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SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN CABINET Premier says Governor, DG and AG frustrating efforts

By Todeline Defralien

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here appears to be some serious tensions and rifts in the Turks and Caicos Islands Cabinet, as Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has indicated that the efforts of her elected People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) ministers are being frustrated by the Governor Dr. John Freeman, Deputy Governor Anya Williams and Attorney General Rhondalee Brathwaite. During a recent broadcast of radio call-in programme on the stateowned Radio Turks and Caicos with host Herbert Been, the Premier said her elected ministers often agreed on projects and would like them moved ahead, but they are often stalled because the Governor, Deputy Governor and Attorney General would object, therefore Cabinet cannot reach consensus. However, when contacted by The SUN, those three officials all declined comment. The Premier said, “It is one of the biggest surprises I’ve had on coming to office.

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Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Governor Dr. John Freeman

Deputy Governor Anya Williams

Attorney General Rhondalee Brathwaite

New Service Charge Ordinance will hurt TCI tourism, say hotel owners Owners of the top hotels in if approved in its current form it will the Turks and Caicos Islands said the severely damage the current TCI proposed service charge will seriously condo business model that delivers hurt their business and ultimately your pay and service charge, with the country’s tourism industry by potential impacts such as reduced hours, withdrawals of services offered, increasing costs. The hotel owners recently held unemployment, closures and will meetings with their staff members and discourage future developments. This informed them through a circular that is not shared to scare anyone or as a “it is highly unlikely that any of the threat; but to help you understand the major Condo Hotels could participate real business threat we are facing.” in the proposed Service Charge The hoteliers said they Ordinance and stay competitive in our “sincerely hope and believe that a market”. compromise should and can be sought The statement which was and we are prepared and ready to prepared by the Resort Economic continue to work with Government to Council, whose members own and achieve an equitable agreement for all operate the top properties in Grace parties”. Bay and other parts of Providenciales, The document which was stated: “You need to understand that obtained by The SUN, noted that if the Draft Service Charge Ordinance the Caribbean market is extremely

competitive and the rates in TCI are some of the highest in the region because we pay Condo Owners 50% to 60% of room income combined with high operational costs and very high investment in our facilities and resorts. “We cannot increase our charges to our guests and believe that many will choose to go elsewhere- which will in turn reduce revenue and Service Charge. Any change to the current status quo damages the Management Company’s sustainability- meaning their ability to continue to run a successful business – and therefore impacts you, our employees. Resorts will need to cut costs to make up the lost revenue to survive- this will mean reduction of services, hours, and the jobs of some of our valued employees.” The hotelier stressed that the

impact of cutting costs and employment in resorts will be widespread to TCI resulting in less work for taxi drivers, restaurants, local businesses and contractors, less investment in the Resorts and therefore less import duties and reduction in tax revenue. “Collecting Service Charge is voluntary if you are not all-inclusive, so Condo Hotels can elect to stop collecting this Service Charge. Please know that you, our employees, are a very serious consideration in this process and that if we do have to opt out of the Service Charge collection, as good employers, we will seek to ensure that employees are not worse off whilst keeping the Management Company sustainable – we are focused on a Win/ Win for all. Continued on page 2

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I think that when you put your name on the line and you fight to get to a place where you want to bring change you think when you get to Cabinet and you have a majority of members and you are elected members that unless it is contrary to the law, that the Government will have its way in Cabinet, not so.” She added: “ Consensus is a word attached to the process for Cabinet. We do not have a vote so there is no majority vote. There are ten members for the first time since the new Constitution; The Attorney General and the Deputy Governor are full members of Cabinet and you would recall in time past it would be ex-officio members, per say, but they are full voting members and the Governor of course is President. There are ten (10) members of cabinet, not exofficio members, but full right members and if either one of the individuals elected or un-elected does not agree, that does not go forward.” The Premier stressed: “So if the Deputy Governor doesn’t agree it doesn’t go forward, if the Attorney General doesn’t agree it doesn’t go forward and if

the Governor doesn’t agree it doesn’t go forward.” She added: “As we do we have pre-Cabinet, all of our Ministers come together and we know what we are bringing to Cabinet and we thrash out what we have to thrash out and we go in as a unit as we should, because we have a manifesto that we have to follow and we have an agenda that we have committed to the people that must be followed. We can go in and we can be glued together but if we don’t get consensus from the other three members of Cabinet that decision will not go forward.” She said that as Minister of Finance there were occasions as Premier of this country where she took matters to Cabinet and didn’t get consensus. “So I think that it is important for people to understand that and how the country works. I’ve had the experience of talking to other Overseas Territories leaders (OT leaders) who don’t have this experience. I will confess that I have not looked to see exactly they do have consensus but to see if there’s some wording that is different.....”I

committed to do that work so that we could understand exactly how we can make sure that an elected government is able to get its agenda through without violating anything but to make sure that we get in our agenda through cabinet.” She added: “I came into office; I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t know that there’s not voting in Cabinet but I assumed that an elected government gets in there, persons will actually look and say well this is an agenda that is brought by persons who is elected and I should go forward but that’s not always the case.” She said, “The infrastructure account, on coming to office we immediately begun the conversation with Carnival and as of March the infrastructure account has $7million in it. It is managed by the Ministry of Finance, the position is that we contribute and Carnival contributes. People call it the Carnival fun but it is not a Carnival fund, it is jointly funded by Government and Carnival.” She added: “We agreed to projects that we would like to move ahead and we had the opportunity to have some works

done and I of course took it to Cabinet where I was unable to get consensus. In a position now from Cabinet is that we must complete or sign a memorandum of understanding which was never done in the eleven (11) years that Carnival has been here. We are currently waiting and having the Chambers deal with the lawyers of Carnival to execute a memorandum that is not as straight forward as we apparently understand it to be and that of course is now holding up the $7million that could be spent in Grand Turk.” When asked by Mr. Been about people are seeing it as radical, the Premier Robinson responded: “I don’t think that it is radical, I think that when you put your name on that dotted line and when you go through what you go through to run for office in Turk and Caicos, I think there are certain things that you ought to expect. People would have elected you on a manifesto, on campaign promises and I think that when we get to that place and they would have elected you there ought to be some sort of respect in that regard.”

New Service Charge Ordinance will hurt TCI tourism, say hotel owners We sincerely hope and believe that a compromise should and can be sought and we are prepared and ready to continue to work with Government to achieve and equitable arrangement for all parties so that we can all focus on keeping TCI a sought-after destination for luxury travelers.” Prior to 2003 Service Charge Ordinance the charge that is now referred to as Service Charge

was largely called a Facility Fee or a Resort Fee. This fee/charge was a direct contractual charge between the Management Company and the paying guest. From those proceeds, most Condo Resorts created a bonus plan for their employees. In Condo Resorts, which include the vast majority of properties in TCI, Management Companies must pay 50-60% of all room revenues to the Condo Owners.

Without a facility fee income (the 40% of Service Charge) we believe the Resorts are not sustainable to deliver their product to our luxury market. In 2003 the Government attempted to regularize a system, which they called Service Charge Ordinance 2003. After thorough research and understanding the critical importance of a facilities fee to the Management Company’s business

model and the Service Charge for employees, the current Service Charge Ordinance was created with a minimum 10% of revenue collected. The Fee was then split 60% to the staff as a bonus and 40% to the Management Company for operations. Service Charge was born with the understanding that it was a combination of Service Charge and Management Facility Fee.


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Scholarships for U.S. schools were too expensive, says Education Minster By Todeline Defralien Scholarships which were granted over the years for students to study abroad in the United States were too expensive, according to Minster of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm. During the House of Assembly on Tuesday August 28th, Hon. Malcolm said most private institution students were attending schools that were too expensive and exceeded over $40,000 per year. “In the past, the complaints against the United States (US) Institutions was that most private institution students were attending schools that were too expensive and exceeded over $40,000 per annum,” she told the House of Assembly. In response to MP for South Caicos, Hon. Ruth Blackman’s question

about how the new system will be managed going forward, Malcolm said the system will be better managed based on the changes made to the 2017 National Scholarship. This policy, she said, outlines that the average course for yearly tuition fees for undergraduate programs must be no more than US $20,000 for the institutions to be included for the list approved institutions for full scholarships. Institutions with an average tuition fee above $20,000 will be included on the list of approved institutions for partial scholarships. She added: “Also there’s a new accreditation standard that was mentioned in our National Scholarship Policy, hence all students who are provided with scholarships whether US, Caribbean, the United Kingdom

Minster of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm or elsewhere, on an annual basis their Grade Point Average (GPA) are provided to the Ministry. Of course, if they don’t keep up to the minimum of 2.5 for partial up to 2.9 or 3.0 % for full scholarship, then their scholarships

will be taken away from them.” Malcolm reminded students in the Turks and Caicos Islands that having a scholarship is a privilege. “We just want to encourage our students that having a scholarship is a privilege and we want to encourage them to do well and continue to study and continue to keep their GPA’s up to standards so that they can finish their degrees whether it’s Bachelors or Masters.” In addition, Elected Member for Leeward & Long Bay, Hon. Akierra Missick asked for clarification on whether those are scholarships or do they also include grant for $10,000. Responding, Hon. Malcolm made it clear that included in the 71 scholarships awarded are full scholarships, partial scholarships and grants.

Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood responds to Former Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing I normally avoid referring to events of the past but since the failed former leader of the PNP, Hon. Rufus Ewing, accused the current PDM administration of either running scared or being incompetent, I will have to remind him of the PNP Government being both scared and incompetent under his leadership. 100% Service Charge In April 2016, the Peoples Democratic Movement, the official opposition at the time, successfully brought a Private Members Motion

to the House of Assembly asking for the reinstatement of 100% gratuity which was amended by the PNP Government in 2004 that allowed 40% of the gratuity paid by guest to be retained by the Hotel Resort. Members of the Rufus Ewing led PNP Government gave reason after reason why gratuity could not be reinstated. All Government Ministers abstained from voting for this motion and this included Hon. Rufus Ewing, Akierra Missick, Washington Misick, Portia Stubbs Smith, Norman Saunders, Ruth Blackman, and Hon. Donhue Gardiner.

VACANCY- JUNIOR PLANT OPERATOR- GRAND TURK Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Junior Plant Operator, FortisTCI, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Description  Assist the Senior Operator in effective systems control, continual system condition monitoring, efficient generation unit dispatch, and timely response to system contingencies, in a manner consistent with standard operating procedures and specific instructions of the Plant Control Superintendent or other senior Operations Management personnel.  Under the general direction of the Senior Operator, the Junior Plant Operator must ensure that all necessary activities to ensure the functional operations of generating units and response to system abnormalities that may occur during the course of shift duty, is carried out in a manner that ensures uninterrupted service continuity within acceptable systems parameters, and the highest level of fuel efficiency without compromising safety of fellow employees, the general public or system equipment. Main Duties include:  Starting, monitoring, servicing and stopping generating units as required, or directed by the Senior Operator, in a manner consistent with standard operating procedures.  Assist in ensuring that accurate and neat records are logged of all events and data occurring on the system.  Respond in a calm efficient manner to prevent system interruption and in the event that it does occur to restore power to the system efficiently and safely after any plant interruptions.  Assist the Senior Operator when called to do so in reporting any abnormal data to the appropriate persons in a timely manner and take prompt action to prevent or minimize any outages, prevent injury to employees and the general public and/or damage equipment under the control of systems operations (for example abnormal temperatures or pressures or other key generator parameters must be reported to the Plant Mechanical Superintendent or in his absence to other senior Operations personnel).  Assist the Senior Operator with informing appropriate Operations personnel in the event an outage occurs external to the plant, in a timely accurate and efficient manner.  Respond to customer inquiries in a polite and efficient manner when outages occur.  Ensure that all outages are entered in OMS and dispatched to the

This is a matter of public record. All 8 members of the PDM opposition voted yes and the motion was carried. The PNP Government refused to implement it. This was a clear indication that the Rufus Ewing led PNP Government had no intention of ensuring that 100% service charge was received by the persons in tourism industry who rightfully deserved it. PDM was the only Party that ran on reinstating 100% gratuity and the only Government to bring the Bill to the House of Assembly to ensure that this happens. History shows

Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood that the only party that was scared to restore the 100% to the hospitality workers was the Rufus Ewing led PNP Government.

linesmen in a timely manner.  Open and close Outage workers in AX in a timely manner  Operate company vehicles and equipment as required and consistent with company policy and safe operating procedures.  Ensure that plant equipment is monitored and engine operating services are carried out in a manner consistent with the company’s efficiency targets and environmental responsibility commitments.  Be properly and neatly attired in the uniform provided, ensure consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) provided and ensure the adherence of subordinate shift personnel.  Perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time, including overtime duties when other junior operators are unable to perform scheduled shift duties.  Perform light scheduled maintenance to generator units as required. Academic/Technical/Management: Experience and Qualifications:  Successful completion of a 4 year high school program.  Associate degree or a 2 year post-secondary program, preferably in engineering trades.  Familiarity with and competency in the use of computers and standard computing software programs is required.  Be able to do mathematical calculations at community college level.  Must have completed the MEA/ASOPE Level III Operators training program or equivalent.. Core Competency Skills:  Above average analytical skills in math and electrical theories and diesel generation parameters  Demonstrable aptitude for interpretation of engineering drawings and manuals  Professional competency in written and oral communication skills in English  Ability to function effectively under emergency situations and thinks clearly and effective and deliver within deadlines and to work under pressure  Self-motivated, solution oriented and positive in outlook  Team Player Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Wednesday September 4th, 2018: Mr. Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: hrapplications@fortistci.com or aadams@fortistci.com


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Fortis applied directly to Governor for rate increase, says Hon. Goldray Ewing By Todeline Defralien Fortis TCI has taken their request for a rate increase directly to Governor Dr. John Freeman because the elected government was apparently taking too long too move forward the process. This was revealed by Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Hon. Goldray Ewing who told the House of Assembly on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, that once Fortis TCI goes in that direction, then it takes the rate increase matter directly out of his Ministry’s hands and now the (Electricity) “Ordinance is in play”. FortisTCI recently filed a rate variation application under Section 34 of the Electricity Ordinance. The application proposes an average rate increase of 6.8%. Responding to Opposition Leader, Hon. Washington Misick, Hon. Ewing stated: “I must say that there is two processes that are going on here. My Ministry was actually working with the regulatory framework that included all the guidelines to work with Fortis and the Government in cooperation to make sure that we have all of the framework initiatives in place so that we can better regulate that company. That was taking a little bit too long, simply because there was information that we do not have that we need and because it was dragging along at a very slow snail’s pace, Fortis decided to move in the next direction to approach the Governor directly, which the Ordinance give them the rights to do.”

MP for Grand Turk North, Hon. George Lightbourne

Opposition Leader, Hon. Washington Misick

Hon Goldray Ewing, Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning

When Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, Hon. George Lightbourne asked Hon. Ewing if the PDM government is so inclined to approve a rate increase for Fortis TCI, Ewing responded: “The notice was served on the Governor, the Governor has responded and Fortis also has responded to the Governor’s response letter. I cannot go further than that because it will be impeding ongoing matters.” Questioned further, by Lightbourne as to whether he (Hon. Ewing) the Minister for Infrastructure is so inclined to approve a rate increase for Fortis, Ewing said that before he can move to that point to say yes or no he have to have facts and evidence in front of him. “Basically what my Government was embarking on was a cost-of-service study to give us a better idea of what it cost to provide customers with electricity and from

there, I would be in a better position to actually make a decision. We haven’t reached there as yet, and if you recall in the (last) budget session, we had a consultancy fee for that specific project and that specific project is about to go to tender right now,” he explained. Ewing continued: “Mr. Speaker it seems like (Hon. Lightbourne) is trying to get at something. Time is of an essence for most companies around here. This member (Lightbourne) was dealing with this same problem for the last four years and never came to a decision and I was dealing with it. I picked up from where he left off, but I had to gather more information and that is exactly where we are at. But he never raised one finger to even deal with it. So for him to come now and try to pressure me to move this decision forward is really ridiculous.” When Opposition Leader, Hon. Washington Misick asked for further clarification on whether the application

by Fortis was made with the Governor in his capacity in Cabinet or it is at his discretion, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson responded: “This would have been in the same process that took place following Hurricane Ike several years ago and the Governor was approached and that too is approach under the ordinance for the Commission of inquiry, that is critical and that is a stage that has to happen. Of course any decision than comes also through Cabinet.” Residential customers with an average monthly consumption of 500 kWh would see an increase of approximately $8 per month on their electricity bills. The rate variation application seeks to restore the company to a stable financial position following the impact of the 2017 hurricanes. The financial impact on FortisTCI of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is estimated at $42 million.

TURKS HEAD YACHT CLUB

is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions. The successful applicants must: ASSISTANT MANAGERS/ SUPERVISOR -Have at least 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry with at least 5 years’ experience in a supervisory position. -Responsible for Human Resources Management and the overall supervision of all employees. -Inventory Controls, purchasing and planning. Perform accounting and banking functions in coordination with the POS system -Managing relations with cruise line Shore Excursion Executives -* REMUNERATION ON A PROFIT SHARE BASIS * -Salary paid at a rate of $2,200.00 per month RESTAURANT CAPTAIN -Have at least 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry with at least 5 years’ experience in a supervisory position. -Be at least 30 years old -Have a clean criminal record -Have a valid passport -Have previous experience with MICROS POS systems -Possess the ability to remain calm in a high stress environment -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/ or reasonable needs of the business. -Salary paid at a rate of $100.00 per ship day including gratuity RESTAURANT COOK - Have at least 10 years’ experience in restaurant kitchen managing, ordering, preparing and hands on cooking in a supervisory position. Experience in tourism would be an asset. -Be at least 30 years old -Have a clean criminal record -Have a valid passport -Have previous experience with MICROS POS systems -Possess the ability to remain calm in a high stress environment -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/ or reasonable needs of the business. -Salary paid at a rate of $60 per ship day including gratuity. WAITERS/ SERVERS/BARTENDERS/SALE ASSISTANTS -Have at least 5 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, experience in the tourism

industry would be an asset -Possess the ability to remain calm in a high stress environment -Have a valid passport -At least 25 years of age. -Have a clean criminal record -Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including on weekends and Public Holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of the cruise ship schedule and/or reasonable needs of the business -Salary paid at a rate of $60.00 per ship day including gratuity. BEACH ATTENDANTS -Have a clean criminal record -Have a valid passport -Hold a valid certification in CPR and First Aid -Have at least 3 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry -Must be able to swim -Must be physical fit and well presented with a trust worthy and reliable disposition -Excellent communication,inter-personal and customer service skills with English as a primary language -Must be willing and able to work outdoors, flexible hours, including on weekends and public holidays, as necessary to meet the challenging needs of cruise ship schedule and/ or reasonable needs of the business -Salary paid at a rate of $60.00 per ship day including gratuity. NOTE:

•The positions indicated above are in some but not all cases currently held by a work permit holder. •All TCIslanders applicants must include a copy of their Turks & Caicos Islands Status ID card, TCI passport and/or valid TCI PRC endorsed with the right to work •Preference will be given to documented Turks and Caicos Islanders •Written applications only and accompanying CVs/resumes valid passport , police record and references must be addressed and delivered to the Manager at the following address: •Interested TCIslanders are may to submit a copy of their application to the commissioner & Labor

TURKS HEAD YACHT CLUB, LTD. Jack Shack, South Base Grand Turk Phone: 232-9900 Email: johnseery2004@msn.com


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Former Deputy Premier Hon. Akierra Missick explains her recent serious illness By Todeline Defralien Former Deputy Premier Hon . Akierra Misick said she had “two feet in the grave” during her recent illness which led her to be away from the country and the House of Assembly for a prolonged period. During an emotional speech in the House of Assembly, the Member of Parliament for Leeward & Long Bay, described her recent health scare with thyroid disease and bone marrow issues and also explained how she was frustrated by the National Insurance Health Plan (NHIP). “Mr. Speaker I wouldn’t even say that I was one foot in the grave, I was two feet in there and just kept going because of the doctors at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre” she said in the House of Assembly meeting on August 28th. Missick who thought she picked up the flu from the Leader of the Opposition (Washington Misick) who was sick that day revealed that it was not the flu and she was in fact very ill. “It wasn’t the flu Mr. Speaker, I was admitted to the hospital in Provo for three days. I had my entire bone marrow suppressed. I was in an isolation ward and my family and friends were unable to come and see me due to having an autoimmune matter. I had a thyroid problem and the medication that they put me on to treat my thyroid decided that it was just going to wipe everything out and I was in that .0005% risk rate of having all my bone marrow suppressed and unable to fight any form of infection, unable to function and my organs were beginning to shut down,” she explained

in the House. Missick also revealed that she unable to be the beneficiary of assistance from the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) and had to fund her own trip overseas. She continued: “Once I got stable enough on the IV’s and medications at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, the decision was taken that it was an emergency for me to have my thyroid removed because there was no way to treat it in any way, shape or form, given that the reaction that I had to the medication. It was very nerve wracking to say the least. I’ve never experienced something like that before, but what made it even more difficult was that I was unable to be the beneficiary of assistance from the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB). They were unable to get me an appointment despite this matter being urgent and the report saying that it was urgent and so I had to fund my own trip overseas to have it dealt with.” In addition, Missick who was in tears, urged the current Government to fix the challenges of getting appointments for overseas care. “The reason that I am choked up about this, is that I was in a position to help myself. My family was in a position to help me. So I am urging the Government, and had I known that these sorts of scenarios with challenges of getting appointments for overseas cares existed, I know now and I experienced it but other people have come to me and said that they heard about what I went through and that we look at whatever it is that we need to do at NHIP to help save people.”

Missick who had a very successful surgery noted that she ended up spending four days in the hospital in Florida. “I am just grateful to those surgeons and the medical staff that were there,” she added: “They were able to address it very quickly. I am grateful to my family who rallied around me, supported me during that time and I am grateful to the staff at Misick and Stanbrook who was there checking on me and overseeing my work but I am most eternally grateful to my colleagues on this side of the House as well as those on that side of the House including you Mr. Speaker who reached out to me, sent me prayers and encouraged me during this difficult time.” Missick noted that she was grateful to those persons that visited her at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and protected her privacy as best as they could and allowed her to rest and recover. Missick also emphasized heartfelt thank to Dr. Denise Braithwaite and Dr. Forbes at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre who saw her labs and tried their hardest not to scare her but told her it was really bad and she needed the urgent treatment. Missick stated that it is going to be a challenging twelve (12) months ahead but she is prepared for it. “I wear my thyroid scar with pride Mr. Speaker and will actually start having more dialogues with the Ministry of Health because after going through this, the amount of people who heard it was thyroid said I’ve had a similar situation but mine was treated with medication. There are more of us in

this country that probably suffering with some form of thyroid condition that we’re not sure about and so I am willing to use this platform, I am willing to work with the Ministry and I am willing to work with public health to get the information out there because I was at risk of having a heart attack one day, the next day it was a stroke. My pressure was through the roof and my pressure was none existent and it was the most difficult time I’ve ever experienced in my life Mr. Speaker but I am here today to say that I’m getting through,” she explained. Missick apologized to the people of Leeward and Long Bay and to the people of Turks and Caicos for missing such important session like the budget and the session on the gaming bill. “It wasn’t that I was off in Europe having a vacation; I was in a hospital bed trying to recover as best as possible,” she said She added: “I want to tell the people of Leeward and Long Bay as long as there is strength and breath in my body; I will continue to represent them. I want to thank God because it was all his timing. When you have the flu or those things you try not to bother the hospital, you try not to take up the space in the emergency room but I just knew I was sick and I didn’t know why and this was much more intense than a fever and flew like symptoms.” Missick note that there will be times where she may not be able to come in the Chamber because she unwell but nonetheless she is here to serve. “I am honored and privileged to be here to serve the people of this country.”

Tourist Board hosts social media influencers

Milano Diamond Gallery is interested in hiring persons to fill the position of Sales Person The successful candidates will be responsible for selling high end jewelry and watches, and providing customer service

Elisha Jennings, Senior Public Relations Officer of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board and Gordon Lightbourne, member of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board host social media content creators and executives of Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications for dinner at Crackpot Kitchen

Candidates for Sales Person requirements: •sales experience would be an asset •salary starts at $6.50 an hour plus commission on sales

The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board in collaboration with Bianca Sands on Grace Bay hosted four social media influencers from August 19 to August 24, 2018 for a marketing campaign designed to promote the resort and Turks and Caicos. The influencers who are based in Montreal, Canada and California, USA have a combined audience of almost 400,000 all of whom are organic followers. The trendy, sought-after influencers have completed many promotional campaigns for brands and luxury destinations worldwide and specialize in travel and leisure content. Director of Tourism Ramon Andrews stated, “The effective use of social media is a significant component of our overall marketing strategy at the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. We acknowledge the importance of a strong presence on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook and we’ve seen the tremendous results we can achieve with quality content. By working with social media influencers, the Tourist Board is able to gain exposure and promote Turks and Caicos to a targeted audience”. The influencers were treated to an authentic Turks and Caicos experience with activities varying from a day trip with Sweet Seas to North and Middle Caicos, a sunset cruise with

Assistant Manager The successful candidate will be responsible for increasing store sales, helping salesperson upgrade and close sales, liaise with management on product sales, merchandise needed and inventory Candidates for Store Manager Requirements •Over 7years sales management experience in the high end retail jewelry industry •Gem knowledge •Certificate in gem studies •Salary starts at $3000 plus commission on sales Brand Training Officer 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 These positions are currently held by work permit holders Applications can be submitted to Milano Diamond Gallery, Grand Turk Cruise Center 946-2276 Please also submit a copy of your application to TCI work permit board

Sun Charters (Atabeyra), kiteboarding lesson with Kite Provo, volunteering at the Potcake Place, horseback riding with Provo Ponies and a visit to Sapodilla Bay. The visit was complemented with dining experiences courtesy of Crackpot Kitchen, Mudjin Bar and Grill, Bugaloos Conch Crawl and culminated with the Island Fish Fry where they were treated to a private junkanoo experience. Elisha Jennings, Senior Public Relations Officer of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board commented, “Our team at the Tourist Board was excited to collaborate with Bianca Sands on this project and help to organize a comprehensive, authentic Turks and Caicos Islands experience for the group. It was extremely important that we utilize this opportunity to gain exposure for our sister islands, North and Middle Caicos and they had an incredible time exploring beyond Providenciales”. The influencers, Amy Seder (@ amydeser), Brandon Burkley (@bburkley), Mel Vandersluis (@mvandersluis) and Mike Homsy (@mhomsy) captured photographs, video and drone footage which will be used in future marketing campaigns by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. The group also documented their island exploits live to their audience with Instagram stories.


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Mystery surrounds DPP Jillian Williams’ contract by Hayden Boyce Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Jillian Williams’ tenure as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) remains shrouded in mystery, with Governor Dr. John Freeman opting not to confirm or deny whether her contract has been renewed. Williams’ contract expires in November 2018 and it was widely expected in legal and government circles that it would not be renewed because of her medical condition following a severe stroke she suffered last year, within months of assuming office, and from which she is still recovering. The SUN understands that Williams, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, was supposed to have vacated her office in mid-August 2018, but up to the August 30th she was still there. When contacted about Williams contract, Dave Moore, Head of the Governor’s Office, told The SUN: “The Governor would not wish to comment on the contractual arrangements for the DPP or for other Crown Appointments.” However, high-level, impeccable sources have informed this journalist that “very serious concerns remain about the current DPP’s ability to function effectively in that capacity”. Meantime, speculation has been rife that British lawyer Andrew Mitchell, QC, who is presently lead prosecutor in the ongoing Special

Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) corruption trial, could be a top candidate for the DPP position. However, there has been no official indication that Mitchell is interested in the post. The DPP is appointed by the Governor under Section 91 of the 2011 Constitution, in consultation with the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Judicial Service Commission. The Governor may remove the DPP only with the prior approval of the Secretary of State in two cases: for inability to discharge the functions of his or her office, or for misbehaviour. Within a few months of assuming office in November 2016, Williams suffered a massive stroke and was airlifted to Nassau, The Bahamas, where she spent around six months in very serious condition and undergoing medical treatment. During that time, the DPP continued to receive her full salary of $14,000 per month from TCIG which also paid for her medical care in The Bahamas. Since she returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Williams has been undergoing further and regular medical treatment. Williams is the Turks and Caicos Islands third DPP since the post was created. The first DPP was JoAnn Meloche from 2013 to 2015, followed by John Masters from 2015 to 2016. Both

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DPP Jillian Williams Meloche and Masters left their posts in highly controversial circumstances. Prior to 2011, the powers now associated with the Director of Public Prosecutions were vested in the AttorneyGeneral. However, a report of the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitutional and Electoral Reform Project raised the concern about the “many hats” worn by the Attorney-General resulting in confusion over the proper functions of the role, and also pointed out that in other British Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries these powers were typically vested in a separate Director of Public Prosecutions.

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that it can be put through the dish or pot machine properly; quickly washing ware and replacing them in storage areas as designated and ensuring the dish machine is properly cleaned and filled with water per hotel standards. Shifts varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required.

OPEN JOB POSITION DATE OPEN: August 13, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Housekeeper PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview:We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation. Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.50 - $7.50 per hour DATE OPEN: August 13, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Kitchen Steward PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview: Transport and clean cooking utensils and service ware in order to provide cooks, bus persons and food and food servers with appropriate equipment for guests’ dining experience, also clean physical surroundings while caring enough to do it well by adhering to the hotel standards, A few of their duties would entail promptly and carefully sorting soiled ware so

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:$6.50 - $7.00 per hour DATE OPEN: August 13, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Pool and Beach Attendant PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview:Assists guest with beach and pool recreational activities supervising, swimming and ensuring that the guests are catered to while they are relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Responsibilities: •Assists swimmers from water when in danger. •Provide excellent service consistent with the hotels standards operating procedures and brand attributes. •Greet all guests upon arrival, distribute towels, offer assistance with seating, and delivering consistent guest service, exceeding guest expectations, and providing all other supporting services. •Knowledgeable of pool facility such as length and depth of all pools etc. •Pool side bar hours of operation, location of facilities, and emergency procedure for rescue. •Knowledgeable of hotel facilities and services to answer guest inquiries. Shifts varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.25 - $6.75 per hour Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than September 7, 2018 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: kendi.jones@gracebayclub.com Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies


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looking to fill the following positions:

1 - Duty Manager The Duty Manager is responsible for ensuring employees are offering exceptional customer service, making sure customers are happy with the service and products, delegating duties, motivating employees and dealing with customer complaints and issues. Salary Scale: $34,000 - $38,000 per annum.

4 - Housekeeping Supervisors Reporting to the Housekeeping Manager, responsible for overseeing the housekeeping department in all aspects ensuring compliance to department policies, procedures and service standards. Areas of responsibility include guests’ rooms, public area, floor / marble crystallization. Salary Scale: $10.00 - $12.00 per hour

2 - Restaurant Manager To assist the F&B Director to lead and manage the day to day operations of the Food & Beverage Division ensuring all service standards are followed. Salary Scale: $36,000 - $38,000 per annum

10 - Room Attendants To ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned guestroom, work areas and equipment. Must be able to push and pull carts weighing up to 150lbs and be able to climb flights of stairs several times daily. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $8.50 per hour

4 - Food & Beverage Supervisor To ensure a quality dining experience for our guests. Will be responsible for supervising all restaurant staff; inventory control, and maintaining a courteous and efficient operation. Must be knowledgeable of restaurant operations and guest relations Salary Scale: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour 24 - Food & Beverage Servers Responsible for welcoming and greeting guests with a warm friendly smile; informs guests of specials and menu changes, makes suggestions and answers questions regarding food, beverages, and service; processes guests’ orders and ensures all items are prepared properly and in a timely manner; communicates with kitchen staff to ensure guest satisfaction with the food and service; prepares guest checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales tax and accepts payment. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $9.00 per hour 6 - Bartenders Must be energetic, personable pleasant, professional and a team player; Service oriented person; well-groomed with excellent people skills; ALWAYS smiling; willing to work a flexible schedule to include split shifts, weekends and holidays; ability to multi-task as a server when necessary as per the operations of resort, inventory control knowledge would be an asset. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $9.00 per hour 4 - Sous Chef To assists in conducting periodic food inventories; assists the Executive Chef with departmental human resource functions; initiates and oversees ordering of food and kitchen supplies; supervises and coordinates the production of food according to menu specifications; assists the Chefs and Cooks in preparation of specific cuisine; inspects quality of food products used to prepare cuisine. Informs Executive Chef when quality is not acceptable. Salary Scale: $30,000 - $36,000 per annum 10 - Cooks To prepare hot foods on range and or grill and ensure consistent quality, following recipe cards and production standards; must be knowledgeable of food preparation and presentation methods, understand sanitary food handling techniques and knowledgeable of the safe operation of kitchen equipment. Salary Scale: $8.00 - $10.00 8 - Receptionists As the receptionist, you will be the first face and voice to greet clients and assist them with their needs. The position requires excellent phone etiquette, Microsoft Word and Excel knowledge and the ability to multi-task. This is a fast-paced and exciting environment. We are looking for a team player who is self-motivated and can think on their feet. Speak with others using clear and professional language, prepare and review written documents accurately and completely, and answer telephones using appropriate etiquette. Salary Scale: $8.00 - $9.00 per hour

6 - Housemen Provide support services for housekeeping associates and maintain cleanliness throughout the hotel. Respond to guest request. Must be able to, work flexible shifts, holidays and weekends. Must be able to push and pull carts weighing up to 250lbs, must be able to lift 50lbs. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $8.50 per hour 2 - Entertainment Supervisors Regularly attend and evaluate show performances to ensure that quality and guest satisfaction is being maintained; effectively communicate all new character initiatives to departmental employees; gather all price quotes for Local talent, creating costumes, labor, and other related expenses for any potential new character experiences. Salary Scale: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour 10 - Entertainment FunPals To be involved in designing, adapting, improving and producing fun activities and events. Entertainment staff must engage our guests in challenging, safe and exciting day and evening programs. These programs must be done with enthusiasm which fulfills the aims and objectives of high quality Recreation. Ability to WOW our guest. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $9.00 per hour 6 - Butlers Responsible for ensuring and accommodating all guest needs, transportation, appointments. Must be willing to working outside normal working hours. Superior knowledge of the All-Inclusive hospitality is a must. Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs promptly. Salary Scale: $8.00 - $10 per hour 4 - Gardeners To assist in, maintaining the grounds of the resort. Duties to include: removal of trash, weeding, mowing, planting, pruning, watering and application of chemicals. Must be of good character. Be able to lift 50lbs., bend and stand for long periods of time. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $8.50 per hour 6 - Labourers To assist in, maintaining the grounds of the resort. Must be able to lift 50lbs, bend and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to speak English and understand instructions. Salary Scale: $6.50 - $7.50 per hour 8 - Stewards To assist in maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of the kitchen. Must be able to lift 50lbs, bend, stand for long periods of time and must be able to push and pull carts weighing up to 100lbs. Must be able to speak English and understand instructions. Must be in excellent health. Salary Scale: $6.50 – $7.50 per hour

4 - Bellmen Responsible for greeting arriving guests and retrieving their luggage; escorting guests to their rooms, explaining the room facilities; deliver luggage, messages, faxes, packages to guests and to undertake various other requests in order to ensure their comfort; transport departing guests’ luggage from the room to the lobby, ensuring that the guest has verified that all luggage has been accounted for; assist with keeping lobby area clean and orderly; ensure that luggage has been stored safely according to prescribed procedures. Salary Scale: $7.00 - $8.50 per hour

Interested persons may contact our Corporate HR department Office or by submitting your resume with qualifications and experience to: hr@wihl.com Please also submit a copy of your completed application to our local labor department. Closing date September 30th 2018

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TCI will develop its own villa rental tax policy, says Premier By Skeri-Kae McLeod Turks and Caicos Islands is not following other jurisdictions in relation to the collection of government revenue from vacation rental operators in TCI, said Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. She gave that assurance in the House of Assembly on August 28, 2018, after Opposition Leader, Hon. Washington Misick urged the Premier to be careful of “following the pack.” The exchange between the two party leaders began when Misick asked if the government had a new

system in place to require tax to be destinations in the villa rental industry. collected at the source by booking “We tend to pride ourselves as a fivestar destination and so to refer to the agents and companies. The Premier stated: “Because fact that other destinations are doing [the government] had supported and things is not sufficient reason why we funded a VRBO policy, there will be have to be doing them”, he said. The Premier responded by no double-dipping or double charging. We’re just making sure where there’s saying that the Turks and Caicos will a loophole that we’re able to collect the not be “following the pack” and will taxes, whether from Airbnb until the have its own collection policy. government is able to get full control “We are doing our own policy. of the sector.” Our position is unique; it is very The Opposition Leader then different especially with the explosion pushed further, urging The Premier in this sector. It is a sector that has to be careful of following the financial grown, right under our eyes, but policies similar to other Caribbean unchecked. So it important that we

arrest what is happening, take a full picture and see how Turks and Caicos’ situation should be dealt with. There is no borrowing as such, or following anyone else. We’re looking at a custommake approach for Turks and Caicos.” “It’s a serious leakage in revenue and it is unfair to those who pay taxes”, she continued. “All this is to try and collect government taxes, not double-dip, but simply to make sure that we’re covering everything. We’re not following anyone. We’re being leaders in this country by arresting a sector that was allowed to explode.”

Tourist Board congratulates Beaches summer interns The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board extends congratulations to the graduates of the 2018 Summer Student Program at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa which culminated with a graduation ceremony on August 24, 2018. Eighty-one students graduated and received certificates recognizing the successful completion of the six week program. The summer internship program encompassed high school, college and university students, from national and international institutions, benefiting from work experience in departments

such as food and beverage, watersports and front office. The graduation ceremony was attended by dignitaries and government officials including Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson and Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication who expressed congratulatory remarks to the interns for their work and wished them further success in their future endeavors. Director of Tourism Ramon Andrews also attended the graduation ceremony and used the opportunity to laud the accomplishments of the

students. Mr. Andrews stated: “I am extremely proud of our students and offer my congratulations on the successful completion of their summer internship. We have been able to gain insight into their valuable experience over the past six weeks and I am happy that our students were able to acquire real-world experience by working in the various departments at Beaches Turks and Caicos.” He added: “I am hopeful that their experiences at Beaches Turks and Caicos has given them practical knowledge and skills that they will use for years to come. I would also like to express appreciation to Beaches

Turks and Caicos for providing handson learning and training opportunities for our students and exposing them to the many positions available in the hotel industry. Their consistency in this regard is admirable and I hope that it will inspire other properties to offer similar opportunities”. The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board encourages its tourism partners to invest in the development of future hospitality workers by offering the chance to develop important operational skills required to succeed along with exposure to the careers available in the industry.

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CCTV’s phase one completion date set for September 30th

By Todeline Defralien

Phase one of the installations closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera monitoring system is nearing completion, Acting Attorney General Dr. Michael Dillon said. Speaking in the House of Assembly on Tuesday August 28th, 2018, Dr. Dillon said the CCTV national project is at an advanced stage, with a completion date of September 30th. He was responding to questions from Opposition Leader Hon. Washington Misick, regarding the state of the National CCTV project, who the tender has been awarded to, when will installation be completed, whether there will be real time monitoring of the camera system, where will the monitoring system be located and who would be responsible for its management. He noted that phase two involving Grand Turk and any additional

enhancements to Providenciales will commence once phase one has been completed. Dr. Dillon told the House of Assembly that the CCTV contract was awarded to Digicel TCI Ltd. and signed on March 6th, 2018, which was the effective date of the contract. Dillon further noted that the cost was $872,479 for the equipment which is owned by Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) and the further $11,031.50 monthly for three years for maintenance service. “The commencement date for the maintenance service and payment for services is to be determined as this is pegged to the completion of the installation and the formal acceptance test of the equipment,” he said. The Acting AG said there will be real time monitoring of the camera system, adding that the 911command center is located at Cheshire Hall in

Richmond Hill, Providenciales and the Cabinet approved the lease of that property on the 25th of June 2018. He said the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, with maintenance support coming from the contractors at Digicel TCI, are responsible for its management. More than 100 CCTV high definition and high-resolution cameras are to be installed at 50 different locations around Providenciales. The cameras will transmit images in real-time back to the 911 Control Room where they will be monitored and used when incidents are reported in a specific area. The cameras will also transmit data to a secured storage location and the recordings will be kept for a period of time, in case the recordings are requested by police for review. The Centre will operate within stringent security measures and access thereto will be strictly controlled

Acting Attorney General Dr. Michael Dillon and limited only to qualified and authorized members. The Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the Police Force have embarked on this project with the view that safety and security are key elements of an improved quality of life amongst residents and visitors alike. The completed and underway installation of cameras in various locations on Providenciales are Leeward Highway, Blue Hills, Kew Town, Five Cays, North West Point, Down Town, Grace Bay, Long Bay, Millennium Highway, Venetian Road and Chalk Sound.

Police investigating recent robberies The RT&CIP in Airport Road – 11:30 p.m. Providenciales are investigating a Sunday, August 26th: Plaza Store on number of armed robberies on the Airport Road – 6:30 a.m. Airport Road, Kew Town, The Bight Sunday, August 26th: Kew Town Bar and Grace Bay areas in Providenciales. – 10:30 p.m. In five cases this weekend, Sunday, August 26th: The Bight one or two men were reported to be in Apartment Parking lot- 11:30 p.m. possession of a firearm at the time of Monday, August 27th: Grace Bay the robbery. Apartments -12:14 a.m. Money, cell phones, and other property had been taken from Acting Commissioner the victims at the following locations Mr. Trevor Botting said they are and times: increasing patrols and policing activity in all areas following a spate Saturday, August 25th: Plaza store on of robberies and investigators are

activity following key leads to bring offenders to justice. “We need the assistance of the local community to give my officers information into these offences. We have been doing extra surveillance in all areas and the community should expect to see an increase in officers on patrol, including armed officers. We’re doing everything we can, and I think we can make progress with the public’s help. Anyone with information please call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477,” he said. The Acting Commissioner

continued, “We would like to encourage all members of the public to always remain vigilant in the day and during the hours of darkness. Avoid walking alone in dark, in isolated areas especially in parking lots, avoid carrying large amounts of cash and try to always use an ATM/Debit card when possible and avoid using ATM machines at night located in isolated areas. Please report anything or anyone you believe is suspicious. With your help, we can bring those who are committing these offences to justice.”

PROVO WATER COMPANY LIMITED IS SEEKING A QUALIFIED CHARTERED ENGINEER TO FILL THE POSITION OF HEAD OF ENGINEERING. POSITION SUMMARY The Head of Engineering Department of Provo Water Company shall manage, supervise and oversee the over-all technical operation of the company’s water distribution system including but not limited to the development of piping structural plans and the subsequent implementation thereof. This includes the following duties and responsibilities: DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES •Designing of overall water distribution schemes and associated structures such as pumping stations, pipe works and earthworks where necessary. •Formulations of technical policies governing operational procedures in the building, renovation and expansion of the water distribution infrastructures and the proper utilization of material resources; •Development and maintenance of standards and practices for water installation and engineering practices within the company; •Transacts and negotiates with consulting engineers, government departments, others utilities, contractors and suppliers on works required by the company or as solicited by any government or private entity for the best interest of PWC; •Organizes work activities within the engineering department and delegate task among engineering staff in accordance with the level of importance and priorities as required in the distribution and maintenance; •Set up and maintain a data base that will consolidate all generated technical and administrative data from the engineering and distribution that will serve as primary source of information and reference in PWC’s future undertakings; •Carry out and implement all other activities for the engineering department as mandated and required by the Managing Director which includes among others the following: •Design of capital works, preparation of drawings and contract documents •Provision of standard specification for all material requirement in the distribution works •Implement health and safety, safe working procedures within the engineering and distribution department •Gathers data of meter readings for use in the billing and technical analysis •Conducts investigative and analysis works arising from technical complaints

•Carry out land surveys for distribution requirement or in drawing out quotations •Coordinates main testing, flushing and sterilization function •Formulates leak detection plans and activities •Updates the mainlaying programmes •Prepares reports and technical information as required by the Managing Director •Attends meeting and seminar for the furtherance and upliftment of engineering operation •Supervises and controls all other technical activities as delegated by the Managing Director. Performs all other delegated functions from the Managing Director that is in line with engineering works and in consonance with the existing rules, policies and standards of Provo Water Company. EDUCATION Successful applicant requires an accredited bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. A post-graduate degree in civil engineering or water related field is preferred. Relevant professional qualification is required. DESIRED EXPERIENCE Applicant must have 7 to 10 years of progressive civil engineering experience, including previous supervisory duties.Experience in water supply utility environment is a must. Candidate should have a strong analytical background with a proven record of achievement. SALARY Salary starts at $63,000 p.a. plus benefits Deadline All applications (inclusive of cover letter, CV & copies of qualifications) must be submitted by31st August 2018 to: Managing Director PO Box 39 Provo Water Company Limited Grace Bay Road Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands recruitment@provowater.tc Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified


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Premier says interviews for CEOs at NIB, InvestTCI will be done “over the next few weeks” By Skeri-Kae McLeod Interviews and short-listing for Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Board (NIB) and InvestTCI will be done “over the next few weeks”, says Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. The update was given in the House of Assembly meeting on August 28, 2018, when the Premier was asked by Opposition Leader, Honorable Washington Misick as to when the country can expect appointments of CEOs to the island’s statutory boards, specifically, The National Health Insurance Board (NHIB), National Insurance Board (NIB) and Invest TCI. “With regards to the NHIB, the interim CEO has been appointed for a period of one year, as of July 1, 2018. The recruitment will resume a few months before the term of

office is up for the interim CEO.”, she explained. “There should be a scheduling of interviews shortly for both NIB and Invest TCI. Shortlisting and interviews should be done over the next few weeks. “ When questioned further, by Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, Hon. George Lightbourne, as to a specific timeframe, he Premier stated that she was assured that the process of recruitment will be completed soon. “At the end of the day, I can only say what the team is saying and I’m assured that it is within the next few weeks. A few weeks is very specific.” For some time now, the Premier explained that she has faced challenges in the recruitment of CEOs for the statutory boards. “NHIB has been a challenge to identify a head here in the Turks and Caicos. We identified an individual and

we could not get consensus in Cabinet for that individual. But we have, over and over, three or four times, put out advertisements for NHIB, likewise with Invest TCI.” Dr. Teresse Maitland has been appointed as interim chief executive officer of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) for one year, effective July 1st, 2018. Prior to her appointment at NHIB, Dr. Maitland was the Chief Epidemiologist in the TCI’ Ministry of Health. In 2017, Mr. Floyd Seymour, a local businessman and former leader of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), flatly rejected the post of CEO of Invest TCI, because its board of directors and Cabinet refused to pay him at the same level of former CEO John Rutherford, who was an expatriate. In an exclusive interview with

The SUN, Seymour who is a certified accountant, said he didn’t accept the position of CEO of Invest TC because he did not believe that the contract subscribed to the principals of Equal Pay. Seymour said he observed that in many settings throughout the country, both in Government and in private industry Turks and Caicos Islanders are paid less than their expatriate counterparts to do the same job and he believes that to be a form of discrimination and have for years championed the need to have Equal Pay Legislation to outlaw any discriminatory pay packages. The position of a CEO at Invest TCI is in the range of $100,000 to $120,000, negotiable based on qualifications and experience. A standard set of benefits and allowances are additional.

PREMIER CONTRACTING SERVICES IS SEEKING SUITABLY QUALIFIED APPLICANTS TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE ENGINEER As the electrical maintenance engineer you will be responsible to provide proactive support to all plant and equipment required to ensure all systems run at optimum capacity. Complete planned and reactive maintenance to ensure safety and reliability of equipment 24/7. Provide detailed reports for all works completed and ongoing to operations manager. Excellent communication skills are a requirement. Those with vocational college electrician’s diploma will only be considered. Experience in the following areas is required for this position; •Assemble, install, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures. •Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem. • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components. • Inspect all forms of electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes. •Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous. •Test electrical systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures, using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, and megger tester, to ensure compatibility, reliability, efficiency and safety of system. •Working knowledge of complex refrigeration systems and electrical components, with ability to diagnose and resolve issues. •Repair and maintain multiple computer controlled gen set and switch gear equipment. •Experience with computerized Danfoss control systems for facility electrical and refrigeration controls •Working knowledge of electronic lpg kitchen equipment. Salary $24,000 US Staff accommodation option is available. Applicants to submit CV to unit 300 Graceway Plaza, Leeward Highway Finish Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Successful applicant must have the ability to design, build, install, and repair finish and structural woodwork, flooring, ceilings and cabinetry; operate, maintain, and calibrate hand and power carpentry tools; read and comprehend plans and blueprints; recognize and select appropriate lumber types and grades; make rough sketches; estimate cost, time and materials of carpentry projects; perform heavy physical labor, train and direct the work of other classified staff in the area; follow and give oral and written instructions; maintain cooperative working relationship. Excellent communication skills are a must. KNOWLEDGE OF: Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in both rough and finished carpentry in both residential and commercial/industrial settings; applicable building and safety code requirements; methods and practices followed in the maintenance of tools, machinery, and equipment. Education:

Graduation from high school supplemented by completion of a trade school apprenticeship program that includes theory and on-the-job work. Experience: Five years journey-level experience working as a finish carpenter in a commercial, industrial, or facilities operations setting, including rough and finished carpentry. Cabinet making experience is required. PREFERRED: Experience in metal fabrication (welding) and locksmithing . Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. Refrigeration Mechanic Required Skill Level: Diploma or certificate in commercial refrigeration from a recognized trade school or university At least 7 years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. Minimum 5 years relevant experience is required with formal qualifications Registration or licensing may be required. Tasks Include: •Establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications, and laying out installation reference points •Assemble, install, maintain and repair commercial and domestic air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment. •Drilling holes, installing mounting brackets and cutting, bending and threading piping •Installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges, and copper lines for gas, refrigerant and oil. •Bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing pipes to connect equipment, and checking alignment and accuracy of fit •Filling systems with gas or fluid to check for leaks •Test-operating refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments •Troubleshoot and repair complex electrical control circuits. •Checking and overhauling refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing and replacing defective components •Adjusting Danfoss system controls and mechanisms •Recording causes of malfunctioning and action taken Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. Deadline for submission of application is July 21st 2014 Please submit applications with references and relative experience to: Ms. Edith Cox Suite 200 ‘Graceway IGA Main Office Complex Leeward Highway or by emailing to hr@gracewayiga.com Please Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted to attend interviews


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Road works begins in Grand Turk September 3rd

By Todeline Defralien

Minister of Health and Human Services, Honorable Edwin Astwood announced that road works will begin in the Nation’s Capital starting September 3rd, 2018. According to the Minister, most to focus will be on North Back Salina which has the worst roads in Grand Turk. Astwood further noted that the long wait was because of the execution of getting the contract out. “I am happy to say that after running through all of those road blocks, the contracts have been signed and the work is scheduled to start September 3rd or September 5th here in Grand Turk. We’re going to do one or two roads in South Back Salina but this was mostly to focus on North Back Salina which has some of the worst roads here on the island. For the first time ever these roads will be getting done, this is what I am hearing from the professionals in the office that it is stated for September 3rd and with

no delays September the 5th the latest they should start works,” Astwood said on the Expressions call-in programme on Radio Turks and Caicos on August 22nd. He added: “This long process has been so frustrating to me. Of course, you know when you reach to a certain point in getting a project approved and the monies available... you would think that the hardest part is getting that money available, but we realise that isn’t the hardest part. It is the execution of getting that contract out. I want the listeners to know that for the last couple of months this government has been jumping through hoops and one hurdle after the next. I always tell people that this government will never say our hands are tied. It’s just that road blocks are constantly put in our way that we have to bust through all over and over again.” Hoping that there are no surprises, Astwood gave a better idea of which areas roads will be fixed in Grand Turk. “Those roads supposed to be

just about every road in North Back Salina will have black top (asphalt). We’re talking about passing cross from the Parade Ball, passing across Miss Bay shop going straight out to the Skippings salon, from my good friend Janet Adams going straight up to the Catholic church etc and a lot of roads in between.” Also commenting on the exciting news for the island of Grand Turk, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson added: “I think that we really need to let people understand the process (and people are going to get tired of me saying this) but it is important for us to know. The truth is there is no shortage of political will. There is no shortage of funds. These monies were approved from March, the first budget we came in 2017/2-18 so from last year March they were approved.” She continued: “We noted the contract in March this year which means that it took about a year-plus to get to the contract stage and the Minster have said that we have some

Hon. Edwin Astwood Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services surprises along the way. We had the roads quoted at the beginning and then we had to put them back out to tender, so there has been some challenges in getting us to the contract stage but I am grateful that we have reached as far as we have.” The Premier made mention that these are the same monies from March 2017 when they had the budget address and approved these roads. “These are the same roads and these are the same monies,” she concluded.


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A tricky rash - pityriasis rosea By Dr. Marsha Barnett

Imagine seeing a patch on your body that looks like a ring worm and then days later you seem to be covered by this rash as more lesions keep erupting day after day! Scary as it may be, in many cases this is a condition that is selflimiting and not life threatening. It is called pityriasis rosea. Pityriasis rosea is a rash which is thought to be caused by a virus, which although it can affect all age groups is most frequently seen in teenagers and young adults. WHAT CAUSES PITYRIASIS ROSEA? Pityriasis rosea is thought to be a viral rash. Though viral in nature, the rash is not contagious. In most cases, it associated with reactivation of herpes viruses 6 and 7, which cause the primary rash called roseola in infants. This form of herpes is not the same as sexually transmitted infection and it is thought that almost everyone has been exposed to this virus during childhood. Influenza viruses have also triggered pityriasis rosea in some patients. Sometimes an allergic reaction to a drug can cause a rash that looks like pityriasis rosea. WHAT ARE THE CLINICAL FEATURES OF PITYRIASIS ROSEA? The initial rash is called a herald patch is a single plaque that appears a few days before the

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Pityriasis-Rosea generalized rash occurs. The patch is usually oval and can be lighter or darker than your skin tone. It tends to have a margin of scaling and is sometimes itchy. A few days after the appearance of the herald patch, more scaly patches appear on the chest and back. A few lesions may also come up on the thighs, upper arms and neck. It is usually described as a T shirt and shorts distribution as it tends to come up on the areas covered when wearing shorts and a shirt. It therefore uncommonly affects the face, hands and feet. Sometimes the rash isn’t as typical as described and the diagnosis can be difficult for instance when the skin lesions aren’t scaly plaques but have a different appearance such as small bumps, blisters or wheals. In a few cases, the rash may even be in the opposite areas, affecting the limbs more than the trunk!

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Pityriasis rosea has a natural history of 6 to 8 weeks. This means that regardless of whether or not it is treated, new lesions can come out on the skin over that period and for the most part, it resolves completely at the end of two months. It may be itchy and cause a lot of distress because of its appearance but it does not cause overall ill health. In some patients, especially darkskinned individuals, the rash may heal but leave dark spots which can last for months. Of course, creams and procedures such as chemical peels can be used to speed up the resolution of the marks. Only a few persons have the rash for a prolonged period of months and in 97% of cases, once you have had pityriasis rosea, you don’t usually get a recurrence. TREATING PITYRIASIS ROSEA The diagnosis of pityriasis rosea can be tricky especially if you see your doctor when you only have the initial patch, if your doctor isn’t very familiar with the condition, or the lesions are atypical and therefore do not have the scaly appearance expected. In fact, most patients start treated themselves for a fungus by the time they see a doctor. If unsure, a skin biopsy can be done to confirm the diagnosis. Some doctors may opt not to treat the condition as you may have

Dr. Marsha Barnett no symptoms and whether treated or not, the rash will clear. Using a moisturizing soap or body wash and good lotion may be enough to give relief if symptoms are mild. Also, phototherapy, or getting some time in the sun may help the rash clear faster. However, when the rash is extensive or the patient is having discomfort such as itching or burning of the skin, treatment is usually initiated. This consists of oral antihistamines for the itching and a steroid cream to soothe the area, stop the itching and also help the lesions clear more quickly. In a few severe cases, oral or injection steroids may even be used to help quiet the condition and hasten resolution. *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general practitioner who also specialises in dermatology. For questions or comments, please contact her at drmarshabarnett@gmail.com or at Associated Medical Practices - 9464242.

*knowledge of food preparation and health safety *fluent in English - verbal and written *preparation of all food items according to Chef’s recipes *maintain high quality and appearance of all foods leaving the kitchen *ability to work in small area and extreme temperature *maintain clean work areas *working hours Monday - Sunday including holidays , based on scheduled shift *must be available to start at 6 am, hours based on weekly schedule *wage: $6.25 per hour

*general cleaning of kitchen and storage rooms *assist with food preparation on all items when asked *washing floors, equipment, walls, utensils and dishes *English - verbal and written *working hours Monday - Sunday including holidays based on --------------------------------------------------scheduled shift WATER SPORTS RENTAL ASSOCIATE *must be available to start at 6 am *hours based on weekly schedule * Must have minimum 3 years experience in Water Sports Rental Shop, *$6.25 per hour in the Caribbean ---------------------------------------------------* English, French & Spanish * Strong Client skills and pleasant personality * mathematically Strong HOUSEKEEPER / CHAMBERMAID *duties include cleaning public areas, guest rooms, laundry and kitchen *washing floors, walls, windows, washrooms and toilets *daily cleaning of guests rooms including washing floors, walls, windows washrooms, dishes, toilets and showers *laundry service for all items including bedding, towels, uniforms and guest laundry *must have pleasant personality and to able to adjust to guests needs *must be able to lift 30 lb laundry bags *English - verbal and written *must be available to start at 6 am, hours based on weekly schedule *wage: $6.25 per hour -------------------------------------------

COOK *minimum 1 year culinary experience in full service dining establishment *must understand the importance of consistency

* able to lift 30 lb chairs *able to set up HOBIE Cat sail boat *must be able to start at 6 am, hours based on weekly schedule *wage: $6.25 per hour.__

These positions are currently held by a work permit holders Prospective applicants who are Islanders can send copies of their applications to the Board. Bohio Dive Resort Grand Turk Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI T: (649) 946 2135 F: (649) 946 1536 E: info@bohioresort.com W: www.bohioresort.com


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Turks & Caicos Reef Fund, SWA environmental and marine environmental services to conduct final project workshop on east caicos coral reefs The Turks & Caicos Reef Fund recommendations with stakeholders (TCRF), the only active environmental and to gather final comments and non-governmental organization in the feedback on the project. Turks & Caicos Islands, in association “Our recent field studies have with SWA Environmental and Marine confirmed that the reefs off East Caicos Environmental Services, have just are among few remaining unspoiled completed a week of quantitative coral reef ecosystems remainingon a coral reef field studies on East Caicos, global scale,” said Marsha Pardee of facilitated by Explorer Ventures and Marine Environmental Systems. the liveaboard dive vessel Turks and “Furthermore, traditional Caicos Explorer II. fishing and recreational uses at Studies were made possible East Caicos by the people of South, under a grant from the E.U. BEST 2.0 North and Middle Caicos appear to Programme, entitled “Understanding be sustainable. Our goal is to make East Caicos KBA’s Corals and Coasts: recommendations for managingEast A Key to Safeguarding TCI’s Future,” Caicos reefs to ensure that people can The grant seeks to establish an continue to use these reefs as they ecological baseline for East Caicos have for generations,” Ms. Pardee coral reefs, as well as understanding concluded. how people use them, in order to Unsustainable development, inform sustainable management and poor fishing practices and climate use. change are having a devastating effect A preliminary workshop on coral reefs worldwide. By working was held on 26th July 2017 to try with local stakeholders, such as local to understand how people use East fisherfolk and DECR, the project team Caicos and the natural values on that is hoping to come up with strategies island that are important to them. to protect the coral reef ecosystems of That workshop with key East Caicos, while ensuring that the stakeholdersidentified important people who depend on these resources traditional fishing and recreational can continue to benefit from them. uses of East Caicosat key areas across The project’s final the island. recommendations will be discussed Stakeholder input and at the stakeholder meeting on South information gathered during Caicos, which will be open to the field studies is now being public. Recommendations will address combined to develop management the current lack of any management recommendations. A final workshop or monitoring policy and will thereby will be held in the DECR offices improve long-term conservation and on South Caicos on 5th September sustainable use of the invaluable and 2018 at 5:30pmto share the project threatened resources within East

Caicos’ coral reef ecosystems. of the TCRF to help preserve and “A significant part of the protect the environment of the TCI. project involves engaging local You can become a member by going stakeholders,” said Don Stark, the to the TCRF website – www.tcreef. Chairman of TCRF. “We are aware org/donate.html - or by contacting that no conservation effort will be Don Stark by phone (347-8455) or the effective without the input and above email address. cooperation of the people who use the Founded in 2010, the Turks & resources we are seeking to protect. Caicos Reef Fund is the only active For this final workshop, we want to environmental advocacy organization hear what stakeholders think about in the TCI. the project in order to make sure It is an all volunteer-run that conservation serves to protect organization that provides funding for the interests of both people and the education, research and conservation environment.” programs to individuals, organizations “TCRF works with and agencies that help to preserve and government and the private sector protect the environment of the Turks with an aim of sustainably conserving & Caicos Islands. TCI’s unique natural resources for Our goal is to have at least the benefit ofall thepeople who rely 85% of all funds raised through on them and for generations to come,” voluntary contributions from divers Mr. Stark concluded. and snorkelers visiting the Turks & “We are working on several Caicos Islands directed to the Fund’s projects, such as dive moorings, coral programs. nurseries and assisting people to Anyone wishing to donate establish ecotourism businesses, to or assist the TCRF in any way can meet this aim. The Understanding contact them through their website, East Caicos KBA’s Corals and www.TCReef.org. Scuba divers Coasts: A Key to Safeguarding TCI’s visiting the islands are encouraged Futureproject is a critical cooperative to make a $10 donation through the effort that will help to ensure that purchase of a dive tag that can be the needs of people and the needs of attached to their dive gear to show environment can both be met, in the their support. interest of conservation and better Snorkelers visiting the qualities of life for all TCI’s people.” islands can show their support Anyone with questions about through the $5 purchase of a pink or this project can contact Don Stark or blue silicone wristband. A complete Kathleen Wood at donstark@tcreef. list of outlets for TCRF merchandise org and kw@swa.tc. Everyone is also can be found on the organization’s encouraged to become a member website.

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Job Overview: Perform tasks involving physical labor at work sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Qualified Islanders and Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: $6.25 - $6.90 per hour DATE OPEN: August 20, 2018 POSITION: Housekeeper (2)

START DATE: ASAP PROPERTY: Point Grace

Job Overview: We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation. Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices Qualified Islanders and Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: $6.25 per hour Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than September 14th, 2018 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: kendi.jones@gracebayclub.com Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

IS SEEKING CHEF POSITION

-Responsible for all aspects of kitchen planning food preparation, menu composition & daily specials -Proven track record of achieving monthly food cost -Responsible for purchasing and receiving as well as Quality control - Minimum 10 years experience in fast pace kitchen environment in a fine dining setting in similar position -Experienced in modern cooking skills including sous vide -organizational and training skills -Certified in kitchen hygiene management -Must be willing to work split shifts 6 days per week including weekends and public holidays -Pay is $20 per hour (up to 60 hours/week in season) -Share of gratuities -4 professional and 2 personal references -Police Record

LINE COOK POSITION -Assisting Chef in preparation and food service -Knowledge of all mother sauces, fish and meat preparation, fresh pasta, pastry skills an advantage -Must be willing to work split shifts 6 days per week including weekends and public holidays -Minimum 8 years experience in fast pace fine dining environment with an eye for details and steadfast work ethic -Pay is $8 per hour (up to 55 hours/week in season) -Share of gratuities -3 professional and 2 personal references -Police Record BOTH POSITIONS ARE FOR WORK PERMIT RENEWALS Qualified and interested BELONGERS ONLY are invited to apply either via email or drop resume at our place of business with copies To Immigration Board/Employment Services. Employer Information: Magnolia Restaurant-Miramar Resort-Turtle Cove Tel: 941.5108 Email: magnoliaprovo@live.com


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See more crime prevention initiatives - 12 + 1 By Drexwell Seymour The resolution to our crime situation should be the collaborative efforts of our community including the Governor, the Government, the Police Department and our residents. The crime situation in TCI is out of hand and must be seriously addressed. It will require a significant increase in our government’s budget as well as our personal budget to combat this. I am aware that the government has to meet certain financial criteria in order to get a good credit rating, but if we do not invest more money in crime initiatives and prevention, then everything that we are trying to maintain can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye. Before I proceed any further, let me take this opportunity to offer condolences to all family members that had to face the loss of a loved one as a result of crime. 1.THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH The Church plays a very significant role in the prevention of crime in any society. One of the roles of the church is to teach the word of God to individuals. In this way, they will be grounded in the word of God and do as the word of God says. Unfortunately, nowadays many people are questioning the existence of God. We find a lot of us spend so much time focusing on the pastors rather than the word of God. We also observe that there is a decline in the number of individuals coming to church. Because they are

not going to church, parents and their children are not being feed the word of God and as a result they are committing crimes which are contrary to the word of God. There is no fear of God. If there was fear of God, these heinous crimes would not take place. We need to encourage and promote the attendance of church and bible study. One way to do so is through witnessing. Once individuals realize the importance of the church, I believe that the importance of honesty, love and great values will be instilled in families.

mandatory that everyone that resides in TCI must have their fingerprints taken. Of course, there will be a challenge with the illegal immigrants but when we get them, we need to fingerprint them as well. 4.COMMUNITY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Neighbourhood watches should be implemented in every community in TCI. I find it very useful in the community that my family and I live. We are all on a group chat and we keep each other abreast of any 2.MORE POLICE OFFICERS, MORE suspicious individuals or cars in our VEHICLES AND PATROL THE community. I would also suggest that all COMMUNITIES the Heads of the Neighbourhood Watches collaborate and share ideas. I wish this We need to recruit additional can be mandatory but not sure how we experienced police officers to help resolve can do that. the crime situation in TCI. The Police Force in my opinion is understaffed. Once we are able to get 5.STIFFER PENALTIES FOR these additional officers, we will also CRIMES AND ILLEGAL GUNS need additional vehicles. With these resources, we should be able to patrol the Perhaps we are too lenient on communities throughout TCI on a daily crimes and illegal guns in our country. consistent basis. Maybe we can deter persons from The police officers’ presence committing these crimes by making the should be visible and should be at penalties stiffer and harsher especially if different times throughout the day so they are found with illegal weapons and the criminals will not be able to predict drugs. when the police will be around. The police presence should deter criminals. 6.UNDERCOVER COPS I believe that a lot of persons even the police may know who are committing these crimes but it is challenge in proving it. Therefore, the best way to get around It appears that one of the this is to recruit undercover cops and challenges in resolving crime is the lack have them infiltrate the gangs and the of evidence. Then we need to make it communities where these crimes are being done. 3.MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTS

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Refrigeration Technician Maintain the day-to-day operations and to assume responsibility for maintaining the physical assets of the properties under the direction of Premier Contracting Services Ltd. •Five (5) years experience in industrial refrigeration for commercial cold storage as well as commercial air conditioning systems. Must hold technical certificates for both. •Fluent in Microsoft excel, word and office •Technical knowledge in plumbing, electrical and mechanical works, certificates required. •Installation of new equipment including refrigeration compressors, evaporators and condensers, ability to repair all large commercial cold storage •Development and implementation of preventative maintenance schedules •Ability to complete tasks swiftly, good problem solving skills is a must. •Experience in large commercial cold storage facilities •Installing and repairing components such as Copeland discuss compressors, motors, condenser units, evaporators, switches and copper lines for 404A gas, refrigerant oil •Daily monitoring, checking and overhauling commercial cold storage refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing/ replacing defective components •Experience with Danfoss refrigeration computerized controls •Required to be on call 24 hours, must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays. •Salary $24000 per annum , accommodation available if required Salary $24,000 US per annum Staff accommodation is available. Applicants to drop CV to Unit 300 Graceway Plaza, Leeward Highway

7.AFTER-SCHOOL INTERVENTION PROGRAMS Many people believe that our young people are idle. Some are also joining gangs for various reasons. We cannot lose our next generation and so this requires significant intervention programs. We can have programs after school to cater to our young people. I know we have a youth center that is very active in the community but I think we need more intervention programs. We need to identify those persons in the gangs and provide help. We also need to ensure we reach out to those young people who have not join a gang so we can prevent them from joining. 8.RANDOM CHECKS OF HOMES AND VEHICLES FOR ILLEGAL GUNS I am not sure how effective random checks are because as soon as the word spreads that the police are checking homes and vehicles, people will hide their weapons. However, I still think we need to do random checks on homes and vehicles if this is legal. These random checks need to be done simultaneously in different communities. 9.REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES FOR OFFENDERS It appears many times the crimes are committed by repeated offenders. They are placed in prison and then release and then commit another crime again. I know I mentioned that we should make the penalties stiffer but we must also at the same time institute a rehabilitation program for these offenders. Perhaps there are rehabilitation programs already in place but I cannot confirm.

Drexwell Seymour Even if there are, we need to strengthen the programs. 10.ROTATE POLICE OFFICERS FREQUENTLY For obvious reasons, I believe the Police Officers need to be rotated frequently. They should not be on the same island or in the same position very long. We have a number of police officers who are expatriates. If we bring them in for 2 years, do not let them exceed their 2-year contract. Keep rotating them. Familiarity breeds contempt. I am not against expatriate police officers as local police officers also are familiar with everyone but the local police officers have no where else to go unless we do an exchange program with other countries. 11.CAMERAS IN HOMES AND BUSINESSES As residents, we will also have to invest some of our personal funds in equipping our homes and businesses with surveillance cameras. As I recall, the TCIG has either waived or reduce the duty rate on surveillance cameras for the home and business. 12.PATROL THE WATERS Many believe that illegal guns are infiltration our community through the illegal sloops that enter our country. I know that we have a radar system but TCIG need to invest in more boats and drones so that illegal sloops can be detected early. These boats must be checked for illegal weapons and the individuals should get a heavy fine. I know that the TCIG is seeking to get the assistance of the Bahamas which will be great help as well. 13.SAFETY NET SAFE CITY E. Jay Saunders, a proud Turks and Caicos Islander has designed a technology software that will help solve crimes and save lives. The name of this is Saftey Net City. SafetyNet Safe City’s Facial Search tool is designed to enable law enforcement to identify “multiple persons-of-interest against a collection of millions of facial images from our evergrowing high-risk database in near realtime”. E J ‘s company DSS is willing to absorb the installation costs and waive the 1st year fees if the Government is interested in it. CONCLUSION I sincerely believe that crime can be reduced in our country. It will require all of us to play our part. However, the Government will have to be very serious and increase the budget to address some of the initiatives above. In addition, it will require them to change legislation to make it undesirable for someone to commit a crime. I also want to take this opportunity again to congratulate E J Saunders on the design and development of Safety Net Safe City software, a Turks and Caicos product.


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documented mentoring process. •As an Executive team member, liaises between Owners, Asset Managers, Property Managers and Corporate team.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY Do you aspire to build a thriving hospitality career at one of the leading luxury resorts in the Caribbean? Are you a self-motivated, talented team-player, interested in joining a dynamic team? The Amanyara Resort invites all suitable candidates to apply for the following positions:

Requirements: •At least a Bachelor’s degree in business management, hospitality management or business administration and coursework or background in massage therapy, cosmetology or health and wellness required. •Minimum of 10 years’ international experience in Spa & Wellness management roles and building retreats in the luxury hospitality industry •Very strong managerial, leadership, communication and organizational skills •Must be able to handle multiple priorities on a regular basis •Ability to create momentum and foster organizational change •Have worked in various international remote locations •Proven ability to lead and develop a multicultural team •English proficiency in oral and written is a must. Other languages would be a plus. Salary based on experience: from $5500 per month, plus service charge

*RESORT MANAGER Strategic: •Manages the relationship between real estate owners and resort management •Builds and maintains a strong relationship between resort owner, resort management and corporate office •Lives the brand ethos and promotes the philosophy of the brand in all professional interactions •Ensures luxury product positioning is maintained as per corporate brand standards Operations: •Manages a dynamic international team of hospitality individuals to achieve highest standards of service and quality at all times •Analyses and prepares annual long-term budgets, monitors income statements, variance reports, identifies market trends, and control costs •Adheres to internal audit processes and procedures. Ensures effective reservation process which maximizes revenue •Ensures physical operations are maintained to company standards by conducting inspections of grounds and buildings •Maximizes the profitability of the resort •Works endlessly to ensure the hotel exceeds guest and employee satisfaction •Trains, mentors and coaches department heads and employees to ensure a high performance team is maintained •Maintains strong positive relationships with all travel industry partners •Understands and implements requirements from regulatory agencies and service providers •Deputizes for General Manager in his absence Sales & Marketing: •Attracts new residents/guests by marketing resort features. Obtains referrals from current residents/guests or via corporate marketing campaigns •Practice revenue management as per company policy to maximize occupancies and promote growth in ARR •Explains advantages of services and location relative to high end real estate product •Conducts market surveys and analyses within region and competitive set •Travels to promote and sell product when needed and be able to communicate in several languages •Maintains and grows luxury travel trade contacts Requirements: •Bachelor’s degree in business management, hospitality management or business administration. •Minimum of 8 years’ international resort experience in management roles •Must have experience creating and analyzing budgets, P&L’s, and financial reports •Very strong managerial, leadership, communication and organizational skills •Must be able to handle multiple priorities on a regular basis •Ability to create momentum and foster organizational change •Have worked in various international remote locations •Proven ability to lead and develop a multicultural team •English proficiency in oral and written is a must. Other languages would be a plus. Salary based on experience: from $6000 per month, plus service charge DIRECTOR OF WELLNESS •Formulates and implements 5 to 10 years strategic business plan to meet & exceed revenue goals. •Leads all Spa & Wellness, Tennis, Nature Discovery Center projects, initiatives, and processes in conformance with organization’s established policies and objectives. •Ensures the highest levels of quality across services and products, to increase customer satisfaction and positions the organization for continual growth. Interacts with guests to get feedback about services and facility cleanliness, and reviews guest complaints and ensures appropriate corrective action is taken. •Designs promotional and public relations campaigns to raise public awareness and visibility of the Spa and its services to generate sales – new retreats and Spa promotion packages. •Leads the Spa & Wellness department based on own expertise in areas of; nutrition, physical health, general fitness, integrative medicine to consistently develop the department in line with the Aman brand pillar “restoring balancerestoring equilibrium to every aspect of a holistic lifestyle experience”. •Ensures that facilities are properly cleaned and that all equipment is in working order according to sanitation guidelines. This includes ensuring that tools are adequately sterilized, linens are washed and a proper inventory of supplies are maintained at all times. •Creates and manages the Spa & Wellness, NDC budget by setting annual financial goals, reviews costs for all procedures and services, oversees payroll and establishes budgets for advertising, sales campaigns and promotional events. •Interviews, manages, trains and develops the Spa, Tennis and NDC team members which includes conducting regular performance feedback discussions and ensuring proper transfer of knowledge and skills is taking place through a

*FINANCIAL CONTROLLER •Assume responsibility for all day-to day accounting functions within the Hotel and the Villas, including banking, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory, and cash management. •Lead the accounting teams, ensuring all daily operational & financial transactions are prepared accurately and in a timely manner. Hire, train, and evaluate the performance of the accounting team members. •Produce month-end & year-end financial statements and forecasts in an accurate and timely manner, analyzing, understanding and communicating the relationship between actual results to budget and prior year and provide commentary on variances. •Review and continually improve internal controls, processes and procedures to ensure financial information is complete & accurate and to ensure the security of assets. •As an active member of the Management Team, assist the GM & Division Heads in budget preparation, business plans & the gathering of financial data for special projects & reports. Recommend and implement cost savings strategies. Requirements: •Degree in Accounting/Finance/Business, and a professional accounting designation or MBA in business are essential. •Complete knowledge and experience with hotel accounting systems, USALI, and procedures. •Minimum 10 years of International Managerial Accounting/Finance experience in the hotel/resort industry within recognized branded properties, and exceptional analytical ability required. •Experience and working knowledge of SunSystems, SAGE, Opera, Micros, Adaco and Advanced Excel skills. •Ability to plan, prioritize & implement effectively multi-task while working effectively in a fast paced and ever changing and challenging environment. Willingness to work weekends, holidays and long hours during high season. •Applicants may be required to take a skills assessment test. Salary based on experience: from $6000 per month, plus service charge NIGHT MANAGER •Acts as overnight Duty Manager for Amanyara, covering all aspects of operations whilst conducting exceptional service to all guests •Addresses guest requests, concerns and complaints to ensure guest satisfaction, during the absence of Guest Assistants •Manages impromptu reservations, late arrivals, and early departures during the absence of the Guest Assistants •Audits existing reservations and guest accounts; ensuring accuracy of information inputted into Opera i.e. Preferences and Profile Notes; based on guest registration cards, etc. •Regularly tours the property, running inspection checks on front and back of house areas •Conducts a thorough handover of information including status sheets, to the morning MOD and Guest Assistants/Guest Relations team •Monitors overnight staffing levels to ensure all areas of operations are sufficiently covered •Liaises with department heads and communicates information from the nightly operations Requirements: •High school diploma; previous relevant experience at a luxury resort is a plus •Must be confidential and able to efficiently protect and secure guest information •Has advanced knowledge of Front Office computer systems, Microsoft Office and possesses the ability to solve basic system related issues •Ability to adhere to proper credit, check cashing, and cash handling policies and procedures •Ability to implement safety, emergency, and accident prevention policies and procedures efficiently •Knowledge of local communities, events and activities •Must be willing to work overnight- 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift Salary based on experience: $2200 - $2500 per month, plus service charge

Human Resources Amanyara Resort Northwest Point, Providenciales E: amanyara.training@aman.com Prospective applicants are also asked to send copies to the Labour Board. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


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CAREER OPPORTUNITY Do you aspire to build a thriving hospitality career at one of the leading luxury resorts in the Caribbean? Are you a self-motivated, talented team-player, interested in joining a dynamic team? The Amanyara Resort invites all suitable candidates to apply for the following positions:

ASSISTANT RESTAURANT MANAGER •Supervises employees to ensure that courteous and professional service is offered at all times and responds to guest inquiries or concerns in a timely, effective manner. •Trains employees to ensure that they have the necessary skills to perform their duties with the maximum efficiency. •Supports the Restaurant Manager by achieving departmental budget goals whilst maintaining efficient cost expenditures. •Conducts daily briefings to inform all employees of special culinary and dietary requirements •Ensures that all employees follow the company’s job safety regulations and that all hazards are reported on a regular basis to concerned departments.

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•Prepares and cooks food in all areas of the kitchen and checks the mis-en-place needed for the day •Ensures that high standards of sanitation and cleanliness are maintained throughout the Kitchen areas at all times and consistently maintains standards of quality, cost, presentation, and flavours of foods. •Participates in the control of food quality,food taste,food presentationand requisition. Requirements: •Must possess a Culinary diploma, knowledge of HACCP, and 5 years industry experience •Must be able to work in a high pressure environment and demonstrate calm and effective leadership Salary based on experience: $1800-$2000 monthly, plus service charge *SPA SUPERVISOR •Provides consistent, professional Spa treatments compliant to Amanyara Spa menu, standards, and outlined protocols. •Proactively promotes treatment bookings, and upsells services to guests; optimizes the guest experience, with treatment and journey recommendations •Assists the Assistant Spa Manager and Director of Wellness in providing leadership, direction and supervision of staff in the daily operations of the Spa which includes conducting staff meetings. •Undertakes administrative activities such ascompiling daily revenue and payroll reports, products ordering and inventory as well as monitoring and controlling departmental expenditures. •Assists in staff scheduling and therapists performance review, pro-actively assesses and develops departmental training plans.

Requirements: •Certified hospitality management graduate with general international beverage and food knowledge along with at least 3 years’ experience in a luxury resort •Strong interpersonal, leadership, and employee development skills; and the ability to perform well under pressure •Proficiency in English and computer literate, including basic knowledge in MICROS

Requirements: •High school diploma, knowledge of MS Office programs and at least 5 years’ experience as a Spa therapist at a luxury resort •Certified in different massage modalities (includes Thai massage) and preferably beauty treatments (facials, hair, nails, waxing) •Must be proficient in speaking and writing English •Ability to focus attention on guest needs, and remain calm, courteous and professional at all times

Salary based on experience: $2000-$2500 per month, plus service charge

Salary based on experience: $1500-$1700 per month, plus service charge

FOOD & BEVERAGE ATTENDANT

*VILLA CHEF

•Serves food and beverage to guest according to Aman standards and follows the service sequence •Follows all safety policies to ensure a safe work area •Develops a complete knowledge of menus, dish and glassware service and utilizes this knowledge in the service of the guests •Handles guest enquiries in an efficient manner and provides courteous and professional service at all times •Communicates promptly any challenges or guest comments to the supervisor Requirements: •At least 2-3 years of experience in a luxury resort •Ability to perform under pressure and maintain a pleasant personality •Proficiency in English

•Prepares and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and any other culinary requests from guests •Is pro-active in creating and serving specials to upsell meals in the villas •Manages stocks, orders and charges for consumed goods •Provides guests with “the Amanyara” experience •Manages the smooth running of the villa along with the Villa Host. •Ensures that all areas of the Villa are cleaned and maintained to the highest standards including: Kitchen hygiene, Living Sala, Kitchen, Dining Sala & Office, Villa Areas including pool area, ponds & gardens, pathways & walkways and Buggies.

Salary: $6.25 per hour, plus service charge

Requirements: •Background in Culinary Arts, with a certificate in hospitality preferred •2-5 years of international, luxury resort experience •Proficiency in English

*MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Salary: $6.50 per hour, plus service charge

•Responsible for proper refrigeration maintenance, troubleshooting, repairs and conducting preventative maintenance on HVAC units & HVAC systems •Installs AC compressors, motors, condensers, air filters, and checks copper line repairs •Assists with electrical maintenance, ceiling fans, buggy repairs, company lighting systems and any other electrical needs that may arise inclusive of conducting mechanical, generator, air condition and laundry equipment repairs Requirements: •At least 2-3 years of experience in a luxury resort •Ability to perform under pressure and maintain a pleasant personality •Proficiency in English Salary based on experience: $1300-$1800 monthly, plus service charge *SENIOR CHEF DE PARTIE PASTRY •Prepares dishes for guests and associates efficiently, economically, and hygienically as per the standard recipes following the standards and procedures set by the Executive Chef & Pastry Chef •Checks the mis-en-place needed for the day •Prepares the daily breads & breakfast pastries, a la carte desserts & specials, ice creams, biscuits, cakes & petit fours •Checks stocks in the chillers & bakeshop •Assists the Pastry Chef in the presentation of new desserts •Responsible for the efficient operation of the pastry in the absence of the Pastry Chef •Ensures that high standards of sanitation and cleanliness are maintained throughout the Pastry areas at all times and consistently maintains standards of quality, cost, presentation, and flavours of foods. Requirements: •Must possess a Culinary diploma, knowledge of HACCP, and 5 years industry experience •Must be able to work in a high pressure environment and demonstrate calm and effective leadership Salary based on experience: $1800-$2000 monthly, plus service charge *CHEF DE PARTIE •Prepares dishes for guests and associates efficiently, economically, and hygienically as per the standard recipes following the standards and procedures set by the Executive Chef & Executive Sous Chef •Participates in product development and in controlling the smooth operation of the kitchen

*VILLA HOST •Manages the smooth running of the villa along with the Villa Chef •Ensures that all areas of the Villa are cleaned and maintained to the highest standard including: - Bedroom Pavilions, Living Sala, Kitchen & Dining Sala, including the pool area, ponds & gardens •Provides Food and Beverage service according to Aman standards •Sets up the villa prior to Guest’s arrival, ensuring all equipment is in good working order •Organizes special requests for Villa Owners or Villa Rentals; such as Honeymoon turndowns, personal laundry etc. and ensuring Guest History Record is updated after Guest’s departure •Reports any damage or breakage immediately; follows up with repairs •Prepares Annual Villa Maintenance Requirements along with Supervisor Requirements: •Background in housekeeping and F&B with a certificate in hospitality preferred •2-5 years of international, luxury resort experience •Proficiency in English Salary: $6.50 per hour, plus service charge *WOODWORKER/POND CLEANER/GARDENER-LANDSCAPER/LABOURER/ LAUNDRY ATTENDANT/STEWARD/TENNIS KNOCKER Requirements: •Physically fit and ability to perform manual labor Salary based on experience: $6.25 to $8.00 per hour, plus service charge For further information on the above positions please contact us by using the details below. Candidates must be available to work 6 days a week, weekends, and holidays. Positions marked with * are currently held by a work permit holder. However, qualified belongers are encouraged to send a cover letter & resume with the following attachments: Valid Police Record, Passport Bio Page, Proof of TCI status i.e. PRC, Belonger Status Card or Naturalization Certificate. Human Resources Amanyara Resort Northwest Point, Providenciales E: amanyara.training@aman.com Prospective applicants are also asked to send copies to the Labour Board. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


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Over 80 Students Graduate from Beaches Summer Internship Program 82 enthusiastic interns graduated from Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa (BTC) last week after successfully completing the hotel’s annual summer internship program. Hosted by Beaches’ Entertainment Director David Ellis, the afternoon event saw a large crowd of graduates and well-wishers. Among those in attendance were, the Honorable Premier Sharlene Robinson, the minister of Home Affairs Honorable Delroy Williams, Tourist Board Director Ramon Andrews as well representatives from the Labour Department. The students received certificates of completion and Shining Stars certificates for their outstanding achievements in the program after their six week tenure. The interns included high school and college students 15 years and up who are interested in the diverse fields of hospitality as a long term career choice and those who are exploring career opportunities. Assistant Human Resources Manager for BTC, Georgetta Smith said; “The Beaches Summer Internship Program is a paid internship program that has been a part of the resort for the past eight years. Our aim with this program is to groom persons for the hospitality industry and professionalism. Tourism

is our number one sector and as our on their personalities. The interns gain valuable skills for the future. She product grows and Turks and Caicos worked in various front of the house said, ‘I’m glad that I got a chance to continues to stand out regionally as a and back of the house departments take part in this program. It was fun favorite destination among travelers, including Concierge, Housekeeping, to see all of the cool things that happen we will need skilled professionals to Spa, Purchasing, Public Relations, not just in my department but all over maintain the high level of service and Photoshop and Laundry to name a few. the resort. I will definitely apply next professionalism our guests expect.’ ‘We’re looking for bright people who year because the internship really Smith said the six week want to gain skills in the hospitality helps you understand what you need program has helped to recruit some of field. We always tell our prospects for the real world and I intend to use the hotel’s finest employees in the past that we hire smiles so our focus is this experience in the future.” as the interns are trained on all aspects on training persons who have the Fourth form student of hospitality; “In the future, we hope hospitality personality and who are Ketchnaydine Thomas, an intern with to expand the program into different willing to learn and expand their the Resort Shop said of the program; departments that are a bit more career horizons.” Said Musgrove. ‘It was great! I met people from all over technical and can provide the interns Bringing remarks at the the world including Japan. It was a with trade skills. For our next launch, graduation ceremony was Premier wonderful experience which allowed you will see more students placed in Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson me to see just how big the tourism Engineering, the IT Department and who presented the graduates with industry is. I am happy that I got a various other areas where they can their awards and commended them chance to work at Beaches and I look broaden their skills.” on their accomplishments. Hon. forward to using this experience in my Julianna Musgrove, Assistant Robinson noted that she was proud future field.” Learning and Development Manager of the students as they now represent During their internship, the for BTC commented; “Our aim is brand Turks and Caicos as tourism students also got to take part in to foster future tourism champions ambassadors. volunteer initiatives including the by providing the young people with Hon. Delroy Williams serving Great Shapes iCare clinic providing an opportunity to gain hands on as Acting Minister of Education and free eye care to 2,482 residents on experience in all key areas across the Minister of Tourism at the event, island. Students also participated in resort. We strive to build a strong encouraged the graduates to continue a two day community cleanup for the foundation by providing them with to pursue greatness and to fully Lower Bight to teach environmental resources to carry the tourism torch. embrace opportunities such as these. and corporate responsibility. Through training and work experience, Tourist Board Director Ramon While primarily a summer the interns were briefed on customer Andrews also brought congratulatory program, students who were service, professionalism in the remarks to the graduates. successful can return to the resort workplace, sales and tourism.’ Jessica Jean, a fifth form during Christmas and Easter holidays. The students were student and intern with the Laundry Over 600 students have strategically placed in their areas of department said the internship was a graduated from the summer internship preference and departments based great experience which allowed her to program since 2010.

Intern Graduating Class (1)

HR Manager Monique Vaughn and Intern

Bar Graduating Itnerns

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Roulanda Sejour crowned queen at 3rd annual Ms. Edward C. Gartland Youth Center Pageant R

oulanda Sejour was crowned queen at this year’s Edward C. Gartland Youth Center pageant on Saturday August 25th, 2018. Six (6) students vied for the crown by competing in six segment round - showcasing Opening Dance, Introductions, Career Wear, Talent, Evening Wear and Question. Held at the Edward C. Gartland Youth and hosted every

summer since 2016, this year’s first runner up was Aaliyah Elliot and second runner up was Ketchnaydine Thomas. The event was well supported by the community and even saw the attendance of past Miss Turks and Caicos queens. Spearheaded by Ms. Aleta Astwood, the purpose of the beauty pageant is to provide young ladies with the opportunity

to channel their energies in a positive way, to help them learn about healthy competition, build confidence, develop public speaking and to motivate other young people to step out of their comfort zone, be brave and try something new. Photos by Charlie’s Photography and Todeline Defralien

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ANOTHER QUALITY PERFORMANCE. A FITTING PROMOTION. FortisTCI is pleased to announce the promotion of James Julien to Manager of Line Design in the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) department, with effect from August 3, 2018. James is among 27% of FortisTCI employees who, over the past two years, have been recognized and promoted throughout the company. In his new role, James is responsible for designing and managing overhead and underground line construction, and will lead T&D planners in delivering new services, upgrades of existing services and other electricity supply needs. Prior to this, James served as Supervisor of Technical Services. He graduated from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Community College in 2002 with an Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University – University System of Georgia in 2009. James Julien - Manager of Line Design

Congratulations, James!

Another Local Talent Developed at the TCI Community College James is one of 18 Turks and Caicos Islanders across FortisTCI who have been trained and certified right here at home through the TCI Community College, and whose expertise and dedication enable them to lead and support all critical functions throughout the company. The Community College plays an important national role, equipping students with strong academic and skills foundations from which to further their education and launch their careers. FortisTCI is proud of its Community College graduates – who prove themselves every day as part of the driving force behind one of the most reliable energy companies anywhere in the Caribbean.

“The true strength of any company is the quality of its employees. James Julien exemplifies the corporate culture that obtains at FortisTCI: that of continuous improvement and development. He also exemplifies the bridge between a trained workforce and the businesses that need talented employees. The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College is a pivotal part of that bridge. Almost 10% of our employees are alumni of that institution. In saluting James’ promotion, we recognize the role of the Community College in national workforce development.” Eddinton Powell President & CEO, FortisTCI


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OUR TCI COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES Robyn completed studies in A Level Economics at the Community College in 2003. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, which she earned from Barry University in 2009.

Devon received a Certificate and Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Community College in 2000. He later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilberforce University in Ohio, USA. Devon also has an MBA from Webster University in Missouri, USA.

Devon Cox – Senior Vice President of Operations

Robyn Hinds – Senior Human Resource Officer

Lovell Ingham – ERP Tech. Support Specialist

Joanna received a Certificate in Business Studies from the Community College in 2003. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University in 2007.

Alvejes earned an Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Community College in 2005. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology/Electrical from the University of West Florida. Alvejes completed his MBA from Walden University in 2015.

Shernelle has an Associate’s degree in Business from the Community College, 2003. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management (Hons.) from the University of Buckingham, UK, 2006 and also achieved the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) certification in 2014 with the London School of Business, UK.

Shernelle Capron – Director of Financial Services and Supply Chain Management

Lovell earned his Associate’s degree in Computer Science from the Community College in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems from DeVry University in 2011.

Alvejes Desir – Manager of Plant Control and Electrical Maintenance

Joanna Fortunate – Human Resource Officer

Leathe-Kaye Phillips Supervisor of Customer Service Diploma in Business and Secretarial Studies, 1996

Letivia Parker Executive Assistant Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies (Graduating Dec. 2018)

Shamaad Lewis Information Technologist II Associate’s degree in Business Studies, 2006

Crystal Caley Cust. Service Rep/ Cashier Associate’s degree in Business Studies, 2011

Jeffrey Desir Lineman Apprentice II Building Design Technology, 2010

Jalayah Francis Cust. Service Rep/ Cashier Bachelor of Arts degree, Tourism and Hospitality Management, 2016

Lorenzo Smith SCADA Network Technician II Associate’s degree in Computer Studies, 2005

Delma received a Certificate in Computer Applications from the Community College in 2002. She continued her education and in 2005, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the American Intercontinental University in Florida.

Delma Harvey – Collections and IT Specialist

Shanaz Gardiner Customer Service Ambassador Associate’s degree in Business Studies, 2016

Roxanne Lewis HR Compensation Officer Associate’s degree in Business Studies, 2004

Perez Lightbourne Plant Operator Level I Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering, 2011

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Turks and Caicos Collection hosts back to school fun day T

urks and Caicos Collection, a hotel chain which comprises The Alexandra Resort, Beach House and Blue Haven Resort, hosted its first back-to-school fun day in order to give back to their staff and help prepare their children for the first day of school. Hosted on Wednesday August 29th at The Alexandra Resort, the company invited staff members and their kids for a fun-filled day with food, drinks, bouncing castles, entertainment and giveaways. The Turks and Caicos Collection pre-packed over 120 book bags with school supplies such as, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, calculators, staplers, books and erasers to distribute amongst all the kids. Human Resource Manager Diane Kennedy told The SUN, “Turks and Caicos Collection believes that we cannot exist without our employees. We understand that without them the

company would not be able to survive, so we made a decision to give back to our employees in a way of employee support as well as well as community support. Director of Human Resources, Wayne “Major” Garland added: “It is just the beginning of the school year and we really wanted to demonstrate our appreciation to the kids and their families that work for us. This is the first year and we will do this every single year going forward. We thought about several other things that we could have done, but this was something that they thought would benefit their children more.” Garland emphasized the importance of giving back to their staff members and noted that they really appreciate what the company has done for them. Photos By: Todeline Defralien

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HEALTHY

LIFESTYLE Few heavy drinkers get drugs to help curb alcohol use

A pint of beer stands on a bar in a pub in Liverpool northern England November 19 , 2014 Less than one in 10 people with alcohol use disorders get prescribed medications that help people drink less and avoid binges, a U.S. study suggests. One in four American adults binges on alcohol at least once a month, and one in 15 binges five or more times a month, researchers report in JAMA. For males, binging means consuming at least five standard drinks on a single occasion; for females; it means consuming four standard drinks on one occasion. Even though there are three medications approved to treat alcohol use disorders in the U.S., most people only get treated with counseling. Because alcohol use disorder is stigmatized, people generally don’t tell doctors that they drink heavily, and physicians tend not to ask, said study coauthor Dr. Henry Kranzler, director of the Center for Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Even when patients do get diagnosed with a drinking problem, treatment is often fragmented and inaccessible, Kranzler said by email. Only about 8 percent of people with serious drinking problems get care in an alcohol treatment facility. And less than 9 percent receive prescriptions for drugs that might help them cut back or stop drinking. Available medications for alcohol use disorder work in different ways. The oldest, disulfiram, stops an enzyme from breaking down a toxic byproduct of alcohol. As a result, people who drink experience symptoms like nausea, headaches and weakness - which may discourage some people from drinking. Naltrexone, which blocks some of the naturally occurring opioids in the brain’s pleasure center, is available as a short-acting pill or a longacting injection. By dulling the pleasure of drinking, this drug may help some people avoid binges. A third drug, acamprosate, appears to help abstinent patients maintain their avoidance of alcohol by attacking pathways in the brain that may make people more prone to alcoholism. To get prescriptions to more patients who might benefit from these drugs, primary care providers will need to make a concerted effort to screen patients, researchers note. Screening is relatively simple and can be done with a few questions. Then patients with a diagnosis of alcohol use disorder can be given counseling and prescribed medications. Failing to do this takes a heavy toll: alcohol is associated with 88,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, researchers note. But while routine screening for heavy alcohol use has been recommended, only one in six U.S. adults reports ever having been asked by a health professional about their drinking behavior, the study authors point out. “It is clear that there are medicines doctors can prescribe and health professionals . . . like psychologists and social workers who can counsel patients with evidence-based therapies,” said Dr. Richard Saitz, an associate editor for JAMA and a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Depression in pregnancy may alter babies’ brains

Women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with altered brain development that might be linked to behavior problems later in childhood, a small study suggests. Researchers asked 101 women to complete questionnaires about depression and anxiety symptoms during their third trimester of pregnancy. Overall, six mothers had symptoms of major depressive disorder, five met criteria for moderate depression, and 42 met criteria for mild depression. Then, researchers took MRIs of infants’ brains when they were about one month old. They found more alterations in brain structure among the babies born to women who experienced at least moderate levels of depression during pregnancy. “Our study suggests that moderate levels of maternal depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy were associated with variations in the brain’s white matter microstructure or ‘wiring’ at one month of age,” said lead study author Douglas Dean III of the University of WisconsinMadison. The patterns were different in boys and girls, “which may be related to boys and girls having different developmental trajectories and being differentially impacted by certain early life experiences,” Dean said by email. Up to one in five pregnant women experience depression and anxiety, and mounting evidence links these conditions with poorer emotional and behavioral outcomes in children, researchers note in JAMA Pediatrics. That’s true even when mothers’ symptoms aren’t severe, they say. In the current study, researchers found maternal depression and anxiety linked

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in Bordeaux April 28, 2010 to changes in what’s known as may help to mitigate any risk to the white matter microstructure in developing infant,” Bridgett said the brain, which is involved in by email. “Therapy and behavioral communication between different treatments for depression and regions of the brain. anxiety can be just as effective as Untreated depression medication.” during pregnancy is associated Like many drugs, with underweight babies who are antidepressants fall into a gray more likely to need intensive care area during pregnancy, with after birth. Pregnant women with insufficient evidence to definitively uncontrolled depression may not prove the harms or benefits. eat well or keep up with prenatal Often, doctors may reserve drugs visits, and in the most severe cases, for women with more severe they may be at increased risk for depression. suicide. “While there is data The study can’t prove suggesting that some medications whether or how anxiety or for depression and anxiety may depression during pregnancy be relatively safe for pregnant might directly influence infants’ women to take, there also is brain development or emotional or research suggesting that such behavioral development. medications may have effects It’s also not clear whether on child development,” Bridgett changes seen on brain scans during added. infancy would persist as children The current study aged or whether any treatment provides fresh evidence that mothers get for depression or mood disorders do need to be anxiety might impact babies’ brain addressed during pregnancy, said development. Erika Forbes, a researcher at Still, the results the University of Pittsburgh who underscore the importance of wasn’t involved in the study. focusing on both physical and “Changes in brain mental health during pregnancy, development don’t necessarily said David Bridgett, a psychology lead to long-term impairments in researcher at Northern Illinois cognition, behavior, or emotion,” University in Dekalb who wasn’t Forbes said by email. involved in the study. “They might not be “For some, psychotherapy meaningful, and they’re just one or counseling can be highly factor,” Forbes added. “But they effective in the treatment of could make some children more depression and anxiety, which vulnerable to serious problems.”

Split concerns force Durex to recall some condoms in UK and Ireland LONDON - Durex, owned by Reckitt Benckiser, has recalled some batches of its “Real Feel” and “Latex Free” condoms in the United Kingdom and Ireland due to concerns they may burst. “Our tests have shown that some batches which are currently on the market in UK & Ireland do not pass the requirements for burst pressure towards the end of the shelf life for the product,” Durex said in a statement. Durex said only a

limited number of batches were affected and that customers would be offered a full refund. “Anyone using affected batches are advised to stop use over concerns they do not meet safety standards,” the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said in a statement. “There is a risk that the condom might tear or leak reducing its protection from sexually-transmitted Durex condoms are seen in a photo illustration in Manchester, Britain, July 31, 2018 diseases and pregnancy.”


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ENTERTAINMENT

Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson to speak at Franklin funeral

Smokey Robinson, Former President Bill Clinton and Cicely Tyson NEW YORK — Former Bishop T.D. Jakes. Michael Eric President Bill Clinton, Smokey Dyson, former TV judge Greg Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Mathis, Detroit Mayor Mike Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be Duggan, Detroit City Council among the speakers at Aretha President Brenda Jones and U.S. Franklin’s funeral next week. Rep Brenda Lawrence are also Franklin’s rep, additional speakers. Gwendolyn Quinn, says other Clinton and the Queen of speakers will include former Soul were longtime friends. She U.S. Attorney General Eric sang at both of his inaugurations. Holder, music mogul Clive Robinson and Franklin grew up Davis, the Rev. Al Sharpton, together in Detroit. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Franklin died Aug. 16

of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Her funeral will be held in Detroit at Greater Grace Temple next Friday. The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. will deliver the eulogy. He is pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta. The performers for the service include Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan and more.

London fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson on 60th birthday

Fans Dancing LONDON - Fans of Michael Jackson honored the “King of Pop” on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday by gathering at a temporary monument in the shape of a crown erected in his honor in London. Braving the rain, fans imitated his famed dance and moonwalk moves around the 13-foot (4 meter) white, sparkling crown erected by record label Sony Music on the south bank of the River Thames. “The first time I saw him in person, I was 18 years old, he came to London and it was just manic,” said fan Mayah Thomas, now 31. “(Jackson was) really shy, but also really really personable. He would always try and make the fans comfortable.” Jackson, famed for hits like “Bad” and “Beat It”, had been rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts scheduled in London before his sudden death in 2009 at the age of 50. The crown monument will stand for just one day.

‘First Man’ shows Armstrong’s view after Moon landing, sitting in ‘tin can’ VENICE, Italy - Everyone knows what Neil Armstrong said as he stepped onto the Moon, and when Ryan Gosling delivers the line in “First Man”, which opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, it sounds like dialogue as familiar as “To be or not to be”. But Oscar-winning “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle takes the viewer deeper than that epic moment when Armstrong took “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” to show what it must have felt like to leave the world behind, with a high chance of never coming Director Damien Chazelle, screenwriter Josh Singer and cast members Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, back. “This was a story that needed Olivia Hamilton and Claire Foy to hinge between the Moon and the family in extraordinary circumstances. Armstrong’s family to prepare for a kitchen sink,” Chazelle said of the The mundanity of real life in film that dials down the patriotic glory film that begins in 1961 as the United “First Man” contrasts with the enormity and focuses on the bravery and frailty States trails the Soviet Union in the of the mission. of its characters. space race, through to the 1969 Moon Armstrong is told he has been While the Oscar-winning space landing - with many personal and selected to head the Apollo 11 mission adventure “Gravity”, which opened professional crises on the way. in the unglamorous setting of his Venice in 2013, seduced audiences by At the kitchen sink is work’s toilet. When he tells his son he the graceful beauty of floating above Armstrong’s wife Janet, played by “The is going to the Moon, the boy replies by the Earth, “First Man” squeezes the Crown” actress Claire Foy, who tells asking if he can play in the garden. viewer into a cramped capsule from a friend she married the aeronautical “Their dad wasn’t an astronaut, which Armstrong gets occasional engineer “because I wanted a normal he was their dad,” said Foy, who, like glimpses of the Moon as he steers life”, but finds herself bringing up a the rest of the cast, spoke to towards touch-down - scenes Chazelle

made deliberately claustrophobic and disorientating. “Space is obviously mostly this kind of black void, and you’re traveling searching for objects, or searching for landing areas, in this expanse that is mostly completely nebular, and then on top of that you are in these kind of flying tin cans,” he told reporters. “So everything about it felt terrifying to me and made me all the more the amazed that it even halfway worked out - so I wanted to capture that.” Co-produced by Steven Spielberg, “First Man” is based on a 2005 biography by historian James Hansen which hints at a remarkable gesture Armstrong may have made while standing on the Moon. In the movie’s version of that scene, Armstrong lifts the reflective outer visor on his helmet, revealing his suppressed anguish as he remembers a tragedy in his life, many years ago and a world away, before composing himself for the journey home. “First Man” is one of 21 movies in competition for the Golden Lion which will be awarded on Sept 8.

Robin Leach of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ dies Leach and producer Al Masini LAS VEGAS — Robin Leach, Celine Dion tweeted. “He was a whose voice crystallized the opulent thoughtful and considerate man, and coined the catchphrase and conceived 1980s on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich a great supporter of the entertainment the show. “He asked me if I could get and Famous,” died Friday. He was 76 scene in Las Vegas.” Magician Criss Angel tweeted magnates T. Boone Pickens or Sam His son, Steven Leach, said he died in that he met “Uncle Robin,” as he Walton to do the show,” Leach told Las Vegas, where he made his home. Leach had a stroke in affectionately referred to Leach, in The Huffington Post in 2016. “In my naivete, I said, ‘Of course.’ And thus, November while on vacation in 2004 and became fast friends. Mexico that led to a months-long “There will never be another,” ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’” Leach said in later years that recovery, much of which he spent at he wrote. Leach covered the excesses someone still shouted “champagne the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio before returning to Las Vegas in June. His and sometimes gaudy style of the wishes and caviar dreams” at him son said Leach suffered another stroke 1980s, a time before oil billionaires, almost daily. He was constantly Monday. titans of industry and Wall Street parodied, and like other distinctive “Champagne wishes and traders gave way to sneaker-wearing voices of the age like Arnold caviar dreams” was Leach’s sign- tech execs as the world’s richest people. Schwarzenegger and Howard Cosell, Robin Leach attends the Food Network’s 20th Leach appeared occasionally everyone had a Leach impression. off at the end of every episode of his syndicated show’s decade-long run on the show, but he and his “Saturday Night Live” birthday party in New York “Lifestyles of the Rich and that began in 1984. unmistakable English-accent narrated consistently satirized him through Celebrities and others took to throughout, taking wishful viewers the years, with Harry Shearer as a Famous” was the core of Leach’s career social media to express condolences on tours of mansions with diamond- subdued Leach hosting “Lifestyles of that spanned six decades and included and share stories about their crusted chandeliers, yachts with the Relatives of the Rich and Famous” stints with CNN, People magazine, interactions with Leach. Jacuzzis, and champagne that ran in the 1980s, and Dana Carvey as a Entertainment Tonight and the Daily “Saddened to hear the news to four figures. It was much like rap brash, shouting Leach on “Weekend Mail, where he began as a writer in Update” in the 1990s. Britain at 18. that Robin Leach has passed away,” videos would do in future decades.


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ASSOCIATE CRIMINAL ATTORNEY F Chambers, Attorneys at Law is seeking to employ an Associate Criminal Attorney. Applicants must have at least 7 years post qualification experience, with specialization in the area of Criminal Law. Duties will include assisting and expanding the Criminal Law Department of the firm, undertaking a variety of work including all aspects of criminal defence and human rights work. Starting Salary $2,100.00 to $3,000.00 per month based on Experience and relevant Qualifications. Kindly forward all resumes and qualification details to the below address with copy to the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Department and Immigration Board: All applications must be submitted to: Human Resources Department F Chambers Attorneys at Law 007 Emily House, 1105 Leeward Highway, Providenciales Tel 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email: sas@fchamberslaw.com

BOAT CAPTAIN Turks Fleet Ltd is seeking suitably qualified candidates for the above position.Applicant must have a valid Boat Master’s License and be proficient in any software on the vessel, able to use it day to day or in an emergency. Applicant must also be organized and have a strong eye for detail, able to find any reason why the vessel may not be seaworthy or any machinery would be dangerous and able to deal with any problems effectively in open sea. Starting Salary $1400.00 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 Turks Fleet Ltd Club Med, Gracebay Tel: 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email: turkoisemanager@seafaridiving.com

WORK PERMIT ADVERTISEMENT REQUIREMENT The Ministry of Border Control and Employment is reminding employers, as well as the general public, that the Immigration Ordinance 2015 which was brought into force on April 1, 2016 established new conditions for advertising jobs which must be met when recruiting new staff or seeking a work permit renewal. For clarity, Section 28(2) of the Immigration Ordinance states the following:  The advertisement condition is satisfied if the employer has advertised the position in at least two consecutive issues of a newspaper published in and sold or distributed on the islands and the advertisement.  Describes the nature of the position available in sufficient detail to enable persons reading the advertisement to have a reasonable indication of the nature of the work and conditions of employment.  Contains the name of the employer and details of the whereabouts of the office or other places to which the application is to be submitted together with contact details, including telephone and fax numbers and an email address.  Sets out clearly the salary package relating to the position.  Invites prospective applicants who are islanders to send copies of their applications to the Board; and state whether the position is currently held by a work permit holder. ALL EMPLOYMENT AND RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WHEN PLACING ADS NEED TO IDENTIFY IN THE ADS WHO THE POTENTIAL EMPLOYER WILL BE. N.B. FAILURE TO MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL RESULT IN APPLICATIONS NOT BEING ACCEPTED BY THE CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER. For further information or questions please refer to the following; Website: http://www.gov.tc/work-permits Email address: infobordercontrol@gov.tc

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Is looking for a Communications Specialist

Job Description: Manage all communications with clients & staff (written and in person) Produce marketing content for clients and company Produce monthly reports for clients Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field 5+ years experience Strong writing skills Proficient in QuickBooks, Photoshop and other media publishing software Fluent in English, French, Spanish Driver’s license and means of transport Willing to work weekends and holidays Willing to travel for work Salary $30,000 per annum This position being advertised is a new position Belongers may remit applications directly to the Board of Employment Please Contact: (649) 431-9963

Caicos Pride Products Ltd. is looking for: Executive Secretary •Responsible for supporting high-level executives and management or entire departments. • Provides administrative support and performs numerous duties, including scheduling,writing business correspondence, emailing, handling visitors, routing callers, and answering questions and requests. •Provide administrative and clerical support to departments or individuals. •Coordinates office management activities. •Coordinate travel arrangements; prepares itineraries; prepares, compiles and maintains travel vouchers and records. •Maintain hard copy and electronic filing system. •Other duties as assigned •Sign for UPS/Fed Ex/Airborne packages. Requirements >Minimum of 1 year experience >Proficient in English >Must be self- motivated with the ability to work effectively without Supervision >Must capable of working long and variable work for extended periods of time. >Must have clean Police Clearance >Will work at South Caicos -Salary $6.25/per hour Please Contact – Caicos Pride Products Ltd. +6492323320 This position is vacant. Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders are encouraged to apply directly and submit a copy of their application to the Immigration Board

Caicos Pride Products Ltd. is looking for: Plant Worker/ Conch Peeler /Lobster Processor / Fish Processor •Cut, clean, trim and grade and pack Fish, Conch and Lobster •Prepare daily production report •Responsible for order and maintenance of Freezer •Cleaning plant equipment’s and performing other duties as assigned. Requirements > Minimum of 1 year experience > Proficient in English > Must be self- motivated with the ability to work effectively without Supervision > Must capable of working long and variable work for extended periods of time. > Must have clean Police Clearance - Salary $6.25/per hour - Others will be paid by per pound basis base on individual production Please Contact – Caicos Pride Products Ltd. +6492323320 This position is currently held by work permit holder. Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders are encouraged to apply directly and submit a copy of their application to the Immigration Board.

Ward’s Consultancy Acting on behalf of our client

INSIGHT LTD 5 Academy Ave. Downtown, Providenciales Is seeking to employ the following position: BAKER •Bakes 6-10 times a day •Fill out baker log for each bake •Assisting cashiers with serving ice cream/food when either shop is busy •Cleaning the fridges when excessive ice is built inside •Keep work area clean and tidy (washing baking sheet, swiping floor, wiping floor and organizing the fridge). •Keeping the shelves in the Downtown organized. •Salary $7.25 per hour Please contact: 399-9000 Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder.


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Oasis Sky Lounge Providenciales, Airport road Is seeking one waitress. must be able to stock bar, serve food, and keep work area clean. Salary $6.25 must work 6 days a week, salary $6.25 contact: 254 2098 This position is held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

S&S Beauty Salon & Spa Employer: Stanley Williams. Unit 43, Salt Mills Plaza Currently seeking employment for an experienced Cosmetologist With at least ten (10) years or more experience. The stylist position in the salon is to cut, shampoo, treat etc. Salary is $7.00 per hour. The position is currently held by work permit holder Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board. Please Call us at 941-2233 or 332-2121 or email Email us at ssbeautysalonspa@gmail.com

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Kold Bhoy’s Refrigeration Airport Road, South Back Salina, Grand Turk •Is seeking a Service Engineer Must have at least three years experience Duties include Installation and any service in refrigeration Salary $8:00 per hour •Is seeking a Sales Clerk responsible for obtaining or receiving merchandise, totaling bills, accepting payments and making change for customers in retail store Salary is $6.50 per hour •Is seeking a Store Clerk Maintaining the shop and selling parts for the refrigerators Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 246-1984 All persons must work 44 hours and on call These positions are new positions Prospective applicants who are Islanders can send copies of their applications to the Board

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The Landing Bar & Kitchen, Grace Bay Is looking for the following: Restaurant Chef •Must be willing to work weekends, nights and holidays •Must be willing to work 6 days per week, clean kitchen after service •Must have a good knowledge of Mediterranean food, grilling/bbq, sauces, butchery, cooking of seafood and dressing •Must have current Food Safety and Hygiene certification Please call 341-5856 for applications Salary for Chef is $950.00 per month Position is already held by Work Permit Holder (existing position) Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

LABOURER WANTED Grand Turk Duties include building plans to meet the needs of clients. Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding etc Salary $7.00 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact 231-0500 This position is currently held by a Non-Belonger Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

LABOURER WANTED Grand Turk Duties include: Cleaning the yard, maintaining the surrounding, and assist with taking out garbage and to be assigned to any other duties Salary $7.00 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 946-1570 This position is currently held by a Non-Belonger Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking a Cleaner Duties include mopping, dusting and sweeping all class rooms To work 3 days a week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact Edward Smith at: 245-8334 This position is a new position Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

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SALON HELPER WANTED In Grand Turk Duties include delivering outstanding customer service while providing high quality shampoos and conditioning treatments. Also assist guests and team members. Salary $100.00 per week To work 6 days per week Please Contact 242-3823 or 341-8733 This position is currently held by a Non-Belonger Applicants who are TCI Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

Downtown, Providenciales Is seeking a Cosmetologist Duties include provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp To work 6 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact# 241-2550 This position is held by a Work Permit Holder Belongers may remit applications directly to the Board of Employment

Rosa Maria Clare

Larry Joseph

Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work in South Caicos 6 days per week Pay is minimum wages $6.50 per hour Applicant must be able to wash iron, and clean house This position is held by a work permit holder Please contact 346 7377 Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

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Is seeking a Labourer To work in South Caicos Applicant must be able to do light construction work. Pay is $6.50 per hour Please contact 247-3599 This position is held by a work permit holder. Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board

Old Airport Road, Grand Turk. Is seeking Two (2) Waitresses To work (5) days per week (shiftwork) Duties entail cleaning of bar & Restaurant, serving food and drinks to customers Position pays $6.25 per hour at 40 hours minimum per week Positions are currently filled by a Dominican National Prospective applicants who are Islanders can send copies of their applications to the Board Please Contact: 6492460623

Ralph Doughty LABOURER WANTED Grand Turk Duties include building plans to meet the needs of clients. Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding etc Salary $6.25 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact 244-4789 This position is currently held by a Non-Belonger Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

SEE MORE TCI VILLAS & PROPERTIES LTD Villa Renaissance, Grace Bay Providenciales Maintenance man and a Porter needed To work small hotel in Providenciales TCI To work 6 days per week Salary: $8.00 per hour -Based on experience Contact: Email -llawrence@hlbtci.com or call (649) 9416422 Dead line 17 September 2018 These positions are new positions Prospective applicants who are Islanders can send copies of their applications to the Board

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Providenciales, Blue Hills Is seeking 1 Care Taker •Must be able to care for a small toddler, change the diapers of infant, Prepare meals and organize mealtimes and snacks for the child & Supervise and monitor the safety of the child in their care. To work 6 days per week Salary $6.25 per Hour This position is held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are TC Islanders are requested to submit their applications to the immigration board Please Contact 244-3939 #539044

Nice & easy Construction Providenciales, Five cays Is seeking 1 Carpenter Must be able to do roofing work, also general wood work etc. Salary $8.00 per Hour To work 5 days per week This position is held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board Please Contact 344-5557 #539043

Luc Maximilien

In South Caicos, Is seeking 2 Fishermen /Divers Duties include diving for Fish, Conch, Lobster etc and keeping the fishing vessel clean Must be able to work 5 days per week Salary $400.00 per week Please Contact: 341-1123 These positions are new positions Prospective applicants who are TC Islanders can send copies of their applications to the Board

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Bahamas PM in no rush to appoint new CJ

“We can’t say that it’s going to Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said the government must take a month, two months. He wants move as quickly as it can to appoint a to make sure that the former CJ is new chief justice in the wake of the properly interred. “He said, ‘Let me do that first death of former Chief Justice Stephan and we will look at who the substantive Isaacs. But Press Secretary in the chief justice will be after that. Right Office of the Prime Minister Anthony now, there is an acting chief justice. Newbold said Prime Minister Dr. The wheels of justice continue to turn Hubert Minnis will not rush the effectively and efficiently. That is as important as anything else’.” process. Isaacs passed away last The governor general appoints the Friday, two weeks after he was sworn chief justice on the recommendation of in as chief justice. the prime minister after consultation He was appointed acting chief with the leader of the opposition. In an interview earlier this justice last December but was only confirmed to the substantive post week, Davis said, “I think that it was known and government ought to have earlier this month. During his weekly press known that Justice Isaacs was not briefing yesterday, Newbold was well. asked when a new chief justice would “So, they should have kept in the back of their minds always that, ‘Look, we be named. “The prime minister will need to see how long he will stay’. “I think they need to move as consider that,” Newbold said. “He will take his time and as quick possible to appoint a chief justice. he told me, ‘I’m going to take my time “It is always important. Don’t and deliberate and think about what’s forget, the arms of government are in the front of me’. said to be three pillars: the judiciary,

the executive and Parliament. To have either of those without a head leaves it rudderless. “It is never a good thing not to have a permanent chief justice just as it is not good not to have a prime minister or not to have a speaker of the House. You must always have those things.” In the months before Isaacs’ appointment to the substantive post, Minnis was roundly criticized for his delay in naming a chief justice. The Bahamas Bar Association, the opposition and even Minister of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson expressed concern over the delay. Court officials also led a protest, organized by Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis, over the delay. Isaacs died at 63. In his final interview with the media, Isaacs said he was hoping to improve efficiency at the courts. However, he noted there were many Stephen Isaacs challenges.

Hurricane’s death toll in Puerto Rico put at nearly 3,000 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor raised the U.S. territory’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate, sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted. The new estimate of nearly 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electrical grid was made by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. “We never anticipated a scenario of zero communication, zero energy, zero highway access,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello told reporters. “I think the lesson is to anticipate the worst. ... Yes, I made mistakes. Yes, in hindsight, things could’ve been handled differently.” He said he is creating a commission to study the hurricane response, and a registry of people vulnerable to the next hurricane, such as the elderly, the bedridden and kidney dialysis patients. Rossello acknowledged Puerto Rico remains vulnerable to another major storm. He said the government has improved its communication systems and established a network to distribute food and medicine, but he noted that there are still 60,000 homes without a proper roof and that the power grid is still unstable. “A lesson from this is that efforts for assistance and recovery need to focus as much as possible on lowerincome areas, on people who are older,

administration, which was accused of responding half-heartedly to the disaster. Shortly after the storm, when the official death toll stood at 16, President Donald Trump marveled over the small loss of life compared to that of “a real catastrophe like Katrina.” Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans in 2005, was directly responsible for about 1,200 deaths, according to the National Hurricane Center. That does not include indirect deaths of the sort the George Washington researchers counted in Puerto Rico. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat, said the report shows the U.S. government failed the people of Puerto Rico. “These numbers are only the latest to underscore that the federal response to the hurricanes was disastrously inadequate and, as a result, thousands of our fellow a Puerto Rican national flag is mounted on debris of a damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane American citizens lost their lives,” she Maria in the seaside slum La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico said in a statement. who are more vulnerable,” said Lynn biostatistics at the University of Texas There is no national standard Goldman, dean of the Milken institute. MD Anderson Cancer Center who for how to count disaster-related Tuesday’s finding is almost was not involved in the study, said he deaths. While the National Hurricane twice the government’s previous believes the report is more accurate Center reports only direct deaths, estimate, included in a recent report than the one released by Harvard such as those caused by flying debris to Congress, that there were 1,427 investigators in May that estimated or drowning, some local governments more deaths than normal in the three up to 4,600 more deaths than usual may include indirect deaths from such months after the storm. occurred. things as heart attacks and house fires. The George Washington He said the data sources used Researchers with George researchers said the official count from by George Washington also are better, Washington said they counted deaths the Sept. 20 hurricane was low in part “but its accuracy is not as great as they over the span of six months — a much because doctors were not trained in advertise.” longer period than usual — because how to classify deaths after a disaster. “If the true number of deaths so many people were without power The number of deaths from attributable to Maria turns out to be during that time. September 2017 to February 2018 was 2,000 then I would not be surprised,” Power has not yet been fully 22 percent higher than during the same he said. restored to Puerto Rico nearly a year period in previous years, Goldman said. The number of dead has after the hurricane, and outages Donald Berry, a professor of political implications for the Trump remain common.


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In Jamaica, a 5-year-old girl’s dreadlocks are at the center of a Supreme Court battle

KINGSTON, Jamaica — discrimination. The case will be heard Sherine Virgo was excited when her in January. 5-year-old daughter was accepted to a “This is an important first prestigious public school in a suburb victory that will allow the child to of the Jamaican capital. But when the attend school and receive an education mother attended an orientation over which she has a constitutional right to. the summer, the principal informed Without this court order, she faced the her that she would have to cut off her prospect of being denied an education daughter’s dreadlocks. simply for refusing to remove her “I said, ‘I will not be cutting her dreadlocks,” the executive director of hair,’ ” Virgo recounted. The principal Jamaicans for Justice, Rodje Malcolm, explained that the no-dreadlocks policy said in a statement. was a matter of hygiene and avoiding Rastafarians are part of a lice in the school, the mother recalled. political and religious movement “Here you’re thinking that founded in the 1930s in Jamaica that this should not be a problem,” Virgo drew from Revival, Christian and said. “We are just trying to get her an African faiths. The movement became education.” popular in part as a reaction to British Virgo’s daughter started co­lo­ni­al­ rule, said Erin MacLeod, a classes Wednesday at Kensington Rastafari scholar who teaches at Vanier Primary School with her dreadlocks College in Montreal. Rastafarians are intact after a legal battle that has gone believed to make up about 2 percent all the way to the Supreme Court of of the island’s population. One of the this Caribbean island. best-known advocates of the faith was Earlier this month, the the Jamaican musician Bob Marley. court handed down an injunction Virgo and her daughter do not ordering that the girl — identified in consider themselves Rastafarians, but court documents only as “Z,” because wear dreadlocks as a way to express she is a minor — be permitted to their identity. attend school. It was a first step in a “It is our natural hair, it is constitutional challenge by a human- our nation’s culture and it what God rights group, Jamaicans for Justice, has blessed us with,” Virgo said. She that could bring an end to the practice declined to provide her daughter’s of barring children with dreadlocks or name, citing a desire for privacy for the “natural” hair from school. Jamaicans girl. also think it could help diminish the The ban on dreadlocks appears historically discriminatory treatment to be a practice adopted by some schools, of Rastafarians, who wear their hair in but is not in the law. dreadlocks as part of their culture. The court challenge is against The human-rights group is challenging both the school and the Ministry of the school’s prohibition on dreadlocks Education. Calls and emails to the by arguing that it violates the child’s ministry seeking comment were not constitutional rights — including answered. A spokesman at the prime the right to an education, freedom minister’s office declined to comment, of speech and freedom from official referring the matter to the

Sherine Virgo refuses to cut her 5-year-old daughter’s dreadlocks, seen above, at the request of her daughter’s school. The case has gone to the Jamaican Supreme Court ministry. Attempts to reach officials Rastafarians in the community of Coral at Kensington Primary School were Gardens in Montego Bay. Hundreds of unsuccessful. Rastafarians were subsequently jailed Since the injunction was issued, and some were forcibly shorn of their the Ministry of Education has released hair. Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew suggested guidelines for students’ Holness, earlier this year issued a hairstyles, including permission for formal apology for the crackdown and females to wear dreadlocks if they are promised compensation. neat. The dreadlocks issue hasn’t Carolyn Cooper, a retired just affected female students. In 2016, professor of cultural studies at the a 3-year-old Jamaican boy was expelled University of the West Indies, said from school after his mother, Donna Rastafarians have experienced Amritt, refused to cut his hair. discrimination for decades. “This is more than a gender “This is part of a whole related issue, it is a racial issue,” said prejudice that has historical Amritt, adding that white children with antecedents,” she said. long hair faced no similar requirement. The Rastafari movement was Damian Crawford is a senator initially regarded as a subversive from the opposition party People’s anti-colonial force by the government. National Party. He has dreadlocks Suspicion of its members lingered even and has resisted pressure to cut them. after Jamaica became independent in “Covertly, even people who support me 1962. said I should trim (my dreadlocks) to In 1963, 10 people were killed ascend more rapidly,” he said. in a confrontation between police and

Virus outbreak affects hundreds at Sandals Bahamas resort

Caribbean Nationals Among 19 Indicted For Illegally Voting In 2016

A debilitating stomach virus has spread like wildfire through the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort in Nassau, blitzing guests and staff members alike with severe vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhea, in what some have described as the worst viral outbreak to occur on cruise ship or resort facility in The Bahamas to date. According to the ministry of health, some 100 guests and visitors were admitted to hospital, experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The ministry of health and

the Department of Environmental Health were dispatched to the property in an attempt to determine the exact cause of the illness and how to contain the spread to others guests and staff members. The BHMAWU said it is working overtime to assist staff and visitors alike during the outbreak. “The union is willing to assist with anything the management at Sandals wishes them to help coordinate during this crisis to ensure that the workers are safe, visitors are happy and that we can mitigate against issues like this in the future,” Ferguson said.

St Kitts-Nevis minister’s son shot to death BASSETERRE, St Kitts — A son of St Kitts and Nevis minister of public infrastructure, posts, urban development and transport, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, was killed by gunfire on Monday night. According to reports, Mickail ‘Mitch’ Liburd was ambushed by at least three armed and masked men shortly after 10 pm as he got out of his car. The young Liburd was reportedly shot several times. On behalf of the government and people of St Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris extended deepest sympathy to his

Cabinet colleague. In his capacity as minister of national security, Harris encouraged the people of St Kitts and Nevis to provide any information relevant to the investigation of the fatal shooting. The St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) candidate for St Christopher 1 (East Basseterre), Dr Geoffrey Hanley, also expressed sympathy to the parliamentary representative and his opponent in the next general elections. Liburd’s murder takes the number of persons killed for this year to 20.

Five Caribbean nationals are among 19 charged in the Eastern District of North Carolina with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections. They include two nationals from Haiti and one each from Guyana, Grenada and the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean immigrants were charged by a federal grand jury in Wilmington with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship to register to vote in North Carolina, and also with unlawfully voting. The indictments follow an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as part of a newly created Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Those charged are: Dieudonne Soifils, 71, and Merius Jean, 54, of Haiti; Olive Agatha Martin, age 71, of Guyana, Elvis David Fullerton, 54, of Grenada and

Sarah Emilia Silverio-Polanco, 35, of the Dominican Republic. If convicted, they face maximum penalties of six years in federal prison, a $350,000 fine and a term of supervised release plus likely deportation. Six Latin American immigrants were also charged including Diana Patricia FrancoRodriguez, 26; Jose Cruz SolanoRodriguez, 41, Juan Francisco Landeros-Mireles, 64, and Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, 63, of Mexico; Dora Maybe Damatta-Rodriguez, 64, of Panama and Jose Jaime RamiroTorres, 52, of El Salvador; If convicted, FrancoRodriguez faces maximum penalties of 26 years in federal prison, a $350,000 fine, and a term of supervised release. The case is being prosecuted federally by the office of Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


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CTO Reveals Caribbean Visitor Numbers in 2017

Last year’s numbers in terms of Caribbean foreign visits were achieved despite hurricanes Irma and Maria that wiped out the fourth quarter for several island destinations, some of which are still struggling to regain their footing. At the time that the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) released its forecast for 2018, Hugh Riley, secretary general, said that global economic conditions were expected to be favorable for 2018, citing low oil prices and higher hourly wages in the U.S. However, he also warned that unpredictable factors could suppress tourism: political tension, threats of terrorist attacks and extreme weather events. But through, or to, June of this year (not every country reports its visitor stats on the same schedule), the numbers were looking strong for several destinations in terms of stayover arrivals and cruise passengers. Of the 19 destinations reporting international stayover arrival data for 2018 so far, growth was recorded in 12 while declines were reported in seven. Cruise passenger arrivals increased in 13 out of 21 destinations and decreased in eight. GRENADA Halfway through 2018, Grenada was outpacing its record

tourism numbers from last year, according to the Grenada Tourism Authority. Cruise visitors, stayover nights and yacht arrivals through June increased 21.2%, to 314,216. Stayovers jumped 10.7%, to 79,371 visitors. The U.S., the largest market, increased 18.11%, to 37,281. In June alone, U.S. market share topped 50%, led by those from New York, New Jersey and Florida, followed by Canada, the Caribbean region and the U.K. News from the cruise industry was equally positive. Overall, through June the sector grew by 26.5% and passenger count increased from 174,000, to more than 220,000. The CTO ranked Grenada fourth for positive growth in cruise passenger arrivals thus far in 2018 behind Bermuda, Curacao and Martinique. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Last year, the two-island nation welcomed more than one million sea and air arrivals, a record, although numbers to Barbuda, which were never very high, severely contracted after Hurricane Irma. Tourism to Antigua jumped 7%, to more than 148,000 visitors through June. This was the strongest overall increase in 15 years for that time period, according to Charles Fernandez, its minister of tourism

and investment. Key source markets, including the U.S., Canada and the U.K., fueled the increases. This growth is set to continue with significant increased airlift from North America this fall, as well as a full cruise schedule. CUBA

While numbers through June are not available, the Cuban Ministry of Tourism reported one million tourists had visited the country through March, according to Janet Ayala, the director of communication for the Cuban Ministry of Tourism. The country welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors in 2017, of whom approximately 620,000 were Americans, but U.S. tourism dipped following confusion regarding the Trump administration’s restrictions on travel to the country announced in June 2017 and later with mistaken concerns about damage from Hurricane Irma. Tourism began to bounce back in June after a slump of several months, bolstered by increased visits from cruise ships. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC In the first five months of 2018, the DR’s tourism industry registered a 5.9% increase and welcomed more than 2.9 million visitors, according to

statistics from the Central Bank. The country accounted for 21% of all Caribbean travel in 2017, with 6.1 million visitors. The U.S. was the largest source market, supplying more than two million tourists, followed by Canada with 837,000. JAMAICA

The island recorded an overall market growth of 5.4% from January to June, with stopover arrivals increasing by 5.9%, to more than 1.25 million, and cruise passengers by 4.8%, to more than one million. These figures translated to 100,000 more tourists year-overyear and earned a sizable increase in foreign exchange earnings, according to Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism. These increases came despite implementation of enhanced security measures earlier in the year to curb crime in Montego Bay. BARBADOS The destination continues on its path of positive growth in 2018, attracting 357,668 stayover visitors from January to June, an increase of 3.1% over the 2017 six-month mark. The five top-producing markets were the U.K., up 2.8 in arrivals; the U.S., up 8.8%; Canada, up 2.9%, the Caribbean region itself, up 3.1%, and Europe, up 4.3%.

Barbados PM Mottley and former US AG Eric Holder tour municipal complex Prime Minister Mia Amor that some of the workers at the facility Mottley and Attorney General Dale lived in the parish and noted that Marshall today accompanied former institutions were often best served by Attorney General of the United States people who had intimate knowledge of America, Eric Holder Jr., on tour of and strong ties to the communities. the municipal complex in St Joseph, “This is an example of where which bears his name. we need to be going in the rest of And at the end of the the country in terms of allowing a approximately one-hour tour of the more local touch and that is why the Eric Holder Jr. Municipal Complex, Government is intent on the creation they all remarked on how well the of the People’s Assemblies, to allow for building was being maintained. a greater devolution of our governance Prime Minister Mottley arrangements to the people who are said: “I want to thank those who affected by the services that are being occupy these premises, the place is in provided to them,” she explained. a wonderful shape; and in Barbados Mottley described the former where maintenance has been an issue AG as an illustrious Barbadian, who for so many public buildings, it is represents the best of this country’s refreshing to see . . . .” She added that values. “He has had a distinguished when the project was conceptualised, career in the US and is globally it was anchored with a maintenance recognised as one of those citizens who programme and the benefits of such has upheld the rule of law in this very were evident. difficult and challenging time in the She reiterated that through the world’s history,” she stated. Ministry of Public Works, Transport Holder said he was pleased to and Maintenance, Government was be in Barbados and at the complex he committed to the creation of a new dedicated nine years ago. He continued: framework by law to establish a “It is nice to see how wonderfully sinking fund so that buildings could be maintained this is and how important maintained. this is to this community.” Mottley highlighted the fact He stated that Prime Minister

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (centre) making a point after the tour while former United States Attorney General, Eric Holder Jr. (left) and Attorney General Dale Marshall look on Mottley and the Attorney General He continued: “I know that you have were engaged in a serious process that indicated an interest in giving tangible would help this nation deal with the support to the use of that library, problems that confronted them when especially by our younger children, and they came to office. I look forward to engaging with you “I have great confidence in her further on that particular exercise.” abilities; she is not only a colleague Holder is vacationing in I respect, she is a friend and I think Barbados and leaves the island later Barbados is indeed very lucky to have this week. her leading this great nation,” the The Eric Holder Jr. Municipal former Attorney General stated. Complex houses the Tamarind Hall Attorney General Marshall Branch Library, a post office and thanked Holder for his interest in the District “F” Magistrate’s Court and public library, describing it as “one of Police Station. (BGIS) the finest assets” of the complex.

Trinidad’s state-run Petrotrin to cease oil refining operations Trinidad and Tobago’s Petrotrin beginning in October will halt refining operations due to recurring losses from costly crude imports over the last five years, the state-run oil firm said on Tuesday. Many of the Caribbean region’s state-owned refineries have struggled in recent years as rising crude prices and high operating expenses cannot be fully recouped

from fuel sales to consumers. Petrotrin currently produces 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude, while its refinery operates at a capacity of 140,000 bpd, which requires the crude supplies to be imported. “We have to go to the market to buy about 100,000 barrels of oil (per day) to make up the shortfall. This results in a net loss in foreign exchange,” Petrotrin Chairman

Wilfred Espinet said in a statement. Petrotrin requires a cash injection of nearly $4 billion to remain in operation, upgrade its infrastructure and repay its debt. The firm has lost over $1 billion in the last five years and racked up nearly $2 billion in debt. It also owes the government about $500 million in taxes and royalties.

Shutting the refinery is expected to affect 2,600 permanent jobs, including 1,700 direct jobs at the facility, Petrotrin said. To provide for the Caribbean archipelago’s gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels needs, Petrotrin plans to import 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Any crude produced will be exported, it said.


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Liberal Democrat and Trump-backed Republican to face off for Florida governor

Liberal mayor Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset in the Democratic primary for Florida governor on Tuesday, beating several better-funded rivals to set up a November showdown against a Republican aligned with President Donald Trump. The Tallahassee mayor would be the state’s first black governor if he wins. He beat moderate Gwen Graham, a former U.S. representative and daughter of a prominent Florida politician, after running as an unabashed progressive who backed “Medicare for all,” impeaching Trump and standing up to the National Rifle Association. Gillum, 39, will square off in November against Republican U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, a conservative who won his primary by touting his closeness to Trump, in one of the country’s top governor’s races. The November battle between progressives and conservative Trump Republicans will be closely watched by both parties for clues about the mood of voters and messaging ahead of

2020, when Trump could be seeking reelection against a liberal Democrat. It also represents a change in direction for Florida Democrats, who have been out of the governor’s office in the state for 20 years; two more moderate candidates fell short against Rick Scott in 2010 and 2014. Scott, now term-limited, won a primary contest to face incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in a key Senate race in November. The Florida contest came on the last big day of state nominating contests before the Nov. 6 elections, when Democrats will try to pick up 23 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities and slam the brakes on Trump’s legislative agenda. Gillum’s win was a surprise, as he trailed Graham in the polls for much of the race but surged in the final stages with the backing of liberal U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and highprofile liberal donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer. Several other candidates were also competing for the nomination,

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum celebrates his victory with supporters during his election watch party at Hotel Duval including former Miami Beach mayor “We have shown the rest of the Philip Levine, who, along with Graham, country that we can be the David in the outspent Gillum. situation where there is a Goliath,” he Gillum emphasized his told supporters after his victory. “That background as the son of a bus driver you can be the non-millionaire, you can and construction worker and pledged to come from a working class family, and galvanize younger and minority voters you can make your way to the top.” who often sit out midterm elections. Only five states remain to pick His strongest performance was in candidates in early September before the state’s largest metro areas, with full attention turns to the November big margins in counties that include election, when all 435 House seats and Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa, the 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at three biggest cities. stake.

White House probes Google after Trump accuses it of bias WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google’s search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding “fair media” coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take. Trump’s attack against the Alphabet Inc unit follows a string of grievances against technology companies, including social media Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc, which he has accused of silencing conservative U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a voices, and Amazon.com Inc, question during an interview with Reuters which he has said is hurting small in the Oval Office of the White House in businesses and benefiting from Washington, U.S. August 20, 2018 a favorable deal with the U.S. Postal Services. He frequently careful. It’s not fair to large berates news outlets for what he portions of the population.” perceives as unfair coverage. Facebook declined Google denied any to comment. Twitter did not political bias, saying in a comment when asked for a statement that its search engine response. In congressional is “not used to set a political testimony, both companies have agenda and we don’t bias our denied engaging in partisan results toward any political censorship. ideology.” Neither Trump nor the Trump said in several White House detailed how or tweets on Tuesday that Google under what legal justification search results for “Trump they would use to probe Google. News” were “rigged” against Trump’s economic him because they showed only adviser, Larry Kudlow, later told coverage from outlets like CNN reporters that the White House and not conservative publications, was “taking a look” at Google, suggesting the practice was saying the administration would illegal. do “some investigation and some “I think Google is really analysis,” without providing taking advantage of our people,” further details. Trump said on Tuesday in the Earlier this summer, Oval Office. “Google, and Twitter the new Republican chair of and Facebook, they are really the Federal Trade Commission, treading on very, very troubled Joseph Simons, said the agency territory, and they have to be would keep a close eye on big

tech companies that dominate the internet. In a previous investigation, the FTC decided that Google was likely justified in developing a search function that harmed other companies. In June Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat, asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s alleged anticompetitive behavior in the online search and advertising markets. Congressional sources cautioned that it may be difficult for Trump to find a way to probe Google about news search results, and that Congress is unlikely to pass any applicable laws. U.S. member of Congress Ted Lieu, a Democrat, said in a tweet directed at Trump that such restrictions on Google would violate the U.S. Constitution: “If government tried to dictate the free speech algorithms of private companies, courts would strike it down in a nanosecond.” Shares of Alphabet closed down 0.8 percent at $1,245.86. While the exact science behind Google searches on the internet is kept secret, its basic principles are widely known to be generated with a variety of factors measured by the company’s algorithms. The factors Google uses to determine which websites appear first in search results include how often that page is linked to on other sites, the use of keywords, the popularity and respectability of the news site, and personal browsing history of the person conducting the search.

Bolivian woman might be world’s oldest at nearly 118 SACABA, Bolivia — Julia Flores Colque still sings with joy in her indigenous Quechua tongue and strums the five strings of a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango, despite a recorded age of almost 118 years. In her long life, she has witnessed two world wars, revolutions in her native Bolivia and the transformation of her rural town of Sacaba from 3,000 people to a bustling city of more than 175,000 in five decades. Her national identity card says Flores Colque was born on Oct. 26, 1900, in a mining camp in the Bolivian mountains. At 117 and just over 10 months, she would be the oldest woman in the Andean nation and perhaps the oldest living person in the world. But a spokeswoman for Guinness World Records says she’s not aware of receiving any application for her and Flores Colque doesn’t seem to care that her record hasn’t been confirmed. She hasn’t even heard of the reference book. These days, she enjoys the company of her dogs, cats and rooster. She is lucid and full of life, and she loves a good cake and singing folkloric songs in Quechua to anyone who comes to visit the dirtfloor adobe home she shares with her 65-year-old grandniece. “If you would have told me you were coming, I’d have remembered all the songs,” she said jokingly while playing the diminutive guitar. She then dipped a finger into a cake, and smiled while she licked the frosting. “She’s always been active, easygoing and fun,” said the grandniece, Agustina Berna. Growing up, the now-centenarian herded sheep and llamas in the Bolivian highlands until she moved in her teenage years to a valley, where she began selling fruits and vegetables. The produce became her main source of sustenance, and she still maintains a healthy diet though she does indulge in the occasional cake and glass of soda. She never married and has no children. The previously world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, died earlier this year. Nabi Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900. Her passing apparently leaves Flores Colque as the world’s oldest living person.


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Former top Vatican official says pope should resign over abuse crisis ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis said on Sunday he would not respond to a former top Vatican official who accused him of having known for years of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent U.S. cardinal, calling on the pontiff to resign in an unprecedented broadside against the pope by a Church insider. Francis, speaking to reporters on the plane returning from a trip to Dublin, said dismissively that a statement containing the accusations “speaks for itself”. In a detailed 11-page bombshell statement given to conservative Roman Catholic media outlets during the pope’s visit to Ireland, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused a long list of current and past Vatican and U.S. Church officials of covering up the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month in disgrace. In remarkably blunt language, Vigano said alleged cover-ups in the Church were making it look like “a conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia”. “Pope Francis has repeatedly asked for total transparency in the Church,” wrote Vigano, who has criticized the pope before. “In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, his extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must

be the first to set a good In his example for cardinals statement, Vigano and bishops who said he had told covered up McCarrick’s Francis in June abuses and resign 2013, just after along with all of them,” he was elected Vigano said. pope by his fellow The statement, cardinals, about which contained no the accusations supporting documents, against McCarrick. was the latest blow to Vigano, the the credibility of the papal envoy in U.S. Church. Nearly Washington from two weeks ago, a grand 2011 to 2016, jury in Pennsylvania also said he had released the findings informed top of the largest-ever Vatican officials investigation of sex Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic as early as 2006 abuse in the U.S. Nuncio of the United States that McCarrick Catholic Church, was suspected finding that 301 priests of abusing adult in the state had sexually abused seminarians while he was a bishop in minors over the past 70 years. two New Jersey dioceses between 1981 On the plane returning from and 2001. He said he never received a a trip to Dublin, reporters asked the response to his 2006 memo. pope about the statement, which was He also accused McCarrick’s published by the National Catholic successor as archbishop of Washington, Register and several other conservative Cardinal Donald Wuerl, of having been media outlets in the United States and aware of the abuse allegations. Wuerl Italy. has said he did not know of them. “I will say sincerely that I In a statement, the must say this, to you (the reporter) and Washington Catholic Archdiocese said: all of you who are interested: Read the “In spite of what Archbishop Vigano’s document carefully and judge it for memo indicates, Cardinal Wuerl yourselves,” he said. did not receive any documentation “I will not say one word on this. or information during his time in I think the statement speaks for itself Washington regarding any actions and you have sufficient journalistic taken against Archbishop McCarrick.” ability to reach your own conclusions,” McCarrick in July became he said. the first cardinal in living memory

to resign his position in the Church leadership after a review concluded that claims he had sexually abused a 16-year-old boy were credible. He was one of the highestranking Church officials accused of sex abuse in a scandal that has rocked the 1.2 billion-member faith since reports of priests abusing children and bishops covering up for them were reported by the Boston Globe in 2002. Since then, patterns of widespread abuse of children have been reported across the United States and Europe, in Chile and Australia, undercutting the Church’s moral authority and taking a toll on its membership and coffers McCarrick, 88, has said he had no recollection of alleged abuse of the minor, but has not commented on widespread media reports that he would force adult men studying for the priesthood to sleep with him at a beach house in New Jersey. Vigano’s statement railed against “homosexual networks present in the Church” - the word “homosexual” appears 18 times, while the word “child” appears only twice, in both cases in the titles of Church documents Vigano cites. Francis asked for forgiveness on Sunday during his highly charged visit to Ireland for the “scandal and betrayal” felt by victims of sexual exploitation by Catholic clergy. On Saturday, he said the corruption and cover-up of abuse amounted to human excrement, according to victims.

Trump unblocks more Twitter users after U.S. court ruling WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unblocked some additional Twitter users after a federal judge in May said preventing people from following him violated individuals constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president’s account, and those of other government officials, were public forums and that blocking Twitter Inc users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on August 10 sent the Justice Department a list of 41 accounts that had remained blocked from Trump’s @ RealDonaldTrump account. The seven users who filed suit had their accounts unblocked in June. The 41 blocked users include a film producer, screenwriter, photographer and author who had criticized President Trump or his

The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account with a message about OPEC policy is seen on April 20, 2018 policies. At least 20 of those individuals a trade group that represents Twitter, said on Twitter that Trump had Facebook Inc, Amazon.com, and Alphabet Inc, filed a brief in the case unblocked them on Tuesday. The 41 users were not a earlier this month that did not back comprehensive list of those blocked by Trump or the blocked users but urged Trump. Rosie O’Donnell, a comedian, the court to “limit its decision to the said on Twitter late Tuesday that she unique facts of this case so that its remained blocked. decision does not reach further than The White House did not necessary or unintentionally disrupt the modern, innovative Internet.” immediately comment late Tuesday. The ruling has raised novel Trump has made his Twitter account, with 54.1 million followers, legal issues. The Internet Association,

an integral and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics. He has blocked many critics, preventing them from directly responding to his tweets. The U.S. Justice Department said the ruling was “fundamentally misconceived” arguing Trump’s account “belongs to Donald Trump in his personal capacity and is subject to his personal control, not the control of the government.” Buchwald rejected the argument that Trump’s First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact. Trump could “mute” users, meaning he would not see their tweets while they could still respond to his, she said, without violating their free speech rights. The Internet Association said the court “should make clear that this case does not implicate the overwhelming majority of social media accounts throughout the Internet.”

Brazil’s top court to rule in September on Lula plea for freedom BRASILIA - Brazil’s Supreme Court will weigh in September an appeal by jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be set free so he can join the presidential campaign already under way, a court spokesperson said on Monday. Lula was jailed in April to start serving a 12-year sentence on a corruption conviction that will almost certainly disqualify him from

running in the October election. He has appealed an earlier decision by a Supreme Court justice who rejected a habeas corpus writ his lawyers had filed seeking his release. The full 11-member court will now rule on the appeal by electronic vote between Sept. 7 and 13, the spokesperson said. Lula is leading polls by a long stretch ahead of the Oct. 7 vote despite

not being able to campaign or take part in presidential debates. Even if Lula is freed while awaiting appeals of his conviction, Brazilian electoral law bans candidates whose guilty verdicts have been upheld on a first appeal, as is Lula’s case. His Workers Party registered his candidacy even though Brazil’s electoral court is expected to bar him from running before the Sept. 17

deadline for altering tickets. Lula has denied receiving bribes from government contractors during his two terms in office and says the corruption case against him is a pretext to keep him from returning to power. A Datafolha poll last week gave him 39 percent of voter support, almost twice that of his nearest rival, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.


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Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters DENVER — A Colorado man told police that he killed his pregnant wife in “a rage” when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation, according to an arrest affidavit released on Monday. Colorado prosecutors, though, filed formal charges earlier in the day, accusing the former oil and gas worker of murdering his entire family days before he was interviewed by local television stations and pleaded for his missing family’s safe return home. Christopher Watts, who is being held without bail, is due back in court on Tuesday morning to be advised of the charges filed against him. District Attorney Michael Rourke declined to answer most questions about the case Monday but said his office has three prosecutors assigned to it. Rourke also said it was too early to discuss whether he will seek the death penalty. Under state law, the top punishment for homicide is the death penalty or life in prison. The arrest affidavit was sealed at prosecutors’ request until Monday, a frequent request in Colorado as prosecutors determine what charges to file after someone has been arrested. Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. (Aug. 20) After filing charges, prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to unseal it — revealing Watts’ confession that he had killed his wife and his accusation that she was responsible for the deaths of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. The document also says police confirmed that Christopher Watts was having an affair with a co-worker, something he denied in earlier conversations with investigators. According to the affidavit, early on the morning of Aug. 13 Christopher Watts told his wife that he wanted to separate. She

Christopher Watts had returned from a business trip a few hours before their conversation. Watts told police that he walked downstairs, leaving his wife in their bedroom. When he returned, Watts said he checked a baby monitor on Shanann’s nightstand and saw his wife strangling their youngest daughter. He said the monitor also showed their oldest daughter sprawled on her bed, looking blue. Watts, 33, said he then “went into a rage” and strangled his wife. He told police that he loaded all three bodies into his work truck, and then he buried his wife at an oil work site and dumped the bodies of Bella and Celeste inside oil tanks. Autopsies have been completed but not released. A judge on Friday denied a request by defense lawyer James Merson to require the coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the children. Watts faces three firstdegree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. The charges come a week after a friend reported Shanann Watts, 34, and the girls missing. Before his arrest last

week, Christopher Watts lamented in interviews with local television stations about missing his wife and daughters. He spoke in front of their home in Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver where fastgrowing subdivisions intermingle with drilling rigs and oil wells. Police spoke with Watts several times before he was arrested late on Wednesday, according to the affidavit. It says Watts initially told police that his conversation with Shanann about a separation was civil but emotional. Watts later told police that both he and his wife were “upset and crying” and Shanann told him she was going to a friend’s house that day. The bodies were found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas drillers, where Watts had worked as an operator. He was fired on Wednesday. Court documents filed by Merson said the girls had been submerged in crude oil for four days. The affidavit says Watts gave police an aerial photograph of the area and identified three areas where he placed the bodies. Investigators used a drone to search the area and spotted a bed sheet that matched other linens found in the family home, along with fresh dirt. Family and friends have said they were shocked by the slayings, saying the family seemed happy and Christopher Watts appeared to be a good father. The social media accounts for Shanann Watts, who was from North Carolina, are filled with photos of the family smiling and playing and posts praising her husband and expressing excitement about the couple expecting their third child. A June 2015 bankruptcy filing showed that the family was dealing with financial strain, including tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt, student loans and medical bills totaling $70,000 in unsecured claims along with a sizable mortgage.

Russia’s Putin takes Siberian hiking break with top security chiefs

Russian President Vladimir Putin MOSCOW - The Kremlin released several official photographs on Monday showing Russian President Vladimir Putin taking a hiking holiday in Siberia with his defense minister and the head of the Federal Security Service, the FSB. The photographs show the 65-year-old Putin in a khaki outfit and hat, carrying binoculars and trekking poles, hiking in forested mountains and enjoying a boat ride on the Yenisei river in the Tuva region of southern Siberia. Previous outdoor snapshots of Putin on holiday, including images of him fishing and sunbathing shirtless, appear intended to demonstrate his robust physical health and vigor as he wrestles with the affairs of state. In one image shown of his Siberian trip, Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu are studying a coniferous sapling, ready for planting. In another, Putin and FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov stand in a forest clearing against a backdrop of forested mountains. Other pictures show Putin at the summit of a mountain, taking a boat ride, and talking to the head of the Sayano-Shushenski Nature Reserve. Putin took the break on his way to the Siberian city of Kemerovo, a coal mining hub, where he attended a meeting with government officials and top managers of energy companies on Monday. “The president, on his way to Kemerovo, decided to fly out earlier and spend Saturday and Sunday in Tuva, on the Yenisei River. He walked in the mountains, admired the beautiful views,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Brazil sends army to border as Venezuelans flee crisis at home LIMA - Brazil said it was sending armed forces to keep order near the Venezuelan border area, while Peru declared a health emergency, as a regional crisis sparked by thousands of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse escalated on Tuesday. In Brazil, where residents rioted and attacked Venezuelan immigrants in a border town earlier this month, President Michel Temer signed a decree to deploy the armed forces to the border state of Roraima. He said the move was aimed at keeping order and ensuring the safety of immigrants. Peru, meanwhile, declared a 60-day health emergency in two provinces on its northern border, citing “imminent danger” to health and sanitation. The decree, published in the government’s official gazette, did not give more details on the risks, but health authorities have previously expressed concerns about the spread of diseases such as measles and malaria

from migrants. The exodus of Venezuelans to other South American countries is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations said this week. Temer blamed the socialist Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro for the migration crisis. “The problem of Venezuela is no longer one of internal politics. It is a threat to the harmony of the whole continent,” Temer said in a televised address. Top immigration officials from Peru, Colombia and Brazil met Brazil’s President Michel Temer attends the in Colombian capital Bogota for a ceremony summit to discuss how to cope with 178,000 of those in Peru have legal the influx. permission to stay or are being There are close to 1 million processed. Venezuelans now living in Colombia In an attempt to track arrivals and more than 400,000 in Peru, the and distribute aid, Colombia and Peru countries said in a joint statement said they would share information after the meeting on Tuesday. Just about migrants in a database.

Maduro has warned migrants they face difficult conditions abroad and invited them to return home. On Tuesday, Venezuela said it had repatriated 89 citizens who had migrated to Peru but sought to return after suffering “cruel treatment.” “They listened to the siren call from abroad ... and all they found in Lima was racism, disdain, and persecution,” Maduro told a news conference. He said Venezuelans should stop leaving the country to clean toilets and return to the “country of opportunity.” Oscar Perez, an activist who works with Venezuelan migrants in Peru, said the repatriation was a publicity stunt by the Venezuelan government. An official at Peru’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the repatriation, saying the country was focused on regional solutions to address the situation.


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Philadelphia homeless man’s lawyer says couple who raised $400k for him is withholding money

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. had a new said the crowdfunding website “is life ahead of him. looking into the claims of misuse Last October, the homeless regarding this campaign.” man used his last $20 to buy gas “When there is a dispute, for a woman, Kate McClure, who we work with all parties involved to was stranded on Interstate 95 in ensure funds go to the right place,” Philadelphia. McClure, in return, GoFundMe’s statement read. “We will created a GoFundMe campaign with work to ensure that Johnny receives her boyfriend Mark D’Amico to raise the help he deserves and that the money for Bobbitt to thank him. donors’ intentions are honored.” McClure and Bobbitt’s story Misuse, the company said, “is quickly transformed into a viral “feel- very rare on our platform.” Misused good” story, and the campaign, as of campaigns make up “less than oneFriday night, raised a total of $402,706 tenth of 1% of all campaigns.” within nine months. Kate McClure helped raise But what started as a good more than $400,000 for Johnny Bobbitt deed has now devolved into an all-out Jr., a homeless man, to repay his feud. Bobbitt’s lawyer says a large kindness. portion of money never reached his The relationship between client. Bobbitt and McClure began to “From what I can see, the deteriorate when she and her boyfriend GoFundMe account raised $402,000 bought Bobbitt a camper -- they and GoFundMe charged a fee of originally promised him a house -- and approximately $30,000. Mark D’Amico parked it in their driveway in New and Kate McClure gave Johnny about Jersey, where Bobbitt lived until June, $75,000. There should be close to Promislo said. another $300,000 available to Johnny,” “This was not his choice and Bobbitt’s lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN he didn’t have any say in the matter,” on Friday. Promislo said. “Johnny would have Fallon says he and another preferred to go back to North Carolina. attorney, Jacqueline Promislo, are That would have been a much better working to get that money back. environment.” The goal, Fallon said, is to secure a Bobbitt, a North Carolina guardian to manage that money so native, “had no access to money or food” the 14,000 people who contributed to while living in the camper, Promislo the GoFundMe campaign would know said. “He didn’t have any ability to where their money is going. take care of himself there.” A spokesperson for GoFundMe Promislo said the camper

Texas jury finds ex-police officer guilty of murdering black teen

A combination photo shows Roy Oliver in Parker County Sheriff’s Office booking photos in Weatherford, Texas, U.S. on May 5, 2017 AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas reaching its verdict, following a trial jury on Tuesday found a white former that started in mid-August. policeman guilty of murder for fatally First Assistant District shooting a black teenager in a car Attorney Michael Snipes said Oliver moving away from him in a 2017 was a trigger-happy policeman who case in a Dallas suburb that fueled a sent the teenager to an early grave. national debate over possible racial “This guy is an angry, out-ofbias in U.S. policing. control, walking bomb,” Snipes said in The police officer, Roy Oliver, closing arguments. 38, was fired by the Balch Springs After the verdict came out, Police Department for violating Odell Edwards, the father of the department policy a few days after victim, told media: “It’s been a long he fatally shot Jordan Edwards, 15, time. It’s been a hard year. I’m just a standout high school student and really happy.” athlete. Edwards was shot in the head. The arrest warrant for Oliver The conviction was a rare said he and the other officer tried to instance in which an officer was found stop a car at an intersection near guilty of murdering an unarmed the party. The other officer broke a person. passenger window with the butt of his The sentencing phase of the gun. trial started shortly after the verdict Police body camera images came out and the same jury that showed to jurors indicated that the convicted Oliver will decide on his car was pointed away from the officers punishment. He faces up to life in and was moving away from Oliver prison. when he fired at it. Oliver, along with another Oliver’s defense attorney, Jim officer, had responded to reports of Lane, said the vehicle was a threat underage drinking at a house party in to Oliver’s partner that night and he the predominantly black and Hispanic reacted to save his partner by firing city of Balch Springs, about 15 miles into the car. (25 km) southeast of Dallas. Oliver “Roy Oliver reasonably made fired his rifle five times at a car with the decision that he had to make,” several other teens inside, prosecutors Lane said in closing arguments. said. Two of Edwards’ brothers The jurors deliberated for were in the car with him and watched about 12 hours over two days before him die, a family lawyer said.

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt was bought with the money from GoFundMe. McClure and D’Amico also bought Bobbitt a truck, which they drove. The truck ended up breaking down. CNN has reached out to both McClure and D’Amico, but has not received a response. Fallon said Bobbitt has an addiction problem, and that’s possibly a reason McClure didn’t want to give him any more money. “It’s not heroin or opioids but another drug problem,” Fallon said. In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, McClure said she and D’Amico did what they could to help Bobbitt. The couple told the paper they gave Bobbitt more than half the money but are withholding the rest until he gets a job and is drug-free. D’Amico told the Inquirer that he controls the money but thinks neither he nor his girlfriend did

anything wrong. He said giving such a large amount of money to an addict is like giving someone a loaded gun. The Inquirer also said Bobbitt wondered how McClure paid for a new BMW and went on vacations to California, Florida and Las Vegas. McClure said the couple used their own money for the BMW and vacations. D’Amico told the Inquirer he spent $500 of the GoFundMe money to gamble, but he paid the money back to the campaign. Promislo told CNN she can’t speak to the claims made in the Inquirer. Promislo said Bobbitt is currently living on the streets of Philadelphia “in harm’s way.” He was very successful at a methadone clinic before, she said. He had detoxed himself, but she said he is not physically in detox now.

First LNG-powered cruise ship floated at Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Germany

AIDAnova LNG-powered 5,200-guest cruise ship First aver LNG-powered provide guests with sea views. It cruise ship was floated at Meyer will feature five different saunas, shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. two private wellness suites and a It will now be positioned at the tepidarium. In addition, a spacious shipyard’s dock for final hotel sun deck will offer three outdoor outfitting ahead of a delivery this jacuzzis and more than 80 spa autumn. treatments. The ship also has three The AIDAnova LNG- powered 5,200-guest cruise ship, giant water slides, a water park, which features a ‘green cruising’ a climbing garden and a mini golf design, has been built in compliance course, as well as a wide range of with the rules of classification public areas and deck spaces for relaxing. society RINA. It has a length of 337 A total of 17 restaurants will meters (1,106ft), a width of 42 offer multiple dining options with meters and a maximum draught a wide range of culinary delights of 8.8 meters. The ship has 2,600 in specialty restaurants and snack staterooms, which include 31 suites, bars, while buffet restaurants will 312 interior cabins, 198 ocean-view serve drinks to the guests. AIDAnova is expected cabins and 1,655 balcony cabins. Passengers will have access to operate a seven-day vacation to the latest equipment available cruise to Madeira and the Canary at the ship’s modern fitness center, Islands from December 2018, which will feature both indoor covering locations such as Gran and outdoor areas. A luxury day Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and spa area spanning two decks will Fuerteventura.


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Facebook pulls security app from Apple store over privacy

Facebook has pulled one of its own products from Apple’s app store because it didn’t want to stop tracking what people were doing on their iPhones. Facebook also banned a quiz app from its social network for possible privacy intrusions on about 4 million users. The twin developments come as Facebook is under intense scrutiny over privacy following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. Allegations that the political consultancy used personal information harvested from 87 million Facebook accounts have dented Facebook’s reputation. Since the scandal broke, Facebook has investigated thousands of apps and suspended more than 400 of them over data-sharing concerns. The social media company said late Wednesday that it took action against the myPersonality quiz app, saying that its creators refused an inspection. But even as Facebook did that, it found its own Onavo Protect security app at odds with Apple’s tighter rules for applications. Onavo Protect is a virtual-

private network service aimed at helping users secure their personal information over public Wi-Fi networks. The app also alerts users when other apps use too much data. Since acquiring Onavo in 2013, Facebook has used it to track what apps people were using on phones. This surveillance helped Facebook detect trendy services, tipping off the company to startups it might want to buy and areas it might want to work on for upcoming features. Facebook said in a statement that it has “always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used.” But Onavo fell out of compliance with Apple’s app-store guidelines after they were tightened two months ago to protect the reservoir of personal information that people keep on their iPhones and iPads. Apple’s revised guidelines require apps to get users’ express consent before recording and logging their activity on a device. According to Apple, the new rules also “made it explicitly clear that apps should

Google responds to Trump, says no political motive in search results WASHINGTON - Google Google, whose parent company disputed U.S. President Donald is Alphabet, said in a statement. Trump’s claim that the search “Search is not used to set a engine behemoth was displaying political agenda and we don’t only negative news about the bias our results toward any president when searching for political ideology. Every year, we his name, saying the company issue hundreds of improvements does not favor search results for to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in political purposes. “When users type response to users’ queries. We queries into the Google Search continually work to improve bar, our goal is to make sure Google Search and we never rank they receive the most relevant search results to manipulate answers in a matter of seconds,” political sentiment.”

Facebook fugitive fights U.S. request to extradite him from Ecuador: lawyer A New York man charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc (FB.O) founder Mark Zuckerberg is fighting extradition from Ecuador where he was arrested after fleeing before his trial in the United States more than three years ago. Paul Ceglia, 45, a wood pellet salesman, faced charges of mail fraud and wire fraud over his alleged forging of documents to extort Facebook and Zuckerberg. In March 2015, he removed his ankle bracelet and disappeared with his wife, two kids and dog. His arrest in Ecuador was announced on Thursday. Ceglia in a court hearing on Saturday said he did not want to be extradited, arguing his life was at risk. “The judge’s resolution indicates that the extradition

process continues and that he his still detained,” said Ceglia’s lawyer Roberto Calderon by telephone. “I think the process will last 45 days.” He said the extradition treaty between the United States and Ecuador does not cover the crimes of which Ceglia is accused. The criminal case arose from Ceglia’s conduct related to a2010 civil lawsuit he had filed against Zuckerberg. Ceglia claimed that Zuckerberg had, while a student at Harvard University, signed a 2003 contract giving him half of a planned social networking website that later became Facebook. U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo dismissed Ceglia’s lawsuit after another judge said the contract was doctored.

not collect information about which Late Wednesday, other apps are installed on a user’s Facebook said it moved to ban the device for the purposes of analytics or myPersonality app after it found advertising/marketing.” user information was shared with Facebook will still be able to researchers and companies “with deploy Onavo on devices powered by only limited protections in place.” The Google’s Android software. company said it would notify the app’s Onavo’s ouster from Apple’s users that their data may have been app store widens the rift between two misused. of the world’s most popular companies. It said myPersonality was Apple CEO Tim Cook has been “mainly active” prior to 2012. Though outspoken in his belief that Facebook Facebook has tightened its rules since does a shoddy job of protecting its 2.2 then, it is only now reviewing those billion users’ privacy — something older apps following the Cambridge that he has framed as “a fundamental Analytica scandal. human right.” The app was created in 2007 Cook sharpened his criticism by researcher David Stillwell and following the Cambridge Analytica allowed users to take a personality scandal. He emphasized that Apple questionnaire and get feedback on the would never be caught in the same results. situation as Facebook because it “There was no misuse of doesn’t collect information about personal data,” Stillwell said in a its customers to sell advertising. statement, adding that “this ban Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to be purely cosmetic.” fired back in a separate interview Stillwell said users gave their and called Cook’s remarks “extremely consent and the app’s data was fully glib.” Zuckerberg implied that Apple anonymized before it was used for caters primarily to rich people with academic research. He also rejected a line of products that includes the Facebook’s assertion that he refused $1,000 iPhone X. to submit to an audit.

Instagram says users can now evaluate authenticity of accounts

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018 Photo-sharing app Instagram’s more than 1 billion users will now be able to evaluate the authenticity of accounts, weeks after parent Facebook Inc (FB.O) rolled out similar measures in a bid to weed out fake accounts on its social media platform. Instagram said on Tuesday it will launch the “About This Account” feature that will allow users to see the advertisements an account is running, the country where the account is located, username changes in the past year as well as other details. “Keeping people with bad intentions off our platform is incredibly important ... that means trying to make sure the people you follow and the accounts you interact with are who they say they are, and stopping bad actors before they cause harm,” Instagram cofounder and Chief Technology Officer Mike Krieger said. Instagram also said it

will allow the use of third-party apps such as DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator for twofactor authentication to help users securely log in to their accounts. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security on top of usernames and passwords by prompting users for information they have access to. Earlier this month, Facebook introduced this feature for users who managed pages with a large U.S. following, seeking to make it harder to administer a page using a fake or compromised account. These features will be broadly available in the coming weeks, the photo-sharing app said in a blog post. Starting Tuesday, Instagram will allow accounts with a large reach to request verification through a feature within the app, it said.


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U.S. goes to WTO to challenge Russian response to Trump’s steel tariffs GENEVA - The United States launched a complaint against Russia at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Wednesday, challenging measures introduced by Russia in response to recent U.S. tariffs on global steel and aluminum exports. Imposed in July, the measures in question featuring extra duties on a limited range of U.S. goods were a limited response to the U.S. tariffs, aimed at compensating for just $87.6 million of the $537.6 million Russia expects the hike to cost its companies. The United States said Russia’s measures broke WTO rules by applying only to U.S. imports, and not to goods from any other country, and because the rates of duty were higher than the maximum allowed under its WTO membership terms. Russia now has 60 days to settle the dispute, after which the United States could ask the WTO to set up a panel to adjudicate. “The United States has

Rolled steel is seen after being treated on the pickle line at the Severstal steel mill in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S., June 21, 2012 incorrectly interpreted the nature Dmitry Peskov told reporters of the measures taken by Russia,” on a conference call it was Russia’s economy ministry said Washington’s right to file a case in a statement. to the WTO, but that “in this “We are acting within instance Russia will of course the framework of the WTO use its full range of counteragreement on special protective arguments”. measures, which allows countries The exchange comes to compensate for damages amid a large-scale trade war incurred as a result of ‘special between the United States and protective measures’ taken by China, which has seen the world’s another country (in this case, two biggest economies slap major the United States),” the ministry tit-for-tat duties on each other’s said. imports. Kremlin spokesman

Apple Suppliers Poised for Highest Shipments Ever With Apple Inc. (AAPL) gearing up to roll out new iPhones this fall, suppliers of the parts that go into the smartphones are expected to have their strongest fourth quarter ever in terms of orders. That’s according to DigiTimes, which, citing unnamed sources, reported that shipments of new iPhone models are expected to be between 70 million and 75 million by the end of this year, which if true would be the best performance since Apple launched the iPhone 6 in September 2014. The strong shipments are expected to bode well for Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) and Foxconn, both of which supply components or assemble the devices for Apple. While the Cupertino, Californiabased smartphone maker hasn’t actually said when it will roll out new iPhones, it usually launches new models in September.

It is widely rumored that Apple will launch three new iPhones, two of which will have the bendable OLED screen and one LCD screen based model. The OLED phones are expected to come in a 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch models while the new LCD version is expected to be 6.1 inches, reported DigiTimes. The 6.1 inch LCD is rumored to be reasonably priced and that, coupled with new design and functionality in the OLED models is seen driving a replacement cycle for Apple, and thus the strong supply orders. The iPhone X was the first Apple device to include an OLED screen, but the $999 starting price has shut out lots of potential buyers. The report noted that most of Apple’s supply partners are expecting to see sales increase significantly, peaking in the fourth quarter of 2018. Taiwan Semiconductor, which

handles foundry orders for the A12 processor chips for the new iPhones, has seen revenue start to increase beginning in July, offsetting a steep decline in demand from crypto mining companies. DigiTimes noted that TSM is expected to have revenue of between $8.28 billion and $8.38 billion during the current third quarter and for that to rise to between $10.4 billion to $10.5 billion in the last three months of the year. As for Foxconn and Pegatron, the two companies that assemble the new iPhone, sources told the paper that Pegatron is handling the majority of the OLED screen assembly and 30% of the assembly of LCD models. Meanwhile, the report noted that Foxconn’s profitability in the last six months of this year is projected to be higher than the first half of the year, thanks to the iPhone.

Nikon’s New D3500 is its Lightest and ‘Friendliest’ DSLR Ever

The new Nikon D3500 Nikon has announced the new D3500, the lightest and “friendliest” DSLR ever made by the company. The entry-level camera replaces the D3400 and is nearly identical internally. Outwardly, however, the D3500 is noticeably more portable. Like the D3400, the D3500 features a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED image processor, 5fps continuous shooting, a native ISO range of 100-25600, an 11-point autofocus system, an in-camera Guide Mode for beginners, Effects Modes for creative styles, a pop-up flash, Full HD 1080p 60fps video recording, SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen. The main thing that’s different between D3500 and D3400 is the smallest size and redesigned user interface. The D3500 features a body design that’s extremely similar to the D5600 except for a few button placement differences and the lack of a Vari-Angle touchscreen. The playback button is larger, and the most frequently-used controls are all found on the right side of the LCD screen now. These physical changes have made the D3500 about 0.24in (5.5mm) thinner (2.76in/70mm vs 3in/75.5mm) and 1.06oz (30g) lighter (12.87oz/365g vs 13.93oz/395g). And while the D3400 is rated for 1,200 shots per charge, the increased battery life of the D3500 gives it a 29% boost to 1,550 shots per charge. “The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match, and share them seamlessly with family and friends,” says Nikon EVP Jay Vannatter. “The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.” The Nikon D3500 will be available with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens for $500 or with the 18-55mm and an additional 70-300mm f/4.56.3G ED lens for $850. Both bundles will hit store shelves in September 2018.

The upcoming Acer Predator Triton 900 laptop has a display that flips Although it wasn’t included in Acer’s product announcements during the IFA 2018 show in Berlin, the company provided a sneak peek for a gaming laptop called the Predator Triton 900. We don’t know any hardware specifics just yet, only that it sports a unique display frame that enables you to “flip” the screen 180 degrees. Technically, the Predator Triton 900 isn’t a 2-in-1 device, but rather a laptop with a unique display hinge. For instance, you’re not going to use this device in Tent and Stand modes, and given the laptop’s cooling design, you likely won’t use it in Tablet mode either. If anything, the hinged screen brings the visuals closer to your face, or flip the screen, turn the laptop around and grab a controller for up-close-and-personal action in a Drive-In Theater-like mode. According to Acer, the

CNC-machined hinge will support a G-SYNC display at a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, powered by a discrete GeForce graphics chip and an Intel processor. Given this is a “sneak peek,” we’re going to presume this mobile gaming monster could rely on Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 20 Series although Nvidia has yet to announce its new GPUs for laptops. What’s inside will depend on when Acer actually launches this laptop. Other tidbits provided in Acer’s tease include a new fourthgeneration AeroBlade 3D fan design. The CPU and GPU will reside in the area between the screen and the keyboard underneath an intake vent. A fan will reside on each side of the CPU/GPU pair, pulling in air from the keyboard area rather than through the bottom. Hot air is then jettisoned out the back and sides as usual. This is a great design given that your legs

Predator Triton 900 won’t block the air intake, but not ideal for a Tablet mode scenario. The tease also shows that the Predator Triton 900 will include a low-profile RGB backlit mechanical keyboard, and a switchable trackpad located on the right side of the keyboard. With one touch, it transforms into an LED-illuminated number pad. Meanwhile, dedicated

media keys appear above the top-left corner of the keyboard, and there also appears to be a front-facing speaker mounted on each side of the keyboard as well. Port-wise there appears to be plenty although we currently don’t have a definitive list. You can clearly see USB-C and USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader and more along both edges while a few others reside at the back. A glowing power button seemingly sits on the right edge, possibly including a fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get Acer to cough up any additional information. A representative said more details will be specified when each region announces the laptop. That said, all we can do for now is drool and read hands-on views stemming from the IFA 2018 show in Berlin.


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Micron Technology plans $3 billion expansion of Virginia plant Chipmaker Micron Technology Inc said Wednesday it plans to spend $3 billion over the next 12 years to expand a plant in Virginia about 40 miles (64 km) west of Washington, D.C. Chief Executive Sanjay Mehrotra told Reuters in an interview the expansion aims to meet increasing demand for chips in automobiles, which are gaining more computer power for features such as collision avoidance systems or lane departure warning systems. The company expects that market to double to $6 billion by 2021. “Think of the automobiles of the future as data centers on wheels,” he told Reuters. The money will be spent to build about 100,000 square feet of additional “clean room” space for making memory chips at Micron’s existing Manassas, Virginia factory, which employs about 1,500 people. Micron expects the expansion to create 1,100 permanent jobs for engineers and technicians once complete.

Boise, Idaho-based Micron, the world’s fourth largest semiconductor firm by revenue according to research firm Gartner, differs from much of the chip industry in that it still makes its own chips rather than farming the work to contract factories and that it still makes many of its chips in the United States. It also makes chips in Singapore, Japan and Taiwan, but only performs assembly and test work in China. The company has become a prominent point in trade relations between China and the United States. Micron in 2015 rejected a takeover bid made by a state-backed Chinese company as China was trying to build out its chip industry, a development that the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer highlighted in a report in March about China’s trade practices. Micron later alleged in a U.S. lawsuit that a different Chinese firm stole its trade secrets. That firm in

Memory chip parts of U.S. memory chip maker MicronTechnology are pictured at their booth at an industrial fair in Frankfurt, Germany, July 14, 2015 turn sued Micron in a Chinese court discussions with China on various alleging Micron violated its patents, trade matters.” Instead, he said, and the Chinese court banned some of Virginia was chosen for expansion Micron’s chips while the trial proceeds. because it has been making chips for U.S. officials brought up 15 years there for car makers, who Micron’s story during trade talks with demand higher levels of durability and Chinese trade officials earlier this reliability than gadget makers. “We have a deep culture in month, according to two people familiar with the talks. the Manassas facility of supporting Mehrotra said the decision the demanding requirements of these to expand in Virginia “really does not customers,” he said. have anything to do with the recent

Proxy fight looms as new investors ramp up pressure on Campbell Soup BOSTON/CHICAGO The family that controls Campbell Soup Co (CPB.N) looks to be on a collision course this week with new hedge fund investors pushing for the company to sell itself, heralding a potential proxy fight industry analysts have labeled the “fight of the fall.” The soup and snack company is set to report the results of a strategic review on Tins of Campbell’s Tomato Soup are seen on a supermarket shelf in Seattle, Washington, Thursday, but has shown no U.S. February 10, 2017 sign that it will put itself on the time. The result of the review will for a permanent CEO and put the block, as recommended by activist be announced on Thursday. company up for sale,” said one investor Daniel Loeb’s Third Point Historically, the company investor not permitted to speak LLC earlier this month. has resisted bigger changes, being publicly. If that does not happen, If no sale process is effectively controlled by the heirs the investor said the best course planned, Loeb could escalate of John Dorrance, the chemist who would be for the company to sell his attack and nominate a slate invented condensed soup and went Bolthouse Farms, name a new of directors within the next few on to run the company a century CEO, and talk with Loeb “about weeks to be voted on at Campbell’s ago. putting two or three new people annual meeting later this year, Dorrance’s grandchildren on the board.” according to sources familiar with Mary Alice Malone, who raises Steven Schonfeld’s the matter. horses in Pennsylvania, and her Schonfeld Group Holdings and Loeb and Campbell Soup, brother Bennett Dorrance, a real Jamie Zimmerman’s Litespeed which has a market value of about estate developer in Arizona, have Management made big new $12 billion, declined comment. fended off periodic calls over three purchases of Campbell Soup The Camden, New decades for the company to sell shares during the second quarter, Jersey-based company has been itself, and have shown no sign of filings show. Och-Ziff, now known struggling with falling profit as changing their minds this year. as OZ Management, and Hudson younger consumers drift away Malone and Dorrance, Bay Capital Management also from Campbell’s namesake soups who between them control 33 bought shares. The hedge funds and Pepperidge Farm cookies. Its percent of Campbell’s shares, declined to comment. share price is down by a third over could not be reached for comment. “There has clearly been a the past two years. Archbold van Beuren, lot of crowding into Campbell stock Wall Street has questioned John Dorrance’s great-grandson by event-driven investors” seeking the success of its acquisitions who is Campbell’s third-biggest to make money off share price of juice and smoothie maker holder with 8.6 percent of its moves around corporate events Bolthouse Farms and salty snack shares, also could not be reached like a sale, said Simnan Abbas, a maker Snyder’s-Lance. Chief for comment. managing director at investment Executive Denise Morrison, who In the past, the family has data firm Symmetric.io. That headed Campbell for seven years, been able to rely on supportive, crowding “does not happen all the left as the company announced long-term shareholders. But in the time and has changed the makeup poor quarterly results on May 18. past few months - most notably in of the shareholder base pretty On that day, the company the second quarter of 2018, when significantly.” said it would conduct a review of the company announced its wide- Campbell’s new hedge all its business plans and portfolio ranging review - a number of fund investors are likely of brands to find ways to improve hedge fund investors have bought allies for Loeb, who in August its financial performance. positions and are looking for more joined forces with another of “Everything is on the sweeping measures, including a Dorrance’s grandchildren, George table. There are no sacred cows,” sale. Strawbridge Jr., in calling for a Chief Financial Officer Anthony “Everyone’s dream is for sale. DiSilvestro told investors at the the company to give up looking

Trump warns Google, Facebook, Twitter to be careful

U.S. President Donald Trump WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Google, Facebook and Twitter to tread carefully on Tuesday after recently accusing internet and social media firms of political bias and censorship, without providing evidence. “I think what Google and what others are doing, if you look at what’s going on with Twitter, if you look at what’s going on with Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people,” he said in remarks at the White House. “So I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”


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WATERLOO HOTEL MANAGEMENT LTD Waterloo Hotel Management Ltd is looking to fill the following position. AERONAUTICAL MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Job Summary: •Installation and maintenance of aerodrome and mechanical equipment in accordance with international standards •Ability to perform technical surveys of existing systems and recommend applicable upgrades •Provide reports on progress of system updates •Create a long-term preventative maintenance schedule •Provide list of materials required for the job •Maintain an inventory of parts and equipment •Any other duties as may be assigned Requirements: •Degree in Aeronautical Mechanical Engineering from an accredited university •attentive to details and self-motivator •able to understand and speak English fluently •physically fit, dependable and hard working •willing to reside on Ambergris Cay. negotiable in a range of $50,000 to $60,000 including allowances based on qualifications and experience. FOOD AND BEVERAGE SUPERVISOR To ensure a quality dining experience for our guests. Will be responsible for supervising all restaurant staff; inventory control, cash handling and maintaining a courteous and efficient operation. Must be knowledgeable of restaurant operations and guest relations; have the ability to remember, recite and promote menu items, effectively solve guest complaints and concerns in a friendly and positive manner. A minimum of one-year experience as a Food & Beverage supervisor with cash handling responsibility is preferred. Salary for this position will range between $12.00 – $15.00 per hour based on qualifications and experience. ROOM ATTENDANTS To ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned guestroom, work areas and equipment. Must be able to push and pull carts weighing up to 150lbs and be able to climb flights of stairs several times daily. Salary range for the positions listed above begin at $6.50 per hour and will commensurate with experience. LABOURER To assist in, maintaining the grounds of the resort. Must be able to lift 50lbs, bend and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to speak English and understand instructions. Salary range for the position above begin at $6.50 per hour and will commensurate with experience. HOUSEMAN Provide support services for housekeeping associates and maintain cleanliness throughout the hotel. Respond to guest request. Must be able to, work flexible shifts, holidays and weekends. Must be able to push and pull carts weighing up to 250lbs, must be able to lift 50lbs. Salary range for the position above begin at $6.50 per hour and will commensurate with experience. GARDENER To assist in, maintaining the grounds of the resort. Duties to include: removal of trash, weeding, mowing, planting, pruning, watering and application of chemicals. Must be of good character. Be able to lift 50lbs., bend and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to speak English and understand instructions.

Salary range for the position above begin at $6.50 per hour and will commensurate with experience. COOK To prepare hot foods on range and or grill and ensure consistent quality, following recipe cards and production standards; must be knowledgeable of food preparation and presentation methods, understand sanitary food handling techniques and knowledgeable of the safe operation of kitchen equipment. Must be able to read and write in English and work with limited supervision. Salary range for the position above begin at $7.00 per hour and will commensurate with experience. BUTLER Prepare and serve hot, cold, and/or alcoholic beverages. Stock ice, glassware, and supplies. Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs promptly. Wash dishes and serving utensils as needed. Complete opening and closing duties. Requisition all necessary supplies, transporting supplies from storeroom to bar set-up area as required. Secure liquors, beers, wines, coolers, cabinets, and storage areas. Salary range for the position above begin at $7.00 per hour and will commensurate with experience. BARTENDER Requirements: •1-3 years Bar/Restaurant experience •Must be energetic, personable pleasant, professional and a team player •Service oriented person; well-groomed with excellent people skills; ALWAYS smiling and •Willing to work a flexible schedule to include split shifts, weekends and holidays •Ability to multi-task as a server when necessary as per the operations of resort, inventory control knowledge would be an asset Salary range for the positions listed above begin at $8.00 per hour and will commensurate with qualifications and experience. RECEPTIONIST As the receptionist, you will be the first face and voice to greet clients and assist them with their needs. The position requires excellent phone etiquette, Microsoft Word and Excel knowledge and the ability to multi-task. This is a fast-paced and exciting environment. We are looking for a team player who is self-motivated and can think on their feet. Speak with others using clear and professional language, prepare and review written documents accurately and completely, and answer telephones using appropriate etiquette. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with others, and support team to reach common goals. Comply with quality assurance expectations and standards. Salary range for the positions listed above begin at $7.50 per hour and will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested persons may contact our Corporate HR department by submitting your resume with qualifications and experience to: hr@wihl.com Please also submit a copy of your completed application to our local labor department. Closing date September 7th 2018


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VACANCY- REVENUE PROTECTION FIELD OFFICER PROVIDENCIALES Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Revenue Protection Field Officer, FortisTCI, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Description To ensure the integrity of the Metering Environment and to support the technical requirements of the Customer Service Department. MAIN DUTIES t

 Assist with the investigation and reporting of cases involving power diversion.  Assist with the examination of meters for evidence of tampering or faults.  Examine wiring connecting meter to outside power lines and building circuits.  Recommend service connection upgrades where the service is susceptible to power diversion, inaccurate billing or safety hazards.  Recommend and participate in efforts to reduce nontechnical losses.  Coordinate with Line Crew on works requiring Line Support.  Conduct Home Energy Audits in accordance with the Company’s policy and procedures.  Assist with the installations, disconnections, reconnections, rechecks, readings and closures of meters as approved work orders are assigned.  Construct and install CT Metering services.  Participate in Renewable Energy Program installations where applicable.  Conduct thorough inspections of electrical services as required by Customer Service Administration and Billing.

VACANCY- PLANT OPERATOR 1 Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Plant Operator 1, FortisTCI, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Description  Assist the Senior Operator in effective systems control, continual system condition monitoring, efficient generation unit dispatch, and timely response to system contingencies, in a manner consistent with standard operating procedures and specific instructions of the Manager Plant Control or other senior Operations Management personnel.  Under the general direction of the Senior Operator, the Plant Operator Level 1 must ensure that all necessary activities to ensure the functional operations of generating units and response to system abnormalities that may occur during the course of shift duty, are carried out in a manner that ensures uninterrupted service continuity within acceptable systems parameters, and the highest level of fuel efficiency without compromising safety of fellow employees, the general public or system equipment. Main Duties include:  Starting, monitoring, servicing and stopping generating units as directed by the Senior Operator, in a manner consistent with standard operating procedures.  Ensure that accurate and neat records of system/equipment parameters are logged as directed.  Respond in a calm efficient manner to the directions of the Senior Plant Operator in the event a system interruption occurs while restoring power to the system efficiently and safely after any plant interruptions.  Assist the Senior Operator when called to do so in reporting any abnormal data to the appropriate persons in a timely manner and take prompt action (in accordance with standard operating procedures) to prevent or minimize any outages, prevent injury to employees and the general public and/or damage equipment under the control of systems operations.  Assist the Senior Operator with informing appropriate Operations personnel in the event an outage occurs external to the production plant, in a timely accurate and efficient manner.  Respond to customer inquiries in a polite and efficient manner when outages occur.

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 Follow all safety regulations as outlined in accordance with EUSA manual and follow EUSA work procedures.  Be familiar with FortisTCI Electrical Connection Standards and be able to identify when connections do not meet the required standards.  Any other duties as may be assigned. Minimum Requirements  Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Engineering Technology.  Working knowledge of metering systems.  At least 5 years’ experience in utility services or related field. Abilities, Skills, Experience, Aptitude & Judgement  Must possess high ethical standards.  Police Record should be in good standing.  Knowledge of country laws and company policies and procedures applicable to illegal use of electricity.  Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.  Familiar with GPS and Mapping systems.  Goal-oriented and self-motivated to apply needed initiative.  Ability to work under pressure and in environments that may be adverse.  Valid Driver’s License is required. Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Wednesday September 4th, 2018 to: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: hrapplications@fortistci.com or aadams@fortistci.com

 Ensure that all outages are entered in OMS and dispatched to the linesmen in a timely manner.  Open and close Outage work orders in AX in a timely manner.  Operate company vehicles and equipment as required and consistent with company policy and safe operating procedures.  Ensure that plant equipment is monitored and engine operating services are carried out in a manner consistent with the company’s efficiency targets and EHS policies.  Be properly and neatly attired in the uniform provided, ensure consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) provided and ensure the adherence of subordinate shift personnel.  Perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time, including overtime duties when other operators are unable to perform scheduled shift duties.  Perform light scheduled maintenance to generator units as required. Academic/Technical/Management: Experience and Qualifications:  Successful completion of a 5 year high school program and a 2 year post-secondary program, preferably in engineering trades.  Familiarity with and competency in the use of computers and standard computing software programs is required.  Be able to do mathematical calculations at community college level. Core Competency Skills:  Above average analytical skills in math and electrical theories and diesel generation parameters  Demonstrable aptitude for interpretation of engineering drawings and manuals  Professional competency in written and oral communication skills in English  Ability to function effectively under emergency situations and thinks clearly and effective and deliver within deadlines and to work under pressure  Self-motivated, solution oriented and positive in outlook  Team Player Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Wednesday September 4th, 2018: Mr. Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: hrapplications@fortistci.com or aadams@fortistci.com


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SPORTS Celtics’ Irving, Hayward ready for camp Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving and forward Gordon Hayward are both healthy enough to be full participants when training camp opens next month, according to general manager Danny Ainge. “I don’t want to hype it up too much, but I’m saying that if our training camp were starting today, that they would be here today going full speed,” Ainge told ESPN on Monday. “It’s not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month, so they are sort of pacing themselves. They’re playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp (Sept. 26).” The timeline fits what head coach Brad Stevens anticipated in June, when he said both players would be going “if not full tilt, then pretty close to full tilt” by the end of July or early August. Ainge said he expects both players to report to the team’s facility in the first week of September and quickly work up to full team drills. “I think it’s just a matter of, if they’re not playing five-on-five now, then it’s only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess,” Ainge told ESPN. “They’re doing everything — dunking the basketball off both legs and playing oneon-one live and jumping and cutting and defending. I’m excited for them.” Irving is returning from knee surgery that ended his season in March, while Hayward is coming back from a dislocated left ankle and tibia fracture he sustained just five minutes into his debut with the Celtics. Hayward experienced pain in the back of the ankle during his recovery, but Stevens said that discomfort went away with the removal of a platethat was inserted in the initial surgery. Ainge also said the Celtics will lean on their deep roster — which helped them reach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals last year — to work Irving and Hayward in slowly as they return. With the two All-Stars back in the fold, he has big hopes for the team this year but also is trying to manage expectations. “I’m really excited about the upcoming season with (Irving and Hayward),” Ainge said. “Obviously, there’s a transition from rehabbing to playing one-on-one to playing three-on-three to five-on-five and then playing NBA basketball, so I don’t want to build up expectations too high. I think there will be a little bit of an adjustment once that last phase is made. “But physically, they look great, and I think they’re very excited about the upcoming year.” Hayward, 28, averaged career highs of 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his last full season, when he was a first-time All-Star with the Utah Jazz in 2016-17. He joined the Celtics — and Stevens, his college coach while at Butler — via free agency last summer. Irving, 26, is entering his second full season with the Celtics after arriving via trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers last August. He averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and a career-high 3.8 rebounds in 60 games before his surgery last season. The five-time All-Star could become a free agent next summer if he opts out of his current deal. He said this offseason that he has no plans to sign an extension before next summer.

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Spurs’ Ginobili retires after 16 years in league San Antonio Spurs basketball star Manu Ginobili is retiring after 16 years in the National Basketball Association, the Argentine guard said on Monday. “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” the future Hall of Famer said on Twitter. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.” A second round draft pick of the Spurs in 1999, he played in 1,057 games, averaging 13.3 points and 3.8 assists. Ginobili helped the Spurs win NBA titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He also was a gold

medalist with Argentina in 2004 and won EuroLeague Finals most valuable player honors in 2001. The swingman, a fan favorite in San Antonio, was under contract for 2018-19, but he said in April that he was weighing what’s next in his career. “As I’ve done it the last two or three seasons, I’ll sit back, relax and, after two or three months, see if I feel retired or not,” Ginobili said. “I like to let it season a little bit, to see how I feel. “I’m not the type of guy who makes decisions on the fly, and when you are upset, hurt or whatever.” Ginobili averaged 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 20 minutes

Ginobili helped the Spurs win NBA titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 per game last season for the Spurs, who were eliminated in the playoffs by the champion Golden State Warriors.

Federer clarifies joke about retirement after US Open win NEW YORK — Roger Federer sent something of a shock wave through the tennis world with what he thought was an obvious joke after improving to 18-0 in first-round matches at the U.S. Open. “I’m happy I never stumbled at the first hurdle,” Federer said during his on-court interview Tuesday night. “Almost time to retire — but not yet.” Some folks’ reaction might best be summed up as: Wait. WHAT?! So the 37-year-old Federer was asked at his news conference Roger Federer to clarify his comment after the a smile: “So please don’t read into serve for the only time while trying 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 117th- it. Don’t even write that word.” to close out the match at 5-2 in the ranked Yoshihito Nishioka of For years, actually, third set. By then, the match was Japan in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Federer has dealt with questions 1 hour, 45 minutes old — and it Why did Federer mention about when he might retire. In would last another seven minutes. retirement? Turned out it was part, that’s because elite tennis “Thankfully I wasn’t too completely harmless. players often used to become not- nervous tonight. I felt good. I felt “That was meaning, like, so-elite by the time they passed like I had a good preparation week. ‘I never lost a first-round match the age of 30. No hiccups there. I think that here at the Open. I won all my If anything, he’s looked settles my nerves there. When you 18. You don’t want that (loss) to as good as ever over the past two do walk out onto Arthur Ashe, you happen next year.’ I said, ‘Maybe I seasons, adding three Grand Slam feel like people are there to see could retire now, because I protect titles in that span to raise his the show, enjoy themselves. Sure, my 18 first-round wins here.’ men’s record to 20. they come for the tennis, but it’s That’s what I meant with it,” he Against Nishioka, Federer also sort of a bucket list, wanting said. “It’s a total joke, yes.” delivered 14 aces and never was in to be there,” Federer said. And, then, addressing all any trouble. “So, yeah, there’s pressure. of the members of the media in the Federer saved the first But, no, never gets old,” he added. room, just to make absolutely sure eight break points he faced before “I love coming to play here. It’s everyone understood what he’d finally faltering by pushing a been so many years now.” been thinking, Federer added with forehand long on the ninth, losing


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Ta Lou ready to end Jamaican and U.S. sprint supremacy

ASABA, Nigeria - African Ta Lou, who relaxes by sprint queen Marie-Josee Ta Lou listening to Christian music, sprung believes the era of Jamaican and to prominence with her performance American women dominating track in the first national competition she and fields shortest events is coming to attended in Ivory Coast. an end. The sprinter, who cites The Ivory Coast athlete, the Nigerian Okagbare-Ighoteguonor as year’s joint fastest over 100 meters, her idol, said she has no preference and British record holder Dina Asherbetween the 100 and 200m, where she Smith are tied for the year’s top time of has a personal best of 22.08 seconds. 10.85 seconds. “I have many coaches in Ivory Jamaican Olympic gold Coast who have contributed to my medalist Elaine Thompson ranks sixth training and success on the track,” on 2018 world lists while U.S. world Diamond League - Pontaise Stadium, Lausanne, Switzerland - July 5, 2018 Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta she said. “I’ve been training in Ivory champion Tori Bowie has been injured Lou celebrates winning the Women’s 100m Coast and, at times, I go outside of the most of the season. Trinidad and Tobago’s four- The countries are equally country but now I am in Ivory Coast.” The leading American, Aleia times Olympic sprint medalist Ato dominant in world championship 100m, Ta Lou’s believes her success Hobbs, is tied for third on the 2018 Boldon, now a TV analyst and coach, collecting nine consecutive gold medals has influenced her compatriots. lists with Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare- believes the 29-year-old Ta Lou could in the event. “I don’t see myself as a role Ighoteguonor and Ivorian Murielle be the first. Olympic and world athletics model for African girls,” Ta Lou said. Ahoure. “I really feel like she is going gold medal aspirations, though, are a “It is for others to judge but one thing I “African athletes are there. to be in the best chance to be the far cry from Ta Lou’s first love - soccer. am sure of is that I have inspired a lot I cannot now say the Americans or first African to be in the top of the “I didn’t start my sporting of them.” Jamaicans athletes are top, I am very podium in the 100 meters,” Boldon told career with athletics, I started with Marriage will wait while she optimistic that with the top athletes in Reuters after watching Ta Lou claim football and my brothers and friends seeks to break the Jamaican-American the world in the line-up today, no one 100 and 200m titles in the African encouraged me to take to athletics,” sprint duopoly, she said, and she simply can say who will be the winner,” Ta championships. said Ta Lou, the youngest of three. wants to master the art of being as fast Lou told Reuters. The sprints have been an “I started in my school days 10 as possible in the hope of winning gold No African woman has won American and Jamaican stronghold years ago and it was not a success story medals. an Olympic or world gold medal in the with athletes from the two countries at the beginning, I was a starter and “I just do my training the best 100m with Ta Lou (2017) and fellow winning all but one of the last nine it was not like the real thing for me, I way I can and wait for things to unfold,” Ivorian world silver medalist Ahoure Olympic 100m races and the past four was just seeing myself having fun with she said. “And, if you ask me, I will say (2013) coming closest. 200m. it.” let’s keep our fingers crossed.”

Olympic champ Bolt expects nerves for Mariners debut MELBOURNE - Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt expects an onset of nerves when he makes his debut for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners against an amateur side on Friday and says he is still short of fitness and struggling with the speed of the game. Mariners coach Mike Mulvey confirmed the eight-times Olympic gold medalist would play in a pre-season match that will be televised live by a local broadcaster and is tipped to draw a crowd of over 10,000 to Central Coast stadium. “There will be nerves, definitely there will be nerves, it’s not like it’s a charity game any more,” Bolt told reporters after training on Tuesday. “This is a career that I’m pursuing so there will be a bit of nerves. “I expect to make mistakes but I also expect to go in, make myself proud and to push myself. It’s just one of those things, I know I’m not going to have a perfect game,” added the 32-yearold Jamaican. Bolt’s attempt to transform himself from global athletics superstar to professional football player has generated huge publicity for the struggling Mariners, who finished bottom of the 10-team A-league last season. It has also drawn plenty of scepticism, with Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz questioning Bolt’s open-ended trial and saying the A-League should recruit proven talents and “improve young Australian players”. Although repeatedly voicing his determination to win a Mariners contract, Bolt was measured about his progress and admitted to still struggling with his movement. “Coming this Friday I get to play a little bit so I’ve got to get up to pace,” he said. “For me, it’s the stop and go’s. The ticktacks. Because I’m not used to picking up speed, going back down, up and down, up and down, back and forth, that’s the most challenging. “The season doesn’t start until the end of October so I have time.” Bolt said he had been practicing as a left winger at training and hoped to get on the field for the last 15 or 20 minutes against the select side of top local amateurs at the Gosford stadium an hour north of Sydney.

Serena Williams is always going to carry that baby weight On the first morning of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, it won’t matter whether or not Serena Williams shows up in a catsuit looking like a superhero the way she did at the French Open last spring. Or if the mother to a nearly 1-year-old daughter brings her A-game in a pink Versace sheath dress and a matching fascinator hat like she wore for Meghan Markle and Prince Serena Williams Harry’s wedding in mid-May. easy for me,” Williams posted on Williams is in process as No matter what she wears, Instagram earlier this month. She a mother, laughing, crying and how fit she looks or how powerfully was in a funk, she said. “Mostly, I openly sweating the details. Since she serves, the 36-year-old winner felt like I was not a good mom.” giving birth, she’s both made it of 23 Grand Slam singles titles She’d read up on to the finals at Wimbledon and and the world’s most dominant postpartum depression and suffered the most lopsided loss of athlete will never be the woman concluded: “It’s totally normal to her 23-year career. A US Open win she once was. She will always be feel like I’m not doing enough for would give her a record 24 Grand carrying her baby weight. my baby. We have all been there. I Slam singles titles, but given her Do you know the weight work a lot, I train, and I’m trying new proportions, competing at I’m talking about? to be the best athlete I can be.” this level may just be the second It’s the weight She declared solidarity with all most revolutionary thing she’ll be of dramatically less time, the women trying to make that doing. exponentially more responsibilities balance thing work. “I’m here to Watching Williams and a whole new future of greater say: if you are having a rough day “experience coming into expectations. It doesn’t necessarily or week–it’s ok–I am, too!! There’s motherhood has been awesome for correlate to the readout on the always tomm!” me,” said Erika Nicole Kendall, a scale, although it might. But it’s Except for that world- personal trainer and nutritionist every extra, add-on thing that class athlete part, most new who writes a blog called A Black comes with bringing a new human mothers can relate. But Williams Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. being into the world grafted onto is not just any new mother; she’s She calls motherhood its own the bones of the woman you used thinking out loud as a black mother endurance sport. “I have a tween to be. Williams gave birth to in a nation with a long history and a toddler, and I think about daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian of commodifying, politicizing the amount of missile energy I Jr. via emergency cesarean section or devaluing black motherhood. spend managing appointments last September. A pulmonary This country has a dangerous and schedules and responsibilities, embolism caused her to spend habit of codifying black mother making sure everybody has what six weeks in bed, and she’s stereotypes — loving mammy to they need when they need it.” publicly detailed her struggles white babies, dangerous breeder She marvels at Williams and the to heal, regain her form and of welfare-dependent black ones “mental energy of being on the combat postpartum depression — while hollowing out, discounting court, but also knowing, ‘Oh, God, while juggling the demands of or simply ignoring the joys, did I order this? Did I take care of motherhood. complexities and interior lives of this?’” “Last week was not black women with children.


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