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Todd said it will also contribute to the achievement of a balanced budget in 2012-13 and so provide a major contribution to the achievement of the pre-election milestones of public sector reform and improved public financial management. The Turks and Caicos Islands presently has around 2200 Public Servants. Todd said it is hoped that much of the required efficiency improvements will be reached through the voluntary scheme. In other words, he is hoping that persons would volunteer to be made redundant, rather than be forced. “Any remaining savings will be achieved via a subsequent compulsory scheme whose terms will be less favourable than the voluntary programme,” he added. “Although the scheme is open to all sectors of the Public Service, an application is no guarantee of acceptance. This is to ensure that essential skills are retained in Government and to ensure effective management of the scheme’s costs. Statutory Bodies are not included in the voluntary scheme at

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this time.” Individuals interested in the scheme should apply for an individual assessment by completing and signing an Expression of Interest form which should be returned to the Office of Public Service Management (OPSM) (Voluntary Severance Section) by 4.00pm on Monday 14th November 2011 Those who then wish to proceed should sign and return their forecast notification to OPSM by 4.00pm Friday 9th December 2011. TCIG will make the final decision on who receives the Voluntary Severance Package based on the needs of the organization and cost. Those who are accepted will have their employment terminated from 31 January 2012. Some people may be asked to work beyond this date to minimise disruption with salaries still drawn and compensation payments not affected. Any subsequent compulsory redundancy scheme will see the maximum payment set at the equivalent of 12 months’ salary for those under 55 years of age and 50% of the value of the voluntary offer for

‘Boogaloo’ appeals for financial help to restart conch restaurant business BURLEY WILLIAMS, AFFECTIONATELY called ‘Boogaloo’, is an internationally acclaimed culinary chef, especially in the area of conch preparation, but in recent times he has hit rock bottom and is in dire need of financial brace to climb from the destitute abyss that he has found himself. Williams was once a partner in a swinging restaurant in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales that was patronized by hundreds of tourists including celebrities and owners and CEOs of multinational corporations. But over the pass few years Williams’ fortunes took a nose-dive and has not emerged since. In a bid to get back solid financial ground, Williams acquired a piece of land along the beach strip in Blue Hills, on which he started construction of a restaurant, but that, too has hit a snag, as cash on the project has run out, leaving to seek a sponsor to get the project up and running. The sign on the unfinished building reads “the future home of Boogaloo’s”. “Since 1991, I operated a good business on the beach, but now the road is rocky for me. I got a business down here (Blue Hills) that is worth a million dollars, but I need some help,” Williams said. “I need somebody to come and look at the business and invest in the business, and then I will be able to promote the business. I think it takes about twenty (to) thirty thousand dollars to open it, and then I will be able to promote it. I specialize in conch, that is my specialty, but I need some help. I am disabled,” Williams, who relied on a piece of stick to maintain his walking balance, said. “I am a seafood man, and I have the ability to sell anything in that field, I am a good cook,” said the 60 year-old Williams.

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person within 2 years of the 55 age. Weekly paid staff will only receive 1 week’s notice instead of 4 weeks. A support package for staff will be available and will include counseling, developing CV and job interview skills, and financial advice from local banks as to how to make their redundancy payments work best for them. The voluntary scheme is based on similar programmes being run with UK Civil Servants. Its terms include: • Monthly paid staff (a) under 50 years of age, and (b) aged 50-54 years with post 1992 service only: One month’s pay for every year of service up to 21 years plus three months in lieu of notice plus up to 30 days accumulated untaken leave, subject to a maximum payment of two years salary. • Monthly paid staff aged 50-54 years of age with pre-1992 service: Early severance with pension payable from age 55 of which up to 25% of pension may be commuted and paid as a lump sum on the date of severance, plus a severance payment calculated at the lesser amount of: a. the normal maximum severance of up to two years salary (one month’s

pay for every year of service plus three months in lieu of notice) and up to 30 days accumulated annual leave: or b. a payment equivalent to one month’s salary for each month the officer has remaining up to pension age (55) at the date of severance plus 3 month’s in lieu of notice and 30 days accumulated undertaken annual leave (with a maximum of 24 months) • Monthly paid staff aged 55-59 years of age with post 1992 service: 75% of TCIG pension entitlement, payable up to age 60, with NIB entitlement from that date. There is no severance or gratuity entitlement. • Monthly paid staff aged 55-59 with pre 1992 service: Current pension entitlement and option to take a lump sum (commuted pension gratuity for a reduced pension) if not already paid. No severance. • Persons aged 60 and over: released with no severance • Weekly paid staff aged up to 59: one week’s pay for each year of service plus four weeks pay in lieu of notice. Individuals who apply for voluntary redundancy but who are not accepted will be protected from any compulsory scheme for 12 months.


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US officials investigating wire transfer of $1.6million from Sandals Resorts to accounts in TCI

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS in the United States are investigating the circumstances surrounding the transfer of $1.6million from Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s Sandals Resorts bank account in The Bahamas into certain accounts in the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to a report which was carried in the Nassau Tribune, details of the US probe are revealed in a legal action filed in the Bahamian Supreme Court on behalf of Bahamas-domiciled Sandals Resorts International 2000, a company that acts as the parent for numerous entities that own Sandals hotels throughout the Caribbean. The article which was written by the Tribune’s Business Editor Neil Hartnell, said the action, filed on June 30 this year, is alleging that Dr Jeffrey Pyne, a former Sandals Resorts International 2000 director, and the group's ex-treasurer and "governmental liaison officer", "breached his fiduciary duty" and employment contract by causing the Bahamian company and another Sandals entity to make a series of seven purportedly unauthorised wire transfers to three Turks & Caicos-based companies between March 3, 2005, and October 26, 2006. The three entities that received the wire transfers included two law firms, Chalmers & Co and Misick & Stanbrook, both of which were headed by two of Michael Missick's brothers, Chal and Ariel. The other firm, Prestigious Properties, is a real estate company run by another of Mr Missick's brothers, Washington, the article said. Sandals Resorts International 2000, in its Statement of Claim, is alleging that the seven wire transfers, totalling $1.65 million, "were not made for any legitimate commercial or other purpose of the plaintiff's business or interests." It further claims that "the purpose of most of the transfers" was to equip the three Turks & Caicos companies with funds "to pay the debts of certain third parties in Turks & Caicos" - a cryptic reference to former Premier Michael Misick. Sandals is seeking the return of its allegedly missing $1.65 million, either through the recovery of the original funds or compensation from Dr Pyne. However, in denying the allegations against him, Dr Pyne claimed the Bahamian action initiated against him resulted "from an investigation being carried out by the US authorities in respect of whether Sandals or Mr Stewart made political contributions to Michael Missick. "Based on the same, Mr Stewart has

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wrongfully sought to allege that I, in my capacity as managing director of Gorstew, forwarded the funds to Michael Missick without Mr Sewart's approval or instructions. This is a fabrication which I have strenuously denied, and have taken steps to explain my involvement." In a September 22, 2011, affidavit, Dr Pyne alleged the Bahamian Supreme Court action had been filed to avoid litigation in either the Turks & Caicos or Jamaica, and that Sandals was merely "forum shopping." "The flow of all funds" through the resort chain, Dr Pyne alleged, was controlled by Mr Stewart through Unique Vacations, Sandals' worldwide marketing and reservations agent, and Phyllis Thompson in the Bahamas. All payments of "special requests or unusual bills" had to be approved by Mr Stewart, he claimed. In response via an October 21, 2011, affidavit, Dmitri Singh, general counsel for Sandals Resorts International 2000, alleged that Mr Pyne was merely seeking to besmirch Sandals and Mr Stewart's reputations by revealing the US investigation. "It is correct to state that there is an investigation ongoing by the United States authorities into Sandals' affairs in the Turks & Caicos," Mr Singh conceded. "However, Sandals has nothing to hide in relation to the same, and is fully cooperating with the United States authorities to resolve this matter. "This investigation does not change the fact that Dr Pyne breached his fiduciary and contractual duties to (Sandals Resorts International 2000) in improperly authorising the transfer of $1.65 million to Chalmers & Com, Prestigious Properties and Misick & Stanbrook."

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Mr Singh described Dr Pyne's claim that the transfers were conducted on Mr Stewart's instructions as "completely baseless and without merit", having been informed by the Sandals chairman no authorisation came from him or anyone else in the group. "At all times Dr Pyne was acting on a frolic of his own, and in breach of his fiduciary and contractual duty," Mr Singh alleged. He admitted that Sandals had in the past made a political contribution to Mr Missick's party, the Progressive National Party, but said these transfers were unauthorised. Recalling the origins of the dispute with Dr Pyne in an earlier June 30, 2011, affidavit, Mr Singh said three wire transfers made to Prestigious Properties between March-December 2005, totalling $1 million, had purportedly been made to purchase property on Sandals' behalf. David Davies, Sandals' group chief financial officer, and Mr Singh were asked to probe the transfers after no evidence was produced to show the funds had been used to purchase real estate. A November 2009 meeting at Prestigious Properties, involving the investigating team, two Missick brothers and Dr Pyne was held. Mr Singh alleged the Sandals executives were told "that the funds in question had not in fact been used to purchase property for Sandals, but had been used to pay off Michael's (Missick) personal expenses." Hand-written notes attached to the Prestigious Properties accounts indicated the $1 million was used to pay items such as Michael Missick's credit card bill, plus "parental support and gifts" to a Jacqueline Lightbourne. As for $500,000 transferred to the Chalmers law firm, Mr Singh alleged Mr

Stewart said the payment - purportedly to pay his legal fees - had not been authorised by himself, and he was unaware of what it was for. After some inquiries, Michael Missick's brother, Chal, allegedly said it was a political contribution to the PNP and its re-election campaign. "It was clear that a fraud has been perpetrated on Sandals in relation to the $500,000 transferred to Chalmers," Mr Singh alleged. As a result, Sandals launched an October 4, 2010, action in the Bahamian Supreme Court against FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) and Chalmers, seeking an injunction and discovery orders to trace the $500,000. This was granted by Justice Bernard Turner, but FirstCaribbean said it was unable to disclose any information as the account in question was located in the Turks & Caicos. The Bahamas injunction and action were halted, and new proceedings brought in the Turks & Caicos. And a final transfer of $150,000, also allegedly unauthorised, to the Misick and Stanbrook law firm, was said by the latter's principals to also have been used as a donation to the PNP. Dr Pyne, meanwhile, alleged that he could not recall having served as a director of Sandals Resorts International 2000, or attended any of its Board meeting, Mr Pyne said he was surprised to learn he was listed as a director from May 2002-2010 in the Bahamian Companies Registry, and claimed he was never advised of his appointment as treasurer. In response, Mr Singh alleged this assertion was "incredible", as there was evidence to suggest to the contrary.


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Is Scotland’s Independence from the U.K. Inevitable?

By Jay Newton-Small

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What would an independent Scotland look like? Alex Salmond, Scotland's nationalist First Minister, sits in the formal reception room at his official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh, and quickly recites his list. Free Scotland would, he says, still have the Queen as head of state. It would consider an alliance with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, though it would insist that England remove its nuclearsubmarine base at Faslane and its Trident-missile bunker at Coulport. Scotland would join the European Union and, like Ireland, would allow anyone to apply for citizenship if they could prove Scottish roots back a couple of generations. It would keep the British pound until the right moment came to join the euro. But no matter what the currency — and this is perhaps the biggest reason the country is taking Salmond's drive for independence so seriously these days — Scotland would keep all its money for itself. In that way, Salmond's argument is a slightly updated version of the American revolutionary mantra of the 1770s: he wants to stop lining London's pockets. Until five years ago, Scotland was a receiver state, putting less into the exchequer than it received. But the discovery of oil and gas reserves off Scotland's peaty shores and its booming whisky, salmon and tourism industries have helped boost the Scottish economy. Salmond gestures toward Spanish architect Enric Miralles' sleek new building housing the Scottish parliament, which started up in 1999 — the first local parliament since England suspended the last one in 1707. "What you have to understand is that the parliament up the road there," he says, "has the powers of the majority of spending, but it only has the right to raise about 10% of Scottish taxation." Add in how little political support Britain's leaders have in Scotland — the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties that have formed a coalition government in Westminster won only 20% of the Scottish vote, combined, in the past elections — and Salmond makes a fairly credible case for taxation without representation. Salmond, 57, a stocky, jovial character

renowned for both his charisma and his temper, began his push for Scottish independence more than two dozen years ago, when he was first elected to represent Aberdeen in the north, the home base for much of the country's surging oil and gas industry. His Scottish National Party (SNP) rose as Scotland did. "There was a rediscovery of the importance of Scottish nationhood," Salmond says. "That rediscovery was happening at the same time as the decline of British identity at the end of the empire." It was the SNP's growing popularity that forced the Labour government, which had ruled Scotland for more than 50 years, to allow a Scottish parliament in 1999 with a Scottish head of government — the First Minister. Salmond won the job in 2007, when the SNP formed a coalition government with Labour. The party's growth has spiked, from six seats in 2005 to an outright majority of 69 seats after a landslide victory earlier this year. Independence, however, is by no means a forgone conclusion. It's not just that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair dubbed Salmond's plan "crazy" or that current Prime Minister David Cameron promised to "campaign to keep our United Kingdom together with every single fiber that I have." On Oct. 11, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said he planned to form a "Team Scotland" to fight Salmond. "We've always accepted that Scotland has a right to leave the union," says Douglas Alexander, a Scotsman and a member of Labour's shadow cabinet in London. "The question is if this is a good thing for Scotland, and most Scots aren't convinced it would be." It is true that for all the popularity of Salmond and the SNP, support for full independence has rarely gotten more than 40% in the polls. But it has been gaining traction. A Sunday Mirror poll out in mid-October found that 49% of Scots and 39% of Britons overall support independence, up from 11% and 6%, respectively, five months ago. Salmond plans to hold a referendum on independence before the end of his term in 2015, and he's already working hard to ensure success. In October he announced plans to drop the voting age to 16; independence is more popular with young Scots. He's also hedging his bets. The referendum will have two questions.

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One: Do you want Scotland to be independent? And two: Should Scotland have full financial powers — i.e., the ability to tax? Of course, Salmond prefers full independence, which would grant Scotland the powers of defense and foreign policy, but he'll settle for the right to tax if the first question fails. There are plenty of reasons to question how sure-footed Scotland would be on its own. In 2008 the British exchequer had to bail out the Royal Bank of Scotland. And that gleaming new parliament building? It was finished three years late and cost 10 times more than its original estimate. For Salmond, however, the drive toward self-rule is inevitable and irreversible. Just look at the 50 countries that have sought independence from London since World War II, he says. "In just about every case, they were told the whole thing would be a complete misadventure, a disaster. And I'll tell you something strange," he notes with a grin. "Not a single one of them ever said, 'We're coming back under London rule.' Not one."

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Haitians youth giving sex for favours

By Vivian Tyson

A number of Haitian youths are engaged in transactional and commercial sex, according to Head of the National AIDS Programme, Aldora Robinson, who was making a presentation last Friday (October 28), during the workshop at the Department of Social Development in Providenciales. Robinson said the DFID-funded study revealed a number of ills in the Haitian community ranging from a severe misconception on HIV /AIDS to an overall lack of self worth. She said the report shows that the Haitian and the Dominican Republic Spanish populations are the two most at risk groups. Explaining transactional sex, Robinson said young girls, especially, would give up sexual favours for promise of work permits, jobs, phone top-ups and promise of house rent payments. Robinson said the study showed that Haitians feel dehumanized because of the way they are being treated, as discrimination against them has limited their access to land tangible employment, and as a consequence they settle for menial jobs. She also stated that they wait until they are extremely ill to access medical care because they feel largely mistreated when they go to access care. She said since Haitians speak French Creole and the Turks and Caicos is an English-Speaking society, there is a language barrier at the hospitals and service providers don’t take the time to hear them out. “Persons don’t always take the time to (listen to) what they are saying or what their complaint actually is,” Robinson said, pointing out that the AIDS Department once

Aldora Robinson

provided an interpreter at the former Myrtle Rigby Clinic, but had to pull the individual because its field work in the community had expanded. She said following the study, another consultancy was conducted, this time to find solutions to tackle the problem faced especially by the Haitian community. “So, we had training of the Creole Youth in message development, presentation and communication. We also develop materials - posters, brochures, TV ads and radio ads in Creole,” Robinson said. In addition to the various media messages, Robinson said the youth interaction group – Rapport – often goes into the community to frame dialogue with their peers on social matters, with a few to allowing the youth to see themselves in a more positive light. Robinson noted that the communication plan and strategy developed for the Haitian population is so comprehensive that they plan

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to use it as template for all the AIDS Programmerelated campaigns across all demographics. “I am a person who does not like to reinvent the wheel, and so, this communication strategy that was created for the Creole population, we have made it in such a way that it is the communication plan that would address our communication needs for the Programme,” Robinson said. Arlene Husbands of the DFID-Funded Project – which is Taking Action against HIV/AIDS in the British Overseas Territories, said the project which started some four years ago will come to a close at the end of December 2011. “So we just came back to the

country to share with the National AIDS Programme and all of their partners some of the things we have achieved in the overall project in the last four years. And so, we are disseminating some of the good practices, some of the challenges, some of the lesions learned, and sustainability issues, and how they are going to move forward beyond the life of this project. She said during the workshop, all of the work done was put under the microscope, with a few to chisel out how they would be able to build on progress made in order to move them forward in the coming years. She said too, that going forward, polices, bills and ordinance on the books in some countries would be needed to support the work the project had already achieved on HIV, sexuality and sexual health.

Police injured in North Caicos fight Two officers attached to the North Caicos Police branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force sustained minor injuries, while two men are in custody answering to charges arising from that incident. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Brad Sullivan confirmed the incident, which he said took place last weekend. However, he said that the injuries sustained by the police officers did not hamper them from turning up for duties.

“There was an incident on North Caicos where we had a couple of officers injured. The matter is still under investigation by the office over in North Caicos. I know that there has been a couple of arrests in relation to that and the persons are in court. The officers were injured but there were minor injuries and have not affected their ability to work to any great extent. A couple of male individuals appeared in court earlier this week to answer to the charges,” Sullivan said.


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NHIP contributions to increase by one percent

Contributions to the National Health Insurance Plan will be increased by one percent and will now be six percent of earnings. This was among the changes to the national health care plan announced by Governor Ric Todd at a press conference on Friday November 4th. Todd said significant steps to ensure the future of the TCI health care system were taken in key decisions at the Advisory Council (AC) meeting in Grand Turk, Thursday 3 November 2011. These recognised the challenge of how to make the health care system sustainable and affordable. There are currently 11,000 dependants of the the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) supported by 18,000 paying contributors. The decisions reached were informed by public feedback to the Health Care Funding Challenge consultation announced last month. The Advisory Council accepted proposals to: • Increase NHIP contribution by 1% to 6% of earnings – split 50:50 between employers and employees. This figure was directly influenced by public feedback which was concerned about proposed rise to a 9% contribution. This will raise an additional $3.5m a year. • Establish a minimum payment of $50 per month for each contributor. Introduce a fee of $10 per

dependent for up to three children. Together these proposals will raise a further $1.5m a year. • Abolish the co-pay charges for the primary care level while continuing to review this service. • Begin to shift resources to primary health care in the community by opening the Blue Hills Clinic in Providenciales Measures to control costs and make the system fairer include: •Working with InterHealth Canada to reduce the number of overseas referrals, and making better use of Caribbean based providers. This could see all tertiary treatments outside of the region stopped, unless an exceptional circumstance. • Reducing inter-island travel for some basic diagnostic procedures, by improved scheduling and better use of technology and equipment. • Work permit holders and temporary residents will only be entitled to onisland primary and emergency care. They will be directly responsible for care or treatments beyond that provided locally.

SIPT arrests and charges man The Helen Garlick-led Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) has announced that it has made an arrest. In a brief press release, it was stated: “The Special Investigations Prosecution Team (SIPT) can confirm that a 47 year old man was arrested in Providenciales on Wed, 2 Nov 11, and charged in connection with their ongoing investigation. He will appear in court in due course. In accordance with their policy and to ensure fairness SIPT will not release the names of any person connected with investigations until they appear in court.”

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Illegal garbage disposal shows lack of national pride

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AN EROSION OF civic pride and the influx of other cultures have been blamed for the Turks and Caicos Islands becoming filthy, and the complaints are not coming only from persons living here, but also tourists who visit these shores after being lured by the “Beautiful by Nature” catchphrase. Kenrick Neely, Deputy Director for Environmental Health Department and Ralph Higgs, Acting Director for the Tourist Board said they have received complaints of persons and have seen the indiscriminately disposal of garbage at areas not designated for solid waste disposal. According to Neely, in the past, residents took great pride in the way they disposed of their waste, but today, no conscience is exercised in that regard. “In the past the islands used to be very clean, the islands were not dirty like this. But I think (the reason for the mess) it’s the people’s attitude towards national pride and the different

Ralph Higgs, Acting Director for the Tourist Board

cultures that we have today. Growing up in South Caicos you never use saw a bottle on the ground. Today, it is the attitude and no national pride,” Neely said. For his part, Higgs said since tourism is everybody’s business, it is incumbent on each individual to be good stewards ensuring that the country is pristine. He said while there has not been many reports from

Kenrick Neely, Deputy Director for Environmental Health Department

visitors of garbage sightings in areas not designated, one report is one report too many. “One or two incidents or any incident of report is too much. I don’t want to say that they are overwhelming, but we are concerned about any reports of litter, trash or garbage. Certainly at the tourist board, we take that very seriously. And while the concerns are not crushing, we want

to nip it in the bud,” Higgs said. Neely pointed out that laws are on the books to tackle such behaviour, but was quick to point out that it was not lack of will on the part of the police, since, for the most part, these unscrupulous people commit their dastardly deeds at nights when they believe the police are not around to catch them. In the meantime, Training Manager at the Tourism Board, Blythe Clare, revealed that from her visits to schools across the country, children have demonstrated greater attitude towards cleanliness over their adult counterparts. And according to her, going forward, children will be key to effectively getting the campaign message across. “It begins at home. So we all have to take ownership. This is my country, this is your country. And for those who come and live and work among us, you are a part of us, so therefore, you have an important role to play. So, I want to challenge our young people, you are our future leaders, so you have to partner with us and getting the message out,” Clare said.


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Middle Caicos teen found guilty of killing 81-year-old Charity Higgs

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RANDY HARVEY, THE teen who was accused of killing elderly South Caicos resident Charity Higgs in August of last year will know his fate on November 25 after he was found guilty in the Supreme Court last Friday (October 28) by a seven member mixed jury. The murderous teen could, however, wind up in a mental institution instead of regular prison, as pursuant to Section 50 of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, the jury returned a special verdict that states that Harvey was guilty of murder but was insane at the time of committing the act. The whole of Middle Caicos was plunged into shock when the elderly

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Higgs, the mother of 11 children including former government minister and businessman Sam Harvey, was found with stab wounds at neighbour’s doorstep on that island, on the night of August 3, 2010. Higgs, 81 operated a shop from her house. She was found with her throat slashed. Her death was said to have occurred after she refused Harvey’s request of a can of soda and a candy bar. It was stated that Higgs-Harvey, described as an energetic, philanthropic woman and a member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Middle Caicos, met her untimely death minutes to 8 p.m., that day, after Harvey, who was14 years old at the time and posing as a customer,

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS & CULTURE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AFFAIRS

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WITH CHRISTMAS RIGHT around the corner, a time for giving and sharing. The Department of Youth Affairs is embarking on an Annual Shoe Box Christmas for the boys and Girls of Grand Turk. Last year was the first year of many to come with this Christmas project. It’s easy to assist in the shoebox Christmas drive. All you have to do is simply donate a shoe box filled with items such as school supplies and toys, and this small token will go a long way in helping to bring joy to the hearts of our children. If there are any questions or you would like to donate to this project kindly contact the Department of Youth Affairs located in the Ministry of Education on Pond Street, Grand Turk at # 946-2801 ext 40611. The deadline for donating is December 19th 20011. The Department of Youth Affairs would like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and look forward to your support. Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture Department of Youth

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went to her home and requested a bar of Snickers candy bar and a soda. It is said that when Higgs opened the door, the minor pounced and overpowered her before slitting her throat. The injured woman ran a few yards from the scene to a neighbour’s house where she collapsed on the steps and later died. Harvey, who was said to be one of the many children that Higgs cared for in the community, was apprehended at his home while in the process of getting rid of the evidence – his blood-stained clothes which was already placed in the washing machine. A psychiatric evaluation was order on one occasion when the teen appeared in court last year. That report was used during the trial, which resulted in the jury returning such verdict. He was represented by Kendle Williams, while the Crown was led by Senior Crown Counsel Jo-Ann Meloche. Presiding Judge was Mr. Justice Edwin Goldsbrough. Samuel Harvey told The SUN days after his mom’s murder that he spoke with her minutes before the incident took place and that she was in high spirits.

Charity Higgs

“There are a lot of cherished and fond memories of her that would never leave me. Whatever I am today and that I believe I am, and that people said I am is because of how she raised me, for sure. She was a very resourceful person, God-fearing of course, and that was what she instilled in us. “She always believed that one should not live for themselves only, but for others as well. She also believed that every normal child should have a good education, whether it was her child or somebody else’s child, that was her,” said the Deputy Chief Minister.

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Filipinos banned by their country from working in TCI

NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

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THE TURKS AND Caicos Islands is one of 41 countries which the government of the Philippines has banned its citizens from seeking future employment. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) imposed the ban on countries where overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are barred from going, because in their opinion the 41 countries fail to meet provisions of the Amended Migrant Workers Act which outlines measures to protect the rights of migrant workers. According to the POEA, acceptable host countries must have labor and social laws protecting the rights of workers; is a signatory to and/or a ratifier of multilateral conventions, declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of workers; and has concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement with the government on the protection of the rights of OFWs. The 41 countries included in the list are the following: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chad, Croatia, Cuba, North Korea, Dominica, Timor Leste, Eritrea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kyrgztan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Palestine, Serbia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikstan, Tonga, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalo, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu and Zombabwe. The deployment ban applies only to new hires and not to overseas Filipino workers who are already working in those countries. On the other hand, the POEA through its Board Resolution No. 6 has also identified the additional countries to the initial list of 76 where deployment of OFWs is allowed. The following countries are Armenia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bermuda, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo Republic, Cook Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Iceland,Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, and Ukraine. Located in Southeast Asia, the archipelago consists of more than 7,000 islands, of which over 800 are inhabited. With an estimated population of about 94 million people, the Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country. An additional 11 million Filipinos live overseas.

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NIB PUBLICSERVICE SERVICE NIB PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT In accordance Section the National In accordance withwith Section 3939 of of the National Insurance Ordinance 1991 following Insurance Ordinance 1991 thethe following employers / self employed persons North employers / self employed persons ininNorth Caicos are hereby requested appearbefore beforeaa Caicos are hereby requested to to appear National Insurance Inspector before November National Insurance Inspector before November 7, 2011. 7, 2011. Brandford Gardiner Brandford Gardiner Vivienne Lightbourne Vivienne Lightbourne Roberta Outten Roberta Outten Elizabeth Tamar Gardiner Elizabeth Tamar Gardiner Goaley Elizabeth Forbes Elizabeth Forbes Goaley Orlean Gardiner AnnieAnnie Orlean Gardiner Courtney Missick Courtney Missick Arnold Gardiner Arnold Gardiner Franklyn Robinson Franklyn Robinson Hartwell Smith Hartwell Smith Shabbor Dorval Shabbor Dorval KEVIN Taylor KEVIN Taylor Clinton S. Higgs Clinton S. Higgs Carramilda Louise Forbes Carramilda Louise Forbes Dennis Dennis BeenBeen (Sr) (Sr) Dennis Berdette Been Dennis Berdette Been (Jr)(Jr) H Harvey & Sons H Harvey & Sons Ltd.Ltd. Masada Harvey Julia Julia Masada Harvey Roselee Elizabeth Robinson Roselee Elizabeth Robinson Sun Beach Properties Sun Beach Properties Ltd.Ltd. Macbord Gardiner (Sir) ArthurArthur Macbord Gardiner (Sir) L. Gardiner Regis Catherine Catherine L. Gardiner Regis Cilotte Gardiner Cilotte Gardiner Clifford Gardiner Clifford Gardiner Construction Construction Ltd Ltd DK'SDK'S Clotilda Gardiner Clotilda Gardiner Daniel Williams (Rest.) Daniel Williams (Rest.) Henry Missick DuleyDuley Henry Missick Gertrude Claudina Phillips Gertrude Claudina Phillips Hosea Mcloin Gardiner Hosea Mcloin Gardiner Jennifer Missick Lightbourne Jennifer Missick Lightbourne Unima Dorsett OliveOlive Unima Dorsett Paul Paul HiggsHiggs Roselan Uatine Handfield Roselan Uatine Handfield Samuel Eagle Handfield Samuel Eagle Handfield Shabber R. Dorval Shabber R. Dorval Vanderlin Gardiner Vanderlin Gardiner Farrington Gardiner Farrington Gardiner

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Attorney General defends proposed Hearsay laws

Attorney General Huw Shepheard says the proposed Hearsay legislation is being introduced as part of his programme of “modernisation of the criminal law” of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Shepheard made the statement in response to strong and widespread criticism from the legal fraternity and other sections of the Turks and Caicos Islands society who have expressed concern about the new law which they believe is designed and time to help the Helen Garlick-led Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) secure convictions. In response, the Attorney General stated: “Legislation allowing hearsay evidence to be given is not designed to secure convictions against particular individuals. It is a statute of general application that is intended to improve the administration of criminal justice in the Islands. It is my intention to introduce a complete codification of the criminal law and a uniform system of criminal procedure for both the Magistrate's Court and the Supreme Court and I am pleased to be able to say that the UK is funding a legislative drafter to undertake the work. In addition, I am aiming to produce a completely revised law of evidence for both civil and criminal cases. These projects will take many months to complete but Chambers will keep you advised of progress.” He added: “There is a commonlaw rule of evidence that, at present, prevents the repetition in court of statements made otherwise than in giving evidence, if the purpose of repeating the statement is to assert the truth of what is said in the statement. This is known as the hearsay rule and its operation is difficult to explain briefly because it is subject to numerous exceptions. It can actually work to create injustice, as when a suspect is prevented from giving evidence that the victim of a crime has made a statement exonerating him. Many common-law jurisdictions, including the TCI, abrogated the rule in civil proceedings many years ago, and some common-law jurisdictions including the UK have abrogated the rule in criminal proceedings. In my view, it is a sensible development.

Attorney General Huw Shepheard No one will be prosecuted on the basis of hearsay evidence alone, but allowing hearsay evidence to be given will, amongst other things, protect witnesses from intimidation by enabling written statements to be given if a witness is too frightened to come to court.” Shepheard said that when he took up his appointment he was “dismayed to learn that the criminal law of the Islands had not (save for some few areas) been kept up to date for very many years”. He added that his Chambers have been working hard to introduce much-needed reforms. “One of the considerations that has prompted me to press for these reforms is that it has been represented to me that development of the financial services industry will greatly assist in enhancing the prosperity of Turks and Caicos Islanders,” the AG added. “If this route is to be pursued, there needs to be a robust regulatory regime meeting international standards, together with a modern criminal justice system, and it is my intention to continue to modernise the criminal justice system thoroughly over the coming months.” He said the timetabling of this legislation has depended on the available capacity for law drafting, and, after having the draft bill prepared, he will be “keen to bring it before the Advisory Council and Consultative Forum as quickly as possible, given that there is a considerable body of other legislation to be considered in order to meet the milestones for the return to elected government."


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UK Diplomatic Chief says 2012 election still on track

NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

By Vivian Tyson SUN Senior Editor

THERE IS A shared concern between United Kingdom Politicians and their local counterparts that the Turks and Caicos Islands should return to local rule, but the process should be transparent and understandable to the local populace. This is according to Simon Frazer, Permanent Secretary at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service, who met with members of the media on Wednesday, October 3, in the conference room of the Department of Disaster Management in Providenciales. He said the measures that are currently being taken by the Interim Government are par for the course. “I think there is a shared concern that we should move forward towards establishing elected government here, and that the process of getting there should be one which is as transparent as possible, in which the people understand the necessary measures that the Interim Government is taking. So, we have been discussing those issues,” Frazer said. He noted also that the other monster that needs to be tackled is the

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Frazer also echoed the sentiment of Commission of Inquiry commissioner, Sir Robin Auld, who recommended that before local polls are held, the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) completes its work. He said also that the process of Public Service Reform, which not only to downsize but also rid it the sector of what Sir Auld described as systemic weaknesses, is carried out. “Well, of course, we are going to have the findings of the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, and that will then be carried forward. Simon Frazer, Permanent Secretary at the There is the question of Public Service British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Reform; the question of ensuring that Head of the Diplomatic Service the Civil Service has the right economy. According to him, one has capabilities and skills, to ensure that in to understand the importance of the future, the executive supports that stimulating the mired TCI economy legislature in an effective way, that is and poise it for growth over the short one of the really important issues. And term, medium and long term, as well there are a number of other issues as stabilizing public finance, while associated with the introduction of a ensuring the public money is spent in new Constitution leading to election, a productive manner and in the which we have been discussing,” interest of the people. Frazer continued. “And it is really important in all Frazer also met with of this to bear in mind that what we representatives of the two political are all talking about is a prosperous parties – the Progressive National and secure future for the Turks and Party (PNP) and the People’s Caicos Islands. I think that is the Democratic Movement (PDM). He agreement amongst everybody that said some of the concerns expressed that is the objective,” Frazer said. by the politicians were the state of the

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economy and the need to quickly get investment into the country. “The economy was certainly one of the important issues; how can we ensure that growth returns to the TCI, and that private sector investment continues to be attracted here. The second, of course, is the concern about the measures which the Interim Government is introducing in order to meet the milestones, which, I think, is a legitimate matter for discussion,” Frazer said. Meanwhile, Frazer said the country is still on course for elections next year, and while progress is being made there were many issues to work through. He said as time winds down, the Interim Government would need to unveil matters on which it has been working, to attaining election milestone. For his part, Governor Damian Roderick (Ric) Todd said a great deal of progress has already been made against the election milestone, but noted also that the work to be done is enormous. He stressed that the path to achieving election and attain fiscal stability should be a shared responsibility between the Interim Government, local movers and shakers as well as the populace in general,” Governor Todd said.

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Responsibilities To be responsible for the management and operation of the internal laundry facilities of the Resort: maintain linen inventory; evaluate and measure the linen cleaning process; coach Team members on safe and efficient use of equipment and chemicals; Coordinate with the engineering department the preventative and general maintenance of the equipment; training and development of Team Members. Job Requirements Minimum of 5 years experience as a laundry manager or similar role in a luxury resort or comparable setting Prove knowledge of commercial laundry equipment, process and chemicals Proficient computer skills, good oral and written communication skills, strong job stability with a proven record of success OTHER LINE STAFF POSITIONS: PUBLIC AREA ATTENDANT, LAUNDRY ATTENDANT, SERVERS

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Squatters take-over building built for police barracks

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NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

By Vivian Tyson SUN Senior Editor

A THREE-STORY building located along Academic Avenue behind the Island Pride Supermarket in Providenciales, which was designed to become a police barracks, appears now to be the shelter for an unwelcomed democratic – homeless Haitians. The SUN cannot confirm whether or not the people occupying the building are undocumented, but it appears that they do not have an alternative place of abode. The $2 million architecture courtesy of a loan from the failed TCI Bank and constructed about more than three years ago, is embroiled in controversy between the Attorney Generals’ Chambers and the owner of the structure as to whether or not Government should bear responsibility for the building’s lack of occupancy. Persons in the area brought the attention of the illegal occupancy to The SUN and expressed concern of grave implications, especially for persons who operate businesses in that area. The concerned individuals said that the illegal occupants, for the most part, utilize the building in the night. In the day they would vacate the property. When The SUN visited the location, no one was seen on property, but there were obvious signs of occupancy, as items of clothing were seen hanging from an upper floor rail, apparently washed and hung out to dry.

Clothes being hung from the rail of the building

While a main entrance to the building, which showed signs of vandalism, was battened up, a bottom floor side door was missing. That door appears to be the entry and exit access point to the building. In an interview conducted over a year ago, the owner said in addition to $2 million borrowed from the bank, she also expended her lifesavings of $350,000 on the now white elephant, which comprised 42 one bed-rooms. The building was specifically built as a police barracks after the developer said she and the former administration penned an agreement in 2005, to that effect. Government representatives, in the past, often told the media that in short order police personnel housed at a decrepit barracks on Old Airport Road would soon be relocated to the now controversial building.

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The developer named the Attorney General’s Chambers as well as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Delton Jones, for the snail’s pace approach they have been taking to bring to matter to a close. However, the Attorney General’s Chambers, at the time, has sought to rubbish the charges, rather saying that there were a number of anomalies about the project that needed to be verified, and that solutions were being worked out. The irate developer pointed out that as a result of the premises’ lack of occupancy, it has become a feeding tree for thieves who she said broke into the building multiple times and made off with several pieces of the $150,000 worth of furniture, which she said were imported from Indonesia. She said that funds to pay security

for the building had run out and so the structure was left unmanned. At the time she also accused the Ministry of Finance of moving the goalpost on terms already reached. The developer further told The SUN that in 2005, she reached an agreement with Government to construct the police barracks following deteriorating conditions of the current facility, situated behind the court house on Old Airport Road. She said following the agreement, Government issued two letters of commitment – one in 2006 and another in 2007. She said in addition to being ratified by Government, the plan was also approved by both the Physical Planning Department and the Environmental Health Department, explaining that it was as a result such resolution that the bank disbursed the loan to her. Deputy Attorney General Rhondalee Brathwaite Knowles, when contact concerning the matter, at the time, said while negotiations between Government and the woman had been “difficult”, there was no truth that terms were being changed, adding that the developer should take the majority of the blame for stalling talks. Nevertheless, Knowles told The SUN that despite the differences of opinion by both parties, Government was inclined to work with the developer to bring closure. In the meantime, the facility remains unattended whilst being occupied by individuals for whom it was not intended.

creation and submission of required forms • Develop and schedule preventative and corrective maintenance policies and procedures, such as regular backups, hardware/software upgrades, and spares inventory, to ensure high availability of all IP based systems. • Manage and Support Veraz I-Gate equipment. • Ensure that Digicel TCI continue to operate on secure local and wide area networks with the implementation of VPN technologies and firewall policy management • Provide proactive support of WAN data and voice links (VSAT, leased lines) to provide 100% availability of all IP services, including VoIP, ITP (SS7 over IP) and internet, and to ensure continued connectivity to other Digicel locations and external parties • Ensure adherence with IP Security Group (Jamaica) standards and policies as they relate to new and existing LAN and WAN network infrastructure, IP traffic, and network configuration procedures • Ensure that network metrics are closely monitored and captured so as to provide proactive network management, as well as regular feedback on network performance in the form of reports to management • Provide IT/IP Support to other departments and external parties as required • Manage Windows 2003 AD infrastructure, DNS, DHCP and Domain Controllers. • Provide support for Ericsson CS3 prepaid Platform. Academic qualifications and experience required for the job • 4-5 years experience in IT/IP based network design, implementation and administration • CCNA, CCNA Voice and Microsoft MCSE certification and Solid hands on experience with Cisco devices • In-depth knowledge of switching, routing, LAN and WAN technologies • Hands on experience with UNIX and/or Linux systems to support applications Splat and Solaris. • Design, implementation and operational knowledge of network security (VPN, firewall management, intrusion detection) • Minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Computer Sciences or equivalent field


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Drivers urged to keep emergency entrances at hospital clear

NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

MOTORISTS are putting lives at risk at the TCI hospitals. That’s the warning from InterHealth Canada management, who fear that poor parking could lead to a death. Drivers are leaving vehicles parked in front of the emergency department (ED) entrances, blocking access for ambulances. And hospital chiefs say they will be forced to get ‘tough’ with offenders if the problem continues. Head of the ED, Dr Denise Braithwaite, explained: “Vehicles parked in the emergency areas is becoming a big problem at both the Cockburn Town Medical Centre in Grand Turk and the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Provo. “The access roads to the emergency departments are for emergency vehicles only and I would urge people to respect this very important rule. “While we empathise with people who come to the hospitals concerned about injured or sick relatives and friends, they must park their vehicles in the parking lots provided. “We have no objection to people coming to the emergency department entrance to drop off patients who are unable to walk from the car park, but the

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driver must immediately move the vehicle to an approved parking place and not leave it at the ED entrance. “On a number of occasions ambulances have not been able to make their way to the emergency department entrance doors and delays like that could result in people losing their lives. “When an ambulance is transporting a sick person to the hospital, expediency and efficiency are crucial. If valuable time is lost due to wrongly parked vehicles, lives will be put in serious danger.” She added: “We have to get tough with offenders before someone dies and so I would urge visitors to think carefully about where they park their vehicles.”

NIB EMPLOYMENT INJURY TRANSFER OF $10MILLION TO NHIB

An actuarial review of TCI healthcare costs has recently been undertaken by Mr. Hernando Montas, National Health Insurance Board Consulting Actuary. The review was undertaken to examine the current and historic situation associated with the legal provisions under the National Insurance Board existing legislation which requires the transfer of funds to cover all medical service costs arising from employment injury and occupational diseases. It was identified that this transfer has not been historically made to the TCIG despite contributions being collected and these healthcare costs being incurred. As a proportion of NIB contributions has been earmarked for employment injury but not used, this has contributed to a NIB disablement and death surplus reserve in excess of $20m. It was agreed by the Advisory Counsel that to correct the historic underpayment to TCIG that a transfer of reserves of $10m would be made to the government. The NIB employment injury branch will continue to show an actuarial surplus despite this transfer, as shown in the last NIB Actuarial statutory valuation. This will be used to temporarily fund the healthcare deficit for this financial year and provide a small reserve in accordance with the legislation. The current consultation on the Healthcare Challenge will continue as it is addressing the longer term sustainability of healthcare in TCI. Furthermore the formulae used by the National Insurance Board will be based on the ‘level funding’ method to finance emerging cases of NIB employment injury and occupational diseases together with a provision for a catastrophic reserve. This will increase the annual sum payable to TCIG and will be reassessed actuarially on a regular basis to ensure the transfers are consistent with costs being incurred. Despite this small increase in annual costs there will continue to be an annual surplus accumulating in the employment injury branch of NIB. The public should be informed that this transfer will be made only from the employment injury branch and as such will in no way affect the other NIB benefit branches including substantial reserve for future pensions.

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We're looking for an ambitious, self-starting individual to help deliver news daily in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with breaking minute to minute news stories, securing exclusive face-to-face interviews, providing insightful comments. If you think you can cut it at forefront of news journalism and possess the criteria below, then send us your CV, a covering letter stating how you can assist us in improving news delivery and three video clips of your previous on-air news stories. Job Description: The ideal candidate is an excellent editor who can plan, assign and edit outstanding news and enterprise coverage. Individual must display superb news judgment, experience writing and editing current news under pressure deadline. Ideal candidate also has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and can lead and inspire a high-performance team of reporters. The candidate must be a team player who can work well with reporters and editors. Experience required: ten or more years experience in a job with daily deadlines and five years or more as a news reporter or editor. On-camera experience is a must.

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TCHTA sees potential business from South American Market

Last month the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the TCI Tourist Board joined forces to promote the Turks and Caicos Islands in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Representatives from the two leading TCI tourism organisations attended the 39th annual Brazilian Congress of Travel Agencies and Fair of the Americas, also known as ABAV, with the objective of securing business opportunities, forging alliances and promoting the islands to this emerging market. On return to TCI, TCHTA’s AE Stacy Cox noted, “ABAV is the largest travel trade fair of its kind CVC’s representative meets with TCHTA’s AE Stacy Cox and in South America and we were Tourist Board’s Director Ralph Higgs afforded the opportunity to network with some of the big players in the industry like CVC Tours out of Brazil. We estimated travelling. Our goal in the future is to market that over 24,000 persons were in attendance, with and promote the destination and our hotels in the publication in order to generate more business 8,000 being exhibitors.” Mrs. Cox added, “We also met with from the South American market.” The Brazilian market in particular, which representatives from TREND, a publication company that is now transitioning into leisure has grown over the last 10 years, now has more travel due to the number of Brazilians who are disposable income and there is an interest to learn

Job Title: CUSTOMER CARE Reports to: GENERAL MANAGER

MANAGER

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF JOB: To ensure that the organization has the optimal resources, infrastructure and systems to support the operations of customer care; namely, handling all customer queries. In doing so, ensuring that adequate succession plans are in place for each management position within the department. Main Duties and Responsibilities: • Provide direct customer support to our subscribers • Preparation & analysis of reports. • Maintain high level of morale and motivation • Liaise with all other departments to ensure that the Customer Care can support all new products and services. • Develop, implement and monitor Digicel Customer Service strategy to ensure that the Call Centre can support all Digicel future needs • Develop & manage Customer Care Budget Training: Agree training strategy, ensure implementation & manage training budget. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS & FUNCTIONAL SKILLS: • A first Degree in Management, Business or related discipline. • At least 6 years experience in Customer Care/Credit of which 3 must have been in a management capacity. • Call Centre Programmes experience desirable (Minsat & E-Care) • The requisite specialist training with a minimum of 6 years professional experience, 5 years at the senior management level • Excellent customer relations and communication skills • Strong Knowledge of business systems and their applications • Strong knowledge of call centre operations and Technology • Strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills • Good understanding of the GSM market. Only Belongers need apply – Salary Based on Experience Interested applicants should forward their resume to hrtci@digicelgroup.com .

One of TREND’s representatives grabs the attention of TCHTA’s AE Stacy Cox & Tourist Board’s Director Ralph Higgs

more about and to travel to destinations like Turks and Caicos Islands. During ABAV, TCHTA and TCI Tourist Board also held meetings with GOL Airlines and COPA Airlines, top South American airlines, will the hope of creating partnerships with the airlines once the demand increases.

IMMEDIATE OPENING

INTERNATIONAL PROCUREMENT MANAGER

Requirements • 5+ years experience in international purchasing in a luxury hospitality environment; while negotiating domestic and international contracts, increasing total quality of the goods, and fully organizing proper container shipments • Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience • Must be Computer literate, Microsoft Office, MXP, • Must have advanced knowledge of Food & Beverage quality standards, health compliances and specifications. • Must have product knowledge of food, beverage and hotel consumable/durable items • Knowledge of Marine Exchange Procurement is an advantage. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, with additional other language is an advantage. • Flexible, ability to work independently and under pressure. • Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts. Duties & Tasks: • Forecast procurement needs based on historical data and analysis. • Maintain procurement management database. • Upgrade regularly Marine Exchange Procurement software • Liaise with brokers and support customs clearances. • Liaise with Accounts Payable Department to ensure accurate and timely payment of invoices • Monitor inventory control and spending in order to make recommendations and identify areas for possible savings. • Ensure all merchandise delivered to the store room have been properly received and documented. • Conduct physical inventories of the storerooms and prepare requisitions for all departments to bring items up to par stock levels. • Supervising and training of Purchasing and Warehouse employees Salary commensurate with qualification and experience Interested applicants should apply to the Regent Palms, Human Resources Department and bring along an updated resume, or by emailing your resume to mdorsett@regenthotels.com, no later than the end of business day on Friday, November 18, 2011.


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DECEIT WITH RESPECT TO AND DESTRUCTION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE EVERY DAY, MORE and more - we are witnessing how this Interim Administration, first led by Governor Gordon Wetherall and now Governor Ric Todd operates with dispassion at the mercy of Turks and Caicos Islands. First of all they had their advisors come in and write reports that are completely disparaging to us. Afterwards, they issued a number of mumble-jumbled statements that continue to confuse the process. These are all done in an effort to destabilize the service and make sure that current senior staffs are not fit for purpose, so that they can justify bringing in BOTC citizens to man all key positions within the civil service. This inapt Administration has known from the very beginning of their hostile takeover that they intended to reduce the present compliment of Permanent Secretaries to five. And to this effect, replace them with outsiders! Just look at what they have done! They have extended contracts to three current Permanent Secretaries who have already reached retirement age: Mrs. Mary Harvey, Mrs. Susan Malcolm and Dr. Beatrice Fulford.

Consequently would it not spell better sense had they let those persons go home, through normal attrition? What is more, it has been widely speculated the Mrs. Judith Campbell would be going home anyway and that would mean that there would be six persons vying for five positions. These same five positions that BOTC citizens will also be vying for too. However, the current PS’s are all disqualified when one looks at documented statements such as these: 1 “The lack of capacity and capability at senior management levels to take forward a strategically integrated management and business plan.” 2 “Rectifying the paucity of strategic capacity and capability in government as a whole will take time. Reliance is placed on a few Permanent Secretaries, many of whom are due for retirement and there is limited availability of suitable candidates for succession.” The above is a serious indictment of the senior public service in writing. Yet you have the Governor going around saying that the current crop of Permanent Secretaries are eligible to

Immediate opening Restaurants and Bars Operations Manger

The Restaurants and Bars Manager will oversee the daily operation of P23 fine dining restaurant; Plunge casual outdoor restaurant and bar, Green Flamingo bar and In-room Dining.

Requirements: • Minimum of 7 years management experience in luxury setting in at least 2 international locations • Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience • Strong knowledge of a variety of cuisines and wines/beverages • Strong understanding and proven track record of operational controls and sales • Proven ability to train and develop team members • Ability to take initiative while working effectively in a team environment • Excellent organizational skills • Passion for luxury food and beverage service; positive and cheerful attitude with high energy • Computer skills at advanced level (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) • Must be able to work all shifts and days

Duties include: • Supervises, trains and coaches staff to meet Regent standard of luxury and ensure The Regent Experience for guests. • Develops business strategies for food & beverage outlets aligned with business objectives for maximizing revenue and guest satisfaction. • Participates in development of budgets and monitors status regularly to ensure achievement of financial targets. • Assists in developing and implementing marketing and promotions to increase business and revenue. • Works closely with culinary team to create and implement menus consistent with guest expectations and Regent standards of luxury and quality. Interested applicants should apply to The Regent Palms, Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday, 10AM to 5PM and bring along an updated resume, or by emailing your resume to mdorsett@regentexperience.com no later than November 4, 2011

apply for these positions like any of the enlarged category of persons that he would allow to apply. The documented truth is that “Turks and Caicos Islands Permanent Secretaries need not apply!” This is the type of hypocrisy that is being perpetuated by the Interim Administration, led by none other than the Governor. To cover their deceit and conspiracy, in public they will continually deny that it is their plan to systematically eliminate whatever institutional memory exists in the service by Turks and Caicos Islanders and replace it with a completely foreign element. But as always, the proof is in the pudding. They still subscribe to the old adage that: “if you want to hide things from the ‘niggers’, then reduce it to writing and they would walk pass it.” While that might still pertain to some, many us do read, research and comprehend, and are therefore on top of most things that are happening. In the interest of transparency and accountability, we must call on the Governor to publish the list of names, salaries and allowances that are being paid to the current advisors. And from that, we will ascertain the head count. Governor Todd, do not try to fool us in saying that DFID is paying, so we need not dig deeper or ask further questions. That is absolute hogwash as the amount, whatever it is is tacked on the side of the ledger dedicated to Turks and Caicos Islands. If we are not getting value for money, then that money should be redirected to some more beneficial activity that we can quantify. Take for instance there has been lots of talk about redoing the Causeway between North and Middle Caicos, resurfacing the Millennium Highway in Providenciales, and providing additional classroom to reduce the overcrowding. Put some money to these ventures! But as can be seen from every activity, these guys are only interested in wreaking havoc on us,

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ROYAL ROBINSON CONTRIBUTER rather than doing things that reduce our pain and suffering and create a better social and economic environment that would redound to the benefit of our ordinary citizen. But these guys are not about building any infrastructure! All they care about squeezing the TCI bottom line at the expense of Turks and Caicos Islanders while making sure that we pay through our noses in the process. Let me just return to the issue of the Permanent Secretaries and other senior staff members. I am sure that you can now see that your snitching on one another has only strengthened the hands of the oppressor. They had a good laugh about you with their friends and colleagues at your expense. They are now comfortably sitting on the dock of the bay while you are now being hung by your own petard! • But all is not lost. If you as a group put your pettiness aside and band together for the common good, then something positive can come out of the exercise and the axe that is about to fall on your heads can be deflected! Be forewarned and do what is necessary. You just might not have another opportunity! • Royal Robinson is a former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Health in the Progressive National Party (PNP) Administration.


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NIB PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT In accordance with Section 39 of the National Insurance Ordinance 1991, the following employers / self employed persons in Providenciales are hereby requested to appear before a National Insurance Inspector before 3:00 p.m. November 4, 2011: Andrae Kangley Malcolm Andy A. Forbes Antwann Alexander Misick Beatrice Rosina Forbes Beatrice/Lisa Garland Cardinal Iotas Arthur Christopher Orthneil Forbes Derinell Maura Sindead Dempsey Heather Simpson Hermon Forbes Hillary A. Missick Hope D Hamilton Iona Annie Lourie Gardiner James N. Stubbs John E. Williams Joseph Morley Judith Simmons Lindamae Claudia Malcolm Lisa Jane Simmons Lloyd Stubbs Lydia Gertrude Parker Miriam Currlita Adams Oswaldo J. Berrios Paula Garland Premier Concierge Samantha Slattery Stephanie Hall Therese Walkin Vanis R. Stubbs Adam C.Duke ALBERT WILLIAMS Althea Simone Been Alveena A.Duncumbe Amos Variety Arthur McBoyd Gardiner JR. Avalanche Construction B&B Guttering Been & Been Enterprise BNC Consulting Group LTD Brenda Barron Brian Swann Cactus Bar & Grill Caffiero Painting Ltd Caicos Transportation Caicos Wheels Ltd Caribbean Kitchen Ltd Carl A.Gardiner Catherine Mary Walsh Cathy Braithwaite-Forbes Cathyann Patricia Hall Charles L.Williams Clarice M.Been Claude H.Lightbourne Claude Rodger Swann Club 2005 Coconut Grove at Leeward Conrado Sevilla Coral Enterprise LTD Crystal Pool Services Cynthia Chip man Cyril Whitfield Forbes Jr. D & D Cleaning Services Daniel C.Calcano David Hugh Saunders Dayne A. Pratt Delcean L.Simmons Dellarece Hall Deneice A.Owusu Deneise Garland Denise Premise Derrick D.Hall Design House Interiors LTD Design Studio Ltd. Dove's security services Edward V.Williams Eileen Marguerite Hawkins Eleanor L.M. Gardiner-Hall Elinore Salamanca Zaguirre

Eriata Theodore Erlin Pratt Ever bright Industries(TCI) Express Water Lynden Hall F.F.C. TCI Ltd Florinda L.Talbot Fortress Security & Elec . Frederick D.King Gabrielle Connolly Girlie J.Ulysse Gladys C.Simms Handfield Builders Handford Llewent Green Handy-Pro Maintenance Ltd Happy Na Fashions Haynalka Duzsics Stephens House Of Prayer Church Hynetta L. Forbes IBO Bakery IBO Shops Ltd Indian Kitchen Island Clothing Island Construction Island Drilling Ltd Island Images Island Pro Finish Island Scoop J.G.Construction JACA TCI LTD Arlington Chuck Musgrove Jahmal Amin Missick Jamal J.Ewing Jamalco Ltd James Edward Small Jean Claude Auguste Jeffrey C.Hall Jermaine D.Glinton John E. Williams John Emanuel Williams John H.R. Benjamin Joseph Arthur Skippings Joseph Forreston Higgs Jover Construction Judymae Mcintosh June Elizabeth Harry Kayonn Missick Kelo V.Penn Kendal & Tazana Disposable Services Kendra F.Hall Kenneth Daniel Iulo Knowledgeable Marketing Laranda C.Parker Laurette Estimond Leasa R.Clarke Levardo J.Talbot Lewelyn N. Handfield Lewis Alexander Smith Lidra Nickitta Barranco Livingston S. Lightbourne Lyndon Delroy Robinson M & R Construction M& M Cleaning Services Madge R.A.Williams Maranatha Retail Maria Karen Pardo Marilyn Alice Delancy Marvin Mcbride Missick Mary O'Neill May Alice Adella Forbes Megan C.Dean Melbourne A.Wilson Milton Fils-Aime Monaco Investments Mysan Ltd. Nakia Williams Nature Splendor

New Hope Baptist Church Nickia S. Rigby Oliver Joseph Stubbs Oscar G.K.Talbot Osprey Construction Ltd. Palm Adventures Paradise Arts Patrick Fornari Paula Brooks Paula D.Higgs Prestige Management Ltd. Prestigious Properties Ltd Provo Cultural & Sports Pulse Ltd Purilun's Enterprises Ltd Rachel E Constant Phillips Raquel Lightbourne-Regan Raycal Edeleise Handfield RC Limo Service & Rental Reliable Consultant Agency Remax Turks & Caicos Rhonda Kaye Gibson Robert A Been Robert A.Sonderman Robert C.Fulford Rudolph Uriah Warren Samuel Forbes Selvers Air Conditioning Selvin M.Gardiner Shandra's Craft & Souvenir Shereen V.Prospere Shining Finish Shopia Nyoka Stubbs Stephen C. Been Tanithca Kennedy TCI Contracting Company Trade winds Industries Ltd. Trenching Uilities Carl Moore Trevor M.Lewis Tropical Latitude Ltd T & C Real Estate Ass. Usril A.Morris Valarie Ann Rigby Venice Rosenthal Gray Ventura Boutique Vernon Lindsay Forbes Vicenta Del Carmen Lee Vicki F.Wilson Walter Comelius Stubbs Watson Jolly Wilbert Clifton Stubbs Wine & Spirits Ltd WN Financial Management Zenneth Yvonne Hall Alpha Christian Academy Annie Jean Adams April Nicole Hall Ardly Orthniel Forbes Asikk Employment Services Bonnie Patrice Penn Calvin Sheffield Deane Catherine Pendita Williams Chantay Lightbourne Cleveland George Thomas Coastal Design and Eng. Crandell Anton Lightbourne D.L.S Agency Daron Deshield Nayton Dudley Forbes Edmud Arthur Lightbourne Elsa Melanta Rigby Emilie Delancy Florise Jean- Louis George Gilbert Gardiner Gerard Herblot Global Electric Jesse Alexander Ewing

Jhen-Yuh Wu Joanel Tailor Shop John A Williams John Richard Auger Judy Mae Delancy Karen E. Hausch Kennard Cruickshank Lorters Computer Services Lydia Handfield Richards Mandry Williams Marcia V.Forbes Marsha Casandra Capron Massage By Nadia Nancy Toussaint New Waves Hair Design Normica Campbell Ocean Vibes Scuba/ Water Ocean point Development Ogail Brahim Awad Oren A.Walkin Oreta Isadora Stubbs Paul Gardiner Perry Alvin Delancy Philomise Joseph Professional Services Provo Sand & Sea Tours R.L Employment Services Rachel E.Constant Phillips Roberta Iuda Delancy SAG Construction Saint Jean Shop Samantha M. Williams Sara Redmond Stroud Dental Practice Tamera Robinson The Pentecost Bookstore Theresa D.Williams Timothy C.Phillips Tracey Louise Padgett C. Whittingham A & G Electrical Aditha Sincere Brown AG Construction Andrew A. Gardiner Anouze Williams Jean Arthur Robinson A-Z Management Services Beatrice Louise Robinson Bamboo Gallery Ltd. Bareste Etienne-Rigby Been Landscaping Ltd Berlie L. Williams Bernice Rozan Robinson Breeze Construction C & J Employment Service Cabrine V.Harvey Caicos Plumbing Caribbean Dreams Carol Musgrove Skippings Carol O.Hall Casa Management LTD. Cecelia Rosemary Forbes Charles A.Williams Charles Barber Shop Chinnson Pastries Allen Hutchinson Chrisene Jennings Christoval Williams Cindy L.Dossou Claire Colette Parrish Cleo C Morgan Colvin M.Pereira Conch Pearl Restaurant Bar D& A Variety Store Damara C.Ingham Damian A.Williams Daphne Shenna Forbes Dawn Hilary Higgs


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NIB PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT DBG Construction Deka Monique Williams Della B.A Howell Dellerise Bottex Delroy Lightbourne Denise Botex Dennis Smith Dorine S.Bottex Doris B Walkin Eddy Bien-Aime Eleanor Etoy Seymour Emanuel A. Carter Eulon Dawnette Stubbs Ever Curious Stitch Faithful Mayolean Forbes Franky's Bus Service Froggie's On the Beach Gabriella Rieschi George Stephenson Grant Geovanna N.Garland Gerald D. Williams Gomez Leon Rigby Gregoria Ewing Gretle Bathsheba Dean Grisilder Eleen Lightbourne Guareno Construction Co. Guerda Dorsainvil Gilles Hartman Ranscutt Handfield Helena Garland-Adams Horse Eye Jack's Arlene Jennings Howell International (TCI) Hugh Emanuel Adams Ivanelle J.Francois Ivy J.Robinson Jamal D.Harvey James C. Williams James Gordon Lightbourne Jeff Handfield Judy & Bernard Deane K & B Store Keith Stanley Robinson Kishma Charmaine Adams Lerry F.Williams Leslie S Myers Lewitt Hendfield Linda Grant Rigby lindamae Zapata Linen Shoppe Lloyd's Electrical & Electronics Service Lucienne D. Handfield Lucky Shots Promotion M & L Bus Service M & L Trump Employment Mafil Otto Wailcot Forbes Maggy Henson-Milien Malphrus TCI Ltd. Mamerta Eduvirgis Graveley Maria M.C.Ventura Marice E. Simmons Marie A. Desronvil Marie Lucie St.Fleur Marie Mercie Garcon Marilyn Claudette Grant Marsha Cassandra Capron Marsha M. Simmons Marshall Ewing Matsuri Maxwell Walkin McDonald S. Parker McLean Robinson Realty Mercilia St.Juste Elie Michelia Alexis Monique Nicole Been-Hall Nikki M. Seymour No Limits Fitness Omar Mckenzie Omega Consultants One Stop Laundromat George Seymour Seymour Corporation Ltd TCI Weekly News Waste Management Out-of-Africa P&G Construction Ltd Paula Lydia Graham

Paula Sandra Dee Capehart Pioneer Construction Provo Building Supply Quality Tiling Company Reliable Electric Gurvan Stephens Requelle A.H. Saunders Rolling Pin Restaurant Robert Been Rosanna Chartable Aristile Rose Clevois Ferguson Roselyn Carignan Rosheeda Monique Russell Rothermel Cooke Rudolph R.Smith Rupert E.Robinson Sailing Paradise Samantha S. Charles Sarah Adelphine Belisarius Sarah Jane Charles Saundralee Ewing Shamrock Development Ltd. Shantell J.Grant Sherwin Rigby Shirley Louise Landy Shirmay Sylvia Ingham Shirward Construction Shurline Verneter Lewis Sonia J.Toussaint Stanley Edward Landy Stanley M.Lightbourne Stan's Variety Store Stephanie Bernadet Forbes Susan Teresa Wilson Susan V.Gardiner Sygnal McNeal Parker Sylvia C. Melhado T & C Free Press Ltd Tabatha Samantha Forbes Tammy A. Smith Tanya Monique Russell Thelionord T.Raphael Tiadel Pierre Turks & Caicos Glass Ltd. Turks & Caicos Sporting Ulysse J.Deluis United Reliance Int'L Ltd. Universal Rent All Ltd. W I International Furniture Wigglesworth & Associates Windilina P.Macion Wrecker #1 Service Youki N.S.Osborne Jackson A & G Variety Adam & Eve Water Alice D. Gibson Alvin J.Garland Ana J.Ingham Ana R.Johnson Williams Anne Chery-Francis Asseneth Gardiner Astraneak Louis B & L Envisage Barbara Rigby BAT Security LTD Beautiful Beginnings Beauty Benson Edward Rigby Bertha S.Cepeda Joubert Black & White publishing Branford Alexander Gibson Carol Evangelis Joseph Casimira E. Almonte Williams Cassie E.Forbes Cecil G.Bailey ChalmersMisick & Co Clevinson G.Lightbourne Clinton H. Wilson Club Cameo Steven Rigby Coco Palms Bar Crypton International LTD D.A. Individual of Five Cays Daniel C.Been Daniel T.Handfield Darren S.Campbell Deon Henderson Wilson Dominga Rojas Forbes E. Bernadette Smith

Earl M. Hamilton Easy Shop Edward Armando Barranco Elite Landscaping & Design Employment Services Ltd Enid Capron Primary School Enoch Simmons Eric Leon Cox Eufemia Reyes Smith Evas Elizabeth Ewing Ezekiel Isaac Johnson Felicita L.Cox Fish & Thing Florina Gertruda Gray Flossie Beatrice Howell Floyd Rendell Forbes Francina's Variety Store Guilaine Brutus Gustavus N.Francis Hairport International Beauty Hendfield's Welding Ornament Henry N. Rigby Hensel C.Mcintosh Hensel Churchill McIntosh Hopeful Henfield Horace Allan Coverley Ianthie M.Mcintosh Ida Ianthy Rigby Indiana Desirmona Robinson Isabella E.Hinson Ivan Barber Shop J&C Internet Cafe J.S.D Products James T. Handfield Jeannette Assorted Store Jennifer Rosita Forbes John Alexander Robinson John Lenard Williams Kerlyne Victor Key Express Ltd Koppas Retail & Wholesale L.T.C Fisheries (1995) Latoya A. Rigby Lavern Albert Seymour Leila E.Rodney Leroy Nelson Bassett Levy Anthony Hinson Linda May Alian Rigby Lion Construction Love M & L Amazing World Mallikharjuna R.Gazula Manfred Stanford Seymour Marie H. Jeantine Taylor Marie J.Charles Marie Yanick Gray-Joseph Martin V. Adderley Maurean Couzet Gibson Menvella Pratt Merline Duverge Mervin S. Deane Meseal Pierre Hall Messenger Baptist Church Michael Washington Harvey Miracle Restaurant And Bar Miracle Revival Fellowship Bible move Inc N.C Employment Services N.TA.B- NEWMOND Arlington Buckley Nadia's Apartment Complex Nakia Williams Nese'S Boutique New Image Beauty Centre Olwick E.Neat One Ltd. Optical Vision Center- Annis Hilton P & A Prime Agency Paula L.Jennings Ward Paula Lydia Seymour Philadelphy Baptist Church Pierre Limitor Provident Management -e Queen of the Sea Rest. Quincy Ricardo Jennings Quintin Morven Selver

Quinton Mc.Lee Dean R & C Snack Bar Rafael Castillo Rebecca Brenda Harvey Rezia Navil-Pierre Rigby Builders Rodman A.B.Johnson Rolyn Antonio Almonte Romeo L.Outten Ronald Gardiner Rose Marie Higgs Rose P.Cenary Roseta Loriane Musgrove Roshae' Saida Meriz M.Prospere Salomon Morency Sammy's Car Wash Sean D.Penn Seandra Shalawn Mills Shantal Jasmin Shaphan Metillus Hinson Sharonna Barnette Walkin Sherri Marie Smith Sherrie Forbes Simeon Rigby Smith's Beauty Salon Solomon Morency Solomon Belisarius Sophia Registre Stephanie Jean Stephen J.Clarke Stylz Above The Rest Sun Charters (Sol Enterprises) Surplus Construction Chester Smith TCIPS Foundation Wayne Jackson Telucien Tellus Tendra V.Musgrove Terence Elliott Ewing The Salvation Army Thompson Conch Tracy .A. Smith Tre Designeri Ltd Tyrell Marlique Kelly Union Barber Shop Universal Product Recycling Urban Construction Valeria Houseman Vendah Barbaralyn Robinson Walner Registre Walter E.Cox Wayne S.Gardiner Welington Walkin Wilbert Brevil William B Dietz OANN TUCKER /HERNANDEZ CONSTRUCTION MASTERS ACADEMY- Barbara Hamilton AL SERVICES LTD- Mcallenster Hanchell Whole Gospel Academy- Coleta Williams Caribbean concrete/ Fransica Triana Lucayan Holdings Ltd/Tanya Parnell Quixotic Ltd /Delancy Direct Transport Ltd Lofton Morley JR. Abc Printing Ltd Tender Loving Care Day Care Turks and Caicos Sun Sky Juice Ltd/ Dion Pratt Ocean Vibes Scuba & Water sports Wayne Hall Club Sodex / Carlton Higgs/ Puritan Higgs Brenadalee Oladimeji/ Enquiring Minds Day Care Lyndon Hall Dellarice Hall Key Express Sylvia Melhado John Benjamin The Linen Shop Carol Skippings


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NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

GSAT GENERAL PAPER Choose the correct answer for each question by drawing a circle around the letter that corresponds with your answer.

B. Hon. Karen Delancy C. Hon. Dr. Carlton Mills D. Hon. Royal Robinson

1. The national tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands is A. Yellow Elder B. Caribbean Pine C. Turks Head Cactus D. Bougainvillea

11. The Salt industry in the Turks and Caicos islands was sorted by the A. Lucayans B. Europeans C. Africans D. Bermudians

2. The national bird of the Turks and Caicos Islands is A. The Flamingo B. The Humming Bird C. The Brown Pelican D. The Crow

l2. Which group of islands in the Turks and Caicos chain was known as the "Salt lslands"? A. Grand Turk, Salt Coy, Middle Caicos B. South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos C. Grand Turk, Salt Coy, South Caicos D. Salt Coy, Providenciales, Parrot Cay

21. A causeway joining two Turks and Caicos islands was recently constructed on which date was it officially opened? A. July 4, 2006 B. August 19, 2007 C. January 1, 2008 D. October 19, 2007

3. The total area of the Turks and Caicos Islands is approximately ___square miles. A. 200 B. I93 C. 400 D. 2009

13. Which of the following islands in the Turks and Caicos is regarded as being the most fertile? A. North Caicos B. Middle Caicos C. Grand Turk D. Providenciales

22. Name the two lslands that ore joined by the recently constructed causeway. A. Middle Caicos and Pine Caicos B. Middle Caicos and North Caicos C. North Caicos and Parrot Cay D. Pine Cay and Parrot Cay

4. Which of the following BEST represent the exports of the Turks and Caicos & Islands? A. Lobsters only B. Lobsters and Crabs C. Lobsters, Conch and Scale fish D. Conch and Lobsters

14. Which of the following type of Government do we hove in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. Dictatorship B. Republic C. Democracy D. Monarchy

23. ln the British Overseas Territories, the Executive authority is exercised on the Queen’s behalf by the: A. Prime Minister B. Chief Minister C. Governor D. Attorney General

5. The two major economic industries of The Turks and Caicos lslands are A. Fishing and Tourism B. Tourism and Offshore Finance C. Offshore Finance and Fishing D. Manufacturing and Tourism

15. The Laws that govern the Turks and Caicos islands ore written in a document called? A. The Government Files B. The Constitution C. The Bible D. The party manifesto

6. ln which year was Ministerial Governmental introduced in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. 1796 B. l976 C. l988 D. 2003

16. Which one of the following statement best describes the work of the office of Disaster management and Emergency? A. lt sees that Natural Disasters never happens. B. lt organizes the building of houses in low lying areas. C. lt co-ordinates relief efforts in the country following a hurricane. D. lt trains people for travelling during a hurricane.

7. The first Premier of the Turks and Caicos islands is A. Hon. Floyd Seymour B. Hon. Dr. Michael Missick C. Hon. Derek Taylor D. Hon. Dr. Carlton Mills 8. The present Governor of the Turks and Caicos islands is His Excellency A. Gordon Wetherell B. Damian Rodrick Todd C. Michael Bradley D. Richard Tauwhare 9. Who presides over the House of Assembly in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. The Governor B. The Premier C. The Speaker of the House D. The Attorney General 10. Which of the following held the last post a Minister of Education in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. Hon. Dr. Lilllan Boyce

17. ln which year was The CARIFTA games held in The Turks and Caicos lslands. A. 2003 B. 2004 C. 2006 D. 2007 18. Which Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President of The United States of America was Guest Speaker of The Turks and Caicos lslands Environmental Conference held in 2007? A. George Bush B. Al Gore C. Bill Clinton D. Dick Cheney 19. The island that is south of The Turks and Caicos lslands is: A. Jamaica B. Cuba

C. Hispaniola D. Puerto Rico 20. Which grouping in The Caribbean is The Turks and Caicos a part of? A. Mainland Territories B. Lesser Antilles C. Bahamian Archipelago D. Greater Antilles

24. The Head of the British Commonwealth is: A. Tony Blair B. Queen Elizabeth ll C. Gordon Brown D. George W. Bush 25. The following are all Natural Disasters EXCEPT: A. floods B. hurricanes C. earthquakes D. riots 26. What name is given to the person who studies the clouds, winds and temperature? • A. Meteorologist B. Geologist C. Psychologist D. Radiologist 27. How many continents are in the world? A. 9 B. 8 C. 7 D. 6 28. Name the name of the largest continent. A. Europe B. Australia C. Antarctica D. Asia

GSAT GENERAL PAPER WILL CONTINUE NEXT WEEK


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TURKS & CAICOS SUN

NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

GSAT GENERAL PAPER Choose the correct answer for each question by drawing a circle around the letter that corresponds with your answer.

B. Hon. Karen Delancy C. Hon. Dr. Carlton Mills D. Hon. Royal Robinson

1. The national tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands is A. Yellow Elder B. Caribbean Pine C. Turks Head Cactus D. Bougainvillea

11. The Salt industry in the Turks and Caicos islands was sorted by the A. Lucayans B. Europeans C. Africans D. Bermudians

2. The national bird of the Turks and Caicos Islands is A. The Flamingo B. The Humming Bird C. The Brown Pelican D. The Crow

l2. Which group of islands in the Turks and Caicos chain was known as the "Salt lslands"? A. Grand Turk, Salt Coy, Middle Caicos B. South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos C. Grand Turk, Salt Coy, South Caicos D. Salt Coy, Providenciales, Parrot Cay

21. A causeway joining two Turks and Caicos islands was recently constructed on which date was it officially opened? A. July 4, 2006 B. August 19, 2007 C. January 1, 2008 D. October 19, 2007

3. The total area of the Turks and Caicos Islands is approximately ___square miles. A. 200 B. I93 C. 400 D. 2009

13. Which of the following islands in the Turks and Caicos is regarded as being the most fertile? A. North Caicos B. Middle Caicos C. Grand Turk D. Providenciales

22. Name the two lslands that ore joined by the recently constructed causeway. A. Middle Caicos and Pine Caicos B. Middle Caicos and North Caicos C. North Caicos and Parrot Cay D. Pine Cay and Parrot Cay

4. Which of the following BEST represent the exports of the Turks and Caicos & Islands? A. Lobsters only B. Lobsters and Crabs C. Lobsters, Conch and Scale fish D. Conch and Lobsters

14. Which of the following type of Government do we hove in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. Dictatorship B. Republic C. Democracy D. Monarchy

23. ln the British Overseas Territories, the Executive authority is exercised on the Queen’s behalf by the: A. Prime Minister B. Chief Minister C. Governor D. Attorney General

5. The two major economic industries of The Turks and Caicos lslands are A. Fishing and Tourism B. Tourism and Offshore Finance C. Offshore Finance and Fishing D. Manufacturing and Tourism

15. The Laws that govern the Turks and Caicos islands ore written in a document called? A. The Government Files B. The Constitution C. The Bible D. The party manifesto

6. ln which year was Ministerial Governmental introduced in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. 1796 B. l976 C. l988 D. 2003

16. Which one of the following statement best describes the work of the office of Disaster management and Emergency? A. lt sees that Natural Disasters never happens. B. lt organizes the building of houses in low lying areas. C. lt co-ordinates relief efforts in the country following a hurricane. D. lt trains people for travelling during a hurricane.

7. The first Premier of the Turks and Caicos islands is A. Hon. Floyd Seymour B. Hon. Dr. Michael Missick C. Hon. Derek Taylor D. Hon. Dr. Carlton Mills 8. The present Governor of the Turks and Caicos islands is His Excellency A. Gordon Wetherell B. Damian Rodrick Todd C. Michael Bradley D. Richard Tauwhare 9. Who presides over the House of Assembly in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. The Governor B. The Premier C. The Speaker of the House D. The Attorney General 10. Which of the following held the last post a Minister of Education in the Turks and Caicos islands? A. Hon. Dr. Lilllan Boyce

17. ln which year was The CARIFTA games held in The Turks and Caicos lslands. A. 2003 B. 2004 C. 2006 D. 2007 18. Which Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President of The United States of America was Guest Speaker of The Turks and Caicos lslands Environmental Conference held in 2007? A. George Bush B. Al Gore C. Bill Clinton D. Dick Cheney 19. The island that is south of The Turks and Caicos lslands is: A. Jamaica B. Cuba

C. Hispaniola D. Puerto Rico 20. Which grouping in The Caribbean is The Turks and Caicos a part of? A. Mainland Territories B. Lesser Antilles C. Bahamian Archipelago D. Greater Antilles

24. The Head of the British Commonwealth is: A. Tony Blair B. Queen Elizabeth ll C. Gordon Brown D. George W. Bush 25. The following are all Natural Disasters EXCEPT: A. floods B. hurricanes C. earthquakes D. riots 26. What name is given to the person who studies the clouds, winds and temperature? • A. Meteorologist B. Geologist C. Psychologist D. Radiologist 27. How many continents are in the world? A. 9 B. 8 C. 7 D. 6 28. Name the name of the largest continent. A. Europe B. Australia C. Antarctica D. Asia

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Local claimed original business idea now being used by someone else

By Vivian Tyson

A local security agent Darren Ewing said a business idea that he developed in 2004, involving advertising local businesses on aircraft, at the Providenciales International Airport and in taxis is now being utilized by the Tourist Board, and he believes that something is fishy about it. Ewing, who works with American Airlines, said after developing the business idea, he created a video of it, so that he could go around and demonstrate it to local business hoping they would buy into the idea. Ewing he did not have the capital to start the business, so he visited the Tourist Board hoping that it would partner with him in getting the project of the ground. “They saw the video, the liked it, they thought it was a good idea, and they told me to hold on, they would get back to me. Now, some six, seven years later I haven’t heard anything,” Ewing said.

A CD that Darren Ewing said bears his project.

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However, Ewing said recently, he saw where a new company into the country that will be partnering with the Tourist Board, is embark on the same business that he presented to that body sometime ago. “The video that I showed back then was like three advertising opportunities in one or three avenues where you can advertise your business, which was the aircraft, the airport and the taxicabs. “Two weeks after it was aired on the news that this company is coming in to do business with the Airports Authority, the Director came on saying that they are going to advertise in the aircraft. So, I am thinking now that another two weeks, perhaps, they are going come out and say, they are going to advertise businesses in local taxicabs,” Ewing said. Ewing added: “I just want my story to get out there to Turks and Caicos Islanders that there was a Turks and Caicos Islander who came up with this business idea in 2004, who also showed it to the Tourist Board; showed it to a lot of local businesses on the island (of Providenciales). As a matter of fact, a lot of local businesses on the island signed up with this business to advertise their businesses on videos in taxicabs, in the airport, in the aircraft. Ewing said at time of starting the business, he was granted permission to use the airport by its former owners Coxco, but said the project was delayed because of lack of start-up funds. “They guy who was operating the airport, I wrote him a letter (seeking permission to advertise there). And he wrote me back a letter giving me permission to have videos in the airport above the head of the immigration officers. I was supposed to go back and meet with him, to finalize it, to get is sorted out, but never happened. “It never happened because after going to the Tourist Board they told me to hold on; they would get back to me. And I have been holding on for years now,” Ewing said. When contacted, Acting Director of Tourism, Ralph Higgs, said while he could not comment on any conversations that he was not party to, between Ewing and the former director of the board, said that the board’s promotion on LCD screens at the airport came under the aegis of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA). He said, too, that Clear Channel, the operators of the advertising mechanism at the airport on behalf of the Airports Authority, is a global company and has been providing similar service in multiple airports across the Caribbean and world for longer than the period than Ewing said he developed the idea. “They have been providing the service for multiple years, so seven years ago was not a brand new idea, and clearly, there is no stealing of ideas here, although I am really saddened that Mr. Ewing did not get the opportunity to start his business,” Higgs, who empathized with Ewing said. He told The SUN, too, that it is not part of the board’s mandate to provide seed capital to start local business, saying however, that if the board could have helped Ewing in his business venture, the former director would have helped. According to Wikipedia, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. is an American media conglomerate company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. It was founded in 1972 by Lowry Mays and Red McCombs, and was taken private by Bain Capital LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP in a leveraged buyout in 2008. Clear Channel specializes in radio broadcasting, concert promotion and hosting, and fixed advertising in the United States through its subsidiaries.


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A section of the audience at the event Attendees to the event listen attentively during the first day of the symposium

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Denna Sandoval, Vice President of Marketing for dataVoice International, was among company representatives invited to take part in the symposium and exhibition

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Shawn Charles, Chairman of Carilec GIS Committee, who chaired the event, also delivered the Chairman’s report on the Objectives, Progress and Plans of CariGIS

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SYDNEY — A grim-looking Kim Kardashian said "intuition" led her to end her 72-day-old marriage, insisting in an Australian television interview on Thursday there was no "right or wrong" way to handle the situation. The hosts of Australia's "Sunrise" program grilled the 31-year-old reality TV star on how hard she worked to save her brief marriage to pro basketball player Kris Humphries, asking whether she had sought counseling before filing for divorce. "I think when you know so deep in your heart that you just have to listen to your intuition, and follow your heart," Kardashian replied. "There's no right or wrong thing to do." Kardashian, who is in Australia with her sister Khloe to promote a line of handbags, has faced withering criticism since she filed for divorce from Humphries on Monday after just 10 weeks of marriage. Her lavish, black-tie wedding was featured in a

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Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted only 72 days

two-part, four-hour special on the American entertainment network E!, and critics have called it a greedy, moneymaking publicity stunt that garnered her millions of dollars. E! executives denied they orchestrated the nuptials.

"I think what really just, I think, upsets me most is that there has been from the start so many rumors of money and dollar signs ... and so much of it not being true," Kardashian said. But when pressed to more directly address the accusations that the

CNN REMAKING MORNING LINEUP WITH SOLEDAD O'BRIEN

NEW YORK — CNN announced it is remaking its morning lineup and will bring Soledad O'Brien back as host of a "conversational ensemble" show beginning next year. O'Brien's program is set to air on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin will be hosts of a news show that will air from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., the network said. Banfield, most recently at ABC News, played a prominent role at MSNBC a decade ago. Sambolin has worked in local news in Chicago. CNN's "American Morning," where O'Brien worked from 2003-2007, has struggled competitively. Conversational shows "Fox & Friends" on Fox News Channel and "Morning Joe" on MSNBC do better in ratings and buzz, and CNN is often eclipsed by its sister channel HLN with Robin Meade in the morning. Since former co-hosts John Roberts and Kiran Chetrey left "American Morning" in the past year, the network has experimented with other approaches and anchors, adding more business news and a greater story count. "There's a real opportunity to do a show that has more thoughtful conversations," O'Brien said on Thursday. She said her model is less the type of talk featured on the other cable morning shows, and more the topics that she's covered in documentaries on topics like education and race. O'Brien will be the host, with a combination of regular and occasional or one-time panelists, said Ken Jautz, CNN's executive vice president in charge of the domestic network. Although other cable networks have conversational

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shows, Jautz said they've left enough room for CNN to do something different. "We think there's an opportunity in the morning to be more broad in the news we present and not narrow-cast on domestic political conversations," he said. The earlier show will likely be faster-paced with a greater concentration on the news of the day, he said. The new shows will launch sometime next year. Besides her work at "American Morning," O'Brien spent time at the "Today" show on NBC. Shannon High, who has worked at "Morning Joe" and "The Dylan Ratigan Show" on MSNBC, will join CNN to be executive producer of both morning programs, the network said. CNN also said that Ali Velshi will begin hosting a daily business hour on its international network, as well as contributing reporting for the domestic channel.

marriage was a sham, the stony-faced star replied: "I think that's all I'm really going to say about the situation right now, and just kind of focus on why we're here in Australia." She and Khloe then quickly steered the conversation to their "Kardashian Kollection" handbags. In a separate interview on Australia's Channel 10, Kardashian insisted she "married for love." "Anyone that would get married for a TV show — it's just, you know, ridiculous," she said. "And it's just sad that I even have to defend that." She also said she has not decided what to do with her 20.5-carat engagement ring, or with the gifts she received from her $172,000 wedding registry. Kardashian rose to fame after a sex tape featuring her and a former boyfriend went public. She parlayed her notoriety into modeling gigs, a lucrative reality TV empire and fashion and beauty lines.

CBS WINS JANET JACKSON WARDROBE MALFUNCTION RULING

An appeals court threw out on Wednesday a federal agency's decision to fine CBS Corp television stations $550,000 for airing singer Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast. A divided 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said that in imposing the fine, the Federal Communications Commission "arbitrarily and capriciously" departed from prior policy that exempted "fleeting" indecency from sanctions. In a statement, the FCC said it is disappointed by the decision, but plans to use "all the authority at its disposal" to ensure that broadcasters serve the public interest when they use the public airwaves. CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs said the New York-based company is gratified by the decision, and hopes the FCC will "return to the policy of restrained indecency enforcement it followed for decades." Jackson's right breast was briefly exposed to almost 90 million TV viewers after the singer Justin Timberlake accidentally ripped off part of her bustier during a halftime show performance. CBS was fined $27,500 for each of the 20 stations it owned. The 3rd Circuit in 2008 voided the fine, but that decision was vacated when the Supreme Court in 2009 upheld the FCC policy as rational, in an opinion involving News Corp's Fox TV stations. It did not decide whether the policy was constitutional, and returned the CBS case to the 3rd Circuit. Writing for a 2-1 majority, 3rd Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell said that the FCC had for three decades maintained a "consistent refusal" to treat fleeting nude images as indecent, and that there was no justification to change policy for CBS. She said FCC regulations governing indecency treat images and words interchangeably, and "it follows that the Commission's exception for fleeting material under that regulatory scheme likewise treated images and words alike." Judge Anthony Scirica dissented, saying the Fox opinion "undermines" the 2008 decision in the CBS case, which he had written. He said the CBS case should be sent to the FCC so it could apply the proper standards. The Supreme Court is expected in its current term to decide whether the FCC policy is constitutional. It is reviewing a decision by a federal appeals court in New York that voided the policy as unconstitutionally vague. That court said it was improper to fine broadcasters over expletives by the singers Bono and Cher on awards shows, or showing a woman's buttocks on "NYPD Blue."


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Haitian President Michel Martelly returned to Haiti on Thursday after doctors in Miami performed surgery on his left shoulder. The 50-year-old leader said the operation was to relieve pain in the shoulder that he had bothered him for more than five years because of his previous career as a musician. Before he was elected president early this year, Martelly spent more than 20 years playing keyboard and singing under the stage name "Sweet Micky." "Every time I lifted the left arm I had pain," he told reporters at the

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airport's diplomatic lounge, his arm in a sling. "I've come back strong and healthy." He added that he also sometimes feels pain in his right shoulder, which may require surgery in the future. Martelly left last week for the United States, saying he was going for medical treatment but without specifying the problem. His departure coincided with anger over the jailing of a lawmaker who had been openly critical of the president. Police locked up legislator Arnel Belizaire for a night because

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they said he had escaped from the national prison on the chaotic day of the earthquake that shattered the capital on Jan. 12, 2010. The detention of Belizaire, rare for a government official because investigators need to formally submit a request to lift immunity, sparked outrage among members of both houses in Parliament. The Chamber of Deputies called for the removal of two Cabinet ministers and another official who they believed followed Martelly's orders to lock up Belizaire. Martelly and Belizaire had

lashed out at each other on the grounds of the National Palace. Martelly hadn't commented on the arrest until Thursday at the international airport, when he denied having any influence on the police action. "Close or far away, the presidency doesn't have anything to do with the" matter, he said. Martelly said he has asked his prime minister, Garry Conille, to set up a commission to examine what led to the arrest and to prevent something similar from happening again.

Vybz Cartel murder on video, prosecution says

THE prosecution in the murder case of entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused revealed for the first time in court yesterday that it has video and telephone evidence tying the accused men to the killing of a man in August of this year. According to the Crown, the evidence, when disclosed in full to the defence, will cause the lawyers to advise their clients to plead guilty to the charges against them. It was not specified which of the accused men were on the video but the Court was told the it showed Clive 'Lizard' Williams being mobbed and beaten to death.

The revelation was made when the men appeared before Senior Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. Included in the case file, the court was told, are statements implicating the men. Kartel — whose real name is Adidja Palmer — fellow artiste Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; fashion designer Calvin Haye; and Cayro Jones are charged with Williams' murder on August 16. Williams, according to the police, was stabbed and shot to death over a missing illegal firearm. His body has not been found. Notwithstanding the purported evidence, Haye,

through his lawyer Chris Tavares-Finson, was adamant that he had nothing to do with the killing, which is believed to have occurred in Havendale, St Andrew. The men were remanded into custody until December 2 when bail applications are expected to be made in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Jones was not brought to court yesterday. Meanwhile, Kartel will return to the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on November 30 in relation to the murder of Barrington 'Bossie' Bryan earlier this year. He was shot as he stood among a group of people in Gregory Park, St Catherine.

International rating agency Standard and Poors (S&P) has lowered the crediting rating for The Bahamas, while revising Jamaica’s outlook from stable to negative. The Bahamas’ credit rating slipped from BBB+/A2, to BBB/A-3 and its transfer and currency convertibility assessment from A- to BBB+. However, S&P maintained Jamaica's B- long-term foreign currency rating. The Hubert Ingraham-led administration indicated that it was not surprised by the downgrade since the credit agency has changed its methodology to place greater emphasis on diversification and growth prospects. “Given The Bahamas’ economic concentration on

tourism and financial services for more than 50 years and given its limited growth prospects in the current challenging global economic environment, it seemed likely that a rating down grade would follow this change in methodology,” the Ministry of Finance said in a statement. “…The government of The Bahamas remains focused on stimulating economic growth through inward direct foreign investment, increasing support for small and medium size business development, improving the domestic environment for doing business and strengthening the productivity of The Bahamas’ workforce.” Meanwhile, Jamaica’s finance ministry said S&P’s

revised outlook for the country is largely due to the noncompletion of reforms related to its medium-term targets under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) standby agreement. The ministry said the non-completion of the reforms has led to delays in Jamaica's last three quarterly reviews under the agreement. "It should be noted that discussions with the IMF continue as the country seeks to secure the agreed medium-term economic plan which will ensure both fiscal and debt sustainability," the minister stated. It also noted that the credit rating agency has said the achievement of these conditions would lead to an improvement of Jamaica's credit worthiness.

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Honduras becomes Western Hemisphere cocaine hub LOCAL NEWS CARIBBEAN NEWS

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — On Honduras' swampy Mosquitia coast, entire villages have made a way of life off the country's massive cocaine transshipment trade. In broad daylight, men, women and children descend on passing go-fast boats to offload bales of cocaine destined for the United States. Along the Atlantic coast, the wealthy elite have accumulated dozens of ranches, yachts and mansions from the drug trade. And in San Pedro Sula, local gangs moving drugs north have spawned armies of street-level dealers whose violence has given the rougher neighbourhoods of the northern industrial city a homicide rate that is only comparable to Kabul, Afghanistan. Long an impoverished backwater in Central America, Honduras has become a main transit route for South American cocaine. "Honduras is the number one offload point for traffickers to take cocaine through Mexico to the US," said a US law enforcement official who could not be quoted by name for security reasons. A US State Department report released in March called Honduras "one of the primary landing points for South American cocaine." Almost half of the cocaine that reaches the United States is now offloaded somewhere along the country's coast and heavily forested interior — a total of 20 to 25 tonnes

each month, according to US and Honduran estimates. Authorities intercept perhaps five per cent of that. The flow is hard to stem, said Alfredo Landaverde, a former adviser to the Honduran security ministry, because there are few other sources of cash income here. "We have to recognise that this society is very vulnerable," Landaverde said. "This is a country permeated by corruption, among police commanders, businessmen, politicians." The country's isolated, impoverished Atlantic coast, remote ranches and largely unguarded border with Guatemala — where much of the cocaine is taken — also make it a haven for traffickers. "When the traffickers are unloading a go-fast boat in (the Atlantic coast province of) Gracias a Dios, you can sometimes see 70 to 100 people of all ages out there helping unload it," said the US law enforcement official. "The traffickers look for support among local populations." In the past year, authorities seized 12 tonnes of cocaine, according to the Honduran government — a vast improvement from previous years, but still a small portion of the estimated 250 to 300 tons that come through annually. Most of the cocaine arrives in Honduras via the sea, in speedboats, fishing vessels and even submersibles. In July, the US Coast Guard, with

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Honduras' help, detained one such craft that had been plying the waters with about five tonnes of cocaine per trip. Fishermen who once worked catching lobster now look instead for a much more prized catch, the so-called "white lobster" — bales of cocaine jettisoned by drug traffickers to either escape detection or to be picked up by another boat. Honduras is also by far the region's biggest centre for airborne smuggling. Of the hundreds of illicit flights northward out of South America, 79 per cent land in Honduras, said the US official. Ninety-five per cent of those flights hail from Venezuela, which also has become a link for cocaine produced elsewhere. Landing aircraft in Honduras was once so profitable and planes so easy to get that traffickers would sometimes simply offload the drugs and burn the aircraft, rather than take off again from dangerously rudimentary clandestine landing strips. Last year, however, they started reusing the planes to ferry loads of bulk

cash back to Colombia, the US State Department report said. Authorities found one load of $9 million in US cash stuffed in plastic bags in the trunk of a car, and millions at a time in suitcases at local airports. Earlier this year, as aircraft became more difficult to obtain, traffickers stole a military plane from the San Pedro Sula army base on the Atlantic coast, said Landaverde, adding that soldiers were accomplices to the theft. It is not just poverty-stricken fishermen and corrupt soldiers who are the beneficiaries of the emergent cocaine republic. Last week, authorities seized 13 luxurious homes and ranches and 17 boats in the first such mass raid since the country enacted a drugproperties seizure law in 2010. All were owned by local people. Key members of the region's business community who have hotel, real estate and retail holdings have been named as associates of the cartels, often for money laundering. Nor are the drug trade's ripple effects restricted to the coast.

NEW US$400MILLION HOSPITAL FOR BARBADOS The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados will be replaced with a new US$400million hospital in the near future. This announcement was made by Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, at a post Cabinet press conference held at Government Headquarters. Inniss said Cabinet had agreed that a new 600-bed general hospital would be constructed in the area of Bridgetown, which is the capital of Barbados. He said financing for the project would be a joint public/private sector initiative and international funding would be sourced, adding that the hospital would be constructed on enough acreage to ensure it would be both aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic, promising that it would "serve the people of Barbados". The Health Minister disclosed that the proposed new hospital would be one of the largest physical development projects perhaps in the last decade and would have room for expansion, but conceded that "it had to be done". He noted that currently, some BDS$195 million (US) $97.5million) was being spent annually to keep the QEH running and he identified inadequate electricity and poor maintenance as issues that had been plaguing the plant over its 47 years of operation. "The cost of operating the existing Queen Elizabeth Hospital is one that perhaps relates closely to the age of the plant and our inability over the years to maintain it properly. This does not mean that the QEH will, in any way shape or fashion, be neglected. It will be a gradual process. We will not be able to turn the key and open a new general hospital overnight,"

Inniss said. Against this background, he stated that the Board, the staff, and the management of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital had been tasked to continue maintaining a good system at the QEH, in spite of the prevailing limitations. Inniss also disclosed that the operating theatres had been plagued with maintenance issues over the years, and, as a result, four theatres would be closed "for another two weeks or so to effect the necessary changing of parts". The Health Minister stressed that this state of affairs could not continue ad infinitum. "When things like these happen they place undue pressure on the clinical staff, but, more importantly on those individuals who are waiting for surgery," he affirmed. The QEH has a staff complement of 2,500 employees and it is estimated that some 44,000 persons are treated annually at the facility. The 600-bed Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened on November 14, 1964. It is the only acute care medical facility in the 166-square mile island of Barbados, which has a population of close to 300,000, but it also provides medical services to several countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The QEH provides a range of medical, diagnostic and treatment services to the public of Barbados. These include: everything from digital diagnostic imaging services including on-site CT, emergency services, general and specialized surgery (neurosurgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, cardiology), birthing services, neonatal services and cancer care. In 1967, the QEH became an accredited teaching hospital affiliated with the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.


Major tourism boost for Jamaica

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New Prime Minister Andrew Holness went with good news to Jamaica’s tourism mecca of Montego Bay, announcing that $60 billion in capital investment, creating 21,648 jobs through 15,825 new rooms, is on the cards for the industry over the next four years. With the second’s city’s movers and shakers his captive audience in the upscale Ritz Carlton Hotel, Holness reeled off figures showing tourism’s status as the highest foreign exchange earner and the likeliest to move Jamaica’s development along. The prime minister said that five attractions were scheduled to be opened this year in Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios and Kingston, with projected capital investment of $718 million and employment of 427 persons within the attractions subsector. But the prime minister did not give details about the coming attractions. "Another 15,825 new rooms are expected to be completed between 2011 and 2013, translating into an estimated 21,648 new jobs and approximately J$60 billion in capital investment,” he announced. Holness was in the north coast resort city for the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s (JHTA) gala

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banquet celebrating 50 years of contribution to Jamaica's tourism industry. Delivering the main address, he commended the association for “its extraordinary impact as well as the stabilising impact it has had on Jamaica's tourism sector despite several periods of global economic and political turbulence”. Holness said the JHTA, which was established in November 1961, had continued to be critical to growth and development of the industry. Government, he pledged, would

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continue to support the development of the industry through investment promotion and facilitation, prospecting new and emerging markets, securing the transportation links, developing the policy and legislative frameworks to suport the development of new industry segments, and the continued global lobbying for the national interest. “The government is sensitive and keen to support the industry as a critical pillar of the Jamaican economy,” he said. He noted that in 1961 Jamaica had recorded stopover arrivals of 224,492, cruise ship arrivals of 69,407 and tourism earnings amounting to some US$37,716 million. Fifty years later, the figures indicated that between January and September of this year, Jamaica recorded stopover arrivals of 1,504,667 and cruise arrivals of 763,349 which earned the country US$1.548 billion. “The industry has done well for Jamaica over the last 50 years and in recent times despite the instability of the international financial climate, tourism in Jamaica has emerged as the largest foreign exchange earner and an increasingly significant source of employment,” he said.

He added that last year employment in the accommodation sector alone had seen an increase of 664 jobs over the previous year. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett in his address urged the JHTA members to re-examine their business models in order to ensure greater efficiencies and increased earnings. “I again encourage you all to endeavour to further revamp and enhance our tourism product by introducing new technology and new rooms in order to ensure that our tourism product and room stock always remain fresh and crisp,” he said. “...This invites a new approach to cost management and operational efficiencies in our industry and demands creative approaches to tackling the energy issues at the base of these spiralling costs,” Bartlett said. To this end, Bartlett said the ministries of tourism and energy had collaborated with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme to make available a pool of funds to the sector for retrofitting, energy audits and the application of renewable technologies.

Laundry Manager

Responsibilities To be responsible for the management and operation of the internal laundry facilities of the Resort: maintain linen inventory; evaluate and measure the linen cleaning process; coach Team members on safe and efficient use of equipment and chemicals; Coordinate with the engineering department the preventative and general maintenance of the equipment; training and development of Team Members. Job Requirements Minimum of 5 years experience as a laundry manager or similar role in a luxury resort or comparable setting Prove knowledge of commercial laundry equipment, process and chemicals Proficient computer skills, good oral and written communication skills, strong job stability with a proven record of success OTHER LINE STAFF POSITIONS: PUBLIC AREA ATTENDANT, LAUNDRY ATTENDANT, SERVERS

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience Interested persons may contact our Human Resource Manager No later than October 19, 2011 Email: deleria.simms@verandatci.com Or hand deliver to our office at Veranda Resort and Residences Princess Dr. Lower Bight, Providenciales


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Come and join our winning team!!!

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, the only 6 Diamond all inclusive property in the Caribbean and its authorized Recruitment Agencies are inviting applications from suitably qualified Turks and Caicos Islanders for the following vacant positions. Applicants must have a clean police record and a good command of the English language both written and spoken. In addition candidates must be able to work nights, public holidays and week-ends. The Resort thanks everyone for their interest in advance and advises that only short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. Human Resources Department Requires: ASSISTANT TRAINING MANAGER Requirements include but are not limited to:

The Watersports Department requires:

• A first Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management or Training and Development or any other related discipline • Minimum two years’ work experience in a leadership position • Experience in Adult learning theories and instructional methodologies

DIVE SHOP MANAGER Requirements include but are not limited to: • Experience managing a Dive shop operation • Ability to up and cross sell • PADI certification to dive • PADI certification to teach instructors • First Aid Certification

The salary for the position listed above ranges from $23,000.00 to $30,000.00

The salary for the position listed above ranges from $23,000.00 to $30,000.00

Security Department Requires:

SCUBA INSTRUCTOR DIVE INSTRUCTOR DIVE MASTER Requirements include but are not limited to: • Physically Fit • Certified in first aid • PADI Certified

SECURITY SUPERVISOR Requirements include but are not limited to: • Physically Fit • Ability to write reports • Ability to manage a team off officers SECURITY OFFICER Requirements include but are not limited to: • Physically Fit • Ability to write reports • Attention to detail and ability to enforce procedure Hourly rate for the above mentioned positions range from $6.00 to $10.00 Dining Room Department requires: RESTAURANT MANAGER SUPERVISOR Requirements include but are not limited to: • Three years supervising a restaurant with seating over 100 persons an asset. • Excellent customer service skills • Knowledge of wines The rate for the positions listed above is $7.00 to $15.00 an hour. SERVERS Requirements include but are not limited to: • One year experience in a restaurant with seating for over 100 persons an asset. • No food allergies • Physically fit The rate for the position listed above is $5.00 to $6.00 an hour. Kitchen Department requires: PASTRY CHEF CHEF • Must have worked in a Resort kitchen or medium to large sized restaurant • Must have over three years’ experience • Professional qualification an asset

Hourly rate for the above mentioned positions range from $6.00 to $9.00 The Sales and Weddings Department requires: WEDDINGS COORDINATOR Requirements include but are not limited to: • Experience in coordination of weddings and other functions • Ability to up-sell and reach sales targets • Ability to meet deadlines and an eye for detail • Knowledge of Martha Stewart and her branding Hourly rate for the above mentioned positions range from $6.00 to $10.00 The Accounts Department requires: COST CONTROL CLERK Requirements include but are not limited to: • Ability to meet deadlines • Knowledge of Accounting procedures • Computer literate The rate for the positions listed above is $6.00 to $18.00 an hour.

Applications giving full details of qualifications and experience should be sent to: mmvaughn@grp.sandals.com or Fax to: 941-4870 Attn: M McClean-Vaughn The Human Resources Department Beaches Turks and Caicos P.O. Box 186 Lower Bight Road and

The range in the rates for the positions listed above is $7.00 to $15.00 an hour. Laundry Department requires: ASSISTANT LAUNDRY MANAGER Requirements include but are not limited to: • Physically fit • Previous experience in commercial Laundry an assist The salary for the position listed above is $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 per annum.

The Labour Commissioner Labour Department Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands and should reach not later than November 9th 2011 Otherwise, please call for additional information tel # 649-946-8000 ext 4138


Republicans struggle in hunt for Obama challenger

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President Barack Obama's Republican foes are struggling to pick a champion for the 2012 elections, eyeing former White House hopeful Mitt Romney but energized by former pizza chain chief Herman Cain. Obama's abysmal job approval rating, which is stuck in the mid-40 percent range, stubbornly high US unemployment of over nine percent three years after he took office, and deep national pessimism have left the incumbent vulnerable. But Republicans' affections have been fickle, see-sawing between Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and Mormon who is eyed with suspicion among the party's conservative faithful, and other candidates with more appeal to those core voters. "It's still Romney's to lose," according to John Feehery, a former spokesman for erstwhile Republican House speaker Dennis Hastert who now heads Quinn Gillespie Communications in Washington. "They (Republican voters) tend to

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fall in line, but it takes a while for them to get there," said Feehery. "They still aren't that excited about him (but) they'll probably go with him." Romney weathered public opinion boomlets for rivals Representative Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry as well as speculation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or his Indiana counterpart Mitch Daniels would run. Bachmann and Perry have fallen back to earth, and Christie and Daniels opted not to run, but recent polls have found only one in three Republican voters has settled firmly on a candidate, proof the nomination battle is still wide open. While Perry remains Romney's best-funded rival for the nomination, Cain had appeared to have the wind in his sails until this week when he found himself denying sexual harassment allegations dating back to the 1990s. It is too early to tell how the charges -- which pundits say he has

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mishandled with ever-changing explanations -- will affect his surprisingly robust candidacy. If Cain were to grab the party's nomination over the course of stateby-state battles next year, it would be the first time in history that two black candidates fight it out for the White House. If he stumbles, Republicans will face the same choice they've faced all year: Romney, or a Not-Romney candidate closer to the archconservative Tea Party movement, which could prove a liability when it comes time to win over key swing-voters in the general election. "Their heads tell them that they should nominate Mitt Romney for the simple reason that he probably has the best chance against Obama," according to Allen Lichtman, a presidential historian at American University in Washington. But "the Republican base does not

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believe Romney is one of them and they don't trust him to represent their values if he becomes president," Lichtman, who made an unsuccessful Senate bid as a Democrat in 2006, recently told AFP. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Representative Ron Paul, former senator Rick Santorum and former US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman are still seen as long shots. But while the polls have focused on "a variety of shooting stars, the latest being Herman Cain," part insiders see a Romney-Perry showdown shaping up "based on the seriousness of the money, the seriousness of the organization" each of them has lined up, said Feehery. And while being seen as too conservative could put off some independent voters in the general election, Romney faces fire in the primaries for having changed his public stance on key issues to seem closer to conservatives.

VATICAN STUNNED BY IRISH EMBASSY CLOSURE

- Catholic Ireland's stunning decision to close its embassy to the Vatican is a huge blow to the Holy See's prestige and may be followed by other countries which feel the missions are too expensive, diplomatic sources said on Friday. The closure brought relations between Ireland and the Vatican, once ironclad allies, to an all-time low following the row earlier this year over the Irish Church's handling of sex abuse cases and accusations that the Vatican had encouraged secrecy. Ireland will now be the only major country of ancient Catholic tradition without an embassy in the Vatican. "This is really bad for the Vatican because Ireland is the first big Catholic country to do this and because of what Catholicism means in Irish history," said a Vatican diplomatic source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said Ireland informed the Vatican shortly before the announcement was made on Thursday night. Dublin's foreign ministry said the embassy was being closed because "it yields no economic return" and that relations would be continued with an ambassador in Dublin. The source said the Vatican was "extremely irritated" by the wording equating diplomatic missions with economic return, particularly as the Vatican sees its diplomatic role as promoting human values. Diplomats said the Irish move might sway others to follow suit to save money because double diplomatic presences in Rome are expensive. It was the latest crack in relations that had been seen as rock solid until a few years ago. In July, the Vatican took the highly unusual step of recalling its ambassador to Ireland after Prime Minister Enda Kenny accused the Holy See of obstructing investigations into sexual abuse by priests. The Irish parliament passed a motion deploring the Vatican's role in "undermining child protection frameworks" following publication of a damning report on the diocese of Cloyne. The Cloyne report said Irish clerics concealed from the authorities the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, after the Vatican disparaged Irish child protection guidelines in a letter to Irish bishops.


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Palestinians will not less than full UN seat

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The Palestinians will not accept anything less than full U.N. membership and do not want an upgrade to an observer state in the world body, their foreign minister said on Thursday. Riyad al-Malki's remarks suggested the Palestinians would not seek such an upgrade once their bid for full state membership meets its widely expected fate -- failure due to opposition from the United States and other governments. Malki told journalists in Ramallah the Palestinians could have won observer state status long ago and were not interested in it now. They currently hold the status of observer entity. "We do not want, after all of these struggles, sacrifices, and efforts by the entire Palestinian people, to accept an observer state in the United Nations. We will not accept less than we deserve: a full member state," he said. Analysts said if the Palestinian leadership does not seek enhanced status after failing to gain full membership it would mark a retreat. But they said Malki's remarks may not reflect the path President Mahmoud Abbas may take. "This reads like a tactical move," said George Giacaman, a political analyst. "It could be directed toward the Americans, the Israelis, to show flexibility, but I would not view it as a final position."

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The Palestinian bid for statehood recognition in the U.N. system has drawn fierce criticism and sanctions from the United States and from Israel, which in 1967 captured territory the Palestinians now seek for an independent country. The U.S. Congress has frozen some $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority over its statehood quest. Israel this week froze duties it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to its admission to the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO. Malki said for now the Palestinians would not seek to join more U.N. agencies as a full member. "At this moment, we are not concerned with applying for membership for Palestine in the rest of the international organizations," he said. UNESCO's vote in favor of Palestinian membership triggered an automatic cutoff in U.S. funding to the agency under U.S. law. The idea of the Palestinians joining more international agencies had raised the prospect of bodies such as the World Health Organization also losing their U.S. funding. "The official Palestinian position is to concentrate only on the request for membership which we presented to the United Nations," Malki said.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Grace Bay Club is looking for candidates that have the requirements listed along with an outgoing professional manner. They love to work with different types of people, meet challenges with a positive attitude and live the standards of our organization. Their management style is one that balances a commitment to people and their development with business/financial accountability and delivers an exceptional guest experience.

DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL RESERVATIONS MANAGER

Requirements: • Oversee the daily operations of the central reservations department for both Grace Bay Club and Veranda Resort. • At least 5 years or more, previous experience in Reservations Department for 5 star property. • Development of sales and customer service training manuals including departmental Standard Operating Procedures • Be able to assist sales promotion development, yearly budget reviews and room rates. • Maintain the Opera PMS system, including building rates, packages, configuration, promotions, daily close outs, etc. • Manage all of the Tour operator accounts for both Grace Bay Club and Veranda Resorts. • Oversees the VIP/Sales Coordinator position • Execute proper SOP standards • Responsible for achieving monthly room revenue goals. Qualified Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

DOMESTIC WORKER/HOUSEKEEPER

Requirements: • Ensure the cleanliness of all hotel areas • Assist in all Housekeeping responsibilities, cleaning of all guest rooms, stocking amenities and linens. • Perform specified server duties, including food and drink orders, preparation and serving. • Ensure inventory is used properly and in supply at all times. • Possess knowledge of proper cleaning supplies and chemical handling. Qualified Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

FRONT OFFICE RECEPTIONIST

Requirements: • Must be educated at least high school level with a good command of English • Must have a pleasant telephone manner and good general communications skills.

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JUDGE SAYS DAUGHTER POSTED BEATING VIDEO OUT OF SPITE

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Judge William Adams

McALLEN, Texas — A Texas family law judge says his daughter posted a YouTube video of him beating her several years ago because he told her he was reducing her financial support and taking away her Mercedes. Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams issued a statement through his lawyer on Thursday in which he questions his daughter Hillary's motives for posting the secretly-made 2004 video online last week. The judge does not apologize in the three-page statement for lashing his then 16-year-old daughter 17 times with a belt while she wailed and pleaded with him to stop. He told a TV station Wednesday that the video "looks worse than it is" and that he was just disciplining his child. Police are investigating and Adams says he will "respond" to any investigations.

• Must be computer literate and familiar with Opera system & Microsoft Office package use • Must be willing able to work in shifts and on holidays and week-ends. • Able to implement and carry through role with little or no supervision • Minimum 3 years experience with 3-5 star property • A passion for delivering exceptional levels of guest service Qualified Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

RESIDENT MANAGER

Requirements: • At least 5 years of direct related experience as a Resident Manager for a 5 star luxury property • In-depth knowledge of hotel systems – Opera, Micros • Financial Degree, MBA and hospitality degree desirable. • Have the ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets, forecasting and capital expenditure planning • Strategic planning skills • Strong Rooms and Front Office background. • Advanced guest service and interpersonal skills. • Must possess excellent multi-tasking, marketing and customer service skills. • Energetic, positive visionary leader, dedicated to motivating and developing team members. • Strong communication skills with experience developing correspondence and business materials for guests, owners, management and staff. Qualified Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

Requirements: • Operate and maintain the waste water treatment plant • Perform Pool and Jacuzzi services • Perform preventative maintenance on the hotel’s systems • Exercise safety precautions when working on equipment • Maintain the proper use, cleaning, maintenance and storage of all tools • Review status of assignments and follow-up actions with the Maintenance Supervisor • Assist with additional Maintenance Department tasks as assigned Qualified Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than November 12, 2011 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1050 Email: veronica.clare@gracebayclub.com or albray.lightbourne@gracebayclub.com Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies


Woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment offers statement

NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

A woman who accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment Thursday offered a statement telling her side of the story, in a move that could further undermine his 2012 campaign. Cain has been accused by at least three women of sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the mid1990s. The issue is dominating the race to decide a Republican challenger to face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election. "This is absolutely fabrication, man," Cain told conservative talk radio host Sean Hannity, adding later: "We're not going to get distracted. As of today we're back on message and we're going to stay on message." One of the women said earlier this week that she wanted to talk publicly about accusations that Cain had sexually harassed her, but she has since changed her mind and wanted to make a written statement through her lawyer. The woman's lawyer, Joel Bennett, gave the statement to the restaurant group, said Sue Hensley, a spokeswoman for the restaurant association. The trade group's lawyers were reviewing the statement to decide whether to lift a confidentiality agreement that she signed when she left the association. It is likely to conflict with Cain's version of events.

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"We are currently reviewing the document, and we plan to respond tomorrow," Hensley, of the association, said. Details of the woman's statement would likely put further pressure on Cain, 65, a former pizza executive who has headed polls of Republican contenders in recent weeks. Hannity asked Cain about comments from a conservative Iowa radio host who said Cain subjected two of his female staff members to "inappropriate and awkward" comments. "If speaking to somebody is sexual harassment, give me a break," Cain said, sounding exasperated. "All I do is speak to people everywhere I go and even though they are the receptionists, I treat them with respect by saying hello." Cain complained of his treatment by the U.S. news media after spending most of this week in the glare of the Washington press corps, giving conflicting accounts of the case and accusing rival Rick Perry of instigating the controversy to derail his surging campaign. "This is the D.C. culture: Guilty until proven innocent," Cain told conservative activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in an interview for The Daily Caller website. Cain's charges against Perry

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain

prompted a vigorous round of mudslinging on the campaign trail, with the Perry camp suggesting that candidate Mitt Romney was responsible and Romney's team denying it. "Our campaign didn't have anything to do with it," Texas Governor Perry told CNN, vowing that if he found out anyone in his camp was responsible for spreading around the information, they would be "out the door." Cain told the conservative activist that the experience this week in Washington has been "very disorienting," and he sought to clean up from a bungled answer to a foreign policy question he gave in a PBS interview earlier in the week. He had said China was trying to acquire a nuclear capability, which it has possessed since the 1960s. "Maybe I misspoke," he said.

PRELIMINARY NOTICE OF AUCTION SALES FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Ltd, as Chargee, pursuant to section 72 of the Registered Land Ordinance, hereby gives notice that it will cause to be sold by Public Auction the scheduled property outside of its offices at 1271 Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands at 10:00 am on Friday, November 25, 2011. 1. Title No. 61004\05 Juba Salina, Providenciales Comprising 0.60 acres residential ocean view property consisting of a detached single-storey residential home which includes an open plan living and dining area, kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and utility room. In addition, there is also a detached two-storey building comprising a garage, an unfinished studio unit, office and an upper level studio apartment with bedroom, large living area, kitchen and bathroom. Total gross floor area is approximately 4,930 square feet. Registered Proprietors, Olympia Technologies Ltd. For more information please contact Mr. Corey Clarke, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Head Office, Bridgetown, Barbados (Tel: 246 467 1654/email: corey.clarke@cibcfcib.com) or MCKNIGHTS International Law Firm, Attorneys at Law, 46 Salt Mills Plaza, Grace Bay, Providenciales (Telephone 649-941-2330/Fax 649941-2331/email: admin@mcknights.tc).

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"What I meant was China does not have the size of the nuclear capability that we have." Political commentators say Perry stands to benefit from a collapse of Cain's campaign in their fight to become the conservative alternative to the more moderate Romney, a former Massachusetts governor. At the same time, most analysts believe Cain would eventually falter anyway, as the former pizza executive has little political experience and has recently suffered a series of stumbles. But Cain has surged ahead of Romney or even with him in national polls and in Iowa, the state that holds the first U.S. nominating contest of 2012 on January 3. Cain's campaign has hauled in $1 million in donations in recent days, a spokesman said, despite the accusations. An extended controversy over Cain may be of no help to any Republican seeking to become the party's challenger to Obama, whose slide in the polls has stopped and who may be gaining traction with his criticism of Republican lawmakers for blocking his jobs legislation. Cain told Forbes magazine he believes a former employee who now works for Perry, Curt Anderson, was the original source of the story published by news website Politico Sunday that reported on the harassment charges. Anderson denied it, saying: "I have great respect for Herman and his character and I would never speak ill of him, on the record or off the record."

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persons must be able to work weekends and holidays Salary $6.00 per hour Interested person should send resume to Claudette@yairtc.com

Heavy Duty, Small Equipment Mechanic and Under Water Welder Caribbean Tile Company is looking for a qualified, experienced,

The applicant must be:

(a) Certified (b) Have five (5) to ten (10) years experience in this field (c) Able to install, maintain and repair Vehicles ,Boats and weld (gas & arc) (d) Have the ability to read and speak English

(e) Able to read and interpret Mechanic and Mechanical systematic diagrams (f) Able to analyze defects, troubleshoot and take appropriate action (g) Able to work with little or no supervision

All interested applicants should be prepared to work long hours including weekends and public holidays. Salary is $10.00 per hour. Only those receiving an interview will be contacted. Contact: Mr. Cleophas McDonald Stubbs 231-0622 or 946-4033

CAICOSMART is seeking a

DOMESTIC WORKER Working hours will include weekends and holidays. Salary $5.00 per hour. Please call telephone # 941-8662.


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NIB PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT In accordance with Section 39 of the National Insurance Ordinance 1991, the following employers / self employed persons in South Caicos are hereby requested to appear before a National Insurance Inspector before 3:00 p.m. October 31, 2011 Alroy Delano Taylor Caicos Fisheries Ltd. Calvary Christian School Chandra Sherill Hamilton Cherimay Patricia Cooke Cordell Seymour Clifford Anthony Duncanson David George Durham Clovis Joseph Earl Godwin Basden Romarl Harris Eliza Manvella Basden Thomas Saintilma Johnny Lamour Kenric Hall Branford Hall

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD

The Turks & Caicos Islands National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Chief Financial Officer.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

JOB SUMMARY The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for directing the financial functions of the NHIB in accordance with GAAP and other financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the health insurance industry Main Duties and Responsibilities • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the NHIB’s financial function and performance. • Participate in the development of the company’s plans and programs as a strategic partner with the TCI Government, the National Insurance Board and Interhealth Canada Limited. • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning and the introduction of new programs/strategies

• Provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the CEO and Board in performing their responsibilities.

• Develop, implement and enforce financial policies and procedures that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the company.

• Provide technical financial knowledge and advice to others within the financial discipline. • Provide monthly financial reports to the TCIG Ministry of Finance, similarly to other statutory bodies, that meet agreed requirements • May perform other duties as assigned by the CEO or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

Julicia Mejia Martinez Outten Kennedy Lightbourne Kasey Pierre Linley & Luedell Goldman Luc Maximillen Nadine Vanessa Hall Oswald David Thomas Patrease Gilda Thomas Pearl Pierre Rita Smith Ron Merisier Hall Rony Valmyr Rosemary Duncanson Seandra Marisa Clare Tanya Pau Timothy Hamilton • Client side lead for the overall financial audit process

• Responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable financial regulations and other fiduciary responsibilities.

• Manage and supervise the finance and billing teams Minimum Qualification & Experience Required: Preferred candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree or preferably a Master’s degree in Accounting along with the equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role, and 10 or more years working as an accountant or Senior Accountant Preference will to be given to persons with verifiable professional credentials such as CPA and or Chartered Accountant, held for greater than 6 years

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:• Experienced financial leader with appropriate industry experience, strong supervisory and mentoring skills, high ethical standards, exceptional analytical and problem solving, well-organized and self-directed, excellent written/verbal communication, speak, read and write in English language, • Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel etc.) and Accounting software packages (Dynamics GP) , • Excellent time management. • Solid understanding of International Financial reporting standards • Team worker who is willing to take a hand on approach to the role.

Salary • Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience within the range of $75,000 to $90,000 per annum • Deadline for submission: November 18th 2011 • All applicants should be addressed to:

Zaneta Burton Chief Executive Officer National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands British West Indies Email: info@tcinhip.tc or zburton@tcinhip.tc


Greek leader calls off referendum on bailout plan

NOVEMBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2011

ATHENS — In a tumultuous day of political gamesmanship, Prime Minister George A. Papandreou on Thursday called off a referendum on Greece’s new debt deal with the euro zone after winning a measure of support from his opposition and managed to repair, at least for a day, a major rupture in relations with Europe. The decision to abandon his idea of holding a popular vote on the European debt deal did not end the political turmoil here; Mr. Papandreou still faces a rebellion in his own Socialist Party and the fury of some opposition figures, and he will have to weather a difficult confidence vote on Friday. But talk of a possible unity government eased international fears of immediate new elections and a looming default if he did not survive in office, cheering markets in Europe and abroad. In an address to his party’s central committee on Thursday evening, Mr. Papandreou said there was no need for a referendum now that the opposition New Democracy Party had said for the first time that it would back the agreement, reached last week, to write down Greek debt in exchange for austerity measures and a commitment to the euro as the nation’s currency. The prime minister invited the New Democracy Party to become “conegotiators” on the deal and later said that talks on a unity government should begin immediately. He also suggested that he would be willing to step aside so that others could form a unity government if he won Friday’s confidence vote. “I am not clinging to my seat,” he said. He made those comments after the New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras, accused the prime minister of “deception.” Mr. Samaras was angry that Mr. Papandreou appeared to be trying to hold on to his post after securing the opposition’s cooperation. Mr. Papandreou’s decision to call off

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Greek Prime Minister George A. Papandreou

the referendum followed three days of political volleyball that whipsawed world markets, shook the Continent to its foundations and drove angry European leaders to issue an ultimatum on Wednesday demanding that Greece decide once and for all if it wanted to remain a part of the European Union and its currency bloc, the euro zone. But after a day of political horsetrading, Greece’s Byzantine political storm began to look less like points of departure for Europe than hastily considered parliamentary maneuvers by a prime minister who was looking for a way to shore up support with both the Socialists and the opposition — or to negotiate a graceful exit. As has happened so often in the euro crisis, the fate of the European enterprise seemed to hinge on the political machinations of one of the union’s smallest members. At first, Mr. Papandreou was said to have offered to resign before the confidence vote on Friday. By late afternoon, however, the Greek news media reported during the cabinet meeting that he not only was refusing to resign but was in fact calling off the referendum.

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Insurer American International Group lost more than $4 billion in the third quarter, as its aircraft leasing unit took an impairment charge on a portion of its fleet and the fair value of the company's one-third stake in Asian insurer AIA fell. It was the 10th time in the last 15 quarters, dating to 2008, that AIG lost at least $1 billion. Shares fell 3.2 percent in after-hours trading after the company announced its financial results, then rebounded a bit after AIG said it would launch a $1 billion share buyback. AIG's core insurance businesses were profitable on an operating basis, and its mortgage insurance unit both raised prices and gained market share amid difficulties in that industry. But those results were not enough to overcome the charges, which were partially driven by declining equity and debt markets during the quarter. AIG reported a loss of $4.11 billion, or $2.16 per share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $2.52 billion, or $18.53 per share. In the yearearlier period AIG took a number of charges on asset sales; it also had a smaller share count. On an operating basis AIG lost $3.04 billion, or $1.60 per share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S had on average expected a loss of 63 cents per share in the quarter, though the range of estimates was wide, from a loss of 22 cents to a loss of 99 cents. AIG said that ILFC, its plane leasing business, took a $1.5 billion impairment on 95 planes as customers' appetites shifted toward newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Last February, Chief Executive Bob Benmosche said he did not expect any further large charges for the business this year, after it took roughly $1 billion in write-downs in the last six months of 2010. AIG said it lost $2.3 billion on the declining fair value of its stake in AIA during the third quarter. AIG took AIA public late last year in Hong Kong. It recently became eligible to start selling AIA shares after the IPO lockup expired. AIG has also filed to take ILFC public. Proceeds from the sale of AIA shares and from any ILFC IPO are already earmarked to pay back some of the U.S. Treasury's remaining $50 billion interest in the company. The government rescued AIG from the brink of bankruptcy in September 2008, at a price tag that exceeded $182 billion. The Treasury still owns a 77 percent stake in what was once the world's largest insurance company. In the third quarter, AIG also had substantial catastrophe losses totaling $574 million, mostly because of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Beyond the charges, though, AIG said its insurance units had posted nearly $900 million in pretax operating income. Property insurer Chartis saw net premiums written rise nearly 1 percent, though the gain was attributable to foreign exchange benefits. Pricing improved in its U.S. commercial business, echoing similar results from other insurers as the market rebounded. unAmerica's life insurance sales rose 14 percent, while assets under management also rose.

Poorest poor in US hits new record: 1 in 15 people

WASHINGTON — The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high — 1 in 15 people — spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income. New census data paint a stark portrait of the nation's haves and havenots at a time when unemployment remains persistently high. It comes a week before the government releases first-ever economic data that will show more Hispanics, elderly and workingage poor have fallen into poverty. In all, the numbers underscore the breadth and scope by which the downturn has reached further into mainstream America. Traditional inner-city black ghettos

are thinning out and changing, drawing in impoverished Hispanics who have low-wage jobs or are unemployed. Neighborhoods with poverty rates of at least 40 percent are stretching over broader areas, increasing in suburbs at twice the rate of cities. Once-booming Sun Belt metro areas are now seeing some of the biggest jumps in concentrated poverty. Signs of a growing divide between rich and poor can be seen in places such as the upscale Miami suburb of Miami Shores, where nannies gather with their charges at a playground nestled between the township's sprawling golf course and soccer fields. The locale is a far cry from where many of them live. About 20.5 million Americans, or 6.7 percent of the U.S. population,

make up the poorest poor, defined as those at 50 percent or less of the official poverty level. Those living in deep poverty represent nearly half of the 46.2 million people scraping by below the poverty line. In 2010, the poorest poor meant an income of $5,570 or less for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four. That 6.7 percent share is the highest in the 35 years that the Census Bureau has maintained such records, surpassing previous highs in 2009 and 1993 of just over 6 percent. Broken down by states, 40 states and the District of Columbia had increases in the poorest poor since 2007, and none saw decreases. The District of Columbia ranked highest at 10.7 percent, followed by Mississippi and New Mexico. Nevada had the

biggest jump, rising from 4.6 percent to 7 percent. Concentrated poverty also spread wider. After declining during the 1990s economic boom, the proportion of poor people in large metropolitan areas who lived in high-poverty neighborhoods jumped from 11.2 percent in 2000 to 15.1 percent last year, according to a Brookings Institution analysis released Thursday. Such geographically concentrated poverty in the U.S. is now at the highest since 1990, following a decade of high unemployment and rising energy costs. As a whole, the number of poor in the suburbs who lived in high-poverty neighborhoods rose by 41 percent since 2000, more than double the growth of such city neighborhoods.


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The general secretary and technical director of the TCIFA, Sonia Bien-Aime and Matthew Green visited Mexico last week to attend a FIFA seminar for the CONCACAF region. The event was designed to allow member associations a chance for their officers to discuss the challenges that they face as well as highlight their achievements. For many associations it was also an opportunity for their officers to learn more about their roles and responsibilities but as for the TCIFA pair, which has been working together for several years, its focus was more on how FIFA can help the TCIFA in its development plans. As a result of its hard work in developing the game of football, the TCIFA was asked to deliver a presentation on one of their key development areas, Beach Soccer. Green's presentation was well received by the convention and several associations have already asked the TCIFA about receiving technical advice on how to start Beach Soccer programmes in their own country. During the week long seminar Green was also given an opportunity to represent the

Lester Smith (Grenada), Ces Podd ( St. Lucia ) local fan and Green pose after the friendly game

TCIFA by delivering a presentation on the roles admitted his team was a bit lucky. “The young and responsibilities of a technical director. His guys were more skilful than us, but I guess our presentation focused on what priorities directors experience made the difference". A busy week for Green culminated in him should follow and suggested practical ways of being asked to make a farewell speech on behalf overcoming obstacles that many associations face of the participants during the closing ceremony. in the region. Despite the hard work, participants were Green was honoured to have been chosen for this given some time to relax as they attended the Pan- task and thanked FIFA and CONCACAF for all American Games men's football final between their support in recent years. Green also drew loud applause from the Mexico and Argentina, which resulted in a 1-0 win for the host nation. In addition several of the audience when he thanked the Mexican Federation technical directors visited a local festival and and people for being perfect hosts. In his closing played an exhibition game against some local remarks Green added that "the world has many problems, but football can be an instrument of youth players. Green said this was one of the highlights change and it is up to us as leaders of the sport, to of the trip "it was great for us older guys to play make a difference by setting good examples and against such talented young players in front of an working more closely together". He encouraged the member associations to enthusiastic and appreciative crowd. “Football is all about making friends and sharing experiences strive hard to fulfill FIFA's slogans which are to so it was a special moment for us all to play against "Develop the game - Touch the World - Build a better these players who have such a passion for the future". With the emphasis on youth development, game". The technical director's team actually won the TCIFA long term goals go hand in hand with the game 7-6 (Green scoring twice) although Green FIFA's message that football is for all.

Provo Amateur Basketball League starts with exciting games

The 2nd Annual Provo Amateur Basketball Association commenced on Saturday 22nd October, 2011 with three games. In the first encounter the Steelers defeated Cobras 59 – 51, with Cameron Henry of Steelers scored 25 points, 8 rebounds. Rico Clare from Cobras scored 14 points. In the second game, South Caicos Harbour Boys defeated Keith Cox Flyers 66- 59. Rudy Fulford shot 22 points and grabbed five rebounds for flyers, while Alvarado Parker scored 13 points and13 rebounds for South Caicos. In the third game, the Knights defeated

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Lions 53- 47. Damian Seymour registered 18 points, four steals for lions and Saundro Jermain 17 points and 13 rebounds for Knights. In week 2 Friday night Game 1.Lions defeated Steeters 56- 19. Marcus Lightbourne of the Lions scored 10 points, 10 rebounds. Cameron Henry of the Steelers scored 10 points. Game two saw Flyers coming out ahead of Cobras 58 -28. Anthony Cash of Flyers scored 20 points, six assists and 5 steals. Jeffery BienAime of the Cobras scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and affected two steals. In Game 3, Knights defeated Police Badgers

49- 47. Saundro Germain of Knights scored 16 points and pulled down18 rebounds. Kjuanna Doughty of Police Badgers, scored 18 point and grabbed two rebounds. Saturday Night - Game 1 saw South Caicos defeating Philipinos 68 - 44. Damieko Dean of South Caicos scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Julito Tranza of the Philipinos scored 10 points. In Game 2 - Flyers defeated Steelers 66 -58 with Chad Campbell of the victors scoring 11 points, while grabbing five rebounds and making 7 assists. Cameron Henry of the Steelers registered 15 pts and landed five rebounds. In Game 3 - Predators defeated Customs Collectors 40 - 38. Troy Saunders of Predators scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Ezra Taylor of Customs Collectors shot 8 and grabbed12 rebounds.


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Turks & Caicos Ruby target DHL NACRA sevens

The TCIRFU has been targeting this tournament for 6 months now and has put together specialized sevens training program to condition the squad. Under the directorship of coach Blair Mason, National trials and final selections were made with 4 weeks to go and the final twelve have been training intensely over the last few weeks to be prepared for what they anticipate will be an exciting challenge in Barbados. Having not competed at this level since 2007 and with the TCIRFU recently gaining its affiliate membership, the players know how important it is to give a good account of them and their country in what will be for the majority of them their first taste of international rugby. The challenge is large but the players are enthusiastic about playing some good sevens rugby and learning what is required to

compete successfully at this level. With rugby developing so quickly in the Turks & Caicos Islands and the increasing number of youngsters joining the ranks, it's important for them to be able to see that international honors are achievable and the TCIRFU has been actively encouraging the older junior players to try out for selection. The experiences gained as part of this process will stand them in good stead in just a few years time when they will be pushing for selection in the National U19 and well as senior men's National side. The TCIRFU would like to thank their gear sponsor O'Neills for their new playing strip, and also DHL for their support of this NACRA tournament. Many thanks to NACRA for organizing it and good luck to all the teams competing.

Sailroack U14 Girls league gets intense The Sailrock under 14 Girls league produced some exciting games last weekend, and after two weeks of action it is difficult to spot a clear favourite as all teams are close in the league table. The Yellow Jaguars tied 1-1 with the White Wolves. Ella O'Connell gave the Jaguars the lead but an own goal gave the Wolves a share of the points. The Titans then beat the league leaders, the Green Dragons by a 3-1 margin. Gianna Roberts, Octavia Gardiner and Makayla Ellis scored for the Titans and Briande Brooks for the Dragons. The Striking Cheetahs tied 0-0 with the Red Devils before going on to beat the Titans 2-0 with goals coming from Evnisha Saintvertu. The Red Devils tied for the second time on the day, this time with the Jaguars (1-1) as Lomekiah Thompson and Guerline Hall's goals ensured the honours were even. The final game of the day was a six goal thriller, as the White Wolves beat the Green Dragons 4-2. Tiffany Grant and Briande Brooks gave the dragons hope but a Waldine Pierre hat-trick and a Cessia Johnson goal put the Wolves top of the league. All six teams are in close contention as the league moves into its third week.

PROVO Golf Club officials are busy rewriting the record books following last weekend’s annual Ryder Cup competition. And one name that will feature prominently in its latest chapter is Delancy. The Ryder Cup is the club’s biggest tournament, with North America taking on an International line-up for the coveted trophy. This year’s showdown saw history made before a ball was struck as Agatha and Elijah Delancy became the first ever grandmother and grandson to be selected for duty. The talented duo represented the International side with 15-year-old Elijah being the youngest player and first ever junior to take part.And if that wasn’t enough, Agatha also became the first woman to hit a hole in one in the tournament. In fact the only downside to an otherwise perfect weekend was that the Delancys finished on the losing team, with North America recording a 26-19 victory. Agatha, a youthful 62, said: “It was a wonderful occasion and I was very proud to have been selected alongside Elijah. “Elijah knew before I did that he was playing and I was so pleased for him. I then rang the International captain, Chris Bruno, on another matter and I was shocked and surprised when he told me I’d been selected too. “Getting the hole in one in the singles on Sunday was such a big surprise too. It came on the fourth hole – a hole I had played badly in the pairs on Saturday. “I have a bad knee which was playing up a bit and a combination of that and the poor shot the day before just helped me relax. I knew I’d hit it well with my trusty 7-wood, but had no idea it had gone in the hole until I actually got up on the green. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s my first hole in one ever and all my team mates and opponents were so kind and pleased for me.” The Delancys moved to the TCI just over a year ago from the Bahamas and so neither had expected to be thrown into Ryder Cup action so soon. “I was delighted to be picked”, said Wesley Methodist School pupil, Elijah, who has a handicap of just 15. “I played a little bit of golf in the Bahamas but only started seriously here in the TCI. “To play in the Ryder Cup alongside my grandmother was incredible and I would like to thank my captain and all the guys at Provo Golf Club for their amazing support. “It’s a shame we didn’t win the competition but it was still a very special occasion for me and my family, and I am so proud of my grandmother, especially after her hole in one.”

Super 7’s Men’s League in high gear The Sailrock U13 Boys league completed its second round of games with some high scoring and entertaining football last weekend. In the opening game Blue Hill Sharks beat Long Bay Revolution 3-1, with two goals from Wikins Sylvain and one from Jackson Pierre. Idlin Belony scored the consolation goal for Revolution. In the second game, Five Cays edged out Leeward Knights (32) with Ras Diamond (2) and Greshawn Been netting for Five Cays and Deshawn Dorcius and Ledson Gerome for the Knights. Two high scoring games rounded off the morning action as Five Cays overcame the Knights

by a 5-2 margin. Gerome was again on the score-sheet for the Knights and Samir Tolani added the second goal but it was not enough to stop a dominant Sharks performance as Sylvain added two more goals to his impressive tally and Pierre rounded off his MVP performance with a hat-trick. The final game was the best of the day as Long Bay Revolution beat Five Cays FC 4-3. The game was closely fought but two goals apiece from Marvin Joseph and Gabriel Diotte-Joly outscored the efforts of Kevin Simon (2) and Wendy Joseph. MVP for Week 2 - Jackson Pierre


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National Basketball Association (NBA) owners have launched a "preemptive strike" by commencing legal action they hope will end the labor dispute, an anti-trust lawyer said. With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement stalled, the NBA this week launched an anti-trust lawsuit against itself, asking the U.S. Second District Court to decide if the lockout was legal under anti-trust laws. The players' lawyers responded by asking the court to throw out the case because the union has yet to decertify and bring any action against owners. Michael Keeley, an anti-trust and litigation lawyer for Axinn, Veltrop and Harkrider, told Reuters the owner's actions were designed so they could pick the time, the place and the court for the key legal battles ahead. "It is a pre-emptive strike," Keeley said. "They are saying, "I know you are going to hit me with this anti-trust lawsuit and I want to pick the court

and the time. "It's like I sued you over the possibility you might crash your car into my house. You haven't crashed your car into my house so there is no case to hear yet. "But there is law that, even when there is a dispute that has not happened yet, gives a court jurisdiction to hear a case." By seizing the initiative, the NBA may have gained home field advantage by filing their lawsuit in the Second District Court, which Keeley says, has traditionally been favorable to the ownership side on issues. "The threat of decertification and a lawsuit by the players gives them some degree of leverage," said Keeley. "The owners are trying to defuse that by bringing their own lawsuit. "They are sort of lancing a boil." The NBA contends the players association has been using the threat of decertification and anti-trust lawsuits as leverage in negotiations and the owners are keen to remove that threat.

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Keeley believes the NBA players association is approaching the antitrust option with caution having watched the National Football League (NFL) survive a similar challenge during collective bargaining negotiations earlier this year. Shortly after the NFL lockout began the union decertified and players launched individual lawsuits against the league. The case was initially supported by the district court but then unsuccessful before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Once the Eighth Circuit sided with the league, the parties returned to the table and struck a deal. "One might assume it was because they (NBAPA) saw what happened with the NFL players that they thought it was more valuable to have the threat of decertifying and bringing a lawsuit rather than actually suing," explained Keeley. "The (Second District Court) judge is deciding should this case be confronted right now or is it

premature. "He could say, I'm tossing this out, come back to me when the players decertify. "But if he rules I'm willing to hear the case then you have basically an anti-trust lawsuit like you had in Minnesota with the NFL." While the legal wrangling may seem tedious to fans, a decision by the courts may be the quickest way to getting players back on the courts. "This is all designed to give one side more or less leverage over the commercial negotiations," said Keeley. "If you are a basketball fan the hope is that this gets resolved by the courts because you look at the NFL case. "As soon as the court ruled one way or another, the parties got together and they struck a deal. "The NFL players had built their whole strategy around getting this (anti-trust) lawsuit and when they lost it was time to come to the table."

Bishoo bashes Bangladesh as Windies claim victory

DHAKA - Spinner Davendra Bishoo completed his maiden five-wicket haul as Bangladesh collapsed either side of lunch on the fifth day of the second test to succumb to a 229-run defeat to the West Indies Wednesday. Resuming after the interval on 263 for six, Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for just 15 runs in a little over seven overs to be dismissed for 278 as the tourists secured a 1-0 victory in the twomatch series. Bishoo claimed two wickets in the first over after the break when he trapped Nasir Hossain lbw for three before Suhrawadi Shuvo offered up a catch to skipper Darren Sammy at slip without scoring a couple of deliveries later. Naeem Islam (three) soon fell to Bishoo to give the leg-spinner his fifth wicket, before Kemar Roach bowled last man Rubel Hossain (also for three) to complete an easy victory that had appeared to be drifting away from the tourists earlier on. West Indies were largely frustrated in the

morning session before they removed home skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in a threeover span before lunch after the duo frustrated had them with a dogged 88-run fifth-wicket stand. Sammy claimed the wicket of Shakib, who managed to spoil all of his good work by mistiming an improvised shot that took a leading edge to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at slip for 55. Rahim soon followed when Bishoo bowled him for 69 to expose the tail and the spinner eventually finished with test-best figures of 5-90 as Bangladesh lost their last six wickets for 22 runs in less than 12 overs. "It's really good to win," Sammy told reporters. "We left home hoping to come out here and play well. After playing and working hard, it's good. We all knew that Bangladesh would put up a fight. "The captain, Shakib and Tamim (Iqbal) posed challenges but we believed in our bowling unit that showed that we could achieve things." Bangladesh captain Rahim rued an inability

among his batsmen to apply themselves to the task at hand. "Our top order batsmen could not play big innings which was really important to save the match," he said. "Getting out when we looked set is our main problem. We lack in temperament, we need to develop the habit of playing big innings and spending longer at the crease." Chasing a world record target of 508, Bangladesh resumed on 164-3 and suffered a major blow in just the third over of the morning when the third umpire ruled that opener Tamim Iqbal was caught by Sammy off Bishoo for 83. The on-field official was unable to determine if the fuller delivery was a bump ball but the third umpire clarified the delivery had hit the ground before the bat and gave Tamim out after he had added a single to his overnight total. The rain-hit first test was drawn in Chittagong last week.

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