons’ list for a month, and threw away her suitcase.In 2018, police released an audio clip of a man’s voice in connection with the case.They believe he was giving her a ride and say identifying him is crucial.Vivian said she only learned about those mistakes from someone inside the detachment and used the information to file a complaint to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC).RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki apologized for mishandling the Amber Tuccaro case. (Chris Stewart/ APTN)Zablocki agreed his members should have done better.“I fully acknowledge that in the early days of our investigation into Amber’s disappearance that it required a better sense of urgency and care,” he told the news conference.“We agree with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission that in 2010 our Leduc detachment initial missing person investigation was not our best work.”More than two years later, in September 2012, Amber’s remains were found on a rural property near Leduc County on the outskirts of Edmonton.No arrests have been made.LISTEN TO THE VOICE HERE.The family said right from the start the police didn’t take the case seriously. They repeated their story to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).The CRCC agreed with them in September 2018, and recommended the force apologize.Vivian said it was an important day for her family.She said it would help them cope with the loss and make improvements for other families suffering through the same thing.“I hope that I helped families today. Even one family – that I can give them the strength to come forward and not give up.”Zablocki said the case has become “a real catalyst” for change, sparking regional and national improvements.“We’ve put more accountability to our supervisors; we’ve implemented mandatory review of missing persons’ files every 24 hours, followed by a 72-hour review, as well.”Vivian, accompanied by her son Paul, unveiled a new poster about Amber’s disappearance.She said the family is still anxious for clues to break the case.And, ultimately, justice.“For the people that know who the killer is you have blood on your hands, too,” she said.“I don’t know how you could sleep at night, live with yourself, knowing what you know.”The inquiry, which submitted its final report on June 3, was unable to determine how many mmiwg there are in Canada.In 2014, the RCMP put the figure at about 1,200.READ THE APOLOGY HERE.Anyone who can identify the voice or provide information is asked to call Project KARE toll free at 1-877-5273 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Edmonton residents can reach KARE at [email protected]@katmarte
Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall (2) uses the referee as a blocker during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team (4-0) faces a considerable issue at the running back position this season: It has too many of them.With the return of senior Carlos Hyde from a three-game suspension, OSU now has eight active running backs on its roster. Among those including redshirt-senior H-back Jordan Hall one of seven whom participated in the Buckeyes’ 76-0 win over Florida A&M.Hyde, Hall, redshirt-junior Rod Smith, redshirt-freshman Warren Ball, freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Devonte Butler all recorded at least three rushes. Freshman Dontre Wilson also played, but lined up as a receiver, tallying three catches for 12 yards.The only running back on the team that did not play was sophomore Bri’onte Dunn, who has yet to play this season and is likely to be redshirted.Elliott was the leading rusher on the day, gaining 162 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. It was the first significant playing time for the freshman, who only had seven total carries in the first three games.The St. Louis native said his big take away from Saturday was an opportunity to get onto the field during a game.“I’ve gotten a little bit from earlier this season, but just a little more game experience,” Elliott said. “Just getting out there and running the ball.”Despite the big performance from Elliott in the second half, coach Urban Meyer said he is not included in the top tier of running backs for the Buckeyes.“I think you have three that are above the others right now. You have Jordan Hall, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde (who) are the top three backs,” Meyer said. “I think Warren Ball ran hard and I think Ezekiel Elliott’s got an incredible future here. I wanted to reward him a little bit; he’s involved in special teams now.”Even though a lot of running backs received playing time against the Rattlers Saturday, Elliott said it is a constant battle to earn carries at OSU.“It’s hard to get a spot and even hold the spot,” Elliott said. “The guy in front of you is great and the guy behind you is great so every day we out and compete and go hard.”Hall, the team leader in rushing yards with 422 on the season, saw his workload decreased with the return of Hyde, only carrying the ball four times against Florida A&M.“It’s tough, (there is) only one football,” Hall said. “When you come to Ohio State… there’s competition everywhere, so a lot of backs in the backfield, that makes us go hard in practice every day and I think that’s helped us in a way.”Meyer said the return of Hyde changes things in the Buckeye backfield, with both Hyde and Hall offering different skill sets to the team.“Jordan Hall gives you flexibility, too, I’m evaluating what to do with him, because I know he’s a heck of a tailback as well,” Meyer said.Meyer said he thought Hall should have seen more of the field with how he has played so far this season, but said that in a blowout it is hard for the starters to play a lot.“Jordan Hall deserved more carries than he got, but you just can’t do that. I’ve been on the other end of those, so I try to do the best we could, just run the ball every snap and let guys earn an opportunity to get on the field,” Meyer said. “Thing is, if you get depth on your field, you tell Ezekiel Elliott not to run hard, he’ll look at you like, ‘I’m running hard, because I have to get more carries.’”Hyde marked his return from suspension with a five-carry, 41-yard performance and a one-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said Hyde’s return helped boost the team’s energy and motivated them to keep playing hard.“It was nice,” Guiton said. “The standing ovation they gave him, that made me get some juice in my body and just some tingling went through my body and I told him, ‘Let’s go man, you got to go get this first (down) now.’”For the younger guys, having Hyde back helped with their nerves as they received more playing time than normal, with Elliott calling him a “great leader.”One of Hyde’s blockers, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, said it was nice to have Hyde back because of his leadership and influence on the field.“Seeing him back out there was good. That’s definitely a player that carries a big load with us, and having him back was good,” Heuerman said.Hall said he enjoyed having Hyde back because it was a new experience for players who “are like brothers.”“It was fun because me and Carlos, we came in the same time but we never really got to play with each other at the same time,” Hall said. “So we’re excited about that and we got a lot of good backs, it’s going to be tough.”The running backs will have their next opportunity to separate themselves from the rest when the Buckeyes host No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1) Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Junior forward, Sam Thompson (12), dunks the ball for Ohio State. OSU won against Ohio, 79-69, Nov. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor Following a 19-year hiatus, the Ohio State men’s basketball team held on to beat in-state rival Ohio University Tuesday, 79-69.The Buckeyes (2-0, 0-0) started fast, scoring the first nine points of the game and making their first three shots. The Bobcats did not get on the board until junior guard Stevie Taylor connected on a jumper more than five minutes into the game.A total of 55 fouls were called over the course of the game, causing play to be disjointed at times. OSU finished 38 of 51 from the free throw line on the night, attempting seven more free throws than field goal attempts. The 38 made free throws tied a school record, set in 1968.The heavy amount of foul calls could be the result of a new rule implemented for the 2013-14 season by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, who voted to pass a new stipulation banning any hand or forearm contact by a defensive player. OSU coach Thad Matta said the change is something his team needs to continue to adjust to.“I (said) at the beginning of the season it was going to be a little bit different and I think we got to continue to adjust,” Matta said after the win.Senior guard Aaron Craft agreed, and said it was tough to get into a flow in the game.“We kind of came into this year having an understanding, that’s how games are going to be called … a lot of fouls, a lot of stoppage in play,” Craft said. “It really just makes you focus. You have to refocus every time the ball stops.”Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, led by Craft with 18. Junior center Amir Williams recorded his first double-double of his career, scoring 14 points and snatching 10 rebounds. Junior forward Sam Thompson scored 12 points, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross added 10.The Buckeyes led, 40-28, at halftime, partly because they shot 15 of 20 from the free throw line.While the Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 17 in the first half, the Bobcats cut it to five after junior forward Maurice Ndour put back a miss with just less than four minutes to go.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit a 3-pointer from the corner, though, with 1:55 on the clock to extend OSU’s lead to 10. The Bobcats (1-1, 0-0) fired right back, as senior guard Nick Kellogg answered with a three of his own, keeping the Bobcat fans into the game. Kellogg and Taylor finished with 21 points each.“We’ve been in tight situations before. They had momentum, they had courage. They thought they were going to win the game,” Smith Jr. said. “For some teams, they might have panicked, but for us, I wouldn’t expect us to panic at all. We’ve been at every spectrum of the basketball game. We’ve been in tight situations.”Playing a team who would not back down like Ohio is an experience Smith Jr. said will help the team later in the season, including Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Marquette to battle the No. 17 Golden Eagles.“It’s definitely going to keep us on our toes. Marquette is a very good basketball team,” Smith Jr. said. “(It’s) another humbling experience, no matter who you play, you gotta show up every game now, if you want to win games at this level.”Craft found the ball in his hands as the game clock wound down, making enough free throws to seal the victory for the Buckeyes.“Having them come back the way they did, making big play after big play down the stretch, and us having to come back and make a big play on our own, that’s something that’s really going to help us later on,” Craft said. “It’s games like this that really help us later on.”Matta agreed with Craft, adding that his players had “a little bit of a dazed look” in their eyes in the second half while facing the relentless Bobcats. The Buckeyes responded well though, which Matta said is a positive moving forward.“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be, and maybe it was a little too easy early (on),” Matta said. “But I thought down the the stretch we made some big plays.”OSU travels to Milwaukee Saturday to take on the Golden Eagles. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI has begun the process of assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma and the damages to our Transmission and Distribution assets, generation facilities and support infrastructure. We are diligently planning for restoration of services and returning the Company to normal operation in the quickest possible time.Over 500 Poles DamagedBased on preliminary estimates, FortisTCI has sustained extensive damage to its transmission and distribution network. About 500 poles have been damaged or destroyed across Providenciales. At this time, FortisTCI is working to get members of our senior operations team to the Sister Islands to assess the damage to our assets in these service territories.Damage Assessment in Sister IslandsYou will receive a further update as soon as assessments are completed on Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.While we cannot, at this early stage, estimate how long restoration efforts will take, FortisTCI would like to assure everyone that we are putting everything in place to get to work as soon as possible.Coming Soon….Additional Work Crews from Fortis Inc.Crews from Fortis Inc. are already mobilized to join us here in the TCI as soon as the airport is re-opened and they are able to land. Some 58 persons will join us from FortisCB; FortisAlberta: FortisOntario, Maritime Electric and Newfoundland Power. Later on, other crews from Fortis Inc’s US-based utilities will join the restoration efforts.We encourage you to keep checking our Facebook page for more updates as we begin restoration efforts.Press Release: FortisTCI Related Items: