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By Allie Capron

estrictions on the use of cellphones while driving will soon be introduced in the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to officials from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and the Road Traffic Department. While there will not be an outright ban on cellphone use while driving, drivers will be penalized for using their handsets while operating a vehicle or engaging in other driving distractions which increase the risk of accidents. No leeway will be given to the act of texting while driving but the use of bluetooth, speaker or other handsfree methods to send and receive phone calls rather than putting the handset to one’s ear is encouraged. Sources from both departments told The SUN they are currently collaborating on a country-wide road safety campaign to help mitigate the risk of accidents and improve the flow of traffic. This campaign is particularity pertinent due to the steadily increasing number of vehicles and active drivers in the country. Though laws have not yet been drafted, both departments are embarking on amendments and updates to traffic law that will allow for improved road safety, officials said.

Luxury Ritz-Carlton Resort breaks ground in Providenciales


he luxury Ritz-Carlton Resort to its extensive portfolio of properties in the Seven Mile Beach area has recently broke ground in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new luxury development in Turks and

Caicos took place on Monday February 26th in their Grace Bay construction site, Providenciales. Pictured here is Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, H.E the Governor, Dr. John Freeman, Mr. Tim Sheldon, President of Caribbean & Latin America Region at Marriott

International, Inc, Mr. Roberto Stipa, of Dessarollos Hotelco Group and Mr. Walter Gardiner of Regency Christie International Real Estate. (See page 15 & 16 for more highlights from the event). Photo By: Todeline Defralien

MP writes Governor calling for Andrew Mitchell to step down as prosecutor Outspoken Member of Parliament Hon. George Lightbourne has written to Turks and Caicos Islands Governor Dr. John Freeman asking that Andrew Mitchell, QC, be removed as prosecutor in the ongoing Special Investigations and Prosecution Team (SIP) corruption trial. Lightbourne, a former Government minister, and who is now a member of the Opposition Progressive National Party (PNP), said he believes Mitchell should step aside because of how he handled the purchase of a $1.2million mansion in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. In the letter to the Governor,

MP Hon. George Lightbourne

Andrew Mitchell, QC

Governor Dr. John Freeman

which was obtained by The SUN, Hon. Lightbourne stated: “I pondered heavily the thought of writing to you about SIPT’s activities in the Turks & Caicos Islands, particularly since they

relate to serious matters involving the trial of former politicians and further because the matters are circumscribed by the “sub judice” principle. But recent events have come to my attention that

I now consider it would be a dereliction of my duty to the people who elected me to political office if I were not to bring them to your attention. Therefore, I feel compelled to do so now.” Continued on page 2

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CELLPHONE RESTRICTIONS FOR DRIVERS SOON Continued from Page 1 With these proposed amendments, Turks and Caicos will be following in the footsteps of other island states like The Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados, all of whom have restricted or banned the use of cell phones while driving. In near-by Florida, distracted driving laws prohibit all motorists from using a wireless communication device to write, send, or read a text message, including instant messages and email. Wireless communication devices include all cellphones, tablets, and similar devices that are capable of text-based communications or connecting to the Internet. In The Bahamas you cannot use a mobile phone without a hands-

free kit and you will receive a ticket from police for doing so if caught. In the USA, no state bans all cell phone use for all drivers. However, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia (plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. 36 states and Washington, D.C. ban all cell phone use by newer drivers; while 19 states and Washington, D.C. prohibit any cell phone use by school bus drivers if children are present. Barbados recently enacted

new laws which completely ban cell phone use while driving. Only conversations on cell phones connected to Bluetooth in a vehicle would be allowed. These laws include: No driving with a cell phone to ear and having a conversation; no conversation on a cell phone speaker while driving; no use of an earpiece or headset to have a cell phone conversation while driving. Anyone caught breaking the law would be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $2 000, jail for 18 months, or both. The new amendments to the Barbados Road Traffic Regulations now prohibit the driving and operating of a vehicle while using a cellular

phone. That amendment, under Section 148 (1), fully states that ‘no person should drive or operate a vehicle on a road or a highway while at the same time holding, manipulating, talking on or using a cellular telephone that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communication, electronic data, electronic mail or messages’,” Many Barbadians, as well as the Barbados Road Safety Association, in giving their immediate reaction to the measure, welcomed it, saying the devices had created too much distracted driving.”

MP writes Governor calling for Andrew Mitchell to step down as prosecutor Continued from Page 1 He added: “Sir, it has come structures to enter into transactions to my knowledge through the local as they are indeed legitimate vehicles news media that lead counsel of for business dealings and may very the SIPT, Andrew Mitchell, QC, well be necessary. What I do detest, has entered into contract with a however, is the alleged hypocrisy of realtor to purchase a home on the Andrew Mitchell and the SIPT when island of Providenciales. It is my these structures are used by our understanding that the property will people. Throughout the ongoing trial, cost well in excess of $1 million. It SIPT seems quick to condemn these is also my understanding that the structures as being instruments to property will not be purchased in conceal money laundering. Am I to his name but in the name of a local accept that these structures are only Ordinary Company with him being good for transactions by foreigners the shareholder, as advised by his working with the SIPT? .... In light of local attorney. this development, I hereby formally Sir, If this is true, I not only request that Andrew Mitchell, QC, be find this transaction to be hypocritical, asked to step down from his position but darn right diabolical of Andrew as lead counsel in this trial. “ Mitchell, QC, given that it is he who Hon. Lightbourne said he finds it is leading the charge in criminal “appalling that after this country matters in our country against having endured two successive major former politicians accusing them of hurricanes last year and children not being involved with impropriety for being able to return to the classroom, using these same type of structures passengers having to disembark to conduct business. It is my on the airstrip in Grand Turk and understanding that it is germane to dragging their checked luggage the Prosecution’s case criticism of across the tarmac without the benefit defendants allegedly concealing the of a functioning terminal that we true identity of assets by the use of continue to subject this country to corporate structures. Even though the exorbitant cost of this trial”. Mitchell, QC may very well be the He added: “ Sir, I find it beneficial owner of this acquisition, hard to justify having this country by this very act, he is concealing on pay for a trial which appears to be the surface the beneficial interest of far disproportionate to the alleged this controversial purchase.” offences just to enrich the legal The letter continued: “In counsel of the prosecution and bringing this to light, I by no means defendants when our people still disagree with anyone using corporate have rain water coming through

their roofs like a sieve and continual unemployment due to the effects of the hurricanes. Clearly, for the reasons already mentioned, it is not in the public’s interest to continue spending the country’s money illadvisedly. Perhaps it is high time that consideration be given to settling these matters with the politicians in like manner as we have done for the expat developers. Sir, in light of these circumstances, the only decent and humane thing to do is to stop this charade of a trial and apply those funds to the pressing needs of the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands to help them return to some modicum of dignity.” In his response, the Governor said that the allegations Hon. Lightbourne made against Mr. Mitchell “should not be treated lightly given their implications”. The Governor added: “The Prosecution of criminal offences is within the peculiar purview of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) under the Constitution. Mr Mitchell acts under her (Jillian Williams) direction. As you have indicated, the particular trial mentioned in your letter is ongoing, and, as such, as a member of the executive branch of Government it would be improper for me to intervene in such a matter. I will refer your correspondence to the DPP for her to deal with as she deems fit.”

When The SUN broke the story last month, Mitchell confirmed that he recently exchanged contracts for the $1.2million luxury property which is located on top of the ridge in Blue Mountain, and offers breathtaking views of the island’s northern shoreline and surrounding areas. Mitchell bought the house in the name of a company instead of his own name and it would have been difficult for the average person to trace and/or verify who owns the property. When contacted by The SUN about the million dollar mansion, Mitchell stated: “I have not completed the purchase. The price of the house is $1.27million. It is being paid for out of savings over 40 years of practice at the Bar. I have a deep commitment to this country, having now lived here for almost 8 years. I am buying the house, if it completes, in the name of a company, on the advice of local attorneys. My name will be on the share register of the property owning company, I have nothing to hide and am pleased to be able to invest in the Turks and Caicos Islands and therefore to contribute to the bright future that it plainly has.” Mitchell and the DPP have since threatened to sue The SUN newspaper because of the article and a follow-up story in which members of the public strongly criticised him.

Reports of measle cases increase within the region The Ministry of Health wishes to alert the public to the recent increase in cases of measles within the region. All of the cases reported within the region were imported from Europe. For 2017, the World Health Organization has reported 14,451 confirmed cases of measles in 30 European countries and 30 deaths. In 2017, the region of the Americas reported 952 confirmed cases and 2 deaths from measles in Venezuela. Since 2018, there have been 13 imported and 7 suspected cases of measles in other countries within the region. Measles is a highly infectious disease accompanied by a rash with fever and at least one of

these three symptoms: coryza (runny within the Turks and Caicos Islands. nose), cough and conjunctivitis (red The Turks and Caicos eyes). The rash starts behind the Islands has maintained high ears and then spreads to the head immunization coverage, over 95%, and neck, followed by the rest of in the MMR vaccine. This means the body. Other symptoms include we have very good “herd” immunity small greyish white spots with in the country. The last reported a bluish-white center inside the case of measles in the TCI was mouth, cheek and throat and body in 1991. Although, we have good aches. It is spread through droplet “herd” immunity, persons who are infection; coughs and sneezes. The not protected with the vaccine are period when a person is infectious at an increased risk of contracting and can spread the virus is within the virus. The TCI is home to 7 to 10 days of exposure, but can be over one million visitors annually; up to 14 days. The number one way this places the country at risk for of preventing measles is through importation and re-introduction of vaccination with the measles, measles. To be considered fully mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. This vaccine is offered free of cost protected against measles, at all primary health care facilities individuals must have two doses of

the MMR vaccine. The TCI offers this at ages 1 and 2 years. Parents who are uncertain about their child’s immunization status should bring their take-home vaccine cards into any primary care clinic to have it checked. Persons who are uncertain of their immunization status may also visit the clinic to determine their status and be vaccinated if necessary. If you are concerned that you might have been exposed, please contact your health care provider. For more information please contact a Public Health Nurse at your local Primary Health Care clinic on 338- 5474, 338-5470 or 946-5613 or, you may contact your local health care provider.

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Sean Brathwaite removed as Managing Director of Scotiabank TCI

By Todeline Defralien

Controversial and unpopular banker Sean Brathwaite, has been removed as Managing Director of Scotiabank TCI. The SUN understands that Brathwaite was sent packing earlier this week after top Scotiabank officials from The Bahamas and Canada visited the branch. In a statement issued to The SUN on Friday March 2nd, Scotiabank revealed that this information is true and the company is working expeditiously to identify a suitable candidate for the Managing Director role. “Scotiabank has been operating in The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) since 1982, and we remain committed to our TCI customers, employees and local community. Sean Brathwaite has been with Scotiabank since 1981 and we are appreciative of his contributions during his tenure. We wish Mr. Brathwaite the best as he explores new opportunities, and support him as he transitions. We are working expeditiously to identify a suitable candidate for the Managing Director role,” the statement read. The statement noted that in the interim, the day to day operations will be managed by the local management team - Curtis Knight, Commercial

Banking Manger, supported by Patricia Adams, Senior Manager, Business Support. “Scotiabank is committed to good governance and providing a safe and secure operation for our customers. Operations in all branches continue as usual.” The SUN was also reliably informed that there was celebration among Scotiabank TCI staff when Brathwaite was removed. Ever since Brathwaite came to the Turks and Caicos Islands, reports have been circulating that he had bad relations with staff members. In a letter that was circulated to Scotiabank’s head office in Canada, the local and regional media and members of the TCI public, the staff raised several very serious allegations and concerns regarding Braithwaite’s Former Managing Director Sean management style, among other things. Brathwaite The letter stated that morale among bank staff has declined since he took leave during that time or if he Brathwaite replaced Cecil Arnold. was asked to stay away. Since then, he The SUN was informed in 2015 has been back to work. that Brathwaite was formally reported The letter which the staff to Scotiabank’s head office and a team wrote was published on the popular from the bank’s Employment Relations news blog TCI Affairs and received Department visited the Turks more than 6000 views. and Caicos Islands and conducted TCI Affairs subsequently interviews with several staff members. published a letter from a Bahamian At one point, while the interviews were law firm Graham Thompson, asking being done, Brathwaite was absent for an apology and for the article to be from the office. It is not known whether withdrawn from the site.

The letter from the lawyers repeated the allegations made in the letter from the staff but did not deny them. Brathwaite, a Bahamian, was responsible for the Bank’s local business strategy and business goals in alignment with International Banking and Scotiabank’s corporate strategies. He most recently completed an assignment with Global Risk Management as an International Associate prior to which Sean spent fifteen months on a senior management developmental assignment with the Corporate, Commercial & Offshore Banking unit in Barbados. He joined the Bank in 1981 in The Bahamas and has held progressively senior positions, both inside and outside of The Bahamas, including regional retail assignments with International Banking and in various countries throughout the Caribbean including Barbados, St. Lucia and the United States Virgin Islands. Before leaving The Bahamas in 2012, Sean held the position of Director of Retail Banking. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from The University of The West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, as well as a Certificate of Executive Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Statutory bodies’ quarterly expenditure over $30 million, Premier calls for increased oversight The unaudited statement of comprehensive income shows revenue of $43 million across the statutory bodies of the Turks and Caicos with expenditure of $30.2 million for the third quarter. These amounts were revealed during a joint press conference between the Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Governor Hon. Dr. John Freeman at the Premier’s Office in Providenciales on March 1st 2018. The duo disclosed details of a report which reviewed and constructively criticised the management and procedures of the statutory bodies of the Turks and Caicos Islands, offering recommendations for increased efficiency and overall improvement. The Premier called for increased oversight of the bodies as a means of improving performance and mitigating financial risk. “The government of the Turks and Caicos and Cabinet must be keen to provide close oversight of the statutory bodies,” stated the Premier, “There’s an accumulated total asset of $439.7 million and liabilities of $83.5 million attached to these bodies. And being a statutory body, contingent liability rests on the Turks and Caicos Government. So, from a financial standpoint, it’s important to increase oversight of statutory bodies in order to ensure that their policies and systems allow for robust financial controls.” The review, which was

Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Governor Hon. Dr. John Freeman carried out by government consultant supervision of the boards, the board’s Mr. Stephen Turnbull, fulfilled a commitment to protecting public multitude of functions, including finances and the wider public interests, the examination of processes for commitment to the appropriate determining salary levels to ensure reflection of responsibilities under they are defensible, the examination the respective ordinance and review of the suitability and qualification of risk management procedures and of the board’s members to discharge systems in place to assess whether their assigned duties, determining there is adherence to good government whether public service analogues policies and objectives. should be used to establish job Special attention was paid to weightings and related payments, statutory bodies with responsibility determining whether the board is of for significant financial resources and suitable size and the examination potential liabilities. of the appointment processes to The report highlighted the determine if it is conducive to non- Financial Services Commission (FSC) partisan governance. and the National Insurance Board The report also examined (NIB) for their superb governance the internal procedures and the processes. effectiveness of the management and Still, the consultant found

that within the statutory bodies there is a lack of strategic planning, systemic organisational leadership and management which has propagated a culture that does not promote effective accountability. The Community College, Telecommunications Commission and the National Trust were named as having the lowest levels of governance. The Premier elucidated TCIG’s unwavering commitment to consolidating the existing system through methodical improvements. “While what has been shared seems a bit damning in many respects, we also have some very good examples of structures within statutory bodies which have been recommended for implementation throughout the bodies,” the Premier stated. “We will look at the highlight of each body and strengthen what exists and continue to praise what’s being done. Certainly, the attitude of the Government will be to ensure that we have the best system of governance possible and that is the spirit.” The statutory bodies included in the quarterly financial reports are Civil Aviation, the Community College, Financial Services Commission, Human Rights Commission, the Integrity Commission, Invest TC, National Insurance Board, National Health Insurance Board, Port Authority, Telecommunications Commission, Airport Authority, Tourist Board and the National Trust.

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Consultant criticizes functioning and structure of statutory boards By Todeline Defralien Government Consultant, Stephen Turnbull has criticised the structure and functioning of statutory boards, saying there is a lack of strategic planning and systemic organizational and senior leadership performance management in Turks and Caicos Islands, which has created a culture that does not promote effective accountability. This information was revealed by H.E the Governor, Dr. John Freeman during a joint press conference with the Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson at the Premier’s Office in Providenciales on March 1st 2018, where the country’s statutory bodies report done by Mr. Turnbull was discussed with media houses. The Governor stressed the importance of the report stating that it reflects concerns as Governor and the Government have had going back sometime, also generally issues relating to the Government, particularly statutory bodies. “He (the consultant) said again that some board members held no relevant qualifications or experience under the provisions for which they were appointed, it is therefore doubtful he says if the members could effectively contribute to the strategic or operational matters. He goes on,

despite issues with qualifications, skills and experience generally, board sizes were added with an exception, he mentions explicitly National Health Insurance Board (NHIB), The National Trust and the Port Authority, which is considered to be too large to be effectively controlled,” the Governor reported. In addition, The Governor also stated that the Consultant drew attention to a number of occasions where persons were appointed in boards that did not hold the relevant qualifications criteria. However, other than a few of the ordinances provisions surrounds required qualifications or skills criteria in the majority were weak in his opinion. “He makes a number of proposals related to remedying that, he comments that too much reliance is placed on ex officio members to provide the requisite professional skills and makes recommendations concerning the presence of Permanent Secretaries on the boards and takes a view of the Permanent Secretaries that there should be a Senior Official and not a Permanent Secretary on the Board in order to avoid any later conflict,” he noted. The Consultant noted that with the exception of the boards appointed by the Governor in his discretion, all of the other boards are appointed by the respected Ministers,

until the appointment of the current Governor and Premier he says there was a little oversight on who is being appointed to the boards. “In this report you’re getting a consolidated report, the one that covers all of the bodies. There is also within the report which is not being H.E the Governor, Dr. John Freeman made public today is a set of Annexes that they are inflated to significantly on the individual bodies which will be higher levels and those provided by used as a basis of follow-up by me or Turks and Caicos Islands Government the respective Minister, according to (TCIG). who the board/bodies reports to,” he Governor Freeman added: added. “None of the bodies he concludes have “The consultant concluded defensive salary structures and of that there is a lack of strategic planning the few bodies that have conducted and systemic organizational and senior job evaluations, bench marking or leadership performance management, salary grading exercises comparatives which has created a culture that, does often seem to be chosen that would not promote effective accountability. screw the result to salary increase. He refers to it as previous attempts to It is not considered appropriate in produce performance based budgeting small islands states, he said for but the statutory bodies have not fully these exercises to be conducted embraced this. The result has been independently of Government who is an exercise led by Government rather in a better position to apply objective than by the bodies themselves. He judgment on the result.” points to evidence of persons being “There is no reason the appointed into executive positions consultant said why public sector which it is considered that they were paying grade count not be applied not appropriately qualified for, was to the statutory bodies. It is also identified for two statutory bodies pointed in his view prudent to remove and this questions the quality of the inconsistencies in the manner which leadership in decision making.” allows him to as awarded or operated, The Consultant also touched on but the Turks and Caicos Islands question of salaries for the statutory Government (TCIG) staff allows bodies, which very significantly but a policies and rates are adopted in common thread across most are crossing wider public service,” he said.


HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR Amanyara Resort is looking for that special person to fill this position as our HR Director. As a Business Partner to the resort’s General Manager and trusted advisor to the management team, the HR Director supports the delivery of the ambitious business objectives of the resort by creating and delivering a strategic HR agenda focused on attracting, developing, engaging, and retaining talent, ensuring effective performance management, supporting organizational design and workforce planning, and ensuring efficient and compliant HR operations. Organization design & development •Plans and implements an annual budget and manning guide. Supports and coaches the leadership team in any organizational and people topics. Resourcing and talent planning •Maintains and develops a strong employer brand in the local market and beyond. Works with GM & Executives on succession plan and development of internal talent on a consistent basis. •Identifies talents throughout the resort and actively supports their career development. Ensures local talent management program is implemented to maintain the set target of Belonger/PRC holder’s employee’s ratio. Performance and reward •Understands the competitive positioning of the resort as an employer in the market and creates appropriate compensation & benefits structures based on market and internal benchmarking. •Drives strong colleague engagement through employee communication, activities & events. Employee relations •Ensures that corporate and local policies & procedures are reviewed, implemented and communicated consistently. Ensures compliance with local labour & immigration law and handles any legal issues including staff disciplinary actions. •Prepares and shares HR reporting tool findings on a monthly basis with Executives. Minimum job requirements: Education: Relevant university degree, e.g. in law, business administration, economics, HR management. A Master’s degree and/or a relevant professional accreditation would be a plus. Furthered their studies or attended conferences in the HR field in the last 12 month. Experience: At least 10 years’ international experience in HR management

roles in the luxury hospitality industry. Language: Proficiency in oral and written English is a must. If not a native speaker, the individual would have worked mainly in English throughout their career. Other languages (especially Spanish, Creole) would be a plus. Computer literacy: Ability to operate computer and office equipment. Proficiency in Excel and Word. SENIOR EVENT SPECIALIST Amanyara is looking for a Senior Event Specialist, to manage all aspects of guest stays in Amanyara’s Villas, from pre-arrival correspondence to departure. Assist with training of villa staff, Co-ordinate and facilitate all on-site and offsite activities for Villa guests and groups staying at Amanyara. Must work with Front Office to compile itineraries for groups or Villa guests / owners. Actively monitor and communicate ongoing progress of the villa construction and subsequent availability, report and follow-up on all defects. Plan and execute all special events at Amanyara, working closely with event organizers and department heads to facilitate all aspects of functions. Must work with Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager to compile menus for special events effectively and communicate information for upcoming groups, villa guests and special events to all departments. Provide assistance in Front Office and Food & Beverage when needed, Compile and maintain up to date information on outside suppliers and vendors that Amanyara will use for special events and group functions. Consistently communicate information to all departments throughout villa and group guest who stays at Amanyara. Conduct site inspections and guest tours to new or potential clients, work with GMs and FOM to generate new ideas to improve operational standards concerning villas and special events. Must work closely with Aman Resorts Sales personnel to follow up on group and wedding business leads pay attention to detail, 3-5 years event experience required must be able and willing to work occasional nights and weekends as the position demands or Bachelor’s Degree. Must provide a professional, efficient, prompt and gracious service at all times, consistently managing and exceeding guest expectations; and complete any further projects and tasks as delegated by the General Managers or Front Office Manager. All positions require a flexible schedule (which may include holidays, weekends and evenings) and extended hours on occasion. Salaries based on experience and qualifications. APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BETWEEN 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. E-mail

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NHIP should be scrapped, says consultant By Allie Capron The National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) should be scrapped, according to government consultant, Stephen Turnbull, who carried out an official review of the country’s statutory bodies. This recommendation was disclosed by Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson during a press conference at the Premier’s Office in Providenciales on March 1st 2018 in which the findings of Turnbull’s report were discussed. “The report recommended the total dissolution of the National Health Insurance Board,” the Premier stated , adding that a more detailed statement regarding the direction of the National Health Insurance Plan will be made next week. “We have not accepted that recommendation. We need to know

where we are and determine what is the best model and the best way forward. So we’re continuing to review and once we’ve completed these major reviews, we will determine the direction in which we will take the National Health Insurance Board.” The Premier revealed plans of an actuary for the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB), in hopes of pinpointing shortcomings and improving the statutory body’s procedures and services. “I am pleased to announce that right now an actuary is underway and should completed within 3 to 4 months,” the Premier said. “This assessment will focus on a risk management approach and should. The actuary will also look broadly at the InterHealth Canada contract and benchmark capitation and the treatment abroad program. be implemented following its completion. This, of course, will accord with my

CRIME UPDATE ARRESTS AND CHARGES On Friday, February 23rd, 2018, a 36-yearold man was arrested and charged in reference to a Burglary reported on February 5th, 2018. The man appeared before the Magistrates Court today where he pleaded not guilty. A trial date is set for May 8th, 2018. Fire Police in South Caicos, along with Fire Officials are still investigating a fire that took place at 11:00 p.m., February 23rd, 2018. The home was said to be vacant at the time and there were no reports of injuries. SHOOTING Police on Providenciales are investigating a

Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson directive for a strategic plan for the National Health Insurance Board.” The Premier acknowledged the history of controversy surrounding

shooting that occurred on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at the Club Pillows at 4:32 a.m., where a 32-yearold man received a gunshot wound. The man is listed as stable at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. STABBING Investigations are ongoing into a stabbing incident that also took place at the Club Pillows on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 around 4:00 a.m. The male was treated at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. BURGLARY Providenciales Police are investigating a burglary that took place at the International School in Leeward Estates. The incident was reported to Police on February 26th, 2018 at 7:49 a.m. Missing are 18 Silver Apple Ipads, with different colour casings, and 18 Ipad chargers. VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS The Grand Turk Traffic Police Enforcement Unit is investigating a two-car vehicular collision that

NHIB, calling it the “most notable” statutory body. “The National Health Insurance Board has been featured highly in the media last year and the year before,” the Premier noted. “Since coming into office, we were able to have an audit completed by the internal auditor which was very instructive for us and the Cabinet. A number of the recommendations have already begun to be implemented including having an audit done last year sponsored by the Ministry of Finance to ascertain the true financial position of the National Insurance Board.” In the mean time, review of the treatment abroad program will persist and negotiations with overseas referral facilities for better coverage and cost will continue. Any major changes regarding National Health Insurance will come following the completion of the actuary.

took place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. The accident happened at the intersection of Pond Street and Moxey Folly, involving a 2004 yellow Honda Fit car, and a 2015 white Honda Inspire car. Both vehicles received extensive damages. One male driver was taken to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre by EMS for treatment, while the other male driver reported no injuries. The Providenciales Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a total of four minor Vehicular Accidents that occurred between Friday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 25th, 2018. There were no reports of injuries. The Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is urging the public to always drive with due caution and care. Drivers also reminded to have their Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration and Insurance up to date, and in their possession, in order to avoid ticket fines or prosecution.

Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.25 - $7.00 per hour

DATE OPEN: February 19, 2018 POSITION: Houseman


Job Responsibilities:A houseman’s primary job duties include cleaning and maintaining guest rooms, bathrooms, work areas, furnishings and carpets. Cleaning rooms includes duties such as changing bed linens and emptying trash as well as vacuuming carpets and dusting furniture. You’ll also replenish guest supplies, such as hand soap and shampoo. Your duties don’t end with guest rooms, however, because you’re responsible for cleaning common areas, such as banquet and meeting rooms. Secondary duties may include shoveling snow from walkways, assisting bellmen, answering guest questions and helping the front desk person. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.25 - $7.00 per hour DATE OPEN: February 19, 2018 POSITION: Housekeeper


Job Overview: We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation. Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices This position is currently held by an expatriate worker

DATE OPEN: February 19, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Kitchen Steward Job Overview: Transport and clean cooking utensils and service ware in order to provide cooks, bus persons and food and food servers with appropriate equipment for guests’ dining experience, also clean physical surroundings while caring enough to do it well by adhering to the hotel standards, A few of their duties would entail promptly and carefully sorting soiled ware so that it can be put through the dish or pot machine properly; quickly washing ware and replacing them in storage areas as designated and ensuring the dish machine is properly cleaned and filled with water per hotel standards. Shifts varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range:$6.25 - $6.75 per hour DATE OPEN: February 19, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Pool and Beach Manager Job Requirements: •Manage and oversee pool and beach supervisors and attendants: Plan and organize workloads and staff assignments for staff •Meet regularly with staff for briefing and training •Monitor time sheets and prepare payroll reports •Ensure that all equipment and tools are available and to give the guests the best vacation possible This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $3,500 - $4,000 per month

Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than March 16, 2018 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1066 Email: Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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Ritz-Carlton project was a ‘bumpy road to paradise’, says developer By Allie Capron “A bumpy road to paradise” is how Roberto Stipa of Desarollos Hotelco, the principal developer of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residence in Grace Bay, Providenciales, described the journey of getting the project off the ground. “We have had to take a long road, too long,” Stipa said during the Ritz Carlton groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, February 26th, 2018. “A road full of potholes and setbacks. I think we can all agree that it truly has been a bumpy road to Paradise. We are not there yet, but with your continuous support and assistance, we will prevail and successfully reach the ultimate goal.” “Your great attendance today is a true testament of the value, the importance and support we have received, not only from the government and the community leaders, but also from the people of the Turks and of this great island, for which we are grateful,” he continued. “I am a true believer that business can be one of the greatest Powers for Good, this project will bring significant benefits amongst others “well-being” for the TCI and the community.” He added: “This groundbreaking event marks a big step towards a long and lasting relationship between Desarrollos Hotelco and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Together, we will give the

tourists even more reasons to visit the TCI: an incredible paradise. I hope to see everyone back at the hotel opening in approximately 3 years, when we expect to welcome an even bigger crowd!” In 2015, the then government Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing, signed a development agreement with Desarrollos Hotel Group to build a $224 million hotel, resort, casino and spa, which would include 124 hotel rooms, penthouses, resort residences and associated facilities. Meantime, Tim Sheldon, of Marriott International, parent company to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, said it is an absolute honor to be part of the “transformation of this spectacular, secluded, and magical destination”. “This is a special moment, as the groundbreaking for this project will mark another rare locale set aside for those who seek personal, meaningful, and transformative experiences,” he said. “I am honored to be here, representing Marriott International – which proudly serves customers in 127 countries around the globe across 30 brands, warmly welcoming guests to some of the world’s most exotic and luxurious destinations – Turks & Caicos of course soon to be among them.” He noted that in the Caribbean and Latin America, his company has over 240 hotels in 33 countries, including 12 Ritz-Carlton

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Roberto Stipa, representative of Ritz Carlton developer, Desarollos Hotelco properties. “Our portfolio truly offers a hotel for every type of traveler, and we are proud to serve our guests with our people-first culture, as we strive to become the world’s most favorite travel company,” he added. Sheldon said the people of Turks & Caicos have long been welcoming affluent travelers and visitors from all over the world and they could not be more delighted to bring their first Ritz-Carlton Residences to the islands. “The Ritz-Carlton brand is renowned for setting the benchmark in luxury hospitality. The residences at Grand Bay will offer homes not only defined by sophisticated style and luxurious finishes but equipped to deliver legendary Ritz-Carlton

Tim Sheldon, of Marriott International, parent company to The Ritz-Carlton service. From concierge services and in-residence dining to a dedicated residential management team, a lifestyle of privacy and comfort awaits every owner, reflecting the many years of tradition that stand behind this iconic brand,” he added. Ritz-Carlton Hotels Company will manage the property. “This European Plan style hotel development provides a welcome diversification to the TCI tourism sector as it is more of a traditional hotel, rather than the previously prevalent condominium model in the TCI,” said Turks and Caicos Premier Dr Rufus Ewing. “At the same time, it further develops the luxury tourism offering in this destination with the addition of such an important luxury brand in Ritz Carlton.”

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Premier says Ritz-Carlton is the beginning of a ‘marked upturn’ for TCI By Todeline Defralien Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson said her Government always supported the development of RitzCarlton Resort in Providenciales and believes this development will be the beginning of a marked upturn for the country. This statement was made by the Premier during the official groundbreaking ceremony of Ritz Carlton in Grace Bay on Monday, February 26th, 2018. During her remarks she said, “I believe that this is the beginning of a marked upturn for us as a country. We celebrate with the Ritz-Carlton family, and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands and we officially welcome the world class Ritz Carlton Brand to the family of our strong TCI Brand. This commencement could not have come at a better time for us. (It) signals to the world that we are still a well sought after destination and that we are definitely open for business. Following the devastating storms of 2017, it is an important statement being made and we are grateful that you as Developers remained so committed and stayed with us. This also reminds us all that we come to this partnership with much more than we care to say at times. And if I may boast for a bit, we are again on the World’s Best Beach and with my Government’s endorsement last week of a new Strategic Direction for our tourism sector, we are on the cusp of ensuring that we remain a well sought after destination consistent with the strong TCI Brand that many continue to work to maintain.” The Premier said that TCI and Ritz-Carlton have flirted for several years and the official groundbreaking ceremony is a destination wedding of huge proportions. She added: “Today before (God) and man, we promise to come together to deliver a new experience for visitors to our shores: Joining a family of strong members who are equally as excited. Just to advise those who may not have known the earliest dialogue with the Ritz-Carlton was during the (Derek) Taylor administration. We are

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Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson happy to reach to this place and to be a part of great history making. I wish to thank you the Developers for your commitment throughout the years and members of the former administration led by Hon Dr Rufus Ewing who oversaw this Project for over 4 of its 7 year life here in TCI. I must however thank the staff of the various Ministries and Departments who pushed hard in this last phase: particularly Planning, DECR, Attorney General’s Chambers, and Ministry of Border Control.” Robinson said that her Government is elated to welcome Ritz Carlton Brand to these beautiful by nature, Turks and Caicos Islands and they believe that this is the start of a partnership through an open door and not an end at all. “We are aware of this brands good record for training and employment of people within the country and we look forward to ensuring that this development enhances our Brand, protects theirs, create opportunities for our people through business and employment opportunities and through their corporate citizenship,” she noted. Meantime, Governor, Dr. John Freeman who was also in attendance said nothing is more important to the economic wellbeing and the future of TCI than the tourism sector. “Care in the development of the sector is crucial to that wellbeing; care in the development of the sector balance must always be strong between the needs of development and the duties of stewardship in these islands between new facilities and the

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief: Hayden Boyce His Excellency, Governor, Dr. John Freeman wonderful natural beauties on land and the surrounding waters. But, if the balance is right the games are evident. It’s my pleasure today to be part of the ground breaking ceremony for the development of this site by the Ritz Carlton Group as part of the wider Marriot family. The prestige of the Ritz Carlton brand will add yet more luster to the TCI brand...and will add in enhanced quality and beauty to the range of Ritz Carlton Residencies around the world.” Freeman stated that they look forward to the completion and the future operation of the Ritz Carlton project and also looks forward to welcoming those too in due time to come to use the facilities which will slowly emerge here on this ground in the years ahead.

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Human Rights Commission Multi-Agency Meeting By Sabrina Green Human Rights effect every aspect of our daily lives and, although some of these rights are well known, much of the time we don’t consider an issue from a Human Rights perspective. As representatives of government, whether police officers, social workers, immigration officers etc., it is vital that our institutions have an understanding and a respect for Human Rights. The Commission itself has a variety of powers available for it to complete research, investigate complaints and submit reports to His Excellency the Governor regarding any Human Rights failings within the Turks and Caicos Islands. As a watchdog institution, the Human Rights Commission has received a variety of case intakes from individuals that have already tried to find help from government agencies or persons who are making complaints against the agency directly.

Whilst one of the stated goals of the Human Rights Commission is to assist individuals in situations where they feel that their rights have been breached, it is also our responsibility to advise government and make recommendationson methods that will improve their processes, and as a result provide resilience to avoid future breaches. Commencing April, 2018, the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Human Rights Commission will be introducing multi-agency meetings. These meetings will provide an excellent opportunity for our organisations to share information and utilise each other’s skills to resolve problems and improve our respective institutions. The Commission is inviting two decision-making members of eachdepartment to these new stakeholder meetings to be held at the Commission’s offices. The objective is to allow the commission an opportunity to assist the various agencies with challenges

that are relative to the commission’s caseload. Through this, we will ensure that their practises and procedures are in line with internationally recognised treaties to whichthe United Kingdom have conferred upon the Turks and Caicos Islands. This initiative will also allow the Commission to increase the understanding in each agency of the role and functions of our organization and, in turn, allow us to better understand the pressures the various agencies are working under, with a view of collaboratively improving outcomes. It is an established fact that every person who has a respect for and an understanding of human rights makes an essential contribution to the long-term prevention of human rights abuses and, as such, is a vital resource in the building of a just, secure and successful society. When we treat people with dignity we get the best out of them. We hope that each

Director for the Human Rights Commission (HRC), Sabrina Green organisation will join us in helping to make this new initiative the success that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands both need and deserve. The Commission is very excited about this new approach and are looking forward to bringing about a more sensitized society which will be demonstrated through our key public facing agencies.

FortisTCI presents calendar keepsake to Llewellyn Handfield Local businessman and owner of Lew 1 Shipping, Mr. Llewellyn Handfield, whose photo appears on the cover of the 2018 FortisTCI calendar, was recently presented with a framed copy of the calendar as a keepsake and in appreciation for his services to the company during last year’s hurricane recovery period.

The FortisTCI 2018 calendar commemorates the company’s record restoration after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in which electricity was restored to the Turks and Caicos Islands within 60 days. FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell noted that the efforts of a number of local business

partners, such as Mr. Handfield, close collaboration with various government representatives and departments, and support from the community, were crucial to the restoration efforts. Copies of the calendar are still available at all FortisTCI customer service centers.

Pictured (l-r): FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell (3rd right) presents the company’s 2018 calendar to Mr. Llewellyn Handfield, in the presence of Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, Ruth Forbes and Senior Vice President of Operations, Devon Cox (right)

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Over $17,000 raised at Food For Thought’s third public fundraiser By Todeline Defralien Food for Thought hosted its third public/ brunch fundraiser on Sunday February 25th, 2018 at Mango Reef restaurant in Providenciales with the purpose of raising funds to provide breakfast for children in the Government Primary Schools in North, Middle, South Caicos and Salt Cay. The event gained a tremendous support, raising just over $17,000 in funds from their third public fundraising event. More than 250 persons came out to support this great cause. Food for Thought was founded by Karen and Jeanne Savory in order to provide free breakfast to all children in the government schools. The charity partnered with Caicos Express Airways, Lew 1 Shipping and Quality Food Center to bring the food items in and transport to the schools. This means that all fundraising efforts are able to go towards purchasing the nutritious food items for the students. On a sunny morning at the popular restaurant Mango Reef, guests were treated to a welcome mimosa (donated by Wine Cellar), a wonderful buffet brunch, a raffle, a variety of fantastic silent auction

prizes, quizzes, and face painting for the kids by the lovely Rogdreka Rolle. One of the highlights of the event was delightful steel drum music by the talented Val Kalliecharan. A good time was had by all. In an interview with The SUN, co-founder of Food For Thought Karen Savory said the 250 tickets were sold out. “We got about nine corporate sponsors and I want to say 100 of individual sponsors as well, so we’re secured to go into another school year but what we would love to do is get even more support even if it’s a small monthly donation from our supporters so that we can expand to the high schools in North Caicos and South Caicos.” “Our breakfast programs is daily breakfast to every child in the Primary Schools in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay. That’s about 250 kids depending on how many kids are at school within that year. We’ve also expanded our food bank program so that the remaining ten schools get enough food for 20 kids every day, so that when the children go to their guidance counselors and ask for food they have something to give them that is nutritious and long lasting for them,” she added.

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BUTTERFIELD GOLD ONE (1) LABOURER Cleaning the compound, parking Lot and remove garbage and grounds maintenance. Wages: starting from $7.50 per hour ONE (1) LABOURER Applicant must be physical, able-bodied individuals capable of lifting heavy loads and assist with any mason work. Wages: starting from $7.50 per hour ALLEVEIA BUTTERFIELD-CHAN JON CHU’S RESIDENCE ONE (1) DOMESTIC WORKER All aspects of cleaning & other domestic duties including preparing meals for the Owner Applicant must be of excellent character and work ethics. Be able to work independently Applicant must be willing to work flexible hours Wages: starting from $7.50 per hour CORAL QUARRY Concrete Plant requires manager; primary duties include overseeing ALL

“From the donations most of the money goes towards purchasing the food, it’s not just for the kids who can’t have access to breakfast home or dinner the night before, it’s also for the kids whose parents are just struggling a little bit. 60 % of households in the Turks and Caicos Islands struggle with at least one household item which includes food, so if we can help a family just in that little way to give their kids breakfast in the morning then we want to do that as well,” Savory explained. Savory expressed that everyone including the kids are really grateful and appreciative. The teachers have seen a huge increase in the children’s attendance, their focus and attention span in classes. The Savory sisters are pleased with progress so far but acknowledge there is much to do. There have One of the Founders of Food For Thought already been multiple requests to TCI Karen Savory, Minster of Education widen the programme to include Hon. Karen Malcolm along with her Providenciales and Grand Turk (over granddaughter at this year’s event 4,500 students in all). Food for Thought would like about or donate to Food for Thought to thank the following wonderful you can email Karen or Jeanne sponsors of their event: Mango Reef, Savory at info@foodforthoughttci. The Wine Cellar, Val Kalliecharan, com or call 242-FEED and if you are Rogdreka Rolle of Khye’s Body Art a FirstCaribbean Bank customer and all of their sponsors. you can set up automatic monthly If you would like to learn more payments to the program.

plant operations. This includes, but not limited to coordinating and monitoring inventory, staff workload, overseeing drivers and yard/batch operators with responsibility for training and motivating employees towards accomplishing company goals and objectives. Oversee sales and customer service/dispatch. Essential Responsibilities and Duties include ensuring; all products meet 100% total quality requirements; take samples and test as necessary; all equipment is maintained and working properly; complete all required reports timely and accurately; maintain accurate and current reports as required; collect all COD monies and tickets; complete all required reports and deposits accurately and timely; be able and willing to operate equipment and maintain yard and plant as necessary. Position requires an individual to be suitably qualified with background in engineering, 8 years’ experience with minimum 5 years managing a plant, working computer knowledge and at least basic conversational and written Spanish. If interested, email your resume and supporting documents totciconcreteplant@ ONE (1)MECHANIC The employee is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all Company equipment/machinery, and to ensure minimum downtime of same through proper coordination of the preventative maintenance program. Must have least 10 years’ experience Must have the ability to lift and move up to 100lbs Must have vision abilities; close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Applicants must have knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to the trade. Must have the ability to communicate effectively The employee will be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, extreme heat, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration, moderate to loud noise levels. To be exposed to outside weather conditions. Applicants will be exposed to hazardous work environments. Salary: from $9.50 per hour Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Applicants selected for interview will be notified. Submit applications to by March 12, 2018 to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211

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Ritz-Carlton is the result of a powerful combination, says Walter Gardiner By Allie Capron The 12-Storey Ritz Carlton in Grace Bay, Providenciales is the result of a “powerful combination” which will result in Turks and Caicos Islands having its first major internationally branded luxury hotel and residences. This was stated by Walter Gardiner Jnr., director of sales and marketing for the project, during its groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, February 26th, 2018. “The foundation for this project is built on the union of three powerful brands,” he continued. “The Turks Caicos is a luxury brand in and of itself; a brand that is one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Not only do we have the world best beach, but also have

we have a strong foundation of stable and accountable government, world class luxury accommodations, quality infrastructure and an educated, talented and hard working population.” He noted that the project’s foundation is also built on the proven track record of the developers Desariilos Hotelco, who have successfully developed several hotels throughout the Caribbean the most recent of which is the Award Winning Ritz Carlton Resort in Aruba. This project’s foundation is built on the strength Ritz-Carlton brand , an international band that is synomous with superior luxury and unsurpassed service. A brand that has over 90 luxury hotels and resorts in 30 countries through the world.

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Working knowledge of retail operations and freight logistics is required This position is new and currently not held. Qualified Applicants should apply via email to Salary is Commensurate with Experience, Training and Education

Walter Gardiner, director of sales and marketing for the Ritz Carlton Hotel & Residences Gardiner spoke of some of the opposition that the project faced since the land was acquired back in 201.

“It was road faced with many challenges, obstacles, frustrations and setbacks many of which had never been experienced by any developer in the TCI before. The truth be told, there were many times that I just wanted to give up but two things kept me going. My faith in God , knowing that he did not put me in this position to fail. Knowing deep down in my heart without a shadow of a doubt that this project was good for the Turks and Caicos. I stand here proud, not because of anything that I have done, but because is a major milestone in the history of the Turks & Caicos Islands. And this will be the catalyst that will user forth a new age of economic growth and development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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Ritz Carlton breaks ground T

he luxury Ritz-Carlton Resort to its extensive portfolio of properties in the Seven Mile Beach area has recently broke ground in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 12-storey Ritz-Carlton hotel & Spa in Grace Bay broke ground on Monday February 26th on its Grace Bay construction site and future home an saw the attendance of H.E. the Governor, Dr John Freeman, Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Local point person for the Dessarollos Hotelco group, real estate agent Walter Gardiner of Regency Christie

International Real Estate, members of Dessarollos Hotelco group, the developer for this project Mr. Roberto Stipa, Mr. Tim Sheldon, President of Caribbean & Latin America Region at Marriott International, Inc and other Government officials. In addition, a cocktails reception was also held at Le Vele Plaza to welcome the project to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The following photographs captured the events. Photo Credit: Todeline Defralien.

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Clearing acne By Dr. Marsha Barnett

Acne affects almost all of us! In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90% of the world’s population is affected by acne at some point in their lifetime. Acne is a chronic skin condition, which though most notorious for affecting teenagers and young adults, can affect both men and women at almost any age. Having acne can become frustrating as the management is usually long term and even after the bumps have disappeared, spots and scars may remain. Additionally, the emotional impact can have long term effect on ones’ psyche and self-esteem.

steroids or oral contraceptives. Of course, if you have a family history of severe acne, you are more likely to have difficulty treating your acne. Sometimes our own actions can make acne more problematic! Using a lot of greasy products on the face or in the hair, applying bleaching creams to the skin, picking at pimples and going through stressful periods can all worsen acne. In fact, even our diet can play a part. Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, pasta and chips — may trigger acne. On the other hand, eating greasy food has little to no effect!

traditional treatments. However, if your acne isn’t responding to those treatments or if you are getting spots and scarring from your acne, it might be time to visit your doctor. A dermatologist can help control your acne, avoid scarring or other damage to your skin and make scars that are already present less noticeable. There are many prescription creams and tablets which can be used alone or in combination to help clear the pimples, avoid new breakouts and improve the tone and texture of the skin. Some lasers can also be used to treat the scarring associated with acne as well as clear the active bumps.

How Is Acne Treated?

It’s All In The Maintenance

The key to managing acne is in accepting that it is usually a longterm problem which will require long term treatment. If the acne clears on a medication and you stop all acne treatments, it will tend to recur. So be consistent. Mild acne can usually be treated with over the counter washes and creams with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Some studies seem to suggest that alternate methods such as tea tree oil, aloe vera and creams containing zinc may also be beneficial and can be used alone or in combination with

Once your acne improves, you may need to continue your acne medication or creams to prevent new breakouts. You may even have to do periodic procedures such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion if you had spots or scarring with your acne. You can also use these acne-prevention tips:

What Causes Acne? Acne typically appears in the areas which have the most oil glands such as on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. When excess oil is being produced and the follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads may appear. These blocked pores can also trap bacteria leading to inflamed lesions. Though most people get acne, there are reasons you may be more prone to developing acne or which may make your acne more difficult to treat. Changes in your hormones such as during puberty or pregnancy can flare acne, as can certain medications like

Dr. Marsha Barnett clog pores •Remove makeup before going to bed and regularly clean your cosmetic brushes and applicators with soapy water. •Avoid picking at the problem areas as doing so can trigger more acne and cause dark spots after the bumps have cleared. •Continue your treatments, whether over the counter or prescription, and see your doctor if despite these measures your acne begins to flare.

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The main function of the Credit Card Customer Service Representative is to provide information and assistance to all Hallmark credit card customers. This includes assisting all cardholders regardless of the cardholder status, when necessary. Clear and concise communication skills are essential as well as a solid understanding of the entire credit card operation. Communicating with the cardholder is necessary via telephone, email, written correspondence and personal contact. Maintenance of account files, application of cardholder payments and daily balancing are tasks that must be completed in a correct and timely manner. Skills: •Strong written and verbal communication skills •Well-developed computer skills •Strong analytical ability related to problem solving •Time management and organizational skills •Excellent customer service skills •Ability to work in a team environment where the common goal is superior customer service •Excellent interpersonal skills Starting salary is based on experience and qualification. Applications should be addressed to: Attn: Delroy Williams- Office Manager Hallmark Trust Ltd. Courtyard Plaza 2A P.O. Box 656 Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI Or Email:

Intercaribbean Airways has the following vacancies: 1.Airline Executive: Possess a working knowledge of UK Aviation Regulations for Off-Shore Territories (OTAR), ICAO and IATA aviation practices and standards, US FAA Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), and Dangerous Goods Regulations. Past experience and knowledge of ramp and aircraft operations. Other skills to be determined and evaluated by the Chief Executive Officer, based on prior experience and necessary skills, knowledge and training. Must speak, read, write, and understand the English language. Additional requirements include the ability to physically carry out the work scope involved. 2. Ramp Coordinator: Diploma in Supervisory Management or equivalent AAA Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Achievement in Ramp & Safety for company aircraft Trained and certified in areas of ramp/airside duties, Knowledgeable and experience with Weight & Balance and Load Control Ability to manage and schedule staff to provide adequate manpower coverage for multiple operations running simultaneously. Knowledge of multi carrier operations, Experience in handling jet and prop aircraft To ensure that all ramp staff is adequately trained for the tasks assigned. To oversee the daily ramp operations and provide leadership to all ramp staff. 3. Ramp Supervisor: 2-5 years hands on experience in ramp/airside duties Trained and certified in areas of ramp/airside duties, Knowledgeable and experience with Weight & Balance and Load Control Ability to manage and schedule staff to provide adequate manpower coverage for multiple operations running simultaneously. Knowledge of multi carrier operations, Experience in handling jet and prop aircraft Excellent command of written and spoken English. CXC/ equelivant passes, in English and Maths Computer literate especially in usage of excel Well organized Detailed orientated Strong leadership qualities. 4. Baggage handlers/ aircraft cleaners/Laborers/Domestic Worker: Must be fluent in English language, computer literate hard working, reliable and willing to work weekends and holidays. 5. Ramp agents/security guards:2 years experience, valid drivers license reliable hardworking and willing to work weekends and holidays. Interested persons send resume to Belongers and PRC holders need only apply. Heavy duty driver/driver: Clean police record, excellent command of the English Language,5 years experience, computer literate, reliable, hard working and willing to work on holidays and weekends

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New Education Sector Plan 2018 – 2022 launched By Todeline Defralien

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has recently launched its new Education Sector Plan 2018-2022 with the aim of helping schools locally provide accessible and high quality learning. This plan was officially launched by the Ministry of Education on Wednesday February 21st during a press conference at the Hilly Ewing Building in Providenciales. This new Education Sector Plan seeks to create opportunities for students to access the necessary tools and resources to enhance their learning experiences, while affording them good and safe learning spaces. The press conference was attended by local teachers, Permanent Secretary Wesley Clerveaux, Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm, Director of Education Edgar Howell and other education officials. This plan will ensure that all children, including those with special needs, have access to quality education. Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm said, “It is our Government’s belief that children and their future should be priority, that they should be the primary beneficiaries of the education system that engenders confidence and trust. Our Government believes that all children from all walks of life are entitled to a high quality education and the advantages that come along with it. Today our Government pledge to raise confidence, quality and investment in the education system of the Turks and Caicos Islands by the introduction and delivery of the Education Sector Plan.” She added: “I am satisfied that the strategic imperative cross-cutting issues, task and strategies outlined in

the education sector plan are consistent with the policies and performance expectation of the Government. The new education plan articulates our vision for the education system and it ensures that we understand that it is important. All students are educated to lead personally and professionally, compete locally and contribute globally; this is what the Ministry of Education envisioned for all our students. We are working on both in school and out of school influences; the quality of teaching and leadership in schools has a profound effort on achievement together with parental engagement and community expectation, we will overcome all challenges preventing our students from becoming the best that they can be.” Malcolm noted that this Plan was built on the progress made in the Education Sector Plan 2012-2017 and will be guided by the Ministry’s vision for education and the aims are clearly outlined in many national plans. “The priority must remain to provide 13 years of quality education for all our children. We must ensure that every child including those with special needs complete their education, this priority must be achieved. I am very proud of this plan and the commitment that our Government is making to fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, especially to our children, their families and our educators,” she explained. Malcolm also spoke on the alternative education plan and noted that the Turks and Caicos Islands embraces the fundamental principle that human resource development is the key to the social and economic advancement of its people and it is important that the Turks and Caicos education system provide

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Pictured here is Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm, Education planner within the Ministry Dr. Perwe Brewster, Director of Education Edgar Howell, Principles and other Education Officers opportunities for everyone to reach broken down into three key targets their full potential and be successful in which are supported by activities life, work and society. which the Ministry and schools will Director of Education Edgar undertake to achieve the overall aim. Howell said the plan has eight strategic The Education Sector Plan will imperatives and three cross cutting also see an alternative education policy issues, which are essential to ensure being introduced across the schools. an enabling environment in which This alternative education is each learner can be successful. geared specifically towards helping “Those eight strategic at risk students, such as pregnant imperatives are: (1) speaks to the teens, delinquents and students with equitable access to quality learning behavioural issues to be reintegrated opportunities, (2) improve the back into the academic system. effectiveness of governance, leadership Education Planner within the and management of sectorial and Ministry Dr. Perwe Brewster said: “The institutional levels, (3) improve alternative education policy that we teachers professional development, have crafted is one that is going to hold Strategic imperative (4) improve the all of us accountable for all our young quality of teaching and learning, (5) people who are in schools. We have a improve the curriculum and strategies responsibility to seeing that we do all for assessment, (6) increase access to that we can so that when our young early childhood development services, people leave school at age 16 or 17, that (7) provide opportunities for all if anyone were to come into our system learners in technical and vocational we would have done everything that education and training, (8) increase we could possibly done to ensure that provision for tertiary and continuing we have emotionally and spiritually education.” strong young people who have attained In addition to the eight academically the best that they can.” imperatives there are three cross- Brewster further explained cutting issues and those issues and that the alternative programme they are, special education, disaster will ensure that the right of a basic risk reduction and student support education is available to all school age services/pastoral care. He said the children. eight strategic imperatives are further

CUSTOMER RELATIONS OFFICER (MULTI-LINGUAL CLIENT CARE SPECIALIST) Seafari Turquoise Ltd is seeking suitably qualified candidates for the above position for their Dive office. Ideal candidate/s must have a minimum of (2) two years experience and fluent in English, French and Spanish, as well as possess excellent Communication and Customer Service skills. A strong diving knowledge is paramount as all client interactions will involve questions regarding dive courses and scheduling. Precedence will be given to individuals with experience in the diving industry and a diving certification at a professional level. Starting Salary $800.00 to $1000.00 per month based on experience and qualifications. Kindly forward resumes and qualification to the below address copy to the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Department and Immigration Board: Employment Department Seafari Turquoise Ltd Club Med, Gracebay Tel: 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email:

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FortisTCI Hosts STEM workshop for primary and high school teachers FortisTCI, along with the Department of Education, is hosting a training workshop for teachers involved in science education in local primary and high schools. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Workshops will be held at the FortisTCI corporate offices on March 6-7, as part of this year’s Education Week activities. Education Week will be observed from March 4-10. The annual FortisTCI Science and Technology Fair, which has been a calendar fixture of Education Week, will not be staged this year, as schools continue to recover from the impact of last year’s major hurricanes. “FortisTCI is proud to launch these STEM Workshops, in keeping with our commitment to support educational initiatives in our community, and to help promote greater interest in science and technology among our students, for the future development of our country,” stated FortisTCI President and CEO, Eddinton Powell. “We believe these workshops will be highly beneficial to our science teachers, and will help them to further excite their students

who have an interest in the sciences,” St Augustine, Trinidad. An astronomer he added. by profession with research interests The STEM Workshops will in astrobiology and cosmology, she also be conducted by Dr. Shirin Haque, holds an MPhil degree in Psychology. PhD who is known throughout the She is the recipient of the Rudranath Caribbean as a lecturer on science Capildeo Award for applied Science topics and for conducting similar and Technology and Women in Science workshops for teachers in the region. awards. Up to 30 primary school teachers are She is also the producer expected to attend the session on March of several Caribbean Science 6, and a similar number of high school documentaries, the editor of The teachers will participate on March 7. Intellectual – art, science and Workshop attendees will architecture and Eureka! magazines learn about the role of science and and is heavily engaged in science technology in society, the need for Dr. Shirin Haque, Deputy Dean for outreach popularization in the media. She STEM in workplaces of the 21st in the Faculty of Science and Technology at has won three excellence in teaching century and how to integrate STEM UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad, will conduct a awards, including an international into their curriculum, among other training workshop for science teachers in award (Distinguished Teacher topics. Teachers will also engage in the TCI. Award from Association of Atlantic hands-on and interactive learning in and for our societies, there will be Universities). subject areas such as use of today’s greater buy-in and implementation,” Dr. Haque is a fellow of the technology in STEM teaching, field Dr. Haque stated. “I am very much Royal Astronomical Society. She trips as part of the science methodology looking forward to being in the helped to develop the annual STEM and environmental sustainability. Turks and Caicos Islands for the first conference at the University College “These workshops are time, and supporting FortisTCI and of the Cayman Islands and has developed on the philosophy that if the Education Department in this been involved in every one of these teachers understand and appreciate important outreach to teachers.” conferences since inception in 2012. why STEM has become a necessary Dr. Haque is presently the She has run several workshops for approach in teaching, in order to Deputy Dean for outreach in the teachers in the Caribbean and was develop the skills set required of Faculty of Science and Technology at chair for revision of Physics with the students for the future job market the University of the West Indies (UWI), CXC board.

Travel experts named Grace Bay beach the best in the world - again By Todeline Defralien With its clear blue waters and vast white sands, Grace Bay beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands scored 10 out of 10 for its beauty as well as sand and water quality by travel experts,

topping number one for the best beach in the world again. Grace Bay beach in Providenciales came out on top of the Traveller’s Choice Beach awards beating competition from beaches in Brazil, Cuba and Spain.

The Atrium Resort in Providenciales has an immediate opening for a qualified Belonger to fill the position of “Electrical Technician” or an Understudy. The successful candidate must have a minimum of 10 years experience in a Resort environment and is expected to possess the experience and skills to conduct the following: •Maintain all aspects of electrical and electronics vital to the operations of the resort •Ability to understand and read blueprints, instruction manuals, and follow electrical diagrams •Rough in and install 3 phase high voltage and low voltage lines including installation of electrical panels, plugs, switches, lights, fans and any electrical devices •Ability to program and maintain fire alarm systems (NFPA 72 certificate is essential) •Maintenance of diesel generator, transfer switch, fire pump and related emergency circuits •Automization and controls for pumps and motors •Understand functionality principals of electrical meters and collect readings from electrical and water meters •Collect, analyze, and summarize data and trends of the resort’s technologies •Installation, maintenance and repairs of elevators, CCTV & security systems, electronic safes, locks, card access system, appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer), in-room electronics, satellite TV equipment, VOIP equipment, Internet/local area networks (including Cisco POE smart switches, Linksys routers, POE devices and RJ-45 connectors) •Consistently update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks; and participating in professional organizations •Be available to attend to any emergency calls 24/7 Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications /experience. For consideration, please submit current resume with Belonger status and two (2) reference letters to: Marsha Blanche; email:; tel.: 946-4732

Director of Tourism, Ramon Andrews said the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board is humbled by the fact that we won the world’s best beach award for the second time within five years. “This is a monumental achievement judging from the fact that we’ve just a few months ago coming off the heels of two storms and was able to rally our troops, meaning our guests and visitors of the Turks and Caicos and our partners and get back on track so quickly that we were able to secure the world’s number one beach the second time in five years which is just simply amazing,” he stated. “It speaks to the strength of brand Turks and Caicos, it speaks to the resilience of the people of the Turks and Caicos and it also speaks to the commitment of the people that patronized Turks and Caicos. What we need to do as a country is not only maintain Grace Bay Beach and not only maintain our beaches on the whole but maintain our country. Continue to ensure that our country is well kept because our goal at the Tourist Board is for Turks and Caicos to have the world’s best beaches period. Having Grace Bay Beach as number one for the second time in a row is a great start and we’re looking forward to owning the name ‘Turks and Caicos home to the world’s greatest beaches.” The top-rated beach in the UK is Bournemouth beach, the No1 in the USA is Clearwater Beach in Florida while Manly Beach is deemed to be the best in Australia. Taking the crown for the best beach in Europe is La Concha Beach in San Sebastian, Spain. TripAdvisor announces the Traveller’s Choice beach awards every year and they are based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings gathered over a 12-month period.

Director of Tourism, Ramon Andrews The full list of the top 25 beaches according to the review website are : (1) Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, (2) Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, (3) Varadero Beach, Cuba, (4) Eagle Beach, Aruba, Caribbean, (5) Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands, (6) La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain, (7) Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA, (8) Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica, (9) Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic, (10) Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, (11) Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece, (12) Falesia Beach, Albufeira, Portugal, (13) Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus, (14) Bournemouth Beach, Dorset, UK, (15) Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles, (16) Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia, (17) Santa Monica State Beach, California, USA, (18) Agonda Beach, Goa, India, (19) Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Turkey, (20)Galapagos Islands, (21) Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy, (22) Sharm El Luli, Egypt, (23) Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania, (24) Punta Uva Beach, Costa Rica and (25) White Beach, Malay, Philippines.

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TCI passes on chairmanship of OCTA after successful year

TCI passes on chairmanship of OCTA after successful year The Turks and Caicos several Regional EU Programs. Under Islands (TCI) Premier, Hon. Sharlene the EDF 11 Program, which is focused Cartwright-Robinson along with a on improvements in the education delegation consisting of the Deputy sector and sustainable energy, marine Governor and EU Program Manager, biodiversity, climate change and Her Excellency Anya Williams, disaster risk reduction. Permanent Secretary of Finance, Commenting on the EU Athenee Basden, Director of the Forum and the continued partnership Office of the Premier Ronlee James, between the TCI and the EU, Premier TCI UK Representative and Head Hon. Cartwright-Robinson said; “The of the London Office, Tracy Knight Turks and Caicos continues to benefit and Consular Officer, Kimo Tynes over the years from funding through attended the Ministerial Conference of the European Development Fund the Association of Overseas Countries programme, but moreover, the past and Territories of the European Union several days spent with fellow OCTA (OCTA) and 16th annual European Leaders and Representatives as well Union Overseas Countries and as European the Commission, signify Territories Forum in Brussels, Belgium to me their commitment to issues we face both collectively and individually. on the 22 and 23 of February, 2018. The Turks and Caicos Islands It has been a rewarding year as Chair has had a long relationship with of OCTA and we look forward to European Union and as such the continuing our relationship, building islands have significantly benefitted on the successes we both share. “Last year on assuming the in expertise, advice and financial assistance over the years. The TCI Chair of OCTA, I outlined that one of most recently benefitted from two the main areas my government would European Development Funds (EDF) be focused on is the environment and 10 and 11 and is also a participant in renewable energy for the long-term

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protection, survival and vitality of our marine and eco environments and I was pleased to report on the success we have had at that, particularly in light of experiencing two major hurricanes in 2017. But my governments commitment doesn’t end there. I remain steadfast to the issues around Climate Change, a specific concern to all members of OCTA and which remit falls under my office, as we have begun to identify initiatives that will lower our carbon emission and footprint and increase our adaptability.” Deputy Governor and EU Program Manager Her Excellency Anya Williams added; “As the European Development Fund Program Manager for the past five (5) years since the Turks and Caicos Islands was reinstated into the program in 2008, I am happy to report that the TCI currently manages one of the most successful EU programs in the region. Programming Documents for the 11th EDF which focuses on the Education Sector were the 2nd in the region to be signed at the 15th OCT Forum held in Aruba in February 2017 and work is already well underway through the development of a new Education Sector Policy, the tendering of the construction of a new primary school on the island of Providenciales and a number of key strategic reforms in the education sector. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with the EU and for the early release of the first tranche of $4m under this program which was received shortly after the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 to assist with any potential cash shortfalls. The Turks and Caicos has already submitted an application for emergency relief funding under the EDF 11 B Envelope to assist with rebuilding works required in our education sector and is also a part of the Regional Program which will be focusing on Renewable Energy and Marine Biodiversity, along with the Thematic Program which will be focusing on Climate Change. We

register our thanks to our technical team the PS Finance Mrs. Athenee Basden and Director of Strategic Policy and Planning Mrs. Kathleen Forbes (Deputy Program Manager) for their continued assistance in managing the EU work programs and along with colleagues in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning and Ministry of Tourism and the Environment look forward to even further progress on the EDF 11, Regional and Thematic work programs.” As the Chair of OCTA, the Premier was responsible for chairing the Ministerial Conference of OCTA and round table discussions, with her Ministerial colleagues. This year, the TCI also participated in a one-day meeting on oceans organised by OCTA, under the theme “More than 17,000,000 Km2 of Ocean Policy: OCTs and the Sustainable Management of the Ocean and its resources”. During that discussion, the Premier highlighted her governments challenges and commitment to the issues faced including: challenges with pollution, fisheries, new opportunities for blue growth and new opportunities for research. It is customary for the Chair of OCTA to host a Gala Dinner in honour of the delegates, officials and guests who have travelled to the host country, or in this instance Brussels, for the auspicious occasion. This year the Premier, as Chair, brought some of Turks and Caicos’ best cultural performers along with her to treat guests to a taste of TCI’s culture, with musicians Quinton Dean and Lindsey “Zeus” Butterfield, as well as London based students Renate Hinds and Mary Fulford who performed both songs and poetry. At the conclusion of the week of meetings, French Polynesia was elected as Chair of OCTA and thanked the TCI for its leadership over the past year and welcomed all to Tahiti next year where the next OCTA Ministerial and OCT EU Form 2019.

Silly Creek Water Sports Is looking for an Assistant Manager The qualifications include:

-boat captain license and experience captaining private excursions - qualified wake board/waterski instructor -book keeping experience, excel/word, excellent written and verbal communication skills, booking/coordinating -experienced lifeguard - CPR and First Aid qualifications This position is a work permit renewal. Please forward CV to the Labor Department and to

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Intervention programme was a success for Clement Howell High School boys By Todeline Defralien The Ministry of Education, Youth and Library Services through its Department of Education collaborated with the Clement Howell High School and organized a social intervention programme, Change From Within, for four weeks in order to address the increased sporadic disruptions the school has been experiencing since the start of the school year. The program has come to an end and is said to be a huge success by the Ministry and Department of Education. These disruptions included feuds among a group of twenty-one (21) boys engaging constantly in altercations and fights which have affected the smooth flow in the day to day operation at the school. The feuds were somewhat territorial with boys from one set of communities against another. This social intervention effort was the first programme emanating from the recently approved Alternative Education Policy. It sought to develop an alternative education classroom for behaviour improvement in students exhibiting deviant behaviour patterns which are not in accordance with expected standards and outcomes and regulations of the school. Speaking during a press conference last week, Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm said, “That program has been going very well; I can say that because I’ve been checking on the young guys just about

every day. We’ve also had persons homes, which is their main socializing from different walks of life going in to agency and the involvement of their share with them, we had the Christian parents is really needed. Council just to motivate them and “The success of the program is not only encourage them to get on the right how the boys respond but the level of path, so I can say from the checks that support that we get from the sister I’ve been doing it’s going on very well agencies and departments. It must and the young men are really involved, not be seen as simply a school effort they are participating and we’re just or Department of Education effort or hoping that they will continue to do a Ministry effort; it must be seen as a well as they go back into the school.” nation responding to the welfare of its Malcolm stressed that the children,” he ended. students will do well because she tries The programme was designed to encourage them daily and let them for four weeks which started on know that the Government is here to Monday, February 5th 2018 and support them and that they can make finished on Friday, March 2nd 2018. It something out of their lives. focused on allowing the boys to come Also commenting on the to an understanding of their behaviour program’s success, Director of and finding positive avenues to Education Edgar Howell added: channel them. It is believed that the “There have been some successes so behaviour demonstrated by these boys far, the purpose for doing the Change were related to community influences from Within program came out of which impact their social interactions the incident at Clement Howell High with their peers within the school. School in October of 2017 after the The students carried out selfschool resumed after the storms and assessments and tried to understand we felt that it was important to step how their decisions and actions back and with the students who were impacted themselves and others. involved in those activities, create During the course of the programme a program for them to address the Parents/Guardians also participate in specific needs that were identified and sessions on Parenting and Parenting we felt that they needed. Hoping to get Skills as well as understanding their mostly young boys to internalized the child/ward. change, to own it and to not rush into Over the four weeks the a fight simply because it looks good or following critical areas were addressed it seems something to do, but to think in the programme: Understanding carefully how they are managing their Self-Without Peer Pressure; own behaviours.” Conflict Resolution; Interpersonal Howell noted that the change that Relationships; Critical Thinking; they need to see or should see in the Consequential Thinking; Anger boys should really come from their Management; Use of Drugs No. 1 in the UK for Value-added (The Guardian, 2017) Top 10 UK University (Graduate Employability)

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Session with Sgt Clark of the TCI Constabulary Force on “My Crowd”. (Marijuana) and its Effect on Mental Processing and Social Behaviour; Parenting and Understanding your Child; Safeguarding the Child – Role and Expectation of the Parent. During the programme, the following activities were also infused daily; Individual Counselling and Group Sessions; Reflective Journaling; Testimonials or Inspirational Talks and Field Trips. These activities complement the structured sessions. At the end of the four weeks, each boy understood how his behaviour affects others and the consequences to certain behavioural outcomes. He will have acquired the required skills necessary to take responsibility for his own learning outcomes and develop skills to resolve issues without engaging in physical confrontations and fights. Additionally, he will learn how to become a positive change agent in school and his community and finally understand the law and penalties attached to certain actions.

Hilltop Ltd. is currently seeking a Head Chef The successful applicant should have knowledge of food costing and controls, monthly inventory, Knowledge of proper hygiene and safety, menu planning and costing; plus knowledge and experience of cuisine worldwide, pastries, deserts and chocolates, Prepare Allergen and Vegan foods. Requirements: •At least 10 years experience as a Master Chef •Awarded at least one star by Michelin Guide •A member of the French Culinary Academy Applications must be received by March 9th, 2018 and can be sent to: Marsha Blanche, Misick & Stanbrook, Leeward Hwy, Providenciales Email: Fax: (649) 946-4734 Tel. (649) 946-5978

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Regulation 7 of the Physical Planning (Development Permission) Regulations, 1990 A Planning Application, registered as PR 13441 by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services thru the Public Works Department, has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration of Construction of Government Primary School with Early Childhood and Special Needs Centres. Anyone wishing to make representation(s) may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, Grand Turk or Providenciales, within twenty eight (28) days of publication of this Notice. Location map to be provided. Notice dated: February 23, 2018 *Insert as applicable

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Sister Sister on tour in Grand Turk By Todeline Defralien


ister Sister organisation held its prayer, praise, and worship & breakfast event in Grand Turk last week Saturday February 24th, 2018 at The Life Center. A crowd of 60 ladies including young and elderly packed the room to share in fellowship and to hear a dynamic and inspiring message from Guest Speaker Apostle Dr. Ruth Ariza of New Beginnings Kingdom Ministry International/House of Bethel, who spoke on the theme “I am chosen”. Moderator for the event was Pastor Karen Higgs of Faith & Truth Kingdom Ministries International. The highlight of the morning for most of the sisters was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to Mrs. Rita Gardiner, Patron of Gender Affairs. Sister Sister Organisation continues their tour to the different islands and is looking forward to visiting the island of North Caicos & Middle Caicos on Monday, March 12th at My Dees Restaurant, North Caicos. President & Founder of Sister Sister TCI, Lillian Boyce thanked the women of Grand Turk for responding to their invitation to come out and fellowship under the theme ‘I am chosen’, and is now calling on sisters of North Caicos & Middle Caicos to come out, bring a sister to worship God under the theme “In Him I am Strong”. These photographs captured the event. Photos By: Antonella Evenou.

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Dominican Independence Celebrations 2018 D

ominican nationals living in the Turks and Caicos Islands took the streets as they celebrated their Dominican Independence day which took place last week Sunday February 25th, at La Familia. A large crowd of hundreds of Dominican nationals and many from other nationalities, including Turks and Caicos Islanders supported the event. The Dominican Republic’s Carnival day is

celebrated every year during the entire month of February, culminating with the largest celebration on Independence Day, February 27. The Dominican’s cultural identity and creativity is on display throughout this vibrant month. These photographs captured the celebration. Photo Credit: Todeline Defralien.

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Highlights from Food For Thought 3rd annual Brunch fundraiser F

ood for Thought hosted its third public fundraiser on Sunday February 25th, 2018 at Mango Reef Restaurant in Providenciales with the purpose of raising funds to provide breakfast for children in the Government schools in the Primary Schools in North, Middle, South Caicos and Salt Cay. Scores of people in the community came out to support this great cause with the attendance of over 250

guests at the sold out event. There were entertainment, food and drinks, face painting for the kids, a few quizzes, colouring and a silent auction. With the support of the community organizers of the event were able to raise over $8,000 last year at their first fundraiser but made a tremendous increase this year the Charity’s second annual brunch fundraiser raises over $18,000 for its breakfast programme.

Food for Thought is a great initiative that was launched on Tuesday April 5th where they hosted a charity event at The Palms Karen and Jeanne Savory are the master minds behind this great initiative and partnering with Caicos Express Airways. These photographs captured the event. Photo credit: (Todeline Defralien).

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Directors, Media and other stakeholders as necessary.  Other Responsibilities which may be assigned.

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

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 February 27th, 2018 to: Mr. Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: and

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Upcoming Barbados elections expected to be nasty Elections in Barbados are a few months away, and though no date has been set political broadsides have begun with the ruling party warning of a dirty campaign. Within two days of each other Democratic Labour Party Cabinet Minister Chris Sinckler and party veteran, Derek Alleyne, have indicated that dirt will be thrown at a level never seen before on the island. Sinckler, a DLP member of parliament, accused the Opposition Barbados Labour Party of spreading rumours of himself and Cabinet colleague Michael Lashley being involved in unspecified illegal business. “They [BLP activists] intend to put out a lot of fake news, nasty lying information, starting in other places outside of Barbados and migrating into the mainstream social in Barbados ... trying their best to link me and other members of the Democratic Labour Party to criminal activities,” Sinckler said, adding “it’s going to get worse. This is not the only thing. They’re going to put out other stuff too.” “This is going to be easily

the nastiest campaign that would ever be fought in Barbados,” he added contending that the unsavory tactics will be coming from the BLP as it seeks to remove his party from government. “They are certain people that they have identified that they feel stand in the way of them getting government, and I am one of them. So they have started this campaign against me and Michael Lashley,” he said, adding, “this is a ‘Get Chris campaign.’” One day later Director of the Urban Development Commission Derek Alleyne declared “it is going to be an election of elections... we [the DLP] have to make our re-election sure.” “We can lose the next general election if we do not do what we are supposed to do,” Alleyne said, adding, “who lives with whom is going to come up, as part of that election campaign.” Opposition BLP Chairman George Payne fired back claiming that activists of the governing DLP have already started using dirty tactics against Opposition leader Mia Mottley “to question her integrity and otherwise

tarnish her character. We expect them to come with a ... charade of half-truths and twisted facts.” Payne said there is no need to target Finance Minister Sinckler because, “his policies have been a complete failure and the perilous state of the economy is proof of that. He has presided over 19 [international economic] downgrades, the longest period of economic paralysis since independence, the highest cost of living ever experienced here, the most taxes ever imposed on Barbadians, the longest time public workers ever went without a salary increase, and the total bungling of several matters including Clico and Four Seasons. “In terms of Mr. Lashley’s performance in the ministries of housing and transport, he has demonstrated his ineffectiveness to manage effectively.” Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is the only person who can set a date for the next general elections in Barbados for 30 parliamentary seats, but while he remains silent on this scheduled time there is emerging evidence that some can’t wait for the ringing of that bell.

“Jamaica is on The Path to becoming the Caribbean’s First Digital society” The Government of Jamaica on February 26 took strategic steps to strengthen the foundation for the creation of a digital society, with the signing of a package of loan operations from the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB). The loans are part of a broader strategy to leapfrog the country’s development through digital transformation, thereby improving the lives of the people of Jamaica. President of the IDB Group, Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno and the Honourable Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service, signed the instruments during the 7th Annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting of the IDB at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Moreno said that: “Jamaica is on the path to becoming the Caribbean’s first digital society and is positioning itself to make the giant leap forward to improving the lives of its people through digital innovation. The Government of Jamaica is therefore strategic in building a digital society where citizens interact with the State using digital solutions resulting in greater productivity, efficiency, accountability, ease and prosperity.”

Michael Sloley President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno (second left), highlights a point to Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw (right), prior to the commencement of the opening plenary session for the 7th Annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting of the IDB on Tuesday (February 27) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Also pictured (from left) are business tycoon, Richard Branson; and General Manager for the IDB’s Country Department, Therese Turner-Jones President Moreno further where identity theft is of primary commended the Government for concern; this loan will enable the taking the bold steps needed for government to take these bold positive change, noting that, “The steps in implementing systems IDB will continue to partner with that will advance our nation’s Jamaica to improve public sector people.” management, increase private Among the package of sector productivity and reinforce `loan operations that will advance social protection.” Jamaica’s digital transformation Finance Minister, the are: Hon. Audley Shaw expressed his • The Security Strengthening delight with the signing of this Project – An Investment Loan for loan and further noted that, “we US$ 20 million. This project aims must keep up with the times, to enhance the capacity of the this government intent is to police and the security agencies modernize the public sector and to tackle crime using data and to ensure that all citizens are safe, technology. particularly in this era

Justice Bryan Sykes sworn in as chief justice

Justice Bryan Sykes Justice Bryan Sykes was a short while ago sworn in as Chief Justice of Jamaica. The swearing in of Sykes marked the end of more than a month-long furore over his appointment as acting chief justice in January, which sparked fury in some circles, mainly legal. It was argued that Prime Minister Andrew Holness erred when he recommended to the Governor General that the veteran jurist act in the post, rather than confirm him since a clear vacancy existed. Holness had suggested that Justice Sykes’ appointment as chief justice would be dependent on his performance. However, members of the legal fraternity were quick to point out that under Jamaica’s separation of powers, the head of the judiciary does not report to the prime minister.

International observers invited for general elections

Prime Minister Gaston Browne The prime minister has written to the secretaries general of three multilateral organisations to invite them to observe the March 21 general elections. The prime minister’s office, in a media statement said yesterday that letters of invitation were dispatched to the secretaries general of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organisation of American States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). “I have invited the three organisations to observe the general elections in the interest of full transparency and to show to the world that the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party is fully committed to upholding democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms,” the prime minister said. The prime minister added, “the observer missions will be fully facilitated in their work by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.”

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Latin America and Caribbean Have World’s Second Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be the region with the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the world, according to a joint report launched today by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The report highlights recommendations to reduce teen pregnancy, which range from supporting multisectoral prevention programs geared toward those in the most vulnerable situations, to increasing access to contraception and sex education, among others. The global adolescent pregnancy rate is estimated at 46 births per 1,000 girls, while adolescent pregnancy rates in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be the second highest in the world, estimated at 66.5 births per 1,000 girls aged 1519 years, second only to Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the report entitled ‘Accelerating progress toward the reduction of adolescent pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean’. Although total fertility – the number of children per woman – in Latin America and the Caribbean has declined over the past 30 years, adolescent fertility rates have dropped minimally during that period, according to the report. The majority of countries with the highest estimated adolescent fertility rates in Latin America and the Caribbean are in Central America,

Pregnant Teens with the highest rates in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic and Guyana have the highest rates; and in South America, Bolivia and Venezuela have the highest rates. Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region where a rising trend has been observed in pregnancies among adolescents younger than 15 years, according to UNFPA. An estimated 15 per cent of all pregnancies occur annually in girls younger than 20 years in the region, and 2 million children are born to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 years. “Adolescent fertility rates remain high in our region, affecting mostly population groups living under conditions of vulnerability and highlighting major inequities between and within countries. Teen pregnancy can have a profound effect on girls’ health over their life course,” said

restricted access to comprehensive sex education and adequate sexual and reproductive health services are directly related to adolescent pregnancies. Many of these pregnancies are not a deliberate choice, but rather the result, for example, of an abusive relationship,” said Esteban Caballero, Regional Director of UNFPA for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Reducing teenage pregnancy means ensuring access to effective contraceptive methods.” The report found that in the majority of countries adolescent girls with no education or only primary PAHO Director Carissa Etienne. education are up to four times more “It not only hinders their likely to get pregnant than girls with psychosocial development, but is secondary or higher education. Girls also linked to poor health outcomes whose households are part of the and higher risks of maternal death. lowest wealth quintile are also threeIn addition, their children are at to-four times more likely to become higher risk for poor health and social mothers compared with those in the outcomes.” highest quintile in the same country. Maternal mortality is one of the top Indigenous girls, especially in rural causes of death among adolescents and areas, have a higher probability of youth aged 15-24 years in the region of becoming pregnant at a young age. the Americas. In 2014, approximately “Many girls and adolescents 1900 adolescents and youth died as must abandon school because of a result of complications occurring pregnancy, which has a long-term during pregnancy, childbirth, and post- impact on their opportunities to finish partum periods. At the global level, their education and join the workforce, the risk of maternal death is doubled as well as their ability to participate in mothers younger than 15 years in public and political life,” noted in low- and middle-income countries. Marita Perceval, Regional Director Perinatal deaths are 50 per cent higher of UNICEF. “As a result, adolescent among infants born to mothers under mothers are exposed to situations 20 years when compared to those born of greater vulnerability and the to mothers 20–29 years old, according repetition of patterns of poverty and to the report. social exclusion.” “The lack of information and

BTC loses 60,000 mobile subscribers The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has lost over 60,000 mobile customers, almost 20 per cent of its market, in just over one year as a result of competition. Data released by BTC’s ultimate parent, Liberty Latin America (LiLAC), reveals that at end-2017 its Bahamian subsidiary had 228,100 prepaid subscribers and 26,800 post-paid customers, giving it a total base of 254,900 persons. This compared to the 282,000 pre-paid and 33,000 post-paid subscribers that Liberty’s 2016 accounts showed it as possessing one year earlier, which was just after BTC’s first-ever mobile rival launched in November 2016. The data gives some idea of the inroads made by Aliv into BTC’s long-standing mobile monopoly in the 13 months since it began operations, at least from a market share perspective. The upstart entrant, in the private placement offering document for its recent $15 million preference share issue, pegged its subscriber numbers and market share as significantly higher than the numbers provided by LiLAC. “As at December 2017, Aliv had achieved a customer base of over 97,000 on a 30day basis or 106,000 on a 60day basis. Our market share is estimated at 29 per cent,” Aliv

said. It added that the ‘60- “Continued growth in day’ reporting schedule was Jamaica (23,000 additions) was equivalent to the methods used more than offset by declines in by BTC to measure subscriber Panama (61,000 decline) and retention. the Bahamas (11,000 decline),” The discrepancy CWC said. “The Panama between Aliv’s and BTC/ decline reflects our ongoing LiLAC’s figures likely result focus on higher ARPU (revenue from differences in how they per subscriber) customers measure and account for such and competitive intensity in customer ‘churn’, and the timing the market, while increased of recording subscriber losses/ competition continued to impact gains. the Bahamas.” Still, both sides’ data LiLAC, in its February provides evidence of the 15, 2018, full-year results significant inroads that Aliv has presentation to market analysts, made into BTC’s customer base, a noted the same competitive development that has increasing pressures being imposed by significance for the latter and its Aliv. It added that the Bahamas financial performance. accounts for 7 per cent of its $3.6 Prior to mobile market billion annual revenue, placing liberalisation, and Aliv’s entry, BTC’s top-line at around $252 BTC was becoming ever-more million. reliant on its long-standing LILAC’s filings with mobile monopoly, which had the US Securities & Exchange grown from two-thirds of Commission (SEC) also showed annual revenues to approaching declines or minimal growth in three-quarters or 75 per cent. BTC’s other key business lines. Thus Aliv’s seizure of growing While video (TV) subscribers market share is squeezing, and almost quadrupled from 1,600 shrinking, BTC’s most valuable to 6,200 year-over-year, it has revenue source. a long way to go to match Cable The year-end Bahamas, Aliv’s controlling accounts for BTC’s immediate shareholder, on its home turf. parent, Cable & Wireless BTC’s Internet Communications (CWC), which subscriber numbers rose by just is now a LiLAC subsidiary, 200 year-over-year, from 26,400 confirmed that the Bahamas to 26,600, again indicating accounted for almost 25 per the struggle it is having to cent of its network-wide 42,000 build market share in another mobile subscriber decline in the segment dominated by Cable 2017 fourth quarter. Bahamas.

Hoteliers want south coast sewerage problem declared “national crisis” The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Wednesday called on the government to declare the sewerage problem along the island’s south coast as a “national crisis”. “We truly believe the situation has deteriorated to the point where it is imperative for government to view this as a national crisis as it is affecting residence, schools, businesses and visitors to the island,” BHTA chief executive officer, Rudy Grant, told the state-owned CBC radio here. “In this context we also believe the time has come for a senior government official to take the lead in terms of the day to day management of this crisis. It is also important for the BHTA to be in a position to be able to respond to the concerns being expressed almost on a daily basis by our trade partners,” he added. The government has said it is dealing with the situation that has plagued the tourism belt on the south coast with experts being brought from Trinidad and Tobago to assist the Barbados Water Authority (BWA). Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has already given an assurance that the sewage problem is receiving the attention of his administration on a daily basis government. He told the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2018 Business Luncheon that the “matter cannot be allowed to continue as a problem that is a source of irritation to people from day-to-day. “When you tackle it, you have to tackle it in such a way that a final solution is secured… [However], the one thing we are not going to do is to wildly throw money at it and it lasts for six months and then six months down the road we are dealing with the same problem again. We are going for a solution that can make everybody happy and make them happy for a long time,” he said, noting that the government has been receiving technical assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB),

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Porn Racket Targeting Young Women Reaches Trinidad & Tobago

A porn racket that reportedly draws young women and teenagers in through modelling ads in local newspapers, has reportedly reached the shores of the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. A 25-year-old Cunupia man, who pretended to be a professional photographer and advertised in the papers for models was arrested during a ‘sting’ operation late last week by officers of the Central Division Police in T&T. The arrest came after a 19-year-old student told police that she was attacked and raped after responding to the advert. According to reports, the suspect who placed advertisements in all three daily newspapers in Trinidad & Tobago, was arrested at his home after the teen university student reported to the Cunupia police that she was raped when she went to what she thought was a photo shoot at a remote location. The victim further told police that before the man raped her, he set up his camera equipment and recorded the rape. The victim claimed she was responding to the ad that a modelling agency in Malaysia would pay “models”

up to TT$2,500 per photo shoot. Police in Chaguanas Trinidad The ads offer a six-month posted on Twitter that they are contract for aspiring models to seeking information from anyone be photographed for different who may have interacted with the international magazines. One Instagram account Figarott or Figaros advertisement stated that: “They International Model Agency or person are willing to pay US$150 per photo- with a Facebook profile with the name shoot….msg me on WhatsApp if Kyle Romiah. interested.” A profile for Kyle Romiah A police party headed by Snr on Facebook lists him as a “business Supt Inraj Balram of the Central owner at Melannjo’s Car Services and Division and including ASP Smith, “Melannjo’s Auto Care and Graphics Insp Alexander, Sgt Pierre, PCs Khan, Centre.” The profile also says he is Brown, Rajpat and WP Maharaj- a past employee of the Ministry of Hughes went to the home of the National Security Trinidad & Tobago suspect and arrested him. Police also and Ministry of National Security seized the suspect’s computers and Trinidad & Tobago, studied at the cellphones. University of Trinidad and Tobago That’s where cops they and lives in Chaguanas. found a huge collection of videos and Figaro International Model photographs of young women being Agency is listed as being based in raped, in what they are dubbing a Malaysia on Instagram and features porn racket with international links. a number of photos of young Asian Police expressed fears that some of the women on the page. rape victims might be on TT’s list of However, the real Figaro missing persons. International Model Agency on Newsday on Sunday quote Facebook insisted that three police sources as saying that they Instagram accounts: @figaro. viewed over 20 videos and photographs models @figarointernational @ of the suspect raping some 20 modelagencyfigaro purporting to be teenagers and women over 18. affiliated with their agency are fake

Bid to recruit nurses as Bahamians head to US Health officials have contracted 100 locally trained nurses to fill positions throughout the public health sector left vacant by American recruitment. But as the public health system is still grappling with a local nurse shortage, the government will have to hire workers from overseas to fill the gaps. Health Minister Dr Duane Sands announced the move yesterday after being asked to respond to concerns raised over the critical shortage of registered and clinical nurses by Nursing Director Marcel Johnson in a recent paper addressed to him. Dr Sands, who spoke to reporters outside of Cabinet, said health officials convened a “high-level” panel to analyse and find the root causes of the situation - namely pay for nurses, benefits and conditions of service. The Elizabeth MP contended these specific points were high on the list of many of the nurses who have relocated to America in recent years. Dr Sands said The Bahamas, as a result of infrastructural shortfalls, limited resources, high crime, lifestyle choices and the current shortage of healthcare practitioners, now finds itself in the “perfect storm” of challenges. When asked to clarify the challenges he was referring to, Dr Sands said: “This is a consequence of the choices that we have made as a country and the impact of crime on the care of people with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure and arthritis; you cannot be underestimating. “When we look at this perfect storm now, and the reason why I keep telling these stories is so that the people understand that collectively we

can solve this, but it will take serious decision-making together. “It is going to mean that Bahamians are going to have to look in the mirror and say, ‘I am going to do some things differently’, because the hospital may not be available for certain services if we can’t solve some of these problems.” Dr Sands said it was critical for The Bahamas to recognise the issue and find a way to address the brain drain in the health care sector. “What we need to do is, we need to throw a blow,” he said. “We need to figure out how we can stop the bleeding, recognising that we are never going to be able to compete with North America head to head.” Last October, Dr Sands foreshadowed the current crisis, suggesting at that time the dozens of nurses the health service was losing per month would over time cripple efforts to deliver quality healthcare. He told The Tribune at the time the worsening phenomenon left the Bahamas in need for some 400 nurses. That number has since surge to 668 according to the country’s nursing director - 528 revisited nurses and 140 trained clinical nurses. Faced with those numbers yesterday, Dr Sands said: “We are looking at ways to modify the experience of nurses who are typically or in the majority female, so that they are more appreciated so that they are more inclined to remain in service in The Bahamas.” He added: “But when you see that there is 600 or so vacancies, it speaks to the serious problem to deliver essential services throughout the Bahamas. And while you may be able to replace certain other grades of staff, you cannot provide healthcare without doctors and nurses.”

The real the real Figaro International Model Agency on Facebook insisted that three Instagram accounts: @ figaro.models @figarointernational @ modelagencyfigaro purporting to be affiliated with their agency are fake and “not connected with our agency in any way.” The agency said the only official Instagram account is @ figaromodels Anyone with information can call the Chaguanas, T&T police 665.9958/5271.

Guyana to establish Children’s Court after passage of new Juvenile Offences Bill Acting Chancellor of the is assuring that these are being Judiciary, Yonette Cummings handled expeditiously by the -Edwards says a Children’s Court magistrates in spite of the many will be established in the country constraints. in the wake of the recent passage of She disclosed that in 2017, the new Juvenile Offences Bill in the various agencies were engaged as well National Assembly. as Non-Governmental Organisations, Justice Cummings-Edwards who were given the opportunity to said the Judiciary is proactive share their thoughts on how these and has implemented measures in matters effectively handled. preparation for the court’s opening. “We have to see the situation The new Juvenile Offences from all angles, so we have had Bill is expected to be laid in the courses…the magistrates do their National Assembly shortly and best but they are some persons who according to the acting Chancellor, come to court and say they have “We are not waiting until it is law, we made up with the perpetrator and have already started training of our they do not wish to proceed and that magistrates.” is their right.” The two magistrates that Training is ongoing for will preside over the court have magistrates since the bulk of the already been identified. domestic violence cases are dealt with In 2017, four magistrates in the Magistrates’ Court, however, including the Chief Magistrate, Ann those that result in felonious McLennan, attended a study tour in wounding, murder or manslaughter another jurisdiction to observe the are handled at the High Court. operations of their Children’s Court, Further, the acting to learn the best practices and the Chancellor alluded to the fact that pitfalls to ensure that when Guyana’s having specialised courts to deal with system is efficient and adheres to juveniles, sexual offences, domestic international standards. violence and other sensitive matters “We are getting assistance will eliminate re-victimisation and from the United Nations Children’s trauma for victims, as well as the Fund (UNICEF) in this regard and speedy disposal of the cases. we are going to start that court in She said as an example, in a short while,” Justice Cummings- any given session of the November Edwards informed. 2017 established Sexual Offences She noted that the existing Court there are over 100 cases to be legislation, the Juvenile Offenders tried coming from the chambers of Act also makes provision for the the Director of Public Prosecutions establishment of such a court. (DPP). These matters are currently “There is also a component heard in camera, where the public is which comes through the Ministry of disallowed in the Chambers, but with Social Protection and we are working the new court, there will be dedicated with them in that regard for a Victim personnel “because our children need Support Unit and we are working more than what obtains at present,” with all stakeholders in relation she said. to the Sexual Offences Court,” she In relation to domestic added. violence cases, the acting Chancellor

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In blow to Trump, top aide Hope Hicks to leave White House Hope Hicks, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s longestserving and most trusted aides, is resigning from her job as White House communications director, a blow to the president, whose inner circle has been depleted by firings and clouded by scandal. The White House announced Hicks, 29, was leaving a day after she spent nine hours in a closed hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Hicks’ decision to leave was not related to her appearance before the panel, where lawmakers said she declined to answer questions about the administration. Trump called her “a truly great person” whom he would miss having at his side. The Republican president has presided over an extraordinary amount of turnover among senior staff in his White House since entering office more than a year ago. His first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, stepped down last summer, and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon was fired. Four people, including Hicks and former press secretary Sean Spicer, who also resigned, have held

the communications director mantle. Hicks did more than steer messaging. She was a constant presence in Trump’s orbit, sitting in on interviews with reporters and quietly steering press-related policy while maintaining a behind-the-scenes, lowbut-glamorous-profile. Hicks managed in many ways to stay above the fray of staff backbiting and palace intrigue that has characterized the Trump White House, but her proximity to the president has made her a central figure in some of its more dramatic moments. Lawmakers said Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman during the 2016 election campaign, did answer House panel questions on Tuesday about her time with the campaign, and the transition months between the November election and the January 2017 inauguration. Hicks’ exact departure was unclear but is expected to be sometime over the next few weeks. Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom Hicks had been dating. She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.

A one-time aide to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and with no previous experience in politics, Hicks was one of the first people hired by the then-New York businessman when he began his campaign for the presidency. An aide said she had approached the president and told him she wanted to leave so she could start exploring opportunities outside of the White House. Robert Trout, a lawyer for Hicks who has represented her in the Russia investigation, declined comment. Among the issues Hicks declined to discuss with the House panel was her part in drafting a statement in July 2017 misrepresenting a July 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., other Trump associates and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Trump Jr. said initially the meeting was about adoptions, but said later that Veselnitskaya had promised damaging information about his father’s election campaign opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia ran a program of hacking and disinformation to interfere in the elections and it later developed

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the U.S. Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2018 into an attempt to help Republican candidate Trump defeat Clinton. On Feb. 16, a U.S. special counsel indicted 13 Russians and three companies on charges of tampering in the campaign. Russia denies interfering in the U.S. election and Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials. Hicks took over as communications director in September after the difficult, 11-day tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired. She is credited behind the scenes for stabilizing the communications operation. “Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

Trial starts for widow of Orlando nightclub gunman The federal trial for the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, began on Thursday with the selection of jurors, who will decide whether she aided her husband in one of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings. Noor Salman, wife of Omar Mateen, is the only person charged in the June 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub and faces up to life in prison if convicted. Mateen, 29, died in an exchange of gunfire with police at the club. Salman was at home with the couple’s then 3-year-old son at the time of the attack. But prosecutors said she knew of her husband’s plans to launch an attack and did nothing to stop it. Some protesters gathered outside the Orlando courthouse Thursday morning held posters encouraging a guilty verdict and

Investigators work the scene following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, U.S. on June 12, 2016 calling for the death penalty. The trial could take as long as a month, court officers said. Although she initially denied the accusations, Salman later told federal investigators she knew that her husband was watching recruitment videos for Islamic State in Iraq and that he had purchased an assault rifle and examined three

possible attack locations, they said in court documents. “The defendant aided and abetted her husband in this massmurder and repeatedly lied to law enforcement during and after the attack in an effort to obstruct the FBI’s ongoing investigation,” they said in a court filing. Defense lawyers contend

the U.S. government could not show any direct links between Mateen and Islamic State before the attack and has provided no evidence that Salman aided her husband. “It was Mateen, not Noor, who decided to attack the Pulse Night Club, Mateen who chose to drive to the club, Mateen who purchased the weapon and ammunition, and Mateen who alone carried out the attack,” they said in court filings. Salman, 31, was indicted on two charges: obstruction of justice for alleged false statements to federal investigators and aiding and abetting Mateen in his attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization. In December, the judge denied a request by Salman’s attorneys to hold the proceedings outside of Orlando.

Britain’s Royal wedding to get a dash of Spice Girls, says singer Nineties pop royalty the Spice Girls have been invited to the spring wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle, according to band member Mel B. The singer, also known as Scary Spice, told a U.S. talk show that “us five Spice Girls,” had all received invitations. Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth in line to the throne, will tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, a royal palace for almost

1,000 years. Asked on Tuesday’s edition of talk show ‘The Real’ if the group would perform at the reception, Mel B threw a stack of papers in the air before replying: “I need to go, I‘m going to get fired.” Formed in 1994, the group racked up album sales in the tens of millions during their career, and hits including “Wannabe” and “Say You’ll Be There” topped charts across the globe. Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Halliwell walked out in 1998 and

the remaining members went their separate ways after releasing the album “Forever” in 2000. The group reformed for a tour in 2007-2008 and have been hinting at a further reunion in 2018, with Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham posting an image of the members together on social media. In a joint statement released this month after the picture was published, the group said: “The time now feels right The Spice Girls perform during the closing ceremony to explore some incredible new of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic opportunities together.” Stadium, August 12, 2012

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WORLD NEWS California has worst ‘quality of life’ in US, study says

A homeless man reads the Los Angeles Times in the window of the building of Los Angeles Times newspaper in Los Angeles Awards season is in full swing in California, and the Golden State just took home a booby prize of its own. California ranks dead last among U.S. states in quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News, ranking behind New Jersey (49th) and Indiana (48th). The ignominious honor reflects California’s low marks in the sub-categories of environmental quality and social engagement. The latter category measures voting participation and community bonds. Californians scored poorly in part because they’re simply insufferable, U.S. News suggested. “In addition to a healthy environment, a person’s quality of life is largely a result of their interactions with those around them,” the magazine wrote in a blurb accompanying the results. One way to measure quality life is whether residents can even afford to have a roof over their heads, and by that standard, California is failing. A 2017 Harvard University report said that one-third of renters in the Los Angeles area are “severely rent burdened,” meaning they spend at least half their income on housing. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles County has increased 67%, according to Zillow’s Rent Index, the Los Angeles Times reports. Homelessness has surged a stunning 75 percent in the last six years, the Los Angeles Times reports, and there are now at least 55,000 homeless people in the county.

Kushner loses access to top intelligence briefing U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, has lost access to the most valued U.S. intelligence report, the President’s Daily Brief, as the White House imposes greater discipline on access to secrets, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Kushner, who has been operating under an interim security clearance for about a year, had his access to the highly classified briefing cut off in the past few weeks, said the sources. A third official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently passed new information to White House Counsel Don McGahn that led to the slowing or stopping of Kushner’s pending clearance application. The nature of that information was not clear. It also is unclear if and when Kushner’s access to the briefing, known as the PDB, which requires clearance higher than the Top Secret level, would be reinstated. Kushner, a wealthy New York businessman married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, has not received his full security clearance because of his extensive financial links, which have taken a long time to examine. He has revised his security clearance form, called an SF-86, several times. A White House spokesman for Kushner did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment. Trump ignored reporters’ shouted questions about Kushner and his clearance at an event on Tuesday afternoon. Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement: “Mr.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner sits behind U.S. United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley before the start of a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East at the United Nations in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018 Kushner has done more than what is expected of him in this process.” “My inquiries ... have confirmed that there are a dozen or more people at Mr. Kushner’s level whose process is delayed, that it is not uncommon for this process to take this long in a new administration, that the current backlogs are being addressed, and no concerns were raised about Mr. Kushner’s application,” Lowell said. Trump’s White House has been grappling with the security clearance issue since it emerged this month that staff secretary Rob Porter worked for Trump for a year with a temporary clearance despite accusations by his two former wives of domestic abuse. Porter has maintained his innocence. The President’s Daily Brief is distributed to a small

number of top-level U.S. officials. It includes highly classified intelligence analysis, information about CIA covert operations and reports from the most sensitive U.S. sources or those shared by allied intelligence agencies. New security clearance policies announced by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “will not affect Mr. Kushner’s ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the President,” Lowell said. But one of the U.S. officials who said Kushner had lost access to the daily brief said that without it, his role in some major policy deliberations, including on China and Russia, could be limited. Kushner has had a broad portfolio in the White House. He has taken the lead on Trump’s plan to forge a Middle East peace deal and led the Office of American Innovation, which is intended to modernize and downsize government programs. Kelly, whose handling of the Porter case was heavily criticized, decreed on Feb. 16 that any interim security clearances for staffers whose background investigations had been pending since June 1 or before would be discontinued within a week. A source familiar with the matter said the situation had caused tensions between Kushner and Kelly. On Friday, Trump said he would leave it to Kelly to settle the security clearance dispute with Kushner, but left little doubt he wanted the case settled in a way that allowed Kushner to keep his job. As president, Trump could grant Kushner a full security clearance on his own authority.

Australia Says Gun Amnesty Netted 57,000 Illegal Weapons Australia says it collected more than 57,000 illegal firearms during a three-month amnesty last year – the first such program since tough gun laws were enacted in the wake of the country’s worst mass shooting in 1996. The amnesty, which ran from July through September, netted almost 2,500 semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons that were the target firearms legislation beginning in 1996 that banned private ownership of such rifles. Unregistered firearms are illegal in Australia and owning one carries a penalty up to 14 years in jail and a US$225,000 fine. “Taking these unregistered firearms off the streets means they will not fall into the hands of criminals, who might use them to endanger the lives of innocent Australians,” Law Enforcement Minister Angus Taylor said Thursday. Among the more unusual

Weapons that were handed in are seen at the Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre on August 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia weapons recovered were a rusting anti-armor rocket launcher, a German machine gun dating from World War I and a muzzle-loading pistol produced circa 1860. The largest number were

surrendered in New South Wales — 24,831, while Queensland handed in 16,375; Victoria 9,175 and South Australia 2,825, with Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory accounting for the rest, officials said according to 9 News. Last year’s amnesty was meant to absorb some of the country’s estimated 260,000 illegal guns in circulation – although the figure could be much higher, officials say. In 2016, Chris Dawson, the head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said that outlaw biker gangs and Middle Eastern crime groups were thought to be responsible for illegal gun trafficking, according to The Age newspaper. Australia’s response to the April 28, 1996, massacre in Port Arthur, Tasmania, is widely viewed as a model that those in favor of stricter gun measures say the U.S. could emulate.

The Port Arthur shooter used an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle – the same weapon that has been featured in a number of mass shootings in the U.S., including the one last month that resulted in 17 deaths at a Parkland, Fla., high school. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, which killed 35 people, there had been about ten mass shootings in Australia; however, in the 16 years since changes to gun laws were fully enacted in 2002, the number of such crimes has fallen precipitously. The homicide rate has also dropped, although some experts debate whether changes in gun laws are the only factor. As NPR wrote in 2012, “The new laws [in Australia] prohibited all automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and imposed strict licensing rules. Even paintball guns need a permit. There are also background checks and lengthy waiting periods for all purchases.”

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UN chief calls for new push to rid the world of nuclear weapons U.N. Secretary General of stalemate Guterres’ efforts artificial intelligence, biotechnology Antonio Guterres called on Monday in nuclear but said reform and space-based systems. for a new global effort to get rid of negotiations. should not be There are currently around nuclear weapons, drawing a cautious U . S . rushed. 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide response from envoys of atomic- A m b a s s a d o r “ R e d u c i n g and the arms trade is flourishing armed powers at odds for decades Robert Wood said the role of nuclear more than at any time since the Cold over nuclear disarmament. negotiators needed weapons in war, with $1.5 trillion of spending Speaking to the Conference to “look reality in national security annually, he said. on Disarmament at the U.N. complex the eye” and accept doctrines and Taboos on nuclear tests and in Geneva, Guterres said many states that nuclear abandoning the chemical weapons usage were under still wrongly thought that nuclear disarmament in nuclear deterrent threat, he added, while talk of tactical weapons made the world safer. the near term was policy based on nuclear weapons was leading in an “There is great and justified unrealistic. the first use of extremely dangerous direction. anxiety around the world about the It was not nuclear weapons Earlier this month the threat of nuclear war,” he said. the time for bold c o n s t i t u t e s United States published its “nuclear “Countries persist in new disarmament the most posture review”, which justified an clinging to the fallacious idea that initiatives, but the practical and expansion of its “low-yield” nuclear nuclear arms make the world safer United States was feasible nuclear capability by saying it would deter ... At the global level, we must work committed to the d i s a r m a m e n t Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons. towards forging a new momentum on “aspirational goal” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio measure at Last week diplomats and eliminating nuclear weapons.” of eliminating Guterres addresses the Human present,” Fu said. disarmament experts discussed The Conference on nuclear weapons Rights Council at the United Nations F r e n c h Guterres’s initiative with U.N. Disarmament is the world’s main and would stand by in Geneva, Switzerland February 26, A m b a s s a d o r officials during a retreat near New forum for nuclear disarmament, but its commitments, 2018 Alice Guitton York, and he is expected to launch since 1996 it has been deadlocked by Wood said. said Guterres’ his plans around April or May with disagreements and distrust between “Even in these difficult statement was very timely, but “practical and implementable actions”. rival nuclear powers. times, the United States will seek the disarmament could not be decreed, “The challenges are Ambassadors from the development of measures that may it needed to be built with patience, enormous, but history shows that it United States, China and France be effective in creating the conditions perseverance and realism. has been possible to reach agreement said they shared his concerns about for future nuclear disarmament Guterres said talks should on disarmament and arms control the current security environment but negotiations,” he told the forum. target not only nuclear, chemical even at the most difficult moments,” their comments suggested it would be Chinese Ambassador and conventional arms but also Guterres said. an uphill struggle to end two decades Fu Cong said China appreciated autonomous and unmanned weapons,

Hack of German Government Network Caused Considerable Damage A hacking attack on German government computer systems thought to have been committed by a Russian-backed hacking group is ongoing and might have caused “considerable damage,” members of parliament’s intelligence oversight committee said Thursday. A cyberattack on German government computer systems thought to have been committed by a Russian-backed hacking group is ongoing and may have caused “considerable damage,” members of parliament’s intelligence oversight committee The glass dome of the Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstags said Thursday. News of the hack broke Building, is reflected in a window in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 1, Wednesday with a report from 2018 German news agency dpa, and Parliament in 2015, as well the government, as of today, is committee members expressed as on NATO, governments in trying to limit the damage.” outrage that they first learned eastern Europe, the U.S. election Left Party lawmaker and of the attack, discovered in campaign, anti-doping agencies intelligence oversight committee December, from the media. and other targets. member Andre Hahn said that “While there may be The Interior Ministry in his opinion the government good arguments about why some on Wednesday confirmed that is trying to “downplay” the of the information was kept networks belonging to the significance of the attack. tight during the past weeks, “federal administration” had been “I fear that in the coming it is completely inacceptable hacked into, saying “the attack weeks quite a bit more will come that yesterday afternoon we was isolated and brought under to light,” he said. were informed by dpa,” Greens control.” German media reported lawmaker Konstantin von Notz An Interior Ministry the breach was allowed to told reporters. spokesman wouldn’t give further continue so investigators could Citing unidentified details, citing the ongoing gather information about the security sources, dpa reported analysis and security measures scope and the targets of the that investigators believe a being taken. attack, and its initiators. Russian group known as Snake Armin Schuster, a According to Germany’s carried out the hack that member of Chancellor Angela domestic intelligence agency, breached Germany’s foreign and Merkel’s Christian Democrats Snake — the group suspected defense ministries and managed and chairman of the intelligence to be behind the attack — first to steal data. It said the attack oversight committee, called surfaced in 2005 and uses “a was uncovered in December and it a “veritable attack” on the very complex and high quality may have been going on for a year. government network. software” that also goes by the Earlier, dpa had reported “It’s an ongoing attack name Uroburos or Turla. that the group behind the attack and therefore public discussions “The selection of targets was APT28, also known by other about details would simply be a indicates state interests: those names including “Fancy Bear.” warning to the attacker which we affected are government agencies APT28, which has been linked don’t want to give,” he said after and targets in business and to Russian military intelligence, an emergency meeting of the research,” Germany’s BfV spy has previously been blamed for committee. “The spilling of secrets agency said in its annual report attacks on the German caused considerable damage, but for 2016.

Stephanie Peterson, a middle school science teacher, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student

Married middle school teacher arrested for having sex with 14-yearold student, buying him drugs A married middle school teacher was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old student who told detectives she gave him marijuana and sent him nude photos on social media. Stephanie Peterson, a former science teacher at the New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Florida, is accused of having a sexual relationship with her former 7th grade student — even after his parents confronted her about it. Peterson, 26, would pick the boy up from his home while her husband was at work, and drop him off a few hours later, according to the arrest report cited by WKMG. Peterson, who warned the boy about keeping their relationship secret, also bought him marijuana and a pipe to smoke out of, he told police. She also sent him nude photos on Snapchat and Instagram with her face clearly visible, allowing cops to identify her when the teen’s parents went to the police. The boy broke down crying one day and told his mom about the sexual relationship, which began around November, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. His parents confronted Peterson about breaking it off, according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood. When the teacher resumed her relationship with the teen in January, the parents reported her to the police. Peterson, who was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor, is held on $25,000 bail.

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Big pharma, big data: why drugmakers want your health records

Drugmakers are racing to scoop up patient health records and strike deals with technology companies as big data analytics start to unlock a trove of information about how medicines perform in the real world. Studying such real-world evidence offers manufacturers a powerful tool to prove the value of their drugs - something Roche (ROG.S) aims to leverage, for example, with last month’s $2 billion purchase of Flatiron Health. Real-world evidence involves collecting data outside traditional randomized clinical trials, the current gold standard for judging medicines, and interest in the field is ballooning. Half of the world’s 1,800 clinical studies involving real-world or real-life data since 2006 have been started in the last three years, with a record 300 last year, according to a Reuters analysis of the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s website. Hot areas for such studies include cancer, heart disease and

respiratory disorders. This opens a new front in the debate about corporate access to personal data at a time when tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, are seeking to carve out a healthcare niche. Some campaigners and academics worry such data will be used primarily as a commercial tool by drugmakers and may intrude upon patients’ privacy. All the world’s major drug companies now have departments A surgery nurse is seen beside a heart beat monitor in a Berlin operating theatre focused on the use of real-world data Scott Gottlieb - the gatekeeper to the update including a new feature across multiple diseases and several world’s biggest pharmaceutical market allowing users to view their medical Amazon teaming with have completed scientific studies using - believes more widespread use of real- records, the information to delve into key areas world evidence (RWE) could cut drug Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan addressed by their drugs. development costs and help doctors Chase on a new healthcare company, and numerous start-ups flooding in, the “It’s getting more expensive make better medical choices. “You can have a big debate partnering opportunities are plentiful. to do traditional clinical trial research, “You are going to see more so industry is looking at ways it can about whose data it is - the patient‘s, achieve similar goals using routinely the government‘s, the insurer’s - but deals,” said Susan Garfield, a partner collected data,” said Paul Taylor, a one thing for sure is the pharmaceutical in EY’s life sciences advisory practice. health informatics expert at University company does not own it. So there’s no “Data already has tremendous value College London. choice but to do partnerships,” Schwan and it is going to have increasing value in future. The question is who is going U.S. Food and Drug said. With Apple’s latest iPhone to own and capture it.” Administration (FDA) Commissioner

Apple plans biggest iPhone yet for 2018 Apple Inc is preparing to about what is the newest, greatest release three new smartphones model. It’s about when is my phone later this year, including the largest so old I need to upgrade, and what’s iPhone ever, a device that may available when I need a new one.” have a bigger display than arch- Samsung on Sunday rival Samsung’s flagship phone, unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 Bloomberg reported on Monday, smartphone with an emphasis on citing people familiar with the visual applications for social media, products. improved cameras, and an artificial The trio also includes an intelligence-powered voice tool. upgraded handset the same size Bloomberg said the body as the current iPhone X and a less of the larger phone will be about expensive model with some of the X’s the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, key features. but the screen will be about an inch The new phones could revive the larger than 8 Plus‘s, thanks to edgescreen size wars of years past at to-edge design. Apple also plans a a time when smartphone makers gold-colored device to help boost are straining to come up with new sales in Asia, Bloomberg reported. features to lure buyers in a saturated Apple is also preparing an market. Global smartphone sales update to the regular-sized iPhone were down 0.1 percent last year, X, Bloomberg said, adding that the according to research firm IDC, with phones are expected to use nextApple and Samsung Electronics Co generation A12 processors and will Ltd expanding shipments only 1.9 continue to include stainless steel percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. edges and will be Apple’s high-end Bloomberg reported the smartphone offerings. largest iPhone could have a screen What remains unclear is of close to 6.5 inches (16.5 cm), whether Apple will also cut any larger than the 6.2-inch (15.75 cm) current iPhone models from its Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus announced lineup. The company has kept on Monday in Barcelona, Spain, and older models like the iPhone SE larger than the current Samsung essentially an updated iPhone 5 - on Note 8’s 6.3-inch screen. Samsung shelves to an unprecedented degree, traditionally announces new Note providing lower-priced offerings for series devices in the fall, so it is developing markets like India. possible it might launch a larger Apple has also embraced screen around the same time Apple’s the used iPhone market as a way new models hit the market. to expand its share of smartphone With global smartphone users. When customers sell their old sales roughly flat, vendors are iPhone for a new one, the old iPhone focusing on features designed to “winds up with another customer encourage consumers to ditch their somewhere else that is perfectly old phones earlier than they would fine with having a previously have previously. owned iPhone,” CEO Tim Cook told “The whole nature of investors on an earnings call earlier smartphone purchase decisions have this month. changed,” O‘Donnell said. “It’s not

China issues first licenses to road test driverless vehicles

Two self-driving test cars, produced by Changan Automobile Group, on their way to Beijing HONG KONG - China issued licenses to auto makers on Thursday that allow self-driving vehicles to be road tested for the first time, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported. Two licenses were offered to Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, and the other went to electric vehicle start-up NIO, Xinhua reported. NIO confirmed it received a license. There was no immediate comment from SAIC. The licenses would allow operators to test drive the vehicles on a 5.6-km (3.5-mile) public road in Jiading District of Shanghai, Xinhua said. The licenses were issued after Robin Li, the boss of China’s biggest search engine Baidu, tested his firm’s driverless car on Beijing’s roads in July, stirring controversy as

there were no rules for such a test, the agency said. NIO said it had received its license from Shanghai Municipal Government. “We will now be able to further the development of our autonomous driving technologies,” NIO Co-Founder and President Lihong Qin said in the statement. Shanghai also issued regulations on road tests for such smart cars and said it would promote the application and commercialization of vehicles using artificial intelligence technology and Internet-linked functions, Xinhua reported. “Shanghai will open more roads for testing smart cars,” Huang Ou, the deputy director of Shanghai Commission of Economy and Information Technology, said, according to the agency.

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Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown. With the global smartphone market set to stay flat or even shrink after meager growth of one percent last year, vendors are focusing on features designed to encourage consumers to ditch their old phones earlier than they would have previously. Samsung launched the S9 at the mobile gadget fair in Barcelona, attracting thousands of reporters to see how the world’s biggest smartphone maker could innovate in a category in which the big players are technologically closer than ever. DJ Koh, Samsung’s president of IT and mobile communications, said the most important function of a phone today was “visual communication”, and the Galaxy S9 had been designed

A hostess shows up Samsung’s new S9 (R) and S9 Plus devices after a presentation ceremony at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Instagram feeds soon, Apple,” he for the visual and social generation. It features improved cameras, said. an artificial intelligence-powered Huawei Technologies Co Ltd voice tool, and social media functions [HWT.UL], Samsung’s Chinese rival that are easier to deploy than previous which ranked third globally in sales last year, launched a notebook PC and offerings. New features include an two Android tablets earlier on Sunday. automatic super-slow motion camera It is launching its new flagship in Paris next month. setting that looks primed to show up

Ford launches self-driving pilot with delivery partners in Miami Ford Motor Co is taking a different approach from rival General Motors Co in deploying self-driving vehicles, focusing initially on partnering with and operating vehicles for a variety of companies, from Domino’s Pizza to Lyft, executives said. Ford said on Tuesday it has launched a pilot delivery program in Miami with Domino‘s, and next month will add goods delivery startup Postmates. The automaker said it is developing a revenue-sharing model with its partners, for whom it will provide fleet-management services. The company’s business model is different from the one being developed by GM, which last fall said it would launch its own commercial ride sharing service with self-driving vehicles in 2019. Ford plans to provide a self-driving vehicle service to multiple partners, who in turn would offer it to their customers under their own brand names. A Lyft customer, for instance, could schedule a ride from a Lyft mobile phone app in a Ford selfdriving vehicle. “We will make money through utilizing the vehicle and the revenue that the vehicle generates for every

A mounted camera and radar system is on Uber’s Ford Fusion self driving car during a demonstration in Pittsburgh, USA mile it’s operating,” Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, said in an interview. That model could include a revenue split with the partner, and additional revenue from streaming digital services such as infotainment, advertising and e-commerce into the vehicle. Ford said the mixed-use model -- transporting people and goods -- offered a better chance of keeping its vehicles operating throughout the day, and thus maximizing potential revenue. Jim Farley, president of Ford Global Markets, said the company is designing a unique self-driving vehicle from the ground up, which it intends to begin producing in 2021.

The vehicle will be flexible enough to carry people, goods or both, and will be powered by a hybrid gasolineelectric powertrain to provide good range and minimize the downtime required by pure electric vehicles such as GM’s Cruise AV to charge their batteries. “We think the mixeduse scenario, (moving) people and goods, could really help us drive utilization (rates) and have the freedom to design a vehicle for that,” Farley said. Marakby said Ford, working with its affiliate Argo AI, is deploying self-driving Fusion sedans in Miami and will add vans and SUVs as it rolls out its pilot program to other cities.

“With the absence of any flagship smartphone announcement from any of its major competitors, Samsung had a great marketing window of opportunity to claim leadership in the high-end smartphone market, coming back in the race with Apple’s iPhone X,” said Forrester analyst Thomas Husson. But he expected Huawei to launch a highly competitive new smartphone differentiated by the use of more advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies and more aggressive pricing. “To truly lead the space, I continue to believe Samsung must accelerate its transition toward more content, services, software innovation and partnerships,” he said. The two versions of the Galaxy S9 have 6.2-inch (15.8 cm) and 5.8-inch wrap-around screens, and will go on sale on March 16 in most countries.

Spotify plans to list shares, fend off Apple and Amazon Music streaming service Spotify on Wednesday filed for a direct listing of its shares, laying out financial data for the first time that cheered some analysts but led others to question how it could turn a profit from its growing subscriber base. Spotify, which wants to trade as SPOT on the New York Stock Exchange, is taking an unusual path to the U.S. public markets, with a direct listing that will let investors and employees sell shares without the company raising new capital or hiring a Wall Street bank or broker to underwrite the offering. Because the company will not issue any new shares, it did not specify a listing price. Based on private transactions, it is valued at roughly $19 billion, according to Reuters calculations. Spotify, launched in 2008 and available in more than 60 countries, is the biggest music streaming company in the world and counts services from Apple, Amazon and Alphabet as its main rivals. In the filing, Spotify laid out detailed financial data for the first time, showing rising revenue and relatively steady operating costs, which analysts took as a positive. “The revenue continues to grow but in particular their costs are growing slower than revenue, which is exactly what you expect in a business like this,” said Jay Ritter, an expert in initial public offerings and professor at the University of Florida. Spotify compared its aspirations to the reach of Facebook and YouTube. “We believe the universality of music gives us the opportunity to reach many of the over 3.6 billion internet users globally,” it said. With 71 million premium subscribers globally, Spotify has about twice as many paying customers as music streaming runner up Apple, with 36 million. Including those who listen to advertising-supported streams, Spotify has about 159 million monthly average users. Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media Inc has 5.48 million total subscribers. Google has not said how many subscribers it has to Google Play, its music streaming service. Spotify’s premium subscription costs $9.99 a month, but it said it saw great potential in its adsupported service, which Apple does not offer. The net proportion of subscribers who left Spotify’s paid-for service, or churn, fell to 5.1 percent of paying customers at the end of 2017, from 6.9 percent at the start of 2016, the company said.

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JOB ADVERTISEMENT Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is a contemporary luxury full service boutique resort on Grace Bay Beach. We are looking for driven and energetic professionals with Five Star experience and who are committed to achieving excellence by ensuring Five Star standards and services are continuously delivered. Watersports Manager To be responsible for all aspects of the Pool & watersports service; which includes the Pool & Beach Attendants, equipment, inventories, supplies, setup/tear down and maintenance. Assists guests and enhance their enjoyment of the pool and beach to include rotation of guests’ amenities, handling complaints and promotion of the hotel experience. Requirements •Assist guests courteously and efficiently according to Gansevoort and Forbes standards. •Learns guests’ preferences and uses them throughout their stay to tailor their experience. •Passes hourly Pool and watersports amenities. •Ensures that all work stations are clean at all the times. •To work holidays and long hours with an able to accommodate a flexible schedule. •Anticipate guest needs. •Ensure all pool and beach furniture is neatly arranged and cleaned. •Maintain island pod/beach bed reservations. •Responsible for posting billing to guest accounts for applicable rentals. •Respond professionally to all guest requests, comments and concerns in a timely manner and report issues to Director of Front Office. •Monitor, coach and assign tasks to P&B Supervisors and attendants and offer support as required. •Schedule staff according to hotel occupancy forecast and planned events. •Complete weekly time sheets for payroll and submit on time biweekly. •Build and maintain a strong and collaborative working relationship with food & beverage team to ensure guest satisfaction. •Organize and assist with tent rentals, permits, as well as setup and break down to ensure all guests are served well with minimum impact to people and environment. •Ensure team is stocked with necessary supplies to perform duties •Daily inspect all equipment including Rescue boat, chairs, snorkel gear, umbrellas, kayaks, Hobie cat, volleyball set, floats, towels and other items required to maintain for guest service. •Oversee safe usage of all equipment and tools. •Keep daily inventory and manager stock levels, ordering as required to ensure guest needs are met. •Advise Chief Engineer of any upcoming events, maintenance requirements or damaged property. •Maintain coordinate with Guest Services Managers and execute Rainy Day Plan as required. •Support execution of Children’s Program Plan. •Hold daily line up meetings, which includes inspection of uniforms and standard testing. Schedule and complete regular staff meetings to maintain good communication. •Attend Operations Meetings whenever possible to stay informed. •To be aware with the budget and financial targets, and responsible for all assets specifically but not limited to P&B. •To create and maintain a team which is highly adaptive and versatile. •To work closely and communicate with all the other departments in the hotel as and when required. •To be presentable to the best of your ability at all times whenever you represent the Gansevoort Hotel. •To communicate and work closely with all departments. •Ensure prompt and courteous service to guests, and to ensure that all guest experiences are distinctively supreme •Implement annual retraining program for all colleagues and document accordingly. •Implement special project list and monitor and document completion accordingly. •Monitor and evaluate team member performance. •To contribute to the best of your ability to the overall profitability of the Gansevoort hotel. •Establish and maintain effective human relations. GANSEVOORT TURKS + CAICOS GRACE BAY BEACH, PROVIDENCIALES TURKS + CAICOS ISLANDS, B.W.I T 649 941 7555 F 309 210 9091 TOLL FREE 888 844 5986 INFO@GANSEVOORTTC.COM

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•Participate in the preparation of the hotel’s Strategic Plan and Goals. •To ensure all safety procedures are adhered to, and follow all appropriate policies and procedures while constantly striving to improve all standards of operation. Salary range: 25K – 40K per annum *HVAC TECHNICIAN - Must be able to troubleshoot and repair different HVAC systems. Daikin system experience preferred. Troubleshoot and repair kitchen equipment. Troubleshoot and repair laundry equipment. Through proper data collection will create a preventive maintenance schedule for all electrical equipment, HVAC equipment and emergency generator. Must be able to work on electrical systems, reading and understanding blueprints. Troubleshoot and repair home appliances. Qualification: Must be a collage graduate with minimum 10 years experience in the HVAC field and hospitality field. Must be HVAC certified. Must be able to work with hand and power tools. Work on ladders and lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Must be able to work independently and have troubleshooting skills. To provide the guests and associates with a secure and comfortable environment by maintaining and ensuring that all mechanical systems are operating in accordance with the Gansevoort standards. Work in a safe and responsible manner to avoid accidents or injury. SPA THERAPIST •Must hold CIDESCO or CIBTAC certification. Previous knowledge of SPASOFT/SALONIRIS and MBO software is preferred. •Must be a graduate from an accredited university with extensive experience of at least 5 years with a reputed hotel/ chain or a luxury/ Boutique Spa in massage, face therapy and nails. •Must have advanced knowledge of holistic therapy such as Reiki, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, bamboo therapy concepts that relate to the well being of all guests in a spa environment. •Must be certified esthetician and massage therapist. •Must have: good communication skills, flexibility to work hospitality shifts, PC skills, be a Team Player, self-motivated, punctual, professional. •Must speak and read English. Preferred with Asian/Gulf countries work experience. •Fluency in MS office specially Microsoft excel, outlook. •Ensure all clients are aware of their spa itinerary. •Escort clients to changing rooms and explain in depth how to fill out their client record card. •Duty of care to ensure the health and safety of themselves and other colleagues • Provides exceptional customer service to clients so that their experience is memorable. Focuses on driving productivity by leveraging strong front office management skills while maintaining strong working relationship with all team members and clients. •Provide daily maintenance of the spa’s lobby or reception area. Salary: Commission based *SPA DIRECTOR The Spa Director is responsible for the daily operations, management, and profitability of the spa, along with the highest level of customer service and quality work environment. Requirements •Oversee the management of all positions: front desk, spa technicians and teachers. •Coordinate new hire orientations. •Manage, coordinate, and/or conduct associate meetings and workshops. •Perform all Human Resources functions, according to corporate policies. •Monitor daily sales activities to ensure that all transactions are completed accurately. •Ensure the maintenance and cleanliness of spa facility. Control and maintain a high quality of music selection and HVAC. •Ensure spa treatment quality controls, including service, cleanliness, and product usage. •Manage the preparation of purchase orders for professional treatment and operational supplies. •Maintain proper inventory levels for all professional and retail products. •Finalize payroll. •Conduct annual performance reviews of supervisory and hourly associates, where applicable. GANSEVOORTTC.COM GANSEVOORT HOTEL GROUP MEATPACKING NYC, SOUTH BEACH TURKS + CAICOS, PARK AVENUE NYC

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•Partner with Controller to prepare monthly financial variance reports and participate in the development of the annual budget. •Maintain expertise regarding all standard operating procedures and policies. •Coordinate press visits, as requested by Corporate. •Assist with special projects, events, and promotions as needed. •Adhere to all corporate, departmental and spa operational policies and procedures. •Respond to guest questions and associate concerns in a timely, professional manner. •Maintain a high level of guest rapport and service. •Adhere to company guidelines and core values. •Maintain a working knowledge of all Exhale classes, services, and products. •Attend an Exhale class a minimum of three times a week. •Demonstrate positive attitude and actions through a display of courtesy, service, cooperation, hospitality, sensitivity and professionalism to internal guests. •Manage department to achieve or exceed desired unit metric goals. •Increase gross margins of the business through optimal scheduling, staffing pans, and capacity utilization. •Improve guest service + satisfaction levels through heightened levels of communication and personal presence in the unit. •Demonstrate equal commitment to exhale’s soulful culture + profitable enterprise. •Manage department to achieve or exceed desired unit metric goals. •Increase gross margins of the business through optimal scheduling, staffing pans, and capacity utilization. •Improve guest service + satisfaction levels through heightened levels of communication and personal presence in the unit. •Demonstrate equal commitment to exhale’s soulful culture + profitable enterprise.

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results; takes corrective action as necessary to help assure that financial goals are met. •Attends food and beverage staff and management meetings. •Consults with the Food & Beverage Director about food production aspects of special events being planned. •Cooks or directly supervises the cooking of items that require skillful preparation. •Ensures proper staffing for maximum productivity and high standards of quality; controls food and payroll costs to achieve maximum profitability. •Evaluates food products to assure that quality standards are consistently attained. •Interacts with food and beverage management to assure that food production consistently exceeds the expectations of guests. •In conjunction with F&B management team, assist in maintaining a high level of service principles in accordance with established standards. •Evaluates products to assure that quality, price and related goods are consistently met. •Develops policies and procedures to enhance and measure quality; continually updates written policies and procedures to reflect state-ofthe-art techniques, equipment and terminology. •Establishes and maintains a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule for all kitchen areas and equipment. •Provides training and professional development opportunities for all kitchen staff. •Ensures that representatives from the kitchen attend service lineups and meetings. •Periodically visits dining area when it is open to welcome members. •Support safe work habits and a safe working environment at all times. •Maintain records of stock and orders items as required. Ensure that adequate stocks of food are maintained (fresh, frozen and dried). Skills

Education and/or Skills Required •Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology or equivalent work experience. •Minimum of three (5) years experience in a Spa for Luxury Hotel. •Certificate in Massage Therapy required •Current CPR certification. Must be trained in Lymph Drainage and Craniosacral Therapy. •At least two (5) years professional teaching experience for beginning, intermediate and advanced yoga; also fitness training preferably in a high-end and/or hospitality environment. •Must be enthusiastic, motivated, and a team player. •Must possess computer proficiency with Windows-based products. •Must have outstanding experience delivering high-quality customer service. •Display good organizational, written, and verbal skills. Salary range: 40K – 50K per annum *EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF Responsible for all aspects of managing the kitchen and kitchen personnel, ensuring the quality preparation of all menu items and proper handling/ storage of all food items in accordance with standards. Coordinates the purchase of all food and develops menus, maintaining approved food costs and labor costs Main Duties •Plans menus and develop recipes for all food outlets. •Schedules and coordinates the work of chefs, cooks and other kitchen employees to assure that food preparation is economical and technically correct and within budgeted labor cost goals. •Approves the requisition of products and other necessary food supplies. •Ensures that high standards of sanitation, cleanliness and safety are maintained throughout all kitchen areas at all times. •Establishes controls to minimize food and supply waste and theft. •Safeguards all food preparation employees by implementing training to increase their knowledge about safety, sanitation and accident prevention principles. •Develops standard recipes and techniques for food preparation and presentation which help to assure consistently high quality and to minimize food costs; exercises portion control for all items served and assists in establishing menu selling prices. •Prepares necessary data for applicable parts of the budget; projects annual food, labor and other costs and monitors actual financial GANSEVOORT TURKS + CAICOS GRACE BAY BEACH, PROVIDENCIALES TURKS + CAICOS ISLANDS, B.W.I T 649 941 7555 F 309 210 9091 TOLL FREE 888 844 5986 INFO@GANSEVOORTTC.COM

•Must possess a bachelor’s degree or related culinary degree with (6) six or more years of industry and culinary management experience. •Must have good communication skills; written or oral. •Must be computer literate •The Chef must have the ability to manage in a diverse environment with focus on client and customer services are essential to success in this role. •Previous experience with control food and labor cost, demonstration cooking, menu development, and pricing and development of culinary team preferred. •Ability to maintain hotel’s standards, policies and procedures with all kitchen personnel. •Ability to prioritize organizes and delegates work assignments. •Ability to direct performance of kitchen staff and follow up with corrections where needed. •Ability to motivate kitchen staffs and maintains a cohesive team. •Ability to promote positive work relationships with service personnel and other departments. •Ability to ascertain staff training needs and provide such training. •Ability to be a clear thinker analyzes and resolves problems, exercising good judgment. •Ability to perform job functions with attention to detail, speed and accuracy. •Ability to work well under pressure of organizing and attaining production schedules and timelines. •Ability to maintain good coordination. •Ability to transport cases of received goods to the workstations; pots and pans of food from storage/prep areas to the serving line. •Ability to work a 12-hour shift, 6 days per week in hot, noisy and sometimes close conditions. •Ability to work with all products and food ingredients involved. •Ability to use all senses to ensure quality standards is met. •Ability to expand and condense recipes. •Ability to perform job functions without direct supervision. •Ability to ensure security of kitchen access, products and hotel property. Salary range: 35K – 40K per annum Positions with * are currently being held by a work permit holder. Interested applicants can contact our Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm on (649)941-7555. E- Mail cover letter outlining your interest and supporting experience in a particular position along with your Resume or C.V. to GANSEVOORTTC.COM GANSEVOORT HOTEL GROUP MEATPACKING NYC, SOUTH BEACH TURKS + CAICOS, PARK AVENUE NYC

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Nike defeats appeal over iconic Michael Jordan Jumpman logo

Watford said this meant the Nike on Tuesday defeated an the University of North Carolina, appeal by a renowned photographer airborne in a grassy knoll featuring logo was also acceptable, and added who accused the sportswear company a basketball hoop as a prop, with that Jordan’s pose by itself could not of ripping off his iconic photo of his left arm extended upward and a be copyrighted. “Copyright promotes the basketball superstar Michael Jordan, basketball in hand. Several months later, Nike progress of science and the useful and using it to create its silhouetted “Jumpman” logo. commissioned a similarly posed arts by encouraging others to build In a 2-1 decision, the 9th photo but used Chicago’s skyline freely upon the ideas and information U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said as background, because Jordan conveyed by a work,” Watford wrote. Jacobus Rentmeester did not show was then playing for the National “That is all Nike’s photographer did that Nike misappropriated his 1984 Basketball Association’s Chicago here.” A lawyer for Rentmeester photo of Jordan, which had been Bulls. Nike used that photo to market used in a Life magazine feature on Air Jordan sneakers, and in 1987 to did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nike had no that year’s Summer Olympics in Los create the Jumpman logo. Circuit Judge Paul Watford immediate comment. Angeles. Rentmeester, a former The Jordan brand now wrote that while both photos generates $3.1 billion of annual “capture Michael Jordan in a leaping Olympic rower from the Netherlands, revenue for Nike, which is based in pose inspired by ballet’s grand jeté,” had sued in January 2015 for Beaverton, Oregon. they were not “substantially similar” copyright infringement damages for Rentmeester’s photo because of differences in setting, the prior three years, avoiding issues with his 30-year delay. depicted Jordan, then a student at lighting and other elements.

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Circuit Judge John Owens dissented from Tuesday’s decision, calling dismissal of the copyright claim premature. “Whether the Nike photo is substantially similar is not an uncontested breakaway layup,” he wrote. The decision upheld a June 2015 ruling by now-Chief Judge Michael Mosman of the federal district court in Portland, Oregon. Jordan, 55, is principal owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. The Hall of Famer is worth $1.65 billion according to Forbes magazine. The case is Rentmeester v Nike Inc, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 15-35509.

Cavs star LeBron James first with 30,000 points, 8,000 assists and 8,000 rebounds Tuesday marked yet Russell Westbrook and, with 11 another memorable night for fewer than Wilt Chamberlain, good Cavaliers legend LeBron James, for sixth all time. James averaged 27 points, who carried his team to a 129- 123 victory over the Nets with 31 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists in points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. 10 games for the month of February. In doing so, James became Per ESPN Stats & Info, he the first player in NBA history is the fourth player to average a to reach 30,000 points, 8,000 triple-double in a calendar month rebounds and 8,000 assists for his with at least five games played (Oscar Robertson, Chamberlain career. It marked the 67th career and Westbrook are the others), and triple-double of James’ career, the oldest ever at 33 years, 59 days second among active players behind old.

Boxing: Wilder eager to prove he is the most dangerous heavyweight

Usain Bolt at a publicity event for global champagne producer, G.H. Mumm Usain Bolt is the one of the most famous sportsmen of all time. The eight-time gold medal Olympian is a true sporting legend and one of the most popular figures of the generation. He achievements on the track have made him Mr Athletics as the best 100 and 200m sprinter at three separate Olympics. So how much is the superstar worth? According to Forbes, as of last year, Bolt was worth around £47m with the majority of that made up from endorsements including his PUMA sponsoship. He is said to take in a stunning £23.2m a year in endorsements but only £1.7m from race wins. That is partially down to athletes not getting paid for

Olympic and Common Wealth Games victories. And with Diamond League money prize money averaging at £8,000 a race Bolt has moved to capitalise on his profile. Sponsor breakdown Puma - £7,750,000 a year Gatorade - £2-3,000,000 a year (plus a bonus every time he’s pictured drinking it) Visa - £500,000+ Virgin Media - £2,000,000 Digicel - £100,000 Soul Electronics - £100,000

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes he is the most dangerous man in the division, saying that he could beat anybody at any time ahead of his title defense against Luis Ortiz on Saturday. Wilder, nicknamed the Bronze Bomber, has won all 39 of his professional fights, with only one of those victories being by a points decision. The 32-year-old has held his heavyweight title since 2015. The American is raring to Deontay Wilder celebrates after take on WBA, IBF and IBO world knocking out Artur Szpilka in the ninth champion Anthony Joshua, who has round of their heavyweight title boxing said former champion Tyson Fury fight at Barclays Center was his biggest threat. Wilder, however, believes want. I am the most dangerous man that the 28-year-old Joshua needs to in the division, hands down.” think again. Promoter Eddie Hearn “Everyone knows that Tyson said in November that talks were Fury isn’t the biggest threat in the underway to arrange a fight between heavyweight division. Everyone Wilder and Joshua in 2018 but the knows who is the man in the bout is yet to be confirmed with the heavyweight division, hands down,” Briton taking on WBO champion Wilder told Sky Sports. Joseph Parker on March 31 instead. “Everybody knows who has Wilder played up his power, the power to beat anyone at any given saying that opponents he had time, in the first round or 15 seconds knocked out in previous bouts had into the 12th round. failed to make a successful comeback “I have that ability to do anything I to the ring.

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U.S. Olympic chief resigns after sex abuse scandal, health cited

U.S. Olympic Committee Chief and athletic director at Michigan State Executive Scott Blackmun is resigning University, where Nassar also worked. for medical reasons, the organization It also spawned lawsuits and criminal said on Wednesday, following months and civil investigations. A number of critics, including of sustained criticism stemming from the sex abuse scandal involving former athletes who said they were abused and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. two U.S. senators - Iowa Republican The USOC cited in a statement Joni Ernst and New Hampshire Blackmun’s “ongoing health issues” Democrat Jeanne Shaheen - had called related to prostate cancer, for which he for the ouster of Blackmun and USOC has been receiving treatment. It also board members, accusing them of outlined in the same media release failing to act promptly on complaints new reforms aimed at protecting its raised against Nassar and fostering a culture of silence. athletes from abuse. The Colorado Springs, “Scott Blackmun’s resignation Colorado-based USOC, which as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the change less than a week is long overdue,” John Manly, a lawyer after the Winter Olympic Games ended representing 120 of Nassar’s victims, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, had said in a statement. “Under his resisted calls to fire Blackmun over leadership, USOC has focused nearly the Nassar case. Blackmun, 60, did not all its efforts on money and medals attend the Games. while the safety of our athletes has The scandal prompted the taken a back seat.” Shaheen also welcomed the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics, the sport’s U.S. governing resignation, citing Nassar’s years of body, to resign, along with the president abuse. “It’s clear that the culture at the

Nadal pulls out of Mexican Open with injury Top seed Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this week’s Mexican Open in Acapulco after aggravating the leg injury that forced him out of the Australian Open last month. The world number two, who was due to face fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday, said he felt a sharp pain during his final training session on Tuesday and decided not to compete on the advice of his medical team. “Doctors have told me that it is impossible to play, regardless of whether it hurts,” said Nadal. ”There is a significant risk of increasing the injury and I have no

choice. “I was well prepared to play and I had hopes of doing something important here.” Nadal, who has not competed since retiring against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne last month, was in Acapulco hoping to close the gap on world number one Roger Federer. “I still don’t know what it is, because we don’t know. It seems it’s not as bad as what I had at the Australian Open,” the 31-year-old added. “Now my main goal is to find out the extent of the injury.”

Pizza Hut replaces Papa John’s as NFL’s sponsor Pizza Hut on Wednesday said it will be the new official pizza sponsor of the National Football League, after Papa John’s International Inc ended an eightyear relationship. Pizza Hut’s multi-year partnership will begin during the 2018 NFL Draft near its global headquarters in Dallas, Pizza Hut said. Financial terms were not

disclosed. Papa John’s Chief Executive Officer John Schnatter, 56, who founded the company in 1984, came under fire in November after he criticized the NFL’s leadership over national anthem protests by players. Papa John’s shares were down about 6 percent in premarket trading. Yum Brands’ shares were unchanged.

Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee, at Reuters Global Media Summit in New York U.S. Olympic Committee desperately needs to change,” she said in a statement. “Given Scott’s current health situation, we have mutually agreed

it is in the best interest of both Scott and the USOC that we identify new leadership,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in the statement. Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment and was sentenced to life in prison. Authorities say Nassar victimized more than 260 women and girls, including several Olympic gold medalists. Nearly 200 of them offered testimony during a pair of sentencing hearings in Michigan earlier this year. USOC board member Susanne Lyons, who was chosen in January to lead a working group to address problems that the Nassar case had exposed, will serve as acting CEO while the organization searches for a permanent replacement. The USOC also said on Wednesday it would increase funding for support and counseling for victims as well as investigations into abuse allegations, among other reforms.

Song hits the right notes to forge lead in Singapore

Jennifer Song tees off on the second hole during the second round of the ANA Inspiration tournament Jennifer Song fired a brilliant seven-under 65 to open a two-shot lead after the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Championships on Thursday, the American returning from a late weather delay to complete a bogey-free 18 holes. The 28-year-old had a stellar amateur career before turning professional in 2010 yet she remains without a victory on the LPGA Tour, a statistic that could be eradicated if she maintains her opening round form at the 63-player limited-field event. Song’s round started slowly with two birdies on her outward nine but the American caught fire coming in, picking up five shots in eight holes on the New Tanjong Course to sit two clear of fellow American Michelle Wie and South Korea’s Ji Eun-hee. “At times it has been a great struggle because I know I can win out here, but I just never have been given that chance yet,” Song told reporters of her long wait for a title. “But I kept believing that some day, it will happen. I think that’s the reason why myself and other golfers are still grinding because we believe that we can win out here. “I think that’s what keeps us going and I don’t know, I can’t expect anything ahead of time, so I’ll just let

things go day by day and just see how things unfold.” Last week’s winner Jessica Korda sits three shots off the pace in a group of nine players who all fired four-under 68s, including major winners Ariya Jutanugarn, Chun Ingee, Danielle Kang and Park Sunghyun. Defending champion Park Inbee had a round to forget, the Korean’s hopes of recording a third win in four years at the Sentosa Golf Club not helped by a first-round 73, her one-over total leaving her tied for 41st on a day of low scoring. Wie, still searching for her first win since her 2014 U.S. Open triumph, also fired seven birdies in her five-under 67 but a bogey-five on the last scuppered her chances of sitting just one off the lead heading into the second round. “I just misread my putts on the last hole, so I feel really good about it. I just had a really tough lie for my second shot there unfortunately, but can’t complain with a five-under first round,” the 28-year-old said. “Felt like I placed myself in a good position today, so hopefully the next three days, make my birdies. I three-putted twice today, so no more of that.”

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