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TCI Tourism Slow Down By Allie Capron


ccording to official reports, growth in the tourism sector was beginning to sag at the beginning of 2017 and has dipped even further after the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. Arrivals and occupancy for this year’s Thanksgiving season were down compared to last year, confirmed Stacy Cox, Executive Director of Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA). As a result, there is a strong possibility that this year’s winter turnout will also be down as well. Nevertheless, Cox remains watchfully hopeful about the winter season and beyond, noting that there are many possible contributing factors for this year’s decline. “The slight decrease we experienced at the start of the year can be attributed to many different reasons,” Cox explained. “The US economy is a major one. We also know that we had several unfortunate situations involving tourists direct here. We had the Zka outbreak last year as well. So it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly contributed to the slight decline this year. What I can tell you is that coming into the festive season, bookings are good. There are still hotels with one or two pockets of availability where we would have been 100% booked normally but that’s expected. increasingly short notice. People used to book as far ahead as 3 years in advance but now it’s as if people are just waking up and saying: I’m going to Turks and Caicos. So with that in mind, it’s possible that those pockets of availability will fill up in the next two weeks or so.” Cox further explained that low air arrivals don’t always directly correlate to low hotel bookings. Air arrivals encompass all traffic to our islands, including hotel stays, Airbnbs, villas and VRBOs. Thus, it is important to make the distinction between arrival statistics and actual hotel statistics. In June this year, the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board reported that air arrivals to the Turks



Kiwanis Club spreads Christmas cheer to hundreds of kids

he Kiwanis Club of Providenciales hosted their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 10th, in Downtown Providenciales. The Annual Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lighting included a concert with performances by local

artists, entertainment for all the family and the doling out of 800 gifts by Santa Claus to kids 3-10 years old. For the past several years, a fireworks element has been added to its already rich glamour. This year, Madam President of the Kiwanis

and Caicos Islands decreased slightly villas are a big draw to the islands as for the first three months of 2017 when well but we don’t have any data points compared to the same period in 2016. on that traffic. There is no official means The European market declined by 44% to track it. So as hotel authorities, from and arrivals from other countries fell our respective organisations, we can only speak to hotels being full and how by 42%. Nikheel Advani, Chief many heads are on the beds. Arrivals Operating Officer and Principal of encompass this gray area which nobody Grace Bay Resorts, spoke to the SUN is measuring yet so it’s important to about the complexity of air arrival take note of that.” He added: “Was it an amazing statistics. “There’s an emergence of a year? No. Last year was a great year; shared economy within air arrivals,” it’s the best year that we’ve ever had. said Advani. “The phenomenon of With that said, I’m feeling better about Airbnb is here to stay and obviously 2018, cautiously. I have to give a lot

Thanks a million to FLOW for keeping us continuously connected throughout Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Your staff proved yet again that you’re the most reliable, caring, trustworthy telecommunications network and provider in the Turks and Caicos. From Management of Turks and Caicos SUN, Airport Hotel, Occasions Ballroom

Club Michelle Robinson and two kids from the audiences switched the lights on. Pictured here is the huge crowd of kids and adults at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting this year.

of credit to our tourist board and our hoteliers here who went out to spread the word that the Turks and Caicos is back on track and fully functional in order to get the public away from this idea that we were irrevocably damaged by the hurricane. Unfortunately, there is still more work to be done with that. Many people we spoke to while networking still think the whole Caribbean is destroyed. And that’s the general sentiment we’re trying to change. Slowly but surely, people are feeling differently.” Continued on Page 2

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Travel officials have been working tirelessly to separate the Turks and Caicos from the devastation narrative that has encompassed much of the Caribbean following the latest hurricane season. As the country continues to re-build and visitor confidence is restored, TCI tourist performance will return to its glory days. Cox remains cautiously

optimistic about the tourism turnout for 2018. “We wouldn’t usually have certain events on our docket but now it’s important that we go and make our rounds at luxury travel events and make it known that we are back in business,” Cox said. “In the Turks and Caicos, all things considered, we’re in an extremely good position. Many of

our compsets like Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to a certain extent are all pretty much down for the next 6 months to 9 months, causing compression in the market which we anticipate will work in our favor. The number of people that visited us during the Thanksgiving season are now posting about their time here on

social media. And those that come for Christmas will do the same. This is another strong way to separate TCI from the devastation narrative. It speaks directly to the consumers and convinces them more swiftly than most other methods, reminding them that we are still a viable option for travel.”

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Derek Been appointed new Director of Immigration Mr. Derek Been is the new Director of Immigration within the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services. Mr. Been who officially took up the post on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, holds a Post Graduate Degree from the University of Leicester Business School and previously dedicated over 10 years to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service where he served as the former Under Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Communication and Immigration from 1999 – 2004; as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2006-2009 and as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Utilities and Housing from 2009-2010, before taking up the post of Deputy Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Ports Authority from 2010-2016. During his tenure in government Mr. Been had the opportunity to assist in a number of key projects including the construction of the North and Middle Caicos Causeway, Leeward Highway, the introduction of the Ports Authority, the Public Works Change Initiative, the Blue Ribbon Commission and several other key projects. Mr. Been is a civic leader having dedicated many years of service to the Boys Scouts where he serves as the Leader of the Grand Turk Division and is a member of the Turks and Caicos National Museum. He is also the founder and webmaster of Grand Turk Events which seeks to bring awareness to community events on the island of Grand Turk.

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams stated that she was pleased to welcome Mr. Been back to the civil service and in such a critical role at such a critical time; “I am pleased to congratulate Mr. Been on his appointment and to welcome him back to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service. His appointment which is a critical one, comes at a very critical time as we seek to make a number of positive changes in the structures, systems and management in the Ministry of Border Control and more specifically in the Immigration Department. Mr. Been possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, having previously served as a former Under Secretary within this and numerous other ministries along with serving as a former Permanent Secretary within government. He is fully aware of both the challenges and needs of the department and has already in his short time in the department set about an action plan for change. I look forward to working with him and to supporting him in his role where I have every confidence that he will do exceptionally well.” Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood added, “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Been to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment. Mr. Been assumes the vital role of Director of Immigration at a pivotal moment in our country’s history, where now more than ever, there needs to be sound direction and developments in the policies and

MANAGER OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST Description  To ensure the FortisTCI consistently projects a favorable image to all stakeholders by coordinating and executing internal and external communications strategies and marketing campaigns that demonstrate and share the FortisTCI corporate values and vision.  To effectively manage the flow of information to FortisTCI employees, the general public, and other key stakeholders as a means of protecting the brand and reputation of the company. Main Duties • Assist the Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs with the development and implementation of annual multi-stakeholder communications plan • Research, draft, and edit all internal and external communications, including but not limited to; press releases, brochures, web content, advertisements, speeches, feature articles and stories, fact sheets, newsletters, and corporate reports, independently and with a high level of creativity and attention to detail • Develop communication strategies and campaigns (with a focus on message, tone, and style) that are of high quality, effective and consistent for both internal and external stakeholders that increase engagement levels across various platforms; including the company’s website, employee intranet, and social media platforms • Offer informed recommendations on internal and external communication initiatives • Plan and execute major stakeholder events internally and externally across all FortisTCI service territories a member of the corporate communications team • Identify and promote the Company’s image through sponsorship of positive community events, cause-oriented initiatives, benefiting you sports and cultural programs. • Manage content on the company’s website, intranet and social media outlets, and regularly review for accuracy • Create and promote programs and strategies that will improve internal communications among all employees and across FortisTCI services territories; • Introduce new communication tools currently not is use by the company that will help meet overall objectives. (LinkedIn, etc.) • Assist with the compilation of communications analytics and insights for reporting purposes • Monitor all forms of media locally and regionally (TV, Radio, Print & the

practices guiding both migration and immigration activities for the protection and security of our borders. Mr. Been, as a former Civil Servant, Under Secretary and Permanent Secretary of numerous areas within Government, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be fundamental to the department’s ability to address the many challenges that have inundated our communities and social systems over the years. While we have embarked on numerous initiatives for the reshaping of migration and immigration in the TCI, there is a long road ahead of us but I am encouraged by the energy and diversity that Mr. Been has on how the department, and indeed the country, can achieve its goals. Over the coming weeks Mr. Been will be working to institute new guidelines and policies for the improvement and revitalization of his department and together, with our support, I expect that he will have another long successful tenure with us.” Commenting on the appointment himself Mr. Derek Been said: “I am most thankful to Almighty God for granting me the opportunity to serve in such a role and at such a time. I am fully cognizant of the inherent challenges and threats that seem to dominate the immigration and labour sectors. However, opportunities also exist and the way we manage migration and immigration is critical to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of these Islands and for those who conduct business and reside here

Derek Been permanently. The Immigration Department is essentially an enforcement body. The staff that I lead are expected to operate within the provision of the laws of the country. I expect the officers to be fair, firm and consistent in exercising their functions and we expect the Public and our clients to appreciate and adhere to the law. As it relates specifically to the role as Director, I will support lawful entry to persons (business and pleasure) who will benefit these Islands, while preventing the abuse of the society and its economy. I look forward to continuing the efforts to improve service delivery and processes that we manage, and to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. Critical to meeting our objectives is increased staff training and cross training, forging strategic alliances and the use of technology to protect our borders. I look forward to supporting the team at the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in achieving the broader objectives.”

Internet) for relevant industry material; • Participate and assist with the crisis management communication planning, readiness and response activities • Conduct tours of the corporate headquarters and plant facilities when necessary • Oversee daily work duties of the Corporate Communications Officer and Junior Corporate Communications Officer • Support the Corporate Communications Department with any other duties that may be assigned from time to time. • Functions within this department may require working outside normal business hours or working off-site from time to time Academic/Technical/Management/Experience and Qualifications:  Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, English, Public Relations, Advertising, or Marketing. Master’s degree is preferred  Minimum of 10 years of dedicated communications experience, including writing and editing in a corporate environment with increasing levels of responsibility required  Experienced in leading, managing, and motivating a team  Experienced with content management and marketing  Experienced with managing and publishing a newsletter or magazine  Experienced with media and relationship building  Website and newsletter design layout experience is a plus  Demonstrate an intermediate or advance computer graphic skill is a plus  Proficient in Microsoft Office programs  Must be fluent in the English language (Spoken and written). Creole and Spanish a plus Abilities & Skills:  Superb written and verbal skills  Excellent editing and proofreading skills  Exceptional organizational, leadership and planning skills  Active team player, confident, creative and resourceful  Matured individual who values honesty and integrity  Exceptional multitasking skills; able to meet all deadlines  Experienced liaison-builder with external and internal stakeholders and staff at all levels Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is January 8th 2017: Avi Adams Director Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: OR

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Christmas Message from the Honorable Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, as we gather with our friends, families and loved ones to celebrate the momentous occasion of the birth of our Lord,let us be ever mindful of the renewed hope that it signified. As we reflect on the true meaning of this annual celebration we are reminded of the promise of a new beginning. Let this renewed hope fortify our faith and form the foundation for optimism for the year ahead. In the spirit of the season let us endeavor to mirror Christ by showing kindness to our neighbors, demonstrating endurance through our trials,

showing compassion to the less fortunate, being selflesstowards those we love and honoring the Most High with our gratitude and praises. In the face of the immense obstacles that we have overcome, individually and collectively over the past year, this Christmas season is one in which we have much to be thankful for. Asleader of this great nation, I am reminded of the challenges we face toward progress; but I am bolstered by your prayers, well wishes, my love of country and to emulate the servant’s heart of our Lord and Savior. I extend thanks to all

within the Public and Private sector and wider community who contribute to the growth and success of the Turks and Caicos Islands. On behalf of the Government of this great nation, I extend joyous greetings and warm wishes to all within the length and breadth of this beautiful by nature archipelago for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. May God continue to bless the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Premier of the Turks The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Caicos Islands Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Oseta Jolly Primary performs at Flow Headquarters Students of Oseta Jolly Primary performs for customers & staff at Flow In an effort to spread Christmas cheer and say Thank You for the contribution Flow has made to Oseta Jolly during these past few months, the students of one of the islands largest primary schools rendered several performances in the main lounge of the Flow Headquarters in Providenciales. These selections included a recital on the recorders, a dance rendition to Mariah Carey’s 1994 Classic, Jesus O What a Wonderful Child, and two choir renditions performing two Christmas favourites, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Let There Be Peace on Earth.

Royal West Indies Resort

ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT, is looking for motivated proactive individuals to join its ‘Resort Team’ and contribute to this growing Condominium Resort. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience. •MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN •PROPERTY SERVICES •HOUSEKEEPERS •GARDENER •LABOURER Requirements: •MUST speak English and the ability to write and read English •Ability to maintain pools and hot tub chemicals and maintenance issues related to same •Fit and able for heavy lifting •Personality suited for the hotel industry •Must be customer friendly •Willing to work split shifts, holidays and weekends. •Knowledge of waste water treatment plants •Knowledge of Commercial Laundry Equipment including propane systems •Air Conditioning systems, Fire Alarm systems, Domestic Water systems including Water Heaters •Irrigation systems •Greet and escort guests to room •Monthly housekeeping inventory •Daily replenishment of room items and restocking of closets •Daily cleaning of buildings •Ensure that all lobbies and public facilities are kept in a neat and clean condition, such as rooms, hallways and restrooms. •Sweeps, mops, scrubs and polishes floors, remove trash collected by attendants and collects linen and other supplies from floor linen closets. •Promotes a positive image of the property to guests and owners. •Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays •Performs routine duties in cleaning and servicing of guest rooms under supervision of housekeeping supervisor. •Prepares and cleans guests’ rooms by making beds, cleaning kitchen areas, bathrooms, floors, corridors, furniture and appliances. •Removal of trash and dirty linen from rooms. • Responsible for spring cleaning of their area as per schedule. Wages $6.50/hour All resumes and applications must be forwarded to: Royal West Indies Resort P.O. Box 482, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands You may also fax to: (649)946-5008

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Sandals Foundation Spreads Christmas Cheer to Hundreds of kids with Annual Toy Drive The donations were Toys were donated to the sponsored through the Sandals entire student body of the Enid Foundation- the philanthropic arm Capron Primary School – the hotel’s of Sandals Resorts International- sponsored school-where students which supports community, were treated to toys and treats environment and educational causes during a Christmas party hosted within the Caribbean region. by the hotel’s staff and Sandals Public Relations Manager Foundation volunteers. “On behalf of Enid Capron of Beaches Turks & Caicos, Elanor Krzanowski, commented on the Primary School, staff, students and successful toy drive. “It’s always a parents, we are eternally gratefully pleasure to spread holiday cheer,” to Beaches Turks and Caicos for She continued, “With all that has their kind donation in the form of happened this year, we wanted the annual toy drive,” said Sophia to make the little ones feel extra Garland, Principal at Enid Capron. Garland continued; “We do special. We’re happy to partner with the schools and the various appreciate the fact that our students organizations in making the matter to this resort as a corporate holidays brighter for children of the citizen. Our parents and students Turks and Caicos Islands.” are appreciative of the happiness

that giving and receiving brings. We continue to thank Beaches Resort for their continued support to our institution.” For a consecutive year, the hotel also brought cheer to the Living Word Center Ministries through donation of toys. Bishop Alvin Harvey expressed; “We really appreciate the help from Beaches which helps to make our Christmas Party happen every year. It was very good, we used the toys at our annual Christmas ceremony and the donations helped us to reach our goals.” The hotel also makes a donation to the National Cancer Society. “Beaches have always been one of our corporate sponsors,”

commented Rosemary Jolly, President of the National Cancer Society of the TCI. “Beaches is always very supportive. Today we are very grateful for the offer of toys to the children through the National Cancer Society. Elanor (Beaches PR Manager) offered these toys without even asking here. Knowing that we decided to give toys this year from proceeds of In the Pink to the children, this will go a long way and we are very appreciative to Beaches for its constant support of our initiatives.” Meanwhile the hosted a holiday party for the children of staff members who took part in face painting, games, dancing, and bouncing castles.

Pine Tree Lore and Traditions

December 2017 marks the second annual Caicos Pine Awareness week, where we celebrate the National Tree of the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Caicos pine Pinuscaribaeavar. bahamensis. December is an important month for pine trees around the world. In early European traditions, pines, as evergreen trees lush throughout the winter, were cut as decorations for Winter Solstice. This tradition was later adopted for use as what we now call Christmas trees. When Caicos pine was plentiful up to 15 years ago, Caicos pines were still cut in the pine yard to use as community Christmas trees – but with their scarcity this has been halted, at least until the numbers of healthy pine are once again high. However, Christmas trees have a darker link to the Caicos pine: As the

pine tortoise scale insect only feeds on true pine, and true pines were only imported into Turks and Caicos for use as Christmas trees, this is the only likely route of the insect’s arrival into TCI. A second pine pest, the Mediterranean black aphid, arrived in TCI later, and is also very commonly found on cut live Christmas trees. Currently, there is a ban on the importation of true pine, due to the risk of more pests arriving. Aside from Christmas trees, Caicos pine has been intrinsically linked to the culture, history, and development of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and most especially to the survival of the people. Prior to 1960, most house rafters, window and door frames, and floorboards were Caicos pine cut from the pine yards of Middle and North Caicos. The Caicos sloop, vital for

MECHANIC GOLF COURSE EQUIPMENT Provo Golf Club seeks a qualified mechanic. A minimum of twelve (8) years’ experience in golf course equipment is required and the applicant must possess the following skills and experience. Requirements •A history of maintenance of Golf Carts, mowers and tractors. •General maintenance and repairs of all equipment used and operated on the Golf Course. •Ordering or replacing any parts necessary. •An aptitude to work unsociable hours is required. The remuneration for this position is $2700.00 monthly commensurate with experience. Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, HS Ltd, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. Position currently held by a work permit holder. Closing date for application is January 5, 2018.

PROCUREMENT CLERK WANTED Facilitation of purchase of vehicles and parts overseas (namely Japan). Process of purchasing and export documentation in a foreign country. Ability to source Vendors, price negotiation. Maintain manual and electronic documentation. Maintain an open communication between field personnel and suppliers regarding backorders, delivery dates and/or substitute product. Coordinating delivery and expedition of goods, ensuring goods are ordered and delivered in a timely and cost effective manner. Extensive knowledge of various Japanese vehicles and parts. Minimum of five years’ experience within automotive procurement department. Exposure to the mechanical, industrial and automotive industry an asset. Ability to work under pressure in order to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks within a fastpaced work environment. Strong negotiation, mathematical and analytical skills. Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral. Solid research skills and commitment to continually learn about new products. Proficiency using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint). Must read, write and speak Japanese, possess valid passport with necessary travel visas (travelling to Japan). Part-time employment with Commission based salary. Qualified applicants should forward cover letter and resume to: Paradise Auto Sales & Rentals, P.O. Box 908, 82 Cherokee Road, Providenciales. Resumes will be reviewed in the order they are received.

interisland and international shipping, was staved and supplied with its mast from Caicos pine. Pine trunks were shipped to the Salt Islands to serve as fence posts and the first power line poles in the islands. Pine pitch was made for use in sealing boats and for candles, and pine heartwood was used to start fires. The pine yard itself was an important source of food and drink for people (in the form of various berries, such as thatch berries for eating or for making wine; and for farming) and for animals (the same palm fruit was fed to hogs to fatten them). Countless bush medicines were extracted from the Pine yard, and land crab was caught there. Finally, Caicos pine trunks were used in making lime kilns to produce locally-made cement for building rock houses. Older rock houses have mortar that is studded with the unmistakable

remnants of pine charcoal. It is the many uses of Caicos pine, which spread throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, that led to the species being named TCI’s National Tree. While the tradition of venturing into the pine yard for food and building materials is largely gone, new traditions can emerge. DECR began in 2016 augmenting the Kew, North Caicos Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with live planted Caicos pines decorated with solar Christmas lights. These trees, growing permanently on the grounds of the DECR Field Office at the five-road roundabout in Kew, will be decorated annually for the community. As they grow, so will the ceremony – with large, beautiful, native Christmas trees which also happen to be the Turks and Caicos Islands’ National Tree!

BAC Job Advertisement

BAC is looking for a matured, experienced and trained individual to provide support to the Company and the Accounting Dept. Duties and Responsibilities •Assist the Company with the day to day accounting and book keeping requirements; •Assist with the preparation of budget performance, cash flow forecasts and various financial reports as requested by stakeholders; •Manage the processing of receipts, recording of all financial transactions including revenue and receivables; •Reconcile all clients` accounts on a monthly or periodic basis and ensure all accounts are accurate; •Deal with all banking matters including monthly reconciliation of banking and ensure proper manage of liquidity; •Apply proper record keeping of journal entries including assets, liabilities and all transactions on a daily basis; •Prepare staff salaries, statutory payments and other mandatory expenses on time. •Supervise the Accounting department and work along professionally with all employees and customers. Skills and Experience •At least five years working experience in the field of accounting, finance or business; •At least a degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration; •Strong knowledge and experience in Quikbooks and other accounting systems; •Excellent communication skills and ability to interact and perform to the highest quality in a diverse environment. •Compensation is negotiable. Please forward application with resume to to reach no later than 29th December, 2017. This position is not held by a work permit holder.

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Stacy Cox promoted to CEO of Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) today announced that Stacy Cox has ascended to the role of CEO of the organization as of September 2017. The transition to CEO formalizes much of the responsibility that Cox has already progressively adopted. Cox represents the membership of TCHTA on matters affecting the tourism and hospitality industry, both locally and internationally, including advocacy issues and marketing initiatives, which help build a sustainable tourism product through awareness, outreach and educational programs. She also serves as the key liaison to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the current President of its Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE). “I’m honored to receive this promotion,” said Cox. “And I am excited to lead the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association forward, continuing our efforts to accomplish key objectives on behalf of our members and by extension the destination’s hospitality and tourism industry.” Cox joined the TCHTA as Association Executive in September 2011 and was later promoted to Executive Director. A native of the Bahamas and a citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands, she brings 20+ years of hospitality experience to the TCHTA.

Stacy Cox “Stacy brings that rare combination savvy, sophistication and a forward-looking view of the industry that we need to succeed,” said Nikheel Advani, President of the TCHTA. “A proven advocate who works well with those across the industry, Stacy is more than ready to take the next step in leadership. This title change is a natural evolution that recognizes Stacy’s successively growing responsibilities here at the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association.”

SENIOR DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & UTILITY ANALYTICS Description  Drive business innovation.  Support leadership team in delivering quantifiable and transformative business and operational strategic solutions.  Direct and responsible for business developments, resource planning and utility analytics program.  Lead enterprise-wide implementation and optimization of utility analytics. MAIN DUTIES Key Responsibilities:  Drive enterprise-wide projects that incorporate a proactive and innovative solution to addressing business challenges and achieving organizational goals and objectives.  Monitor business trends, opportunities, threats and industry disruptive challenges.  Evaluates operational issues to determine how competitive and current it is with the latest trends in the industry.  Monitors external and internal environment for development of new market segments, new services, or programs.  Assists in or produces feasibility studies/business plans required for new programs and integrated resource planning requirements.  Assists Corporate Communications in developing marketing strategy and campaigns for new programs and services.  Assist the Executive Office in performing ad hoc research projects or feasibility studies that do not clearly fall within an existing business unit.  Establish strong, effective, and collaborative partnerships with key business unit leaders, subject matter experts, and project leaders to build and deliver on effective solutions and strategies.  Lead implementation of utility analytics and ensure enterprise-wide coordination.  Lead promotion of business process management best practices.  Direct development of integrated resource planning program.  Manage resources and activities relating to utility analytics, renewable energy programs, and new business developments.  Meet with various businesses. Minimum Requirements

Advani continues, “I speak on behalf of the entire Association when I say that we look forward to Stacy’s continued service to our members, and in protecting the interests of the broader hospitality and tourism industry.” Cox’s storied career as one of the region’s most respected and knowledgeable professionals in hospitality began at the world-famous Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, where she quickly moved her way up the ranks. Since relocating to the Turks and Caicos in 1997, she has held several General Manager positions at luxury resorts including the Windsong Resort and Royal West Indies Resort. Cox has also served as a Board Member for TCHTA, co-founded the TCI Hospitality Adventure - Lit’l Chef program, and many other tourism related projects. The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) represents a wide range of members from hotels and resorts to insurance companies and financial service providers, from watersports operators to catering outlets, from taxi drivers to human resources. The Association aims to assist the organisations through networking opportunities, training, promotional activities and representation at all levels of decisionmaking in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the region.

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 Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Economics or field relating to Alternative Energy, Business Developments, and Data Analytics  MBA or Professional certification is an advantage i.e. PMP, CIA, CPA, CISA, Six Sigma  At least five years of leadership responsibility managing a team and cross functional teams  Highly analytical and strong problem solving skills  Familiarity with utility regulatory rules, energy resource planning and various rate structures  Experience in business developments, financial and business modeling  Experience in managing projects or enterprise-wide initiatives  Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Abilities, Skills, Experience, Aptitude & Judgement • Knowledge in electric utility business / industry • Strong business analysis, problem solving, and strategy development skills • Leadership qualities including the ability to motivate, inspire, counsel and facilitate individuals and teams to take responsibility and accountability for the goals. • Ability to drive collaboration with executives, business and technical teams to achieve effective solutions. • Ability to work with cross-functional teams to help build effective processes • Effective communication skills with all levels in the organizations and ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical audience. • Flexible and resilient, comfortable with ambiguity, adaptable to a high-change environment and open to new concepts and/or processes. • Comprehensive understanding of business processes and practices. • Conflict resolution and negotiations skills to resolve disagreements quickly and effectively, bringing a problem-solving attitude to conflicting approaches and priorities involving others. • Demonstrated experience in driving business transformation (including mastery of a broad range of service model / strategy / transformational / process improvement tools and approaches). Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Monday January 8th, 2018 to: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: or

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A group of about 50 Food & Nutrition and Family & Resource Management Students were hard at work this past November as they prepared for their CXC practical examinations. Due to damages left behind by the passing hurricanes to the school, the Turks & Caicos Collection offered help to allow the students to still be able to carry out their practicals. The students were able to use the kitchen at Salt Bar and Grill as well as a suite at the Blue Haven Resort over a week period. The staff at Blue Haven were excited to have the students and elated over their creations and talent. On behalf of the Turks and Caicos Collection we wish them endeavoured success in their upcoming exams and certainly look forward to working with them in future. Keep working hard and aiming high, your best is yet to come!

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Senior Court delivers landmark ruling for Turks and Caicos strata condo owners The TCI’s most senior Court, the Privy Council in London, has delivered a landmark ruling on owners’ rights for condominium strata resorts which has major implications for condominium owners. In dismissing an appeal brought by the owners of a condominium at The Pinnacle in Grace Bay, the Privy Council ruled that strata by-laws, which control strata corporations, may lawfully restrict owners’ use of their property. The legal team for the Pinnacle Strata Corporation which included TCI attorneys Conrad Griffiths, QC, and David Cadman successfully argued during the litigation that strata by-laws may lawfully restrict how an owner may use their property. In the particular case being considered, the by-law prohibited renting for less than 30 days but the ruling is of general importance. The Privy Council also ruled that holiday rentals do not amount to private residential use

of a strata condominium which has important implications for owners whose strata by-laws only permit private use of condominiums. The private owner unsuccessfully argued that condominium owners are free to lease their strata units as they please and that by-law restrictions were unlawful. The Privy Council rejected their arguments. Strata Corporation chairperson, David Knipe, said: “All we ever asked was that they abide by the by-laws which they knew about when they bought their condominium. Sadly, they believed that they could do as they please despite the by-laws. Now they face paying a huge legal bill. The message of this ruling is clear: if you don’t like the restrictions of strata by-laws, don’t buy a strata condominium. This is a major step forward for strata corporations in safeguarding the collective interests of all owners above individual owners’ claimed rights. This certainty will

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now help to promote the value of strata condos in future”. The ruling is the first time the most senior TCI Court has ruled on the powers of strata corporations and the effect of by-laws which are

legally binding and it is a landmark decision on strata law. The appellants were represented by Stephen Wilson, QC, of Graham Thompson.

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Sailrock Resort reopens

Sailrock Resort-Long Beach Aerial-Ocean South Caicos’ first luxury overlooking the renowned Turks and retreat, Sailrock Resort, reopened its Caicos blue waters. The menu features doors for guests on December 16th. refreshing takes on classic Caribbean The Resort welcomed travelers with its flare and flavors, including signature signature luxury accommodation, first- South Caicos dishes like cracked conch rate Caribbean cuisine, exhilarating and fresh island grouper. The Cover island excursions and breathtaking + Restaurant + Beach Bar is led by scenery in one of the region’s last Chef Francois Alias, who also oversees undiscovered destinations. The the flagship dining venue, The Great reopening coincided with the launch of House Restaurant. Beachfront Living for new offering that are sure to delight groups of All Sizes: Sailrock Resort’s both new and returning guests. First-Class Dining with a View: trademark Beachfront Villas offer New for the festive season, the Resort luxurious beachfront accommodations is elevating its epicurean line-up with blending indoor and outdoor living for The Cove Restaurant + Beach Bar. the ultimate Caribbean experience. Located just steps away from Caicos Offering greater flexibility to jet Bank, the venue provides travelers setters, guests can now book Onewith a casual dining experience and Two-Bedroom Beachfront Villas,

in addition to the Three- and Four- in supporting the recovery, renewal Bedroom options that have been and restoration of the rich culture and available since the Resort’s opening in history of the island. January 2017. Both the One-Bedroom To encourage travelers to and Two-Bedroom Beachfront Villas experience the luxurious island escape, have private pools and over-sized Sailrock Resort is currently offering a terraces overlooking the Atlantic “Jetset to South Caicos” package, which Ocean, as well as elegant interior offers 35% off best available room details including spa-style bathrooms rates and island hop airfare included and eat-in kitchens. One-Bedroom from the main Turks & Caicos Airport Beachfront Villas comfortable (PLS) to South Caicos (XSC). Book now accommodate one couple or a small for stays January 2 through November family, and Two-Bedroom Beachfront 19, 2018. Rates starting at $471 per night. Villas sleep up to seven guests. Sailrock Resort is excited A dedicated Reservations Team is to welcome guests back to beautiful available to assist with scheduling South Caicos with the help of the visits from December 16, 2017 and South Caicos Heritage Foundation beyond. Reservations: 1-800-929-7197 (SCHF), which has been instrumental or

SUPREME COURT TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS NOTICE CEREMONIAL OPENING 2018 LAW TERM The opening of the 2018 Law Year of the Supreme Court of the Turks & Caicos Islands will take place on Wednesday 10th January, 2018 in GRAND TURK. Church service at the St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral Church at 10:00am. Inspection of the Guard of Honour at 11:00am Following inspection, address in Court Registrar Supreme Court 21st December, 2017

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Kiwanis Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony highlights The Kiwanis Club of Providenciales hosted their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 10th, in Downtown Providenciales. The Annual Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lighting included a concert with performances by local artists, entertainment for all the family and the doling out of 800 gifts by Santa Claus to kids 3-10 years old. For the past several years, a fireworks element has been added to its already rich glamour. This year, Madam President of the Kiwanis Club Michelle Robinson and two kids from the audiences switched the lights on. “We were very happy with the community turn out and the support from our partners who came on aboard every year, IGA, Lashawn Sounds, Got You Covered, Prime DJ’s just to name a few. The Kiwanis motto and mission is to service the kids of our community one child at a time, therefore we try to ensure that during this time each child has an opportunity to get a small token and enjoy the events of the program. Through- out the year we are involve in different activities at different schools,” President of the Kiwanis Club Michelle Robinson told the SUN. She added: “Due to the hurricanes there was a delay in getting our letters requesting assistance out to many of the sponsors of previous years so the donations

were limited. God’s willing next year we expect the same support that we usually get from companies which is great.” The Kiwanis Club of Providenciales would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to ALL of their Sponsors, Volunteers, and Patrons for all their efforts during the 2017 Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Tree Program. Sponsors, donations, and volunteers were: Mike Schwenk, Fortis (Aisha Laporte, Linesman, NW Hamilton, Blue Loos, SMS Security, SEAL Security, FCIB, Dexter Williams & Team (Stage), Fairless Praise, Gospel Pioneers, Crystal Charles(Tess), Long Bay H.S, Clement Howell H.S, Shining Star, Fire Department, Turks & Caicos Banking Co, Maintenance Team (IGA), Don – Electrician, Got U Covered, Prime DJs, Raju & Almondo, Michelle Noah & Tyler Fitzgerald, Caribbean Management, Graceway/Smart, Dean Services, Pennylaine Studios, Gordon Supplies, KKNT, LeyShan Sounds (for outstanding service and commitment to the club), Provo Water Company, Goldsmith, K & T Disposal, Butterfield Gold Ltd, Michelle Swann, Louise Peterson, Graham Canham, Erika Penalis, Youth Brass Band and Carl Lewis. The following are highlights from this year’s Christmas tree lighting.

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During this season of peace, joy and goodwill, some of the most important gifts will not be wrapped under a tree. They are present in the many little things that light up our lives, every day of the year.

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Blue Cay Estate celebrates canal opening and raises funds for National Cancer Society The newest residential yachting community in Leeward, The Blue Cay Estate, celebrated the opening of its navigable canal to mark the official launch of the new development on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. Windward Development Company hosted the pre-Christmas event in one of its completed luxury homes in the presence of representatives of the Turks and Caicos Government, its buyers and members of the Providenciales real estate and business communities. “We have been developing Blue Cay for the past 24 months and are very pleased with the progress to date. The opening of our canal, which forms the centerpiece of the yachting-focused gated community, is a momentous occasion for us as developers and our owners,” says Ivor Stanbrook, CEO of Windward Development. As a part of the evening function, Windward Development commissioned an artist to create a contemporary Blue Cay art collection to help raise funds for the National Cancer Society of TCI. USD 10,000 were raised during the event and

donated to the charity. Kyle Smith, Director of Windward Development Company, says: “The National Cancer Society is very dear to our hearts, continuously doing much needed work in Turks and Caicos, helping families that are affected by the disease. It’s a very personal cause for us and we are very pleased to be able to donate this

significant sum to a great cause raised at a joyful and positive celebration.” Conceived by the Windward Development Company, Blue Cay is a 16 home estate comprised of 12 canalfront and 4 oceanfront homes. Contemporary home designs by the architecture firm Blee Halligan have been crafted to maximize the homeowners’ appreciation for the beautiful

flora and fauna surrounding the Leeward Channel and uninhabited cays. Only 3 home sites remain available for purchase. Photo Captions: 1. Kyle Smith from Windward Development and Rosemary Jolly, President of the National Cancer Society of TCI 2. Blue Cay Estate with its newly opened canal


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Everyday habits that may be aging your skin By Dr. Marsha Barnett In an era where we are constantly bombarded with advertisements on the newest antiaging creams, the key to turning on our youthful gene may actually lie in our everyday habits. Here are some things you might be able to alter to increase how well you feel whilst reducing how old you look. YOU ARE ALWAYS STRESSED If you are constantly running from one task to the other and never finding time for relaxation, you aren’t only damaging your health in general but it might be showing on your face as well. Several studies show that chronic stress triggers the release of free radicals that damage cells and are responsible for aging. So, pace yourself and find relaxation techniques and activities like meditating, yoga or even deep breathing. Sleep is also integral for good health and rejuvenating the mind and body. Also fight those free radicals with your diet! Increase your intake of vitamins by stocking up on fruits and some vegetables and stay hydrated. YOU SMOKE Cigarettes are full of toxins and release free radicals which harm

the body, teeth and the skin. But not only are these free radicals breaking down your collagen but even the pursing of the lips when taking a puff increases fine lines around the mouth. Partner with your physician to kick the habit. The health benefits start as soon as you stop. YOU INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH Most of us enjoy our pastries and cake from time to time. But consistently having high sugar treats can not only be detrimental to your waistline but also to your skin. Sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins in our skin by a process called glycation. This leads to an aging of the collagen resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, reduced turnover of the skin and a general dullness and loss of radiance. So, the next time you are offered desert, contemplate passing on that treat if you want to maintain a youthful glow. YOUR DIET IS FAT FREE Unhealthy, saturated fats can wreak havoc on your health and your fitness goals. But some fat is necessary for maintaining a youthful feeling and appearance. Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon

and mackerel and certain nuts like walnuts and flax seeds aren’t only good for heart health but also keep the skin supple and plump, thereby preventing wrinkles. Include fish in your meals at least twice a week and make nuts a healthy snack option. YOU ONLY USE SUNSCREEN WHEN AT THE BEACH.

Dr. Marsha barnett The number-one cause of and supple. Fine lines and wrinkles nearly every sign of premature aging appear and the radiance of the skin on the face is sun exposure. It increases is lost. Moisturizers with vitamin A, wrinkles, leads to age spots and affects antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and the texture of the skin causing loss of vitamin C are all good options as they luster. Many of us are aware of the promote formation of collagen and effect of the sun with regards to skin elastin to tighten the skin and reduce cancers but tend to only use sunscreen fine lines. Remember to pay attention when we plan on spending a day at the to the skin around the eyes and treat beach. But the sun is out even on a your neck with the same creams as you cloudy day and is there when we drive do on your face. Also, overusing skin to work, pick up the kids from school products with irritating chemicals, and run errands in the day. Therefore, and alcohol may dry out the skin by daily use of sunscreen SPF30 or removing its natural oils, which also greater is always recommended. For causes premature lines and wrinkles, many persons with darker skin types, so speak to your skin care professional we tend to believe that we are immune if you aren’t sure what products would to the harmful effects of the rays of be best for your skin type. the sun but this is simply not true. Consistent sunscreen use is necessary *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general for all skin types! practitioner who also specializes in dermatology. For questions YOU DON’T MOISTURIZE or comments, please contact at or at Dry skin tends to age faster Associated Medical Practices - 946than skin that is well moisturized 4242.

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British Caribbean Bank Limited Credit Manager The Credit Manager is a quantitative expert who can extract meaningful business insights from multiple data sources, analyse key credit metrics, and leverage predictive models to create decision strategies that will optimise business performance. The successful candidate will also identify credit risk and recommend possible processes, improvements and opportunities for automation and support their implementation. In addition, the individual will oversee the day-to-day credit underwriting function and partner with other departments to design tactical strategic tools. Finally, we are seeking results driven and proactive individual with experience gained in a commercial environment, who will be working with corporate head office as well as the multiple global sectors to provide commercial support and reporting. Duties •To liaise with internal and external customers in collection efforts to ensure timely payments, address queries as required with appropriate departments and personnel •To process letters of credit and bank collections for assigned customers and cover for rest of Emerging Markets. •To take ownership of projects/key risk decision areas, utilising your expert command of statistical analysis •To be responsible for obtaining, analyzing and providing relevant information, advice and opinion to Credit Manager on new Emerging Markets. •To complete all necessary manual credit analyses of customers’ financial accounts and oversee the credit underwriting function. •To provide mentoring support to other members of the team in credit analysis and other areas of expertise and experience. •To pro-actively review and improve processes to increase the level of service provided to customers •To identify risks associated with potential business transactions and where appropriate give recommendations on risk mitigation in different business areas •To investigate and analyse information from a variety of data source Requirements •A university degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or related field •Minimum 5 years of credit analysis experience and credit risk underwriting •Minimum 5 years in a banking or financial services environment •Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint are essential •Strong communication skills and ability to defend decisions made. Salary range for this position is based on experience.Belongers only need apply. Senior Finance Executive/ Project Manager We are looking for an objective Senior Finance Executive to add value and improve our operations by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The successful candidate will possess a thorough knowledge of accounting procedures and a sound judgement. LOCATION: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS Bachelors degree in business or other relevant subject UK Chartered Accountant qualified (or equivalent with a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience in auditing.) BUSINESS EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT Applicants should have a minimum of 7 years in a broad range of financial management roles at a senior level. Experience in the following area would be a significant advantage: financial and management accounting, business acquisitions and deposits, corporate restructurings, regulatory reporting, strategic financial and business planning, ability to interpret complex legal documentation. The salary for this position is based on experience. Belongers only need apply. Closing date for all applications to be submitted is January 6th, 2017 Interested persons may contact our Corporate HR department Mon. – Fri. from 9am-3pm via telephone number 946-8054 or you may submit your resume with qualifications and experience to: Please also submit a copy to the TCI Labor Department

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE Ambergris Cay Facilities Ltd is seeking a suitable applicant to fill an available post on Ambergris Cay ON A MONTH TO MONTH BASIS. ELECTRICIAN Job Summary: •Responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of machinery, lodging, phone lines system, in accordance with international standards; •Checking all installation for fire Alarm system and Detection •High voltage maintenance and inspection •Power plant switchgear maintenance •Electrical maintenance of all kitchen and laundry equipment •Electrical maintenance of all pumps and motors •Report all security problems to the Facilities Manager; •Ensuring spare parts for equipment are on hand for consistent functioning without discontinuity. •Requirements - Applicants must be and or have: •at least three (8) years of experience in electrical maintenance •a high school diploma or equivalent •attentive to details and self-motivated •able to understand and speak English fluently •willing to reside on Ambergris Cay •able to work with little or no supervision •physically fit, dependable and hard working •in possession of clean police record and valid TCI Driver’s License •Able to understand and follow policies and procedures of the department Salary Scale: $45, 000 to $48,000 per annum HOUSEKEEPER Job Summary: •Assisting the Housekeeping Team with daily housekeeping duties. •Cleaning of guest’s homes, staff dormitories, offices. •Ensuring that the housekeeping area is kept in a tidy manner at all times. •Clean and maintain all housekeeping equipment as required. •The Employee will operate in the safest possible manner at all times. Requirements - Applicants must be and or have: •At least ten (10) years of experience in Housekeeping •A high school diploma or equivalent •Attentive to details and self-motivated •Able to understand and speak English fluently •Able to work with little or no supervision •Physically fit, dependable and hard working •In possession of clean police record and valid TCI Driver’s License •Able to understand and follow policies and procedures of the department Required to work and live on Ambergris Cay with rotated weekends off. Salary Scale: $8.00 per hour paid fortnightly. CARPENTER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: •Apply preventive maintenance to all buildings on Ambergris Cay •Ensure all work sites are left in a usable and safe condition •Keep work shop clean and in order •Maintain inventory of spare and repair parts and tools Applications must be addressed to: •Keep a daily log of tasks Ambergris Cay Services Ltd. •Prepare a preventative maintenance schedule Unit 51, Salt Mills Plaza, Grace Bay •Perform other related duties as required Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Closing Date for Applications is January 6th, 2017

E-mail: Tel: (649)-941-3777 Fax: (649)-941-3778


2 HVAC TECHNICIAN/FOREMAN KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Manage and support personnel in the day to day operation. • Plan, implement and control a production schedule for HVAC projects. RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in a similar role is essential. • HVAC Technician Certification, Mitsubishi City Multi & Lennox VRF and Daikin VRV Certified. Project Management Skills. SALARY-Negotiable between $ 44,000 to $ 68,000 per annum based on education, qualifications and experience.

4 HVAC TECHNICIAN KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • install, Troubleshoot and repair HVAC units including electronic and mechanical components Certification, Mitsubishi City Multi & Lennox VRF and Daikin VRV RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A minimum of 7 years’ experience SALARY-Negotiable between $ 22, 000 to $ 40, 000 per annum based on education, qualifications and experience.

3 HVAC DUCT FABRICATOR/INSTALLER JOB SUMMARY -Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair duct work products and equipment, such as ducts, Includes sheet metal and fiber glass duct installers who install prefabricated ducts used for HVAC.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A minimum of 5 years’ • HVAC Duct Fabricator Certification. SALARY-Negotiable between $ 21,000 to $ 28,000 per annum based on education, qualifications and experience.

2 LABOURER JOB SUMMARY -Performs a variety of basic technical tasks related to assisting in the service and repair of all heating and air conditioning systems. SALARY-Wages range between $6.50 to $ 8.50 per hour based on qualifications and experience.

1 DOMESTIC WORKER JOB SUMMARY- Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain the residence in a clean and orderly manner. RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED • A minimum of 5 years’ experience • Must be able to understand, speak & write English. SALARY- $13,000 per annum Interested Turks & Caicos Islanders apply All positions currently held by work permit holders. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15th, 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15th, 2018

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PO Box 329, Graceway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies, Tel 649 431 6327/333 6327Website:

WATERLOO HOTEL MANAGEMENT LTD Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven Resort & Marina and the Beach House


We are seeking to employ, a suitably qualified and experienced hospitality professional in the position listed below. Our ideal candidate should have an outstanding command of the English language, written and oral, strong communication and excellent customer service skills.

Provo Primary is looking for a Marine Biologist to join our teaching staff in January 2017. Applicant must have a degree in Science and Marine Biology, and have experience working with children and young adults. The successful applicant will be responsible for designing and delivering a Science/ Marine Biology curriculum to Provo Primary School Key stage 2 and 3 students. He/she will also be responsible for leading research studies and developing after school/evening/ camp programmes, while considering the learning objectives for The UK National Science Curriculum. Applicant must be Padi certified, hold a current CPR certification and have knowledge and experience working in an ocean/island environment. Please send full CV, letter of application and certificates to Alison Williams,

OKEANOS JUICE AND SMOOTHIE BAR We are looking for an experiencedmixologist/cashier with a backgroundin nutrition andfitness. Applicant must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with other team members and the store’s customers. Main duties include: •Preparation of nutritious smoothies, juices, breakfast and lunch items based on Okeanos’sstandard blends, quantity and quality and inventory stocking. •Ensuring that the overall store complies with the company’s standards for cleanliness. •Computing and recording transactions at the POS terminal. •Answering customers’ queries and providing information with regards to the health benefits of the various itemssold at the store. •Design and development of menu/advertising. We are also looking for a dishwasher/cleaner who will keep the store clean and open coconuts! Please send full CV to Joshua J102 Adventura Ave. Regent Village, Providenciales(649)-333-6328

Waterloo Hotel Management is inviting applications for the following position: CHIEF ENGINEER Applicant should meet the following requirements: •Have a first degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a recognized University/College or equivalent. •At least 5 years’ experience in maintenance management at a four-star resort •Knowledge of PMS IS A MUST •Must be computer literate •Clear communications skills (written and oral) •Must be fluent in the English language •A proven track record in managing an efficient diversified work force, Position summary: The successful applicant will be responsible for theManagement of all technical operations of the department including but not limited to the; •Department’s budget and stock controls management •Management, development, coachingand motivating staff •Maintenance of all water treatment systems •Maintenance of all generators and kitchen equipment •Maintenance of Pool and laundry equipment •Maintenance of Air conditioning and electrical systems •Preventive maintenance programs and systems for the resort’s engineering, grounds, pools, public areas and guestrooms •The ability to maintain as well as offer new avenues on all electrical and mechanical systems At least 4 or 5 years’ experience with at least 3 or more those years in a four star resort property. Salary commensurate of experience and qualifications. Interested persons may contact our HR department Mon. – Fri. from 9am-3pm via telephone number 946-8054 or you may submit your resume with qualifications and experience to: Please also submit a copy of your completed application to our local labor department. Closing date ---- January 6th, 2017

CHIEF STEWARD Looking for a fulltime live-in Chief Steward for a large private family villa on Providenciales Job duties to include the following: •Procure all groceries and cleaning supplies •Assist with supervision and training of other family household staff •Responsible for establishing and maintaining high sanitation standards for the entire Villa •Responsible for the maintenance and the cleanest of all villa equipment •To set standards for cleaning procedures and store keeping in line with villa policies •Responsible for ensuring that villa is free of pest at all times •Control and keep record of all breakages •Responsible for administration and the disposal of the waste Requirements: •Must be willing to work long hours and all weather conditions •May be required to work up to 72hrs in any given week •Must have knowledge of kitchen equipment maintenance •Must have at least five years’ Labourer or Steward experience •Applicant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English as well as computer proficiency Salary based on experience, commencing at $2,500 per month. Required to work six days a week. All suitably qualified TC Islanders are requested to submit resumes/ portfolios to PO Box 560, Regent House West, Regent Village, Grace Bay, Providenciales, TCI or send by fax to 946 4663. Prospective TC Islander applicants are also free to lodge a copy of their applications with the Labour Board.


Superintendent of Prisons - CFB6-05 Her Majesty’s Prison Grand Turk Grade 10 - $73185.00 per annum and Allowances - 24,560.00 per annum

The Superintendent of Prisons has national responsibility for the effective management of Her Majesty’s Prison Service in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Job holder will ensure compliance with Prison Ordinance and regulations, protection of the public and the welfare of Prisoners, international standards on the detention of persons and will be an effective partner within the wider criminal justice network. The Job holder will oversee and direct Prison policy and reform to ensure compliance with the Government’s Mission and Vision Statements as it relates to the Prison Service and the wider requirements of international law. For more details regarding this position, kindly refer to the attached documents or visit Please ensure that all applications submitted by email clearly states the Job Title in the subject line of the email and all applications received via hard copy is clearly marked with the Job Title.

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including contract review, progress payments, construction status and closing updates, and responding to buyer comments, questions and concerns; serve as Sailrock’s primary point of contact for all aspects of buyer communications;being present at the sales office during times consistent with the hours of other real estate brokerage offices;and promote Sailrock to the Turks & Caicos brokerage community via networking, office presentation, special events and site visits

SAILROCK DEVELOPMENT LIMITED is seeking a qualified candidate for DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND SALES. This role’s key responsibilities include driving sales and marketing efforts to generate revenue, create project growth, and foster meaningful relationships with the local brokerage community, prominent local figures, and existing clients as follows: Management Responsibilities:Oversee sales office operations – it is anticipated that the sales office will be open 6 days a week;recruit and hire a sales office administrator/sales assistant who can provide administrative and sales support (this resource must be capable of manning the sales office at times when Director of Marketing and Sales is conducting on-island tours);provide direction to sales office administrator relating to required support functions to the sales organization;and offer training for required sales assistance tasks Marketing Responsibilities:Work with Marketing Manager to ensure that marketing strategies and programs are effectively positioning Sailrock; assist with the cultivation of content to be used on social media platforms daily; provide details relating to competitive projects and properties, both locally and internationally; offer feedback relating to prospect tastes and trends; and assist with the development of price modeling for current and future offerings Sales Responsibilities:Identify sales opportunities and assess available options for those opportunities;qualify new prospects and coordinate South Caicos visits accordingly to tour target properties with prospects;employ sound strategies to gain prospect commitment and close business opportunities;liaise with our local attorney’s and guide buyers through required contractual steps of the real estate transaction,


Seeks motivated proactive individuals to join its REGENT GRAND ‘resort team’ and contribute to this growing beachfront boutique luxury property. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience. PUBLIC AREA ATTENDANT •Candidate will be responsible to ensure the highest level of cleanliness and safety in all public and back of house areas of the resort •Ensure that all lobbies and public facilities are kept in a neat and clean condition, such as rooms, hallways and restrooms. •Sweeps, mops, scrubs and polishes floors, remove trash collected by attendants and collects linen and other supplies from floor linen closets. •Promotes a positive image of the property to guests and owners. •Must be responsible for spring cleaning of their area as per schedule. Must be pleasant, honest and friendly; must have a good command of written and verbal communication. •Fit and able for heavy lifting •Willing to work split shifts, holidays and weekends

Wages: $6.50 per hour HOUSEKEEPER •Performs routine duties in cleaning and servicing of guest rooms under supervision of housekeeping supervisor. •Prepares and cleans guests’ rooms by making beds, cleaning kitchen areas, bathrooms, floors, corridors, furniture and appliances. •Removal of trash and dirty linen from rooms. • Responsible for spring cleaning of their area as per schedule. •Provide turndown services as required and replenishes guestroom and bath supplies. • Promotes a positive image of the property to guests and owners. Must be pleasant, honest, friendly and should also able to address guest requests and problems. •Willing to work split shifts, holidays and weekends Wages: $6.25 per hour LAUNDRY ATTENDANT •Operate equipment necessary to sort, weigh, wash, dry, iron and fold Resort linen also beach and Pool towels •Maintain proper documentation of linen rotating through the laundry and results from special stain treating •Maintain an acceptable state of cleanliness and organization throughout the entire work area

Create marketing relationships with out-of-market groups or agencies to promote and sell Sailrock to overseas investors; weekly sales updates reporting new prospects, prospect development and sales projections; utilize CRM for prospecting and sales pipeline management;maintain relationships with local lending institutions to offer viable purchase financing options;and develop and promote referral program. In addition, the applicant will be responsible to prepare and give extensive guided tours of South Caicos and Sailrock to agents, industry professionals, potential purchasers, investors and key stakeholders. Applicant must be willing to work long hours including weekends and holidays and travel frequently on short notice and spend significant time on South Caicos. Applicant will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in marketing and sales working directly for development companies, preferably with experience in Caribbean and out island developments, and have extensive experience in developing sales and marketing strategies for all types of development including land, villa, master planned and both condominium and hotel condominium product. Applicant will also have a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a licensed real estate broker.In addition to the above qualifications, applicants must have strong verbal and written communication skills and be highly organized. Candidates must be able to work well independently and in a team environment, exhibit a positive attitude and an outgoing professional manner. Salary range:$70,000-$100,000 base + commission plan yearly Please submit applications to Scott Hoskins c/o Matthew Bywater: Drop Off: W104 Venture House, Grace Bay, Providenciales Fax: (312) 376-2056 Email: Interested Turks and Caicos Islands must also submit copies of their application to the TCI Labour Board.

•Record and report linen left on Buildings and delivery to closets •Perform general cleaning tasks of Staff Break Area and Restroom •Respond and execute special guest requests Wages: $6.25 per hour SECURITY •Responsible for patrolling resort facility on foot and create a general security/public safety presence to deter inappropriate activity. •Answers radio calls from other departments with requests for assistance, and respond to emergency situations involving guests, owners and employees. • Interact with guests of the resort to provide customer service and assistance when needed. •Participate in briefings with heads of departments and assist with internal investigations relating to sensitive security matters involving guests and resort employees. •Assist other departments as needed regarding safety and security matters. •Fit and able for heavy lifting •Willing to work split shifts, holidays and weekends Wages: $7.15 per hour Requirements: Should have four years or more experience in the Public Area, Housekeeping, laundry and Security Department of a resort. Should be able to work cohesively with co-workers as part of a team. Must be able to read and write in English and understand verbal and written instructions. These positions are currently held by work permit holders Prospective & qualified applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islanders can send copies of their applications and resumes to the email address noted below or to the Labour Board. Applications will be accepted up to December 13th, 2016 Please forward resumes to: Email: rosemary @ Regent Grand Management Ltd. c/o Regent Street TKCA 1ZZ Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Tel: (649) 941-7770

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The Turks & Caicos Airports Authority invites the submission of Pre-Qualification data from interested Contractors interested in carrying out the remedial works in connection with repairing/ restoring the JAGS McCartney International Airport back to its original state. The new works will comprise of but not limited to, completing the works needed to allow the airport facility to be restored and function as per the airport authority’s codes and international standards. These works will include carrying out works needed respectively to the Terminal building, Control tower and the Fire Hall building. It is the intention that these works will run concurrent of the other. It is estimated that the cost of the works may be in excess of US$500,000. Tender documents will be available during early January 2018 with construction anticipated to commence January 2018 with a completion as soon as possible thereafter. Interested Contractors should deliver or e-mail written submissions to Mr. John Smith of TCIAA at Johntsmith@, Providenciales, no later than 8th of January 2018 providing the following pre-qualification data:

•List of projects completed over the past 3 years with value and contract period. •Current and future likely workload with anticipated commencement dates. •Show that the contractor, whilst acting as a general contractor, has previously successfully completed projects. - in excess of US$500,000 - of similar size and construction complexity - within a similar time frame as required for the project. Written evidence from a bank or Financing Institution registered in the Turks & Caicos Islands that the Contractor will be able to obtain a surety bond in the amount of 10% of the Contract Sum, prior to being given possession of the site. After evaluation of the data submitted, a short list will be prepared and these firms will be invited to submit tenders. The Turks & Caicos Islands Airports Authority shall not be bound to assign any reason for not pre-qualifying any applicant and will not defray any cost incurred by applicants. Must demonstrate capacity to operate in an operational environment.

•Copy of Major Contracting business licence.

VACANCY- MANAGER OF CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDENCIALES Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Manager- Customer Service FortisTCI, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Description  An Innovative thinking individual with extreme analytical skills. The individual must be able to analyze data and formulate data projections and budgets for future periods. You must be a leader in spearheading projects, audits, monthly reporting, ensuring the growth of team members and overall meeting company objectives. The individual should also possess a high motor for Customer Services and must be forward thinking on how to better serve our customers.  To lead and manage the daily operations of the Customer Service Department to ensure that customer service excellence is consistently achieved across all service territories.  To support the Company’s strategic goal of becoming a “Partner in All Things Energy”. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES GENERAL:  Assist in accomplishing customer service HR objectives by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, assigning, scheduling, coaching, counselling, and disciplining employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing job contributions; planning and reviewing compensation actions; developing and enforcing policies and procedures.  Achieve customer service objectives by contributing customer service information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying customer service trends; determining system improvements and implementing changes.  Develop operations guidelines, performance metrics and reporting, scripts and standards as well as functional requirements of customer service staff.  Meets customer service financial objectives by forecasting requirements; assist in preparing monthly/ periodic reports and an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances and initiating corrective actions.  Assessing various technologies and innovative solutions to improve services for internal and external customers.  Development of a Customer Analytics Framework for the Company.  Promote a service culture of excellence throughout the Service Territories.  Ensure customer service standards, policies and procedures are consistently adhered to throughout the Service Territories.  Assist with leading the Company to obtain Certification in Customer Service Standards.  Support the Customer Engagement Committee in the objectives outlined in the Charter.  Work closely with the Revenue Protection Team to ensure that assets are secured and losses are minimized.  Continuously review security measures to ensure the safety of staff and customers.  Make presentations to Management Team, Board of Directors, Media and other

stakeholders as necessary.  Other Responsibilities which may be assigned. CUSTOMER CARE:  Determine customer service requirements by maintaining contact with customers; conducting surveys; benchmarking best practices and analysing information from various sources.  Improve customer service quality results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing processes that includes but limited to customer payments, service requests, credit control and billing.  Establish and communicate service metrics; monitor and analyse results and implement changes.  Investigate Customers’ issues and complaints and provide appropriate course of action. BILLING:  Review and approve billings for all islands.  Prepare various reports and analysis in regards to customer billing and consumption patterns.  Assist in identifying meters for further investigation per policy.  Review and approve customer adjustments prior to processing. CREDIT CONTROL:  Review and approve all service disconnections in accordance with policy.  Ensure that receivable metrics are in line with agreed upon targets.  Ensure that the collections process is escalated up to and including court action if required.  Ensure that receivables balances are accurately and realistically reflected. ACADEMIC/TECHNICAL/MANAGEMENT: EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s Degree in any business related course is preferred.  At least 5-years working experience related to utility customer service.  Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Excellent command of the English language (Spoken and written) ABILITIES AND SKILLS:  Able to possess and demonstrate the following abilities and strengths: Customer Service, Process Improvement, Decision Making, Managing Processes, Staffing, Planning, Analyzing Information, Developing Standards, Call Center Experience, and Emphasizing Excellence.  Exceptional organizational, coaching, mentoring, leadership and planning skills.  Active team player, confident, and resourceful.  Excellent communication, listening, and writing skills.  Matured individual who values honesty and integrity.  Exceptional multitasking skills; able to meet strict deadlines.  Experienced liaison-builder with external and internal stakeholders and staff at all levels. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 to: Mr. Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: and

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Flow Senior Citizens Providenciales Christmas Party! Flow celebrates Seniors in Providenciales honouring the late Francis Rigby Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – 15December 2017 – The Annual Flow Senior Citizen’s Christmas Providenciales Christmas Party was held at the Flow Headquarters in Providenciales honouring the late Francis Rigby, who has participated in this initiative since its inception in 2006. “For more reasons than one these events are always special. We consider it our joy to provide an atmosphere where senior citizens are honoured, appreciated and celebrated in the spirit of all things good.” “We look forward to this time together, and to this season that

provides us the opportunity to who Flow has pledged to make a give back,” says Marketing & donation to in an effort to support Communications Executive, the excellence demonstrated by this gifted group of young people. Darron D Hilaire Jr. This year’s gathering Catering for this year’s hosted by Ms E Blythe Clare event was prepared by Turks and Flow Ambassador, Mr and Caicos Islands Culinary Chef Nikita Shaun “Flowing with Flow” Ambassador, Malcolm,accommodated nearly Skippings of Crackpot Kitchen. 125 senior citizens including the Over 100 local handmade organic family of the late Francis Rigby scented gifts were presented, made who performed two selections in special by TC Island Organics. “This year we had such honour of her memory and her contribution to this particular a great time touring the islands event. and honouring the seniors who The Rigby Brothers have been a part of this decade old remarked that, “Flow is doing tradition in our company’s history. such a good job. This act of I wish to take this opportunity on remembrance demonstrates so behalf of the management and much love for Francis who was staff of Flow TCI to say, Merry indeed a sister to all. She loved Christmas and Prosperous 2018,” stated Flow Country Manager, people. Continue the great work!” In addition to this selection Delleriece Hall. the event saw performances by, 11 For more highlights year old, Nikyra Skippings, the from the Flow Senior Citizen’s Bethany Women’s Missionary Christmas Tour tune in Just Band, and the Church of God Turks on Flow TV Channel 107. of Prophecy Youth Brass Band,

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Good character references couldn’t save Ninjaman from life in prison

ENTERTAINER Ninjaman was told by Judge Martin Gayle that his prominence and success do not put him above the law as he sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson in 2009. The entertainer, who was convicted last month for murder and shooting with intent, will have to serve 25 years before he’s eligible for parole. The deejay, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, was also sentenced to 20 years for shooting with intent. Both sentences will run concurrently. Meanwhile, his co-accused — son Jahneil and Dennis Clayton — who were also sentenced to life will have to serve 15 years before they are eligible for parole. Justice Gayle, referencing a previous gun conviction, said one would have thought that the entertainer would have learnt then that the gun is a very serious weapon. “Now, in 2017, you are back before the court for using the gun,” Justice Gayle said prior to handing down the sentence. Having taken into consideration Ninjaman’s antecedents, including two previous convictions, Justice Gayle said as a public figure he is expected to set an example. “One of the most interesting character evidence of all [was] the one given by Carlene Smith. What she said [which] was most important to me is that you are always encouraging persons to be peaceful. She mentioned Vybz Kartel, and you yourself mentioned [him] in an unsworn statement. That is why I remembered it so much, and in that incident you

years, he said the father of just over 30 children was always talking about his young ones. McDowell, who described Ninjaman as a genius and a philanthropist, said the entertainer utilised his own funds to create the Umbrella Movement that assists the less fortunate. Han testified that she shared a business and personal relationship with the entertainer for more than three years. Ninjaman was told by Judge Martin Gayle that his prominence and success do not put She said the entertainer has him above the law as he sentenced him to life been inspiring young men through walked away peacefully,” Justice have mercy on him. education and vocational training to Gayle said, adding that everyone has Smith told the court that that ensure that they “go down the right a fault. the Ninjaman she has known since path”. After the sentence was handed 1987 is a respectable, jovial, loyal, and The magazine editor also down, Ninjaman said, “Thumbs up, fun person. testified that she has worked closely Judge.” Smith testified that the artiste with the entertainer to take photos, Earlier when the matter was has been “very Godly” since 2000. organise events, and acquire items in called up, Ninjaman’s When Queen’s Counsel Neita- aid of charity. attorney, Valerie Neita-Robertson, Robertson asked her if she knew of his Prior to handing down called fellow entertainer Stacy charities, Smith told the court that Clayton’s sentence Justice Gayle noted Scarlett-Bryan; Smith; promoter he had been working with inner-city that his social inquiry report was good, and businessman Delroy Demario youths to prevent them from going but what struck him was the fact that McDowell; and US-based magazine down the path he took when he was Clayton and the deceased were bosom editor and journalist Constanze Han younger. friends. to give character evidence. Ninjaman was convicted Justice Gayle said the Scarlett-Bryan testified that for possession of cocaine on October inquiry disclosed that they were the the 51-year-old entertainer, whom 6,1996. At that time he was sentenced foundation family of Marl Road and she met 12 years ago, became her best to six months (suspended for two that the deceased’s mother spoke well male friend. years). On November 26, 1999 he of Clayton. Scarlett-Bryan, otherwise was convicted of illegal possession of In handing down the sentence known as “Stacious”, pointed out that firearm and served a year in prison. the judge said there is no scientific after they became friends she realised Smith, while noting that the measure to determine the sentence, that there was a difference between entertainer has been reformed, said: but said he took into consideration that the personalities of Ninjaman the “People’s past haunt them, but I am Clayton had no previous conviction entertainer and Desmond Ballentine pleading with you (judge) to give him and that he spent more than three the person. a chance.” years in remand. She said the entertainer is a McDowell testified that when In addition to that, the judge peaceful and generous man who has he met Ninjaman in 1984 he was said he could only think of three always stayed close to God. adding one of the most talented deejays in principles to to use in sentencing that Ninjaman “give so much to the country. Noting that they have — rehabilitation, deterrence and society”, she begged Justice Gayle to maintained a relationship over the protection of the public.

EU’s Blacklisting of CARICOM Financial Centres The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles on the EU’s blacklisting of CARICOM financial centres. In spite of being an the December 5th publication of the environment ravished by the effects of Council of the European Union‘s (CEU) global climate change, and the specific “List of non-cooperative jurisdictions economic challenges of being small, for tax purposes”. While unforeseen events open economies, CARICOM states have achieved and maintain the status are inherent in the globalization of of middle-income developing countries. the world economy every effort must They have maintained modest rates be made to ensure a rules-based of economic growth although being multilateral regime which is fair, the region most adversely affected transparent and non-discriminatory, by the global financial crisis. This offering equal opportunities for accomplishment has necessitated all countries. Small countries are building resilience, the identification particularly disadvantaged by rules of niches in the higher echelons of imposed unilaterally or by groups of global value chains and continually countries through fora in which they improving their international are not participants in the decisioncompetitiveness in a changing global making. economy. The “blacklisting” by the Resilience has helped to EU of several CARICOM off-shore ameliorate the impact of frequent financial centres as non-cooperative climate-related natural disasters and jurisdictions for tax purposes is yet the adverse consequences of exogenous another instance in a recurring pattern events such as oil price fluctuations. of conduct. Both the evaluation and However, it is difficult to insulate designation made by the EU were against policies of other countries not consultative and hence their which have deleterious effects such as transparency and impartiality are

open to question. This latest decision by the EU is based on new, unilaterally-determined and unclear criteria that differ significantly from the currently accepted international standards of tax transparency, anti-money laundering and accountability. These universally accepted standards were established by the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD Global Forum and demanded by the very EU. CARICOM countries have met or exceeded these accepted international standards and best practices over many years and demonstrated a long-standing, unwavering commitment to adhere to them. The unilateral EU blacklisting is de facto a derailing of these standards and undermine the entire process of accountability and fairness in financial matters carefully constructed by the world community. The unfavourable and unfair categorization of certain CARICOM

countries is likely to result in reputational damage, encouragement of “de-risking” including the withdrawal of correspondent banking services and the imposition of costs in the adjustment to new onerous regulatory requirements. Further, whether intentional or accidental, this action is tantamount to creating a competitive advantage for off-shore financial centres operating within the national jurisdiction of European Union member states. The UWI stands with the governments of the Caribbean in protesting the recent actions by the EU and calling for a more transparent and equitable regulatory system and joins the call for the EU to enter into a process to resolve the issue. To this end The University of the West Indies (The UWI) will continue to put its expertise and research capacity at the service of governments, the private sector and regional organizations to craft appropriate policy responses.

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CDB approves funding to support climate-smart agriculture in Grenada The Caribbean Development Bank has approved a USD5 million loan to support climate-smart agriculture and enterprise business development in Grenada. The project will assist the Government of Grenada in its efforts to increase productivity and the contribution of the agricultural sector to economic growth, rural poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. The International Fund for Agricultural Development will provide additional financing. Male and female farmers and entrepreneurs in some of Grenada’s poorest rural communities will receive technical assistance and financial support, as well as increased opportunities to own and operate

businesses and take advantage of employment opportunities in the sector. The project will also promote farmer adoption of new technologies and practices to build resilience to climate change impacts. “Climate change has exacerbated Grenada’s vulnerability to economic downturns, particularly within the rural/agricultural sector. The passage of Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, as well as the recession, have threatened food security and resulted in high dependency on food imports.” said Daniel Best, Director, Projects, CDB. “Interventions like this project will stimulate job creation, youth empowerment and promote agricultural practices and

technologies that make the sector more resilient to the impacts of a changing climate. CDB is pleased to be playing a role in addressing persistent issues of poverty, unemployment and underemployment in Grenada’s rural areas,” he said. The project aligns with the Government of Grenada’s ongoing work to protect the sector by implementing climate- and disastersmart agricultural and sustainable land management strategies to support long-term stability. Under the project, there will be skills training and job placement for programme beneficiaries and training in climatesmart practices and technologies. Infrastructure, including roads and drainage systems, will be expanded

and rehabilitated. Over the past three years, Grenada has been the fastest growing Caribbean economy. While the tourism sector is the leading foreignexchange earner, statistics from the International Trade Centre list agriculture as responsible for almost half of the country’s total exports. The sector also contributes 13 percent to total employment and is vital to the economic well-being of those living in rural areas. The programme will be implemented over a six-year period and will assist the Government of Grenada with meeting its development goals, particularly achieving food security and reducing poverty.

Feeding the five thousand In their pursuit to feed 5,000 families for the holidays, the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) raised $84,000 to distribute 2,100 Christmas meal parcels. “This initiative with AML Solomon’s and ALIV enabled us to raise sufficient funds for 2,100 Christmas food parcels,” BFN Executive Director Philip Smith said. “Each parcel feeds a family of four, so that’s approximately 8,000 people who’ve received meals. “The meals consisted of a chicken, a picnic ham, canned peas and vegetables, stuffing, and five pounds of rice. On December 19th we distributed the parcels through our 108 members, consisting of churches, feeding organisations, and soup kitchens, who then distributed in their respective areas to the people they know are needy.” As the cost of living continues to rise, the Bahamas Feeding Network is seeing a greater demand to help meet the everyday needs of individuals. “Obviously the economy is not what it used to be nor what it can be, and we’ve noticed that we’ve doubled our output over the last year and a half, so there is definitively a growing demand for food. The Department of Statistics said there are 43,000 people, or 12.8% of the Bahamian population,

The Bahamas Feeding Network had busy hands this holiday season, as they worked towards their goal of feeding five thousand individuals, with a little bit of help from CIBC FirstCaribbean. Left to Right: Bahamas Feeding Network Executive Director Philip Smith and CIBC FirstCaribbean Palmdale Branch Sales Specialist Marlon Johnson. Photo credit: Derek Smith that experience hunger. An individual needs $11 and some change in order to provide their basic needs on a daily basis, and there are 43,000 people who are not able to amass that $11,” said Smith. A donation from CIBC

FirstCaribbean assisted the charity in pursuing its target and surpassing last year’s count of 1,600 parcels by 30%. Maya Nottage, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Marketing Director, expressed the bank’s commitment to

worthwhile community endeavours such the BFN’s. “CIBC FirstCaribbean has a commitment to meeting the needs of the community where it is felt the most. We know the amount of people who experience hunger in our country is too great, and we commend the Bahamas Feeding Network for the work they’re doing to reach those people who need help most. We’re happy we were able to help them surpass last year’s count, and hopefully next year will be even better.” Smith said: “We’re very thankful to CIBC FirstCaribbean for their continued support. We used half of their donation for this Christmas initiative. The other 50% will go into the BFN’s purchase of food for cooking on a weekly basis.” CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is a relationshipbank offering a full range of marketleading financial services through our Corporate and Investment Banking, Retail, Business & International Banking and Wealth Management segments. We are located in 17 countries around the Caribbean, providing the banking services through approximately 3,000 employees, in 80 branches and offices. CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group of Companies.

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House gives final approval to tax bill, delivering victory to Trump

WASHINGTON The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax bill to President Donald Trump for his signature. In sealing Trump’s first major legislative victory, Republicans steamrolled opposition from Democrats to pass a bill that slashes taxes for corporations and the wealthy while giving mixed, temporary tax relief to middle-class Americans. The House approved the measure by 224-201, passing it for the second time in two days after a procedural foul-up forced another vote on Wednesday. The Republican-led Senate had passed it 51-48 in the early hours of Wednesday. “We are making America great again,” Trump said, echoing his campaign slogan at a White House celebration with Republican lawmakers. “Ultimately what does it mean? It means jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.” Trump, who emphasized a tax cut for middle-class Americans during his 2016 campaign, said at an earlier Cabinet meeting that lowering the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent was “probably the biggest factor in this plan.” It was uncertain when the bill would be signed. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said the timing depended on whether automatic spending cuts triggered by the legislation could be waived. If so, the president will sign it before the end of the year, he said. The administration expects the waiver to be included in a spending resolution

opposition to the tax legislation, calling it a giveaway to the wealthy that will widen the income gap between rich and poor, while adding $1.5 trillion over the next decade to the $20 trillion national debt. Trump promised during the campaign that he would eliminate the national debt. ‘PILLAGING’ “Today the Republicans take their victory lap for successfully pillaging the American middle class to President Trump celebrates with Congressional Republican on the South Lawn benefit the powerful and the privileged,” of the White House House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi Congress will pass later this week, a but also making tax returns somewhat said. White House official told reporters. simpler and shorter. Opinion polls show the tax The bill keeps the existing bill is unpopular with the public BUSINESS FRIENDLY number of tax brackets but adjusts and Democrats promised to make many of the rates and income levels Republicans pay for their vote during In addition to cutting the for each one. The top tax rate for high next year’s congressional elections, U.S. corporate income tax rate, the earners is reduced. The estate tax on when all 435 House seats and 34 of the debt-financed legislation gives other inheritances is changed so far fewer 100 Senate seats will be up for grabs. business owners a new 20 percent people will pay. “Republicans will rue the deduction on business income and Once signed, taxpayers likely day they passed this bill,” Senate reshapes how the government taxes would see the first changes to their Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told multinational corporations along paycheck tax withholdings in February. reporters. “We are going to continue the lines that the country’s largest Most households will not see the full hammering away about why this bill is businesses have recommended for effect of the tax plan on their income so unpopular.” years. until they file their 2018 taxes in early U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan Wall Street’s main indexes 2019. defended the bill, saying support would were little changed on Wednesday, In two provisions added to grow for after it passes and Americans taking a breather after a month-long secure needed Republican votes, the felt relief. “I think minds are going to rally ahead of the long-anticipated tax legislation also allows oil drilling change,” Ryan said on ABC’s “Good vote. The S&P 500 has climbed about in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Morning America” television program. 4.5 percent since mid-November, led Refuge and removes a tax penalty A few Republicans, a party by a rally in sectors such as transport, under the Obamacare health law for once defined by fiscal hawkishness, banks and others that are expected to Americans who do not obtain health have protested the deficit spending benefit the most from lower taxes. insurance. encompassed in the bill. But most Under the bill, millions “We have essentially repealed voted for it anyway, saying it would of Americans would stop itemizing Obamacare and we’ll come up with help businesses and individuals deductions, putting tax breaks that something that will be much better,” while boosting an already expanding incentivize home ownership and Trump said. economy they see as not growing fast charitable donations out of their reach, Democrats were united in enough.

Canada’s PM broke ethics rules with visit to Aga Khan island

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke some conflict of interest rules when he accepted a vacation last year on the Aga Khan’s private island, the ethics watchdog said on Wednesday, the first time a prime minister has been found to have committed such a transgression. While the finding could tarnish Trudeau’s popularity half-way into his mandate, he does not face any penalties. Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau contravened a rule on gifts when he accepted the use of the island in March and December 2016, while there were ongoing official dealings with the Aga Khan and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada was registered to lobby Trudeau’s office.

British PM May’s deputy Damian Green resigns

“The vacations accepted by Mr. Trudeau or his family could reasonably be seen to have been given to influence Mr. Trudeau in his capacity as Prime Minister,” Dawson said. While Trudeau says the Aga Khan is a family friend, Dawson found the exception for gifts from friends did not apply. Trudeau said he accepted her report and would clear future vacations with the watchdog. “I take full responsibility for it. We need to make sure that the office of the prime minister is without reproach,” Trudeau said. Trudeau and his family vacationed on the island during the holidays in late December 2016 into January this year. Members of his family visited in March 2016.

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s most senior minister, Damian Green, has resigned at her request after an internal investigation found that he had made misleading comments about pornography found on computers in his parliamentary office. The resignation of one of her most trusted allies, who helped pacify her deeply divided party, is a serious blow for May as she navigates the final year

Trudeau has come under fire from the opposition, who have said the luxury Bahamas vacation was inappropriate and showed the Liberal government is out of touch with average Canadians. The opposition has also accused Finance Minister Bill Morneau of being in a conflict of interest for not putting his assets in a blind trust. He has since said he will do so and has divested his stock in his family business. Trudeau says he has known the Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini, since childhood. The Aga Khan, the title held by the leader of the Ismaili branch of Shi‘ite Islam, was a pallbearer at the funeral of Justin’s father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

of tortuous Brexit negotiations before Britain’s exit in March 2019. Green was appointed in the wake of her disastrous bet on a June snap election which lost her party its majority in parliament. Green, an old friend, was brought in to stabilize her leadership and counter enemies within the Conservative Party who wanted her to quit. A review by the cabinet secretary found that Green’s statements which

FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 4, 2017

suggested he was not aware that indecent material was found in 2008 on parliamentary computers in his office, were “inaccurate and misleading.” “I regret that I’ve been asked to resign from the government following breaches of the Ministerial Code, for which I apologise,” Green said in a letter to May. He added that he did not download or view pornography on his parliamentary computers.

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Six bodies hung from bridges near Mexico’s Los Cabos tourist resort MEXICO CITY - The bodies of six men were found hanging from three different bridges near the Mexican tourist resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula on Wednesday, local authorities said. The authorities did not give details on what happened to the men, but drug gangs often hang the bodies of their murdered victims in public to intimidate rivals. Drug gang violence is set to make 2017 Mexico’s deadliest year in modern history. Two bodies were found on a bridge in Las Veredas, near Los Cabos International Airport, and two on a different bridge on the highway

between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, local prosecutors said in a statement. In a separate statement, the prosecutors said two further bodies were found on a third bridge near the airport. An official from the prosecutor’s office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the bodies of the men had been hung from the bridges. Violent crime has spiked in Baja California, particularly around the once peaceful resort of Los Cabos visited by million of foreign tourists every year. Los Cabos police chief Juan Manuel Mayorga was shot

dead last week. Mexico is on track for its most violent year since records began, with the rise of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, now one of the country’s most powerful, and disputes between other criminal groups fueling murder rates. On Tuesday, authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua said 12 people were killed in clashes between armed groups. The governor of the state of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, said that authorities were investigating the incidents near Los Cabos. “I condemn these acts and

Britain’s new 3 billion pound warship has a leak

The HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, in August LONDON - Britain’s had an issue when it was handed biggest ever warship, the new over by manufacturers and the 3.1 billion pound ($4.2 billion) Sun said the builders would have aircraft carrier HMS Queen to foot the repair bill. Elizabeth, has a leak and needs The Aircraft Carrier repairs, the Ministry of Defence Alliance - a consortium including (MoD) said. British engineering companies The 65,000-tonne ship BAE Systems and Babcock, and is hailed as Britain’s most the UK division of France’s advanced military vessel and Thales - built the Queen was only commissioned by the Elizabeth and its sister aircraft queen two weeks ago but it has carrier, the HMS Prince of Wales, a problem with a shaft seal that as apart of a 6.2 billion pound was identified during sea trials, project. the MoD said. “It’s normal practice “Sea trials are precisely for a volume of work and defect for finding manageable teething resolution to continue following problems like this and rectifying vessel acceptance,” BAE Systems them,” a Royal Navy spokesman said in a statement. “This will be said. completed prior to the nation’s “Repairs under contract flagship re-commencing her are already underway alongside program at sea in 2018.” in Portsmouth and the sea trials BAE said the issue will take place as planned in the would take just a couple of days New Year, when we will continue to fix with no need for the ship to to rigorously test the ship before be taken into a dry dock. she enters service.” Chris Parry, a former The Sun newspaper senior Royal Navy officer, said reported that the 280-metre (920- all ships took on water. foot) warship, the nation’s future “That’s why you have flagship vessel, was letting in pumps,” he told Sky News. 200 liters of water every hour “When you get a brand new car and the fix would cost millions of not everything’s perfect, you pounds. have to send it back to the garage A defense source said to get a few things tweaked. This the navy was aware that the ship, is exactly in that bracket.” which took eight years to build, Also on Tuesday,

parliament’s defense committee raised questions about the procurement of the F-35 fighter jets from a consortium led by Lockheed Martin which will eventually operate from the Queen Elizabeth. The committee said there had been an “unacceptable lack of transparency” about the program and the MoD had failed to provide details of the full cost of each aircraft which one newspaper had estimated could be as much as 155 million pounds. “We strongly refute any suggestion of a lack of transparency in the F-35 program,” an MOD spokesman said. “The program remains on track, on time, within costs and not only offers our military the world’s most advanced fighter jet but will support over 24,000 British jobs and is very much clear for take-off.” When the aircraft carrier was commissioned, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our new aircraft carrier is the epitome of British design and dexterity, at the core of our efforts to build an Armed Forces fit for the future.”

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any expression of violence. Today more than ever in #BCS we should be united,” he said via Twitter, using the hashtag for the state’s initials. Homicides have more than doubled in Baja California Sur this year, with 409 people killed through October, from 192 in all of 2016. In June authorities said they had found a mass grave with the bodies of 11 men and three women near Los Cabos. More than 4.4 million passengers, mostly international, have passed through Los Cabos Airport so far this year, according to operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico.

Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday - at the request of Arab and Muslim countries - to vote on a draft resolution, which was vetoed by the United States on Monday in the 15-member U.N. Security Council. The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a letter to dozens of U.N. states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to “report back on those countries who voted against us.” She bluntly echoed that call in a Twitter post: “The U.S. will be taking names.” Several senior diplomats said Haley’s warning was unlikely to change many votes in the General Assembly, where such direct, public threats are rare. Miroslav Lajcak, president of the General Assembly, declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, but added: “It’s the right and responsibility of member states to express their views.” A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks on Wednesday. “I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations, for all those nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly,” Trump said. ‘BULLYING’ Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s Western allies. He also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The draft U.N. resolution calls on all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. A senior diplomat from a Muslim country, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of Haley’s letter: “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa wins election as ANC president JOHANNESBURG - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled since the end of apartheid. As ANC leader, Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old union leader who became a businessman and is now one of South Africa’s richest people, is likely to become the country’s next president after elections in 2019. He has promised to fight rampant corruption and revitalize the economy, a message hailed by foreign investors. Jacob Zuma’s presidency, tainted by corruption and scandal, has badly tarnished the ANC’s image both at home and abroad. The party once led by Nelson Mandela is now deeply divided. Ramaphosa narrowly beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 68, a former cabinet minister and Zuma’s ex-wife, in Monday’s vote, marking a pivotal moment for the ANC, which launched black-majority rule under Mandela’s leadership 23 years ago. He smiled and hugged other party officials as the results were read out. Zuma sat stony-faced as Ramaphosa’s victory was announced. Political instability, including questions over who would replace Zuma, has been cited by credit rating agencies as a big factor behind their decision to cut South Africa to “junk”. Economic growth in Africa’s traditional powerhouse has been lethargic over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.

Zuma has faced allegations of corruption since he became head of state in 2009 but has denied any wrongdoing. The president has also faced allegations that his friends, the wealthy Gupta businessmen, wielded undue influence over his government. Zuma and the Guptas have denied the accusations. The 75-year-old president has survived several votes of no-confidence in parliament over his performance as head of state. Dlamini-Zuma, 68, the president’s Deputy president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa greets an ANC member during the preferred candidate, had campaigned 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec on pledges to tackle the racial inequality Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 18, 2017 that has persisted since the end of scattered across the country. But investors in South Africa. Backers white-minority rule. [nL8N1OG082] the delegates are not bound by their of Ramaphosa, say she is peddling The rand currency had risen branches when they vote at the populist rhetoric and would rule in the to a nine-month high of 12.5200 earlier, conference. mould of her former husband. as the market priced in a Ramaphosa Mmusi Maimane, the To his supporters, victory. Government bonds also closed opposition leader, said in a statement: Ramaphosa’s business success makes firmer before the announcement that “Ramaphosa cannot save South Africa, him well-suited to the task of turning Ramaphosa had won the race. only the voters can in 2019,” in around an economy grappling with reference to the upcoming national 28 percent unemployment and credit CORRUPTION elections. rating downgrades. Prince Mashele, senior “Ramaphosa was seen as the “TOP SIX” SPLIT research fellow at University of more investor-friendly of the two main Pretoria, said the ANC’s top most candidates vying to lead the ruling Analysts say the bitterness decision-making group known as the party,” Capital Economics Africa of the power struggle between “top six” was now split down the middle, economist John Ashbourne said. Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma has consisting of three politicians apiece “During the campaign, he increased the chances that the party drawn from Ramaphosa and Dlaminipromised to clean up corruption within will find it hard to set policy and could Zuma’s camps, which would make it the ruling party and to work with possibly split before the 2019 national hard to implement policy. businesses and labor to boost economic election. “Terrible combination we have growth.” After his victory, Ramaphosa in the top six, it’s a paralyzed situation. In a boost to Ramaphosa, will be ANC’s flag-bearer in that This top six will not make any ground courts ruled last week that officials election, but will have to contend with breaking decisions,” Mashele, who from some provinces seen as Dlamini-Zuma’s allies in his leadership is also a political commentator and supporting Dlamini-Zuma had been team, meaning that their policies are columnist, said. elected illegally and were barred from divergent. Daniel Silke, an independent the conference. Dlamini-Zuma is a fierce campaigner political analyst, said: “Both sides will Ramaphosa drew the majority against racial inequality whose continue to vie for ascendancy within of nominations from party branches hostility to big business has rattled the ANC.”

Venezuela’s Maduro says ‘terrorists’ stole weapons from military unit CARACAS - Venezuelan “Soon we’ll win the war leftist President Nicolas Maduro ... so that Venezuela can be free,” said on Tuesday that “terrorists” says Perez, under the cover of a had broken into a National black balaclava. Guard unit over the weekend and stolen weapons, the latest sign of ADVERTISING volatility in the oil-rich country convulsed by a profound economic His Twitter account later crisis. posted a purported summary by Oscar Perez, a rogue authorities of the attack. The Venezuelan police pilot wanted summary says some 49 armed for lobbing grenades and shooting men stole around 26 Kalashnikov at government buildings in June, AK-103’s and over 3,000 claimed responsibility for the munitions for the rifles, as well attack, which he called “Operation as pistols, in Miranda state near Venezuela’s President Nicolas Genesis.” Caracas during the early hours of Maduro gestures while he talks to the media during a news conference A video posted on Perez’s Monday. YouTube account shows armed, Reuters was not able to at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, masked men taking control of independently confirm details Venezuela military barracks under cover of the attack. The Information He went into hiding after the of night. They smash photos Ministry did not respond to a attack, only to pop up two weeks of Maduro and his predecessor, request for comment. later at an opposition vigil for the late Hugo Chavez, handcuff An action film star who anti-government protesters killed around a dozen soldiers and portrays himself as a James Bond during demonstrations that berate them for supporting cum-Rambo figure on social media, rocked the country earlier this “dictatorship” in Venezuela. Perez has added surreal twists to year. “You yourselves are Venezuela’s long-running political Perez’s latest offensive dying of hunger. Why have you drama. highlights instability in not done anything, given you He rose to fame in June Venezuela, an OPEC member have weapons? Why do you keep after hijacking a police helicopter state heaving under malnutrition, protecting these drug-trafficking flying over Caracas’ center. He disease and the world’s steepest dictators?” the assailants shout fired shots at and lobbed grenades inflation rate. The opposition at gagged soldiers crouching on on the Interior Ministry and the has long appealed to the military, the floor of what appears to be a Supreme Court to fight what he historically a powerbroker in bathroom. said was a tyrannical government. Venezuela, for help.

New York man sentenced to 15 years for plotting to help Islamic State NEW YORK - A New York City resident who pleaded guilty to conspiring to support Islamic State was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors said. Akhror Saidakhmetov, a 22-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in Brooklyn, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde. Prosecutors said Saidakhmetov tried to travel to Syria to join the militant group. “We are disappointed with the sentence imposed by the court, and believe that a more nuanced and lenient outcome would better address both the needs of our client and the broader challenges posed by these types of cases,” Adam Perlmutter, a lawyer for Saidakhmetov, said in an email. Saidakhmetov was arrested in February 2015 as he was trying to board a plane to Istanbul. Prosecutors said he was planning to travel from there to Syria to join Islamic State, along with Abdurasul Juraboev, an Uzbek national living in Brooklyn. Juraboev was also charged in the case. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in October. Prosecutors said that Saidakhmetov at one point told a paid law enforcement informant that his mother had taken his passport because she feared he would try to join Isamic state. He told the informant that he planned to get back by saying he was going to Uzbekistan to visit relatives, according to court papers. Prosecutors also said in court papers that Saidakhmetov expressed interest in joining the U.S. military to either pass information to Islamic State to help in their attacks or to open fire on soldiers to kill as many as possible.

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Philippine police chief defends deadly drug war MANILA - The police chief of the Philippines stood by the head of a secretive unit behind dozens of killings in the country’s war on drugs, saying officers fired only in self-defence and the death toll reflected the danger and the scale of the narcotics problem. National police chief Ronald dela Rosa was responding to a Reuters Special Report that spent four months examining killings by one group of policemen from or near Davao City, the hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Dela Rosa said police district 6 in Quezon City had Metro Manila’s most serious drug problem and he personally sent squad commander Lito Patay there because he was a “very professional” and “very dedicated” officer capable of dealing with it. Patay handpicked and headed a unit of 10 men who called themselves the “Davao Boys”, which racked up the highest number of kills in Quezon City, a violent frontline in Duterte’s ferocious anti-narcotics campaign. Police station 6 officers killed 108 people in anti-drug operations from July 2016 through June 2017, the campaign’s first year, accounting for 39 percent of Quezon City’s body

count, according to official crime reports analyzed by Reuters. A majority of the killings were carried out by the squad run by Patay, who was reassigned to Quezon City just a few weeks after Duterte unleashed his crackdown. “He (Patay) was chosen because I have big trust in him, he has the balls to face the problems. He will fight,” dela Rosa told reporters. “He is not an officer who is after money, who will be assigned in an area only to collect money, he is not that kind of officer. He has focus. I assigned him there because I know he can deliver.” ‘FREE HAND’ Asked about the high rate of killings in areas under Patay, he said deaths were inevitable where the drugs trade was rampant. “So what’s the problem? The worst drug problem is there in station 6, so if you hit the problem head on, you face the problem head on then, there would always result in casualties,” he said. Nearly 4,000 mostly urban poor Filipinos have been killed in anti-

Philippine National Police chief General Ronald Dela Rosa whispers to President Rodrigo Duterte during the announcement of the disbandment of police operations against illegal drugs at the Malacanang palace in Manila, Philippines drug operations since July 2016. Police reject activists’ allegations they have executed drug users and peddlers and say they kill only when their lives are in danger. Dela Rosa said Patay has since been reassigned to another province to make him eligible for promotion, reflecting his success in convincing drug suspects in Quezon City to surrender to the authorities.

He said Patay had been “given a free hand” at station 6 and had command responsibility over his operations. “It is his own call whatever he does there, he has to solve the drug problem,” dela Rosa said. The story of the Davao Boys also highlights a larger dynamic: Many of the drug war’s key police officers - dela Rosa included - hail from or served in Duterte’s hometown, where the campaign’s brutal methods originated during his time as mayor. Duterte has repeatedly denied he ordered the killings of criminals and drug dealers during his 22 years as Davao mayor, or his 17 months as president. Dela Rosa appeared frustrated when asked by a reporter if he personally had ordered the deaths of drug suspects in Quezon City. He said Patay’s men had no alternative but to kill armed criminals who refused to go quietly. “He was placed there to address the drug problem, and not to kill those who deserved to be killed,” he said of Patay. “If they resist, why would you risk your life? You have to fight back.”

Full Brexit in Jan. 2021 as EU sets transition deadline BRUSSELS - The European Union wants a transition period after Brexit to end no later than the last day of 2020, according to the European Commission’s negotiating directives agreed on Wednesday. That date, coinciding with the end of the EU’s seven-year budget period and 21 months after Britain departs the EU, had long been expected as the target end point of the transition. But this was the first official confirmation that it is the goal of the Union’s negotiators. British Prime Minister

Theresa May had sought a transition lasting around two years. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, speaking at a news conference after the EU executive had agreed the terms, said the 2020 deadline was logical and would avoid complications in the next 2021-2027 EU budget period. The four pages of new directives for Barnier were in line with guidelines issued by EU leaders at a summit on Friday and will form the basis of talks on the transition that he hopes to start next month. He has said in the past he hopes a free trade pact could be ready to take

effect in January 2021. Britain during the transition period. However, the document adds: The directives spell out that Britain will effectively remain in EU “Where it is in the interest of the Union, institutions, bound by all their rules the Union may consider whether and including new ones, while not having how arrangements can be agreed a say in their making. that would maintain the effects of the The EU will also offer agreements as regards the United Britain a non-voting place at some Kingdom during the transition period.” meetings where decisions may affect This has been important to Britain specific issues and will set up special since it could mean that it no longer arrangements for a UK role in setting benefits automatically from free trade agreements which the EU has with, annual EU fishing quotas. The directives also spell out say, Canada or South Korea, while more clearly that EU treaties with it would still have to apply EU trade other countries and international policy -- for example collecting EU organizations will no longer apply to customs duty at UK ports.

Offshore oil searches are coming back to fashion - just not in Asia SINGAPORE - Surveying the ocean floor for oil and natural gas reserves is gradually emerging from a multi-year slump, everywhere apart from Asia. That’s despite Asia being the world’s biggest consumer of oil, having by far the strongest demand growth while seeing its production fall faster than anywhere else. The reasons for Asia’s dearth in offshore exploration and production (E&P) include high costs in Australia’s promising waters, declining reserves in production hotspots Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as territorial disputes in the oil- and gas-rich waters of the South China Sea. “We only have two 3D vessels in Asia-Pacific, since there are fewer opportunities and less activity in that region,” said Bard Stenberg, vice president at Norwegian offshore survey company PGS, adding that most of his company’s vessels were in the Atlantic. MISSING OUT A 2017 shows the most activity in the North Atlantic. A similar map by Bernstein Research showed the Asia-Pacific

Crew prepare seismic streamers to be loaded on to the Polarcus Naila seismic surveillance ship in Singapore, December 2, 2017 basin to have only four minor offshore developments of under 50,000 barrels per day (bpd). That compares to five major developments (above 50,000 bpd) and 11 minor ones in the Atlantic. Asia’s dearth comes despite the region’s huge oil deficit, resulting from booming demand and declining output. In one of the most promising regions, Australia, the main problem is cost, in part due to a requirement for rigs to pay for Australian crew once in Australian waters. “Once any foreign-flagged vessel is in Australian waters, the ship operator has to pick up Australian workers... They work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for 4 weeks, then get 4 weeks off,” said Christy Cain of the

Maritime Union of Australia. When oil prices were high, this was not a big problem, drillers said. But in times of cheaper oil and low profit margins, the added cost deters explorers, several said. In another promising area, the South China Sea, conflicting territorial claims, especially between China and Vietnam, have hindered E&P activity. Meanwhile, in Asia’s most established offshore oil and gas production basins of Malaysia and Indonesia, recoverable reserves are depleting. Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, Southeast Asia’s biggest oil producer, is increasingly focusing

on downstream projects like the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in the southern state of Johor. From 2019, PIC will refine crude oil into fuel and petrochemical products. Significant amounts of its crude will come from Saudi Arabia. With little E&P activity, Asia’s oil import bill - which has already more than doubled since 2000 to over $420 billion a year - will rise further, likely above $500 billion in 2017, leaving other regions to cash in on Asia’s oil thirst. COUNTING HELICOPTERS Gauging the health of the secretive offshore industry is difficult. But dozens of mothballed rigs and support vessels sit idle in southern Malaysia’s Johor river delta, waiting to be used or scrapped. Yet cautious optimism is emerging. “Activity to support new development projects may increase slightly (between 2018 and 2020), but is unlikely to approach historical high levels (2013/14),” Petronas said in an outlook this month.

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Delta Air Lines sends off its Boeing 747s with grand farewell tour

EVERETT, Wash. – It was a staring out the window on a flight beautiful morning to fly, as Delta Air from Chicago to Hawaii. It awed me Lines 9771 broke free of cloudy and and inspired me,” he said. cold Detroit and ushered itself into “It has been the foundation, the orangey-pink sunrise waiting just the birth of all we do in Everett and of above the drudgery below. The jet, one widebody aircraft,” he added. of the last U.S.-operated passenger Indeed, it was the 747 that Boeing 747-400s, gently lifted off from launched the era of the widebody jet, Detroit Metropolitan Airport several putting Boeing and the city of Seattle minutes earlier at 7:47 a.m., bound on the global aviation map. When for a rather unusual destination: the it was first introduced at a roll-out Boeing factory from which it was made. ceremony in 1968, the 747 was the The special homecoming largest jet ever produced; by a wide charter flight kicked off Delta’s margin. farewell tour for the original jumbo Early critics thought it was jet, which will go on to stop in Atlanta, too big to get off the ground, but it Minneapolis, and Los Angeles this did. While the jet was not initially a week. It comes as Delta – the last knock-out hit with airlines, it went on U.S. passenger airline still flying the to become one of Boeing’s best sellers 747 – winds down its schedule on the and helped make long-haul travel aircraft. Delta has only one regularly affordable. The 747 also has, perhaps, scheduled 747 flight left – a Seoul-tothe added distinction of going on to Detroit flight that’s scheduled to land become the world’s most recognizable Tuesday. airplane. After that, Delta’s remaining “The shape of it is so unique; 747s will fly a handful of NFL charters it’s instantly recognizable,” Boeing before retiring altogether by the year’s knew and still know,” said Boone. “I flies so beautifully. I used to refer to engineer Robert Fischer said on the end. With that, nearly 50 years of want to sit everywhere I can!” he it as a big-old puppy dog,” she said. ground in Everett, referring to the passenger 747 service with U.S. based added. “When you wanted it to do something jet’s distinctive upper deck hump and airlines will come to an end. Boone knows the airplane it’d responded very well.” swept, four-engined wing. Monday’s flight, filled with well, though not from years spent That smooth responsiveness Yet despite decades of success, a few hundred Delta employees and flying as a passenger in coach. No, was on full display as the pilots the era of the 747 is coming to an retirees and several frequent fliers Boone spent the majority of his career navigated the jet through rough end. Airlines are dropping the “-400” that bid Delta frequent-flier miles for in the cockpit, flying the jet known as weather into Paine Field, the airstrip model of the 747 like the one flown by the experience, was a fairly muted the “Queen of the Skies” for Northwest adjacent to the Boeing factory. The Delta at a steady pace. Sales for the affair. Perhaps it was the early hour, Airlines. He estimates he racked up flight touched down with a light- newest version of the jet, the 747-8 but those aboard seemed content to over 11,000 hours — more than a year but-authoritative thud on the same Intercontinental and a corresponding choose quiet conversation with one — flying the jet across the globe, from runway from where it was delivered freighter version, have been slow for another or personal reflection instead Tokyo to Desert Storm troop charters. 18 years ago, in October of 1999. years. of indulging in a champagne-infused He retired in 2001. Despite occasionally heavy Several customers, such as party that’s typical of other retirement “It’s saying goodbye to an old, rain, a crowd of Boeing employees British Airways, Lufthansa, and flights. trusted friend,” said Boone of what — most of whom worked on the 747 Korean Air, are likely to continue One of those aboard was he says is likely his last 747 flight. program — were on hand to welcome flying the jets well into the next decade Robin Boone, who was seated in the “It’s so sad to see it go. But it was an the jet at the adjacent Future of Flight – and possibly beyond. But the number penultimate row of the 747 as it flew incredibly wonderful career, and this Museum, where the arriving flight of ever-declining 747s still flying for high above Wisconsin. airplane was the highlight.” parked. Each of the workers was given passenger airlines is likely to remain Boone was among a number For many pilots, Boone an opportunity to sign the jet, and soon small. of those onboard with ties to Delta included, the jet was well-loved for the engine cowlings and belly were For all of its accomplishments, or Northwest Airlines, a carrier that its reliability and stability. Unlike covered in black and silver missives. the 747 seems to be the rare machine brought more than a dozen 747s smaller aircraft, which in turbulence “It’s amazing to see it come home, after that evokes a reaction beyond its into Delta’s fleet when the carriers could feel like “a pin-ball machine flying tens of millions of miles around function. merged in 2008. Boone was selected in the cockpit,” said Boone, the 747 the world,” Boeing’s 747 Program In the end, “it’s not how after submitting an essay about his always sailed through smoothly. “It’s Manager Bruce Dickinson said after technically advanced it is. It’s not how connection to the jet, one of thousands the difference between riding a tour watching the jet land. huge it is or how amazing it is that it who tried to secure a spot on Delta’s bus or a bicycle over a bump,” he said. Dickinson said he owes his gets off the ground,” said Dickinson. farewell flights. Retired captain Anne Simpson, own passion for aviation, and perhaps “It’s what it did to each of us in our “It’s a chance to ride on it who flew the jet for Northwest and even his job, to the 747. “My first 747 heart and soul.” again, look at it again, see people I then Delta for eight years agreed: “It trip was when I was eight years old,

U.S. regulator plays down bitcoin fears

WASHINGTON - A U.S. banking regulator said on Wednesday that bitcoin does not currently pose a threat to the country’s banking system and that there is “space” for innovative financial technology firms to operate in the traditional lending business. The marketplace is watching closely to see how Joseph Otting, who was sworn in as Comptroller of the Currency last month, will address a slew of issues including virtual currencies, fintech, and President Trump’s pledge to roll back rules introduced following the 2008 financial crisis. Speaking during his first formal press briefing, Otting played down

concerns over risks posed by bitcoin, which raced to new highs of $19,666 on Sunday, saying a recent informal OCC poll of banks showed they had little exposure to the virtual currency. “Mostly the banks have stayed away from the currency ... it doesn’t seem to have come into the banking system,” he said, adding that the OCC feels the currency does not currently pose a threat to the safety and soundness of the banking system. “But everybody’s watching it very closely,” he told reporters. Otting, the first former banker to lead the OCC in decades, said he also saw a future for a charter for fintech firms, first proposed by his predecessor Thomas Curry, but that he needed

time to study the concept. “I‘m not sure what it looks like and how it’s funded, but I do think there’s a space there that a technology solution can solve. Then the question is what is the requirement on that fintech to get that charter.” He said that fintech firms were pouring into the small-dollar lending business to fill a void after regulators had “forced banks out of that space” with burdensome regulations and that he hoped banks would re-enter the business with their own fintech solutions. “But I also am open to other entities coming in and providing those services if they’re not being fulfilled by the banking industry,” he added.

Broken representations of the Bitcoin virtual currency, placed on a monitor that displays binary digits, are seen in this illustration picture Otting spent more than 30 years as a banker with stints at U.S. Bank and Union Bank, and was most recently chief executive officer of OneWest, the California lender started by Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin after the 2008 housing crisis.

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Death announcement of Cecelia Walkin-Pierre 29/07/1954


ecelia was the adoptive daughter of Fuller and Clementina Walkin of Blue Hills. Originally from Haiti, TCI has been her home since the age of 14. She was a loving and happy person, always giving her last to anyone in need. She is survived by Four children: Annis Walkin, Johnson Brutus, Guilaine Brutus and Lesly Junior Pierre. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and five great grand. She saw the good in everyone, always acted diplomatically in all matters. A memorial will be held to celebrate her life on the 28th of December at 6pm in the Jericho Baptist church, lower Bight Provo. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Guilaine Brutus on 243-6418. thank you for all the love and support.

CONDO FOR RENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the following fulltime lecturing positions at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College for the semester commencing February 19, 2018:.

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The ideal candidate must have knowledge and skills obtained through collegiate preparation resulting in a Master’s degree (Doctorate preferred) which must include eighteen (18) graduate semester hours in the area being applied for, from an accredited and recognized institution plus a Teaching Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma and no less than three years post qualification teaching experience. A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of a second class honors or other postgraduate qualifications, teaching certificate/Diploma and experience in teaching at Tertiary level may be considered. Salary is in the scale: Level I: US$27,399.90 – $39,102.30 per annum. Level II: US$40,210 – $43,488.40 per annum. Entry point will depend on qualifications and experience. In the case of staff recruited from overseas, appointment is on contractual terms for an initial period of two years. A gratuity is payable at the end of satisfactory contractual service at the rate of 10% of salary drawn during the period of service. A housing allowance is payable at existing rates. Applications with copies of qualifications (including official transcripts), two character references, a police record and a recent testimonial from current place of employment should be sent to the: PRESIDENT, TCI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, P.O. BOX 236, GRAND TURK, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS to reach not later than 30th December, 2017. Where possible, applicants should e-mail their applications. EMAIL We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only persons selected for interview will be contacted.

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Facebook to notify users when photos of them are uploaded SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc said it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about. The feature would not immediately be available in Canada and the European Union, Facebook said. Privacy laws are generally stricter in those jurisdictions, though the company said it was hopeful about implementing the feature there in the future. Tech companies are putting in place a variety of functions using facial recognition technology, despite fears about how the facial data could be used. In September, Apple Inc revealed that users of its new iPhone X would be able to unlock the device

using their face. Facial recognition technology has been a part of Facebook since at least 2010, when the social network began offering suggestions for whom to tag in a photo. That feature also is optional. For those who have opted in, Facebook creates what it calls a template of a person’s face by analyzing pixels from photos where the person is already tagged. It then compares newly uploaded images to the template. Facebook deletes the template of anyone who then opts out, Rob Sherman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, said in a statement. Under the new feature, people who have opted in would get a notification from Facebook if a photo of them has been uploaded,

although only if the photo is one they have access to. The company plans to add an “on/off” switch to allow users to control all Facebook features related to facial recognition, Sherman said. “We thought it was important to have a really straightforward way of controlling facial recognition technology,” he said. Facebook said it also plans to use facial recognition technology to notify users if someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture, which the company said may help reduce impersonations, as well as in software that describes photos in words for people who have vision loss, so that they can tell who is in a photo.

Amazon’s allure may be tough to top this holiday CHICAGO/NEW YORK More U.S. online shoppers plan to give Inc the bulk of their holiday business this year than in previous years, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, despite costly efforts by traditional retailers to attract customers to their websites. The online poll of 2,644 adults, released on Wednesday, found that 60 percent of online shoppers planned to do most of their holiday buying on Amazon. com, up from 50 percent during the An Inc driver stands next to an Amazon delivery truck in same period in 2015. Meanwhile, Los Angeles, California the proportion of shoppers who Americas leader for consumer To be sure, analytics firms said they expected to do most products and retail strategy, said and industry groups expect most of their shopping at Walmart. traditional retailers’ online sales traditional retailers to report com, and were growing, but not fast enough higher holiday sales this year, declined by about 1 percentage to win market share. both online and in stores, driven by point each in that period. “They’re dealing with discounting, low unemployment, Consumers opting an 800-pound gorilla that rising consumer confidence and increasingly for convenience and has different metrics around good weather across the country. speedy delivery have already profitability than they do, which Sales on Thanksgiving pushed online sales this holiday is tough to compete with,” said and Black Friday also topped season to record highs, making it Raghuraman. prior years and said all the more crucial that retailers Earnest Research, it broke sales records during that get their digital businesses into which looks at anonymous card holiday weekend. gear. transactions made by millions of According to the Reuters/ Wal-Mart Stores Inc, U.S. shoppers, said data from the Ipsos poll, about one in every four Target Corp and Macy’s Inc, like two weeks after Thanksgiving adults plan to shop primarily many of their peers, have invested showed Amazon’s market share or entirely online this holiday in deeper online discounts and of U.S. sales had risen 2.6 percent season, up from one in five in 2012. free shipping this holiday season, from the same period last year. Convenience, delivery and the potentially hurting fourth- Meanwhile Walmart’s in- ability to compare prices easily quarter profit margins to win store and online market share for were the most common reasons back customers who have turned the period was down 1.7 percent, people choose to shop online, the increasingly to while Target had lost 0.6 percent poll showed. Retailers have also and Macy’s was down 0.5 percent, The Reuters/Ipsos poll was invested heavily in sprucing according to Earnest. conducted in English throughout up their websites and mobile Target expects fourth-quarter the United States from Nov. 27 device apps. They are rolling out digital growth to once again be to Dec. 7. Because it is an online more fulfillment options such among the best in the industry, poll, the respondents may be more as curbside pickup, click-and- spokesman Joshua Thomas said. experienced with computers and collect and same-day delivery. Macy’s spokeswoman Radina online shopping than the general The holiday shopping season can Russell said the department public. The poll has a credibility account for 20 to 40 percent of store chain had begun the holiday interval, a measure of accuracy, of annual sales for many retailers. season well and would continue to 2 percentage points. Anand Raghuraman, EY’s offer value online and in stores.

Be careful of lithium ion batteries, Europe warns Christmas air travellers

Lithium-ion batteries are pictured at the production site of Saft Groupe, battery specialists, in Poitiers, France BERLIN - European aviation safety authorities have urged airlines to remind passengers about how best to transport electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries over the busy Christmas travel period. Lithium ion batteries, found in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and electronic cigarettes, are seen as a fire risk, and there are concerns that if a fire were to start in the hold of a plane, it could not easily be extinguished. “It is important that airlines inform their passengers that large personal electronic devices should be carried in the passenger cabin whenever possible,” the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said in a statement on Tuesday. Many airlines in Europe already have their own procedures in place, such as telling passengers that laptops should not be carried in hold baggage. EASA said that where such items are too large to be carried in the cabin, then they must be completely switched off, protected from accidental activation, and packaged suitably to avoid damage. They should also not be carried in the same bag as flammable items such as perfume or aerosols. EASA also said that if devices cannot be carried in the cabin, such as when passengers have to put carry-on bags in the hold due to a lack of space in the cabin, airlines should remember to ask passengers to remove any spare batteries or e-cigarettes. Lithium ion batteries are also used to power so-called smart bags, suitcases which offer GPS tracking and can charge devices, weigh themselves or be locked remotely using mobile phones.

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U.S. internet rule change leaves major streaming companies untouched for now SAN FRANCISCO - Behind your video stream of a hit like “Stranger Things” is a complicated array of technology and business relationships that will not change very much, at least in the short term, as a result of this week’s repeal of U.S. regulations on internet traffic, industry insiders say. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday repealed its own 2015 rules, known as net neutrality, that required internet service providers like Comcast Corp to treat all online content equally, barring high-speed toll lanes and any preferential treatment of one website over another. The repeal effort has drawn cheers from Comcast and Verizon Communications Inc, who say the net neutrality regulations stifled investment in their networks. But it has been fiercely denounced by many in the internet industry and beyond as a mortal threat to the open internet, with several state attorneys general and others promising a legal fight. Yet the loud debate has obscured the fact that the biggest streaming companies, including Netflix Inc and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, already pay internet service providers (ISPs) to deliver their videos, while smaller players mostly do not.

The latest net neutrality rules did venture capital firm Amplify Partners, send little internet traffic over their not erase these business dynamics, which has a stake in content delivery networks, with the possible exception people familiar with the arrangements network Fastly. of a startup posing a strategic threat. say. The repeal likely will not either, There have been conflicts, Going after bigger players though scuffles could arise as ISPs notably a 2014 dust-up between would not be simple either, he said. seek to take advantage of the rule Netflix and Comcast, that resulted “It’s always a tight rope for change in the future. from the dramatic surge in streaming the ISPs,” said Van Noy. Blocking “From the era of having no video traffic in recent years. Netflix video services would undermine their net neutrality to the era of having it, ultimately agreed to pay Comcast sales of fast-download, higher-margin nothing changed,” said a former video despite complaining in an online blog internet plans that are “pure gravy for streaming executive on condition of post that its partner was “double them.” anonymity. dipping” by also receiving money from That is not to say ISPs will not To deliver their services home internet subscribers. Yet this attempt to profit from the regulatory effectively and economically, large arrangement was not unique. change. They may offer bundled video streaming companies spend YouTube, for example, has internet deals that include their inmoney sending data directly to also paid ISPs as part of so-called house content but charge extra for different broadband networks, and “peering” arrangements by which Netflix or Hulu, experts said. dominant ISPs at times charge for networks connect to one another to “They can frame it as a taking on large volumes of traffic. deliver video streams more efficiently, positive. ‘We’re not hurting Netflix. Big companies like Netflix and said an industry executive familiar We’re just giving our subscribers a Inc also can deliver their with the practice. benefit of something we already own,’” video streams far and wide on their In a statement, Netflix said said Alan Wolk, lead analyst for TV own, while many smaller internet “tolls decreased for us” after the 2015 industry publication TV[R]EV. companies pay external content net neutrality rules were passed - but But any action that changes delivery networks (CDNs) like Akamai did not say they disappeared. how consumers access the internet Technologies Inc to do the work for The company added: “We must be disclosed under the new FCC them. Multimedia websites that do support strong net neutrality rules and may face regulatory scrutiny not pay for such services are slower in protections, even if we are at less risk - a possible deterrent. many instances than those that do. because of our popularity, which keeps “I don’t think anyone is going Companies’ “need for someone our relationships with ISPs stable.” to do anything crazy that will upset that sits between their content, Chris Van Noy, a digital media public opinion,” said Eric Hippeau, a whether that’s a website or streaming executive formerly with Akamai and managing partner of Lerer Hippeau video, and all the places in the world streaming service Hulu, noted that Ventures and former CEO of The it needs to go, isn’t going to change,” ISPs would have no reason to interfere Huffington Post. “This is a highly said Sunil Dhaliwal, founder of with startups and small firms that politically charged area.”

Uber dealt blow after EU court classifies it as transport service LUXEMBOURG drivers provide their service” Uber should be classified as a and that without the Uber transport service and regulated mobile app “persons who wish like other taxi operators, the to make an urban journey would European Union’s top court not use the services provided by said in a landmark ruling on those drivers.” Wednesday that could impact The decision is unlikely other online businesses in to have an immediate impact Europe. on Uber’s operations in Europe, Uber, which allows where it has cut back its use passengers to summon a of unlicensed services such as ride through an app on their UberPOP and adheres to local smartphones, has transformed transportation laws. the taxi industry since its launch “This ruling will not in 2011 and now operates in change things in most EU more than 600 cities globally. countries where we already In the latest of a series operate under transportation of legal battles, Uber had argued A photo illustration shows the Uber law,” an Uber spokeswoman it was simply a digital app app on a mobile telephone, as it is said in a statement. that acted as an intermediary held up for a posed photograph, in “As our new CEO has between drivers and customers London, Britain said, it is appropriate to regulate looking for a ride and so should services such as Uber and so we fall under lighter EU rules for GIG ECONOMY will continue the dialogue with online services. cities across Europe. This is the “The service provided Uber has taken the fight approach we’ll take to ensure by Uber connecting individuals to regulators and established everyone can get a reliable ride with non-professional drivers is taxi and cab companies, at the tap of a button.” covered by services in the field of expanding from a Silicon Valley Uber is in the middle transport,” the European Court start-up to a business with a of a legal battle over its right of Justice (ECJ) said. valuation of $68 billion. to operate in London, its most “Member states Following changes at the top and important European market. can, therefore, regulate the legal battles, it recently adopted Bernardine Adkins, conditions for providing that a more conciliatory approach Head of EU, Trade and service,” it said. under its new chief executive Competition Law at Gowling The case follows a Dara Khosrowshahi. WLG said the ruling provided complaint from a professional The European case “vital clarity to its (Uber‘s) taxi drivers’ association had been widely watched as an position within the marketplace.” in Barcelona that Uber’s indicator of how the burgeoning “Uber’s control over its drivers, activities in Spain amounted to gig economy, which also features its ability to set prices and the misleading practices and unfair the likes of food-delivery fact its electronic service is competition from Uber’s use company Deliveroo, would be inseparable from its ultimate of non-professional drivers - a regulated in Europe. consumer experience means service Uber calls UberPOP and The ECJ said Uber it is more than simply a which has since been suspended “exercises decisive influence over platform connecting drivers to in Spain and other countries. the conditions under which the passengers.”

Facebook defends itself against critics of social media SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people’s well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other people’s posts. It was the second time this week that Facebook had published such a rebuttal, signaling a new willingness to defend a business model that translates users’ attention into advertising revenue. On Tuesday, the company released a statement saying that former executive Chamath Palihapitiya, who at a conference publicly blamed Facebook for “destroying how society works,” had been gone for six years and was unfamiliar with the company’s recent efforts to improve. Palihapitiya on Thursday revised his view, writing in a Facebook post that the service “is a force for good in the world.” Online services such as Facebook and its Instagram unit, Twitter Inc, Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube are under attack for their seemingly addictive nature and perceived promotion of anti-social behaviors. A study in March by U.S. researchers found that using such services at least two hours daily was correlated with reporting feelings of social isolation. A nonprofit organization called Time Well Spent, led by a former Google design ethicist, is pressuring tech companies to move away from products that try to hook people’s attention. In its blog post, Facebook acknowledged what it called “compelling research” on the negative effects of social media and cited two such academic studies. The company said, though, that those studies are “not the whole story.” It went on to cite other studies suggesting that the dangers of social media may be exaggerated, and that it has potential benefits if used correctly.

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Green Bay quarterback Rodgers done for season Aaron Rodgers’ triumphant return from a broken right collarbone lasted all of one week. On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers placed their star quarterback on injured reserve, officially ending his season after he returned from an eight-week absence to start Sunday’s loss against the Carolina Panthers. Rodgers was hit seven times in Sunday’s 31-24 loss, including three sacks. “Aaron Rodgers is sore, rightfully so,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday when asked about the possibility of Rodgers starting versus Minnesota on Saturday. “He was hit too many times, took two big hits. So we’re working through that.” Rodgers completed 26 of 45 passes for 290 yards and had three touchdown passes opposite three interceptions in his return in Carolina. Green Bay (7-7) was eliminated from playoff contention thanks to Atlanta’s 24-21 win versus Tampa Bay on Monday night. A two-time NFL MVP and six-time Pro Bowler, the 34-year-old Rodgers passed for

Aaron Rodgers 1,675 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions over seven games this season, his 13th in the NFL. Rodgers ranks second all-time in franchise history in passing yards (38,502) and touchdowns thrown (313), trailing only the legendary Brett Favre in both categories (61,655 and 442, respectively). Among active quarterbacks, Rodgers ranks eighth in career passing yards and sixth in touchdowns. The Packers also announced on Tuesday the

Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius signing of quarterback Joe Callahan. The 24-year-old Callahan spent the first six weeks of this season on the practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on Saturday. Callahan has not appeared in a game this season. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Wesley College in 2016. In addition, Green Bay released fullback Joe Kerridge from the active roster and quarterback Jerod Evans from the practice squad.

Farah crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Great Britain’s Mo Farah LONDON - Britain’s Olympic and world champion Mo Farah capped his final season as a track athlete by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday. The distance runner, who won his sixth world championships gold medal in London this year when he triumphed in the 10,000 meters, was named the winner ahead of second-placed superbike rider Jonathan Rea and para athlete Jonnie Peacock. Pre-event favorites, world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and

Blade Runner asks South Africa’s top court to cut sentence

as the BBC’s live satellite link to the ceremony in Liverpool’s Echo Arena cut out seconds later. After the show went off air, Farah, appearing close to tears, spoke to those inside the arena saying he was shocked to win due to the quality of the other athletes. “It is pretty amazing and hard to think about. I didn’t imagine I was every going to win this but... anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams. Other winners included: Formula One world title holder Overseas Sports Lewis Hamilton, failed to make Personality of the Year - Swiss Roger Federer for winning a the top three. Farah, who was born in record eighth Wimbledon tennis Somalia and moved to Britain title and taking his overall grand at the age of eight, won 5,000m slam tally to a record 19 Lifetime Achievement and 10,000m gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as six - retired Olympic heptathlete world titles in those distances. champion Jessica Ennis-Hill Coach of the Year - Benke The 34-year-old, who ended his track career this year Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and to concentrate on road running, Christian Malcolm for guiding looked stunned when he was Britain’s men’s 4x100m team to awarded the trophy by his step- world gold Team of the Year daughter Rihanna in a studio in England women’s cricket team London. He was denied the for winning the World Cup by chance to tell viewers how he felt beating India in the final

JOHANNESBURG - Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius has appealed to South Africa’s highest court to cut the sentence he got for murdering his girlfriend, legal documents showed on Tuesday. Pistorious was jailed for six years for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp - but prosecutors argued that was “shockingly lenient” and an appeals court agreed last month to more than double the term to 15 years. Pistorius filed documents to the Constitutional Court on Monday challenging the appeals court’s ruling. The judgment, he argued, disregarded material findings of the trial court, which showed “compelling circumstances justifying a departure from the prescribed minimum sentence”. Fifteen years is the minimum usually given for murder. Pistorius said this was in breach of his constitutional right to a fair trial and sentencing. When asked about Pistorius’ appeal, Steenkamp’s family spokeswoman Tania Koen said: “It’s his legal right to do so and we have to respect the legal process. It is what it is.” Legal analysts have said such as appeal to the Constitutional Court had slim chances of success. Pistorius’ family spokesman was not available to comment. Rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius has received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or celebrity status. Although in jail, Pistorius has remained in the news. He suffered a bruise in a fight with another inmate after spending too long on a phone call, a prison spokesman said.

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Eight Steelers selected for January Pro Bowl

Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers react as they take the field to play the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24 The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a showdown to the New England Patriots for AFC supremacy on Sunday night, but they were atop the pack when it came to filling out the Pro Bowl roster. Led by offensive standouts Antonio Brown and Le‘Veon Bell, the respective NFL leaders in receiving and rushing, the Steelers had a leaguehigh eight selections for the 2018 Pro Bowl, which were announced Tuesday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, injured linebacker Ryan Shazier, kicker Chris Boswell and offensive linemen Alejandro Villanueva, guard David DeCastro and center Maurkice Pouncey filled out the roster for Pittsburgh, which is tied with the Patriots for the AFC’s best record at 11-3. The Philadelphia Eagles, who own the league’s best record at 12-2, shared top honors in the NFC with the New Orleans Saints, each getting six Pro Bowl selections. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who leads the NFL with 33 touchdown passes but is done for the season due to a torn ACL, was joined by tight end Zach Ertz, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, strong safety Malcolm Jenkins and offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks among Philadelphia’s contingent. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees earned his 11th Pro Bowl selection and was joined by running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, the latter one of four rookies on the squad. Quarterback Tom Brady was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl and was joined by star tight end Rob Gronkowski on New England’s four-man contingent. The Los Angeles Rams featured the fourth-most selections with five, with defensive lineman Aaron Donald earning his fourth selection and running back Todd Gurley receiving his second honor. Rams quarterback Jared Goff is a first alternate on the squad and a likely replacement for Wentz. Goff and Wentz were the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. Rounding out the rookies were Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Arizona Cardinals special teamer Budda Baker. Other notable selections were Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who matched Brees with his 11th Pro Bowl berth, and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Baltimore Ravens Terrell Suggs, who each earned their seventh honor. Three other players were selected to their seventh Pro Bowls -- Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Patriots special teams standout Matthew Slater. The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 28 -one week before Super Bowl LII -- in Orlando, Fla.

Steve Kerr compares Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan For years and to this very day, it is still one of the most widely-used comparisons in sports history: Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Nowadays, the debate is focused more on Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James and his comparison to Jordan. In an article written today by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was interviewed during the team’s Monday shootaround and thinks the Bryant and Jordan comparisons are entirely more realistic than James and Jordan. “Kobe is the closest thing to Michael,” Kerr said. “Everybody’s been compared to Michael. LeBron has been compared to Michael. I don’t think LeBron is like Michael at all. I think he’s a very different player, a different mentality, mindset. Kobe has the same mindset and mentality that MJ had. The assassin, the ‘I’m-going-

Michael Jordan (left) and Kobe Bryant (right) to-rip-your-throat-out-with-myscoring.’ The low-post dominant fade-away jumper. Bryant will have both his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired to the Staples Center rafters on Monday night when the Lakers host the Warriors. When asked about who would win a one-onone matchup between Bryant and Jordan in their primes, Kerr pondered over the idea. “It’d be fun to watch,” Kerr said. “Very similar games. Kobe shot a lot more threes, but in Michael’s era, threes weren’t

as big a part of things. I’m sure he’d work a lot harder on his threes if he played in the modern era. (Bryant) was so similar in terms of the footwork, the reverse pivot, and I’m sure he got a lot of that by watching Michael.” As the NBA’s thirdmost leading scorer in history, Bryant’s 33,643 career pointsare one spot ahead of Jordan’s 32,292 points. However, Jordan’s six championship rings in a span of eight years with the Bulls edge Bryant’s five titles with the Lakers.

Steph Curry likely to miss Warriors-Cavs Christmas Day game due to ankle injury The highlight of the Christmas Day NBA slate is undoubtedly the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two teams have met in the past three NBA Finals and have also faced off on Christmas the past two seasons, with each team picking up a victory. This year’s game might have just lost some luster, however, as the Warriors announced on Tuesday that two-time MVP Steph Curry will likely miss the game while he continues to recover from a right ankle sprain he suffered during the Warriors’ Dec. 4 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. Curry was re-evaluated on

Tuesday and the team released the results afterward. The evaluation indicated that the ankle is healing well and that [Curry] is making good progress overall, enabling him to progress to modified on-court workouts in the coming days. He will be re-evaluated in one week with the anticipation of having more clarity at that time on a potential return to game action plan. The one-week timetable would mean that the re-evaluation won’t even take place until Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, so it’s unlikely Curry will suit up against the Cavs. Curry is averaging

Steph Curry 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds for the Warriors this season. Golden State has won nine straight, including the past five without Curry.

Shocked Gatlin sacks coach after doping claim from tips and LONDON World a backdrop of jeering relating stemming 100 meters champion Justin to his two doping bans, issued a whistleblowers play a critical role Gatlin said on Tuesday he was statement via Instagram where in anti-doping efforts. We are “shocked and surprised” at doping he said: ”I am not using and have presently co-ordinating with the allegations made against his not used PEDs (performance- Athletics Integrity Unit in order to investigate these claims fully.” coach Dennis Mitchell, like Gatlin enhancing drugs. International a convicted doper, but added that ”I was shocked and The he had sacked him as soon as he surprised to learn that my coach Olympic Committee said on heard about the issue. would have anything to do with Tuesday: “The IOC has full Britain’s Daily Telegraph even the appearance of these confidence that WADA will look set up a sting where they claim current accusations. I fired him very carefully into this matter.” In a statement to Mitchell, the American former as soon as I found out about this. All legal options are on the Telegraph, Mitchell, who medal-winning sprinter who was previously banned for doping, and the table as I will not allow others confessed on oath to using banned substances during his career, said: sports agent Robert Wagner had to lie about me like this.” offered to supply performance- The Athletics Integrity “I never suggested in any way that enhancing drugs to undercover Unit and the US Anti-Doping any of my current athletes used reporters claiming to be making a Agency (USADA) have both said any banned substances or that movie featuring a doped athlete. they are investigating the claims. I was familiar with training any USADA said in a of my current athletes with those Gatlin, 35, who won the world title in London this year against statement: “Investigations substances.”

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