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CONSTRUCTION on the long-awaited Shore Club development is set to begin within months, creating 250 jobs and providing the TCI with a crucial economic shot in the arm.

ACCOUNTS officer Sheena Bassett sheds an incredible 35 lbs to win Wrightfully Fit weight loss challenge. PAGE  13

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NIB boss to be replaced Trevor Cooke says he has “mixed feelings” but welcomes chance to pursue PNP seat

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Miss TCI to be crowned tonight

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Trevor Cooke was the NIB’s first director when the body was established in 1992.

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Greene leadership under attack By Gemma Handy PNP leader Clayton Greene has again come under fire over his leadership – this time from lifelong party supporter Mark Fulford. In a private letter to Mr Greene – leaked to the Weekly News – the 30-year-old recently qualified attorney expressed “grave concern” for the party’s future. Mr Fulford claimed the PNP had suffered “tremendous damage” due to Mr Greene’s “lack of action and inadequate response to the burning issues of the day”, since taking up the position last August. In September fellow attorney Mr Greene was forced to fend off criticism after appointing businessman Albray Butterfield as his deputy, to the chagrin of core supporters. Mr Fulford went on to lambaste the former Speaker of the House for verbal attacks on members of the interim administration who formed part of a TCI delegation to discuss constitutional changes in London. Mr Greene said at the time that the consultative forum chief and an advisory council member should not have been invited as they had been appointed by an unelected Governor. Mr Fulford claims such remarks were “out of order and unhelpful”. “These members are Turks and Caicos Islanders and they too have a role to play in building our country.” He goes on to chide the leader for “poor preparation” ahead of last month’s history-making discussions, which meant Mr Greene’s presence there “went unnoticed”. “The politically correct thing that should have been done before departing was to call an NGC. Despite the wise counsel of the elders in our Party you failed to do such.” Mr Fulford condemns Mr Greene for failing to update the party and the

public in the aftermath of the talks. “Instead we had to watch, read and hear minute by minute updates from the PDM. Your leadership in this respect was appalling. “This entire week PNP supporters were forced to stomach the PDM laying blame at the party’s feet for not securing trial by jury in the constitution.” Mr Fulford adds: “If the PDM actions do not prompt you to act or to run our party with a dedicated level of seriousness, then you should do the honourable thing and resign.” Mr Greene told the Weekly News that despite replying to Mr Fulford’s email within 15 minutes, Mr Fulford had failed to acknowledge that response. “It is surprising that my response did not find its way to the press,” he said. Mr Greene continued: “Our country is facing some of the most difficult days that it has ever faced.

PNP Clayton Greene urged party supporters not to become “selfcentered and self-serving”.

Mark Fulford challenged the PNP leader to “do the honorable thing and resign”.

“Those persons who still believe in the inherent worth and dignity of the Turks and Caicos Islander must rise to the challenge and be active

agents of change. “We cannot criticise if we are not prepared to contribute.” The PNP leader said he had

invited Mr Fulford, more than once, to take an active role in the party. “On the specific matters raised in that correspondence I maintain that the correspondence was private and I will respond to them privately.” Mr Greene added: “It is easy in this process to become self-centered and self-serving but all of us must strive always to put the interest of our party above our self interest. “We must all be careful that we do not act in a fashion that will weaken the party and make it less able to withstand the present challenges that it faces. “This is particularly so at this time when forces from without are trying do all that they can to render political parties irrelevant in the process. “If we do anything to aid in that, we damn ourselves and our country. It is after all political parties that have ushered in the growth and development that this country has enjoyed in the past decades.”

Garlick closes in on Misick By Gemma Handy THE lackadaisical pace of Helen Garlick’s investigations took a major leap forward with the freezing of all assets owned by former Premier Michael Misick worldwide. The move – under the Proceeds of Crime Ordinance 2007 – shows investigators to be finally closing in on the inner circle of those accused of corruption at its highest level. The restraint order, dated June 23 and leaked to the Weekly News, also reveals the lengthy litany of individuals and firms said to be holding Mr Misick’s assets. They include ex-wife LisaRaye

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McCoy, brothers Chal and Lofton Misick, nephew and Air Turks & Caicos boss Lyndon Gardiner, former Ministers Floyd Hall and Jeffrey Hall, and associate Carlton Williams. The document also names 35 companies, including banks both local and overseas, real estate firms and investment agencies. Mr Misick is warned that disobeying the order could see him thrown behind bars and his assets seized. The long list of assets identified includes his Leeward home, condos at the Alexandra resort and Provo Golf Club, land housing the L’Raye Cinema, and several parcels of land in Providenciales and North Caicos. The order also names 17 bank accounts held in Provo, Florida, California, London, Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic, plus five locally-held credit cards. “Alleged offender” Mr Misick

Michael Misick’s identified assets so far include his Leeward home, condos at the Alexandra resort and Provo Golf Club, land housing the L’Raye Cinema, and several parcels of land in Providenciales and North Caicos.

must now, the order mandates, file an affidavit outlining his worldwide assets in their entirety – including

all transfers in and out in excess of $10,000 since July 1 2005. He is also required to transfer all moveable assets overseas to a location within the TCI. Mr Misick is allowed to spend up to just $5,000 towards his initial legal expenses. But he must inform special prosecutor Ms Garlick precisely where the money is coming from. The order also allows for him to receive living expenses and “reasonable” subsequent legal expenses, to be agreed with Ms Garlick. The bombshell announcement comes amid a flurry of activity prior to the imminent departure of Governor Gordon Wetherell. Overseas Territories Minister Henry Bellingham is due to visit the Islands next week, with speculation rife of an announcement regarding elections.

Direct flights from Halifax

DIRECT flights to and from the Canadian city of Halifax are due to start in February with Air Canada. The new service will run through the high season from February 16 to April 26. Outbound flights will depart Halifax on Thursdays at 1.45pm, arriving in Providenciales at 5.30pm, with the return times departing at 6.30pm and arriving into Halifax at midnight.

Tourist Board director Ralph Higgs said: “We are always excited when an airline adds a new route and service to our destination. With this new addition, the Turks and Caicos welcome Canadian tourists from the Maritimes.” The announcement is another welcome boost for the Islands’ tourism industry, coming hot on the heels of a string of recently introduced airlift. TCI has just completed one of its most successful tourist seasons to date.

The new Halifax flight will be one of eight flights a week from Canada during high season. Air Canada is also expanding service from Toronto to five flights a week from December to April, along with its continued Thursday flight from Montreal and Monday flight from Ottawa. Saturday and Sunday flights operate year round. Visit www.aircanada.com for more information.

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NIB boss to be replaced Trevor Cooke says he has “mixed feelings” but welcomes chance to pursue PNP seat By Gemma Handy NATIONAL Insurance Board chief Trevor Cooke is to be replaced in the position he has held for a total of 13 years. His successor is believed to be Canadian Colin Hartwell, a former TCInvest director. Mr Cooke was the pensions and social security body’s first director at the time of its inception in 1992. He was replaced by Benson Harvey five years later before reassuming the post in 2004. His five-year contract was extended by two years in 2009, and then by a further three months in April. He will vacate the post at end of this month. NIB has been forced to fend off a wealth of criticisms about the board’s operations, most notably in the wake of the collapse of TCI Bank. Last year we reported how NIB, which provides pensions to more than 1,000 Islanders, had ignored its own investment policy by pumping millions into the ill-fated institution. The country’s only indigenous bank held $17.5m in NIB fixed deposits when it fell in April 2010. Mr Cooke, who was part of the team behind NIB’s establishment two decades ago, told the Weekly News he had “mixed feelings” about his departure. He said the Government was free by law to select and appoint whoever it deemed appropriate. He went on to reveal that the move would free up his time to pursue a PNP seat at next year’s general elections. “This gives me an opportunity to prepare myself; you have to cultivate the ground before you can grow the seed,” he said. Mr Cooke previously ran for a Grand Turk constituency for the party, losing out to the PDM’s Derek Taylor. “I can also spend more time with my 13-year-old son who lives in Provo and give my businesses the attention they need,” he continued. “But I am sad to be going too because of the relationships I have made there. I enjoyed working with Ervine Quelch, under whose chairmanship I have learned a tremendous amount which will help me in my quest to get elected and serve my country.” Mr Cooke said the highlights of his tenure included the move from Church Folly to NIB’s new Waterloo office, the drafting of a new threeyear strategic plan and the recent completion of a new investment

policy for the body. Responding to rebukes from some at his leadership, he said: “Criticism is expected. TCI Bank has closed its doors, we lost $2m in equity and we stand to lose some, if not all, of the $17.5m we had in fixed deposits. “It’s just one of those business opportunities that did not pan out properly. It’s not the first time NIB has lost money, but it’s the first time it has lost such a sizeable amount.” Mr Cooke added: “NIB is now in a good position to move forward. The new director will find a solid foundation and an excellent team on which to build.” Mr Hartwell’s appointment is yet to be officially confirmed, despite repeated requests by the Weekly News to the Governor’s Office. But it is already drawing controversy with the PDM party which was quick to release a statement denouncing the placement of a non-native into the prime post. Party chiefs declared it “inappropriate” and outside the Governor’s remit to appoint a non TC Islander as director for an apparent three years, particularly with the impending return to local rule. “In the history of the board this would be a first.

Trevor Cooke was the NIB’s first director when the body was established in 1992.

PDM leader Doug Parnell described the appointment of a non-native as “outrageous and contemptible”.

“The National Insurance Board is a Turks and Caicos Islands institution imagined, created and enshrined in law by both PDM and PNP Governments,” the statement read. “However, it was under the watchful eye of the Wetherell interim Government that brought us the collapse of TCI Bank and the investment of the final $5.5m of NIB

capital that is still at risk. “Although we are under direct rule the Governor is not a Minister of Finance and should not confuse himself as such.” The party said the issue over whether the NIB director should be a native TC Islander was “not up for debate”. “Any new director who does not

fit this mandatory prerequisite will not be well received by the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. “We welcome persons to our country, however, not at the expense of directing, without interference, our own affairs or our dignity, and express again our willingness to work with others towards improving our political, social and economic condition – but this proposed action is outrageous and contemptible.” The strongly worded statement added: “We will fiercely resist any attempt to treat Turks and Caicos Islanders with disdain, while marginalising us from the institutions that political governments have successfully built that the administrative government now seeks to alter without mandate.” The PDM party previously called for a public inquiry into the failure of TCI Bank, placed into full liquidation last October. Leaders said there needed to be a probe into the connection between the bank, the Financial Services Commission and NIB.

Islanders head to the polls FED up of the sluggish pace of reform? Why not take to the streets and ask Islanders to decide for themselves how things should pan out? That’s what one former construction boss decided to do this week. Howard Hamilton told the Weekly News he was so fed up of feeling helpless under the British regime that he positioned himself – voting board in hand – in a prime location outside Providenciales’ downtown ball park. “I’m so tired of doing nothing, I thought the least I could do was take a poll that lets me know how people feel,” he said. Mr Hamilton and his placard caused quite a stir among passers-by who flocked to mark an X next to one of three options – maintaining the interim administration, a return to local elected Government, or independence. As the picture shows, the majority of voting Islanders opted for definitive self-rule. At the end of his two-day stint, Mr Hamilton’s placard had garnered 60 votes for independence, while local elected government had around 40, and the interim government just two. Mr Hamilton, who himself cast a ballot for autonomy, said: “I think all people should want to be able to determine their own destiny.”

Howard Hamilton with the placard that caused a stir this week.

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A Weekly News column that puts you on the spot for your opinions on the issues of the day

Friend or fiend? CASUARINA trees are currently the topic of debate due to a Government campaign to banish the invasive species from the TCI. Environmentalists blame them for wiping out indigenous vegetation – including the iconic Caicos Pine – and upsetting the delicate ecosystem. These non-indigenous trees overshade more fragile, native plants and release toxins into the soil which prevent other species from growing next to them. Their leaves also create a thick mat on the ground which can trap hatching turtles underneath. But the campaign has angered other Islanders who say they are a local landmark, having been in the country for decades, and provide much needed shade on beaches. We asked readers for their views.

Part of landscape

“They are a part of us now. Love it or loathe it, we have now become accustomed to its sight and sound.”

Unwanted predators

“Casuarinas, like everything else in this world, have a purpose but so far that purpose has just been to cause our country extreme concern and cost to remove them when they pose a threat to our electric lines and fill our gutters with unnecessary pine needles that poison our precious water systems. “The fact that they block the view of our ocean and reef by potential builders is another reason to eliminate these land lionfish off our shores.

“We should have moved on these long ago. Death to the invaders; they are not indigenous, they washed ashore like many other unwanted predators.”

Leave them alone

“One of my dearest friends will 'kill' me but I love casaurinas. “I have never heard of a single turtle nest in the TCI being 'suffocated' by their needles. Until someone uncovers a smothered nest, I say, leave the casuarinas alone. “Every place has invasive plants and animals. One might think this is just evolution happening as it is supposed to. “And there are other more invasive, cultivated plants, introduced by man (say, the tobacco plant) which, to me, do far more

Fine for nuisance 911 calls THE PUBLIC is reminded that under the 911 Emergency Ordinance (2010), anyone who makes a false report or annoying phone call to 911 faces up to six months in prison or a fine up to $5,000. Now that schools are out, parents are requested to teach their children how and when to use 911. Telephones that can only dial emergency numbers should not be given to children as toys. Juliette Gooding, 911 manager, said she was amazed at the number of children that have been calling the centre and the foul language they use towards the operators. In some cases, these children think it is

funny to call and make false reports. She said that they do not seem to understand the gravity of what they do and when a child calls and say someone is “raping” or “killing my mummy”. This is a very serious act and parents should ensure that their children know of the consequences that accompany this type of behaviour. The public is reminded that 911 is a number to use in real emergencies. An emergency is any incident that has an immediate threat to life or property. Anyone who uses the system inappropriately will be dealt with in accordance to the law.

They’ve been part of the local landscape for decades. But casuarina trees are said to be harming the environment. Should we eradicate them – or live with them?

harm.”

Easy solution

“This should be a manageable problem, without launching a law enforcement programme to eradicate the Australian pines.”

Clear underneath

“Control their growth and keep their beds, that is the surrounding area(s) under the trees, clean especially around the time when turtle hatchlings are trying to make their way to the sea.”

Known enemy

“Definite foe.”

Keep our shade

“Yes we know that the casuarinas are an invasive species, but they have been a part of our eco system longer than any of us have been alive! “When I think of Middle Caicos and Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk, I don’t know what we would have done for shade without them; they have, in some sense, become a part of our culture. “I also have a nasty underlying feeling that this is only another effort to keep locals off the beach, since tourists don’t care for shade. “If they are hell bent on destroying those beautiful green giants they had better make it a 10 to 15-year effort where other trees are planted to ensure adequate shading, otherwise we, the people, should not allow the shade we do have to be taken away.”

Other foes to fight

“This campaign against the casuarina is one of those programmes that make their proponents sound like they are doing something. “If there is a campaign to protect our native vegetation the first foe to fight is the Hawaiian scaevola! This import, a distant cousin of

our native scaevola, can take over acres in a short time, smothering everything in its path including the sea oats that hold our shore together. “It was planted here for quick greenery in sandy soil and pushes out every other plant. See it in front of RBC! Hawaiian scaevola is on the ‘do not plant’ list in Florida. It is an extremely dangerous and invasive pest. Get it out and forbid its use in any further landscaping before it takes over all of our fragile dry forest vegetation. “Casuarinas, though not indigenous, are traditional here in TCI. They give wonderful shade at the beaches, that needle mat keeps the burrs out and makes a lovely place to picnic. “I have never seen them drop enough needles in one nesting season to hinder hatchling turtles, I do not see them invading inland covering everything in their path. Get them out of areas where they are endangering the Caicos pine, but leave our beach front shade alone!”

Consult the experts

“The decision on how to handle these foreign trees ought to be left up to the National Trust who is the strongest advocate for the environment. “The Trust must consult with knowledgeable horticulture experts on plotting a course to either confine or eliminate these trees. “In that they often serve a useful purpose, the decision on what to do with them must be based on what will replace them to fulfil the purpose they now serve.”

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Shore Club to create 250 jobs Suspended $100m scheme will restart within months By Gemma Handy CONSTRUCTION on the longawaited Shore Club development is set to restart within months, creating 250 jobs and providing the TCI with a crucial economic shot in the arm. The $100m Long Bay scheme has been on ice for almost two years amid investigations into how the land was acquired. Developer Stan Hartling told the Weekly News he was “very pleased” that an agreement had now been settled with the interim Government, paving the way for the project to move forward. First port of call, he said, would be wooing back the financiers of the scheme and finalising the planning permits. “We are very optimistic that we will get back the people originally involved, who have been very patient and from whom we still see a good level of interest. “It’s been a very long process and it’s very good that we have now reached an agreement with the Government. “We hope to go into the ground by the end of the year. Construction will take a little over two years.” Phase one alone will cost between $50m and $60m. “It’s a great injection into the Islands,” Mr Hartling said. “Our goal now is sending the message out to people that we are open for business and that there’s an underlying demand for a resurgence for TCI. It’s time to say, out with the past and in with the new.” The oceanfront development – which spans 820 feet of Long Bay Beach – was initially to comprise 85 condos within a village-like cluster

of low-density buildings. The Hartling Group now plans to replace some of those units with six high end, fully serviced villas with private pools, costing up to $6m each. There will also be a luxury spa to suit the whims of well-heeled clients and a restaurant with limited seating, for a private chef-style experience. Mr Hartling continued: “We expect the project to create 250 jobs over the course of the development. “We will make severely strong efforts to search out and hire local labour; our first priority is to help grow the TCI economy.” The Shore Club was suspended by the interim administration in 2009 amid a probe by civil recovery

lawyers. “The biggest dispute was over the land acquisition and making sure everything was resolved properly,” Mr Hartling said. “We were able to provide a lot of

felt it had, but which the developer disputed, have now been resolved by a settlement agreement,” it continued. “It is TCIG’s policy not to approve any development unless it is satisfied that no improper conduct is associated with the development and its shareholders/directors and all outstanding civil issues are resolved to TCIG’s satisfaction.” The statement said all future development agreements would contain “robust anti-bribery provisions”. It added that a civil settlement had been reached between TCIG and the Hartling Group, which included a “significant financial contribution” to the Government, plus warranties regarding past actions and conduct. Investigations into Belongers who sold the land to the company – including former Planning Director Clyde Robinson and pilot Richardson Arthur – continue.

Incoming executive board of the Rotaract Club of Providenciales

Rotaract embraces humanity

Bellingham to visit TCI OVERSEAS Territories Minister Henry Bellingham will once again visit the TCI next week. Mr Bellingham – who notoriously indefinitely postponed elections during his first visit to the territory last September – will spend several days in the Islands. A Governor’s Office spokesperson said the exact dates and details were yet to be finalised but that Mr Bellingham looked forward to a “full and varied programme”. The Minister most recently met with the TCI delegation that travelled to London last month for constitutional talks.

Developer Stan Hartling said he was pleased to be able to prove that his company had operated “without misconduct”.

detailed information to show there was no wrongdoing. “We were very pleased that we could comply and prove to the Government that our corporation carried out its activities without misconduct. “People will interpret that how they wish and I accept that. But the fact is the Government would not have negotiated an agreement if there was misconduct on the company’s behalf.” Mr Hartling, whose company also built the Sands and Regent Palms resorts, added: “The Government still has some disagreements with the original Belonger land owners, but from our standpoint we did everything in accordance with the proper procedures and regulations.” A statement issued by the Government last Friday confirmed that developers had “co-operated fully” with the review. “As a result of that exercise, certain civil claims which TCIG

Next week’s visit will be the Minister’s second trip to the TCI.

WITH the support of Rotarians, Rotaractors and guests, the Rotaract Club of Providenciales inducted its new executive board for the 20112012 year on June 24 at Carambola Grill & Lounge. Outgoing President Nicquell Garland presented a year in review of the projects and activities that occurred during her reign. These included corner bush cutting, a yard sale, clean-up drives, movie nights, a blood giving drive, tree planting, and forging a partnership with the TCI National Trust. There were also speeches on issues such as buying a home, goal setting, saving for retirement, chiropractic services, dos and don'ts of marriage, and contraception. In addition, for the first time ever, the club hosted a district conference where they displayed hospitality, training and fellowship to over 60

participants from eight Caribbean countries. The new Rotaract theme, ‘Embrace humanity, inspire hearts and change lives’, was unveiled by incoming district Rotaract representative, Keitho Nembhard of the Rotaract Club of Mandeville, Jamaica. The incoming board was described as “re-energised and ready to serve the communities of Providenciales, regionally and internationally”. Incoming president, Turkesa Rolle, expressed some of the upcoming events, which include a presentation on starting your own small business, a recycling programme, a litter awareness campaign, presentations on hunger, education, polio, HIV and Aids, plus boat cruises and corporate games The members encourage all citizens to continue to make suggestions on how the club can assist in changing lives for the better.

New flights to Haiti ahead AIRLIFT to the TCI is to be given a further boost with a new airline preparing to offer flights between the Islands and Haiti. Skycruiser Airways has submitted plans to the Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) to shuttle to and from the TCI to Portau-Prince and Cap Haitien from November 1. If successful, the move could also see Skycruiser launch flights to North and South Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Skycruiser Airways has planes ranging from 19 seats to up to 72 per craft.

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Miss TCI to be crowned tonight FOUR island lovelies are preparing to strut their stuff tonight in a bid to claim the coveted Miss TCI crown. The hotly anticipated pageant makes a welcome re-emergence after a two-year absence. The contestants are Easher Parker representing Providenciales, Breanna Johnson representing North Caicos, Jenniemae Penn of South Caicos and Anna-Alicia Ariza for Grand Turk. The pageant and costume competition starts at 8pm at the Regent Palms in Grace Bay. Tickets are available at the door and cost $60 for the general public or $40 for local residents who must show ID. VIP passes are $80. Children aged 12 to 16 can enter for $15 with ID while youngsters under 12 can attend for free. The show is part of this year’s Provo

Breanna Johnson

Easher Parker

Jenniemae Penn

Anna-Alicia Ariza

Summer Festival activities which continue with a regatta on Saturday from 10am at Froggie’s in Wheeland. A colourful float parade will begin at 6pm from Clement Howell

High School, making its way to the downtown ball park. It will be followed by a carnival at the ball park from 8pm. This month marks the revival

of much-loved grassroots festival, Provo Day, once the highlight of the country’s social calendar. Provo Day started as a modest beauty pageant in the early 1970s and blossomed over the years to include a voluminous float parade,

fashion show, boat races and live music. It was later replaced by the star-studded Music Festival. The aim this year was to recreate the convivial and carnivalesque ambience of bygone days for which the vintage gala was loved.

John Hartley is a retired CEO. He was educated in economics and econometrics at Manchester University and Harvard Business School. He is an occasional contributor at invitational economics seminars at Brazenose College, Oxford.

Economics Column

The US economy BACK in the mid-nineties when Mr Rubin was Secretary of the Treasury, Congress played brinkman over the debt limit. Rubin told them that he was about to stop sending out social security checks and paying the military. Congress backed down. The good faith and credit of the United States is wider than debt obligations. Although it is inconceivably unlikely, events in America may yet overwhelm not just us, but the world. There is a lot going on in the TCI economy, but as yet very few facts are in the public domain. There are articles about the British Caribbean Bank, but we must await the publication of full audited accounts.  Apparently SIPT is seriously on the prowl at last, but the documents are sealed. Possibly two or three of the mothballed tourist developments may be about to restart, but they insist on commercial confidence. So this week let us look at events over the water at our gentle giant of a neighbour, presently facing such agonies. The American political establishment is in a paroxysm of indecision whilst it drags the economy towards the abyss. The lunacy is that they pretend that they mean to default on the good faith and credit of the USA by capping the debt of the Federal Government. But this very debt arises from fiscal policies they themselves approved in the past. It is worth recalling that a little more than a decade ago, under President Clinton, the Federal Government was in surplus, repaying debt at the rate of $60bn a quarter. Institutional investors who are obliged to buy T bonds were then complaining about lack of supply. Today the Treasury issues debt by the

$100bn load, such supply might be expected to drive bond prices down (interest rates up). The demand from Americans for government debt at nearly zero real interest rates is stupendous, insatiable. The Fed, by QE2, which is just what we used to call ‘open market operations’, will buy the balance. Despite dire predictions by the great the good and supposedly experienced investors, interest rates stubbornly refuse to rise, and the much needed inflation is not on the horizon. Why is it needed? During a deflation the value of money rises. People will not spend money today that will buy more goods tomorrow. Of the $1,400m or so of US Government debt, the vast majority is owed to US citizens themselves, or to the US Government itself. So a default on the debt, or a failure to meet interest payments leading to a fall in value of the debt, would crush US institutions and banks. Many savers, especially pensioners, would be wiped out. That is why default is unthinkable and ought to be impossible. US Government debt bears no resemblance to family debt. Families rarely owe money to themselves. Families can’t print money to repay debt they owe to themselves. But the scary bit is that we are in world in which idiots can rise to the Congress and say in public that it is not possible to solve the government debt problem with more debt. That in itself is very worrying, because whatever the deal is, it will not be enough to save America from continuing slow decline. There is a debt problem, but the morons in Congress do not understand it, and we can discuss that next week.

Week of activities for bird lovers BIRD lovers are invited to get up close and personal with a variety of the TCI’s intriguing feathered friends next week. Bird Week comprises a host of activities being staged in Grand Turk from Tuesday to Friday. The fun kicks off with a movie night starting at 7pm on Tuesday at the National Museum. Leading ornithologist Dr Mike Pienkowski, from the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF), will give a short presentation about bird tours. A $5 donation is requested. On Wednesday, Dr Pienkowski will lead a free student walk from 7am, culminating with a tour of the museum’s botanical and cultural gardens. Binoculars will be provided by the DECR. A driving tour featuring 20 stops across the capital island, encompassing the salinas, ponds, South and North Wells, will take place at 5pm on Thursday. Places are limited to 20 people and the cost is $20, to include transportation, binoculars and a light meal at Jack’s Shack. The official opening of Grand Turk’s bird trails will be staged at the Osprey Beach Hotel at 9.30am on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony by invitation only. Dr Pienkowski will speak about the importance of protecting the salinas for bird life. Bird Week is a joint initiative between the museum and UKOTCF. The bird walking and driving tours have been made possible thanks to a grant provided by Carnival, TCInvest, and the Government’s

Pink flamingoes were sighted this week at Grand Turk’s town salina.

infrastructure fund. TCI now has the prestigious distinction of being the first country in the Caribbean to have a sanctioned bird trail. Both tours may be self-guided, with the help of special bird guide cards on sale at the museum and other outlets. Also during the week Dr Pienkowski and wife Ann will be doing bird counting to gauge how various species are surviving. In addition, museum staff will be working with the DECR's Junior Warden Programme to showcase the importance of the salt ponds and wetlands on local birdlife. A museum spokeswoman said: “The birds of the Turks and Caicos are an intimate part of the wetlands ecosystem.   “Birding here is exceptionally good, as one can see many species very close up. This is a very rare occurrence and makes TCI one of the world’s best places to bird watch.”

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Drugs-accused Tucker loses appeal BRACILIO Tucker, who was found guilty and sentenced to jail after drugs were found at Grand Turk Airport, lost his appeal in the Court of Appeal (COA) this week. The COA panel Justices Edward Zacca, Elliot Motley and Richard Ground, heard the grounds of appeal from defence attorney Mark Fulford. Special prosecutor Evans Welch was brought in from Trinidad and Tobago to respond. The judges were told that following a three-day trial before Chief Justice Gordon Ward on October 25 to 27 2010, Tucker was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment. Summarily, the facts stated that on July 16 2008, Tucker and Reonardo Cunningham aka Reonardo Tucker flew from Providenciales to Grand Turk on the midday flight. Detective Peter Quelch testified that he saw the two defendants arrive at Providenciales airport together in the same vehicle. Each defendant had a black bag and Cunningham also had a blue duffel bag which they checked in respectively. Both defendants had a reservation

for the flight to Grand Turk under the name ‘R. Tucker’, checked in under that name, and were issued tickets in that said name. The agent at the airport who checked the defendants in was Reonardo Cunningham’s cousin, Lopez Williams. Each bag was checked in under the reference ‘R. Tucker’ and given a reference number. There was therefore no way to distinguish between the bag checked in by Tucker and that checked in by Cunningham. Detective Quelch became suspicious of the two defendants and contacted detective Caley in Grand Turk to arrange a stop and search of the defendants’ bags. Upon arrival in Grand Turk, Cunningham retrieved one of the black bags and his blue duffle bag. The other black bag was left on the conveyor belt and Tucker was seen walking towards the exit door of the airport without any bag. The police ranks searched the bags in Cunningham’s possession and nothing illegal was found. The black bag labelled ‘R.

Tucker’ was seized from the baggage conveyor and searched in Tucker and Cunningham’s presence. A package of 454g cannabis was found but they both denied ownership of the bag. They were both charged with simple possession and possession with intent to supply. Cunningham was found not guilty of intent to supply but guilty of simple possession and was sentenced to a one-year prison term suspended for two years. Tucker was found guilty of intent to supply. In the Court of Appeal, Fulford argued that the appellant Tucker’s conviction was unreasonable and logically inconsistent with their verdict of guilty of simple possession alone against Cunningham. He argued that at the trial, the prosecution suggested joint possession of the cannabis since the evidence did not establish which of the defendants the incriminating bag belonged to. In addition, the only evidence of intent to supply was limited to an assumption based on the quantity of cannabis. “There was no proper basis on

which the jury could have concluded that Cunningham was guilty of possession but not intent to supply and at the same time concluded that Tucker was guilty of possession with intent to supply,” Fulford told the court. He felt that Justice Ward erred in not allowing the submission of no case to answer on behalf of the appellant as it was clear that the prosecution could not establish who had been physically in possession of the incriminating bag. And by extension, the verdicts were so inconsistent that the court should interfere and quash the appellant’s conviction. As to the assumption of joint possession, Fulford stated: “Companions travelling together cannot be automatically assumed to have knowledge and control over the contents of their companion’s bag.” And in such circumstances, both defendants were entitled to be acquitted. Counsel for the Crown Mr Welch responded that the evidence supported the reasoning that a plan was hatched between the two men to take the concealed drugs to Grand

Turk and that one would provide cover for the other in event of detection. It was all part of the plan to check in black bags under the same name so that the police would be unable to charge either of them because it would be impossible to know which of them checked in the bag with drugs. He felt however, that the two black bags may have been indistinguishable to the police but not to the persons who checked them in. He explained that it was reasonable for persons travelling together to collect their own respective bags at the final destination. Therefore, it was not unreasonable to think that the co-defendant naturally picked up his own bag and that it was the appellant who deliberately left his on the conveyor belt. By reason of this, it was open to the jury to conclude that ultimately, whatever was to be done with the drugs, was going to be done by Tucker. The panel agreed with Welch and dismissed the appeal.

Ex-policeman sentence reduced THE YOUNG ex-policeman who was sentenced to jail for driving dangerously and causing the death of Tyrone ‘Tiger’ Williams appealed his sentence at the Court of Appeal and won. Raphael Sophony, a father of two young children, had his sentence reduced from three years to two years after attorney Lara Maroof argued on his behalf. Ms Maroof filed that failure to instruct a defence expert and the fact that the expert witness was permitted to give inadmissible opinion evidence and evidence beyond his report led to an unfair trial. She also felt that Chief Justice Gordon Ward’s summing up was unbalanced against the defendant and that he failed to warn the jury not to be swayed by emotion. In addition, “the sentence was manifestly excessive,” she said. She submitted that the failure of the appellant’s trial attorney to instruct and obtain an expert report from an accident reconstructionist on behalf of the defence meant that he was placed at a substantial disadvantage when facing the

prosecution. Moreover, the expert witness was allowed to give inadmissible opinion evidence and evidence beyond his report. He was permitted to give evidence on matters which were outside of the jury’s knowledge and experience. Further, his oral evidence in examination in chief went far beyond the boundary of his written report. Ms Maroof took jabs at Justice Ward saying that his summing up to the jury was “fundamentally imbalanced” and effected manifest unfairness to the appellant, because of a number of comments which strongly indicated his views of the defence case. She also accused the Chief Justice of failing to direct the jury as to the important issue of ‘causation’ when directing them as to the ingredients of the offence. He also did not warn the jury not to be swayed by sympathy for the deceased and his family. Owing to the deceased brother’s emotional testimony and no direction from the judge it was left open to

the jury to find a verdict based on emotions. She ended her address by mitigating on Sophony’s behalf and asked for the court’s mercy in reducing the sentence. “He is a family man. He has a wife and two kids,” Ms Maroof told the panel. The Haitian national was the sole breadwinner of his family and during his incarceration, his wife was not employed. She also revealed to the court that Sophony was a serving policeman at the time of his arrest and being in prison among the prisoners whom he might have sent to prison only makes the situation worse. Counsel for the Crown Evans Welch stated: “Having regard to the gravity of the circumstances, it is submitted that the sentence of three years was appropriate.” “It was neither too lenient nor was it excessive,” he ended. However after consideration, Justices Edward Zacca, Elliot Motley and Richard Ground decided to reduce the appellant’s sentence by one year.

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We welcome letters from all members of the public on a variety of topics.

Motivated by criticism Dear Editor, Of late, even before I went as a part of the delegation to the UK for constitutional talks in June, I have had some very harsh criticisms levelled at me. I would just like to say to the good minded people who know me and know what I stand for, that they would see beyond the vile depictions, accusations and outright lies that have been said about me in the various press statements, internet blogs, in conversations and over the Expressions radio show etc. I went to the UK constitutional talks with an open mind; I sought to provide input towards a constitution that I thought best for the people and country at this time in our history. Before I went to the UK, I attended the town hall meeting held in Providenciales and listened via radio and television to all the meetings held throughout the Islands. In addition, I called numerous persons, men and women across the political spectrum that I have the utmost respect for and sought their views. I would like to make it clear that at no time did I ask for a foreigner to be the Deputy Governor or for his/her role to be a ceremonial role, and at no time did I argue for same sex marriage. It has been said by the leader and officers of the PDM party that my espoused views showed a hatred towards the people; this in itself is nothing but mischief making on the part of some who wish to cast me in a bad light. The unfortunate thing about it is that I cannot control what is said about me or written about me, I cannot control

what people choose to believe about me, but I do know that my enemies will stop at nothing to try and destroy me and will use whatever means they have to in their efforts. But I say to the two gentlemen issuing the press statement, the cowards who write under assumed names and to those who call in to Expressions to criticise me, that you will never get the best of me. I am motivated by criticisms, it is the criticisms that I have received over the years that have helped to propel me to achieving the successes that I enjoy today. I never have and never will allow anyone to define where I should be or put me in my place as they say. I will not grandstand on the issues or seek to fend and prove as I do not feel that this is the time. All persons sitting around the table and outside to include the FCO team during the negotiations know what was said. I will not be deterred for we have a country to rebuild and need all hands on deck as we look forward to completing the milestones necessary for us to return our country to elected leadership. To those persons who feel that by continuing on in their unwarranted attacks against me that it would help to bolster their image and convince the voting public that they are leadership material then I seek not to discourage them. However, I would encourage them to learn from past mistakes; we are at a very crucial time in our history, people do not want to be bothered by the pettiness and personal attacks that have become such a hallmark of their

Statement from Governor Gordon Wetherell Dear Editor, As I have made clear in statements since my return from the constitutional talks in London last month, I believe that the outcome was one in which all participants can take satisfaction; and which provides a good platform for moving forward. I was therefore disturbed by some of the comments in the PDM statement issued [last] week. There is absolutely no cause to mischaracterise the contribution of the chair of the consultative forum and member of the advisory council in London by suggesting that they were somehow motivated by animosity or hatred towards the TCI people. Different persons are entitled to different views as to how the interests of Turks and Caicos Islanders are best met.

But there can be no doubt that the real motivation of the chair of the consultative forum and the member of the advisory council in London, as throughout their tenures of office, has been what they see as the best interests of the TCI and its people. I should also point out that the results of the talks in London are not a departure from the first milestone of the written ministerial statement of 9 December 2010. Rather, as a result of the talks, this important milestone is on the verge of implementation; and it is to implementation of the remaining milestones (on a number of which good progress has been made) that we should now look to fulfil the hope expressed in the same statement for elections in 2012. Governor Gordon Wetherell

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campaign message, rather I would prefer to deal with the real issues affecting the country. To those of you who have called or written to me expressing your solidarity, I thank you for your support, and to my husband, children, friends, and some of my siblings I say thanks for standing by me. My faith in God will take me through. Hold not thy peace, Oh God of my praise; for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. I give myself unto prayer. M. Doreen QuelchMissick, RGN., BS., LL.B (Hons.) MBA Registered nurse, attorney at law, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public

Show me the money Dear Editor, I am pondering with serious consideration the question, who is accountable to the people of the Turks and Caicos? We have had a loan earlier this year for some $260m and it was explained to the populace that this was done to pay outstanding debts that the Government owed to various entities. It was understood from published reports that the national debt was in excess of $90m. My question is, if we took out a loan for this purpose, why was the Government’s electricity bill of $3m not paid to PPC? How were the funds from the loan distributed? How were the debts prioritised? If the public is responsible for paying off this debt we should know how each cent was accounted for. When I consider it, each pay period the first considerations (after tithes),

is that of mortgage (shelter), utilities (light and water) and food; when it comes to monthly commitments these are top priority and necessities. Why is the interim administration doing it differently when dealing with public funds? It’s almost as if we have gone back to the Wild West when no laws governed anyone, and people didn’t have to be accountable for their actions. This sort of lack of accountability is what got us here in the first place. This should not be true today and we should not allow it. There has to be transparency and accountability, otherwise we may as well have never had an inquiry. It seems to be the same modus operandi as is. I guess my question is, can you show us the money? Euwonka Selver

COMMENTARY

Natives, Belongers, lawyers I AM amazed that any native born TCI would not support the requirement that Premiers be native born. The history of the TCI demands this. When centuries ago oppressed workers were abandoned because the salt and cotton industries failed they were left to fend for themselves and they survived. This cultural legacy is a proud one shared throughout the region. It was JAGS that brought development to this tiny nation, not Britain. Now that TCI's rich potential has been proven it seems Britain wants to set rules favouring a return to another era. Isn't imposing oversight and being Governor enough? The need to separate true immigrants from temporary workers will finally grow this country but also point up the need for a native Premier. If a foreign immigrant obtains Belongership in 10 years does this qualify him or her to be Premier? This immigrant Belonger shouts: Of course not! Hard to believe a rights advocate native-born would think otherwise. The formally defined road to Belongership is long overdue

By David Tapfer but this road must not lead to the Premiership. Concerns will occur soon enough when a first generation native seeks that post. It seems that the profession of practicing law has sunk to low levels. My apologies to those that uphold the principles of an otherwise proud profession. In the western democracies there are far more attorneys than medical doctors or other professionals. Somewhere in the US and Britain some factory is cranking them out. Those watching USA TV are inundated with lawyer advertisements. Years ago lawyers never advertised and rarely attacked other professions. Now they are after the entire medical industry of the USA. The result are much higher medical costs and

expensive insurance while the hack attorneys enjoy driving their BMWs and Mercedes. The law suits against US companies are a legion and have been a big factor in closing firms and chasing others to China, Mexico and other overseas locations. We can't wait until the lawyers start suing each other. Judge Martin, in ruling on the recent Chalk Sound/Emerald Cay case, mentioned that TCI attorneys need to beware by quoting the attorney’s professional code of conduct. “An attorney must never knowingly assist or encourage any dishonesty, fraud, crime or illegal conduct nor advise his client as how to evade the law.” Judge Martin went further: “It is disappointing that any attorney should so far as neglect his professional obligations as to become involved ...I invite the Attorney General to investigate..... and consider making a formal complaint to the Bar Council.” We can only wonder what Judge Martin will say about certain attorneys if he hears the Middle Caicos and Salt Cay cases and wonder further if this AG will find sufficient evidence overlooked by our previous one.

Please note that all submissions are subject to editing in keeping with defamation laws and newspaper style. Letters should be accompanied by the author’s full name, location and phone number. Names will be withheld if requested.

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Fighting fit and feeling fine How Sheena became Provo’s ‘Biggest Loser’ By Gemma Handy AN INVITATION to be a bridesmaid at a close friend’s wedding is an opportunity most women cherish. For Sheena Bassett, the thought of wearing a sleeveless dress revealing the arms she loathed instilled dread. But instead of disappointing her pal, it was enough to spur her on to lose an incredible 35 pounds in weight – and transform her figure in time for the big day. Sheena, who turns 26 this month, was recently named Wrightfully Fit’s Biggest Loser. And as if her fabulous new shape wasn’t achievement enough, it earned her $3,000 cash into the bargain. Sheena, an accounts officer for Provo-based Coriats Caribbean Ltd, was one of 64 Islanders who signed up for the three-month challenge which started in March. Inspired by the hit TV show, gym owner John Wright thought the community initiative was an ideal way to boost the nation’s health and fitness. Yo-yo dieter Sheena, who says she had been heavy since high school, was initially disinterested. Encouraged by fellow members at the Turtle Cove gym, she eventually signed up a week after the entry deadline passed, after convincing John to allow her to take part. In addition to access to the gym and boot camp classes, John’s intense programme also came with a healthy eating plan and personal motivation sessions. Out went Sheena’s beloved fried food, pizza and chips, in favour of veggies, lean protein and select carbs. And it wasn’t long before she’d stepped up her exercise routine to twice-daily gym visits, four days a week. The pounds began to fall away and she is now well on track to her target of 140 pounds, from a starting weight of 202. “Changing my eating habits was the most difficult bit,” she told the Weekly News. “It was a complete turn around from the food I was used to, as was counting calories and watching my portion sizes.” John’s sample meal plans included oatmeal for breakfast, turkey sandwich for lunch, and veggies, meat and sweet potato or brown rice for dinner. It was a far cry from Sheena’s usual diet of sugary cereal in the morning, followed by burgers, fried

Sheena before embarking on the programme.

All smiles after shedding 35 pounds.

Winner Sheena accepts the $3,000 cheque from gym owner John Wright.

chicken or mac and cheese for lunch and supper. Astonishingly, Sheena says she doesn’t even have the desire for the chocolate and ice cream she used to crave before. “I cheated a little with dark chocolate during the programme but, now the challenge is over, I don’t even have the appetite for it.” Sheena credits motivation from friends, family and boyfriend Gregory Thomas – who woke her with a phone call each morning to encourage her into the gym – with sticking to her new regime. “I still can’t believe the amount of training I did; an hour in the morning of cardio and strength training and an hour boot camp in the evening. “I thought boot camp would be really hard; I imagined military training in the rain but there was none of that. It was really good, it works every inch of the body. “Now I feel so much more energetic. If I go just a day or two without exercise I really miss it.” With many participants far bigger than Sheena, she admits she didn’t really expect to win. Results were measured according to percentage of body weight lost. “It wasn’t until the last couple of weeks when I mentioned my percentage to someone and noticed how intimidated they were that I realised there was a possibility I might win,” she said with a grin. “It gave me that little bit more motivation to push myself.” Sheena hopes to reach her target weight by September 24, the date of her friend’s wedding, and says she can’t wait now to reveal her new, slimmer self in the long, sleeveless

watermelon-coloured gown. “I never wore sleeveless clothes before because I was so selfconscious of my arms. Unless they were small, there was no way I was going to get them out.” The best part is the emotional strength the challenge has given her. “The fact that I did it, drives me to want to be a better person and to reach my goals. “John was so supportive, guiding me along the way, showing me how to work out properly and eat right. “If I had attempted it alone, I would have kept stopping and starting but this really gave me the push I needed.” After splurging a little on groceries for the family – and ensuring her gym membership is kept up to date – Sheena is looking forward to spending her prize money on a new wardrobe to flatter her svelte form. And to any would-be dieters looking to follow her lead, she advises: “I would tell them to first get a buddy, don’t do it alone. Get a companion that you feel secure with so you can motivate each other. “I realised I needed to start thinking about the future. I didn’t want to be that size all my life – and I needed to start now.” Sheena, from Long Bay, adds with a laugh: “My twin brother Sean videotaped my progress all the way through. He’s still boasting to everyone and showing them the video, he’s so proud of me. “I’d also like to give special thanks to my Almighty Saviour who guided  me every step of the way, my  parents Ilinda and Stanley, boyfriend Gregory, my friends and Biggest Loser family and John

Wright. You guys helped me, pushed me and motivated me  in every way possible. Thank you.” Sean says he still can’t believe his sister’s transformation. “Sometimes I see her out of the corner of my eye and I can’t believe it’s her. The efforts and results are more than I expected; I am proud and overjoyed for her.” John paid tribute to the success of all 28 people who completed the challenge. “I think the money was a big incentive in the beginning,” he said. “But what really impressed me was, after a few weeks, it wasn’t about the money anymore, they started getting really into the workout. “I was impressed by the results and just seeing people’s confidence

improve. Even the ones that started out a little negative came around from, ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’. “People were coming to me telling me their blood pressure was lower; you can’t put a price on that and that was what the competition was really about.” He added: “Sheena always listened to what I told her to do, she really took direction and was very consistent.” Prize money was generously donated by part-time residents Liz and Steve McGill who stumped up $3,000 for the winner, $1,500 to the runner-up and $500 to the third placed contestant. John plans to start the next challenge in October, finishing in time for Christmas.

Training for boat operators postponed BOAT owners and operators are informed that this week’s scheduled training course has been postponed until September. The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) will take place from September 12 to 14 in Providenciales, and from September 16 to 18 in Grand Turk. The Maritime Department asks all captains, vessel skippers, charter operators, and interested persons to indicate as soon as possible the names of those attending. The course will include first aid and CPR, personal safety and

social responsibilities, personal survival techniques, basic fire fighting, rules of the road, and use and handling of flares. It will be held at the Environment Centre in Lower Bight Road, Providenciales. The Grand Turk venue will be announced at a later date. The world-renowned Sea School Florida will facilitate the training. The fees are $550 plus a $5 registration fee per person. Registrations are being taken now at the Maritime Department in downtown Provo.

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Valedictorian Arielle Neeley and runner-up Kristina Toomer and other pupils

Shining Stars preparatory school graduation GRADUATION season marks two special occasions, the passage of sixth graders into high school and the transition of high school graduates into the beginning of an adult life. One school that recently celebrated the outstanding results of its students in the GSAT examination was the Shining Stars Preparatory School. The school was able to report a 100 per cent pass rate in the examination, with averages ranging from 64 per cent to 87 per cent. Proud parents and teachers looked on as the class of 2011 made their way towards the stage. Two students in particular commanded the attention of the crowd; top 10 GSAT student Kristina

Toomer and class valedictorian Arielle Neeley. Charlene Escoe, who spent the evening keeping the crowd entertained and the students interested, chaired the event. After the singing of the national anthem, the evening began with a Bible reading - ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ Well received was the feature address delivered by guest speaker Lynn Smith. She gave examples of persons like Ben Carson and Einstein who were told that they would never amount to anything. She spoke of their ability to rise above criticism and to make

something of themselves. Mrs Smith told the graduates that the path to greatness doesn’t begin at the end of high school but from the decisions we begin making at a young age. The students were encouraged to embrace opportunity and to ‘keep the ball rolling’. Also well received was the speech delivered by valedictorian Arielle Neeley. Ms Neeley thanked her mother for being strict on her at home, and her teachers for their encouragement. The aspiring lawyer assured family and friends that they would once again see her face behind the podium when it was time for her to graduate high school.

Winner announced for ‘text to win’ promotion BRUNELL Morris is the lucky winner of LIME’s ‘text to win’ promotion capturing the $2,000 prize. Customers had the opportunity to text ‘graduation’ to ‘IWIN’ for a chance to be entered to win the cash prize. The money was a welcome surprise for Mrs Morris who said: “I am so happy to have won. Thanks LIME for this wonderful gift.” Mrs Morris was interviewed on LIME’s weekly radio show ‘Lime Time’ where she was able to tell the Turks & Caicos Islands how she felt about being the winner. Mrs Morris, a teacher, added that she was very grateful to receive the winning call.

Brunell Morris receives the prize from LIME’s Tammy Francis.

REFORM of the TCI civil service will be a priority for the new director of the Governor’s Office. Philip Rushbrook, whose appointment was announced recently, will provide vital support to the Governor during the ongoing reform process. A senior civil servant at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he has worked for the UK civil service for a decade, with positions in the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Treasury. Mr Rushbrook specialises in reform of public services, improving systems of governance and building technical capabilities in countries undergoing development.

Philip Rushbrook’s work has taken him to several countries across the globe, including Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Mills Institute Principal Debbie-Lee Mills (left) and teacher Yvette Turner accepted the prize.

Water contest success for Mills Institute PROVO Water Company recently launched a video contest amongst schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The aim of the contest was to ask interested primary, high schools and colleges to develop short public service videos to inform people about the value of water and the importance of maintaining a safe, dependable water supply for their communities. Fifteen schools participated in the contest. A panel of three judges who gave points according to the creativity and originality of the pieces selected the winning school, Mills Institute. The school received a desktop computer and other prizes, and the video will receive exposure over the internet.

In addition, television stations throughout the TCI will receive a copy of the winning video to use on air. Mills Institute principal DebbieLee Mills said: “We are extremely elated and proud to have won the Provo Water Company’s video contest. “We believe that this initiative has assisted us in disseminating the important message to our students and water users at large that water is a precious commodity and should not be wasted. “Thanks to Provo Water Company for the prize of a desktop computer that is very much needed by the school. “Many thanks and kudos to our students and teachers whose efforts made this win possible.”

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this week

Friday, July 8 to Thursday, July 14 Friday, July 8  Get into the weekend mood with the intense and electrifying Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7pm. Free for gym members, $12 for non-members. For more information call 4426349 or email info@graceway.com

Carl Lewis

Robyn Hinds

 Craig Archibold gets the party started at the Regent Palms from 7pm on Friday nights with the sound of classic Caribbean and Motown tunes. Call 946-8666 for details.  Kids can enjoy a Friday night camp out each week at Grace Bay Club from 5pm to 9pm. For $45 per child, youngsters can tuck into dinner under the stars and s’mores, take part in activities and watch a movie. Email morgan@gracebayclub. com or call 231-KIDS (5437) to reserve a space.

Saturday, July 9  Revel in the sound of smooth jazz by talented performer Perry Delancey on Saturday nights from 7pm at the Regent Palms. Call 946-8666 for details.

Tyler Landy

Lounis Louis

Robyn Hinds is named Gospel Best TCI Gospel Best 2011 has come and gone and after six months of intense competition, four winners walked away with prizes for their vocal efforts. On Sunday, the final four contestants battled to be named the first ever TCI Gospel Best. Robyn Hinds walked away with the first prize. She was presented with a $1,000 cash prize, a trophy and the opportunity to record a CD with local producers. Guyanese singing sensation Carl Lewis copped the first runner-up

position while 19-year-old Lounis Louis was named second runner-up. Tyler Landy received the third runner-up trophy. Twenty hopefuls entered the competition and belted out their first rendition in January and some were eliminated. Others were eliminated on the last Sunday of every following month until only four finalists were left standing. However, organiser of the competition Pastor Pedro Williams said that those who were eliminated

during the competition were free to re-enter in next year’s event. Even those who were not selected at the auditioning stage can re-apply. Applications will be accepted from some time in December, Pastor Williams told the Weekly News. Pastor Pedro said that he was pleased at the response received this year and that he was convinced that more people will now show an interest because they have seen how it worked out. “I anticipate an even greater response next time,” he ended.

 Mums and Tots Dance Party classes are held every Saturday at The Athletic Club in Saltmills Plaza for mothers and their little ones. Mothers, bring your little ones to dance, jump, twist and shake! Children have fun learning movement basics to fun music and mums get a light exercise while spending quality time. Mums and Tots classes begin at 10am and cost just $10. Dads are welcome! Call Shara Bowen on 244-1103 for more details.  Every Saturday from 11pm you can catch the Island Boys playing rake and scrape live at Calico Jacks. The bar is located upstairs at Ports of Call in Grace Bay adjacent to the Seven Stars resort.

Sunday, July 10  Feeling lucky? Win cash at the Rotary Club’s weekly bingo night every Sunday from 7pm at Williams Auditorium.

Monday, July 11  Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan with a four-day workshop beginning today with acclaimed teacher Dr Zibin Guo. Spaces are limited and should be booked in advance. The cost is $50 for all four classes or $15 each.

Email info@studio90degrees. com or call 332 9227 for more information or to register.  Start your week with a fun and calorie-burning Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7 pm. Free for gym members, $12 for non-members. For more information call 4426349 or email info@graceway.com  Girls and boys aged 11 to 19 years old are invited to take part in a fun singing group. The TCI Youth Chorale rehearses every Monday at 6pm at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre, downtown, Providenciales. For more information call 3317176.

Tuesday, July 12  Come and hear the Island Boys duo play at Opus restaurant in Ocean Club East this Tuesday from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Wednesday, July 13  Correy Forbes and DJ Cliff will be providing entertainment at Mango Reef Restaurant at the Alexandra Resort this evening. Come along between 6.30pm and 9pm for some great island tunes.  Enjoy the easy listening sounds of live duo NaDa at the Regent Palms on Wednesdays from 7pm. Call 946-8666 for details.  Are you in need of inner peace? Interested in a healthy lifestyle and a toned and flexible body?  Then you need David Bowen’s yoga classes at The Athletic Club in the Saltmills Plaza. Come along on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7am, Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm or Saturday at 9am. Call 941-8686 for more details.

Thursday, July 14  Celebrate good health with wellness coach Benneth Williams every Thursday evening. Come along to Williams Block, suite number six, on Lower Bight Road, Providenciales, from 7pm. There you will get a free wellness consultation and an hour of fun. For more details call Benneth at 246-0300 or email hls_com@ yahoo.com  Got an event you wish to advertise? Call us on 946 4664 for a free listing.

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fitness Tip 

Ask Anca – using cardio to banish belly fat Q: How can I best implement cardio training in order to get faster results and get rid of the fat around my stomach area? Mr T A: Well Mr T, first of all thank you for the question and for the comments and I hope my advice will help you make the right choice. Secondly, I understand from your question that you are already aware that tons of crunches won’t do it for you. However you did not mention

Okra and tomato soup

where you are right now from a fitness level point of view as well as from a body composition angle. So I will point out some general guidelines based on research and professional experiences. Most importantly, if you are looking to get faster and longer lasting results I strongly recommend mixing cardio/aerobic training with resistance/weight training, especially when it’s about body transformation. Here is some advice: If your primary goal is fat loss with a secondary goal of muscle gain, start with three days of cardio and increase carefully as needed, based on your weekly measurable results. If your goal is focused fat loss,

FITNESS EXPERT Anca Vasile

higher cardio frequencies are helpful and sometimes necessary. Choose a cardio duration between 20 and 60 minutes. You can start on the low end and you can increase intensity or duration, based on your weekly progress. Use running or high impact cardio sporadically as it is taxing on the lower body in the long run. Restrict intense cardio sessions (intervals, plyo, sprints) to two times per week; three times if you have a good recovery ability. Do cardio and weights in two separate sessions if possible and if not, do weights first and cardio at the end. Endurance athletes are the exception to this rule, but if you care to hold on to your muscle tissue, cardio comes second.

Cardio is vital to getting rid of stomach fat.

Try to do the cardio on an empty stomach early in the morning for a higher fat burn rate. Cardio/aerobic training is a very important fitness component and has to be implemented in a moderate amount by all people with the goal in

mind of achieving better health. This may come as a surprise, but even slim people who are looking into gaining some muscle size can benefit and they should do cardio two to three times a week at a moderate intensity.

health Tip 

Ingredients: • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 tbsp butter • 4 green onions, sliced • 1 small clove garlic, minced • 1 rib celery, sliced • 2 cups chicken broth • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained • 3 to 4 cups okra, sliced, • 1 cup corn kernels • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning • dash freshly ground black pepper • salt to taste Method: In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic and celery; sauté, stirring, until celery is tender. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, sliced okra, corn kernels, Cajun seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to mediumlow, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until okra is tender. Add salt to taste.

How okra helps the heart SINCE we've just stepped over into the summer of 2011, I thought it fitting for us to focus on some summer crops and their health benefits. Let us look at one that we are very familiar with in the Caribbean. We've used it in cooking various dishes, and oh how we love it. Okra can be cooked in so many different ways; with rice, or with conch and rice. Remember that famous soup and dough with dried conch, pigeon peas and all the rest of the ingredients? Okra is commonly used in southern US, Creole and Cajun cooking. This is due to the fact that it was initially introduced into the United States in the south where okra grows well. Okra is low in calories and is a good source of many nutrients including vitamins B6 and C, fibre,

By Phillip Simmons calcium and folic acid. It is effective for the prevention of neural tube defects in developing foetuses mainly due to its high content of these nutrients. Okra seeds contain a high amount of oil rich in unsaturated fats such as oleic acid which is a healthy source of fat. Found also in olive oil, avocados, almonds and cashews, oleic acid helps to lower the level of cholesterol and reduce blood pressure in the body. Okra also contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps

Okra is said to benefit those suffering from diabetes as it helps stabilise the blood sugar.

the body against the harmful effects of germs and bacteria that cause cancers and other diseases. It helps to improve liver, heart and lung functions and boost the immune system. The levels of glutathione produced in the body decreases as a person ages.

Okra is also said to benefit those suffering from diabetes as it helps stabilise the blood sugar. Some people have even claimed to have cured their diabetes or their condition greatly improved with the daily consumption of water soaked with okra.

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GARDENING 

Casuarina – an exotic invader

CASUARINA equisetifolia is a weedy exotic known as the Australian Pine. It is a very striking and graceful tree that grows throughout the lower elevations and the coast of the Islands. While the casuarina resembles a long needled pine tree it not actually a pine but instead is a member of the beefwood family. Casuarina is a genus of 17 species in the family casuarinaceae, native to Australia, southeastern Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean. The Australian Pine migrated to the Islands from Australia and the East Indies over 100 years ago. The quick growing thick umbrella of leaves offers impenetrable shade and quickly secured itself by competing auspiciously with some native vegetation, such as mangroves. These trees are extremely accepting of salt spray and poor

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beach soils. They are evergreen shrubs and trees growing up to 100 feet tall. The foliage consists of slender, much-branched green to grey-green twigs bearing minute scale-leaves in whorls of five to 20. The flowers are produced in small catkin-like inflorescences; the male flowers in simple spikes, the female flowers on short peduncles. The fruit is a woody, oval structure superficially resembling a conifer cone made up of numerous carpels each containing a single seed with a small wing. It is considered a valuable tree throughout the world. The wood makes an excellent source of firewood. The wood is also good for construction materials and for roofing and tools. In some places the tree is used to produce paper. The casuarina tree is a very hardy tree and is useful in protecting shorelines from tsunamis. The casuarina can withstand a tsunami wave better than coconut. But now they are growing, strangling all surrounding plants, or covering them in and killing all other native plants. The Australian Pine's most

significant footprint is evident along Middle Caicos shorelines. The lack of inhibiting factors allows the Australian Pine to multiply in numbers at such a fast rate that they become unmanageable. When this exotic species takes over an area and becomes unmanageable, native plants and animals are forced to compete for food and space. Diverse native shore species found along beaches dramatically decrease, are less rich in types of species, are less complex in food web structure and have less potential to adapt to changing conditions, making it difficult to grow where the exotic is dominant. The thick shallow root system of the Australian Pine produces nitrogen and enables it to grow in nutrient poor soils, such as salt waters. Due to the tree’s root system the Australian Pine can easily get uprooted and blown around by hurricanes and strong winds. This can lead to beach and dune erosion and disruption of sea turtles’ nesting season. Native trees anchor and shelter shorelines protecting them from hurricanes.

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ASK TAMIKA

BY TAMIKA HANDFIELD

Tamika  graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a Masters degree in Dietetics & Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and licensed to practice medical nutrition therapy in the state of Florida. Email Tamika via tcweeklynews@gmail.com or tamikahandfield@yahoo. com with your healthy eating questions.

Q: I am trying to lose weight. What can I eat when I go out to a restaurant? Dear reader, There are many tricks to eating out and successfully staying within your daily caloric budget. However, I think one of the basics (in lose weight 101) is controlling our portion sizes. Practicing portion control allows us to enjoy our favourite foods and eat guilt free. Yet, we often overlook this basic principle and deprive ourselves of food all day, waiting until we go out at night. At that time, we are ravenous and end up devouring everything in sight. Below are some practical tips you can use when eating out: Ask for a ‘to go’ box as the food arrives to the table and before you start to eat. Ask for sauces/dips/dressings to be served on the side; dip your fork into the dressing then into the food. Read menu items carefully. Choose lower fat terms like baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted and steamed. Eat slowly and savour every bite! This list is by no means exhaustive. For more tips give me a call or stop by the office for an appointment.

ACCU Medical Nutrition is based in Graceway IGA Plaza, Providenciales. Call 946 8308, 242 3978 or 442 3978.

Rust eraser

GARDEN tools take a lot of abuse. You can lose years of useful life from the effects of environmental enemies like corrosion, rust, tree sap, water and dirt.  Here's a simple way to keep tools healthy, lubricated and rust free with almost no effort. Next time you change the oil in your car, pour it into a bucket of sand and add your garden tools. It's just that simple.  The grit from the sand holds the oil and polishes the metal surfaces. Tools hold fast in the sand and are ready for use.   Just don't forget to clean tools before and after use with an old cotton rag.

Pack it in Fast-growing casuarinas can quickly become unmanageable, forcing native plants and animals to compete for food and space.

SENDING something fragile by post? Use bunched-up strips of newspaper or waste paper as packaging instead of commercial bubble wrap. It'll save resources and you can add a polite note asking the receiver to either reuse or recycle the paper on opening.

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Winners: Best in Show

Peaches owned by Andrea Piche

Best Trick

1. Bear - Mike Eareheart 2. Wisley - Ros Pickavance 3. Faith - Sally Collier

Most Original Potcake 1. Luna – Simone Costa 2. Daisy - Hannah Trayler 3. Buggy - Jasmine Young

Dog the judges would most like to take home 1. Cookie - Irene Mayorga 2. Crash - Sheilah Ludington 3. Bear - Savannah Eareheart

Best Veteran (dogs over 8 years old)

Jan and rescued potcake ‘Ripley’ were part of the Pampered Paws obedience class demonstration.

Caleb Darbo and his pup ‘Dexter’, named Best Looking Male

Andrea Piche and ‘Peaches’ who captured Best in Show

Dog show deemed a ‘barking success’ By Kathi Barrington PINT-sized pup Peaches, owned by Andrea Piche, captured the coveted Best in Show prize on Saturday at the seventh annual TCSPCA dog show. Despite torrential rains early in the day, the parade of pooches posing in the ring was a huge success. Held at Turtle Cove Marina, the event was supported by crowds of proud dog owners, friends and family who turned out to cheer them on. This year there were seven events, plus Best In Show, in which potcakes and breeded dogs strutted their stuff. Dogs of all shapes and sized, many dressed in ribbons, caps or bows,

vied for Best Trick, Waggiest Tail, and Dog the Judges Most Wanted to Take Home, among others. The new scheduled start of 3pm saved contestants and their owners from the earlier downpour and the heat of midday. The crowds cheered on their favourite pooches, visited the various tables to buy food and drink (served up by the Tiki Hut Restaurant), T-shirts and raffle tickets. The 17 raffle prizes included an Islandcom Blue Flash phone with $200 of service, dinners for two at several Provo eateries, nights at luxury resorts, a signed copy of Keith Richard’s autobiography, beach cruises, and more. One little dog made his mark on

more than one occasion, thinking that time in the ring was time to relieve himself. Spectators and judges roared. Lead sponsor of the event was PPC Ltd., whose senior meter reader, Donnie Stubbs, was a judge. Other judges included Donna Doran of Pampered Paws, veterinarian Peggy Perkins and Donald Astwood, of Scotia Bank and owner of a former Best in Show winner. Graceway IGA, Pedigree Dog Food and Turtle Cove Marina were also sponsors, providing dog food, goodie bags and the venue for the show. All the sponsors have been backing the annual event and the TCSPCA for many years. Their

generosity has made it possible for the organisation to continue to provide affordable spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and outreach programmes each year. Guests of honour were Allan Robinson, of PPC, and Heather Forbes, founder of the Potcake Foundation, which raises money for the TCSPCA and other potcake charities. Both were on hand to award the prizes. It was clearly a day for family with many children proudly showing their pets. The Enid Capron Primary School steel drum band opened the show, and students and their owners, in the Pampered Paws obedience classes, gave a terrific half time demonstration.

1. Nemo - Melinda Volkert 2. Mott Lee - Kathi Barrington 3. Scooter - Sharon Kidd

Waggiest Tail

1. Peaches - Andrea Piche 2. Nemo – Melinda Volkert 3. Crash - Sheilah Ludington

Best Looking Female 1. Brandi - Vadijah Smith 2. Cookie - Stefanie Zins 3. Daisy - Hannah Trayler

Best Looking Male

1. Dexter - Caleb Darbo 2. Sawyer - Steve Martin 3. Makoe - Shawna Missick

The annual dog show is a principal fundraiser for the TCSPCA, which helps all animals of the Turks & Caicos. The charity has just opened a chapter in Grand Turk, and board member, Ginny Allan, flew from the capital island to MC the event. A TCSPCA spokeswoman said: “This was a community event which, paws down, was a huge success. “Thanks to everyone for sponsoring, competing and joining in the fun. See you next year.”

Top GSAT students awarded by LIME by Kin-z Francis

FOR THE past four years LIME has dealt an enormous hand in providing assistance to GSAT students all over the Turks and Caicos Islands. Apart from providing scholarships to the top performing students in the country for the high school of the student’s choice, the telecommunications giant’s contributions enabled each registered GSAT student to utilise the ‘GO GSAT’ online programme, free of charge. This year the company spent over $40,000 to ensure that each child had this programme at their fingertips. At this year’s GSAT presentation, the company once again awarded the top performers and pledged their commitment to sponsoring the GSAT programme again next year and for many more years to come.

The three main students in this year’s event were Kevaughn Brown, top performing student of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Renard Brown (Richmond Hill Prep), the top performing male student in the country, and Julianna Mc Donald (Precious Treasures Primary School), the overall top performing student in the country. Director of Education Edgar Howell attributed the dramatic rise in GSAT passes across the islands to the company’s contributions. Last year’s GSAT overall pass rate was a reported 68 per cent. However since the introduction of the GO GSAT online programme, which many teachers and parents praised for the children’s success, this year’s pass rate increased to 84 per cent. The chairpersons for this year’s presentation were last year’s first and second in the country,

Jonbonae Chung and Sasha Arthur, respectively. Both students, despite their age, were able to effectively and eloquently lead out the programme. Opening remarks were delivered by Joanna Missick who described LIME’s involvement in GSAT as “planting seeds in good ground”. She also said that the company’s involvement was nothing more than them making marks as productive citizens. Drexwell Seymour, LIME’s general manager, recounted the company’s involvement and spoke of their contributions in the Islands where they viewed everyone as equal and where the company’s deliverance of prizes was impartial and without prejudice. Althea Been spoke of a new idea that would help keep what was described as a “technological age” as educational – the introduction of

the Go GSAT programme for mobile phones. The company plans on providing free internet access to the Go GSAT programme to all parents who have registered students for GSAT. Mrs Been explained that instead of “bbming friends” or causing “trouble in the supermarket” parents can allow their children to access the programme on their phone ensuring that the students are learning as much as possible. Also joining the various speakers were Julianna McDonald, Renard Brown and Kevaughn Brown, each of which were allowed the opportunity to deliver a message to the crowd of spectators; a representative from each of their schools was also given an opportunity to speak. Both Julianna and Kevaughn plan to attend the British West Indies Collegiate next school year to begin

their secondary education. After the remarks from the top three awardees, a performance was delivered by the Howell High Steppers, a step team from the Clement Howell High School. The steppers got the crowd pumped up and excited through what was an upbeat and engaging performance in which LIME was thanked and acknowledged through chants and various step combinations. Parents and teachers described the presentation as a “pleasure”, where the influence of LIME in the country was effectively highlighted. Several wished to express their thanks to the telecommunications company for alleviating the financial stress on some parents and for providing encouragement for the pupils of the TCI to work hard and perform far beyond their registered capability.

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First annual Crabfest a hit with Islanders By David Bowen THERE is nothing more beautiful than an idea whose time has come. On June 25, on Bambarra Beach in Middle Caicos, the Turks and Caicos witnessed the birth of a new festival, the First Annual Crabfest. The festival is the brainchild of Middle Caicos native and proprietor of the Middle Caicos Cafe, Lisa Simmons, who put together a small pre event committee that included her husband Kirkley Simmons, Kevin Bethel and Voinette MisickFlynn. They then solicited the assistance of David Bowen, director of the Cultural and Arts Commission, to help further develop the idea of having a major event in Middle Caicos. A strong and focused committee was later established and the Crabfest was born. At present, the majority of the major festivals and tourism related events take place in Providenciales. There has also been a steady decline in the organising and support for local festivals in the other family islands. The Crabfest Committee wanted to make a difference and arrest this trend. The aim was not only to establish a major festival in Middle Caicos but also bring about an awareness of the local crab culture and its uses in Turks and Caicos native cuisine especially in North and Middle Caicos. The festival would also showcase beautiful Bambarra Beach to natives and tourist alike while at the same time supporting the communities there by giving local vendors an opportunity to earn a few dollars. The idea of the Crabfest was embraced by all who were approached to be sponsors. It was not a coincidence that many of them have strong family ties to Middle Caicos. Despite a few setbacks, especially the clash of dates with Islandcom's scheduled Battle of the Bands event which was to take place on the same day, Lisa and the committee forged

ahead with their plans which was to include special guest artist ‘The Crab Man’ from Andros, Elon Moxey. Thanks to Rosemary Jolly and the North Caicos Ferry company, special priced boats with bus connections were put in place to insure hassle free transport between Provo and Bambarra Beach with many local taxi drivers on hand to also shuttle the overwhelming number of persons that supported the event to and from the event. After prayers and blessings by Shirley Smith, the event was officially opened at 11.30am by the DC for Middle Caicos, Dottis Arthur, who remarked, ‘this is great day for Middle Caicos’. The rest of the planned entertainment was strictly local with cultural icon Lovey Forbes and the ‘Northmiddle Connection Band’ opening the musical portion of the event with traditional ripsaw and rake ‘n’ scrape music followed by the up and coming talented group, ‘Q-band link’ who provided the ‘Go in the Bush’ rhythms that caused the crown to go wild. Before guest artist Moxey took the stage, Bowen in his role as MC and games coordinator, issued out cash and special prizes to all those who were lucky enough to provide the correct answer to a number of cultural and historical questions. The Crab Man took the stage for the first of his two performances just after 1pm. Right away he had the crowd swaying and singing along to a few of his popular recordings and it was utter pandemonium when Bowen let loose a box of large land crabs among the crowd assembled at the front of the stage just as Moxey began performed his number one hit ‘Crab’. Moxey was soon running through the crowd himself trying to catch crab and made a big show of holdings up his catch on the tops of the heads of some unsuspecting spectator. When it came to food and drink, Lisa and the Crabfest food committee

Youngsters soak up the fun at the festival

The crowd enjoyed live musical performances

members had it all covered from crab and rice and various crab dishes to fry fish, fry chicken, pork and chicken souse and dozens of coolers of Bambarra, Heineken, soft and mixed drinks. What you could not find at the big tent you could find at the fully loaded Bambarra Beach food huts manned by vendors from the local community. Special Crabfest T-shirts were also on sale and are still available for purchase at the Middle Caicos Cafe. The Crabfest had something for all. The more than 1,000 locals and tourist alike who attended took shade under the pine trees, ate crab dishes to their hearts’ content, danced to the live music or swam in the cool clear shallow waters. Bouncy castles, cultural quizzes and a visit by Spongebob and Dora the Explorer kept the kids entertained. They were further rewarded by receiving gift bags

Revellers tucked into a host of crab dishes

loaded with candy and prizes courtesy of the Crabfest committee and John Brubaker. Mrs Simmons would like to thank all the sponsors and local population who supported the event and is

Elon the ‘Crab Man’ Moxey was a hit with Islanders

already looking forward to Crabfest 2012. Special thanks go out to all the hard working committee members. Check out the Crabfest Facebook page to see photographs and videos.

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UK Air Passenger Duty hits travel from North America and the Caribbean – Comparison of H1 Search Stats Show up to a 51% Drop in Caribbean Searches LONDON - Cheapflights Media Ltd, the international media network providing consumers with different ways to find low cost travel since 1996, has been a consistent critic of the UK’s regressive Air Passenger Duty (APD) -- now the highest such aviation travel tax in the world. Cheapflights has just analysed traffic search patterns for the first six months (H1) of 2009, 2010 and 2011 for searches for Barbados, Jamaica and Mexico and other longhaul destinations. It also analysed its North American traffic searching for London flights for the same periods to indicate how APD may have affected inbound tourism. The figures have to be viewed in the context of the post-recession recovery in global passenger numbers over the period, especially in 2010 when a post-recession “bounce” occurred and passenger traffic increased by an above trend of 8.2% (IATA). The Government has just completed a consultation period in response to representations by Caribbean governments, the Caribbean Tourist Organisation and also by UK aviation and travel companies about the negative effects the high level of taxation is having. Introduced in 1994 and raised in

2007 it remained at a sustainable level until November 2009; APD was then changed to a much higher four mileage-band based tax for economy seats and an even higher four-band tax for premium seat passengers including premium economy. It was raised even higher in November 2010, costing a family of four travelling economy to the Caribbean APD of £300. Following the 2010 increase, APD had risen a massive 275% above pre2007 rates for all cabin classes to the Caribbean. Apart from affecting tourism-dependent economies, such as the Caribbean in general, the mileage bands also created unfair anomalies; for example APD is more expensive when flying to Jamaica than to Hawaii. John Barrington-Carver, Head of Cheapflights Corporate Communications, commented: “Clearly, with a respective 51.3% and 25% drop in traffic since the higher rate four band APD was brought in, Barbados and Jamaica have good reason to expect the UK Government to remove the current anomalies in APD. “A significant concern for the UK economy is the evident drop in searches for the UK from North

America and elsewhere over the period. With the strong Australian and Canadian dollars one could have expected an increase in searches for the UK. Instead we have a 5% drop from Australia and a very significant 34% drop seen in Canadian searches for London. “Domestically, the UK’s airport operators are claiming that, according to Civil Aviation Authority statistics, passenger numbers at Britain’s smaller airports have fallen by up to 70% in the past four years. “Cheapflights’ analysis appears to bear out the reasons why five other European Governments have dropped APD as revenue raising exercises. Having tried the duty they discovered that such taxes cost the economy more than they raised in revenue. “High jet fuel prices have clearly increased fares but have not prevented the 2010 post-recession global bounce in air passengers. “It’s therefore difficult to avoid the conclusion that APD is deterring UK consumers from seeking fares to the Caribbean and other long haul destinations. Importantly for the UK economy the opposite is also evident, especially from North America.” (Marketwire)

Criminals in the Bahamas “just don’t care” THERE is a new breed of criminal in the Bahamas that “just does not care,” Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said earlier this week, insisting that the “carnage” persisting in the country recently cannot continue. Speaking to the press after the launch of the police’s summer camp at Grants Town Seventh Day Adventist Church, Greenslade commented on the demeanor of the criminals in The Bahamas which he said is different from criminals of the past. He said many of the murders — which have hit 67 for the year — have been the result of arguments. And he lamented that robbers are committing murder for no reason other than they “just don’t care.” And men account for more than 80 percent of the murders, according to statistics. “There are persons who will take your money and not just rob you, but shoot you, kill you, maim you,” Greenslade said.

“If you’ve robbed a person and taken their money why would you have to kill them?” Greenslade insisted that the detection and apprehension of dangerous criminals could be increased if friends and families of those criminals assist in turning them in to police. He said, though, that the police have been successful in finding and arresting violent criminals this year. “We have been arresting prolific offenders on a consistent basis, thousands of persons being arrested over the course of the year, hundreds of weapons taken off the street and thousands of rounds of ammunition,” Greenslade said. “There is no night that we do not knock on the doors of homes, execute search warrants and arrest people. Their names are known, their faces are known and they live on an island 21 by 7, 80 square miles. “This is not about pointing fingers, not about being defensive;

this is about waking up as a people and recognising that we have some major problems that we have to come to terms with.” Greenslade contended that nothing is more important than getting to the young people and showing them positive role models. Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said in a statement released yesterday that she applauds the police’s effort to come back into the schools. “The liaison officers would be a much welcomed addition to the schools as health and safety is of paramount importance for our schools,” she said. “For the past several years, crimes such as stealing, fighting, bullying and stabbings are common occurrences on school campuses and around schools before, during and after school hours. This decision should have a positive impact on curbing criminal activities in and around schools.” (thenassauguardian. com)

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Cholera now in Puerto Rico THE CHOLERA outbreak that has ravaged Haiti and parts of the Dominican Republic has reached Puerto Rico. Health officials are reporting the island’s first case of cholera since the disease took hold several months ago. Health Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano said Monday that the case involved a 70-yearold man who had visited the Dominican Republic for a week. González said the man is hospitalised in San Juan. Privacy

laws prohibited them from releasing more information about the case. Health officials believe the disease is unlikely to spread because of better sanitation in the U.S. island. It is transmitted by a bacteria and can be all but prevented if people have access to safe water and regularly wash their hands. It has killed more than 36 in the Dominican Republic and more than 5,500 people in Haiti since October. (Foxnews.com)

Promising UN help, Ban calls for Caribbean regional action to combat organised crime SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Kimoon has urged Caribbean nations to combat organised crime on a regional level and has promised United Nations assistance in the fight. In a recent message to the heads of government of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting in Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Ban said a “challenge for Caribbean countries is the growing threat posed by organised transnational crime and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.” “We must consider this challenge in a regional context, as well as through the prisms of development, human rights, rule of law and security reform,” he said. “The United Nations system stands ready to work with you on these issues.”

He said the region was vital to the work of the United Nations. “It is strongly committed to multilateralism and regional integration, and remains at the forefront in tackling global challenges – from climate change to strengthening democracy to rebuilding after natural disasters,” he said. “Climate change is yet another urgent and growing threat to development, economic growth, public health and our very security,” he said. “You have been pioneers in calling attention to the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).” “Please rest assured that you can count on me to continue the promotion of our common objectives for development, security and human rights for all,” he said. (Caribbeanpress.com)

Trinidad PM proposes ferry service for region BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar said that she would seek support from her regional colleagues for a fast ferry system which she believes would further strengthen the integration movement in the region. Just two weeks ago small businessmen in St. Kitts stated that “transportation” was a major problem in getting their goods to other CARICOM countries and this lack of transportation also hampered their ability to import goods from their CARICOM neighbours as well. Persad Bissessar, who was in St. Kitts for the 32nd Heads of Government Conference, told reporters that a foreign interest,

which she did not name, was prepared to launch the ferry using Port of Spain as the base. “It will bring us closer together, it will help the integration movement, it will assist in moving people across the region,” she added. She said the ferry, if it became operational, could cost travellers US$15 to travel from Trinidad and Tobago to Barbados and later to other Eastern Caribbean countries. Rapid support for this proposal came from Hon. Stevenson King, Prime Minister of St. Lucia. He told reporters: “It’s indeed a good idea, very encouraging. I think we’ve taken much too long to get to that stage. Regional integration cannot be successful without transportation, be it air or sea.”

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Juror defends shock acquittal of Casey Anthony AN ALTERNATE juror in the Casey Anthony trials has said that he believes that Anthony was a good mother and that two-year-old Caylee’s death was just a horrific accident. The sensational acquittal of Casey Anthony sparked outrage across the U.S. as angry spectators compared the trial’s outcome to the infamous verdict in the OJ Simpson case. But Russell Huekler, one of five alternate jurors who were present for all the testimony and were sequestered with the 12 other jurors, said he would have given the same verdict and is stunned by the public anger. ‘The prosecution failed to prove their case and there was reasonable doubt. Again, they didn’t show us how Caylee died,’ Mr Huekler said. ‘They didn’t show us a motive. I’m sorry people feel that way...these were 17 total jurors. They really listened to this case and kept an open mind.’ Mr Huekler said the lack of physical evidence that the two-yearold was murdered outweighed the circumstantial evidence of Casey Anthony’s lies and behaviour in the month before Caylee’s disappearance was reported to police. ‘Yeah, the behaviour was bizarre, but what I took from that is that the family was very dysfunctional. Because they were so dysfunctional, that was the norm for them,’ Mr Huekler told Good Morning America. ‘Casey didn’t just start lying for the first 31 days [after Caylee disappeared]. She had been lying for the past two years...I felt it was the norm for her.’ Mr Huekler added that he and the jury only saw evidence that Anthony was a good mother. ‘The first number of witnesses were Casey’s friend and every time that they said they saw Casey with Caylee, it was a loving relationship and no one provided evidence to the

Casey Anthony was acquitted over the killing of her daughter.

contrary,’ Mr Huekler said. Casey Anthony’s parents are in hiding at their Orlando home after receiving death threats following their daughter’s stunning acquittal, which has sparked outrage across the U.S. Cindy and George Anthony said they were shocked by the ‘not guilty’ verdict. The family, which has been torn apart by accusations of incest, rape and adultery, said it was ‘too early’ to know if they will welcome back their daughter. Speaking this morning, their lawyer Mark Lippman said that there were threats against the couple and that police were investigating. ‘Obviously there’s some concern but the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is doing their job and they’re being protected,’ he said. After the verdict was read in court earlier this week, George and Cindy were the first people to leave the courthouse, walking out in silence. They appeared to have no reaction as the stunning verdict was announced. ‘I think they were shocked that it [the verdict] came back not guilty, but you can never tell what a jury is going to do and they were not expecting anything,’ Mr Lippman told Good Morning America. ‘They were shocked that the jury didn’t find any sort of evidence against her even though the state did a fantastic job.’ (dailymail.co.uk)

Congo rape victims suffer retaliatory attacks THE UNITED Nations has issued a report that survivors of a horrific mass rape attack in eastern Congo last year have suffered reprisals and a judicial inquiry into the violence has been suspended. At least 387 people were raped in the Walikale territory in late July and early August last year, including men, children and a month-old baby boy. While investigators said that the rapes could constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, Wednesday’s report also noted that only one person has been indicted on

any criminal charges in connection with the violence. More than 150 victims and witnesses have been interviewed, but the report by the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo on Wednesday said a judicial inquiry had to be suspended because of the reprisal attacks. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Congolese government to do more to stop the violence and called on the international community to better equip the U.N. mission in Congo.

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Attempted rape complaint against former IMF boss filed in France FRENCH prosecutors have received a complaint for attempted rape filed by a French novelist against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a judicial official said Wednesday. “We’ve just received it,” the official said. “We will look at it and make a decision on how to proceed.” The novelist, Tristane Banon, accuses Mr. Strauss-Kahn of having attempted to rape her in February 2003, when the writer came to see him for an interview for a book. A lawyer for Mr. Strauss-Kahn— who was released from house arrest in Manhattan last week after questions were raised about the credibility of the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault—has said his client had instructed him to prepare a complaint for slander against Ms. Banon. Ms. Banon’s lawyer didn’t return calls seeking comment on the slander complaint. Through his lawyer, Henri Leclerc, Mr. Strauss-Kahn has said he considered Ms. Banon’s account of the 2003 meeting “a figment of her imagination.” Mr. Leclerc said

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Wednesday that Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s slander complaint was ready and would be filed in the coming days. Paris prosecutors can conduct a preliminary investigation and then decide whether to designate an investigating magistrate to conduct a criminal probe. They can also dismiss the complaint. A conviction for attempted rape carries as much as 15 years in prison in France, where the statute of limitations for such crimes is 10 years. Ms. Banon’s complaint comes

as Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s U.S. lawyers are expected to argue to New York prosecutors in a meeting set for Wednesday that criminal sexual assault charges against him should be dismissed, according to people familiar with the matter. Signs that the New York case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn might collapse have fueled hopes among his supporters that the French Socialist will run in France’s 2012 presidential elections. Ms. Banon’s complaint, however, suggests a new round of tussles for Mr. Strauss-Kahn. Ms. Banon, now 32 years old, first gave her version of events in a 2007 interview with French television channel Paris Première. She said Mr. Strauss-Kahn grabbed her, became violent and ripped off her bra before she was able to escape from the Paris apartment where Mr. Strauss-Kahn had convened the meeting. At the time, Ms. Banon told Paris Première she had decided against filing a complaint against Mr. Strauss-Kahn because she feared it would leave an indelible stain on her résumé. (CNN)

Murdoch’s News of the World to shut amid phone-hacking scandal THE NEWS of the World will close for good after Sunday’s edition, News International chair James Murdoch said Thursday, amid fresh allegations that Britain’s war dead and a lawyer connected to Princess Diana have joined the list of people whose voicemails may have been intercepted by the tabloid. “Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the

News of the World,” Murdoch said in a statement. “The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.” Murdoch also said all of the tabloid’s revenue this weekend will go to “good causes.” “While we may never be able to make up for distress that has been caused, the right thing to do is for every penny of the circulation revenue we receive this weekend to go to organisations — many of whom

Two female MPs brawl in Afghan parliament TWO FEMALE members of the Afghanistan Parliament got into a physical fight Tuesday following a discussion of rocket attacks from Pakistan. General Nazifa Zaki, a former army general, threw her shoe at fellow MP Hamida Ahmadzai, video from parliament showed. The video, posted online by TOLOnews.com, shows Zaki leave her seat to head toward Ahmadzai, who throws a water bottle at Zaki when she gets close. Zaki punches Ahmadzai, and the two begin to tussle.

Arian Yoon, another female member of parliament, said Zaki punched Ahmadzai in the face. Other members of parliament quickly broke the fight up. What began as a discussion took a turn for the worse when one of the coalitions in parliament, including members who are accused of fraud, wanted to summon President Hamid Karzai about the rocket and artillery attacks from Pakistan. Ahmadzai called for two of the country’s vice presidents to be summoned.

are long-term friends and partners —that improve life in Britain and are devoted to treating others with dignity,” he said. The closure is expected to affect some 200 jobs, the company said. The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday that telephone numbers of the family of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq were found in the files of a private detective hired by the newspaper to ferret out headline material. The fresh allegations prompted the Royal British Legion to cut ties with the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, from advertising to campaigns on veterans’ issues. “We can’t with any conscience campaign alongside News of the World on behalf of Armed Forces families while it stands accused of preying on these same families in the lowest depths of their misery,” said a charity spokesman in a statement provided to the Toronto Star. “The hacking allegations have shocked us to the core.” The Legion was also looking at its advertising in The Times and The Sun, two other British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International. Meanwhile, Michael Mansfield, lawyer for Diana’s companion Dodi Fayed at the inquest into her death, told the Press Association his telephone had been hacked by the News of the World.

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PUBLIC AUCTION COMPASS POINT HOLDINGS LTD. of Olde Town Marina, Sandyport, West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas hereby gives notice of its intention to sell by Public Auction the following property pursuant to its power of sale as registered Chargee under the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands:

1. Parcel 60606/157

Norway and Five Cays Providenciales comprising 5.00 acres of land vacant land. Registered proprietor: Abundant Life Ministries Int’l Ltd The auction will be held at the offices of Misick & Stanbrook, Richmond House, Providenciales at 10:00 o’clock in the morning on Friday the 15th day of July 2011 A reserve price will be fixed.

Terms and Conditions of Sale by Auction are available by request from Misick and Stanbrook Attorneys at Law 649 946 4732

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Experienced housekeeper required for full time work at large residential property at the Silly Creek. Must be willing to work late hours – six days a week and required to be on premises full time. A demonstrated ability to work unsupervised with excellent communication skills is essential for the position. Work description includes household work – cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing, dog care, shopping, running errands, etc. Must have a valid driving licence. Salary is $1,000.00 per month.

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Belongers only need apply no later than 14th July, 2011 to P.O. Box 260, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands or by email to kb@mslaw.tc.

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LABOURER WANTED To assist clients in Laundromat. As well as maintain landscaping Clean Character Certificate and Driving Record a must. Salary $5.00 per hour

$5.00 per hour Monday to Friday 8:am to 5:pm. Telephone: 246-2176

Island Fire Supplies Ltd. Requires a fully qualified fire

alarm technician for commercial and residential installations Must have at least 10 years experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems including Suppression Systems and Sprinkler Installation. Knowledge of Gamewell FCI , Simplex and FireLite Systems is a must.

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UNDERWRITING MANAGER Required Skills/Education @@Bachelors Degree in Management or other relevant area @@ACII or equivalent qualification @@Ability to communicate effectively at all levels @@Ability to direct, train and motivate staff @@Ability to display tact and diplomacy with proven negotiation skills @@High level of Human Relations and Time Management Skills @@Above average analytical and computational skills @@Computer literacy Specialized Techniques/Knowledge: • Sound knowledge of insurance operations and products • Knowledge of reinsurance • Knowledge of economic and social trends pertinent to insurance claims • Knowledge of the financial implications of claims settlement • Knowledge of Turks & Caicos law relevant to the insurance industry. Required Experience: A minimum of five years supervisory experience in the Insurance Industry in the areas of Underwriting, Reinsurance and Claims. Turks Islanders only need apply. Compensation: $50,000.00 - $80,000.00 depending on experience. Interested Applicants are asked to submit your resume by e-mail to Margaret Smith, Financial Controller, ms@tcifirst.com by August 1, 2011

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E-Commerce/Reservation Database Administrator Wired Island is looking for a senior-level database and VOIP software specialist to implement a sophisticated, IP-enabled high-volume telecommunication system that is integrated with advanced web technology. In addition to implementing the system, this person will be responsible for managing the daily activities of the call-center including productivity levels, call monitoring, scheduling, call volume forecasting, call center metrics and reports related to call volume, talk time and overall system efficiency. The right candidate must have experience in ASP, HTML, PHP/MYSQL database programming, VOIP set-up and configuration schemes and Pegasus switching technology. In addition, a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality and/or Computer Science is required along with a minimum of seven years of experience in reservations, revenue management and global e-commerce distribution systems. The salary will be based on the level of experience and will start at $50,000 a year.

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to manager@wiredislandtci. com no later than July 29, 2011.

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Maintenance Manager Reports to: General Manager

Responsibilities Include:

• Conducting daily inspections of all plant machinery, including but not limited to pools, generators, vehicles & other essential plant, and ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of all areas of a facility. • Ensuring the proper working of all electrical units and systems in the facility which includes working knowledge of (add in pool pump, cistern pumps, sewage treatment plants, irrigations pumps. • Leading a team of 25 plus employees and ensuring work is completed and scheduled as required. • Keeping a record of all the day-to-day maintenance and service activities undertaken in a facility. • Evaluating the performance of the team members. • Complying with all corporate policies and the Occupational Safety and health administration rules (OSHA) while carrying out maintenance functions. • Coordination the placing of orders for parts and equipment needed for the continuous operations of the facility and ascertaining the proper documentation of the same. • Synchronizing work processes with other departments of the establishment. • Ensure the facility operates efficiently and effectively within the Company’s fiscal and operational guidelines achieving budgeted objectives. • Ensure all hurricane procedures are in place and enforced. • Coordination and management of various third party consultants and contractors who assist the cruise center in continuous operations. • Oversee various levels of construction projects.

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• Should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. • The Ability to effectively manage time and lead a team of 25 plus. • Excellent organizational and administrative skills including use of Microsoft Office & other software as required. • Effective project management.

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• 3+ years of maintenance operations experience in a large facility environment, with full oversight. • Certified in aquatic facility operations. • Bachelor’s degree or an Associate’s degree in engineering, or any other related field of study with 3 to 5 years of experience as a Maintenance Manager. • High School diploma or a GED equivalent qualification from a certified college. Closing Date for applications is July 15th 2011 Applications must be submitted to:-

Deborah Wilson Administration Manager, Grand Turk Cruise Center Email admin@grandturkcc.com

Community Christian Academy Accepting applications for

Grade 1 and Grade 5 Teachers Requirements

• Must be a born again believer • Must have at least 5 years teaching experience with a Certificate or higher in Teacher Education from a recognized Educational Institution. • Familiarization with Abeka teaching program would be an asset. • Familiarization with Primary Education within the Caribbean

Grade K Teacher Requirements

• Must be a born again believer • Must have at least 2 years teaching experience with a Certificate or higher in Teacher Education or Early Childhood from a recognized Educational Institution. • Familiarization with Abeka teaching program would be an asset. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Suitable applicants may forward resumes addressed to: The School Board Community Fellowship Centre Leeward Highway, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands Tel: 649-941-3484 Fax: 649-941-3482 Email: comassem@tciway.tc

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Labourer and a Domestic Worker – salary $5.00 per hour. Must be honest hardworking and prepared to work on weekends.

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE The Turks and Caicos Islands’ oldest and leading publishing house is in need of additional staff to fill the following posts:

WRITERS / PHOTO JOURNALISTS Candidates must have at least five (5) years experience working full-time for daily newspapers and/or news/features magazines, reporting on hard news, features and parliamentary/court proceedings. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

FOR MAGAZINES AND OTHER PERIODICALS GRAPHICS PRODUCTION DESIGNER/PAGINATOR This position requires someone with at least five (5) years experience working with Macintosh or PC computers. Must be skilled in the make-up of advertising and pagination. Proficiency using InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop software for print is essential. Some technical, networking and web design knowledge an asset. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

REPORTER TRAINEE Preferably a High School graduate or someone with an extremely good command of the English language for court and community reporting. Ability to drive and use a camera a desirable asset. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

ADVERTISING SPACE SALES PERSON Candidates must have had actual hands-on experience selling advertising space for newspapers and magazines. Ability to assist clients with the writing of copy for ads and gathering of collateral an asset. Salary is commission based. Position available June 30, 2011 Forward applications to: The Publisher Duncanson Publications Ltd. P.O. Box 52, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Email: tcnews@tciway.tc NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Preference will be given to Belongers and Legal Residents Closing date for applications is November 14, 2008

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One Plumber 1 LaboUrer Must be able to work weekends and holidays for information

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LaboUrer – salary $250.00 Per week

Domestic worker – salary $150.00 Per week

Must be able to work 5 days per week

Contact 241-7185 5287

VACANCIES Building Services Design Ltd. is currently seeking suitably qualified individuals to fill the following positions.

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

The successful applicant must be a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AirConditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and competent in the design of HVAC systems: Duties shall include preparation of standard detail drawings including sections and isometrics of various mechanical services such as HVAC, plumbing, sanitary, sprinkler systems, swimming pools etc using Auto CAD software.

ELECTRICAL DESIGN ENGINEER

The successful applicant must be competent in the design of electrical systems: Power generation and distribution of power supply, performing electrical calculations, sizing equipment and performing computer analysis of alternate systems; must also be competent in the design of fire alarm systems and communication systems using the latest Auto Cad software. @@ Both applicants must be familiar with USA Codes and Regulations and should be a member of the National Fire @@ Protection Association (NFPA) @@ All applicants must have extensive experience in the installation of, including testing and commissioning of the electrical and mechanical services. @@ Applicants should have a minimum of 5 (five) years experience and a proven design track record on projects for condominium complexes, hotels, commercial and industrial facilities and residential dwellings. @@ It is essential that both applicants must have a degree in his/her field obtained from a recognized University and registered with his/her respective Engineering Council/Commission. The successful applicants must have the technical experience for solving design solutions and can work unsupervised in the preparation and issuing of mechanical and electrical design drawings. All applications will be considered from suitably qualified candidates who should forward a copy of their resume including relevant experience to the email/fax address below. Deadline for Application is August 6th, 2011

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SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Equity Ltd., as Trustee, pursuant to the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands, hereby gives notice that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties: Property #1 Title 60905/157K17, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1700 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom furnished Palmyra condominium unit.– Unit 305 Registered Proprietor: Future Capital Holdings Ltd.

Property #2 Title 60905/157K6, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1700 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom furnished Palmyra condominium unit. – Unit 106 Registered Proprietor: Future Capital Holdings Ltd.

Property #3 Title 60905/157K14, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1700 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Palmyra condominium unit: Unit 302 – no furniture included Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Property #4 Title 60905/157K11, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1700 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Palmyra condominium unit: Unit 205 – no furniture included Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Or mail to: P.O Box 641, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands

The auction will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11th, 2011 at the offices of Twa, Marcelin, Wolf, Chancery Court, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. For further particulars please contact Twa, Marcelin, Wolf at: tmw@tmwlaw.tc – reference “Auctions” or call 649 946 4261.

Please copy application to: Labour Commissioner, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands

All sales subject to reserve; ten per cent (10%) deposit required with successful bid.

Please fax your application to: - 649-946-8506 – Building Services Design Ltd. Email: accounts@bsd.tc

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Electricians For commercial and residential installations. Must have at least 10 years experience in the commercial field. Salary negotiable depending on level of experience.

• Must be a certified beauty advisor • Must have good communication skills • Must have previous experience in cosmetic brands Salary based on commission

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Closing date July 23, 2011

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Pursuant to the provisions of the Registered Land Ordinance, British Caribbean Bank Limited, Governor’s Road, Leeward, Providenciales HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties: 5279

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DESCRIPTION 1 residential home on Parrot Cay with ocean frontage and jetty located on 1.55 acres of land

REGISTERED PROPRIETOR Misty Morn II Ltd

ALL SALES ARE SUBJECT TO RESERVE; 10% DEPOSIT REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUCCESSFUL BID.

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PHARMACIST

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Turks & Caicos is looking for two full-time experienced, professional and motivated Property Managers and Vacation Rental Specialists with exceptional customer service skills to work in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

@@ Must have Bachelors in Pharmacy qualification and at least 10 years post qualification experience. @@ Computer literate including previous use of dispensary management software and retail point of sale software required. @@ Basic knowledge of accounting principles an asset, as reconciliation of daily sales is required. @@ Salary commensurate with experience ranging from $40K. All applicants must be registered with the TCI Health Practitioners Board.

The position requires experience in managing residential and commercial real estate, tenant placement, vacation rental bookings, basic accounting, review of client and bank statements, preparation and registration of leases as well as property management & vacation rental contracts, airport meet and greet, property tours, and coordinating maintenance staff. 5274

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TITLE 61201/17 East Cays Providenciales

The auction will be held on Tuesday 19th July, 2011 at 10:00am at the offices of the British Caribbean Bank Limited, Governor’s Road, Leeward, Providenciales. Conditions of sale may be obtained from the British Caribbean Bank Limited and further inquiries may be directed to the Risk Management Unit @ 1-649941-5028 ext 302.

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Position in Providenciales, TCI. Experience required in the field. Please submit Resume's to Luis.X.Rodriguez@Delta.com or call 649-941-5851

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July 9 - 15, 2011

Applicants must posses strong written, verbal and presentation skills. Online marketing, database management, advertising and business development experience are required; applicant must be computer literate in all Microsoft Programs including Publisher and Power Point. Own vehicle, cell phone, camera and computer are essential. This position will involve working long hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Opportunities exist for five fully qualified accountants who possess a minimum of three years professional experience gained within a “Big Four” public accounting firm. Salary ranges from US$40,000.00 to US$75,000.00 per annum. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity please apply in confidence by sending details of your experience and qualifications to either: KPMG Ltd. or The Labour Commissioner, P.O. Box 357 Labour Office The Village at Grace Bay Butterfield Square Providenciales Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands Turks & Caicos Islands Or fax your particulars to 946-4619

Compensation is by commission and bonus only. The two positions will be open until July 17, 2011.

For more information we invite you to contact Louise Peterson, General Manager at (649) 231-1988 or email louisepeterson@coldwellbankertci.com. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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ACA/ACCA/CA

Coldwell Banker is one of the world’s largest real estate companies with 90,000 Sales Associates, operating 3300 offices, in 49 countries. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Turks & Caicos is one of the original founding members of TCREA and has been selling real estate, providing property management & vacation rental services in the TCI for 22 years.

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FAX: (649) 946-4661

JOB VACANCY SERVICE MANAGER OF DRY CLEANING/LAUNDRY OPERATION Description:

@@Comprehensive knowledge on use of commercial dry cleaning and laundry equipment @@Experience in use of hydro-carbons @@Knowledge of preventative maintenance on commercial equipment @@Management of 20 staff @@Professional interaction with client which constitute hotel management @@Computer literate and use of QuickBooks @@Applicants should have at least 10 years experience in the field of drycleaning and laundry operations @@A Degree in Electrical or Mechanical engineering as well as an academic qualification in Hospitality would be an asset

Labourer Is looking for a

To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.50 per hour. Contact 244-7929

Female Housekeeper

Grand Turk Cruise Center is currently accepting applications for a motivated individual interested in being part of diverse team. Minimum qualifications required: @@Must be fluent in the English language. @@Applicants must be able to lift 40 lbs; and willing to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays. @@Previous housekeeping experience required @@Should be able to accurately follow verbal and written instructions. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to and may be amended from time to time: • Cleans female restrooms and public areas, especially on ship days • Assists Male Housekeeping Staff to optimize cleanliness of entire complex to include pool areas • Ensures thorough knowledge of assigned equipment usage • Ensures that Administrative offices and surrounding employee areas are cleaned • Informs the Maintenance Manager of requirements and makes suggestions on ways to improve maintenance of restrooms • Assists in any number of tasks necessary to keep GTCC operating to the highest standard. WAGES WILL BE COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE.

Interested parties are encouraged to send resume to: Grand Turk Cruise Center Human Resources Phone: 946-1040 Fax: 946-1041 E-Mail: admin@grandturkcc.com ONLY BELONGERS NEED APPLY

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!! the largest readership in the turks & caicos

WORKER

NEEDED To work 5 days per week. Must have experience in house cleaning. salary $4.50 per hour.

send resume to P.O. Box 301

Is looking for a

CIGAR ROLLERS 5275

DOMESTIC

ROOSEVELT OUTTEN

Is looking for

All applicants must have full knowledge of tobacco types, quality and flavors and rolling techniques. Salary starting $5.00 per hour. Contact: Crafters TCI 343-2823

POSITION AVAILABLE

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CUBAN CRAFTERS TCI

Belongers need only apply. Salary commensurate with job experience and qualification.

Interested applicants may submit their resumes to P.O. Box 270, Governor’s Road, Leeward, Providenciales on or before 19th July 2011.

CHARLES TIPTON

5271

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

Labourer To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact 243-5791

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PHONE: (649) 946-4664

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July 9 - 15, 2011

VACANCY Seven Stars Resort, Grace Bay is recruiting an experienced Financial Controller reporting to the Director of Finance. Suitably qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Salary is based on experience and qualifications.

Financial Controller

• Suitable candidates must have a relevant degree in hotel management as well as a recognized accounting qualification, ACA/ACCA with 10+ years hotel financial management experience • Supervision of large accounting department • Extensive experience in the preparation of monthly and annual financial statements, business plans and budgets • Provide feedback to Director of Finance on variance analysis and make proposals for corrective action • Experience of hotel income audits and daily reconciliations • Extensive knowledge of Visual 1 and AccPac payroll software required • Must possess a strong IT & HR background • Must be fluent in English • Closing Date : July 15th 2011 Suitably qualified candidates should apply in writing or send resume Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Director of Finance, Seven Stars Resort P.O Box 603, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies Email: admin@sevenstarsgracebay.com Website: www.sevenstarsgracebay.com Telephone: (649) 941 - 7777 Fax: (649) 941 - 8601

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PHONE: (649) 946-4664 C & S PROFESSIONAL SERVICES On behalf of our client Newton Outten is looking to hire a

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

CLEANER/ HOUSEKEEPER

To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

• Must have proper cleaning skills and be prepared to work evenings and weekends • Must be able to undertake all housekeeping responsibilities, cleaning of guest rooms to high standard and perform any other task as direct by housekeeping supervisor • Must be honest, hardworking and reliable • Ability to read, write and communicate in English • Salary $6.00 per hour minimum 20 hours per week

IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED APPLICANTS FOR:

GARDENER

• Must be physically capable of hard manual outdoor labour. Previous experience preferred.

LABOURER

Email to alliedmanagement@usa.net or 946-5866 5252

Contact 946-5759

5251

EDDY BIEM-AIME

FOOTPRINTS ON THE BEACH

Is looking to hire

Is looking for a

To work 5 days per week salary $5.50 per hour.

Domestic Worker Contact 243-3337

5244

Financial Controller

Only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Islandcom Wireless has several positions available for well qualified candidates. If you would like to get on board with this exciting, growth-oriented company, we’re looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic people for the following opportunities:

@@ Busy company requires professional to oversee all areas of accounting including financial accounting, budgeting, forecasting and auditing. @@ The position will also be responsible for the financial accounts preparation, regular relevant analysis, business numbers collation, cash-flow management, board pack drafts and leading the weekly finance meeting. @@ Further responsibilities will include payroll, cashbook, daily deposits, international transfers and interfacing with the external accountant. @@ The Financial Controller will report directly to the Managing Director with a dotted-line reporting responsibility to the CEO. @@ The successful candidate must reside in Grand Turk and have at least 10 years of verifiable financial controller and/or closely related experience; and possess verifiable university level certification/ education in financial accounting and audition; verifiable work and personal references.

Interested persons are asked to call 649-332-5939. Mondays thru Friday s from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Network O&M Manager The Network O&M Manager is responsible for operating and maintaining all network elements including the core network, cellular access network and microwave backbone. This position reports to the Director of Operations.

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JOYCE RIGBY / TOUCH OF CLASS BEAUTY SALON

HARTMAN HANDFIELD

Is looking for a

Please drop off resumes at the Ocean Club Front Desk to the attention of the Human Resource Manager, or via email to diane@oceanclubresorts.tc Preference will be given to experienced and qualified Belongers.

To work 5 days salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact 245-7282

ELIE SHOP

• Responsible for assisting the Operations and Food & Beverage Departments with cleaning in all areas of the resort. Strenuous physical labour requires one who is able and willing to perform heavy lifting, and other physically demanding functions. • All applicants must be able to present a clean Police Record if offered a position. Beginning wage for all positions is $5.00 per hour, depending on experience. Individuals must be willing to work holidays and weekends on a flexible schedule dictated by business demands. Ability to speak English is essential to all positions.

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2 Labourers

FAX: (649) 946-4661

OCEAN CLUB RESORTS

Required for resort property

Domestic Worker

July 9 - 15, 2011

Is looking for a

Specific Job Responsibilities • Day to day oversight and management of network operations • Specify and execute network expansion plans including site construction and build-out • Identify and correct cellular coverage issues including interference issues • Monitor network quality to ensure that performance and quality targets are met • Manage and develop technical team to ensure that network objectives are met Required Qualifications & Skills • Proven technical skills including switch, cellular base station and microwave network management • 3-5 years of wireless network operations experience • Strong IT skills including managing Microsoft and Linux servers and VPNs • Wholesale carrier experience a plus

Is looking for a

Belonger applicants preferred.

5255

Cosmetologist

To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.

To work 6 days per week salary $6.00 per hour.

Contact 241-4061

Contact 244-0469

5250

To work 3 days per week salary $5.00 per hour contact Louis Rousseaux

Domestic Worker/ Caretaker

5253

Domestic Worker

Deadline for submission of applications is July 15th, 2011 Please submit all applications to:

Islandcom Telecommunications Ltd. Graceway House Unit A108 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI Fax: (649) 941-8199 Email: cv@islandcom.tc

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PHONE: (649) 946-4664

NEEDED

DOMESTIC

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

KEVIN BEEN

PRICE CLUB / JSMS LTD.

Is looking for a

Is looking for a

Labourer

WORKER To work 5 days per week must have experience in house cleaning salary $4.50 per hour.

To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Send resume to P.O. Box 954

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Contact 231-4820

Labourer Must be able to work weekends and on cal Must have at least 4 years experience Salary $5.00 per hour

Contact 242-7417 5243

FAX: (649) 946-4661

Job Opportunity Seeking an employee experience in with "Supervisor/Managerial Expertise - Auto Parts" in provision of franchisor stores. Duties and responsibilities are supervising two franchise stores – North Caicos/Providenciales, serving customers, maintaining high standards of excellent customer service, handling and resolving customer complaints and returns, promoting a positive store image by exercising sound and ethical business practices, familiarity with auto parts and inventory status of parts, willing to work extended hours if and when necessary. Applicant must have a bachelors degree in business management, experience within the automotive industry for a minimum of at least (5) years, must be ASE Certified, must be extremely customer service oriented, motivated.

Interested candidates are encouraged to email your resume along with salary requirements to: handmy@tciway.tc or Fax: 649 946 7763

PROVO BEVERAGE

WINDSOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED

Is seeking to employ a

Domestic

Is looking for a

Worker

@@Must be willing to work 5 days per week @@Must be trustworthy and reliable @@Hours are 8am-4pm @@Salary $5.00 per hour

Tile Layer To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: Serge at 649-941-3637 between the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm

Contact (649) 941-5437 or (649) 231-0906 5245

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WB Financial Management Ltd.

Business and Technical Coordinator Job Responsibilities: • • • • • •

Project planning and management; Workshop facilitation; Report writing and data analysis; Develop and coordinate business change plans; Interpret complex information to solve business challenges; Coordinate multiple business elements to improve overall performance.

Qualifications Required: • University degree in Business or Science; • Additional certifications in Business related programs; • Experience in developing solutions for public sector and/or private sector clients to improve their organizations. This position is immediately available. Salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience. All applicants will be reviewed; however only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applicants should apply in writing or email by July 18th, 2011 to:

WB Financial Management Ltd. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Email: wbfinancial@hotmail.com Tel: 649-232-4113

Seven Stars Resort, Grace Bay

vacancy Is now recruiting for the following position; suitably qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed below are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be team players with a strong work ethic, available for work on public holidays and weekends. Salaries are based on experience and qualifications.

Rooms Division Manager The candidate will report directly to the Managing Director, and experience in the following areas would be a necessity• Should have a minimum of 10 years management experience with International 5 Star properties. • Working knowledge of Spanish and French. • Experienced in the oversight of all aspects of a Hotel Housekeeping Department, including supervision of staff levels in excess of 20 employees. • Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. • Background in the monitoring of actual against budgeted financial performance. • Oversight of third party vendors to ensure best pricing and quality of merchandise. • Monitoring of all room inventory levels. • Experience in managing all Front Office functions, as well as Concierge, Boutique, Spa and Children’s Club facilities. • Must be effective in handling problems in the workplace, anticipating, identifying, preventing and solving problems as necessary. • Developing training programs for all Front of House employees to guarantee exemplary levels of customer service. • Experience in the monitoring of room revenues and occupancy levels, analyzing rate variances and the monitoring of credit reports, and the implementation of appropriate revenue management strategies and tactics to maximize occupancy and rate. • Control of staffing levels to reflect changes required for seasonal fluctuations. • Closing Date : June 30th, 2011

Suitably qualified candidates should apply in writing or send resume Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Management Seven Stars Resort P.O Box 603 Grace Bay Road, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email: recruitment@sevenstarsgracebay.com Website: www.sevenstarsgracebay.com Telephone: (649) 333 - 7731 Fax: (649) 941 - 8601

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PHONE: (649) 946-4664

July 9 - 15, 2011 FAX: (649) 946-4661

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

NOTICE OF SALE BY

CHARLES ROPER

PUBLIC AUCTION Domestic Scotiabank (Turks & Caicos) Ltd. of Cherokee Road, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands hereby gives notice of its intention to sell by Public Auction the following properties pursuant to its power of sale as registered Chargee under the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands:

1. Parcel 60503/225

Blue Hills and Stammers Run Providenciales, comprising of two existing structures each containing two bedrooms, one bathroom, living/dining area and external deck area. Registered Proprietor: Alice Louise Arthur

2. Parcel 60505/132

Blue Hills and Stammer Run, Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, upper level accommodation consists of two, one bedroom units, containing a kitchen, living room and dining room. The ground level accommodation consists of a three bedroom unit, containing a kitchen, living room and dining room. In addition contains an incomplete single storey building comprising three, one bedroom, one bathroom units containing kitchen, living/dining area and front deck area. Registered Proprietor: Jean Baptiste Millien and Jeannial Israll Baptiste

3. Parcel 60101/21/K42

Northwest Point Providenciales, comprising of a one bedroom unit on the second floor, one bathroom, living room and balcony. Registered Proprietor: Elizabeth Lynn Perch

4. Parcel 60703/164

Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill Providenciales, comprising of a three storey detached main house incorporating four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, living area, dining area, office, kitchen, laundry, recreation room, 2nd living area, master bedroom lounge, garage, pool and terrace areas. In addition guest house contains a one bedroom guest room and maid quarter. Registered Proprietor: Thomas Chalmers Atkinson Misick and Joyanna Roselee Misick

5. Parcel 60809/168

The Bight & Thomas Stubbs Providenciales, comprising of a single storey apartment building containing four one bedroom, one bathroom units, kitchen, living/dining area. Registered Proprietor: Paulamae Patyslee Missick

6. Parcel 60609/23

Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, three bedroom, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining room, and terrace areas. Registered Proprietor: Patseylee Corina Gray

7. Parcel 60002/209

North West & North Central Providenciales, comprising of a one storey residential development, two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, kitchen and dining room. Registered Proprietor: Tamara Erica Williams

8. Parcel 60804/49

The Bight & Thomas Stubbs Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room and laundry room. Registered Proprietor: John Alexander Williams

Is looking for a

Worker

– To work 4 days per week salary $160.00 per week.

Contact 241-0149 Dorell Williams Of Sun Beach Pacific Ltd Is looking for a

plumber at $10 an hour

Contact Dorell on 241-6581 or 941-3082

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

the largest readership in the turks & caicos

9. Parcel 60400/107

Chalk Sound Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development , four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, laundry room, swimming pool, double garage. Registered Proprietor: Hayden Boyce and Lillian Boyce

10. Parcel 60900/195

Leeward Going Through Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, two bedroom, one bathroom, living room and kitchen. Registered Proprietor: Dexter Alexander Ingham

11. Parcel 60610/184

Norway and Five Cays Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, two bed rooms, open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Alongside, there is a new two storey structure which provides a small one bedroom unit on each level. Registered Proprietor: Earl Nathan Tucker

12. Parcel 60003/114

North West & North Central Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, three bedroom, two bathroom, kitchen, great room, laundry room and covered porch. Registered Proprietor: Stephanie Bernadette Forbes & Oneil Edward Riley

13. Parcel 60002/253

North West & North Central Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, three bedroom, two bathroom, kitchen, great room, laundry room and covered porch. Registered Proprietor: Christopher Ricardo Reid & Cathyann Donita Harris Reid.

14. Parcel 60900/156

Leeward Going Through Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, consisting of two one bedroom apartments on the lower level, each unit contains a kitchen, living/dining area and bathroom. Upper level unit comprises of three bedrooms, two bathroom, kitchen and living/dining area. Registered Proprietor: Evans Bobby Lavard The auction will be held at the offices of Scotiabank (Turks and Caicos) Limited, Grace Bay Branch, Providenciales at 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday the 22nd day of July 2011 A reserve price will be fixed on all parcels. A deposit of 10% is due immediately upon all accepted bids. Terms and Conditions of Sale by Auction are available by request from Scotiabank Collections Manager (649) 9468034 or fax number (649) 946- 4409.

FOR SALE

Real estate opportunity Two-bedroom, one bath home in the centre of phase one of Priton Developments in Wheeland.

Beautifully maintained, substantially improved, fully furnished. Situated on 0.25 acre lot, it’s close to Blue Hills and has interior open plan living/kitchen/dining room, and central air throughout. Offers over $160,000.

Call 245 6620 or email gemmahandy@gmail.com

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER

OF DRYCLEAN USA (TURKS AND CAICOS) LTD dba IMPERIAL DRYCLEANING AND LAUNDRY CENTRE WE, BRITISH CARIBBEAN BANK LIMITED (formerly "The Belize Bank (Turks and Caicos) Limited") of 101 Governor's Road, Leeward, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands ("the Bank") under the powers contained in a Deed of Debenture dated 20th day of January, 2004 made between DRYCLEAN USA (TURKS AND CAICOS) LTD dba Imperial Drycleaning and Laundry Centre ("the Company") a company registered under the Laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands with registered offices situated at c/-Miller, Simons & O'Sullivan, P.O. Box 260, Butterfield Square, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bank hereby give NOTICE that the Company has been placed into Receivership as of 7th day of June, 2011 and that Mr. STEWART HOWARD and Mr. STANLEY LIGHTBOURNE both of Governor's Road, Leeward Providenciales, Turks and Caicos have been appointed as Receivers of the Company. Dated this 5th day of July, 2011 Andrew Ashcroft British Caribbean Bank Limited

OF APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER OF SHOREWAY SUPPLIES LTD WE, BRITISH CARIBBEAN BANK LIMITED (formerly "The Belize Bank (Turks and Caicos) Limited") of 101 Governor's Road, Leeward, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands ("the Bank") under the powers contained in a Deed of Debenture dated 28th day of February, 2011 made between SHOREWAY SUPPLIES LTD ("the Company") a company registered under the Laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands with registered offices situated at c/- Chalmers & Co. P.O. Box 620, Windsor Place, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bank hereby give NOTICE that the Company has been placed into Receivership as of 7th day of June, 2011 and that MR. STEWART HOWARD and MR. STANLEY LIGHTBOURNE both of Governor's Road, Leeward Providenciales, Turks and Caicos have been appointed as Receivers of the Company. Dated this 5thday of July, 2011 Andrew Ashcroft British Caribbean Bank Limited

OF APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER OF POP PROPERTIES LTD WE, BRITISH CARIBBEAN BANK LIMITED (formerly "The Belize Bank (Turks and Caicos) Limited") of 101 Governor's Road, Leeward, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands ("the Bank") under the powers contained in a Deed of Debenture dated 25th day of April, 2001 made between POP PROPERTIES LTD ("the Company") a company registered under the Laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands with registered offices situated at c/- Miller, Simons & O'Sullivan, P.O. Box 260, Butterfield Square, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bank hereby give NOTICE that the Company has been placed into Receivership as of 7th day of June, 2011 and that Mr. STEWART HOWARD and Mr. STANLEY LIGHTBOURNE both of Governor's Road, Leeward Providenciales, Turks and Caicos have been appointed as Receivers of the Company. Dated this 5th day of July, 2011 Andrew Ashcroft British Caribbean Bank Limited

OF APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER OF POP HOLDINGS LTD WE, BRITISH CARIBBEAN BANK LIMITED (formerly "The Belize Bank (Turks and Caicos) Limited") of 101 Governor's Road, Leeward, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands ("the Bank") under the powers contained in a Deed of Debenture dated 25th day of March, 2009 made between POP HOLDINGS LTD ("the Company") a company registered under the Laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands with registered offices situated at c/- Miller, Simons & O'Sullivan, P.O. Box 260, Butterfield Square, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bank hereby give NOTICE that the Company has been placed into Receivership as of 7th day of June, 2011 and that Mr. STEWART HOWARD and Mr. STANLEY LIGHTBOURNE both of Governor's Road, Leeward Providenciales, Turks and Caicos have been appointed as Receivers of the Company. Andrew Ashcroft British Caribbean Bank Limited Dated this 5th day of July, 2011

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Henry makes cricket jump to Kings Quality XI ONE of the Jaguars’ most prolific all-rounders Earl Henry will start the new cricket season in Providenciales on Sunday with the Kings Quality XI side. The young all-rounder is excited about his new team’s composition and feels that the side should do well in the twenty20 tournament. “This new unit seems to be very competitive in the sense that the team is well balanced and the fact that it is a twenty20 side. The talent and natural skills in this much younger side should be a threat to any attack. The captain (Andy Kuthalingam) and players all have cricketing knowledge”. The right-handed batsman Henry, who bowls right arm medium pace said that the side: “Specialise in this format and given the fact that 80% of the team is from India it gives the King’s Quality XI an advantage over the other teams for excitement and inventive shot selections which is suited for this type of play.”

Accounts & Administration Officer Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of Accounts & Administration Officer for an established Insurance Brokerage in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Areas of responsibility should include but not limited to: • Assist with the preparation of monthly financial statements and Annual Accounts • Cash flow forecasting and monitoring • Management of Accounts Receivables & Accounts Payables • Bank Reconciliation • Cash management • Monthly financial reconciliation and settlement with Insurance Companies, Brokers, and Agents • Payroll • Office Administration • Preparation and Filing of Annual Returns and other regulatory issues The suitable candidate should have post secondary education (Bachelor or Associate Degree or studying toward professional qualifications in Accounting) with a minimum of seven years relevant work experience. In addition, the successful candidate will be someone who is a self starter and possess strong interpersonal and organizational skill and can work closely with others in a small office environment. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential. Knowledge of “Power Broker” an insurance brokerage management software package would be useful. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience.

Interested persons should submit their resumes or CV’s with references to NW Hamilton Insurance Brokers Ltd via email insure@nwhamilton.tc, attention ACCOUNTS & ADMIN

Earl Henry would now play for the Kings Quality XI

Henry, who has walked away with the best batsman award in the past, has another big gun at his side in Damian St. Ange. The national player St. Ange, who was successful in the St. Lucian Hitters team a few years ago and for the Police team recently, is another seasoned all-rounder. He is known for his power hitting and medium pace and spin bowling. This year he did relatively well for TCI in the ICC tournament in Suriname. Henry said that his move from the Jaguars was never

personal. And indicated that he would use what he learnt with the side to better his future performances. So far the 22-year-old has scored two centuries and about 10 halfcenturies in Provo. He said gym work and fruitful net sessions should give him the push he needs to become a better performer this season. The Kings Quality XI were set to oppose the newest cricket team in Provo the KB Home Centre (made up of a number of rugby players) this Sunday.

WB FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT LTD.

ACCOUNTING MANAGER Job Responsibilities:

• Preparation of financial statements and detailed performance analysis for clients; • Management of junior accounting staff; • Preparation of client files for review by directors; • Management of diverse client base and variety of engagement types; and • Preparation of management reports to be used by clients to improve their financial processes and overall business performance.

Qualifications Required:

• Professional accounting designation (CA, CMA, or CPA); • Post-Secondary education in Business, Accounting, or similar; • Minimum of 5 years post qualification work experience in senior accounting position; and • Positive attitude with ability to work as part of a team. This position is immediately available. Salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience. All applicants will be reviewed; however only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applicants should apply in writing or email by July 25th, 2011 to:

WB Financial Management Ltd. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Email: wbfinancial@hotmail.com Fax: 649-946-8597 Tel: 649-232-4113 5297

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TCITF adds more depth to training staff THE TURKS and Caicos Islands Tennis Federation (TCITF) continues to focus on youth development on the island chain. The body recently completed another Play Tennis Coaching course led by ITF representative Anthony Jeremiah, adding to their eight members already trained last November. Play Tennis courses allow participants to learn the ITF mandated way to coach youngsters using special rackets with low compression balls and mini nets. The idea behind this new way of teaching children is to make it fun and enjoyable while learning the skills of the game. According to information from the federation, instead of being made to hit hundreds of balls in a line which was the old style of teaching, Play Tennis coaching allows youngsters to learn almost without realising it, as they have so much fun and compete while still honouring a team spirit. Children taught how to play tennis in the old way show a loss of almost 97 per cent retention. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) realised they had to make drastic changes to turn around the poor retention and Play Tennis evolved. Since last November the TCITF has been holding Tennis 10 sessions

every Saturday mornings with trained coaches proving a hit with the children. Aged from four to 10 years old the budding tennis stars learn how to hit a forehand, backhand, serve and how to rally. On Monday evenings at the courts, the TCITF officials coach juniors from 6pm to 8pm, aged 1116 years of age. Widening the knowledge base to include the Ed Gartland Youth Centre, local schools, the Sports Commission, local coaches and Beaches along with some of the TCI Tennis Club juniors as well as senior members, all participants of a twoday course on June 25 and 26 learned the skills required to run a Tennis 10 class. The TCITF, the sole governing body for the Turks and Caicos Islands, operates out of its TCI Tennis Club off Venetian Road across from the National Stadium. The federation’s coaches have been teaching mini tennis, the precursor to Tennis 10, for several years now and introduced the sport into the national curriculum by teaching all the Government primary teachers from Provo to Salt Cays how to instruct children in mini tennis and provided the balls, rackets and nets for a full class to each Government primary school.

Champions of the Central Storage U-17 Girls’ League.

Central Storage U-17 Girls’ League:

Five Cays crowned champions FIVE CAYS won the Central Storage U-17 Girls’ League in the final week, recently, owing to a tie with eventual second placed finishers, the Blue Hills Sharks, and a victory against the Leeward Knights. Only the Sharks could have caught the winners on the final day, but they would have needed to win both of their games and hoped that Five Cays lost both of theirs. In the opener it was a 0-0 tie between the top two teams, while the other game ended with the eventual fourth placed finishers, the Leeward Knights, beating the soonto-be third placed side, the Long Bay Revolution, 1-0.

Five Cays ended the league in style when Guerline Hall, who was later named the league’s MVP, struck between the Knight’s goal posts to ensure the 1-0 win. The Sharks then trounced the Revolution 5-0. Goals came from Shinaydine Pluviose (2), Mykelor Michel (2) and Raquel Saunders. Players were presented with trophies by Head Coach Gillian Vernice and Technical Director Matthew Green. The TCIFA through a release said that it would like to thank the league sponsors Central Storage for their continued support and all the players and coaches for their efforts.

League Winners - Five Cays FC League runners Up - Blue Hills Sharks Team MVPs: Blue Hills Sharks - Shinaydine Pluviose Long Bay Revolution - Tiffany Grant Leeward Knights - Sydney Campbell Five cays FC - Evnisha Saintvertu Top Goal scorers: Yarielca De La Cruz (Long Bay) - 15 Mykelor Michel (Blue Hills) - 15 Most Improved Player - Kennia Herilien (Five Cays) League MVP - Guerline Hall (Five Cays)

Josh for Sports

The Munro College syndrome I AM 60-years old and a past Jamaican Boys’ Class 1 (Senior Boys) National High School Champion in the triple jump. Delano Williams is 17-years old and is also Jamaica’s national high school champion [senior boys] at 200M. The difference between Delano Williams and me are the years between us. For the both of us attended Munro College in Jamaica. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF While living in Nassau, Bahamas (since the age of four months) I came to hear about Munro College. Destiny dictated that Munro College would become an integral part of my life. While attending St. John’s College in Nassau in 1966, the brother of my best friend John Dorsette entered Munro College. Kirk Dorsette painted the perfect picture of M.C to me.

I was the Bahamas’ national high school champion [class II or intermediate] as well as junior boy’s champion in track and field. There was not a Bahamian my age that could beat me from the 800M-100M, high jump, long jump or triple jump. As a matter of fact, in our house sports in 1964 as a 13-year-old junior boy I won six gold medals (100M, 400M, 800M, high jump, long jump and 4X100M relay). Since I was a well-read youngster I knew that Jamaicans received world class training and had created Olympic champions in the persons of Herb McKinley and Arthur Wint among a legion of other world class athletes in track and field. Thus I encouraged my father to enroll me at Munro College to complete my final two years. My objective was to become Jamaica’s national champion and to complete my education. I was

By Joshua Gardiner

not disappointed on either count. SOMETHING SPECIAL Munro College is located some 40 miles outside Mandeville in the Santa Cruz Mountains some 3,000 ft. above sea-level and overlooking the plains all the way from Black River and the Caribbean Sea. The school consists of acres and acres of undulating hills consisting of

multiple grassy hills as well as grassy flats between them. The air is fresh, clean and pure. It is also thinner than that at sea-level. Many times the clouds would blanket the whole campus and dormitories. The air at Munro College is conducive to athletic training and progress. The education programme is among the best in the world. Munro College is held in the highest esteem among Jamaicans. TRAINED BY THE BEST My PE teacher was an Englishman by the name of Ken Walton. He was a disciplinarian and an expert in all the main sports played in Jamaican high schools back in the days (football, table tennis, lawn tennis, field hockey and track and field). I studied and practiced world class techniques and excelled in leaps and bounds.

Actually, while still 16-years old I literally broke the world’s record for the U-17 triple jump in my house sports, with a jump of 49 ft. 7ins. For two straight years I was unbeaten in Jamaica and was champion in senior boys (class 1) division. I finished with six GCE O’ levels. DELANO AND COMPANY History repeats itself in the person of Delano Williams. Master Williams and company broke the world’s record for the 4X200M Junior relay. CONCLUSION Thus, Munro College within 44 years has once again played a historical role in the sporting history of the TCI via Williams, Domanique Missick, Ifeanyi Otuonye and yours truly. For this I most graciously praise and applaud the contribution that Munro College has played in helping our TCI.

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FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifying round, first leg:

Bahamas beat TCI 4-0 By Paul Baker at the National Stadium TURKS and Caicos Islands saw their 2014 World Cup dreams shattered by the Bahamas last Saturday. The visitors cruised to a 4-0 success in what was a one-sided preliminary qualifying round contest at the National Stadium. The result leaves TCI needing a minor miracle when they travel to Nassau for the second leg on Saturday, although even their most optimistic followers will have already conceded defeat. Hopes had been high going into the game with the home side ranked five places ahead of their neighbours in the official FIFA ratings. But a nervy and disjointed display left the 1,050-strong crowd disappointed and reflecting on what could have been. Both sides took time to settle in blustery conditions and those early exchanges were riddled with errors. But it was TCI who managed to carve the first opening on seven minutes when Billy Forbes broke down the left before squaring into the path of Lenford Singh. Frustratingly his tame shot was easily dealt with by Raynaldo Sturrup in the Bahamas goal, although the outcome might have been very

The Bahamas stand a good chance of moving to the next round.

different had he managed to convert. The hosts then had a penalty appeal turned down when Dana Veth appeared to handle in the six-yard box, but despite that bright passage of play, it was as close as TCI came to breaking the deadlock. Gradually Bahamas began to take control and Michael Bethel and Mackenson Altidor both wasted decent opportunities to open the scoring with close range efforts midway through the half. But the visitors eventually got their noses in front on 32 minutes thanks to some nice skill from Demont Mitchell. He beat two opponents in midfield before finding Nesley Jean with a pin-point ball over the top, leaving the lively striker simply to lob coolly

over the on-rushing Raymondson Azemard. Two minutes later it was game over as Lesly St Fleur exposed a static TCI defence with a jinking run down the left. His centre picked out Cameron Hepple who was crudely upended as he shaped to pull the trigger. Hepple himself converted the resultant penalty to effectively put the contest out of TCI’s reach. The second half was all one-way traffic with the Bahamas dominating proceedings. And they should have extended their lead on 50 minutes when a mistake by home defender, Philip Shearer, almost let Jean in for his second. More poor defending by the out-

of-sorts Shearer then gifted St Fleur an opportunity that he blazed over the top, before the Rake and Scrape Boys eventually made it 3-0 on the hour. Again St Fleur was given acres of space down the left and he crossed for Jean to rifle unchallenged into the roof of the net. TCI barely threatened after that as their inability to get the ball down and knock it about cost them dear. And the loss of Kevin Speer to injury didn’t help their cause either as Hepple, Demont and St Fleur all went close for Bahamas. However the hosts almost gave their vocal supporters something to cheer about four minutes from time as Singh forced a good save from Sturrup after some excellent approach play from Jack McKnight.

But despite that effort, normal service was resumed deep into injury time as the Bahamas wrapped things up with a fourth goal, courtesy of substitute, Jackner Louis. This time it was Jonathan Sykes who cut in from the left and drilled a shot that crashed against the post with Louis on hand to tap in the rebound. The expressions on the faces of the TCI players said it all at full time – a disappointing day at the office for the men in blue. TCI: Azemard, D Glinton, Gibson, Speer (Brumvert 73min), P Glinton, G Glinton, E Jean (McKnight 67min), Shearer, Forbes, Brough, Singh. Subs not used: Hamilton, Francois, Turbyfield, Hassan, Collis, Jones. Bahamas: Raynaldd Sturrup, Sealey, Veth, D Forbes, Altidor (Raymory Sturrup 75min), Mitchell, Bethel (Sykes 75mins), St Fleur (Louis 83min), L Jean, Hepple, Thompson. Subs not used: Hall, Ferguson, Larson, Pratt. Bookings TCI: None Bahamas: St Fleur (diving 63mins), Mitchell (foul 73mins) Attendance: 1,050

Plenty of positives for TCI – Football coach Brough By Paul Baker TCI’s football coach Gary Brough refused to be downhearted despite watching his side’s Brazil 2014 World Cup campaign come crashing off the rails at the National Stadium. Bahamas all but guaranteed progression in the competition with a 4-0 preliminary qualifying round first leg victory over their neighbours. But while disappointed at the result, Brough said there were plenty of positives to come out of the contest. He explained: “We are very disappointed at the result but as time goes on we are beginning to digest the bigger picture. That was a very young side on duty out there and the experience will bode well for the future.

“Eight of the squad are teenagers and so when you look at that bigger picture, there are plenty of positives there for us to work on. “Of course the result hurts but the tie is not over yet and so we’ll regroup, train hard and head to Nassau in a positive frame of mind for the second leg.” Bahamas struck twice either side of the break, but it was goals on 32 and 34 minutes that really put paid to TCI’s chances. Brough added: “Up until their first goal I thought we did okay and competed on equal terms. But the two goals in quick succession were a big blow and I think our inexperience showed in the way we reacted after that. “But credit to Bahamas who I feel played well and, as I have said, we have learned plenty from the game.

“On behalf of all the players I’d like to thank the crowd for their magnificent support and we’re sorry we couldn’t reward them with a better scoreline. But we still have plenty to play for in the tie and hopefully we can give a better account of ourselves away from home.” Meanwhile Bahamas boss, Kevin Davies, was delighted with his side’s performance. He said: “We came here to do a job and we have done it well. I am delighted and I thought we played well. “TCI gave us a few problems early on but once we got to grips with the conditions we settled down nicely. We began to play well and once we got that first goal I thought we were always on top. “We created plenty of chances and our finishing was excellent. We were able to exploit a few weaknesses in the opposition and I thought it was a

Team TCI will have to dig deep in the return clash against the Bahamas on Saturday.

good, disciplined performance.” Despite holding a four-goal advantage, Davies refused to accept the tie was over. “We’re in a good position”, he added, “and people will say we have done the hard work already. But Saturday is another day and we must start all over again. “TCI are a dangerous side and

there’s no reason why they can’t come to us and perform well. So we are certainly not being complacent and there will be no talk of victory until the job is finished. “As I have said, TCI are a good side and I’d like to thank their Football Association for the fantastic hospitality they have afforded us this weekend.”

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