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GOVERNOR AND PREMIER CLASHING by Hayden Boyce Publisher & Editor-in-Chief


war of words has erupted between His Excellency Governor Dr. John Freeman and Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, with the premier accusing the Governor of micro-managing and obstruction and the governor denying such claims. During a press breakfast at his Providenciales office last Thursday, April 12, the governor said the UK is not imposing any restrictions on the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG), clarifying a widely held view that has been promoted by members of the present administration and some in the wider community. This promoted the premier, who was away in London last week, to deliver a recorded address to the country on state-owned Radio Turks and Caicos in which she basically accused the governor of meddling, charging that his comments “opened the door for mischief”. In her address, the premier said the governor was not telling lies and neither was she, but she added that needed to “address further Governor Dr. John Freeman in conversation with Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson after the hurricanes in 2017 truths that the Governor has not Continued on page 2 included in his comments”.

Clive Stanbrook passes

UK not imposing any restrictions on the TCI, says Governor By Todeline Defralien


ollowing burning questions and concerns by the TCI community, H.E. the Governor John Freeman has made it clear to the public that the United Kingdom (UK) does not impose any restrictions on the Turks and Caicos Islands. This issue was addressed by The Governor in response to a question asked by media during a media breakfast held on Thursday morning March 12th, 2018. Freeman said, “There is a framework agreement between TCIG and the UK Government which is designed to help ensure that the finances are well based soundly administered and all the rest of it, but providing the strategic goals set under

that framework are being met and currently they are, the UK is not imposing any restriction and it is quite wrong when people blame the UK as some awful gorgon out there that is stopping you from getting your hand in the till.” He emphasized that the big difference between a few years ago and currently is that there is no Chief Financial Officer in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He added: “The Chief Financial Officer when he was here under the ordinance that provided for him, initially every single expenditure above $10,000 I think it was had to be approved by him, subsequently it was shifted to $75,000 but the powers of Chief Financial Officers were extremely extensive and

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the UK wanted that after the troubles that you (TCI) had a few years ago where this island was close to bankruptcy, but that went last year and we don’t have a Chief Financial Officer. I have a Financial Advisor who offers me advice and I’m pleased that I do have somebody who can offer me advice and I hope that he can actually provide sensible advice to the Public Service as well and we are full of good accountants here in the Public Service.” F r e e m a n explained that the UK did not stand in the way of TCI in running a deficit budget. “Though the outrun figure for the budget for the concluding financial year, the one that has just been concluded has now going to be significantly in surplus, it

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live Stanbrook, an international lawyer, businessman, government advisor who is best known in Turks and Caicos Islands for his stewardship of the IGA and Graceway Group, unexpectedly passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday April, 13th, 2018. He was 70. Stanbrook, a Queen’s Counsel, was in London with his family when he died. He had battled with cancer in recent years. A statement from the Stanbrook family said: “It will take time for us to come to terms with his loss. We will be making arrangements to mourn his passing and celebrate his life where he was happiest, in Provo, in thesunshine, amongst his friends, colleagues and Turks and Caicos family. Details will be provided as arrangements are made. In the meantime, please know how much joy his work and his life in the Islands bought him and how

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proud we are of the legacy of which you are a part.” Persons who would like to share any thoughts, letters or memories for the family, can email them to family@ (Please see page 20 for tribute)

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GOVERNOR AND PREMIER CLASHING continued from page 1 “The UK is involved every that they are necessary to borrow, he erroneous perceptions that has now approval was sought and received and stage locally by the Governor’s role and neglected to say why my Government been created out of an effort to correct no shifting in spending could take so to say there is no micromanaging wishes to retain the level of reserves at the British image within our Islands.” place without the House of Assembly’s or local control is certainly incorrect. at least 90 days cash levels. Last year According to the Premier: “The approval. Therefore the reprioritized The current Governor, as many know the Budget for the first time since the Governor has not lied to the people Capital Program was a part of the nationally is involved at all levels new stringent financial regulations of this country and neither has the Supplementary Appropriation Bill even where neither of his predecessors did not have to be approved by the UK Government led by me. But what has and was approved early February. My has been under elected Government. as in previous years. Any reserves/ happened as we know it to always be Government had to receive two levels Hence the perception out there that savings below the agreed cash level is that he has told the side of those of approval under Law which we he is running the country. This is a would see the UK having to approve whom he represents: He is the Queen’s sought and received,” she explained. perception he must feel compelled to the FSPS and the detailed Budget.” Representative within our Islands. It “We are fully aware that correct by actions,” the Premier stated. “What the Governor has not said is is for my Government to remind us of the UK has and would support our “Whilst there will always be a mistrust that there has been a call by his Office our side of the story; to remind us as running a deficit budget and spending between the UK and TCI, the half as to areas he wish to have funded a people of several truths that have our reserves. Additionally the UK has report relayed and no attempt to and have already stated that the been stated by me but conveniently stated over and over its support of further clarify only seeks to erode Budget can be difficult to agree even dismissed by those who know the our borrowing and have made several trust in such a critical partnership. if our cash levels remain as is and truth and unfortunately misconstrued inquiries in this regard. What I must But what I find more amusing than there remains no need to submit the it or manipulated it for those who do say as a firm truth is that we are the flippant perception given by not detailed Budget to the UK for scrutiny not know or understand the process.” convinced that we would have to rely painting the entire picture of the need and approvals. He is still very much She said the Governor has on our savings and loans to at the very for approvals at all levels is the fact in the process and can as with any communicated what would be the least speed up reconstruction and that too many of our people of the TCI decision of Cabinet hinder or halt UK’s stance as it relates to the TCI’s possibly fund our own reconstruction. continue to believe reports only when any process until he himself in full “healthy” savings when other Overseas We have already retained CARICAID it suits them. I encourage us again to agreement.” Territories such as Anguilla and to prepare our Recovery Plan and hope learn about the workings of our country British Virgin Islands will require to receive the document by next month. and not just scrutinize the words and SIPT TRIAL COST more British support. This Plan will identify the areas for actions of elected governments but all $9MILLION PER YEAR “It is in the British’s best funding in the medium to long term. in authority especially those who are interest to not have to worry about I state clearly however that Schools empowered by the Constitution. The The Premier continued: the TCI or to gift grants. The facts are and critical Government buildings at UK is involved every stage locally by “What the Governor has not said is the facts and cannot change despite $10m and $16m respectively, remain the Governor’s role and so to say there that on three separate occasions: twice people’s accounts: The Supplementary priority for Government,” she added. is no micromanaging or local control to London and more recently directly sent to the UK for approval in The premier said he is certainly incorrect. The current to him, I have had the need to raise December (and rumored by an elected Government understands and is not Governor, as many know nationally the high and continuing annual costs member opposite to be rejected) was ignoring the continued call for TCIG is involved at all levels even where of $9.1m to cover SIPT costs with $5m approved and it is evidence of the to assist the over 4000 homeowners neither of his predecessors has for legal aid and $4m for SIPT’s Team. UK’s position now being clearly stated that need repairs or the approximate beenunder elected Government. TCIG would be able to do much more by the Governor - It was a deficit 400 who lost their homes altogether Hence the perception out there that if we had access to this near $10m Budget drawing down on our “healthy” and who had no insurance coverage. he is running the country. This is a annually and I have suggested to the reserves,” she stated. “What we find disingenuous perception he must feel compelled to UK that should the UK assume these The Premier said she told of the call to use monies earmarked correct by actions,” she added.. responsibilities and if done, the TCIG the people of this country that her to repair Schools to provide less than Obviously aware of the would be able to address areas of its Government was seeking to run a what is necessary to those found in accusations about him micro- interests, the Governors interests and deficit Budget and to use savings to this category. We must also remember managing, the Governor told critical areas also identified by the meet immediate needs and explained that the assistance received following reporters: “The UK is not imposing locally elected government.” the process under the Law, adding Hurricane Ike came 7 years later any restriction and it is quite wrong In her broadcast, the Premier that the Supplementary approved by through EU Funding. We also recall when people blame the UK as some took another jab at the Governor the UK in February took over a month the help received from the UK then awful gorgon out there that is stopping and the British government, saying: to secure. whilst CRIF monies had to be used to you from getting your hand in the till.” “There is now as a result of these This, she said, was necessary help meet TCIG’s monthly obligations. She added: “What the Governor has comments made by the Governor, because the Constitution does not Whilst we are in a much better position, not said is that the UK has not engaged a new false perception adversely allow TCIG to run a deficit budget we are taking the careful approach to in micromanaging at its highest level impacting my Government in favour without its approval. borrow against our reserves as we are but the Governor is involved in every of the UK. The Governor’s comments “The Supplementary which not certain of the UK’s assistance in process here and controls ( a meaning have opened the door for mischief was debated by the House was a any other way than in the provision of micromanaging) through Cabinet that I am duty bound to address. The reduction Supplementary as we could of the guarantee, the just over $1m all decisions, with the need for new false perception is that we as not spend as usual due to our fallen dollars for Prison works and Radar consensus (complete agreement of 7 a Government is able to spend our revenues. The House of Assembly had repairs, upgrading and training: its elected members and the 3 unelected reserves and run a deficit Budget to approve this. Following the Storms, constitutional areas of responsibility members) for anything to move without UK scrutiny/approvals. the Projects agreed in March 2017 relating to national security. This forward.” Though not stated by the Governor, had shifted in priority and headlining may be made clearer following the While the Governor has said that I have seen these statements made for this revised priority was school submission of our Recovery Plan but reserves took a long time to build and and am obligated to correct these repairs and NHIB support. The UK’s not yet stated,” she said.

UK not imposing any restrictions on the TCI, says Governor continued from page 1 was not anticipated in December early January that it would be and that would have required running a deficit budget. The UK did not stand in the way of that. But why didn’t they stand in the way of that? Because they could see that certain monies would need to be spent and they’re not trying to micro-manage everything and keep your hands out of the till and I deliberately made mention of that issue because I think that it is important and I am sure that the Government would attest to what I’ve said with their regular contacts between ministers etc about this,” Freeman explained. He continued: “The UK is not trying to do that and it’s open to this territory, it’s a matter not for me but it is a matter for the Finance Minster to decide whether for example to draw down prudently, I use the word prudent in reserve, nobody bites in to their reserves and it’s taking a long time build up the eleven reserves that this territory has got and nobody should want only spend

money but if there is an immediate care of need then it is possible to do that it is also possible if you wish to borrow against reserves on the international markets, the UK would not oppose that.” In addition, the Governor went on to say that the Turks and Caicos Islands is very fortunate currently to have a triple ‘B’ rating by the ratings agencies “The other thing that you have to bear in mind is that this island is very fortunate currently to have a triple ‘B’ rating by the ratings agencies. The prudent management of the public finances by TCI and yes with a contributing oversight through the framework which is agreed between the two (TCI and the UK) also helps. It also helps in term of investors, these things matter to investors and I am struck by how they’re often asked. It matters to those who are thinking of coming, it matters for those who have money here,” Freeman ended.

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More silent raids coming, says Immigration minister By Todeline Defralien Businesses and construction site in the Turks and Caicos Islands can brace for more “silent raids” being conducted by immigration and law enforcement officials, said Deputy Premier and Minister of Immigration Hon. Sean Astwood. Addressing a press conference with Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson at the Premier’s office on Friday, April 20th, 2o018, Hon. Astwood said the Department of Immigration, Labour and Business Licensing have stepped up its “silent raids”, reviewing the files of businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrant workers and conducting worksite inspections. Enforcement officers can also be seen at construction sites. “This type of operations will be intensified, and companies found in violation of the law will be sanctioned,” he stated. “I again remind the private sector to cease the employment of any illegal person and regularize the category of employees (where necessary) to avoid being prosecuted. We must

be a country that abide by the rule of law.” Among the business Places inspected by Immigration and Labour Commission are: Somewhere café •Provo stevedoring •Delicious Dishes •Proverce Restaurant •Shay Café •Danny Bouys •Business Design Image •Genderly’s Salon

steps to ensure that they are working or operating within the confines of the laws that govern immigration and labour. Whilst our Officers are expected to be fair and firm, the onus rest with you to ensure that you hold legal status within these Islands,” he continued. “The onus is on you to have the relevant documents to verify your status, ensure that Work Permits renewals are submitted at least 90 days in advance of expiration, that you who are granted Visas and Temporary Work Permits operate within the stated terms of your visit privileges and time frames and that those who have agreed to provide surety and bond for visitors, that you undertake your obligations seriously and act upon accordingly.”

Hon. Astwood said that in a press statement on January 30, 2017, he reminded the public that it is an offence to assist or shelter illegal migrants and that the fine for such is $20,000 on summary conviction or a term of imprisonment. “Some persons have heeded the warning while others continued to engage in such activities have felt BAR RAIDS BENEFICIAL the effects of their actions. Persons who are here illegally Astwood also commented are in contravention of the on the controversial laws of Turks and Caicos “Operation Libertad” which Islands, and are advised was conducted during the to return to their country period April 3 – 9, 2018 and of origin or be subject to which raided several bars in apprehension and deportation. Providenciales. I again implore all migrant “This operation was an workers to take the necessary INTERPOL initiative led by

Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Deputy Premier and Minister of Immigration Hon. Sean Astwood the Royal Turks and Caicos to these Islands because Islands Police Force and of an attractive earning comprised a team from the currency, stable economy, Immigration Department. and several other factors. Contrary to reports, at no However, intelligence also time was the operation led suggests that some migrants by a person or persons from may be exploited sexually, IINTERPOL,” he said. domestically and through low “Operations, such paying jobs. “ as Libertad, have strategic He said the objective benefit to the Turks and of such operations is not Caicos Islands as they aim only to bring the offenders to to mitigate against national justice, but to also restore the reputational fallout as it dignity of the victim. relates to human trafficking “It is intended and from a humanitarian that such operations will perspective to ensure discourage persons involved protection of victims of human in the activity of human trafficking in accordance with trafficking and serve as a the laws of the Turks and warning to those who have the Caicos Islands,” said Astwood. desire to involve themselves “Like any operation, in such activities. intelligence gathering, and Because of this special surveillance was undertaken operation twenty-seven (27) in advance and proper search persons were apprehended, warrants were obtained. We detained for interviews and are all aware that persons are eventually twenty-five (25) invariably attracted persons were repatriated.

Lawyers outraged by Andrew Mitchell trying David Smith case Local lawyers are outraged that Andrew Mitchell, QC, the lead prosecutor in the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) corruption case has been hired by the Attorney General’s Chambers to prosecute the extradition case against convicted fraudster David Smith. “This confirms that Mitchell is about the money and fame,” said one lawyer who requested anonymity. “Andrew Mitchell is having a joy ride on the gravy train. He is making millions from prolonging the SIPT case and now he’s grabbing at the David Smith case which could be done by the AG’s Chambers. This is shameful.” Deputy Attorney General Dr. Michael Dillon appeared for the

Crown in the David Smith case right respect of the Privy Council appeal.” The Deputy AG continued: up the Court of Appeal where Smith “Once it became clear that specialist lost the case. When asked why Mitchell London based extradition counsel was hired for the case, Dillon told were to appear on behalf of David The SUN: “The AG Chambers acts Smith in the Magistrate Court, there to extradite David Smith to the USA is a need in the public interest to retain where he has pleaded guilty to various specialist legal counsel to give effect financial offences there. David Smith to the principle of egalitie des armes has resisted his extradition at every (equality of arms). As Deputy Attorney turn. I appeared on behalf of AG General, I continue to appear in court Chambers in the Court of Appeal. along with Senior Crown Counsel Ms However, David Smith is pursuing a Libby Charlton but to give effect to further appeal to the Privy Council that principle, Andrew Mitchell QC in London. David Smith has now has been retained due to his extensive retained specialist extradition counsel relevant experience. He has been to fight his extradition in the Privy previously involved in the prosecution Council and so Andrew Mitchell QC of David Smith and is therefore also has been retained by AG Chambers in very knowledgeable about the file.”

Andrew “Boy George” Mitchell, QC

PDM Government not anti-foreigner, says Premier and Deputy By Todeline Defralien The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Administration is not anti-foreigner, said Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean Astwood. Addressing a press conference held at the Premier’s Office on Friday, April 20th, 2018, the Premier said, “This anti-foreigner sentiment that is being perpetuated by certain categories of persons is not a fair one and at the end of the day I’ve outlined why it is important for a country to know who is in the country. We have legal processes and we’re saying to people that this is a very friendly country, you are welcome to come here once you come legally and you abide

Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean Astwood legally.” Caicos Island tolerate. Robinson went on to say that “There is no other country there is no other country in the world in the world that tolerates what we that tolerates what the Turks and tolerate and all we’re trying to say is,

respect the laws of this country. It is not an anti-foreigner environment but it is simply that we’re going to be enforcing the laws of the Turks and Caicos and without laws there is ciaos,” she said. Also commenting on the allegations, Astwood added: “That is inadequate because if you look at the number of areas that I mentioned in terms of the locations that we’re doing raids, also the number of businesses... Obviously we’re not going to tell you where we are going but there is no business and no location in this country that is not going to be subjected to the rule of law.” In addition, Astwood revealed to The SUN that for the first quarter of this month (April), they have repatriated persons to six (6) different countries around the world.

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Premier says TCHTA’s statement on Carnival disrespectful and unfair’ Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson said a joint statement which the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) recently released with Carnival Corporation was “disrespectful, combative and unfair”. In a letter which she sent to the TCHA and shared with the media, the Premier said she read the TCHTA’s statement “with serious concern and disappointment” and her views represented the “collective thoughts of the elected Government”. She stated: “We find this letter disrespectful, combative and unfair and are truly concerned about the motive for issuing this given the circumstances of TCI, the recent action of my government in commitment to this industry and ahead of an already agreed meeting and offer for standing, periodic meetings.” The Premier added: “Seven months ago, the revenues of this country saw a serious decline and whilst we loss several months of revenue, we committed a sum to marketing and engaged you and the world media in an Open For Business Campaign by creating immigration and concessions policies that assisted in your businesses’ early recovery.” “The Turks and Caicos Islands are recovering from two

devastating Storms and whilst we recognize the need for injection in marketing which was already evidenced by our agreement to do so, against this background, we find your comments unfair and disingenuous. I believe these actions after 9 months in Office showed our commitment to the Industry and to working together. Unfortunately you have dismissed these actions and have once again unfairly criticized this new Government now jointly with Carnival with whom we believed to have a good working relationship as well.” This, the Premier said, is fast becoming a trend from TCHTA who she alleged on two separate occasions have “unfairly publicly criticized my Government” with the earliest public attack coming within months of election in relation to crime. “We wish to remind you that TCHTA made public unfair statements towards the Government and accused the Government essentially of not doing anything to address crime when we had come to Office and had given the most resources ever of any Government in a short period of time: Top priority on the Legislative Agenda remains open to the Police; $1.1m for new cars; continued funding for CCTV $900k

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.

with a commitment to a further $1.6m in year 2; personnel totaling 20 new Officers; commitment for air craft for year 2; the purchase of a new building and all with a strong commitment to a strong government/police partnership. Following this media statement, you attended a Meeting jointly with HE The Governor, the Commissioner of Police and myself and appeared satisfied that we had done as an elected government what we could do,” the Premier wrote. “There have been several requests to meet and I have attended your General Meeting together with other Ministers to update your members on TCIG’s recovery efforts. Additional requests for meetings, far in between, were only hampered by my demanding calendar with your President’s hectic traveling commitments. On no occasions have I as Premier displayed an unwillingness to meet. What we found so disturbing and questionable with your timing was the fact that we had finally agreed a time and days before the meeting, the TCHTA and Carnival saw it fit to issue such an insulting and unfair release,” she continued. She said the TCHTA’s reference to the KPMG Study was even more troubling as the former Government was criticized for not doing more in its year plus in office after the study was completed and this government was criticized for not funding a study not officially ratified and this criticism came within weeks of its official ratification at Cabinet level of the recommendations. “To this end, I believe it important for TCHTA and Carnival to determine whether it is the true position of this now joint Team to work in earnest with the Government in a mutually beneficial, trusting and respectful manner. We are not at all convinced that your combative and unfair actions are lining up with what you continue to say publicly or privately,” the Premier’s letter added. “It is therefore my Government’s Position that you reassess your

Position and to publicly retract your statement. Until then, I nor any member of my Government will convene a Meeting with your Organisation. We cannot accept your words privately when you choose to take loud, unfair and combative stance in relation to our Government contrary to them. Your public actions must line up with your public and private speech. We stand ready to meet if you are determine that a healthy working relationship with Government is as much your desire as it is ours.” In a separate press release, the TCHTA said it discussed its recent press release with senior members of government and, in retrospect, recognized the only tangible solution to solving the challenges and frustrations we all face in a growing economy such as ours, is an enhanced level of communication and a completely open-door policy on both sides. “ After all, we are entrenched partners, equally invested and with common goals. Our intention was never to displease the Hon Premier and Government in any way, instead we unreservedly seek ways to strengthen our partnership, improve our tourism product and continue to work on existing and future projects, problems and challenges together, to make the TCI the most desired Destination in the region,” the statement said. “We feel it is imperative, that we openly and transparently collaborate and move forward in true partnership to ensure that our residents, visitors and business community alike benefit because of this valued, historical relationship. The TCHTA is delighted to learn that the government has ratified the KPMG National Tourism Strategic Policy paper. This is an exciting step forward that, when implemented, will result in many positive impacts for the tourism industry - ultimately benefiting everyone.”


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Tourism numbers decline in 2017 By Todeline Defralien Turks and Caicos Islands recorded a six percent decline in tourist arrivals in 2017. This was revealed by Director of Tourism, Ramon Andrews who told The SUN that the despite the drop the country is still performing well. He said: “2018 is looking good even though we’re down six percent (6%). 2017 in January had 44,888 tourists visiting the destination in long stays; in 2018 after two storms we were still able to come back very strong, yes it was down but it was only down by six percent (6%). The numbers for January 2018 is 42, 030 tourists which is great. Andrews added: “In the First Quarter of last year (2017) in February Director of Tourism, Ramon Andrews 43,597, hopefully we can beat that or TCI was still able to bounce back. match that. In March which is one “Which means that if Club of our busiest months out of the year Med came on stream earlier, we 48,354 and we’re looking hopefully to would pretty much surpass or be on match that or beat that. Hopefully par with the same numbers,” he said. if we are behind we’re hoping that “That six percent (6%) that is out we we’re behind about five to six percent can really attest that to Club Med (5%-6%) which really speaks to the being non-operational during the strength of this destination and month of January. For February the all of the recovery efforts that was numbers are not out as of yet. With auctioned by the Government and the the system you have to wait almost a private sector.” month or a month and few days after The director noted that in and then we match those numbers December 2017, Beaches was still with the Airport Authority and then closed, Club Med never came on these numbers are approved by the stream until February 2018, yet the stats office in Grand Turk and then

we present them to the public,” he explained. Andrews said he is happy about the six percent (6%) decline because most destinations are down between 60%, 70% and 80%. Asked what he believed contributed to the decline, he said tourists were pulling out of Turks and Caicos and going to other destinations. “That’s why it was very important for us to get out in the market very quickly to stop the bleeding. The bleeding was persons pulling out of Turks and Caicos and going to another destination until

they felt that the recovery effort was on par, at least on par enough so that they can come and enjoy their vacation and not come see a place that was all broken down.” When asked by The SUN what steps are taken to insure that that TCI has a year round Tourism, he added: “The steps that are being taken to insure that we have a year round Tourism is all about data. You have to get the data because you need the data to tell you that ok in August here are the hot spots where tourists are coming form or your visitors are coming from. Right now it’s a finger in the wind approach. We’re getting closer, we’re starting to narrow it down a little bit but it’s really just not fast enough.” “We know that during the winter months that the East Coast, American travelers anywhere that is snowing are going to frequent the destination and they come in droves, so now what we need to start to figure out now is who frequent the Turks and Caicos or which destination/group of demographics wants to travel and how can we get them to Turks and Caicos over the slow period because we can’t continue to go behind the same guests over and over again. We just need to find the demographic and the location and then penetrate it and that’s what’s going to give us a year round tourism,” Andrews explained.

SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Pursuant to the provisions of the Registered Land Ordinance, Temple Mortgage Fund Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Providenciales HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties: PARCEL NO. 60602/84, NORWAY & FIVE CAYS, PROVIDENCIALES This property comprises 0.71 acre and is strategically located of the main Airport Road. The development consists of a three-storey building containing 32 rooms, an administration office and reception area. Additionally, the property contains two separate single storey commercial buildings, which includes a small restaurant building. Registered Proprietor: Frances Rigby-McKenzie.

18th May 2018 at the offices of Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. Conditions of sale may be obtained from Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, telephone (649) 946-5740.

Interested persons may bid by way of sealed tender delivered not later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 addressed to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales clearly marked “AUCTION BID-MAY18TH 2018.” Should the bid meet the reserve price and constitute the highest offer, the property will be considered sold to the person making the bid. Note that a 10% non refundabledeposit is required immediately from PARCEL NO. 60713\90K47 (C203), the successful bidder at the auction. CHESHIRE HALL AND RICHMOND HILL,PROVIDENCIALES Note that Temple Mortgage Corporation This property comprises a second floor studio Ltd. accepts no responsibility in respect of apartment in building C of the Queen Angle the receipt or otherwise of sealed bids and Resort and comprised of an approximate floor prospective purchasers are encouraged to area of 780sq ft. ensure safe delivery of sealed bids to Temple Registered Proprietor: M & E Enterprises Ltd. Mortgage Corporation Ltd. in good time and further to attend at the auction to ensure The auction will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday that the bid is properly made.

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Taxi drivers protest at Provo airport called their friend will get the job and that is wrong.” Taxi drivers staged a protest He added: “What we are at the Providenciales International saying to the Government is while you Airport on Sunday April 15th, 2018, can’t make a proper system, you want leaving some guest stranded for hours. to put things in place harsh enough to The drivers complained that be used as a deterrent to give persons they pay to get jobs at the airport as a third time to think about it before opposed to other drivers that don’t they do it. Right now we have people pay and are getting their jobs. doing what they want to do because Romeo “Ron” Higgs, there’s nothing in place to punish President of the Taxi Association said them for their actions and we are that they are tired of the “injustices” very hopeful that the powers that be that fall on them every single day. will sit and talk about it. The support During a radio interview on is there, not just the taxi drivers Radio Turks and Caicos on Monday but persons in the public. There are April 16th, Higgs said, “The right persons now who understand and decision is to make taxi operations saying, ‘you know what, these guys throughout the Turks and Caicos are right’. You cannot have these there for all who want to be a taxi guys paying to work at the airport driver, but right now I do not see it and can’t get a job from the airport and it has been this way for a while but then you have some people who and it’s getting worse and we feel can bring drivers to the street who like we have to make it stop. We would not pay to do the same job and want taxi operations throughout the it is unfair.” island to be first come first serve first The taxi drivers were asked in foremost. We want that entire by the Airport Authority to remove contract situation to be abolished or their vehicles from the airport ways that it can be done and done parking lot. very easily and quickly and we also Higgs added: “We’re not ask our leader to stand up and do saying that Airport’s Authority don’t the right thing because what you have that right to ask us to do that, have going on now is that persons in but they’re saying if we’re not going positions like the front desk that are to move they will have our vehicles at the resorts are calling their friends, ticketed and towed. The Airports when you have taxi drivers sitting in Authority and all the different the parking lot for five to seven hours authorities misunderstand that one waiting for a job and this person who of the things that we believe we still By Todeline Defralien

INTERCARIBBEAN AIRWAYS HAS THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES Pilots for EMB120 fleet: 2- 5 years experience and must be able to obtain US crew visas. Salary $60,000 per year. Customer service agents/ airport host: must have 1-2 years working experience in aviation industry, computer literate, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy with a valid police record and passport. Willing and able to work weekends and holidays. Wages $9.00 per hour. Security Officer: 1-2 years experience, computer literate, excellent commend of the English language, both verbal and written. Valid TCI driver’s license, police record and passport. Wages $9.00 Flight Dispatcher – 2 years experience, Dispatchers license, computer literate, strong work ethics, must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Salary $30,000 per year. Laborers: Must be fluent in English language, computer literate hard working, reliable and willing to work weekends and holidays. Wages $7.00 per hour

Alonzo Malcolm - Director of Road Safety TCI

Romeo Rondell Higgs, President of the Taxi Association

have in Turks and Caicos is a right to protest to basic human rights and we might wind up moving our vehicles from this parking lot, but we still have some rights and it’s going to take more than the Airport Authority or just the Police Department to take those rights from us.” “We’re not going to let stop us from standing up for what is rightfully ours and anybody who wants’ to know, I am more than happy to explain to you why we believe that we are right. Even as we speak for our rights, people are trying to find ways to silence us with the threat of ‘we will tow your vehicle if your name is not on the board you should not be in the parking lot’. They cannot stop us from taking our vehicles to the streets. They cannot stop us from doing that and if that’s what we have to do, we will and shut down this whole airport.” Also commenting on the events, Alonzo Malcolm - Director of Road Safety TCI added: “The law does not restrict the hoteliers or business people from contract where they get into a company that they want to move people with, but the law restricts taxi drivers from soliciting. The strike would leave a bad taste in the hearts and minds of tourists and

we must realize for every conscious reaction there will be a spin off effect, because of our conscious reaction and I can safely say that yes we had some tourists that were given the repercussions of their actions and this was made on the table to all. The laws out here give the Road Safety Department the power to deal with issues of that nature and we want that to be known that those sort of actions will not be tolerated because we must remember that tourism our bread and basket and Turks and Caicos strive on Tourism and we continue to hear this just about every day and we must be cognoscente of our actions.” Malcolm confirmed that there was no taxi drivers suspended due to the protest that took place by the Association. He said, “No, we felt that they might have had legitimate claims but like I said it was made known to them what could happen in the event that this happen again and we encourage them that if they issues come and sit down with the Road Safety Department and let us deal with it in a more professional way that will not cause a burden to anybody and I am sure that we will deal with it speedily and more professional way.”

Baggage handlers Must be fluent in English language, computer literate hard working, reliable and willing to work weekends and holidays. Wages $7.00 per hour Cleaners: Must be fluent in English language, computer literate hard working, reliable and willing to work weekends and holidays. Wages $7.00 per hour Aircraft Mechanic: Certification from an accredited institution, with A&P License. 2-3 years or more experience. Dependable, innovative, with strong team player, can work independently. Salary $42,000 per year. Aircraft Mechanic Helper – 2 years or more experience with aircraft maintenance, Dependable, innovative, with strong team player. Wages $12.00 per hour Mechanic – Experience with fixing diesel engine, and with hydraulics. Salary $30,000 per year. Welder - 2 years or more experience willing to work long hours including weekends and holidays. Salary $30,000 per year. Upholster - 2 -3 years experience ability to work independently and long hours. Salary $24,000 per year. AVIATION STORE CLERK: 2- 3 years experience must be computer literate, and reliable. To ensure that goods meet required quality and standard specifications. Ensure goods are stored correctly to minimize possibility of damage or deterioration. Assist with the administration, purchasing and distribution of service items. Salary $24,000 per year. Interested persons send resume to Belongers and PRC holders need only apply.

James Seymour

Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Salary: 6:25 per hour Please contact: 243-9469

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New High Court judge appointed Mr. Justice Shiraz Aziz was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor Dr. John Freeman CMG, as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Supreme Court, on Monday April 16th, 2018. Justice Aziz was admitted to the Bar in 1997, graduating from the University of London before gaining a Masters of Laws in Environmental Law. He practiced law as a Barrister in the United Kingdom as a tenant at Garden Court Chambers, Lincolns Inn Fields, London focusing on criminal defence work. Justice Aziz specialized in criminal and quasi criminal law, in particular dealing with offences classed as serious and complex. As a practitioner Justice Aziz appeared in the Supreme Court, Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Court of Appeal and Crown Court and was involved in serious and complex cases in the Caribbean Region including Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia

Mr. Justice Shiraz Aziz and Barbados. Justice Aziz is also involved in legal and advocacy training for various Law Society’s and Bar Councils. Between 2006 and 2014 as a practitioner Justice Aziz has provided legal and advocacy training in various

countries. From 2011 to 2014 Legal 500 rated Justice Aziz as one of the leading lawyers in the UK in Crime and referred to him as “fearless in court” “a safe pair of hands” and as someone who “is good with clients, friendly and approachable”. Justice Aziz was appointed as High Court Judge to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and assigned to Grenada. A number of his written judgments can be found at Justice Aziz has been Chairperson of the Mediation Committee and has also been appointed as a member to the Sentencing Advisory Committee of the ECSC. Justice Aziz has a keen interest in continuing judicial and legal education and is also known for his proactive style of case and jury management. He is very open to discussions and integration between bar and bench. When not in Court Justice Aziz has a keen interest in golf, sailing and deep sea fishing.

S.P.I.T. GOTTA SPLIT, TRIAL DURATION COMPARISONS Dear Editor, Some formal trial comparisons throughout history are pertinent at this time, notwithstanding the overall “investigatory and discovery/pretrial prep work” - total 9 years 2 months expenditure approximately US$91 million to date: 1) Al Capone’s Tax Mafia Trial 19 days; 2) Bill Clinton’s Impeachment Trial 55 days;

3) O. J. Simpson’s Murder Trial 328 days; 4) Nuremberg Nazis Trial 1,241 days; & 5) SPIT Trial 861 days (as of 16th April) AND RISING ^^ Yours ever, Bill McCollum (as announced last Friday evening 13th April on The Dog Show 105.5 and 103.5 Frequency) Attorney-at-law Bill McCollum

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.

ROSIE’S RESTAURANT We are currently seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of CraneOperator


•Minimum of 5 years experience in Crane Operation. •Must be in good health to meet the demands of physically challenging work. •Must be available for emergency calls and be able to work at nights and weekends. •Must submit a clean driver’s license •Minimum of high school passes in English and Mathematics or any other technical subject (Preference given to certification in Crane operation) •Must be Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau certified (CICB) •Must be able to speak fluent English language

Operate Equipments as directed by the Terminal Manager as it relates to Stevedoring Work at the Port of Providenciales and/or the Port of Grand Turk, including Crane, Top Loader, Reach Stacker, Front Loader, Man Lift, Excavator, Jockey Truck, Fork Lift and Scale. •Discharge and backload ships using Equipment as directed by the Terminal Manager. •Discharge cement/blocks from ships using Equipment as directed by the Terminal Manager. •Discharge of bulk aggregate and sand from ships using Equipment as directed by the Terminal Manager. •Loading of full container loads (FCL) onto trucks and chasse. •Stocking palletized cargo. •Stocking empty units/containers. •Assisting with the disposal of garbage and debris from ships. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO: •Discharge and Backload container vessels •Ensure that the equipment is serviced and certified to carry out duties •Carry out all other duties as directed by the Supervisor Salary Range: US$20.00 - $23.00 per hour All applications must be submitted by December31st, 2015. Human Resources Manager Provo Stevedoring Ltd. P.O. Box , South Dock Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Fax: (649) 946-4828 Email:

One (1) Chief

Requirements are either certification plus a minimumthree (3) years’ experience or ten (10) years’ experience as Cook/Chief Required to prepare Caribbean /International dishes The general preparation of food with emphasis on the preparation of platters and cold counter dishes; Responsible for the daily operations of the restaurantManaging staff Managing staff Responsible for ensuring that adequate stock of inventory is maintained. The general presentation of cold and hot counters in accordance with food safety handling procedures. Wages: commensurate based on qualifications and experience Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified. Submit applications to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211

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Sailrock mobilizes crews to prepare the Queen’s parade grounds for South Caicos Regatta Efforts are underway to prepare the Queens Parade Grounds for the forthcoming 51st South Caicos Regatta, taking place in lateMay. This annual event is a celebration of the landing of Queen Elizabeth to South Caicos back in 1966. Over the years, the event has expanded to a four-day weekend of entertainment including a sailing regatta, maypole competition, beauty pageant, kids fun zone, junkanoo, donkey races, live entertainment,

and many other events. The South Caicos Regatta is a source of great local community pride and is a cornerstone of the annual event calendar for the South Caicos community. Much of the Cockburn Harbour front is still impacted by the damages caused by the hurricanes from September 2017, with the Queens Parade Grounds still being littered with debris from the storms. During this past week, Sailrock mobilized equipment and

crews from its construction group to lead efforts in cleaning up the harbor front to ensure that the South Caicos Regatta can take place as planned. “Sailrock embraces the culture and heritage associated with South Caicos and will continue to be an active and engaged member of this community”, stated Matt Bywater, Executive Director of Sailrock. “We are committed to playing a leading part in ensuring that the rich historical context of South Caicos continues to be celebrated.”

Sailrock has taken an active involvement with past years events, including last year’s Regatta, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of this great event. Staff and equipment from Sailrock cleaned up the grounds, painted many of the surrounding walls and buildings, and brought in a kid’s fun zone which included bouncy castles, popcorn and cotton candy machines. The Sailrock team also assisted with the sailing activities and donated 50th anniversary t-shirts for distribution at the event.


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‘Dream Villas’ coming to Blue Hills By Todeline Defralien Twenty luxury beach front villas are being constructed in Blue Hills. These ocean front vacation rentals, Dream Villas, are available in studio, deluxe studio or deluxe 1 bedroom layout configuration. With this new development, investors are paying homeage to the history of the area through a thoroughly thought out master planned development that is inspired by the small Caribbean villages of the Bahamas and the seaside communities like Keywest, Seaside and Destin, FL. According to their website, the opportunity to invest at the Dream Villas offers a fantastic chance to be involved in a unique project, achieve secure returns and also the ability to A 3D photo of the villas use your investment. With only 50% of the resort morning to a picturesque view of the being released for international Caribbean Sea? What might seem to investors, this opportunity will be be a fantasy lifestyle could be yours limited to just a select number of in one of our appropriately named people. “Dream Villas” on the beautiful Turks For the discriminating & Caicos islands. Luxuries that most traveler who prefers the solitude and people get only two weeks out of the relaxation of a private villa over the year. Live mere footsteps away from competition for a beach chair at a some of the most beautiful beaches resort, this villa is the perfect answer. in the world. You can relax under the The website added: “Can you palms, venture out into the water or visualize owning your own luxury explore the vast terrain. When you’re beachfront home, waking up each not outdoors, enjoy boutique shopping

JOB VACANCY PORT FACILITY COMPLIANCE OFFICER Reporting Officer: Financial Controller Supervises: N/A

Salary Grade: 3

Location: Providenciales Port

Position Summary: Under the direct supervision of the Financial Controller, is responsible for the compliance, operations and calculations of revenues due to the Authority whilst safeguarding our ports technical systems, keeping them operable at all times. Requirements: Proficiency in basic word processing, spreadsheets and database programs are required. Qualifications and Experience: •Must possess a High School Diploma with passes in English and Math; or higher •Ideally have attended a UK approved PFSO training course; •Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures; •Knowledge of computers and relevant software applications; •Knowledge of customer service principles and practices. Essential Functions: •Applies the requirements of the international Port Safety (ISPS) Code and the Marine Operations Plan;

and world-class dining options.” ‘Dream Villas’ consist of 4 Studio villas $179,900, 8 Deluxe Villas $279,900, 8 Two Bedroom Villas, 10% PA interest paid during construction, Rental underwritten (minimum) by operator 10% NET per year, First year rental paid in advance on completion, Optional buyback at year 5 for 120% of the purchase price, 14 day personal use per year – unrestricted, Fully Managed & Hands Off Investment. ‘Dream Villas’ also has Studio,

1 & 2 bedroom Oceanfront Villas, Two levels of living space, amazing views of the turquoise water, Private rooftop patio provides amazing views in all directions, Pre-Construction Incentives: (8 OF 20 UNITS SOLD), 10% ROI Assured, 15 Year Leaseback Program, Fully Furnished, 3 Weeks Usage a Year, 130% Buyback at 5 Years, Starting From $199,900, Complimentary Jeep Club 5 Years and Free Furniture Package.

•Officer must be versed in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code (IMDG), for the necessary containment and transportation of any hazardous materials; •Files and maintains records of pre-arrival notifications; •Receives and scrutinizes all manifests; •Compares bills of lading against manifest; •Maintains copies of all bills on file; •Performs book reconciliation with Customs; •Contacts shipping agents regarding bill payments and make follow-up with ; •Resolves all bill queries with importers; •Calculates berthing, cargo and security fees due to the Authority (invoice calculation form); •Prepares and maintains statistics of cargo landed for Providenciales; •Answers customers questions, and provide information on procedures or policies; •Ensures prescribed measures are taken to secure the assets of the Authority when leaving work area and at the close of business; •Adhere to Hurricane Preparedness Plan; •Any other related duties as may be required by management. The foregoing represents a definition of the main functions and requirements for this position but are not an exhaustive list of duties. The Ports Authority reserves the right to make amendments from time to time in accordance with needs of the organization. Resumes should be forwarded to Deleria Simms Human Resource Manager Ports Authority of the Turks and Caicos Islands email: Or hand delivered to the Ports Authority Office South Dock, Providenciales No later than May 4th2018

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LOCAL NEWS Flow TCI customers to get faster speeds on mobile and fixed services as network restoration and upgrade near completion Flow TCI customers are now access by April 15th.” experiencing even faster mobile and The Country Manager also said, fixed service speeds thanks to the “Optimization work, or the final finecomprehensive network restoration tuning process is ongoing and customers and upgrades which the company has will experience an increase in speeds on embarked upon across the islands since both mobile and fixed services. We are the major Hurricanes last year. also excited to announce that customers “We have accelerated the in Grand Turk will soon experience restoration work and upgrades, and the superfast and reliable speeds as we are making great progress, as the we roll out Fibre to the Home (FTTH), restoration work nears completion,” the latest generation ultra-high speed said Delleriece Hall, Country broadband connection.’” Hall went on to add that the Manager, Flow TCI. “To date, we have significantly upgraded our distribution new distribution network will be robust network in Providenciales making it and deliver much higher broadband possible for most customers to access speeds to the customer’s premises. “To date, our mobile network Superfast Broadband and Flow TV. The community of Five Cays will have full has been fully restored around the

islands with 4G LTE coverage now available in South Caicos, Grand Turk, Salt Cay, Providenciales, and Kew, North Caicos” she said. The Company official confirmed that restoration of fixed services is still ongoing in some areas, as Flow continues to resolve a number of faults and installation service orders reported post Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Though steadily improving, the process has faced a few delays in the arrival of some equipment needed for necessary repairs. Flow teams continue to work around the clock to restore services as quickly as possible to the affected communities. Existing customers who

Delleriece Hall, Country Manager, Flow TCI are without broadband service are encouraged to call 611 before, during or after store hours to report a fault, or to visit ANY Flow agent to sign up for new services. The Company has promised to provide more updates as the next phase of the restoration exercise begins.

Police seek public’s help in solving string of burglaries Police on Providenciales are asking the public to come forth with information into a Burglary that was reported on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. The complainant reported that he secured his Long Bay Hills home on the said date, and upon returning a few hours later he met his home broken into. Missing, one Xbox valued USD$400, a GoPro camera valued USD$400, two game controllers valued $USD70 each, one purple GPS watch valued US$400, one White IPAD mini valued $USD400, one Black Samsung phone valued $USD50, one black vita handheld system secured in a black padded case that included game valued US$700 AND USD$300 in cash. A Burglary took place on Grand Turk this Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 according to Police Reports. It was reported that a container,

located at a renovated home in South Back Salina was burgled. Missing were paints, peel and seal and nails; value unknown. Also, on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, Police Officers on Providenciales received reports of a Burglary at Hawksbill Lane. The complainant stated that upon arriving home he discovered his home ransacked. Missing were Jewelry, four bottles of Champagne, Three bottles of Scotch, four pairs of Sunglasses one YSL, one Dior, two Prada, one Ipad, one Cartier Watch, one Ipad Mini, one Olympus Camera, one Onkyo receiver, one Fendi Purse, one Gucci Purse, one Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, one YSL shoes, along with women’s clothing. The total value is unknown. Police are investigating a Burglary that was reported to the

911 Centre at 6:00 a.m., on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at a Flower Shop, located on the Leeward Highway. The complainant discovered the Flower Shop ransacked and was unable to state what was missing at the time. Another Burglary was reported on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 6:00 a.m., to 911. According to the report, the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Blue Hills was burgled. It is unsure what was missing at the time. Investigations are ongoing. Reports to the 911 Center on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 are that the TCI Community College was burglarized. A number of items are said to be missing. This matter is still under investigation. Police are investigating the Burglary of a Variety Store on Bay Road Providenciales, which was reported

around 6:00 a.m., on Thursday, April 12th, 2018. Missing were five boxes of Miss Birdie Easter Buns at USD$21 each, one box of Snickers valued USD$60 and sodas. The Community Fellowship Academy was broken into according to reports to the 911 Centre on Thursday, April 12th, 2018. Upon arriving at the school at around 8:00 a.m., it was discovered that the metal bars were bent. Missing is an unknown amount of cash. 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.

PROVO GOLF CLUB Provo Golf Club is seeking a suitably qualified individual to fill the following opening. Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be considered. GOLF PROFESSIONAL JOB SUMMARY •Provide competent golf instruction to members and guests. •Run Golf Clinics for larger groups needing instruction. •Assist with organizing charity golf events at PGC. •Fully co-ordinate group events from start to finish. •Assist in tournament sales and set up. •Assist in a variety of other Professional Golf duties at PGC. REQUIREMENTS •Must have membership in PGA of America or Canada. •Strong computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher. •Minimum (2) years or more experience as a Golf Professional. •Proven organizational skills. Remuneration for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, Provo Golf Club, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 9465191; Email: Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. Closing date for application is May 7, 2018.

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Ministry of Education update on school repairs The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services wishes to continue updating the public on the progress of works to the schools’ infrastructure throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year. As we are aware, 95% of the schools throughout the islands were affected. This has encouraged the Government to take a bold decision to rebuild stronger, more resilient schools, improving the standard of school buildings so that students can learn in high quality classrooms and teachers have access to the best facilities. This is a vital part

of the government’s long term plan for education and will help build a stronger economy and a fairer society. Works on Phase III of the Long Bay High School is progressing on schedule and the work is expected to be completed in July 2018. Works at Enid Capron Computer Classroom Block are ongoing and projected to be completed in May 2018. A supplementary budget of $8 million was approved for repair works to Iris Stubbs Primary and the Marjorie Basden High School will commence shortly. The new block of the Eliza Simons Primary School will be completed in July 2018. The Government, in its commitment to rebuilding schools, has budgeted

in this fiscal year 2018/2019 funds for the repairs of our public schools. These schools include Mary Robinson Primary, Enid Capron Primary (Phase II), Ianthe Pratt Primary, C. Hubert James Primary, Adelaide Oemler Primary, Oseta Jolly Primary and Clement Howell High School. Although repair work at the Clement Howell High School commenced before the storm, the school sustained extensive damages during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Work will commence once the budget is passed in the House of Assembly. The Ministry would like to commend all principals, teachers, parents and everyone who have

been instrumental in helping the school term to continue despite the challenges that exist throughout the islands. Your resilience and unwavering support cannot go unnoted. The school is perceived by children as a psychologically and emotionally safe space and our focus right now is to make sure that our kids are secured and that our teachers are in a comfortable and safe environment. Works are ongoing to improve working and learning conditions at Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex for the teachers and students alike. Further updates from the Ministry will be issued through the media as the situation demands.

National Public Health Laboratory receives food testing equipment The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, through The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), receives the donation of a much needed piece of food testing equipment, “The Stomacher” food homogenizer as part of their hurricane relief efforts. This instrument will be very important to the pioneering of food testing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Public Health

Laboratory will be opened in the upcoming months and will provide a means of testing food and water. Food testing was formerly conducted on a small scale in the Grand Turk Hospital Laboratory, but since the closure of this facility food testing has been suspended. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity to see the commencement of food and water testing on a wide scale in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The stomacher is

TURKS AND CAICOS TOURIST BOARD STATISTICAL OFFICER An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board in the post of Statistical Officer. This position is based in Grand Turk. The successful candidate will be responsible to compile, and compute data according to statistical formulas for the use in statistical reporting. This role will assist in the development and implementation of marketing plans and initiatives for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board and to provide general data regarding the performance of TCI Tourism. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Statistics  Enter information into databases or software programs for use in analyses or reports  Work collaboratively with the Statistical team to assist with the production of reports and news releases  Working in collaboration with the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics.  Prepare, analyze, and present statistical reports related to the tourism performance of the destination.  Source tourism statistical data that would be of interest to the destination.  Assist with the preparation of market research budget for surveys and statistical analysis.  Compute and analyze data, using statistical formulas and computers  Check source data to verify completeness and accuracy  Assist with the compilation of reports, charts, or graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses.  Participate in the publication of data or information THE CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES  A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.  Five (5) years working experience in the Tourism Sector, preferably operating in a similar capacity  Thorough knowledge of data analysis, Strong analytical, problem solving and statistical inference etc.  Excellent oral, written, communication and presentation skills.  Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work as a team player to effectively interact with staff, service providers, Government Agencies and officials SALARY: Salary for this position is $33,000 per annum For consideration please submit the following documents to HR@turksandcaicostourism. com or submit to Deputy Director, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Front Street, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands.  Cover Letter  Current Resume  Two (2) reference letters  Current Police Record  Resident Status Only persons shortlisted for an interview will be contacted in this regard. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 29, 2018

manufactured to industrial standards. The circulator allows for easy and effective processing of multiple samples, without the risk of cross contamination. “The Stomacher” owing to the quality of construction and components, is highly durable and reliable, ensuring consistent homogenization during frequent use. It will provide for greater efficiency and quality because the samples are processed in their own individually

sealed bags without any contact with the inside of the machine. This eliminates the need for washing and sterilizing in between samples. CARPHA also supplied some ELISA kits for testing infectious diseases. We are grateful to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for these wonderful contributions. For more information, contact the National Public Health laboratory on 338-5132.

R OY AL W ES T I N DI ES R ES OR T ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT, is looking for motivated proactive individuals to join its ‘Resort Team’ and contribute to this growing Condominium Resort. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience. •HOUSEKEEPERS •CLEANER •GARDENER FULL-TIME •GARDENER PART-TIME •LABOURER Requirements: •Performs routine duties in cleaning and servicing of guest rooms under supervision of housekeeping supervisor. •Prepares and cleans guests’ rooms by making beds, cleaning kitchen areas, bathrooms, floors, corridors, furniture and appliances. •Removal of trash and dirty linen from rooms. • Responsible for spring cleaning of their area as per schedule. •Cleaning of all offices, laundry, cafeteria, front and back of house •Cleaning of all doors, windows, furniture as required •Check all pathways and sweep any debris •Cut tree limbs, hedges and plants daily as directed by the Head Gardener •Apply insecticide and pesticide on gardens, trees and bushes as directed •Ensure that all areas of the resort are presentable on a daily basis •Fit and able for heavy lifting •Personality suited for the hotel industry •Must be customer friendly •Willing to work split shifts, holidays and weekends. •Daily replenishment of room items and restocking of closets •Daily cleaning of buildings •Ensure that all lobbies and public facilities are kept in a neat and clean condition, such as rooms, hallways and restrooms. •Sweep, mop, scrub and polish floors, remove trash collected by attendants and collects linen and other supplies from floor linen closets. •Promotes a positive image of the property to guests and owners. •Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays •MUST speak English and the ability to write and read English Wages $6.50-$7.00/hour All resumes and applications must be forwarded to: Royal West Indies Resort P.O. Box 482, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands You may also fax to: (649)946-5008

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Latitude 22 hosts virtual reality villa tour By Allie Capron Latitude 22 recently hosted a virtual reality villa tour at the Distillery in Grace Bay, Providenciales to advertise the upcoming Ridgeview Villas. The virtual reality technology is a first in the Turks and Caicos Islands and allowed viewers to fully experience the completed property as if they were there in real life. The forthcoming residential development will comprise of 3 luxury villas, each on approximately 1/3 acre of land located a few minutes away from the Babalua section of Grace Bay Beach. In an interview with The SUN, Gary Belk, co-owner of Latitude 22, said: “It was a very fun and collaborative process. We didn’t start out with the intention of creating a tour but as we got into the technology, we were amazed at how much it could do and how much it could bring to the presale market so we went for it.

We spent quite a bit of time making sure that the houses were modeled perfectly and that the virtual furniture matched the furniture package that we’re offering. It’s extremely detailed and accurate to what you’d expect in the finished home. It’s the best thing you can get besides walking through the actual villa. He said that in a market where they are selling pre-construction, virtual reality is an “awesome tool”, as it allows people to shop just like they would if the house was already built. With a headset and a pair of controllers, viewers were able to move around the villas as if they were actually there, exploring the interior and exterior of the property and its features. The villa design is open and airy with elements of indoor/outdoor living, high ceilings, expansive tropical hardwood decks, ocean-view suites, high end home furnishings and infinity pools.

INTERCARIBBEAN AIRWAYS HAS THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES : FINANCE MANAGER: Interisland Aviation Services Group ( including the airline interCaribbean Airways) is looking for a Finance Manager to perform the following duties 1/ Management of Accounts payable function and supervision of 4 AP staff based in Santo Domingo and Providenciales and 1 finance assistant 2/ Reconciliation of cost accounts in Profit and Loss account and Balance Sheet. Applicants must be FLUENT IN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ENGLISH and have 2 years experience as a Finance Manager, ideally in a multinational company. Must be able to work independently and have excellent supervisory, communication and organization skills and be able to prioritize workload to meet weekly and monthly deadlines. Strong attention to detail essential. Salary range between $4,000- $4,500 per month. Drivers : must have a valid TCI driver’s license, valid police record, 2 or more years experience in driving commercial passenger vehicle. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Wages $8.00 per hour. Gardener : Experience and knowledge of gardening, to maintain healthy landscape surroundings, Must be willing to work outside in harsh weather condition and on Weekends and Holidays. Must have a clean police record and can work without supervision. Wages $7.50 per hour Domestic worker: must be willing and physically fit to endure the physical duty of lifting and bending. Wages $7.00 per hour. Aircraft Cleaners: must have a clean police record, be mature and hard working. Some computer skills required. Interested candidates should send their resume to

Simone Rigby explores the virtual landscape of Ridgeview Villas with direction from Gary Belk. Latitude 22 collaborated with a St. Louis based web development company called Another Reality to build the villa tour. The company’s developers used the villas’ floor plans as a basis to create the virtual world. The hardware (including the

goggles and hand sensors) is made by electronics company, HTC. Villas in the Ridgeview Collection will be built once commissioned by a buyer. The turnkey homes carry a maximum price tag of $1,950,000 USD.

SAUNDERS & CO. Attorneys at Law Applications are invited for the position of Law Clerk to assist our attorneys with various legal matters. Only applicants with the following experience and skills will be considered:  Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;  Candidate should have strong typing skills and advanced computer skills using Microsoft Word, PC Law, Lexis/Nexis, Excel and Outlook;  An ability to work without supervision on legal files;  An ability to work directly with clients without the presence of an attorney;  Skilled at drafting and preparing legal documents and correspondence, including pleadings, motions and affidavits;  An ability to attend to closings of real estate transactions;  A willingness to work long hours including weekends and holidays;  Must be punctual, organized and reliable;  Previous experience of no less than five (5) years working in a law office; and  Must have a Law Clerk’s degree or Law Clerk’s diploma from a recognized university or college or the equivalent.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to Saunders & Co., Attention: Office Manager – via Fax: 941-4533 or Email: and to The Ministry of Border Control and Employment, Labour Department, Providenciales.  The position is currently vacant.

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Varicose Veins

By Dr. Marsha Barnett Varicose veins are very common and affect around 25% of adults. They can appear in a number of places in the body but are most commonly seen on the lower limbs. Varicose veins are enlarged, dilated, tortuous veins that are overfilled with blood and can be painful and aesthetically unappealing.

misshapen veins, usually on your legs. Whilst this may lead to mental and emotional distress for some, there can also be physical symptoms of the condition such as pain, swelling, heaviness, and achiness over or around the enlarged veins. In moderate to severe cases of incompetent veins, one can develop swelling and discoloration of the skin and even ulcers can form.

WHAT CAUSES THEM? Varicose veins occur when veins aren’t functioning properly. The primary function of veins all over the body is to carry blood from the body, back to the heart. Veins have one-way valves that should prevent blood from flowing backward, which is especially necessary when going against the force of gravity such as in the legs. When these valves fail, blood begins to collect in the veins rather than continuing toward your heart. The veins then enlarge. Though anyone can get varicose veins, they are seen more commonly in women especially during or after pregnancy, in persons after the age of 50 years, in persons who are obese or have jobs that require long periods of standing such as hairdressers and in persons with a family history of varicose veins. SYMPTOMS OF VARICOSE VEINS The appearance of varicose veins is the main symptom in most persons. They are highly visible,

DIAGNOSING VARICOSE VEINS Your doctor will examine your legs while you’re sitting or standing to diagnose varicose veins. An ultrasound to check the blood flow in the veins is sometimes done to assess the severity of the problem and to rule out causes such as a clot in the veins if there has been a recent onset or worsening of pain or heaviness in the leg. In some cases, a venogram, where your doctor injects a special dye into your legs and takes X-rays of the area, may be done to further assess your veins. CAN VARICOSE VEINS BE PREVENTED? There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of developing varicosities and help diminish the likelihood of worsening if you already have them. •Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. •Avoid standing for extended periods of time. •Exercise to improve your circulation.

•Use compressions stockings if you already have abnormal veins or notice swelling to the feel and legs after a long day. Compression stockings work by applying pressure along a gradient to help blood flow more easily to your heart. The level of compression varies, but most types of compression stockings are available in pharmacies. Your doctor can guide you on what strength of compression to get and your pharmacist will help ensure the size of the stockings you get are the right fit for you. HOW ARE THEY TREATED?

The method recommended will depend on your symptoms, size, and location of the varicose vein. Currently, a wide variety of minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins are available. These include:

Dr. Marsha Barnett in your skin, cuts the incompetent vein, and removes it through the incisions. Recent technology also allows this procedure to be done endoscopically where a small lighted scope is inserted to direct the procedure. This results in smaller scars, less pain and also less downtime after the procedure.

Varicose veins normally get •Sclerotherapy, where a liquid or worse over time. This is true even foam chemical is injected to block if you make the necessary lifestyle off the veins. This can be used in changes to control them and manage small to medium sized and larger your pain. While they may be unsightly, veins. they usually don’t cause any long•Laser surgery where light energy is term medical problems, however if the used to block off a vein. appearance is bothersome to you or •Endovenous ablation therapy, if you are physical having symptoms, which uses heat and radiofrequency there are viable treatment options. waves to block off the veins. •Vein ligation and stripping is *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general usually reserved for large veins and practitioner who also specializes in persons who are having medical in dermatology. For questions consequences of their incompetent or comments, please contact at veins such as discomfort and leg or at ulcers. It is a surgical treatment Associated Medical Practices - 946where your surgeon makes cuts 4242.

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GSAT should be suspended this year by Hon. Akierra Mary Deanne Missick Some things are a coincidence and some are meant to happen. Just today, I had a discussion about the Grade Six Achievement Test (“GSAT”) with a parent who is assisting their nephew with preparations for the exam. The parent expressed their frustration, and simply asked why I didn’t abolish the GSAT while I was Minister. We discussed the matter at length, and recalled that there wasn’t sufficient support from the Educators who were consulted that the GSAT should be abolished. Then shortly after that discussion, I reviewed the most recent press release from the Ministry of Education on the status of the school repairs since the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which stated that 95% of the Country’s public schools suffered damages, and that works to the Gust Lightbourne Sports Complex was underway for the Oseta Jolly students and teachers who are currently housed there. Also the E L Simons students are still presently at the Ona Glinton primary school in Grand Turk, and if you’ve visited South Caicos your heart breaks for the Iris Stubbs students. So what is the coincidence? It is simply, the GSAT is looming, and parents and students are feeling the strain. But, the real question is, why the Ministry hasn’t suspended the GSAT for this academic school year knowing that their primary schools are not all conducive to an environment for learning and test

preparation. Shortly after the hurricanes, I wrote directly to the Ministry of Education including the Permanent Secretary and Minister recommending the suspension of the GSAT for this school year. With the damages to all of the primary schools and the possible extended displacement of teachers and students (be it at school and or even their home), the students in the TCIG Primary schools will not have a full academic school year to prepare for the exam. Let us remember that many of the TCIG schools opened weeks after the private primary schools who also sit the GAST exam. Those students in the primary schools may have had disruptions to their home life after the storms, but little to no disruptions to their academic life at school. Learning continued as best as normal in many of those institutions. The purpose of the GSAT is to determine whether a grade six student has acquired the necessary knowledge to progress to high school during the course of their primary school education in a timed testing environment. I found during my time as Minister that many parents were spending excess funds in tutors and extra classes just for testing preparation. Research will show that many countries no longer require a grade six test for the progression from primary school to high school; this is still mainly a Caribbean requirement. I realize why this testing is popular in some neighboring countries like Jamaica and Barbados; as the success

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primary school students would have had a longer time to prepare during the year for the exam than the public school students. Ultimately, we are going to have several students who are capable of passing the exam, not passing it and therefore repeating grade six. There is no equity in the system if this exam takes place this year. This is surely not the way to start of the upcoming school year with grade six classes having more than the 5 or 6 students per school that normally do not pass the exam in a given year. To now have a significant increase in students repeating grade six therefore creating limited space for those grade five students who would progress to grade six. The result is more overcrowded classrooms. I implore the Ministry of Education once again to consider suspending the Grade Six Achievement Test for this academic school year, and give the grade six teachers guidelines on what milestones the students should attain during their primary school career in determining whether a student should progress to high school. A standardized test in the conditions that our students have found themselves in post hurricanes Irma and Maria should not determine whether they should start their high school career in 2018/2019 or 2019/2020.

of a student at the GSAT opens many doors for them to attend the top high school institutions in those countries. In the TCI, we have one public high school per island and several private high schools which have their own testing requirements for entry. Why continue to follow a system which is wholly superfluous to requirements of determining a student’s ability to transition to the public high school. For instance the top student marks of 90+ at GSAT in Grand Turk will attend HJ Robinson, just as the student who passed with a mark of 50. The reason I continue to recommend the suspension for this year is simple, if the present school * Hon. Akierra Missick is the facilities and home life have not MP Leeward and Long Bay and rebounded from the storms, the a former Deputy Premier and student’s preparation for the exam Minister of Education, Youth, may suffer. Further, the private Sport and Library Services


Provo Golf Club is seeking suitable applicants for the following position: LABOURERS Candidates must be physically capable of performing hard manual labour outside on a daily basis to be able to carry out duties which involve grass cutting, tree trimming, removal of brush and weed, general cleanup of debris and garbage from the company properties. Assist with irrigation and small construction installation projects which includes manual trenching and digging. Previous experience is preferred. Candidates must be willing to work holidays and weekends when required. Wages starts at $6.50 per hour. Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, Provo Golf Club, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: ronnie@ Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. Position currently held by a work permit holder. Closing date for application is May 7, 2018

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Paradise Smiles is looking to fill the following positions:

Dental Nurse/Hygienist

Job Duties: •Checking gums and teeth for oral abnormalities •Taking and developing dental x-rays •Educating patients on oral hygiene •Developing care plans for maintaining good dental hygiene •Smoothing and polishing restorations •Fluoride administration and sealant applications •Administering local anesthetic •Removing stains and plaque •Preparing and maintaining dental instruments, supplies and equipment.

General Dentist Job Duties:The jobholder must have aDegree in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) or Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) as they will be responsible for diagnosing and treating patients at multiple locations.The responsibility of the Jobholder will be to: •Provide a full range of extensive treatments (preventative, restorative and surgical), examples include the giving of injections for infiltrations and nerve blocks, the extraction of teeth, the cutting of cavities with high speed rotary instruments. •Plan the appropriate order of treatment, implement, and interpret / refine as treatment progresses to final stage. •Discuss specific treatment plans, if appropriate, analyze patient information and adapt for individual needs. •Analyze patient information and adapt treatment if appropriate. •Treat patient groups including children and adults and those with multiple complex needs. Understand the needs of patients with anxiety and disabilities and carry out their treatment accordingly. Pay will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please submit applications to email:

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Retired Army aviator Charles Coverley of Melbourne receives Broken Wing Award state. “I knew nothing about Nearly 48 years to the military at that time,” the day after safely landing Coverley said, explaining his aircraft following a that his brother-in-law, who catastrophic engine failure, a was serving in the Air Force, retired Master Army Aviator inadvertently helped guide his finally received recognition for decision with a discussion on his skill and courage in the enlistment commitments. “The cockpit. Air Force was four years of Brig. Gen. David J. service, the Navy was four, and Francis, commanding general, the Army was three. I chose U.S. Army Combat Readiness three.” Center and director of Army Shortly after Safety, presented Charles attending basic training at Fort Coverley, 78, of Melbourne, Ord, California, and advanced Florida, the Broken Wing training at Fort Eustis, Award during the 2018 Virginia, Coverley served the Aviation Senior Leader Forum first of two tours in Vietnam as on February 1. an aircraft electrician. According to Army While there, he Regulation 385-10, The Army applied and was selected for Safety Program, the DASAF rotary-wing flight training, awards the BWA to aircrew then split between Fort Rucker members who minimize or and Fort Wolters, Texas. He prevent aircraft damage or deployed for his second tour injury to personnel during an in Vietnam as a UH-1C pilot emergency situation. quickly following flight school “It’s really fitting that graduation and eventually this is where I started my earned 32 Air Medals there. aviation career, to be able to It was during his come back and have a general next assignment in Germany, make the presentation,” however, that Coverley Coverley said. experienced the situation that One of 12 siblings born would lead to his Broken Wing in Turks and Caicos, a series Award. During a 30-minute of islands in the British West flight back from a maintenance Indies, Coverley emigrated to test at a neighboring the United States in 1964 under installation, the engine on his a permanent resident visa. MEDEVAC UH-1 blew and With the escalating conflict in suddenly lost power. Vietnam, he registered for the Charles Coverley draft but began considering served the first of two tours full-time service after several in Vietnam as an aircraft months living in Washington electrician. While there, he

By Julie Shelley

applied and was selected for rotary-wing flight training, then split between Fort Rucker and Fort Wolters, Texas. He deployed for his second tour in Vietnam as a UH-1C pilot quickly following flight school graduation and eventually earned 32 Air Medals there. Coverley, the only pilot on the flight, immediately autorotated the aircraft and landed in a nearby field. Neither he, his maintenance sergeant nor his crew chief were injured, and the aircraft suffered no damage other than the blown engine. Training, Coverley said, was the key to successfully handling the emergency. “The training really paid off for me,” he said. “As soon as it happened, I knew exactly what to do. I was thinking, ‘You’ve got to sit this thing down, hopefully in one piece.’” Incredibly, this particular situation was Coverley’s fourth autorotation. During flight school, he was flying with an instructor pilot when their aircraft suffered an engine failure. The IP took control of the aircraft, autorotated, and landed safely. Coverley also survived two shoot-downs in Vietnam by autorotating, which he again credited to rigorous training. “With a single engine, you’re committed,” Coverley said of the UH-1. Charles Coverley


An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board in the post of Marketing Executive. This position is based in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful candidate will support the promotion and positioning of the Turks and Caicos Islands as a preferred tourist destination, guided by the Strategic Plan and annual Marketing Plan of the Tourist Board. ESSENTIAL DUTIES •Development of the annual marketing plan and budget of the Board of Tourism •Provide oversight of the marketing plans, programmes and budgets in all overseas marketing offices •Prepare and finalize quarterly marketing budgets, based on submissions from each overseas marketing office •Review and ensure updating of marketing collateral and website content for all markets •Participate in trade and consumer shows, tourism conferences and other major events as requested by the Director of Tourism •Review trade and consumer show schedules and recommend staff participation •Write promotional pieces, proof copy and approve final content for features, supplements and promotional pieces published on the destination in trade and consumer publications •Organize and propose content and layout for destination and niche brochures and other promotional pieces •Work with editors and publishers to design layout options for specific promotions •Supervise the advertising and promotion activities in the overseas marketing offices •Schedule and organize familiarization and press trips •Assist with destination promotions in magazines by negotiating with magazines, liaising with designers, proposing suitable publications, assessing advertising proposals etc. •Assist with developing and implementing the promotions and events schedule •Assist with getting the buy in and financial support for the promotions and events being scheduled •Assist with planning, implementing and coordinating all major local promotional events •Review and make an input into advertising requests that originate from any of the marketing offices, and forward to the ad agency, for processing •Oversee the conducting of market research and market intelligence, working in collaboration with the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics, the Statistical Officer, the Product Development and Market Research Officer and with other sources •Conduct research to ascertain if the Turks and Caicos Islands gets value for money by participating in and hosting all of its onshore and offshore events •Conduct research/market intelligence for the Director of Tourism as requested •Review the analysis of statistical data gathered from the ED cards to inform

Brig. Gen. David J. Francis, commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and director of Army Safety, presented Charles Coverley, 78, of Melbourne, Florida, the Broken Wing Award during the 2018 Aviation Senior Leader Forum. “It was an honor to give Mr. Coverley this long-overdue recognition,” Francis said. “His story represents everything good about our aviation training and the commitment of our aviators to always fly the aircraft, regardless of circumstances.” deployed for his second tour in front of the Army’s senior in Vietnam as a UH-1C aviation leaders. “It was an honor to pilot following flight school graduation and earned 32 Air give Mr. Coverley this longoverdue recognition,” Francis Medals there. Although Coverley’s said. “His story represents chain of command nominated everything good about our him for the BWA while still aviation training and the assigned in Germany, his commitment of our aviators awards packet was denied due to always fly the aircraft, to an administrative routing regardless of circumstances.” Coverley, who retired error. His commander passed the packet to Coverley with in 1988 after 24 years of instructions for resubmitting service, said his return to Fort later, but it was soon lost in Rucker served as a reminder the shuffle of PCS moves and of how far Army Aviation has come since those early days of new assignments. Then, in fall 2017, Vietnam. “Aviation wasn’t a Coverley rediscovered the paperwork while searching for branch at that time, and older commanders considered us a file for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He aviators as prima donnas,” he contacted the USACRC, which said. “We were in a situation administers the Army’s safety where we really didn’t have representation for awards program, and was much surprised by not only the promotions. Now you (aviators) packet’s quick approval but have somebody working for also Francis’ invitation to you.” personally present the award

decision-making in all aspects of the work of the Board of Tourism •Oversee the administrative details with respect to destination marketing and PR activities on island • Supervise the work of the three (3) Marketing Executives in the overseas marketing offices and the Public Relations Officer  Maintain the relevant contact databases of industry partners and consumers who submit inquiries. • Liaise with marketing staff in all offices to share information on a consistent basis and to create synergies and opportunities for inter-office collaboration  Comply with the policies, procedures and guidelines of the TCI Board of Tourism  Any other duties as directed by the Director of Tourism REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS  Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Marketing, or Tourism Management/Development, with at least 5 years relevant work experience.  Post graduate training in Tourism Marketing is desirable  Sound knowledge of local tourism products and services.  High level of computer proficiency  Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.  Excellent time management, organization and scheduling skills.  Well developed, analytical and problem-solving skills  Ability to interface effectively with all internal and external stakeholders including Government Ministries and and department  Ability to work with minimal supervision.  Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.  Ability to Travel  Must be able to work extended hours, weekends and holidays WORK ENVIRONMENT  The job is performed in an office environment most of the time and other time, out in the field  Results-driven environment  A dynamic tourism environment  Goal accomplishment within an environment of change and flux SALARY: Salary for this position is set at $48,000 annually and allowances For consideration please submit the following documents to Human Resources HR@ :  Cover Letter  Current Resume  Two (2) reference letters  Current Police Record  Resident Status Only persons shortlisted for an interview will be contacted in this regard. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, 29h April 2018

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It is time for a change; change the retiring allowances for Parliamentarians By Drexwell Seymour While it is a common practice throughout the world whereby parliamentarians are remunerated after retirement from Parliament, it does not mean it is right or fair especially when it comes to these small islands. I am now convinced more than ever that the main beneficiaries of our political system are the politicians themselves. The three main reasons why some countries introduced retiring allowances were as follows: 1) When some parliamentarians enter politics, they gave up the opportunity of getting a payout from their previous job before they had the chance to retire; 2)The parliamentarians chance to re-establish their careers are diminished after they retire from politics. 3)To encourage a caliber of persons to enter politics who would not be interested in entering politics otherwise. Perhaps reason 2 is applicable to TCI but quite frankly, many of our politicians never had an established career prior to politics. The retiring allowance is not sustainable as it is costing us millions

of dollars like SIPT. Therefore, now is the time for the Government to amend the retiring allowances ordinance for future parliamentarians. Obviously, it is too late to change the retiring allowances for parliamentarians that are already qualified The Turks and Caicos Islands Retiring allowance ordinance is applicable to parliamentarians (elected or appointed) who served two full parliamentary terms and by the way the terms do not have to be consecutive. The payment of the retiring allowance is due to the parliamentarian at the age of 50. They can get it younger than 50 if they have medical proof of being incapable to serve as a legislator due to permanent infirmity of the mind or body. The legislator gets paid for life on a monthly basis at a rate of 2/3 of the highest annual rate of the basic salary paid to the legislator. The legislator can also opt to receive a one - off gratuity payment but the life monthly retiring allowance will be reduced. The reduced retired allowance is calculated at a rate of ¾ of the regular retiring allowance and the gratuity is calculated at the rate of 12 and ½ times the annual rate of the reduced allowance. The premier’s current salary is 140,000 and so if the premier retires, the premier will get $93,333 annually

We are currently seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of Stevedore

REQUIREMENT: •Minimum of 3 years experience in Stevedoring work. •Must be in good health to meet the demands of physically challenging work. •Must be available for emergency calls and be able to work at nights and weekends. •Must be Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau certified (CICB) in Basic Safety and Riggings •Must be able to speak fluent English language

STEVEDORING WORKATTHE PORTOF PROVIDENCIALESAND/ORTHE PORTOF GRAND TURK: •Tie-up and release of ship shore lines. •Discharging of containers from ship. •Back loading of empty containers. •Discharging cement/blocks from ships. •Discharging of bulk aggregate and sand from ships. •Assist in Loading of full container loads (FCL) onto trucks. •Stocking palletized cargo. •Stocking empty units/containers. •Disposal of garbage and debris from ships and port facilities. •Assist with the maintenance and cleaning Equipment.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO: •Discharge and Backload all vessels •Mooring and Unmooring of all vessels •Carry out all other duties as directed by the Supervisor Salary Range: US$10.00 per hour All applications must be submitted by March15th, 2015. Human Resources Manager Provo Stevedoring Ltd. P.O. Box , South Dock Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Fax: (649) 946-4828 Email:

This whole process of retiring allowance is so contradictory as one of my friends pointed out to me. The Government civil servants pension scheme was discontinued when the National Insurance Board scheme came into effect in 1992 but yet we continue to have a retiring allowance for parliamentarians. In addition, Parliamentarians get retiring allowance at age 50 while everyone else in TCI does not qualify for pension until age 65. Solutions In order to alleviate this burden, the writer proposes the following;

Drexwell Seymour ($7,777 a month) for life. The deputy premier’s current salary is $126,000 and so if the deputy premier retires, the deputy premier will get $84,000 annually ($7,000 monthly) for life. A minister’s current salary is $113,400 and so if a minister retires, the minister will get $75,600 annually ($6,300 monthly) for life. The other elected or appointed legislator ‘s current salary is $70,000 and so if she or he retires, he or she will get $46,667 annually ($3,889 monthly) for life. The speaker’s current salary is $75,000 and so if he retires, he will get $50,000 annually (or $4,167 monthly) for life. Should the parliamentarians elect to get the gratuity and a reduced allowance, they will get the following payouts. The premier will get an annual allowance of $70,000 or $5833 monthly which is calculated by taking ¾ of $93,333. However, the premier will also get a gratuity of a one-time payment of $875,000 calculated by multiply 12 ½ by 70,000. The deputy premier will get an annual allowance of $63,000 or $5,250 monthly for life plus a gratuity of one -time payment of $787,500. The minister will get an annual allowance of $56,700 or $4,725 monthly for life plus a gratuity of one -time payment of $708,750. The “back bencher” will get an annual allowance of $35,00 or $2,917 monthly for life plus a gratuity of one -time payment of $437,500. I believe the primary purpose of parliamentarians should be to make the country and its citizens’ lives better socially, politically and economically. I also believe parliamentarians should be financially stable before entering politics and therefore the retiring allowance should not be a factor to attract Parliamentarians.

•Revert to the retiring allowance to what it was prior to 2004, i.e. a parliamentarian must serve for at least 3 consecutive terms. •Reduce the payments period from life to 10 years or even 5 years. •Introduce a contributory pension scheme whereby the parliamentarians also contribute by deducting a percentage from their paycheck each month and then TCIG matches it. •Eliminate the retiring allowance completely and have the parliamentarians benefit from retirement under the National Insurance Scheme like everyone else. •Increase the age from 50 to 65 when parliamentarians are eligible to receive retiring allowances. In conclusion I want you to consider this. By 2020, should our current parliamentarians decide to retire, it is going to cost us more than $100,000 a month or $1,200,000 a year. This does not factor our previous politicians that have already retired and are getting an allowance. In addition to this, we will have to pay our new politicians a monthly salary totaling more than $118,779 a month which is equivalent to $1,425,348. Therefore, our total payout to the retired politicians and the new politicians on a monthly basis will be at least $218,779 a month or $2,625,348 a year for life. There are parliamentarians who we know are not working but yet we are compensating them for life. It is time for a change; change the retiring allowance ordinance. For more information, please see Select revised laws and choose 01.06 and 01.10

REEF RESIDENCES RESORT MANAGEMENT LTD. Is seeking Guest Services Requirement for this role includes: * 4 yrs experience working at a hotel or resort * Housekeeping experience * Assisting guests from arrival to departure * Checking guests in and out of hotel rooms * Providing folios to guests, and collecting payments * Operating guest reservation software * Overseeing housekeeping staff * Ensuring rooms are clean and well maintained * Providing concierge services to guests (including excursions/dinners/ transportation) * Lifting luggage * Work requires hotel hours * Reference checks required Salary $2,000 per month plus service fee. Please email or call 1-800-532-8536

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A Celebration OF LIFE

Clive St. George Clement Stanbrook O.B.E., Q.C. 1948 - 2018 Clive St George Clement Stanbrook was a husband, a father, an international lawyer, a businessman, a farmer and a government adviser. He had interests in Europe, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Africa. Clive was born in Harrow, London in 1948, and grew up in Northern Nigeria. Educated at The Dragon School, Oxford and Westminster School, London, he read law at University College and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1973. He was subsequently called to the Turks and Caicos Islands Bar in 1983 and to the New York Bar in 1989. He spent the first decade of his legal practice as a criminal barrister following which he established a boutique EU legal practice, Stanbrook & Hooper, in Brussels, Belgium. Clive was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989. He was widely acknowledged as a leading expert for his work in EU anti-trust, international trade, litigation and arbitration. Clive was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition for his services to the British Industry in the EU as the youngest ever President of the British Chamber of Commerce for Belgium and Luxembourg, Clive first came to the Turks and Caicos Islands over three decades ago having met Ariel Misick OBE QC when they were both young lawyers in London in the 70s. His first court appearance in the TCI was to successfully oppose a US extradition claim on a well-known local Islander in the early 80s. He subsequently joined in business with Ariel, forming Misick & Stanbrook, which he was associated with until the mid 2000’s. The Turks and Caicos Islands became a life-long love and home to both him and his family. Clive always remained actively involved in, and was a champion for, the development of the TCI whether in relation to private investment or internal governmental matters. It is hard to even begin to list his diverse projects in the Islands – from his own businesses to being the representative of the Turks and Caicos Government in OCTA (the Overseas Countries and Territories Association) of which he was president for three years. He was appointed to various councils and committees of TCIG and advised successive ministers, governors and government departments over the years. He mentored many and made a point of having a personal relationship with his staff. His support for numerous causes and community projects has contributed immeasurably to the fabric of the Islands. Aside from his early involvement with Misick & Stanbrook, Clive is probably best known for his stewardship of the IGA and Graceway Group. He and his partners acquired a failed grocery business in 1998. Under his watchful eye, with a great team of employees, the Group has grown to be one of the largest local employers with a diverse portfolio of well-respected businesses. In recognition of his efforts Clive was awarded Business Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and again in 2014. Through the Graceway Group and its sister businesses, Clive was instrumental in putting in place scholarship funds at primary and secondary school levels as well as supporting sports development. Most notably he was part of the team which introduced FIFA to the Turks and Caicos and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Graceway Sports Centre. Clive’s personal dedication to the Islands was from the ground up. In the aftermath of hurricanes Ike and Hanna Clive was to be found coordinating first response relief efforts and distributing food parcels, water and support on Grand Turk, South Caicos and elsewhere. Graceway’s commitment to supporting the islands in times of crisis was evidenced again during the hurricanes last year. Behind the scenes, Clive was also very busy. He lobbied both Brussels and London on matters that impacted the Turks and Caicos and was instrumental in securing EU grant money in relation to various infrastructure projects. He was not one to shy away from confrontation and would take up the cause of any issue that he believed adversely affected the community, most notably the successful Anti VAT efforts during the British administration. In his later years, Clive also pursued his other passion - Africa. In 2006 Clive and his family bought Toleza farm, in Balaka, Malawi, determined to restore the enterprise and reintroduce jobs and agricultural education to a deeply deprived area. The farm was revived alongside the communities it included and employed, with youth employment, education, health and other social programmes being at the forefront of his mission. By his own admission, Clive always worked hard and long, although his devotion to his family and friends was legendary. A convinced optimist and believer in the strength of willpower, he fought cancer successfully for years, but died at the very time that he seemed to have overcome the disease. Clive will be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched throughout his life, for his massive personality, unbounding enthusiasm, robust motivation “There are no problems, only solutions”, his love of life and his infectious sense of humour. He was an inspiration to all those with whom he lived and worked. Clive married Julia Hillary in 1971. They have four children (Fleur, Sophie, Ivor and Isabella) and are grandparents to six (Grace, Julia-Rose, Anna, Elina, Elio and Theodore). As Clive would have quoted:

“No such thing as spare time, No such thing as free time, No such thing Quotes: as down time…. All you got is life time… GO!” Chief Minister Hugh Derek Taylor

“He was a great friend and one who was at the forefront in the formation of OCTA and instrumental in my being elected its first chairman. A true supporter of these Turks & Caicos Islands and its People. May he rest in peace” Conrad Griffiths Q.C. “Clive was a real force of nature. He had so much drive and energy you felt it when you were around him. Aside from being a great lawyer, he cared about people and the community around him. He was what is called a Maven in Tipping Point – he shared ideas and connected people in good and positive ways. He wanted to help – and he did and because of that he made difference. And, most importantly, he loved and adored his family. You should all be very proud of him”

Funeral Arrangements: A Celebration of his life will be held in Turks and Caicos - date to be confirmed If desired, rather than flowers, Clive would certainly have preferred donations to the National Cancer Society of TCI

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Page 21 Requirements: •Must have at least 5 years’ experience as a A/C Technician Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required.



This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range:$9.00 - $9.75 per hour

POSITION: Director of Engineering

DATE OPEN: April 9, 2018

Job Overview: The general purpose of the Director of Engineering is managing the mixed use of the Resort’s Engineering Department, including all related activities including participation in executive committee meetings; hire and maintain an effective work force appropriate for an upscale Resort; establish and maintain preventative maintenance programs for all equipment, systems, guestrooms and public areas/ general maintenance; participate in effective safety programs; coordinate and implement capital improvement projects; establish, maintain and manage department budgets and monthly forecastsprotectingtheResortand the Owners from losses, claims, and liabilities. Responsible for all aspects of the Engineering Department, including but not limited to, maintaining all facilities, equipment, furniture, fixtures, systems and landscaping at the highest quality standards.

POSITION: Laundry Attendant

Job Responsibilities: •Hire, train and direct all department personnel •Provide efficient use of manpower to maintain workload •Provide timely performance appraisals •Conducts walk-through and visually assesses the safe and efficient maintenance and operation of the physical structures of the Resort, all mechanical, electrical, HVAC systems, vehicles and any other related equipment. •Manage adequate inventory of parts, supplies, tools and material for the department •Enforce Hotel / Resort and Company policies and procedures •Must be able to respond to emergency situations, such as fire alarms, and other life-safety situations •Maintain files per department guidelines. Schedule and conduct monthly department meetings. •Participate as a member of the Resort’s Executive Committee. •Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings. •Maintain files per department guidelines. •Maintain a working knowledge of all local laws, codes, and regulations. •Assure proper certification of all employee mechanics and technicians, as required. •Solicit and administer all sub-contract work. •Analyze bids and verify quantities, as appropriate. •Negotiate, prepare, and administer agreements and contracts with consultants and contractors. •Liaison with governmental agencies and manage the procurement and compliance with entitlements, permits, inspections, notices, and other requirements. •Produce annual operating budget for payroll, expenses, utilities, and capital improvements. •Operate all areas within budgeted guidelines. •Provide budget analysis each period. •Establish and maintain an efficient inventory and purchasing system. •Maintain the Hotel / Resort facility and related equipment in a safe and efficient manner. •Participate in or possibly manage the property’s safety committee. •Assure proper certification of all employee mechanics and technicians, as required. •Maintain the Resort facility and related equipment in a safe and efficient manner. •Alignment with Property Mission and Core Values •Model the property/company core values and other expected leadership attributes •Maintain a professional image at all times. •Act as a resource for all departments of the Resort. •Maintain accurate records for all areas of responsibility. •Perform other duties as assigned by General Manager •Maintain property key schedules and records Shift Varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range:$75,000 - $81,000 per annum DATE OPEN: April 9, 2018


POSITION: Senior A/C Technician Job Overview: Air-conditioning and Cooler Technician or A/C Technician is responsible in conducting maintenance check and repairs for air-con and other cooling or heating system. Responsibilities: •Conduct maintenance check for air-con, heaters and coolers •Install Air-con and heaters. •Repair damage and dysfunctional air-con, heaters and coolers •Check its functions and status •Change spare parts •Document the reported damage of the air-con, heaters or cooler •Check the its major parts •Conduct daily routine for inspections •Check leakage


Job Requirements: •Ensure the hotel has adequate amounts of linen and towels and all time •Assist in all Housekeeping responsibilities, cleaning of all guest rooms, stocking amenities and linens •physical stamina and mobility including ability to reach, kneel and bend •Ability to lift, push and pull required load (usually about 30lbs) •Ensure inventory is used properly and in supply at all times This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $8.00 - $8.75 per hour DATE OPEN: April 9, 2018


POSITION: Cook Job Overview: A Cook’s major responsibility is to prepare food, help the kitchen workers in the preparation of food items and set up allocated stations for menu, as instructed by Chef and compliant with standards. They also arrange, prepare and break down the stations while maintaining the uppermost hygienic standards. Shifts varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range:$9.75 - $10.50 per hour DATE OPEN: April 9, 2018


POSITION: Massage Therapist Job Requirements: •Deliver spa treatments and techniques •Massage Therapy, Body Therapy, Aesthetician, Nail Technician, Body Wraps and Therapeutic Baths •Promote a sense of wellbeing and other therapeutic benefits for clients •Create a relaxing atmosphere for clients •Must be the consummate professional at all times •Immaculate appearance •Excellent customer service •Have patience •Be sincere about caring for people •Be confidential •Must be certified and have on the job exposure to all area of a spa This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $8.75 - $9.25 per hour DATE OPEN: April 9, 2018


POSITION: Housekeeping Supervisor Requirements: •Minimum 7 years’ experience in a supervisor role or higher •Ability to work on own initiative etc. •Ability to work under pressure and resolve problems •Excellent attention to detail •Committed to providing exceptional customer service •Ability to motivate a team. Responsibilities: •Assigns housekeepers and housemen their duties and inspects work to ensure that it is done to the standards of cleanliness. •Investigates complaints regarding housekeeping service and equipment and takes corrective action. •Obtains list of rooms to be cleaned immediately and list of prospective checkouts or discharges to prepare work assignments. •Assists with coordinating work activities among departments. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $9.80 - $10.30 per hour Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than May 11th, 2018 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1066 Email: Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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Employees at the Grace Bay Club awarded in their first quarter

A group photo of the staff members afternoon’s awards ceremony were: Berguomy Zirin (Personal Concierge/ Jeanette Forbes (Housekeeping – Guest Services – Trip Advisor 2nd Eight employees were Back of House winner), Elizabeth place winner) and Pauline Graham recognised for their exceptional Reyes (Kitchen – Back of House (Bars – Trip Advisor 3rd place winner). performance in the first quarter of the winner), Renald Julien (Personal Commenting on the staff year at the Grace Bay Club Resort. Concierge/ Guest Services – Front award presentation, Executive The Resort hosted its first quarter of House winner), Kimberly Missick Assistant Manager – Food and staff award ceremony on Thursday (Spa – Front of House winner), Jasmin Beverage, Kulbhushan Tyagi told April 12th, 2018 to show appreciation Valmir (Engineering – Leader of the The SUN, “We believe in people and and recognition of this who go above Quarter winner), Godfrey Williams we firmly believe that people are the and beyond for their guests. (Personal Concierge/ Guest Services best asset. Yes we are in a gorgeous The winners for the – Trip Advisor 1st place winner), location, yes we have a great product By Todeline Defralien

Jeanette Forbes (Housekeeping – Back of House winner).

Kimberly Missick (Spa – Front of House winner),.

Jasmin Valmir (Engineering – Leader of the Quarter winner).

but it’s the people who make the difference at the end of the day. The guests are coming back because of us our staff and that comes from great employees and we’re here to celebrate our great employees.” Tyagi noted that the staff members at the Grace Bay Club inspire each other to excel and be the best that they can be and improve their skills and services while dealing with guests visiting the Resort.

Elizabeth Reyes (Kitchen – Back of House winner).

Overall winners pictured with a manager at the Grace Bay Club

Renald Julien (Personal Concierge Guest Services – Front of House winner).

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We are driving towards an exciting energy future! We proudly introduce our Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle (EV) and Charging Station… a pilot project to support our environmentally sustainable energy solutions for the Turks and Caicos Islands. As part of this project, we have been pleased to partner with TCI emergency responders to train members of their team on the safe operation of EVs.

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BE A PART OF OUR EV LAUNCH FortisTCI invites you to join us for the Official Unveiling of our Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle and Charging Station

Saturday, April 28, 2018 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At FortisTCI headquarters, Leeward Highway

Come and engage with our team and learn how an EV can be part of your driving future.

*Refreshments *Giveaways *Answers!

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HAB Limited is seeking a suitably qualified individual to fill the following position. Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be considered.

RESORT FINANCE MANAGER Job Description •Responsible for all aspects of Resort and Strata Corporation accounting up to production of Trial Balance. •All Balance Sheet reconciliations, including bank, credit card accounts and supplier statements. •Reconciliation of Sales Reports and Accounts Receivable and supervision of Accounts Payable processing and Payroll. •Reconciliation and preparation of bank deposits. •Payment of purchase invoices and raising of cheques as applicable. •Preparation of Strata invoices/statements and corresponding with owners regarding statement queries. •Preparation and processing of weekly/monthly payroll and Social Security returns •Preparation and processing of monthly Accommodation Tax returns •Preparation and processing of monthly Service Charge payments Requirements •Should have at least (ten) 10 years experience in an Accounts Office. •Must hold a minimum of a Degree in Accountancy. •Must be proficient in MS Office application and Quickbooks. •Must have a good understanding of Accounting Procedures. •Work with minimal supervision. The salary range for this position is $30,000 - $41,000.00 per annum, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Interested applicants should submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, HAB Limited, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. Position currently held by a work permit holder. Closing date for application is May 7, 2018.

FOOD & BEVERAGE RETAIL MANAGER – GRAND TURK (TCI) A vibrant, fast paced group of attraction companies is seeking a dynamic individual to join its Senior Management Team as Food & Beverage Retail Manager for its Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Island operation. The Food & Beverage Manager is responsible for leading the food and beverage service staff and ensuring the highest level of member service by overseeing all aspects of service and service staff during operating hours, while working in a clean and safe environment, and meeting all financial goals for sales and expenses. All successful applicants must: Be at least 21 years old. • 2 years of Food & Beverage Supervisor Experience • Must be well spoken in English. • Possess excellent interpersonal & written communication skills. • Trustworthy & Reliable disposition with a clean criminal record. • Positive & disciplined work attitude in a customer service oriented business. • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends, public holidays as necessary to meet the challenging needs of cruise ship schedules and/or reasonable needs of the business. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: o Supervise Food & Beverage department o Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing ethical business practices. o Have excellent interpersonal skills at all levels, including peoplemanagement, leadership and both written and verbal communication skills. o Protects employees and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment. o Have a full clean driving license. o Complete Daily Reports CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS APRIL 30th 2018

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IS INTERVIEWING FOR: ASSISTANT MANAGER Candidates must have: Hotel Management Degree from recognized University or College Minimum 5 years Senior Hotel Management Experience Experience supervising Housekeeping and Maintenance Staff Candidates must also be personable,customer service oriented, have strong English verbal and written communication skills and car for occasional business use Resumes can be emailed to Salary Commensurate with Qualification &Experience

PUBLIC NOTICE Engine Transport on Providenciales The public is hereby advised, that on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, FortisTCI personnel and its Contractor, assisted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, will transport a Wärtsilä Engine from South Dock to the Leeward Highway power plant on Providenciales. Motorists should expect delays along this route between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. If possible, motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route during the mentioned times. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service representatives at 649-946-4313 or visit us online at

Please forward all applications to: CHUKKA HUMAN RESOURCES CHUKKA CARIBBEAN ADVENTURES (TCI) LTD South Base Lyndon Gardiner Boulevard Grand Turk

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Job Title: Chief Executive Officer Reporting to: Board of Directors Location: Invest Turks and Caicos Offices - Providenciales Job Summary:

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Invest Turks and Caicos - Vacancy

The Chief Executive Officer is the chief executive of Invest Turks and Caicos and is responsible for the success of the organisation. Together with the Board, the incumbent is expected to lead the implementation of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government’s economic development vision, attract significant investments to the various inhabited islands, oversee services for Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) businesses and support expanded sustainable development throughout the entire Turks and Caicos Islands. These investments will be expected to build a successful, sustainable economy and provide improved opportunities for employment and growth. As well, the Chief Executive Officer will be actively engaged through the Agency in supporting trade and small businessdevelopment. The Board has delegated responsibility for day to day management operations to the Chief Executive Officer and s/he has the authority to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. The incumbent will ensure that the organisation has motivated staff who produce positive results using international best practices. The position involves overseeing a staff of up to fifteen persons who are predominately highly trained investment professionals. The incumbent is expected to be a systems thinker who is customer-focused and goal-driven. The Chief Executive is expected to be a strong leader who can develop a cohesive team within the organisation and across TCI to drive new investment to the country. Key Objectives: 1. To manage the day to day operations of Invest TCI through planning, organising, coordinating, directing and controlling the functions of the Agency. This includes developing and implementing a rolling five-year Strategic Plan, complete with annual marketing plans and budgets;monitoring financial and operational performance; and ensuring that the organisation has a full complement of operating policies and procedures for both internal operations and for dealing with prospective investors and daily operations. 2. To facilitate the approval of qualified investment from existing applicants and “shovel ready” projects. 3. To ensure the development of an outstanding lead generation system, along with a strong due diligence programme, a market intelligence capacity, investor outreach and network maintenance and enhancement using international best practices. 4. To ensure the effective, efficient and economic use of human, financial and physical resources. 5. To engage constructively with various government Ministries, other relevant organisations and agencies and the private sector, both locally and internationally to support quality investment projects and to market the country. 6. To generate significant foreign direct investment to the country and to support and encourage domestic investors to participate in the economy. 7. To generate significant domestic investment through various small business programmes, including the MSME programme and financial assistance provided to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). 8. To lead investment promotion and trade missions to various locations and conduct awareness marketing to raise the profile of TCI as an investment destination. 9. To develop and install a client relationship management and tracking systems from initial contact to aftercare. 10. To develop and manage a programme of legislation review and reform for various developmental programmes that encourage Inward Investment and seek opportunities for expansion and extension of Investment potential though various agreements. 11. To carry out any other related activities as deemed necessary by the Board as essential to the organisation. PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS Education and qualifications: The preferred candidate should have a master’s degree in finance, business administration, economics or related field, from a recognised institution of higher learning and a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience or a combination of education and experience sufficient to meet the requirements of the position of CEO at Invest Turks and Caicos. Experience and Knowledge: Minimum of ten (10)or more years of senior management experience at a public or private enterprise/company/agency engaged in investment development and/or promotion/marketing. Clear evidence of strong leadership skills, demonstrated management skills, track record of successful lead generation and marketing along with a proven ability to mentor and grow staff. Skills: 1. Track record of excellence in current and previous employment. 2. Proven skills in investment promotion, strategic planning, project management and execution, especially as related to development projects. 3. Understanding of budgetary procedures and operational budget development/ implementation. 4. Strong track record of leadership, sales success and investment facilitation. 5. Strong track record of staff management and successful programme/project implementation. 6. Consistently displays integrity and model behavior. 7. Proven ability to motivate and develop teams/people. 8. Strong writing and presentational skills. 9. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills-innovative,creative and forward thinking 10. Adeptin use of MS Office,particularly Power point, Excel and Word, and ideally Accessor similar database to basic level, internet andemail. Other Requirements: 1. Fluent English 2. Understanding of the social, economic, cultural and historical issues facing the TCI. 3. Commitment to travel by air, land and sea. 4. Willingness to work outside normal office hours. Salary and Allowances: Salary is in the range of $100,000 to $120,000, negotiable based on qualifications and experience. A standard set of benefits and allowances are additional. Deadline Date for Applications The deadline date for applications is April 27th, 2018 Turks and Caicos time. Application Procedure Interested persons should submit a resume, along with their contact information, cover letter, two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer), copies of educational certificates, a Police Certificate and a copy of the Passport photo page. Applications can be submitted by courier or delivered directly to Invest Turks and Caicos at Unit 2D, Courtyard Plaza, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, prior to the deadline. The application should be addressed to TheChairman - Invest Turks and Caicos and envelopes should have the words “Chief Executive Officer” clearly marked on the front. Alternatively, applications can be emailed to The subject line in the email should read “Chief Executive Officer”. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.

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APRIL 21ST, 2018 – APRIL 28TH, 2018  Comply with the policies, procedures and guidelines of the TCI Tourist Board  Perform other duties as directed by the Director of Tourism  Any other duties as directed by the Director of Tourism


TURKS AND CAICOS TOURIST BOARD EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board in the post of Executive Assistant. This position is based in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful candidate will provide technical and administrative support to the Director of Tourism in the execution of his duties; and the office management functions of the Providenciales office. ESSENTIAL DUTIES •Support the Director of Tourism in undertaking any of his executive functions at the technical level, to include writing of reports, undertaking research, preparation of presentations and speeches, liaising with relevant tourism and tourism related entities etc. •Support the Director of Tourism, with respect to administrative functions to include typing/word processing, filing, coordination of mail and answering of correspondence. •Managing travel arrangements, liaising with staff etc. •Look after the maintenance of supplies, furniture and office equipment in the Providenciales office •Supervise and coordinate all front office activities including reception, mail, purchasing, facilities, office services and meeting arrangements/ preparation •Ensure reception area is adequately covered and maintains a professional image at all times; supervise the housekeeping of office facilities •Arrange and participate in staff meetings and record minutes and attend other meetings and seminars as required. •Maintain employee directory •Participate as needed in Tourist Board activities/projects •Supervise the Visitor Receptionist, Office/Visitor Receptionist, and Office Cleaners, and delegate duties as appropriate •Asst with HR duties when necessary

 A Degree in Business Management or related discipline from an accredited university, with at least 3 years work experience in a business environment  Ability to maintain highest levels of confidentiality when dealing with sensitive data and situations  Ability to communicate sensitive information to management and employees  Ability to act as recording secretary as required for management/staff meetings  Proficiency in Microsoft Office - Word, Excel and PowerPoint  Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills  Strong organizational skills  Attention to detail  Excellent social and interpersonal skills  Good health and high energy level Working Conditions:  A dynamic work environment  Interface with relevant government ministries and departments and tourism private sector entities  Goal accomplishment within an environment of change and flux  Work hours may extend to evenings, weekends and holidays SALARY: Salary for this position is set at $40,200 annually and allowances For consideration please submit the following documents to Human Resources  Cover Letter  Current Resume  Two (2) reference letters  Current Police Record  Resident Status Only persons shortlisted for an interview will be contacted in this regard. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, 29th April 2018

incidents to supervisor with a view toward minimizing repeat incidents •Act as front Office Clerk on non ship days •Recommend ways to enhance the customer experience at the cruise terminal, looking at all of the services provide •Comply with the policies, procedures and guidelines of the TCI Tourist Board •Perform other duties as directed by the Deputy Director of Tourism and the Director of Tourism

TURKS AND CAICOS TOURIST BOARD VISITOR RECEPTIONIST An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board in the post of Visitor Receptionist. This position is based in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful candidate will provide exceptional customer service and accurate tourism information to guests arriving by cruise ship; to respond to communication inquiries and requests as well as visitor complaints; to maintain the TCI Tourist Board’s presence at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, and to assist in the development of new tourism products for the destination, with special emphasis on the cultural tourism product.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS  High School education, two years of relevant experience, and thorough knowledge of the Turks and Caicos Islands tourism product  Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills  Exhibits initiative, responsibility, flexibility and leadership  Ability to be flexible in approach towards assignments and ambiguous guidelines  Excellent social and interpersonal skills  Problem-solving skills  Good health and high energy level WORKING CONDITIONS:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES •Manage Board of Tourism Cruise Center booth and greet visitors arriving by cruise ship •Provide accurate tourism information on accommodations, tourist sites, culture, activities, dining, transportation, and any other relevant information •Distribute TCI tourism information including brochures, magazines, CD’s, etc. •Stay alert to guest concerns and complaints related to arrival; keep supervisor promptly and fully informed of all problems and unusual matters of significance, and make recommendations for how common complaints can be addressed •Maintain favorable working relationships with tourism partners, including cruise ship personnel, immigration and customs officers, taxi drivers, and car rental agents •Assist as needed in completing all functions necessary to ensure positive guest reception at the Cruise Center •Regularly research tourism information to ensure information provided is accurate, timely and up to date •Maintain high level of awareness of TCI tourism products, programs, activities and events •Monitor information queries and complaints about the TCI tourism product and/or services and respond promptly; report such complaints to supervisor or relevant authorities as appropriate •Assist in resolving poor customer service situations and report

 Work location may be split between the Board of Tourism office and the Grand Turk Cruise Center  Interface with tourists arriving to TCI, relevant government agents and departments, and tourism private sector entities  Ability to travel locally between office and Cruise Port, and regionally and internationally as needed  Ability to work flexible hours which may include early mornings, late nights, weekends and holidays SALARY: Salary for this position is set at $28,800 annually and allowances For consideration please submit the following documents to Human Resources or submit to The Chairman, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Regent Grand, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands:  Cover Letter  Current Resume  Two (2) reference letters  Current Police Record  Resident Status Only persons shortlisted for an interview will be contacted in this regard. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 20th April 2018

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LIFESTYLE When heart disease runs in the family, exercise tied to lower risk People who get plenty of exercise are less likely to have heart attacks and strokes than their inactive counterparts, even when they have a genetic predisposition for heart disease, a U.K. study suggests. Among roughly half a million people in the UK, those with greater grip strength, more physical activity and better cardiovascular fitness had a lower risk of heart disease even when heart attacks or strokes ran in the family, researchers found. “Even if you are at a high genetic risk, you can improve your chances of remaining in good cardiovascular health by doing exercise,” said senior study author Erik Ingelsson, a researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. For example, among people in the study with an intermediate genetic risk for cardiovascular diseases, individuals with the strongest grips were 36 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and had 46 percent lower odds of developing atrial fibrillation than people with the weakest grip strength, researcher report in Circulation. And among people with a high genetic risk for cardiovascular diseases, those with the best cardiorespiratory fitness had a 49 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to participants with the poorest cardiorespiratory fitness. They also had a 60 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm problem that predisposes people to strokes. Participants in the study didn’t have heart disease when they enrolled in the research project. They ranged in age from 40 to 69. Half of them stayed in the study for more than six years. Overall, they experienced 20,914 cardiovascular events such as heart attacks, strokes, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Researchers used a physical activity questionnaire to assess how much exercise people got. They also did treadmill tests to assess fitness, hand-held tools to test grip strength, and collected genetic data on most of the participants. Exercise appeared linked to a lower risk of heart problems even after researchers accounted for factors like age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, diabetes, smoking, blood pressure, obesity and use of medicines to lower cholesterol. The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how exercise might directly lower the risk of heart disease in general or specifically for people with a genetic predisposition for heart problems. Another limitation is that researchers relied on participants to accurately recall and report on how much exercise they got. The study can’t offer insights into what type of exercise or how much is needed for optimal heart health. Even so, it’s been clear for many years that physical activity can help prevent heart disease, noted Donna Arnett, dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky and a past president of the American Heart Association. “Being physically fit leads to more lean body mass, less fat mass, and less obesity,” Arnett, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “This leads to less hypertension, less diabetes, better utilization of glucose and insulin, and overall, better metabolic health as well.”

Vaping now an epidemic among US high schoolers A sharp spike in vaping and the use of e-cigarettes by students has grabbed the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration. The rapid spread of the fad was flagged in a 2016 report from the US surgeon general. It cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days. For middle school Twenty-year-old Bella Kacoyannakis started vaping when she was still in students, the number was 500,000. her teens Now, the alarming trend he said. named products. They are adults. is prompting concerns that some There are warnings on They are over 25 years old, and companies are taking direct aim the labels of some vape liquids they are the same type that at teenagers by tailoring and containing nicotine that are pretty watches ‘Family Guy’ on Sunday marketing e-cigarettes and vaping clear: “Nicotine is an addictive nights. products to younger users. chemical; For use by adults 18 and “It’s something that is “No kid should be using older.” a little lurid, appeals to adults. any tobacco product,” FDA But Bella Kacoyannakis, We’re not a country of serious, Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb a 20-year-old from East uptight people that just want said. Longmeadow, Massachusetts, straightforward products.” “We’re going to be taking who started vaping as a teenager, As e-cigarettes invade some enforcement actions very said that’s not going to stop her. high schools across the country, soon to target companies that we “I definitely think about teachers like Jennifer Walden think are marketing products in ... how it affects what I’m putting have found that students are even ways that they’re deliberately into my lungs, because I don’t vaping during class. appealing to kids,” Gottlieb told really know too much about it. ... Walden, of King CNN Chief Medical Correspondent I’m not even sure how it turns Philip Regional High School Dr. Sanjay Gupta. into vape. ... But I haven’t been in Wrentham, Massachusetts, Flavors ‘appealing to kids’ too concerned about it, obviously, recalled two students “seated in Analysts point out that because I’m still using it,” she said. the back two desks in the corner. flavors like tutti frutti, cotton American Vaping Association They had their hands kind of up ... candy and sour gummy worms President Greg Conley began and they had a blue light coming are likely to attract some younger doing advocacy work for vapor in between their hands.” users to e-cigarettes. products in 2010. Francis Thompson, the Joseph Allen, assistant The advocacy organization principal of Jonathan Law High professor of exposure assessment says it does not represent the School in Milford, Connecticut, is science at the Harvard T.H. Chan industry and does not speak for it. facing a similar problem. “(The) School of Public Health, has The association takes sponsorships most popular form, it’s a Juul. It conducted a study on the presence from independent vapor looks like a flash drive, it’s not, of artificial flavoring chemicals companies as well as donations and the kids can just tuck it away in e-cigarettes. “To me, these are from individual consumers. when they’re done. So, how’re you products that are really appealing “Our main concern is going to know?” he asked. to kids. ... Millions of kids are adults having the tools that they A general lack of trying these e-cigarette products. need to quit smoking. Young knowledge about e-cigarettes Studies show that one in five adults, if they are not smokers, is also problematic, school eighth-graders that currently they absolutely should not start administrators point out. “The use tobacco products got there by using a nicotine product,” Conley kids that I talk to believe that starting with e-cigarettes. said. there’s nothing in there that’s “So these e-cigarettes “Spend some time in a dangerous. They don’t think are also a gateway for traditional vape shop and see the customers there’s anything more than water,” tobacco use for many young kids,” that come in for these wildly Thompson said.

Britain’s sugar tax on soft drinks comes into effect Britain’s sugar tax on soft drinks came into effect on Friday, a move that will lead to some higher prices as the country seeks to battle childhood obesity. The tax, announced in March 2016, has already cut sugar content in drinks by 45 million kg per year, Britain’s Treasury said, as over 50 percent of manufacturers have reformulated their products to be below the levy’s sugar threshold. “Our teenagers consume nearly a bathtub of sugary drinks each year on average, fuelling a worrying obesity trend in this country,” Public Health Minister Steve Brine said.

Bottles of soft drinks made by drinks company Britvic sit on a conveyor belt at Britvic’s bottling plant in London March 25, 2009 “The soft drinks industry levy is ground-breaking policy that will help to reduce sugar intake, whilst funding sports programs and nutritious

breakfast clubs for children.” Because of the reformulations, the Treasury now expects the levy to raise only about 240 million pounds ($336 million) in its first year, less than half of its prior forecast of 520 million. Soft drink makers including Coca-Cola, Britvic and Lucozade Ribena Suntory have reformulated drinks, though Coca-Cola Classic, the nation’s top-selling branded soft drink, is subject to the tax. Retailers Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have also reformulated their own-label fizzy drinks to be below the levy’s threshold.

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IMMEDIATE OPENING STEWARDING MANAGER* Requirements: • Prior experience managing the stewarding department of a 5 star Luxury Resort. • Must have an excellent working knowledge of the kitchens, equipment, food productions, sanitation, hygiene and safety. • Must be able to organize and delegate large banquet functions. • Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts. Duties Include: • Ensures the maintenance of a clean, sanitary kitchen by supervising steward personnel • Issuing cleaning supplies to stewards, checking usage and making adjustments • Ensuring that kitchen floors and walk-ins are clean • Monitoring cafeteria and provide assistance to kitchen personnel during set-up and clean-up • Working with the Food & Beverage Director banquet orders • Taking inventory of and ensure proper amounts china, dishes etc. are available • Ensuring the training of and proper use daily of all safety, hygiene and sanitation Starting salary $35,000 per annum not including service charge. STEWARDING TRAINEE MANAGER Requirements: • Looking for a bright, ambitious and focused person who wants to grow in the field of stewarding. • Must have a passion or interest in working in the kitchens, equipment, food productions, sanitation, hygiene and safety. • Must be willing to work late evenings beyond midnight as major banqueting events and functions require. Must be willing and able to assist in organizing and delegating large banquet functions. • Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts including Saturdays and Sundays. Duties Include: • Ensures the maintenance of clean, sanitized kitchen by supervising steward personnel • Issuing cleaning supplies to stewards, checking usage and making adjustments • Ensuring that kitchen floors and walk-ins are clean • Monitoring cafeteria and provide assistance to kitchen personnel during set-up and clean-up Working with the Food & Beverage Director banquet orders • Conducting regular inventory of and ensuring proper amounts china, dishes etc. are available • Assisting in ensuring the training of and proper use daily of all safety, hygiene and sanitation LABOURER* Duties Include:  General laborer duties as assigned by the supervisor or manager.  Willingness to work varying schedules, split shifts, nights, weekends and holidays. Salary $6.25 an hour not including service charge. KITCHEN STEWARD* Duties Include:  Clean & sanitize all areas of the kitchen  Operate dishwashing machine in a safe, accident free manner  Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Starting salary $6.25 per hour not including service charge.  standards of cleanliness and organization are met at all times in assigned areas. • Responsibility for care and maintenance of all equipment and machinery • Restock linens and amenities on carts • Run needed items to guest floors • Assist housekeepers as required Starting salary $6.25 not including service charge. WAITER/WAITRESS* Duties Include:  Serve food and beverages to guests in a prompt manner and anticipate guest needs.  Knowledge of food and beverages on the menu included mix drinks and be aware of any menu items which are not available.  Prepare and arrange food or drinks that are attractive and appetizing to the guests. Starting wages $6.25 per hour plus service charge. COOK* Requirements:  Experience with, and comfortable preparing a variety of different cuisines in a fine dining environment  Understand the importance of consistency  Knowledge of food preparation techniques and health/safety Duties Include: • Prepare all food items according to recipe cards and correct handling procedures.  Maintain highest quality and appearance of all foods sent from the kitchen and make sure plates are clean and appetizing. • Maintain orderly and clean refrigerators and work areas. • Rotate all foods and correctly fill out production charts. • Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Starting salary $6.25 per hour not including service charge. FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER* Requirements:  10 years experience in Food & Beverage Management in luxury hospitality with at least 2-3 years experience as F & B Manager.

 Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience.  Strong track record of maintaining consistent standards, continually training outlet staffs and promoting an atmosphere of teamwork.  Strong financial skills.  Track record of building/increasing outlet revenue and average cheques.  Experience implementing new F&B concepts.  Exceptional knowledge of different types of cuisine and wine including how menus are developed, pricing guidelines and how to improve results.  Willingness to work varying schedules, split shifts, nights, weekends and holidays to reflect the business needs of the hotel.  Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts. Duties Include:  Plan and manage the Restaurants, Room Service and Banquets, as appropriate, in order to achieve guest satisfaction, quality service, and compliance with corporate/brand policies and procedures while meeting/ exceeding financial goals  Develop and implement special promotions and employee incentives.  Create department budget and financial reports, and monitor status to adjust as appropriate. Starting salary $40,000-$60,000 per annum not including service charge. DINING ROOM MANAGER* The Dining Room Manager will oversee the daily operation of P23 fine dining restaurant; Plunge casual outdoor restaurant and bar, and In-room Dining. Requirements:  Minimum of 6 years management experience in food and beverage, including fine dining  Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience  Strong knowledge of a variety of cuisines and wines/beverages  Strong understanding and proven track record of operational controls and sales  Proven ability to train and develop team members  Ability to take initiative while working effectively in a team environment  Excellent organizational skills  Passion for luxury food and beverage service; positive and cheerful attitude with high energy  Computer skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) plus knowledge of POS systems  Must be able to work all shifts and days Duties include:  Supervises, trains and coaches staff to meet Regent standard of luxury and ensure Regent Experience for guests.  Participates in development of business strategies for food & beverage outlets aligned with business  objectives for maximizing revenue and guest satisfaction.  Participates in development of budgets and monitors status regularly to ensure achievement of financial targets.  Assists in developing and implementing marketing and promotions to increase business and revenue.  Works closely with culinary team to create and implement menus consistent with guest expectations and Regent standards of luxury and quality. Starting salary $20,000 per annum not including service charge FURNITURE CONSERVATOR - RESTORER MANAGER* Responsibilities  Establish and/or implement operating procedures and standards for the restoration department.  Team working, in order to work with a range of other professionals and Managers.  Project management, including the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.  Organizational and creative problem-solving skills  Be able to work on a number of projects concurrently  Source materials for use in the conservation and restoration process.  Observing and assessing the state of a piece of furniture to decide on the best way to restore or conserve it.  Combining specialist knowledge of furniture with practical techniques in order to prolong and protect the survival of a piece of furniture. Requirements  Education: High school diploma  Experience: Minimum of five years in position is required  Experience in AutoCAD, 3D Studio, Sketch Up, Excel, Microsoft Office  Conversant with computers  Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write briefs, promote and explain complex information clearly.  High Knowledge of types of materials for furniture construction, refurbishment, fabrics, bonding agents  Good drawing skills, including perspective drawing and spatial awareness. Starting salary $33,000.00-$37,000.00 per annum. SERVER* Purpose: Responsible for creating memorable, luxury dining experiences for guests, ensuring all guests are promptly, courteously and knowledgeably attended in accordance with all food & beverage department and resort standards. Areas of Responsibility:  Complete opening and/or closing duties as required by shift, in accordance with established procedures and standards; ensure adequate supplies of all beverage, food and service items for shift.  Maintain positive personal presence with body language and demeanor, complying with all hotel and department grooming and dress code standards.  Greet all guests in a timely and courteous manner, offering a warm welcome, offering service and establishing correct ambiance and tone for the dining experience.  Take and serve food and beverage orders knowledgeably and accurately.  Up sell food and beverage items to maximize revenue.  Serve all food and beverage in accordance with all standards of service; provide continuous, attentive service maintaining positive guest interactions and experiences.

*POSITIONS MARKED WITH (*) ARE POSITIONS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER. Interested applicants can apply in person at The Palms’ Human Resources Department on Monday through Friday between 9am – 5pm. Please bring along with you an updated resume that will be attached to your completed application form. Applicants can also email their resumes to, no later than end of day Friday, May 4th, 2018. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 946-8666.

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IMMEDIATE OPENING  Use knowledge of guest and name to ensure a high level of guest recognition and personalized service.  Maintain cleanliness and ambiance of guest areas throughout shift.  Ensure guest checks are accurate and all revenue is collected and properly recorded.  Attend all daily briefings, meetings and training as required.  In addition, other duties as may be requested or required by department or other manager. Requirements:  Minimum 1 year experience in a hotel restaurant preferably in a luxury hotel  Accuracy and attention to detail  Able to stand for long periods  Able to lift 50 pounds  Good written and spoken communication skills  Able to use computer systems accurately and efficiently  Must be organized be organized and detail oriented  Able to handle a fast paced environment and be able to work under pressure Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Starting salary $6.25 per hour not including service charge and tips. EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER* Requirements: • Must have minimum 10-12 years experience as an executive housekeeper in branded luxury hotel/resort  Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience • Must have knowledge of Opera (Fidelio) hotel operating system • Must have knowledge of laundry operations • Must have experience managing large Department (50 or more employees) • Ability to train coach and counsel staff • Ability to determine appropriate staffing levels based on anticipated business, and create staffing schedules which optimize the balance between desired profitability, and guest demands • Thorough understanding of the elements and components of luxury services, set-ups and supplies • Must have financial knowledge and ability to Analyze P & L statements, develop operating budgets, forecasting and capital expenditure planning • Must have advanced knowledge of standard software applications • Good communication and relationship building skills to interact effectively with managers and unit owners. • Must be able and willing to work all shifts and days Duties Include: • Develops and implements business strategies for the housekeeping department • Develops annual operating and capital expenditures budget for department • Directing the operation of the housekeeping department including guest rooms and public space areas and overseeing management staff • Inspecting back-of-the house areas continually and adjusts operations accordingly • Oversees inventory, purchasing, disbursement, cost control for all linens, cleaning supplies and guest room supplies • Adheres to brand marketing, sales and quality standards • Coordinates room availability with the Front Office Manager and room maintenance with Director of Engineering Starting salary $40,000-$60,000 per annum not including service charge. HOUSEMAN * Requirements:  Ability to work with heavy cleaning machinery.  Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Duties include:  Ensuring that standards of cleanliness and organization are met at all times in assigned areas. • Responsibility for care and maintenance of all equipment and machinery • Restock linens and amenities on carts • Run needed items to guest floors • Assist housekeepers as required Starting salary $6.25 not including service charge. MECHANIC TECHNICIAN* The chosen candidate must have knowledge and experience in repair and maintenance including preventative maintenance to prevent down time on commercial laundry equipment including 250lb washer, flat ironer, folding machines, steam dryers, valet equipment, boilers, 150hp boiler feed tank, steam water heater and chemical injection system. Duties Include:  Maintain proper preventative maintenance to laundry equipment and boilers.  Maintain proper inventory on designated parts to avoid down time.  Maintain proper amount of chemical injection on boiler feed tank and proper conductivity at boilers.  Preventative maintenance to steam traps and steam lines. Starting salary $7.00 -$9.00 per hour plus service charge A/C TECHNICIAN* Requirements:  Minimum of 3 years experience as an IT Technician  Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience  Must have experience working with Opera and Visual One, Mitel Phone System, Cisco CCTV System, Fiber Optic Music System (fiber optic), Micros, Data Works and Premier Spa  Must be able to respond quickly and effectively to diagnose and resolve hardware and software problems for all systems, and document tracks and reports on deficiencies, progress and follow-up  Must read, speak and write English fluently  Must be able to work all days and shifts and be on call for emergency service request Duties Include:  Providing routine maintenance of hardware, software and systems  Installing/configuring computers/telephones and point of sales equipment and other systems equipment.  Installing, maintaining and repairing wifi system equipment  Installing/maintaining/repairing CCTV System  Repairing/upgrading hardware and software.  Troubleshooting printers/scanners/copiers.  Maintaining inventory of equipment and supplies.

 Maintaining server room(s) and ensuring proper security for such.  Completing system backups according to required schedule.  Providing infrastructure support: FITNESS INSTRUCTOR* Requirements:  Prior experience as a fitness trainer in a high end environment with experience in both personal training and teaching classes.  Certification(s) in fitness instruction, personal training, pilates etc.  High level of personal fitness with ability to demonstrate proper usage of equipment and proper exercise techniques.  Very energetic person with commitment to ensuring high levels of guest satisfaction. Duties Include:  Create and provide consistent professional fitness classes and personal training sessions in accordance with spa protocols and accepted certification practices.  Provide instruction on safe usage of fitness equipment.  Care for and maintain fitness equipment.  Actively promote the spa, treatments, services and retail as well as any promotions or discounts.  Assist in areas of the spa operation as requested by management.  Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Starting salary $6.25 per hour not including service charge. SPA THERAPIST/TECHNICIAN * Requirements:  Diploma in massage therapy or equivalent.  Prior experience in a 5-star luxury environment.  Extensive knowledge of Eastern style massage, wraps, facials and other treatments.  Proficiency in English.  Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Duties Include:  Providing spa treatments to resort guests and day spa guests.  Maximize the revenue of the department through massage and retail product sales.  In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position may be “required to perform a combination of support functions  Starting salary $6.25 per hour not including service charge, commission SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR* Requirements:  Must have advance knowledge of PC computer software programs to include, Microsoft Windows and Office (Photo Escape, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, Movie maker, Photo Paint, Outlook and Word).  Ability to possess effective listening abilities, and demonstrate proven ability to multi-task and handle assignments in a fast passed working environment.  Ability to possess excellent organizational, analytical and project management skills, demonstrate strong problem solving judgment skills and attention to detail while meeting targeted deadlines.  Have interpersonal skills to deal effectively with all business contacts.  Work varied shifts, including weekends and holidays and after hours based on scheduled special events.  Able to effectively communicate in English, in both written and oral forms.  Service oriented, with professional appearance and demeanor  Maintain professionalism in the handling of all sensitive and confidential information.  Excellent customer service skills.  Bachelor’s Degree Administration and/or related fields.  Previous experience working in a similar resort setting. Duties:  Execute all Special Events with the highest regard to guest service.  Assist other departments with events and special projects as needed.  Coordinates all work at the direction of the Vice President of Sales & Marketing to assist with implementing key special projects that move the institution forward.  Acts as production coordinator on the photoshoot for resort collateral which is used in sales and marketing.  Responsible for reviewing and finalizing island advertisement such as magazine and yellow pages.  Responsible for ordering from the U.S vendor for Sales and Marketing events and other related departments.  Acts as main coordinator and design itinerary and travel for press familiarization trip, travel agents familiarization trip such a F&B preparation, give-away, restaurant reservation, spa treatment, social activities and welcome amenities  Design/creates promotional flyer used as collateral for retail shop and spa sales, F&B special event promos and menu’s such as Glam, gourmet safari, TACC and etc.  Creates a power point presentation for the sales and marketing and other projects  Supervise employees in a variety of work assignments for special event preparation  Prepare all the folders for the strata executives meetings and annual management meeting, ensuring all the meeting preparation is in place such as F&B preparation and set up.  Executes special project such as resort signage project, uniform issuance, selling of old furniture from resort refurbishment,  Responsible for weekly timefax cover, information card and newsletter.  Responsible for office and special project requisition  Responsible for controlling, logging, issuing and printing gift certificate for the resort  Responsible for all administrative work needed by the Vice President of sales and marketing such as monthly expense report, filing, organizing and scheduling.  Assists in planning and coordinating the activities to the department pertaining to special project; monitors actual progress against goals and objectives; coordinates assigned departmental activities.  Responsible for the annual preparation of TCHTA Star award booklets and creating the power point presentations. Salary $22,000.00 - $25,000.00 commensurate with qualification and experience.

*POSITIONS MARKED WITH (*) ARE POSITIONS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER. Interested applicants can apply in person at The Palms’ Human Resources Department on Monday through Friday between 9am – 5pm. Please bring along with you an updated resume that will be attached to your completed application form. Applicants can also email their resumes to, no later than end of day Friday, May 4th, 2018. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 946-8666.

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Elegant Roffers

In Grand Turk Needs a Labourer To work 6 days per week Salary $8.00 per hour Please Contact: 243-2928 Sun & Sea Property Maintenance and Cleaning Services Is Seeking 1 Maintenance Worker To work 6 days per week and be on call Salary: $7.00 per hour Please Contact: 232-2001

Mark Pankhust

Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week For $7 per hour Please Contact 431-2696 681513

Captain Marvin’s Watersports

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Is seeking 1 Painter To work 6 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact – 243-6197



Seeks to employ 1 Barmaid To work 6 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please contact: 247-3275

Seeks to employ 3 Barmaid To work 6 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please contact: 333-6695

At least 5 years experience Applicant MUST be knowledgeable in Quickbooks Pro, Quickbooks Point of Sale, Word, Excel, Publisher Salary base on qualification Please email resume to

Angela Higgs




Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Salary $6:50 per hour Please Contact: 347-5954

Is seeking 1 Kitchen Helper Salary $6.25 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 331-6208

In Grand Turk Needs 1 Cook Salary $8.00 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 331-6208

In Grand Turk Needs 3 Bar-Maids Salary $6.25 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact 331-6208

Payless Warhouse/ Quality Food Mart




SEEKS 3 BODYMEN Must be able to realign car frames and chassis and able to paint Must have at least 5 years experience Salary $9.00 per hour Please Contact: 241-5563

Require one (2) Laborers Salary: $7.50 per hour Must be reliable, hardworking & honest Hours: 8-5 and some weekends & holidays Apply in person


John Malcolm of South Caicos

Is seeking an Assistant Manager Pay: $700.00 per week Working hours: 44 hours Please Contact: 946-1269


Is seeking a Parasail Captain To work 6 days per week For $12 per hour Please Contact 231-0643

Is seeking a Waitress To work 5 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 332-8501


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Needs a Maid In Grand Turk Salary $6.25 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact 348-7194


Is seeking a Babysitter To work 5 days per week For $6.25 per hour Please Contact 243-5898


Store Clerk

Is seeking a Domestic Worker Basic Pay $6.50/hr Please Contact 431-7513 Luedell Goldmen

Is seeking a Labourer To work 6 days per week Salary $ 6.50 per hour Please Contact: 346-0098

Is looking to hire a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Contact# 231-2894


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Seeks to employ a ROOF INSTALLER In Grand Turk At a salary of $500.00 per week Please Contact Max at telephone no. 3316292 OR 3312328


Is seeking a LABOURER To work 3-4 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 331-3419

Seeks 1 Carpenter With minimum 5 years’ experience and references Salary $8.00/hour Seeks 1 General Maintenance With experience and references, Salary $7.00/hour for both Must be: Willing to work 6 days per week, Holiday and Weekend, Hardworking and reliable Contact during Office Hours 946 7437 or Email CV& Ref to


In South Caicos Is seeking a live in Caregiver Salary: $200.00 per week Please Contact: 243-1773 #681502

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Philip Brave Davis says Bahamas PM must show proof of corruption claims Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis must provide proof of his claim that The Bahamas loses over $200 million a year because of corruption, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday. Davis accused Minnis of continuing to “bad mouth” the country during his trips to other countries. “This bad mouthing of our country shows that common sense is not common,” Davis said in a statement. “To support his unfounded allegations of a corrupt country, he claimed that $200 million was lost to corruption. The prime minister cannot make such an assertion without saying on what empirical data he bases this statistic or assertion. I ask him to provide the evidence. “I have said this to him before. The Bahamas is the least corrupt country in the region. The international community accepts

things. You are the country’s prime minister, not a foreign agent. “You should be our chief promoter. I urge his colleagues to put a brake on his propensity to spread bad news and urge him to spread the good news about our country.” While in Lima, Peru, Minnis claimed, on the sidelines of Philip Brave Davis his trip, that the country loses over $200 million a year due to that this is so. “Notwithstanding the corruption. facts, the prime minister goes He did not say how he around the world and the best came across that figure. he can do is tell the world in “Corruption itself defiance of the truth that the accounts for about five to 10 country is corrupt. The prime percent of loss of GDP revenue,” minister’s conduct is inexcusable he said. “…You’re talking about and inexplicable.” Rather than speaking over $200 million possibly lost about corruption, Davis argued in the Bahamian populace as a that Minnis should promote The result of corruption. It is a form Bahamas as a destination to visit of taxation on the poor to benefit a few. So it is an illegal taxation and invest in. “I urge him to stop it,” on the poor to benefit the few and Davis said. “Say good things it is something that has to be about The Bahamas, not bad stopped.”

$1 million from CAL 20 earthquakes recorded in three months flights in February

Caribbean Airlines Caribbean Airlines (CAL) earned $1.04 million from 70 additional flights it undertook to Tobago, in February, to cater for passengers affected by problems on the domestic seabridge. Finance Minister Colm Imbert, who is the line minister for CAL, made this disclosure in the House of Representatives. He explained that CAL’s flight schedule on the domestic airbridge for February was originally 1,174. As a result of problems on the seabridge, 70 additional flights were added. This brought the total number of flights for February up to 1,222. Imbert said this added 5,305 additional seats on the airbridge and 4,888 people were transported on the 70 flights. He said the cost of these flights was $2.31 million. The minister said none of CAL’s jet aircraft were used for these flights. Imbert also said these flights had nothing to do with LIAT. He reminded Opposition MPs that LIAT began flights on the airbridge in March. “This question is about February there is no relationship between a LIAT aircraft in March and CAL flights in February,” Imbert said. He asked whether Opposition MPs suffered from “memory loss” on these facts.

Claude Prepetit Haiti, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people, has recorded 20 earthquakes during the first threemonths of this year, a senior official of the Ministry of Communication has said. Speaking at a news conference here, the Director of the Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME), Claude Prepetit, told reporters that the BME’s Technical Unit of Seismology (UTS) recorded about 20 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.1 and 4.6 with the majority occurring at depths between 10 and 25 kilometers (km). The UTS said that following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit western Mexico, in February, it recorded at least six earthquakes west of Gonâve Island. Prepetit said that earthquakes are caused by the convergence of the Caribbean plate and the North American plate and Haiti is concerned by two major seismic faults alongside other minor faults. He said while earthquakes are not predictable, the authorities here have taken measures to minimise damage. In January 2010, the 7.0 earthquake caused widespread destruction to buildings. The authorities said they had also recorded 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater 123 days after the catastrophic quake.

Prime Ministers Andrew Holness and Theresa May discussed a number of issues privately in London today before they both spoke at the Commonwealth Joint Forum. Photo by the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica

Britain offers to help legalize same-sex marriage in Jamaica British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized for the contribution her country made in the past towards the formation of laws such as those criminalizing same-sex marriage, adding that her administration is willing to help Commonwealth countries reform such laws. She publicly made the offer to members of the Commonwealth, including Jamaica, during a Commonwealth Joint Forum in London today, April 17. Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, who shared the stage with his British counterpart, on Sunday told Jamaicans in Brussels that his government does not support discrimination against people who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). Holness, however, did not state a position on same-sex marriage. Prime Minister May, in her speech today, said: “Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalizing same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls.” “I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. As the UK’s Prime Minister, I deeply regret both the fact that such laws were introduced, and the legacy of discrimination, violence, and even death that persists today.” She further said: “As a family of nations, we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions. But we must do so in a manner consistent with our common value of equality – a value that is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter.” “Recent years have brought welcome progress. The three nations that have most recently decriminalized same-sex relationships are all Commonwealth members. Since the heads of government last met, the Commonwealth has agreed to accredit its first organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” “Yet there remains much to do. Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible,” Prime Minister May further said.

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Antigua Gov’t examining legislation allowing for controlled cultivation of marijuana

The Antigua and Barbuda the laws that would allow cannabis government says it hopes to be able to to be grown under control conditions pass legislation that would allow for and sold in a domestic market, having marijuana to be grown under control been transformed into a variety of conditions or with licences and to be medicinal products. “The Cabinet agreed that processed like any pharmaceutical in a laboratory that adheres to high Canada’s laws are the best fit to be standards. a model, although Britain, Germany, A statement issued after the Switzerland and Brazil are pursuing Cabinet meeting, said that the newly- the same path for growers of the elected government of Prime Minister cannabis plants. “The Cabinet learned that the Gaston Browne had invited several officials and experts to participate in laws of Jamaica have been adapted to the deliberations “in order to achieve achieve similar ends, but the process the most in decision-making”. has proven to be very unwieldy for The statement noted that producers seeking licenses. Canada, a four-person group, including the second largest state in geographic three Canadian, with an interest in size on the planet, has federal laws producing medical cannabis, “came that make the growing, harvesting to Cabinet in order to advise on and processing of medical cannabis throughout its many the kinds of steps required by the uniform Government of Antigua and Barbuda Provinces,” the statement noted. It said that in February, in order to make possible the growing, harvesting, processing and sale of Parliament legalised the possession of 15 grams of cannabis for personal use, medical cannabis in its many forms”. The statement said that the and allows each household to grow government hopes to be able to pass four plants in order to take the

Canadian company to begin drilling for oil by year end The Guyana government says the Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company, CGX, will begin drilling on the Corentyne block at the end of this year. CGX Energy is focused on the exploration of oil in the GuyanaSuriname Basin, and it has already appointed a drilling engineer who will be in charge of designing its offshore exploration well on the Corentyne Block offshore Guyana. “CGX has remained committed to Guyana, they have gone through different periods and we are hoping that we could work with them. They are expected to do some drilling this year and we are excited about Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, that,” said Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman Raphael Trotman, adding that the 2022 in the Demerara Block and David Granger administration is complete any additional data excited about the project. processing and planning. “The expectation is that they It will also include securing all begin drilling by the end of the year. regulatory approvals for the drilling We also have (Spanish-based) Repsol of an exploration well by February that will also do some drilling later in 12, 2020; drill an exploration well by the year or early next year,” Trotman February 12, 2021 and another by added. February 12, 2023 in the Berbice Block In late 2017, CGX had said as as well as complete a geochemical part of the renegotiation of its contract, survey of a minimum area of 120 it would relinquish 25 per cent of the square kilometers by February 12, acreage of both the Corentyne and 2020. Demerara blocks to the government. CGX chairman, Professor The new work commitments Suresh Narine said the company include drilling an exploration well on was eager to pursue the new work the Corentyne Block by November 27, commitments in “this exciting Guyana 2019; acquire additional seismic basin, and in so doing continue or conduct seismic reprocessing our unbroken commitment to the by November 27, 2020; drill an basin, the Guyanese people and its exploration well by November 27, Government for more than 18 years.”

Marijuana criminal element out of cannabis production. “The use of marijuana is now socially acceptable. It is, in essence, a part of the culture of the country. I want to make it abundantly clear that my government is not advocating the use of cannabis; we are against anything that is smoked. “We do accept, though, on the

other hand, that marijuana utilised in different forms has significant medicinal benefits and certainly we’ll move pretty quickly to ensure that we legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” Prime Minister Browne said then.. “Now, the Government is going one step further, arranging for this agricultural product to be grown under certain conditions and eventually turned into useful pharmaceuticals that can relieve discomfort and pain in sickle-cell patients, epilepsy, asthma and other human diseases. “One of the experts in the group has promised to return to Antigua in a few weeks in order to provide further assistance with the realisation of the new revenueraising method which will be pursued vigorously,” the statement said. The government has already said it would embark on a public education campaign against the abuse of marijuana.

Rosewood Baha Mar to Open in June

Baha Mar. One of the Caribbean’s most anticipated hotel openings of 2018 is coming in June. The new Rosewood Baha Mar at the Baha Mar resort complex in Nassau is opening June 1, Caribbean Journal has learned. The resort is now taking reservations on its Web site. Rosewood Baha Mar will feature 185 rooms and suites, along with a collection of five four-bedroom beachfront villas, featuring exclusive services and their own private pools. The property will also include Sense, a Rosewood Spa, with a focus on “island-inspired” signature treatments. Dining concepts will include Commonwealth, a farm-to-table eatery; the Pool Grille; Bar Riva and The Library Lounge. Other amenities will include two pools, two al-fresco event areas and a fitness center. Guests will also have direct and private beach access.

The resort become Rosewood’s second resort in the Caribbean, along with the Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, a property that is currently closed renovations. Rosewood also has a property in the Mayakoba development on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, and recently announced plans to open a new resort in Antigua. The resort become Rosewood’s second Caribbean resort in the Caribbean, along with the Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, a property that is currently closed renovations. Rosewood also has a property in the Mayakoba development on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, and recently announced plans to open a new resort in Antigua. Rosewood Baha Mar will join the already-opened Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and the SLS Baha Mar, the latter of which made its debut in The Bahamas at the end of 2017.



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Immigration agents arrest reggaeton singer for bulk cash smuggling The United States (HIS) special agents initially detained Immigration and Customs him at the Isla Grande airport in Enforcement (ICE) agency says a San Juan after a search of his bags reggaeton singer has been arrested revealed that he was carrying about in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for “failure US$51,802 in his luggage and in the to declare transportation of monetary soles of his shoes in his bags. On April 3, ICE said US instruments” in more than US$10,000 and for bulk cash smuggling into the Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin “authorized a criminal complaint and United States. ICE said the arrest was the issued an arrest warrant against result of a joint investigation that it Reyes-Rosado.” HSI special agents conducted with the US Customs and arrested him the same day. It said Reyes-Rosado had his Border Protection (CBP) agency. Accordng to ICE officials, preliminary hearing before McGiverin on April 2, Carlos Efrén Reyes- Wednesday. ICE said Bulk Cash Rosado, aka Farruko, 27, traveled by helicopter from the Dominican Smuggling is a reporting offense under the Bank Secrecy Act, and is Republic to Puerto Rico. When Reyes-Rosado filled part of the United States Code (USC). out the customs declaration form, he According to ICE, the code indicated that he was not carrying stipulates that “whoever, with the more than US$10,000. intent to evade a currency reporting However, it’s reported that requirement, knowingly conceals Homeland Security Investigations more than US$10,000 in currency

Carlos Efrén Reyes-Rosado or other monetary instruments on the person of such individual or in any conveyance, article of luggage, merchandise, or other container, and transports or transfers or attempts to transport or transfer such currency or

Go back home, PM Browne tells non-nationals who are not working

Less than a month after a landslide election victory which many observers say was won with the help of non-nationals, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has sounded a warning that it’s time for them to leave Antigua and Barbuda. Speaking on a radio station which he founded and launched in 2017, Browne said he is aware of the “sensitive” nature of the subject but added that some non-nationals were creating an unnecessary burden for the country. “I know that it’s a sensitive issue and I don’t want Prime Minister Gaston Browne the CARICOM nationals to think to the indigenous Antiguans, but that we are trying to profile them. even the immigrants who are But the reality is we have to have living here.” a better managed immigration The Prime Minister policy,” Browne said. said he wants to also encourage “We have to know immigrants who are living here individuals who are coming into to exercise some restraint, noting the country, those who come into that he’s had requests by some to the country and do not have immigrants who are not working any positive contribution to make, but still want to bring their family they have to be sent back home, members to live with them. because all they are going to do is “How do you rationalize to burden down the society and it that? You don’t have a job, but represents a threat to not only you have maybe a cousin or a

friend or maybe a son or daughter who is an adult, if it’s a child I can understand because you want to keep families together,” he said. “You’re not working, you’re not a citizen, how you can justify bringing in another member? And they have the type of aggression that they push parliamentarians to get the extension of time or to get a permit. Going forward we want to see some level of selfregulation. Even those who come here and are not working . . . go back home. Why stay here and create problems for the country?” Meantime, Browne said the monitoring of migrants on the island has improve. He pointed to the recent case of a Jamaican national who was wanted in his homeland for serious crimes but was able to live in Antigua for 18 months. When asked how the fugitive was also to cross the country’s borders without being flagged, Browne said he believes it was a case of the wanted bulletin being issued after the man had entered Antigua.

Police commissioner Wendel Robinson suspended Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson, has been suspended with immediate effect. The order came from the Police Service Commission in a letter signed by its Chairman Kelvin John, this afternoon. Robinson is at the centre of an investigation regarding his alleged sexual harassment of several of his male colleagues who complained to the Commission last month. Deputy Commissioner

of Police Atlee Rodney will be taking over from Commissioner Robinson and will also be investigating the allegations. The suspension also comes a day after the PSC met with the chair-lady of Police Welfare Association, Inspector Claudina Morgan, who reportedly outlined the concerns of the officers affected. The three junior cops who complained are asking for time off due to stress related to the scandal. Police Commissioner Wendel Robinson

monetary instruments from a place within the United States to a place outside of the United States, or from a place outside the United States, shall be guilty of a currency smuggling offense.” CBP said on its website that anyone may bring into or take out of the US, including by mail, as much money as one wishes. But CBP wants that if anyone is transporting more than US$10,000, one must report it to CBP by completing the Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments . “The penalties for noncompliance can be severe,” ICE warned. If convicted, Reyes-Rosado faces a fine of no more than US$250,000, five years in prison or both and forfeiture of the property involved in the offense.

Two arrested in million dollar drug bust at airport

Cannabis that was seized at V.C Bird International Airport on Monday More than $1 million worth of Cannabis was seized at V.C Bird International Airport on Monday. A team of law enforcement officers, which comprised officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Narcotics, K-9 and Customs, went to the Customs Cargo Shed and carried out two separate intelligence-driven operations on Monday. In one incident, the K-9 dogs detected a total of 249.5 pounds of compressed Cannabis hidden inside two cardboard boxes. The boxes arrived earlier onboard Caribbean Airlines flight #459 from Kingston, Jamaica. The substance, which has an estimated street value of $998,000 was seized and taken to the police station, pending further investigations. Meanwhile, in another incident, K-9 dogs detected a total of four pounds of compressed cannabis hidden inside a cardboard box with baby wipes and adult pampers. The substance was found inside Amerijet detention room at Customs Cargo. The drugs were seized and taken to the police station. The drugs carry an estimated street value of $16,000. Two men are currently in police custody and are assisting the police with their investigations into this matter.

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Theresa May apologises to Caribbean leaders

Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised to Caribbean leaders over the Windrush generation controversy, at a Downing Street meeting. She said she was “genuinely sorry” about the anxiety caused by the Home Office threatening the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation. The UK government “valued” the contribution they had Theresa May made, she said, and they had a place”. details of an individual’s date right to stay in the UK. The Home Office said it of entry, they did not provide It comes amid reports was making efforts to speak to Mr any reliable evidence relating to some are still facing deportation. Haynes to advise him that there ongoing residence in the UK or The deportation of one man, is no requirement for him to leave their immigration status. which had been due to take place the UK. Officials say it is not a “So it would be misleading on Wednesday, has been halted Windrush case and was never an and inaccurate to suggest that following an intervention by “enforced removal”. registration slips would therefore Labour MP David Lammy. The department said it have a bearing on immigration The Tottenham MP was looking at 49 cases relating to cases whereby Commonwealth said the mother of 35-year-old Windrush migrants as a result of citizens are proving residency in Mozi Haynes got in touch saying calls received on Tuesday. the UK.” her son was due to be removed A former Home Office The prime minister’s from the country after two failed employee has, meanwhile, told spokesman said things like applications to stay. The Guardian that thousands school records, exam certificates, Mr Lammy later tweeted of landing card slips recording employment records and bills that he had been contacted by Windrush immigrants’ arrival were seen by the Home Office as Immigration Minister Caroline dates in the UK were destroyed in “more reliable evidence of ongoing Nokes, who had said that Mr 2010 during an office move. residence”. Haynes would not now be deported The former worker, who In her apology to on Wednesday and his case was is not named by the newspaper, Caribbean leaders, Theresa May “being reviewed”. said managers were warned by said she wanted to “dispel any The Tottenham MP, staff that destroying the cards impression that my government who has called the controversy would make it harder to check the is in some sense clamping down a “national disgrace,” urged records of older Caribbean-born on Commonwealth citizens, the children of the Windrush residents experiencing difficulties particularly those from the generation facing deportation to proving their right to remain in Caribbean who have built a life contact him, promising “justice the UK. here”. will be done”. The government said the She said the current Mr Lammy said that of decision to “dispose of” the cards controversy had arisen because 12,056 deportations in 2015, 901 had been an “operational” one, of new rules, introduced by her as were over 50 years of age. and 303 taken by officials at the UK Border home secretary, designed to make were to Jamaica. He is calling on Agency, rather than the then sure only those with the right to the Home Office to review all such Home Secretary Theresa May. remain in the UK could access the cases since 2014 to “ensure no A Home Office spokesman welfare system and the NHS. wrongful detentions have taken said: “Registration slips provided

Trump contradicts himself over Comey firing U.S. President Donald Comey” and said he “was not fired because of the phony Russia Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey “because of investigation.” Trump did not elaborate. the phony Russia investigation,” American intelligence contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director agencies have said Russia interfered in the 2016 election last year over the probe. “Both of those things through a campaign of propaganda and hacking in a can’t be true,” Comey said in scheme to sow U.S. discord and response when asked about the help get Trump elected. Russia president’s comments on ABC, has denied interfering in the adding that he still does not know why Trump fired him last May. election. “It matters that the Trump had told Comey in president is not committed to a May 9 dismissal letter that he could not effectively lead the law the truth as a central American value,” he said on the television enforcement agency. Two days network’s “The View” program. later, Trump cited the Russia investigation in a televised Comey’s ouster came as the FBI investigated alleged interview with NBC News. Russian meddling in the 2016 Former FBI Director James Comey “In fact when I decided to just do it, presidential election and possible arrives to speak about his book “A I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, collusion between Moscow and Higher Loyalty” in New York, U.S., this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” Trump’s campaign. The firing April 18, 2018 prompted the appointment of Trump, who has denied he told NBC. “It’s an excuse by Special Counsel Robert Mueller collusion with Moscow, on the Democrats for having lost an to lead the inquiry and look at Wednesday posted a tweet election that they should have possible obstruction of justice. referring to “Slippery James won.”

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FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion

Emergency personnel monitor the damaged engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. The order, called an air-worthiness directive, would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs. The CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board. The explosion sent shrapnel ripping into the fuselage of the Boeing 737-700 plane and shattered a window. Bank executive Jennifer Riordan, 43, was killed when she was partially pulled through a gaping hole next to her seat in row 14 as the cabin suffered rapid decompression. Fellow passengers were able to pull her back inside but she died of her injuries later on Tuesday. Philadelphia’s medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso, and ruled the death an accident, spokesman Jim Garrow said. “As captain and first officer of the crew of five who worked to serve our customers aboard Flight 1380 yesterday, we all feel we were simply doing our jobs. Our hearts are heavy,” Captain Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor said in a statement released by the airline. Shults and Ellisor said they were focused on working with investigators and would not be speaking to the media. Earlier on Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told a news conference that the incident began when one of the engine’s 24 fan blades snapped off from its hub. Sumwalt said investigators found that the blade had suffered metal fatigue at the point of the break. Sumwalt said he could not yet say if the incident, the first deadly airline accident in the United States since 2009, pointed to a fleet-wide issue in the Boeing 737-700. “We want to very carefully understand what was the result of this problem, and as I mentioned a few minutes ago, I’m very concerned about this particular event,” Sumwalt said at the news conference at the Philadelphia airport. “To be able to extrapolate that to the entire fleet, I’m not willing to do that right now.” Southwest crews were inspecting similar engines the airline had in service, focusing on the 400 to 600 oldest of the CFM56 engines, made by a partnership of France’s Safran and General Electric, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. It was the second time that kind of engine had failed on a Southwest jet in the past two years, prompting airlines around the world to step up inspections. A National Transportation Safety Board inspection crew was also combing over the Boeing 737-700 for signs of what caused the engine to explode.

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WORLD NEWS She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation, now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison

Raul Castro

Raul Castro leaving Cuban presidency, not power Raul Castro is stepping down from Cuba’s presidency, but he isn’t giving up power. The 86-year-old former guerrilla remains head of Cuba’s Communist Party, a position that leaves him with broad authority — including much oversight of the man who is replacing him as president. He is expected to hold the position until 2021. Raul Castro’s official title will remain first secretary of the Communist Party, heading the elite 17-member Political Bureau and the broader Central Committee. Since committee members are elected from lists approved by the leadership, there is no real opposition, though members do debate important issues. Cuba’s single-party system gives the Communist Party a role vastly more important than in any multi-party country, and it’s often hard to tell where the party stops and government begins. Senior government and party positions often overlap. The constitution defines the party as “the superior guiding force of society and the state,” directing it to organize society toward the construction of socialism. In practice, party officials oversee or work with government authorities on every level, including the military. While the new president is legally commander in chief, Raul’s influence is imbued throughout the institution that he led as defense minister for nearly half a century. The party runs vast organizations that coordinate activities for nearly every Cuban child and student. Workers are part of the Communist Party labor union. Every major newspaper and magazine is run by the party.

Libyan navy rescues 217 migrants from stranded boats Libya’s navy says it has rescued 217 African migrants from two rubber boats that were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea. A navy statement issued Wednesday says there were 85 women and 10 children among the migrants, who were trying to reach southern Europe. The navy says the migrants, who were found on Tuesday, were taken a naval base in the capital, Tripoli. Libya was plunged into chaos following a 2011 uprising and is now split between rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of militias. The chaos has made Libya a frequently used route to Europe for migrants fleeing poverty and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Libya has worked to stem the flow of migrants, with assistance from the European Union.

A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into the Sydney Harbour in 2016, following an exotic weeks-long cruise that she and an accomplice documented on social media. Roberge and her accomplice, Isabelle Lagace, had turned their Instagram accounts into travel diaries in the summer of 2016, posting glamorous photos and boasting about their intercontinental adventures on the MS Sea Princess, a cruise ship that docked in 17 ports in 11 countries before it finally stopped in Australia. They captured their first photo bomb, in New York’s Times Square, and their first Irish coffee in Cobh, a seaport town in Ireland. They showed off their tans on a Bermuda beach, where one of them wrote in a caption: “Gone to a place very peaceful • leave a message after the tone.” They rode recreational vehicles over the desert sand. They got tribal tattoos. They made new friends. Then, they were arrested. Roberge — who became known as “Cocaine Babe” in headlines — will serve at least four years and nine months, without eligibility for parole; she

Melina Roberge will eventually be deported to her home country, the Associated Press reported. “She was seduced by lifestyle and the opportunity to post glamorous Instagram photos from around the world,” Judge Kate Traill said in New South Wales state District Court, according to the AP. “She wanted to be the envy of others. I doubt she is now.” Roberge’s Instagram account disappeared following her arrest. But before the drug bust, she had written: “Traveling is one thing. But traveling with an open mind, ready to taste everything, see everything, learn everything and get yourself out of your comfort zone … is probably the best therapy and lesson ever. I used to be afraid to get out of my little town and now I feel like I don’t want to see that little town

anymore cause it’s beautiful out there and it’s sooo worth it.” Upon arrival in Australia, border agents searched the ship, discovering 35 kilograms in the women’s cabin and 60 kilograms a cabin belonging to Andre Tamin, a wealthy Canadian man in his mid-60s whom Roberge described as her “sugar daddy,” according to the AP. The three were charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, authorities said. Late last year, Lagace, 29, was sentenced to 7½ years in prison. Tamin is scheduled to be sentenced in October, according to the AP. The two women were packing so much cocaine in their suitcases that, the Australian Border Force said, they “did not have much room for clean underwear or spare toothbrushes.” Roberge told the court that she was an escort and met Tamin on the job in 2015. She said he invited her to go on a drug-smuggling trip to Morocco the next year. She realized, she told the court, that she had put everything on the line for some selfies “in exotic locations and post them on Instagram to receive ‘likes’ and attention.” Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced to eight years in prison on April 18 after pleading guilty to smuggling 209 pounds of cocaine into Australia in 2016.

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons New York’s attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump. In a letter, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to close a loophole in New York’s double jeopardy law shielding recipients of presidential pardons from state prosecution. A change could make it more difficult for Trump aides and others who might be pardoned to escape criminal prosecution, even if special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election were curbed or shut down. The president has no constitutional power to pardon state crimes, but Schneiderman said the current law means defendants pardoned for serious federal crimes could be freed from “all accountability” under state criminal law. Schneiderman, a Democrat in his eighth year as attorney general, has made his office a central figure in blue state challenges to Trump, tangling with the Republican president on such matters as consumer finance, the environment, immigration

and the 2020 census. The White House had no immediate comment. Cuomo, a Democrat, is reviewing Schneiderman’s proposal, and “believes that the federal legal system should not provide a basis for any wrong doers to escape justice,” press secretary Dani Lever said in a statement. Democratic State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said “we will take a close look” at the “serious” issue, and State New York Attorney General Eric Senator Todd Kaminsky, also Schneiderman speaks during a a Democrat, tweeted a plan news conference in New York, U.S., to introduce a bill closing the February 12, 2018 loophole. Fordham University law It is unclear if a revised professor, said Schneiderman’s law can make it through the “balanced” proposal both state senate, which is closely protects people from “repeated divided between Republicans harassment” by a single group and Democrats. The office of of prosecutors, and also “protects Republican Senate Majority against pardons being used to Leader John Flanagan did not obstruct justice.” immediately respond to a request He said its adoption for comment. would bring New York law in line Double jeopardy laws with laws of several other U.S. prevent people from being tried states. twice for the same crime. Schneiderman said “By closing New York’s more than 20 states provide double jeopardy loophole, defendants only the minimum lawmakers can ensure that required protection against no one accused of breaking double jeopardy. New York’s laws will escape Some onetime Trump accountability merely because of aides have pleaded guilty in a strategically-timed presidential Mueller’s probe, including former pardon,” Schneiderman said in a national security adviser Michael statement. Flynn and former campaign Jed Shugerman, a adviser Rick Gates.

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Trump’s CIA chief in secret meeting with North Korean leader: U.S. officials

U.S. Secretary of the possibility of a summit, State nominee and CIA but added that no site had Director Mike Pompeo made been selected from lists of a secret visit to North Korea options, and consequently over the Easter weekend and no logistical arrangements met with North Korean leader had been made so far, the Kim Jong Un to discuss a second official said. Both planned summit with U.S. officials spoke on condition of President Donald Trump, U.S. anonymity. officials said on Tuesday. Trump said earlier Pompeo’s trip made on Tuesday the United States him the most senior U.S. was engaged in direct talks at official ever known to have met “extremely high levels” with with Kim and provided the North Korea to try to set up strongest sign yet to Trump’s a summit between him and willingness to become the first Kim. serving U.S. president ever to He sowed some meet a North Korean leader. confusion by suggesting he P o m p e o ’ s had been speaking to Kim conversations fueled Trump’s directly, but later clarified by belief that productive saying: “Let’s leave it a little negotiations were possible bit short of the highest level.” with North Korea over its Spokeswoman Sarah nuclear and ballistic missile Sanders added: “The president programs, but far from said the administration has guaranteed, according to a had talks at the highest levels U.S. senior official briefed on and added that they were not the trip. with him directly.” The visit, a second Asked about Pompeo, U.S. official said, was arranged she said: “The administration by South Korean intelligence does not comment on the CIA chief Suh Hoon with his North director’s travel.” Korean counterpart, Kim Pompeo told his Yong Chol, and was intended Senate confirmation hearing to assess whether Kim was for the post of secretary prepared to hold serious talks. of state this week he was Pompeo, one of optimistic a course could be Trump’s most trusted advisers, set at a Trump-Kim summit returned to report that it was for a diplomatic outcome with worth continuing to pursue North Korea, but added

ultimately it’s the end result that matters, not the fact that we’re thinking about having a meeting or having a meeting.” Trump, who has exchanged bellicose threats with Kim in the past year, said U.S. officials were looking at five locations for a meeting. Asked if any of those were in the United States, Trump A combination photo shows CIA Director Mike Pompeo (L) in replied: “No.” Washington, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) in Pyongyang, A U.S. official said North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump (R), in Palm Beach, sites in Southeast Asia and Florida, U.S. Europe were among those that no one was under any Trump said he under discussion. Kim has illusion that a comprehensive believed there was a lot of rarely left North Korea. deal could be reached at that goodwill in the diplomatic push Speculation has meeting. with North Korea, but added centered on a range of sites Pompeo said the aim it was possible the summit - including Pyongyang, the of the summit would be “an first proposed in March and demilitarized zone between agreement ... such that the which the president said could the Koreas, Stockholm, North Korean leadership will take place in late May or early Geneva and Mongolia. step away from its efforts June - may not happen. Talks between Trump and to hold America at risk Efforts to arrange the Abe are largely focused on the with nuclear weapons” and unprecedented meeting have prospective summit as Japan that Pyongyang should not helped ease tensions over seeks a U.S. commitment that expect rewards until it takes Pyongyang’s development any denuclearization deal irreversible steps. of nuclear missiles capable with Kim will include not just Pompeo’s trip made of hitting the United States. long-range missiles but those him the most senior U.S. Kim has agreed to discuss that could be aimed at Japan. official to visit North Korea denuclearization, according Reflecting the since then-intelligence chief to U.S. and South Korean closeness of their ties, the James Clapper in 2014. officials. Trump-Abe meetings included The news came “I really believe a walk around the carefully after Trump and Japanese there’s a lot of goodwill; a lot manicured grounds of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of good things are happening,” beachfront club and dinner on opened two days of talks at Trump told reporters. the patio with their wives. A the president’s Mar-a-Lago “As I always say, we’ll round of golf was planned for retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. see what happens, because Wednesday.

Britain’s Corbyn under fire over anti-Semitism in parliament B r i t a i n ’ s governing Conservative Party took aim at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday, blaming him for fuelling anti-Semitism in his opposition party by failing to tackle a culture that has led to threats against some of his lawmakers. Less than a month before local elections when Labour is expected to oust the Conservatives from many councils in London, a passionate debate in parliament underlined the depth of the criticism directed towards Corbyn over anti-Semitism. Lawmakers were keen to say they were not political pointscoring in the debate, when Jewish Labour lawmakers listed the abuse they had received on social media, sometimes, they said, from party members who were self-declared Corbyn supporters. Corbyn has apologized for what he has called “pockets” of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and says he is tackling it.

Scheduled by communities and local the Conservatives, the government, said his debate was opened by party was tackling anticommunities minister Semitism and that where Sajid Javid, who told there were allegations Corbyn “it won’t perhaps the party and its leader be the most comfortable “don’t just call it out, we three hours ... that he root it out”. has sat in on”. “It is our “There has responsibility to show frankly been a deeply that we have zero worrying lack of tolerance for antileadership or moral Semitism in the Labour clarity on this issue Party. There is no place from him,” Javid told for anti Semitism in the parliament. Labour Party, in the “We cannot and left of British politics, we must not ignore the in British society at all. particular concern with End of.” elements within the But for many in Labour Party, nor can parliament, the efforts we ignore the fact that were not enough. this increasing concern Several Labour has correlated with the lawmakers called for the current leader of the expulsion of supporters opposition and the wave such as former London of activists that have mayor Ken Livingstone, come with him.” after he was suspended Earlier this last year for saying Adolf month, British Jewish Hitler had supported groups protested against Zionism. Corbyn, accusing the Luciana Berger, leader, a supporter of a Jewish Labour Palestinian rights and a lawmaker who listed the critic of Israel, of failing attacks upon her because to tackle anti-Semitism of her faith, said she felt because of a far-left that anti-Semitism in world view hostile to the party was “now more Jews. commonplace, it is more Andrew Gwynne, conspicuous and it is Labour’s policy chief for more corrosive”.

German police crackdown on suspected Thai prostitution ring German authorities searched 62 brothels, offices and homes in several federal states and arrested seven people on Wednesday in a crackdown on suspected human trafficking in connection with a Thai prostitution ring, prosecutors said. Police said on Twitter that the raids, which involved more than 1,500 officers, prosecutors and tax officials, represented the biggest mass search in the history of the federal force. The investigation has turned up 56 people, aged 26 to 66, who are suspected of crimes related to human trafficking, forced prostitution, pimping, withholding of wages and tax evasion, the Frankfurt general prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Prosecutors suspect that a number of people, led by a 59-yearold Thai woman and her 62-year-old German partner, brought women and transsexuals from Thailand to Germany on tourist visas and forced them into prostitution, it said. The woman is suspected of keeping money that the prostitutes earned, supposedly to cover the cost of bringing them to Germany as well as for room and board at several brothels

German police, which also involved Germany’s GSG9 special operations police unit, wait outside a building as they raid sites across the country, in a crackdown on human trafficking and forced prostitution in Maintal, south of Frankfurt, Germany, April 18, 2018 in the western town of Siegen, and of eventually passing them on to brothels elsewhere. “The investigation has so far identified a total of 32 women and transsexuals who were smuggled into Germany by the suspects and who allegedly worked in the brothels as prostitutes,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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



50505/249/K2, K3, K6, K7,K11, K13, K15 and K17, Whitby, North Caicos

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The auction will be held on Monday 7thMay, 2018 at 8:30am at the offices of the British Caribbean Bank Limited, Governor’s Road, Leeward, Providenciales.



REEF RESIDENCES RESORT MANAGEMENT LTD. Seeking a Manager of Surveillance

Two (2) Roof Helpers, 5 days a week @ $300 - $400 per week, scraping off roofs Two (2) Roofers, 5 days a week @ $600.00 - $800 per week, metal roofing Two (2) Steelman, 5 days a week @ $7.50 - $9.00 per hour one (1) Gaming Assistant, 5 - 6 days a week @ $7.00 - $9.00 per hour Two (2) domestic workers, 5 Days per week @ $6.25 per hour Two (2) Babysitter, 6 days per week @ $6.25 per hour One (1) labourer @ $6.50 per hour 5 days a week One (1) Mechanic, 6 days per week @ $7.00 per hour One (1) mechanic helper, 5 days per week @$6.25 per hour Interested persons please contact (649)2417278 between the hours of 10:00 am - 3:00pm Tuesday - Thursday. All interested persons should have a previous job letter or a Resume

ANDREA BEAUTY SALON In Grand Turk Needs a Hair Dresser To work 6 days per week Salary $200.00 per week Please Contact 346-1143




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Needs a Helper In Grand Turk To work 3 - 4 days per week Salary $200.00 per week Please Contact: 245-8350

Requirements for this role •10 years in a formal law enforcement role •Experience in advanced surveillance techniques •Certification in incident control & stress management •Certification in impairment by illegal substance recognition •Training in investigative interviewing •Training in securing property and loss prevention •5 yrs experience in Inventory management and control •5 yrs experience in corporate asset protection •5 yrs experience in internal auditing •5 yrs experience in risk management •Able to work independently •Reference checks and proof of certification required Salary: $2,000.00 per month Please email or call 1-800-532-8536.

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REEF RESIDENCES RESORT MANAGEMENT LTD. Is seeking a Part-Time Receptionist Requirement for this role includes: * Answering telephones * Filing * Checking guests in and out * Answering guest questions * Concierge services * Operating reservation software * Reference checks required Pay is hourly $7/hour plus service fee Please email leanne@ or call 1-800-532-8536


is looking for A cleaner to wash dishes, clean, and keep yard and section of the grill stall tidy. Must be able to work six days per week including weekends & holidays. salary rate per hour: $6.50 interested persons should contact: 242-1827

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SUMMIT CONTRACTING Is seeking a Domestic Worker Salary $350.00 per week Please Contact: summitcontracting. or call 331-0876

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Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law SAN FRANCISCO - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller. Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland. Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users, meaning 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25. The previously unreported move, which Facebook confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday, shows the world’s largest online social network is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR, which allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users’ consent. That removes a huge potential liability for Facebook, as the new EU law allows for fines of up to 4 percent

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018 of global annual revenue for took advantage of the country’s low infractions, which in Facebook’s case corporate tax rates, routing through could mean billions of dollars. it revenue from some advertisers The change comes as outside North America. The unit is Facebook is under scrutiny from subject to regulations applied by the regulators and lawmakers around the 28-nation European Union. world since disclosing last month that Facebook said the latest the personal information of millions of change does not have tax implications. users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge ‘IN SPIRIT’ Analytica, setting off wider concerns about how it handles user data. In a statement given to The change affects more than Reuters, Facebook played down the 70 percent of Facebook’s 2 billion-plus importance of the terms of service members. As of December, Facebook change, saying it plans to make the had 239 million users in the United privacy controls and settings that States and Canada, 370 million Europe will get under GDPR available in Europe and 1.52 billion users to the rest of the world. elsewhere. “We apply the same privacy Facebook, like many other U.S. protections everywhere, regardless technology companies, established an of whether your agreement is with Irish subsidiary in 2008 and Facebook Inc or Facebook Ireland,”

Starbucks’ Schultz steps in as outrage over cafe arrests simmers Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) turned to longtime leader Howard Schultz on Wednesday to make the case that the U.S. coffee chain accused of racial profiling is committed to offering a “safe space” to customers despite the arrest of two black men in one of its Philadelphia cafes. Closing 8,000 companyowned cafes on the afternoon of May 29 “to do significant training with our people is just the beginning of what we will do to transform the way we do business and educate our people on unconscious bias,” Schultz, Starbucks’ co-founder and executive chairman, told CBS This Morning. He joined CEO Kevin Johnson and other executives for a meeting with Philadelphia clergy and community leaders later in the day. Schultz’s appearance

on Wednesday marked his protests and calls for boycotts return to the limelight after at the chain whose U.S. traffic stepping down as CEO last has flattened in recent years year. Daily management has because of intense competition. “Race is a very difficult been left to Johnson, who lacks his predecessor’s experience subject to discuss. We learned with social issues and damage that three years ago,” said control. Schultz. He was referring to the “Howard always comes backlash from Starbucks’ 2015 back when they’re in trouble,” “Race Together” campaign, which said Robert Passikoff, president aimed to start a conversation of consultancy Brand Keys, on race relations in the wake of referring to Schultz’s 2008 high-profile police shootings of return as CEO during the several unarmed black men. Hugh Taft-Morales, financial crisis. Starbucks, which president of the national prides itself on diversity leaders council of the non-profit and inclusiveness, is at the American Ethical Union, called center of a social media storm on the company to help create a prompted by a Philadelphia “new wave of justice” during the cafe manager’s decision to call meeting with Schultz and other police on the two men, who had executives. Wedbush analyst Nick not made a purchase and were waiting on a friend. They were Setyan said closing 8,000 stores for training on May 29 could released without charges. Video of the result in $5 million to $7 million Philadelphia arrests spawned in lost sales.

Amazon says it has more than 100 million Prime members Amazon Inc said it now has more than 100 million Amazon Prime members globally. Chief Executive officer Jeff Bezos informed shareholders Amazon Music now has tens of millions of paid customers, with Amazon Music Unlimited expanding to more than 30 new countries in 2017.

Bezos said Prime Now, a service that offers free delivery within two hours, is now available in more than 50 cities spanning nine countries. Shares of the ecommerce giant, which have risen about 69 percent in the last 12 months, rose 1.3 percent in after-market trading.

the company said. Earlier this month, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told Reuters in an interview that his company would apply the EU law globally “in spirit,” but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world. In practice, the change means the 1.5 billion affected users will not be able to file complaints with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner or in Irish courts. Instead they will be governed by more lenient U.S. privacy laws, said Michael Veale, a technology policy researcher at University College London. Facebook will have more leeway in how it handles data about those users, Veale said. Certain types of data such as browsing history, for instance, are considered personal data under EU law but are not as protected in the United States, he said. The company said its rationale for the change was related to the European Union’s mandated privacy notices, “because EU law requires specific language.” For example, the company said, the new EU law requires specific legal terminology about the legal basis for processing data which does not exist in U.S. law.

Oil prices near 2014 highs NEW YORK - Oil prices on Thursday hit highs not seen since 2014, built on the ongoing drawdowns in global supply and as Saudi Arabia looks to push prices higher, though U.S. crude gave back gains in the afternoon to finish lower. A global oil glut has been virtually eliminated, according to a joint OPEC and nonOPEC technical panel, two sources familiar with the matter said, thanks in part to an OPEC-led supply cut deal in place since January 2017. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 settled 18 cents lower at $68.29 a barrel after earlier hitting $69.56, their highest since Nov. 28, 2014. WTI has gained nearly 8 percent in the last eight days of trading. Brent crude futures LCOc1 ended at $73.78 a barrel, up 30 cents. The global benchmark touched $74.75 a barrel, its highest since Nov. 27, 2014 - the day OPEC decided to pump as much as it could to defend market share. “Overall the supply-demand equation is fairly balanced,” said Anthony Scott, managing director at BTU Analytics in Denver. “It depends on expectations at this point - bullishness may be stalling out, and people are asking, ‘What’s the next leg; you need to see the next signal, whether it’s a bullish or bearish signal.’”

Bitcoin heist suspect flees Iceland on flight carrying PM EYKJAVIK - An Icelandic man arrested on suspicion of stealing about 600 computers used to mine the cryptocurrency Bitcoin escaped prison and fled the country on a commercial flight to Sweden, Icelandic state broadcaster RUV said. The same Icelandair flight was also taking Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir to a meeting with

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Stockholm, RUV reported, without specifying its sources. The escapee was among 11 people arrested on Feb. 2 on suspicion of taking the computers with an estimated value of 200 million Icelandic crowns ($2 million), Icelandic police said at the time. No criminal case in Iceland has ever involved larger sums of money.

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Minimum Requirements:

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Chukka Caribbean Adventures (TCI) Ltd is about playtime! It’s about fun, laughter and a passion for life. Every single member of the CHUKKA team in Jamaica, Belize and Turks & Caicos contributes to helping their guests play; they get to wow them at every turn with all that the Caribbean has to offer. Chukka is always looking for new talent to add to our dynamic team. All successful applicants must: • Be at least 21 years old. • Be well spoken in English. • Possess excellent interpersonal & written communication skills. • Trustworthy & Reliable disposition with a clean criminal record. • Positive & disciplined work attitude in a customer service oriented business. • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends, public holidays as necessary to meet the challenging needs of cruise ship schedules and/or reasonable needs of the business. See below opportunities currently available in GRAND TURK: SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERVISOR • Ensure that Photos Department meets daily revenue and costs targets • Manage guest experience when purchasing photos at the end of tour(s) • Troubleshoot technical software challenges • Ensure department is stocked with all required supplies • Inventory of equipment is properly maintained • Company procedure, policies and practices are observed to at all times Minimum Requirements: • Be able work outdoors • Two years experience in retail sales • Excellent computer and technical skills • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Excels at operating in a fast pace and multi-tasking environment Reports to: • On Property Revenue Manager PHOTOGRAPHER GUIDE • Have some experience working within a customer service or sales environment • Fair understanding of how to use a computer and computer applications • Willing to work outdoors • Posses an outgoing and pleasant personality • Training provided Reports to: Senior Photography Supervisor SENIOR CAPTAIN OF OPERATIONS • Ability to train and guide Captains and crew in marine best practices. Minimum Requirements: • Minimum age 35 years • Valid Masters License (STCW Grades 1) or Yacht masters license (RYCA or equivalent) • At least 10 year experience working in the Cruise Industry with emphasis on snorkeling and other water based tours. • Must be trained and certified in Lifeguard Rescue, CPR and First Aid • Full knowledge of man over board procedures, fire at sea, abandon ship and all related safety drills and procedure. • Knowledge of maintenance and upkeep of outboard engines and inboard engines • Knowledge of basic navigation and Rules of the Road is an asset. Reports to: Business Manager

• Valid Masters License (STCW Grades 1-5) or Yacht masters license (RYCA or equivalent) • At least 5 year experience working in the Cruise Industry with emphasis on snorkeling and other water based tours. • Must be trained and certified in Lifeguard Rescue, CPR and First Aid • Full knowledge of man over board procedures, fire at sea, abandon ship and all related safety drills and procedure. • Knowledge of maintenance and upkeep of outboard engines and inboard engines • Knowledge of basic navigation and Rules of the Road is an asset. Reports to: Operations Manager BOAT CREW • Good verbal and written communication skills • Ability to work under pressure • Ability to use initiative • Ability to handle complaints • Passion for nature and the environment • Must have the physical ability to frequently lift and carry moderate to heavy weights Minimum Requirements: • Have a minimum of 3 years experience working on boats as a lifeguard or boat crew • Have training or certificate in Lifeguard/CPR • Enjoy marine environment and have a passion for people Reports to: Boat Captain/Team Lead ZIPLINE CANOPY GUIDE • Document accurately all incidents and accidents on tour. Information must be communicated to the Location Manager immediately. • Ensure that all tour reports are completed properly and checked off daily. • Go through the tour at least three times per week. • Complete periodic inventory of resources and equipment. • Ensure that maintenance schedules are in place, adopted and up-to-date. • All equipment and tools used in the operations are properly functional. • Client Satisfaction Ratings are maintained above target 85%. Minimum Requirements: • One year experience in a related position • CPR and First Aid • Ability to work under pressure • Ability to handle complaint • Must have no fear of heights Reports to: Zipline Team Lead BEACH ATTENDANT • Mount beach umbrellas and cushions on beach chairs on the beach • Attend to guests food and bar needs. • Keep beach free of debris before during and after business hours. • Ensure trash receptacles are emptied frequently and surrounding areas kept sanitary • Beach shower areas are kept clear from any obstacles • Assist with any heavy lifting and movement of equipment or supplies needed for operational functionality • Ensure sand is combed each day. Minimum Requirements: • Punctual • Willing and able to work in a face paced service environment • Posses an outgoing and pleasant personality • Exercise flexibility in being able to be of assistance in wherever areas needed. Reports to: On-Property Revenue Manager

Applications along with CVs/ Resume’ can be submitted via Email to:, please place the desired position in the subject line or deliver to the below address:

BOAT CAPTAIN • Manage day to day operations of the tour including maintenance and efficient use of Human Resources • Manage the daily operational needs inclusive of tour needs, client needs • Ensure that the team is motivated, empowered and performing at an optimal level


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VACANCY: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 1. \: This administrative position has responsibility for provision of secretarial/ administrative support services to the Chief Executive Officer in the Providenciales Branch office. The Executive Assistant coordinates the activities of accommodating visitors, making appointment, responding to correspondence and developing data management for the CEO. The incumbent is expected to generate results that are deemed effective when: systems are in place to protect confidential information; correspondence answered in a timely manner, and performs general administrative and clerical duties. 2. NATURE AND SPAN OF CONTROL 2.1 The Position Reports Directly to: Chief Executive officer 3. LIAISON 3.1 The Incumbent Liaises Internally: All Heads Departments 4. REQUIRED EDUCATION EXPERISE/SKILLS 4.1 This position requires: •Human relation skills •Resource management •Excellent time management skills •Telephone skills •Strong written and oral skills including computer literacy in the main processing, spreadsheet and presentation graphics programmes. •Effective, interpersonal, communication and customer services skills 5. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE •Experience: The positon requires three (3) years on the job experience to acquire the competencies necessary to meet the challenges of the functions. The experience should cover: •Secretarial skills •Information technology •Administrative Support •Communication •Human relation skills 6. SPECIFIC TASKS OR DUTIES •Meets and greets office guest •Provides professional management of the telephones •Provides professional secretarial services for the Chief Executive Officer. •Arranges the appointment diary of the Chief Executive Officer •Responds to routine office correspondence. •Draft response to correspondence for the Chief Executive Officer’s signature. •Maintains proper data base for storage and retrieval of information. •Open sort and distribute incoming correspondence for CEO and the Board. •Prepare and modify internal/external documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, memos and emails. •Take minutes at Bi-weekly HOD meetings. •Photocopy documents for Board meetings. •Plan, organize and co-ordinate the functions and special event for the Board and CEO. •Assist with the preparation of business presentations. •Coordinate Board, Appeals and other meetings. •Assist with general office administration. •Ensures that the NHIB buildings, generator, A/C units and grounds are properly maintained. 7. PERFORMANCE CRITERIA The incumbent is deemed to be performing his/her duties effectively when: •Correspondence is responded to promptly. •Proper data management system is in place for filling and retrieval of data •Provides professional secretarial services for the Chief Executive Officer. •Minutes are completed and submitted to the CEO for review. •CEO appointment diary is kept up current. •Board files are properly maintained and secure. •Assist with general office administrative duties. Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

VACANCY: SENIOR REGISTRATION OFFICER JOB PURPOSE: To provide administrative support to the registration department; where all members are registered in accordance with NHIB Ordinance and Regulations. To maintain member files, inputting new and existing member information into PCM database, dealing with customer inquiries and performing day-to-

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day administrative/clerical tasks as needed. Essential Duties:  Process change requests (by way of forms, direct email and Employer Eservices are processed in a timely manner.  Contact employers in relation to the submission of change requests/ registration documents (when additional documents are required for processing).  Register applicants for NHIP coverage in a timely manner; assisting with the processing of enrollment forms as needed.  Submit monthly “documents collected” report.  Accurate Member Record Management: creating and updating/ maintaining member records/files by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.  Scan registration documents/change requests and attach the appropriate documents to members’ records (legal status documents, passport, etc.)  Communicate with employers, human resources agents/office administrators, pharmacies and other hospital/medical personnel regarding eligibility queries (via office visit, telephone and email).  Report non-compliant registration issues to the compliance department.  Ensure customers are served in a professional manner.  All registration queries are answered or when necessary directed to the immediate supervisor.  Perform other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. Skills/Qualifications: •Must have an Associate’s Degree. •Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. •Must ensure that data is entered accurately. •Must have excellent written/verbal communication skills. •Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) •Must be an excellent team player with team building skills. •Must be reliable, able to handle pressure, show initiative and multitask oriented. •Must have customer relations experience as well as listening and time management skills. Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

VACANCY: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER 1. POSITION SUMMARY-OVERVIEW This is a managerial position, which has systems wide responsibility for shaping the direction of the Information Technology Department of the NHIB. Providing technical and strategic direction to the Systems Administrator, The IS Manager develops and implements the Department strategies plans; develops new IT systems; conducts technology needs assessments; develops implements and monitors IT Department and Divisional policies and procedures and develops and maintains training manuals and is expected to generate results that are deemed acceptable when: IT policies and procedures re developed and implements to govern the activities of the department; IT systems are designed to meet the requirements of the users; systems operate efficiently and with minimal down time; security measures are in place to maintain the integrity of the system and to safeguard security measure area in place to maintain the integrity of the systems and to safeguard client confidential data and backup and recovery systems are in place to facilitate the recovery of lost or damaged files. The Position Reports Directly to:

Chief Executive Officer

2. REQUIRED EDUCATION EXPERISE/SKILLS This position requires: •In-depth knowledge of IT System development; •Strong written and oral skills including computer literacy in the main processing, spreadsheet and presentation graphics programmes. •Skills in managing meetings, negotiation and consensus building. •Effective, interpersonal, communication and customer services skills 3. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: •Master’s Degree in Information Technology, •Business Management Experience •At least five (5) years on the job experience to acquire the necessary competencies to effectively respond to the challenges of the job. •Auditing and Systems Needs Analysis

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•Systems Development and Management •Networking •Database Development and Management

•A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a similar corporate position. •Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point etc.) •Must be proficient in the English Language

SPECIFIC TASKS OR DUTIES •Developing policies, procedures, standards and controls or effective management of the IT Department •Designing, implementing and evaluating IT projects •Designing training plans for all system users •Providing departmental and system reports to facilitate decision making •Developing and ensuring continuous updating of manual to guide the operations of the department and the use of IT systems •Ensuring that systems are in place to recapture lost or damaged files •Identifying and sourcing new technology to enhance the capability and capacity of the systems •Developing, monitoring and assessing preventative maintenance schedule to ensure continued reliability of the systems •Managing and supervising the use and allocation for all IT resources •Ensuring service quality management •Ensuring that departmental are met •Preparing the departmental budget •Monitor security/fire systems •Chair Disaster preparedness committee PERFORMANCE CRITERIA The incumbent is deemed to be performing his/her duties effectively when: •IT policies and procedures are developed and implemented to govern the activities of the Department. •IT systems are designed to meet the requirements of the users. •Systems operate efficiently and with minimal down time. •Security measures are in place to maintain the integrity of the systems and to safeguard client. Confidential data. •Backup and recovery systems are in place to facilitate the recovery of lost or damaged files. •Proper disaster preparedness procedures/measures are maintained. Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

Vacancy: Office Administrator/Human Resources Manager This position is generally accountable for ensuring the Organization’s workforce is adequately recruited, compensated, developed and prepared to play an integral role in increasing and sustaining the productivity and delivery requirement of the TCI National Health Insurance Board. The incumbent is deemed to be performing satisfactorily when; proper HR records are maintained, HR Policies and Procedures are accessible to all staff and staff members are aware of Career Training opportunities. The Position Reports Directly to:

Chief Executive Officer

Positions Reporting Directly to the Incumbent: Customer Service Supervisor, Receptionist,Scanning/Filing Clerks, Office Administrator The Incumbent Liaises Internally:

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All NHIB Departments All Managers All Personnel

The Incumbent Liaises ExternallyOther Employers Labor department, Placement Agencies REQUIRED SKILLS This position requires: •Negotiations •Human relation skills •Communication skills •Compensation skills •Must be a good organizer and tactful. •Excellent team building skills. •Excellent writer and oral communication skills. •Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and work under pressure •Spreadsheet and presentation graphics programmes. 5. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE •A Bachelor’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or in business administration with a concentration in human resources management.

6. SPECIFIC TASKS OR DUTIES •Manage the administration of staff welfare. •Develop orientation/training programs •Inform staff on developments in the organization •Manage the HR component of the NHIB’s Strategic Plan •Manage the recruitment and deployment of staff. •Prepare monthly reports. •Make recommendations for the development, documentation and review of policies and procedures for HR administration. •Maintain job classification and compensation systems. •Advise employees on career opportunities. •Develop the budget for the department. •Design and develop job profiles •Conduct training needs assessments •Analyze and advise management on the Employment Ordinance •Manage the staff Grievance Procedures •Coordinates staff performance appraisal activities throughout the organization. •Develops and executes orientation programs for new recruits. •Administers the human resource information system of the organization. •Supervision of assigned staff and departments. •Facilitates arrangement for corporate travel. •Liaise with the Accounts dept. on the renewal of Insurance Premiums (Vehicles & Premises). •Ensures that the NHIB building, generator, A/C units and office is properly maintained and secured. •Work in consultation with HOD’s to ensure HR Policies & Procedures are adopted in a standardized manner. •Provide administrative support in order to ensure effective and efficient operations of NHIB facilities •Ensure that all supporting documents are accessible and filed appropriately •Ensure the confidentiality and security of all Master files and Personnel files. •May perform other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

VACANCY: LEGAL OFFICER- PROVIDENCIALES This is a senior professional position, which has corporate wide responsibility for all legal matters arising in connection with the administration of the National Health Insurance Programme. The Legal Counsel is the legal advisor to the NHIB. He or she is required to manage a variety of legal matters impacting the administration of the National Health Insurance scheme, appear in all courts and tribunals on behalf of the NHIB to play a key role in the identification and management of legal risk issues risk issues across the organization. He/she is deemed to be performing satisfactorily when the outputs for this position are achieved. Duties and Responsibilities: •Provide legal advice and opinions on all matters required by the Board, its divisions and departments •Review and draft contracts, leases, conveyances, bonds, securities, bill of sale, mortgages, deeds of variation, deeds of release and other legal documents. •Recover contribution and all monies owing to the National Health Insurance Board. •Attend the National Appeals Tribunal and conduct appeals on behalf of the Board. •Liaise with external Attorneys with respect to the litigation portfolio including the preparation of briefs to external counsel. •Assist with the provision of training in the understanding of the National Health Insurance Ordinance. •Drafting in association with the office of the Attorney General, new or amending legislation, and regulations, reciprocal and other agreements, etc. •Legal scrutiny of instructions, leaflets, etc.; in-so-far as they explain or interpret the provisions of National Health Insurance Plan. •Advising on matters of genera law, which may arise in connection with administration of oaths and affirmation; property transfer and terms of

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service of service. •Submit Monthly Reports to Executive Management on all legal activities •Initiate Prosecutions and Prosecute Employer and Self-employed arrears. •Interpret the National Health Insurance Board Ordinance and Regulations for all staff on a needs basis. •Assess and advise on all eligibility of beneficiaries. •Interpret other Ordinances as it relates to the registration and benefits of NHIB beneficiaries. •Draft legal opinions for advancement to the Chief Executive Officer on all matters arising under the Legislation. •Conduct ongoing training on the National Health Insurance Board Legislation. Qualifications and Experience: •A Law Degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and designation Attorney at Law. •At least five (5) years post qualification experience to acquire the necessary competencies to effectively respond to the challenges of the job. •Solid competencies in legal drafting, Litigation, Opinion writing and legal research. •Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point etc.) •Excellent team player with team building skills •Excellent written and oral communication skills •Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and to work under pressure. Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

VACANCY: CLERICAL OFFICER This is an administrative position which assist all departments with the filing and scanning of documents. The filing/scanning clerk must ensure that all the NHIB files are filed and save accurately to the member records. Specific Tasks or Duties:  Responsible for obtaining and preparing documentation for record retention purposes  Retrieving files for scanning  All files must be filed upon completion of scanning the documents  Reviewing and verify the correct data to be attach of each file  Filing of documents for various departments  Work closely with departments to ensure files are accessible to all upon completion  Act as support to the Office Administrator with daily administrative functions  Provide administrative support in order to ensure effective and efficient office operations o Ensure that all supporting concerns are accessible and filed appropriately o Ensure the confidentiality and security of all files in your possession.  May perform other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. Skills/Qualifications:  This position requires a high school diploma  Minimum of 5CXC GCE  Grade point average of 2.5 or higher  Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.)  Excellent team player with team building skills.  Excellent writer and oral communication skills.  Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and work under pressure.  Ability to work with highly confidential information and maintain file security. Salary $27,000.00 Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

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VACANCY: MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Position Summary: This is an administrative support position, which is generally accountable for ensuring that the general public is aware of how the National Health Insurance Plan works, understands how to access the service and benefits at the NHIB, the personal returns and advantages of paying contribution to the Health insurance fund. The incumbent must develop the necessary high impact programs and improve public image of the NHIB. This positon will oversee the corporate image of the NHIB by organizing Public Relation activities. Specific Task or Duties:  Booking radio, TV and print advertisements.  Monitoring NHIP website for pertinent material or messages and forwarding same to the CEO.  Updating NHIP website with current content.  Liaising with the department managers to develop content for publishing online and on print, TV or radio media.  Managing and maintaining the content and material for a periodical internal email magazine.  Preparation and maintenance of profiles of all employees; content to be used in marketing the NHIP on websites and other media.  Liaising with department managers to design and produce Preventative Health Care Programmes.  Liaising with Human Resource Manager to broadcast internal messages.  Supporting the CFO in managing the strategic marketing plan.  Supporting the CFO in designing and completing templates for the Annual Report  Supporting the CEO in managing annual events.  Supporting the CEO in designing and producing pronouncements for online and print media (with legal advice).  Visiting schools and other forum to make presentations on behalf of the NHIP  Using personal face and voice in producing advertisements for NHIP (when needed)  Pricing and costing media productions with support from finance.  Conducts reviews of customer service quality assurance standards/ protocols.  Conducts customer care surveys and provide feedback to the CEO.  Ensure all agreed targets are conscientiously pursued and realized  Provide administrative support in order to ensure effective and efficient office operations  Ensure that all supporting documents are accessible and filed appropriately  Ensure the confidentiality and security of all files  May perform other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. Skills/Qualifications:  Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations or equivalent of 3 years’ experience in marketing.  Marketing and Sales  Research Methods  Ability to write reports and business correspondence  Demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism  Ability to work as a team  Very detail oriented with the ability to multi-task  Show initiative  Time management skills  Ability to be able to work efficiently with little or no supervision Performance Criteria The incumbent is deemed to be perming his duties effectively when:  The organization’s website is up to date/relevant.  The organization publishes a public information document.  The public image of the NHIB continues to improve.  There is a marketing and promotional plan in action.  NHIB annual events calendar is managed.  Preventive Health Programmes is launched.  All Marketing targets are met. Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submissions of applications is April 30th 2018. Dr. Hamlet Nation National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email:

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TURKS AND CAICOS TOURIST BOARD SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board in the post of Senior Public Relations Officer. This position is based in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful candidate will plan, design and conduct or coordinate the public relations and communications programmes, to promote the work of the Tourist Board and raise awareness of key issues nationally and to promote the TCI as a destination internationally. ESSENTIAL DUTIES •Press work: - Conduct research and identifying press stories, drafting press releases, liaising with journalists, organizing press visits and familiarization trips, managing PR agencies, answering press enquiries. Devise and coordinate photo opportunities, Produce promotional videos, films, multimedia productions etc. •Advertising/marketing, TCI travel promotion magazines, negotiating with magazines, liaising with designers, general public, the media and other strategic partners, propose good publications, assessing proposals of representatives and agents •Publicity/website management: updating and responding to website queries; in-house publications and monthly newsletters. Develop and update the Board social media pages on Twitter, Face book and instagram and engage with visitors and potential visitors and promote the destination in creative and unique ways •Supports the Board’s Tourism Awareness efforts through the development and dissemination of relevant tourism information to schools, institutions and communities, and make presentation about tourism as requested in conjunction with the Training Division •Project work such as environmental awareness, eco-tourism, cruise ship industry •Represent the Tourist Board at national and international events •Prepare speech-writing for key representatives of the Tourist Board. •Plan, develop and implement public relations strategies that are link to and support the annual Marketing Plan of the Board •Liaise with local and internationally-based TCI marketing staff to support and publicize their efforts in destination marketing •Manage the public relations budget on a quarterly basis •Collate and analyze media coverage, including social media, locally, regionally and internationally, and maintain the Board of Tourism’s media archives •Organize press briefings/conferences to publicize any major newsworthy activities in which the Board is engaging •Respond to requests for information about the Board of Tourism’s activities •Be involved in managing crisis communications for the destination and the Board •Source and manage speaking and sponsorship opportunities

Page 45 •Foster good community relations through events such as opens days, involvement in community events, corporate sponsorships etc. •Attend to administrative details with respect to destination marketing and PR activities on island •Comply with the policies, procedures and guidelines of the TCI Board of Tourism •Any other duties as directed by the Director of Tourism

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS  Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following areas: Communication, Business Management, Marketing, or Tourism Management, with at least 5 years relevant work experience including 2 years or more at supervisory level is desirable  OR a Associate in Mass Communications with at least 4 years relevant working experience, including supervisory or management level experience  Sound knowledge of local tourism products and services.  High level of computer proficiency  Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.  Excellent time management, organization and scheduling skills.  Well developed, analytical and problem-solving skills  Ability to interface effectively with all internal and external stakeholders including Government Ministries and departments  Ability to work with minimal supervision.  Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.  Ability to Travel  Must be able to work extended hours, weekends and holidays WORK ENVIRONMENT  The job is performed in an office environment most of the time and other time, out in the field  Results-driven environment  A dynamic tourism environment  Goal oriented environmented within an environment of change and flux SALARY: Salary for this position is set at $44,067 annually and allowances For consideration please submit the following documents to Human Resources  Cover Letter  Current Resume  Two (2) reference letters  Current Police Record  Resident Status Only persons shortlisted for an interview will be contacted in this regard. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, 29th April 2018

Main duties and qualification •Perform required maintenance on all types of equipment normal to a supermarket with specific emphasis on refrigeration equipment •Qualifications required; at least 5 years of experience in industrial refrigeration for large commercial air conditioning systems and supermarket storage and display systems, supermarket specific certificates of training for food display and storage systems is the primary qualifications. The ability to perform other maintenance tasks such as carpentry, plumbing, and automotive repair is a plus Graceway Smart Grand Turk invites applications from suitable qualified individuals to join our team. RETAIL MANAGERS LEVEL 1 •Developing, managing, and assigning tasks appropriately to ensure that the store is clean, adequately stocked, organized, and wellmaintained to Company standards •Analyzing daily sales and expense information and taking appropriate action to maximize sales and net profits •Accurately completing daily paperwork, completing fuel pricing strategies, receiving and verifying vendor deliveries, creating and changing work schedules as needed, etc •Controlling inventory •Reaching desired objectives by evaluating and developing specific action plans that address the needs of the store •Excellent people skills, including the ability to teach and train staff. •Must have computer knowledge in areas such as Microsoft Excel and Inventory management programs. •Strong current product knowledge of the retail industry and knowledge of Supermarket facility management. •Must have previous supermarket retail experience •Will be required to work nights, long hours, weekends, and holidays Pay will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Maintenance Technician

Pay will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. BUTCHER •Cut and trim meats and prepare related products in the variety, size quality for sale as prescribed by the store •Performed other related tasks as assigned by the General Manager and or Department Manager •Must be able to work in freezer like work environment •Must be able to work varied hours / day, including nights, weekends and holidays as needed •Must have experience and knowledge in using professional cutlery, saws, and grinders etc Salary Range: $ 9.00 - $11.00 per hour RETAIL FLOOR POSITIONS Job Requirements •Cashiers •Retail Merchandiser / Stocker •Cleaner / Trolley Assistance Salary range: $7.00- $8.50 Deadline for submission of applicants is April 27, 2018 Submit to: Graceway IGA Supermarket main office complex or email:

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SPORTS Commonwealth Games a victim of unrealistic expectations, says Daley Thompson

GOLD COAST, Australia - know why anybody would expect The Commonwealth Games should unbelievable competition in all the be taken for what they are and things. It’s not like that. “It’s the Commonwealth expectations that every event is going to deliver top notch competition are Games, some of the things are unrealistic, athletics great Daley unbelievable, some are not as good, that’s just the luck of the draw.” Thompson said. Considered by some an Thompson won the first of anachronism, the quadrennial Games his three Commonwealth decathlon for mainly former British colonies has gold medals in Edmonton in 1978, two come under fire in recent versions as years before claiming the first of his elite athletes snub it to remain on a Olympic titles in the multi-sport event training cycle geared towards the in Moscow. The Englishman said taking Olympics and world championships. Britain’s greatest ever all- part in international competition in round athlete, Thompson competed front of big crowds with medals on at three Commonwealth Games from the line was a learning process for 1978 to 1986, only pulling out of a athletes. “As a competitor, I think this fourth in 1990 because of injury, and bridles at criticism of the event. is a brilliant stepping stone towards “It’s the Commonwealth the world championships, towards the Games,” the 59-year-old former Olympic Games,” “Some people come in thinking decathlete told Reuters on the Gold they’re going to medal and go home Coast. “It’s not the world with nothing, other people step up. championships, it’s not the Olympic You learn a lot about yourself.” Games. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t Thompson won his second

decathlon gold just up the road from the Gold Coast in Brisbane in 1982 and completed the hat-trick in Edinburgh in 1986. In his final Games, Thompson showed his incredible athletic prowess by also winning a silver in the 4x100 meters relay - a reflection of a more relaxed atmosphere surrounding the Commonwealths “I’m so old now, I don’t remember anything,” he said with a chuckle. “The thing I do remember most about it is that it is a less stressful situation and the athletes are jollier. Because the Olympic Games and all that, they are pretty stressful.” Thompson, on the Gold Coast as a “plus one”, said he had no doubt that the “Friendly Games” had a long, long future ahead of them, despite the criticism. “The future has got to be bright,” he said. “They have such a positive influence on all the people here, whether they be spectators,

Former Great Britain athlete Daley Thompson whether they’re competitors. “All the local people are really involved, they’re really jolly, the sun’s shining - there’s probably not a better place to be on earth at the moment.”

Patriots QB Tom Brady has yet to commit to play in 2018 season “I believe he’s going to be New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly there,” another person who knows has yet to commit to playing in the Brady told ESPN. “However, having said that, we’re dealing with a human 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Adam being. Things can change. But I do Schefter on Wednesday, however, believe he will be playing.” multiple sources feel that Brady A five-time Super Bowl will indeed return for the upcoming champion, Brady has talked about wanting to play until he is 45. His campaign. With Brady mum on the topic, contract expires after the 2019 season, questions have been raised if he is although Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed concerns about that moving closer toward retirement. Brian Hoyer remains the element during a recent interview only other quarterback on the roster with Jeff Howe of The Athletic. heading into next week’s draft. He “He’ll be 41 when the season signed a three-year deal with the team starts,” Kraft said. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, after the trade deadline last season. “My money would be on we’ll deal with it.” Brady is slated to make $15 [Brady] playing football for the foreseeable future, but what goes on million this season with a $22 million away from the football field, I don’t salary-cap hit. know,” one source told ESPN. “I don’t “I hope he plays,” Kraft said. “He’s at a different point in his life. know.” Brady, who will turn 41 in He talked about it. It’s interesting to August, received NFL MVP honors for see that Tom vs. Time and see where the third time in his career last season, he’s at, his kids growing up. But that although the lure of spending more is something for he and his family to time with family is there, sources told decide what is right for him. “Me personally, I’d like to see ESPN.

Tom Brady him play as long as he can. I don’t think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It’s just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working

guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he’ll keep playing. We’re so lucky to have him in our system.” On the homefront, Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, insisted that she will not sack Brady’s NFL career in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. The supermodel wife said that Brady ultimately will make the decision when the time is right to end his playing career. “It’s not my decision to make,” Bundchen told the newspaper. “It’s his decision, and he knows it. It wouldn’t be fair any other way. He’s so focused right now. He has a laser focus on just winning and being the best, and I said, ‘You know what? This is what you’re doing right now in your life, and you need to feel complete in it.’ Because if I’m the one who comes and says something and then you make a decision based on something that I said ...” Her sentence was completed by the reporter with the phrase, “He’d resent it?”

Mavericks and 76ers packed to play in China The Dallas Mavericks and and Oct. 8 in Shenzhen. Philadelphia 76ers will add their “We are excited to welcome names to the list of clubs who have the Philadelphia 76ers and visited China when they play a pair Dallas Mavericks to China next of exhibition contests next season preseason,” NBA China CEO David as part of NBA China Games, the Shoemaker said in statement. league said. “The 25th and 26th NBA games in The games will be the 25th China mark another milestone in and 26th played in China while the our efforts to bring the authentic Mavericks and 76ers will become NBA experience to our passionate the 16th and 17th teams as the Chinese fans.” NBA continues its push into the The Mavericks, who failed Asian market. to qualify for a playoff spot this The preseason contests season, feature 13-time NBA Allwill be held on Oct. 5 in Shanghai Star and 2011 NBA Finals most

valuable player Dirk Nowitzki of Germany. The 76ers, who are back in the postseason this year, are led by dynamic Australian and rookie of the year candidate Ben Simmons. “When I played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I witnessed China’s enthusiasm for basketball firsthand,” said Nowitzki. “It will be a fantastic experience for our franchise to play in China for the first time. “We’re also excited about the possibility of reconnecting with

two great Chinese players who played for the Mavericks, Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian.” China has grown into the NBA’s biggest and most important market outside of North America. The NBA currently has relationships with a network of television and digital media outlets in China, including a 31year partnership with CCTV and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.

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NFL schedule 2018: Falcons-Eagles playoff rematch will kick off season The NFL season will open Sept. 6 with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons, whom they beat in the NFC divisional round last season. The opening weekend features several other intriguing matchups, including Kirk Cousins and his Minnesota Vikings facing his former mentor Kyle Shanahan and his San Francisco 49ers, and Jon Gruden returning to the coaching ranks in a Monday night game between the Raiders and Rams. And the three Thanksgiving games will include three divisional showdowns: the Bears at the Lions, the Redskins at the Cowboys and the Falcons at the Saints. Those were among the highlights of the NFL’s Thursday night schedule reveal, an event which has somehow become yet another landmark of the league’s 365-day calendar. As usual, details of the schedules leaked out throughout the 12 hours before the prime time show. The Los Angeles Rams, for example, took matters into their own hands, announcing the time and date of an international game. They’re heading to Mexico City for a Nov. 19 game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Estadio Azteca. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. Eastern and will be the “Monday Night Football” game that week. The NFL is also moving up kickoff time for prime time games, in a move will delight East Coasters and irritate West Coasters. “MNF” will start at 8:15 p.m. (15 minutes earlier); “Sunday Night Football” will kick off at 8:20 (10 minutes earlier); and “Thursday Night Football” will begin at 8:20 (five minutes earlier). Here’s a look at each team’s schedule, plus one game we’re most looking forward to for every team. But first, five games you absolutely, positively must not miss. •Vikings at Eagles, Oct. 7: The underdog Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl with a convincing 38-7 NFC championship game victory over Minnesota, depriving the Vikings of a Super Bowl home game. Nick Foles passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns against a Minnesota defense that allowed just 15.8 points per game. For

FILE PHOTO: McKayla Maroney of the U.S. poses with her gold medal during a ceremony after the women’s gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. After a thrilling playoff game, the Falcons and Eagles will kick off the 2018 season the rematch, again in Philly, Minnesota should trot out new quarterback Kirk Cousins in what may well be the league’s season opener. •Rams at 49ers, Oct. 21: These teams served notice that they could be the future of the NFC West in their Week 3 meeting last fall. They combined for 80 points and 839 total yards in that game, as the 49ers, down 41-26 midway through the fourth quarter, nearly pulled off the comeback before falling, 41-39. Coaches Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay remain two of the most dynamic young offensive minds in the league. •Patriots at Steelers, Dec. 16: The two long-standing powers met in what was one of the best games of the 2017 season, with New England winning on the correctly enforced but utterly inscrutable catch rule that was, mercifully, revamped in the offseason. Tom Brady, who went on to win the MVP award, rallied New England for 11 unanswered points over the final eight minutes. •Packers at Patriots, Nov. 4: Is it fair to list the Patriots twice? Yes, if Brady, at 41, is still healthy. Besides, how often do you get to see Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers in a head-to-head matchup? Answer: Not bloody often. (Their last meeting, to be precise, came in November 2014, when the Packers won, 26-21, at Lambeau Field.) Brace yourself for the interminable and intensifying lead-up debates about which quarterback is the GOAT, assuming both are healthy.

•Rams at Chargers, Sept. 23: The NFL is back in L.A., so this all-L.A. matchup has to be a very big game, right? (Honorable mention to that Raiders’ season opener, featuring the return of Gruden to the sideline, after nearly a decade in the ESPN broadcast booth.) Bonus: The London games are not to be sneezed at. The Seahawks play the Raiders on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern in the new Tottenham stadium; the Titans face the Chargers on Oct. 21 at Wembley Stadum; and the Eagles play the Jaguars on Oct. 28, also at Wembley. The TitansChargers and Eagles-Jaguars games are at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. AFC EAST NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings. Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans. Games we can’t wait for: It will be must-see when the Patriots play the Steelers in a rematch of their 2017 regular-season game (won 2724 by the Pats); and when they face the Jaguars in an AFC title game replay (won 24-20 by New England). Then there’s the aforementioned Green Bay showdown. We declare a threeway tie.

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach dead at 67 Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, died on Wednesday. The Popovichs were married for more than 40 years. Erin was previously ill for an extended period, according to ESPN. “We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said in a statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.” Erin and Greg had two children and two grandchildren. Popovich has coached

Maroney says she was molested by Nassar ‘hundreds’ of times

the Spurs for 22 years. He is to assume Erin Popovich was an absolute legend. My deepest 69-years-old. The future Hall of Fame sympathies to Pop and his coach did not mention his wife daughters,” NBA legend Steve when speaking to reporters on Nash tweeted. Wednesday at the Spurs’ practice “I was shocked session. and saddened to hear on @ Condolences poured out NBAonTNT of the passing of from those tied to the NBA after #ErinPopovich wife of @spurs the news spread. head coach Gregg Popovich, died “We are deeply today,” Bill Russell tweeted. saddened by the passing of “They were married four decades. Erin Popovich,” the Miami Heat My heart goes out to him & his tweeted. “We’d like to extend our family.” deepest condolences, thoughts The Spurs could turn to and prayers to Gregg and the assistant coach Ettore Messina Popovich family.” if Popovich misses any games “Knowing Pop, it’s fair during the playoffs.

McKayla Maroney was molested “hundreds” of times by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the Olympic gold medalwinning gymnast said. Maroney, a member of the victorious U.S. team at the 2012 London Olympics, told Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie that the abuse by Nassar started at her first meeting with him when she was 13 and continued for years afterwards. Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment and was sentenced this year to life in prison. “He told me he was going to do a check-up on me and that was the first day I was abused,” Maroney, 22, told Guthrie. “He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can’t tell people this.” “He didn’t say it in a way that was mean or anything like that,” Maroney added. “I actually was like, ‘That makes sense. I don’t want to tell anybody about this’. And I didn’t believe that they would understand.” In an interview with NBC news program Dateline airing on Sunday, Maroney opens up about the years of abuse by Nassar. Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former USA Gymnastics national team coordinators, will also speak for the first time about the sex abuse scandal. Authorities say Nassar victimized more than 260 women, including several of Maroney’s Olympic team mates. Nearly 200 of them offered testimony during two sentencing hearings in Michigan this year. The scandal prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body in the United States, to resign, along with the president and athletic director at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked. A series of criminal and civil investigations have been launched into the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State after numerous accusers said their complaints about Nassar were ignored for years.

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