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NEW LAWS FOR JITNEYS By Todeline Defralien


ew laws will shortly be introduced to regulate jitneys, following the numerous complaints from the public and tourists. This is according to Wilbur Caley, Deputy Director of Road Traffic, who stated that in the amended pieces of legislation, there are going to be some drastic changes that will bring greater control and discipline to the critical but controversial jitney service. During a recent segment of ‘On the Streets with Road Safety, on Radio Turks and Caicos, Caley said, Caley noted that the Road Traffic Department will be making around the streets marking out where those jitneys are able to go. “Those points you will see us around the streets marking out where they (jitneys) are going to go. Shortly we will be doing an exercise along with public works around specific areas. You can only pick them up or drop them off only at specific points around the islands.” Continued on page 2

AA celebrates 25th anniversary in TCI

American Airlines recently celebrated its 25th year of service to the Turk & Caicos on Thursday, March 22nd at Caribbean Village, Beaches Turk & Caicos. Pictured here is Her Excellency, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson,

Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority, John Smith, Olga Taylor of American Airlines and other officials. (See page 10 for more photographs from the event).



he Royal Navy ship, RFA Mounts Bay, has been redeployed at short notice from regional operations and arrived in TCI waters on Monday, March 19th. At the request of the TCI Government, the war ship will assist the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police and border control authorities to tackle the recent upsurge in the number of illegal sloop landings in TCI. RFA Mounts Bay will work alongside the TCI enforcement authorities and regional partners to boost the maritime and aerial surveillance and interdiction capability of the TCI authorities. Continued on page 2

The Royal Navy ship, RFA Mounts Bay


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New Laws For Jitneys

continued from page 1 Caley added: “There are those who may say well what happen to the whole operations where we have a jitney that can come to our house and pick us up. There is going to be provision in the law for that type of service to be offered to members of the public. Provisions are going to be made and as I said, I don’t want to give too much news out of school because it has not yet reached the point where it is law.” The SUN understands that Road Traffic Department also have a number of other changes coming which they hope will be for the betterment of the motoring public and pedestrians in TCI. “We hope (these changes) will be for the betterment of the motoring public and pedestrians because we have to take into consideration that those persons who do not have transportation and in need to use the streets and our pedestrians and we need to make provisions for them also,” he explained. Caley said there are going to be some changes to the whole issue of the omnibus operations because the law requires that to be able to drive omnibus it must be a vehicle that can carry 10-11 or more passengers.

“ There are some changes coming to the ordinance that will allow for smaller number of passengers to be carried but they will be carried under the condition, they can only be picked up and dropped off at specific points around the islands,” he added. Caley said he hope when the public is drive along the roads of the Turks and Caicos that they do this safely and remember that the life that they save, may be their very own. Jitneys, which are mainly operated by members of the Haitian community, but many of which are owned by Belongers, have been posing serious problem to police. In recent times, jitney drivers have been ditching old vehicles and investing in Japanese cars that are in very good condition and therefore making it more difficult for police to detect them, said Inspector Winston Diamond of the Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. In addition to jitneys, concern has also been expressed about heavy trucks on the roads in Turks and Caicos Islands, especially Providenciales traveling from South Dock that are causing serious issues with damaging vehicles due to spillage of materials such as sand, stone, asphalt and

gravel, which are often scattered on the roads. Commenting on the issue, Caley noted that the law stated that no vehicle shall be so loaded as to cause any load or article to protrude more than six (6) feet behind or in front of the vehicle or as to permit such load or any pad thereof to fall or be substantially moved on the vehicle while such vehicle is in motion, and in the case of a load consisting of stone or asphalt, gravel, sand, cement, soil or other loose matter the load shall be covered securely to prevent spillage on the streets. Caley stressed to road users carry loads such as sand, stone asphalt, gravel, cement, soil or any other loose material that according to the law under the ordinance they are required to have that covered to prevent spillage. In addition, Sergeant Damien Mitchell of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force stated that persons coming from overseas with foreign licenses are driving trucks in TCI without having the proper license. “Persons coming from overseas with foreign license driving trucks, when you go to Road Safety and you know that you’re going to be driving a truck, you must find out what are the license required and if you’re going to be driving a heavy truck you have to obviously need a specific class

of license to do that. ‘C’ and ‘E’ class of license doesn’t cover that so therefore you must have that ‘B’ class license. For those of you who have just gotten your license and you are an operator, when you go into Road Safety you must let them know that that is what you’re doing, you’re operating. For those persons operating I believe that you can operate on site as long as you are not driving on the road you may be able to operate on site but if you’re going to come on the road you need the appropriate license to cover you whiles you’re on the roadway,” Sgt. Mitchell explained. He added: “Last week we spoke of about spillage and persons are not covering loads and this is becoming one of the graves of issues because what we have happening in South Dock, especially at the corner at Sun Oil. These trucks are driving faster than they need to be those hours of the morning; they drop their gravel and loose aggregates on the road, some of these aggregates are cracking the windshield of vehicles. We speak to some people and we’ve had opportunity to have a truck removed from the road.” Mitchell stressed to persons using these trucks or these companies that have these trucks to pay a closer attention.

UK NAVY SHIP IN TCI TO ASSIST WITH UPSURGE IN HAITIAN SLOOPS Commenting on the arrival of RFA Mounts Bay in TCI, Her Excellency the Acting Governor, Her Excellency Anya Williams said, “I am grateful that the UK government swiftly responded to the request to deploy RFA Mounts Bay to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Royal Navy ship will provide invaluable support to the RTCIPF to help detect and interdict the illegal sloops heading to TCI while we focus on our internal operations. I have been in contact with the Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, Captain David Buck, to welcome him and his crew to the Turks and Caicos Islands and to thank them for swiftly deploying to TCI. I.” The arrival of the warship was announced at a press conference on Friday, 16 March, held by Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Her Excellency the Acting Governor, the Hon. Minister of Border Control, Hon. Sean Astwood and the Acting Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting. On March 20th, the Acting Governor, Anya Williams, and Commissioner of Police, James Smith, met with the Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, Captain David Buck, and crew to discuss operations on how to best to assist TCI Police and Immigration authorities in boosting both maritime and aerial surveillance following the recent increase in the number of illegal sloop arrivals from Haiti. In officially welcoming RFA Mounts Bay to the Turks and Caicos

Police investigating murder

Pictured from L-R: Althea Been and other officials, Supervisor Rodman Johnson, Contracted project Manager for the delivery of the radar upgrade, Paul Addenbrooke, Radar, Commissioner of Police, James Smith and Her Excellency, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams. Islands, Acting Governor Williams said, “We are grateful to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and other agencies for swiftly deploying support to the Turks and Caicos Islands and to RFA Mounts Bay for coming to TCI at such short notice. The Royal Navy ship will be providing much needed support. At the time of our request, RFA Mounts Bay was deployed on other operational duties. The shift in deployment has altered several of the ship’s operational plans and has also come at significant costs, but for this we are grateful”. Acting Governor Williams added, “RFA Mounts Bay will work very closely with the Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Maritime vessels, Sea Defender, Sea Guardian and Sea Justice, to ensure that our borders are protected and that our waters are significantly patrolled. This will be supplemented by aerial helicopter support as well while we focus on internal Operation Guardian Police on Providenciales are investigating a shooting incident Friday, March 23rd, 2018, that claimed the life of a 30-year-old woman and left a 17-year-old with injuries. According to 911 reports, at 3:20 a.m. police received information of a shooting at the Versace Bar

efforts”. RFA Mounts Bay was redeployed from her regular tasking to the Turks and Caicos Islands TCI waters on March 19th. Commanding Officer Captain David Buck confirmed that the ship immediately established maritime security operations on arrival in TCI. Captain Buck said, “The Ship is delighted to be here to assist and we’ve met for an operational brief and are looking forward to supporting the islands”. Commenting on the arrival of RFA Mounts Bay in TCI, Commissioner of Police, James Smith, said, “We are happy to be working with Captain Buck and crew. RFA Mounts Bay will provide us with valuable support enabling us to combine assets to boost patrols and combat the increase of illegal sloops coming to the Turks and Caicos Islands”. Premier Hon. Sharlene

on the Leeward Highway. Police are actively investigating this matter and are appealing to members of the public for any information that can assist in identifying and locating the suspect(s). Please call 911, 338-5901, 941-8082 or anonymously call into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477

Cartwright-Robinson said she is pleased that the British Government has responded positively to a request from TCI’s Government to provide immediate assistance in maritime coverage. “We note the several releases over the past few days of the Governor’s Office and wish to remind of our other requests: manpower and a sustainable approach and way forward,” she said. “We will, as promised,identify ways to receive ideas from our people in a secured fashion and will continue the successful efforts of Operation Guardian. TCI, with its wide coastline, requires much resources and this bolstering of patrol at this time is much needed together with regional and other international support. We continue active discussions with the Bahamas on how its Defense Force can assist. We are also pleased to welcome the aerial support also now in country. These brazen attacks are, in my view, an attack on the UK’s Sovereignty and it must do more in a sustainable way to fulfill its constitutional mandate for external and internal security.” The Premier encouraged residents to not harbour or employ any undocumented individuals. “We will strictly enforce the laws and will deal with any and all culprits to its fullest extent. Whilst we bolster patrol, upgrade our Radar, carry out special operations, we ask residents to remain vigilant and to report all suspicious activities and individuals,” she added

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TCI imports increase to $432.6 million in 2017

The Turks and Caicos Islands Merchandise Imports total approximately $432.6 million for the 2017 calendar year, according to the Department of Statistics. This figure represents an overall increase of approximately 11.1% or $43.3 million when compared to the 2016 imports value. Total exports of merchandise goods from the country were valued at $2.3 million at the end of 2017, compared to the $4.5 million indicated at the end of 2016. This represented a decline of 48.5% or $2.2 million in total exports over the recorded value in 2016. A merchandise trade deficit of approximately $430 million was

recorded during the calendar year of 2017. This was roughly 11.7% or $45 million above the deficit for the corresponding period of 2016. The increase in the deficit is mainly as a result of a slight increase in the value of imports when compared to a significant decline in the value of exports. As with previous years there were negative balances on all categories of goods. The Islands’ main trading partner continues to be the United States with more than 90% of total imports arriving from the US and more than 85% of exports being shipped to the US. Meantime, the Labour Force Survey Report presents the findings of the Labour Force Survey which

was conducted in 2017. This is the first Labour Force Survey publication released by the Statistical Department and will feature permanently among the Statistical Department’s releases going forward. A summary of the results reveal that in 2017, approximately 25,418 persons were in the labour force. Males accounted for 53.4 % of the labour force, while the remaining 48.6% were females. The age group 35 to 44 years accounted for 29% of the labour force, followed by 25 to 34 years (26%) and the group 45 to 54 years (24%). The overall labour force participation rate (LFPR) was 80.3%.

The LFPR ranged from 36.0% among those with at most a primary school and below education, to 89.4% among those with college/university education. The participation rate for females was lower than males in most of the educational attainment categories. In 2017, there were approximately 1,530 unemployed persons, which represented an unemployment rate of 6.0%. The unemployment rate for persons between 35 and 44 years (34%) remained the highest when compared to other age groups of the unemployed. Females experienced a higher overall unemployment rate (6.4%) than males (5.7%).

40 persons in TCI living with Kidney disease By Todeline Defralien Forty (40) persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands is currently living with kidney disease, this was according to Vice President of TCI Kidney Foundation Mr. Henry Wilson. The SUN caught up with Mr. Wilson at the 2018 annual Kidney walk which took place last week Saturday March 10th when he explained that the greater number of patients are in Providenciales and Grand Turks consist of about 10-12 patients. “There are about fourty (40) persons living with kidney disease in TCI, the greater amount is in Providenciales and Grand Turks has about 10-12. Of course there are the people that are on the borderline, so they eventually will become kidney patients as well,” Wilson said. He added: “I am very encouraged by this walk, as it shows that people are beginning to see it in a different light. There is no stigma attached to it (Kidney Disease) because it is a non-communicable disease, I’ve had it for three years and if someone had told me three years ago that I would have been a kidney patient I would say no, but the reality of it is

that it is what it is and once you have it you got to deal with it. Part of the problem is acceptance, but a lot of the patients have difficulties accepting it.” Wilson said that the most important thing that foundation can do is make people aware of the fact that kidney disease exists and what measures could be used to control, contain and to prevent it. “We want everybody to know that this disease is real and it’s here. It’s going to be with us and we need to be able to bring that awareness to public so that they can better understand and accept the fact that it is time for a life change. The only way to combat this disease is by changing your lifestyle. The three main causes of kidney disease is high blood pressure which is uncontrollable, Diabetes which is also uncontrollable and if you smoke. We need to do something to adjust our lifestyle in order to live long, healthy and productive life,” he explained. The non-profit TCI Kidney Foundation was created to raise funds for the Provo Dialysis Unit and to raise awareness and education in the community on the risks of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Vice President of TCI Kidney Foundation, Henry Wilson is a long-term condition where the kidneys don’t work as well as they should. It’s a common condition often associated with getting older. Anyone can get it, although it’s more common in black people and people of south Asian origin. CKD can get gradually worse over time and eventually the kidneys may stop working altogether,

but this is uncommon. Many people with kidney disease are able to live long, largely normal lives. Symptoms of (CKD) There are usually no symptoms of kidney disease in the early stages. It may only be picked up if blood or urine tests carried out for another reason detect a possible problem with your kidneys. When it reaches a more advanced stage, symptoms can include: tiredness, swollen ankles, feet or hands, shortness of breath, feeling sick, blood in your urine Kidney disease is usually caused by other conditions that put a strain on the kidneys. Often it’s the result of a combination of different problems. (CKD) can be caused by: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney infections, glomerulonephritis , polycystic kidney disease blockages in the flow of urine – for example, from recurrent kidney stones or an enlarged prostate and longterm, regular use of certain medicines – such as lithium and non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) You can help prevent CKD by making healthy lifestyle changes and ensuring any underlying conditions you have are well controlled.

Ministry of Tourism to receive hurricane relief contribution from Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) The Ministry of Tourism and by extension the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board is among several CTO member states to receive a contribution from the Organizations Hurricane Relief Fund. Following storms Irma and Maria, the fund has attracted donations from individuals, industry partners, corporate sponsors and others, to aid member countries affected by the hurricanes. In keeping with regional best practices, the CTO has provided member countries with several recommendations for use of the funds for consideration, they are as follow: •Support the establishment of a Coordination Unit within the Ministry/Tourism Authority

for Tourism Disaster Risk Management to include procuring equipment such as Satellite Phones, First Aid kits, and other emergency gear/ supplies. •Facilitate clean up and rehabilitation of key tourist sites/attractions or access roads to those sites. •Restore signage and interpretation of visitor sites. • Purchase auxiliary power sources for tourism sites and attractions, e.g. solar panels and solar lighting. •Develop and implement an Emergency Response Plan for the tourism sector. This could include crafting a visitor

management plan and an emergency response strategy for use before, during and after a natural disaster. •Sponsor an identified legacy project that commemorates the community’s resilience and recovery. The Ministry and Tourist Board will work in concert to review the areas and determine how best the funds should be utilized, in accordance with the prescribed guidelines. Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs commented; “We are grateful to the CTO for their support, this is an important gesture and is a true reflection of the sense of commitment to the development of

member states, that is expected at vulnerable and critical times, from our colleagues within the industry and beyond.” The Turks and Caicos Islands have been a member state of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for a number of years. The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, their objective is to provide the necessary services and information for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. They are headquartered in Barbados and have offices in New York and London. The Caribbean Tourism Organization remains committed to the development of member states.

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TCI still lacks adequate street lights after hurricanes By Allie Capron Although street lighting has been restored in most areas after hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, large sections of roads remain in darkness throughout the country, making driving at night extremely hazardous. A few areas that immediately come to mind are South Dock Road and Bypass Road which are severely underlit. Over the last 5 months, FortisTCI has carried out significant work to replace and repair damaged or destroyed streetlights. Despite their efforts, inadequate street lighting remains a critical issue on our roads. Based on reports reaching The SUN, members of the community are confused as to why this lack of adequate street lighting is allowed to persist in particular areas. In a statement to The SUN, Talisha Simons, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at FortisTCI, revealed that the placement of streetlights is not at the company’s discretion, rather, FortisTCI works under the direction of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) when it comes to the provision of street

lighting. Simons stated: “As detailed in the Streetlight Agreement between the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) and FortisTCI, the placement of streetlights and the determination as to when a streetlight should be installed is at the discretion of the Director of EMS within the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Works Department. Once directed by TCIG, FortisTCI is responsible for procurement, installation, and maintenance of streetlights on Providenciales, South Caicos, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos.” The Streetlight Agreement for Grand Turk and Salt Cay is slightly different, as TCIG is responsible for determining when and where a streetlight should be installed on these islands, as well as the procurement of streetlights, Simons explained. FortisTCI is only responsible for the installation and maintenance of streetlights on these islands. Streetlights for Grand Turk and Salt Cay are currently in the procurement process with TCIG. Many have also observed that the new power poles, particular those along South Dock Road, are several feet away from the road which may inhibit

the installation of street lights. Simons explained that power poles can only be placed within a designated area known as a road reserve. She stated: “Streetlights are installed in what is called the road reserve, which is the space between the road and the property line. The Government determines the road reserve. In the South Dock Road, the new power poles are indeed several feet away from the road, but placed as directed by TCIG for future road expansion. Streetlights in this area will be installed similarly to what was done along Leeward Highway and Millennium Highway. FortisTCI will install temporary poles closer to the road for illumination.” On North and Middle Caicos, all streetlights that were in place before the storms are installed and operational. On Provo, of the 1,714 streetlights that were in place before the hurricanes, approximately 70 remaining lights are scheduled for installation in the areas across Chalk Sound, South Dock, and Blue Hills. On South Caicos, of the 135 streetlights, approximately 35 lights remain for installation. These lights will be installed by the end of March 2018. Since the storms, all new

Talisha Simons, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at FortisTCI streetlights purchased and installed by FortisTCI are LED lights and not highpressure sodium lights. LED lights are more energy efficient than highpressure sodium lights.

WATERLOO HOTEL MANAGEMENT LTD Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven Resort & Marina and the Beach House We are seeking to employ, suitably qualified and experienced hospitality professionals in the positions listed below. Our ideal candidates should have an outstanding command of the English language, written and oral, strong communication and excellent customer service skills with an all-inclusive background. FOOD AND BEVERAGE OUTLET MANAGER Reporting to the Director of Food & Beverage, responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following: Summary of Responsibilities: •Consistently offer professional, friendly and engaging service •Assist the F&B Director to lead and manage the day to day operations of the Food & Beverage Division ensuring all service standards are followed •Drive innovative promotions, menus and concepts; creating a destination of choice for both resort and external guests •Lead and support all F&B departments in the achievement of their financial and operational targets •Assist in the preparation of annual budgets and administer in a fiscally responsible manner •Implement effective control of food, beverage, labor and operating expenses throughout the F&B division •Assist in the preparation of the annual strategic plan and achieve the goals and targets therein •Ensure the implementation of standards in guest service and constantly seek out ways to improve product and service as well as increase volumes and profits •Assist and or oversee the selection, training and development of all colleagues to ensure timely recruitment and career growth •Follow department safety policies, procedures and service standards •Other duties as assigned Educational and Other Requirements: •Minimum of 3 years of previous Food & Beverage management experience in a leadership role •Computer literate in Microsoft Window applications required •University/College degree •Strong interpersonal and problem-solving abilities Salary range for this position will commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. PASTRY COOK Reporting directly to the Group Executive Pastry Chef, you will be responsible for the day-to-day preparation of quality pastry items such as breakfast items, desserts, breads, displays and special request items. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: •Maintain complete knowledge of correct maintenance and use of equipment; use

equipment and tools only as intended, properly and safely •Inspect the cleanliness and working conditions of all tool, equipment and supplies •Establish priority items for the day •Prepare all menu items following recipes and yield guides, according to departmental standards. •Understand sanity food handling techniques •Direct hands on preparation •Daily recording and monitoring of kitchen inventory •Any other assigned duties REQUIREMENTS •Minimum of 3 years of experience within field. •Strong interpersonal and problem-solving abilities •Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment Salary range for this position will commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. LINE COOK Reporting to the Executive Sous Chef, responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following: •Must be knowledgeable of food preparation and presentation methods, •Ability to understand sanitary food handling techniques •Knowledgeable of the safe operation of kitchen equipment •Ability to increase staff awareness of proper personal and food hygiene policies and procedures as well as the safe operation of all kitchen equipment •Direct hands on preparation •Daily recording and monitoring of the kitchen’s inventory •Strong team leadership Good writing, reading, listening and computation skills are necessary •Exceptional communication, interpersonal and training skills are a must Requirements: •Must possess a 3-4-star background •Minimum of 5 years’ experience in same or similar position •Diploma from a formal culinary institution is required •Knowledgeable in health and sanitation standards Salary range for this position will commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

Interested persons may contact our HR department Mon. – Fri. from 9am-3pm via telephone number 946-8054 or you may submit your resume with qualifications and experience to: Closing date ---- April 7th , 2018

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The PDM, as a democratic party, no longer exists, says Hon. Josephine Connolly that was drawn up by the founders of the Party led by Hon. Jags McCartney. On Thursday March 15, in the The supporters, the Party Branches House of Assembly, I requested to move and the NGC all have a part to play my seat from the government benches under the PDM Constitution to ensure and to sit elsewhere in the House. that the Party represents the people, to I walked the floor to sit as an ensure democracy. Independent not, let me be clear, with The PDM, as a Democratic the PNP. Party, no longer exists. A few influential I believe I owe the public and enablers in the NGC have ceded my supporters an explanation. absolute power to the Premier. The I was voted in by more than NGC hardly meets, the Constitution 3,000 people in the 2016 election to is routinely ignored, and the Branches represent them and to help bring about and supporters will not be needed the change that the country wanted. again until 2020, so do not expect your Since being fired by the calls to be returned until then. Premier as a Minister in June 2017, Those with strong opinions are without explanation, I have been side- side-lined or purged from the Party. lined. The list of long serving PDM’s who For the last 9 months I have have been driven out of the Party since not been contacted by the Premier the appointment of the Premier as nor anyone in Government. I have not leader in 2012 is long and well known been asked to comment on any bill, nor so it does not need repeating. asked if I can assist with the Hurricane I am sure my actions will be assistance program, nothing. Not one painted as being disloyal to the Party. communication in 9 months! They are not! They are the actions of As a back bencher I believe I a committed democrat who believes in still have much to offer the government the party and loves her country. I have with both ideas and practical solutions no goals other than for my country to to the many problems we face. The succeed. I do not play games, I do not Premier has chosen to ignore me and do deals and I will not be intimidated. disrespect the people who voted for me I am sure that the usual because of her long standing personal puppets in the social media will say animosity towards me. that ‘she was never a real PDM’. But I have wrestled with my I would ask all PDM members and conscience as the problems for this supporters to consider the other people country have multiplied and as this purged from the Party, some who were Government under the dominant founders of the Party, perhaps they leadership of the Premier has were never ‘real PDM’s’. floundered. The truth is that the party I have watched in silence, as stands apart and above any one our borders are breached, our children individual and it is dangerous to label are left to study under atrocious all dissenters as disloyal. That is a conditions, our tourists are left to recipe for dictatorship, not democracy. collapse from heat in long immigration Last week the Premier lines, and Salt Cay, Grand Turk and sought to blame the hardworking civil South Caicos are ignored. servants for the queues at the airport. The Premier’s public As Minister of Finance (she has many pronouncement on Wednesday on ministries) she is well aware that the Exhale indicated that Honourable chaos at the airport was a direct result Connolly is not part of my team and of her decision to cut the salaries budget will never be part of my team certainly of every department in the Immigration cleared all doubt that my exclusion and Border Control Ministry. was some type of oversight. What in The Premier was being fact the Premier was saying was ‘I will disingenuous, but this type of attack ignore the representative of more than on perceived enemies either directly 3,000 people, nearly half the voting or by proxies in social media is the population, because I do not like her’. one defining characteristic of this To repeat what I said during government. The ‘I didn’t get the election time, for me, ‘enough is email’ excuse has become a running enough’. My silence, up to now, has joke as it has been used so often as been out of loyalty to the Party and the the explanation for none attendance people who elected me, but I have come at important community events. to the realization that if I am to be Important for the community that is, if loyal to the Party and the people of this not for this government. country I need to take a stand against The Premier continues to use the failings of this Government and the social media to distract, deflect and lack of leadership before it is too late. blame others for the ills of this country, If I cannot represent my but the real problems in this country people inside this Government, I will cannot be fixed by the spin doctors. represent them as an independent Without a brave and honest member outside of Government. NGC holding the Leader to account I have spoken to many PDM then the Government, the PDM Party supporters who agree with my stance and the country are destined to the and are unhappy with the way this same failed leadership for the next Government has performed. The 2.5 years that we have seen in the last PDM voters know that this present 16 months. I am not sure this country Government does not reflect the values can stand another few months of and principles of the PDM party, but mismanagement let alone 2 years and their protests are muted because of the more. fear of retribution. There has been a remarkably The fear is justifiable, in my bitter, vicious and long running opinion, as I and my family have been campaign against me by the Premier the subject of vicious attacks in social since I won my seat in 2012. There media by the unsavory elements who was a brief truce during the run up have attached themselves to the coat to voting in the 2016 election which, tails of this Government. as she gloatingly told me later, was The Premier is a Leader of a because “she had an election to win”. Democratic Party with a constitution I am comforted that I am not the By Hon. josephine Connolly

only one who was fooled by the false promise of the campaign. I am sure all the hotel workers will understand that the Premier ‘had an election to win’, as will the voters who were promised change only to find that the only thing that changed was the promise. Well I am fooled no longer. As an independent member of the House I will be an outspoken supporter of

the promises the PDM party made in the 2016 campaign, including the payment of the 100% service charge for hospitality workers. If there are some who want to brand me as disloyal for seeking to carry out the promises that the PDM made to its supporters and the country in the election, so be it. END.

Hilltop Ltd. whose address is 100 Ocean Dr., Turtle Tail, Providenciales is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified person to the role of Property Manager. Fundamental to this role is an acute understanding and knowledge of operating high end properties. The well being of the guests is of vital importance to this position. Responsibilities Include: •Management of three high end properties •Ensuring and provide flawless upscale professional high class guest service •Ability to work weekends and holidays •Outstanding communication skills Requirements: •A minimum of 5 years proven work experience in the hospitality industry with significant luxury and international experience •Qualified as an emergency first response Instructor •Qualified as boat captain •Qualified as a diving instructor and •Security training to ensure guests safety, preferably military training. Salary for this position is $10,000.00 per month. Interested persons should send their CV/Resume no later than April 05, 2018 to: Marsha Blanche Email: Fax: (649) 946-4734 Tel. (649) 946-4732

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Team TCI to participate in Carifta 2018 games on March 30th- April 2nd By Todeline Defralien The Bahamas will host the CARIFTA Games for the eighth (8th) time on March 30th to April 2nd 2018. The Games will bring together some 500 athletes and 150 team officials from 26 countries, all among the best track and field athletes in the Caribbean. Team TCI which is made up of 31 athletes are more than excited to compete in the 2018 games and are looking forward to bringing home winning medals. President of TCAAA, Ms. Edith Skippings told The SUN that Team TCI Carifta 2018 will be leaving Providenciales on Thursday 29th, March 2018 and returning on Tuesday 3rd April. Special Mention must be made of two (2) young athletes that made the Carifta Team but were too young as they only turn 13 years old this year and the Carifta rule is that you have to be 14 years old by 31st of December that same year. Both are from the Long Bay High School and they are Tanesha Gardiner and Lyn Antoine.” The List of athletes that makes up Team TCI for Carifta 2018 was released last week and they are: Alexia Prince, Garnika Brown, Davion Durham, Chadwyn Gray, Brianna Brown, Daria Coakley, Renando

Germain, Emmanuel Agenor, Deajah Smith, Joshua St.Michael-Meghoo, Darren Pierret, Colby Jennings, Zoe Butler, Anara Alexis, Archelande Joseph, Wooslyn Harvey, Junior Paul, Ken Reyes, Rebecca Barnadin, Brian Papin, Martijn Healy, Lavardo Campbell, Gregory Fulford, Jamal Champman, Noel Kenson, Mikyo Simpson, Katrell Pierre, Wilkenson Fenelon, Latrell Saunders, Evnisha Saintvertu and Arianna Balbuena. The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). In 1972, Austin Sealy, then president of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the Englishspeaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including President of TCAAA, Ms. Edith Skippings the French and Dutch Antilles in races, hurdles, middle distance track an annual junior track and field events, jumping, throwing events, and championship competition. relays in line with the International The Games was first held in Association of Athletics Federations 1972. It is held for three days during (IAAF) guidelines for junior athletes. the Easter period and consists of 65 The Games has two age categories: track and field events including sprint under-17 and under-20.

VACANCY- PLANT OPERATOR 1 Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Plant Operator 1, FortisTCI, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Turks and Caicos Sun Suite#5, Airport Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands Tel: (649) 339-5879 Fax: (649) 941-3281 Email: Read us online at Publisher & Editor-in-Chief: Hayden Boyce Graphic designer Information Technology and Production Manager: Kelano Howell Todeline Defralien Reporter

The Turks and Caicos SUN is a subsidiary of The SUN Media Group Ltd. We are committed to excellence in journalism, educating and informing our readers, serving and satisfying our advertisers and assisting in the overall development of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

plant, in a timely accurate and efficient manner.  Respond to customer inquiries in a polite and efficient manner when outages occur.  Ensure that all outages are entered in OMS and dispatched to the linesmen in a timely manner.  Open and close Outage work orders in AX in a timely manner.  Operate company vehicles and equipment as required and consistent with company policy and safe operating procedures.  Ensure that plant equipment is monitored and engine operating services are carried out in a manner consistent with the company’s efficiency targets and EHS policies.  Be properly and neatly attired in the uniform provided, ensure consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) provided and ensure the adherence of subordinate shift personnel.  Perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time, including overtime duties when other operators are unable to perform scheduled shift duties.  Perform light scheduled maintenance to generator units as required.

DESCRIPTION  Assist the Senior Operator in effective systems control, continual system condition monitoring, efficient generation unit dispatch, and timely response to system contingencies, in a manner consistent with standard operating procedures and specific instructions of the Manager Plant Control or other senior Operations Management personnel.  Under the general direction of the Senior Operator, the Plant Operator Level 1 must ensure that all necessary activities to ensure the functional operations of generating units and response to system abnormalities that may occur during the course of shift duty, are carried out in a manner that ensures uninterrupted service continuity within acceptable systems parameters, and the highest level of fuel efficiency without compromising safety of fellow employees, the general public or system equipment.

Academic/Technical/Management: Experience and Qualifications:  Successful completion of a 5 year high school program and a 2 year post-secondary program, preferably in engineering trades.  Familiarity with and competency in the use of computers and standard computing software programs is required.  Be able to do mathematical calculations at community college level.

MAIN DUTIES INCLUDE:  Starting, monitoring, servicing and stopping generating units as directed by the Senior Operator, in a manner consistent with standard operating procedures.  Ensure that accurate and neat records of system/equipment parameters are logged as directed.  Respond in a calm efficient manner to the directions of the Senior Plant Operator in the event a system interruption occurs while restoring power to the system efficiently and safely after any plant interruptions.  Assist the Senior Operator when called to do so in reporting any abnormal data to the appropriate persons in a timely manner and take prompt action (in accordance with standard operating procedures) to prevent or minimize any outages, prevent injury to employees and the general public and/or damage equipment under the control of systems operations.  Assist the Senior Operator with informing appropriate Operations personnel in the event an outage occurs external to the production

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Core Competency Skills:  Above average analytical skills in math and electrical theories and diesel generation parameters  Demonstrable aptitude for interpretation of engineering drawings and manuals  Professional competency in written and oral communication skills in English  Ability to function effectively under emergency situations and thinks clearly and effective and deliver within deadlines and to work under pressure  Self-motivated, solution oriented and positive in outlook  Team Player

Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is March 21st, 2018: Mr. Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: or

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American Airlines celebrated 25th anniversary of service to the TCI By Todeline Defralien American Airlines recently celebrated its 25th year of service to the Turk & Caicos on Thursday, March 22nd at Caribbean Village, Beaches Turk & Caicos. The event saw the attendance of Her Excellency, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs and CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority, John Smith and Officials from American Airlines.

American Airlines celebrated their commitment to providing steady and reliable air travel to and from TCI’s shores and seeks to continue to strengthen their presence in Providenciales. Olga Taylor of American Airlines said, “We came to the TCI 25 years ago because we saw that it was a destination with great potential and it has not proven us wrong because in 1992 when we first started, there were about three hotels and now as you can see what’s happening. There have been significant changes because

when we started we only had one direct flight from Miami and now we’re up to 28 fights weekly and they’re from Charlotte, Dallas and Boston.” Domenico Matinata of American Airlines added: “Working with Beaches Resort, Butch Stewart and Sandals has been a tremendous experience for American Airlines in various islands and Turks and Caicos is very successful. We’re very proud to be here today. We are the largest US Airline flight to Turks and Caicos and we expect to be here for many years to come.”

In addition, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority, John Smith said that American Airlines has been very aggressive, considerate, and dynamic and now in the face of competition they have demonstrated that they have to stay in power to stay around and to continue to support the economy and the people of Turks and Caicos. The following photographs captured the event. Photo Credit: Earlson Robinson.


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Scotiabank Donates $50,000 to local disaster relief Scotiabank is pleased to Thought TCI and SNAP each received announce that The Turks & Caicos donations of $10,000 respectively. Island Red Cross, Food For Thought Scotiabank is committed to the TCI, and the Special Needs Association rebuilding of Turks & Caicos and other of Providenciales (SNAP) have been impacted countries in the aftermath of selected as organizations to receive a the 2017 hurricanes Irma & Maria. In donation to assist with hurricane relief connection with this, Scotiabank has efforts. The organizations collectively made donations totaling US$500,000 to various organizations throughout received donations totaling $50,000. “Scotiabank commends these the affected region. Scotiabank has been a part of three organizations on their continued work in the community, especially the Caribbean for over 128 years and for the hurricane relief efforts,” has an extensive footprint in over 20 commented Patricia Adams, Business countries across the Caribbean region Support Senior Manager, Scotiabank including the territories of Antigua, Turks & Caicos Ltd. “We are certain Anguilla, British Virgin islands, US the donations will positively impact Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. their initiatives and the greater Maarten, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and the Turks community as a whole.” The Turks & Caicos Islands and Caicos Islands. Red Cross received a donation of $30,000 from Scotiabank. Food For

(L_R) Patricia Adams, Scotiabank, Jeanne and Karen Savory, Food For Thought, Curtis Knowhgt, Scotiabank

(L-R) Patricia Adams, Scotiabank, Lutasha Capron, Red Cross,Curtis Knight, Scotiabank, Paula Garland, RedCross (L-R) Doreen McCoy, SNAP & Curtis Knight, Scotiabank

Crime Report CHARGES On Tuesday March 20th 2018, A Police Constable was formally charged with Rape, Indecent Assault and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. The Suspended Officer appeared before the Grand Turk Magistrates Court today, Wednesday March 21st, 2018 and was placed on bail. ARRESTED On Monday March 19th, 2018, A Police Constable was arrested on suspicion of theft with a chosen in action. The Officer was granted bail in the sum of USD$3000.00 and is currently on Administrative Leave. On Monday March 19th, 2018, a 19-year-old female was arrested for the offence of theft with a chosen in action, following report on February 8th, 2018. She was placed on USD$3000.00 bail. BURGLARY Providenciales Police are investigating a burglary at the Ianthe Pratt Primary School. The incident was reported to police on Monday March 19TH, 2018. Missing were a white Epson Projector valued about USD$260.00 and a black speaker set valued about USD$30. The school’s canteen was also burgled. The bandit (s) removed a case of hamburger patties valued USD$46.00.

ILLEGAL ENTRY On Monday, March 19th, 2018, Provo Police apprehended three undocumented persons from the Downtown area, following reports of sightings of illegals in that area. The illegals were taken to the Detention Centre for processing. ARRESTS AND CHARGES On Saturday, March 17th, 2018, a 32-year-old man was charged with the offence of Harboring Illegal aliens. The man is currently released on USD$20,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the Providenciales Magistrate Court on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018. On Saturday two men were arrested on suspicion of assisting of illegal aliens, following reports of a suspiciously parked vehicle in the Little Bluff, North West Point area. Both men are still in Police custody. On Friday, March 16th, 2018, a man was formally charged with two counts of rape, one count of buggery and for remaining in the Turks and Caicos Islands beyond the permitted time, in connection to a report made on March 9th, 2018. Police on Providenciales also charged a 22-year-old man for the offence of Possession of Control Drugs. The man was given bail on March 18th, 2018,

in the sum of USD$3500.00 and is set to appear at the Magistrate Court on March 26th, 2018. A 28-year-old man was also charged with Possession of Control Drugs on March 18th, 2018 and given bail in the amount of USD$3500 to appear at the Magistrate Court on March 26th, 2018. ILLEGAL ENTRY Police and Immigration Officials are investigating the recent sightings of illegals in the Blue Hills area, following a report to the 911 Centre on March 16th, 2018. According to reports, these persons were seen trying to get transportation. A total of seven persons were detained by the Immigration Officers and taken at the Detention Centre for processing. Investigations are ongoing into a report of an illegal female found lying near the main roadway in Blue Hills. The woman was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment via Emergency Medical Personnel. According to Police Reports, the woman said she came on an illegal sloop five days prior and was hiding in nearby bushes. Police and Immigration Officials were in the area of Five Cays on March 19th, 2018, following reports of the landing an illegal sloop around

4:00 a.m. Two men were apprehended and taken to the Detention Centre for processing. A blue and red boat about 30 feet in length, was later discovered in the vicinity of the Five Cays Fishing Plant. BURGLARY Grand Turk Police are investigating a Burglary that took place at a place of Business on the Ridge. The complainant reported to police that upon arriving on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, he discovered his business burgled. Missing were ten buckets of Elastomeric silicone, valued USD$150.00 each. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information that can assist in the detection of any crime to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082, 911 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information that can assist in the detection of any crime to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082, 911 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477

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Invest Turks and Caicos and Partners attends World’s Leading Real Estate Conference in Cannes, France


nvest Turks and Caicos and partners returned at this event, we sent the message that weare from MIPIM following a successful four days ready to engage and do business. We forged new of promoting the Turks and Caicos Islands at the relationships with potential developers, investors world’s leading international real estate business and industry partners. We also took advantage of conference and networking event. every opportunity to make new connections with Held in Cannes, France (March 13th-16th) those involved in the related professional services.” – the 2018 installment of MIPIM saw over 26,000 “We hope to return to MIPIM in 2019”, real estate, city and political leaders, including stated Vice President of Marketing and Promotion 5,400 investors from over 100 countries. Led by for Invest TCI, Trina Adams-Smith. “We want to Invest Turks and Caicos Agency, the TCI delegation have an even greater presence. Our aim is a bigger consisted of the Turks and Caicos Tourist exhibition, a full programme of events, and a larger Board, The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism delegation of industry partnerships; all of which Association, Rock House Resort Turks and Caicos, translates into new leads for the TCI.” Windward Development and Vista Development Speaking of their partnership, Marketing TCI. MIPIM was a great opportunity for Team Representative for the Turks and Caicos Tourist TCI to present a unified voice to investors, industry Board based in the UK, Courtney Robinson said: partners and decision makers from international “The opportunity to showcase the destination to a companies, from around the world. diverse audience of high networth stakeholders Team TCI gained maximum exposure with was immense. We were able to make some valued a vibrant and attractive exhibit that was located inroads with our tourism and investment product, in the Tourism and Hospitality Zone, and ran an one that only could be had at a global summit such activity of programmes which promoted investment as MIPIM.” He went on to add: “Going forward, opportunities in the Islands, as well as showcased we will endeavor to galvanise every opportunity our tourism industry, beautiful luxurious resorts whereby we can impress upon those who not only and new developments in the country. travel to, but do business and/or reside in our Acting CEO for Invest Turks and Caicos, ‘Beautiful by Nature’ country.” Angela Musgrove stated, “Having attended MIPIM For more information on MIPIM last year, we got a strong feeling that this is an event Partnerships, Contact Trina Adam-Smith at Invest where investors are engaged, and relationships Turks and Caicos on 649 338 4783 or via email are formed. By having such a loud presence

Acting CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos, Angela Musgrove with potential client

Invest TCI met with potential investors, developers and industry partners

Team TCI Delegation on Day 2 of MIPIM 2018

Director of Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Ramon Andrews with Mr. Bernhard Bohnenberger, President of Six Senses Resort and Spa, BVI

MIPIM 2018 saw over 26,000 attendees

Massive Display by MIPIM Exhibitor

Investment and Tourism meetings were held with potential clients

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Gansevoort recognizes employees at 3rd annual cocktail event G

ansevoort hosted its third annual cocktail event to recognize employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to provide service excellence. The event took place at the Gansevoort hotel on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 where over 40 employees were awarded. Employee of the Month winners 2017were: Teresa Kaknevicius,Nicole Greatrex, christina stephens Mardochee Garcia Geraldine Williams, Darvin Walkin, Taciana Bien-Aime, Rashad Saunders, Jamesly Guerrier, Andrew Moss, Quincy Thomas, Thea Johnson, Modeline Alouidor, Perold Etienne, Louvane Jerome, Jean Theresias, Jackson Williams, Job Destine, Alba Melendez and Guilene Emile. Deborah Powell, Thomas Forbes and Loida De La Cruz walked away with Team Leader of the Quarter for 2017. Some 43 staff members received TripAdvisor mentions for 2017. Employee of the year winners for 2017 were Front of House Winner – Darvin Walkin and Back of House Winner – Alba Melendez, Team Leader of the year winner 2017 was Deborah Powell. Manager of the year winner 2017 went to Roshelle Brown- Hawkins. These photographs captured the event.

Alba Melendez - Employee of the year Back of House, Teresa Kaknevicius

Photos By: Kelano Howell.

Ashlin Davis, Jauline Smith, Christina Stephens

Ashlin Davis, Delices Louis, Christina Stephens

Geraldine Williams, Subhash Devadas

Darvin Walkin - Employee of the year, Celianise Brunel

Ashlin Davis, Jean Rocemond, Christina Stephens

Ashlin Davis, Collet Beal,Christina Stephens

Deborah Powell, Eugenia Araja

Claudia Berry, Roshelle Hawkins

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Caring for your skin By Dr. Marsha Barnett

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent many skin problems. Not only is the skin the largest organ and the first line of defence of our body when it comes in contact with the elements but healthy skin is the hallmark of beauty. Learn to take care of your skin all year through especially during the summer months. You’ll see the positive effects now and for years to come. Get started with these five tips. 1. Protect yourself from the sun The most important way to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, freckles, age spots and rough, dry skin. Sun exposure can also cause more-serious problems, such as skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:

Whilst doing everyday activities such as shopping, walking and even driving to work sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas and not only the face. 2. Don’t smoke Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A, that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — may contribute to wrinkles. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

exfoliate do so once or at most twice a week. This should not be practiced on a daily basis. When the skin is stripped of its natural oils and these are not replenished, dry skin ensues. This leads to itching of the skin and can worsen eczema. Additionally, consistently dry skin tends to age faster. •Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it. •Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin do not rub the skin the skin. . •Moisturize. Find a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft. Remember well moisturized skin looks and stays younger. •Anti age. If you’re in your 20s and above, start an anti aging regimen. Talk to your doctor to decide which one is best for you according to the needs of your skin and your age.

Dr. Marsha Barnett 5. Manage stress Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — takes steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. Find time to exercise. Not only does exercise help reduce stress and produce feel good hormones called endorphins, but sweating opens the pores, allowing for fresher looking skin. The results may be more dramatic than you expect.

•Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are Treat your skin gently the strongest. •Wear protective clothing. Cover Daily cleansing and shaving can take your skin with tightly woven long- a toll on your skin, so keep it gentle: sleeved shirts, long pants and wide4. Eat a healthy diet brimmed hats. •Limit bath time. Hot water and long A healthy diet can help you look and •Use sunscreen daily. Apply generous showers or baths remove oils from feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen your skin. Limit your bath or shower vegetables, whole grains and lean practitioner who also specializes SPF 30 or above, 30 minutes before time, and use warm — rather than hot proteins. Research suggests that a diet in dermatology. For questions going outdoors and reapply every two — water. rich in vitamin C and low in fats and or comments, please contact at hours, after heavy sweating or after •Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps carbohydrates may promote younger or at being in water. Persons should not can strip oil from your skin. Instead, looking skin. Associated Medical Practices - 946use sunscreen only when sunbathing. choose mild cleansers. Also, if you 4242.


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Sandals Foundation resumes post hurricane construction/repairs at Enid Capron Primary By Todeline Defralien The Sandals Foundation- the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International is pleased to announce the commencement of post hurricane repairs to the computer Room at the Enid Capron Primary School. Repairs commenced at the Primary School on Monday, March 19th. This project is part of their commitment to ensuring students return back to the classrooms following the destructive hurricanes of 2017. Several donors that came on board to support this project include the American Friends of Jamaica, Yellow Bird Foundation and Guests of Beaches Turks and Caicos. Attending this event was, Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Goldray Ewing, Samuel Pierre of Summit Contracting, representatives of the Sandals Foundation and officials from the Ministry of Education and Public Works. Public Relations Coordinator for Beaches Turks & Caicos Resorts Villages and Spa, Ange Toussaint said, “The Enid Capron Primary School has been the adopted school of Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation for a number of years now, of course we worked with the school on various projects in the past and when hurricane Irma hit back in September, we visited the school to see what kind

of devastation may have been left here at the Enid Capron Primary School.” Toussaint said that The Sandals Foundation is very excited about this project and what it means for the Enid Capron Primary School. She added: “We worked with the school to do immediate repair works, clean up and different projects but we knew that we wanted to partner with the school on something a little bit more long-term and a little bit more permanent. Of course we spoke with the principal Mrs. Garland about how we can assist and she told us about this particular building block which housed the computer room, the canteen and the teacher’s resource room and since then we’ve been working with the Enid Capron primary School to see how we can return the school back to some form of normalcy and get the children back to the computer room and their classrooms.” Although Toussaint could not comment on the cost of completing this project noted that it is a substantial investment for the Sandals Foundation. “When this is all over, it’s going to allow some form of normalcy throughout the Enid Capron Primary School and of course as a corporate citizen we are urging other corporate citizens who made commitments to follow through on those commitments because schools like the Enid Capron Primary and many other school throughout the TCI that are in need can use that assistance and we’re

Pictured here is Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Hon. Goldray Ewing, Public Relations Coordinator for Beaches Turks & Caicos Resorts Villages and Spa, Ange Toussaint, Samuel Pierre of Summit Contracting, representatives of the Sandals Foundation and officials from the Ministry of Education and Public Works encouraging other corporate citizens to come forward and do their part,” Toussaint said. Also commenting on the Project Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Goldray Ewing added: “I must say that this shows corporate leadership as well as corporate involvement in our country. Thus far Beaches and their partners were always friends of the Enid Capron Primary School and I am very happy this morning to see that they are looking at this project and trying to help again. The hurricane did a number on us but I can honestly say that folks out there, private sector as well as private people, are stepping forward and coming to the aid of this country, not the aid of the Government alone but the aid this country because they understand how important it is to get this country back to normalcy.” Also in attendance was Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm who thanked Sandals Foundation and the American Friends of Jamaica for their worthy donation that they are doing at Enid Capron Primary School. Summit Contracting Group Inc is the contractor for the Enid Capron Primary School project.

Works being done in the classrooms

In addition, Samuel Pierre, of Summit Contracting stated that they are looking to complete the project within the time frame of a month and a half. He added: “I call this a journey because we’re actually bringing the kids to a facility right now where it’s up to standard, more modern and they can learn because they are in a more comfortable environment. We’re in a full construction; we actually deconstructed the roof and reconstructed the roof and now we’re doing ceilings and full renovations of the whole block. We can tell you by the end of this project it’s going to set a standard where this is how everything facility in the Turks and Caicos as far as schools need to be.” Pierre expressed that he is blessed to be part of this project because he attended the Enid Capron Primary as a child and he would love to continue to do work for any school that he has ever attended. Principle of E.C.P.S, Sophia Hamilton-Garland stressed that this project is very beneficial to the E.C.P.S and the students will be more comfortably placed in the computer room going forward.”

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Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation to give grants totaling US$290,000 to improve the lives of children in the Caribbean The Cable & Wireless funding will be used as follows: Charitable Foundation today announced • In BVI: that it will provide additional funding of o US$100,000 will be used over US$290,000 to projects that will towards replacing the roof at the improve the lives of children in areas of sole secondary school - Bregado Flax the Caribbean impacted by last year’s Secondary School - on Virgin Gorda hurricanes. o US$25,000 will be towards repairs for the This follows the Foundation’s used initial US$100,000 donation to EslynRichiezHenly School for Disabled ShelterBox for relief efforts after the Children hurricanes, as well as a clean-up of the •In TCI,US$100,000 will be used to CHANCES children’s home in Dominica provide computers, printers, desks and as part of C&W Communications’ chairs for children in the Osetta Jolly Primary School annual Mission Day. The new funding – made up of •In Dominica,US$45,000 will be used five individual grants – is a continuation towards refurnishing the computer lab of the Foundation’s plans to restore and of Roseau Primary School, providing rebuild affected countries. The grants essential equipment like computers, will be used to support critical education projectors, flat screens and printers •In Anguilla,US$22,500 will services in some of the most badly impacted countries including theBritish be used to provide supplies and repair Virgin Islands (BVI), Turks and Caicos the doors, windows and roof of Bethel Pre-School, working in partnership with Islands (TCI), Dominica and Anguilla. Specifically, the Foundation’s Rotary District 7020.

The Board of the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation chose these projects as it believed they would have a long-lasting positive impact on a great number of children and their families. The projects chosen also align with the Foundation’s strategic aims of educating and empowering communities. Gina Colesanti, Director of the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to provide these much-needed grants to improve the lives of children impacted by the 2017 hurricane seasonin the Caribbean. By rebuilding and furnishing schools in BVI, TCI, Dominica and Anguilla, we’re creating a better environment for these kids to learn and grow – giving them a great start in life and setting them up for future success.” Colesanti also thanked the major sponsors of the Foundation which includeSterlite; the Premier

League; Anixter; Evolution Digital; One Caribbean; Lorac; HBO Latin America; Advantage Communications; Deloitte and Telenet. Their generosity contributed to the US$1 million that the Foundation has raised so far – which includes the US$500,000 seed funding provided by C&W Communications at its launch. The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation was set up by C&W Communications initially as response to the humanitarian crisis caused by devastating hurricanes in 2017. The Foundation is increasingly the company’s platform for advancing social development in the region, as it strives to fulfil its mission of connecting communities and transforming lives, by funding education and empowerment projects like these five initiatives. The Foundation has a number of similar projects in the pipeline and will announce more details in due course.

Over 150 trained in Strategic Budget Reform The Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment in collaboration with the IMF’s Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC), conducted training for over 150 policy makers and program managers across Government and Statutory Bodies between March 5 -16, 2018. Since the 2015-16 financial year, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) with the assistance of CARTAC implemented a number of changes to the way the annual budget is prepared. These changes which fall under the heading of ‘strategic budget reform’, have been designed to

strengthen fiscal discipline so that the Government’s finances are sustainable in the long term. The changes were implemented to ensure that budget spending decisions are more consistent with national policy priorities so as to achieve the best possible value for money from available resources. The strategic budgeting approach has been built around two key components – (i) the introduction of a rolling threeyear budget and forward estimates that establish ‘hard’ annual and medium term budget ceilings for each ministry; and (ii) the presentation of budget estimates

Supermercado Dominicano Ltd. and E&R Supermarket Ltd., an affiliated group of whole sale and retail sales stores, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions: The successful applicants must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and public holidays, as necessary to meet the reasonable needs of the business and possess:  A Proven and unblemished track record of employment  A Positive and disciplined attitude toward work in a customer service oriented business  Excellent communication, inter-personal and customer service skills  Trustworthy and reliable disposition  Must be a team player and able to work in concert with others.  Be well-spoken with English as primary language.  A clean criminal record. In addition to the foregoing, interested candidates for the positions as: SHOP KEEPERS/SUPERVISOR/MERCHANDISER  Must have at least 3 to 5 years extensive experience and advanced knowledge in the Grocery sales and Merchandising business.  Must be proficient in the use and operation of relevant retail sales and merchandising computer software programmes, viz, Quick Books, Point of Sales Systems, etc.  Must be able to work under little or no supervision  Proficiency in another written and spoken language in addition to English will be a definite advantage. SALES CLERKS/CASHIER  Must have a minimum of 3 years general sales and merchandising experience  Computer literate HOUSEKEEPER/LABOURER/SHELF STOCKER  Must be willing and able to attend to general housekeeping and general maintenance duties, including stocking of shelves, keeping store and surrounding areas clean, habitable and presentable. BUTCHER  Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in cutting, trimming, packaging and presentation of meats for retail sales.  Proven knowledge and familiarity with the various cuts of meats. Suitable candidates that do not meet the above requirements may, at the sole discretion of the Company’s management team, be eligible for consideration in circumstances where they demonstrate a clear willingness to embrace the Company’s in-house training initiatives and established standard operating policies and procedures. Preference will be given to documented Turks and Caicos Islanders. Written applications only and accompanying CVs/Resumes must be addressed to the Resident Manager at the following address: The Managing Director Supermercado Dominicano/E & R Supermarket Ltd. C/o EPIC Corporate & Consultancy Services Ltd. Cee’s Plaza, Suite No. 1

Church Folly, P.O Box 86 Grand Turk Turks & Caicos Islands Fax: 649-946-1571 Email:

in a program budget format which will set out the objectives, key strategies and performance indicators for each budget program. Like most developing countries the Public Financial Management (PFM) framework in the TCI is evaluated using international standards that are developed by agencies such as Public Expenditure Financial Accountability (PEFA). These standards were recently revised to place greater emphasis on measurement of performances, including developing programmes performance indicators by gender. During the two weeks of

training, program managers were brought together in workshops to strengthen and improve program structures, program performance information and develop monitoring regimes that they may use to monitor and evaluate program performance. The Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment hopes that participants will utilize the information obtained in the training sessions to enhance their annual budget submissions. The annual budget, is expected to be tabled in the House of Assembly in the upcoming weeks.


Assistant Manager

Summary The Arches Grand Turk is seeking an Assistant Manager to assist with the operation of this small family owned and operated business. The Assistant Managerwill be required to work irregular hours, based on the needs of the business, and is responsible for assisting in the general operation, maintenance, and record keeping of the property. Duties associated with this role include lease negotiating, marketing, and bookkeeping. As well as tasks associated with coordination of property maintenance, repair, regulations, and expectations. Salary for this position will be negotiable based on qualifications and relevant experience, initially payable at an hourly rate and commission subject the performance of the business. Skills •Accounting and finance background with extensive knowledge and ability to use QuickBooks and Excel •Strong communications and organization skills •Proficient in English both written and verbal •Ability to work flexible hours. Assistant Manager is expected to be available to guests 24/7 when scheduled. After hours work is expected. •Being positive and encouraging to co-workers, and courteous to guests Mandatory Experience •Post Secondary Education •Minimum of 10 years’ experience in customer service •Proven experience of assistant management and accounting •Health and safety training •First aid •Valid driver’s licence with a reliable vehicle Suitable candidates that do not meet the above requirements may, at the sole discretion of the Company’s management team, be eligible for consideration in circumstances where they demonstrate a clear willingness to embrace the Company’s in-house training initiatives and established standard operating policies and procedures. Preference will be given to documented Turks and Caicos Islanders. Written applications only and accompanying CVs/Resumes must be addressed to the following: The Arches Lighthouse Rd. Grand Turk 649-331-2399

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Walter Sean Gardiner is the local person who deserves the most credit and recognition for the Ritz Carlton Project By Dr. Drexwell Seymour

There are too many times in our country where history is being rewritten with errors. If one does not know the facts, one takes the revised history as the truth. Therefore I am going to document Sean’s involvement in the Ritz Carlton Project in this medium. In my opinion, his involvement was so significant and should not be overlooked. He is the local person that deserves the most credit and recognition for the Ritz Carlton Project. Before I proceed further with this article, I must mention that bona fide investors do not care about the political party that is in Government. Investors want three main things from a Government, 1) favourable Concessions/Exemptions on imported goods, 2) the ability to import labourers without major restrictions on labour clearances and work permits and 3) A clear and straightforward development process that allows them to complete their project within the timeframe without unnecessary delays. I believe credit for projects should only be given to a government if the government was proactive in arranging and inviting developers face to face to our country, or the government introduces investment policies to incentivize investors or if the Govt. spends a significant amount of dollars on the marketing or promotion of TCI so they can attract investors and tourists to these islands. Governments should not be

like lazy salespersons that do not initiate or convince someone to make a sale but rather just taking a sales order from a client. There are salespersons who want to take a credit for a sale simply because someone came in the store to purchase an item and it so happens that, the salesperson was the one on duty when the client came in. The salesperson did not encourage and convince the customer to get any other thing but just waited until the client finish shopping for that item and now wants to take credit for the sale. This is a lazy sales clerk. The sale for that particular item would have happen no matter who the salesperson was on duty because the client wanted that item. On the other hand, an aggressive or proactive sales person would attempt to convince the client to buy other products or services while in the store. A proactive salesperson would also do road shows, meeting potential clients and inviting them in the store to buy products or even taking the products with them to sell them while on the road. If a sale takes place, the credit for the sale of the items rightly should be rewarded to that aggressive or proactive sales person There were so many hurdles and setbacks that the developers and promoters of the Ritz Carlton project encountered and in my opinion, it was a complete disincentive for this developer and future developers. (Of course, I am by no means suggesting that opponents

Hilltop Ltd. whose address is 100 Ocean Dr., Turtle Tail, Providenciales 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 Salary - $5,000.00 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

LOCAL WATER UTILITY Is seeking an experienced Water Utility Accountant to provide accounting and financial support. •Candidate must be capable of performing daily accounting activities such asbilling, collections, customer interaction, cash handling and banking, data manipulation from MasterMeter MasterLink RF systems. • Must be able to review and analysis of monthly financial statements to include variance explanation. •Four-year degree in Accounting required, along with a minimum of five years’ experience as an experienced Accountant performing the duties stated. •Strong preference for experience in a water utility environment. Interested applicants should submit a resume to for consideration.

to this project should have not use the judicial system as it was their rights to do so) Therefore, I must highlight and recognize the important role that Mr. Walter Sean Gardiner played in bringing this project to fruition. Like the start up of most businesses, everything starts with an idea. The Ritz Carlton for TCI started with an idea in 2010 when one of the Consultants for the Dessarollos Group was embarking on a plan to expand in the Caribbean. Mr. Walter Sean Gardiner made contact with the consultant and was able to convince the group to purchase the land in Grace Bay, Providenciales. The project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 after receiving a development agreement from the government. The Dessarollos Group had planned to build an 8 storey JW Marriot Brand which would have been the same height as the Seven Stars Resort. However, after the new developers of the West Caicos Project at that time decided not to pursue the Ritz Carlton brand , the Dessarollos group decided to move away from the JW Marriot Brand to Ritz Carlton. In 2013, under the Hon. Rufus Ewing Administration, the Government decided they would increase the height from 7 storey to 12 storey to maximize the use of the and in order to make major resort development more economically viable for investors. After the Government changed its policy, the Desarollos Group increased its original 8 storey plans to 12 storeys. In April 2015, the TCIG signed the revised development agreement with the Desarollos Group for the 12 storey project. As a result in the change in policy by TCIG, there were a few persons or groups opposing this policy primarily based on environmental reasons. Many people felt that the environment was an excuse and that some opposed it for selfish reasons. As a result of this opposition, the Government and the developers were faced with legal battles in the court for many years . The court ruled in the favour of the opposers stating that there was inadequate consultation on the 12 storey. The Government appealed the case and sometime later the

government held a town hall meeting in which the majority of people particularly the locals supported the project. The matter was referred back to the court and the judge was satisfied that the Government complied with the consultation aspect and thus provided the Government with the green light to proceed. However, the court required that the Govt. to commit future developers to perform extensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) followed by consultation. This was the last hurdle for the Ritz Carlton project. In November 2017, under the administration of Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, the EIA public consultation took place. At the town hall meeting, the majority of people supported the findings of EIA consultation. Planning was satisfied and issued a building permit to the developers of the Ritz Carlton project. The official ground breaking for the 124 hotel rooms and 64 condos was on February 26th 2018. I end by thanking and crediting Mr. Walter Gardiner, a son of the soil for his tremendous part he played in this project by not only convincing the developers to invest in the TCI while the country was going through a challenging time economically and politically (we were Governed by the interim Government) but by also encouraging the developers to remain committed to the project despite several years of delays and legal setbacks. Walter Sean Gardiner, you were truly proactive and therefore as a local deserves the most credit for the Ritz Carlton Project. In conclusion, one of the reasons we have not been able to get the other islands develop is because we have not been pro active in getting investors (local or international) to those islands. Yes the stamp duty is lower which is an incentive but we need to take the islands to potential developers rather than just hoping and waiting for something to happen. This is what Walter did with the Ritz Carlton project. The ideal thing to do of course is for a group of us to team up and form companies and develop the islands ourselves. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

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At COMO, we create experiences worth re-living, experiences that inspire guests to travel and live differently. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands GENERAL MANAGER The General Manager is responsible for achieving optimal guest satisfaction and a good working environment to attain all set objectives. To achieve this, the General Manager should run the hotel in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures and Policies as set out by the company. The General Manager shall see to the implementation of optimal and attractive products and services required to address the hotel’s target groups, based on preagreed marketing plans and budgets. The General Manager shall ensure the correct production and distribution of information and promotion materials as agreed to. Guard the efficiency/productivity and the company results:  Draw up plans and budget concepts (revenues, costs, etc.);  Safeguard the realization, tracing and adjustment of deviations;  Developing improvement actions, carry out costs savings;  Guard/ controlling of cost price;  Delivering of data and proposals for the budgets and investments;  Safeguard quality of operations (internal & external audits);  Coordinate planning of Department Heads and Assistant Managers with regard to time-tables, work schedules, employment of employees within the different services; solving of bottle necks;  Coordination of the execution of activities via instructions to the Heads of Departments/ Assistant Managers, supervision of the execution;  Determination of the workforce, recruitment and hiring of new staff, supervision of sufficient introduction, execution of performance reviews and training of staff.  Be accountable for responsibilities of department heads in their absence;  Implement the SOPs optimally in the hotel and act as a flag ship establishment for the brand.  Ensure an adequate administration, for the outgoing and incoming invoices, for the payment of invoices and for drawing up periodical management data. Justify deviations and differences. Other tasks  Handling complaints.  Other reliable to the above mentioned, tasks in order of the executive;  Handing over opinions and beliefs, decisions etc. to the executives;  Leading various internal and external meetings;  Supervise the fulfillment of the regulations of the employment  Correct use of Company’s corporate identity.  Maintain contacts with public authorities Qualifications / Experience/Requirements  College degree in Hotel / Business Management or equivalent training/ work experience.  Minimum of ten years Management experience working in a luxury, 5 star properties.  Must be proficient in hospitality revenue management, guest services and team development.  Experience in sales and marketing.  Must have strong knowledge of Residential management and/or Front Office management related experience.  Must be willing to live and work on Remote Island.  Must be able to work up to 72hrs a week if needed by Management Private Estates Manager The role of the Private Estate Manager is to manage the entire Private Estate Department. The Private Estates Manager is required to ensure proper maintenance of the Private Homes and manage all project works. Homeowner satisfaction and maximum profitability will be your major objective. Duties and Responsibilities  Managing All Private Homes.  Managing Private Estate own team of housekeeping, landscaping, pool maintenance and maintenance. Operations / Communication  Ensuring daily operation at the Private Estates is running smoothly.  Involvement in the sales rental & marketing of Villas in the rental pool.  Working closely with The Resort and Homeowners or their representatives and property managers in order to combine work on the houses with maximum rental sales.  Liaising closely with Estate Executive Housekeeper/Project Manager to ensure all work is completed as efficiently as possible.  Undertaking daily inspections of all Private Estate in the Parrot Cay rental pool and completing daily, weekly and monthly checklists for each property.  Undertaking twice a week inspections of all Private Estate property

on Parrot Cay – non rental pools and weekly report to the owner.  Managing total care maintenance of all building on the property associated with specific homes including, landscaping, pest control, pool & exterior services, interior and exterior furniture maintenance and cleanliness.  Preparing monthly billing statement and P&L for individual homes.  Proposing projects for the homes based on necessity and available budget.  Working closely with contractors and other outside vendors prior to and during and after projects.  Ensuring all the needs for Homeowners are taken care of prior and during their visit, this will include and not limited to spa appointment, excursion reservation, groceries, pet import license, organizing special events on their behalf, etc.  Adopt a flexible approach and demonstrate a “can do” attitude to those that you work with. Set an example that others can follow.  Assisting in producing a budget for your department with the Financial Controller and General Manager.  Generating financial and achievement reports as required by management.  Implementation of daily, weekly and monthly projects to maintain equipment, cleanliness and standards. Planning should include phased maintenance projects over the summer months when rentals are at their lowest levels.  Perform any other reasonable duties as required by the General Manager. Qualifications / Experience/Requirements  College degree in Hotel / Business Management or equivalent training/ work experience.  Bilingual in Italian, French and Spanish is a plus.  Minimum of three years Management experience working in a luxury, 5 star properties.  Must be proficient in hospitality revenue management, guest services and team development.  Experience in sales and marketing.  Must have strong knowledge of Residential management and/or Front Office management related experience.  Must be willing to live and work on Remote Island.  Must be able to work up to 72hrs a week if needed by Management OTHER MANAGERIAL AND SUPERVISORY POSITIONS Hotel Manager Restaurant Managers Director of Finance Spa Manager Financial Controller Food & Beverage Manager Cost Controller Asst. Director Finance Regional Director of Engineering

Chef de Cuisine Duty Manager Regional Director of Spa Head Butler Health and Safety Manager Asst. Air Conditioning Manager Asst. Financial Controller Employee Accommodation Executive

Salary range: USD36K to USD$90K per annum and is based on experience and qualification. Some position currently held by a work permit holder. OTHER POSITIONS: Private Estate Attendant K-9 Dog Security/Handle Commis Chefs Spa Receptionist Pastry Chef Food & Beverage Servers Electrical Technician Hostesses Recreation Attendants Spa/Gym Attendant Butler Turndown Attendant Spa Therapist Chef De Parties Kitchen Steward Demi Chef

Housekeeper Houseman Pool & beach Attendant VIP Coordinator Purchasing Clerk Bartenders COMO Play Attendant Excursion Attendant Boat Crew Guest Services Agent (Leeward) Plumber Public Area Attendant Boat Crew Assistant IT Manager IT Manager F&B Server Beach Club Receiving Supervisor

Salary range: USD13K to USD$36K per annum and is based on experience and qualification. Some position currently held by a work permit holder.

All applicants will be required to successfully obtain a clear background and drug test and for non-Turks and Caicos nationals will require a work permit. Experience in a similar or relevant position is a prerequisite; relevant educational and/or professional qualification is also a plus. To be considered, please visit our career page to apply for our current open positions Any other questions, you may also contact Human Resources

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OASIS DIVERS is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions.

The successful applicants must: CERTIFIED DIVERS / LIFEGUARDS/DIVE MASTER -Hold a valid diving certification of Open Water Diver or higher -Be at least 25 years old -Have a clean criminal record -Have a valid passport -Hold a valid certification in CPR and First Aid -Have at least 3 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Other experience in the tourism industry would be an asset -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business TOUR DISPATCHER -Have at least 3 years’ experience dispatching tours -Possess the ability to remain calm in a high stress environment -Be well spoken with English as primary language -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business -Have a valid passport -Be at least 25 years old -Have a clean criminal record TOUR GUIDES -Be at least 25 years old -Have a clean criminal record -Have a valid passport -Hold a valid certification in CPR and First Aid -Have at least 3 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Other experience in the tourism industry would be an asset -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business CHEF/ RESTAURANT CAPTAIN -Have at least 5 years’ experience in a supervisory position as a chef/cook within a quick pace multiple kitchen operation. -Experience with Microsoft POS system required -Possess the ability to remain calm in a high stress environment -At least 25 years of age. -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business TOUR DEVELOPMENT TRAINER -Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in Tour Development /Safety Standards in a service oriented business. -Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the management, and training of staff and development of safety standards operating procedures for staff. -Valid Driver’s License -Highly Professional and Ethical standards of Leadership with a passion for nature and the environment. -Positive and disciplined attitude toward work in a fast pace, multi-tasking customer service oriented business, with ability to handle complaints and work under pressure. -Excellent verbal and written communication, with Networking skills -Excellent analytical, inter-personal and customer service skills. -Ability to recruit and appraise staff performance as well as have a strong track record of fostering team work and motivating staff with multi-cultural differences. -Must be willing and able to work outdoors, flexible hours, including on weekends and public holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business SAFETY DIVER -Strong swimmer, life guard training an asset -Be at least 25 years old -Have a clean criminal record -Have a valid passport -Hold a valid certification in CPR and First Aid -Have at least 3 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Other experience in the tourism industry would be an asset -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business

STEWARD/GUEST SERVICES -Have at least 5 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. -Competent in Microsoft Computer software with accounting expertise and knowledge in Quickbooks and other accounting software. -Possess the ability to remain calm in a high stress environment -Be well spoken with English as primary language -Have a valid passport -Be at least 25 years old -Have a clean criminal record -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business BOAT CAPTAIN -Have a proven and unblemished track record of employment -Have a valid passport -Have at least 5 years’ experience as a boat captain working in the tourism industry. -Possess a valid grade 2 boat masters license. -Have CPR and first Aid Certification -Basic knowledge of boat engine maintenance and repair -Have a clean criminal record -Positive and disciplined attitude toward work -Excellent verbal and written communication skills -Be at least 25 years old -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business SERVER/ BARTENDER/LABORER/KITCHEN ASSISTANT Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar position -Ability to stand for long periods -Excellent customer service and friendly disposition -Able to lift moderate weights -Speaks good English. WATERSPORTS OPRTATIONS COORDINATOR -High school diploma/ Bachelors -Dive Instructor or higher professional dive rating from an internationally recognized organization -Five years’ experience in a related position -Hold a valid certification in CPR and First Aid -Extensive knowledge of all standards and procedures with regards to international dive regulations -Ability to repair scuba equipment. -Basic knowledge of boat engine maintenance/repair -Basic knowledge of compressor maintenance and repair -Detailed knowledge of dive shop and watersports operation, organization and recording/ logging protocol. -Knowledge of general operation process. Be at least 25 years old ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OFFICER -Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies or Biology -Two years’ International experience in a similar position -Teaching / trainer experience -Open water PADI certification or higher -Basic accounting background -Computer literate -Excellent written and verbal communication skills -Second language is an asset -Excellent organizational skills -Possess a valid driver’s license MECHANIC Two years’ experience in a similar position -Knowledgeable in mechanical repair and maintenance of All terrain Vehicles, boat engines, diesel engines, trucks. -Highly organized and able to work on own initiative -Excellent organizational skills -Literacy -Possess a valid driver’s license Preference will be given to documented Turks and Caicos Islanders Written applications only and accompanying CVs/resumes must be addressed to the Manager at the following address:

BOAT PAINTER -Have a valid passport -Have at least 5 years’ experience in boat repair, including working with fiberglass and other dangerous chemicals -Positive and disciplined attitude toward work -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business

Cee’s Plaza, Suite No. 1 Church Folly PO Box 86 Grand Turk Turks & Caicos Islands

OASIS DIVING, LTD. c/o EPIC Corporate & Consultancy Services Ltd. Phone: 649-946-1128 Fax: 649-946-1128 Email:

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And the quicker electricity is restored after a hurricane, the better for all communities. We invested heavily, rebuilt strongly and restored electricity quickly and safely after Hurricanes Irma and Maria to help our communities can get back to normal. 2017 Winner

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Fortis TCI 10th anniversary Spring Fun Walk and Run was a success F

ortis TCI based In cycling events. There were also Providenciales hosted their servings of the traditional TCI 10th annual Spring Fun Walk and Saturday hot breakfast along Run. This was another successful with activity stations and health year that the community of screenings. The event kicked off with Providenciales came out in large numbers to bring in spring and the prizes being awarded to the promote a healthy lifestyle and different categories. 1st place Male beginning the season off on the 10K - Martin Healy who received right foot on the 17th of March, a Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Beats 2018. The whole outset of the event Earphones, 1st place Female 10K was to encourage participants to - Lynn Robinson who received a step into spring on a healthy foot. Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Beats The event attracted Earphones, 1st place Kid (13 or well over 500 participants and under) 10K Vijay Kalliecharan spectators. They all came out for receiving a Nintendo Switch, 1st an amazing morning with family place Cyclist -Anthony Pullman and friends for the healthy food receiving a Samsung Gear Fit 2 and fun fitness activities. The and Beats Earphones, 1st place morning started off with a warm- FortisTCI Male 10K - Nore up, followed by the walk, run and Verdieu receiving a Samsung

Gear Fit 2 and Beats Earphones and 1st place FortisTCI Female 10K - Kebba Thomas receiving a Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Beats Earphones. Fortis TCI also issued 10 raffle prizes for 10 years, and the raffle prizes included included: Apple TV, Beats Earphones, Samsung Tablet, Fitbit Charge 2, Smart Lights with Google Home Mini, LG 32� TV, Regent Palms Spa Voucher, Beats Pill, Caicos Express Airline Voucher, American Airlines Voucher. The following are photographs from the event. Photo Credit: Todeline Defralien.

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DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES Amanyara is looking for a dynamic individual to lead our employees in the Engineering department. Responsible for developing budgets and longrange facilities plans based on company growth and future facility’s needs. Oversees the functioning of all building systems including mechanical, electrical, fire/life safety, plumbing, and waste management. Monitors budgets and approves contracts. Oversees contractors involved in facility projects and delivery of services. Ensures building operations comply with all local zoning laws and regulations. Reports to top management. Manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. Ensures the highest levels of quality across products, goods, and services to increase customer satisfaction and positions the organization for continual growth. Identifies issues in life, fire, and safety compliance, working with internal risk management and quality assurance teams to develop reporting platform to mitigate risks and create timeliness and accountability reporting. Responsible for maintaining standards and regulatory requirements. Directs the daily operation by defining duties and assigning workloads for the Engineering staff to ensure that a high standard of service is maintained. Prepares and controls the Engineering budget and monitor utilities consumption. Controls expenses in all areas of the Engineering department with innovative style of operation. Bachelor degree is required along with at least 7 to 10 years experiences. EXECUTIVE CHEF Amanyara is looking for a creative and proficient in all aspects of food preparation, executive chef. He/she will be “the chief” and maintain complete control of the kitchen. Proven working experience at a 5 stars Luxury Resort as a head chef, excellent record of kitchen management and ability to spot and resolve problems efficiently and capable of delegating multiple tasks. Good communication and leadership skills, also keep up with cooking trends and best practices. Plan and direct food preparation and culinary activities, Modify menus or create new ones that meet quality standards, Estimate food requirements

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and food/labor costs, arrange for equipment purchases and repairs, recruit and manage kitchen staff. Rectify arising problems or complaints. Give prepared plates the “final touch” Perform administrative duties, Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulations and safety standards; Keep time and payroll records, Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers. BS degree in Culinary Science or related certificate. SPA &WELLNESS MANAGER Minimum 5 years’ experience in a similar position. Professionally trained in massage therapy or other spa/wellness disciplines and able to train therapists in all massage and beauty treatments. Good leadership qualities and the ability to train motivate, mentor multi-cultural staff. Must be creative and able to implement and market new treatments. Possess a polite, professional demeanor, able to converse confidently with guests on all levels of spa experience. Responsible for ensuring that customers’ expectations are met. Interacts with clients to get feedback about services and facility cleanliness, handles customer complaints and creates customer service tools such as comment cards and surveys.Creates and manages the Spa & Wellness budget by setting annual financial goals, reviews costs for spa procedures and services, oversees payroll and establishes budgets for advertising, sales campaigns and promotional events.Immaculate presentation and grooming required along with strong administrative & computer skills. IT MANAGER Candidate must have these qualifications: At least (5) Years’ experience, Cisco Unified Networking, Routing, Switching, Firewall, Bandwidth Management. Cisco Call Manager VOIP, Unified Wireless, Micros Opera PMS, Micros 9700 POS, IP CCTV. Active Directory, Windows Server Administration, Linux Server Administration, Copper & Fiber Optic Cabling. General User end desktop repair / maintenance and administration. SPA THERAPIST/ SUPERVISOR Minimum 3 years previous experience with working in a spa, preferably in a 5-star resort, providing massage and beauty treatments as well as manicures and pedicures. Must be physically fit and in good health. Immaculate presentation and fluency in English is also required. WAIT STAFF/ BARTENDER Minimum 2 year’s previous food and beverage service experience in a luxury/ 5 star resorts. Excellent verbal communication skills, immaculate presentation and friendly, professional demeanor. Micros skills advantageous, a team player and able to work under pressure. Flexible schedule hours including weekends, holidays and evenings.

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Come and join our winning team at Seven Star Resort & Spa The following positions are currently available

SENIOR SOUS CHEF We are looking for a professional Sous Chef to be the second in command in our kitchen, following our Executive Chef’s specifications and guidelines. The successful candidate will employ its culinary and managerial skills in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ satisfaction. Requirements: •5 to 15 culinary experiences in a five star hotel/resort •Knowledgeable in international cuisine such as Japanese and other Asian dishes •HACCP knowledge, self-motivated and passion for hospitality and cooking •Excellent palate and attention to detail •Understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and procedures Duties and Responsibilities: •Help in the preparation and design of all food and drinks menus •Produce high quality plates both design and taste wise •Ensure that the kitchen operates in a timely way that meets our quality standards •Fill in for the Executive Chef in planning and directing food preparation when necessary •Resourcefully solve any issues that arise and seize control of any problematic situation •Manage and train kitchen staff, establish working schedule and assess staff’s performance •Order supplies to stock inventory appropriately •Comply with and enforce sanitation regulations and safety standard Salary range: USD26,000 to USD30,000Position currently held by a work permit holder SPA THERAPISTS Candidates will join our team in our newly expanded award winning Spa and will be therapists as well as have opening and closing duties. Duties and Requirements: •5 years’ experience as a therapist and relevant degree or equivalent combination of experience and education. •Knowledge of holistic concepts and treatments including facials, full body treatments, massages, physiotherapy, and manicures and pedicures. •Enthusiastic demeanor with excellent customer service skills •Must be able to work long hours and split shift. Salary $6.31 per hour (plus commission).Position held by a work permit hold ACCOUNTANT: We are seeking an accomplished individual with demonstrated qualification and experiences as an accountant. Requirements •Have at least 10 years’ experience with Accounts Payable systems, General Ledger and supplier statement reconciliations. •Must be conversant with stocktaking procedures, stock valuation methods, and automated stock control devices and software. •Demonstrated strong experience & background in Finance with specific emphasis on financial reporting. •Excellent people skills, high-energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and professionalism. •Caribbean or similar International exposure. •Must have received Bachelors in Accounting or equivalent and 10 years’ experience in Finance. •Proficient in Microsoft Office and Visual 1 software •Must be able to work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays Responsible for: •Provide leadership in establishing high-quality standards within the accounting department and must possess excellent communication and leadership skills. •Assist in the preparation of budget presentations; the production of periodic financials, statistics and operational metrics for senior management Salary range: USD25,000 to USD30,000 per annum (Salary is negotiable and based on level, experience and qualifications) HOUSEKEEPING TURNDOWN ATTENDANT / LABOURER Clean, stock, and provide turn down service for guest rooms to ensure cleanliness and guest satisfaction while caring enough to do it well by adhering to the Resort Commitments. Specific Duties and Responsibilities •Provide turn down service by partially removing and storing bedspread, replenishing amenities, linens, and supplies and filling ice bucket as requested by guest •Wipe down tub and sink area •Sign for room keys and restock cart and visually inspect room for cleanliness •Strip and make beds, change linens and dust all furniture thoroughly •Replenish amenities, linens, and supplies in guest room •Respond in a timely manner to guest requests for items and/or other information JOB KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES •Ability to work conscientiously, meets deadlines, follows instruction and directions, with minimal supervision and detailed oriented •Ability to stand, sit, kneel constantly to handle specific details or demands of quality and speedy guest services •Ability to push, lift and/or pull equipment up to or more than 100 lbs •Ability to scrub and scour surfaces, extend arms over head to perform cleaning tasks, and work in confined spaces •Additional language abilities preferred Salary range: USD12,000 to USD 13,500 per annum. Position currently held by a work permit holder

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE We are recruiting a Director of Finance responsible for overall management of all accounting, purchasing, and MIS functions, including, but not limited to, safeguarding all assets, strategic planning/budgeting, and compliance with internal controls and procedures. To provide functional guidance to the Executive Committee and Department Heads, interact with the resorts legal counsel, insurance companies and auditors to effectively control the assets of the business and to provide business support. Salary is based on experience and qualifications. •Director of Finance Suitable candidates must have a relevant degree plus recognized accounting qualification, ACA/CPA with 15 years post qualification experience at Finance Director/CFO level •Must have at least 5 years’ experience in the hospitality industry at Finance Director/CFO level •Must possess strong background in internal/external audit •Must have extensive experience with Strata Corporation management at Executive Committee level. •Must possess a strong IT & HR background •Must have extensive knowledge of Visual 1 software •Must be fluent in English Salary Range $70,000 to $90,000 per annum. Position currently held by a work permit holder EXECUTIVE CHEF Responsible for the consistent preparation of innovative and creative cuisine of the highest quality, presentation and flavor for the dining rooms, banquets and other food facilities, resulting in outstanding guest satisfaction.Additionally responsible for the smooth running of the kitchen and manage areas of profit, stock, wastage control, hygiene practices and training within the kitchen. •Plans menus for all food outlets in the club •Schedules and coordinates the work of chefs, cooks and other kitchen employees to assure that food preparationis 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 results; takes corrective action as necessary to help assure that financial goals are met •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 members and guests •In conjunction with F&B management team, assist in maintaining a high level of service principles in accordance with established standards •Work closely with the Community College to Skills and Qualifications: •Previous five star Executive Chef experience or equivalent experience as Executive Sous Chef •Must contribute to the Community of the Turks & Caicos Islands by carrying out training etc. •Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management •Previous experience working with multi-cultural/multi-ethnic groups •Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience •Ability to build, train and maintain teams Salary range: USD50,000 to USD 55,000 per annum. Currently held by a work permit holder CHEF DE PARTIE The Chef de Partie is responsible for running a specific section of the kitchen. The chef manages a small team of workers, which are responsible for keeping organized so that meals go out on time and the work area remains clean and orderly. Requirements: •5 to 15 culinary experiences in a five star hotel/resort. •Knowledgeable in international cuisine such as Japanese and other Asian dishes. •HACCP knowledge, self-motivated and passion for hospitality and cooking. •Excellent palate and attention to detail. Duties and Responsibilities: •To work and lead the kitchen team. •Execute cooking to the expected high standard quickly and efficiently. •To maintain the required level of hygiene standards/HACCP as laid down both legally and by the standards manual. •To be responsible for the day to day training of the team. Salary range: USD13,200 to USD14,400 Position currently held by a work permit hold OTHER POSITIONS •Carpenter Nail Technician •Duty Manager F&B Runner •Bartender Guest Services Agent Salary range: USD12,000 to $17,000 per annum and is based on experience and qualification. Some position currently held by a work permit holder.

ONLY CANDIDATES MEETING ABOVE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONTACTED. Candidates should apply to Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales via e-mail at for consideration or should leave CV’s at the security building for the attention of HR. Prospective applicants who are Islanders kindly send copies of your application to the board. Application deadline: March 31, 2018

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IS INTERVIEWING FOR: BEACH POSITIONS Join a relaxed and friendly 35 team workforce and enjoy one of the highest wage and bonus packages on the island. Our 98room resort popularity and occupancy is growing year after year resulting inhighdistribution of service chargesand NOSlOW SEASON LAYOFFS Requirements: Candidates Must have strong English communication skills and Valid Driver’s License Resumes can be dropped off at hotel or emailed to Salary Commensurate with Qualification &Experience


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WELDER Full time position required for the repairs and maintenance of chassis and repairs to truck as necessary. This position requires also some mechanic experience. A commercial drivers license is a plus. You may be required to work outside of the welding experience.

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IS INTERVIEWING FOR: FRONT DESK/NIGHT AUDITOR Join a relaxed and friendly 35 team workforce and enjoy one of the highest wage and bonus packages on the island. Our 98room resort popularity and occupancy is growing year after year resulting inhighdistribution of service chargesand NO SlOW SEASON LAYOFFS Candidates Must be personable,customer service oriented and have strong English verbal and written communication skills Resumes can be dropped off at hotel or emailed to Salary Commensurate with Qualification &Experience

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Ruling party wins snap elections in Antigua

The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), led by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, on Wednesday turned what many had predicted would be a victory at the polls into an electoral rout, trouncing the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) to take 15 seats of the 17 seats in the snap elections. It’s a 15-1-1 win for ABLP, United Progressive Party and Barbuda People’s Movement respectively. Harold Lovell is the political leader of the UPP and Joanne Massiah the leader of the DNA. The duo had a bitter row in recent years and moved from being UPP colleagues to public enemy during the race to see who would become leader. After being expelled from the UPP, Massiah formed the DNA. The leaders of both UPP and DNA who were hoping to become the next prime minister suffered at the polls. Browne announced general elections on February 24, 15 months before a constitutionally mandated deadline, giving opposition parties

less than four weeks to prepare. His wife, Maria Bird-Browne becomes the youngest parliamentarian, elected at just 26 years old. The granddaughter of Antigua’s founding father, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, says she’s “elated” to win and more importantly to serve. She thanked the electors for supporting her in such an overwhelming way, winning in all 14 ballot boxes in the St. John’s Rural East constituency. The young parliamentarian who was thrown into the race at the last minute late last year, says her win is a victory for the youth as much as it is for women. She’s encouraging both to go after their dreams and to live to serve. At a victory rally on North Street, ABLP Leader Gaston Browne declared to thousands of supporters that the moment of victory and the realization of a successful political strategy was “not a time for gloating.” Instead, the ABLP leader encouraged all parties to “cooperate toward the betterment of Antigua and Barbuda” and to forgo “the division

Paula Mae Weekes Sworn in as Trinidad and Tobago 1st Woman President Retired judge Paula Mae Weekes was elected by the country’s Electoral College in January. Paula Mae Weekes became the first woman president of Trinidad and Tobago Monday after being elected by the country’s Electoral College back in January. Chief of Justice Ivor Archie swore Weeks in at a ceremony at Queen’s Park Savannah in Port Spain at 10 a.m. local time, replacing Anthony Carmona. A retired judge from the Appeal Court, Paula Mae Weekes was the only presidential nominee proposed by the government. Weekes graduated from law school and has a remarkable career in both public and private spheres. She was called to the Bar in 1982 and she served the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for 11 years. In 1996 she became a judge at the Criminal Division of Trinidad’s High Court before being promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2005. She was then sworn-in as Justice of Appeal in the Turks and Caicos Islands for three years. She was also Chancellor of the Anglican Church and was responsible for their finances. Shortly after being elected, Weekes admitted she felt “completely terrified” about the idea of being president. “I can tell you that apart from feeling honored and humbled, I felt completely terrified. And that terror has not yet abated,” Weekes said. In Trinidad the president is the head of state and is responsible for approving bills before they

President of Trinidad and Tobago Paula Mae Weekes become law, for “casting an eye on the operations and behavior of the Government,” as well as being the head of the armed forces. Most of the president’s actions in Trinidad and Tobago are implemented in accordance with the advice of the cabinet, the prime minister or the leader of the opposition. Among her constitutional mandates is to appoint the nation’s senators: 16 according to the prime minister’s advice, six based on the opposition’s advice, and nine at her own discretion. Trinidad and Tobago has a parliamentary system in which the president is elected by an Electoral College, consisting of members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. With Weekes inauguration, Trinidad and Tobago becomes the only republic in Latin America and the Caribbean to have a woman head of state after Chile’s Michelle Bachelet left office on March 11.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne of politics” in order to “reunite” the nation following a swift but divisive campaign. Yet, while Browne discouraged gloating, thousands of party supporters clad in red paraded through the streets of St. John’s City blowing air horns and car horns, and dancing to Soca music in celebration of the victory. Similar scenes erupted across the island. Strategically, Browne’s snap elections were a political success as his party gained one more seat in the Lower House and denied a seat to the

UPP Leader Harold Lovell. Lovell’s bid to return to the Lower House of Parliament was dashed by Member of Parliament (MP) Melford Nicholas who thrashed the UPP leader with 769 votes to Lovell’s 616 votes. Lovell’s constituency, St. John’s City East, was the first to be declared lost for the UPP on Wednesday just as it was the first seat to be declared in the 2014 general elections. In St. John’s City West, Browne has now been elected for a fifth consecutive term after delivering a crushing defeat to the UPP’s contender, Wilmoth Daniel, the a former four-term MP for St. Phillip’s North, who left what many considered to be a ‘safe seat’ to challenge the prime minister. Daniel was utterly defeated with Browne winning in all 10 boxes that were counted and securing 1457 votes to Daniel’s 565 votes. Shortly after saying that he was “confident” of a victory following an intense campaign, the former UPP MP sat in the yard of the Villa Primary School and waited for the count.

Barbados Prime Minister keeps electorate guessing but warns ruling party is now awake Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart has likened his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to a “sleeping giant (that is) dangerous when awaken” as he continued to keep the electorate guessing as to the date for the next general election in Barbados. Addressing the opening of a DLP office in the St. Peter constituency office on Sunday night, Stuart again referred to his decision not to name the date for the poll when the Parliament was dissolved earlier this month. He told supporters that there have been several discussions regarding the date for the election that must be held within 90 days following the dissolution of Parliament and criticised the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of telling the electorate that it has the answers to the socio-economic problems facing Barbados. “Parliament stood dissolved from earlier this month…and there has been a lot of chatter coming out of the Barbados Labour Party over the fact that no election date has yet been announced. As I said last Sunday…an election date is going to be announced and as I said in 2013, I don’t know what all the hurry is about and election day is going to come that election is going to be fought and it is going to be won,” he told supporters. “Nobody understood what I was saying at the time. I am saying it again tonight, the date is going to come. The election is going to be fought and it is going to be won and I hope that when those who are calling for it end up gnashing their teeth that

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart they would not hold me responsible for it,” he said, adding “those who do not have teeth can gnash gums”. He told supporters that when the DLP not yet entered the campaign “everybody was saying it is only a matter of the date, it’s over. “I said again in 2013, the Democratic Labour Party is a sleeping giant (and) dangerous when awaken and that sleeping giant has now been awaken and will clear everything away from its path as we go through the next election.” Stuart said he remains confident that the party would win all the northern constituencies in the election. He said the new campaign office in St. Peter, the constituency which had been represented by former prime minister Owen Arthur for several years, would now be “the staging post from which our battles in St. peter will be fought …from which we will launch an assault on the northern part of Barbados.

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The Caribbean island getting a $278 million makeover

If your idea of a perfect day includes white sands, blue seas, and complimentary beach barbecues on a relatively quiet private island, Royal Caribbean International has you covered. At least, that’s what Royal Caribbean Cruises has been offering passengers on its Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean cruises since the line debuted its tiny Bahamas island, CocoCay, three decades ago. Now, as the focal point of the brand’s “Perfect Day” programme, CocoCay is getting CocoCay is set for a major redevelopment a US$200 million ($278 million) If all that sounds like the radically different things to different renovation. opposite of your perfect day, there people. The new-and-improved are plenty of opportunities to escape One group that won’t be version of CocoCay will comprise the crowds-two ships docking satisfied? Culture hounds. CocoCay 125 acres (50.6 hectares) of “thrill simultaneously at CocoCay can will ultimately be a completely and chill” attractions-including what deposit as many as 10,000 travellers manufactured experience. While will be one of the Caribbean’s largest on the little island. Those looking to 160 Bahamians will be hired water parks. Dubbed “Perfect Day at unplug should check out the island’s to staff the island, integrating CocoCay”, it represents an effort to new VIP zone, Coco Beach Club, where Bahamian traditions and meaningful court millennials and new-to-cruise there will be Maldives-style over- interactions with locals simply aren’t families. water cabanas with private water part of the equation. Included in the revamp: two slides that plunge into the sea. Each Royal Caribbean expects its massive water towers and 13 water will be staffed by a cabin attendant US$200 million investment to drive slides, including Daredevil’s Peak, who can fetch bottles of bubbly or a demand for sailings to the Bahamas. which, at 135 feet (41.1 metres) above variety of snacks. And the amped-up CocoCay will the sand, will become the tallest slide This two-pronged “thrill and encourage consumers to shell out for in North America when it’s completed chill” concept is part of a strategy that a new array of amenities: Separate next spring. followed extensive market research. charges will apply for water slides, A 1600-foot (487.7m) zip line “We talked to a lot of customers and wave pool, balloon rides, zip line, will deposit guests into the water, guests about what really would be and the Coco Beach Club. Bar tabs while a helium balloon ride will take their perfect day in the Caribbean may also increase, thanks to the new passengers up 450 feet (137m) in the on vacation,” says Michael Bayley, swim-up bars. air. All this takes place above the president and chief executive officer Royal Caribbean sees the largest wave pool in the Caribbean. A of Royal Caribbean. “We’re intending Perfect Day experience as having freshwater pool, also the Caribbean’s on delivering literally the perfect legs elsewhere in the Caribbean and largest, has in-water loungers, a day for you,” he tells Bloomberg, beyond, including Asia and Australia. swim-up bar, and poolside cabanas. acknowledging that this can mean The company is already teasing

Eastern Caribbean has ‘hurricane hangover’ but Carnival calls region as a whole ‘very strong’

Carnival Cruise Line passengers danced in Old San Juan during a post-hurricanes call last November. Carnival Corp. & plc painted a very strong demand picture for 2018 cruises across all regions but noted bookings for the Eastern Caribbean are slightly behind, citing ‘a bit of a hurricane hangover.’ That set analysts on Thursday’s earnings call buzzing with questions, putting management on the defensive to explain this really goes down to demand for one 2,000-passenger Carnival Cruise Line ship (Carnival Fascination) homeporting in San Juan. Carnival Corp. president and CEO Arnold Donald said San Juan, specifically, has been ‘a drag compared to the rest of the Caribbean.’ The Western Caribbean, though, is ahead on price and occupancy, even despite a double-digit industry capacity increase there in the back half of the year. As for the Eastern Caribbean, ‘We’re being patient,’ Donald said, for public perceptions to change, as public relations and marketing efforts chip away at the general media focus

on lingering hurricane recovery issues in Puerto Rico. ‘If guests are waiting for better pricing, they’re probably going to be disappointed,’ the Carnival chief said. Carnival management reiterated that guest feedback about Eastern Caribbean destinations is very positive. (As reported here earlier, ratings for San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Thomas have actually been exceeding pre-hurricane levels.) ‘We’re doing really well in the Caribbean, coming off a record year,’ Donald noted. ‘I don’t want to leave a color on the Eastern Caribbean that it’s bad. It’s not. The Caribbean overall is very strong. Guests are having a fabulous time.’ Any notion that there’s weakness in the Caribbean, he told analysts, is ‘just not true.’ CCL shares were trading at $66.75, off 31 cents, at midday Thursday.

announcements of new “purchase and lease deals” for other private islands that will form a “Perfect Day Island Collection”. Each will have experiences that relate to the location, at least in the subtle way that CocoCay reflects a Caribbean day at the beach, Bayley says. His initiative is part of a broader trend: Disney Cruise Line, Carnival & Plc’s Holland America Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line also own private islands in the Bahamas, and MSC Cruises plans to open its own Bahamian island next year. Across the board, passengers tend to rate these private retreats as some of their favorite ports of call. Not everyone is so enthusiastic. Some 55 miles (88.5km) from CocoCay in Nassau, Bahamas, environmental activist Heather Carey took to Facebook to criticise Royal Caribbean’s plans. “Just another example of how the cruise ship industry does little to benefit us locally, and instead continues to make the visitor experience more insular to the cruise ship islands,” she said. Among her main concerns was that the private island will funnel visitation and excursion revenues away from Nassau-which relies heavily on the cruise tourism economy. “We cannot give away any more of our beautiful Bahamas to these bottomless pits,” she wrote. (Carey did not respond to requests for comment as of press time.)

Cayman makes deal with Airbnb The Cayman Islands has become the latest destination to embrace Airbnb, the company which started as an informal couch surfing service and was once considered a threat to traditional tourism businesses and to government coffers. Officials hope a formal agreement will make it easier for Caymanians to profit from the islands’ tourism boom by renting rooms or villas to visitors through the online marketplace without government losing out on vital room tax revenue. Carlos Munoz, Airbnb’s regional Tourism Minister Moses representative Kirkconnell and Carlos Munoz, product and to share our culture Airbnb’s regional representative, with visitors,” the minister said. signed a memorandum of “People want to experience our understanding at the Government culture, our home.” Administration Building Wednesday, He said it would also agreeing to joint marketing, data give tourism officials a degree of sharing and regulatory standards oversight to help ensure properties for hosts. being rented to visitors were up Mr. Kirkconnell said the to standard and compliant with memorandum was a “significant regulatory requirements, including milestone” for the islands and being licensed through the Hotel would create more opportunities Licensing Board and paying visitor for Caymanians to become room taxes. entrepreneurs without huge expense. Mr. Munoz said Airbnb was growing He said the expansion of exponentially, with more listings Airbnb in Cayman would assist around the world than any hotel in bringing new rooms online and chain. allowing Caymanians to benefit He said the company from the growth in the industry. would be hosting two town hall He said it would also meetings per year in the Cayman spread tourism growth throughout Islands along with government the island and allow visitors officials to educate its “hosts” on the opportunity for meaningful their regulatory obligations and to interaction with local people. provide information to people who “We all have an opportunity wanted to rent their rooms using the now to become part of the tourism service.

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Corporate Taxation On The Way For Bahamas The Government’s planned estate, inheritance or gift tax or other legal reforms pave the way for the transactions related to such company introduction of “corporate taxation” on as shall be prescribed by the Minister a wide range of Bahamian financial in regulations”. services products, it was revealed The new Bill also tackles yesterday. another EU concern by eliminating Carl Bethel QC, the Attorney ‘ring fencing’, or the existence General, confirmed to Tribune of preferential tax regimes for Business that legislation intended to foreigners/non-resident entities, by address the European Union’s (EU) enabling IBCs and the other corporate ‘blacklisting’ concerns was designed to entities to conduct business in the give the Minister of Finance “flexibility” domestic Bahamian economy as well in determining the type of corporate as internationally. taxation that will be imposed. Mr Bethel yesterday The Multinational Entities confirmed that corporate taxation is Financial Reporting Bill 2018, a on the way, although the Government copy of which has been obtained by has yet to determine what type. He this newspaper, repeals and amends added that this will be based on numerous financial services-related advice received from consultants, who laws to allow for the introduction he did not name, but were hired prior of corporate tax “of any nature” on to the EU’s decision to ‘blacklist’ the International Business Companies Bahamas last week. “In the Act, we (IBCs); Foundations; Executive give with respect to each entity the Entities; Exempted Limited power for the Minister of Finance Partnerships; and Investment to prescribe any tax,” the Attorney Condominiums (ICONs). General told Tribune Business. “We’re The amendments to the Acts not specifying the type of taxation. for these products include a new That will be based on what the experts section on taxation, which incorporates tell us. I wanted to give him complete broadly the same language for each. flexibility.” Besides making them “resident or Mr Bethel added that non-resident for exchange control whatever form of corporate taxation purposes”, the new language states was selected, it cannot be a “nil the listed financial products will be or nominal rate”, given that this “subject to such corporate taxation of would run afoul of the Organisation any nature in respect of its resident for Economic Co-Operation and or non-resident income, capital gains, Development’s (OECD) Base Erosion shares, dividends, debt, obligations and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative. or securities, Business Licence, “A week or so before this

CDB approves USD50 million to restore economic stability, build resilience in BVI The Board of Directors of 1. Restoring economic stability the Caribbean Development Bank The loan will be used to strengthen (CDB) has approved a USD50 fiscal management, by providing million (mn) loan to the Government immediate funding to help to close of the British Virgin Islands. The the Government’s financing gap for funds will support efforts to restore 2018; as well as support governance economic stability and build framework improvements and resilience following the passage of labour market flexibility Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Damage and loss as a result of the 2. Building resilience natural disasters were estimated To further improve resilienceat over USD3.6 billion, equivalent building, the loan will support to more than 300 percent of the the Government’s housing reform British Virgin Islands’ annual gross efforts, to ensure access to safe and domestic product (GDP). affordable housing solutions for all “This policy-based loan came residents. It also seeks to strengthen about as a result of consultation the country’s ability to cope with and collaboration between CDB future natural disaster events by and the Government of the British incentivising parametric insurance. Virgin Islands. It responds to the In the immediate aftermath urgent need to restore livelihoods of the disasters in 2017, CDB and essential services following the provided a total of USD67.6 mn impact of the 2017 hurricanes. The to the British Virgin Islands, on funding will provide immediate highly concessional terms, through liquidity support to the Government, a combination of emergency as well as lay the foundation for relief grants, immediate response wide-ranging reforms to enhance loans, and a rehabilitation and the country’s resilience and growth,” reconstruction loan. These funds said Dr. Justin Ram, Director of were targeted towards the provision Economics, CDB. of emergency relief supplies and humanitarian assistance, cleaning The policy-based loan is structured and clearing debris, as well as the around two themes: restoration of critical infrastructure and essential public services.

Attorney General Carl Bethel blacklisting came up, we had already [engaged] a private consulting firm to give advice on how to structure this issue of taxation, bearing in mind the BEPS requirement that taxation cannot be nil or nominal,” he revealed to Tribune Business. Compliance with BEPS is key for meeting the EU’s demands, as the latter is using the OECD initiative as one of three criteria to judge whether a nation should be ‘blacklisted’ as noncooperative in the fight against tax avoidance. BEPS itself is designed to combat tax avoidance by multinational companies, and the Bahamas has already committed to signing up to the initiative’s Joint Inclusive Framework and meet the ‘minimum standard’. This requires the Bahamas to

comply with four criteria, one of which is countering ‘harmful tax practices’. The OECD, though, considers a corporate income tax rate of between 0-10 per cent as ‘harmful’, hence the dilemma for this country given that it currently levies no such taxation. With the proposed ‘corporate taxation’ will be of the income variety has yet to be determined, although many inside the financial services industry - and outside - are urging the Government to seriously examine it as a tool that could help reposition the sector and wider economy. Mr Bethel yesterday said corporate income tax was “not something entirely unknown to us in the Bahamas”, pointing to the 3 per cent and 1 per cent levies, respectively, that are currently imposed on the gross premium income of domestic and external (captive) insurance companies. He noted that captive insurers were not included in the Bill for that very reason, and added of corporate taxation: “It’s not something that cannot be done, and keep the business here.” The Attorney General then backed those suggesting that the introduction of corporate taxation could “open up” opportunities for the Bahamas to attract multinational companies, and their subsidiaries, to establish a physical presence in this jurisdiction and conduct real business from here.

Jamaica declares state of emergency in St Catherine North Determined to stem the murder tally in St Catherine North now at 48 since the start of this year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a state of public emergency in the police division, saying some rights will be suspended. The state of public emergency will be in effect for an initial 14 days and covers Spanish Town and its environs, Bog Walk, Linstead, Jones Avenue, Shelter Rock, Lakes Pen, Sligoville and several other communities where criminals have been active in recent weeks. “Under these enhanced security measures the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some rights will be suspended,” Holness said a media briefing at Jamaica House. “The security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of businesses, access to places and to detain persons without a warrant. All persons using all roads leading into, and out of St Catherine North will be subject to vehicle and personal search. “This does not mean that the use of these extraordinary powers can be arbitrary or are beyond review. The security forces are expected, and

have been directed, to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all,” added Holness. The prime minister was supported by head of the Jamaica Defence Force Major General Rocky Meade, who said the members of the security forces will continue to respect the rights of citizens as is now being done in the other areas such as St James, where they are operating with extraordinary powers. In the meantime, acting police commissioner Clifford Blake said there have been 48 murders since the start of this year, up from 30 over the corresponding period last year. He also said police intelligence indicate the possibility of further criminal activity in the area due to an internal clash in the Clansman gang. “The St Catherine North division has the largest gang in the island, the Clansman gang. This gang has been responsible for scores of murders, robberies and extortion not only in St Catherine,” said Blake. He said the security forces will use tools available to restore public order and the rule of law under the powers granted by the state of public emergency.

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Trump’s lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, the same week Trump added another Washington lawyer to his team. Dowd, a tough-talking exMarine, joined Trump’s legal team last June and took the lead during the summer after Marc Kasowitz, a longtime personal lawyer for Trump, stepped down. “I fight hard,” Dowd said in an interview at the time. “I am not a snowflake,” he said, a disparaging term that has been used to mock liberals. Since then the president has become increasingly frustrated that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has not gone away, said a person close to Trump who asked not to be named to discuss the matter. “I love the president and wish him well,” Dowd, 77, told Reuters in an email on Thursday. In a telephone interview later, he declined to explain why he resigned. Joseph diGenova, who was named to Trump’s legal team on Monday, has been a vocal proponent on right-wing media of what he calls a “brazen plot” by senior Justice

Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to clear Hillary Clinton of alleged criminal conduct for storing classified materials on her private email server when she was secretary of state. According to diGenova, when Clinton lost the 2016 election to Trump, the officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, sought to ruin Trump with an investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia. Attorney Jay Sekulow, who also represents Trump, said on Monday diGenova was to join the team this week. Dowd’s resignation was reported earlier on Thursday by The New York Times, which cited a source who said Trump was increasingly ignoring Dowd’s advice. Sekulow and Dowd had been negotiating a possible interview between Trump and Mueller, people familiar with the matter have said. Sources have said the firings of Comey and former national security advisor Michael Flynn were among topics of interest to Mueller’s team in respect to Trump. Mueller could issue a subpoena for Trump to appear before

John Dowd leaves federal court after a hearing in New York, NY, U.S., February 16, 2011 a grand jury if an interview cannot be arranged. Trump has said that he looks forward to being interviewed by Mueller. On Thursday, when asked at an unrelated press briefing if he still wanted to testify before Mueller, Trump said, “Yes, I would like to.” In a statement, Sekulow called Dowd “a friend” and “a valuable member of our legal team,” and he pledged continued cooperation with Mueller.

Two wounded in Maryland school shooting, student gunman dies A 17-year-old boy opened fire at a Maryland high school on Tuesday in an attack that left two fellow students wounded, then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there, amid a renewed national debate over gun violence in schools. The shooting in St. Mary’s County, about 70 miles (113 km)south of Washington, came five weeks after a high school massacre in Florida and just days before a planned student-led march in the U.S. capital for tougher gun laws. The latest bloodshed erupted shortly before 8 a.m. at Great Mills High School and lasted less than a minute, county Sheriff Timothy Cameron said, but the precise sequence of events was still being sorted out hours later. A 16-year-old girl was in intensive care with lifethreatening wounds, Cameron told a news conference. A 14-yearold boy also struck by gunfire was listed in good condition at a hospital. The gunman was identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, and Cameron said there was “an indication” the teenager had a prior relationship with the female student, although that was still under investigation. The sheriff initially told reporters Rollins shot both victims with a handgun, but then said in response to questions that investigators were still uncertain who fired the shot that hit the 14-year-old. Cameron also said it

Frank Lanham (2nd R), a teacher at Great Mills High School leaves Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland, U.S., March 20, 2018 was not clear whether Rollins died after being shot by sheriff’s Deputy 1st Class Blaine Gaskill, who was assigned as the Great Mills school resource officer, or from self-inflicted gunfire. The latest in a long string of deadly shootings at U.S. schools and colleges occurred little more than a month after 14 students and three faculty members were fatally shot on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The accused gunman, a 19-year-old former student expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons last year, was arrested and charged with 17 counts of murder. That massacre sparked a student movement against gun violence, including a national school walkout last week that included some Great Mills students. A march in Washington by gun control activists is set for Saturday. “We recently had a

protest about school violence last week, and now this has happened,” said Kameron Norwood, 16, as he and other students waited for relatives to pick them up from a nearby high school. Cameron said Rollins pulled out a Glock semiautomatic pistol in a hallway of the school and opened fire. The attack ended after Gaskill ran inside and confronted Rollins, with each firing a single shot almost simultaneously. The officer was not harmed, Cameron said. Rollins was confirmed dead nearly three hours later at a hospital. Rollins’ Facebook page showed he was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys football team and NASCAR auto racing, and he appeared several times on the school’s honor and merit rolls for good grades that were published in a local newspaper. rifles, among other restrictions.

Last Saturday, Dowd called for an end to Mueller’s probe, which he said had been manufactured by Comey. The Daily Beast reported that Dowd said he was speaking for Trump, but he later rowed back on that and said he was speaking for himself. Asked whether Trump had urged him to make the comment, Dowd later told Reuters, “He liked it, that’s all I’ll say.” The addition of diGenova to the legal team might signal a more aggressive strategy by Trump to discredit Mueller. Mueller is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denounced the investigation as a “witch hunt.” White House lawyer Ty Cobb, hired last summer to assist Trump with Mueller’s investigation, now also appears to be on shakier ground given his strategy, which has included cooperating with Mueller. In an August interview with Reuters, Cobb predicted a quick end to the Mueller probe and said he would be embarrassed if the investigation was haunting the White House in 2018.

Man jumps to floor of Dutch parliament in apparent suicide attempt A 65-year-old man jumped several meters from a public gallery onto the floor of the Dutch parliament on Thursday with something tied around his neck, police said. The man survived the apparent suicide attempt and was receiving medical treatment, police said in a statement. Eyewitnesses said the man had been pacing about in an agitated state before tying something to a railing and jumping during a debate, the Telegraaf newspaper reported. The paper identified him as an activist who had camped outside parliament for several weeks in a demonstration for the legalization of hashish and marijuana. “I had to do this to wake up the politicians,” the Telegraaf quoted the man as having written in a post on Facebook. Cannabis is technically illegal in the Netherlands, though it is widely available and police do not prosecute people for possession or sale of small amounts. Shocked lawmakers could be seen in a public video feed rushing to assist the man, who hit the ground with a loud thump. Photos on social media showed the man receiving first aid on a lawmaker’s desk and later being carried out of parliament on a stretcher.

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Putin savors record win, securing six more years at Russia’s helm Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, making him the longest ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin, who will be 71 at the end of his term, has promised to beef up Russia’s defenses against the West and raise living standards. In an outcome that was never in doubt, the Central Election Commission, with nearly 100 percent of the votes counted, announced that Putin, who has run Russia as president or prime minister since 1999, had won 76.68 percent of the vote. With more than 56 million votes, it was Putin’s biggest ever win and the largest by any post-Soviet Russian leader. In a late-night victory speech near Red Square, Putin told a cheering crowd the win was a vote of confidence in what he had achieved in tough conditions.

“It’s very important to maintain this unity,” said Putin, before leading the crowd in repeated chants of “Russia! Russia!” Backed by state TV and the ruling party, and credited with an approval rating around 80 percent, he faced no credible threat from a field of seven challengers. His nearest rival, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, won 11.8 percent while nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky got 5.6 percent. His most vocal opponent, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was barred from running. Critics alleged that officials had compelled people to come to the polls to ensure that boredom with the one-sided contest did not lead to low participation. Near-final figures put turnout at 67.47 percent, just shy of the 70 percent the Kremlin was reported to have been aiming for before the vote. The Central Election Commission said on Monday morning that it had not registered any serious complaints of violations. Putin loyalists said the result was a vindication of his tough stance toward the West. “I think that in the United

States and Britain they’ve understood they cannot influence our elections,” Igor Morozov, a member of the upper house of parliament, said on state television. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov played down suggestions on Monday that tensions with the West had boosted turnout, saying the result showed that people were united behind Putin’s plans to develop Russia. He said Putin would spend the day fielding calls of congratulation, meeting supporters, and holding talks with the losing candidates. Chinese President Xi Jinping was among the first to offer his congratulations to Putin, but Heiko Maas, Germany’s new foreign minister, questioned whether there had been fair political competition. Opposition leader Navalny is expected to call for protests demanding a re-run of an election that he says was neither free nor fair. International observers were due to give their verdict later on Monday. The longer-term question is whether Putin will now soften his anti-Western rhetoric. His bellicose language reached a crescendo in a state-of-the-

Russian President Vladimir Putin nation speech before the election when he unveiled new nuclear weapons, saying they could strike almost any point in the world. Russia is currently at odds with the West over Syria, Ukraine; allegations of cyber attacks and meddling in foreign elections; and the poisoning in Britain of a former Russian spy and his daughter. As a result, relations with the West have hit a post-Cold-War low. Britain and Russia are locked in a diplomatic dispute over the poisoning, and Washington is eyeing new sanctions on Moscow over allegations that it interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which Russia denies.

Rihanna urges fans to delete Snapchat after ad mocking assault by Brown Pop star Rihanna urged fans on Thursday to delete Snapchat after the social media app ran an ad making fun of her 2009 beating at the hands of then boyfriend Chris Brown. Shares of Snap Inc (SNAP.N), the company that makes the app, were down 4.7 percent in trading on Thursday. “SNAPCHAT I know you know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!,” the singer wrote on Instagram on Rihanna Thursday. “You spent money to animate down an advert on its platform for a something that would intentionally mobile video game called “Would You bring shame to DV victims and made Rather!” a joke of it!!!,” she added, referring The ad showed pictures of to domestic violence. “Shame on you. Rihanna and Brown with the captions “Slap Rihanna” and “Punch Chris Throw the whole app-oligy away.” The “Wild Thoughts” singer, Brown.” Both the ad and the game 30, was speaking out after Snapchat were unaffiliated with Snapchat. R&B singer Brown pleaded earlier this week apologized and took

Chris Brown guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009 in an incident that made headlines around the world when a photo of her bruised face was released. Snapchat on Thursday said the ad was “disgusting and never should have appeared on our service.” “We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it

through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again,” the company said in a statement. Rihanna’s comments were the latest bad press for Snapchat. Its shares lost about $1.5 billion in market value in February after social media celebrity Kylie Jenner, who has as many as 105 million Instagram followers, tweeted that she did not like the Snapchat site’s redesign. Dozens of fans on Thursday tweeted that they were following Rihanna’s call to delete the Snapchat app. “Rihanna let them KNOW. RIP SNAPCHAT,” tweeted a user with the Twitter handle @loveonthebrain. “y’all thought kylie killed snapchat, but rihanna dragged it to the grave! RIP september 2011-march 2018,” tweeted a user called cozy spice.

Britain’s new post-Brexit passports to be made by Franco-Dutch company In the wake of Brexit, Brits were promised their new blue passports would be “iconic.” They got ironic instead. Yes, Britain may have voted to leave the European Union. But a Franco-Dutch company will likely be producing its post-Brexit passports, according to British news reports and based on claims made by the British competitor, De La Rue, that appears to have been outbid for the contract. Neither De La Rue nor the apparently successful bidder, Gemalto, responded to requests for comment by The Washington Post on Thursday. The British Home Office did not confirm the name of the successful bidder in a statement on Thursday, but said that “the preferred bidder has been selected following a rigorous, fair and open competition” which would result in a “secure product at the best value for money for our customers and

the taxpayer.” The Home Office statement appeared to indicate that a decision had been made, even though the British culture secretary, Matt Hancock, told the BBC that the process was “not fully complete.” It’s only the latest development in a Brexit tale that has come to symbolize the challenges Britain is encountering as it tries to somewhat disentangle its close ties to the 27 other E.U. nations. The British passport used to be blue throughout much of the last century, starting in 1920. In 1988, the current burgundy document — which is the standard color among E.U. nations — was introduced when Britain decided to switch to machine-readable passports. But to many British opponents or skeptics of the European Union, the burgundy passport mainly became a constant

reminder of what they perceived to be servitude to Brussels. In December last year, then immigration minister Brandon Lewis announced that United Kingdom passports would once again become blue following Brexit, heralding the move as a major success. “I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019,” he said. But the passport change, which was supposed to symbolize British national identity, is now being referred to by many, including former British cabinet minister Priti Patel, as “a national embarrassment.” “Blue Brexit passports to be made in Europe” read the front page of Thursday’s Daily Telegraph. “Sacre Bleu” exclaimed British tabloid, The Sun. “Over the last few months

we have heard ministers happy to come on and talk about the new blue passport and the fact that it is an icon of British identity,” Martin Sutherland, the chief executive of the British manufacturer De la Rue, told the BBC on Thursday. “But now this icon of British identity is going to be manufactured in France.” On Twitter, “Franco-Dutch” soon began trending across Britain as hundreds learned and responded to the news. “The new Blue “iconic” passport to be made by a FrancoDutch company Gemalto whose HQ is in Amsterdam, and also listed on the Paris stock exchange, a truly European enterprise. The irony hasn’t been lost on the many commentators watching this story unfold ...” tweeted Angela Rayner, a Labour member of Parliament.

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Texas serial bomber made video confession before blowing himself up The serial bomber whose Combs said investigators believe the deadly attacks terrorized Austin, suspect would have continued his Texas, for weeks left a 25-minute video attacks had he not been apprehended. “confession” on a cell phone found after Police recovered a “target list” he blew himself up on Wednesday as of addresses for future bombings, the officers closed in to make an arrest, Los Angeles Times reported, citing police said. U.S. Representative Michael McCaul Mark Conditt, 23, an of Texas, the Republican chairman unemployed man from the suburb of of the House Homeland Security Pflugerville, detailed how he made Committee. all seven bombs that have been Even so, the video gave no accounted for - five that exploded, one explanation for the individuals and that was recovered before it went off addresses singled out as recipients and a seventh that he detonated as of the bombs that were planted or officers rushed his vehicle early on shipped, Manley said. Wednesday. Police previously said they But the video failed to reveal a had considered the possibility that coherent motive for the attacks spread the attacks were racially motivated, over the past three weeks, police said. noting that the first several victims, “He does not at all mention including the two who died, were anything about terrorism, nor does either African-American or Hispanic. he mention anything about hate, Conditt likely recorded the Texas blast suspect Mark Anthony Conditt. but instead it is the outcry of a very video between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on “This can never be called a happy challenged young man, talking Tuesday. According to Manley, Conditt ending, but it’s a damn good one for about challenges in his personal life,” said he believed police “were getting the people of this community, the Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told very close to him,” and he was right. people of the state of Texas,” Travis reporters. Authorities filed a criminal complaint County District Attorney Margaret “I would classify this as a and issued an arrest warrant around Moore told reporters. confession,” Manley said. that time. Residents in Austin, a city of Conditt, who had never before By Wednesday morning, 1 million people and a liberal enclave been in trouble with the law, killed police had tracked Conditt to a hotel of university students and tech two people and wounded five with a and were waiting for the arrival of companies, voiced relief that the hunt campaign of violence that began on tactical units and equipment before for the serial bomber was over. March 2, authorities said. they planned to make an arrest, “I am going to be leery and Based on their search of Manley said. But then Conditt drove extra careful tomorrow at work, but I the suspect’s home and his video away. feel relieved now,” said Jesus Borjon, statement, authorities said they felt Police followed and decided to 44, an employee of parcel delivery firm confident that there were no other stop him before he got on the highway. UPS, who lives in Pflugerville. bombs and that the public was safe Just as officers approached the vehicle, Austin was hosting thousands from further harm. the explosion went off, Manley said. of out-of-town visitors for its annual FBI special agent Christopher There was also some police shooting. South by Southwest festival of music,

Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president’s disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin’s help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond. Trump drew fire from Republicans and Democrats alike for telling reporters on Tuesday that he had congratulated Putin on his re-election and that the two leaders had made tentative plans to meet in the “not too distant future.” The Washington Post reported that Trump, in his briefing papers to prepare for the phone call with Putin on Tuesday, was specifically warned “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” the Russian president. White House officials did not dispute the report, but said whoever leaked it could be subject to dismissal. A Trump confidant who asked not to be named said Trump was angry about the leak, and a White House official said John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, was “frustrated and deeply disappointed.” In a pair of tweets on his call with Putin, Trump said U.S. news organizations “wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.” “They can help solve problems with North Korea,

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly sits at the end of the table as U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sit down to a working lunch with their delegations at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018 Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and the result.” Senator John McCain, even the coming Arms Race,” a longtime Putin critic, was even Trump said. blunter, saying: “An American Trump’s congratulations president does not lead the Free to Putin, which came shortly World by congratulating dictators after he joined Britain in blaming on winning sham elections.” Russia for a poison nerve gas Administration officials attack against a former Russian said it was unclear if the spy in southern England, has president had seen the briefing revived criticism that Trump has memo that was leaked to the been too tolerant of the Russian Post. leader. “If this story is accurate, Trump is under that means someone leaked investigation by U.S. Special the president’s briefing papers. Counsel Robert Mueller on Leaking such information is a whether he or his aides colluded fireable offense and likely illegal,” with Russia during the 2016 said a senior White House official, presidential election that Trump who requested anonymity. won. Trump calls the probe a Republican Senator political witch hunt. Marco Rubio said he did not like Trump’s overture to Trump’s congratulations to Putin Putin has drawn heavy fire but thought the leak was worse. by critics who called Sunday’s “If you don’t like the guy, election rigged. quit. But to be this duplicitous Senate majority leader and continue to leak things Mitch McConnell said there was out, it’s dangerous,” Rubio told a “lack of credibility in tallying reporters.

film and technology when the first bombings occurred. The trail of clues leading hundreds of investigators to the serial bomber ranged from store receipts and fragments of booby-trapped packages to surveillance video of the suspect in a hat and wig. Experts scoured the suspect’s home for further evidence on Wednesday, removing explosive materials and bomb components. “I wouldn’t call it a bombmaking factory, but there’s definitely components consistent with what we’ve seen in all these other devices,” Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge of Houston office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told reporters. Investigators evacuated a four-block radius around Conditt’s house while they searched the home, which Conditt shared with two roommates who had been detained for questioning. Conditt moved in a year ago after leaving his parents’ home about a mile (1.6 km) away, public records showed. One law enforcement official involved in the investigation but speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters that some of the materials found in remnants of the bombs were traced back to where they had been sold. The source also said investigators, once they had identified Conditt as a potential suspect, obtained a warrant to monitor his Google search history.

British PM May says Russia poses threat to all of Europe British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would tell other European Union leaders on Thursday that Russia posed a threat to the whole bloc, not only to Britain, following an attack using a military-grade nerve agent in England. “Russia staged a brazen and reckless attack against the United Kingdom,” May told reporters on arriving at an EU summit. “It’s clear that the Russian threat does not respect borders and indeed the incident in (the town of) Salisbury was a pattern of Russian aggression against Europe and its near neighbors.”

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Mission Statement and Guiding Principles through planning, scheduling, controlling project costs, and utilizing other available resources REQUIREMENTS: •Minimum of 5 years of project management experience including the management of contractors, engineers and architects •Must have CAPEX/MRO procurement experience of minimum 10 yrs. with excellent communication skills •Understanding and Experience of Strata Management •Diploma in International Hospitality Management •Computer Literacy ( Microsoft, CAD, OPERA) DATE OPEN: March 26, 2018START DATE: March 26, 2018 •Strong communication and organizational skills •Positive & pro-active attitude POSITION: Group Manager of Construction •References from previous employer a must Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. RESPONSIBILITIES: Qualified Islanders and Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: $48,000 - $55,000 per annum •Act as Owner’s direct liaison between Hotels, third-party Condominium owners and local construction firms •Act as liaison between Ownership and Design Professionals such as DATE OPEN: March 26, 2018 START DATE: ASAP Architects, Interior Designers and Engineer(s), General Contractor(s), Vendor(s), Government Offices and utilities POSITION: Cooks (2) •Planning and managing all capital expenditure projects as decided by the hotel ownership. Job Overview: A Line Cook’s major responsibility is to prepare food, help •Manage the project budget and schedule including the respective tasks the kitchen workers in the preparation of food items and set up allocated and activities on behalf of the Owner. Coordinate, attend and stations for menu, as instructed by Chef and compliant with standards. participate They also arrange, prepare and break down the stations while maintaining in all required pre-construction meetings on behalf of the Owner the uppermost hygienic standards. Shifts vary. Full time. Weekend and •Perform Design Development reviews in conjunction with and on holiday work may be required. behalf of the Owner. Insure that the contract documents are prepared and This position is currently held by an expatriate worker completed in compliance with Owner’s expectations. Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the •Prepare and present electronic project management reports, budgets, Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 cash flow forecasts and cost reports to the Owner utilizing photographs, Salary Range:$9.50 - $14.00 per hour schedules and other relevant documentation. •Coordinate and Supervise construction draw inspections and working together with the Group Director of Finance to ensure budget Interested persons can contact our Human Resources compliance Department no later than April 20, 2018 •Negotiating with international suppliers including existing suppliers @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 in Email: Asia and the USA Fax: (649) 946-5758 •Provide Consulting assistance to the Directors of Engineering at P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Hotels West Indies •Oversight of all project direction, consistent with the companies


TCI Industrial

Is seeking 8 Electrical Technicians Is seeking 8 High Pressure Welders To work 5 days per week and on weekends Salary $15.00 per hour Please Contact: 231-1205



Alex Higgs: Looking for Barbers To work 6 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 243-5406

Is seeking a Bookkeeper To work 6 days a week including Holidays and sometimes weekends Salary: $7.00 per hour Please Contact: 246-3163

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 Salary $10.00 per hour This position is a work permit renewal. Please forward CV to the Labor Department and to

LARRY GRAY Is seeking a Babysitter To work 5 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 345-1182

Turks & Caicos Realty Ltd. Is seeking a Part-time DOMESTIC WORKER


Please send resume to PO Box 279, Venture House, Grace Bay Rd Phone: 649.946.4474

Is seeking an Assistant Network Technician To work 6 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 343-8282



In Providenciales Is seeking to employ an experienced Carpenter Salary commensurate with experience Please Contact: 243-5512

IN GRAND TURK Is looking for a Line Cook With 5years experience in providing meals in different styles and cuisine Salary is at the rate of $1700.00 monthly Please contact (649)232-2750

Duties to include but not limited to: General office and household cleaning and maintenance Occasional child care and pet care Catering and shopping services on call Laundry and delivery services Hourly rate $10. Minimum of 10 hours per week Must speak and read English Must have own transportation and cell phone Must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience

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Zuckerberg apologizes for YouTube to ‘Frustrate Facebook mistakes with user data and Seduce’ You Into

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook InC. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users, and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information. The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States. This follows allegations by a whistleblower that British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed users’ information to build profiles on American voters that were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016. “This was a major breach of trust. I’m really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data,” Zuckerberg told CNN, breaking a public silence since the scandal erupted at the weekend. Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook the company “made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.” He said the social network planned to conduct an investigation of thousands of apps that have used Facebook’s platform, restrict developer access to data, and give members a tool that lets them disable access to their Facebook data more easily. His plans did not

need to abide by the law and we’re strengthening the law.” Germany’s justice minister Katarina Barley demanded that Facebook executives explain to her whether the site’s 30 million German users had been affected. Zuckerberg said he was open to additional government regulation and happy to testify before the U.S. Congress if he was the right person. INVESTOR FEARS

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook represent a big reduction of advertisers’ ability to use Facebook data, which is the company’s lifeblood. European governments expressed dissatisfaction with Facebook’s response and said the scandal showed the need for strong regulation. “It shouldn’t be for a company to decide what is the appropriate balance between privacy and innovation and use of data. Those rules should be set by society as a whole and so by parliament,” British minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, told BBC Radio. “The big tech companies

Facebook shares fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday as the apology failed to quell Wall Street nerves. The company has lost nearly $46 billion of its stock market value over the past three days on investors’ fears that any failure by big tech firms to protect personal data could deter advertisers and users and invite tougher regulation. Zuckerberg told the New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday he had not seen a “meaningful number of people” deleting their accounts over the scandal. Facebook representatives met U.S. congressional staff on Wednesday and planned to continue meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Facebook was unable to answer many questions, two aides who attended the briefing said.

Paying for Music A YouTube-branded music subscription service is about to be launched, and ads will be used to frustrate you into subscribing. When it comes to music, YouTube is feeling the pressure on all sides. The music industry wants more money for its content, there’s growing competition from dedicated music services such as Spotify and Apple Music, and then there are consumers, who just want to watch and listen with as few ads as possible. As Bloomberg reports, if you’re a heavy user of YouTube for music, you’re now a target. A YouTube Music Service is expected this year, and YouTube’s first tactic to entice users to sign up is more ads! YouTube believes more advertising is a good way to convince you to subscribe so as to remove frustration. According to Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, YouTube is already making $10 billion a year mainly from advertising. Music subscriptions are expected to add significantly to that while at the same time silencing the “noise” coming from the music industry and the claimed harm YouTube does. Cohen’s tactic is to “frustrate and seduce” YouTube users into subscribing, but it could easily backfire. We shouldn’t have to wait much longer to find if it does. The subscription service is already being used by thousands of Google employees, with the seduction part of the offer including exclusive videos, playlists, and “other offerings that will appeal to die-hard music fans.” Another big part of the seduction will be price. Will YouTube undercut the competition? Expect a lot of money to be spent in the coming months on a big marketing campaign pushing YouTube music subscriptions.

Self-driving car industry confronts trust issues after Uber crash The fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car cranks up pressure on the self-driving vehicle industry to prove its software and sensors are safe in the absence of strong government standards, experts in the field said. Automakers including General Motors Co, technology companies such as Alphabet Inc and ride services providers like Uber Technologies Inc have all urged policy makers at the federal and state level not to put a heavy regulatory hand on an industry still in development. They have said their extensive testing demonstrates commitment to safety. But the Uber accident in Tempe, Arizona - the first death attributed to a self-driving car operating in autonomous mode - has given ammunition to critics of the industry concerned that the lack of clear standards allows manufacturers to test faulty, or partially developed

Steve Wynn cuts stake in Wynn Resorts, becomes No. 3 holder

NO FEDERAL STANDARDS technology on public streets. Industry executives had Most self-driving vehicles begun well before Sunday’s accident to defuse concerns by opening up are equipped with radar sensors and about their testing methods - without lidar sensors, which use lasers to giving away the secrets of their detect obstacles around the vehicle. system designs. There are no federal standards Public disclosure of self- yet specifying how such systems driving car testing data is inconsistent should work. Congress and federal and varies by state. California, for regulators are still debating how example, requires manufacturers to tightly to regulate such systems. “There should be vision tests report instances when an autonomous vehicle system disengages. Arizona for the sensors they are using, both does not. static and dynamic to see how well Alphabet’s Waymo self- they work,” said Missy Cummings, driving car unit, for example, has a Duke University mechanical underscored in a report that its engineering professor. The short video recorded autonomous vehicles have now logged 5 million miles in real-world by cameras in the Uber vehicle that testing, and billions more in computer struck pedestrian Elaine Herzberg simulations. GM’s Cruise Automation while crossing a street in Tempe, unit has highlighted its decision to Arizona late Sunday raises questions teach its driving system to navigate about whether the Uber system responded better than a human San Francisco’s congested streets. driver, experts said on Wednesday.

Steve Wynn, the former chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd, has lowered his stake in the casino operator to about 7.8 percent from 11.78 percent, a regulatory filing showed on Thursday. Steve Wynn sold 4.1 million shares of Wynn Resorts at $180 per share,

the filing showed, which now makes him the third-biggest shareholder in the company, behind his former wife Elaine Wynn and The Vanguard Group Inc, according to Thomson Reuters data. Wynn Resorts’ shares dipped 0.8 percent to $177.50 in trading ahead of the opening bell.

Uber has hired human operators to sit in the driver’s seats of its autonomous vehicles to intervene if necessary. The video released by Tempe police shows a human operator behind the wheel of the Uber vehicle before the impact. The operator is seen looking down, away from the street, in the seconds before the vehicle struck Herzberg. She was pushing a bicycle across the street from left lane into the right lane where the Uber vehicle was driving. “It seems it should have detected her,” Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at University of California Davis told Reuters in an email after viewing the video. “It seems unlikely that a human driver would have done better. We do want AVs to do better than us and the potential exists.”

The casino mogul’s share sale comes a week after Wynn Resorts said Steve and Elaine Wynn, who has a 9.26 percent stake, had scrapped a shareholder agreement that prevented them from selling their stakes. Steve Wynn resigned as CEO of the Las Vegasbased company last month,

following claims he subjected women who worked for him to unwanted advances. He has denied the accusations. Analysts have said Wynn Resorts may become a takeover target following the departure of Steve Wynn, who was a strategic visionary and the chief diplomat for the company.

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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY WORLD NEWS Amazon is now second most valuable U.S. company, tops Alphabet became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc for the first time. Amazon shares finished up 2.69 percent at $1,586.51, for a market capitalization of $768 billion, underscoring Wall Street’s confidence in its relentless expansion into cloud computing, groceries and other new businesses. Alphabet lost 0.39 percent, trimming its stock market value to $762 billion, as Wall Street fretted about regulatory fallout following revelations that a political consulting firm had improperly obtained personal data on 50 million Facebook Inc users. Together, Alphabet and Facebook dominate online advertising. They have previously faced government criticism for how they employ their user data. Amazon’s stock has surged 81 percent over the past year, through Monday, bolstered by scorchingly fast revenue growth as more shopping moves online and businesses shift their computing operations to the cloud, where Amazon Web Services leads the market. “They’re using their cash flow to develop new businesses,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York. “They could have Apple in their sights at some point.” Seattle-based Amazon dislodged Microsoft Corp as the No. 3 U.S. company by market capitalization in February. Apple is the world’s most valuable publicly listed company, with a market capitalization of $889 billion. Obviously, past stock gains are not a reliable predictor of future performance, and the surge in Amazon shares in recent years has been exceptional by most standards. But if Amazon’s stock were to keep growing on the trajectory seen over the past year, its market capitalization would hit $1 trillion in late August. Apple’s market cap would reach $1 trillion around a month later if its stock price continued to rise at the 25 percent pace seen over the past year. Alphabet’s stock has risen 4 percent so far in 2018 and is up 26 percent in the past year.

What is 5G and who are the major players? 5G networks, now in the crown of Broadcom’s portfolio final testing stage, will rely on of communications chips, which denser arrays of small antennas supply wi-fi, power management, and the cloud to offer data speeds video and other features up to 50 or 100 times faster than in smartphones alongside current 4G networks and serve Qualcomm’s core baseband chips as critical infrastructure for a - radio modems that wirelessly range of industries. connect phones to networks. Deals to start building The concern is that a mass-market 5G networks are takeover by Singapore-based still largely a year away, but by Broadcom could see the firm 2025, 1.2 billion people are set to cut research and development have access to 5G networks - a spending by Qualcomm or hive third of them in China, according off strategically important parts to the global wireless trade group of the company to other buyers, GSMA. including in China, U.S. officials Moving to new networks and analysts have said. promises to enable new mobile 5G promises to open services and even whole new up the clubby world of telecom business models, but could pose equipment by creating openings challenges for countries and for a far wider range of players industries unprepared to invest in hardware, software and in the transition. semiconductors, many of them Unlike the upgrades from Asia, increasing the of cellular standards 2G in the dependence of Silicon Valley on early 1990s, 3G around the foreign players. millennium and 4G in 2010, 5G standards will deliver not MAJOR PLAYERS just faster phone and computer data but also help connect up Before the new cars, machines, cargo and crop technology becomes a reality for equipment. consumers, two transitions need to take place. WHY IS THE U.S. Mobile operators have to upgrade WORRIED? their networks with 5G gear made by the likes of Huawei and The Committee on ZTE of China, Sweden’s Ericsson Foreign Investment in the United and Finland’s Nokia. And phone States (CFIUS), which vets makers need to make handsets acquisitions of U.S. corporations with built-in 5G radios ready to by foreign companies, said hook up to networks. the Broadcom takeover risked Qualcomm is the weakening Qualcomm, which dominant player in smartphone would boost China over the communications chips, making United States in the 5G race. half of all core baseband radio Acquiring Qualcomm chips in smartphones. It is one would represent the jewel in the of the last big U.S. technology

companies with a major role in mobile communications hardware. Most other baseband chips come from Asia: MediaTek of Taiwan holds about one quarter of the market, while Samsung Electronics and Huawei - two big smartphone makers - develop chips for their own devices. Huawei does through a subsidiary known as HiSilicon. Its dominant position in 5G comes from its mastery of two areas: getting its patents adopted in what are known as standards and then selling the chip designs that work with those standards. The standards are set by a global body to ensure all phones work across different mobile networks, and whoever’s essential patents end up making it into the standard stands to reap huge royalty licensing revenue streams. Qualcomm has landed a number of these foundational patents, which means that both handset makers and telecommunications gear makers will have to pay it licensing fees. It dominated standards setting in 3G and 4G wireless and looks set to top the list of patent holders heading into the 5G cycle. Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson and others are also vying to amass 5G patents, which has helped spur complex crosslicensing agreements like the deal struck late last year Nokia and Huawei around handsets.

FedEx to scan every parcel at two Texas facilities after blast FedEx Corp will screen every package at the Texas facility where a parcel exploded on Tuesday, according to a FedEx manager, describing extraordinary steps the company is taking in response to a series of bombings in the state capital. The package delivery company will also X-ray entire truckloads of parcels at its sorting facility outside Austin, and then divert them elsewhere for sorting and delivery, said the FedEx employee who was not authorized to speak on the record. The source does not work at the sorting facility but was briefed on the situation. FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey said he had no immediate comment. The blast at FedEx on Tuesday was one of five explosions in Texas in the past 18 days. A sixth explosion on Tuesday night did not appear related, authorities said. The five attacks have killed two people, injured others and left hundreds of federal and local investigators scrambling to find the

perpetrator and a motive. Package screening is not routine at the nation’s big delivery companies such as FedEx, United Parcel Service Inc or the U.S. Postal Service. The industry delivers a total of around 40 million parcels in the United States each day, industry experts said. Checking every package on a regular basis would virtually paralyze their operations. FedEx will carry out the special screenings at the sorting facility in Schertz, Texas where the package exploded, injuring one worker, and at a second location in Austin, where another explosive device was found, the employee said. The second package was turned over to police. For now, the industry will likely rely on employees who are trained to flag suspicious packages, Jindel said. UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara said the world’s largest package delivery company has security measures in place and was

Law enforcement seen outside FedEx facility following blast in Schertz, Texas The FedEx manager with cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation, but declined to knowledge of the incident said the blast appeared to have been set off comment further. DHL Worldwide Express by a mechanical arm that diverts said it had “standard” security and packages along a conveyer belt. When screening procedures in place and that the arm came out and hit the package, its security teams were monitoring the it exploded on the sorter just as it entered a chute, he said. situation in Texas. The U.S. Postal Service “The good thing is it went off uses technology, targeted screening when it was going down the chute,” and employee training to stop he said. “The chute actually shielded suspicious packages, spokesman Dave anybody below from the blast.” Partenheimer said.

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GOVERNMENT VACANCIES – (APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30th MARCH 2018) JOB TITLE: Senior Internal Auditor (Information Technology) – LWB12-01 DEPARTMENT: Office of the Chief Internal Audit LOCATION: Grand Turk SALARY: Grade 7.1 - $41,205.00 per annum plus allowances JOB SUMMARY The successful candidate will be accountable to the Chief Internal Auditor through the Internal Audit Manager and have responsibility for developing the strategy for IT audits and taking lead responsibility for IT audits as part of the approved annual internal audit plan. The post holder will also be responsible for IT security and protocols within the Office of Chief Internal Auditor. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

Immigration Officer - JCB12-2 Immigration Department Various Grade 5.1 - $26,650.00 per annum

JOB SUMMARY This is a Law Enforcement position which supports the Senior Immigration officers and by extent the Border control and Enforcement (Immigration Department). The purpose of the job is to perform joint duties with other sections within the department and with various Government JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

Deputy Collector of Customs – Finance -JCB12-3 Customs Department Providenciales Grade 9.1 - $59,552.50 PER ANNUM

JOB SUMMARY The Deputy Collector of Customs - Finance is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Customs Department. He/she has responsibility for the financial performance of the operational units within the Customs Department and provides leadership and direction to all officers in regards to financial matters pertaining to the Customs Department. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

Administrative Officer - JCB12-4 Revenue Control Unit Providenciales Grade 5.1 - $26,650.00 PER ANNUM

JOB SUMMARY This is an administrative position, which has responsibility for the smooth operation of administrative functions in the office and for dealing with information that is sensitive and/or confidential. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

Director of Maritime -CFB12-5 Maritime Department Providenciales Grade 9 - $59,552.50 per annum



Client Care Assistant – KH12-9 Special Needs Unit/Wellness Center South Caicos Grade 4 - $21,935.00 per annum

JOB SUMMARY: This is a practical nursing position with basic level responsibility for patient health care in the wellness center. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

Clinical Nurse – KHB12-10 Special Needs Unit/Wellness Center South Caicos Grade 5: $26,650.00 per annum

JOB SUMMARY: This a professional nursing position with basic level responsibility for patient/ client health care in the Wellness Center/Special Needs Unit on Grand Turk and South Caicos. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: Salary:

Environmental Health Officers – KHB12-11 Environmental Health Department Various Grade 6 - $33,415.00 plus allowances

JOB SUMMARY To provide professional position in the nursing service focused on promoting and restoring patients’ health through the utilization of the nursing process; collaborating with multidisciplinary team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends and families; supervising assigned team members. JOB TITLE: Community Outreach and Program Officer – CFB12-13 DEPARTMENT: Social Development LOCATION: Providenciales SALARY: Grade 6 -$33,415.00 per annum JOB SUMMARY Under the supervision of the Director and Deputy Director, the incumbent will plan, develop and coordinate community-based programs focusing on improving the quality of life for community residents and enhancing community sensitization in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The post holder’s work involves managing, coordinating and scheduling community events, meetings and program activities. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

Develop Control Officer – CBB12-14 Planning Department Providenciales Grade 5 -$26,650.00 per annum


The post is a senior management position mandated to oversee the efficient enforcement of applicable maritime laws and proper implementation of the duties and responsibilities of the Department; to conduct policy review and analyses, and to propose appropriate legislative action; to perform SWOT analyses and strategic planning to address both short and long-term issues and challenges of the Department.

This is a junior position with responsibility for the enforcement of the Physical Planning Ordinance and the regulations made thereunder throughout TCI. The job holder will assist in ensuring the enforcement of the Code, educate the public and liaise as required regarding amendments to the Planning and Building Regulations.



Environmental Officers – CFB12-07 Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) Various $33,415.00 per annum

Clerical Assistant – CBB12-15 Department of Public Prosecutions Grand Turk Grade 3 - $16,707.50



The post is mandated to contribute and provide support for environmental, research, monitoring and environmental awareness programmes of the Department.

The incumbent in this position will be responsible for clerical and administrative tasks to support the daily functions of the Office.


Speech and Language Pathologist - KHB12-8 Special Needs Unit/Wellness Center Providenciales Grade 8 - $51,147.50 per annum plus allowances

JOB SUMMARY: This is a professional position, performing evaluations, developing and implementing effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with professional standards governing the facility and their discipline. Collaborating with multidisciplinary team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends and families;

For more details regarding this position, kindly refer to the attached documents or visit Please ensure that all applications submitted by email clearly states the Job Title in the subject line of the email and all applications received via hard copy is clearly marked with the Job Title.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY Maintenance/Building Coordinatorfor a Private Residence Needed P&C Ltd. owns a villa in Providenciales and is looking for a hard working individual to work as a Maintenance/Building Coordinator at the villa. Applicant must speak English, have a valid TCI driver’s license and be fit and able. Applicant is required to live on property and is needed to work six days a week. Salary is $2,000.00 a month. Applicants must be able to do the following:General Maintenance Responsibilities: ▪ Oversee regular inspection of security, electronics, buildings and general grounds of the property ▪ Carrying out handyman work if and when necessary, carry out or overseeing of carpentry, plumbing, painting and electrical maintenance on property by service providers ▪ Attending to general landscaping at property and liaising with third party maintenance workers and service providers ▪ General pool maintenance and cleaning in coordination with third party maintenance company ▪ General maintenance and cleaning of outdoor spaces, sweeping walkways, arranging outdoor furniture, upkeep of tennis court ▪ Liaison and point person for security company on-island and all other service providers ▪ Monitor special projects and repairs carried out on property ▪ Oversee pest control program for property ▪ Regular communication with owner to report any changes or damages This advertisement is required for a work permit renewal application for this position. All suitably qualified TC Islanders are requested to submit resumes/ portfolios to PO Box 560, Regent House West, Regent Village, Grace Bay, Providenciales, TCI or send by fax to 946 4663. Prospective TC Islander applicants are also free to lodge a copy of their applications with the Labour Board.

Turks and Caicos Airport Hotel Turks & Caicos Airport Hotel is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to: preparing correspondence, photocopying, faxing, mail distribution, filing and such other clerical and secretarial tasks assigned by Turks and Caicos Airport Hotel. Responsibilities: •Provide general administrative and clerical support including preparing correspondence, mailing, scanning, faxing, copying and other clerical and secretarial related duties. •Create and modify various documents using Microsoft Office. •To maintain electronic and hard copy filing system. •Assist in resolving any administrative problems. •Complete errands on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Airport Hotel whenever necessary. •Telephone receptionist duties. Qualification: •High School Degree would be a plus. •2+ years of hand on administrative support experience. •Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook a must. •Knowledge or operating standard office equipment. •Excellent communication skills – written and verbal. •Ability to prioritize projects and strong problem solving skills. •Good research skills and attention to detail.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Interested persons can call our Office at 946-4701 or 333-6695.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY F Chambers Attorneys at Law is seeking a Senior Associate Attorney. Applicants must have at least 7 years post qualification experience. Duties include assisting and developing criminal and common law department, undertaking a variety of work including all aspect of criminal defence work, employment, wills and probate, family matters such as adoption, child/ spousal maintenance, divorce, and human rights work. Starting Salary $2,100.00 to $3,000.00 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: All applications must be submitted to: Employment Department F Chambers Attorneys at Law 007 Emily House, 1105 Leeward Highway, Providenciales Tel 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email:

SUPERMERCARDO DOMINICANO/E & R SUPERMARKET is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following position. The successful applicant must:

IN HOUSE AIR CONDITION/REFRIGERATION TECHNICIAN - Have a proven and unblemished track record of employment - Have a valid Driver’s Licence. - Have at least 5 years’ experience and proven track record in refrigeration repair maintenance, will be responsible for maintenance, servicing repair and installation of the company’s refrigeration systems, equipment and supplies. - Positive and disciplined attitude toward work. - Trustworthy and reliable disposition. - Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, and readily on call as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the company’s businesses and affiliated companies. Cee’s Plaza, Suite No. 1 Church Folly PO Box 86 Grand Turk Turks & Caicos Islands

Supermercardo Domincano/E & R Supermarket c/o EPIC Corporate & Consultancy Services Ltd. Phone: 649-946-1570 Fax: 649-946-1571 Email:

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Del Potro ends Federer’s streak to win Indian Wells title

Juan Martin del Potro saved nervous. It’s difficult to describe with three match points in a thrilling final words, it’s like a dream,” del Potro at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday said on court after extending his own before handing world number one winning streak to 11 matches. “I’ve been working hard to get Roger Federer his first loss of the year and claiming his maiden Masters 1000 this, and I did it after all my problems, title. all my surgeries. I can’t believe I’m The Argentine stunned a here and winning a Masters 1000, raucous Indian Wells crowd that beating Roger. It’s amazing.” Beating Federer has never had been loudly backing Federer to continue his winning streak and secure been easy - del Potro had succeeded the biggest win in the nine years since just six times in 24 previous attempts his U.S. Open title triumph with a 6-4 - and the nailbiting final lasted almost 6-7(8) 7-6(2) victory. three hours with both players taking Federer, the defending occasional issue with the chair umpire. Del Potro arrived in the champion, had chalked up 17 consecutive wins in 2018, a run which Californian desert on the back of a included his 20th grand slam title at title win in Acapulco but had far from the Australian Open, but was unable a smooth ride against an agitated to outlast his determined 29-year-old Federer, who simply would not give up opponent. on his quest for a sixth Indian Wells Del Potro was considered a title. The Argentine seized the genuine threat to Federer’s dominance of the game when he won at Flushing opening set and had a match point in Meadows in 2009 but has been dogged the second set tie break but misfired since by a series of wrist problems on a forehand - usually his most dependable weapon - to allow the which almost ended his career. “I’m still shaking I’m so 36-year-old Swiss back into the match.

Cavs’ James not in favor of NBA playoff play-in tournament with one-and-done consequences While the NCAA tournament is capturing the country’s imagination once again, LeBron James says the NBA is just fine with its postseason structure as it is. The Cleveland Cavaliers AllStar does not want to see the league adopt a play-in tourney with one-anddone consequences. “No, no, no,” James said Wednesday. “That’s wack. That’s wack. Why? You got to earn your spot to be in the postseason. No consolation for finishing last. That’s corny. That’s corny. That’s wack. To play for what? What are they playing for?” James said the eight teams in each conference that have the best record at the end of the 82-game regular season should be guaranteed a playoff spot, without needing any further qualification. ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported last month that there is “some behindthe-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two specific proposals are circulating at the highest levels within teams and the league office.” Lowe reported the playin proposal that has generated the most discussion, according to several sources: two four-team tournaments featuring the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th seeds in each conference. The seventh seed would host the eighth seed, with the winner of that single game nabbing the seventh spot,

Juan Martin Del Potro holds the championship trophy after defeating Roger Federer (not pictured) in the men’s finals in the BNP Paribas Open “I was thinking about (that) forehand miss the entire time,” del Potro said. With Federer on top 6-5 in the second set tie break, he appeared to fire an ace to clinch the set, but a late

challenge by del Potro overturned the call and the Swiss was double faulted. An annoyed Federer barked at the umpire during a changeover and, fired up by his grievance, took the second set to even up the contest before pushing del Potro to the limits in the final stanza. The third set went with serve until Federer blasted a cross-court winner to break del Potro’s serve and take a 5-4 advantage - breaking a run of 32 consecutive service game wins for the Argentine. The Swiss maestro served for the set, and the title, but del Potro dug deep to save three match points, two at 40-15 down, before breaking back to send the stanza to a tiebreak, which the Argentine dominated. “I lost my serve a little bit, and then he was clean and I wasn’t. And then it goes very quickly in the breaker,” Federer said. “As close as it can be sometimes when you’re not feeling it or momentum has shifted, it’s just crazy how it can go the other way.”

Cowboys agree to terms on deal with LB Joe Thomas The Dallas Cowboys have made their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened a week ago. Free-agent linebacker Joe Thomas has reached a two-year deal with the Cowboys, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been signed, and there was no announcement from the team. Thomas started eight of his 42 games the past three seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was also a contributor on special teams.

Undrafted out of South Carolina State, Thomas initially signed with the Packers in 2014 and spent part of that season on their practice squad. After being a preseason roster cut by Green Bay in 2015, he then was on the practice squad in Dallas before being signed to the Packers’ active roster and making his NFL debut, playing 14 games that season. The Cowboys lost linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Kyler Wilber in free agency. Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Wilber signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Manchester United apply to establish professional women’s team Lebron James sources say. Meanwhile, the ninth seed would host the 10th seed, with the winner of that game facing the loser of the 7-versus-8 matchup for the final playoff spot. James appears adamantly against expanding the playoff field in that manner. “Make the playoffs by winning the tournament, even if my record is better than yours? Nah, that’s wack,” James said.

Manchester United have applied to the Football Association to establish a professional team in the second tier of the Women’s Super League, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. United have been widely criticized for not having an adult women’s team with many leading English clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all running sides in Super League One.

“We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first ever professional women’s team,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement. “The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top level football within the club.”

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Jamaica’s Blake sees Commonwealth Games as step to build on Bolt’s legacy MELBOURNE - Next month’s Commonwealth Games will be Yohan Blake’s chance to build on Usain Bolt’s “legacy” and step out of the track great’s shadow, the former 100 meters world champion said on Sunday. Bolt retired last year with eight Olympic and 11 world championship gold medals to his name, leaving his former training partner Blake to carry the flame for Jamaica. “Usain Bolt has left his legacy for us to carry on and that’s what we want to do,” Blake told local media after landing in Australia for the April 4-15 Games on the Gold Coast. “That’s what I want, to start with the Commonwealths, to take over the dominance of the sprinting world.” The 28-year-old Blake won his only individual global title in the 100m at the 2011 world championships when Bolt was disqualified in the final, but has three other gold medals as a member of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team.

He has yet to win any kind of medal at the Commonwealth Games but Bolt, who ran the relay at his only Commonwealths appearance in Glasgow four years ago, joked there would be trouble if Blake did not succeed when the athletics program begins April 8. “Usain Bolt was at the track in Jamaica before I left,” said Blake. “He said, ‘if you don’t win there is going to be problems’. “I don’t have a Commonwealth medal. It’s very important for me to have one in my trophy case.” Blake, who finished fourth in the 100m at the Rio Olympics, was in top form last year heading into the world championships in London and qualified third fastest for the final. However, he was shut out of the medals by Bolt, who took bronze behind winner Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. Blake also failed to make the 200m final in a surprise. The absence of Canada’s Andre

August 9, 2017 - Yohan Blake competes in the men’s 200 metres semi-final at the World Athletics Championships in London De Grasse makes Blake a leading “It will be a better year this one contender in both the sprints, though and I want the Commonwealth Games he will have stiff competition in the 100 to set the year up for me,” Blake said. from Adam Gemili, the Glasgow silver “We are ready to go. My body is great. Australia is where it all begins.” medalist, and another Englishman in Zharnel Hughes in the 200.

Serena Williams’ return sparks debate about pregnancy Is tennis doing enough to help mothers returning to the sport after giving birth? Serena Williams’ return to tennis after becoming a mom has prompted a seedings debate, with new Miami Open tournament director James Blake saying the record 23-time grand slam winner had been “punished” for wanting to start a family. This after Williams -- who is an eight-time winner at the event close to her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida -- receiving a tough draw at the Miami Open. As she is currently ranked 491st and thus unseeded, the American doesn’t have a bye in Miami and can face almost anyone in the first round, apart from seeds that did receive byes. She ended up drawing Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka and if Williams wins that tough one Wednesday, the 36-year-old would confront fourth seed Elina Svitolina, who knocked the American out of the Rio Olympics in 2016. Unseeded in Indian Wells, too, Williams met big sister Venus in the third round, their earliest encounter

Serena Williams gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago since their very first meeting in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. Had Williams been seeded using her protected ranking of 22nd in Miami, she would have benefited from a bye in the first round and not met another seed until the third round at

the earliest. ‘They should be protected’ Currently players who hold a protected ranking for any reason (on both the men’s and women’s tours) can’t be seeded even if their protected ranking merits it and Blake told AFP: “For someone who goes on maternity break, they should be protected. These kinds of things shouldn’t happen. She has won this title so many times that she needs protection. “It’s not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game. She had a kid which we should all be celebrating so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded. “It’s a kind of punishment which is tough.” Blake, a former world No. 4 who was appointed Miami tournament director in January, hopes the tour goes back to the rule in which players who are away from the game for a long spell can be seeded. “I hope they revisit those talks although it will be too late for (Williams) unless she decides to have another child,” he said.

“I may be complaining about it but she never would. She is looking forward to every day as a new challenge and that’s what makes her such a good champion. “But for me, from the outside looking in, it makes sense to protect someone who goes on maternity leave and help her get the benefit of an easier draw and a better path.” The WTA said indeed it would review the rule in time for 2019 and that it was “very supportive” of players who come back to the tour following pregnancy. ‘Should not be penalized’ As the Williams sisters dueled in Indian Wells, prominent coach and tennis analyst Darren Cahill said women shouldn’t be “penalized for giving birth.” “This match should not be happening in a 3rd round,” the Australian wrote on Twitter. “Serena (and all mothers) should be protected by the WTA and allowed to use their protected ranking for seeding, if applicable. Women should not be penalized for giving birth by starting from zero.”

Tiger puts game back together bit-by-bit ahead of Masters Tiger Woods came up short in his bid for a comeback win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday but a promising performance for a second week in a row looks like sending him off to next month’s U.S. Masters with growing confidence. Woods achieved his second consecutive top five performance at Bay Hill on Sunday, a couple of late bogeys leaving him tied for fifth a week after he finished in second place at the Valspar Championship. After a long absence from the game while he dealt with a series of back problems, Woods looks like he is finally putting his once brilliant game back together

20 birdies in total. a week at a time. “I’m starting to piece “I felt like I really putted it together, tournament well the entire week (and) hit by tournament, and each a lot of good putts,” Woods said tournament’s gotten a little after finishing with four rounds crisper and a little bit better,” of par or better. Woods told Gold Digest in Florida. His putting stroke “If I can play with no pain, will be of most importance at and I can feel like I can make golf Augusta National where the swings, I’ll figure it out.”At Bay greens are slick and undulating. Hill, it was his magical putting Woods has won four times at the touch that seemed to return - the famous course but not played at 42-year-old draining a 71-foot the Masters since 2015. bomb in the first round before “I miss playing there,” adding a 38-footer in the third Woods said. “I’ve had a lot of round. success there, too, so really More importantly, looking forward to getting up however, the 14-times major there and doing a bit of work and champion was consistently getting a feel for the golf course steady on his short range putts and basically feel for playing that over a week that saw him make style of golf again.”

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Clement Howell High School ‘Eagles’ win 2018 national high school track and field championship

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he Turks and Caicos Islands National InterHigh School Track and Field Championship was held at the National Stadium in Providenciales between Sunday March 11th and Monday March 12th. The event saw a number of spectacular performances especially on the track, where the students of the various high schools displayed some great athletic performances. Last year’s winners the Clement Howell High School was again named the Inter High School Champions for 2018. The SUN captured these photographs at the events.

Photos By: Kelano Howell.

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