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Premier Robinson says elected MPs should be in charge By Todeline Defralien


lected politicians should be in charge of Crown Land in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and Belongers should not have to participate in a raffle to own a piece of land, says Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson. In an exclusive interview with The SUN, the Premier said she is willing to work with the opposition Progressive National Party (PNP) to continue pushing for the control of Crown Land to be restored to elected officials instead of being managed by the Attorney General’s Chambers. “Crown land is a valuable resource and it should be managed by people that were voted in,” the Premier said. “People vote you in to represent their issues. Home ownership, land ownership is one of the greatest rights of a voter and the PDM and the PNP have already agreed on that position since 2015 according to our constitutional review and I have already freshly agreed that we will jointly push for elected government to have control on that critical resource.” She said raffling of Crown Land is demeaning to locals, deprives them of their birth rights, prevents them from being empowered economically and reduces them to second-class citizens in their own country. She added: “It is offensive that locals have to raffle for land, and the thing about it is that you cannot plan to have an opportunity to even own a piece of land or house, because it goes by chunks. You (could) have the resources and the person who wins may not even have the resources. I find that approach very insulting and I have been vocal on it.” She said the Crown land policy worked before when the decision was taken to Cabinet and the Ministers agreed. She said although the Crown Land Unit obviously does due diligence in its work, the Government will not stand by and watch Turks and Caicos Islanders lose their homes or properties. Continued on page 2

From L-R - Steve Thompson, Co-Managing Director of Vista Development Ltd., Jon Siegel, Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Co-Managing Director of Vista Development Ltd., Matt McDonald, Ramez Hakoura and Armin Theilles

$100 million Five-Star resort coming to Grace Bay


he Turks and Caicos Islands Government has signed the Amended Development Agreement with Vista Development Ltd. for over $100 million dollar, branded five-star resort on Grace Bay Beach. The announcement was made during a press briefing held at the Premier Office in Providenciales on Wednesday June 20th, 2018. The low density, seven (7) storey Luxury Resort will be located on the 5.5 acre old Toscana (near Coral Gardens and Windsong) site and will feature a modern contemporary design

across 59 hotel rooms and 74 residential units, totaling 170 nightly rental rooms and suites, featuring breathtaking views of the ocean from every unit. The thoughtfully designed master plan will offer guests exceptional dining choices at four restaurants and bars; health and wellness amenities at the state of the art indoor fitness facility, including an outdoor garden yoga studio and full service indoor and outdoor spa; and a full array of lifestyle options with dedicated luxury concierge services. Construction of the project is set to begin in late 2018 and

open in 2021.The name and brand of the resort is set to be announced in the next 30 days. During her remarks, Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson said, “The Turks and Caicos Islands continues to attract enthusiastic investors who are coming to the table with sound projects that continues to lift and are consistent with our brand Turks and Caicos. Today we are pleased to be joined with not just enthusiastic Developers but one of those that have come to the table with a sound project and are ready to go forward.”

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she said, “The Government just spent a lot of money to get back delinquent loans from Talco, so we have to find a way and we will communicate that to the Attorney General who is responsible for that, to make sure that Turks and Caicos Islanders stay in homes and stay with property. At the end of the day, people have to also remember their obligations, but now is not the time and I think that we meet with great resistance the amount of people that are squatting, so it doesn’t send the right message. We just bought out loans and also looked at high incidences of squatting and so we have to send the right message to Turks and Caicos Islanders.” Premier Robinson said the elected Government is capable of conducting checks and balances with respect to Crown Land. “Even before that there was a check and balance and now we have completed and audit of what is

available and we know we cannot give the large chunk of lands that we use to give before, its management. When you decide this is the Crown land policy you should as a government yourself abide by it.” A major challenge for many young professionals and civil servants who are capable of getting a mortgage to buy land is that there are no lands available to them. “The ultimate empowerment for any citizen is to own their own home or piece of land and the next thing that we will be looking at is the cost of crown land. I don’t know what has happened with the valuation but the cost makes it unreachable. We have to look at that , but our position is firm and I want to do it jointly with the PNP,” she added. A few weeks ago Crown Land Unit published an urgent notice in local newspapers with list of names asking persons to contact their office no later than May 24th, 2018.

In the June 18th Throne Speech, under the heading “First Time Home Owners – (Housing), Governor Dr. John Freeman said: “The Government believes that all Turks and Caicos Islands deserve to share in the benefits of this economy. This financial year, my government will take steps to ease some of the pressures faced by first time and existing home owners. My Government will look into any allegations of improper behaviour of insurers (regarding home insurance) and also the cost of living in TCI, and where appropriate, the Government will take necessary actions.” He added: “The Government will work prudently to protect the savings and equity that existing homeowners have painstakingly placed in their homes. The Government will also work to give Turks and Caicos Islanders a better opportunity to enter the housing market, by providing incentives for first time home owners.

Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson The Government is cognizant that there is no single solution, and no one government can do this on its own.”

$100 million Five-Star resort coming to Grace Bay continued from page 1 Robinson stated that since Executive of Invest Turks and Caicos, coming to office a year and a half ago, who has been working with us from The People Democratic Movement day one in seeing this project come (PDM) Government have eighteen this far,” said Co-Managing Director (18) new projects in the Pipeline of Vista Development Ltd., Matt McDonald. totaling some $747,450,000.00. In addition, Co-Managing “As Developers, we are extremely pleased with the assistance Director of Vista Development Ltd., and prompt responses of the Hon. Jon Siegel noted that this project will Premier and Minister of Finance emphasize the use of local contractors & Investment, Hon Cartwright- and providing employment for Turks Robinson and her team for agreeing and Caicos Islanders during the new time lines for the Development development phases. “Set to open in 2021, the Agreement, which now allow us to move forward with the confidence resort will also create a number of and assurances that a development positions across many segments in the of this scope require from a local hospitality industry as they assemble Government. We are indeed grateful their branded five-star service team. for the expertise and guidance of “Pairing the built environment and Ms. Rochelle Thompson, Investment superlative services, the resort is

sure to raise the bar for excellence on Grace Bay Beach by many measures. We anticipate announcing the new lifestyle brand in the coming month,” he said. Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs expressed heartfelt thanks to the Developers for bringing along this project to brand Turks and Caicos. “Any new addition in new inventory, particularly five (5) star inventories is great for brand Turks and Caicos and what you are proposing to do here will complement our brand very well. The market place is hungry for new products in Turks and Caicos and I don’t think that you could have come at a better time, because while we have endured a lot, our brand

has never been more visible. I want to say that we are all pleased that you are coming on board and I would like to reiterate our Government’s continued support for the project and my Ministry of Tourism is at your full disposal in terms of partnering and marketing your brand and Turks and Caicos Brand in the market place.” The Principal Developers, Matt McDonald and Jon Siegel, have decades of experience in successful real estate development in the TCI and the United States, and will be working with an experienced Director team of John Fair who has a 30-year track record in real estate development as a co-founder of Grace Bay Club Resort in Providenciales and local businessman Ramez Hakoura.

Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open this year on truly global basis The Rhodes Trust is delighted to announce that Rhodes Scholarship applications are now open for most of the Rhodes constituencies. Applications have opened to students and recent graduates from Bermuda, Canada, China, Commonwealth Caribbean, East Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Southern Africa, SJLP (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), UAE, West Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the USA and Australia opening on 1st July. In addition, two Global Scholarships are available to candidates from

anywhere in the world for the first time in the programme’s 115-year history, bringing the total number of Scholarships awarded this year to 100. Potential candidates should go to The selection process will conclude by the end of 2018 and the new Scholars will arrive in Oxford in October 2019. The Rhodes Trust – established at Oxford University in 1903 – selects creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others. In the 115 years since the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships, the Trust has formed a community of extraordinary people who share a history of enriching

their communities, pioneering in their chosen fields, and applying the knowledge and experience acquired as Scholars to the betterment of society. Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, commented: “This is the first time in the history of the Rhodes Trust that applicants from every part of the world are eligible to apply. This selection announcement is also my last in post as Warden of Rhodes House. During my five years I have witnessed the Rhodes community growing increasingly vibrant and diverse – there are now more than 250 Rhodes Scholars from over 70 different countries studying at the University of

Oxford. I am extremely grateful to our donors’ and volunteers’ commitment and support to achieve this wonderful expansion. I look forward to seeing our community continue to grow as we welcome new young leaders into our international network.” The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship programme in the world and aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.

HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018: MBE for the Deputy Governor His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, wishes to congratulate Her Excellency the Deputy Governor, Ms Anya Williams, on the award of an MBE in HM the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours. Commenting on the award, His Excellency the Governor said, “This is richly

deserved and as the citation states has been made in recognition of her services to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Those services are notable. The Deputy Governor continues to exhibit exemplary dedication to her duties, demonstrating the strong leadership that she displayed following the passage

of both Hurricanes Irma and Maria which was commended by myself, the UK military and NGOs present.” Mrs Williams will be invited later this year to Buckingham Palace to receive the Award from Her Majesty The Queen or another member of the Royal Family.

Her Excellency the Deputy Governor, Ms Anya Williams

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Ports Authority revenue increasing, says chairman Devon Williams The performance of the Ports Authority calendar year 2017, compared to 2016 in 2017/18 surpassed the performance – increasing to 16,022 from 15,336. of 2016/17 despite the devastating Vehicle Imports were 2,969 in 2017, impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria compare 1,808 in 2016 an increase of in September 2017, according to board over 60%. chairman Devon Williams. “The Grand Turk Cruise Speaking during the Port Center continues to play a central Authority’s first annual general role in the economic and social life on meeting and cocktail reception on Grand Turk, where cruise tourism is Wednesday 20th June 2018, at the the main economic activity. In 2017, Blue Haven Conference Center, 262 ship calls were made to the Grand Williams said the unaudited revenue Turk Cruise Center, compared to 285 outturn for 2017/18 was $5.8 million in 2016. Cruise passenger arrivals compared with the budgeted amount in 2017 were 832,399 compared to of $5.4million, he said, adding that the 852,618 in 2016. This slight decline Ports Authority recorded an unaudited in cruise shipping results in 2017 is operating surplus of $2.9 million during directly related to disruptions caused 2017/18, compared to $2.3million in by the recent hurricanes; as the Grand 2016/17. Turk Cruise Center for closed for “This improved performance 56 days to undertake rehabilitation correlates with increased construction works,” Williams added. activity taking place in the tourism He noted that the Ports sector and increased imports of Authority commenced a consultancy building materials following the to plan the redevelopment and hurricanes,” Williams noted. modernization of South Dock, The chairman noted that Providenciales within a 15-20 years Ports Authority is forecasting a 3% time frame. increase in revenue in 2018/19 to $6 Williams said that the million, while total capital expenditure economic growth in the TCI will place forecast this year is $6.7 million. extra demands on the ports system, Capital expenditure is being financed particularly the main port, South Dock, from retained earnings. The operating Providenciales which is already very surplus for 2018/19 is estimated at $2.7 congested. million. He said the consultancy which Williams reported that cargo is being undertaken by Canadian Firm handled by the ports system totaled CBCL is now ongoing and has already 573,456 tons in 2017, compared to benefited from input and suggestions 559,897 tons in 2016. During the same from over fifty (50) Turks and Caicos period, he said, 526 compliant vessels stakeholders ranging from shippers made calls at the ports, compared and agents to financial institutions with 433 calls in 2016. There was a and government personnel. 5% increase in imported TEUs for Williams noted that several

Recall of Hormel food canned pork & chicken products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, pieces of metal

Devon E. Williams, Chairman TCI Ports Authority major construction projects in the tourism sector were announced during 2017 and the TCI economy is forecast to remain buoyant in the medium term. This will increase demand for imports - with positive impacts on shipping and in turn on the revenue of the Ports Authority, he said In addition, Williams stated that the Ports Authority is also participating in a government led Transport Sector Infrastructure Master Plan consultancy. “This consultancy is centered on achieving several benefits for the TCI, including improved connectivity through a coordinated and enhanced

transport network; prioritized and balanced development for all modes of transport and improved the awareness of the essential climate change mitigation, risk assessment and adaptation measures. The Ports Authority also prioritizes building deeper relations with our stakeholders and increasing awareness of the role the maritime sector play in national development,” he explained. Williams also noted that during 2018/19, the Ports Authority will prioritize building deeper relations with their private stakeholders, building synergies and greater collaboration with the Maritime Department and increasing awareness and understanding of the important role the maritime sector plays in national development in the TCI. He added: “Training of frontline staff is critical to our core objective of a ‘secure and safe ports system supporting sustainable development of the Turks and Caicos Islands.’ The Ports Authority’ training plans for 2017 were delayed due to the recent hurricanes. An aggressive training plan for 2018/19 has been approved.” The Ports Authority goal moving forward includes the construction of a central Providenciales Fuel Jetty to ease the import of fuel. “Our plans are to move the TCI ports beyond an essential port where we exist primarily to provide throughput we are looking at improving the Grand Turk port with fenders and lighting to encourage pleasure craft refueling and stopovers,” the chairman added.



Caicos Marina & Shipyard Ltd. are holding a public auction of marine vessels, as a result of non-payment.

The Animal Health Division learned that some of the recalled of the Department of Agriculture, products were exported to the Turks and Caicos Islands wishes to Turks and Caicos Islands and it was inform the public, that it is issuing confirmed by The Caribbean Basin an immediate recall for canned pork Agricultural Trade Office (CBATO) and chicken products (Recall 041- on the 6th June, 2018. Members of the Public are 2018) imported by Graceway Trading Ltd. being advised, NOT TO CONSUME The initial recall was issued the product but rather return it to by the Hormel Food Corp., a Freemont, the place of purchase or immediately NE establishment on the 25th May dispose of the product. The 2018, the company is recalling Agriculture Department has ensured approximately 228,614 pounds of that all remaining product have been canned pork and chicken product removed from the shelves. contaminated with extraneous For further information, materials, specifically pieces of metal. you may contact the Department The United States of Agriculture at 1(649)946-5801 or Department of Agriculture has

Boats to be auctioned X-Star 23’ Mastercraft “Gregorio Fuentes” 24’ “Becoming” World Cat 27’ “Last Known Good” 30’ Hunter “Josep” 31’ Chris Craft “Defiant” 32’ Power Trimaran “Mystique” 35’ Caillou sloop “Cabry” 42’ Reyco Sport fish “Cupid” 42’ hull only “Lady Simone” 45’ Custom Fishing Trawler “Caribbean Queen” 69’ - Paddlewheel Boat “Seaweed” 72” Barge “Sweet Charlotte” 80’ Steel Commercial Fishing Vessel All vessels will be sold as is. Full payment is to be made on the auction day and the vessel must be removed from site or entered into a storage agreement with Caicos Marina & Shipyard Ltd. All vessels can be viewed prior to the auction. Vessel information and terms & conditions of the auction are available upon request. Email: Telephone: 946-5600 The public auction will be held at the Caicos Marina & Shipyard marina on Saturday 30th July 2018 at 11 A.M.

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TCIG committed to new investment, says Governor Freeman The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is committed to creating an enabling environment for new investment, Governor Dr. John Freeman said during the Throne Speech, which was delivered in the House of Assembly in Grand Turk, on June 18th, 2018. “Sseveral varied-scale investment projects have and will be announced shortly and that these projects along with ongoing rebuilding work in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria will further bolster activity in the construction sector,” he said. The Governor said Government will begin an aggressive campaign and promotion of its new Investment Policy Statement which centers on not only attracting new investment, but through its aftercare program seeks to maintain and strengthen old investments which helps in strengthening the economic structure. He said Government’s Investment Policy Statement has new distinctive features which focuses on: an enabling Business Environment; an articulated vision and goals; carefully documented project evaluation and approval process; encouragement

of domestic investment; a focus on Grand Turk; Training Subsidies and Engagement of Local Investors through structures that will allow the sale of equity to them, so they too can take advantage of the success of development projects. “Employment opportunities are also expected to increase steadily over the years, mainly due to an increased demand for services provided in, among others, the tourism, construction, fisheries, and other sectors,” he added. “As part of the Government’s overall sustainable development strategy going forward, targeted sectors within the Turks and Caicos Islands economy will be stimulated.” The Governor said that despite a forecast of positive economic growth in 2017, regrettably indications are that output in the tourism sector was significantly weaker during the last quarter of 2017 than forecasted, reflecting in part in weather-related factors, mainly hurricanes Irma and Maria, which resulted in delays and the cancellation of significant travel itineraries during the period September to December 2017. “Moreover, the loss of

Governor Dr. John Freeman significant hotel room capacity on the Island of Providenciales which we know is the country’s largest market, during the final quarter of 2017, following the passage of the hurricanes negatively impacted the sector and resulted in the projected growth not being achieved.

However, despite suffering the same strength and wrath of the hurricanes we were able to bounce back more quickly because of the TCI resilience,” he added. Despite the poor performance in 2017, he said, preliminary information suggests that the domestic economy stabilized during the first quarter of 2018. “Government is again pleased to report that in 2017 construction activity increased slightly and is projected however to show significant growth in 2018 and steady growth going forward. The rebuilding activities started in 2017 and have increased significantly in 2018, as persons and businesses repair their properties, destroyed by the two hurricanes in 2017,” the Governor added. “Private investments will increase as the reconstruction of more businesses and homes continues and additionally Mr Speaker the Government has more than $12 million in construction projects which have already been contracted and more than $38 million in new projects for the current fiscal year which will greatly impact the performance of the construction Industry going forward.”

Revenue Authority to be established in Turks and Caicos Islands The Government aims to foster a more efficient and effective process of collecting taxes and increasing revenue through the establishment of a Revenue Authority, which will be a a central revenue collecting agency. This was revealed by Governor Dr. John Freeman during the Throne Speech on June 18th, in the House of Assembly He said that during this financial year work will commence for the establishment of a revenue authority and for its establishment in the year 2019/20. “The establishment of this statutory body will allow the merger

of the TCIG’s various tax collecting agencies and will help to nurture a high degree of voluntary compliance,” the Governor said. Barbados has had a Revenue Authority since 2014. It was designed to be a more efficient and effective process of collecting taxes and increasing revenue. It was established as a statutory corporation, subsequent to the merger of Barbados’ various tax collecting agencies, including the Inland Revenue and Land Tax Departments, the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Divisions of the Customs and Excise Department. In addition, the Authority is responsible

for the revenue collection functions of the Barbados Licensing Authority as well as the cashiering functions of the Customs Department and providing information technology support to Customs. Meantime, the Governor also spoke about a review of the National Health Insurance Plan and statutory bodies. “The Government has already carried out critical ground work in the National Health Insurance Board and will complete the implementation of critical structural, financial, operational and other necessary changes for its efficient and effective carriage of its functions. The

Government will also complete the implementation of recommendations contained in the Statutory Bodies Review,” he added. “The Government has already completed the review of the Interhealth Canada’s contract with TCIG and there is continued dialogue as it relates to legacy issues. The Government will together to partner with NHIB in ensuring greater oversight of the Project Agreement with Interhealth Canada as well as work with the Ministry of Health and wider community stakeholders in areas such as health screening and prevention, and Primary Healthcare Renewal.”

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Government should capitalize of booming e-commerce industry, says Hon. Delroy Williams E-commerce is a booming business worldwide and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government should be capitalizing on that industry. This was stated by Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams who recently participated in the block laying for construction of the new $1.5 million post office in Downtown, Providenciales. Hon. Williams outlined the importance of Government updating and enhancing the post office facilities by stating; “We should be in a position to capitalize on the lucrative and rapidly growing e-commerce industry. If other large developed countries have not abandoned post offices, why should we? “It is also very important to know that although many private delivery services are operating in the Turks and Caicos, there is still a very strong demand for post office boxes and the postal services in this country. We have seen this from the activity at the temporary location in the Town Centre Mall and the boxes in Grace Bay. We

cannot run away from technology. We must embrace it,” he added. Hon. Williams said the construction of this new post office, will integrate the latest technology and new features that are available in postal services around the world. The Post Office will be full computerization, a sorting room with mail sorting facilities, credit card machine service, a stamp shop, and up to 3,000 more mail boxes. There are also plans for a stamp machine which will make postal services accessible after working hours. Hon. Williams also took the time to thank the staff of the post office for the work that they have been doing, especially under the present conditions and reminded them that better days are ahead. He assured the public that in addition to the excellent facilities, they are committed to offering quality customer service and ensuring that the post office remains relevant, reliable and competitive.

Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister of Communications This project launches one of the many new capital projects which this government will be embarking on during the next few months and years.

These plans embodies an ambitious development plan for the entire Turks and Caicos Islands as we continue to modernize this beautiful by nature country. He noted that as a culturally historical site, the block laying marks a new and exciting chapter in this very important institution. “This new facility will represent a significant investment in the Downtown area, continuing the commitment of the Government to develop the Downtown area, as an important and central hub for business and government activity,” he added. The ceremony which was attended by Her Excellency, Acting Governor Anya Williams; Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; Hon. Goldray Ewing Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Hon. Edwin Astwood Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services and the Postmaster General Mrs. Elizabeth James.

Ministry of Education congratulates returning medical doctors The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Service would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all four (4) of our returning medical doctors after the completion of studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad. Congratulations were extended to Dr. Tayla Greene, Dr. Jakera Jean Joseph, Dr. Royelle Robinson and Dr. Raven Saunders at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus Jamaica of whom have successfully completed their studies in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree Programme. In a press statement, the Ministry said it would also like to salute Dr. Gene Chibu Otuonye who completed his (MBBS) programme followed by his one-year internship in 2016 and is currently undergoing his specialty training in New Jersey. The MBBS Degree Programme is a medical

undergraduate programme providing a board education for the study of health and disease. In addition to medical training, students experience university life and the beginnings of professional development in preparation for a career in Medicine. The award of the UWI medical degree entitles graduates to be registered with the medical councils of the English speaking Caribbean for internship and for later independent practice or specialist training. The Turks and Caicos Islands Government a contributing territory with the University of the West Indies enjoys the privilege of economic cost in sponsoring our scholarship recipients to any of the University of the West Indies campuses. The University of the West Indies is one of the Ministry of Education regional institutions on our recommended list. It is indeed a culmination with great pride that these Graduates and their parents must feel in their

Dr. Tayla Greene, Dr. Jakera Jean Joseph, Dr. Royelle Robinson and Dr. Raven Saunders children finally accomplishing this that dreams can come through with honour which Graduates, and their hard work, dedication, determination parents had envisioned for a long time. and discipline and today we salute our Hon. Malcolm expressed her medical graduates.” The Pledge Ceremony was delight and profound joy for these young persons of the soil of whom held Wednesday, June 13, 2018 has done their country, parents and with the official 2018 Graduation family proud. She stated that; “It Ceremony to commence in November gives me great pride when our young of this year at the Mona Campus in Jamaica. people dare to dream and recognizes


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191 illegal migrants apprehended from two Haitian sloops in 2 days By Todeline Defralien The smuggling of illegal Haitians into the Turks and Caicos Islands has become TCI’s biggest problem in recent times. In just two days apart a total of 191 illegal migrants have been apprehended and taken to the Detention Centre for processing by Police and Immigration Officials. At 3:30 a.m., Sunday, June 17th, 2018, a Haitian sloop was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch. The 35ft blue and grey sloop had a total of 89 Haitian nationals onboard. The 71 males and 18 females

were apprehended and taken to the Detention Centre for processing by Police and Immigration Officials. Two days after a second illegal vessel intercepted containing 102 illegal Haitian migrants was intercepted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018. The Marine Branch M/V Sea Pursuit successfully intercepted the 35ft blue and white wooden boat 2 miles off South Dock, with 74 males, 27 females and one infant onboard. The detainees were transported to the South Dock Port and handed over to the Task Force members who escorted them to the Detention Centre for processing. The Royal Turks and Caicos

Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information on this or any possible illegal boat entry, no matter how small is asked to contact 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-8477 immediately. For the first months of this year there was a huge surge in illegal Haitian immigrants being smuggled into the Turks and Caicos Islands, prompting TCIG to ask the United Kingdom for assistance which came in the form of the Royal Navy Ship, Mounts Bay. While the ship was in TCI waters, the illegal boats stopped coming, but the smugglers have seemingly realised that the UK war ship has left.

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School For Field Studies, South Caicos Several Openings: Environmental Policy and Resource Management Lecturers, Marine Operations Coordinator, Site Manger, and Center Director Job Summaries and Qualifications: Lecturer and Center Director – PhD required; Student Affairs Manager – Minimum BS degree required (Masters preferred), Dive Master certification; Marine Operations Coordinator – Coordinates all scuba activities, BS degree and PADI Instructor Cert required, Captains License; Site Manager – BS degree (Masters preferred) and Divemaster Cert (PADI preferred) required All positions required to live on-site, minimum Open Water Scuba Diver unless otherwise stated, prior experience living/working at a field station and boat handling is preferred. To Apply: Please send your CV to HHERTLER@FIELDSTUDIES.ORG by July 15, 2018. Start Date: September 2018

GOVERNMENT VACANCY – (APPLICATION DEADLINE: 13TH JULY 2018) Job Title: Auditor General Department: National Audit Office Location: Providenciales Salary: $ 95,325 per annum + Housing Allowance and Other Allowances JOB SUMMARY The post holder will be instrumental in delivering a high quality external audit function in a timely manner to audit and report on the public accounts of the Islands, which include theTurks and Caicos Islands Government, Statutory Bodies and other public sector bodies, Commissions, Boards or Authorities. In addition, the Auditor General is required to promote accountability in the public administration of the Islands, undertake any function conferred on the Auditor General by or under any Ordinance and to do anything incidental or conducive to any of the Auditor General’s functions. This demanding but rewarding role will require professional leadership in financial and performance audit and can make a major contribution to public accountability at a key time in the economic development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more details regarding this position, kindly refer to the attached documents or visit

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Recruitment Drive Saturday, July 14th 9:00 A.M—4:00 PM The Alexandra Resort Conference Room Job Opportunities: Guest Service Agents, Receptionist, Bellmen, Spa Therapist, Hostess, Servers, Bartenders, Butlers, Room Attendants, Houseman, Cooks, Stewards, Security Agents, Pool & Beach Attendants & Funpals. Required documents: Resume, Reference Letters, Passport, Police Record, Proof of Legal Status in the TCI & Qualifications. Professional Attire is Required for this event.

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FortisTCI recognizes TeAnn Thomas for completion of two-year Master’s degree in Development Economics in 12 months FortisTCI is pleased to recognize Jr. Business Analyst TeAnn Thomas for the successful completion of a Master’s degree in Development Economics (MDE) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. TeAnn received her degree on June 1, 2018, furthering her progress toward becoming an economist. Shecompleted the two-year program in 12 months on a fast-track plan. The objective of the program is to take students beyond the highly analytical and very mathematical concepts of economics. The unique program combines social and economic development with analytics and math, with a focus on case studies of developing countries and regions faced with challenging economies. TeAnnjoined FortisTCI in August 2014, andwas afforded this educational opportunity in 2017 through the company’s employee scholarship initiative. Having

now earned her MDE, TeAnn will too well at FortisTCI, that when you continue her career at FortisTCI commit yourself and stay focused on as a Resource Planning and Utility the long-term goal, you can achieve Analytics Officer. great things. There is no doubt that When asked about the recent TeAnn will continue to make us proud journey and the road ahead, TeAnn and we look forward to her continued said, “I believe every organization contribution and to watching her can benefit from having an economist development over many years to on their team. My goal is to be that come.” To date, at least nine for FortisTCI. I saw the benefit in studying development economics FortisTCI employees have benefited because we too face many of the from the scholarship program and struggles as other developing nations.” attained higher education degrees, TeAnn added, “I look forward to including Senior Vice President of returning to the company soon to give Operations Devon Cox, Manager of Plant Operations Alvejes Desir, of my best.” Offering congratulations on Manager of Transmission and behalf of FortisTCI, President & CEO Distribution Daylon Joseph, Manager Eddinton Powell said, “I would like of Human Resources Avi Adams, to express how proud the FortisTCI Supervisor of General ICT Services family is of TeAnn’s achievements. It Jerry Clerveaux, and Junior Energy Engineer TeAndra is no easy feat for anyone to choose Production this path, to uproot themselves even Thomas. Several non-employees TeAnn Thomas, FortisTCI Junior Business Analyst temporarily, face fears and tackles have also benefited from educational received a Master’s Degree of Development Economics challenges head-on. But we know all grants issued by FortisTCI. on June 1, 2018, from Dalhousie University

Flow Turks and Caicos hires first female field service PABX technician, Ms. Ordemia Hall Cable & Wireless TC Ltd/Flow TCI, full service communications and entertainment provider in the Turks and Caicos, announced the recent hire of the company’s first female Field Service PABX Technician, Ms. Ordemia Hall, within the Service Support Delivery Department at the Flow Headquarters in Providenciales, effective June 1, 2018. Commenting on Ordemia’s appointment, Flow TCI Country Manager, Mrs. Delleriece Hall said: “It is an interesting cultural evolution to now welcome a female technician to the Flow TCI team, and we believe this will set a precedent within the telecommunications industry. In a sector assumed to be exclusively male it is particularly encouraging to see a female candidate coming forward to take on this role.” In July 2016, Mrs. Hall

made history after having been appointed the company’s first female country manager, succeeding Mr. James Pitt. Almost three years later, the company welcomes the ITT Technical Institute Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology graduate, to join the ranks of the company’s talented customer experience team. After six (6) years managing network and technology related operations in the hospitality industry, Ordemia has decided to resign from her former post at Parrot Cay Resort and transition into what she describes as something new and challenging. “My passion ignited for computers and technology at the age of 15, so being able to work in this field for the nation’s top full service communications provider is a dream come true. I am grateful for this opportunity

and I intend to work hard to further develop my career within what is acknowledged as a very progressive and dynamic organisation,” remarked Ordemia, on her recent appointment. In her role as PABX technician, Ordemia will be responsible for interpreting and validating technical issues, and test solutions, completing business line repairs and PABX installations, repairing and installing single lines and business lines for business customers, and providing high quality and in depth technical support in a timely manner consistent with department and team service levels and goals. Congratulations are extended to Ordemia, and best of luck as she embraces the opportunity to thrive in her new role.


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TCICC Launches Early Childhood Education Program By Kililah Bromley The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) launched the new Bachelor’s of Science Early Childhood Education program at the TCICC 3 Success Way, Down Town, Providenciales On Tuesday, June 19th. In attendance were Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, President of TCICC Dr. Hubert Fulford, Public Relations Officer Rachel Harvey, Vice President Samuel Forbes, Chair of faculty of Education and Training Candice Malcolm, Education Officer of Early Childhood Education Heidi Williams, Dean of Academic Studies Dr. John Mubenwafor and Deputy Chair and faculty of Education and Training Mrs Kerryann Mason. First and second place winners of the Perform On Point competition, Davonte Missick and Kayanna Gibson, each graced the attendants with lovely songs. This two-year Bachelor’s of Science Degree program was designed to foster well-qualified teachers to aid in the development of children throughout their first three to six years. Giving her remarks, Hon. Premier Sharlene CartwrightRobinson said, “We recognize the importance and I know it’s often lip service but I believe a recent study really tells this country how critical an institution like the community college and education on a whole is to the development of this nation.”

Premier Cartwright-Robinson continued by emphasizing on the importance of having the early childhood education program in this country since there are persons who cannot easily leave the country, due their many obligations here, and with the shortage of teachers in this particular field present. She further emphasized the importance of governmental support for these endeavors by the community college. “I was a member of staff in Grand Turk for four years. Most people don’t know I taught at the community college in Grand Turk… And I know what it is to teach at every level of education... So I want to appreciate at this very moment the role of educators and what you do go through even when you are doing your very best and producing all that a country needs in its development and the fact that people will always criticize you.” She added, “I think early childhood education is a critical, absolute critical foundation to be laid –too long ignored in the Turks and Caicos.” The Premier also noted that the Government will be introducing the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Learning Competence (CCSLC) into the primary and high schools soon. Candice Malcolm, Chair of faculty of Education and Training gave her remarks saying, “Today’s launch of the Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education will be recorded in the history books of the TCI Community College as the

From left to right Mrs. Candice Malcolm (Assistant to the Vice President & Chair of the Education and Training Faculty); Mrs. Kerry Ann Mason (Deputy Chair of the Education and Training Faculty); Dr. Hubert Fulford, President TCICC, Mr. Samuel Forbes, Vice President TCICC, Ms. Heidi Williams (Education Officer for Early Childhood Development in TCI), Dr. John Mubenwafor (Academic Dean TCICC); (front) Mrs. Shernelle Williams (Acting Chair of the Board of Governors - TCICC) (back) Ms. Sophia Jackson (Lecturer Education and Training Faculty) and Keton Whitter (Lecturer Education and Training Faculty) first Bachelor’s program to be offered by the faculty of education and training which is solely owned by the TCI Community College. This is an opportune time for me to thank the key members of our team who were tasked with creating the program structure and designing course outlines that need regional and international standards.” She continues, “The vision of the TCI community college that Mr Forbes spoke about speaks to providing quality education for all sectors of the community by equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable them to access emerging and existing opportunities so they can become productive citizens.” Heidi Williams Education Officer mentioned that with the expansion of the field come potential career opportunities for caregivers, teachers and practitioners.

“There is a shortage of qualified teachers in the field. And this component is crucial to ensuring that children and their families are accessing quality early childhood education and achieving the aforementioned goals. Hence, with this new program coming on stream, it will prove to be a great asset providing the specialized knowledge and skills required in the field of early childhood education. Having said that, the opportunity to embrace a career in the field of early childhood education and make a difference is never greater as it is being offered right here at home at our community college”, she explained. Entry requirements for the Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education includes an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate Degree in Primary Education (conditions apply) or Mature Student entry through the use of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

PROJECT ARCHITECT POSITION AVAILABLE Architect required for the following role: Job Summary •The successful applicant will be expected to undertake the traditional role of a professional Architect. •This includes detailed architectural design work, planning submissions, preparation of tender documents, construction contract administration, contract cost control and direct liaison with clients, consultants and contractors. Essential Skills/Experience •RIBA/ARB registered Architect or equivalent •Minimum RIBA Part III, Masters or equivalent post-Honours degree qualification •Minimum 4 years professional experience as a Project Architect with direct Client liaison •Minimum 4 years proven experience in contract administration and cost control on JCT contracts or similar •Minimum 4 years’ experience in managing an architectural team •A strong background of technical detailing and 3D visualization •Excellent skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketch-up, In Design, Excel and Word a pre-requisite •Experience in the design and production of presentation and marketing materials •Fluent spoken and written English Salary rated according to experience, between $5k & $6k per month. Interested applicants should contact Mr. C Davies via e-mail by June 30, 2018 with current, detailed CV to or in writing to the address below. Only applicants meeting the minimum requirements listed above will be contacted for interview within 5 days of the closing date. Only suitably qualified Turks & Caicos Islanders need apply. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Coast Architects, 82 Cherokee Road, PO Box 941, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Milano Diamond Gallery is interested in hiring persons to fill the position of Sales Person and Assistant Manager. Candidates for Sales Person requirements: •sales experience would be an asset •salary starts at $6.50 an hour plus commission on sales Candidates for Supervisor Requirements •Over 5 years sales supervisory experience in the high end retail jewelry industry •Must be able to fluently speak several languages •Salary starts at $1500 plus commission on sales All candidates must be willing to work with an irregular cruise ship schedule Candidates for both positions must be friendly and able to work with a team and also speak excellent English, while proficiency in other languages will be considered a plus Applications can be submitted to Milano Diamond Gallery, Grand Turk Cruise Center 946-2276.

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TCHTA launches first Development Center By Kililah Bromley

With their mission “to innovate while providing an effective solution that can prepare individuals to meet the current and emerging needs of a growing economy” the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) opened its first development center on Friday, June 15th at the Salt Mills Plaza in Grace Bay, Providenciales. In support of this mission, attending the ribbon-cutting event were: His Excellency Governor Dr. John Freeman; the Chief Executive Officer, Stacy Cox; the Chief Operating Officer, Nikheel Advani; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Wesley Clerveaux and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Cheryl Ann Jones. Nikheel Advani, the Chief Operating Officer of TCHTA, said, “Having this project allows us to give you the opportunity to learn and to grow within this development center. Our goal is to provide training and motivation and allow you to be inspire of this amazing industry. As we know, tourism today makes up 85% of direct and indirect percentage of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This tells us that this is one of the most important industries and everybody is a part of it.” Clerveaux said the Ministry of Education is fully supportive of the

From left to right CEO of TCHTA Stacy Cox, His Excellency Governor John Freeman, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Wesley Clerveaux, Tourism Ministry Permanent Secretary Cheryl Ann Jones, and the Chief Operating Officer of TCHTA Nikheel Advani development center. wherever possible going forward. He said: “Turks and Caicos We are equally working in the area have long been established as a of providing Caribbean Vocational premier destination - premier in terms Qualification (CVQ) development, of tourism product and what we offer- technical development in the schools, and to support that tourism product which will dovetail into this program. is education. Education building So ongoing studies is key to maintaining capacity of our people to support that, our sustainable development and development programme is key. This maintaining our peak performance as institution is in support of that, so for a tourism destination.” that reason, the Ministry of Education Governor Freeman fully supports the development of this commended the TCHTA for having the and will provide our full support vision for the project.

“Nothing is more important to these islands and the hotel and tourism sector,” he said. “Nothing is important for the development of these islands and for the development of that category of the economy. And so, the professional identification and the development of people who can contribute to this industry is a crucial way forward. This center offers the chance to make a real difference in terms of bringing along the qualities and professionalism of people in these islands, supporting the industry in their islands.” Stacy Cox gave her heartfelt thanks to her team, the board of directors and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Tourism and hotels who bought into the vision without the project being completed. “There were about five of you who came on board without a doubt and just said yes to the vision,” Cox said. “Without you and your continued support this is not possible. Through this development center, it’s not only to develop individuals in the industry but it’s to develop a culture of training in Turks and Caicos –continuous training. This is just one step in the vision of education through the Hotel and Tourism Association. In the next year or so we have another project coming to you relating to education. We look forward to full support in that as well.”

TCI Hospital Nurses receive certification to manage pediatric Hemophilia cases

Two registered nurses at Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital are now trained in a highly technical competency required to care for patients diagnosed with Hemophilia, a genetic disorder caused by a missing or defective protein needed for normal clotting in the blood, which result in hemorrhages. Nurse Carl Lewis and Kurien Jolly recently received a certification in Port-a-Cath Medication Administration following an intensive two-week observership at Sick Kids Hospital, a major pediatric and teaching facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hemophilia is passed down from parents to children at the time of conception. About 1/3 of cases are caused by a spontaneous mutation, a change in a gene. Treatment methods for patients with Hemophilia include prophylactic or immune tolerance regimens that require frequent injections of a clotting factor concentrate to prevent anticipated

bleeding. Central venous access devices such as a Port-a-Cath is implanted under the skin and runs to a large vein near the heart through which factors are injected using a special needle. InterHealth Canada, the private health care management company, funded the overseas training after a pediatric patient was diagnosed with the serious condition. The management of implanted ports is common in many of the care regimens provided at Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital. However, pediatric cases are rare and require a distinctive approach to care and consistent application of skills in the practice environment. The visiting nurses shadowed other Canada-based health care teams who cared for and managed the ports of nearly 10-15 pediatric patients per day. The nurses were trained on the principals of care, preparation, access and management of these sensitive special intravenous lines. Sick Kids Hospital has been managing the sole

Nurses Carl Lewis and Kurien Jolly with health care teams at Sick Kids Hospital in Canada local pediatric case via the National Health Insurance Board - Treatment Abroad Program. As a result, the nurses were also concentrated on this particular case, with a purpose

to return and provide the same competency in country. The formation of a special medical care team at Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital to manage the Hemophilia case would include the patient’s mother, who as a parent, was heralded as being impressively well-versed and equally trained in the management of her child’s Port-a-Cath. Sick Kids Hospital encourage parents and relatives to form part of their loved ones care routine to stimulate homebased medical care. Commenting on the competency development opportunity, Chief of Clinical Services at Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, Mikette Been said: “We are proud to have our nurses undergo such a rigorous, handson training in this specialist program. I would like to express appreciation to the National Health Insurance Board for their collaboration in this initiative, and Sick Kids Hospital for accommodating our staff.”

Nicki Minaj trolled for her stiff twerking to dancehall classic “Gimme Punanny” Nicki Minaj is getting trolled for what her fans call “stiff twerking” in a pool to a dancehall classic. Nicki Minaj is currently on vacation in the Turks and Caicos and it seems she is having the time of her life. The Trinidadian rapper posted a video of herself twerking, or as her fans would say, attempting to twerk in a pool. Admiral Bailey’s dancehall classic “Gimme Punanny” was blaring in the background. Her Caribbean fans were having a field day with the clip and she spends most of the day yesterday clapping back. “Nicki coming through with that stiff old lady wine smh, girl if you don’t stop doing the most,” one fan wrote. Nicki Minaj claps back saying, “You look like a raccoon with

a receding hairline, hit up Doctor Wu for them dark circles. I’m living my best life out here in Turks. Would you like me to purchase a few of them wigs so you can go on one too? Nah it’s all love sis.” Clearly, Nicki Minaj was feeling like getting trolled and not respond so she put on her clap back cap and wore it well. She received a round of applause from some of her loyal fans for giving her critics the proper response. “She out here making old woman waves this is Classic and you f***ing up my childhood memories with them BS moves. FOH. come check me I show how to get your groove back Stella,” another fan wrote while another one added, “It hurts to

see an island girl gone stiff.” Nicki Minaj was celebrating her new single “Bed” being the number one most added song on Urban Radio

and her new music video with Ariana Grande being a big hit. Nicki is currently readying her forthcoming album Queen, due on August 10th.

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Locally-made household and commercial product company “Ocean Breeze” launched By Todeline Defralien “Ocean Breeze” locally made household and commercial cleaning products company has stepped into the TCI market in Providenciales. Owned by Robert Forbes and Lisette Forbes, Ocean Breeze Laboratories is a company founded in 2016 and inspired by the sand, the crystal blue sea, and tropical breeze that surrounds the islands. Ocean Breeze is manufactured from biodegradable raw materials and manufactures a vast array of products to cover different segments of cleaning products. Having a broad product spectrum, gives the company the opportunity to offer solutions to their customer base, this includes schools, car dealerships, laundromats, supermarkets, and more. All processes from mixing, bottling, leveling and packaging are done in their laboratory which is located on Five Cays Road, Providenciales. The household and commercial cleaning products include, Ultra-Clean Dishwasher Liquid, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Hand Soap, Hair Repair Shampoo, Strength Degreaser, Air Freshener, High Gloss Wheel Shine and Ultra Shine Car Wash Shampoo. In an interview with The SUN, Robert Forbes said, “Ocean Breeze was a long vision because what we wanted to do in Turks and Caicos was something different. Everyone in TCI is doing the same thing and we were just putting things in place over the

Robert Forbes, Lisette Forbes and their daughter Rebecca Forbes at their store location in Five Cays

Ocean Breeze household and commercial cleaning products.

years and waited on the right time to start this. We were doing investigation finding out how to make the products, what will it cost, how people will received it and until last year we decide to start it.” He added: “It wasn’t something that we just jumped up overnight and did. It was something that we contemplated in doing for a whole and I truly believe it was a vision from God because we see the need for it and to know that the product you’re using is made right where you come from, it is a sense of pride you have within yourself knowing that it’s made in your country and to use it.” Forbes stated that the company officially opened last year and all the chemical work is done by his wife Lisette Forbes. Forbes said it is a pleasure to offer cleaning products with high quality and great prices to their

customers in the TCI. Made in the Turks and Caicos all products are certified professional cleaners, low on cost compared to big brands and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. “We haven’t had any negative reports on any of the products which we are proud of and everyone that uses them says that the products are very good. We try to do our best because it is the first of its kind, so we are trying to do the best that we can so that we can have the number one product in TCI. I would like for more people to try the product and have a little bit more confidence in the products and before they come to a conclusion, try the product and then let the product speak for itself,” Forbes told The SUN. Chemist/Owner Lisette Forbes stated that all products are purchased overseas especially from the Dominican Republic and noted that some products

takes up to two days to make, but some take up a whole day to complete. Customers can also save money by using Ocean Breeze Refill Program. Bring your clean and completely dry Ocean Breeze Labs bottle to their main store refill location in Five Cays and you will refill for $1.00 off the original purchase price. Ocean breeze products can be found at the current locations in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ocean Breeze Lab ( Five Cays Road), Spendless Supermarket, Dominican Supermarket (Kew Tow), Superior Laundry-mart, KB Home Center, Quality Supermarket( next to Hospital) and Do-it Center. Persons who are interested in these products can visit their website at Operating Hours are Mon - Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00pm, Sunday: Closed.

ASSISTANT MANAGER OF SALES AND MARKETING A Company in Providenciales seeks to employ one Assistant Manager of Sales and Marketing. Applicant must have the following:  At least six (6) years experience and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university;  Must have at least (2) years experience in tinting, matching and making Architectural, Automotive and Industrial Coatings;  Must have at least (1) year experience in color RX matching and operating system;  Must have certified training in PPG, Parex LaHabra Coatings, Benjamin Moore and Coronado Industrial Coatings;  Strong communication, presentation and writing skills;  Must have acute knowledge of Irwin Tool and DeWalt Power tool product lines;  Hotel engineering background (as outside sales will be primarily dealing with reports and understanding the logistical and maintenance);  Strong interpersonal, research and teamwork skills, Detail oriented;  Flexible to new situations and challenges;  Extensive working knowledge of quick books and back office programs;  Must be familiar with statistic inventory and be able to both place orders and take in account monthly and seasonal stock fluctuations and needs;  Be knowledgeable on building and maintenance customer relations;  Ability to be punctual (work being at 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 2pm on Saturdays);  Accept to a drug free work place/random drug screening;  No criminal background. Duties include: Responsible for maximizing profits and minimizing costs. Marketing, Logistics, Customer Service and Finance. Deal with customers and prepare orders as well as receiving and off loading inventory from containers. Ensuring standards for quality, health and safety are met. Responding to customer complaints and comments. Creating and fostering new relationships with new and perspective clients. General Supervision of employees. Willingness to complete all tasks at hand with a positive and respectful attitude. Starting Salary $1600.00 to $2000.00 per month based on experience and qualifications Kindly forward resumes and qualification to the below address copy to the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Department and Immigration Board: Employment Department TCI Paint Supply Ltd Leeward Highway Tel: 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email:

T&C Refreshments Employment Opportunity - Manager

Parameters • Management of day to day operations • Ensure deliveries are executed • Willing to work in fast paced and multifaceted environment • Willing to temporarily relocate to The Bahamas on an as needed basis • Must be a “people person” that will never compromise on providing exceptional customer service • Willing to work on weekends and holidays Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree (Business Management or related fields preferred) • Valid Driver’s Licence • 5years sales, or other supervisory experience • Turks and Caicos belonger status. Bahamian status a plus Skills • • • • • • •

Candidates must be energetic, highly motivated and eager to learn Analytical and time management skills Strong management and leadership skills Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) Ability to work efficiently with limited supervision, and take ownership for assigned responsibilities Ability to multi-task and communicate effectively Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Powerpoint Interested persons must submit resumes to: T&C Refreshments #10 Butterfield Square Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

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Sandals Foundation completes $90,000 hurricane repairs to E.C.P.S Stubbs Block By Todeline Defralien The Sandals Foundation- the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International is pleased to announce that works at the Stubbs Block of the Enid Capron Primary School are completed with a price tag of $90,000. An official handover ceremony was hosted at the school’s compound on Monday June 4th, and now the students of E.C.P.S will have full use of their computer room, teacher resource room, sick bay and canteen. A few months ago (March 19th) repairs commenced at the Primary School. This project is part of their commitment to ensuring students return back to the classrooms following Ministers, Sandals Foundation representatives and members of the media touring to newly renovated the destructive hurricanes of 2017. Several donors that came on Stubbs Block board to support this project include our Stubbs Block, particularly our have never quite seen devastation like the American Friends of Jamaica, computer room, the sick bay, teacher’s I saw here. We realized at that stage Yellow Bird Foundation and Guests resource room and canteen. It is the of the road to recovery will be a long and team members of Beaches Turks time like these that we recognize one and will incorporate many people and Caicos. the valuable contributions of our working together to rebuild.” Attending the handing over community partners to the education Clarke noted that Sandals ceremony were, Minister of Education development of the nation’s children. Foundation has been working with Hon. Karen Malcolm, Ms. Heidi Clarke Every child needs a champion and schools in Bermuda, Dominica and Director, Sandals Foundation, Jamie today we celebrate you Sandals Turks and Caicos to provide school McAnally, Managing Director of Foundation, Yellow Bird Foundation, supplies, uniforms and to provide Beaches Turks and Caicos, Director of American Friends of Jamaica, Turks environmental educational spaces for Education Edgar Howell, Permanent and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) these children. Secretary Wesley Clerveaux and as champions for all of our children’s “Sandals Foundation and Samuel Pierre of Summit Contracting. future.” Beaches Resort kicked off immediately Minister for Infrastructure, Housing Ms. Heidi Clarke, Director of with our first relief efforts working and Planning, Goldray Ewing and Sandals Foundation added: “Turks and alongside Salvation Army and Red Deputy Premier, Border Control and Caicos as we all know was very affected Cross in providing food and water Employment Minister, Hon. Sean by the hurricane season last year and I to shelters and working together to Astwood were both unable to attend arrived a few days after the hurricane help our team members and to most the event. here and realized how bad things were. importantly get them back into a life Mrs. Sophia Hamilton- I was heartbroken and shocked at the of normalcy and also looking to see how Garland, Principle at Enid Capron damage, I have been through many we start the rebuilding process. Our Primary School said, “We delighted to hurricanes both in Jamaica and in efforts looking at long term recovery have you here for the opening of South Florida and I we always focus on the most venerable

our children and therefore our efforts turned to how we are going to get them back to normalcy, where do they spend majority of their time and what matters most to them, and of course it turned to schools.” She added: “The project cost a little over $90,000 and included reroofing, of course when we took off the roof realizing that there were much further damage. I am pleased to say that we were able to secure a donation of 20 new computers and some new furniture which will be coming in here in the next week. Our Foundation truly believes that children are the future and our investment in them is the best gift to the survival and sustainability of this region.” Clarkes emphasized to the students and teachers at the Enid Capron Primary School to take advantage of their repaired building and its resources for themselves and take good care of it. Also commentating on the Handing over ceremony, Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm said: “I wish to express our sincere appreciation to Sandals Foundation and Beaches Resort for the completed works on the Stubbs Block here at Enid Capron primary School. Your active support will continue the tradition of excellence in the lives of our children. The residents of the islands, the community of Five Cays, the staff and students of the Enid Capron Primary School as well as my Government, is grateful to the Sandals Foundation and Beaches Resort for your donation which will allow our students and teachers full use of the computer room, teachers resource room, the stick bay and the canteen.”

Beating plastic pollution to save our Iguanas

On June 5th every year, the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations and thousands of global communities and organizations celebrate World Environment Day. This year, the theme of the Day is “Beat plastic pollution” – a call for action for the world to work together to address one of the great environmental challenges of our time and raise global awareness of the need to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on people’s health and the threat it poses to the environment and wildlife. Through on-going projects, BEST and Darwin, the Turks & Caicos National Trust (TCNT) sponsored a trip to Half Moon Bay

and Little Water Cay to celebrate World Environment Day. A group of students from Long Bay High School, along with some teachers, participated. These students had initially been surveyed by TCNT’s Public Awareness Officer in February to gauge their knowledge of the dangers facing our Rock Iguanas. These students will be surveyed again at the end of the project in 2020, to complete the education component of the project. The excursion gave students the opportunity to learn about iguanas’ habitat first-hand and taught them the importance of keeping it clean. Students were urged to be more responsible in managing

garbage since waste, particularly plastic, can be devastating to marine biodiversity. More importantly, the tour exposed students to the detriment to the health and well-being of the iguanas caused by plastic products and trash being left behind by humans who visit their homes. In fact, the group was able to collect a few plastic products within the vicinity. During this trip, students also learned how to do bead tagging – a strategy used by scientists, to keep track of the population, study their life span and monitor their health. The on-going rat eradication project on the Cay was also discussed.

Half Moon Bay is a vulnerable domicile for the Rock Iguanas as it is a popular location for locals to have beach cook-out and tour companies to take guests to relax, have beach parties and see iguanas. The Turks & Caicos National Trust continues to seek more support towards conservation plans though funding and donations, and appeals to tour operators and stakeholders to be partners in the stewardship of this area. To help save our iguanas, their habitat and combat plastic pollution, support the Turks & Caicos National Trust. Call (649) 941-5710 or email, for more information.

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Chemical Peels By Dr. Marsha Barnett Do you ever wish that you could simply peel signs of aging from your skin? Or maybe clear those dark spots from your face that were left after your acne cleared? Dermatologists use chemical peels to do just this. A chemical peel can be used to help treat a number of conditions on the face and even the body. WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL? A chemical peel is a procedure where fruit acids, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, are applied to the skin in an attempt to remove the outer most layers of the skin and reveal younger, fresher, more vibrant skin. The peel solution used will depend on your individual needs, your skin type, and the expertise of the individual administering the peel. A chemical peel can be superficial, medium or deep and the deeper the peel, the greater the risks and downtime associated with the procedure. This is why it is best to see a professional especially when you want to see substantial results. WHY DO A CHEMICAL PEEL? Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat a number of medical conditions. Acne, melasma, dark spots e.g. from insect bites and the reversal of the signs of aging are probably the most common indications for a peel.

But whether you receive a chemical peel to diminish signs of aging or treat a skin condition, you can see o Fewer lines and wrinkles. o Improvement in dark spots and areas with a more even skin tone. o Brighter complexion. o Smoother skin. o Less signs of sun damage WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CHEMICAL PEEL? It’s important to consult with your skin care professional before getting a peel. A history of your skin condition, any illnesses you may have or medications you might be taking is important when assessing a patient for a peel. Additionally, some patients need to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for 2 to 4 weeks. This plan can improve results and reduce potential side effects. During consultation, it might be decided that another treatment option or combination of treatments may give you best results and as such, a plan can be tailored for your desired outcome. On the day of your peel, you will first be prepped for the treatment. This includes cleansing your skin thoroughly. After you are prepped, the peel will be applied and your dermatologist will watch your skin carefully to remove the peel at just the right time. The peel solution will cause the skin to burn and tingle but is

not usually a painful procedure. After neutralizing the peel, the appropriate topicals will be applied to you skin to replenish moisture and aid the recover process. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PEEL? All peels that a dermatologist performs require some at-home care and there is a downtime of dryness, redness and peeling. The length of time the skin takes to bounce back completely depends on the strength of the peel used and the condition of your skin. To help you get the best results, keep the skin well moisturized, do not lift any scabs that may appear but allow them to strip off naturally and of course, use a sunscreen daily. Dermatologists have been performing chemical peels for more than 50 years, with an excellent safety record. In the hands of a doctor who has experience with chemical peels, side effects such as redness, temporary darkening or scarring tend not to occur or be mild. For the most part, if you follow the instructions of your skin care specialist after the peel, you should get an entirely positive outcome. RESULTS!!! Once your skin heals, you will see the results. Depending on the indication for the peel and the type and strength of the peel solution

Dr. Marsha Barnett used, you may only need to peel once to achieve your goals. This might be true for someone trying to speed up the resolution of a few dark spots. However, for the majority of persons, more than one peel might be required and one may need to peel at intervals to maintain the improved appearance of the skin. This is particularly true when treating ongoing processes such as melasma or aging. *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general practitioner who also specializes in dermatology. For questions or comments, please contact at or at Associated Medical Practices - 9464242.

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work. Competencies and other desirable qualities include:

JOB VACANCY NOTICE BY THE TCI INTEGRITY COMMISSION The Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission invites applications from suitably qualified individuals to the following position which will soon be vacant within the Commission. 1.Senior Compliance Officer (post to be based in Grand Turk or Providenciales) Purpose and Key Responsibilities (a)To have oversight of the day-to-day management of the Compliance Unit of the Integrity Commission; (a)To manage, supervise and assist personnel of his/her Unit in ensuring that the Commission effectively and efficiently discharges its mandate asanti-corruption agency and institution protecting good governance, through: •the promotion of integrity, honesty and good faith in public life of the TCI; •the robust implementation of and compliance with the provisions of the Integrity Commission Ordinance, Political Activities Ordinance, Bribery Ordinance, the Code of Conduct for Persons in Public Life, and the Constitution to the extent relevant to the Commission. (b)To develop measures, including compliance policies, manuals and strategies aimedat strengthening the Integrity Commission’s ethical standards and anti-corruption efforts. Other Key Responsibilities include, to: •manage the intake and secure storage of declarations and statements of registrable interests; •provide oversight of and lead in the reviews and examinations of declarations for compliance, ensuring completeness, accuracy, consistency and validity of information for purposes of issuance of Compliance of Certificate; •provide oversight of and lead in the review and examination of statements of registrable interests for compliance, ensuring completeness, accuracy, consistency and validity of information for purposes of compiling and maintaining the Register of Interests; •manage the execution of full audits on declarations and statements of registrable interests to determine if there is evidence of possible corruption, falsehoods or fraudulent representations; •manage the examination of the practices and procedures of public bodies in order to facilitate the discovery of corrupt practices; •assist public bodies in developing robust policy and strategy to fight corruption and install integrity in their operations, including in the setting of ethics and compliance standards; •instruct, advise and assist the management of public bodies to put in place changes in practices or procedures necessary to prevent or reduce the occurrence of corrupt acts; •refine and improve on the current compliance policies and procedures and develop position papers on related issues; •provide ethics advice and information in relation to the Code of Conduct and conflict of interests matters; •design and implement training, communication and outreach strategy for “specified persons in public life”; •assist in other areas of work in the Commission as it becomes necessary; Qualification and Experience •a Master’s degree or equivalent in Accounting, Auditing, Law or similar. •a minimum of ten years’ experience in auditing, organizational ethics and compliance reviews, including at least 5 years at a senior managerial level; •Professional certifications including a CCEP, CIA, CFE are highly desirable; •overseas work experience (ideally in the Overseas Territories), experience of working closely with other cultures and/or experience working with public services in small Islands states; •a strong track record of achievement in compliance and related

•possess and demonstrate the highest standards of integrity, probity and understanding of fiduciary responsibilities to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands; •experience in administering a financial disclosure programme; •knowledgeable of current “best practices” in ethics and compliance programs, policies and procedures; •knowledge and understanding of global anti-corruption and good governance laws and regulations and ethical codes; •proven knowledge of public sector anti-corruption issues, policies and practices; •excellent understanding of financial instruments and transactions including banking instruments, investment vehicles and instruments, cash flows, corporate structures, partnership arrangements, and similar; •good knowledge of investigative strategies, principles and methods; •ability and experience in conducting interviews, eliciting relevant information and dealing with a wide range of stakeholders; •good analytic and evaluation skills to identify procedural or compliance weaknesses, and strong problem-solving ability; •be able to provide guidance on compliance and financial disclosure issues; •excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication and presentation skills •ability to manage and review large volumes of data, as well as experience and skill in reviewing documentation to identify relevant evidence; •demonstrates understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality and awareness of how to handle and maintain documents of evidentiary value; •excellent IT competence, particularly in the use of spreadsheets, and the ability to drill down into computerised data to discover hidden information; •conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; •the ability to work under pressure and independently, as well as collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; •The applicant will particularly demonstrate suitability for a role that involves driving forward good governance, integrity and anti- corruption messages in the sensitive political and fragile financial, milieu of a small Overseas Territory. Remuneration Salary is$78,000per annum(circa) but negotiable depending on qualification and experience Specific requirement for TCI Integrity Commission Ordinance The successful candidate to this post will be required to file with the Governor, a Declaration of Income, Assets & Liabilities pursuant to section 39 of the Integrity Commission Ordinance. Application procedure Applicants are requested to submit their CV together with an accompanying letter demonstrating why they would wish to work with the Commission and what particular attributes they would bring to its work. Certified copies of qualifications as well as the names and letters of two referees must be submitted with your application. The deadline for applications is 20th July 2018. Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be notified. Applicants who had previously applied for any of these posts need not apply again. Applications should be returned to the Secretary, TCI Integrity Commission either by email, fax, or mail Direct mail should be addressed to Mrs. Wanda Ariza, Secretary, The Integrity Commission, Franklyn Missick Building, Church Folly, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. The contact details are: e-mail:; or ; Tel. 9461941; Fax. 9461355. For further information on these vacant posts, please visit the Commission’s website at

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Minister of Tourism participates in CTO Caribbean Week

By Todeline Defralien

A team from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming led by Minister Ralph Higgs returned to the TCI after attending the annual Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Caribbean Week’s activities in New York on 4th -8th June 2018. The delegation consisted of Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Cherylann Jones, Director of Tourism, Mr. Ramon Andrews, Chairman of the Tourist Board, Mr. Norman Hamilton, Head of Secretariat Mrs. Mellisa Ariza and Receptionist Mrs. Brenda Jones. This annual event is hosted by the CTO and provides the opportunity for member countries to showcase the authenticity of their destination, through food, music and many other cultural expressions. This year’s theme was keeping in line with the 2018 year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.

The theme was incorporated into many aspects of the events including a trade show and educational forum on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. The Caribbean Marketing Conference comprised of formal presentations by leading speakers in the industry, topics ranged from how lucrative is the wellness market, the rejuvenation of the Caribbean Brand amongst others. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs stated; “It is always rewarding to participate in the CTO’s Caribbean week activities, it is the ideal platform for the Ministry to secure and maintain linkages with key partners. Similarly, it is critical as region leaders in Tourism to be able to connect in this way, to discuss trending issues, successes and challenges faced and to share best practices with our counterparts.” The team took in several sessions, including performances by

Minister of Tourism Ralph Higgs pictured with Team Members. local chefs in the highly anticipated Rum & Rhythm event where persons enjoyed authentic Caribbean entertainment and cuisine provided by the region’s best. The event is held in support of a scholarship program for

Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism, hospitality and language training. Interested persons may visit the official website of the CTO for details on scholarship opportunities at

Employment Services summer registration drive On June 26th, 2018 Turks and Caicos Islands Employment Services Department, Ministry of Border Control and Employment, will commence its first of eighteen (18) Summer Registration Drives. The Summer Registration Drives are designed to capture all unemployed persons and persons seeking new employment who are currently not registered with the Department. The Employment Services Department is also seeking to register students who are graduating high school, along with all college and university students returning home for the summer.

Anyone who is interested in being registered with Employment Services is encouraged to attend the registration drive. Please bring with you the following documents: Passport or Status Card; Naturalization Certificate; Belonger Certificate or PRC Certificate, Spousal Resident Card and your resume. The registration process is free. If you are unable to attend, please email us at jobregistration@ The schedule for the first week is as follows: Tuesday June 26, 2018

OPERATIONS MANANGER GRAND TURK, SALT CAY AND SOUTH CAICOS OPERATIONS Description  Responsible for steering and guiding effective, preventative and corrective maintenance activities on the T&D Systems, Energy Production Systems and substations on Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos, as directed by the VP of Grand Turk and Sister Islands Operations. Ensure effective organization and coordination of customer services, supervise internal customs brokerage operations of material, equipment and diesel fuel inventory; and all materials management operations (purchasing, receiving, warehousing, etc.) within the division. Provide leadership in the execution of energy and power quality audits, substation transformer testing, thermographic inspections, and customer claim investigations; and technical support to the Production & Fleet Department within the Business Unit.  To understand and successfully implement the organization’s vision, mission and values. Main Duties and Responsibilities Energy Production  Responsible to see that the generation of electricity is performed in a safe, efficient and effective manner on Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos.  Work in close coordination with and oversight from the Senior Director of Energy Production (assisted by the Plant Production Manager and Plant Control Manager) in developing and implementing effective maintenance, monitoring and reporting programs at the Energy Production facilities on Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos.  Responsible for the coordination of fuel deliveries to ensure that there is adequate fuel supply at all times in support of the Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos operations.  Responsible to see that the Energy Production facilities are prepared; in accordance with the company’s Disaster Preparedness Plan; to deal with hurricane season and assist with developing and implementing a plan for recovery of the plant after a hurricane. T&D Operations  Plan and direct all engineering activities relating to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution systems on the islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos, in accordance with FTCI’s established standards and practices, as directed by the VP of Grand Turk and Sister Islands Operations.  Prepare comprehensive cost estimates for all major development line construction projects, line extensions and relocations, and pole-line damages by third party or otherwise and work orders as may be required to support the Division.  Manage FortisTCI’s joint use program to ensure accurate and timely updates to all third party attachments.  Guide team in carrying out testing and troubleshooting of T&D and Substation plant and equipment in area of responsibility. Brokerage & Materials Management Operations  Provide oversight to Materials Management to ensure the brokerage entry processing operations that facilitate material and equipment critical to the Grand Turk Operations Division, are either expeditiously cleared or sent off to meet critical deadlines, inclusive of diesel fuel delivery to the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, in accordance with the applicable ordinances of the TCI.  Ensure proper warehouse operations that support timely procurement into and issues from warehouse inventory to ensure that inventory stock levels are maintained sufficiently and in accordance to best industry standards, which facilitates the various operations on the islands associated with the Division; inclusive of accurate record keeping via internal controls to include periodic inventory counts. Financial Reporting & Administration  Monitor, analyse, investigate, and resolve abnormal balances in inventory related to

Grand Turk, Ministry of Border Control & Employment, Three Degrees Summer Registration Drive starts @ 9:00 am Thursday June 28, 2018 South Caicos at the District Commissioners office Summer Registration Drive starts @ 9:00 am If you have any questions please feel free to contact Employment Services Department, Ministry of Border Control & Employment on 649-338-4560 or 649-338-4084.

Energy and Production Division  Ensure timely, accurate inventory and accounting records are maintained at all times  Review and assist in reconciling inventory errors, receiving, issuances and ordering discrepancies  Assist the VP of Grand Turk and Sister Islands Operations in identifying developmental needs of T&D, Customer Services and Brokerage & Materials Management staff through proper evaluation; and develop and implement a program for continuous on the job monitoring and training, to minimize and to ultimately reduce deficiencies.  Assist the VP of Grand Turk and Sister Islands Operations in the preparation of capital and operating expenditure budgets through the provision of cost estimates for the T&D and Substation Customer Services and Brokerage & Materials Management Departments. Academic/Technical/Management: Experience and Qualifications:  Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering or an accredited equivalent.  Minimum of 5 year’ experience at management level.  Minimum of 5 years’ working experience in the design, construction, operations and maintenance of T&D Systems, inclusive of system planning, protection, grounding and root cause analysis, in regards to both overhead and underground HV and LV distribution networks.  Minimum of 5 years’ knowledge and familiarity with test instruments used in diagnosing technical conditions on the system; and of materials, equipment and energy metering.  Must have 3-5 years’ experience in warehouse management and finance in the energy and utilities sector Abilities and Skills:  General knowledge of metering installations and power plant operations.  Proficiency in interpretation of mechanical and electrical drawings and manuals.  Above average analytical skills to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems, towards good decision making.  Familiarity with the Electricity Ordinance of the Turks & Caicos Islands; the National Electric Code; the National Electricity Safety Code; ANSINETA Equipment Maintenance Testing; ANSI Code for Electricity Metering; and the TCIG Customs Ordinance and Harmonized Tariff Classification Codes.  Possess a valid Turks and Caicos Islands driver’s license Core competencies & full details of job description- Must be obtained upon request to apply. Salary range: $79,000 - $118,500 per annum. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Qualified individuals should apply to the addresses below. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is July 2nd 2018 to: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: AND Ms. Desireka Glinton Secretary Immigration Board Zone 2 Airport Road, Providenciales Email address:

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Will the recent action of the UK government bury our offshore finance industry? By Drexwell Seymour 16,475 companies registered in TCI, of which more than 10,000 relates to International Companies. 35 licensed companies’ managers in TCI 71 employees at Financial Services Commission (FSC) FSC gross $8,551,408




FSC net surplus 2016/17 - $2,515,558 FSC transfer to TCIG 2015/17 $2,501,149 INTRODUCTION In May 2018, the UK Govt. passed an amendment to their Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill which requires the Overseas Territories to have public registers of the beneficial owners by December 31, 2020. This decision may have a significant impact on us. Hence, this article is an attempt to explain the concept of public register of beneficial owners, the possible impact that the UK legislation has on TCI and recommendations on what we need to do. BACKGROUND INFORMATION In 2017, the Turks and Caicos Islands passed the Company Ordinance and as part of the ordinance, management companies must provide the financial Services Commission a register of the beneficial owners within 14 days after forming a company. Like TCI, other overseas territories made amendment in 2017 to their legislations to provide for registers of beneficial owners but it was not public. The overseas territories felt this was adequate to meet the needs of the UK especially since they can currently access the registers. Less than a year later, the UK wants the registers to be public and so the territories feel betrayed. The UK has also demonstrated hypocrisy in that it does not require its Crown Dependencies such as Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Mann to have public registers by 2020. WHAT IS A BENEFICIAL OWNER IN TCI? A beneficial owner is •A person that holds directly or indirectly 25% or more of the shares of a company. •Controls 25% of the voting rights of a company. •Has the right to remove or appoint the majority of the directors of a company. •Has the Legal right to exercise significant influence over the company, partnership or trust. WHAT IS ON THE REGISTER? The register of the beneficial owners contains the full legal name, date of birth, nationality, usual residential address, information identifying the person from his government and the date the person became a beneficial owner.

WHO CAN ACCESS THE REGISTER? Currently, information from the register cannot be disclosed to anyone except to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. It should be noted that the relevant UK Authorities can access the register from Financial Services Commission via the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

already passed in the UK. If TCIG is unable to fight this jointly with the other territories, then TCIG should recruit and retain the best lawyers to represent TCI. We must do all we can in our power to ensure that this legislation is delayed for years or until it becomes a global standard. TCIG, the FSC and the industry need to ensure that the residents (from the children to the adults) are fully informed of the WHY DID THE UK PASS THIS possible consequences of this UK LEGISLATION? legislation so that everyone can be onboard and rallied up to retaliate the The UK claimed they passed actions of UK together like the people the legislation because of transparency. in BVI. If so then why don’t the rules apply to Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Mann. CONCLUSION Therefore, I do not believe that is the reason why. Is the UK doing this BVI, Bermuda and Cayman because they have public registers have made it clear what they intend to in the UK? Is it because of the do. TCI now needs to make its position embarrassment of the leaked Panama very clear publicly. Until we realize the Papers in 2015? Is it because the UK possible significant impact it will have thinks that the overseas territories it on us, we will remain quiet. We need are harbouring terrorist financing to think about the overall impact on (particularly Russian money), tax our country overall and not the impact evasion and money laundering it will have on us individually. I think activities? If they think so, the UK the actions of the UK Government knows very well they can access our will bury our industry. I know the register anytime through the Police amendment has passed in the UK but Force. we should not accept that as final. We must not accept this “hand me down” WHAT DOES THIS legislation that will possibly have a MEAN FOR TCI? significant impact on us. A message

Even though the TCI offshore financial sector is not significant as BVI, Cayman and Bermuda, a 1% variation to our economy is significant given the size of our economy. Our Offshore is estimated to be about 10% and is our second main industry after tourism. Individuals form companies in Turks and Caicos for a number of reasons and two of the main reasons are confidentiality and security. Some individuals do not want their spouse or other family members and other people to know their business so they form companies overseas. It does not necessarily mean they are involve in money laundering or evading the payment of taxes. It is simply a privacy issue. If individuals now know that their information is now public, then they can go to other rival jurisdictions where a public register is not required. As a result, many individuals will opt not to renew their TCI incorporated companies. If there is a significant reduction in renewal of incorporated companies then then the revenue from the FSC and the local management companies will decline which may be forced them to lay off some employees. In addition, the future growth of our offshore industry may be limited. It is very possible that there may no impact in that individuals will not move to other jurisdictions, but it is also highly possible that it can have serious impact. We do not really know what will happen. Because of this uncertainty, we need to have alternatives to fill the gap in the event our offshore financial industry fails. We should not rely solely on tourism as it is very risky. WHAT SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT DO? The TCI Government along with the other overseas territories need to fight this jointly though the law is

Drexwell Seymour must be sent loud and clear by the people of TCI and that is why it is important we highly educate our residents about this UK legislation. It is not too late to save our small offshore finance industry. Let us save it and expand it so that we can continue to be financially independent of the UK.

BUTTERFIELD GOLD GROUP OF COMPANIES POSITIONS AVAILABLE Gold Brokerage & Courier Services Position currently held by Work Permit Holder One (1) Operator of light Vehicles Must have clean drivers license and Police Record Must be able to lift heavy packages Delivery/pickup Assist with tracing packages Wages from $7.50 per hour New position One (1) Cook Must have (5) five years’ experience catering Must be able to prepareand assist the Chef with various Caribbean& International dishes Applicant must be willing to work shift including Saturdays Applicant must be willing to do general cleaning, after each shift when necessary Applicant must ensure that practices and procedures are complied with food handling and sanitation standard Wages: starting from $7.50 per hour New position One (1) Helper/Labourer To assist the Electrician and all aspects of Labour work pertaining to the Construction Department. Wages: starting from $7.50 per hour Location: 23 Parade Ave, Providenciales

Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified. Submit applications to by June 26, 2018 to:

Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211 Labour Commissioner, Labour Department Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands

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IMMEDIATE OPENING RESTAURANT SUPERVISOR Areas of Responsibility: Supervises the operation of assigned restaurant and/or lounges •Co-ordinates the set-up of restaurant and lounge areas in accordance with Regent’s standards •Confirms daily specials and new menu additions with the Executive Chef •Oversees the food and beverage service provided in assigned outlet; coaches employees on effective service and food presentation techniques •Inspects assigned restaurants and lounge areas on an on-going basis and takes appropriate steps to ensure facilities meet or exceed resort standards at all times •Conducts daily pre-shift meetings to discuss specials, house count, reservations and new menu items •Takes over the responsibilities of the manager during his/her absence Provides employees with the information needed to perform their job effectively •Orients employees to the department and resort and provides on-the-job training on job responsibilities •Prioritizes and assigns work •Provides feedback to the employee and department manager on the employee’s performance of job responsibilities Skills and Requirements: •Minimum 1 years’ experience in a hotel restaurant preferably in a luxury hotel. •Accuracy and attention to detail. •Able to communicate in English both written and spoken. •Must have knowledge in HACCP standards and sanitation. •Able to stand for long periods of time. •Able to carry/ lift up to 30kgs. •Able to handle a fast-paced environment and be able to work under pressure. Must be organized and detailed oriented. •Good knowledge of industrial dishwasher machine procedures. •Previous experience in a janitorial or cleaning position. •Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Food Safety Regulations. Salary for this position ranges from $20,000 to $25,000 per annum plus service charge. STEWARD Areas of Responsibility: •Ensure the proper use of chemicals to clean designated items. •Set up and organize work station with designated supplies and equipment, reporting any shortages. •Assist the culinary and food and beverage staff as necessary. •Properly handle all silver, china, and glassware and locate them in the assigned area. •Ensure the proper breakdown of stations. •Replenish soap and paper towels as needed. •Sweep and mop floors. •Assist with inventory as required. •In addition, other duties as may be required as directed by your Manager. Key Skills and Requirements: •Minimum 1 years experience in a hotel restaurant preferably in a luxury hotel. •Accuracy and attention to detail. •Able to communicate in English both written and spoken. •Must have knowledge in HACCP standards and sanitation. •Able to stand for long periods of time. •Able to carry up to 30kgs. •Able to handle a fast paced environment and be able to work under pressure. •Must be organized and detailed oriented. KITCHEN TECHNICIAN Areas of Responsibility: •Evaluates extent of machine damage, recommends spare parts for replacements, and performs repair of laundry and kitchen equipment. •Communicates to kitchen staff to proper machine handling. •Performs monitoring and inventory of the usage of the machine consumables and spare parts for supply maintenance. •Ensures the safekeeping and security of all assigned tools, materials and supplies. •Prepare daily, weekly and monthly reports to maintenance. •Prepares weekly schedule of preventive maintenance of all kitchen equipment. •Performs repair and maintenance on kitchen equipment at restaurants •Carries out equipment analysis for machine performance improvement. •Handles warranty services including maintenance of various equipment. •Reports all pending job repairs to the service supervisor for immediate action. Skills and Requirements: •Must be able to work flexibly and effectively within a team •Ability to apply good working practices to ensure healthy and safe environment •Ability to respond sensitivity and appropriately to the needs and expectations of individuals •Excellent communication and interpersonal skills •Willingness to work variable hours when necessary to meet requirements of the vacant position Other vacant positions are as follows: Project Manager/Senior Foreman Landscaping/Groundskeeper Bartender/Mixologist Maintenance Technician Public Area Supervisor Pool & Beach Attendant Cocktail Server Steward HOUSE KEEPING SUPERVISOR Areas of Responsibility: Provides employees with the information needed to perform their job effectively •Orients employees to the department and resort and provides on-the-job training on job responsibilities. •Prioritizes and assigns work •Provides feedback to the employee and department manager on the employee’s performance of job responsibilities Supervises Room Attendants in the cleaning of guest rooms •Verifies that all rooms have been cleaned by reviewing the list of rooms cleaned by each room attendant daily

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•Supervises the completion of short notice requests for rooms •Prepares requests for replacement of furniture, fixtures, etc. and follows up to ensure completion of request •Inspects all check-out/stay over rooms for adherence to Regent’s standards •Monitors quality of rooms by conducting and documenting inspections of cleaned rooms •Prioritizes special cleaning requests (i.e. VIP rooms, check-in, etc.) Ensures that linen closets are maintained as appropriate •Verifies that carts are stored properly and closets are locked •Assists in inventories as requested Skills and Requirements: •Ability to work and supervise in a busy environment •Must be a team player •Excellent communication skills both verbal and written •Must demonstrate a commitment to high levels of customer service •Must be honest, reliable and have a professional approach to work •Must have a positive can do attitude SECURITY OFFICER Areas of Responsibility: Detects potential sources of security problems, safety hazards and fire hazards by maintaining surveillance of resort •Patrols resort on a regular basis •Ensures all resort entrances are locked and unlocked per resort policy •Maintains resort key management procedures and ensures that all keys are accounted for •Closes and secures F & B outlets each night •Ensures that all meeting rooms and exhibit rooms are secured •Completes daily security log, including pertinent information from the shift Handling complaints •Responsible for carrying out investigations thoroughly and reporting on guest or employee injuries, worker’s compensation claims, thefts, assaults, lost property, car accidents, loud parties, vandalism and other guest complaints in accordance resort policy and procedure •Responds to emergencies; coordinates the partial or complete evacuation of the resort such as fire, armed robbery, severe injuries, power failure or bomb threats in accordance with resort policy and procedures Monitors and controls employee entrance •Controls access to resort areas per resort policy and procedures •Conducts package checks Key Skills and Requirements: •Minimum 3 years experience as a Security Officer •Must have substantial experience in security or related role including carrying out patrols and handling incidents in an efficient manner •Knowledge of Health and Safety issues in relation to security matters •Written and verbal communication skills •Must be able to prioritize workloads •Must be a team player with flexible approach to work and colleagues •Hold a valid license ACCOUNTANT Areas of Responsibility: •Preparation & posting of various recurring General Ledger entries each month with appropriate backups and maintain an updated list of all for Management Co. And Strata Corp. •Monthly reconciliation of balance sheet accounts for the Management Co. and Strata Corp. •Assistance with Preparation of monthly Income Statements for final review by Financial Controller for the Management Co. And Strata Corp. •Run various time sensitive reports out of Opera the 1st day of each month (Aging balances A/R, Departure report, Guest Ledger, Deposit Ledger, in house guests for owner’s split calculation) •Ensure that cash reconciliation between PMS system and physical deposits is maintained by Income Auditor and verifying all variances are being followed up & resolved in a timely manner. •Ensure that credit card reconciliation between PMS system, Shift 4, and bank account is maintained and any variances are being followed up in a timely manner. •Verify physical counts received from General Cashier with bank deposits according to bank statements. •Verify credit card batches with credit card payments received in bank account. •Review DStat reports & Interface Reconciliation Daily and coordinate with Income Auditor to ensure variances are being resolved and corrected in a timely manner. •Keep register of all House Bank accounts and documentation and ensure that counts are made once per month by the General Cashier •Count House Bank of General Cashier once a month; Assist with Lockbox audits. •Attend to inventory counts in the outlets where needed/assigned. •Calculate Accommodation Tax before the 15th of each month, so payment can be submitted before the 20th •Reconcile the detail of the maintenance expenses received from Accounts Payables with GL and verify all allocations between Management Co and Strata Corp. •Update the daily revenues each month in CIA to be exported to DSTAT (for the following month). •Participate in monthly Financial Department Meetings. •Assistance in coding of Accounts Payables and Expense Reports. •Maintenance of & Keep Fixed Assets register updated with copy of related invoices. •Cover vacations within the Department. •Update contract binders (physical and electronic). •Assist in implementing and reviewing internal controls and policies. •Assist in budgets and forecasts. •Assist with any other task requested by the Financial Controller Key Skills and Requirements: •Must be a professional qualified Accountant with over 2 years experience •Must have a degree and/or relevant qualification in Accountancy or Finance •Excellent communication skills both verbally and written •Strong attention to detail and commercial awareness •Act with a high degree of integrity while upholding the values of group •Must be a team player •Self motivated individual *POSITIONS MARKED WITH (*) ARE CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER. Interested applicants should apply to The Shore Club,Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday, and bring along an updated resume, or by emailing your resume to Danitra Clare, Asst. Human Resource Manager atcareers@theshoreclubtc. comno later than end of day Monday, July2nd2018. Resumes can also be submitted to the Labor Department directly. The Shore Club HR Office can be contacted at (649) 339-8000.

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DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH & SAFETY & LINE OPERATIONS Description  The Director of Environment Health and Safety (EHS) and Lines Operations’ role is to provide expert leadership in the area of EHS, Fleet Services and Lines Operations.  The incumbent will provide technical leadership for all line operations personnel and contractors during line construction, maintenance, and other operational functions. The Director of EHS and Lines Operation will ensure that all construction activities are completed in a safe and efficient manner and will interact with Fortis TCI staff to provide technical assistance when planning distribution, transmission and substation projects to ensure a safe and quality design that best meets our current and future customer needs.  As a member of the senior management team, the Director of EHS and Lines Operations will understand and successfully implement the organization’s vision, mission and values. Main Duties  Responsible for leadership in the Environment and Safety Department  Responsible for leading the construction and project management of overhead and underground line construction projects.  Responsible for line crews and other technical staff in troubleshooting the electrical system for power restoration and improved reliability.  Responsible for assisting in revising the distribution standards and to develop standard work method procedures and safety practices for line all operation activities.  Responsible to identify any job specialty training requirements & any job related compliance training that may improve the safety and efficiency of the line work force.  Responsible to assist in annual budget preparation and ensure that spending is justified and within budget.  Responsible for Transportation operation  Responsible to assist both T&D Design & Customer Service and follow all integrated work flow processes to maintain the highest quality of customer service.  Responsible to ensure that the electrical system mapping database is accurate by providing detailed as built field construction drawings and field data to the mapping co-coordinators.  Responsible to develop and carry out quality design and construction inspections on line operations and other associated projects.  Responsible to develop and carry out job site inspections and to implement a work observation program.  Responsible to ensure that all customer generated work such as service connections, line extensions, line upgrades and area lighting are completed as designed and on schedule.  Responsible to monitor all trouble call reports returned by the line staff to ensure that a detailed incident report is completed and any follow up activities are forwarded to T&D design & Customer Service.  To ensure all safety practices are implemented and enforced in normal day to day operations & other line operation projects.  To assist with the design and execution of distribution, transmission, and

Page 21 substation capital projects as required.  Responsible to enforce the approved Fortis TCI policies and procedures as required.  Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.  This Job Description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by the position holder. It is not designed to contain nor should it be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of individuals in this role. Academic/Technical/Management: Experience and Qualifications: Required:  A Degree in Electrical Engineering /Electrical Engineering Technologist supplemented by at least 10 years post graduate utility experience, a strong working knowledge of personal computers and excellent planning and organizational skills.  Minimum of 10 years in the utility business with at least 5 years in a management role  Self-motivated, results-oriented team player with superior communications skills and consistently display initiative in your work. Abilities and Skills:  Excellent team player and team building skills  Good analytical skills  Excellent written and oral communication skills  Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and to work under pressure  Ability to build strong trust relationships and maintain positive relationships internally and externally  Ability to communicate clearly the work priorities and direction of the departments  Ability to lead change processes, strong project management and time management skills  Solid numerical and budgeting skills  Must be goal oriented and self-motivated  Must possess strong, organisational, multi-tasking, analytical and problem solving skills  Must have a solid working knowledge of MS Office software programs, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and various databases. Salary range: $92,130 - $138,190 per annum. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Qualified individuals should apply to the addresses below. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is July 2nd 2018 to: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: AND Ms. Desireka Glinton Secretary Immigration Board Zone 2 Airport Road, Providenciales Email address:

hours.  Follow Superintendent Plant Control directive and be diligent in correctly execute daily plant site and equipment clean up duties.  Perform other duties as may be assigned and/or required by Plant Operations contingencies from time to time.

MECHANICAL LABOURER OBJECTIVES & PURPOSE OF THE JOB  Provide general labour in support of the work of general site service housekeeping and orderliness, under the general direction of the Manager of Plant Control & Electrical Maintenance. MAIN DUTIES/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Responsible for the daily cleaning of all Generation office and bathroom facilities, including floors, walls, furnishing, shelves and toilet fixtures.  Responsible for maintaining the floor and trenches around all engines, cleaned and free of dirt, oil and grease. Engine halls and trenches must be cleaned first off in the morning and on a continual basis during the course of the working day.  Responsible for tapping up jacket water systems with chemical additives as directed by the Superintendent Plant Control. It is also the responsibility of the generation labourer to place buckets and oil absorbent pads around any lube oil and/or fuel leaks so that leaks are contained until repairs can be affected by the mechanics.  Responsible for keeping the substation compound free of weeds and vegetation working under the supervision of an electrical technician.  The generation labourer is assigned to work with mechanics on completion of his daily plant cleaning routine and provides assistance in cleaning of engine parts and other non-skilled work.  The generation labourer also provides assistance to the electrical maintenance section in physical and application of chemical sprays to keep the electrical generator component cleaned of dirt and grease.  Ensure compliance to the company’s safety policy and procedures and consistent and proper use of issued personal protective equipment (PPEs) when on the plant site and during the execution of work duties.  Ensure familiarity and fully compliance with the company’s environmental commitment and policy at all times during the execution of daily work activities, with particular emphasis to fuel and lube oil spill prevention.  Report any equipment abnormalities or defects observed during the course of engine service and plant housekeeping activities to the Superintendent or to the designated maintenance team leader.  Operate company vehicles as required in a manner consistent with company policy and TCI traffic regulations.  Be properly and neatly attired in the uniform provided and ensure consistent and appropriate use of all personal protective equipment (PPEs) provided when on plant compound or in the execution of assigned duties.  Respond promptly when called by the Manager of Plant Control in response to emergencies that may arise outside of regular working

ACADEMIC/WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Successful completion of a 5 year high school program would be an asset.  Be familiar with and qualified to operate plant machinery such as fork lifts.  As the language of work is English, competence in verbal and written English is required . CORE COMPETENCY SKILLS:  This position requires heavy lifting and hard work therefore an affinity for hard work and excellent physical strength is mandatory.  This position requires that cleaning work be done in a high voltage environment, therefore the candidate must be able to work safely and follow instructions when doing so.  This position is essentially that of a cleaner in a dirty, greasy and noisy environment therefore an affinity for heavy routine work, under a high pressure and noisy industrial environment is a necessary aptitude.  The holder of this position must be highly motivated, a self-starter who needs little supervision, and solution oriented.  Excellent Team player qualities and self-discipline is mandatory.  Competency in written and oral communication skills in English  Self-motivated, solution oriented and positive in outlook Salary range: $22,530 - $33,790. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Qualified individuals should apply to the addresses below. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is July 2nd 2018 to: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: AND Ms. Desireka Glinton Secretary Immigration Board Zone 2 Airport Road, Providenciales Email address:

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• Keep work area free of obstacles that would otherwise obstruct free movement • Meal presentation skills

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: FOOD AND BEVERAGE ASSISTANT • Skills in mise en place • Able to prepare trendy local and other Caribbean cuisine dishes • Keep work stations sanitary as per HACCP standards

Minimum Requirements: • Be able to cook • Be able work outdoors • Two years experience in operating in a fast paced food service environment • Basic understanding of handling dietary restrictions and food prep procedures associated with same • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Reports to: • Kitchen Supervisor TOUR GUIDE – DUNE BUGGY • Conduct safe and fun tours as per tour’s description • Sanitize tour equipment prior to tour commencement • Wash tour units/equipment at the end of tours • Aid in general maintenance of tour units/equiment • Lend assistance to other areas/department as the need arises Minimum Requirements: • Basic understanding of off-road units • Flexibility as a team player • Ability to take initiative and work under pressure • Minimum 1 year experience in a similar environment Reports to: Land Tours Supervisor 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: CHUKKA HUMAN RESOURCES CHUKKA CARIBBEAN ADVENTURES (TCI) LTD South Base Lyndon Gardiner Boulevard

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Ports Authority host 1st annual general meeting & cocktail reception T

he Ports Authority of the Turks and Caicos Islands (PATCI) and its Board of Directors, hosted their first Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Reception on Wednesday 20th June 2018, at the Blue Haven Conference Center. The Annual General Meeting which was very well attended included a review of Port performance for the recent years,

discussion of priorities for the medium term and also included recognition of stakeholders and their contributions to the development of the Ports system. The Ports Authority, a government statutory body with broad responsibilities of the country’s waterways and lighthouses, plays a strategic role in the development of domestic and

international trade. The ports system consists of three main commercial ports on Grand Turk, South Caicos and Providenciales and minor ports on North Caicos and Salt Cay. The SUN captured these photographs at the 1st annual event. Photos By: Todeline Defralien.

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The energy business is changing, and so are we. At FortisTCI, we are investing in environmentally sustainable energy solutions to continue to deliver reliable electricity to you, our customers.

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With rooftop solar installations, and the future addition of a 1MW solar PV system, we’re integrating even more renewable energy to the FortisTCI grid. 2017 Winner

Allied Member of the Year | 649-946-4313

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Opening ceremony for new House of Assembly session O

n Monday June 18th, saw the ceremonial opening of First (1st) sitting of the first meeting of the second session of the eleventh (11th) legislature of the House of Assembly in the capital, Grand Turk. The event was well attended by His Excellency the Governor, Dr. John Freeman,

Her Excellency the Deputy Governor, Ms Anya Williams, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Chief Justice Margaret RamsayHale and Ministers from both the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Government and Opposition Peoples National Party (PNP) and other Government officials.

His Excellency the Governor, Dr. John Freeman, delivered the Throne Speech and officially opened the 1st Sitting of the First Meeting of the 2nd session of the 11th Legislature of the House of Assembly of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Photos By: Renau Destine.

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WINDSOR PLACE (the L-RAYE CINEMA and adjacent two buildings)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Margaritaville Grand Turk currently seeks to employ the following persons: •ENTERTAINMENT SUPERVISOR •DINING ROOM & RESTAURANT CAPTAINS •SERVERS/WAITERS •HOSTS/ HOSTESSES •HOUSEKEEPERS, BUSSERS & RUNNERS •BAR MANAGER •BARTENDERS •BARBACKS •STEWARD •KITCHEN HELPERS •COOKS •ASSISTANT COOKS •STORE CLERKS •COST CONTROL CLERK •ACCOUNTS SUPERVISOR Persons must have a good command of the English Language and be able to work long hours, holidays and weekends. Submit applications accompanied by a resume to the Human Resource Department at or by faxing to 649-946-1514. APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON 13TH JULY 2018 Whilst we thank every applicant for their interest in Margaritaville Grand Turk, only short-listed persons will be contacted. Only applications from Belongers will be accepted.

EAST HARBOUR NOMINEES LTD. as Chargee, pursuant to the Registered Land Ordinance HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that it will cause to be sold by public auction the scheduled property at the offices of SAUNDERS & CO., 23 Parade Avenue, Second Floor, Providenciales at 10:00 am on Friday, 6th July 2018. SCHEDULE WINDSOR PLACE, located at 895 Leeward Highway, just 735 feet West of Graceway IGA, accessible from the Westbound lane. The property accommodates three buildings. Two two-story buildings comprise sixteen (16) rental units, twelve of which are approximately 600 sq ft (20’x30’) and four are approximately 750 sq ft (20’x30’ + 10’x15’). The third building is a single-story structure of approximately 8,775 sq ft (45’x195’), formerly the LRAYE CINEMA. All buildings total approximately 18,675 sq ft. The buildings are located on 60718/7, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales, which is a 1.2 acre parcel. Auction terms may be secured in advance from Saunders & Co., 23 Parade Avenue, Providenciales, for the attention of The Loans Department, at Full particulars of the property may also be secured by qualified purchasers, including a recent copy of the register of title, an abstract from the block plan, planning approval for the buildings, certificate of fitness for occupancy, and plans. The auction will be subject to a reserve, so serious enquiries only.

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Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

LONDON - Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children’s ‘screen time’ - addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder. The WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases, describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour” that becomes so extensive it “takes precedence over other life interests”. The WHO’s expert on mental health and substance abuse, Shekhar Saxena, said some of the worst cases seen in global research were of gamers playing for up to 20 hours a day, forgoing sleep, meals, work or school and other daily activities. He stressed that only a small minority of people who play digital and video games would develop a problem, but said recognition of early warning signs may help prevent it.

get sick and die, and to take action to prevent suffering and save lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement as the ICD was published. The ICD is also used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD classifications. This latest version - known as ICD-11 - is completely electronic for the first time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world. Attendees play video games at E3, the world’s largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, ICD-11 also includes changes California, U.S. June 12, 2018 to sexual health classifications. “This is an occasional or It added that the “educational, Previous editions had categorised dysfunction and gender transitory behaviour,” he said, adding therapeutic, and recreational value” of sexual that only if such behaviour persists games was well-founded and widely incongruence, for example, under for around a year could a potential recognised and urged the WHO to mental health conditions, while in reconsider. ICD-11 these move to the sexual health diagnosis of a disorder be made. Responding to the decision The ICD, which has been section. The latest edition also has a to including gaming addiction, the updated over the past 10 years, covers new chapter on traditional medicine. The updated ICD is scheduled Video Games Coalition - an industry 55,000 injuries, diseases and causes of lobby group - said their products death. It forms a basis for the WHO to be presented to WHO member were “enjoyed safely and sensibly by and other experts to see and respond states at their annual World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption more than 2 billion people worldwide” to trends in health. “It enables us to understand in January 2022, the WHO said in a across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms. so much about what makes people statement.

Unjustified medication shortened 456 lives in a UK hospital, report says GOSPORT, England - More than 450 patients died prematurely in a British hospital after they were given powerful painkillers with no medical justification, in what a damning report on Wednesday found was a “disregard for human life”. Britain’s prosecution service said it would examine whether criminal charges could be brought following the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in southern England. An independent panel found that between 1989 and 2000, there was an institutionalized regime of prescribing and administering dangerous doses of opioids at the hospital which were not clinically necessary. “There was a disregard for human life and a culture of shortening the lives of a large number of patients,” the report said, adding that warnings from nurses had been ignored and there had been a failure by police and medical regulators to protect patients. “The families, and indeed the nation as a whole, are entitled to ask

how these events could have happened,” it added. The 387-page report concluded that 456 patients were given opioids without justification and “probably at least another 200 patients similarly affected but whose clinical notes were not found”. “The events at Gosport Memorial Hospital were tragic, they are deeply troubling, and they brought unimaginable heartache to the families concerned,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in parliament. “The findings are obviously distressing.” Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologized in parliament to the families, and said police would The exterior of Gosport War Memorial Hospital can be seen here in Gosport, Britain, June 20, 2018 work with the prosecutors on possible charges. physician Harold Shipman, dubbed the circumstances were different. “We draw a distinction “Had the establishment “Dr Death” had been responsible for listened when ordinary families raised killing patients in his care with lethal because Harold Shipman acted alone, apparently, whereas what we concerns... many of those deaths would heroin injections. not have happened,” he said. Shipman, convicted in 2000 for are describing ... in this report is an The report noted the Gosport murdering 15 patients, killed as many institutionalized practice, and that deaths and the concerns raised about as 250 people in his care according to a is a significant difference,” Reverend them occurred at the same time as it later inquiry. But the panel examining James Jones, the chairman of the the Gosport scandal said independent panel, told reporters. was revealed that British family

Marriage tied to lower risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes People who are married may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren’t, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 34 previous studies involving more than two million people. Overall, they found that compared to married people, adults who were divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease. Unmarried people were also 43 percent more likely to die from heart

disease and 55 percent more likely to die from strokes, researchers report in the journal Heart. While the study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how marriage might help improve heart health, there are many reasons marriage might have a protective effect including potentially more financial stability and social support, said senior study author Dr. Mamas Mamas of the University of Keele in the U.K. “For example, it is well known that patients are more likely to take important medications after an event

such as a heart attack or a stroke if they are married, perhaps because of spousal pressure,” Mamas said by email. “Similarly, they are more likely to take part in rehabilitation which improves outcomes after strokes or heart attacks.” Having a spouse around may also help patients recognize early symptoms from heart disease or the start of a heart attack, Mamas added. Marriage isn’t the biggest predictor of heart disease, however. Well-known risk factors like age, sex, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, smoking and diabetes

account for about 80 percent of the risk, researchers note. All of the studies in the current analysis were published between 1963 and 2015 and included people ranging in age from 42 to 77 from Europe, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Divorce was associated with 33 percent higher odds of death from coronary heart disease and a more than doubled risk of death from strokes, the study found. Men and women who divorced were also 35 percent more likely to develop heart disease than married people.

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We welcome you to join the unparalleled award-winning Hotel Group in the Turks and Caicos


Our updated vacancies open to Turks and Caicos Islanders are as follows

MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY Restaurant Supervisor Room Service Supervisor Housekeeping Supervisors LINE POSITIONS Butlers Cocktail Server Bartender/Mixologist Stewards Maintenance Technician Security Officers Landscaping/Groundskeeper Accountant Paymaster Public Area Supervisor Pool & Beach Attendants Kitchen Technician


Paymaster/General Cashier Areas of Responsibility:

•Must be able to prepare cash advances for groups including; approving request for all cash advances with Banks, Accounts Payable and Income Auditor •Responsible for ensuring all cash advances are delivered and signed by relevant parties as and when required. •Administration of all Personal Action Forms (PAF) and applications for leave request •Responsible for distribution of manual cheques to relevant Department Heads •Ensure payroll is signed off by Financial Controller and processed within periodic time frames •Administration of all payroll components and ensuring employee information is updated in the payroll system and coded to relevant departments •Ensure employee information is approved in time saver before transferred to payroll system •Responsible for processing manual cheques and interim payments to the payroll system •Calculation and equal distribution of Hotel general service charge •Administration of vacation roster for resort ensuring all accrued and taken leave is monitored and recorded in an effective manner •Coordinate finger prints in setups •Daily deposits/change for operations team •Revision of all monthly medical invoices ensuring correct deductions are being made for corresponding employees •Maintaining employee confidence by protecting payroll operations and keeping information confidential •Assist with any other task requested by the Financial Controller Key Skills and Requirement: •Minimum 2 years’ experience in a Hotel or Corporate environment •Accuracy and attention to detail •Must have experience in cash handling •Able to communicate in English both written and spoken. •Must have data entry skills •Able to handle a fast-paced environment and be able to work under pressure •Must be organized and detailed oriented •Must be good with using systems •Quick learner and desire to develop new technical skills •Holds a valid drivers license •Demonstrated knowledge and experience with working in an accounts/payroll department Starting salary is between $31,000 – $36,000per annum excluding service charge. *POSITIONS MARKED WITH (*) ARE CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER. Interested applicants should apply to The Palms,Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday, and bring along an updated resume, or by emailing your resume to Attention Kayon Cox, Asst. Human Resource Manager atcareers@thepalmstc.comno later than end of day Monday, July2nd2018.Resumes can also be submitted to the Labor Department directly. The Palms HR Office can be contacted at (649) 946-8666.

MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY Executive Housekeeper Duty Manager Trainee Manager Night Concierge Housekeeping Supervisor LINE POSITIONS Pool and Beach Attendants Reservations Agent Reservations Administrator Maintenance Technicians /Hvac Security Officer

MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY Engineering Supervisor Housekeeping Supervisor LINE POSITIONS Stewards Laundry Driver Laundry Attendants Landscaping/Groundskeeper Linen Runners Turn down Attendant Food & Beverage Servers Demi Chef de Partie Outlet Kitchen Technician Spa Receptionist Laundry Technician Security officers Accounts Office Admin / Receptionist If you are interested in applying for any of the listed positions, please visit the Human Resources Offices of any property or send in resumes to, careers@ or

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The Financial Services Commission (FSC), the regulator of financial services business in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is seeking suitably qualified applicants to fill a number of vacancies.


BANK & TRUST ANALYST I Department: Bank & Trust Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $30,257 - $35,683

ASSISTANT MANAGER, DOMESTIC INSURANCE Department: Insurance Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $51,604 - $63,007

JOB SUMMARY This is a technical analyst position which reports to the Supervisor, Bank & Trust. The post holder will be responsible for undertaking assessments of the financial soundness and compliance of assigned banks, trust companies and money transmitters licensed by FSC.

JOB SUMMARY This position is part of the junior management and reports to the Director of Insurance. The post holder will be responsible to develop detail plans for the assessment insurance risk in the jurisdiction. The officer will be responsible for preparing guidelines and codes of conduct for insurance entities, supervise the junior and senior Insurance Analysts and plan the work flow relating to offsite and onsite supervision of licensed entities.

BANK AND TRUST ANALYST II Department: Bank & Trust Annual Salary: $35,701 - $42,651

This position is currently held by a work permit holder.

JOB SUMMARY This is a technical analyst position which reports to the Supervisor, Bank & Trust. The post holder will be responsible for undertaking assessments of the financial soundness and compliance of assigned banks, trust companies, money transmitters and credit unions licensed by FSC. The officer will also be required to conduct analysis of assigned sectors and prepare and present reports on finds. AML SUPERVISION ANALYST I Department: AML Supervision Department Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $30,257 - $35,683.00 JOB SUMMARY The successful candidate will actively participate in Anti Money Laundering and Prevention of Terrorist Financing (AML/PTF) regulation/ supervision of assigned entities and individuals. Specific duties will include assessing and reporting on the level of compliance with the TCI’s AML/PTF Regulations and Code by way of on-site examinations and off-site monitoring. The job holder will also assist with raising awareness of AML/ PTF issues and in maintaining accurate records on supervised entities. INSURANCE ANALYST I Department: Insurance Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $30,257 - $35,683.00 JOB SUMMARY This is a technical analyst position which reports to the Supervisor, Insurance Department. The post holder will be responsible for undertaking assessments of the financial soundness and compliance of assigned insurers and insurance intermediaries licensed by FSC.

SYSTEMS ENGINEER Department: Information Technology Location: Grand Turk Annual Salary: $51,604 - $63,007 JOB SUMMARY The holder of this position reports directly to the Director of Information Technology. The Systems Engineer is responsible for planning and designing Windows based infrastructure, virtualization environments and storage networks across the infrastructure. This includes recommendation, configuration, installation, support and deployment of all server, storage and backup/archive technology, including operating systems and management tools and associated software applications supported by the IT Department. DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR Department: Management Core Location: Grand Turk Annual Salary: $81,536 - $101,167 JOB SUMMARY Deputy Managing Director (DMD) assists the Managing Director and the Board to plan, develop, implement and monitor the Commission’s operations, plans and initiatives. This is a senior management position which reports directly to the Managing Director. The DMD has direct responsibility for the supervision of assigned regulatory and operational departments and will assist with the development and implementation of policies and programs aligned with the Commission’s mission, vision and strategic plan. The office holder oversees the Commission’s operations, has budgeting responsibilities and is involved in hiring and evaluating staff. The DMD is expected to be able to step in and assume the Managing Director’s responsibilities in his absence. SUPERVISOR, BANK & TRUST Department: Bank & Trust Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $42,683 - $51,589

INSURANCE ANALYST II Department: Insurance Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $35,701 - $42,651 JOB SUMMARY The Insurance Analyst II is responsible for planning and conduct offsite and on-site inspections of the financial and operational systems of insurance businesses, which involves, analysing and verifying information to determine the entities’ financial status and level of compliance with their internal policies and procedures, and relevant local and international standards, ordinances and regulations.

JOB SUMMARY This position is part of the junior management and reports to the Director of Bank & Trust. The post holder will be responsible for conducting offsite review and on-site examination reviews of assigned licensed deposit-taking institutions from the pre-planning stages to post-examination follow up. This position is currently held by a work permit holder.

INSURANCE ANALYST III Department: Insurance Location: Providenciales Annual Salary: $42,683 - $51,589 JOB SUMMARY The Insurance Analyst III is responsible for the planning and conduct of off-site and on-site inspections of the financial and operational systems of insurers and insurance intermediaries. The officer also supervises the work of other Analysts in the department. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Details on the above vacancies can be found on the FSC’s website at or contact us on telephone numbers 649-946-2550 or 649-946-2791 ext. 4002 or 4021. Applications should be emailed to no later than July 6, 2018. The response must state clearly the position you are applying for. A copy can be sent to the Employment Services Department. Applications received after the application deadline may not be considered in this recruitment phase but may be placed on file for future reference.

(We appreciate all responses but only shortlisted candidates will be notified)

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SAMMY’S RESTAURANT NEEDS A DOMESTIC WORKER In Grand Turk To work 7 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 243-2928

Bernadine Smith Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Salary: $6:25 per hour Please Contact: 331-0611

A & J TRUCKING Is in need of Dump Trailer Driver & (1) Waste Collector •Driver must have at least 5 years experience in driving 24ft-30ft Dump Trailer Salary is $10.00 per hour •Waste Collector must be willing to work on garbage trucks, cleaning garbage from roadsides and various districts in Providenciales. Salary is $6.25 per hour Interested Belongers must contact: Julie Smith Telephone # 231-0032 anytime

Super Cuts Barber shop Aviation Drive, upstairs Musgrove Place in Providenciales Is seeking: Barbers Must be able to cut hair, must have at least 3 years experience and work from 9:00am-7:00pm and overtime if needed. •Is seeking (1) Domestic Worker Must be able to work 5 days per week 9:00am- 4:00pm •Is seeking (1) Cashier •Is seeking a Manicure and Pedicure person These positions are currently held by Work permit holders Interested persons may contact Alex Higgs, Owner of Super Cuts Barbershop at 243-5406


Big Josh Food Services


In Kew North Caicos Is seeking a Caretaker to take care of his Aunt To work 5 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 241-1890 This position is not held by a Work Permit Holder Interested persons must submit applications to the TCI Labour Board.

is looking for 5 Barmaids. Salary $6.25 per hour must work 6 days a week Contact # 432-8509



Is seeking two Labourers In Bottle Creek, North Caicos Salary $6.50 per hour To work 5 days per week, 6 hours per day Duties include: Mowing the yard, assisting with light maintenance work, ensure that in and around the premises is kept in good sanitary conditions, plus other unskilled task. Applicants who are TCI Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Work Permit Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder Interested persons should contact Alpheus Gardiner, Bottle Creek, North Caicos Telephone # 231-0005 or email:

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North Caicos Contracting Ltd Is seeking an Electrical Coordinator With experience and references Salary $10.00/hour Must be to work 6 days per week -Holiday and Weekend Must be Hardworking and reliable Contact during Office Hours 946 7437 or Email CV& Ref to

Is seeking a Plumber To work 5 days a week/ on call Salary $10.00 per hour Please email:

Venetian Road Is seeking to employ a Hair Braider •5 years experience • •Salary $6.75 per hour • •Able to work under pressure. •Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. •Skilled in braiding and plaiting in various designs. •Able to keep up with latest beauty trends. This position is currently not held by a Belonger. Contact: 344-4528

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In Grand Turk Is seeking a Labourer To work 5 days per week Salary is $6.25 per hour This position is current held by a Non -Belonger Please Contact: 231-2062

The Aquatic Restaurant and Bar Is seeking Two Bar Maids In Kings Road, North Caicos Salary $6.50 per hour Working hours range from 7:303:00pm and 3:00pm -10:00pm on a shift basis Duties include: Meeting and greeting customers, serving drinks, keeping bar and restaurant area cleaned Applicants who are TCI Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Work Permit Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder Interested persons should contact Alpheus Gardiner, Bottle Creek, North Caicos Telephone # 231-0005 or email:

SHANTA RIGBY Venetian Road Is seeking to employ a Carpenter •10 years experience •Salary $6.75 per hour

•Must be able to follow blue print and building plans. •Able to install structures and fixtures. •Inspect and fix damage structures and fixtures. •Skilled in wood work and design. This position is currently not held by a Belonger. Contact: 344-4528


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Location: Unit 1, Central Square, Provo Seeking 1 Sales Clerk Salary: $6.25/hr Closing date for application is June 30, 2018 Applications can be dropped off at the office or emailed to pdl@

Bernadine Smith Of Breezy Brae, Grand Turk

Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work weekday from 8:00am to 5:00pm Duties are general cleaning duties (sweeping, laundry, etc.) This may also include babysitting sometimes. The individual must honest, reliable and trustworthy. Wages will be paid at $7.00 per hour. Deadline for applications is 30th June 2018 Contact 649 331 0611 for further information

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New Life Worship Center, UPC Is accepting resumes for position of Missionary Coordinator Candidates should be able to cast God’s vision and endeavor to assist in leading others to fulfill their purpose in God. Foster partnerships between other charitable organizations and starting new congregations. Send resumes to: Attention: New Life Worship Centre, UPC Kishco Plaza, Leeward Hwy or email to by February 9th, 2018.

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In Providenciales Is seeking a Foreman Salary $2,600 per month This position is held by a work permit holder Applicants should also send copies of their application to the Work Permit Board. Interested persons should contact: 332-0158



Marjorie Basden High School In South Caicos Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour This position is currently held by Work Permit holder Interested Persons may contact: 231-2894

EJ PRINTING Seeks a suitable candidate to fill the position of Assistant Offset Printer This individual must possess certified in the area The successful candidate must be able to work Mondays through Fridays Salary is dependent on qualified and experience Please Contact: 941-5750

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Bahamian PM fires MPs who voted against VAT increase

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis fired Bains and Grants and Town MP Travis Robinson, Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine from their government-appointed posts after voting against the government’s bill to increase value-added tax (VAT) from 7.5 percent to 12 percent. Minnis met with the three men to give them their termination letters. He met with Robinson at 1 p.m., Miller at 2 p.m. and McAlpine at 3 p.m. In a statement, the Cabinet Office said: “It is announced for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred upon Her Excellency by Article 81 of the constitution and in accordance with the advice of the prime minister, the governor general has revoked the existing directions given to Mr. Travis Robinson, as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and Mr. Vaughn Miller, as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. “Under the provisions of the Manual of Cabinet and Ministry Procedure, part II, item 21, parliamentary secretaries, like Cabinet ministers, are bound as a condition of their continuance in office, to support government decisions in public. “The governor general, in

accordance with the advice of the prime minister, has also revoked the appointment of Mr. Frederick McAlpine as chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas board.” Just after midnight Tuesday morning, McAlpine, Robinson, Miller and Centreville MP Reece Chipman joined the three opposition MPs and voted against the increase in VAT. Twenty four MPs voted yes, seven voted no and seven were absent. The increase in VAT  takes effect July 1. The seven MPs warned that the increase in VAT would be too onerous for their constituents. In Minnis’ letter to Robinson, he wrote, “I hereby advise you that I today advised Her Excellency the Governor General to revoke your appointment as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation with immediate effect, as you are in breach of part [II], section 21 of the Manual of Cabinet and Ministry Procedure. “Please accept my thanks and appreciation on behalf of the people of The Bahamas for the contributions you have made towards the development of our country over the past year. “Wishing you Godspeed in your future endeavors.” The letter is dated June 19. When contacted yesterday,

Cayman Islands business owners have until end of June to file beneficial ownership details

The Government Administration Building in George Town, Cayman Islands. Local business owners, who ownership information on your behalf, do not use registered office providers, by June 30,” Registrar General Cindy will need to file their beneficial Jefferson-Bulgin said. ownership information with General Under Cayman law a beneficial owner holds, directly or Registry by Saturday, June 30. Once filed, the information indirectly, more than 25 percent of the will be stored on the Cayman Islands shares or voting rights in a company; Government’s centralized beneficial or has the right to appoint or remove ownership platform. By storing it a majority of the board of directors of centrally, government will be able the company. If no individual in the to more quickly provide it, through company meets these conditions, the appropriate legal mechanisms, to beneficial owner is the person who has international law enforcement, tax significant influence or control over and regulatory authorities. the company, through either direct or The filing requirement indirect ownership. applies to businesses that do not use However, this does not apply a licensed service provider, such as a if control is solely exercised in the law firm or a corporate administration capacity of a manager, director or company, as their registered office. adviser. owners of The information can only be Beneficial filed through registry’s secure online companies are required to submit their full legal name; their residential system, the Cayman Business Portal. “For businesses that use or postal address; date of birth; service providers, your service identification documents; and providers should already be aware of when they became or ceased to be a their responsibility to file beneficial beneficial owner of the company.

Robinson had no direct comment on As in his letter to Robinson, his firing. Minnis thanked McAlpine for his He said that he sent a letter to service and wished him well in his the speaker of the House of Assembly future endeavors. requesting to bring a response at the McAlpine told The Guardian next sitting of the House. that during his meeting with Minnis, Asked what his response he was not told why he was fired. was in relation to, Robinson said, “In “He did not give me an explanation,” relation to the questions that you have McAlpine said. to ask me.” “I guess it was because I voted Miller received a similar letter. no and the whip was on yesterday. Golden Isles MP Vaughn That’s all it can be. He didn’t give me Miller arrives at The House of any explanation.” Assembly. FILE Asked what Minnis told him, He confirmed to The Nassau McAlpine said, “He spoke to me about Guardian that he had a meeting with the fact the other colleagues were Minnis yesterday during which he part of his Cabinet and they were advised he was relieved of his post. terminated and he just came to inform “I told him that I was thankful me, and he didn’t know why I did what to serve and that my vote was nothing I did. He said he just had to do what he against him or the party,” Miller said. had to do, and what he was doing was “It was a matter of conscience. terminating me.” I came into this with integrity and I Asked his response to Minnis, will leave with much more integrity.” he said, “My response was, ‘Thank you Miller said this experience very much and God bless you’.” will not change him. McAlpine said he wasn’t “I love my people,” he said, surprised that he was fired. remarking that he ultimately has to “When they called for a answer to God.” division last night, we recognized that,” McAlpine was fired as he said. chairman of the Hotel Corporation. “When you say that the whip In Minnis’ letter to McAlpine, is on, fine. There are repercussions he noted that he advised Governor for what we did. But I will continue General Dame Marguerite Pindling to stand for the Bahamian people, to revoke his appointment with always.” immediate effect.

BVI: Premier not seeking re-election as NDP leader Premier Dr D Orlando Smith will not be seeking re-election as leader of National Democratic Party (NDP) come Saturday, June 23. Dr Smith made the announcement in a late broadcast on Monday. The 73-year-old said he made the decision after ‘much thought and prayer’ and after discussions with family and colleagues. “And so, when the NDP comes together in its upcoming Convention, I will not seek nor accept the nomination to lead the party into the next election,” said Dr Smith, who indicated he will use the remaining year of his premiership to focus on recovery. “There is so much work left to do. With this decision, I will be free to dedicate 100 percent of my time and attention to that task,” he said. Dr Smith continued: “And while my journey as the Premier and leader of the territory will come to a close at the end of this government’s term in office, the mission that was launched so many years ago lives on.” Now that the Premier has made his intentions clear, Education Minister Myron Walwyn and Health Minister Ronnie Skelton are the only confirmed contenders seeking to succeed him as leader of the NDP. First-term legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull who, in the past, publicly undermined Dr Smith’s

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith leadership has also announced his candidacy for NDP Vice-President. He is believed to be Skelton’s running mate in the upcoming elections. Ordinarily, elected legislators who sit as President and Vice-President of the NDP would be the territory’s Premier and Deputy Premier, respectively; once the NDP is the governing party. However, it is possible for a governing NDP to have a party president who is not the premier, or a party vice-president who is not the deputy premier, BVI News understands.

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Premier McLaughlin says Caymanian population grew by 70% in 20 years The number of Caymanians living here has increased by 70 percent within the past two decades, with the majority of those being “new” Caymanians, Premier Alden McLaughlin told a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference Tuesday. Mr. McLaughlin said the British Overseas Territory’s overall population had shot up over the past 20 years, going from 37,000 residents in 1997 to more than 63,000 residents by last year – an increase of more than 70 percent. During roughly that same period, the Caymanian population increased from 21,000 to 36,000 people. “The growth in the Caymanian population came about by not so much natural increase, but by immigration,” Mr. McLaughlin said “[Some immigrants] became a part of the permanent Cayman fabric.” How to manage population growth, particularly within the smaller overseas territories and British Crown Dependencies, was the focus of Tuesday morning’s session of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s regional conference, which is being hosted on Grand Cayman this year. Cayman is far from the only British territory to struggle with limited land space, housing a successful economy and requiring a large number of foreign workers to make that economy run properly. Speaker of the House Juan Paul Watterson from the Isle of Man noted that growing populations and a steady local economy have made the management of available land in the Crown Dependency one of the more controversial issues local lawmakers must address. “Buy land, they aren’t making it anymore,” Mr.

contains more than 130 different nationalities. “Cayman is easily the most cosmopolitan country in the region,” the premier said. “You’re just as likely to hear Spanish or Tagalog spoken in the bars or on the streets these days.” Cayman’s economy has remained strong, weathering even such events as the 9-11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and 2004’s devastating Hurricane Ivan, the premier said. However, as early as 2007, it was noted that Cayman’s infrastructure had not kept up with its burgeoning population. Over the last decade, Cayman has worked on building schools, improving roads and Premier Alden McLaughlin speaks reconstructing Owen Roberts to delegates at the Commonwealth International Airport – amidst Parliamentary Association conference a global financial crisis in 2008Tuesday at the Marriott Beach Resort 2009. All of those projects are still Watterson said, borrowing a quote in progress now. from American author Mark Figures presented to Twain. the Cayman Islands Legislative In the Isle of Man, Assembly late last year following foreign workers are also required a parliamentary question asked to obtain work permits before by Bodden Town West MLA Chris becoming gainfully employed, Mr. Saunders indicated that more Watterson said. However, after than 3,700 non-Caymanians had five years in the dependency, they been granted Caymanian status – can be granted full permission to similar to local citizenship – since work and voting rights as well if 2009. their work permit is maintained. Mr. Saunders said at the In a small island with an time he obtained the information aging working population of native that he was researching grants of residents, Speaker Watterson said status and awards of permanent it was absolutely crucial for the residence for information he would Isle of Man to bring in foreign later use to update the old “Vision workers to aid the local economy. 2008” strategic plan, which would “We do want people look ahead to Cayman’s next 20 to come and contribute to our years. economy,” Mr. Watterson said. “One of the things I’m “It’s a safeguard, rather than a mindful of is that we’re looking at barrier.” the public school population now, Premier McLaughlin said we’re looking at a large number Cayman’s importation of foreign of children of Caymanian status labor since the 1970s has created holders or PR-holders who will be “a unique place in the Caribbean” entitled to receive public school in terms of hosting a population education in the next five years,” of more than 63,000 people which he said.

Eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) announced an eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail-1 exploration well, creating the potential for additional resource development in the southeast area of the Stabroek Block. The well encountered approximately 256 feet (78 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well was safely drilled to 18,057 feet (5,504 meters) depth in 6,365 feet (1,940 meters) of water. The Stena Carron drillship began drilling on May 25, 2018. The Longtail-1 well is located approximately 5 miles west of the Turbot-1 well and follows previous world-class discoveries on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Payara, Liza Deep, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger and Pacora.

Mavado defends his son’s innocence

Mavado Mavado is claiming his son is innocent, according to the deejay’s attorney Tamika Harris. She is representing the 16-year-old who is charged with conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent, as well as illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. As he is a minor, the teen’s name cannot be released to the public. “He (Mavado) is distraught and a little perturbed,” Harris told the Jamaica Observer. “He is maintaining that the allegation against his son is not true, and he is willing to go at lengths to defend his son,” she continued. The minor is being charged in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas, also known as “Chulups” and “Israel”. According to the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, at at 3:30 am on June 5, a group of armed men forced their way into Thomas’s home in the Cassava Piece community in St Andrew. He was shot, chopped, and set ablaze. This incident occurred days after Mavado escaped injury after being shot at in the community. He is currently being sought by police to answer questions relating to violence in the area. Mavado resides in the United States. “He is returning, but he has indicated to me that he does not want the media to know when,” said Harris. Police had announced that the minor would have appeared in court yesterday. However, he was a no show. According to Harris, the police are responsible for taking the teen to court. She was unable to say when the teen is rescheduled to appear.

Haiti and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation

Longtail drilling results are under evaluation; however, the combined gross recoverable resources of Turbot and Longtail are estimated to exceed 500 million barrels of oil equivalent. CEO John Hess said: “We are very pleased with this eighth significant oil discovery, which reaffirms the remarkable exploration potential of the Stabroek Block.” Following completion of the Longtail-1 well, the Stena Carron drillship will move to drill the Hammerhead-1 well located approximately 9 miles southwest of the Liza discovery. The operator plans to add a third drillship that will operate in parallel to the Stena Carron to explore the Block’s numerous high value prospects.

The governments of Haiti and Vietnam have pledged to implement measures to boost bilateral cooperation in certain areas including economy, investment, telecommunications and agriculture. This was the outcome of meetings held last week, between President Jovenel Moise and the Vietnamese Ambassador for Cuba and Haiti, Nguyen Trung Thanh, who paid a six day working visit to the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. They also discussed says to activate the mechanism of the Joint Committee on Trade and Investment and to start negotiations for the signature of the agreements for the encouragement and protection of investment and non-double taxation.

Nguyen Trung Thành was also received by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, who briefed him on the achievements of Vietnam and future directions of the country’s foreign relations. Lafontant also said that he is committed to fostering Vietnamese business investment in Haiti and wants Vietnam to focus its investments on agriculture, the textile industry and share with Haiti its experiences in adapting to climate change and sustainable development . Addressing the regional situation, including the Eastern Sea issue, the Prime Minister shared the need to strengthen cooperation to promote peace, stability, security, the rule of law, peacefully resolve all disputes, including at sea.

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Sandals And Butch Stewart Respond To ‘Misleading’ Media Reports And Reaffirm Commitment To Developing Caribbean Tourism Sandals Resorts International (SRI) which is owned by hotel magnate Gordon “Butch” Stewart, has responded to what it said are “attempts to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about the hotel chain, including a “totally sensationalized headline” regarding a recent statement by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley. In a June 19th media statement, SRI said it has an amicable relationship with Prime Minister Mottley who should be aware that Sandals is completely open to working with her government – as it has worked with governments throughout the region - to help move Barbados into a better and brighter future. “Sandals has become a key economic player in Barbados in just three and a half short years,” the media statement noted. “Not only are we the largest contributor of foreign exchange but we have provided employment and training for some 1,000 persons in Barbados. Within that short time period we have built two of the most sought after resorts in the region, one of which opened just last December and which was built by Barbadian contractors in record time. Already we are adding an additional 50 suites at the new Sandals Royal Barbados which will be available from October.” “We also intend to break ground on a new Beaches hotel in Saint Peter in January 2019, and that will more than double our economic footprint. Immediately that project creates 1,500 construction jobs and will create some 1,750 full time jobs upon completion. This means we will employ in Barbados close to 3,000 of the most highly trained and potent hoteliers in the region,” said SRI which has properties in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos Islands, Barbados, and Grenada, with sixteen Sandals Resorts, three Beaches Resorts, one Grand Pineapple Beach Resort, one Fowl Cay private island resort and four villa properties in Jamaica. SRI said rumours that it doesn’t pay taxes in Barbados are “totally untrue”, as Sandals pays significant taxes in Barbados including Value Added Tax or VAT. “Indeed our negotiations on concessions have always been completely transparent and open, and it is because of these very same negotiations that many hoteliers have now been able to access concessions of their own for refurbishment and upgrades in what

was a highly overtaxed sector,” the SRI statement continued. “We have been assured that in the last two years more refurbishment and modernization has been done in Barbados than in the last decade. More than that, it is Sandals that has given the clearest signal to the world that it is good to invest in Destination Barbados at a time when many others are intent only on singing songs of gloom and doom.” As for claims that the allinclusive model has not worked in Jamaica, SRI noted that Jamaica is doing extremely well, adding that the Jamaica Tourism Board reported record figures of 4.3 million visitors last year, due to increase this year, and that its tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett noted that Jamaica had earned US$2.56 billion dollars in 2016 which represented $500 million of extra earnings in a single year. “It would be interesting to note that Sandals Resorts International is the largest financial contributor to Jamaica,” said SRI. “Not only in terms of money, but in terms of people employed and in terms of the high level of training that we do. Sandals is unmatched for training and is the only company with an in-house Corporate `University (SCU) through which a large number team members can earn top level professional qualification and certification. Our team members have a choice of some 150 different programmes ranging from hospitality courses to Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in a number of fields.” These are all recognised degrees, supported by leading academic institutions such as the University of the West Indies, the New England Culinary Institute, the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, the Hotel School of the Hague and the English Guild of Professional Butlers The SRI statement said Saint Lucia is also doing very well and recorded the highest growth in 2017 among Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) member countries of 11%. “Sandals contribution to GDP in that country is unmatched, and we are the largest employer in the sector. We have been the most significant investor in Saint Lucia in the past 25 years, and we have played a major role in the transition from a floundering bananabased economy to a vibrant tourism economy. Within the last few years we have trained over 1,300 Saint Lucians through our Hospitality Training Programme, and we certify them at no cost to the participants. Many of them

even go on to find work at other hotels. We always boast that once someone is Sandals-trained, it opens doors for them to get a job at any hotel anywhere on the planet; because the global hospitality industry recognises that our standards are among the very best in the world. A Sandals trained hotelier is an employee of choice - just ask any of our competitors,” the statement continued. “In Saint Lucia we are expanding further and have already broken ground on an amazing 400 key resort that will feature a dazzling array of suites, and one that will boast commanding views of Rodney Bay on one side and the Atlantic on the other. This means our famous ‘Stay at One, Play at Three’ concept will now be expanded where you can stay at one hotel and enjoy the facilities of four. We even created history in Saint Lucia when we made it (along with Jamaica) among only a few choice destinations in the world where you can stay in an exotic over the water bungalow.” SRI added that “no one promotes the Caribbean the way we do”, noting that there are Sandals ads highlighting one of our beautiful islands that run on network TV in North America throughout the hour, every day. This, the hotel chain said, is supported by extensive promotional campaigns throughout the world. Every country where we operate enjoys similar benefits including Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Grenada and the Bahamas. “Sandals has been voted the World’s Best All Inclusive Chain at the World Travel Awards for 23 consecutive years and if that is not performance, we would like to know what is. Bear in mind it all goes back to our exceptional team members who deliver on the high level of training to which they are exposed; to be the best, you need to have the world’s best staff. We bring that training to every country where we operate,” SRI added. “At a recent function to launch a new partnership between Beaches Resort and the Real Madrid Football Club, a person of no less stature than the Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica himself, Mr. Josep Maria Bosch Bessa, referred to Sandals as ‘the most important hotel chain in the Caribbean’.’’ SRI stated that Sandals going to Tobago will be a “windfall for all”, most particularly the smaller hoteliers. “The truth is they will be among the biggest beneficiaries of increased economic activity, global marketing of Tobago and an exponential increase

in airlift. Not everyone who arrives on the flights we attract will stay at Sandals, indeed many will seek other options creating a significant increase in business for the smaller hotels,” the press release said. “And we would like to dismiss out of hand this fable that our guests remain on resort. Sandals guests go out into the community in droves. Through our partnership with Island Routes and our local tour operators on the islands, thousands of guests leave our resorts every day to go on tours, to go dining, shopping and to enjoy other attractions.” “As for this fallacy that we import everything, the fact is that our purchasing arm ensures that as far as possible, local food and supplies are sourced from on island. Indeed our internal mandate is to always buy local where possible, and we are proud that Sandals has set the standard when it comes to engaging our local farmers, taxi drivers, entertainers, tour operators and small business persons, including those who make craft and clothing. In Jamaica for instance, 90% of the food we serve is bought locally. We make every effort to promote and utilize local ingredients in our restaurants. From fresh fruit and vegetables to rum, eggs, chicken and other meat, it is always sourced locally first,” the statement added. “It is because of these linkages many small enterprises have been able to flourish and have grown into successful businesses on their own, hiring additional staff and generating their own activity. Our downstream impact is significant. This applies to every territory where we operate. It’s no secret that there are challenges with the quantities we require and the quality, however we take it upon ourselves, as we did recently in Grenada, to work with local farmers to help them deliver produce that is of an acceptable quality. In fact our local purchases in Grenada and Saint Lucia have all increased significantly. Sandals is proud to say that we own each and every one of our hotels except for one in Jamaica, where we enjoy an outstanding partnership with Guardian Holdings. We are an indigenous company, and it is in our interest to see that our Caribbean people prosper and thrive. We have always been the first to step forward and support the communities around us, and through the Sandals Foundation, we have invested significantly in projects that elevate our educational institutions, our environment and our communities.”

CARILEC Announces Election of New Board of Directors CASTRIES, St. Lucia- TheCaribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), which plays a leading role in electric utility advocacy, growth and sustainability in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals to its Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting and thanks Mr. Peter Williams, Emera Caribbean; Mr. Colin Cover, Grenada Electricity Services Ltd; and Ms. Kelly Tomblin, Jamaica Power Service Company Ltdfor their distinguished service. At the meeting, Belize Electricity Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jeffrey Locke was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the period 2018 – 2020 after serving as Vice Chairman for the past two years. He succeeds Mr. Colin Cover, Chief Executive Officer of Grenada Electricity Services Limited. Elected as Vice Chair was Mr. Eddington Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis TCI. Mr. Locke has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and continues to lead the successful transformation of BEL since June 2011. “CARILEC has a rich history of enabling utilities in the region to network and serve the people of the Caribbean better,” said Mr. Locke as he accepted his appointment. “We will be rolling out our new Strategic Plan to support our

members as they expand their services to customers and transform from electric utilities to energy service providers.” Newly Appointed Directors - 2018-2021 1.Mr. Roger Blackman - Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd. 2.Mr. Jervan Swanston – Nevis Electricity Company Ltd. 3.Ms. Sheree Martin - Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd. 4.Mr. RabindreParmessar – N.V. Energiebedrijven Suriname 5.Mr. Hugo Hodge Jr. – Tantalus Systems Inc. (Associate Director) – 1 Year •Mr. Gianni Moreno - ABB Inc. (Alt Associate Director) – 1 Year Continuing Directors 1.Mr. Jeffrey Locke - Belize Electricity Ltd. (Chairman) 2.Mr. Eddinton Powell – Fortis TCI Limited (Vice Chairman) 3.Mr. Collin Cover - Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. 4.Mr. Thornley Myers – St. Vincent Electricity

Services Ltd. 5.Mr. Leroy Abraham - British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation 6.Mr. Trevor Louisy - St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. 7.Mr. Fred Cuvalay – St. Eustatius Utility Company 8.Mr. Franklin Hoevertsz – Utilities Aruba 9.Mrs. S. Bertilia McKenzie – Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. 10.Dr. Cletus Bertin - Executive Director/CARILEC (Ex-Officio) The Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of electric utilities, suppliers, manufactures and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean. CARILEC was established in 1989 with nine (9) members as part of an electric utilities modernization project funded by USAID and implemented by NRECA under a five-year “Co-operative Agreement.” Currently, CARILEC comprises a total of one hundred and nine (109) members. This includes thirty four (34) Full Members that are electric utilities, sixty-eight (68) Associate Members that are companies involved in some aspect of servicing the electric utility business and seven (7) Affiliate Members.

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Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. Trump signed an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. While that may end a policy that drew a rebuke from Pope Francis and everyone else from human rights advocates to business leaders, it may also mean immigrant children remain in custody indefinitely. The Trump administration still faces legal challenges because of a court order that put a 20-day cap on how long immigration authorities may detain minors, and trigger fresh criticism of Trump’s hardline immigration policies, which were central to his 2016 election campaign and now his presidency. Administration officials were unable to clarify whether family separations would end immediately or when and how families now separated would be reunited. “It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter,” Brian Marriott, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for

“It’s about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump said as he signed the order in a hastily arranged Oval Office gathering. Video footage of children sitting in cages and an audiotape of wailing children had sparked anger as the images were broadcast worldwide. Governments from Central America and Mexico welcomed Trump’s decision on Wednesday, but said they would remain vigilant to ensure the rights of their citizens were respected. An avid viewer of cable television news, Trump recognized that the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump in private conversations with the Children and Families. “Reunification president, urged him to do something is always the ultimate goal of to end the humanitarian crisis, a White those entrusted with the care of” House official said. unaccompanied children and “the In the Oval Office, Trump said administration is working towards he had also heard from his daughter that” for those in custody. and aide, Ivanka Trump, about the The Trump order, an unusual policy. reversal by him, moves parents with “Ivanka feels very strongly. My children to the front of the line for wife feels very strongly about it. I feel immigration proceedings but it does very strongly about it. I think anybody not end a 10-week-old “zero tolerance” with a heart would feel very strongly policy that calls for prosecution of about it,” Trump said. immigrants crossing the border Wednesday’s move was the illegally under the country’s criminal most significant policy reversal by entry statute. Trump since he took office in January

New York to sue Trump administration over family border separations: governor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a political opponent of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday that the state would sue the Trump administration for separating children of immigrants from their parents when apprehended illegally crossing the U.S. border. The separations and detention of children at the southern U.S. border with Mexico have caused an uproar in the United States and condemnation abroad, fueled by videos of children in cages and audiotape of children wailing for their parents that has been broadcast on cable networks and posted on social media. “The Trump Administration’s policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy,” Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. Cuomo said that separating parents and children at the border violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court precedents and a 1997 legal settlement that set standards for the treatment of children detained for immigration reasons. A spokesman for the Trump administration could not immediately be reached for comment on the New York lawsuit. U.S. officials have defended the measures as a way to secure the border and deter illegal entry. Trump, a Republican, has made a hardline stance on immigration a centerpiece

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, speaks to members of the press at Trump Tower in New York City of his presidency. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy in April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted under the country’s criminal entry statute. The policy has led to family separations because when border agents refer apprehended migrants to court for prosecution, parents are held in federal jail to await trial by a judge while the children either remain in border patrol custody or are moved into facilities managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a Department of Health and Human Services agency. Cuomo said he would direct several state agencies to begin legal action against the Trump administration on behalf of some 70 children being held in at least 10 federal shelters in New York state.

2017. Instinctively combative and fond of chaos, Trump usually digs in on controversial policies, rather than backing down. He had tried to blame Democrats for the separations policy and force them into concessions, including funding for a wall he wants to build along the border with Mexico. Just in the past few days he had insisted his hands were tied by law on the issue of family separations even though his administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy. But the volume of condemnation on breaking up families, from inside and outside the White House, finally overwhelmed Trump. Gene Hamilton, counselor to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told reporters the Justice Department will seek changes to a 1997 settlement known as the Flores agreement, which set nationwide policy for the detention of minors in the custody of immigration officials. A federal appeals court has interpreted the Flores agreement to allow immigration officials to detain families for only 20 days. Trump’s reversal also creates a series of new headaches for the administration, as it wrestles with where to house families that are detained together, possibly for long periods, and how to reunite families that already have been separated.

Judge denies Stormy Daniels request to restart case against Trump, Cohen A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected a request by the adult film actress Stormy Daniels to restart her lawsuit there against U.S. President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. In an order dated Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Otero said the amount of media attention in the case was not a sufficient reason to reconsider the 90-day stay he had imposed in April. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to void a non-disclosure agreement under which Cohen paid her $130,000 not to discuss her alleged relationship with Trump in 2006 and 2007. “While it is undeniable that plaintiff has a valid interest in the prompt resolution of her claims, plaintiff has not established that she has actually been deterred from speaking,” Otero wrote. In granting the stay, Otero had cited the potential overlap between Daniels’ lawsuit and a separate criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan that he said could result in Cohen’s

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels indictment. That investigation is continuing. Trump has denied having sex with Daniels, whose lawsuit also includes a defamation claim against Cohen. Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, said in an email on Wednesday: “The ruling is not unexpected. We intend on appealing to the Ninth Circuit [Court of Appeals] as we need to proceed with this case as quickly as possible.” The case is Clifford v Trump et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 18-02217.

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Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara gives birth to baby girl

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall arrives at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, in Windsor, Britain May 19, 2018 LONDON Zara Tindall, the granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, has given birth to her second daughter, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, the monarch’s seventh great-grandchild. Zara, who is married to former England rugby union captain Mike Tindall, gave birth to her second child, who weighed in at 9lb 3oz (4.2 kg), on Sunday at Stroud Maternity Unit in western England. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course, the palace said, adding that the queen, her husband Prince Philip and Zara’s mother Princess Anne, the monarch’s only daughter, were delighted with the news. The new royal, who is currently 19th in line to the throne, arrives two months after the birth of Elizabeth’s sixth great-grandchild, Prince Louis, the third child of her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate. Zara, 37, won an equestrian silver at the London Olympic Games in 2012 while her 39-year-old husband was part of the England team that won the rugby World Cup in 2003.

Man arrested over ‘drill battery’ explosion at London station

Police attend the scene after several people were injured after a small explosion at Southgate Underground station in north London, Britain June 19, 2018 LONDON - A man has been arrested over a small explosion at a London underground station on Tuesday which police said was likely to have been caused by a battery malfunction. Five people needed medical treatment after the incident, described as minor explosion, at Southgate station in north London on Tuesday evening. Police said there was no indication of terrorism and it was believed to have been caused by a faulty drill battery. “A 23-year-old man from Enfield was arrested on suspicion of doing an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway,” British Transport Police said in a statement on Wednesday. The man has been released pending further inquiries.

Denying it has lost war on drugs, UK rules out legalizing cannabis LONDON - Britain said on Tuesday it had no intention of legalizing cannabis after a former leader of Prime Minister Theresa May’s party said the government had “irreversibly lost” the battle to drive the drug off the streets. William Hague, leader of the Conservative Party from 1997 to 2001, urged the government to consider legalizing cannabis to realize what he said would be economic and social benefits from pushing crime gangs out of the trade. The drug falls into the Class B category in Britain, below the status of crack cocaine and heroin but on a par with amphetamines and barbiturates, with those found in possession facing up to five years in jail. “This government has absolutely no plans to legalize cannabis and the penalties for unauthorized supply and possession will remain unchanged,” Home Secretary (interior minister) Sajid Javid told parliament, echoing words from the prime minister’s spokesman who denied the government had lost the war on drugs. The rules governing the use of cannabis have hit the headlines in recent days after British officials seized a cannabis-based medicine used by a 12-year-old epileptic boy, Billy Caldwell. The government was forced to use an exceptional

A man prepares to smoke a cannabis cigarette at a legalise cannabis tea party outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain October 10, 2017 power to release the medicinal irreversibly lost,” Hague wrote in oil however after the boy was the Daily Telegraph newspaper, admitted to hospital suffering reversing his previous tough from seizures. approach towards drug law While Javid ruled out enforcement. changes to recreational use of The use of cannabis for the drug, he said the government medicinal purposes is legal in had launched a review of the many countries while others application of cannabis-based will not prosecute for personal medicines. use. Canada is on the verge of “Cases like Billy’s ... and becoming the first Group of Seven others like him have shown that nation to permit its national use. we now need to look more closely Professor David Nutt, at the use of cannabis-based who resigned as the chair of a body medicines in the healthcare which makes recommendations sector in the UK,” he said. to the government on drugs, said Hague said the Caldwell an intervention by someone of case was one of those moments Hague’s stature should spark when a “longstanding policy is a rethink but he thought the revealed to be inappropriate, government would resist any ineffective and utterly out of changes. date”. “Cannabis is illegal for “As far as marijuana, or political not medical reasons,” he cannabis, is concerned, any war told Reuters. has been comprehensively and

Libyan coast guard rescues 380 Europe-bound African migrants CAIRO — Libya’s coast guard has rescued two groups of more than 380 African migrants, including seven women and 48 children, in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, a spokesman said Thursday. One group of some 300 people embarked on the perilous trip for Europe on rubber boats but their engines broke down, coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim said in a statement, adding that the rescue operation was “very exhausting” for the coast guard due to limited resources and the large number of migrants. In an earlier statement, the coast guard said it had rescued around 80 other individuals and recovered one body in a separate incident in which a migrant boat was damaged, forcing people to remain at sea for around four hours before the coast guard arrived. All migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid, and were handed over to antimigration authorities, Gassim said. Libya has emerged as a

African migrants who were found on a damaged rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea and rescued by the Libyan coast guard rest on the shore, east of the capital major transit point to Europe for seized upon to gain electoral those fleeing poverty and civil support. war elsewhere in Africa and the Earlier this week, the Middle East. Traffickers have U.N. migration agency said more exploited Libya’s chaos following than 850 migrants died while the 2011 uprising that toppled attempting the Mediterranean and later killed a longtime crossing since the start of 2018, dictator Moammar Gadhafi. down from some 2,100 deaths Libyan authorities have during the same period in 2017. stepped up efforts to stem the The IOM also estimates more flow of migrants, with assistance 40,000 migrants to have reached from European countries, who Europe since January compared are eager to stem a phenomenon to over 80,000 over the same that far-right wing parties have period in 2017.

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Asylum requests in EU fall from record highs, jump in U.S. PARIS - The number of people fleeing war or strife for more stable parts of the world declined significantly in 2017, although the United States registered a sharp increase in asylum applications during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. In a report on broader migration trends, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said the biggest exodus came for a third-year running from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. The report comes as immigration is shaping politics in Europe and the United States. Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America, enter the United States border The European Union is bitterly and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico divided over migration and has May 4, 2018 struggled to reform its asylum delayed registrations from 2015,” followed. rules which broke down in 2015, the report said. While requests for focusing instead on tightening Chancellor Angela refugee status fell in the EU, they its borders and preventing new Merkel that year opened jumped 26 percent to 330,000 in arrivals. Germany’s borders to hundreds the United States. Meanwhile, Trump, of thousands of migrants, mostly Two in every five of who has made a tough stance Middle Eastern asylum seekers those were filed by nationals on immigration a pillar of - a decision for which she is still of El Salvador, Guatemala his presidency and promises paying a political price at home. and Venezuela, where hypera wall along the U.S.-Mexico Merkel’s conservative inflation, widespread hunger border, faces outcry over his Bavarian allies this week gave and political strife have driven administration’s policy of her two weeks to find a European an exodus abroad. separating immigrant parents solution to a migration row Trump said the and children along the frontier. that has threatened to unravel United States needed to wise Asylum applications to her three-month old coalition up to immigration, blaming OECD countries fell 25 percent government. migrants in Europe for what he in 2017 from the record-high of Germany emerged as inaccurately described as a rise 1.64 million a year earlier, the the second largest destination in crime in Germany. report said. Applications to EU of asylum applicants after the “Crime in Germany is up member states nearly halved. United States in the OECD 10% plus (officials do not want The drop was largely last year, registering 198,000 to report these crimes) since due “to the large decline in applications, down 73 percent migrants were accepted. Others applications in Germany after on 2016. Italy, which has a new countries are even worse. Be the very high figure recorded in anti-establishment government smart America!,” Trump tweeted. 2016, which partly reflected in power, Turkey and France

Floods kill dozens, displace more than a million in India, Bangladesh DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India - Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in South Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million, most in northeast India and Bangladesh, authorities said on Tuesday. The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas down to India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,500 villages in India’s Assam state in the past week. “The flood situation remains critical,” Assam’s Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta told Reuters, referring to at least 10 of the state’s 32 districts. “The weather office is forecasting more rain and thundershowers in the next 48 hours,” Mahanta said, adding that the state was on maximum alert and the army had put helicopters on standby, in case they were needed for rescues. The floods have killed nearly 20 people and displaced about 800,000 in the Indian states of Assam, Tripura and Manipur. The water level in the Brahmaputra is expected to rise

Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

Smoke rises during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 20, 2018 TORONTO - Canada’s upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis. The Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected House of Commons, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had made legalizing recreational use of marijuana part of their successful 2015 election campaign, arguing the new law would keep pot out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime. “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate,” Trudeau said in a tweet. As the first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, Canada’s regulatory rollout will be closely watched by other nations considering the same path - and by global investors, who have already poured billions into Canadian marijuana firms. Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp, Aphria Inc, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF and Aurora Cannabis Inc have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to legalize marijuana for recreational use nationwide. Legalization has already been delayed from the government’s initially planned July launch. While production of cannabis is regulated by the federal government, provinces and cities have more powers over retail sales either through private or government-owned stores. “I’m feeling just great,” CBC News quoted Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, as saying. “The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”

Britain stops short of criticizing U.S. immigration policy

A man uses a makeshift bamboo bridge to cross a flooded area at a village in Nagaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, June 19, 2018 until the end of the week and southeast Bangladesh, including then level off, in the absence of two Rohingya Muslim refugees more heavy rain, India’s Central from Myanmar living in camps Water Commission said. near the border. Downstream in The camps, thrown Bangladesh, 11 people have been up after an estimated 700,000 killed and more than 250,000 Rohingyas fled from a Myanmar have been displaced or affected military crackdown on insurgents by the flooding, officials there that began last August, are said. believed to be particularly Last week, landslides vulnerable to storms in the rainy and other mishaps triggered by season, which has just begun. rains killed at least 12 people in

LONDON - Britain responded to an outcry over the U.S. separation of immigrant parents and children by saying on Tuesday it was happy with its own rules not to separate families and that child welfare was a top priority. On Monday, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump - who visits Britain next month, defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furore grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, spurred by video of youngsters sitting in concretefloored cages. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said of the cages: “What I would point you to is the UK’s own immigration policy. It does not apply these measures and we do not intend to do so. “The welfare and safeguarding of children is at the heart of our immigration policy: we do not separate child asylum seekers or refugees from their families.” Earlier a French government spokesman said the images from the U.S. were shocking, and that France did not share “the same model of civilization” as the United States. But May’s spokesman stopped short of directly criticizing the U.S. administration ahead of Trump’s visit, nor would he confirm that May would raise the issue during the trip.

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Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — live in poverty. Hurricane Maria ripped away part Some are renters like Gabriel of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Figueroa, a self-employed handyman Torres Mercado’s home in the Puerto in San Juan, who said the owner of the Rican capital. Nine months later, she house moved to the U.S. and hasn’t is still relying on a blue plastic tarp bothered to replace the roof panels that to protect her home, even with a new were blown away in the storm. He’s storm season already two weeks old. saving up the $2,000 he needs to do it Torres points out where rain himself, but isn’t there yet. seeps into the bedroom of her small “I don’t want to wait much longer,” he house in a San Juan neighborhood said. “I have kids and I have to protect known as Barriada Figueroa, where them.” the narrow streets surged with There has been significant floodwaters during the Sept. 20 storm. progress in recovery in general. But the 60-year-old retiree says she Power, water and cellphone service has no money to fix it on her own and have been restored to more than 95 doesn’t have the documents proving percent of Puerto Ricans. Businesses home ownership that she needs to are operating and the roads are no qualify for assistance from the Federal longer free-for-alls now that many Emergency Management Agency. traffic lights are working again. There “In truth, this isn’t a suitable are signs of economic recovery, with place to live,” Torres said in an the government reporting last week interview at her home on a recent that unemployment for May was 9.6 morning. percent, the lowest level in almost 30 There are thousands of people years. in similar circumstances across But housing remains a Puerto Rico nearly nine months since challenge. Mayor Rafael Surillo of the most devastating storm to strike Yabucoa, the small southeastern town the island in decades. Blue tarps or near where Maria made landfall, sturdier plastic sheets installed by said at least 800 homes there still the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are have temporary roofs in need of still widely visible around the island, replacement. The San Juan’s mayor’s though FEMA and local government office says there are at least 2,000 in agencies say they can’t say for certain the capital, several thousand more in how many roofs still need to be replaced. the metropolitan area. Many people lack insurance or other So many temporary roofs resources to rebuild on their own. remain, Surillo said, because people While the U.S. and Puerto Rican either can’t qualify for loans or grants government have helped with grants — often because they don’t have the and loans, they haven’t been enough on titles to their property or are missing an island where nearly half the people documents — or the amount of

Venezuela will not participate in ICJ case on border controversy The Government of Venezuela has disclosed that it will not be participating in the international court case to bring to an end the decades old border controversy with Guyana. The Venezuelan government, in a statement on Monday indicated that this has been communicated to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Earlier this year, the matter was transferred to the ICJ, by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, however, Venezuela had objected to that move. In Monday’s statement, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “the Venezuelan delegation has informed the president of the court, through a letter signed by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro Moros, of its sovereign decision not to participate in the procedure that Guyana intends to initiate, since the Court manifestly lacks jurisdiction over an action unilaterally proposed by the neighboring country, which does not have the consent of Venezuela”. The decision was made after a meeting took place at The Hague between the Venezuelan delegation led by Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, accompanied by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, along with President of the ICJ Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf. Venezuela wants the diplomatic channels to be reopened, but Guyana believes that the UN Good Offices process has been exhausted. The Secretary General had made it clear that he would have been referring the matter to the ICJ if the Good Offices process offered no results by the end of 2017. He has stuck to that promise. The Venezuelan delegation had been invited to the Court to begin filing its proceedings in the matter. A similar invitation was also extended to Guyana, which already has its legal team in place.

Photo shows an aerial view of the Amelia neighborhood in the municipality of Catano, east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. assistance they can get isn’t enough to lacks. Spokeswoman Jo Ann Diaz said cover the cost of repairs. Local officials FEMA can’t make people whole despite have been working with people to expectations to the contrary. “We secure new property title documents, help you until you are on the road to but it has been difficult. recovery,” she said. “The reconstruction has been That reality has slowly sunk extremely slow, dangerously slow,” in across Puerto Rico. Doris Colon Surillo said. and Felix Marquez, an elderly retired FEMA, which was accepting couple in Catano, west of San Juan, initial applications for assistance said they received $500 from FEMA through Monday, has had a visible but needed much more after Maria tore presence on the island, distributing off part of their roof, leaving the house 126,000 blue tarps and coordinating exposed to days of punishing rain that the installation of sturdier, but still damaged appliances, furniture and the temporary, blue plastic sheets by the floors of their small home. Corps of Engineers on nearly 60,000 “If only FEMA would have homes. The agency said it has approved given something more, I could have 457,000 applications for individual called somebody to help me,” the assistance, totaling $1.3 billion. 75-year-old Colon said, noting that The federal agency, however, the family got additional help from is not set up as a replacement for the Puerto Rican government and a homeowner’s insurance, which a non-governmental organization that significant portion of Puerto Rico normally works in Africa.

Pope urges press freedom, cites case of jailed Reuters reporters VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has appealed for greater press freedom around the world, citing the case of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar on accusations of possessing secret documents. The pope visited Myanmar last November and later, in neighboring Bangladesh, had an emotional meeting with Rohingya refugees who had fled there from Rakhine state. “The right to information is a right that must always be protected, and not only with Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint regard to the Rohingya,” Pope Peter’s square at the Vatican, June 20, 2018 Francis told Reuters in an interview, when asked about the boys in a village in Myanmar’s they are in prison be clarified. If reporters. Rakhine state. they have committed a crime or “States that have Myanmar government not. But it is important that the something they don’t want to be spokesman Zay Htay, asked to situation be clarified,” he said. seen, always stop the media and comment on the pope’s remarks, Without naming any freedom of the press and we must said on Wednesday that the countries, he decried attacks fight for freedom of the press. We judiciary was independent, as in on press freedom by “so-called must fight.” other democratic countries. democratic” governments, saying Reporters Kyaw Soe Oo, “Currently, Reuters’ case bad decisions were sometimes 28, and Wa Lone, 32, have been is a case which is still ongoing at made with “white gloves”. held since December in what the court. They will be released, “In some places, has become a landmark press if they are innocent. They will dictatorial governments under freedom case, charged under be punished if they committed a the guise of democracy continue the colonial-era Official Secrets crime,” he said. to do these things,” he said. Act. The alleged offences carry a “The government cannot “But right now the press maximum penalty of 14 years in interfere in the court proceedings.” can be very easily manipulated, prison. Pope Francis said the very easily,” he added. ”In some At the time of their arrest, situation surrounding the countries maybe things are going the pair had been working on an detention of the two Reuters well, but there are many ways to investigation into the killing of reporters should be clarified. silence the media.” 10 Rohingya Muslim men and “I would like that the reason why

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Double whammy: U.S. pork, fruit producers brace for second wave of Chinese tariffs

BEIJING/CHICAGO - U.S. producers of pork, already saddled with duties enacted in an earlier round of the escalating trade dispute with China, are bracing for further pain after Beijing hit the products with additional tariffs due to come into effect next month. China implemented a 25 percent duty on most U.S. pork items on April 2, and a 15 percent tariff on a range of fruits and nuts, in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products. Last week it included both categories in a second round of tariffs to be imposed on July 6. No other products have been listed twice. Pork now faces cumulative import duties of 71 percent, not including value added tax, according to a formula published on the website of China’s finance ministry last week. Cumulative duties on fruit amount to 50 percent. “The additional tariff will put us out of business,” said Zhong Zheng, founder of China-based Heartland Brothers, which sells U.S.produced Berkshire pork to Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. The United States shipped $489 million worth of pork to China last year, and had the biggest share of import volumes in the first quarter of 2018, at about 117,000 tonnes, according to Chinese customs. But shipments have since ground to a near halt following the 25 percent tariffs implemented in April, said U.S. meat analyst Brett Stuart,

president of Global AgriTrends. “They’ve pretty much stopped our pork,” he said. Total duties on U.S. pork will reach 88 percent from next month, after factoring in the 10 percent value added tax, according to one industry expert’s calculation. That comes as margins at some of the biggest U.S. pork processors reach their lowest level in three years, dragged down by surging hog prices and mounting worries over trade with China and Mexico. With the new duties on U.S. pork, Chinese buyers will turn to other suppliers in Europe and Brazil, said Pan Chenjun, senior analyst at Rabobank. UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION

Compounding the pain, most in the industry were still unsure about how to calculate the new tariffs, leaving them unprepared for the impact. “We’re trying to get confirmation of how the duties will be implemented and we have not been able to,” said Joe Schuele, spokesman at the U.S. Meat Export Federation on Wednesday. The industry association represents firms like Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N), JBS USA [JBS.UL] and WH Group Ltd’s (0288.HK) Smithfield Foods. Smithfield and Tyson declined to comment. JBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Workers cutting pork at a facility in Chicago The North American Meat who handles trade issues for apples, Institute, an industry group that pears and cherries from farms in represents Hormel Foods Corp (HRL.N) Washington, Oregon and Idaho, is also and others, is also still waiting to learn seeking confirmation from the U.S. the size of the tariff from the American government about how the tariffs will embassy in Beijing or trade officials, be applied. said a spokeswoman. Uncertainty Chinese customers had about the size of the tariff informed him on Wednesday that the makes it harder for meat packers to latest tariff would replace the earlier plan how much pork to process, said one, he added. Bill Westman, senior vice president of A Shanghai-based produce international affairs for the institute. company manager, who declined to “When you’re planning your production be identified, said he believed the process, you need some lead time and new tariffs would not be compounded you need some certainty in the market on existing tariffs, and their inclusion to do it,” he said. on the latest list was a bureaucratic “That’s why there’s some “oversight”. hesitation here. Do we produce for the However, he added that “the Chinese market when the tariffs may document itself is a bit vague so we go up significantly July 6?” can’t rule out this possibility, if the Mark Powers, president of the trade situation further deteriorates”. Northwest Horticultural Council,

Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025 OSLO - Norway tested a two- were tumbling, making it feasible to seater electric plane on Monday and reach a government goal of making all predicted a start to passenger flights domestic flights in Norway electric by by 2025 if new aviation technologies 2040. match a green shift that has made Asked when passenger flights in electric Norwegians the world’s top buyers of planes could start, Falk-Petersen, the pilot, said: “My best guess is before electric cars. Transport Minister Ketil 2025 ... It should all be electrified by Solvik-Olsen and Dag Falk-Petersen, 2040.” The two said the plane, with a head of state-run Avinor which runs most of Norway’s airports, took a few takeoff weight of 570 kg (1255 lb), was minutes’ flight around Oslo airport in cramped and buffeted by winds but far an Alpha Electro G2 plane, built by quieter than a conventional plane run Pipistrel in Slovenia. on fossil fuels. “This is ... a first example that Norway tops the world league we are moving fast forward” toward for per capita sales of electric cars such greener aviation, Solvik-Olsen told as Teslas, Nissan Leafs or Volkswagen Reuters. “We do have to make sure it is Golfs, backed by incentives such safe - people won’t fly if they don’t trust as big tax breaks, free parking and it.” exemptions from road tolls. In May 2018, 56 percent of all He said plane makers such as Boeing and Airbus were developing cars sold in Norway were either pure electric aircraft and that battery prices electric or hybrids against 46 percent

CEO dies after smartphone explodes, catches fire in home

Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan died a few days ago after one of his two smartphones exploded while charging in his Malaysia bedroom and it caught fire. From the available reports, it appears that the initial explosion caused some sort of injury that may have incapacitated the man. Smoke from the fire may have contributed to his death. Hassan’s brother-in-law said the mattress had caught fire, but Nazrin was already dead when that happened. It hasn’t been confirmed at this point, but it appears as though the phone caused a blunt

A two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian firm Pipistrel stands outside a hangar before a test flight at Oslo Airport, Norway June 18, 2018 in the same month of 2017, according more to meet green commitments in the 200-nation Paris climate agreement. to official statistics. Norway, a mountainous “This is a start ... but we have country of five million people where to make jet fuel a lot more expensive,” fjords and remote islands mean many said Arild Hermstad, a leader of the short-hop routes of less than 200 kms, Green Party. The first electric planes flew would be ideal for electric planes, Solvik-Olsen said. Also, 98 percent of across the English Channel in July electricity in Norway is generated from 2015, including an Airbus E-Fan. clean hydro power. French aviator Louis Bleriot who was Some opposition politicians first to fly across the Channel, in 1909, said the government needed to do far in a fossil-fuel powered plane.

trauma to the back of Nazrin’s head when it exploded. “He had two phones, one Blackberry and a Huawei. We don’t know which one exploded. Who would have thought such an innocuous routine procedure is the reason three young kids will grow up without their father by their side,” Hassan’s brotherin-law said in a message on social media, according to The Malaysian Insight. The police, meanwhile, have so far only concluded that Nazrin was trapped in the bedroom fire last week and ultimately died of smoke inhalation. He suffered burns

all over his body in addition to the injury caused by the explosion. Cradle Fund is a Ministry of Finance company in Malaysia that helps tech entrepreneurs and startups, having funded successful local companies like ride-hailing app Grab and fintech startup iMoney. In other words, Nazrin was a techsavvy person. That kind of qualification, however, will not help if your phone ends up exploding while you’re asleep. Batterypowered devices occasionally fail, and in rare cases these failures can lead to explosions and fires.

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Facebook expands offerings for video creators to cash in on views

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook launched a matchmaking system Tuesday to cultivate partnerships between advertisers and video creators as the world’s largest social media company tries to quickly parallel the variety of commercial opportunities offered by its video rival YouTube. Some advertisers have tested the Brand Collabs Manager, which identifies video makers that may be good fits for product placement or endorsement deals. Facebook also said it was allowing more content creators to run ad breaks in longer videos, and offer subscriptions for $4.99 a month to fans. Subscribers receive perks, such as exclusive behind-thescenes footage.

Facebook is not keeping a cut of partnerships or subscriptions during testing, and it is uncertain about eventual fees, company Vice President Fidji Simo told Reuters in an interview last week. The company has long been wary of polluting newer experiences, such as video, with ads and paid options. But it has deployed the moneymaking features in recent months after a year in which many videomakers saw their YouTube earnings clipped. YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, tightened revenue-sharing policies last year after advertisers including Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) expressed concern about automated ad-buying tools that had turned them into

sponsors of unflattering content. video makers want even more Both Facebook and alternatives. Facebook already is YouTube are racing to attract high- testing how to promote new videos quality content, which would help as “live events” that could become them win over the $200 billion spent big destinations for advertising, she annually on TV advertising globally. said. Many creators have asked Facebook’s appeal to video makers has been limited by the for a tool to sell merchandise they few opportunities they have had to develop to fans, Simo said. For now, turn viewership on the service into Simo said the company plans to do a revenue. For instance, YouTube “small test” this year of selling thirdadded a partnership match tool in party products featured in videos. Separately, Facebook 2016 via acquisition. YouTube plans to update unveiled on Tuesday polling and its commercialization options later quizzing features for anyone to this week as 30,000 members of produce game shows. The tools the online video industry, including follow the success of startup fans, gather for the VidCon festival Intermedia Labs Inc, whose HQ in Anaheim, California beginning trivia app regularly attracts 1 million contestants to daily shows. Wednesday. Simo acknowledged that

Supreme Court lets states force online retailers to collect sales tax WASHINGTON - States a backdrop of President Donald Governor Dennis Daugaard. may force online retailers to Trump’s criticism of “U.S. consumers are collect potentially billions of Inc, the leading player in online extremely savvy, and there dollars in sales taxes, the U.S. retail, on the issue of taxes and will always be competition for Supreme Court said in a major other matters. His administration the consumer. It’s clear that ruling on Thursday that undercut backed South Dakota in the case. (retailers) are going to try to an advantage many e-commerce Amazon, which was incorporate increases in the companies have enjoyed over not involved in the Supreme prices to pass along the higher brick-and-mortar rivals. Court case, collects sales taxes costs to the consumer,” said In a 5-4 ruling upholding on direct purchases from its site Quincy Krosby, chief market a South Dakota law challenged but does not typically collect strategist at Prudential Financial by Wayfair Inc, taxes for merchandise sold on its in Newark, New Jersey. Inc and Newegg Inc, the justices platform by third-party vendors, Jeffrey LeSage, Americas vice overturned a 1992 high court representing about half of total chairman at accounting firm precedent that had barred states sales. The ruling means that KPMG, said the ruling “could turn from requiring businesses with states may now seek to tax more out to be almost as significant no “physical presence” there, like of those sales, Moody’s analyst for American businesses as the out-of-state online retailers, to Charlie O’Shea said. recent rewrite of the U.S. federal collect sales taxes. Amazon shares fell as tax code.” Shares of online retailers much as 1.9 percent before paring The law could yet face fell sharply following the ruling, losses. The stock was last off legal challenges on other grounds, which opened the door to a new 0.8 percent and was among the Justice Kennedy noted. Other revenue stream to fill state biggest drags on the benchmark states that pass similar laws are coffers - up to $13 billion annually, S&P 500 stock index. also likely to end up in court. according to a federal report. Trump has bashed “Rejecting the physical Because many e-commerce Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who presence rule is necessary to companies do not collect state also owns the Washington Post, ensure that artificial competitive sales taxes on purchases, they a newspaper that the Republican advantages are not created by have had an advantage over president has disparaged for its this court’s precedents,” Kennedy brick-and-mortar businesses that coverage of him. said. do collect it. The ruling also likely Shares of major retailers The win was welcomed will result in many consumers that have a sizeable presence by groups representing brickpaying more for online purchases. online as well operating brick- and-mortar retailers and decried Wayfair was down 0.7 and-mortar stores responded by e-commerce advocates. percent and Overstock off 6.7 positively. Target Corp was up “You will certainly see, percent. Shares of Etsy Inc and 1.4 percent and Walmart Inc was absent congressional action, eBay Inc, which provide platforms up 0.3 percent. significant litigation, as states for small retailers to sell their try to push the envelope on this,” wares, were off 2.4 percent and ‘DEFEND MAIN STREET’ said Mike Dabbs, eBay’s senior 2.7 percent, respectively. director of government relations Wayfair said it already The court, in a ruling The ruling puts an end to collects sales taxes on 80 percent authored by conservative Justice a legal regime that “distorts free of its U.S. orders. “As a result, we Anthony Kennedy, revived a 2016 markets and puts local brick and do not expect today’s decision to South Dakota law that required mortar stores at a competitive have any noticeable impact on larger out-of-state e-commerce disadvantage with their our business, as it may on other companies to collect sales tax, a online-only counterparts,” said retailers who do not currently mandate that the online retailers Deborah White, general counsel collect and remit sales tax,” fought in court. of the Retail Industry Leaders’ spokeswoman Susan Frechette The South Dakota Association. said. law, enacted in 2016, required Small online businesses Overstock also said the out-of-state online retailers to will be the hardest hit, said Chris decision will have “no appreciable collect sales tax if they amass Cox, a lawyer for e-commerce impact on our business.” $100,000 in sales or 200 separate industry group NetChoice. The ruling is likely to transactions. The states that are prompt other states to try to “This is a great day for likely to see the biggest collect sales tax on purchases from South Dakota. We have long percentage increase in revenue out-of-state online businesses fought the battle to defend Main are Louisiana, Tennessee, South more aggressively. Forty-five of Street businesses and now with Dakota, Oklahoma and Alabama, the 50 states impose sales taxes today’s ruling, all businesses will according to a Barclays research on purchases. compete on a level playing field,” note. The ruling comes against said South Dakota Republican

Record 47 million expected to travel for U.S. July Fourth holiday: AAA

People watch the Macy’s 4th of July Firework Show from Brooklyn in New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017 NEW YORK - U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and airports in record numbers this Fourth of July holiday, despite higher gasoline prices, the nation’s largest automotive advocacy group said on Thursday. Some 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles (80 km) over the upcoming July Fourth holiday, the fifth consecutive annual increase and highest travel volume since the group began tracking data 18 years ago, according to the AAA, or American Automobile Association. The holiday period is defined this year as July 3 to July 8. Gas prices have fallen a bit since the 2018 high of $2.97 a gallon set over Memorial Day weekend, the last weekend in May. The national average gas price was $2.87 on Wednesday, up 59 cents from a year ago. Despite higher prices, automobile travel is expected to increase for the fourth straight year, rising 5.1 percent or nearly 2 million more than in 2017, to 39.7 million travelers, the AAA said. “Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. Air travel volume will increase to 3.76 million passengers, 7.9 percent more than last year. With the holiday falling on a Wednesday, air travel is helped by enabling more flexibility to fly either before or after the holiday, the group said. U.S. gasoline demand, which accounts for roughly 10 percent of global demand, hit record highs last year thanks in part to a strong summer driving season.

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IMMEDIATE OPENING GROUP CONTROLLER* Requirements: •Professional Accounting Designation, CPA/CA or equivalent. •At least 10 years post qualification experience in the Hospitality Industry. •At least 5 years management/supervisory experience as Financial Controller at a full service luxury property. •At least 5 years of international multi-unit property & Strata experience. •Advanced knowledge and skills in various computer systems and IT management •Complete understanding of Executive Level functions. •Demonstrated understanding of interdepartmental relations and expectations in the luxury hotel market. •Sound knowledge of American Accounting Plans and Standards. •Previous and in-depth experience, understanding and application of management and all other contracts. •Solid experience overseeing all areas of Accounting from A/P, A/R, General Ledger, Credit, Collections, Audit, Inventory control, Payroll, Budgeting, Costing, P&L preparation and analysis, etc. •Ability to inspire, develop and train people at all levels for success and promotion. Duties Include: •Training & Managing the Financial Controllers, accounting departments and provide guidance for overseeing the staff. •Assisting executive management, ownership and related associations with the reviews of financial reports, detailed analysis and business outlook. •Directing Financial Controllers in the preparation and consolidation of financial budgets and projections. •Guiding Financial Controllers to Prepare, present and provide interpretation of operational reports as they impact the business finances. •Developing and maintaining chart of accounts and master lists. •Developing and enforcing Internal Controls and Standard Operating Procedures •Actively involved in yield management and revenue enhancement. •Coordinating internal and external audits as needed. Salary 65K-70K Per Annum LAUNDRY DRIVER Requirements: •Technical Service Skills •Upselling Duties include: Operates guest courtesy shuttle •Greets guests and welcomes them to the island •Makes scheduled courtesy van pick-ups and drop offs in accordance with schedule •Follows safety rules and regulations when operating the vehicles •Assists guests with baggage •Keeps current on and promotes accommodations, services and area attractions •Responds to guest inquiries for information •Maintains the hotel vehicles ensuring immaculate condition at all times •Provides valet parking services (if applicable) •Maintains valet parking board •Secures keys and releases cars in accordance with policy •Runs resort errands as requested •Makes deliveries and pick-ups in accordance with schedule LANDSCAPER/GROUNDSKEEPER Requirement: •Knowledge of safe and proper use of equipment and materials. •Able to stand, bend and reach for extended periods (up to 4 hours). •Able to lift 50 lbs; ability to lift 25 lbs on a regular and continuing basis •Able to work outdoors for duration of shift, in all weather conditions (heat, winds, rain). Responsibility: •Plant and landscape all areas according to resort standards. •Ensure all plants are kept healthy through proper watering, pruning, fertilization, weed and disease control. •Report any areas of concern to the Landscaping Manager. •Ensure all work is carried out safely and efficiently and in compliance with any applicable regulations. •Ensure all equipment, materials and supplies are used in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. •Ensure all work areas are kept clean, tidy and safe. •Other duties as may be requested or required by department or other manager.

DEMI CHEF DE PARTIE* Requirements: •Minimum 3 years cooking experience in a luxury hotel environment. •Proven experience in various sections of the kitchen. •Accuracy and attention to detail. •Able to stand for long periods of time. •Able to carry up to 20kgs. •Able to handle a fast paced environment and be able to work under pressure. •Must be organized and detailed oriented. •Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken. •Tertiary culinary qualification preferred. •Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Duties Include: •Assist with ensuring mis-en-place is set for all stations of outlet kitchen. •Ability to read recipes, check food presentations and displays with precision. •Assist with checking the quality of the product to ensure the standards for food service are maintained. •Show precision cuts and knife use. •Demonstrate ability to cook meat, fish and vegetables with the correct method and temperature. •Ensure the correct rotation and storage of products for quality selection. •Assist with ensuring the Kitchen is kept clean and sanitary. •Follow directions from the Executive Sous Chef or other Kitchen management with accuracy. •Communicate any defects in kitchen equipment to the Executive Sous Chef. •In addition, other duties as may be required as directed by your Manager. Starting salary $7 per hour not including service charge 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. LAUNDRY TECHNICIAN* Requirements: •Knowledge of safe and proper use of equipment and materials. •Able to stand, bend and reach for extended periods. •Able to lift 50 lbs. Duties include: •Install and maintain all kitchen and laundry plants and equipment. •Perform inspections of operating machinery, equipment and systems. •Calibrate and adjust all gas-fired equipment. •Perform inspections of operating machinery, equipment and systems. •Keep a par stock inventory of materials used regularly. •Ensure all work areas are kept clean, tidy and safe. •Ensure all work is carried out in compliance with fire and safety regulations and all government guidelines. •Ensure equipment is used according to manufacturer’s recommendations and ensure all equipment is in good repair. •Work closely with Executive Chef to prepare preventive maintenance for all kitchen plant and equipment and with Chief Engineer for preventive maintenance of laundry plant and equipment. •Other duties as may be requested or required by department or other manager. 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


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 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 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. POOL AND BEACH ATTENDANT* Requirements: •Must be able to work in all outdoor element, rain, sun, etc. as required •Must be able to work long hours on feet •Must be able to lift 30lbs or more •Must be trained and certified in CPR, First Aid. •Life guard experience is a plus •Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Duties Include: •Creating a luxury guest experience through delivery of high level service for all pool and beach services Starting salary $6.25 per hour not including service charge. SECURITY OFFICER Requirement: •Knowledge of and certified for CPR/First Aid and AED. •Good written and oral communication skills •Organization-ability to prioritize needs and effectively handle incidents and emergency situations •Detail orientation-ability to notice small items and conditions that impact the facility, operation and service Duties include: Patrol all areas of the resort, staff housing, corporate center and/or other areas assigned, ensuring safety and security of all persons and property. During patrols, all assigned checks of property and conditions will be completed, defects reported and documentation completed. •During patrols and/or as assigned, conduct lighting inspections and other checks of equipment and physical conditions. •Conduct employee bag and vehicle checks; assist and support outside security staff in this and other duties. •Conduct nightly vacant room checks. •Respond to and handle all incidents in a timely, professional and efficient manner, minimizing inconvenience to guests and/or other affected persons and defusing volatile situations. •Complete incident reports as needed, ensuring all necessary written and photographic documentation, with thoroughness and accuracy. •Dispense first aid as required and keep log of all first aid cases and supplies provided; maintain continuous certification in CPR/First Aid and AED. •Staff the security booth at employee entrance; monitor CCTV systems. •Receive, secure and properly document lost and found items. •Properly handle distribution of vehicle, retail and other keys, immediately and accurately maintaining logs/recordkeeping. •Communicate all security incidents to the Security Manager and Manager on Duty or Hotel Manager in a timely manner. •Gather information within the resort and/or from external sources to keep the Security Manager and others informed of issues and potential problems. •Assist guests, employees and other persons during emergency situations and/or evacuations. •Complete all required training and attend all required meetings. •Ensure all work areas are kept clean, tidy and safe. •Other duties as requested or required by department or any manager.

EXCLUSIVE RESORT CONCIERGE Requirements: •Able to use computer systems accurately and efficiently. •Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal •Excellent attention to detail

Duties include: •Pre-arrival: o Communicate with guests, responding to all received messages from guests and company (Exclusive Resorts) within 24 hours. o Plan itinerary/activities and reservations as requested. o Handle pre-arrival grocery shopping and delivery in accordance with guest request. o Check rooms to ensure everything (maintenance, housekeeping and amenities) is correct according to Exclusive Resorts and Regent Palms standards. •At arrival, greet and room guests according to all standards of Exclusive Resorts and Regent Palms, providing thorough orientation to the residence(s) and services for members. •Provide professional and courteous service to Exclusive Resorts members related to their use of the property and enjoyment of surrounding attractions. •Ensure all housekeeping standards are met in accordance with the rules and regulations of Exclusive Resorts, coordinating with housekeeping department as needed. •Available on a 7-day per week basis for members in-residence service requests, including readily available via cell phone and/landline for all member travel needs. •Manage and coordinate Special Events for member Special Events. •Maintain par levels of consumables and recommends purchases; provide a monthly inventory of consumables. •Provide Exclusive Resorts with bi-annual inventory of OS & E (operating supplies & equipment) and recommend purchases. •Receive any shipment of supplies and stores and/or stocks appropriately in residences. •Conduct tours of units as a representative of Exclusive Resorts for prospective members. •Communicate with Exclusive Resorts managers and representatives on a timely basis for required reports, paperwork or to update on issues. •Fulfill all duties of Regent Palms concierge for non-Exclusive Resorts guests, including but not limited, to: •Greet all guests at all times with a warm welcome using guest name; always project a positive personal presence with appearance, demeanor and body language. •Advise guests of points of interests and other information about surrounding area; book restaurants, tours and other services for guests accurately and in a timely manner, ensuring complete and timely communication of such to the guest. •Answer telephone within three rings, using warm and courteous greeting and using guest name if known; handle response and/ or transfer accurately and efficiently and in accordance with resort standards. •Handle all service requests and guest complaint calls courteously and efficiently, maintaining all recordkeeping required and completing follow-up in accordance with departmental policy. •Be fully aware of all VIPs, special requests and guest’s history/ preferences to ensure a high level of guest recognition and personalized service. •Maximize revenue through upselling and cross-selling of resort services and amenities. •Complete opening and/or closing duties as required by shift; complete designated reports/updates during shift as requested and ensure thorough and accurate handover between shifts to ensure seamless service to the guest. •Maintain updated knowledge of all systems and procedures used within department. •Maintain all areas in a clean and organized manner. •Works in front desk and telephone/guest relations areas as needed and/or assigned. •In addition, other duties as may be requested or required by department or other manager.


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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ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT, is looking for motivated proactive individuals to join its ‘Resort Team’ and contribute to this growing property and brand. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience. _____________________________________________________________________ RWI Management Ltd. A growing Turks and Caicos Islands management company is seeking a qualified and experienced Managing Director to head corporate and client level operations. The successful candidate must possess: •University Degree In Hotel and Food Administration •Masters in Business Administration •Minimum 10 years relevant work experience at directorial and regional level in a hospitality company. •Proven track record in growing business and contract negotiation. Will be able to produce mission critical reporting and provide solutions and decision-making based on proper analysis and understanding. •Computer literate with knowledge of modern property management systems, resort productivity software and internet distributed marketing and reservations systems. Salary: $85,000 Per Annum The suitable candidate: Must be able to lead all aspects of hospitality and corporate operations. •POOL & BEACH ATTENDANT Requirements: •MUST speak, read and write English •Ability to maintain pools and hot tub chemicals and maintenance issues related to same •Provide high customer service at all times as per the resort standard •Arrange pool loungers and tables on pool deck •Clean area of any debris, dirty plates, cups and glasses •Check landscaped areas around the pool for litter and debris •Unload, clean and place lounge chairs on beach •Rake area, pick up debris and trash & place umbrellas in sand near lounge chairs. •Maintain pool and spa water chemistry by conducting water chemical tests in compliance with health department standards. •On a daily basis ensure highest water quality, sanitary conditions,

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optimum pool performance and record all test results and adjustments in a detailed log. •Must be able to work split shifts, weekends and public holidays Houseman •Must speak English •Must be customer friendly •Greet and escort guests to room •Daily replenishment of room items and restocking of closets •Daily cleaning of buildings •Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays Wages: $7.50 WASTE WATER MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN •Knowledge of Activated Sludge Process WWTP systems and process control. •Knowledge of lift station grinder pumps, control panel, sensors and float switches. •General knowledge of hydraulic loading, D.O and settlement testing with the ability to carryout extended rise tests. •Knowledge of tertiary treatment systems including filters, pumps, automated backwash systems and controls. •Be able to record and keep excellent log reports as part of a maintenance program. •Overall general maintenance issues as well as civil engineering. Salary: $18,304 Per Annum These positions are currently held by work permit holders Prospective & qualified applicants who are Islanders can send copies of their applications and resumes to the email address noted below or to the Labour Board. Wages $6.50/hour All resumes and applications must be forwarded to: Royal West Indies Resort P.O. Box 482, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands You may also fax to: (649)946-5008 DATE OPEN: June 12, 2018 POSITION: Houseman

DATE OPEN: June 6, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Jr. Sous Chef (Asian & Contemporary European)(1) PROPERTY:¬Grace Bay Club Job Overview: To be able to produce high quality Wok & Continental food Assisting in overseeing and directing all aspects of the operation of the kitchen, and in providing functional assistance; coordinating activities and functions with other heads in the food and beverage department, especially in the absence of Sous Chef. Duties & Responsibilities: •Must able to introduce Wok & Continental dishes of the highest quality •Ensure consistent and smooth running of the respective restaurant in the absence of the sous chef •Ensure effective stock purchase, its receipt and storage •Ensure that working areas are always kept clean •Assist other kitchen staff as need arises •Perform other administrative tasks as will be communicated by Sous Chef •Ensure that required standards are adhered to in the production and preparation of food – in quality, quantity and safety •Work towards exceeding customer’s expectation by encouraging and promoting high level of service •Ensure all complaints, inquiries, and suggestions by customers are attended to accordingly •Give appropriate support or guidance to members of kitchen when need arises •Promote good team spirit regularly •Ensure all dishes are prepared according to specification and served at the correct quality, portion size, and temperature •Partly responsible for the preparation of kitchen cleaning rosters and the supervision of cleaning schedules •Ensure proper arrangement and garnishing of food •Manage food logs •Monitor the quality and quantity of food prepared •Report the need for maintenance to appropriate staff Requirements: •Must have hands on working knowledge of Wok & Continental Cuisine from a 5-star resort background •Formal Culinary Training from a reputed Institute is a must. •Should have held a similar position for a minimum of 5 years in a 5-star hotel or resort •Restaurant Industry Knowledge, •Strong Organizational Skills, •Should possess the following skills:Leadership, Management, Positivity, •Ability to Work Under Pressure •Self-Motivated, Creative Problem-Solving Skills, •Exceptional Customer-Service Skills Shift Varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. Qualified Islanders and Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Maximum $2,000– Commensurate with experience


Job Responsibilities:A houseman’s primary job duties include cleaning and maintaining guest rooms, bathrooms, work areas, furnishings and carpets. Cleaning rooms includes duties such as changing bed linens and emptying trash as well as vacuuming carpets and dusting furniture. You’ll also replenish guest supplies, such as hand soap and shampoo. Your duties don’t end with guest rooms, however, because you’re responsible for cleaning common areas, such as banquet and meeting rooms. Secondary duties may include shoveling snow from walkways, assisting bellmen, answering guest questions and helping the front desk person. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.75 - $7.25 per hour DATE OPEN: June 12, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Butler PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview:Ensures that guests have a wonderful vacation experience in regards to atmosphere, service, quality and delivery by personally providing outstanding service levels, coordinating service with other resort departments and adhering to the resort standards. Tracks guest preferences, follows up on guest requests and coordinates with other areas/ services to ensure requests, products and amenities are handled flawlessly. Educates guests on the variety of services provided by Concierge and other team members. Treats guests with friendly professionalism and anticipates their needs in creative ways. Shifts vary. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. Qualifications: •Must be multi-lingual (preferably a minimum of 3 languages) to include high proficiency in Italian and English. •Must maintain a professional appearance and manner at all times •Must be able to interact with internal and external guests maintaining a high level of professionalism •Must be able to discern situations that may require high levels of patience, tact, and diplomacy in an effort to diffuse anger and/or collect accurate information to resolve challenges. •Must be knowledgeable of local attractions and entertainment, able to give clear, accurate directions. •A high School Diploma with previous customer service or front office experience in a luxury resort •Good oral and written communications skills •5+years’ experience in luxury resorts •Certified butler preferred 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: $1,800 - $2,100 per month Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than July 6, 2018 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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U.S. rappers XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo die in separate shootings Two up-and-coming U.S. rappers, XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, were killed on Monday in separate shootings near Miami and in Pittsburgh, police and local media reported. In Florida, the Broward County sheriff’s office said that XXXTentacion, 20, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami. The rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was later pronounced dead, the sheriff’s department said. “The adult male victim has Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, known professionally been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh as XXXTentacion Onfroy, aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” A representative for the sheriff’s department said in a XXXTentacion’s independent record posting on Twitter. label could not immediately be reached Two men fled the scene in a for comment. dark-colored SUV after one of them XXXTentacion released his opened fire, striking the rapper in debut album in August 2017. His what investigators said in a statement second album “?” debuted at No.1 on appeared to be a possible robbery. the Billboard 200 album chart when it

Jimmy Wopo was released in March. XXXTentacion was born and raised in Plantation, Florida. According to media reports, he had spent time in jail and youth detention centers and was awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

Apple nabs Oprah as top talent flocks to digital entertainment LOS ANGELES - Apple Inc on Friday announced a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programing, a coup in the battle for A-list talent and projects in the booming digital entertainment market. “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” Apple said in a statement. Apple gave no details of the type of programing that Winfrey would create, the value of the deal, or when it might be released. Winfrey had no Oprah Winfrey immediate comment. leading streaming entertainment Winfrey, 64, an influential provider, has also lured prolific movie and TV producer who also television producers Ryan Murphy publishes a magazine, is expected and Shonda Rhimes away from to appear on screen, a source broadcast television. familiar with the deal said. Amazon said in November it had Apple has not said how it bought the global television rights plans to distribute its programing, to “The Lord of the Rings” and to which it has committed an would produce a multi-season initial $1 billion. series that explores new storylines The partnership is the preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien’s biggest original content deal “The Fellowship of the Ring.” struck by Apple so far as it aims to Earlier this week, Amazon also compete with Netflix Inc, Amazon. announced a development deal com Inc and Time Warner Inc’s with Oscar-winning actress Nicole HBO. Kidman’s production company for Netflix, which has said movies and television. it will spend up to $8 billion on For its part, Apple in programming this year, in May November ordered two seasons of struck a multi-year deal with a dramatic series with Hollywood former U.S. President Barack stars Reese Witherspoon and Obama and his wife Michelle to Jennifer Aniston, looking at produce films, documentaries and the lives of people working on a other content. morning television show. Netflix, the world’s Other projects Apple has

His death sparked tributes from the hip-hop community, including from Kanye West. “rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing,” West tweeted. In the second incident, Wopo died after a double shooting in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh PostGazette and local television stations reported. Details of the shooting were not immediately available. In a statement on his Facebook page, Wopo’s manager Taylor Maglin wrote, “I lost my brother today and it’s the worst feeling in the world. He was destined for greatness and he wanted the best for his friends, family and community.” Wopo, 21, whose real name was Travon Smart, was considered a rising star in the Pittsburgh rap scene and his 2016 “Elm Street” music video has garnered more than six million views on YouTube.

Ellen DeGeneres returns to stand-up comedy after 15 years

announced include a remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” based on Isaac Asimov’s influential “Foundation” science fiction novels, and a drama from “La La Land” movie director Damian Chazelle. Under the deal with Winfrey, she will remain chief executive of cable channel OWN, which she launched in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Inc. Winfrey in December extended her contract with OWN through 2025, OWN and Apple said. Under her contract with OWN, Winfrey can appear on Ellen DeGeneres camera on other platforms on a LOS ANGELES - Ellen DeGeneres is going limited basis. back to her roots, launching her first stand-up Known in the United comedy tour in 15 years in a limited run of shows on States by millions on a first-name the U.S. West Coast in August. basis, Winfrey rose to fame as the The TV talk show host and actress will visit host of her own television talk three cities over eight nights, promoters Live Nation show, using it to build a media said on Thursday. empire that spans magazine DeGeneres, 60, began her career in the publishing, movie and television 1980s as a stand-up comedian in her home town production, cable TV and satellite of New Orleans before launching her comedy show radio. “Ellen,” in which her character in 1997 came out as Born into poverty, she gay and became the first openly lesbian character on is one of the world’s wealthiest television. women and has been nominated Since then, the gay rights activist has for two Academy Awards. become one of the most popular talk show hosts in A rousing speech by the United States with her “The Ellen DeGeneres Winfrey at the Golden Globes Show” winning 30 Emmys. She also twice hosted awards ceremony in January the annual Oscars ceremony and the Emmy awards triggered an online campaign show. to persuade her to run for U.S. DeGeneres did not say why she had decided president in 2020. to return to stand-up after so many years but the She dismissed the notion, shows will form the basis of a Netflix comedy special telling InStyle magazine in an to be streamed later in 2018. interview, “It’s not something that Her stand-up tour will visit San Diego, San interests me.” Francisco and Seattle from Aug. 10-23.

Suspect arrested in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of up-and-coming U.S. rapper XXXTentacion, who was gunned down in Florida on Monday, police said on Thursday. Dedrick Williams, 22, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening, two days after XXXTentacion, whose real name

was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami. The death of the 20-year-old rapper stunned the hip hop community and sparked tributes online. Two men fled the scene in a dark SUV after one of them opened fire during a possible robbery

attempt, investigators had said. It was not immediately clear if police were looking for a second suspect. XXXTentacion, who was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, released his debut album in August 2017. His second album “?” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.

According to local media reports, he had spent time in jail and was awaiting trial on allegations of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. Police said Williams was also charged with probation violation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license. He was awaiting trial on Thursday.

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SPORTS Tom Brady replies to Instagram post about his retirement with emojis, ‘Cuarenta y cinco’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -Using social media to playfully address speculation of when he might retire -- a topic he had broached in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday -- New England quarterback Tom Brady responded to an ESPN Instagram post Sunday by writing “Cuarenta y cinco.” That’s 45 -- in Spanish. Attached to the comment from Brady’s verified Instagram account were three monkey emojis, which according to Unicode are the three wise monkeys of the proverb, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” also notes that the speak-no-evil monkey is “sometimes used as a playful ‘I didn’t want to say

that’ expression,” or to express “my lips are sealed/I won’t say anything.” Brady’s comment matches what he told ESPN senior writer Ian O’Connor in May 2017, when he said, “I always said my mid-40s, and naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to continue.” In his interview with Winfrey that aired Sunday, Brady acknowledged there could be something else that is a significant part of his decision-making process: his three children. “As long as I’m still loving it. As long as I’m loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I’ve alluded to a lot in the [‘Tom

vs. Time’] docuseries was there’s other things happening in my life, too. I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there driving my kids to their games,” Brady said in the interview. “I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they’re going to look back on their life and go, ‘Dad didn’t really care that much.’” Brady, who turns 41 on Aug. 3, has two years remaining on his contract. At the Milken Institute Global Conference in early May, Brady said that he has “negotiated” the next two

Tom Brady years with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, but has “a little further to go” in those family talks.

South Africa’s Semenya to challenge IAAF ‘female classification’ rule JOHANNESBURG - South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya will challenge a female classification rule imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) at sport’s highest court, her lawyers said. The double Olympic and triple world 800 meters champion faces having to take medication to lower her higher than normal levels of naturallyproduced testosterone, which the sport’s governing IAAF has deemed gives her an unfair advantage. Law firm Norton Rose May 26, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA: Caster Semenya (RSA) wins the women’s 800m during the 44th Fulbright said in a statement that Prefontaine Classic in an IAAF Diamond League meet at Hayward Field. The time is the fastest ever run the legal challenge would be filed on in the United States Monday at the Court of Arbitration for and close observation by scientists difference across all disciplines) make Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. which showed that females with above- competition between men and women “Ms Semenya, like all athletes, normal or male equivalent levels of as meaningless and unfair as an adult is entitled to compete the way she was testosterone had up to a 12 percent competing against a child,” the IAAF born without being obliged to alter her performance advantage over fellow said in an e-mailed statement. The athletics body added body by any medical means,” Norton female athletes. “These advantages (which that it was ready to defend the new Rose Fulbright said. The IAAF said its decision was translate, in athletics, to an average regulations at CAS if asked to do so. Controversy has never been based on peer-reviewed studies 10-12 percent performance

Seismologists clarify Mexico soccer fans didn’t cause quake

Martial arts fighter McGregor back in court, says regrets Brooklyn melee NEW YORK - Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor returned to court in New York on Thursday and expressed regret for his role in a melee at an April event to publicize a series of Ultimate Fighting Championship fights at a Brooklyn arena. The 29-year-old former lightweight champion and his co-defendant and fellow Irish fighter, Cian Cowley, 23, were negotiating a plea deal over assault and criminal mischief charges stemming from the fracas, prosecutors said at a brief hearing in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn. Judge Raymond Rodriguez adjourned the case until July 26. McGregor, dressed in a tailored dark check suit and striped tie, walked out as photographers chased him to a waiting vehicle. “I regret my actions that led me here today,” McGregor, one

of the sport’s most recognizable stars, told reporters outside court afterward. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon.” Video footage of the melee in an underground parking area at the Barclays Center arena appears to show McGregor and his entourage using a metal barricade and other objects to smash windows on a bus filled with fighters leaving the media event. One fighter on the bus was hit and cut by a dolly thrown through the window, and the cornea of another fighter’s eye was cut as the glass shattered into dust-like material, according to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) entertainment franchise. Within hours, McGregor had surrendered to police. A New York judge released him on $50,000 bail.

far from Semenya, now 27, since her teenage success in the 800 meters at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, where the pure power of her surge to victory sparked question marks about her sexuality. Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance. The IAAF rule, which comes into force on Nov. 1, is not directly aimed at Semenya but she will be most affected by it. South African media and politicians have rallied to her defense and called the IAAF actions a “witch hunt.” “I just want to run naturally, the way I was born. It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am. I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast,” Semenya was quoted as saying in the Norton Rose Fulbright statement.

Conor McGregor At the time, the Dublinbased pugilist was angered by the UFC’s decision to strip him of his title, according to profanityladen messages he wrote on Twitter. He last fought in a UFC bout in November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at New York’s Madison Square Garden to win the lightweight belt. He never defended the title, though he took on boxer Floyd Mayweather last August in a conventional boxing match. His technical knockout loss to Mayweather was the second biggest pay-per-view fight in history.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s National Seismological Service says there was seismic activity around the country’s capital Sunday, but it wasn’t linked to soccer fans celebrating their country’s game-winning goal vs. Germany at the World Cup. The service says in a report that there were two small earthquakes at 10:24 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. The goal came around 11:35 a.m. local time. A geological institute reported Sunday that seismic detectors had registered a false earthquake that may have been generated by “massive jumps” by fans. Mexico’s Seismological Service explained Monday that the city’s normal bustle of traffic and other movement causes vibrations that are detected by sensitive instruments. It says those vibrations notably quieted during the match as people gathered in front of TVs to watch, and rose after the goal.

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Adam Silver and Warriors worked within system to get Kevin Durant NBA commissioner Adam Silver understands how some fans are upset that Kevin Durant was able to sign with an already loaded team, but he gives the Golden State Warriors credit for working within the rules to make it happen. That doesn’t mean Silver isn’t already thinking about tweaks that can be made in the next collective bargaining agreement to make the NBA a more level playing field. Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo show on Wednesday, Silver was asked about the league’s perceived lack of parity. “I get it in terms of Kevin Durant going [to the Warriors in 2016]. It was a bit of an aberration in our system; we had a spike in our cap, it enabled them to have additional cap room. The Warriors will tell you they would have figured out a way to get it done anyway,” he said. But he added that the Warriors, who won their second straight championship this season with Durant, should be given their due. “I’ve said repeatedly, let’s also celebrate excellence. Ownership, the job Bob Myers has done as a GM, Steve Kerr, of course, one of the great coaches in our league. Steph Curry, drafted; Klay Thompson, drafted; Draymond Green drafted 35th by Golden State Warriors,” Silver said. Silver said the NBA doesn’t “want to go about breaking up teams just to break them up, just to force some sort of parity that is kind of unnatural,” but he said the league and its players can talk about changes to the player-movement system. The current CBA runs through the 2023-24 season, but both sides have the option to opt out after the 2022-23 campaign. “There’s always a next collective bargaining agreement and over the years we’ve talked about a harder cap than we have now. The NFL has a much harder cap than we do; ours is somewhat soft. Obviously, it allows teams to go significantly above the cap and the tax level and that’s the case with both Golden State and Cleveland. They are significantly above where our tax level is right now,” he said. He said fans aren’t the only ones he hears complaints from. “The 28 other teams, they’re the biggest complainers that these two teams have met four times in a row [in the NBA Finals]. Ultimately, collectively our 30 teams are in charge with what system we have, along with the players. And by the way, the players on 29 other teams want a system regardless of where they are drafted or where they sign to be able to compete for championships, and that’s what you want,” he said. He pointed out that this isn’t the first time a team had people asking if their dominance was good for the NBA. “There have been dynasties forever in this league,” Silver said. “There’s an old Sports Illustrated cover you guys should look up from 1997 and there’s a picture of Michael Jordan on the cover and it’s saying, ‘Are the Bulls bad for the NBA?’ It’s kind of the same storyline right now. “I don’t remember the same conversation back then, I think because you didn’t have the Kevin Durant factor. That sort of bugs people a little bit, because a team that was already a championship team gained Kevin Durant. There wasn’t quite the equivalent with the Chicago Bulls. From a system standpoint, I’ll take that as an issue for the league because we always -- through collective bargaining -- can be sitting down with our players association figuring out what’s the best way to design competition throughout this league.”

Shaq’s advice to LeBron: Don’t chase rings Shaquille O’Neal says he hopes LeBron James doesn’t make the same mistake he did in the back end of his career. Namely, don’t go teamhopping in search of more championships. “My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy (to win more titles),” O’Neal said to ESPN “After I got to three, everybody was saying I couldn’t get another. So I got four. After I got the fourth, they were saying I couldn’t get another one. So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston.” O’Neal’s final title came in 2006 with the Miami Heat. He won three in a row with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002. James, who can opt-out and become a free agent this summer, reached the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 only to be swept by the San Antonio Spurs. He famously left

LeBron James Cleveland for the Heat in 2011 and proceeded to reach the Finals in four straight seasons, winning two of them. Since returning to Cleveland, he’s reached the Finals the last four seasons and won one championship. He’s faced the Golden State Warriors each of those four years. Shaq says that LeBron’s

legacy is set whether he adds any more titles or not. “Somebody told me a long time ago — they said your book is already set. You can add index pages toward the end, but your book is already set. So LeBron’s book is already set,” O’Neal said in the interview. “He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark — he has three rings. His mentality now is probably: I want to get four before Steph (Curry) does. That’s probably his mentality now. But if I was him, I wouldn’t be trying to get four, five and six because it ain’t going to matter. It’s just something else to talk about, something else to add to the pages. He’s a legend, talked about as who is the best between he and Michael Jordan, so he’s set.” James has until just before midnight on June 29 to make a decision on whether to opt out. Cleveland can offer him $205 million over five years, while other teams can offer him $152 million over four years.

Jay-Z joins Puma Basketball in high-profile role

As part of its aggressive commitment to relaunch its basketball sneaker category for the first time in 20 years, Puma on Monday announced that rapper and business mogul Jay-Z has been named to a high-profile role with Puma Basketball. A Puma spokesperson told ESPN that Jay-Z’s title would be president, but later clarified his title. “I can confirm that according to his deal with Puma, Jay-Z’s official designation is Creative Director,” Adam Petrick, global director of marketing and brand for Puma, told ESPN. “I referred to him (earlier) today by an informal designation.” In advance of this week’s NBA draft, Puma has already signed projected first-round picks Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith to multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deals. The trio represents the first NBA endorsement deals for the brand in two decades. Puma last signed Vince Carter in 1998 to a 10-year deal, although the shortlived contract ended after just two seasons. Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, is expected to be leading brand creative direction for marketing campaigns, will have a voice on product and will also help to identify which upcoming NBA players and entertainers may be best suited for the brand to sign. Before unveiling its new basketball sneaker this week, Puma signed its first signature athlete, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, to a lifetime contract earlier in an elaborate ceremony event in New York. The brand’s new silhouette

Jay-Z has already been in business with Puma for over a year is expected to be a modernized WNBA and NBA have signed update to Frazier’s iconic, original endorsement deals with the brand. Clyde sneaker from 1973, with Jay-Z’s longtime protégé Rihanna, a knit construction and today’s a Roc Nation client since 2010, technology. has had a successful collection “We’re making a serious of sneakers and clothing with statement about the entry of the Puma since signing on as a brand category, that we want to be a creative director in 2014. performance brand, but then also With Jay-Z leading the very culturally focused,” Adam way, Puma is expected to be Petrick, the brand’s global director aggressive in looking to sign even of brand and marketing, told more upcoming rookies in the 2018 Complex. NBA draft, along with several While the presidency established NBA players who will role is a major development for have current endorsement deals the relaunch of Puma Basketball, expiring in October. Jay-Z has already been in business “It’s clear that we’re with Puma for over a year. The looking at basketball through the brand outfitted him in Puma lens of culture, and thinking about sneakers and apparel during his the fashion of basketball, the music 2017 tour to promote his “4:44” of basketball -- all the aspects of album. culture around basketball, all His sports agency, Roc the aspects of culture around Nation Sports, has also had a basketball as much as the onconstant recent history of doing court presence that we will have,” deals with Puma. Several of the Petrick said. agency’s clients in the NFL, MLB,

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