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VOLUME 15 - NO. 07


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everal hotels and restaurants in Turks and Caicos Islands who collectively owe government several millions of dollars in taxes and penalties, are about to benefit from a major tax break. Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Sharlene Robinson recently announced an amnesty, which will come into force shortly and render significant relief to those indebted businesses in the vital tourism industry.

“We continue to look at how we can assist businesses and we are looking at a number of amnesties and write-offs to clean up accounts but also to give businesses some sort of support,” the Premier said at a recent press conference. “So businesses in the hotel and restaurant sector will be able to benefit from an amnesty period where government will look to enter a payment plan with them (and if) the principle owed is paid within a certain

time they will be able to benefit from the write-off of penalties.” The SUN obtained a draft copy of the Hotel, Restaurant and

UK wants TCI and overseas territories to legalise same-sex marriage The United Kingdom (UK) Government says “it is time for all Overseas Territories (including Turks and Caicos Islands) to legalise same-sex marriage and for the UK Government to do more than simply support it in principle”. According to a just-released report from the UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee, England “must be prepared to step in, as it did in 2001 when an Order in Council decriminalised homosexuality in OTs that had refused to do so”. “The Government should set a date by which it expects all OTs to have legalised same-sex marriage. If that deadline is not met, the Government should intervene through legislation or an Order in Council,” said the report entitled Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the relationship The Overseas Territories are: Anguilla, Bermuda, the British

Antarctic Territory, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena (with Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha), South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, the Sovereign Base Areas, and the Turks & Caicos. Meantime, the report also noted that “Belongership and its equivalents are wrong”. “ While we recognise that the OTs are small communities with unique cultural identities, we do not accept that there is any justification to deny legally-resident British Overseas Territory and UK citizens the right to vote and to hold elected office. This elevates one group of British people over another and risks undermining the ties that bind the UK and the OTs together in one global British family,” the report stated. continued on page 2

Tourism(Taxation) (Amnesty) Bill 2019, which seeks to provide an amnesty to proprietors to pay all outstanding remittances of taxes due and payable

and for accrued penalties under the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) Ordinance. continued on page 2

Premier ‘acted irregularly” but “in good faith’ during helicopter use after hurricane, says Integrity Commission Although Premier Sharlene Robinson “may have acted irregularly” in procuring helicopter services from a private company after the 2017 hurricanes, the reason for her action was “entirely intelligible and reasonable”. That was the finding of the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission whose director Mr. Greg Christie said in a press statement that the Commission has no doubt that the Premier, who was accompanied by Governor Dr. John Freeman, “acted in good faith, in a situation of great emergency”. Asked for a comment on the report, Premier Robinson told The SUN: “I welcome this finding as there was no corrupt use or abuse of office on my part. As leader I simply used what became available to reach the people of these Islands in a difficult time. It is indeed a learning experience and this gives a greater insight for our people into the systems that exist now post the Interim Administration. Whilst controls

are a must, we must review what we have against being practical. Had the Commission found otherwise, I could have been removed from office for the mere fact that I deemed it critical for the Salt Islands to have contact with their leader.” The Integrity Commission stated that in late 2017, and in 2018, certain correspondence, information and/or reports were either directed to, acquired by, or otherwise brought to the attention of the Integrity Commission, regarding the Premier’s use of a chartered helicopter during the immediate aftermath of the 2017 Hurricanes. The purpose of the charter was to enable the Hon. Premier to reach out to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands, to assess the damage that had been caused by the storms, and to provide strategic assistance.

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Tax break for hotels, restaurants

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Under the amnesty, there shall be a waiver of all penalties due and payable on any outstanding taxes due and payable under the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) Ordinance for all the years up to, and including the year ending December 31, 2018, where such taxes are paid during the amnesty period. There will also be a waiver of all penalties due and payable on any outstanding taxes due and payable under the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) Ordinance for the years up to and including 31 December 2018, where such taxes are paid prior to 1 April 1st,

2019, and where such penalties have not been paid; The legislation noted that for the avoidance of doubt, the waiver granted under the amnesty shall not affect any liability to remit the tax outstanding and due and payable by a proprietor under the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation ) Ordinance; or apply to any penalties paid prior to April 1st, 2019. It was also noted that where any taxes remain outstanding under the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) Ordinance after the amnesty period, the penalties, which would have

been payable on such remittances shall be revived and become payable as if the waiver had not been granted. Further, the Permanent Secretary, Finance, may, during the amnesty period, enter into an agreement with a proprietor of a hotel or restaurant for the remittance in payment of the outstanding taxes due and payable and the accrued penalties, in full or in installments. The agreement shall be in writing and provide the payment terms agreed to, which shall not extend beyond April 30th, 2021. In respect of accrued penalties

the following conditions shall apply: (a) where a proprietor remits the outstanding taxes due and payable within thirty days of the amnesty period, a 100% reduction in the accrued penalties owed; (b) where a proprietor remits the outstanding taxes due and payable within forty-five days of the amnesty period a reduction of 50% in the accrued penalties owed; (c) where a proprietor remits the outstanding taxes due and payable within the amnesty period a reduction of 25% in the accrued penalties.

UK wants TCI and overseas territories to legalise same-sex marriage

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“The UK Government should initiate a consultation with the elected governments of the OTs and work with them to agree a plan to ensure that there is a pathway for all resident UK and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in territory. In its response to this report the FCO should lay out a timetable for this consultation process and set a deadline for phasing out discriminatory elements of belongership, or its territory-specific equivalents. The documents said the UK Government should urgently address concerns in the OTs about the issue of citizenship by descent and anomalies in the British Nationality Act that have taken too long to resolve. It should also consider options for removing quotas on the number of people in the OTs that can access NHS services in the UK when their own health systems cannot provide the care and treatment they need. This may be difficult from a bureaucratic point of view but it is an important test of the FCO’s ability to fight the OTs’ corner in the UK. With respect to the Overseas Territories and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FC), the report noted that some of the Overseas Territories feel that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office should not be the lead UK department for the OTs. “Some believe that this

arrangement reinforces the perception that the OTs are foreign and that it is not fit for purpose given the cross-government nature of the UK Government’s modern relationship with the OTs. However, not all OTs agree and some feel that the FCO has long experience of working with the OTs, it has expertise in managing relationships with the countries that surround the OTs, and it deals on a daily basis with international treaty obligations relevant to the OTs. It is time for the UK Government to seriously engage with this issue and to do so in a fair and transparent manner,” it was stated. “ Before the next full meeting of the OTs Joint Ministerial Council the Government should therefore commission an independent review into cross-government engagement with the OTs and the FCO’s management of its responsibilities towards them. Drawing on international comparisons, this review should consider alternatives to the FCO and assess the costs, benefits and risks associated with moving primary responsibility for the OTs away from the FCO. The findings of the review should be presented to the House and shared with the elected OT governments as soon as is feasible.” It was also noted that there is a widespread feeling in the OTs that the quality and quantity of their communications with UK Government

departments needs to improve. “The OTs’ needs extend far beyond the FCO and their voices must be heard elsewhere in Whitehall. Towards this end, the FCO should draw up plans for a secondment programme between government departments in the UK and the OTs, including assessing the likely costs and level of interest in UK Government departments. The FCO should include specific proposals, costs and a timeline for this in its response to this report.” “The FCO must ensure that the officials it appoints in the Overseas Territories have the skills necessary both to build constructive relationships with the OT governments and to ensure that the territory’s governance meets the highest standards. In its response to this report, the FCO should explain the processes it has in place for advertising and recruiting for positions in the OTs, such as governorships, and what it does to consult the OT governments on these appointments. The FCO should also outline the training it provides to the officials it appoints in the OTs, both in advance of and during their postings, and how it assesses their performance.” The FAC said it is aware that many people in the Overseas Territories feel that they do not receive the attention in Parliament that they might expect and that the Foreign Affairs Committee has not carried out a major

OTs inquiry since 2008. “Given the competing pressure of other policy areas, and the requirement to scrutinise the whole gamut of the Foreign Office’s work, it is difficult to envisage another major OTs inquiry in this Parliament. This fails to do justice to the range and complexities of the issues facing the OTs, individually and collectively. Mindful of this, we believe the time is right to give serious consideration to establishing a formal mechanism by which members of the Foreign Affairs, Justice, International Development, EFRA and other relevant Committees are able collectively to scrutinise the UK Government’s administration of, spending on and policies towards the OTs.” The British Overseas Territories (the OTs) are spread across four oceans and nine time zones, from Bermuda in the Atlantic to Pitcairn in the Pacific. Most of the OTs are permanently inhabited and largely self-governing. They are not part of the United Kingdom, but the UK has an obligation under article 73 of the United Nations Charter to provide for the wellbeing of their inhabitants. The total population of the UK Overseas Territories is only about 250,000, but they encompass some of the greatest biodiversity in the world.

Premier ‘acted irregularly” but “in good faith’ during helicopter use after hurricane, says Integrity Commission

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The press statement said the information in the possession of the Commission indicated that the Premier, in the charter of the aircraft from a private company, had not strictly acknowledged bureaucratic protocols, or complied with relevant procurement procedures. The charter subsequently resulted in a substantial bill being invoiced to the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands. An assessment and examination of the referenced correspondence, information and reports, regarding the procurement of the helicopter, was carried out by the investigative arm of the Commission. According to the statement, the findings were subsequently reported to the Commission’s Commissioners who,

after deliberating on the matter, ruled in the following terms: “The Commission reviewed a large bundle of documents pertaining to the use of a helicopter on or about the 10th September 2017, including a statement attributed to the Hon. Premier... The Commission noted that the Premier has acknowledged that, in retaining the services of the Helicopter, she had not acted in strict compliance with the usual financial and procurement procedures. The Commission’s examination revealed that the proprietor of the helicopter was contracted for use, at a time of extreme emergency, immediately following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The Commission also noted that it became

necessary for the Governor to declare a State of Emergency. The Commission also noted that the Premier was accompanied by the Governor and had hired the helicopter for the specific and humanitarian purpose of seeking to make contact with the residents of South Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay, with whom there had been no communication following the hurricane. In the circumstances, the Commission is of the opinion that even though the Premier may have acted irregularly in procuring the helicopter services, the reason for her action was entirely intelligible and reasonable, and the Commission has no doubt that the Premier acted in good faith, in a situation of great emergency.”

In keeping with the directives of the Commissioners, formal notices of the Ruling have been conveyed to His Excellency, the Governor, Dr. John Freeman, Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Swann-Williams and Attorney General, Hon. Rhondalee BraithwaiteKnowles

Avita’s Catering Location: South Dock, Providenciales Is seeking a Domestic Worker Duties may include general cleaning Must be able to work 6 days a week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 431-7820 This position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales #814045

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In October 2018, the Turks and Caicos Government, in coordination with FortisTCI Limited and the independent energy expert, Rocky Mountain Institute, undertook a process to develop a Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy (R-NETS) to enable a shift to a more sustainable energy future.

A report of the R-NETS process is now available and will be discussed at two public meetings on Providenciales and Grand Turk. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, along with the Rocky Mountain Institute and FortisTCI Limited extends a special invitation for all to attend these public meetings:

Providenciales 19 March 2019, 6:00 p.m. Airport Hotel Conference Room Grand Turk 20 March 2019, 6:00 p.m. Anglican Church Dillon Hall

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$301million budget will be the TCI’s biggest

By Todeline Defralien

This year’s $301million budget will be the biggest in the country’s history and will be debated in April, according to Premier Sharlene Cartwright- Robinson. Although the budget will be late this year, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government is aiming to have it passed no later than April 2019. During a press briefing on Tuesday February 19th, Robinson stated that growth is forecast for the construction sector and other sectors. “The Turks and Caicos Islands Government will continue to restrain the growth and re-current expenditure or fixed cost while expanding capital expenditure. In the upcoming budget 2019/2020, government intends or receipts are forecasted at $301million in government expenditure before capital at $254.2million, so we are looking for a budget of $301million, the largest budget yet again.” The Turks and Caicos Islands government has committed a further $39million of new funding for the Capital Investment Plan to continue

to focus on the islands’ recovery and resilience. She added: “The $39million is an addition to the $36.7million of funded projects for 2018/2019 that are in progress and may roll forward in 2019/2020. An operating surplus of $7.9million is anticipated for the fiscal year. The operating surplus would allow the government to meet it dept obligations. The forecast is for operating surpluses of $31.3million, $33.8milliom and $39.5million in years 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively.” Meantime Robinson said that this activity will be propelled by foreign direct investment and large scale tourism related and other projects. “It is forecasted that the Hotel and Restaurant sector will expand by 3%, the Real-estate sector will expand by 3.7 %, the Agricultural and Fishing sector will expand by 2% and Transport sector will expand by 2% in 2019. Construction activity has increased significantly in 2018 and even further growth prospects are being forecast for 2019.” In addition, in the upcoming budget in 2019, the government is minded to establish a Department of

Trade and a Department of Housing subject to the approval of Cabinet. She said, “Spending allocations have already been prioritized for these new Departments. We intend to improve the working environment of public servants, in addition allocations have been prioritized fro climate change, coastal and reef management and protection, labour protection, children with special needs, child care and youth development.” “The Government remains committed to support the healthcare needs of the population as such another $33million is being transferred from the consolidated fund to support the healthcare needs of our people. There will 23 newly created positions along with offering of more tertiary education scholarships to students and civil servants; the updating of curriculum at all levels including the growth and offerings targeted for adult education based on the findings of the skills audit in an effort to increase skills and address skills shortage and to continue to encourage and support innovation of small business by issuing government grants to MSME’s,” Robinson explained.

Hon. Sharlene Cartwright- Robinson- Premier

Cabinet reshuffle to be announced shortly, says Premier By Todeline Defralien Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright- Robinson said she will be reshuffling her Cabinet shortly. During a press conference on Tuesday February 19th, at the Premier’s Office, Providenciales, Premier Robinson said this would be done as her government has reached the Mid-Term mark and it is critical that they move towards realisation of the commitments made in the “Change

Document” (2016 election manifesto). “As we have reached the mid-term mark, it is critical that we continue to move towards realisation of the commitments made in the Change Document. We are achieving those promises that are touching lives daily. In this upcoming year you will see more major announcements, continued dialogues with the people of this country through pollings, surveys, releases using all formats, more festive openings and completion of projects

and last but not least you will see a Cabinet reshuffle. We will indeed make Cabinet shuffle announcements of new Ministers and new portfolios shortly,” she said. Currently the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Government Ministers are; Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinsonPremier and Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment; Hon. Sean R. Astwood- Deputy Premier and Minister of Immigration and Border

Control and Employment; Hon. Edwin Astwood- Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services; Hon. Karen Malcolm- Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Library Services; Hon. Goldray Ewing- Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning; Hon. Vaden D. Williams- Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication and Hon. Ralph Higgs- Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture.

Police say body cameras are successful crime solving tool Since its implementation in July 2018, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said the body cameras being used by officers have been successful. According to members of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force the cameras force everyone to stay professional and are used in solving court cases. During a recent press conference, Assistant Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams stated: “Body cameras are also an excellent investigating tool, because at the end of the day they certainly form the

same role as CCTV’s. If a complaint is made against a member of staff, it is all recorded on footage and rather than a three or four months of running around, sometimes we can bring the complainant in and say, ‘listen we have it all recorded on tape’, and they tend to back off because the facts are all there.” In addition, the ‘body cams’ aim to decrease bad behavior by police officers and improve evidence collection for accident and domestic violence scenes. “It forces everyone to stay professional because the last thing any of our staff would want, is to be

caught on camera misbehaving. It is an excellent way forward and long overdue and we thank God that we have it in place now,” Adams added. Sgt. Damian Mitchell said, “It is more than successful. I will give it 155% because not only does it capture the officer’s behaviour and what is happening outside there, but it’s a tool that helps the public to behave appropriately and it keeps the officer in check as well. It is both ways rather than one way. We had cameras before on a trial basis and it worked well and they continue to work expeditiously.”

Sgt. Damian Mitchell poses with the body camera

Robbery at Salt Mills Plaza At 9:45 a.m., February 21st, 2019 central received a report of a robbery at the Salt Mills Plaza, Grace Bay. The man was robbed at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of cash and a gold champagne Nissan Sunny license plate

TC12280. At 11:19 a.m., the vehicle was located at the Market Place in the Bight. Police are looking for a suspect described as a 5ft 8in slim built male wearing a long sleeve blue bottom down shirt and dark coloured long pants.

As the Police continues their investigation into this matter they are appealing to members of the public who may have been in the vicinity of the Salt Mills Plaza and the Market Place located in the Bight during the robbery and

have witnessed or have any information regarding this incident to contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or 941-8082 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.

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Turks & Caicos real estate posts record year in 2018 Turks & Caicos real estate market has bounced back strong from 2017’s historic hurricane season by achieving a record year in 2018. Sotheby’s alone sold over $255m worth of properties, with total sales increasing across the board. That’s along with an overall 169% increase in sales volume in the last eight years, according to a report from Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty. “TCI provides an unrivalled blend of ease of access and use, with fantastic luxury resort properties - hotels, condos and managed stand-alone villas - along with top flight infrastructure, services and amenities,” Joe Zahm, president of Sotheby’s International Realty Turks and Caicos said in the report.

“With major airline access from Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, Charlotte NC, Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia, NYC, Newark NJ, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Dallas and the UK, and major private jet traffic into our two state of the art private air terminals, we are quite easy to get to,” he added. The overall market was buoyed by the single-family home market, which represented nearly 50% of all sales volume, for a total of just over $123m, up from $111.67m in 2017. That included more than 20 home sales over the $3m mark, including the highest recorded home sale - $7m — for an existing villa. That included the sales of the Saving Grace villa for $7m; an Amanyara

villa for $6.55m and a villa at the Shore Club that sold for $5.9m, among others. The new villa development completed sales represented 37.5 % of the SFH sales volume. The average price increased by 6.24% over last year and over the previous years. On the condominium side, a total of 77 condo units were sold last year, with just under $71m in sales volume — up from $64m last year. Land sales are up 14.5% and sales volume rose by 17%. Rock House, a new project from Grace Bay Resorts, is set to break ground in March. Its homes are already 75% purchased and it has a target sellout of $55m, according to the company. “Turks & Caicos Islands is now

a household name in the luxury sector with high demand from the rich and famous and other discerning travelers. “One can hardly go a week without a young celebrity posting amazing images to the world in their social media. There is a major buzz in the air that started on our humble shores and now permeates in major cities and elite neighborhoods in North America and beyond,” Zahn added. With the surge in demand, several new projects are in the pipeline, including the first phase of Beach Enclave Long Bay, an expansion of the Beach Enclave brand. The Club at Beach Enclave Long Bay will include four houses and four condo suites within a 20-suite boutique hotel.

Wymara Resort and Villas named four-star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide Forbes Travel Guide recently unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Wymara Resort and Villas as a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Wymara Resort and Villas will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide. com. Wymara Resort and Villas, which underwent a rebrand in January 2019, is a chic and intimate retreat that captures the prestige, pristine beauty and spirit of the Turks and Caicos Islands, blending a contemporary resort design with sophisticated service. The resort is located directly on the most private western end of Grace Bay Beach – one of the world’s most coveted beaches. Wymara guests are invited to experience inventive island cuisine, wellness experiences at the Spa, and relaxation with their loved ones on soft white sands or by the stunning 7,000 square-foot infinity pool. Along with its redesigned beachfront restaurant, Zest, and wildly popular rosé wine and blush champagnethemed Pink Bar, which sits directly on

the sand, Wymara has introduced seven spectacular new four- and five-bedroom villas on Turtle Tail Bay, located just 2.5 miles away from the resort. Each villa is located on about half an acre of elevated hillside overlooking the southern shores and Caribbean Sea and features two private pools, expansive indoor-outdoor living areas, a sunken outdoor fire pit lounge area, over-the-water swimming platforms with direct ocean access, and incredible services and amenities, including access to the resort’s beach, restaurants, bars and spa. “We are honored to achieve FourStar status on the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide ratings list,” says Grant Friedman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Wymara Ltd., who has been managing the property since its opening 10 years ago. “The guest experience is always kept top-of-mind with everything we do. From retaining the best staff on-island to resort upgrades and expansions and offering distinct amenities and services, we invest time and resources into making each guest visit unforgettable.” Forbes Travel Guide’s luxury


Wymara Villa Lounge Area travel ratings have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958, recognized among the hospitality industry as being uniquely selective, rigorous and highly coveted. Anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. “We are delighted to celebrate the 2019 Star Rating winners, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas

that demonstrates a strong culture of service,” said Filip Boyen, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “In a time of information overload and fake reviews online, Forbes Travel Guide is the ultimate trusted source in luxury travel,” Boyen said. “Our objective, datadriven Star Rating list features properties that achieved an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality. We congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today.”


TCI Paint & Supply Ltd is seeking suitably qualified candidates for the above position. Duties include but are not limited to mixing all paint, maintaining accurate database for mixed paints and current OEM paint mixing schemes, maintaining up to date database of all standard domestic and international vehicles, care and cleaning of all computer equipment, parts etc. Applicant must have at least 15 years experience with automotive paint mixing.

TCI Paint & Supply Ltd is seeking suitably qualified candidates for the above position. Duties include but are not limited to assisting with sales; dealing with customers and preparing orders as well as receiving and off loading inventory from containers; responding to customer complaints and comments; creating and fostering new relationships with new and perspective clients; general supervision of employees. Successful applicant must be punctual and willing to complete all tasks at hand with a positive and respectful attitude.

Starting Salary $1,550.00 to $1,850.00 per month based on experience and qualifications

Starting Salary $1,800.00 to $2,100.00 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:

Kindly forward resumes and qualification to the below address copy to the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Department and Immigration Board:

Employment Department TCI Paint Supply Ltd Leeward Highway Tel: 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email:

Employment Department TCI Paint Supply Ltd Leeward Highway Tel: 649-339-6275 Fax 649-941-4777 Email:


Regulation 7 of the Physical Planning (Development Permission) Regulations, 2014 An Application, PR 13961 by SEAFAMM (TCI) LTD for a HOTEL CONTAINING EIGHTY-SEVEN (87) ROOMS, RESTAURANT AND BAR, SWIMMING POOL & DECK AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES ON PARCEL 60905/16 has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration and determination. Anyone wishing to make representation(s) may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, Downtown, Grand Turk or through the Department of Planning, Emily House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, within twenty eight (28) days of publication of this notice.

EASTERN INN BAR &RESTAURANT In South Caicos Is seeking two (2) Bar Maids Required to prepare and servealcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.Must also take food orders and cook a variety of dishes Must work 6 days a week Salary $6.50 an hour Please contact Valeria Glinton at 241-5705 These are new positions Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders must send a copy of their resumeto the Immigration Board

MARGARET WILLIAMS In South Caicos Is seeking a labourer to clean the yard, paint, and do minor repairs around the house and property Must work 5 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour Please contact 345-2808 This position is currently held by a work permit holder Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board

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Small airplane crash in Provo didn’t have to be fatal

The airline crash near Providenciales International Airport on December 23rd, 2017, need not have been fatal, according to an official report. A report from the United Kingdom’s (UK) Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it is likely that a controlled forced landing into the shallow water ahead of the Provo International Airport “would have resulted in the probable loss of the aircraft but it is unlikely that it would have had fatal consequences”. Shortly after takeoff from Providenciales Airport, Turks and Caicos Islands, the aircraft engine lost power, most likely due to a failure of, or detachment, of an intercooler induction hose. The pilot attempted to reposition for a landing at the airport but lost control of the aircraft whilst attempting to turn. Both the pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The loss of power was significant, but not complete, and the power available was sufficient to allow the aircraft to be flown level and to complete gentle turns, the report said, adding that research shows that a partial and insidious loss of power may be more challenging for effective decision making than a full loss of power. “This aircraft suffered a power loss just after takeoff, which was confirmed by the recorded engine data. This power loss was consistent with a significant leak in the engine air induction system, which could have been caused by either the detachment

of an induction hose or the failure of one of the induction hoses,” the report continued. “The pilot’s request to return shows that he was attempting to position the aircraft for a landing at the airport, but he then lost control in the turn. The aircraft bank increased, it is likely the lower wing stalled and the aircraft then descended rapidly into the ground. The pilot and passenger were almost certainly killed in the impact with the ground, not in the subsequent fire.” The document said there are several reasons why a pilot may attempt to turn back towards the airport in the event of a complete or partial engine failure after takeoff. “The primary reason would be that there are no areas in which to attempt a forced landing ahead. Other reasons may include a desire to ‘save the aircraft,’ a fear of landing in water, if that is what is ahead, and seeking the reassurance of a strip of runway. In many cases, the attempt ends in the aircraft entering a stall or spin with catastrophic results,” it was noted. “Decision making following engine failures requires a rapid appraisal of the conditions, followed by a prompt decision about the actions to be taken. When the situation is one of a partial or substantial power loss, but not a complete power loss, the decision making may be compounded by the need to rapidly assess the power available against that required to fly level or climb. Research

by the Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) concluded that partial power loss can be more challenging than full power loss, due to the choices confronting the pilot and general lack of training for such an event4. Training tends to concentrate on the complete loss of engine power.” The UK report said that when power is lost after takeoff (whether completely or partially), the priority must be to maintain control of the aircraft. This may require significant positive action by the pilot to avoid stalling, especially in a turn, it was stated. AIRCRAFT WAS NEW

Sailrock Contracting Limited [Sailrock] is seeking qualified candidates for the position below: Junior Mechanic – •This person will work with the Lead Mechanic to ensure all vehicles and equipment are in good working order at all times Responsibilities •Assist Head Mechanic with preventative maintenance program for all equipment. •Assist with repairs as directed by project leadership members to all equipment and machinery. •Perform repairs to mobile and stationary equipment. •Perform minor welding as necessary. •Change tires on all types of vehicles and equipment. •Maintain an equipment maintenance report detailing equipment condition and repairs performed. •Update maintenance records as required. •Troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical equipment as directed. •Support projects by evaluating equipment needs. Qualified Candidates will have/be: •Must have mechanical aptitude and previous experience as a mechanic •Must have experience working with construction type equipment and vehicles •Ability to follow instruction •Well-organized and detail oriented •Ability to work well with others Salary Range •$24,000 - $26,000 Annually Please submit applications to Stacey-Ann Albert: •Drop off: W104 Venture House, Grace Bay, Providenciales •Email: This position is currently held by a Work Permit holder. Interested Turks and Caicos Islands must also submit copies of their application to the TCI Work Permit Board

The aircraft was newlybuilt at the manufacturer’s facility at Independence, Kansas, USA. As part of the purchase the aircraft had been fitted with a diesel engine in accordance with an FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) before being handed over to the ferry company pilot on 20 December 2017. There had been some delays in the delivery due to technical issues with the aircraft which had required some replacement parts to be fitted before the aircraft was released. The aircraft was to be ferried to Sao Paulo, Brazil in order to receive its mandatory technical survey by the Brazilian authorities for importation. The crew consisted of a ferry pilot and a passenger who was an employee of the purchaser. Due to the size and range of the aircraft, the ferry flight was planned through Florida and the Caribbean islands before crossing into Brazil. In all, the flight was planned with ten stops before reaching its destination. The stop in Providenciales was originally planned as an overnight stay but due to the late delivery of the aircraft, and the time of year, suitable hotel accommodation was not available on the island. As a result, the flight was replanned to proceed from Providenciales on to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, a flight of approximately 2.5 hours. The crew was then planning to stay for the night before re-joining their original ferry plan. On 20 December 2017, the pilot and his passenger left Independence, Kansas, in the aircraft for a 2.9 hour flight to Meridian, Mississippi, where the occupants stayed for a night. The next day they completed the 4.5 hour leg to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The crew left Fort Lauderdale on 23 December 2017.

The routing from Fort Lauderdale to Providenciales is around 520 nm and would have taken approximately 5 hours. The aircraft landed at Providenciales at 2022 hrs (1622 local time) and the occupants disembarked into the fixed base operator (FBO) terminal. The aircraft was refueled for its onwards flight to Punta Cana. The aircraft occupants were reported by witnesses to be relaxed without any concerns about the aircraft or the route. The weather in Providenciales was excellent with an easterly wind of 10 kt, visibility in excess of 10 km and a temperature of 28°C. It was daylight. At 2123 hrs (1723 local time) the pilot of PR-PTS requested taxi instructions from the tower at Providenciales for his flight to Punta Cana. Six minutes later he was cleared to enter and backtrack Runway 10. Another aircraft called on finals, and at 2131 hrs the pilot was asked by the tower if he could depart from his present position. The pilot answered that he could and at 2132 hrs PR-PTS was cleared for takeoff. The aircraft then made a 180° turn on the runway and began its takeoff roll. As soon as the aircraft became airborne from the runway, the tower controller and assistant noticed smoke coming from the aircraft. Very shortly after takeoff the pilot requested an immediate return which was granted by the controller, who asked the pilot to report on finals. The controller and assistant then saw the aircraft start a turn to the left. They observed an increasing angle of bank in the turn before the nose dropped and the aircraft was lost to sight behind some buildings. Other aircraft on the frequency reported to the controller that the aircraft had crashed and the emergency procedure was initiated. Around a minute later the controllers could clearly see a large cloud of black smoke although they were unable to see the accident site. The aircraft had struck the ground to the north of the airport and outside the perimeter fence. The accident site was a corner piece of undeveloped land bordered by roads and next to a petrol station. Police and fire services arrived at the scene quickly but a fierce fire had taken hold. The aircraft occupants were fatally injured. Post-mortem investigations showed that it is highly likely both occupants died instantly due to the initial impact.

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Statement from February 20th Cabinet meeting His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 5th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 20 February 2019, at the Old Chief Minister’s building on Grand Turk. All ministers were present with the exception of the Hon. Minister for Health and the Hon. Minister for Education who sent their apologies in advance. At this meeting Cabinet: •Approved the Provisional Warrant for financial year 2019-20 for onward submission to the House of Assembly at its next sitting.

•Approved a request for supplementary funds to be allocated to the Police Department. •Approved a Supplementary Appropriation Bill No 1 to be presented to the House of Assembly. •Agreed to seek approval from the UK government to enter into an agreement with the Caribbean Customs Organisation on Mutual Administrative Assistance. • Approved for the Financial Services Commission to retain specified surplus funds for the construction of a building to house their offices in Grand Turk. • Approved a request

for Invest Turks and Caicos and the Attorney General Chambers to negotiate a development agreement with BELB East Development Ltd. in respect of Beach Enclave. •Approved a request for the renewal of a lease agreement for the Bottle Creek Clinic for a period of seven months, with the option to renew, subject to funding being available. •Authorised a review of the Turks & Caicos National Trust Ordinance to include institutional restructuring and strengthening to meet international best practice. • The Acting Attorney General updated Cabinet on a mutual legal agreement

request. •HE the Governor updated Cabinet on recent public disturbances in Haiti. •Hon. Minister for Tourism raised concerns over recent fish poaching off Middle Caicos and ongoing attempts to address such infringements. •The Hon. Premier updated Cabinet on her intention to attend the OCTA Ministerial Conference and the 17th OCT-EU Forum later in the month. Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

Customs Department has updated website Turks and Caicos Islands Customs Department is encouraging the general public, and in particular the importer population to visit its newly updated website at A press release said the website contains pertinent information that may be needed to assist in the importation process. The Customs Tariff which prescribes the duty rates of commodities is accessible from the site and is user friendly. For example, if you would like

to know the duty percentage assigned to a particular commodity, enter the name of the specific commodity, click search, and the assigned duty percentage will appear. The department is also encouraging to use of the Duty Calculator which is located at the top right hand corner of the home page symbolised by the calculator icon. The calculator will assist you with assessing the amount of duty owed on your shipments. You must select a

commodity and enter the value and freight, and the Duty and Customs Processing Fee will be calculated. To the right of the home page you will find other useful information such as our Customs Ordinance, information on Prohibited and Restricted Imports, requirements under our mandatory cash declarations, basic information for the travelling public, and current updates etc. Additionally, you may view the full list of Customs Duty Exemptions, which includes qualifying criterion.

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Turks and Caicos Islands Human Rights Commission Complaints Investigation Officer We invite you to join our dynamic team of professionals who will ensure your career success! Growth and personal development awaits you!

CAREER DAY 2019 Are you an experienced hotelier, aspiring 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 attendour CAREER FAIR on Monday,February 25th, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex, Providenciales. We are seeking to fill the following positions: Kitchen Front Office Chief Steward Front Office Supervisor Steward Guest Assistant Canteen Steward Group Reservations Analyst Reservations Agent Driver/Bellman Housekeeping Food and Beverage Housekeeper F & B Administrator Houseman F & B Attendant Restaurant Manager Other: Purchasing Clerk Income Auditor Boutique Attendant Villa Gardener Candidates must be available to work 6 days a week; weekends, and holidays. Qualified persons are asked to bring the following documents: Resume, Valid Passport Bio Page, Proof of TCI status i.e. PRC, Belonger Status Card and Naturalization/Registration Certificate. Only those with valid documents will be considered for an interview, all proof of status documents with the right to work must be presented on career day to be eligible.

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is offering an exciting opportunity to become our Complaints and Investigation Officer. The HRC is an independent organisation that is an institution of good governance under the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution Order 2011. The Human Rights Commission is dedicated to fairness, non-discrimination and equality for all. This role provides the opportunity to assist people in the Turks and Caicos Islands who feel that their human rights have been breached. Reporting directly to the HRC’s Director, you will investigate human rights abuses and actively manage a wide range of investigative tasks i.e., gathering evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses and liaising with external agencies and organisations. You will also be responsible for the monitoring, maintenance and updating of the Commission case file databases and filing system. The successful applicant must be a person of strong character,living a life, both personal and professional, with a firm moral and ethical framework. An individual who understands that the adoption of the values of fairness, non-discrimination and equality are necessary building blocks to creating a fairer society for all the people who inhabit the Turks and Caicos Islands. Qualifications and Experience •Bachelor’s degree (Social Sciences would be considered desirable). •High School diploma. •Significant experience in policing and completion of police training courses, experience in investigating, resolving complaints from members of the publicwould also be desirable and acceptable in place of a bachelor’s qualification. •Should have an excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken (a second language would be considered an asset). •Should possess excellent communication skills. •Must be a team player •Should have experience in report writing, data collection and filing. •Should have personal transportation and a valid driver’s licence. •Should have a clean criminal record. Salary ranging from $38,000 – $42,000 per annum. Your CV and cover letter along with a photocopy of your status and a clean criminal record. should be submitted to dropped off at the Commission’s office:

Suite C-104 Graceway Leeward Highway Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands

*Deadline for submissions:

March 31, 2019

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Two New Queen’s Counsel appointed Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles and Jonathan Katan, a partner with the lawfirm Miller, Simons, O’Sullivan, are the newest Queen’s Counsel in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In announcing the appointments, which were upon the recommendation of the Chief Justice Margaret RamsayHale and authorised by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, His Excellency Governor Dr. John Freeman said: “It is with great pleasure that I am announcing the appointment of the Hon Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, the Attorney General of TCI, and of Mr Jonathan Katan, as Queen’s Counsel in this jurisdiction. Their appointments are a tribute to their distinguished service as Members of the TCI Bar and their well-deserved advancement will add further lustre to the legal community of these Islands. I offer them my sincere congratulations.” The new Queens Counsel will be formally admitted to the Inner Bar by the Chief Justice at a ceremony to be held next month.’ Commenting on her appointment, the Attorney General told The SUN: “This is a high honour and a privilege for which I am very grateful to God. This appointment represents a positive acknowledgement of my professional achievements and the quality of my legal work in the Turks and Caicos Islands over many years and I am delighted and humbled by this recognition. Thanks to Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale and to HE the Governor John Freeman. This honour could not have been achieved without the love and support of my family and team in Chambers to whom I am indebted. I also congratulate Mr. Jonathan Katan on his well deserved

appointment.” Braithwaite-Knowles, was born on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. She graduated with a Bachelors of Law Degree LLB (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and was awarded a Certificate in Legal Education, Bar at the Eugene Dupuch Law School, New Providence, the Bahamas. She had earlier attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Government (with an emphasis on law) and History (Hons) from Liberty University in Virginia, USA. Rhondalee began working for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government on August 4th 2000 in the post of Crown Counsel. She later on moved to Senior Crown Counsel in 20052006, Commercial/ Civil department of the Chambers. Her practice included: commercial work, civil litigation, international compliance and Legislative Drafting. A highlight of her tenure was her secondment to the Attorney General’s Office in Montserrat for two brief periods in 2002 and 2004. On April 1st 2006 she became Principal Crown Counsel, Commercial still at the Attorney General’s Chambers, where she headed the commercial/ Civil Division up until 1st April 2008 when she proudly took up the post of Deputy Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands becoming the first Islander to ever hold that post. In October 2013 Mrs. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles received an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) award from Her Majesty the Queen for her services to the development and reform of the public service of the Turks and Caicos Islands. On March 6th 2014, history was made again in the Turks and Caicos Islands when she was sworn in at the House of Assembly as the First local, youngest and

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— (a) 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; (b) contains the name of the employer and details of the whereabouts of the office or other place to which the application is to be submitted together with contact details, including telephone and fax numbers and an email address; (c) sets out clearly the salary package relating to the position; (d) invites prospective applicants who are Islanders to send copies of their applications to the Board; and (e ) state whether the position is currently held by a work permit holder. For further information or questions, please refer to the following Website:




Mr. Jonathan Katan first female Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Katan told The SUN: “I am very honoured that H.E. the Governor, on the recommendation of the Chief Justice the Hon Margaret Ramsay-Hale, has approved my appointment as Queen’s Counsel. I am also particularly happy that the Hon. Attorney General, Rhondalee Braithwaite, has also been appointed and I offer her my warm and heartfelt congratulations. I look forward to standing next to her at the forthcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court; I could not wish to be in better company. The award of Queen’s Counsel is a very proud moment in my legal career, which has so far lasted nearly 30 years. However, I would not be

Blue Diamond Bar Location: The Cinema, Providenciales Is seeking 1 Barmaid Duties: Preparing alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages for, interacting with customers, taking orders and serving snacks Salary $6.50 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 332-4176 This position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

WANTED Location: North Caicos Is seeking 1 Caregiver Duties: Providing assistance to an Elderly person, preparing meals, running errands, making beds, buying groceries, bathing, administering treatments, and handling the laundry Salary $7.00 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 332-4176 This position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, the Attorney General of TCI in this position but for the support and encouragement of my partners and all other lawyers and staff at Miller Simons O’Sullivan, many other members of the TCI bar, my family and in particular my wife Lucy. I will appreciate the opportunity to thank them all personally. Following my appointment I will do my best to continue to support the Bar Council in promoting the independence of and high professional standards at the TCI Bar”. Jonathan is originally from England and after obtaining his Law Degree was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. For the next 11 years he practised from Barristers’ Chambers in Temple, London. During this time he undertook a wide variety of contentious and advisory work. Jonathan moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands in late 2001 and was called to the Turks and Caicos Islands Bar in early 2002. Jonathan is a former Vice President and immediate past president of the TCI Bar Council. Jonathan is a member of the Honourable society of Gray’s Inn, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a fellow of the International Compliance Association and member of the Institute of Directors.

Truely Nolen Location: Club Pillows, Providenciales Is seeking 1 Equipment Cleaner Cleans and sterilizes machinery and equipment used to process or store products Salary $6.50 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 332-4176 This position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

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2017 FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair Winners: Holy Family Academy

Get ready to experience the return of the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair and National Science Quiz, during Education Week 2019. Presented in association with the Department of Education, this two-day Science Fair and Science Quiz competition showcases the very best of the TCI’s budding scientists and young innovators as they vie for national honors at the primary and high school levels.

Wednesday, March 6th - Thursday, March 7th, 2019 Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex Downtown, Providenciales 2017 Winner

Allied Member of the Year

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Annual Chocolate Lovers Showcase raised nearly $51,000 for Salvation Army

A group photo with all of the winning restaurants at this year’s event

By Todeline Defralien The annual Chocolate Lovers Showcase benefiting the Salvation Army returned for its 9th year and received tremendous support from the community and even raised almost $51, 000 this year for the Salvation Army. The funds raised were from tickets sales and auction prize donations from more than two dozen island businesses, including COMO Parrot Cay, PRIVÉ Fine Ocean Charters, Sailrock Resort and Royal Jewels. The Showcase is one of the island’s most beloved not mention creative single-day culinary events, exploring both the savory and sweet expressions of everyone’s favorite indulgence. On Saturday February 2nd, hundreds of island foodies flocked to The Palms resort in Grace Bay to enjoy bite-sized samples of chocolate-inspired dishes. Guests were welcomed with a glass of Champagne compliments of The Wine Cellar before embarking on their journey to explore the

tastings provided by the participating restaurants and resorts. This year a total of nine restaurants and resorts generously participated in the Salvation Army TCI’s annual fundraiser including the Amanyara resort, Beaches Resort Villages and Spa, Grace’s Cottage at Point Grace, Infiniti at Grace Bay Club, Parallel 23 at The Palms, Shay on the Beach, Somewhere Café and Lounge, Stelle at Wymara Resort and SUI-REN at The Shore Club. The Chocolate Lovers Showcase is the number one source of fundraising for the Salvation Army’s Hot Lunch program, which currently provides a hot lunch to at-risk students at three government schools on Providenciales. Over the past nine years the program has assisted hundreds of young adults by providing them with the nutrition needed to concentrate on their school work and their teachers. Todd Foss, Salvation Army TCI Board Member and Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association Vice President told The SUN they could not be more grateful for the support shown

FortisTCI statement on passing of employee Denzel Smith It is with heavy hearts and deep regret that FortisTCI acknowledges the death of Denzel (De-Lano) Smith. FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell said, “This is harder than anything we have dealt with before as the FortisTCI family. All of us are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of our colleague Denzel. He was a well-regarded employee and a positive influence on the team. His impact on our company will long be remembered and we all will surely miss him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.” Denzel joined

FortisTCI in 2011 as Supervisor of Security Services. He was instrumental in developing the FortisTCI security standards and implementation strategy across all FortisTCI office locations. In his role, Denzel led a team of eight employees and was a regular contributor to the strategic plans of the company’s operations. Our thoughts, prayers, and sincerest condolences go to Denzel’s wife Trina, his children, his parents, siblings, extended family, and friends during this sad and difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.

for this year’s event by both their business community and the wider public. “Thanks to the commitment these amazing companies have made to this event, the program will be able to continue to deliver hundreds of hot lunches each month for the upcoming school year. In addition to being a successful fundraiser, it was a fun and interactive evening where attendees had the chance to talk to the chefs about their creations, as well as taste and vote for their favorite dishes,” Foss added. Winners were selected by public vote with a Gold, Silver and Bronze award being presented in each of two categories: Sweet and Savory. The only rule: they must include chocolate as one of the ingredients. Savory entries such as Shay on the Beach’s Prawn and White Chocolate Cauliflower Puree, SUI-REN’s Dark Chocolate Lamb Kabab and Amanyara’s Foie Gras Chocolate Delight showcased the creatively delicious ways in which participating island chefs flexed their culinary prowess in support of an

important community program. The Bronze award in the savory category was taken by Parallel 23 at The Palms for a crispy and clever Lobster Chocolate Patty. Silver was awarded to Somewhere Café & Lounge for its tantalizing Oxtail Taco. The Gold winners in the savory category were Beaches Resort Villages & Spa whose Chocolate Kissed BBQ Pork Taco was a spicy hit with event goers. In the Sweet category, it was Stelle at Wymara Resort with a Crispy Chocolate Bar & Cherry Chocolate Puff that won the Bronze award. A Choco Taco with Chocolate Ganache, caramelized banana, toasted coconut and salted peanuts won Infiniti at Grace Bay Club a Silver award. And taking home the Gold in the Sweet category was double winner Beaches Resort Villages & Spa who delighted guests with a Banana and Bambarra Rum Fritter. The Chocolate Lovers Showcase takes place on the first Saturday in February, so mark your calendars now for next year’s 10th annual event to take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

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Works progressing at Grand Turk Parade Grounds By Todeline Defralien Works is progressing smoothly on the Parade Grounds which have long been an icon of Grand Turk community. Following the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the field received severe damage and the over saturation of the base over the years without maintenance caused the surface to be uneven and hazardous to athletes. Representative for Grand Turk South, Hon. Edwin Astwood, Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services in a recent interview with The SUN, said, “We had an issue with the Parade Grounds and it was unsuitable

for the children to run on and for a number of years they haven’t had the high school Sports there like they use to, because there were a lot of sinks and valleys within the Parade Grounds. We have offers made to donate labour and materials to deal with the track, however through government bureaucracy and how we can accept, this was causing delays. We were able to get over those bottle necks and now we have the works being done.” Astwood said issues about accepting donations of free labour and materials to do the track for the high school students was causing them great delays in the government system. “A lot of us were so surprised

Hon. Edwin Astwood- Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services visiting the site

to see that in order for us to just accept local donations of material and labour for the high school, we as a Government and myself as Sports Minister have to go through so much, where in the end we had decided to go to plan C I call it because the plan A and B were not moving anywhere. We had to actually ask the Ministry of Infrastructure to put out the tender and work while we could have got the same works donated to us. That bureaucracy was so difficult that we decided that we would just go ahead because the children need it right away and sports time is coming up. Grand Turk has been at a disadvantage in terms of preparation for inter schools sports for nationals and

CARIFTA. We decided that we will go and try to see what monies are available so we can get the contractors to smooth off the ground,” he explained. Astwood noted that they have a tender out to do some renovation works at the Parade Grounds which includes putting back grandstand, bathrooms and much more. The Grand Turks Parade grounds played host to the funeral of the country’s first Chief Minister Hon. JAGS McCartney and today plays host to the Queen’s Birthday Parade amongst other nationally important events. Locals and visitors frequent the site for many events including community meeting, kids parties and entertainment.

Men working on the site


His Excellency the Governor invites applications for the position: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on the 15th of March, 2019 The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is inviting applications for the position of Commissioner of Police. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force serves all of the inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos Islands namely, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, Pine Cay, Parrot Cay, Ambergris Cay, Salt Cay and Grand Turk. The estimated population is approximately 35,000. The police force is made of approximately 319 sworn Police Officers, a team of special constables, District Constables and Civilian Support staff representing different countries and nationalities. The annual budget for the service is $25m US. The successful candidate will lead delivery of the RTCIPF vision ‘to make the Turks and Caicos Islands a safe and secure country in which to visit, invest and live’. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced senior officer to play a leading role in the drive to maintain and improve performance by effective management and by working with partner organizations and agencies to deliver strong collaborations. Applicants must have a significant track record of leadership and strategic management including at least 25 years policing experience with at least 10 years at a senior management level. The appointment will be offered for a fixed term of up to three years at an annual salary of $125,000 plus relevant allowances. Expected starting date is July 1, 2019. To receive a copy of the recruitment pack including the Person Specification and details on how to apply for position please contact: mgreenway@ Telephone +1 649 338-3841. Resumes with current contact information must be accompanied by a Cover Letter, two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer) as well as copies of educational certificates and a copy of the passport photo page. Shortlisted candidates must submit a Police Certificate. Applications should be addressed to: The Director, Mark Greenway, Office of the Human Resource Management Directorate, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Applications can be hand delivered or sent by email to recruitment@gov.tcwith the subject line being: Commissioner of Police MRG00003. Envelopes should have the subject: Commissionerof Police MRG00003 clearly marked on the front. The Successful applicant will work in accordance with the Public Service Ordinance and other laws of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Current serving officers must apply through their Head of Department. Applicants without supporting documents will not be processed. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Human Rights Commission launches Business and Human Rights

The Turks and Caicos Islands Human Rights Commission has developed a guide for businesses to assist them in meeting their obligations to human rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands and across the world. Both the Hotel and Tourism Association and the Chamber of Commerce have agreed to partner with the Commission in rolling out this initiative to businesses across the Turks and Caicos Islands. The global relationship between Human Rights and business has been developing for many years but has come to fruition over the last decade as more and larger businesses have recognized the benefits of supporting human rights in light of the changing attitudes and opinions of the public to which these businesses serve. The growing acknowledgment in the public arena of issues such as climate change, diminishing resources, forced labour and human trafficking has caused a significant change in the attitudes and profit margins of the business community. There have been many aspects of human rights that businesses have assimilated over the past few decades, some in response to domestic law such as pay equality and some in response to their own changing attitudes or the attitudes of their customer base such as fair trade. Recently more businesses than ever before are partnering with human rights institutions in the creation of human rights policies. This is founded on both a strong ethical commitment

by the business community and the recognition that a fairer more secure society is a necessary environment for businesses to flourish. Adopting a human rights policy is a precursor to a company’s human rights due diligence towards meeting its responsibility to respect human rights. It sends a clear signal to internal and external stakeholders that the company is striving to embed human rights into its operational policies and procedures and to understand the human rights impacts of the business, both positive and negative. It also signals a commitment to take respect for human rights seriously, to allocate management time and resources for developing and implementing this human rights policy. The Commission plans to roll out this new proposal with an open house event where both members of the public and businesses of all sizes will be invited to attend and learn more about how businesses and the HRC can collaborate in building a fairer and more sustainable society. You may ask as a business person what is in it for you? A business who upholds a human rights policy: •protects and enhances the company’s reputation and brand value; •Becomes a key player in the building of a fairer and non-discriminatory Turks and Caicos. •protects and increases their customer base, as consumers increasingly seek out companies with higher ethical

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 4 M’S CONSTRUCTION CO. LANDSCAPING LABOURERS The Landscape Labourer is responsible for performing a variety of work tasks (generally physical labor) in order to assist with the completion of landscape construction projects. The landscape laborer will be required to operate a variety of tools and equipment to carry out cleanup around the property and on the beach. Due to the high amount of seaweed may need to go in water regularly. To do well in this role you should be physically fit, reliable, and be a hard worker. Wages: USD6.25 per CONSTRUCTION LABOURERS We are a busy construction company looking to hire a dedicated Construction Laborer to join our team. You will be responsible for the general cleaning and clearing of debris from all sites and follow directions from supervisors and other skilled tradesmen. Other duties will include prepping construction sites by cleaning obstacles and hazards, loading or unloading construction materials, putting together and take apart temporary structures, such as scaffolding and removing, filling or compacting earth. To do well in this role you should be physically fit, reliable, and be a hard worker. Wages: USD6.25 per Candidates should contact (649)231-2547 for consideration Application deadline: March 15, 2019

standards; •helps the company attract and retain good staff, contributing to lower rates of staff turnover and higher productivity, and increasing employee motivation; •reduces risks to operational continuity resulting from conflict inside the company itself (strikes and other labour disputes), or with the local community or other parties (social licence to operate); •reduces the risk of litigation for human rights abuses; •becomes more appealing to institutional investors, including pension funds, who are increasingly taking ethical, including human rights, factors into account in their investment decisions; •helpsthe company to become a partner/investor of choice for other businesses or governments that are concerned to avoid human rights risks; As a member of the public you may also ask what’s in it for you? By encouraging businesses operating in the Turks And Caicos Islands to develop human rights policies the Commission is working on behalf of employees tolobby businesses to: •Commit to equal pay for equal work, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality etc. •Commit to supporting employees in the creation/joining of unions within the Turks and Caicos. •Commit to providing additional healthcare support to employees such as counselling and occupational health. •Commit to identifying training opportunities for youth.

Sabrina Green, Human Rights Director •Commit to identifying and advertising roles suitable for individuals with disabilities. •Commit to supporting individuals with minor criminal records to assimilate back into the community by identifying jobs suitable for rehabilitation. •Commit to identifying methods to reduce the negative impact of business on the environment. •Commit to ensuring that all supply chains are ethical in the sourcing of staff, products etc. •Commit to eliminating all forms of human trafficking including sexual exploitation and forced labour. It is our hope that all businesses, both small and large,will engage with this new programme building upon their commitment to human rights and helping to create a fairer and more sustainable society. For more information contact the Turks and Caicos Human Rights Commission at 649 941 5343

First national Natural Capital Account produced for TCI The Ministry of Tourism, nations’ environment, and the prosperity Environment, Heritage, Maritime and of its people. Gaming’s Department for Environment Director of Strategic Policy and and Coastal Resources (DECR), supported Planning, Mrs. Kathleen Forbes stated, by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation “The environment is pivotal in providing Committee (JNCC), have produced the first TCI with much of its national wealth and national Natural Capital Account (NCA) for well-being. It is therefore fundamental that Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) measuring it is considered equally with the nation’s the benefit that the environment provides other assets in policy and planning. NCA to TCI. provides a useful and practical holistic tool The recently completed NCA for we can use to help bring environmental 2017 found that the environment supports data into national accounts to better invest over $100 million annually to TCI through for the future.” tourism, fishing, agriculture and recreational The objective of the workshop is benefits to residents[2]. The initial account to provide knowledge and skills to facilitate presents preliminary results and lays the the introduction and utilisation of NCA in foundation for improved management of TCI and how it may be applied to create TCI’s environment. A workshop is being meaningful impact in policy and planning. conducted on February 20th and 21st to As such, practitioners will gain experience build capacity for government practitioners in collecting, processing and linking data to further develop and use NCA to inform collection activities to the decision-making policy and planning. processes. The workshop is designed for NCA is a way of managing the cross-department technical experts from environment, by combining ecological within TCI Government to build capacity so and economic data to better understand that practitioners will be equipped with the the value that the environment provides. ability to take the NCA process forward in This is done through the production of TCI. This will begin with the development structured accounts which can be used to of the updated NCA for 2018, and a strategy inform policy and planning decisions. to further improve and embed NCA to help By using the principles of support effective decision making from environmental economics to understand 2019 and beyond. the value of the environment, NCA is a Minister with responsibility for leading-edge approach to monitoring the Tourism and the Environment Hon. Ralph benefits of a nation’s environmental assets, Higgs commented; “We are pleased to in parallel to other national accounts, such receive the support and assistance of the as GDP (which measure the value of a JNCC for the development of the country’s nation’s economy). first National Capital Account. Natural Better environmental Capital underpins the socioeconomic management, informed by these accounts, development of countries and is critical can create benefits such as improved coastal in maintaining resilience to natural and protection, greater tourism potential, human elements. This document will aid plentiful fish populations, a reduction in and provide insight to ensure strategic erosion, sustainable material production, decisions are made in the best interest of our and better air and water quality. This people and country towards the protection will improve both the sustainability of a and sustainability of our environment.

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Native doctor appointed as country’s first dedicated Nephrologist InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Grand Turk Native, Doctor Vancelee Forbes as the country’s first full-time Nephrologist. Dr Forbes is specialized in renal and general internal medicine and has served across both medical disciplines at the health care facility since 2014. In recent years, she adopted a parttime Nephrology consultant role. The introduction of a dedicated Nephrologist is a strategic initiative facilitated by InterHealth Canada in partnership with TCI Government, to strengthen the prevention and management of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The number of patients diagnosed with the condition has increased over the years. In order to further enhance the quality of care and mitigate these trends, the private health care management company submitted a multifaceted, evidence-based proposal to TCI Government requesting support to develop the renal service. CKD is defined as abnormalities of kidney structure or function, present

for more than 3 months with health implications. Over 90% of kidney failure in the Turks and Caicos Islands is caused by diabetes or hypertension. Most diabetes and hypertension can be prevented through healthy lifestyles. CKD is irreversible and tends to be progressive. The last stage of CKD is kidney failure. Once a person develops kidney failure, he/she will require renal replacement therapy in order to survive. Three renal replacement therapies are currently available. These are renal transplantation, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. A stakeholder meeting was held on Wednesday, February 13th 2019 with dialysis patients and other health care stakeholders. The meeting was wellreceived and patients expressed optimism about the future strategic advancement of renal services and transplantation opportunities. Dr. Forbes outlined the process and challenges encountered with the current renal transplantation program and potential solutions, which require a multi-sectoral approach.

Dr Forbes also announced the development of a Peritoneal Dialysis program, which is a home-based form of renal replacement treatment for interested and eligible patients. The treatment option will be covered under the National Health Insurance Plan. Nearly 50 patients are currently required to visit the country’s outpatient haemodialysis centres at TCI Hospital as frequent as three-times per week to undergo lifesaving treatment for kidney disease. The first haemodialysis unit was opened in Grand Turk to accommodate six patients in 1995 followed by a second unit on Providenciales in 2006. InterHealth Canada assumed the management of the country’s renal services in 2010 with two modern outpatient haemodialysis units across both islands. There were 25 patients undergoing dialysis treatment upon the commencement of services in 2010, and the number of patients has since doubled. Dr Forbes is the daughter of Mr Darius Forbes and Retired Chief

Doctor Vancelee Forbes Nursing Officer Pastor Mary Forbes who pioneered the development of the renal services within the Turks and Caicos Islands over two decades ago.

Local designer WILLIQUE gives details on Josephine Connolly’s handmade bag By Todeline Defralien An ‘it bag’ made just for Hon. Josephine Connolly and handmade by Local designer Anya Willique is gaining huge recognition locally and internationally. After two months process of completion, the bag was made with the intention to assist women like Hon. Josephine Connolly in their everyday life routines. On her world tour for 2019, Willique visited her homeland and The SUN had the opportunity to find out more details about the new ‘it bag’ and working with Hon. Josephine Connolly. “It feels good to be home, very welcoming, very warm and just a lot of inspiration. I came home to start the promotion of the Josephine bag which was made for Hon. Josephine Connolly and also to catch up with family and friends. I think that the bag in itself is an example of what can be created with beautiful minds come together and it also can show personalization as well. Sometimes you would like to have something that reflects you and might not be able to find it everywhere but the aspect of craftsmanship can bring that along,” The London-based designer said. Willique added that it took two months to put the final touches together and to complete the hand bag. She said: “She stated what she needed, which colour, which size and what she was looking for and to just incorporate my style to it. She is a very genuine and a beautiful persons and kind hearted and very good spirited and

Designer, Anya Willique and Turks and Caicos Islands MP Hon. Josephine Connolly pictured with her personalized handbag working with people like that will also influence you as well. Most times you have to believe in yourself, you have to believe in your creativity and don’t be afraid to put what you have to give to the world out there. ” Willique also noted that it was essential for the bag to have space and compartments to fit her shoes, bible, Ipad, and makeup. “The process started with getting an idea of what the client will need or want and then doing a general sketch, trying to make it fit into the everyday life. It is not just something that would be showcased but also will

be use and have functionality. After that we’ll start with the design process, after that we will do the stitching. The stitching process can vary from using a machine to actually hand stitching and it is the time when you pay attention to detail such as the lining, as well as the engraving,” she explained to The SUN. Meantime, Willique noted that she is 120% happy with how the bag turned out and is interested in making these bags for others as well. Willique also confirmed that after being back home she has sparked some new ideas for upcoming handbags. Commenting on her

personalized handbag, Connolly said, “I love handbags and colours and when I saw her advert on Facebook, I said wow I need to help my sister. She is very passionate in what she is doing and I like to see young women gearing themselves up to be successful entrepreneurs. When I saw that I said I am going to reach out to her and I am going to help her.” She added: “I am 100% happy with the bag. She asked me what I wanted and I said that I would like a bag that is big enough for my shoes, my bible, iPad and I want everything in this bag and I also asked for a section for my makeup. She is very passionate about what she is doing so of course she will be successful because she also developed those networking skills that are going to take her to higher places. I like helping my people, someone had to help me to get where I am today, so I was thrilled to bits to help her promote her product. I also have plans on getting a red one but she doesn’t know it yet.” There is a lot more to come with the brand ‘Willique’ in April will make three years. So far she has visited Atlanta, North Carolina as well as Florida, her home town of Grand Turk, Providenciales and up next is the Bahamas. The Josephine bag is now available for pre-order online with the option to have your initials personalized on it. The bags landed online globally at the brand’s website and special orders at Price range from $950 for the Josephine Bag in black mini-grain leather and for crocodile leather $1,450.

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Skin Cancer Screening By Dr. Marsha Barnett

should not be ignored. This is called the ABCDE rule. Check your moles for asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolution. In particular, a quickly evolving mole where obvious changes are seen in symmetry, color or size must be checked by a doctor. Other changes like bleeding, crusting or itching to a once asymptomatic mole must never be ignored.

Believe it or not, skin cancer is actually the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide! Luckily, in many cases, early detection and removal of the abnormal growth in an office setting is all that is required to achieve a cure. In a few cases however, whether because of late detection or the type of skin cancer, extensive surgery and even chemotherapy may be required. •An ‘ugly duckling’ mole And whilst most skin cancers do not metastasize or spread to distant areas Many persons have numerous in the body, melanomas do! This makes moles all over the body. But pay attention quick diagnosis and management to a mole that doesn’t look like any of the others, or is the lone mole on an essential. Skin surveillance in a doctor’s otherwise spot-free area. This may need office is advisable for most person but it is to be biopsied or removed as having a especially true if you have risk factors for mole that is obviously different from the skin cancer such as a history of sunburns, pattern on the rest of the body, is a sign a lifestyle where you are repeatedly in a for concern. sunny environment, a light complexion that rarely tans but instead gets red on •You have a ‘pimple’ that won’t go sun exposure and a personal or family away history of skin cancer. However, it’s not good enough to go into your doctor Some skin cancers, like basal cell every year to get your moles checked. or squamous cell skin cancer can look You must also be familiar with what to like a bump. Unlike a regular bump, no look for in case something presents on pus or cheesy material will come out of it your skin that you need to get checked when you squeeze it and it may actually before your next scheduled visit. have an indented area. A central crust or sore that will not heal or clears but keeps So, what should you look for? recurring is also a tell-tale sign. •Your mole is changing

Any sudden change in a mole

•You notice a mole on your palm or sole

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT LANDSCAPING LABOURERS The Landscape Labourer is responsible for performing a variety of work tasks (generally physical labor) in order to assist with the completion of landscape construction projects. The landscape laborer will be required to operate a variety of tools and equipment to carry out cleanup around the property and on the beach. Due to the high amount of seaweed may need to go in water regularly. Wages: USD6.25 per HOUSEKEEPING LABOURERS Perform cleaning duties to maintain all rooms in a clean and orderly manner, including making beds, replenishing linens and amenities, cleaning rooms, vacuuming, emptying garbage. Report status of rooms and any damage, hazards, repairs; assume responsibility for keys signed out; update daily. Must be willing work all weather conditions, public holidays and weekends. Wages: USD6.25 per ONLY CANDIDATES MEETING ABOVE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONTACTED Candidates should apply via e-mail at for consideration Prospective applicants who are Belongers kindly send copies of your application to the board. Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Many people have moles on the soles of their feet or the palms of their hands, but they should be checked out, especially if the mole is new or changing. Also, when melanomas do occur in dark skinned individuals they are more likely to arise in these areas. •You experience changes to an area after having a mole removed If you’ve had a mole removed and you start seeing pigmentation or a bump or lump that’s extending outside the scar, this is extremely concerning. Even if you were told that the original mole was not a cancer, visit your doctor for a review as this may signal a recurrence of a skin cancer that was not previously diagnosed. •There’s a dark streak on your nail Melanomas can occur in the nail. Most often it is seen as a streak involving the entire length of the nail or may be limited to the base of the nail and cuticle. This is why it is important to remove your nail polish when you see your doctor for a skin check especially if you noticed an abnormality to the nail before coming in. •There’s a black spot inside your cheek Melanomas not only affect the skin but also the mucous membranes.

Dr. Marsha Barnett That includes inside your cheek, nasal cavity, anal region and the genitalia. It may be difficult for you to inspect these areas which is why it is important that you get these areas examined.” The number one risk factor for developing skin cancer is sun exposure. Wear sunscreen religiously with a SPF 30 or above. Reapply every 2 hours when in the sun and wear water proof varieties when swimming. Whenever possible, avoid the sun in the midday hours between 10 am and 3pm and partner with your doctor by being aware of any changes in your skin and having your skin examined at intervals. *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general practitioner who also specialises in dermatology. For questions or comments, please contact her at drmarshabarnett@ or at Associated Medical Practices - 946-4242.

BUTTERFIELD GOLD GROUP OF COMPANIES POSITIONS AVAILABLE All positions, are held by Work Permit Holders Coral Quarry One (1) Labourer Offloading the cement boat and must be Physical, able-bodied individuals capable of lifting heavy loads any other duties pertaining to the Plant. Wages from $ 7.50 per hour Location: South Dock Road Rosie’s Delight Restaurant One (1) Labourer Washing pots, plates, cleaning stove, kitchen equipment& floors and any other duties. Wages from $6.50 per hour Location: 23 Parade Ave Submit applications to by February 28, 2019 to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211 Labour Commissioner, Labour Department Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands

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TCI Bank in Liquidation is almost 9 years old Over $13M paid out in expenses including almost $6m in liquidators’ fees and liquidators’ other costs By Drexwell Seymour In December 2005, TCI Bank opened its doors in the Turks and Caicos eventually serving three islands, Providenciales, North Caicos and Grand Turk. In April 2010, the Financial Services Commission made an application to the court to liquidate the bank and appointed two individuals who did not reside in TCI as the provisional liquidators and eventually one of them was removed. Was the Liquidation of TCI Bank a premature decision? The first report of the liquidator stated that there were several individuals and entities that submitted proposals to buy and rescue the bank but they did not materialize. In light of the liquidation, we need to ask ourselves some questions. Did they relevant authorities try hard enough to seek a buyer? Was it premature to liquidate the bank robbing 4,000 customers of their opportunity to access their funds? Couldn’t they have appointed an administrator to oversee the operations until the sale from the serious buyers materialized? Why did none of the proposals materialize? Did they not have any confidence in the potential buyers to turn around the bank? Is it because the relevant statutory body does not report to an elected Government and therefore it is not held accountable? Why didn’t the TCIG try to bail out the bank until buyers were found? Is it because the interim administration was running the country and they believe we were all corrupt and therefore had no compassion for the residents of TCI? Or is it because NIB had already invested millions as a shareholder and the interim Government didn’t want to take additional risks? Was the liquidation an opportunity to give an someone or a company additional revenue for their business? If that is the case, then why a local resident could not be the liquidator? (When I say local it can be an indigenous or an expat as long as they reside legally in TCI). Unfortunately, we may never know the answers and of course, TCI Bank is the past and so you may wondered why bring up the past. The writer brought these questions up because he does not want history to be repeated with any of our existing or future institutions. We have been quiet for too long and we need to start speaking out against some of these decisions that are being made and hence the purpose of this article.

I know that it is very challenging collecting debts from individuals even when one gets a court ruling and I know priority must be giving to secured creditors. However, it almost nine years and there are over $8, 142, 343 in cash. The former customers deserve a third payout. Therefore, I challenge the FSC to change the liquidator and get someone that resides in Turks and Caicos and hopefully this new person can expedite the process. If nothing is done, the cost of this operation will continue to escalate. From April 2010 to June 2018, $13, 275, 456 were disbursed in expenses covering liquidators’ fees, legal fees, salaries, rent and utilities for office and liquidator, principal repayment, security, communication expenses, storage, vehicle costs, equipment rental, maintenance, cleaning services and bank charges. Of this, 5,994,716 was disbursed as liquidators’ fees and other costs. Something is wrong with this picture.

Distribution of funds to date

Conclusion and Recommendation

It should be noted that in a corporate liquidation if there are any assets to be distributed, the secured creditors and secured bondholders are paid first. Based on the liquidator’s report taken from their website, $8,723,404.27

The FSC is a regulatory body and needs to step up its game on the supervision of TCI Bank liquidator. TCI Bank in liquidation needs to be more transparent. Yes, there is a website that provides liquidators’ report on a biannual basis. However, I am not

Drexwell Seymour was paid to a secured creditor St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank. (Note the claim was $9,492,803). Antigua Overseas Bank is another secured creditor which is expected to receive payment as well. However, the amount of that claim is unknown at that time of this article. There were two dividend payouts to customers totaling 40 per cent which amounted to $27,841,079, This excludes the payment to St Kitts Bank as mentioned above. Change the liquidator

sure how many people are aware of this website and how many people even read the report. We need to hear more from the FSC and TCI Bank in liquidation. Because of all this fiasco, it is imperative that the Government and the FSC implement a depositors’ insurance scheme. I spoke to someone about this recently and he told me that the banks

Financial Controller

do not have appetite for a depositors’ insurance scheme. It should not be up to the bank. It should be up to the Government to ensure the residents are protected in the event of another failure. People need hope and people need answers. It is time for a serious review of the operations of TCI Bank in liquidation.


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A Case for returning to the people re Constitutional Review By Lee Ingham

In 2015, the PNP Rufus Ewingled Government established a bi-partisan, predominantly Parliamentarianled Committee to review and make recommendations re the Constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This Committee was chaired by a former Parliamentarian, Mr. Daniel Malcolm. After “town hall meetings” in all the islands, the Committee submitted its Report to the House of Assembly and that Report was then forwarded to the UK. The relevant UK officials peremptorily dismissed the request for Constitutional change and, for all practical purposes, the pursuit of demanding a more democratic Constitution for the people of the country was apparently abandoned. In 2018, the PDM Sharlene Cartwright Robinson-led Government unilaterally resubmitted the same document to the UK with some changes – changes not known publicly, as far as I know – and the relevant UK officials again dismissed the request for Constitutional change. For six years now, the TCI has been forced to govern itself according to a UK imposed Constitution. And there is little or no disagreement that the Constitution ought to be changed or amended so that it can more readily reflect the wishes of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Hence, the efforts of both Governments to change the Constitution are commendable, and deserves the full support of all those who cherish and value freedom and

democracy. However, I have, and will continue to advance the argument that before any additional attempt is made to seek Constitutional change from the UK, that another Constitutional Commission or Committee should be appointed, preferably by the Government, but, if necessary, by petition of the people of the country. Additionally, I have argued that such a group be composed primarily of citizens of the country who are not Legislators and that the scope of the remit ought to be sufficiently broad so that comprehensive changes may be considered. Furthermore, by going back to the people for input and discussion, the citizens of the country will have an opportunity to discuss the document, talk about their concerns, rights and privileges, the ways in which those rights and privileges can be protected in a representative democracy and create a document that will truly be “of the people, by the people and for the people,” not just for the present, but for generations yet to come. My argument is bolstered by the facts of the Report which the Dan Malcolm-led Committee submitted to the House of Assembly and then twice submitted to the UK and twice dismissed by the UK. According to the Report, meetings were held in all of the islands and there were a few submissions from groups and individuals. However, when the numbers documented in the Report are considered, I think it is clear that it is woefully

Leaders and Aspiring leaders By Ranaldo Forbes It is no news that effective leaders at some point or points in their lives would have been led by another. For indeed, how can one lead without knowing how to follow and be led by another? It is in the discipline of discipleship that leaders form their ideologies and build their characters to emerge as leaders of men and women. This is important, as leadership is more about servitude than it is about prestige and authority. Humility, compassion, conviction and integrity are key prerequisites for persons that are or aspire to be leaders. The problem with some of our political leaders and aspiring leaders is that they want to lead without being led or having been led. They forget that, even after election or appointment, their decisions and actions ought to be led by the people of The Turks and Caicos Islands. More importantly, they ought to govern the country and themselves in the best interest of the Turks Islanders. The question as to whether leaders are born or made is one that will continue for years to come with valid arguments being put forward on both sides of the debate. However, this discussion pales in comparison to what happens when the aspirations of an individual to lead are accomplished. It becomes quickly crystal-clear to a newly elected leader and observers that it is not an easy task being in a position of authority. In a country such as ours, it would be an understatement to state that the demands of the populace are not easy to meet. The reality is that, while the majority elect persons to lead, leaders must govern both the minority

Ranaldo Forbes that did not support them as well and serve the entire country. This is where the true test of leadership lies, and only the courageous and wise will succeed in this role. The following words of the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling, to his parliamentary colleagues in his farewell speech echoes through time to today’s leaders and aspiring leaders of tomorrow: “Leaders, we must not forget, do not make themselves. They are made instead by the people they lead, by the people who believe in them and by the people who are prepared to follow them not out of fear, or because it might be the in thing to do, or because of some hypnotic spell, but because deep down there is a faith that moves them to lift us up to a height above their own in the hope that, from the lofty perch to which they have raised us, we can see what they cannot and, having seen, we, as their leaders, can point the way forward into the tomorrows that await us all”.

unrepresentative. Consequently, I argue that it is imperative that before any future request is made to the UK for Constitutional changes, going back to the people must take place. According to the Report, 269 persons attended the meetings conducted by the Committee and there were about 7 submissions from individuals and groups. Assuming that there are approximately 50, 000 persons resident in the TCI, then the 269 plus the groups would represent less than 1% of the population who participated in the discussions; and assuming that the number of voters in the country are approximately 10, 000, then less than 3% of the voting public would have participated in the Constitutional discussions. Clearly, such low percentages – less than 3% and/or less than 1% – is not a representative sample in any empirical science and thus the reliability is highly unlikely. In similar fashion, no serious decision re the Constitution or anything else in the country, should be taken as representative of the country. And for this reason alone, the UK ought to reject this request. Both political Parties have access to the Dan Malcolm-led Constitutional Review Report and it is certain that they must be aware of the data mentioned above. Thus, there should be great consternation that both Parties have submitted virtually the same document to the UK as representative of the country for Constitutional change, despite the low percentage of participants.

Lee Ingham I have urged the Honorable Premier to return to the people with a view to including a greater number of the voters of the TCI in the discussions relative to our Constitution. Given that the officials in the UK have sent the Government back to the drawing board, despite the desire of the Honorable Premier to claim that the people of the TCI have already spoken, I implore both political Parties to, at least, consider this argument for returning to the people through a newly selected Constitutional Commission/ Committee. This is too important an issue with which to play politics or make a claim on behalf of “the people” of the country when, in fact, so few people actually participated in the process. A luta continua!!!

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DATE OPEN: February 18, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Stewarding Supervisor PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview:Directs and coordinates all activities and provides assistance to the staff of the stewarding department, to ensure all established service standards and procedures of Hotel are implemented consistently, leading to guest satisfaction, staff satisfaction and profit for the Hotel.

OPEN JOB POSITION DATE OPEN: February 18, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Housekeeper PROPERTY: West 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: $8.00 - $8.50 per hour DATE OPEN: February 18, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Restaurant Supervisor PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview:To supervise and run operations of Grill Rouge Restaurant. To take all orders from guests, have substantial F&B knowledge in order to upsell and describe menu items, manage staff in conjunction with F&B manager, handle complaints and be person responsible in absence of senior managers. Responsibilities: •To prepare the weekly schedule, ensuring adequate staffing of the restaurant at all times •To supervise and assist the restaurant staff on a daily basis •To assist with the processing of the daily cash sheets in conjunction with other supervisors and managers •To take food and wine orders from all guests. •To have excellent understanding and product knowledge of what is being served on the menu for any service •Conduct daily briefs prior to each and every service and liaise with Chef to be aware of any special dishes. Shift Varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate workerQualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $28,800 - $31,800 per month

Responsibilities: •Responsible for establishing and maintaining high sanitation standards in all food preparation area •Responsible for the Maintenance and the cleanest of all F&B service and Kitchen Equipment •Responsible for guiding the staff and in the performance of their jobs in accordance to Hotel policies and procedures. •Responsible for implementing the Policies and Procedures in operating the Stewarding Department •Responsible for ensuring sufficient operating equipment and cleaning supplies for the operation. •Responsible for providing functional assistance to operation during peak periods and functions. •Responsible to keep F&B equipment inventory book up to date. •Responsible to maintain all F&B area free of pest at all time •Responsible for administration and the disposal of the waste 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:$25,000 - $30,000 per annum DATE OPEN: February 18, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Massage Therapist PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Grace Bay Club is looking for candidates that have the requirements listed along with an outgoing professional manner. They love to work with different types of people, meet challenges with a positive attitude and live the standards of our organization. Their management style is one that balances a commitment to people and their development with business/financial accountability and delivers an exceptional guest experience. Job Requirements: •Deliver spa treatments and techniques •Massage Therapy, Body Therapy, Aesthetician, Nail Technician, Body Wraps and Therapeutic Baths •Promote a sense of wellbeing and other therapeutic benefits for clients •Create a relaxing atmosphere for clients •Must be the consummate professional at all times •Immaculate appearance •Excellent customer service •Have patience •Be sincere about caring for people •Be confidential •Must be certified and have on the job exposure to all area of a spa This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $8.75 - $9.50 per hour

Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than March 8th, 2019 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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

Edrice Aristilde Location: South Dock, Providenciales Is seeking a Caretaker Duties may include cooking, complete light housekeeping duties Must be able to work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour This position is a new position Please Contact: 343-0358 Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road, Providenciales

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NEEDED IMMEDIATELY A GARDENER For property grounds in Grand Turk Include general maintenance tasks including designing, producing, renewing and preserving outside spaces Hours of work - 8am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday Salary - minimum wage ($6.25 per hour) Please Contact: Property owner at 649 242 6987 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road, Providenciales

COCO Palms Bar Location: Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking Barmaids Duties include preparing alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages for bar and patrons. Interacting with customers, taking orders and serving snacks and drinks To work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour These positions are new positions Please Contact: 432-8509 Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road, Providenciales #814028



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Faces and Fingers

Insight LTD.

Court Yard Plaza, Leeward Highway Is seeking a Cosmetologist •Keep work station clean and sanitized tools such as scissors and combs •Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpiece Salary is $7.00 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 399-9000 These positions is currently held by a Work Permit Holders Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road, Providenciales

Location: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Is seeking a Cook Setting up workstations with all needed ingredients and cooking equipment Salary is $6.25 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 399-9000 These positions is currently held by a Work Permit Holders Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road, Providenciales

Location: Grant’s Plaza, Providenciales (TCI) Tel: 1 (649) 232-7124 Is seeking employment for the following: (1) Cleaner Duties include dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc Hours of work are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday- Friday Salary is $6.50 per hour Position is vacant and Belongers are encouraged to apply This position is a new position Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board Department on Airport Road, Providenciales

Caribbean Environmental Design Associates

Devon Cox


Wanted in Grand Turk Domestic Worker Salary $6.50 per hour Must be able to maintain the office To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 231-0371 Must be able to read and write in English This position is a new position Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board Department on Airport Road, Providenciales #814021

Location: Long Bay, Providenciales Is seeking a Labourer Duties may include yard cleaning, keeping premises clean and washing vehicles etc. To work 5 days per week Salary is $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 232-6179 This position is a new position Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islands should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board

Seeks to employ a Painter In Grand Turk At a salary of $250.00 per week To work 5 day week The successful applicant is required to paint completed buildings after construction in the interior and exterior Turks and Caicos Islander applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board Zone 1 and Tereze James at TJ’S Construction at Tel No. 245-4888 The position is presently being held by a Work Permit Holder

Anika Talbot

Caribbean Dreams management Ltd

Location: Ocean Breeze, South Caicos Is seeking for a Domestic worker To do housekeeping work Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English To work 6 days a week Salary $6.50 /$7.00 an hour Please Contact 649-231-3617 This Position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islands should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board

In South Caicos Is seeking a Domestic Worker To perform a variety of household duties such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and laundry Must be able to work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour Please contact 341-5924 This position is currently held by a work permit holder Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders are encouraged to send a copy of their application to the Immigration Board

Location: Breezy Bay Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a Domestic Worker To do housekeeping work Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English. To Work 5 days a week, Monday - Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm Salary: $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 231.1844 Position is held by a Work Permit Holder Turks and Caicos Islander applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board

Venel & William’s Variety Store

Handy-Pro Maintenance

Wheeland, Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking (1) Sales Clerk Duties will include stocking shelves, responsible for obtaining or receiving merchandise, totaling bills, accepting payments and making change To work 6 days per week Salary is $6.25 per hour This position is a new position Please Contact: 343-8927 Applicants who are Turks & Caicos islander should also copies of their application to the immigration board

29 A Grand View Close, Providenciales Is seeking a Stone Mason To work 6 days per week and on call on off days Duties: Stone cutting inclusive of marble, granite, ceasor stone, concrete, travitine, porcelain, installation of slabs and back splashes Salary is $25.00 per hour This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Please Contact: 231-2763 Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board



Handy-Pro Maintenance

Providenciales, old Airport Road Is seeking 1 painter Must be able to Apply paint to surfaces including walls, floors, doors, and cabinets. Mix, match, and apply paint, varnish, shellac, enamel, and other finishes. Scrape, sandpaper, prime, or seal surfaces prior to painting. Salary $9.00 Contact: 333-7578 This position is a new position Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board Department on Airport Road, Providenciales

29 A Grand View Close, Providenciales Is seeking a Handyman To work 6 days per week and on call on off days Duties: Repairs all trades, cleaning, painting, trash moving, septic cleaning, appliance repair and lifting and supervising Salary is $13.00 per hour This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Please Contact: 231-2763 Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board


Narose Landscaping and Cleaning Services


Pearl Pierre

Providenciales, Industrial Park Is seeking 5 Cleaners/Maids Must be able to perform a combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments Salary $6.25 Contact : 649-231-4109 These positions are currently held by a Work Permit Holders Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road, Providenciales

Of South Caicos Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour Duties included are cleaning house and washing of clothes Please contact 243-0211 if interested This position is currently held by a work permit holder Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders please contact Immigration Board

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Location: South Caicos Is seeking for a Baby Sitter To do general cleaning Duties include Babysitting a child Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English To work 6 days a week Salary $6.50 /$7.00 an hour Please Contact 649-231-3617 This Position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islands should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board

Industrial Drive, Providenciales Is seeking a Bookkeeper To work 6 days a week Candidate must have proven ability to calculate post and manage accounting figures, financial records, accounting payable/ receivables principals Salary is $7.00 per hour This position is a new position and not held by anyone Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should send their CV/Documents to provogas@gmail. com or contact (649) 212-3131 for details



Location: Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking a Store Clerk Duties will include stocking shelves, responsible for obtaining or receiving merchandise, totaling bills, accepting payments and making change and other tasks assigned To work 6 days a week Salary $7.50 per hour Please Contact: 246-0303 This position is a new position Applicants who are Turks & Caicos islander should also copies of their application to the immigration board #814034

In South Caicos Is seeking a FISHERMAN To work 5-6 days per week Duties include fishing Diving and clean and maintain vessel Salary: Boat Share Please contact 6492323320 This position is currently held by a work permit Holder. Interested Turks & Caicos Islanders are encourage to send a copy of their application to the Immigration Board

In South Caicos Is seeking 8 LABOURERS Duties include: Mowing the yard, assisting with light maintenance work, ensure that in and around the premises is kept in good sanitary conditions, plus other unskilled task. Is seeking 5 DOMESTIC WORKERS. Must be able to read and write English, honest and trustworthy and take care of kids and maintain home Salary $6.25 per hour To work Mon – Sat These positions are currently held by Work permit holders Please Contact: 244-0277 or 331-4000 Applicants who are TCI Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Work Permit Board #814038

Simeon Hamilton Is seeking to employ a Domestic Worker in Grand Turk At a salary of $200.00 per week To work 5 days per week Successful applicants will be required to care for a sick individual and maintain the home by cleaning etc Interested Turks and Caicos Islander applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board Zone 1 and Simeon Hamilton at Tel no. 244-0440 Please note that this position is a new position

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the following full-time positions at the TCICC for the semester commencing Monday, August 26, 2019. College Secretary Mathematics and Computer Science Lecturer Primary and Early Childhood Education Lecturer Nurse Educator College Secretary •The College Secretary reports to the President, the Vice President and the Dean. •The Secretary is responsible for providing secretarial support to the Managerial Staff of the College, including the preparation and collation of examinations, appointments, filling, and assisting with inventory and sale of books. •The Secretary should be people oriented, can multi-task, and is highly organized •Supporting the management of the College by: o Scheduling and arranging appointments for the President and providing information to callers as required. o Directing visitors and inquiries to the appropriate managers. o Receiving and routing incoming mail and preparing outgoing mail. o General typing. o Typing of termly examination papers. o Maintaining an accurate and up to date filing system for the storage, safeguard and retrieval of files, documents and reports. o Desktop publishing. o Other reasonable duties as may be assigned by the President for the efficient functioning of the College. At a minimum, the ideal person should have a High school diploma (Associate degree is preferred). Salary is in the scale: US$24,108.60 – 26,178.60 per annum. Lecturers o Mathematics and Computer Science Lecturer o Primary and Early Childhood Education Lecturer Lecturers are required to teach across different academic levels from the G.C.E. Advanced level, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency and up to the Associate and Bachelor Degree levels. Multi-disciplinary candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for these positions. The ideal candidate must have knowledge and skills obtained through collegiate preparation resulting in a Master’s degree (Doctorate preferred) which must include eighteen (18) graduate semester hours in the area being applied for, from an accredited and recognized institution plus a Teaching Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma and no less than three years post qualification teaching experience. A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of a second class honors or other postgraduate qualifications, teaching certificate/Diploma and experience in teaching at Tertiary level may be considered. Salary is in the scale: Level I: US$27,399.90 - $39,102.30 per annum. Level II: US$40,210.00 - $43,488.40 per annum. Entry point will depend on qualifications and experience. In the case of staff recruited from overseas, appointment is on contractual terms for an initial period of two years. A gratuity is payable at the end of satisfactory contractual service at the rate of 10% of salary drawn during the period of service. A housing allowance is payable at existing rates. Nurse Educator TCICC needs a Nurse Educator who will help prepare the next generation of nurses in classroom settings. The ideal person should be able to provide guidance and mentoring to nursing students, showing them how to deliver the best healthcare possible. He/she will combine clinical abilities with responsibilities related to: •Designing curricula, courses and programs of study that reflect contemporary healthcare trends, •Creating healthcare environment in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that will facilitate student learning and the achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes. •Teaching classroom and clinical courses •Advising and guiding students •Using a variety of strategies to asses and evaluate student learning in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, •Documenting the outcomes of the educational process. •Advising students •Engaging in scholarly work •Participating in professional associations •Contributing to the academic community through leadership roles •Engaging in peer review •Maintaining clinical competence •Writing grant proposals The ideal person will: •Have excellent communication skills •Be creative, and have a solid clinical background •Be flexible and possess excellent critical thinking skills. •Have a substantive knowledge base in his/her area of instruction and the skills to convey that knowledge in a variety of ways to student nurses. •Have a strong knowledge base in theories of teaching, learning and evaluation •Be able to design curricula and programs that reflect sound educational principles •Be able to assess learner needs •Be innovative; and enjoy teaching. •Adapt curriculum and teaching methods in response to innovations in nursing science and ongoing changes in the practice environment. •Have advisement and counseling skills, research and other scholarly skills, and an ability to collaborate with other disciplines to plan and deliver a sound educational program. At a minimum, the ideal person should have a graduate-level degree, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education; and should be a Registered Nurse (RN) with advanced clinical training in a healthcare specialty. Salary is in the scale: Level II: US$40,210 - $43,488.40 per annum. Entry point will depend on qualifications and experience. In the case of staff recruited from overseas, appointment is on contractual terms for an initial period of two years. A gratuity is payable at the end of satisfactory contractual service at the rate of 10% of salary drawn during the period of service. A housing allowance is payable at existing rates. The Application Process Applications with copies of qualifications (including official transcripts), CV, two character references, a police record and a recent testimonial from current place of employment should reach: THE PRESIDENT, TCI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, P.O. BOX 236, GRAND TURK, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS not later than Friday, March 15, 2019. Where possible applicants should e-mail or fax their applications. FAX 649 946 1661 TELE 649 946 1163 EMAIL or or We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only persons selected for interview will be contacted.

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Prison Officers shown appreciation at Gala Banquet P

rison Officers at Her Majesty’s Prison were on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 shown appreciation during a Gala Banquet sponsored by the Premier’s Office. The Prison Banquet was the first ever of its kind, hosted at Yellow Man & Sons Darts Ballroom in Grand Turk. The event was attended by Her Excellency Deputy Governor Hon. Anya Williams, Premier

Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson , Hon Vaden Williams Minister of Home Affair Transportation and Communication, other Ministers and persons across the Civil Service. The officers were given a charge by former Permanent Secretary of HM Prison Mrs. Susan Malcolm 17 Officers received awards for 5 + years, 16 officers received awards for 10 + years, 11

Her Excellency Deputy Governor Hon. Anya Williams bringing remarks

officers received awards for 15 + years. Wendy Williams was awarded for longest serving female officer, Lee Sutton for Longest serving male officer, Llewellyn Williams for long service award who retired in January, 2019 after serving 33 years with Her Majesty’s Prison Service and Female Officer Andrea Simmons received the Superintendent’s Choice award.

The Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson bringing remarks

Superintendent Graham Hawkings bringing renmarks

Assistant Superintendent of Prison Meshelle Jennings receiving award for 15 + years of Service

Group Photo of Prison officers with the Deputy Governor Hon. Anya Williams , Premier Hon Sharlene Cartwright RobinsonHon. Vaden Williams, Hon. Edwin Astwood, Hon. Karen Malcolm, Hon Derek Taylor and personels from the ministry

Her Excellency Deputy Governor Hon. Anya Williams, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson and other Government officials standing for the opening prayer.

Hon Vaden Williams Minister of Home Affair Transportation and Communication and his team

Hon Vaden Williams Minister of Home Affair Transportation and Communication bringing remarks

Male Officers off one shift gathered to take a photo with the Hon. Premier

Hon Vaden Williams Minister of Home Affair Transportation and Communication and his team.

Officer Lamel Selver receiving award from Hon. Vaden williams Minister responsible for the Prison for 5 + years of service

Officer Andrea Simmons receiving award for 10 + years of service. Sjhe was also the recipient of the Superintendent’s Choice

Officer Maria Rigby receiving award for 10+ years of service

L to R Training Manager’s wife Jill, Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Superintendent Hawkings and Training Manger Dav Jobling

Mr. Llewellyn Williams receiving award for 15 + years from Deputy Governor. He also received a Plaque for long service after retiring in January . Mr. Williams work at HM Prison for 33 years

Senior Officer Lee Sutton receiving award for 15 + years of service from DG Hon.Anya Williams. S/O Sutton also received the longest serving ASP Meshelle Jennings with Hon Vaden Williams male officer award.

Former Permanent Secretary Mrs. Susan Malcolm charging the Prison Officers

Female Officer Mildred Toussaint receiving award 10+ years of service from Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson with the Deputy Superintendent Raymond Grant looking on

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Actor Jussie Smollett staged attack because he was unhappy with salary

Actor Jussie Smollett claimed to apparent supporters of U.S. President be the victim of a racist and homophobic Donald Trump had struck him, put a attack because he was dissatisfied with noose around his neck and poured an his salary on the hip-hop TV drama unknown substance over him. The Cook County State’s “Empire,” Chicago’s police chief said on Attorney’s Office approved felony Thursday. Smollett, a 36-year-old black, criminal charges against Smollett for openly gay actor, has been arrested after disorderly conduct and filing a false he was charged with lying to police in police report, police said on Wednesday. connection with the alleged attack on He has a bond hearing scheduled for later on Thursday. Jan. 29. Last week, police arrested two “Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his brothers who were recognized from career,” Chicago Police Superintendent surveillance footage of the area where Eddie Johnson told a news conference, Smollett said the attack occurred. One adding that the actor paid $3,500 to of the brothers worked with Smollett on two brothers to stage the supposed hate “Empire,” according to police and their crime. lawyer. Police released the brothers “This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied two days later without charges. They with this salary. He concocted a story confessed and became cooperating about being attacked,” Johnson said. witnesses, Johnson said. Since the alleged attack, “We gave him the benefit of the doubt.” Smollett had claimed that two Smollett had received support on social

media, including from several celebrities and Democratic presidential candidates. But others were skeptical of the incident, which Smollett said occurred around 2 a.m. on a Chicago street during one of the city’s coldest weeks in recent history. In an interview with “Good Morning America” last week, Smollett said he was angry that some people questioned his story, and he suggested the disbelief might come from racial bias. Officials from 20th Century Fox Television, which airs “Empire,” did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Johnson called for Smollett to apologize to the city. “How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?” the police superintendent said.

Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic couturier whose designs at Chanel and Fendi had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man whose career spanned six decades. Although he spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy — including 20 years at Chloe — Lagerfeld’s designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him global influence. The German-born designer may have spent much of his life in the public eye — his trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark glasses are instantly recognizable — but he remained a largely elusive figure. Such was the enigma surrounding Lagerfeld that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938. In 2013, Lagerfeld told the French magazine “Paris Match” he was born in 1935, but in 2019 his assistant still didn’t know the truth — telling The Associated Press he liked “to scramble the tracks on his year of birth — that’s part of the character.” Chanel confirmed that Lagerfeld, who had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, died early Tuesday in Paris. Last month, he did not come out to take a bow at the house’s couture show in Paris — a rare absence that the company attributed to him being “tired.” “An extraordinary creative individual, Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the Chanel jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume

Actor Jussie Smollett

Lady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together

Karl Lagerfeld jewelry,” Chanel said. Lagerfeld was one of the The brand’s CEO Alain most hardworking figures in the Wertheimer praised Lagerfeld fashion world, joining luxury for an “exceptional intuition” Italian fashion house Fendi in that was ahead of his time and 1965 and later becoming its contributed to Chanel’s global longtime creative director, as well success. as leading designs at Paris’ family “Today, not only have I owned power-house Chanel since lost a friend, but we have all lost 1983. an extraordinary creative mind While at Fendi, Lagerfeld to whom I gave carte blanche in helped create the notion of fun the early 1980s to reinvent the fur, lending an ease to what brand,” he said. had long been a formal, even Tributes from fellow pompous, wardrobe topper by designers, Hollywood celebrities, adding stylized touches. models and politicians quickly At Chanel, he served up poured in. Donatella Versace youthful designs that were always thanked Lagerfeld for the way of the moment and sent out almost he inspired her and her late infinite variations on the house’s brother Gianni Versace. Former classic skirt suit, ratcheting up supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who the hemlines or smothering it in credits Lagerfeld as her mentor, golden chains, stings of pearls or called him her “magic dust.” pricey accessories. “What (Andy) Warhol Lagerfeld also ran his was to art, he was to fashion; he own eponymous label, though is irreplaceable,” she said. his work at Chanel, Fendi and Chanel said Virginie Chloe far overshadowed it. He Viard, his longtime head of studio, won more acclaim for building will create the house’s upcoming on inherited style codes than for collections, but did not say creating his own. whether her appointment was permanent.

Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up. A representative for the singer-actress confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Tuesday. No more details were provided. Gaga, 32, and Carino, 49, began dating in 2017. Gaga was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. Gaga has a big week ahead: She is a double nominee at Sunday’s Academy Awards for her work in “A Star Is Born.” Her nominations include best actress and best original song for “Shallow,” which won two Grammys and a Golden Globe. The Academy Awards will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

Gemini consultant company is applying forworkers for the following workers: Newmond Buckley seeking 1 live on premisses domestic worker, working 5 days per week @ $250.00 per week, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Urban Construction is seeking 2 carpenter helpers n 2 construction helpers to work 6 days per week @ $6.50 per hour. Diznada variety store is seeking 1 handyman to work in small store from 6:00 am -5:00 pm, 6 days per week lifting, stocking, cleaning, ect.@ $6.50 per hour. S and J Contracting is seeking 3 housekeepers and 3 construction helpers @ $6.50 per hour 5 days per week. These are new positions. Contact 3465647 on monday and friday or drop off resume at 42 CooperJack Bay Road. Provo or labour department.

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Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s. Yet how depression might harm cognition isn’t clear. One possibility: Brain cells communicate by firing messages across connections called synapses. Generally, good cognition is linked to more and stronger synapses. With cognitive impairment, those junctions gradually shrink and die off. But until recently, scientists could count synapses only in brain tissue collected after death. Yale University scientists used a new technique to scan the brains of living people — and discovered that patients with depression had a lower density of synapses than healthy people the same age. The lower the density, the more severe the depression symptoms, particularly problems with attention and loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, Yale neuroscientist Irina Esterlis said Thursday at a meeting

A nuclear medicine technologist makes a PET scan of a patient at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She wasn’t studying just seniors but a range of ages including people too young for any cognitive changes to be obvious outside of a brain scan — on the theory that early damage can build up. “We think depression might be accelerating the normal aging,” she said. Her studies so far are small. To prove if depression really worsens that decline would require tracking synaptic density

in larger numbers of people as they get older, to see if and how it fluctuates over time in those with and without depression, cautioned Jovier Evans, a staff scientist at the National Institute on Mental Health. Esterlis is planning a larger study to do that. It’s delicate research. Volunteers are injected with a radioactive substance that binds to a protein in the vesicles, or storage bins, used by synapses. Then during a

PET scan, areas with synapses light up, allowing researchers to see how many are in different regions of the brain. Esterlis said there are no medications that specifically target the underlying synapse damage. But other brain experts said the preliminary findings are a reminder of how important it is to treat depression promptly, so people don’t spend years suffering. “If your mood isn’t enough to make you go and get treated, then hopefully your cognition is,” said Dr. Mary Sano, who directs the Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in New York and wasn’t involved in the new research. Still, she cautioned that normal cognitive aging is a complicated process that involves other health problems, such as heart disease that slows blood flow in the brain. It might be that depression, rather than worsening synaptic decline, just makes it more obvious, Sano noted. With depression “at any age, there’s a hit on the brain. At an older age the hit may be more visible because there may already be some loss,” she explained.

Common yeast infection pill tied to miscarriages Pregnant women who take fluconazole, an oral antifungal used to treat vaginal yeast infections, may be more likely to have miscarriages than women who don’t take this pill during pregnancy, a Canadian study suggests. About one in 10 pregnant women develop yeast infections, a risk that is up to 10 times higher than in nonpregnant women, researchers note in CMAJ. While topical medicines are usually the first thing prescribed for yeast infections, women who don’t improve with this approach may be given fluconazole even though using this drug in pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of certain birth defects including skeletal and heart malformations. For the current study, researchers examined data on 29,458 pregnancies ending in miscarriage between 6 and 19 weeks gestation and

on 245,059 pregnancies that didn’t end in miscarriage. Women who took low doses of fluconazole (150 milligrams) were more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage as women who didn’t use this drug at all during pregnancy, and women who took higher doses of the drug had more than triple the miscarriage risk. “Regardless of dosage, oral fluconazole use is associated with the risk of spontaneous abortions,” said lead study author Anick Bérard of the University of Montreal in Quebec. The drug wasn’t associated with an increased risk of stillbirth, however, and only high doses were linked to heart defects, Bérard noted. “This is reassuring given that low-dose is the most frequently used,” Bérard said. About 70 percent of the

patients who received fluconazole during pregnancy received a low dose of the drug, the study found. All of the women in the study were pregnant in Quebec between 1998 and 2015. Overall, the risk of miscarriage was higher when women were older, smokers, or drinkers, and lower when women took folic acid starting at least six months before pregnancy. One limitation of the study is the possibility that researchers lacked data on all of the women who smoked or drank or took folic acid, the study authors note. They also didn’t have lab test results confirming that women had yeast infections when they were prescribed fluconazole. The estimated risk of miscarriage associated with the drug may also be low because the analysis only included miscarriages that

were diagnosed by clinicians, and many women who miscarry early in pregnancy may not necessarily have this event detected or diagnosed by a doctor. Still, the results underscore the importance of pregnant women seeking alternatives to oral fluconazole for yeast infections, said Dr. Vanessa Paquette, coauthor of an accompanying editorial and a pharmacy researcher at the University of British Columbia in Canada. “The recommended treatment of choice in pregnancy for vaginal yeast infections are topical antifungal agents (clotrimazole, miconazole) that are administered via the vagina in the form of cream or vaginal tablet,” Paquette said by email. “These agents have been shown to be safe and effective in pregnant women.”

Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains. His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual here. Researchers in Cuba have found that the venom of the blue scorpion, whose scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to the Caribbean island, appears to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, and may be able to delay tumor growth in some cancer patients. While some oncologists abroad say more research is needed to be able

to properly back up such a claim, Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom since 2011 to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox. The remedy has proven popular. Labiofam Business Director Carlos Alberto Delgado told Reuters sales were climbing 10 percent annually. Vidatox already sells in around 15 countries worldwide and is currently in talks with China to sell the remedy there. In Cuba, where tens of thousands of patients have been treated with Vidatox, each vial costs under a dollar. On the black market abroad it can cost hundred times that - retailers on are seen selling them for up to $140. “I put the scorpion where I feel pain,” Casanas said while demonstrating his homemade pain relief with a scorpion that he found under a pile of debris on the patch of land he cultivates in Cuba’s western province of Pinar del Rio. After squeezing it long enough, it stung him and he winced. “It hurts for a while, but then it calms and goes and I don’t have any more pain,” he said. Casanas, a leathery-skinned former tobacco farmer who now primarily grows beans for his own consumption, said he sometimes keeps a

scorpion under his straw hat like a lucky charm. It likes the shade and humidity, he says, so just curls up and sleeps. In a Labiofam laboratory in the southern Cuban city of Cienfuegos, workers dressed in scrubs and hairnets tend to nearly 6,000 scorpions housed in plastic containers lined up on rows of metal racks. Every few days they feed and water the arachnids that sit on a bed of small stones. Once a month, they apply an 18V electrical jolt to their tails using a handcrafted machine in order to trigger the release of a few drops of venom.

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Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain

Japanese carmaker Honda plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month. The company announced the decision, which will imperil 3,500 jobs and possibly many more, at a news conference in Tokyo. Honda’s president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, said the decision was not related to Brexit, but was based on what made most sense for its global competitiveness in light of the need to accelerate its production of electric vehicles. Still, experts say the uncertainty surrounding Brexit will likely have been a contributing factor in a decision like Honda’s. There is no clarity on what leaving the EU will mean. In a worst case, it could lead to heavy tariffs and border checks, raising costs and slowing deliveries. That comes at a time when the industry is already in serious flux, with manufacturers shifting to cleaner cars, coping with more tariffs and a slowing global economy. “We still don’t know what sort of changes Brexit will bring at this point,” said Hachigo. “We have to wait until we have a better idea about the situation.” Honda Motor Co. makes its popular Civic model at the factory, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of London, with an output of 150,000 cars per year. Its restructuring is aimed at adjusting its operations to reflect stronger demand in Asia and North America, Hachigo said. The next model of Civic to be sold in Britain will be exported from Japan. Hachigo said the company would begin discussions with affected workers at the factory in Swindon right away. “I very much regret

this,” he said, adding that “this was the best choice under the circumstances.” British businesses are issuing increasingly urgent warnings about the damage being done by the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s divorce from the EU. The U.K. has yet to seal a deal laying out the divorce terms and establishing what trade rules will apply after Brexit. Many businesses fear economic chaos if there isn’t an agreement on the rules and conditions that will replace the 45 years of frictionless trade that came with being an EU member. The uncertainty has already led many firms to shift some operations abroad, stockpile goods or defer investment decisions. Earlier this month, Japan’s Nissan announced that it would not build a new SUV at its plant in Sunderland, England, as previously planned. L. Alan Winters, director of the U.K. Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, said that the backdrop of Brexit means that the U.K. is less able to respond to challenges in the industry. “Honda, like all other car manufacturers, has a major problem to solve and having a chaotic government that does not seem to care about industry makes it less inclined to try to solve them here,” he said, adding that it will be difficult for Britain to face the shock. “With Brexit sucking life out of the U.K. economy, it will be much more difficult to find new activities and jobs to compensate for the losses at Honda and elsewhere.” Beyond Brexit, the auto industry is facing strong headwinds. Ford Motor Co. is restructuring in Europe, closing a transmission plant in Bordeaux, France, dropping unprofitable model lines and separating an unspecified number of workers. General Motors said in November it would lay off 14,000 in North

America and put five plants up for possible closure. Volkswagen has said it will cut jobs as it changes three plants in Germany to produce electric vehicles. Economic growth is slowing, particularly in Europe, were auto sales fell 4.6 percent in January from a year ago. Car sales have also cooled in China, the world’s largest car market. Automakers face pressure to invest large amounts of money in new technologies such as electric and autonomous cars to meet air pollution limits in Europe and China and fend off competition from tech companies such as Uber and Waymo. Japan and the EU have meanwhile struck a free trade deal, which makes a manufacturing presence in the EU less important. The U.K.’s decision to leave the bloc could create further uncertainty for Japanese companies in Britain. The planned closure will hit Swindon hard. Beyond the jobs at the plant, the jobs of those who supply the plant will also be at risk, as the auto industry has proved to be a bellwether of the economy. Local lawmakers described the news as devastating and unions pledged to fight for the jobs. British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke by phone with the president of Honda, her office said, without discussing further details. The head of the TUC, an umbrella organization for labor unions, put the blame squarely at May’s door, saying her refusal to rule out that Britain would not leave the EU without a deal on trade relations has put thousands of jobs in jeopardy. “Workers at Honda must not pay the price for the prime minister playing to the hardliners in her party and we urge Honda to sit down urgently with Unite to discuss a way forward for the plant,” said Frances O’Grady.

Payless ShoeSource to start liquidation sales at stores U.S. discount retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc said on Friday it would begin going-out-ofbusiness sales at its U.S. and Puerto Rico stores on Feb. 17 and wind down its e-commerce operations. Payless expects all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May, a company spokeswoman said in an email statement. Reuters reported on Thursday that the company was planning to close all of its nearly 2,300 stores when it files for bankruptcy later this month for the second time in as many years. “This process does not affect the company’s franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual,” the spokeswoman said.

‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like “digital gangsters” and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation by Parliament’s influential media committee. The committee recommended that social media sites should have to follow a mandatory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to better control harmful or illegal content. The report called out Facebook in particular, saying that the site’s structure seems to be designed to “conceal knowledge of and responsibility for specific decisions.” “It is evident that Facebook intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anticompetition laws,” the report said. It also accused CEO Mark Zuckerberg of showing contempt for the U.K. Parliament by declining numerous invitations to appear before the committee. “Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the report added. U.K. parliamentary committee reports are intended to influence government policy, but are not binding. The committee said it hoped its conclusions would be considered when the government reviews its competition powers in April.

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally its allies on the issue, British media reported U.K. intelligence agencies found it is possible to limit potential security risks of Chinese equipment in fifth-generation networks. The U.S. argues Beijing might use Chinese tech companies to gather intelligence about foreign countries. The Trump administration has pressured allies to shun networks supplied by Huawei Technologies Ltd., threatening the company’s access to 5G markets. Huawei, the biggest global maker of switching gear for phone

a woman browses her smartphone as she walks by a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing and internet companies, denies accusations it facilitates Chinese spying. Its founder said last month it would reject government demands to disclose

confidential information about foreign customers. The U.S. government is trying to “fabricate an excuse for suppressing

the legitimate development” of Chinese enterprises, said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang. He accused the United States of using “political means” to interfere in economic activity, “which is hypocritical, immoral and unfair bullying.” Mike Pence, speaking Saturday in Germany, urged European allies to take seriously “the threat” he said was posed by Huawei as they look for partners to build 5G networks. The 5G technology is meant to vastly expand the reach of networks to support internet-linked medical equipment, factory machines, selfdriving cars and other devices. That makes it more politically sensitive and raises the potential cost of security failures.

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Anguilla Makes A Big Comeback

The island also is working to expand Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. A longer runway will enable the airport to accommodate larger planes, rather than rely on St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport to fly in guests. It also is rebuilding the Blowing Point ferry terminal. “Anguilla has made a remarkable comeback from Hurricane Irma. Hotels, restaurants and businesses are back to full capacity, and the island looks lush and green. Tourists have returned as never before,” Bloom said. “I was heavily involved in the relief work after the hurricane and the resilience of the Anguilla people was a serious eye-opener for me, especially the way people took to helping each other out. Many homes were uninhabitable after the storm, but everybody was invited to a roof over their heads by friends, family or neighbors,” she said. “There are still homes waiting to be repaired, and hopefully with a steady stream of tourists visiting the island, people will be able to afford getting their repairs done and move back into their own homes.” Bonnie Bloom chokes up and some tears fall as she recounts how Hurricane Irma tore through her home island Anguilla in September 2017. But she wipes her hazel-brown eyes and puts it in perspective: despite the destruction, there was only one casualty reported on the island of more than 17,000 residents. Still, the Category 5 storm was one of the strongest hurricanes on record in the Atlantic basin, according to the National Hurricane Center. It ravaged the island. Most homes and schools were leveled, and the island’s only hospital was severely damaged, the NHC reported. The resulting economic losses are estimated to be at least $190 million. Bloom witnessed this firsthand at Altamer, where the Denmark native works as the owner’s rep. Made up of four luxury villas across 42 acres in Shoal Bay West, Altamer sustained $1 million in damages. In November, two of the bold, white geometric buildings

Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa by architect Myron Goldfinger reopened. Altamer debuted the renovated Antilles Pearl, a 12,000-square-foot, water-facing villa with five bedrooms (including an airy two-story master suite), an entertainment room with poker and pool tables, a 50-foot skywalk trailing to the turquoise Caribbean Sea and a rooftop terrace. Amid the palms away from the beach, the cozy Petit Topaz duplex accommodates up to four. Tucked inside its private courtyard is a hot tub. Both villas come with a butler, who also can arrange for insuite or poolside massages, in-thesand yoga classes and more. Just six minutes away, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla also got hit hard. The largest employer on the island, it was up and running in March after spending more than $10 million in post-hurricane repairs. The reopening brought a brand-new Ocean Terrace, a new waterfront deck to replace the one that was destroyed during the storm, and new furniture at Coba restaurant, among other fresh amenities. The hotel reports doing better than ever and came off of a sold-out festive season. Cap Juluca, also on the island’s west end, happened to be closed in August 2017, mere months before Irma struck. Luxury hotel brand Belmond purchased it three months prior and decided to shutter the hotel for a facelift. Belmond

Cap Juluca finally debuted its new look in December. A $121 million revamp added an infinity-edge pool with palm-fringed terraces and sea vistas, Arawak Spa and fitness center and 25 new beachfront accommodations. Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort, also reopened in December, and this year it plans to launch 11 new beachfront suites and a spa. On the other side of the 35-square-mile island along Shoal Bay East, Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa suffered minimal damage and was the first property to reopen in February 2018. Part of that could be attributed to owner Jeff Goldstein’s swift action. When Goldstein heard about the impending storm, he instructed his staff to buy all the plywood it could, and the team worked quickly to shield Zemi Beach. The resort’s 65 rooms avoided any water damage. The waterfront boutique hotel took five months to restore its striking spa (a 300-year-old house brought over from Thailand that’s made of ornate wood), landscape, pools and beach (which received additional sand). Zemi Beach banded with Belmond, Starwood Capital Group (owner of Four Seasons Anguilla), Malliouhana and other real estate owners and private employers to form Anguilla Stronger, a relief effort to support the locals. Thus far, the fund has raised almost $2 million.

Prince Charles and Camilla Plan a Royal Tour of the Caribbean, Including a Historic Visit to Cuba Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have quite the trip planned for later this spring. From the March 17-29, the royal couple will be traveling through the Caribbean, visiting a whopping six different countries and one overseas territory. As a part of their tour, Charles and Camilla will spend a few days in Cuba. In doing so, they’ll make the first ever official visit to the country by a member of the royal family. Here’s what we know about their jam-packed trip. Charles and Camilla are set

to make stops in St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands. The majority of these are members of the Commonwealth, with two notable exceptions: the Cayman Islands, which are a British overseas territory, and Cuba. The royal couple are visiting to “highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries,” per the Prince of Wales’s website. Overseas royal trips such as this are planned by the U.K.’s Foreign

Office, and generally have the aim of exercising a “soft power” unlike that of politicians, as the Telegraph explains. No British Prime Minister has visited communist Cuba, but following Barack Obama’s historic trip to the country in 2016, it seems that the U.K. is testing the waters. Whereas Charles has been to all of them but Cuba—not surprising, given that he’s been to 45 out of the 53 nations in the Commonwealth— Camilla will see many of these places for the first time. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Christopher and Nevis, Grenada, and the Cayman Islands will all be new to her.

Trinidad Police Commissioner vows to deal with criminal elements

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith (centre) on police exercise The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Thursday vowed to deal with the “punks, thieves, parasites and cockroaches’ as it raised with “immediate effect” the policing alert from “Amber to Red” as a result of the ongoing gang activities and murders here. “What we are doing is steeping up what is required to ensure that you are safe and secure. So there is a concept of operation that is nationwide,” Police Commissioner Gary Griffith told a news conference, adding that the police believe “there may be a perceived threat” based on “one or two specific individuals”. “I refer to them as punks, thieves, parasites, cockroaches and have continued to destabilise our country and to prevent our citizens from having a safe and secure society. “We will continue at this level until we peg them back. Let them know exactly that no gang in any part of this country, no turf, no street, no community belongs to them (and) that gives them the authority that they could put hits on persons or believe that they have the authority to put the law into their own hands.” Griffith said that the alert state would remain “as is (and), we will continue to peg back these criminal elements”. On Wednesday, National Security Minister Stuart Young announced plans for a major security operation here and warned nationals to be prepared for some level of inconvenience as the law enforcement authorities move to tackle various crimes including murder in Trinidad and Tobago. “I am not going to divulge the particulars at this time. Those are operational matters, I am sure at the appropriate time the Commissioner of Police and others will address it,” he told a news conference, adding that it was no longer acceptable for the law enforcement agencies to be reacting to what’s taking place in the country. Last year 516 people were killed and so far this year, at least 70 people have been murdered. Griffith told reporters that he led a police exercise on the outskirts of the capital on Wednesday where several persons had been detained and warned persons throughout the country that the police would not tolerate any form of disobedience when arrests of gang and so-called community leaders are made. “I wish to advise the public and to let the media be aware that if any of them put God past their thoughts this time around I am waiting on them. “No area could feel that they so big and bad that if we arrest any gang leader you feel that you have the authority . . . I will be walking in with several paddy wagons and anyone who breaks the law, if they are in love with their gang leaders, they will accompany them, they will join them. “Nobody has the authority to block roads, no one has the authority to take the law into their own hands. Having said that I wish to give the assurance, we will not profile, target any individual based on what they may have done. “Everything we are doing is intelligence driven and the operations will be based on that. It is not a case of us just deliberately trying to intimidate or harass anyone. What we would be doing is to peg back criminal elements and to look at those specific areas where individuals continue to utilise their resources, their troops and feel they can actually work above the law.”

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Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic goods amid allegations of government corruption. Public transportation resumed in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where people began lining up to buy food, water and gasoline as crews cleared streets of barricades thrown up during the protests. Moise has refused to step down, though his prime minister, JeanHenry Ceant, said over the weekend that he has agreed to reduce certain government budgets by 30 percent, limit travel of government officials and remove all non-essential privileges they enjoy, including phone cards. Ceant also vowed to investigate alleged misspending tied to a Venezuelan program that provided Haiti with subsidized oil and said he has requested that a court audit all state-owned enterprises. He also said he would increase the minimum wage and lower the prices of basic goods, although he did not provide specifics. Many Haitians remained wary of those promises, and schools remained closed on Monday amid concerns of more violence. “The government is making statements that are not changing anything at this point,” said Hector Jean, a moto taxi driver who was waiting for customers. He recently had to buy a gallon of gas for 500 gourdes ($6), more than twice what he normally pays, and he has been unable to find customers who can afford to pay higher fares. “It’s very hard to bring something home,” he said. “I have three kids.”

Residents line up to buy propane gas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Other goods in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation have also doubled in price in recent weeks: A sack of rice now costs $18 and a can of dry beans around $7. In addition, a gallon of cooking oil has gone up to nearly $11 from $7. Inflation has been in the double digits since 2014, and the price hikes are angering many people in Haiti, where about 60 per cent of its nearly 10.5 million people struggle to get by on about $2 a day. A recent report by the U.S. Agency for International Development said about half the country is undernourished. Dozens of people on Monday stood outside a financial services company waiting to pick up money transfers from relatives abroad. Among them was 35-year-old Andre Simon, a taxi driver who had been standing in line for at least three hours and has been unable to work for more than a week. “I don’t have anything at

home,” said Simon, who drives a small, brightly colored truck known as a taptap. “I need that money badly.” The latest violent demonstrations prompted the U.S. government to warn people last week not to travel to Haiti as it urged Moise’s administration to implement economic reforms and redouble efforts to fight corruption and hold accountable those implicated in the scandal over the Venezuelan subsidized oil program, known as Petrocaribe. A Haitian Senate investigation has alleged embezzlement by at least 14 former officials in ex-President Michel Martelly’s administration, but no one has been charged. Meanwhile, Haitians have demanded a probe into the spending of the $3.8 billion Haiti received as part of the Petrocaribe program. “Corruption goes unpunished, and people are just really tired of it,” said Athena Kolbe, a human rights researcher who has worked in Haiti. “I

can’t imagine that things are going to calm down.” She said she doesn’t believe claims that opposition leaders are behind the demonstrations or that people are being paid to protest as has happened in previous years given the incredible number of people that have taken to the streets in recent days. However, Kolbe warned that even if Moise were forced to step down, it would not resolve one of Haiti’s underlying issues: how to address corruption. “People are just kind of exhausted with the business elite running the country and retaining control and not knowing where public funds are going,” she said. Martelly hand-picked Moise in 2015 to be the candidate for the ruling Tet Kale party even though the businessman from northern Haiti had never run for office. Moise was sworn in as president in February 2017 for a five-year term and promised to fight corruption and bring investment and jobs to one of the least developed nations in the world. His swearing-in marked Haiti’s return to constitutional rule a year after Martelly left office without an elected successor amid waves of opposition protests and a political stalemate that led to suspended elections. Moise’s administration previously set off deadly protests in July when officials abruptly announced double-digit increases in the prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene as part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate fuel subsidies and boost government revenue. At least seven people died in those protests, which also forced Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant to resign after facing a no-confidence vote in parliament.

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Bloodbath in St. Kitts-Nevis as 6 youths killed in 1 week; 3 murdered in 16 hours Six St. Kitts and Nevis youths have been gunned down in as many days as the apparent blood bath continued with three dead in separate incidents in less than 24 hours. Residents woke up Thursday morning to news that two more youths were murdered (Wednesday night and Thursday morning) within seven hours and by mid-day another youth perished by the gun. The Old Road community, already mourning the double murder of two of their own last Friday night, is reeling from the murder of Gavin Rogers just before midday Thursday and a

short distance from the Old Road Police Station. Informed sources said Rogers was in his home at Wingfield Road, Old Road, six miles west of Basseterre, when he was executed. Vere Amory was shot and killed around seven ‘o’ clock Wednesday night in Sandy Point, 10 miles west of Basseterre and Joel “Booyaka” Phillip of West Basseterre about two ‘o’ clock Thursday morning. Amory was reportedly playing a game of domino when he was gunned down. Phillip was asleep in his St. Johnston Village home, just behind

the St. Johnston Police Station (Traffic Nevis, on January 1, 2019. Murder # 2 – 33-year-old Musa Department) when he was shot and killed. Police are expected to provide “Ziggy” Warner murdered in Green Tree, more some details of the murders of Old Road, St. Kitts on February 8, 2019 . Amory and Phillip on Thursday. Murder #3 – 22-year-old The latest murders bring to Shakeem Stevens murdered in Green six the number of murders that took Tree, Old Road, St. Kitts on February 8, place between Friday February 8th and 2019. Thursday February 14, 2019 and the Murder # 4 – 28-year-old Eric seventh to date. The first one occurred in “Jun Jun” Thompson murdered outside Nevis of January 22 when Jelani Liburd his home at Pond’s Pasture, Basseterre, died from gunshot injuries sustained on St. Kitts on Monday, February 11, 2019. January 1, 2019. Murder #5 – Vere Amory killed Murder #1 – 22-year-old Jelani in The Alley, Sandy Point, St. Kitts, on Liburd died on January 22, 2019. He February 13, 2019. was shot and injured on Craddock Road,

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‘I obeyed like a robot’: J’can rape survivor tells of predator priest Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was Church,” Buchanan said. raped by a seminarian who continued She claimed that Brother Paul to abuse her when he became a priest forced himself on her, saying: “He in her native Jamaica. The Catholic pressed his lips on my lips, inserted his Church, she says, has offered her tongue... His hands were touching my nothing but their “prayers”. legs and breasts. I pulled away and told “I got pregnant and he arranged him to take me home.” a clandestine abortion,” Buchanan, still Buchanan said she felt so shaking and close to tears 40 years after ashamed that she decided not tell her the ordeal, told AFP. parents, fearing their reaction. Today aged 57, the academic is a leading member of a new international - Years of depression Jamaican victim of sexual abuse, Denise Buchanan, poses in front Saint Peter’s square on February 18, organisation, Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), which is bringing together Over the following weeks, the 2019, in Rome victims in Rome this week to pressure clergyman called several times at her Buchanan said, adding with a broken But to see the priest defrocked Pope Francis to take a tougher line on parents’ home to take her to Sunday voice that she has been unable to have she would have to “gather proof” of the child abuse by clerics. mass or to the rectory. children since. abuse, she was told. She has struggled in vain One day he invited Denise into She managed to move to “I was furious when I got the for years for the Church to officially the rectory and “showed (her) to his Canada at age 25 for her studies, and letter as it seemed all I was being offered recognise her as a victim — even writing bedroom” where he sexually assaulted then to Los Angeles, where she now from the pope were prayers with no to the pope himself — while the priest her, she said. teaches at a university and works as a help to resolve the issue,” she said. who abused her has escaped justice. A few days after, he raped her psychiatric neurologist. In November 2017, she Buchanan’s struggle after making her drink some wine, she She married in Canada, but returned with a lawyer to Jamaica for a underscores the sense of isolation felt said. “I felt something died inside me divorced two years later. meeting with the local archbishop and by many victims who see the institution that day,” she whispered. “I did not resolve the anger Father Paul. as still in denial, particularly in poorer Several weeks afterwards, she and fear I had of the relationship with “At the meeting the priest countries where the Church remains discovered she was pregnant after Father Paul,” she said. confessed to having sex with me politically and socially influential. fainting in a shop, leading Brother Paul “I have carried this guilt and (not rape), he confessed that he got She was living in Kingston to organise an illegal abortion for her. shame all my life and I have had many me pregnant but he did not admit to when her sister introduced her and her “All I could think of was the disgrace I decades of therapy for depression,” she arranging the abortion,” she said. family to the future priest, then known was to my family,” she said. added. Buchanan fears the priest as Brother Paul, a theology student and Later he was ordained as a abused other victims over the years. a member of the Congregation of the priest, but still came by her university - Pope’s ‘prayers’ “They moved him around from parish to Passion of Jesus Christ. residence at least once a week for sex. Seeking to overcome her parish because, from what I heard, he is “Brother Paul would talk at “He told me he loved me and I mental anguish, she wrote a book about a troublemaker”. length with my father, and my mother was his girl,” she said, adding that she her experience, “Sins of the Fathers”, in Following the meeting with her, would invite him to stay for dinner,” accepted seeing him because she felt 2013 and sent a copy to the pope “every the priest went missing from his parish she said. worthless and alone. month for a year and a half”. and “no one seems to know where he “He told me he was very “I obeyed like a robot. I didn’t In June 2016, she finally is,” she added. attracted to me. I felt awkward. He said care much about anything at this point,” received a letter from the Los Angeles “I work at ECA so that what that they (the Church) made rules that she said. archdiocese saying the pope regularly happened to me does not happen to he didn’t agree with, and he did what At 21, she got pregnant again, prayed for “victims of abuse” and that any other child,” Buchanan whispered. he needed to do to do the work of the and had another backroom abortion, he would pray for her.

Bahamas Opposition Leader Davis does not support corruption Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis told a crowd of supporters last night that he does not support corruption in any form. “Friends, let me say something about the issue of corruption,” he said during a joint PLP branch meeting “I’m not here to defend anyone, ever, who takes money from the Bahamian people. “As far as I’m concerned, if you take a dollar from the public treasury, you’re taking it from our kids, from our hospitals, from our future. “So you show me evidence of corruption, I stand ready to condemn you, no matter your party, but you can’t skip over the evidence part. “An accusation isn’t the same thing as proof, no matter how loudly you make it. “I remind you that when FNM Fred Ramsey was prosecuted for bribery, for a $300,000 bribe in connection with a BEC contract, there

Philip Brave Davis was plenty of evidence, enough to get him convicted. “But what we have going on now is something entirely different. “This government decided they needed a PLP scalp to hold up. They didn’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing but they weren’t going to let that get in their way.” His comments came after former Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley was charged with defrauding the government of $1.2 million.

Two in custody in execution-style killing of Syrian national in St. Lucia Two people are in custody in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Syrian national and Rodney Heights resident Souheil Wassouf, HTS is reporting. The two were taken as persons of interest, days after the brutal execution-style slaying of the businessman in Jacmel/Anse la Raye on February 11, 2019. No further details were given and no charges have yet been laid against the two. HTS said a post-mortem was done on February 14 but the details have not yet been released. After the shooting, sources told SNO that Wassouf, who was known to drive around the island and sells items from his vehicle, was attacked while in or around his vehicle. His silver Toyota Voxy minivan (a twin of the Toyota Noah) has at least four bullet holes, two in the windscreen and one on the bonnet. He was found motionless at

Souheil Wassouf the back of his vehicle with the driver’s door open and the front-seat passenger window partially shattered, apparently by gunfire. It appears he tried to escape but was cut down at the back of the minivan. Reports are that the fatal wound may have been a shot to the head, in the forehead region. Wassouf, who once operated a store in Castries, is survived by a wife and two children.

St. Lucians arrested in major arms and drug trafficking ring At least nine people, including nationals of Saint Lucia and Martinique, have been arrested in connection with a large firearms and drug trafficking ring, according to media reports. Police said after 10 months of investigation, a large trafficking of arms and drugs from Venezuela was dismantled by the Central Office for the Suppression of Illegal Traffic in

Narcotics (OCRTIS). This, after a final operation last week in St. Joseph. According to Martinique 1ere, investigators have seized 11,000 euros in cash, 130 kilos of cocaine, vehicles, and firearms such as military-style assault rifles, more than 17 automatic pistols, revolvers, along with 35 kilos of ammunition. Officials said the weapons

were presumably for resale, and that with “colleagues in Saint Lucia and this was the biggest weapons seizure in Venezuela for 10 months to identify Martinique history. the mechanisms of a team of traffickers “This operation allowed for a who were responsible for importing seizure that is quite exceptional in the and managing the weapons”. judicial history of Martinique,” said Jean Damien Moustier, head of the “The weapons that were stored serve as currency for narcotics (including Caribbean branch of OCRTIS. The reports state that cannabis resin),” Moustier said. OCRTIS conducted the investigation

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Pope, at crisis conference, vows ‘concrete’ steps against sex abuse by priests Pope Francis promised that “concrete and efficient measures” and not woman said. Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean, concrete action against child sexual mere condemnations. Victims were mixed in their said on the video that when he reported abuse by priests would result from a conference he opened on Thursday, with response, with some expressing cautious abuse to religious authorities he was one cardinal acknowledging that the optimism and others saying it was too treated as a liar and an enemy of the Church. Church had to fight “the enemy within”. little, too late. “You are the physicians of Francis convened Catholic Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez leaders from around the world for the of Bogota said the damage was home- the soul and yet, with rare exceptions, four-day meeting to address the scandal grown, in large part because bishops you have been transformed - in some that has ravaged the Church’s credibility had closeted themselves in a clerical cases - into murderers of the soul, into in the United States - where it has paid mentality and some thought they could murderers of the faith. What a terrible contradiction,” he said. billions of dollars in settlements - Ireland, act with impunity. Chile, Australia, and elsewhere over the “The first enemies are within Cardinal Luis Tagle of the us, among us bishops and priests and Philippines broke into tears as he read last three decades. His opening remarks appeared consecrated persons who have not lived a keynote speech that acknowledged: aimed at countering scepticism among up to our vocation. We have to recognise “Wounds have been inflicted by us, the bishops, on the victims”. victims who said the meeting looked like that the enemy is within,” he said. A list of 21 “reflection points” a public relations exercise. The pope and the participants “Faced with the scourge of watched a video of five victims, most written by the pope was handed out. The sexual abuse committed by men of the of whom wished to remain anonymous, first was that each diocese should have a Church against minors, I wanted to reach telling painful stories of abuse and cover- “practical handbook” on steps to be taken when cases emerge. out to you,” Francis told the assembled up. They included actions such as bishops and heads of religious orders. He “From the age of 15 I had sexual asked them to “listen to the cry of the relations with a priest. This lasted for 13 informing civil authorities of substantial years. I got pregnant three times and he accusations in compliance with local law little ones who are seeking justice”. Francis, opening the conference made me have an abortion three times, and making sure non-clerics are involved of nearly 200 participants in a Vatican quite simply because he did not want in Church investigations of abuse. “Putting together a handbook auditorium, added that victims deserve to use condoms or contraceptives,” a

Pope Francis delivers a speech during the four-day meeting on the global sexual abuse crisis, at the Vatican, February 21, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video after all this time is laughable,” said Peter Isely, who was abused by a priest as a boy and now heads the advocacy group Ending Clergy Abuse. Most of the 21 points are already practiced in countries like the United States. In Ireland, the sexual abuse scandal shattered the power of the Church which four decades ago dominated society. In the past four years, voters approved abortion and gay marriage, defying the Vatican.

U.S., North Korea to seek understanding on denuclearization at summit The United States and North Korea will seek a common understanding of what denuclearization means when President Donald Trump presses Kim Jong Un next week to give up all of the North’s nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Trump and Kim are set to meet in Vietnam for their second summit in an effort to thaw relations between the former foes and reduce one of the world’s biggest nuclear threats. U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for the meeting, and Trump

has made clear he does not expect this one to be his last with Kim, a dictator he once derided as “little rocket man” but now considers a partner with whom he works well. Critics have said Trump gave Kim too much simply by meeting with him in Singapore last year. That criticism may be levied again for the Vietnam summit. But the U.S. officials said the United States remained focused on getting the North Korean leader to denuclearize, even if he had not made

that decision himself so far. “I don’t know if North Korea has made the choice yet to denuclearize, but the reason why we’re engaged in this is because we believe there is a possibility,” one official said. The two sides have not agreed previously on what denuclearization means. Kim agreed in Singapore to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, which could be taken to include removal of the U.S. nuclear umbrella for South Korea and

nuclear-capable forces, while the United States has been demanding that North Korea give up all of its nuclear and missile programs. “It is ultimately about the denuclearization of North Korea. That was what was agreed between the two sides and that is the overriding goal that President Trump is seeking to achieve with this summit. This is an important step towards that ultimate goal,” the official said.

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at ‘disastrous Brexit’ Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit over the government’s “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. The lawmakers, long critical of May’s Brexit strategy to leave the EU which they believe is being driven by Conservative eurosceptics, said in a statement they would join a new group in parliament set up by seven former opposition Labour politicians. May said she was saddened by the resignations, but signaled she would press on with her attempts to win a deal before Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29. But the resignations put May in an even weaker position in parliament, where her Brexit deal was crushed by lawmakers last month when eurosceptics and EU supporters voted against an agreement that both sides say offers the worst of all worlds. They could also undermine May’s negotiating position in Brussels, where she is going later on Wednesday for talks with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to try to secure an opening for further technical work on revising the agreement. With only 37 days until Britain leaves the EU, its biggest foreign and trade policy shift in more than 40 years,

divisions over Brexit are redrawing the political landscape. The resignations threaten a decades-old two-party system. “The final straw for us has been this government’s disastrous handling of Brexit,” the three lawmakers, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston, said in a statement. “We no longer feel we can remain in the party of a government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP,” they said, referring to a group of Conservative pro-Brexit lawmakers and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party which props up the government in parliament. May acknowledged that Britain’s membership of the EU “has been a source of disagreement both in our party and in our country for a long time” adding that leaving the bloc “was never going to be easy”. “But by delivering on our manifesto commitment and implementing the decision of the British people we are doing the right thing for our country. And in doing so, we can move forward together towards a brighter future,” she said. The three said they would now sit with a new grouping in parliament that broke away from the Labour Party earlier this week over increasing frustration with their leader Jeremy

British lawmaker Anna Soubry is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, January 8, 2019 Corbyn’s Brexit strategy and a row over anti-Semitism. Another former Labour lawmaker joined their ranks late on Tuesday, and several politicians from both the main opposition party and Conservatives said they expected more to follow from both sides of parliament. For May’s Brexit plan, the resignations are yet another blow to more than two years of talks to leave the EU, which have been punctuated by defeats in parliament, rows over policy and a confidence vote, which she ultimately won. Britain’s 2016 EU referendum,

when 52 percent voted to leave versus 48 to remain, has split not only British towns and villages but also parliament, with both Conservative and Labour leaders struggling to keep their parties united. Trying to unite her party around her Brexit plan has been a difficult balancing act for the prime minister. Eurosceptic members of her party want a clean break with the bloc, pro-EU lawmakers argue for the closest possible ties, while many in the middle are increasing frustrated over the lack of movement.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, told CBS. whose insurgent 2016 presidential He said he was going to launch campaign reshaped Democratic politics, “what I think is unprecedented in announced Tuesday that he is running modern American history”: a grassroots for president in 2020. movement “to lay the groundwork for “Our campaign is not only transforming the economic and political about defeating Donald Trump,” the life of this country.” 77-year-old self-described democratic Sanders described his new socialist said in an email to supporters. White House bid as a “continuation “Our campaign is about transforming of what we did in 2016,” noting that our country and creating a government policies he advocated for then are now based on the principles of economic, embraced by the Democratic Party. social, racial and environmental justice.” “You know what’s happened in An enthusiastic progressive over three years?” he said. “All of these who embraces proposals ranging from ideas and many more are now part of Medicare for All to free college tuition, the political mainstream.” Sanders stunned the Democratic Sanders’ campaign raised $1 establishment in 2016 with his spirited million in 3 1/2 hours on Tuesday challenge to Hillary Clinton. While she morning, according to a person ultimately became the party’s nominee, familiar with the campaign, who wasn’t his campaign helped lay the groundwork authorized to publicly disclose the early for the leftward lurch that has dominated numbers and spoke on condition of Democratic politics in the Trump era. anonymity. The question now for Sanders Sanders could be well positioned is whether he can stand out in a to compete in the nation’s first primary crowded field of Democratic presidential in neighboring New Hampshire, which candidates who also embrace many he won by 22 points in 2016. But he of his policy ideas and are newer to won’t have the state to himself. the national political stage. That’s Sen. Kamala Harris of California, far different from 2016, when he was another Democratic presidential Clinton’s lone progressive adversary. contender, was in New Hampshire on Still, there is no question that Monday and said she’d compete for the Sanders will be a formidable contender state. She also appeared to take a dig at for the Democratic nomination. He won Sanders. more than 13 million votes in 2016 and “The people of New Hampshire dozens of primaries and caucuses. He will tell me what’s required to compete opens his campaign with a nationwide in New Hampshire,” she told shoppers organization and a proven small-dollar at a bookstore in Concord. “But I will tell fundraising effort. you I’m not a democratic socialist.” “We’re gonna win,” Sanders Sen. Elizabeth Warren of nearby

Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese. The White House on Thursday released results of his most recent physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That’s based on the fact that he’s now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. That’s up from 236 pounds in September 2016 before he became president. An index rating of 30 is the level at which doctors consider someone obese under this commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, and that raises their risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Trump doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but he’s not a big fan of the gym either. His primary form of exercise is golf. And he says he gets plenty of walking in around the White House complex. As for his diet, Trump’s love of fast food remains. Last month, he invited the college football champion Clemson Tigers to the White House during the partial government shutdown. With the White House kitchen too understaffed to cater a meal, Trump stepped in: He ordered burgers, french fries and pizza. Despite gaining four pounds from last year, Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said the 72-yearold president “remains in very good health overall.” His resting heart rate is 70 beats a minute and his blood pressure reading was 118 over 80, well within the normal range. Conley said routine lab tests were performed and Trump’s liver, kidney and thyroid functions are all normal as were his electrolytes and

blood counts. An electrocardiogram, a test that measures electrical activity generated by the heart as it beats, remained unchanged from last year. “Despite the fact that he’s obese, his blood pressure is normal,” said Dr. Mariell Jessup, the Heart Association’s chief science and medical officer. Using the association’s heart risk calculator, “he has a 17 percent chance of developing cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years,” mostly because of his age and slightly elevated bad cholesterol, she said. Modern-day presidents have undergone regular exams to catch any potential problems but also to assure the public that they are fit for office. Trump went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week for his second periodic physical, which lasted about four hours. During his exam, he received a flu shot and an inoculation to help prevent shingles, a viral infection that causes a painful rash. “I performed and supervised the evaluation with a panel of 11 different board-certified specialists,” Conley wrote in a memorandum to the White House. “He did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia.” His cholesterol reading improved since last year. At his physical in January 2018, his total cholesterol was 223, which his higher than recommended, even though he was taking a low dose of the statin drug Crestor to help lower socalled “bad” cholesterol and fats. Last year, his doctor said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump’s bad cholesterol reading of 143 down below 120.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Massachusetts will be in New Hampshire on Friday. One of the biggest questions surrounding Sanders’ candidacy is how he’ll compete against someone like Warren, who shares many of his policy goals. Warren has already launched her campaign and has planned an aggressive swing through the early primary states. Shortly after announcing her exploratory committee, Warren hired Brendan Summers, who managed Sanders’ 2016 Iowa campaign. Other staffers from Sanders’ first bid also have said they would consider working for other candidates in 2020. The crowded field includes a number of other candidates who

will likely make strong appeals to the Democratic base including Harris and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. The field could also grow, with a number of high-profile Democrats still considering presidential bids, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. While Sanders had been working to lay the groundwork for a second campaign for months, it was unclear whether he will be able to expand his appeal beyond his largely white base of supporters. In 2016, Sanders notably struggled to garner support from black voters, an issue that could become particularly pervasive during a primary race that could include several nonwhite candidates. Last month, he joined Booker at an event in Columbia, South Carolina, marking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In 2016, Sanders lost the South Carolina primary, which features a heavily black electorate, by 47 points. Sanders also faces different pressures in the #MeToo era. Some of his male staffers and supporters in 2016 were described as “Bernie bros” for their treatment of women. In the run-up to Sanders’ 2020 announcement, persistent allegations emerged of sexual harassment of women by male staffers during his 2016 campaign. Politico and The New York Times reported several allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity.

Meghan Markle spotted in New York for rumored baby shower

Meghan Markle leaves the Surrey Hotel Meghan Markle has been spotted at several swanky venues in New York City, cradling her baby bump as she visited friends for what is rumored to be a baby shower. The 37-year-old pregnant Meghan, formally known as the Duchess of Sussex, was seen Tuesday entering The Mark hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, at a restaurant on the ground floor of The Met Breuer and at The Surrey Hotel.

Meghan wore sunglasses, a black William Vintage trapeze coat and neutral high heels with a matching bag. As photographers waited outside the Mark, a high-end boxed crib and pink flowers were delivered. Abigail Spencer, a co-star on Meghan’s former TV show “Suits,” was spotted at one of the gatherings. Meghan and Prince Harry announced the pregnancy in October.

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Senior Chinese general jailed for life for graft

Chief of the general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Gen. Fang Fenghui A Chinese military court sentenced a senior general who had been chief of a top defense department to life in prison on Wednesday after finding him guilt of corruption, state news agency Xinhua reported. China’s military, which is the world’s largest and is in the midst of a modernization campaign, has been an important focus of President Xi Jinping’s battle to stamp out corruption. The senior general, Fang Fenghui, who had accompanied President Xi Jinping to his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017, was replaced as chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army later that year with no explanation. The government later confirmed he was being investigated on suspicion of corruption. Fang was subsequently replaced as a member of the Central Military Commission, headed by Xi and which controls the armed forces, at a five-yearly Communist Party congress in October 2017, as part of a sweeping military leadership reshuffle. Xinhua said a court martial had found Fang guilty of bribery and having huge wealth that he had been unable to account for. His illicit assets will be confiscated and given to the government, it added, without elaborating. It was not possible to reach Fang for comment as he is in jail. It is unclear whether he was allowed to retain a lawyer or who that person may be. Dozens of officers have been investigated and jailed, including Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, both former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission. Guo was jailed for life in 2017. Xu died of cancer in 2015 before he could face trial. Zhang Yang, who served on the commission alongside Fang, committed suicide in November 2017 while being investigated for corruption and over his links to Guo and Xu.

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Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. While the Russian leader didn’t say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further raised the ante in tense relations with Washington. Speaking in his state-ofthe-nation address, Putin charged that the U.S. has abandoned a key arms control pact to free up its hands to build new missiles and Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to shift the blame for the global nuclear conflict over a false move to Russia. launch warning. “Our American partners Putin reaffirmed that should have honestly said it Russia will not be the first to deploy instead of making unfounded new intermediate-range missiles accusations against Russia to but warned of a quick retaliation justify their withdrawal from the if the U.S. puts such weapons in treaty,” Putin said. Europe. The U.S. has accused “They will only take 10Russia of breaching the 1987 12 minutes to reach Moscow,” he Intermediate-Range Nuclear said. “It’s a very serious threat to Forces treaty by deploying a cruise us, and we will have to respond.” missile that violates its limits He didn’t directly — the accusations Moscow has mention the U.S., but noted rejected. that the Russian response will be The INF treaty banned “asymmetrical” and involve new production, testing and weapons will reach the enemy’s deployment of land-based cruise decision-making centers just as and ballistic missiles with a range quickly. of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to “Russia will be forced to 3,410 miles). create and deploy new types of The intermediate-range weapons that could be used not weapons were seen as particularly only against the territories where destabilizing as they take shorter a direct threat to us comes from, time to reach their targets but also against the territories compared to the intercontinental where decision-making centers ballistic missiles. That would leave directing the use of missile systems practically no time for decision- threatening us are located,” he said. makers, raising the likelihood of a “The capability of such weapons,

including the time to reach those centers, will be equivalent to the threats against Russia.” The president didn’t specify which of the prospective Russian weapons will do the job, but he reported a quick progress on an array of new weapons presented a year ago. The Russian leader said the first batch of Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles will be deployed this year. He added that the tests of the new Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile and the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone have been progressing successfully. Putin said the first submarine equipped to carry the Poseidon will be commissioned later this year. He also announced the coming deployment of the new Zircon hypersonic missile for the Russian navy, saying it’s capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and will have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). He said the Zircon program will not be too costly as the missile has been designed to equip Russia’s existing surface ships and submarines. Putin urged U.S. officials to take into account the “range and speed of our prospective weapons” before making decisions that will threaten Russia. While issuing a tough warning to the U.S., Putin also claimed that Russia still wants friendly relations with Washington and remains open for arms control talks.

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country’s top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first assassination of a senior official in Egypt in a quarter century. Barakat was also the most senior official killed since the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media, said the families of the men were told to pick up their bodies from a Cairo morgue. A total of 15 people have been executed in Egypt since the start of the year. Three were hanged earlier this month for their involvement in the 2014 killing of a judge’s son in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura. Authorities executed another three for killing a police officer in Cairo in Sep. 2013. Rights groups decried the executions, saying the men were sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions. Amnesty International on Tuesday called on Egypt to halt the latest executions, saying that some defendants said they were forcibly disappeared and confessed under

Egyptian Policemen stand guard at the site of a bombing torture. “There is no doubt that those involved in deadly attacks must be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions, but executing prisoners or convicting people based on confessions extracted through torture is not justice,” said Amnesty’s Najia Bounaim. Egypt’s highest appeals court upheld the death sentences in November. It commuted six other death sentences to life in prison. Death sentences were also handed down in 2017 to 13 defendants tried in absentia. They will be eligible for a new trial if they surrender or are captured. Turkey deported one of the 13 last month. The Muslim Brotherhood

was Egypt’s best-organized opposition movement for decades and won a series of elections after an Arab Spring uprising in 2011 ended President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly three-decade rule. But President Mohammed Morsi, a senior Brotherhood figure elected in 2012, proved divisive, and the military removed him from power amid mass protests against his rule a year later. Since then authorities have waged an extensive crackdown on Islamists, arresting and detaining thousands and levelling harsh sentences against them. The Brotherhood has been banned and declared a terrorist group.

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Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans

African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don’t have much financial stress, a U.S. study suggests. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and AfricanAmericans are more likely to develop the condition than people from other racial and ethnic groups. Some previous research has linked financial stress to an increased risk of chronic health problems, but whether money troubles are a factor contributing to heart disease in the African-American population isn’t as well understood, the study team writes in American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For the current study, researchers examined data on 2,256 African-American men and women participating in the long-term Jackson Heart Study in Mississippi from 2000 to 2012. None of the participants had evidence of heart disease at the start of

the study. After an average follow-up period of 9.6 years, 98 people, or about 4 percent of the participants, experienced a heart attack, cardiac hospitalization or another event related to heart disease. “We found that psychological feelings of stress due to finances were related to the onset of heart disease, such as heart attacks and procedures used to treat heart attacks - even when other issues like access to care, or difficulty affording medications were considered,” said senior study author Dr. Cheryl Clark of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. “While it may be difficult to turn around finances quickly, there are treatments and strategies to reduce stress and stress-related diseases,” Clark said by email. “Patients should always discuss concerns about heart health with a physician, and make sure that issues such as depression, or other heart disease risks are treated to lower their

Police hit smuggling gang on high seas, seize 3.3 tonnes of cocaine

A police patrol boat leaves Lisbon harbour on its way to the open sea to hunt for drug runners in this April 8, 2006 Authorities seized more than three tonnes of cocaine and arrested 11 people off Portugal’s Atlantic coast, dismantling a drug smuggling gang that operated across international waters from a cargo vessel, police said on Friday. The seizure of the 3.3 tonnes of cocaine - thought to be worth around $148 million at European street prices - took place on the high seas when security forces boarded the smuggling ship 150 nautical miles off the country’s coast. The investigation into the gang, which started in 2017, was led by Spanish authorities. “This type of drug trafficking is not confined to a specific territorial or border area,” Spanish authorities said in a joint statement. “They expand their reach of operations to waters and territories that affect various countries.” The seizure took place on Jan. 30 and the ship was traveling to Europe from South America. It was then transferred to the port of Setubal, 50 kilometers south of Lisbon. Of the 11 arrested, eight were

from the Ukraine, one from Georgia, one from the Netherlands and one French. According to authorities the smuggling gang hoped to operate from the ship itself by transferring the cocaine into smaller, faster boats, which would then bring the drugs into Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Authorities found 80 bales of pure cocaine stored on the ship’s top deck, all of them equipped with hooks to facilitate transfer to smaller boats. In December a study by the EU drugs agency revealed that new gangs are muscling into cocaine markets in Europe, setting up smuggling networks straight from producers in Latin America to consumers. Rising supplies of purer cocaine to Europe are mainly the result of growing production in Latin America, especially by the biggest producer, Colombia. Global cocaine production reached a record high of an estimated 1,410 tonnes in 2016, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

R & C Variety Store

Margarette Variety Store

Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking (1) Painter - $8.00 per hour (1)General Worker - $6.25 per hour To work 6 days per week Painter duties: Mixing, matching, and applying paints and other finishes to various surfaces General Worker must be able to carry out general cleaning chores Please Contact: 342-1964 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

Leeward Highway, Providenciales Is seeking (1) Painter - $7.00 per hour and (1) General Worker -$6.25 per hour •The General Worker must be able to carry out general cleaning chores •Painter duties include mixing, matching, and applying paints and other finishes to various surfaces To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 344-1898 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales #814042


risk of heart disease.” based on how long people lived with In the study, participants were money troubles. Still, stress of any kind, asked regularly to rate the stress they experienced in several areas, including including financial stress, can trigger financial hardship, such as having changes in the body that contribute to problems paying bills or running out of inflammation and lead to increases in heart rate and blood pressure as well as pocket money. Researchers also looked at other metabolic problems, said Dr. Erica Spatz, patient characteristics and behaviors a researcher at Yale School of Medicine that can impact the risk of heart disease in New Haven, Connecticut. “Financial hardships also make including whether people smoked or exercised, if they had chronic health it more difficult for people to engage in problems like diabetes or high blood healthy behaviors or to obtain needed pressure, whether they had depression, healthcare and medications - both of if they had insurance, and how much which incur high out-of-pocket costs,” Spatz, who wasn’t involved in the study, income and education they had. Some of the connection said by email. “Financial hardship is a between financial hardship and heart stressor,” Spatz added. problems was explained by smoking, powerful “While monetary support may be diabetes and depression. The study wasn’t designed helpful, we shouldn’t underestimate to prove whether or how financial the importance of social support stress might directly cause heart and connection and potentially disease. Researchers also were unable mental-health care to mitigate the to determine whether the impact of psychological and physiological effects financial stress on the heart differed of financial hardship.”

More than a dozen people rescued from SeaWorld ride

More than a dozen people are trapped on a ride at SeaWorld Monday Feb. 18, 2019 Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued. San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride.” Authorities had estimated that between 15 and 30 people were trapped, some of them in gondolas suspended above water. Sixteen were actually rescued. The riders were lowered by

harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats. They were then evaluated by medical crews. SeaWorld said in a statement that it will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to reopening. The National Weather Service says it was about 49 degrees in San Diego at the time. SeaWorld said the gondolas had blankets on board.

Dog shoots man: German court rules owner not fit for license A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn’t fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle. The Munich administrative court on Tuesday dismissed the man’s appeal against an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to withdraw his license to own a rifle, as well as his hunting permit. The decision followed a 2016 incident in which the man, a

passionate hunter, was shot in the arm after his dog managed to release the trigger on a loaded rifle that was lying in his car. The court ruled the hunter couldn’t be relied upon “because it must be assumed that he will handle firearms and ammunition carelessly in future as well.” The man, whose name wasn’t released, can appeal the verdict.

Altes Perard

Absolut Construction

Elie’s Landscaping Cleaning Services Location: Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking (1) Landscaper - $9.00 per hour (1)General Worker - $7.00 per hour Landscaper Duties: Planting flowers, grass, shrubs, and bushes and to apply pesticide to rid grounds of pests such as mosquitoes, wasps, ticks General Worker must be able to carry out general cleaning chores To work 6 days per week These positions are new positions Please Contact: 232-7124 Interested applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders can send copies of their resume to the Immigration Board.


Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking (1) General Worker Salary $6.25 per hour To work 6 days per week Must be able to carry out general cleaning chores Please Contact: 247-6974 This position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales #814042

Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking (1) Mason - $8.00 per hour (1)Electrician - $8.50 per hour (1) Painter - $8.00 per hour To work 6 days per week Mason duties are: Building, altering and repairing brick, stone, tile or ceramic structures and surfaces Electrician duties: Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems Painter duties: Mixing, matching, and applying paints and other finishes to various surfaces Please Contact: 342-1964 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales #814042

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Remembering Our Colleague

Denzel (De-lano) Smith It is with heavy hearts and deep regret that FortisTCI acknowledges the death of Denzel (De-Lano) Smith. Denzel joined FortisTCI in 2011 as Supervisor of Security Services. He was instrumental in developing the FortisTCI security standards and implementation strategy across all FortisTCI office locations. In his role, Denzel led a team of eight employees and was a regular contributor to the strategic plans of the company’s operations. Our thoughts, prayers, and sincerest condolences go to Denzel’s wife Trina, his children, his parents, siblings, extended family, and friends during this sad and difficult time. May his soul rest in peace. | 649-946-4313 |

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aesthetic environment for teams, coaches, spectators, and staff. - Undertake general maintenance tasks in relation to the playing surface and surrounding areas, as well as, within the stadium buildings and offices - Ensure that all projects you are involved with are managed to the highest standards; working with sub-contractors, where required; and ensuring that the quality of site provisions meets the needs of TCIFA’s employees and customers.

Assistant Grounds Attendant The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) is seeking an Assistant Grounds Attendant on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will support the Head Groundsman with the delivery of grounds maintenance, associated services, and processes that support the operation and setting of the TCIFA. They will ensure the highest standards of safety of building, landscaping, and grounds maintenance for the TCIFA’s employees and its customers. Job Description & Responsibilities: - To deliver quality grounds maintenance services at the highest standard, in line with TCIFA policies and in compliance with the best practice of the Turks and Caicos Islands legislative, environmental, and certifying authorities. - Maintain high levels of customer service and customer care standards when interacting with customers, staff, supporters and members of the general public. - Prepare and maintain playing and training surfaces to a high standard, undertaking all duties to ensure they are in the best possible condition to facilitate the playing of Football - Under the supervision of the Head Groundsman, be responsible for allocated ground maintenance tasks from start to completion, undertaking the work personally or coordinating with others to ensure its timely completion. - Take action when necessary – under the supervision of the Head Groundsman, where inclement weather or other factors are predicted to ensure that games are played. This may involve action in relation to public areas to ensure safety. - Ensure that the fields and stadiums are prepared correctly for Fixtures and other TCIFA events, while supporting Match day operations i.e. the set up and break down of equipment on field; brushing of Artificial Turf - Ensure that all machinery is maintained and that they are safe and in operable condition, while adhering to the highest health and safety standards. - Assist with lawn service and maintenance of areas around the grounds. This may include: mowing, edging, raking leaves, and other lawn maintenance functions; maintaining a planting program and soft landscaping - Ensure that property grounds and car parks are a visibly inviting, safe and

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Joanel Tailor Shop Leeward Highway, Providenciales Is seeking a Tailor Alters garment and joins parts, using needle and thread or sewing machine, to form finished garment Salary $7.00 per hour Please Contact: 347-3638 The position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

Requirements - A minimum of 2 years’ experience with sports turf – a horticultural background would be an advantage, but is not essential - A strong sense of responsibility with good communications is required - Willingness to work outdoors, in all weather conditions - Ability to work as a team member - Must possess a “can do” attitude - Must have a flexible approach to meet the nature and demands of the TCIFA business The Assistant Grounds Attendant will be required to work, under the supervision of the Head Groundsman, approximately 44 hours per week. However, during match days and other business events, he/she may be required work outside normal office hours, in the evening and on weekends, to a high standard and have a flexible attitude. Salary $1200.00 per month Please direct all applications to: Oliver A. Smith The General Secretary The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association Venetian Road Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Email: The above named position is currently vacant. TCIFA invites and encourages all prospective applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islanders to send their application to the Immigration Board & Labor Commissions. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline: March 18th, 2019

The Bullpen Club Kew Town, Providenciales Is seeking Waitresses Take orders and serving food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 332-0843 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

Diosa Haven Seeks to employ a Maid for cleaning services In Providenciales to work as needed Salary is $6.25 p/h Please Contact or (649) 431 - 8452 The position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales


NOTICE Regulation 7 of the Physical Planning (Development Permission) Regulations, 1990 An Application, REGISTERED PR 13985, by OLGA KUDRYSKAWATTIEZ For the Rezoning of parcel 60810/50, which is currently zoned for (R4) Medium Density Residential - Three to Six (3-6) Units Per Acre to (R6) Apartments has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration of Development Permission on The Bight & Thomas Stubbs on Providenciales. The application as submitted seeks planning consideration for an apartment building containing eight (8) units. Anyone wishing to make representation(s) may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk or through the Department of Planning, Emily House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, within twenty-eight (28) days of publication of this Notice.

Dated Posted:

February 15th, 2019

Le Aloe Vera Villa


Location: Leeward Palms, Providenciales Is seeking a Labourer Duties include cleaning outside the property with sweeper, picking up yard waste and collecting leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, and door frames. Cares for garden on a daily basis Must be willing to work 4 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 232-4345 The position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

Bottle Creek North Caicos, Providenciales Is seeking Farmers Must be able to cultivate, plan, harvest and other farm maintenance duties To work 6 days per week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 231-3898 or missickrolle@hotmail. com 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 Immigration Board


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Come and join our winning team at Seven Star Resort & Spa The following positions are currently available Employee Training and Development Manager: We are looking for an experienced hotel training and development manager to devise our organizational training strategy, oversee its implementation and assess its outcomes. The successful candidate will identify training and developmental needs and drive suitable training initiatives.

Senior Sous Chef We are looking for a professional Sous Chef to be the second in command in our kitchen, following our Executive Chef’s specifications and guidelines. The successful candidate will employ its culinary and managerial skills in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ satisfaction.

•Prepare, tailor and facilitate all levels of training programs from new employee orientation, customer service training and technical on the job skills based training, supervisory skills training, management development training. •Develop, maintain and implement training records, statistics and training & development budgets. •Ensure that departmental responsibilities are met through the standard operating procedures and best practice. •Manage the performance management process, by supporting employees when planning their objectives at the beginning of the year and when reviewing their performance throughout the year; and impacts on the skills, knowledge and attitude of every hotel employee.

Requirements: •5 to 15 culinary experiences in a five star hotel/resort •Knowledgeable in international cuisine such as Japanese and other Asian dishes •HACCP knowledge, self-motivated and passion for hospitality and cooking •Excellent palate and attention to detail •Understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and procedures

Requirements: •Must be a certified hospitality trainer and proven work experience as a training manager within a five star hotel •Track record in designing and executing successful training programs within a function hotel •Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job or in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc.) •Excellent communication and leadership skills •Forbes Guest Services and Engagement Certification a plus •Must be willing to work weekends, holidays and long hours to ensure hands on training is also completed Salary USD48,000 per annum and is based on experience

Duties and Responsibilities: •Help in the preparation and design of all food and drinks menus •Produce high quality plates both design and taste wise •Ensure that the kitchen operates in a timely way that meets our quality standards •Fill in for the Executive Chef in planning and directing food preparation when necessary •Resourcefully solve any issues that arise and seize control of any problematic situation •Manage and train kitchen staff, establish working schedule and assess staff’s performance •Order supplies to stock inventory appropriately •Comply with and enforce sanitation regulations and safety standard Salary range: USD34,000 to USD40,000 Position currently held by a work permit holder Other Positions: F&B Runners Guest Services Agent

Housekeeping Attendants Pool & Beach Attendants

ONLY CANDIDATES MEETING ABOVE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONTACTED. Candidates should apply to Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales via e-mail at for consideration or should leave CV’s at the security building for the attention of Human Resources Department. Prospective applicants who are Islanders kindly send copies of your application to the board. Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Caicos Marina and Shipyard Ltd., is seeking suitably qualified candidates to fill the following positions, at its location in Long Bay Hills, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands MARINA DEVELOPMENT MANAGER This is a senior position, as the successful applicant will oversee all areas of the Marina aspect of Caicos Marina and Shipyard. This includes seeing to the redevelopment, and rebranding of the current marina facilities including, but not limited to buildings, IT Infrastructure, docks and general seaside activities. As the Marina Development Manager, the successful candidate will be required to produce Standard Operation Procedures and other procedural and staff training manuals for the marina, implement and encourage best practices in marina development and operations and provide the leadership and motivation required to develop and maintain a culture of excellence in customer service, people development and the assortment and presentation of services offered at the Marina. Required Specifications and Qualification: •Must be a Certified Marina Manager •Over ten (10) years experience in marina operations at a senior management level. •Demonstrated achievement in marina operations based on internationally recognized rating schemes, with proven success •Must have the ability to identify, develop and implement business strategies, and report to directors on operational and financial performance of the marina •Broad experience in the creation of budgets and business plans and a good understanding of financial information – financial statements and supporting financial documentation •PADI Certification Ideal •First Aid Certification required •Knowledge and experience in dealing with hazardous and dangerous substances •Able to work long hours, including holidays and weekends if required Salary for this position will be in the range of $80k to $95K per annum based on qualification and experience

MARINA OPERATIONS MANAGER The successful applicant will be responsible for general day to day management of the marina and boatyard. This will include, implementation of policies and procedures as directed by senior management. Applicant is required to have at least eight years experience in working at marinas and or shipyards at a managerial level. Experience in the handling of hazardous and dangerous substances is required, and applicant must be certified in First Aid. Applicant must be trained in marina operations, and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Duties will include: •Implementation of comprehensive maintenance programs •Design and implement a marina operations system •Fuel inventory management and ordering •Manage all social media platforms, and all other aspects of sales and marketing •Supervision of administrative and other marina staff •Liaising with shipyard customers, and collection of outstanding debts •Management of daily boat inventory •Setup and management of chandlery •Broad experience in the creation of budgets and business plans and a good understanding of financial information •Able to work long hours, including holidays and weekends if required Salary for this position will be in the range of $50k to $60K per annum based on qualification and experience Theseare new positions, and only Turks and Caicos Islanders need apply Please submit CV to no later than Friday March 8, 2019, or contact us at (649)946-5600 if you require further information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Sun Oil Limited TCI, a leading supplier of petroleum products and services, is seeking to employ highly motivated, goal-oriented team members to fill the following open positions:

RBC Royal Bank has a vacancy for:

COUNTRY & BRANCH MANAGER What is the opportunity? In this role you are required to deliver an exceptional client experience, understand the needs of our clients, and anticipate what is important for them by recognizing and reacting to verbal and non-verbal cues and adapting to how clients choose to interact with RBC. What will you do? • Earn the business of new clients by developing relationships with RBC and community partners, represents the RBC brand and captures new business opportunities ensuring early anchoring of all new clients. • Lead a branch team in the retention and growth of existing business and personal clients’ business by focusing the team on advice and activities that encourage long-term profitable relationships. • Actively engage with and adapt to how clients choose to interact with RBC and leverage partners in the broader RBC network and across channels to match the clients’ needs with the right advice and solutions including fulfillment where applicable, ensuring that partners and specialists are introduced at every opportunity. • Champion digital enablement by becoming an advocate of the RBC mobile application and wallet and promoting regular usage. Stay at the forefront of all new features and digital application capabilities in order to educate clients and team members on ease of use and ensure clients leave activated, able to transact and aware of availability for additional support. • RBC local market leader who coaches, enables and performance manages employees to deliver full capability of RBC (human and digital) and grow your business faster than the competition. • Full responsibility for all aspect of your franchise: operational risk, capacity & capability deployment, talent management and community engagement. • Ensure a high level of employee capability and engagement through coaching and sales management, empowering team to reach their optimum performance. • Lead one or more retail branches to achieve business performance goals by successfully implementing strategies, driving strong sales and service performance and employee engagement. • Handle regulatory matters; ensure resolution of assigned audit/ compliance issues, supported by the Regional Operations Officer. • Act as RBC ambassador to multiple government and influential community leaders; promotes and engages the appropriate RBC market leaders based community ® Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence.

forums; develops relationships with existing and potential community partners. What do you need to succeed? Must-have • Minimum – Bachelor’s Degree in Banking or a related field • 10 or more years banking experience • Previous experience as a Lending Officer is mandatory • Strong Leadership & Coaching • In-depth Credit knowledge of Personal and Business lending • Strong communication skills (oral and written) and Negotiating/ Selling Skills • Relationship building & People Skills • Effectively Manage Risk What’s in it for you? We thrive on the challenge to be our best, progressive thinking to keep growing, and working together to deliver trusted advice to help our clients thrive and communities prosper. We care about each other, reaching our potential, making a difference to our communities, and achieving success that is mutual. • A comprehensive Total Rewards Program of flexible benefits, unlimited commission pay, and pension options • World-class training programs and career development opportunities • The advantage of working with a dynamic, collaborative, and high performing team where initiative and hard work are recognized and rewarded • A flexible work schedule based on client preferences and your own work/life balance • Innovative mobile technology to ensure your success A competitive compensation package (including salary, bonus, pension, health insurance) is offered. Salary in the range of USD$73,000 to USD$109,600 will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders should apply by February 28, 2019 at and by sending a copy of the application to the Work Permit Board, Providenciales.

Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged



Sales & Administration Coordinator

Bachelor's Degree and 5 Years Experience

Sr. Operations Coordinator

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technology and 5 Years Experience

Driver / Operator

High School Diploma and 5 Years of Experience.

Electronic Filing Administrator (Contract Position: 6- 12 Months)

An Associate Degree and 2 Years Experience

Interested and qualified applicants must submit their resume and supporting documents to no later than March 1st, 2019. VERY IMPORTANT: The Subject Line of your email should only indicate desired position and location, in that order, from the above job listing. All applications will be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview at which time additional details on the positions will be shared. Please note that only emailed submissions to the specified address will be accepted. Unless stated otherwise, the above positions are full time employment opportunities. All candidates should have legal status to work in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

End Time Deliverance International Inc. (Haitian Brach) Location: Kenneth Prosper Building, Unit #8 Airport Road

Is seeking (1) Minister/Teacher - $350.00 per week •Must be able to teach the word and bible Must be able to work 5 days per week Is seeking (1) Domestic Worker- $6.25 per hour •Must be able to clean the church Must be able to work 3 days per week Persons are required to work on special occasions for functions when called upon All these positions are new positions Please Contact: Jocelin Lucsama Telephone number 343-0923 or email Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Immigration Board

Deluxe Domestic Contracting Services Juba Sound, Providenciales Is seeking Cleaners and Domestic Workers To carry out cleaning chores Successful applicants must be willing to work extraordinary hours, weekends and holidays Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 946-8876 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

Delvin Pratt Crystal Pool Services Long Bay, Providenciales Is seeking Handymen and a Maintenance Man To maintain pools and various other menial chores Salary $8.00 per hour Please Contact: 946-8876 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board on Airport Road in Providenciales

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This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.25 - $7.25 per hour DATE OPEN: February 11, 2019 POSITION: Resort Ambassador


Job Summary: The Resort Ambassador will assist guests whose primary language is Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French.



Job Overview: Grace Bay Club Food and Beverage operation is looking for a Sommelier that will be responsible of all aspects of the resorts wine programs - purchasing, storage, and selling, training staff. Job Functions: •Ensure the complete satisfaction of all guests. •Actively support, demonstrate and energize the Grace Bay Resorts’ Credo and Mission. •Direct, implement and maintain our service and management philosophy, which serves as a guide to respective staff. •Decide on what wines etc to provide our guests, patrons and owners •Cost control and inventory management •Ensure that dining patrons are able to find a wine within their budget that fits their tastes and complements their food. •Work with the culinary staff to find suitable wines to pair with dishes on the menu. •Work on the floor of the restaurant, helping customers to decide the exact wine that best meets their needs. In order to participate in an incentive program which is derived from the overall Beverage Sales, this sommelier position will also be responsible for the following aspects of the beverage department: •Inventory and Ordering - Responsible for keeping track of working bar inventories, storeroom inventory. Negotiates pricing with suppliers. Receive, check, and enter items into inventory upon arrival, and ensure that paperwork is processed for bookkeeping and payment. •Pricing and Sales Transactions – This person should know their numbers. Should be able to cross check the sales numbers against the inventory received. •Loss Prevention and Maximizing Profit (Got to be strong in this area). This position will be tasked with preventing product loss and maximizing profit. Data derived by comparing inventory with individual bartender sales and total sales figures is communicated to upper management. Any inconsistency needs to be dealt with immediately. Minimum qualifications: •Certified Master Sommelier or equivalent •High school diploma, some/all college •2+ years’ experience as Head Sommelier in a 4/5 star establishment •International experience preferred, •Been a successful salesman in the previous restaurants of employment, worked with wine lists that cover all the regions represented in our wine list. (United States, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe) and have an education as Sommelier Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range:$30,000 - $38,000 per annum DATE OPEN: February 4, 2019 POSITION: Housekeeper (2)


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

Responsibilities: •Develop relationships with Guests and serve as their point of contact for any hotel or program questions. •Create memorable experiences for our Guests during their stay. •Welcome Guests upon arrival and ensure all their requests and needs are met throughout their stay. •Resolve any concerns or issues with Guest, communicating any needs or special requests to fellow hotel departments. •Arrange Guest and special occasion amenities via In-Room Dining. •Create and set-up In-Suite Amenities for special occasions. •Will assist in Guest Services operations as needed. •Perform any other duties assigned by the Guest Services Management. •Be pleasant, smile and greet all guests, using guest names. •Be actively engaged with our guests and deliver memorable guest experiences. •Create and Book/Confirm Guest Itineraries for all Dining, Excursions and Activities. •Create unique, personalized WOW moments at every opportunity. Job Requirements: •Previous International customer/guest service experience; International hotel and front office experience; International Butler/Personal Concierge experience is strongly preferred. •Must be fluent in speaking Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. •Must have an Accredited University/College Degree (at the Bachelor’s and/or Master Level). •Previous experience in high customer contact environment; with previous experience answering customer questions and handling customer concerns. •Previous cash handling and multi-phone usage experience. •Strong computer skills: Opera PMS, Microsoft Office, ALICE App is strongly preferred. •Must possess the ability to multi-task in a busy environment, follow through successfully on guest requests, ensure guest satisfaction, and work as a team player. •Must be service and detail oriented; possessing a friendly approachable demeanor and strong problem-solving skills. •Excellent communication and presentation skills. •Proven strong phone etiquette skills. •The ability to stand and/or walk for long periods of time and lift/push/ pull up to 50 lbs. •Be able to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays. Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $30,000 - $36,000 per annum DATE OPEN: February 12, 2019 START DATE: May 1, 2017 POSITION: Maintenance Technician PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Requirements: Engineering course, undergraduate or vocational school graduate with good verbal and written communication skills. Must have at least 8 years work experience engineering/ facilities equipment operations and maintenance gained in hospitality or other industries. •Working knowledge of electrical, mechanical equipment and plumbing trouble shooting •Working knowledge of swimming pool operation and water chemistry •Working knowledge of sewage treatment plant operation and maintenance •Knowledge of computers and its peripherals •Planning and executing preventative maintenance of suites and equipment within •Knowledge of Operational Health and Safety Standards •Knowledge of basic kitchen equipment maintenance and trouble shooting •Knowledge of industry storekeeping procedures •Must be computer literate and technology savvy, particularly for ordering and follow up processes •Must be familiar with electrical and mechanical parts Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $9.00 - $11.00 per hour Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than February 22nd, 2019 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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Duration: 60 contact hours AutoCAD, Automotive Maintenance, Surveying Students may also access one semester courses of their choice from any Associate Degree programme and obtain credits. NOTE: Classes can ONLY proceed with a COHORT of a minimum of 5 Students. Entry Qualifications Applicants for the Associate Degree must satisfy the following minimum requirements: Five GCE or CXC subjects including English A and Mathematics at the General Proficiency Level with Grads I, II, and III or GCE Grades A, B, C. Students without CXC/GCE Mathematics and English must complete the College Foundation Math: MTH1110 and MTH1120, and ENG1111 and ENG1122 (at additional cost) For the Certificate Programmes, the minimum of three GCE or CXC subjects, one of which must be English at General Proficiency level 1, 11, & 111 or GCE Grades A, B, C. Students applying through the Mature Student Entry policy should be twenty-one (21) years or older with relevant experience in specific areas of interest. Note that students may be required to complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) portfolio. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admissions into the following programmes at the TCICC for the semester commencing Monday, September 2, 2019. Bachelor’s Degrees 1. Four/Two Year Bachelor’s Degree in: o Social Work (Grand Turk Campus) 2.Four/Two Year Bachelor’s Degree in: Business Administration (Both Campuses) with concentration in: o Accounting o Finance & Management o Human Resource Management o Marketing 3. Two-Year Bachelor’s Degree in: o Information Technology (Both Campuses) o Management Information Systems (Both Campuses)

For the Bachelor’s’ Degree, the minimum of an Associate Degree from the TCI Community College or another recognized institution. The deadline for applications is June 7th 2019. Any application received after this date would be deemed as LATE. Applications should be fully completed and then submitted to the Registrar, TCI Community College, P O Box 236, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands or to TCI Community College, Providenciales Campus for the attention of the Registrar. An application fee of $25.00 should accompany the application form. Late application fee is $50.00 For further information, contact: Grand Turk Providenciales Telephone: (649) 946-1163 Telephone: (649) 941-3210 Fax: (649) 946-1661 Fax: (649) 941-8380 Email: Email:

4.Four/Two-Year Bachelor’s Degree in: o Early Childhood Education (Both Campuses) o Primary Education (Both Campuses) 5. Four/Two-Year Bachelor’s Degree in: o Hospitality Management (Provo Campus) o Tourism Management and Entertainment (Provo Campus) Associate Degrees Two-Year Associate Degree in: o Architectural Design and Building Technology (Both Campuses) o Automotive Engineering Technology (Grand Turk Campus) o Business Studies (Both Campuses) o Computer Electronics Engineering Technology (Grand Turk) o Computer Studies (Both Campuses) o Criminal Justice (Both Campuses) o Culinary Arts (Provo Campus) o Early Childhood Education (Both Campuses) o Electrical Engineering Technology (Grand Turk Campus) o Environmental Science (Grand Turk Campus) o Sciences with concentration in (Grand Turk Campus): •Mathematics, •Biology, •Chemistry, •Physics, •Information Technology o General Studies (Humanities) with concentration in any three of the following (Grand Turk Campus): •Economics, •Politics, •Law, •Sociology o Hospitality Management (Provo Campus) o Marine Biology (Grand Turk Campus) o Primary Education (Both Campuses) o Registered Nursing (Grand Turk Campus) o Secondary Education: •Computer/Business •English/Social Studies •Math/Business •Math/Computers •Math/Science (Grand Turk Campus only) •Music/English/Math/Social Studies (Both Campuses) o Social Work (Both Campuses) o Tourism Management (Both Campuses) Certificate Courses One-Year Certificate Program in: o Business Studies (Both Campuses) o Construction, Carpentry and Joinery (Grand Turk Campus) o Hospitality Studies (Provo Campus) o Computer Applications (Both Campuses) Short Technical/Vocational Program Duration: 6 Weeks Accounting Information System, Business Communication (Theory & Practice) Cake Decorating Conversational Spanish Customer Service, Dining Room Management English as a Second Language Introduction to Building Services, Introduction to Estimation and Costing Mixology PRC Courses (TCI Studies and English) Restaurant Operation Team Building

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAMS AND FEE STRUCTURE COST OF PROGRAMMES/COURSES OFFERED BY THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE EFFECTIVE 27TH AUGUST 2018 A.SHORT COURSES Courses are for fifteen days for two hours per day (except for AutoCAD, Automotive Maintenance & Surveying). Credits earned could be transferred into the College programmes. Students may audit the courses and not participate in the examination. Students should indicate at the commencement of the course whether or not the course is being audited. No credit will be given for those courses which are audited. B.ONE SEMESTER COURSES Courses run from September – December, January – May; concentrated summer semester May – early July. C.FULL TIME PROGRAMMES Two years, two semesters per year for the majority of the programmes. Some programmes are for five semesters with compulsory summer courses during the first year. Additionally, students may access summer courses from May – early July. TUITION FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS A.Short Courses Courses which require the use of laboratory facilities $400 per course Courses which do not require the use of laboratory facilities $300 per course Cake Decorating $500, Mixology $450 (these include cake tools, alcohol, etc. needed) B.One Semester courses Pre-College $500 (or $150 per course) Computer modules $250 per course Associate Degree $360 per course Bachelors $675 per course (TCI National/PRC Holders) $840 per course (Resident/Non Nationals) $1335 per course (Overseas Students) C.Full Programmes (two Semesters) Sept Student category Courses TCI Nationals/PRC Certificate Holders Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Non- Nationals/ Certificate Resident Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Overseas Students Certificate Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree

– Dec; Jan- May; Annual Fees $1,000 $2,000 $4,000 $1,500 $2,500 $5,000 $3,000 $5,000 $8,000

Semester Fees $500 $1,000 $2,000 $750 $1,250 $2,500 $1,500 $2,500 $4,000

D.OTHER PROGRAMMES OTHER FEES Application Fees $25.00 Late application $50.00 Registration Fees $25.00 Late registration $50.00 Transcripts $30.00 for initial transcript and 50% discount for others when applying for multiple transcripts. Facility fee $40 (ALL STUDENTS PAY THIS ANNUAL FEE) Transportation Fee $50.00 per month (Grand Turk) Graduation Processing Fee $50.00 (prospective graduates ONLY)



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SPORTS Serena climbs back to Top 10 in WTA rankings

Serena Williams sits for a portrait in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., January 31, 2019 Serena Williams has made her way back to the Top 10 in the WTA rankings for the first time since the birth of her daughter in September 2017. Williams is No. 10 in the latest rankings released Monday. Japan’s Naomi Osaka remained No. 1. Simona Halep of Romania and Sloane Stephens each moved up a spot to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is next scheduled to play in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., in March - the same tournament that marked her return to the tour last spring. The 37-year-old has not played since the Australian Open last month, which she exited in the quarterfinals. Williams first appeared in the Top 10 on April 5, 1999. This is her 793rd career week in the Top 10.

Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester United

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman DUBAI - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is not seeking to buy Premier League football club Manchester United, the kingdom’s media minister said on Monday, denying reports and adding that there had only been a meeting with the Saudi wealth fund regarding sponsorship. Reports that Mohammed Bin Salman intends to buy the club are “completely false”, the minister, Turki al-Shabanah, wrote on social network Twitter. He was reacting to reports that the crown prince had sought to tempt the Glazer family to cede control of the club. “Manchester United held a meeting with PIF Saudi to discuss (a) sponsorship opportunity,” Shabanah said, adding that no deal materialized. On Sunday, the British newspaper, the Sun, said the crown prince was in a £3.8-billion ($4.9-billion) takeover bid for one of football’s most popular clubs. The paper said a bid was first submitted in October but the fallout from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s embassy in Istanbul put the “skids” on a potential offer.


FEBRUARY 22TH, 2019 – MARCH 1ST, 2019

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered to James — and Team LeBron as well. Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive Team LeBron’s Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesoa Timberwolves, heads to the hoop season. “You put me on the floor, I against Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks love to compete,” James said in the postgame interview room. “I’m a locker room, encouraged me to the third quarter of the 2016 games competitor, no matter what it is. I step up and take it serious and play and by the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game. But when it was was competing to see if I could get hard.” The highlights, as would time to get competitive, things to this table first.” He wasn’t kidding. He be expected, were absurdly good, tightened up considerably, at least by All-Star standards. then turned to NBA spokesman time and again. Curry slammed the ball off But when Team LeBron Mark Broussard, asked if he was the floor on a first-half fast break used a flurry of 3s to get back into the first player to get into the room and watched it ricochet toward it in the third quarter, everyone and grinned when told he was. “See what I’m talking the rim with an apex that flirted on the bench was standing — with the top of the backboard. sometimes running from the bench about?” James said. Klay Thompson scored Too high for most humans — but and onto the court during play, the 20 points, and James and Kawhi Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. celebrations a bit more exuberant Leonard each had 19 for the The freakishly long Greek star than what’s usually allowed. slammed Curry’s unconventional “We got the win,” said winners. “It’s all sweet to me,” alley-oop pass home, with both Houston’s James Harden, who scored 12 points for Team LeBron. Durant said after getting his second benches reacting in disbelief. Curry then slammed an “That’s all that matters.” All-Star MVP award, to go with the And the All-Star farewells one he claimed in 2012. “It’s hard alley-oop on the last play of the game, to himself, for a dunk that for Miami’s Wade and Dallas’ Dirk to rank because everything’s special. closed the scoring in his hometown. Nowitzki— the adds to the game But it’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever “I thought we put on a great show by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, play the game. And to win MVP in tonight,” said Kemba Walker, in honor of their career bodies of front of my family and friends is Charlotte’s lone player in the game. work — were festive, as everyone It was not a defensive showcase, as wanted. pretty sweet.” Nowitzki entered the Giannis Antetokounmpo always. Team Giannis set an Allgame late in the first quarter and — the first-time captain — led everybody with 38 points on 17 for Star record with 23 field goals in made his first three shots — all of 23 shooting for the club he drafted. the first quarter, topping the mark them 3-pointers — before heading Paul George and Khris Middleton of 22 set on four other occasions — back to the bench. Wade checked each scored 20 points for Team by both the West and the East in in not long after Nowitzki took the Giannis, which got 17 apiece the first quarter of the 2017 game, floor, then started the second half from Stephen Curry and Russell and by the West in both the second and achieved his primary missions and third quarters of the 2016 for his last All-Star Game as a player. Westbrook. He got an alley-oop lob from James. “Just being the leader game. The 53 points tied a one- And he threw an alley-oop lob to of a team, it wasn’t as tough as I thought,” Antetokounmpo said. quarter All-Star record as well, James. “My teammates, the guys in the matching the total by the West in

Britain’s Fury signs bumper broadcast deal with ESPN British heavyweight Tyson Fury has signed a broadcast deal under which his fights will be shown exclusively on ESPN platforms in the United States. No financial details were disclosed, but British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on Monday that the deal was worth 80 million pounds ($103 million), while the BBC reported that it covered Fury’s next five fights. Fury and promoter Frank Warren signed the deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, which has a multiyear contract with ESPN, and the agreement calls for Fury to fight a minimum of two bouts per

year in the United States. British broadcaster BT Sport will continue to hold the rights for Fury’s fights in the UK. “I’m delighted,” Fury said. “With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest sports platforms in the world are now linked up with the best heavyweight in the world.” The deal with ESPN could have an impact on the 30-year-old’s rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. The American has been in negotiations with Fury’s camp over a rematch of their Dec. 1 draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but Wilder has a longterm relationship with rival U.S.

television network Showtime. Their bout in December was aired on Showtime in the United States, and the two fighters’ relationships with the rival networks could complicate negotiations over the rematch. Fury, however, said his deal with ESPN would make the Wilder fight easier to set up. “As far as I’m concerned, the fight is more make-able now than ever, because we have the biggest boys in the game behind us,” he told BT Sport on Monday. “I’m only a fighter, I can only fight who they put in front of me. I want the biggest fights - the (Anthony) Joshua’s, the Wilder’s of the world and everybody else out there too.”

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Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power There was no social media or might have been better served keeping around-the-clock basketball coverage it quiet until then. in October 1974, on the night when “I just think it’s a situation Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from where they needed to keep it in house,” his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Hall of Fame guard Rick Barry said. Bucks that he would like to be traded. “Just talk to the owners. Talk amongst As such, hardly anybody knew yourselves. Airing your dirty laundry initially about the demand. and putting stuff out there ... I just don’t If anyone understands what understand why you want to get into a Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for situation like that that does nobody any a trade out of New Orleans with nearly good and can only cause problems.” 1 1/2 seasons left on his contract, it’s Like Abdul-Jabbar, and like Abdul-Jabbar. His trade request came Davis, Barry also forced a trade. Back with two years left on his contract in in his ABA days, he made it known Milwaukee. Eventually, he got his wish that when the Washington Caps were in the summer that followed his ask and moving to Norfolk, Virginia, he wanted got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. no part of playing there. So Barry got “I think that the players have traded to the New York Nets, the entire power because they have value,” Abdul- trade “saga” lasting no more than a Jabbar said. “The players that teams week or two and all done during an know that they can win with are going offseason. to be in a position to dictate what they Davis asking in-season, Barry want to do.” said, had a negative effect on both the And while few people would Pelicans and the Lakers. disagree with that, the fact that Davis’ “Doing it a year before, I don’t request went public — and the impact understand,” Barry said. “Hopefully it had on the both the Pelicans and the they won’t continue doing it that far in Lakers, the team that appeared to go advance.” after the six-time All-Star the hardest Actually, that is nothing new. before the trade deadline came and Kyrie Irving had two years, went earlier this month without a move plus an option year, left on his deal being consummated — did not sit well with Cleveland when he asked for a with a number of the league’s former trade and eventually got moved to players at All-Star weekend. the Boston Celtics. Paul George had And it isn’t about the money. a year left when he told Indiana that Top players like Davis, who will likely get he wanted out. Both of those requests his trade request fulfilled this summer went public, and it could be argued that are going to be well compensated one the Cavaliers and Pacers were ailed, at way or the other. But some think he least somewhat, by losing leverage since

Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach. The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an hour on Tuesday. Afterward, Osaka wiped away tears while speaking to reporters and discussing the difficulty of dealing with her new-found spot atop the sport. “I don’t think I necessarily understand what position I’m in, in a way. Because last year, I wasn’t even anywhere close to this ranking. People didn’t pay attention to me — and that’s something that I’m comfortable with,” Osaka said. “I don’t really like attention,” she said. “It’s been a little tough.” Playing a second-round match after an opening bye as the tournament’s top seed, Osaka won only 5 of 27 second-serve points, just Naomi Osaka 19 percent, and barely half of her first- but addressed it during a media serve points, 12 of 22. availability before the Dubai She was broken seven of the tournament, saying: “Everyone thinks it nine times she served. was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t. Mladenovic came into the ... I think my reason is I wouldn’t put Dubai Championships with a record of success over my happiness.” 0-4 in 2019. In other action Tuesday at the Osaka had not competed since hard-court tournament, second-seeded winning the Australian Open in January Petra Kvitova — the runner-up to Osaka for her second consecutive Grand Slam at the Australian Open — beat Katerina title, a victory that also allowed her to Siniakova 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4; third-seeded become the first tennis player from Asia Simona Halep — Osaka’s predecessor to lead the rankings. at No. 1 — defeated Eugenie Bouchard Last week, Osaka announced 7-6 (5), 6-4; and No. 4 seed Karolina on Twitter that she would no longer Pliskova edged Dominika Cibulkova work with coach Sascha Bajin, who 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. began coaching her before last season No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens lost and helped her win the U.S. Open in to Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 September. (6), while No. 11 Daria Kasatkina was Osaka didn’t offer an eliminated by 20-year-old American explanation for the split at the time, Sofia Kenin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

it was no secret the superstars wanted to be moved. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t like trade demands, especially ones that go public. When the NBA adopted its most recent collective bargaining agreement, Silver said the notion was that teams would Former NBA Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have the option to extend player deals a year early to avoid being blindsided by team to a championship is vital to how requests by those players to leave. he will be remembered. It hasn’t worked that way, with “I just want to win,” Davis said Davis just being the latest example. at All-Star weekend. “The law of unintended The Pelicans haven’t done consequences,” Silver said. “It hasn’t enough of it, and this year was the wrong worked precisely as we had planned.” time for their winning percentage to fall Irving had a title with the off a cliff. So Davis made the ask, and Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard had a Hall of Famer Dave Cowens said that’s championship with San Antonio when fine — as long as he accepts whatever he asked to be moved, and ultimately comes next, whether it’s good or bad. got his way. George still doesn’t have a “If a player wants to usurp or championship, though flirted with one influence a decision on personnel, then plenty of times when he was in Indiana the accountability for that move if it only to be thwarted on annual basis by doesn’t work out, that’s what it’s about,” the Miami Heat. Cowens said. “You can’t have union and Davis doesn’t have one. He management doing the same things. ... hasn’t been close. New Orleans went To me, it starts with the accountability. to the second round of the playoffs That’s the biggest thing.” last year, a great sign of progress. This Abdul-Jabbar said he year the Pelicans have plummeted understands why Davis’ trade request is back toward the bottom of the Western getting so much attention. Conference. And Davis realizes that his It’s because Davis — averaging window for winning and being elite 28 points and 13 rebounds this season won’t last forever, so mindful of his — is worth it. legacy he wants to be moved. “That’s always going to be The great players are rich and the case,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The going to be rich no matter where they most talented people out there in the play. The ring is also very much the job market are going to get the most thing, and Davis knows helping lead a attention.”

Padres, Machado agree to 10-year, $300 million deal The San Diego Padres have but Machado wanted $300 million reached an agreement with free agent guaranteed — and got it. infielder Manny Machado on a 10-year, White Sox executive vice $300 million deal, according to multiple president Ken Williams met with reports Tuesday. media on a side field from his golf cart It would be the most lucrative in Arizona. Williams said he kept his free-agent contract in the history of sunglasses on for the interview to “hide American sports, according to my shock.” Padres executive chairman Ron “You’ve got to give it to them. Fowler cautioned in an interview with They are in a similar trajectory as we are. The Athletic the deal was not done. “We For the same reasons we were after him, do not have a deal. We are continuing they were after him,” Williams said, discussions,” Fowler said. adding that Chicago could not get to But The Athletic’s Ken “that $300 million level.” Rosenthal characterized Fowler’s Hahn acknowledged the White comments as “semantics,” reporting Sox made an “improvement to our that the financial terms are in place proposal” on Monday. and that the two sides are finalizing the “Trying really hard and failing language. Machado also needs to pass a isn’t sufficient,” Hahn said, but he physical. wouldn’t broach the topic of Harper. Two of the runners-up for “We’re not going to close on all of them Machado, the Chicago White Sox and — we learned that harshly today.” Philadelphia Phillies, were informed “I can certainly look at our offer of Machado’s decision on Tuesday and say in some elements it’s superior,” afternoon. Both teams are also rumored Hahn said. “So I don’t know what the to still be in the running for the trigger was in terms of (Machado making remaining big bat in free agency, Bryce the final) decision. I do not want to say Harper. this came only down to money. We will The White Sox met with continue to pursue premium talent.” Machado’s representatives Monday The contract reportedly night, according to general manager includes an opt-out after the fifth season. Rick Hahn, and owner Jerry Reinsdorf Machado, 26, batted .297 with was also present. Hahn said they left 37 home runs and 107 RBIs last season the meeting “feeling pretty good” about with the Baltimore Orioles and Los their chances to sign Machado. Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies were also in contact The four-time All-Star and twowith Machado’s reps. time Gold Glove Award winner was one “We had a pretty good idea of of the top unsigned superstars on the where this thing was going,” Phillies market, along with Harper. GM Matt Klentak said Tuesday. “If the Landing Machado doesn’t (contract value) reports are true, then eliminate San Diego from the Harper this contract will exceed our valuation chase. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and sometimes you have to be willing reported that the Padres haven’t ruled to walk away.” out another big move, as their projected Rosenthal reported the White $110 million payroll — including Sox upped their offer to $350 million Machado — is still lower than most including incentives for performance, teams.

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