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$6MILLION MEDICAL BILL By Todeline Defralien

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ust over $6million was spent on medical treatment abroad for residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands between July 1st, 2018 and December 1st, 2018. This amount, which was revealed by Minister of Health, Hon. Edwin Astwood, works out to be an average of just over $1million per month. Astwood noted that subsistence was just over half-million dollars, while $1.7million was spent on travel arrangements. The Minister announced the figures following questions asked by Hon. Akierra Missick, Leeward & Long Bay MP during a House of Assembly meeting on Monday March 25th. Missick asked how many persons were how many persons were referred for treatment overseas pursuing to the treatment abroad program July 1st 2018- December 1st, 2018. Where were they referred, what were the cost of these referrals specific to the countries they were referred to and what is the expenditure of their treatment abroad program from July 1st, 2018 – December 1st, 2018. The Minister revealed that from the period of January –March 6th there were a total of 588 persons referred to the treatment abroad program.

Annual Golf & Fishing Tournament donates $20,000 cheques to local charities

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rganizers of the Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 9th annual event were presented to two youth-oriented charitable organizations; the Edward Gartland Youth Centre and Provo Sailing Academy. During a cheque Presentation Ceremony on Wednesday April 3rd, the two charities received $20,000 each to go towards making a difference in TCI. The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a

non-profit organization providing a centre for the youth of Providenciales with activities range from tutoring, to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more. The Provo Sailing Academy’s dedicated staff has taught many a young local the fine art of sailing. This brings the total donated by the Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Committee to $281,000. Organizers stated that they look forward to giving even more next year.

“We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the Youth of the TCI Community. We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.” :L-R Roxann Wake-Forbes, Don Gardiner, and Rebecca Brown (Back) Former Premier Hon. Galmo Williams and his wife Mrs. Althea Williams pictured with representatives from the Edward Gartland Youth Centre and Provo Sailing Academy

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PREMIER ANNOUNCES SHUFFLE Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson made a mid-term Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, April 4th, 2019, saying that the new portfolio assignments and the reassignments of departments are “sure to assist us in delivering on our promises and list of priority flagship projects”. The Premier said she will continue to hold the Ministry of Finance and the Premier’s Office will be renamed Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs. The new portfolios are:

Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson

and Employment Services. *Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood - Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing, *Hon. Goldray Ewing - Ministry of Planning and Development. Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation. The Departments * Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams - Ministry of Water and Energy will join this of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour Ministry. continued on page 2

SONIA FULFORD RE-ELECTED TO THE CONCACAF COUNCIL Sonia Fulford, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) was re-elected to Council of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) during its 34th Ordinary Congress which was held on March 28, 2019, at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Congress is an annual meeting of all 41 Member countries of Concacaf. It is presided over by Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani and deals with the various matters being currently dealt with by the Confederation, a review of past year events and finances amongst other pertinent matters. A critical agenda item is the

TCIFA President Sonia Fulford Congress’ annual elections and this year, there were 6 positions up for contest: Concacaf President, Concacaf Vice President (Caribbean), Concacaf Vice President (North America), Concacaf Member (Central America), Concacaf Female Member, and FIFA Council Member. continued on page 2

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$6Million Medical Bill

Astwood stated that in July, 134 persons were referred at a cost of $1.6million, in August there were 117 persons referred at a cost of $1.5millon; in September 95 persons were referred and that cost was $1.6million; in October 156 persons were referred at a cost of $1.5million and in November, 86 persons were referred costing $494,153.78.

The places where persons were referred were to The Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Haiti, United States and the United Kingdom. Astwood also gave a further breakdown of how much persons were referred at each of those places in each month. To The Bahamas; in July (21),

August (24), September (22), October (4) and November (13). To Jamaica; in July (44), August (41), September (38), October (63) and November (36). To Dominican Republic; in July (54), August (40), September (24), October (45) and November (24). To the Cayman Islands in July (10), August (7), September (10),

October (18) and November (0). To Haiti; in July (1), August (1), September (0), October (0) and November (0). To the United States; in July (4), August (3), September (1), October (4) and November (4). To the United Kingdom; in July (0), August (1), September (0), October (0) and November (0).”

Premier Announces Shuffle continued from page 1 *Hon. Ralph Higgs will remain the Minister of Tourism. However, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies will join this Ministry and will work closer with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources as we further our agenda in relation to climate change and the further protection and conservation of our environment.

Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services. However Social Services and Gender will join this Ministry as we focus greater efforts on the family unit with renewed focus on children, youth and women programs. * Hon. Edwin Astwood will remain the Minister of Health.

*Hon. Karen Malcolm will remain the Minister of Education under the

These changes will take effect from May 8th following the Budget

Debate. During the Budget Debate, all Ministers will announce their Ministry’s major flagship priorities for the new financial year. Premier Robinson said that despite the challenges faced over the first half of its term in office, her government “continues to make great strides in delivering the promised change for our people”. She added: “We have continued to keep our people informed through all social and media platforms

and through our Town Hall Meetings. In a series of appearances over Public Radio, RTC marking the midterm, Ministers of my Cabinet have reported in full on accomplishments and works in progress against our contract with the people, the Change Document. We continue to fulfill our promises. We are excited in our work and remain committed to the change that is and will continue to take place. We continue to be honored to serve the people of these Islands.”

Sonia Fulford re-elected to the Concacaf Council continued from page 1 TCIFA President Sonia Fulford is the incumbent in the Concacaf Female Member position and was challenged by Jeaninne Wong-Loi-Sing of Bonaire. Ms. Fulford was co-opted to the Concacaf Council in 2013 and subsequently elected by Congress in 2015 as the first female to hold a position (with voting rights) on the Concacaf Council. At the recent election, the Delegates showed tremendous faith in her stewardship by re-electing Ms. Fulford with a resounding majority of 34

to 7 votes. In retaining her seat as Female Member of the Concacaf Council, Ms. Fulford shares the collective responsibility of crafting the various statutes, regulations, and resolutions that guides all the countries in the 3 geographical areas, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. In this, Sonia Fulford has maintained her platform to bring a path to parity for women in the male-dominated sport of football. This drive to change involved

defying gender stereotypes, and building a gender-balanced and inclusive presence, so that women are able to fulfill their full potential both in sports and society. In commenting on her reelection, Ms. Fulford said: “Firstly I would like to thank the Members for their support and confidence in me by their electing me to another term on the Concacaf Council. I am humbled by the overwhelming support and plan to use this mandate to continue my role in the development of football. Though

I am elected as the Female Member, my responsibilities and obligations are not limited to the area of Women’s Football. It is more all-embracing and extends to all the areas of football both on and off the field. I see myself here as a representative of all the Member Associations and look forward to assisting them and address their unique needs all with the overall goal of raising the quality and profile of the game in our region, both on and off the field”.

Faith Baptist Church In Blue Hill, Millennium High, Providenciales Is seeking a Sound Engineer Salary is $7.00 an hour Duties: to produce a recording or a live performance, balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 332-3515or 341-3515 This position is new Applicants who are TCI Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Immigration Board


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14 bodies recovered from capsized Haitian sloop By Todeline Defralien At least 14 Haitians are dead after a small boat smuggling migrants to the Turks and Caicos capsized off West Caicos on Sunday, March 31st, 2019. The tragedy prompted the local Haitian Consulate to issue a statement discouraging Haitians from taking the dangerous journey from Haiti to the Turks and Caicos with smugglers. “Once again the Haitian community of the TCI is in mourning due to the tragic loss of life at sea of our countrymen,” the Consulate said in a press release. “It is a very sad and painful situation for us and on behalf of the Haitian Consulate of the TCI;

we offer our condolences to the families of those that are directly affected by this tragic incident.” The release added: “In this time, we wish to use this opportunity to appeal to our young compatriots and to ask them to stop this activity for the risk is too great and the loss is even greater; I am appealing to those who are thinking of risking their lives at sea and those who are helping people to take such a dangerous crossing in these makeshift boats. You risk your life and if you live, you do not have any chances to reach the shores of the TCI as they will catch you and send them back home.” The Consulate thanked the local authorities for their massive effort to rescue the

survivors. “We wish to also inform the public that we are working closely with the Government in order to identify and repatriate the bodies to Haiti.” The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch crews were immediately dispatched to the vessel that capsized after 8:00 a.m. In a press release on Sunday March 31st, Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said, “We have utilized all of our marine components, with the support of other rescue services. The Search and rescue operation is ongoing. We cannot tell when it will end as it will be determined by the number of recoveries we make Rescued immigrants on the rescue boat over the next day or so.”

Report from March 28th Cabinet meeting His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 8th meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday, 28 March 2019, at the Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.   All ministers were present with the exception of the Hon. Minister of Education. At this meeting Cabinet: • Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board on the award of the following capital projects: a) PN 005470 TR 18/14 Schools Infrastructure Project Phase 2, Lot 1: Clement Howell High School b) PN 005470 TR 18/47 Schools Infrastructure Project Phase 2, Lot 2: Mary Robinson Primary School c) PN 005473 TR 18/40 Fire Truck and Equipment d) PN 005475 TR 18/76 Replacement Furniture for Departments

e) PN 005480 TR 18/55 Replacement of Government • Approved the reallocation of funding under the Development Fund Project PN 005469, Schools Vehicles Phase II f) PN 005480 TR 18/50 Replacement of Government Infrastructure Project Phase 1 as follows: Vehicles Phase II- Passenger Van with Wheelchair a) Raymond Gardiner High School, North Caicos accessibility g) PN 005483 TR 18/45 DECR and Tourism Facilities- subproject increased to $174,917; and b) Oseta Jolly Primary School, Providenciales Four Engines h) PN 005484 TR 18/54 Enhancing the Tourism subproject reduced to $1,783,377. Product: Implementation Of Online Monitoring i) PN 005485 TR 18/52 Furniture and Equipment for •Approved the reallocation of funds for the Airport Ministry of HASH Ambulance Authority from the South Caicos Terminal budget j) PN 005487 TR 18/63 Development of Non- ($1.5million). Communicable Registers and Sports Development Project, STEP Survey-Equipment •Approved the rental agreement submitted by the Hon. Attorney General for a temporary property in k) TR 18/74 Grand Turk Fire Hall Grand Turk for HE the Governor. l) TR 18/32 South Caicos Control Tower Repair m) TR 18/83 Gatehouse Furniture-Grand Turk and Further information on these matters will be provided Providenciales n) TR 18/84 Providenciales Port Pavement Project by Ministers in due course.

Government launches its home owner’s policy The1st of April 2019 marked the effective date for the coming into force of the Home Owner’s Policy, recently approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government. The Turks and Caicos Government (TCIG) is keen on promoting home ownership and providing incentives to help those struggling to get on the property ladder or to protect the savings and equity that existing homeowners have painstakingly placed in their homes. To progress this initiative, Turks and Caicos Islands Government has initiated its Homeowner’s Policy that will provide a duty waiver program, applicable to all Turks and Caicos Islands citizens who are homeowners or

in the process of becoming a first time homeowner. The Hon Premier Cartwright Robinson commented stating; “This Program will give Turks and Caicos Islanders a better opportunity to maintain or increase the equity in their homes as existing home owners of 10 years or more, or to enter the housing market for the first time with some incentives. These incentives will include either a reduction of $20,000 in stamp duty or an import duty waiver of up to $20,000 on building materials/ appliances/furniture and fixtures. I am excited the interest already expressed and I know that many will benefit under this Program. Homeownership is an empowerment tool and we are happy

to deliver on this important imitative” To ensure that the Public has all the necessary information required to benefit under this policy, a copy of the approved policy is attached to this release for ease of reference. A copy of the policy can also be downloaded from the Turks and Caicos Islands Government website at www.gov.tc, and the Customs Department website at www.customs.gov.tc. Hard copies of the policy will also be available at the following locations: •The Premier’s Officer, Providenciales and Grand Turk; •The Office of the District Commissioner, Salt Cay, South

Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos; •The Customs Department, Providenciales and Grand Turk; •The Land Registry, Grand Turk; •The Department of Planning, Grand Turk and Providenciales Persons can submit their queries regarding homeowner’s policy the following email address: tcihomeapp@gov.tc. All homeowner’s policy applications can be submitted to the Ministry of Finance in Grand Turk and Providenciales or through your local District Commissioner’s Office in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay.

New supply chain for Food For Thought The closure of Quality Food Center earlier this year sadly brought an end to a great partnership of two and a half years. We will always be extremely grateful to the staff at Quality who went out of their way to help us. We would like to especially thank George and Allan for going above and beyond on many occasions to help us. After working hard to find another arrangement which suits our needs the Food for Thought team is happy to announce new partnerships going forward. We will be working with Sunny Foods locally, who are willing to go an extra mile for us - sorting our orders by school and

delivering to our wonderful local shipping partner Lew 1 Shipping for delivery to North, Middle, and South Caicos and Grand Turk. Caicos Express Airways also continues its support, now along with Salt Cay Ferry, for assistance with the deliveries for Mary Robinson Primary School in Salt Cay. For other items that we will be importing ourselves, we are lucky enough to have the sponsorship of Seacor and Al Services. Seacor has generously offered to provide free shipping from the US to TCI. And Al Services has kindly agreed to waive their brokerage fee for our charity. We truly appreciate these gestures by both businesses, which

allow us to spend more of our funds on purchasing food for students in need. We hope their example of good corporate citizenship will encourage other local businesses to do their part for the betterment of Turks & Caicos. Our particular thanks must go to Lew Handfield, Nerissa Handfield, Stephane Menelas, Sarah Delancy, Sanjay Gopaldas, Lucy Vecino, McAllister Hanchell, Allan Dickenson, Pavan Uttamchandani and Malaika Wint Williams. Find out more about Food for Thought at foodforthoughttci.com Contact us on info@ foodforthoughttci.com or 242-FEED.


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Coal burning problem continues By Todeline Defralien Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs has weighed in on the nagging problem of Coal burning. During a session in the House of Assembly on March 29th, 2019, Higgs appealed to persons who know anyone who is engaging in this activity to report it to relevant authorities. “Another situation that is quite alarming and quite concerning and we would like the public assistance where possible on this, is that in Providenciales a number of persons continue to burn coal kill. It is illegal, the cutting down of shrubs and trees and burning of coal anywhere in the Turks and Caicos Islands and I want to urge the people of Providenciales wherever they see or become aware of persons engaging in such activities to report it without delay to the DERC, Immigration Department , Police or any relevant authority,” Higgs said. Government has assembled a taskforce spans many departments, including Immigration and the police, to tackle the problem of coal-burning in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Some Providenciales residents have been complaining about the individuals cutting down trees to burn coal near their communities, and said

that the smoke, which is unsightly, is also causing health problems for them. In a recent article in The SUN, Dr. Michael Dillon, Deputy Attorney General, said that persons who clear land in Turks and Caicos Islands to make coal can face fines as high as $50,000 and/or be sentenced to up to 12 months in jail. He noted that he activity of coal manufacturing — the chopping and burning of trees — offends 3 major Ordinances; the Physical Planning Ordinance, the Crown Land Ordinance and the National Parks Ordinance (and the regulations made under it). National Parks Regulations made under the National Parks Ordinance prohibits coal manufacturing activities as a criminal offence in a national park, a nature reserve or a sanctuary. In these areas, the taking or destruction of any animal or plant by any method on land or at sea is strictly prohibited as is the making of fires other than a portable stove or grill. With respect to the Physical Planning Ordinance, it is an offence to “clear” land without authorization from the Director of Planning. “Prohibited specified conduct 100A: (1) A person shall not (a) clear a site unless prior authorization is given by the Director. (2) In this section — “clear a site” means to remove trees,

Alonzo Malcolm resigns as Director of Road Safety Alonzo Malcolm has resigned from the post of Director of Road Safety to take up a more lucrative post in the private sector as director of developments for projects in North Caicos. “After 30-plus years in the public service I felt the time has come for me to move on to greener pastures where I can maximize my skills and continue contributing to the development of my beloved Turks and Caicos Islands,” Malcolm told The SUN. “The country in general and North Caicos in particular is continuing experience a tremendous development boom and I envisage that there will be significant opportunities for growth. I’m really excited about this move,” he added. Malcolm first joined the public service in 1988 as a police officer before moving to the Immigration Department where he was Director of Immigration. He was also Acting Director of Housing and Acting Director of Estates Management.

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T.B.T. Construction Location: Kew Town, Providenciales Is seeking four (4) Mason - $7.00 per hour Duties: Layering building materials such as bricks, concrete, tiles and other construction materials Two (2) Labourers - $6.25 per hour Duties: Require high physical fitness and strength to construct structures or buildings One (1) Domestic Worker – $6.25 per hour Must be able to do general cleaning To work 6 days per week These Positions are new Please Contact: 343-2559 Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board #814086

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs stumps, brush, stone or topsoil by heavy equipment or hand. (3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000,” the Deputy Attorney General noted. Additionally, there are provisions of the Crown land Ordinance that prohibit action that degrades crown land or “clears” it. “(1) The Crown Land Unit must take action, in accordance with

this Ordinance and any other relevant powers, to (a) prevent squatting on Crown land or any unauthorised action that denudes or degrades Crown land; and (b) prevent harmful activity on or against Crown land. “(2) The Crown Land Unit has overall responsibility for monitoring the disposal and subsequent use of Crown land and protecting it from harmful activity. “(3) All persons must treat Crown land with respect and refer any potentially harmful activity on Crown land to the Crown Land Unit for action. “(4) For the purpose of this section, “harmful activity” includes, but is not limited to (a) illegal dumping of waste, breaches of planning regulations and unlawful encroachment on land,” the Deputy Attorney General noted. A person who commits an offence on Crown Land and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for 6 months and on conviction on indictment to a fine of $50,000 or imprisonment for 5 years, or both. It should also be noted that the activity of coal manufacturing might breach the tort of nuisance which if done on private land might be actionable by any person affected by the nuisance, the Deputy Attorney General said.

By Order of the Electricity (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 ALL ELECTRICIANS IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ARE TOOBTAIN AN ELECTRICITY LICENCE TO OPERATE. The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) invites all electrical practitioners who were issued letters by the Electricity Board to sit an examination, are required to register AT THE GRAND TURK AND PROVIDENCIALES CAMPUS for these examinations before APRIL 7, 2019. Examinations will be held at both campuses on WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 2019 AT 12:30 P.M. FEE FOR EXAMINATION AND REGISTRATION IS $200.00


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Statement from April 3rd Cabinet meeting His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 9th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at the Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.   All ministers were present. At this meeting Cabinet: • Approved the 2019/2020 Revenue and Expenditure Estimates for TCIG and self-funding Statutory Bodies, subject to minor revisions to be agreed at a further Cabinet meeting on 8th April, before forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval. • Approved a Business License Application in a Restricted Business Activity from Prudhoe Caribbean. •Noted and endorsed recommendations to grant various National Academic Awards to students who meet the established criteria. • Approved an application to transfer fees paid for application PR 13252 to a new application by Lime Rock Ltd. •Approved the appointment of the PS (Ministry of Infrastructure), Chief Environmental Health Officer, Chief Engineer (Director PWD), Director of Planning, Mr Dalbert Don Missick, Mr Wendel Ewing, Director of Environment & Coastal Resources, Government Chief Economist and Energy and Utilities Commissioner as members of the Water and Sewage Board for 2019/2020. • Approved the appointment of the Mr Orville Selver, Mr John Ariza, Mr Gurvan L. Stephens, Mr Menelik Astwood, the PS (Ministry of Infrastructure), Director of Planning, Energy and Utilities Commissioner and Ms Irene Glinton as members of the Electricity Board for 2019/2020. • Approved the interim payment terms agreed in principle with Akita Holdings Ltd. and the acceptance of a nominated sum in settlement of the quantification of outstanding costs. • Approved a planning application PR 13244, Parcels 60610/305, 306 for combination and subdivision to create three lots. •Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application NC 1134, Parcels 51202/25, 26 for the construction of a specialist classroom block at the Raymond Gardiner High School in Bottle Neck Creek Central, North Caicos. •Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application SA 249, Parcel 10704/38 for the construction of a chemical storage building in South district, Salt Cay. •Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application PR 13965, Parcel 60503/288 for the construction of two single story buildings at the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Blue Hills, Provindenciales.

Vacant Position:

Lot 3: H. J. Robinson High School, Grand Turk Lot 6: Conch Bar Community Centre, Middle Caicos s) PN 005476, TR 18/73, Shelters and Emergency Operations Center - Lot 7: Grand Turk - Green Door Shelter - Lot 8: South Caicos - Wellness Centre • Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application PR 13860, t) PN 005478, TR 18/30, Reinstatement of Government Parcels 60803/44, 45 for the construction of an early childhood Buidings All Islands centre at Ianthe Pratt Primary School in The Bight & Thomas - Lot 3: Carlos Simons Building Stubbs, Providenciales. - Lot 4: Sammy Been u) PN 005479, TR 18/27, Reinstatement of Seawall Salt Cay • Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application SC 791, v) PN 005486, TR 18/71, Refurbishment of Ministry Parcel 20308/52 for the construction of a government office Infrastructure building in Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos. - Lo1 1: Parade Grounds - Lot 3: South Caicos Clinic • Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application PR 13963, w) TR 18/22, Headley Durham Building (NIB) Parcel 60503/288 for the construction of a single story building x) TR 18/61, Salt Cay Aerodrome (TCIAA) at the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Blue Hills, Provindenciales. y) TR 18/68, PLS 6 x 6 Fire Truck (TCIAA) z) TR 18/39, New Vehicles (TCIPA) – subject to clarifications • Noted on 30 and 31 March 2019 the recommendations of under the PPO the Procurement Board on the award of the following capital projects: • Noted on 30 March 2019 the additional funding of $130,000 for Project Management Support to manage the Education a) PN 005479, TR 18/27, Reinstatement of Seawall Salt Cay Sector Reform Contract and revised contract amount for the b) PN 005481, TR 18/37, Promenade and Craft Market for TCIG’s EDF 11 Education Sector Reform Strategy (PN 005293, Bottle Creek, North Caicos TR 17/6) on 30 March 2019. c) PN 005483, TR 18/38, DECR and Tourism Facilities - Lot 2: Front Street Vendor Market • Noted on 30 March 2019 additional funding from the d) PN 005467, TR 18/48, CCTV / ANPR Implementation Phase Supplementary Appropriation for the following capital 2 projects on 30 March 2019: e) PN 005487, TR 18/65, Consultancy Services for Sports Development through Coaching Training a) 04-066-005294 – Design and Implement E-Lands - $18,350 f) PN 005485, TR 18/66, Supply of Medical Waste Incinerator b) 54-025-004861 – Upgrade of Revenue System SIGTAS and Mobile Cremator $30,000 g) PN 005485, TR 18/69, Furniture and Equipment for the c) 62-072-005268 – Wellness Centre Phase 2 - $243,000 Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services h) PN 005468, TR 18/34, Aircraft Replacement • Noted on 30 March 2019 the additional funding of $391,000 i) TR 18/58, South Dock, Providenciales Dredging Project and the revised contract amount for Road Development Phase j) TR 18/80, Generator House – South Dock, Providenciales III (PN 005425) on 30 March 2019. k) TR 18/42, Grand Turk Port Pavement l) TR 18/46, Port Lighting Project • Noted on 30 March 2019 the approved appropriation of Lot 1: Lights Installation and Trenching Excavation - Conch $3million for the Acquisition of Technical Block (PN 0059494) Ground, South Caicos on 30 March 2019 and agreed for the Attorney General m) TR 18/82, Refurbishment of Security Gatehouse, South Chambers to negotiate a sales agreement with the proprietor. Dock, Grand Turk n) PN 004972, TR 17/7, National Physical Development Plan • Noted on 30 March 2019 the correction in the Contract - Lot 2: National Project Coordinator – subject to clarifications Award Notification of 19 October 2018: Shelters and Emergency under the PPO Operations Centre (PN 005476, TR 18/16) from Salt Cay o) PN 005470, TR 18/21, Schools Infrastructure Project Phase 2 Builders Limited Services Ltd, to Salt Cay Building Services - Lot 3: Oseta Jolly Primary School - Early Childhood Block Limited for Lot 4 – Club House, Salt Cay and Lot 5 – Methodist - Lot 4: Ianthe Pratt Primary School Sunday School, Salt Cay. p) PN 005470, TR 18/35, Schools Infrastructure Project Phase 2 - Lot 5: Enid Capron Primary School Further information on these matters will be provided by q) PN 005472, TR 18/85, Prison Block Reconstruction Ministers in due course. r) PN 005476, TR 18/26, Shelters and Emergency Operations Center - Lot 2: Antioch Adventist Church, Grand Turk • Approved on 30 March 2019 Planning Application PR 13968, Parcels 60604/83, 84 for the construction of a two story building and an early childhood block at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Provindenciales.

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Blocked beach access at Cherokee Road now cleared The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to inform the public that following an incident at the Cherokee Road Public Beach Access (Providenciales) where the public access had been illegally blocked – this issue has now been corrected and public access has been renewed. Following multiple reports made directly to the DECR and on social media, on Monday morning (March 25th) a joint Government investigation was conducted by Officers from the Department

of Survey & Mapping, Planning Department and DECR. Officers confirmed that the access was on Crown Land and that an obstruction of quarry had been illegally developed. The Government is continuing to follow leads into the incident, but the obstruction has now been cleared and public access to Babaloa Beach can continue. Hon. Ralph Higgs stated: “We are proud of our world renowned beaches here in the Turks and Caicos and the Government is committed to ensuring that the public can continue

to enjoy our beautiful by nature shores. The beaches are for responsible public use and any obstruction of a public beach access will not be tolerated. Offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” The DECR urges any persons obstructing public beach access to cease such actions forthwith. The DECR would also like to urge members of the public to report such activities by contacting the Department at 338-4164 / 338-4170 or email environment@gov.tc

Education digests published on TCIG website In planning for the development The latest of these Digests of school infrastructure and providing which covers 2015 – 2016 and 2016 the resources for a first class education, – 2017 can now be accessed on the The Ministry of Education, Youth, Government Website. These statistics Culture and Library Services (MoEYCLS) allow for the monitoring and evaluation annually collates data on the Education of the National Education System against System. regional and international provision and This data consists of information are sort by external agencies such as the on teacher population and qualifications; Caribbean Development Bank, UNESCO, student enrollment and nationality; UNICEF, CARICOM and the European examinations and financial statistics Union. Many of these agencies provide for public and private schools and technical as well as financial support in tertiary and continuing education. Once building the capacity, for improving the analysed, the data which is published in services which afford, to all our citizens, the Ministry’s Education Digests informs lifelong learning opportunities in safe the policies and programmes designed environments. for the growth and development of the The efficiency with which people of the Turks and Caicos Islands this education data is collected and through education. analysed has been improving since

Great House Management Limited [Sailrock] is seeking a qualified candidate for the position below: General Manager •The General Manager is responsible for the success of resort operations (financially and operationally) while maintaining the integrity of Sailrock Resort service standards. He/she will oversee the daily operation of all resort departments. Responsibilities •Manage organizational change productively by driving continuous improvement, building support for change and adapting to change •Manage all activities of the property including employees, maintenance, sales, and profit & loss controls •Demonstrate visible operational leadership and management to the resort staff •Coordinate, direct and manage the resort operation to achieve maximum profitability, ensure guest satisfaction, protect the financial aspects of the business and maintain the building •Create an environment that assures consistent guest satisfaction •Maintain overall operation of the resort through verification analysis of guest satisfaction systems and financial reports. Ability to initiate corrective action when needed. •Exercise the ability to attract, coach, train, and retain talent by engaging and showing a genuine passion to develop others. Partner with Human Resources to minimize employee relations issues. •Manage and support financial aspects of the resort. Understand and formulate annual operations budget by identifying areas of cost reductions, operational improvements and periodic analysis of expense data. •Work with Executive Director alongside corporate accounting team to prepare, review, and analyze monthly financial reports and to be able to describe impact of revenue, profit, or expenses that could affect financial results. Understand monthly P & L reports.

the introduction of the UNESCO data management software OpenEMIS in 2016. Both public and private schools have now been registered and can take advantage of this mechanism for recording and analyzing enrollment, attendance, teacher, assessment, welfare and financial information on their schools. The software is being updated and the Department of Education has been providing training in the use of this valuable tool which saves time and allows for the easy management of data. The published Education Digests have been made available at https:// www.gov.tc/ under the ‘Reports and Statistics’ tab for MoEYCLS and show trends in education statistics from 2013.

Turks and Caicos Sun

Suite#5, Airport Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands Tel: (649) 348-6838 Fax: (649) 941-3281 Email: sun@suntci.com Read us online at www.suntci.com Publisher & Editor-in-Chief: Hayden Boyce Graphic designer Information Technology and Production Manager: Kelano Howell Todeline Defralien Reporter

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

•Build and maintain strong working knowledge of HOA relationships •Manage and set room rates alongside sales and marketing team •Oversee the coordination of even and special service activities to ensure overall success of the even operationally and financially •Ensure that the product quality standards are met in all areas of the resort as it relates to the appearance, levels of maintenance and cleanliness; establish and maintain preventative maintenance programs to protect the physical assets of the resort •Be a change agent for the company. Initiate and implement resort management strategic initiatives and programs developed to enhance guest satisfaction. Identify areas of process improvement and leverage best practices by working with appropriate parties. Qualified Candidates will have/be: •10+ years’ experience in Luxury Resort/Hotel Management required •Highly prefer prior experience as a General Manager at a 5-star Luxury Resort •Working Knowledge of Opera system and/or RDP systems preferred •Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word •Exceptional verbal, written and strategic planning skills •Strong Organizational Skills •Sound Knowledge of all aspects of resort operation and finance •Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills, comfortable speaking and enjoy working with people •Perform any other reasonable duties as required by Executive Director or Resort Ownership •Ability to speak multiple languages a plus •MS/ED.M in International Hospitality & Tourism Salary Range •$110,000 - $120,000 yearly bonus base on experience. Please submit applications to Stacey-Ann Albert: •Drop off: W104 Venture House, Grace Bay, Providenciales •Email:humanresources@sailrockresort.com/swharton@ southcaicos.com 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


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InterHealth Canada to launch a special TV series

InterHealth Canada - Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital has produced a 9-part TV series titled ‘The Interview’ under the tagline: “Health care on the inside”, which is intended to enhance the communities understanding of health care operations along with the complex dynamics involved. The special series will be launched on Wednesday April 24th 2019 at 8pm on PTV Channel 8. The series will broadcast over 18 weeks with a rerun of each new episode. Each episode will feature a 30-minute interview with senior and middle level executives from across the private health care management company on a unique range of insightful topics with significant public interest. Discussions will explore the growth of medical services with patient volumes that have now surpassed initial projections and some of the factors involved in striking a balance between

CBMS 131 South Dock Road, Providenciales Is seeking One (1) Carpenter $15.00 per hour Duties include: Installing structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding. Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials Is seeking Two (2) Mason - $12.00 per hour Layering building materials such as bricks, concrete, tiles and other construction materials Must be able to work 6 days a week Please Contact: 331-0221 or 941-3400 One of these positions is new and the other is currently held by Work Permit Holder Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

treatment abroad, onshore care and visiting consultant services. Other topics include the impact of long stay patients on hospital bed occupancy levels along with interim and long-term interventions. Experts in the Public Private Partnership model commence the series with a discussion on the accountability mechanisms outlined in the comprehensive package of infrastructure and service delivery under the IHC-TCIG Project Agreement. This includes a look at the ‘Change Enquiry’ process from a governance perspective. The series also spotlights the role of TCI Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory in the wider health care landscape and the value of health care services. More than 16,000 diagnostic imaging tests are performed annually with highly sensitive and costly medical technology. Engineers and experts involved in the complex management

GM Mechanic Shop Location: South Dock Road, Providenciales Is seeking Two (2) Mechanics Duties include: Keeping equipment available for use by inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance Must be able to work 5 days a week Salary: $15.00 per hour Please Contact: 3310221 These positions are currently held by Work Permit Holders Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT CANADA AS HONORARY CONSUL TO THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS The High Commission of Canada (HCC) in Jamaica is looking for a highly motivated and experienced professional to serve as Canada’s Honorary Consul to the Turks & Caicos Islands. Interested candidates can apply by visiting the Job Opportunities section of the HCC website: www.jamaica.gc.ca and submit their application by April 26, 2019.

of health care technology dissect the hospital’s equipment life cycle program and environmental sensitivities with reference to the challenges incurred after the September 2017 hurricanes. Other episodes underscore the management practices and multi-faceted teams involved in the maintenance of the hospital’s physical infrastructure and the safeguarding of electronic medical record systems. Information technology is an important enabler in hospitals. Shortages in the domestic health care workforce is a critical issue for Turks and Caicos. Since health care operations are people-intensive, the topic of international recruitment is later examined with a focus on the advantages of diverse medical teams, the multi-step process of vetting medical credentials, competency management and organizational efforts to build local capacity.

As the series move into a half-way point, clinical department heads examine the restructuring of the emergency department (ED) triage system, factors that determine a patient’s waiting time, and the global increase in acts of aggression towards ED staff. To culminate the series, the hospital’s subject area leaders in quality, risk and patient safety takes center-stage to provide insight into the rigorous accreditation hospital-wide assessments, infection prevention, the mitigation of patient events and management of patient concerns. The series is hosted by former news anchor and current Public Relations and Marketing Manager for InterHealth Canada, Nikira John, and is an extension of the hospital’s quarterly corporate newsletter also titled ‘The Interview’, which is available online via www.tcihospital.tc.

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


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TCI has safer public transportation, says Transportation Minister By Todeline Defralien In an effort to remove illegal jitneys on the roads in Turks and Caicos Islands, the Ministry of Transportation recently introduced safer and reliable transportations throughout the islands. Recently the first Community Cab was introduced in Providenciales and the Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation & Communication Hon. Mr. Vaden Delroy Williams is encouraging more locals to take on the opportunity. “We have just introduced community Cabs and mini bus services as a means of public transportation and more safer and reliable transportation. Just over the weekend Mr. Speaker the first mini cab was introduced in Providenciales and Mr. Speaker I would like to take this opportunity here again to encourage all of our local entrepreneurs to get involved,” Williams said during a session in the House of Assembly on March 25th, 2019. Williams expressed his disappointment in the number of persons who are applying for these licenses. He added: “This is somewhat disappointing that something that our people have been asking for opportunities for them to advance

Hon. Mr. Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation & Communication

You Ride Safe Community Cab themselves and when we create these opportunities Mr. Speaker, it seems to be not all of that eager for them to apply for these licenses.” Williams also stated that his ministry will also be intruding mini bus services. “Mr. Speaker after the community cabs, we also have the mini bus services that we will also be introducing. In our Party’s manifesto we speak about public transportation system and I believe that from where I sit, we are doing just that in making our transportation in the islands more safer for our people and tourists alike. I believe that once our people become more

involved and apply for these licenses, then our transportation sector can take off more in an area where we can have more reliable transportation and these vehicles will be licensed and insured not like the illegal jitneys services that we have now,” he explained. Owner of the first Community Cab ‘You Ride Safe’ in Providenciales, Kevin Clarke expressed gratitude to everyone who has so far used his services and those who may be using them in the near future. “We are proud to say that we are a locally owned and operated company and because we are independently owned, we take our reputation very

seriously. We have a passion for quality transportation and amazing customer service. Our team of friendly professionals will always drive safely, abide by all traffic laws and signals, and treat you with the respect and courtesy that you deserve. Thank you for your continuous support.” You Ride Safe is be a combined ride-hailing and ride-sharing transportation service company which falls under the category of ‘Community Cab’, recently enacted into law in the Turks and Caicos Islands. You Ride Safe services offers a safe, affordable and convenient commuting service for anyone who wants to ride in a friendly and comforting vehicle. Their professional drivers are courteous, friendly and well capable of finding location on Providenciales without delay. The service is restricted from picking up passengers coming from Airport to Hotel or Hotel to Airport. Their price ranges from $3 to $7 depending on distance of travel. Persons who are interested in their services can find them on Facebook or WhatsApp at 1692428788 to book a ride with them.

Student of Holy Family Academy spearheads first Annual Cancer Walk

Everyone who showed support to the 1st annual HFA Cancer Run

By Todeline Defralien Walkers and runners of Holy Family Academy came together for their first ever cancer walk to help raise funds for the National Cancer Society in Turks and Caicos Islands. The walk took place from the schools compound to Our Lady of Divine Providence, Roman Catholic Church in Providenciales on Saturday March 23rd. Chané van Schoor, student of Holy Family Academy who chose this initiative as her

community project said it was a great success. T-Shirt were also on sale for $20 each to go towards the fundraising efforts. She told The SUN, “My project is a community service project, which is part of the requirements for the 11th graders of Holy Family Academy. We got to choose what we wanted to do and I chose to raise awareness for children with cancer. Today we are doing a walkathon to raise funds as we sold these shirts for $20.00 each and all of the funds

are going to the National Cancer Society here in Turks and Caicos.” Schoor added that she chose the Cancer Society because she wanted to do something more local which will benefit the Turks and Caicos. “I am overwhelmed with the support. I am really happy to have had everyone support and despite the rain it went well.” With the support of over thirty individuals, Schoor also stated that the school is hoping to host more of these walks in the future.

Chané van Schoor pictured with her mother Adéle Van Schoor

Air and Sea Agency

Blue Hills Glass

William Escane Joseph

Leeward Highway, Providenciales Seeking: Warehouse Labourers General Duties: To carry out menial chores in the warehouse Salary is $6.25 per hr. Contact: Tel. 941-4121 or Email: airseaagency@ gmail.com 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

Blue Hills, Providenciales Seeking: Glass Man Salary is $7.00 per hour General Duties: Ability to cut and install glass To be capable of doing glass finishing and designing Please Contact: 242-7012 Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

DANIEL MALCOLM

Five Cays, Providenciales Seeking: Caretaker /Domestic Worker Duties: Providing assistance to an Elderly person, preparing meals, running errands, making beds, buying groceries, bathing, administering treatments, and handling the laundry Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 343 5002 Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

In South Caicos Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week Duties include house cleaning and laundry Salary: $6.25 per hour Please contact: 345-9694 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

EXECUTIVE TOURS LTD. Is seeking the following position: (1) Labourer Duties may include cleaning and preparing a job site, loading and delivering materials, and using a variety of tools and machines Needed to work six days a week Salary: $6.50 per hour Interested persons may contact Executive Tours Ltd. 941-7974 Belongers only need apply 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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New Police Welfare team elected The new Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) Welfare Executive team has been voted in following an election that took place on Tuesday, March 19th 2019, at Police Stations on each island. The new board of executives consists of senior, intermediate and junior ranks of the organization, for the years April 2019- March 2021. PC David Barnett is the new Chairman, with Sgt. Delton Robinson supporting as Deputy Chairman; PC Jepson (Victor Secretary), PC Carisa Clare-Forbes (Assistant Secretary, Welfare & Gender Affairs), SC Tammika Lall-Williams takes on the role as Treasurer, Insp. Neal Stanislaus (Assistant Treasurer -Research and Legal Affairs), while Sgt. Kevin Clarke is Public Relations Officer with planning and recreational duties. Speaking on behalf of the new executive Chairman Barnett said, “You have voted “For a Change”; that change is here. The elected members of the Police Welfare Association Committee (PWAC) 2019-2021 would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for making this change possible. You turned out in your numbers, in support of your candidates; the results of this effort realized a Dream Team that will be working assiduously in the best interest of every member of the

Members of the Police Welfare Executive team Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RT&CIPF) in an effort to resolve many of our welfare issues”. In expressing congratulations, Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said, “The Police Welfare Association is an important part of the Force and myself and my colleagues look forward to working with you in

advancing the working conditions for all of the RT&CIPF and in making the Force as efficient and effective as possible in ensuring a safe and secure Turks and Caicos”. The officers were all chosen by their peers. The RTCIPF Police Welfare Association is an organizational body

that acts as a support alliance for members and their families in times of need. The Welfare Association will also oversee the management of available resources and organize or direct various fund-raising activities. All officers are members of the Welfare Association, by virtue of their employment.


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2019 Economic Empowerment Conference a resounding success The 2019 Economic Kenrick Walters, Elery James, Stewart Empowerment Conference which took Howard, Professor Gilbert Morris, Stacy place at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Cox, Devon Cox, Tamell Seymour and Resort and Spa in Providenciales on Sherrexcia Roll. The conference comprised March 29th and 30th 2019 under the theme “Positioned to Prosper” of a range of keynote presentations according to attendees was “insightful, and panel discussions which included, informative, inspirational, brought to “The State of the TCI Economy”, the fore a number of issues as well as “Entrepreneurship and Brandbuilding”, opportunities with respect to the Turks Intrapreneurship: Creating a name for and Caicos Economy and was excellently yourself and climbing the corporate ladder”, “Personal Finances”, “The organized”. The conference brought Psychology of Money”, “The Stock together local business persons, Market and Investing”, “Invest TC’s students, experts and the ordinary man MSME programme” and “Wealth in a day and a half conference the likes Creation in the TCI.” Day one of the of which the TCI has never before seen. conference ended in a networking The speakers and panelists were all 99% cocktail. The conference was organized local and resident successful experts in their respective fields and entrepreneurs and produced by EPIC Events TCI. Of which included Hon. Galmo Williams, the conference, Tremmaine Harvey Hon. Josephine Connolly, Walter (Local Attorney) and Diandra Mills (NIB Gardiner Jr., Stanley Williams, E. Floyd Investments Manager) of EPIC Events Seymour, E. Jay Saunders, Drexwell TCI had this to say “The conference was birthed Seymour, Dr. Anya Malcolm Gibbs, Alexa Cooper for Invest TC, Diandra Mills, because we realized that despite the

enormous wealth of the country, that wealth is not disseminating to the ordinary citizen. The aim and goal of the conference was to answer and provide solutions to very important questions such “how can we all prosper?” How can we ensure an even distribution of wealth?” How can we all position ourselves to take advantage of the wealth opportunities that present themselves in our Turks and Caicos?” How can we work collectively to advance as a people, as a nation…..a cultural shift from I, to one of us?” To a culture where we are not afraid of each other’s successes but we realize there is a place for EVERYONE to prosper. The conference was about the “big man” pulling the little man up as we all strive to climb the ladder of success”. The conference was about addressing head on the uneven distribution of wealth in our country and acknowledging that we have failed in our educational system and in our homes to equip our children to be

entrepreneurs and leaders , in control and dominating in the area of our finances rather than just being taught to be workers living from pay check to pay check. The conference was about not only acknowledging but about finding solutions to the fact that we can no longer continue to boast of a thriving economy with millions in investment when children in this country go to bed hungry at night. It was about acknowledging and finding solutions to the fact that we can no longer continue to build and develop our country by developing our physical resources while our human resources suffer.” Special thanks is extended to the sponsors of the 2019 Economic Empowerment Conference whose contributions made the conference possible. Persons seeking further information about the conference can visit the conference website www.tcieec. com .

Man charged in Gold Finger robbery Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged a 49-year-old man for the March 21st, 2019 robbery of the Goldfinger Jewelry and Repair Shop. The store was robbed of a variety of jewelry, and the customer and staffer present were robbed of personal items and cash.

Following investigations and the recovery of the getaway vehicle in the area of Kew Town, the 49-year-old man was arrested on the said day and charged on March 28th, 2019 with two counts of Robbery. He is currently in police custody. As the Police continues their investigations into this matter, they are appealing to members of

HS LTD. HS LTD is seeking suitable applicants for the following position:

BARTENDER Fairways Bar & Grill Restaurant at Provo Golf Club has an immediate opening for an experienced Bartender who has a positive, engaging personality and can provide exceptional service to guest. Position Description Responsible for preparing drinks for guest and serving them in a professional manner. The successful candidate should be well versed in bar service and drink preparation. Requirements Must have 3 years or more experience preferably in hotel food and beverage industry. Must have a strong working knowledge of the bar and EPOS system. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Must be willing to work a variety of day/night, weekend shifts and public holidays. Excellent people skills in order to communicate well with guests and staff. Good presentation and a pleasant, friendly, bubbly personality are required. Wages for this position starts at $8.00 per hour commensurate with experience. Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, HS Ltd, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: ronnie@habgroup.com. Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. The position is currently available. Closing date for application is April 15, 2019.

the public who may have been in the vicinity of the Goldfinger Repair Shop and in the Kew Town Area on March 21st, 2019 around 4:24 p.m., and may have witnessed or have any information, to please contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or 9418082, 911 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.

Osprey Beach Hotel Location: Duke Street, Grand Turk Wanted Full Time Lead Restaurant Server who will work as a peer to the wait staff and offer the best service possible. Able to work directly with the Food and Beverage Manager to train and ensure high-quality service and standard operating procedures involving safety and sanitation expectations. • We Require A person who has worked in a number of restaurants for a minimum of three years and has a full knowledge of a least one POS system. • Knowledgeable about dining and bar service and have a sufficient grasp of wine regions, varietals and styles together with cocktails to make recommendations to customers. • Competence in building a close, knowledgeable team who work together to offer a charismatic, professional and caring service at all times. • Understands that service issues can be complicated and is skilled in customer service. Starting wage $10 hourly or based on experience plus gratuities This position is currently being held by a work permit holder Wanted Full time (preferably) or Part time restaurant server and bartender who will join a dedicated team. • Proven experience in full service restaurant or/and bar serving • Hands on experience in cashier duties using POS • Attention to cleanliness and safety • Shows patience and a friendly approach to customers • Responsible and trustworthy Starting wage $8 hourly plus gratuities This is a new position Wanted Full time or Part time Cook to join a busy team of professionals • Experience in full service restaurant cooking and preparing all menu items in accordance to standards set by Management • Understanding of cooking methods, ingredients and equipment • Assist in stocking and maintaining sufficient levels of food • Maintaining a clean and sanitary work environment Starting wage $8 hourly or based on experience plus gratuities This position is currently held by a work permit holder All three positions require solid references, flexible schedule and proficiency in the English Language both written and spoken. Applicants who are Islanders are invited to send copies of their applications to the Board in conjunction with Osprey Beach Hotel C.V To Osprey Beach Hotel, Duke Street, Grand Turk or email to ospreybeachhotel@ tciway.tc.


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Do-it-Center donates cultural ‘Hut’ to TCI’s National Trust

By Todeline Defralien Building Materials Limited Doit-Center recently handed over a very cultural ‘hut’ to the Turks and Caicos National Trust. This hut intends to be the gift shop and administrative office at the Cheshire Hall Plantation in Providenciales, after the previous location was severely battered by 2017 hurricanes. The 12ft by 12ft hut with green doors, white wash finish, double windows, and thatched roof just like in the old days, was constructed by the Doit-Center and designed by purchasing manager and architect, Kier Adams. Executive Director of the National Trust, Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams thanked the Do-It-Center for its generous donation. “I am so pleased that this day has arrived where Building Materials has decided to hand over the hut as promised to the National Trust and even though it is a small hut, it will play a very significant role in our program in the Cheshire Hall historic site. This actually came about after we suffered so immensely from the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria and we were trying to see how we can get our program back after the storms. This is a celebration for the National Trust family.”

Executive Director of the National Trust, Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams, Director of Marketing and Purchasing at Do It Center, Mr. Kenny Adams, Purchasing Manager and Architect, Kier Adams and other members of the National Trust pictured with the beautifully constructed hut She added: “We were so depressed after the storms that we couldn’t continue to showcase our locally made art and crafts, so this little hut will have the shelves and visitors will be able to come in and see those things again and be able to select authentic

COX MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED Cox Plaza, 15 Five Cays Road Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Tel: 649-941-3650 Fax: 649-946-4283 bac@tciway.tc

IS SEEKING FOR (1) WELDER Job Duties: Welders fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools. Welders produce metal products according to customer or employer specifications. Welders set up, operate and maintain welding equipment. RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED • A minimum of 5 years’ experience • Must be able to understand, speak & write English. SALARY- $14,872.00 per annum Interested Turks & Caicos Islanders apply APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30th, 2019

Maleka Seymour In South Caicos Is seeking a Domestic Worker To work 6 days per week Duties include house cleaning, laundry, and cooking Salary: $ 6.25 per hour Please contact: 244-0361 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

souvenirs from Turks and Caicos. The old building that we once occupied was heavily compromised during the storm, but we have heard from Government that they will be refurbishing that and we will then have the full use of it again.” The Executive Director stated

that this new hut showcases Turks and Caicos cultural and heritage and it is a typical Turks and Caicos architecture. Gibbs-Williams said that couple months time or even less than six weeks they should be opening the craft outlet at Heaving Down Rock. “It is another offer from a corporate citizen. The Windward Development constructed the office and a Gazebo and we will be moving in and opening it up and have it function the way that we anticipate,” she said. Director of marketing and purchasing at Do-It-Center, Mr. Kenny Adams said, “After the hurricanes they suffered a lot of damages and as we already had such a good relationship and I was a member of the Trust Council, I decided to give the National Trust a helping hand by donating this building. My sister Kier Adams is the mastermind behind the design and I think that she did a really good job as it speaks to our culture and heritage. It is a happy day and they’re all happy and comfortable with their brand new administrative building.” Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit the National Trust and for locally made pottery, straw baskets, bags, magnets, conch shells jewelry and a variety of locally made pieces which will be at the gift shop.

S AND C UPHOLSTERY Is looking for Two (2) Upholsters to make, repair or replace upholstery for household and office furniture, boats and vehicles. Responsibilities: •Fit, install and secure materials on frames using hand tools, power tools, glue, and etc. •Mount materials or work pieces onto equipment. •Take work orders •Keep files in order Requirements: •Must have Minimum 5 years experience in this area •Must be able to work 6 days a week, including holidays if required •Must be customer service oriented •Must be able to work with little to no supervision •Must have knowledge in fabrics •Certified or Associates degree in the field is a MUST Starting Salary is $7.00 per hour to be paid weekly. Qualified applicants should send a copy of their application and current Police Certificate to: Sandccreative2018@hmail.com And send a copy of your application to the Turks and Caicos Islands employment Services One position is not held by a Work Permit Holder and the other is currently held by a Work Permit Holder

LITIGATION ASSISTANT (TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDERS ONLY) Training position for Turks and Caicos Islander, no prior experience required. Willingness to learn essential, also to work hard and complete demanding training programme that is likely to involve time spent in the U.S. with other new starters at a larger international law firm (www.Kobrekim.com). This is not a work permit advertisement and applicants subject to immigration restrictions shall not be considered nor should those seeking a “9 to 5” job apply. We offer an empowering, dynamic, work environment in which our priority is to deliver top quality work to demanding international clients. Be the best you can be. Start date less important to us than identifying the right future colleague. Only applicants required for interview will be contacted. Applications can be sent to jobs@prudhoecaribbean.com and / or sent to P.O. Box 1525, Regent Village, Grace Bay Road.


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TCI sends five for Sol Rally Barbados The Turks & Caicos Motoring Club will field its biggest team yet in Sol Rally Barbados 2019, the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. The pioneer member of the group, Paul Horton, first competed in 2010, followed by Stan Hartling two years later, then Pierre Beswick in 2017; after Hartling’s younger son Ben took part last year, his brother Sam is entered for Sol RB19, bringing the total to five cars, competing across four different classes. Sol RB19 will run from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, with The Rally Show on the previous Saturday (May 25) followed by Flow King of the Hill at its new Stewarts Hill location on the Sunday; in three decades, it has evolved from small beginnings as the All-Stage Rally of 1990 into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a key National Event on the island’s sportstourism calendar. The Turks & Caicos - an archipelago of more than 100 islands, just nine of which are inhabited - are roughly 1,000 miles to the north-west of Barbados, directly north of the Dominican Republic. Although there are currently no motor sport facilities, the Motoring Club has been working towards creating opportunities for islanders to enjoy grass roots motor sport. As Horton makes his 10th consecutive appearance, he returns to the island for his third full season in the Java Island/Sky Motorsports/H Racing/Arbikie Highland Estate Citroen DS 3 R3 MAX, in which he has finished second at year end in the BRC Modified 2 Class Championship for the past two years; he also won the class in Sol RB17 on the car’s debut in the event, finishing 18th overall. He looked set for a repeat last year, 20th and leading M2 into the final stage of Saturday, but engine failure ended his weekend. Twice a class-winner in Targa Newfoundland in North America – in a Honda Civic in 2008, then a Ford Escort MkI the following year – it took Horton rather longer to find success in Barbados, three retirements (Civic 2, Escort 1) before finishing

27th overall and second in M7 in the Escort in 2013. Horton has already seen action in Barbados this year, reunited with his former co-driver Kris Yearwood, with two top six finishes in the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc (MCBI) Spring Blaze double-header sprint last month. Canadian-born Hartling, whose island debut in 2012 came at the wheel of a Lotus Exige, endured a similarly challenging time before he claimed his first overall finish in 2017, 30th and fifth in SuperModified 3 in his Bambarra Rum/Automotive Art BMW M3. Although clutch failure early in Sol RB18 resulted in another non-finish, he went on to place fourth in the Sunday Cup, then narrowly lose out on third place in SM3 at year-end – Andrew Jones won the tie-break, based on best overall finish – despite claiming the class win in the season-ending Winter Rally in October. Hartling also has a new co-driver, in Jeremy Croney, who comes from a Barbados family steeped in motor sport. Like Horton, Hartling’s previous record had included in the Targa Newfoundland, when his co-driver was Jamaican-born Beswick – they twice finished in the top 10 together - who became the third member of the Turks & Caicos driving force two years ago in the Grace Bay Car Rentals/ Hartling Luxury Resorts/Sky Motorsports/

JOB VACANCY

A vacancy exist at the Turks and Caicos Islands National Insurance Board for a Database Administrator/Programmer at its Providenciales Branch Office. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the post.

The Database Administrator/Programmer with report to the Information Technology Manager Core Functions of the Job: •Developing adequate computer programs •Designing and testing programmes •Microsoft SQL programming •The creation and maintenance of databases and tables associated with NIB applications •Configure of database backup and replication •Update and maintenance of the BeMa and Mas200 applications •Monitor database growth •Troubleshooting systems and implement solution as necessary •Design and maintenance of the NIB Website •Develop reports using Microsoft reporting server •Installing and testing new software •Developing and assigning users to various application security levels •Provide first level technical support for staff at the Providenciales office. •Supporting and assisting users in accessing information to enable them to perform their function •Preparing monthly reports •Research various applications that would increase efficiency within NIB Educational Requirements and Experience This position requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree the, position requires specialized training in the following areas: •Computer programming and modern computer languages •Systems analysis •Database management •Project management •Supervisory management •Communication The position requires at least three (3) years on the Job experience to acquire the necessary expertise to respond effectively to the challenges of the functions Compensation will be determined based on qualifications and experience. Applications giving full details of qualifications and experience should be sent to the Deputy Director Corporate Services, National Insurance Board, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands to reach no later than Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Caicos Dream Tours Citroen C2 R2 MAX. Codriven by Bajan girl Leslie Evanson, a former class-winning co-driver on the event, he finished ninth in the Sol RB17 Sunday Cup after issues on Saturday, but missed last year’s event after an early-season accident, returning to action towards the end of last season. He is easing himself back in to the Modified 1 competition, again with Leslie co-driving. Ben Hartling has an identical Citroen, backed by The Hartling Group, with Barbadian Dwayne Forde as his co-driver, a member of the Turks & Caicos ‘family’ in recent years as co-driver to Horton; his experience will be valuable for the 23-yearold, who finished third in M1 at year-end, with only four events contested. His 25-yearold brother Sam is entered in a BMW 318ti Compact in Clubman 2, with no co-driver as yet confirmed. Both have competed in North America with father Stan in the Chump Car Series; while the usual regulations dealing with important issues such as safety follow main-line motor sport, the approach to cars and competition is rather more different, as Stan has explained in the past: “We built a real special, a police pursuit car cut down, caged and then we put on a Ford F150 truck body . . . backwards! It drives the guys on the track nuts!” They have raced at some iconic venues, including Road Atlanta, Daytona and

Laguna Seca. Three weeks until on-line entries close With just over three weeks to go before entries close for Sol Rally Barbados 2019 on Friday, April 26, more than 70 have been received on-line at the recently revamped official web site, rallybarbados.net. Approaching 50 of those already appear in the on-line list, which is updated regularly as local entries are received, also when overseas crews have confirmed their plans and their participation has been announced. There are 10 so far listed in the four-wheel-drive classes, with around double that number still to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Once again, there is a healthy balance between local crews, which currently number a little under half of the entries received, and overseas visitors. There are more than 20 new overseas participants on the list, many putting the final touches to their plans before their cars are due to ship across the Atlantic from Dover in early May aboard the Geest Line freighter Baltic Klipper. Sol Rally Barbados and Flow King of the Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017; Sol RB19 marks the 12th year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company, and the fourth by communications provider Flow.


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Breaking Down Cellulite By Dr. Marsha Barnett Cellulite is extremely common especially in women, affecting up to 90% of adult females. The term cellulite describes the lumpy, dimpled flesh seen mainly on the thighs, hips and buttocks. Whilst it has no indications for your general health, some women are embarrassed by its appearance or would simply prefer to have smoother legs with firm appearing muscle and skin tone. What Causes Cellulite?

your family are affected. In fact, genetics might play the biggest role in whether or not you develop cellulite! Cellulite is also more common with aging when the skin loses elasticity. Can It Be Treated? There are a myriad of treatments available for the reduction of cellulite. Bear in mind however that treatments for cellulite cannot guarantee complete and permanent resolution.

•Lifestyle Changes To understand why cellulite appears we must have an appreciation of Although people of all sizes can the anatomy or layout of fat under the have cellulite, if you’re overweight, the skin. Beneath the skin, we have a layer most effective treatment is to shed extra of fat over our muscle. The fat however pounds and tone up. Cellulite is seen in is found in globules and between these areas of the body with high amounts of globules are fibrous chords of connective fat deposits so eating less and adding tissue. As fat cells enlarge, they push up cardio and strength training to your against the skin. Tough, long connective regular routine will help you to lose cords pull however, down to the muscle. fat and gain muscle especially in those This creates an uneven surface or problem areas. Strong, defined muscles dimpling, often referred to as cellulite. under a thinner fat layer will make your Women tend to be more affected skin smoother and less puckered. my cellulite because of a number of reasons. They tend to carry weight in the •Creams And Potions thighs, abdomen and buttocks which are the areas commonly affected by cellulite. A variety of creams are on the market Factors such as hormonal changes that claim to reduce cellulite. Many during pregnancy, a diet low in fiber and have ingredients such as caffeine that high in simple carbohydrates and fat as are intended to promote fat breakdown. well as being overweight and having a Others contain vitamins and herbal sedentary lifestyle seem to increase the extracts. Prescription strength Retin A risk of developing cellulite. You are more has been shown to reduce cellulite by likely to be affected if the women in thickening the skin and improving its

The Turks and Caicos Christian Council Incorporated, was birthed out of the Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship. The organization Is a fully registered Non-Proot Organization under the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands Companies Ordinance since 2017. The objective for which the organization was established is: The Turks and Caicos Christian council apart from its core functions of Christian communion is an advocacy-based Institution in ve areas; education, family values, Governance & Law and Order, Human Rights and Gender, and Social and Economic Justice. The goal of the Turks and Caicos Christian Council is to contribute to the advancement and development of a peaceful, just and equitable society in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The TCCC seeks an increase engagement of itself, members churches and citizens groups with local and national government on social and economic policies and practices b. This would assist to enable the Turks and Caicos Islands government to be more accountable to its citizens. Elections were held in November of 2017 and the following persons were elected to form the Executive body of the TCCC: President – Bishop Bryant Cox, Rock of Jesus Ministry Vice President – Bishop Rueben Johnson, New Vision Kingdom Ministries Secretary – Bishop Andrew Stone – Church of God of Prophecy – Blue Hills Public Relations – Pastor Wilbur Jennings – Kingdom Dominion International Treasurer – Pastor Carol Skippings – Church of God of Prophecy – Airport Road The TCCC acknowledges that there are several issues facing the Church and the Turks and Caicos Islands from Immigration issues to same-sex marriage and over the next few weeks we will embark on addressing these issues head on by engaging the local churches and relevant Government Departments. We are inviting churches within the Turks and Caicos that have not registered with the TCCC to do so by contacting ________________________ . This will ensure that your local church becomes involved in the ongoing activities and initiatives of the TCCC. TCCC is soliciting the full support of the Christian community as it strives to ensure we as a community and country maintain our Christian heritage and identity.

Bishop Bryant Cox

elasticity and tone. In general, however, creams offer little benefit alone, but they may add some value when combined with other treatments. •Procedures Long gone are the days when only creams and exercise could be suggested for cellulite. Over the past decade or so, medical technology has presented us with viable options that make substantial improvements in the appearance of the skin. Cellulite can also be managed by releasing the connective tissue bands that the fat cells bulge through under the skin. The technique is called subcision. During the procedure, your doctor inserts at tiny blade to cut away the connective tissue that pulls against the fat and causing the dimpling. Radiofrequency systems, ultrasound and laser lipolysis machines (laser to break down fat) can be used to help eliminate cellulite and are quickly becoming the treatment of choice. These machines help liquefy fat, alter Dr. Marsha Barnett connective tissue to loosen puckering, boost collagen growth and improve result in great improvement but exercise skin tightening. By both reducing the is always advised. subcutaneous fat and improving the condition of the skin, the results are *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general practitioner who also specialises usually good and tend to last months. With increased interest in the in dermatology. For questions or world of aesthetic medicine and the comments, please contact her at invention of treatment modalities and drmarshabarnett@gmail.com or at devices, the management of cellulite is Associated Medical Practices - 9464242. evolving. There are options that will


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The declaration of human rights or any other international law should not supersede the bible By Drexwell Seymour “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. (Luke 18:22 NIV) Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] (1 Corinthians 6:9 NIV) They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator— who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:25-27) Introduction

I believe we need to set standards in the way we live in this World and those standards should be based on the sound doctrine from the Word of God. If countries continue to change their laws to satisfy the emotions of human beings, the countries are setting a wrong precedence. Soon and very soon, if this trend continues, people will want laws to be passed so that they can get married to their animals or have sexual relations with underage children. This article is in reference to the Chief Justice ruling in the Cayman Islands that legalizes same sex marriage. What does the Bible say about same about same sex marriage? The Bible clearly indicates that marriage is between a man and woman from the time Adam and Eve were created and therefore marriage should not be honoured between two persons of the same sex. Yes there will be persons who are attracted to the same sex but the Bible specifically instructs us that we should not have sexual relations with the same

Sailrock Contracting Limited [Sailrock] is seeking qualified candidates for the position below:

Project Specialist – Sailrock Contracting Limited is seeking a Project Specialist to oversee all accounting, inventory, and construction project controls for projects carried out by the Sailrock Development. The employee will be responsible for acting as Project Specialist during construction of infrastructure, hospitality and residential components of Sailrock Development. Responsibilities include onboarding Sage 100 ERP Inventory, manage inventory issuances, provide project controls and pay requests, and assist in the development and implementation of procedures and policies in order to maximize efficiencies and mitigate risk. Day-to-day activities include, but are not limited to: Responsibilities •Lead the onboarding of the Sage 100 ERP Inventory for Sailrock Contracting to provide precise control and safeguarding of materials •Create detailed procedures for inventory management, including the requisition, purchasing, shipping & receiving of materials •Organize materials yard and create systematic policies for issuances of materials to job sites & ensure integration with Sage 100 ERP •Develop an organized system for month-end counts to ensure accurate inventory valuation •Manage financial operations and budgeting while implementing Sage 100 ERP software

sex and if we do, we will not inherit the kingdom of God. Because the Bible states this, then it obvious that God does not want people of the same sex to be married. Same sex attraction exists and it has been around for a long time. According to Romans 1:25-27 people were very wicked and exchanged the truth about God for a lie and then they worshipped created things rather than the creator. As a result of their behavior, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Perhaps this sin has been passed from generation to generation and hence some people feel the way they feel. What does Universal Declaration of Human Rights say about same marriage? It was in 1948 that the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In article 16 of this declaration, it states that “men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality, or religion have the right to marry and found a family. However, this article does not say anything about same sex. Article 1 says that all humans are born equal. Article 2 says that everyone is entitled to all rights and freedom. Article

Drexwell Seymour 7 says that humans are entitled without discrimination to equal protection. Therefore, people are using these articles as a basis for same sex marriage. Conclusion and Recommendation If individuals can take this matter to court and win, then we need to go on our knees and pray that this ruling will not take place in TCI. We must stand our ground and even if it means going to court to ensure that the preamble in our constitution (marriage is between a man and woman) remains and cannot be overridden.

•Complete budget analysis with pay applications on an ongoing basis •Refine pay application process in conjunction with Corporate and review on an ongoing basis •Manage project budget creation and process, track actuals and create reporting protocol •Communicate with key vendors and suppliers to drive efficiency in purchasing and logistics •Establish Point of Contact for closed contract buyers in navigating through construction process, providing updates as required to assigned personnel and Corporate •Nurture and maintain strong relationships with vendors, subcontractors, suppliers, AHJs and related stakeholders •Core responsibilities include day to day management of inventory and inventory system, logistics, purchasing and requisition functions •Other support tasks as delineated by Director of Construction and executive team Qualified Candidates will have/be: •Must have Bachelor’s Degree •Must have experience establishing, managing, analyzing, and reporting of project controls and multi-disciplinary tasks •Must have sound working Knowledge of Microsoft Office, SAGE Accounting and Inventory Tracking Systems as well as Payroll and Business Administration work flow. •Must have 5 years of working experience in a related capacity •Must have experience with project management and experience leading a project team Salary Range •$45,000 Annually Please submit applications to Human Resource •Drop off: W104 Venture House, Grace Bay, Providenciales • E m a i l : h u m a n r e s o u rc e s @ s o u t h c a i c o s . c o m / S w h a r t o n @ southcaicos.com This is a new position. Interested Turks and Caicos Islands must also submit copies of their application to the TCI Work Permit Board


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MARINA BUSINESS ANALYST

RESPONSIBILITIES • Creating monthly and annual reports to identify results, trends, and financial forecasts; • Creating informative, actionable and repeatable reporting the highlights relevant business trends and opportunities for improvement; • Conducting insightful, ad hoc analyses to investigate ongoing or one-time operational issues; • Conducting and coordinating financial, product, market, operational and related research to support strategic and business planning; • Developing budgets and financial plans for the department based on research and historical data; • Preparing quantitative and qualitative variance reports of Budgets Vs Actuals, as well as Investigating and obtaining explanations for significant variances. REQUIREMENTS • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Business or any other numerical discipline or relevant work experience; • Financial modeling skills and understanding of accounting; • High level of proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of products, especially Excel; • Clear communications skills (written and oral) • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays Salary commencing at $36,000.00 per annum and is based on experience. Belongers only need apply

FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVERS

RESPONSIBILITIES Responsible for welcoming and greeting guests with a worm friendly smile, inform guest of specials and menu changes, makes suggestions and answer questions regarding food, beverages, and service; processes’ guests orders and ensures all items are prepared properly and in a timely manner, communicates with kitchen staff to ensure guest satisfaction with the food and service; prepares guest checks that itemize and toal meal costs and sales tax and accepts payment. Salary commencing at $7.00 - $9.00 per hour. Belongers only need apply

Interested persons may contact out Corporate HR department office or by submitting your resume with qualifications and experience to: hr@wihl.com Please also submit a copy of your completed application to our labour department. Closing date April 13th, 2019


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PROVO WATER COMPANY LTD. Provo Water Company Ltd is seeking suitable applicants to fill the following positions. POSITION:

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ENGINEER QUALIFICATION: 1.Must be a graduate of Civil or Mechanical Engineering with at least 5 years of continuous professional work experience under the same capacity. 2.Must have at least 2year minimum experience in water line maintenanceunder a water utility company setting. 3.Knowledgeable on the principles of hydraulic engineering related to water supply and water distribution. 4.Well verse on engineering mathematics and economics. 5.Familiar with Construction methods, materials and equipment. 6.Knows how to apply the principles and methods of statistical analysis. 7.Must be computer literate. JOB DESCRIPTION: The Preventive Maintenance Engineer plays a vital role in keeping the integrityand efficiency of PWC’s water distribution system. Application of scientific and methodological process in dealing with the existing line problem is the main concentration while subduing the new ones in occurrence before becoming PWC’s major concern. The responsibilities and tasks of the Preventive Maintenance Engineer may vary from role to roledepending on the call of the situation. Under the technical setting, one must be flexible and mustengage in multi-tasking to ensure immediate application of required corrective actions. Following is the PM Engineer’s job description which includes: •Applying knowledge of civil engineering under the preventive maintenance setting of a water distribution system which includes pipeline positioning, hydraulic analysis, structural design and control systems. •Development of preventive maintenance database, including data input, monitors, audits and maintains the accuracy of the PM data base system at all times. •Designing preventive maintenance strategies, procedures and application methods; •Planning and scheduling planned and unplanned maintenance work; •Carrying out quality inspections on the main distribution system and formulate technical recommendation for system’s enhancement; •Diagnosing breakdown problems in the distribution line and provide technical assistance for the application of corrective action; •Anticipating technical problems and developing solutionsfor recommendation at an early stage; •Arranging procurement requisition of needed fixtures, fittings or components for a specialized problem in the water main; •Communicates with preventive maintenance program vendor’s technical support staff regarding software upgrades, needed program modifications, and technical issues;

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•Maintaining infrastructure master plan and mapping database of all accomplished preventive maintenance task; •Oversees data input in CMMS and Asset Management software; •Provides technical and administrative support to engineering works and field operations as required; •Assists in the integration of maintenance software with GIS, GPS, CMMS, AutoCAD, Hydraulic Modeling Software, financial inventory and utility billing/customer databases; •Develops, produces and assists in generating regular and special preventive maintenance system reports; •Researches, gathers data, analyzes and documents PWC’s needs to automate current processes in addressing problem areas and improve existing workflow within preventive maintenance system; •Provides technical assistance in the operation, configuration, diagnostics, and troubleshooting of preventive maintenance program; •Develops and maintains Standard Operating Procedures for preventive maintenance task; •Directs implementation and procedural modifications in the preventive maintenance function; •Formulates and coordinates the implementation of Provo Water’s asset management plan; •Prepares monthly Preventive Maintenance report and maintains records and documents in accordance with PWC policy. Salary Range: US$ 36, 000 – 48, 000 per annum POSITION:PIPE FITTER REQUIREMENTS: o Minimum of 5 years experience in waterworks and piping networks. o Must be available for emergency maintenance calls on evenings and weekends according to rotational schedule. WORK ENVIRONMENT: •Hot, dusty and wet conditions including open and confined spaces •Active roadways and associated traffic noise levels •Remote locations JOB DESCRIPTION: The Pipe fitter is responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining pipes, fixtures and other plumbing used for water distribution in residential, commercial and industrial connections. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO: 1.Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks. 2.Reads and follows installation plans and establish the sequence of pipe installations. 3.Measure, cut, thread and bend pipe to required angle, using hand and power tools or machine such as pipe cutters, pipe threading machines and pipe bending machine. 4.Use hand or powered tools to excavate trenches and ditches 5.Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes and pipe fittings, using hand and power tools. 6.Repair and maintain plumbing, replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes. 7.Attend Emergency callout when necessary. 8.Carry out all other duties as directed by the Supervisor. Salary Range: US$ 12.00 - $15.00 per hour All applications (inclusive of cover letter, CV & copies of qualifications) must be submitted by April 15th, 2019 to: Managing Director Provo Water Company Limited Grace Bay Road, PO Box 39 Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands Recruitment@provowater.tc Qualified Turks & Caicos Islanders preferred. Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified.


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THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

FortisTCI would like to say thank you to everyone who supported our 11th Annual Spring Fun Walk & Run! Thank you to the TCI community that continues to support us year after year as we host this annual event to promote health and well-being across the TCI. While we appreciate all the support we receive, we’d like to say a special thank you to the following persons/organizations: • Graceway Sports Centre • Pastor Wade Coleby • Interhealth Canada Nurses • Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force • Emergency Medical Services • FortisTCI volunteers and the Spring Fun Walk & Run committee

Thank you all for helping to make this the biggest, free walkathon event in the Turks & Caicos Islands!

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Fortis TCI hosts another successful spring fun walk & run F

ortisTCI held its 11th Annual Spring Fun Walk & Run on Saturday, March 30, in Providenciales. The event brought out community members of all ages to ring in spring healthily. Over 400 participants were registered to walk, run, and cycle, showing positive community support despite the many happenings on the day of the event, and attendees were again provided with enjoyable, healthy breakfast options free of charge. Congratulations were expressed to all the participants and winners of the 2019 FortisTCI Spring Fun Walk & Run. At this year’s event, 1st place male 10k – Ernstly Regis, 1st place female 10k – Zoe Butler, 1st place kid (13 or under) 10k – Khuisttin Penn, 1st place cyclist – Tyrone Bishop, 1st place FTCI male 10k – Nore Verdieu and 1st place FTCI female 10k – Monette Collymore Speaking on behalf of the company, Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox said, “I see days like today as reminders that at FortisTCI, we do not operate as just your electricity provider.

We do work to go beyond that pledge by being your partners – partners at home, at work, and in the community. By being good corporate citizens and serving in this way, we believe that we are helping to make the Turks and Caicos Islands one of the best places in the world.” Adult winners of the 10k run and cycling competitions were presented with fitness smartwatches, and top child won a personal tablet. Tyrone Bishop also walked away with a smart home starter kit after winning the grand raffle prize. The company thanked the event supporters for helping to promote health and wellness and aiding in the success of the annual event, including Emergency Medical Services, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, InterHealth Canada nurses and staff, Graceway Sports Centre, Pastor Wade Coleby, the Spring Fun Walk & Run committee, and FortisTCI staff volunteers. Photo Credit: Spotlight Communications

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2019 Economic Empowerment Conference exceeded expectations T

he 2019 Economic Empowerment Conference certainly exceeded expectations and according to attendees was “insightful, informative and inspirational. The event which took place at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa in Providenciales on March 29th and 30th 2019 was hosted under the theme “Positioned to Prosper”. The conference brought together local business persons, students, experts and the ordinary man in a day-and-a-half conference the likes of which the

TCI has never before seen. The speakers and panelists included Hon. Galmo Williams, Hon. Josephine Connolly, Walter Gardiner Jr., Stanley Williams, E. Floyd Seymour, E. Jay Saunders, Drexwell Seymour, Dr. Anya Malcolm Gibbs, Alexa Cooper for Invest TC, Diandra Mills, Kenrick Walters, Elery James, Stewart Howard, Professor Gilbert Morris, Stacy Cox, Devon Cox, Tamell Seymour and Sherrexcia Roll. The conference comprised of a range of keynote presentations and panel discussions which included,

“The State of the TCI Economy”, “Entrepreneurship and Brandbuilding”, Intrapreneurship: Creating a name for yourself and climbing the corporate ladder”, “Personal Finances”, “The Psychology of Money”, “The Stock Market and Investing”, “Invest TC’s MSME programme” and “Wealth Creation in the TCI.” Day one of the conference ended in a networking cocktail. Photos by: Spotlight Communications and Earlson Robinson (The SUN).

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cardi B, Travis Scott to headline Jay-Z’s Made in America

Cardi B performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif Cardi B and Travis Scott are heading to the City of Brotherly Love to headline Jay-Z’s annual Made in America festival. Live Nation and Roc Nation announced Tuesday that the festival will return to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 for Labor Day weekend. Other performers include Juice WRLD, James Blake, Kodak Black, Kaskade, Tierra Whack, Blueface, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Jorja Smith, Jacob Banks, KAYTRANADA, Grace Carter and Pink Sweat$. Tickets for general public go on sale Friday. Subscribers of Jay-Z’s streaming service, Tidal, will have access to purchase tickets through a presale on Tuesday. Earnings from the festival will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, and a portion of proceeds will support The REFORM Alliance.

Finally! 50 Cent sells opulent Connecticut mansion

Police arrest man they say killed rapper Nipsey Hussle After a nearly 48-hour manhunt, police arrested the suspect they say gunned down Nipsey Hussle in front of the popular rapper’s South Los Angeles clothing store. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies detained Eric Holder, 29, on Tuesday afternoon in the city of Bellflower, two days after the shooting and 20 miles away from the crime scene. LAPD detectives quickly arrived to verify that he was the suspect they’d sought. The focus now shifts from the streets to the courtroom. Holder is likely to be charged with killing Hussle and to make his first appearance in front of a judge in the next two days. Authorities announced Holder as a suspect Monday night, publicizing his face and name and publicly urging him to turn himself in. Police said a tip from a citizen led them to Holder. Hussle and Holder knew each other, and the two had some kind of personal dispute in the hours before the rapper was killed, police Chief Michel Moore said at a news conference earlier Tuesday. The two men had several interactions on Sunday, and Holder returned to the store with a handgun and opened fire on Hussle and two other men, who survived the shooting, police said. The chief did not reveal how the two men were acquainted or offer any details about their dispute, but he emphasized it was a personal matter between Hussle and Holder. Hussle acknowledged that he was involved with a gang when he was younger, and police said Holder is a gang member, but the chief said gang rivalries played no role in the shooting. After shooting Hussle and the two other men, Holder fled in a waiting car driven by a woman, Moore said.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle The police chief and the president of the city’s Police Commission, Steve Soboroff, had been scheduled to meet with Hussle on Monday to discuss the relationship between the police force and the inner city. At Tuesday’s news conference an emotional Soboroff read from the email Hussle sent asking for the meeting. “Our goal is to work with the department to help improve communication, relationships and work towards changing the culture and dialogue between LAPD and your city,” Hussle said in the email. A memorial with art, flowers and tributes to Hussle grew around the store that he had hoped would be an anchor to revive the blocks around it. Hundreds of fans and friends came to celebrate him. The scene grew tense Monday night when one man brandished a gun and caused a stampede that left nearly two dozen people injured, police said. The 33-year-old Grammynominated rapper, whose real

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Eric Holder name was Ermias Asghedom, had recently purchased the strip mall and planned to redevelop it into a mixed-use commercial and residential complex. The plan was part of Hussle’s broader ambitions to remake the neighborhood where he grew up and attempt to break the cycle of gang life that lured him in when he was younger. “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman on Tuesday joined a chorus of prominent names who have praised Hussle for his art and his humanity. “He’s a person that — he didn’t see himself just rising on his own, that he saw himself rising with his community, with the people that he actually grew up with and knew,” Boseman told The Associated Press at the CinemaCon expo in Las Vegas. “So to me, anybody that puts that much energy back into their surroundings, you have to honor them.” Boseman added, “People knew where his heart was. And his music was great.”

R Kelly defense emerges, including saying accusers are lying

50 Cent at the “Power” Season 5 world premiere in New York Rapper 50 Cent’s 50,000-square-foot mansion in Connecticut that first went on the market 12 years ago has finally sold at a fraction of the original asking price. Jennifer Leahy, an agent at Douglas Elliman in Greenwich, tells the Hartford Courant the 21-bedroom. 25-bathroom home in Farmington was sold for $2.9 million. The sale was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, asked $18.5 million for the 17-acre estate in 2007. Jackson purchased the mansion in 2004 from boxer Mike Tyson for $4.1 million, and then sank millions into it for renovations. The home also has an indoor pool, a gym, racquetball courts and a dance room. Leahy did not disclose the buyer.

R. Kelly yelled through saying: “I’m fighting for my ... life.” tears in a recent TV interview If convicted on all ten counts of before an audience numbering in aggravated sexual abuse of three the millions, saying he’s in a fight underage girls and one adult, the for his life to disprove sexual abuse Grammy winner faces an effective charges. That fight will ultimately life sentence of up to 70 years in R. Kelly, right, leaves Cook County Jail with his defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, in be waged in court, with the only prison. audience that matters numbering The defense is expected Chicago just 12 jurors. to fine tune their argument over He said the prosecutor’s While the day lawyers coming months that Kelly’s office has handed over some deliver opening statements to accusers are misrepresenting the evidence but still holds the bulk of jurors inside a Cook County facts. For now, there’s not much it. courtroom is still many months finesse. “I was expecting or even years away, court filings “All of them are lying,” everything by this point,” he said. as well as comments by the R&B Kelly told King in his only full “You should be in a position when star himself and his attorney after interview since being charged. “I you indict somebody the next day charges in February provide clues have been assassinated,” he to turn over all the (evidence).” about an emerging legal strategy. said. Kelly’s lead attorney, Steve Greenberg is best known Signs are they intend Greenberg, also told reporters the for representing the accused in to question the veracity of his day of Kelly’s arrest, “I think all the several high-profile murder cases, accusers and argue that, if he had women are lying, yes.” including of former suburban sex with them, it was consensual At a Friday pretrial hearing, Chicago police officer Drew and he thought they were of age. prosecutors said they weren’t Peterson. He was convicted in His attorney has also signaled he’ll immediately providing the defense 2012 of killing his third wife in a push to have some counts tossed with a copy of a video they say case reopened after his fourth wife on grounds statutes of limitation shows Kelly having sex with one of disappeared. ran out or because some are too the minors because it’s considered Greenberg is regarded as a closely related to crimes for which child pornography and shouldn’t savvy, experienced lawyer prone to Kelly was acquitted at his 2008 be distributed to anyone. quips that have sometimes raised child pornography trial. “The state’s going to have to give it eyebrows. In arguing that any sex Kelly, 52, was right in to us. They can’t play hide the ball,” was consensual, Greenberg told more ways than one when he Greenberg told reporters outside reporters last month about Kelly: cursed during the interview with court later. “We’re entitled to see “He’s a rock star. He doesn’t need to Gayle King of “CBS This Morning,” the tape.” have nonconsensual sex.”


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Severe obesity raises particular travel health issues

International travelers who are obese may face difficulties with flights, hotel access and certain leisure activities, say researchers who suggest the travel industry and travel health specialists should address these issues. Based on interviews with severely obese men and women about their experiences with international travel, the small study found that airport facilities and procedures, physical discomfort and embarrassment on flights, and limitations associated with obesity were recurring themes, according to the report in the Journal of Travel Medicine. “Obesity is a common condition and we know that obese individuals are subject to physical restrictions and weight bias in their everyday lives,” said lead author Dr. Gerard Flaherty of the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway. “There is a dearth of research relating to the actual travel experiences of travelers with chronic medical illness, how their underlying conditions impact their travel or how travel affects the management of their pre-existing illness,” he told Reuters Health by email. Flaherty and colleagues interviewed 12 patients who were attending a bariatric lifestyle modification program in Ireland. Most were in their 50s and each had a body mass index in the “obese” or “severely obese” category. The participants talked about having to build in extra time to traverse the long distances between check-in counters and departure gates in airports and the lack of wheelchairs sized to fit

larger travelers. “So suddenly . . . your weight They also discussed problem really magnifies . . . it embarrassment during air travel, just hits you psychologically and the discomfort they feel on flights physically.” and bias they sense from other Another said, “I haven’t passengers. Participants mentioned traveled much due to obesity, I the narrow aisles, standard-sized traveled to Turkey twelve years airplane seats, the need for seatbelt ago. I think that was my last extenders - which are often a major holiday. That was hard conspicuous bright orange - and going. It was just exhausting, and being barred from sitting in the embarrassing. Having to ask for a emergency exit rows. seat belt extender and you looked Several expressed a like a lower class citizen, and I preference for cruise ship travel didn’t travel again after that.” because it is more comfortable and Pre-travel health seems to better accommodate the consultations could be a great needs of obese travelers. time for doctors and travelers to Participants also talk about their itineraries and sometimes had challenges with any concerns during the planning accessing hotel rooms and raised process. concerns about fire evacuation “Obesity is a subject which procedures for obese guests. They unfortunately tends to get ignored also faced heat issues in travel in some clinical settings, but this destinations with hot weather, and does not serve the needs of the tended to restrict their choices in patient well,” Flaherty said. “An leisure activities such as historical open and supportive discussion walking tours. This limited their about the potential challenges ability to enjoy activities with faced by the obese traveler would family members on the trip. surely benefit them.” A few interview Another next step is to participants said medical increase awareness among travel evacuation insurance was essential companies and consumers, who because of the logistical difficulties can help fellow travelers feel they could face if medical comfortable. emergencies occurred in a remote “Obesity is a disease, which destination. is often not considered by airlines Overall, the group saw or other companies involved in the benefits in travel, but also regarded travel business,” said Dr. Carel le obesity as a barrier to international Roux of University College Dublin, trips. They discussed greater who wasn’t involved in the study. cultural openness toward the needs “We should as far of travelers with obesity in the U.S. as possible facilitate people and Asia but more discrimination with diseases to participate in in northern and western Europe, international travel, not because it which led to much greater self- is their right, but that is what good blame and self-deprecation. people do in a civilized society - we One interviewee said of care for those who are less fortunate international travel, for example, than us,” he said in an email.

Restaurant dishes labeled gluten-free often are not For people with celiac disease, even tiny amounts of gluten in foods can cause trouble, and restaurants may be the hardest places to avoid the hidden protein, a U.S. study suggests. More than half of glutenfree pizza and pasta dishes tested in restaurants were positive for the presence of gluten, and overall, about one third of supposedly gluten-free foods had some gluten, researchers report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. “The long-suspected problem of gluten contamination in restaurant foods that has been reported by patients likely has some truth behind it,” said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, director of clinical research at the Celiac Disease Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. “We don’t know how common it is. But our findings suggest that pizza and pasta and foods served during dinner time are more likely to have this problem.”

Lebwohl often heard anecdotally Lebwohl admits there are from patients that they suspected a lot of limitations to the dataset. they had consumed gluten at “The people tested what they restaurants, even though the foods wanted to test,” he said. “And the they ate were labeled gluten-free. users chose which results to upload When he learned that the to the company. They may have manufacturer of the portable Nima uploaded the results that surprised Gluten Sensor had a stash of data them the most. So, our findings submitted by restaurant patrons don’t mean that 32 percent of who used the device to test foods foods are unsafe.” they suspected, Lebwohl asked if Moreover, Lebwohl said, he could use the information in a the Nima is very sensitive. To be study. labeled gluten free in the U.S., a The company supplied product must contain less than 20 what they had: 5,624 food tests parts per million (ppm). But the performed by 804 users during device can detect levels as low as an 18-month period. When the 5 to 10 ppm, which “most people researchers analyzed the data, they would not consider to be clinically found that 32 percent of tests significant. So, it’s possible for a revealed gluten contamination in food to have less than 20 ppm and dishes that were supposed to be still indicate that gluten is present.” gluten-free. The Nima gluten detector, Gluten-free pasta samples which sells for about $229 and were positive for the protein uses disposable $6 test strip in 50.8 percent of tests, while capsules, displays a wheat symbol gluten-free pizza turned out to when it detects gluten and a smiley contain gluten in 53.2 percent of face when it doesn’t, the authors tests. Gluten was detected in 27.2 note. It can upload results to the percent of breakfasts, 29 percent of company via a smartphone app. lunches and 34 percent of dinners.

Spinal manipulation can help ease low back pain Spinal manipulation therapy isn’t routinely recommended as the initial treatment for low back pain, but a research review suggests this approach may work as well as interventions that doctors typically prescribe first. Based on data from 47 previously conducted trials involving a total of 9,211 mostly middle-aged adults, spinal manipulation eased lower back pain as much as exercise, non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAID) and painkillers. Spinal manipulation also appeared better for improving short-term function. “At the moment, spinal manipulation is considered a second-line or adjunctive treatment option in international guidelines,” said lead study author Sidney Rubinstein of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. “These results would suggest that spinal manipulation is certainly on-par with these other recommended therapies, and can be considered an option,” Rubinstein said by email. Lower-back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and doctor visits for adults worldwide. It often goes away within a few weeks. But when it persists, lower-back pain might be treated with spinal manipulation, medications like painkillers or muscle relaxers, heat, exercise or physical therapy. Spinal manipulation is often done by chiropractors but may also be offered by physical therapists or physicians. It can include manually moving joints, massage and exercise. This type of treatment is designed to relieve pressure on joints and curb inflammation and it’s often used for back, neck or shoulder pain as well as for headaches. For the current study, researchers focused on the gold standard for determining the effectiveness and safety of medical treatments: randomized controlled trials that compare outcomes for patients who are randomly assigned to a specific treatment or to a dummy treatment or no treatment at all. Spinal manipulation worked better for pain relief than non-recommended interventions like light tissue massage, the current analysis found. It also worked better than sham manipulation treatments, but the evidence was low-quality, Rubinstein’s team notes in The BMJ. About half of the studies looked at side effects of spinal manipulation and found little evidence to conclude whether or not this is safer than other approaches. In one study, researchers found one serious adverse event that could potentially have been associated with spinal manipulation. One limitation of the analysis is that the studies of spinal manipulation were done in different settings, tested different techniques and measured the effectiveness of this intervention in different ways, the study authors note. “Spinal manipulation may decrease pain from muscle strain, inflammation and spasm in your back muscles and/or impact the way that your body perceives pain through either the brain or the spinal cord,” said Christine Goertz, chief executive officer of the Spine Institute for Quality in Oskaloosa, Iowa. “The most common side effects resulting from spinal manipulation are mild to moderate joint or muscle pain and/or stiffness,” Goertz, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “These symptoms generally go away on their own within a day or two.”


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• Supervise the AP and AR Accounting Officers to ensure that their functions are carried out accordingly. • Ensures that payments are applied to specific bills before executing the Mass Apply process and conducts Paid Transaction Removal process • Submits to the Deputy CFO a list of delinquent/non-moving accounts for verification and resolution • Primary contact for Customers to meet and reconcile their Accounts. • Spot audits on Cash Receipts and the timely Deposits of Receipts. • Reviews and ensures the accuracy of the Accounts Payable reconciliation • Provide assistance where necessary to the Accounting Officers in carrying out their duties • Leads the conduct of Monthly Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Review • Ensure that all supporting documents are accessible and filed appropriately • Dealing with the banks and auditors of NHIB on various matters. • Assistance with the preparation of the financial statements. • Preparation of journal entries. • Ensure the confidentiality and security of all financial files • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

VACANCY: COMPLIANCE MANAGER POSITION SUMMARY-OVERVIEW: This is a management position, which has unit wide responsibility for ensuring compliance to the NHIB Ordinance and Regulations. The incumbent provides leadership to a team of Compliance Officers and with the support of the Compliance Supervisor, schedules audits of businesses and self-employed persons; reviews arrears reports to determine the level of compliance; plan and review audits of wage books to ensure that all employees are properly registered, and the correct amount of contributions are collected and remitted to the Board; monitor investigations in order to establish the level of compliance is being maintained. The generation of results are deemed acceptable when: there is a high level of compliance with NHIB ordinances; there is an increase in the number of contributors; there is a decrease in the number of non-compliant employers and self-employed persons; accurate case files are prepared which aid in the prosecution of non-compliant employers and self-employed persons; and staff are properly trained and supervised. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Reviewing activities of all compliance staff on a daily basis. • Managing the workload of the department to ensure effective delegation of work to the compliance officers. • Evaluating the efficiency of controls in the compliance section and improving them continuously. • Revising procedures, reports etc. periodically to identify hidden risks or nonconformity issues. • Training and assessing Compliance Officers. • Managing the resolution of compliance issues which may arise. • Managing and executing legal activities in prosecution of employer and selfemployed in arrears. • Consulting with legal officer/representative as necessary to address difficult compliance issues. • Interpretation of the NHIB Ordinances and Regulations for all staff on a regular basis. • Making recommendations for amendments to the Ordinances. • Submission of monthly reports to the Chief Financial Officer on all compliance activities. • Reviewing the analysis of arrears reports. • Attending court to represent the Board’s interests. • Planning surveys to determine compliance levels. • Reviewing noncompliance notices and warning letters to be issued. • Managing and monitoring the execution of all signed payment plans. • Scheduling and conducting investigations to ensure contributions are current. • Preparing and distributing documents that educate others on how to improve compliance. • Planning and managing activities to ensure all agreed targets are conscientiously pursued and realized. • Preparation of management reports regarding compliance operations and progress. • Travel throughout the TCI to meet with Employer/Self Employed in relation to collection of arrears and other compliance issues. • Performance of other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. REQUIRED EDUCATION EXPERISE/SKILLS This position requires four (4) years on the job experience to acquire the necessary competencies to effectively respond to the challenges of the job. • Bachelor’s Degree in Management or related field. • Knowledge of the operation of the National Health Insurance Board. • Knowledge of the statutory regulations governing the National Health Insurance Board. • Knowledge of bookkeeping and payroll audits. • Excellent team player with team building skills. • Oral and written communication skills. • Management skills. • Supervisory skills. • Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.). • Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and to work under pressure. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. VACANCY: SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

REQUIRED EDUCATION EXPERISE/SKILLS • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy or equivalent qualification plus five (5) years’ work experience in Accounting/Finance. • Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point etc) • Excellent team player with team building skills. • Excellent writer and oral communication skills. • Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and to work under pressure • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP will be an asset. Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE OFFICER POSITION SUMMARY-OVERVIEW: The Accounts Receivable Officer shall provide financial and administrative support in order to ensure an effective, efficient, accurate and timely financial and administrative support. This position reports directly to the Senior Accountant and is responsible for providing financial, administrative and clerical services. This includes working in a disciplined and controlled manner, reconciling the National Health Insurance Board’s bank Accounts on a weekly basis and balancing of cash daily. Providing these services in an effective and efficient manner is critical and will enable the organization to detect and prevent fraud. POSITION SUMMARY-OVERVIEW: • Reconciliation of the operating bank Accounts on weekly basis. • Daily monitoring of receipts through all external entities, e.g. Collections through FCIB and Scotia contributions collections account. • Ensures prompt & proper posting of payment receipts to customer accounts. • Daily balancing of cashiers and organize timely deposits. • Monitoring credit card payments, ensuring that all supporting documents are filed to each transaction for the said statements. • Reconciliation of Credit Card Account on a monthly basis. • Handling and controlling of Petty Cash. • Processing and payment of NIS monthly contributions. • Vouch the veracity of revenue and recording of receipts, ensuring that they are properly and promptly classified to the correct subsidiary accounts. • Address audit issues on discrepancies in the individual customer accounts (contribution bills versus payments) due to non-matching of payments and untimely posting of adjustments due to additions and terminations. • Provide timely update on customer’s ledger by ensuring that daily payments are being posted to the correct account and applied promptly to individual invoices and penalties. • Prepares reports for the conduct of the monthly AR reconciliation. • Ensure that all supporting documents are accessible and filed appropriately • Ensure the confidentiality and security of all financial files. • Perform other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. REQUIRED EDUCATION EXPERISE/SKILLS • Associate degree in Finance or equivalent qualification plus three (3) years’ work experience in an accounting position. • Detail oriented • Ability to analyze spreadsheet information • Excellent verbal & written communication • Thoroughness and Reporting Research results • Knowledge of computerized accounting and record keeping systems. • Ability to establish and retain effective working relationships internal and externally. • Ability to be able to work efficiently with little or no supervision. • Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.) • Excellent team player with team building skills. • Ability to deliver to strict deadlines and to work under pressure Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience All Applications should be addressed to: Sheena Smith-Yip National Health Insurance Board Salt Mills Plaza Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands British West Indies Email: recruitment@tcinhip.tc

POSITION SUMMARY-OVERVIEW: The Senior Accountant reports to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for providing financial, administrative and clerical services. This includes the supervising of the Accounting officers and ensuring that all functions of the Department are carried out in a timely and accurate manner. Providing these services in an effective and efficient manner will ensure that the Financial Statements are accurately reported.

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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OPEN JOB POSITION DATE OPEN: April 1, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Director of Spa & Boutique, GBR PROPERTY: Grace Bay Resorts Job Summary: Accountable for the day to day operations of The Anani Spa & Boutique outlets with the responsibility of the department and area. Ensure that Grace Bay Resorts (GBR) Values and Mission are understood and practiced in all outlets by maintaining a well-trained, efficient and professional staff whose focus will be on providing a memorable guest experience while perfecting the basics and creating spontaneous handmade experiences. Maintain a financially efficient operation with a keen focus on revenue generation, inventory turn, and profitability. Essential Function •Ensure all guests are being treated in an efficient and courteous manner and that all GBC standards are being applied and exceeded. •Responsible for the hiring, training, and direction of new & existing department Associates. Ensure all Associates are being mentored, coached, and developed. (Inclusive of Forbes & Leading Hotels of the World). •Responsible for the generation of revenues and obtaining yearly budgeted goals for revenue and profitability. Work in conjunction with accounting to maintain an accurate inventory, timely invoice payments, accurate expenses and accurate payroll. Conduct quarterly physical inventory counts. •Ensure that The Anani Spa & Boutique service standards are complied with and that policies and procedures are consistently applied. •Attend all required Operational Meetings, Rooms Meetings, HR Meetings/ Activities and Trainings. •Assist in the daily maintenance and organization of the outlets to achieve optimal levels of revenues while maintaining high levels of guest expectations. •Ensure the timely completion of performance appraisals. Job Requirements •Responsible for budgeting, forecasting, financial planning and management of The Anani Spa & Boutique Operations. •Responsible for sales to guests through The Anani Spa & Boutique areas (performance indicators are sales, profits, growth, turnover, etc.) •Responsible for the implementation and training of standard operating policies (SOPs) for The Anani Spa & Boutique. •Responsible for promoting the product and services to the targeted guests. Develop promotional programs, point of sales materials, merchandising activities for The Anani Spa & Boutique. •Responsible for enhancing the product and service for the GBC guest. Recommend changes to the product and services. Research innovative ways to better the services of The Anani Spa & Boutique. •Responsible for maintaining quality of product and ensuring consistency in its delivery/standards. •Any other duties as assigned by the Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms. •Additional duties as necessary and assigned. Specific Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities •Must be able to speak, read, write and understand English in the workplace. •Must be able to read and write to facilitate the communication process. •Requires good communication skills, both verbal and written. •Must possess basic computational ability. •Must possess solid computer skills. •Ability to supervise subordinate staff, including, but not limited to, assignment of duties, evaluating service and taking disciplinary action when necessary. •Ability to solve problems and make rational decisions. •Knowledge of Resort operations, its services, and facilities. Physical Demands •Most work tasks are performed indoors, but includes outdoor functions. •Position requires walking and giving direction most of the working day. •Must be able to exert well-paced ability to reach different outlets and other departments of the Resort on a timely basis. •Must be able to exert well-paced ability in limited space. •Must be able to bend, stoop, squat and stretch to fulfill cleaning tasks. •Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis. •Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with guests, supervisors and subordinates (including attending Company Socializing Events like Managers Cocktail Party). •Requires manual dexterity to use and operate all necessary equipment. Qualified Islanders need only to apply Salary Rate: $60,000 per annum DATE OPEN: March 25, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Creative Desing and Social Media Coordinator PROPERTY: Grace Bay Resorts Summary: •Assist Marketing Manager creative design and updates for Grace Bay Resorts and ensuring that all brand standards are well represented and adhered to •Designs marketing material as needed, ensuring that all tasks are completed

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prior to deadlines •Oversees the daily social media post while working with our PR Agency •Provide oversight and guidance to our marketing interns with the direction of Marketing Manager and Director of Marketing •Coordinate photo and video shoots as needed •This position will work with very closely with our Food & Beverage, Spa and Boutique teams Key Responsibilities: •Create and update graphic design and layout of all marketing material and collateral that is consistent and fits with brand image and direction provided by management. Determine and complete the graphic and printing requirements of the departments, interpreting and applying brand standards consistently to all materials produced •Assist with managing company’s social media avenues, using each as appropriate to convey relevant information •Daily response to all Trip Advisor reviews both positive and negative •Develop communications tools including PowerPoint and Prezi presentations, newsletters and email E-marketing / •social media campaigns, under the direction of the Marketing Manager •Design and oversee the print production and distribution of all printed materials that will positively influence public opinion and promote the organization’s goals •Assist Marketing Manager & Director of Marketing with event planning and event marketing •Assist with website updates as needed •Other duties as assigned •Work with printing companies ensuring accurate quotes and production timelines •Position will require time spent on each property, which will require adhering to all operational staff policies Requirements: •Preferred College degree in marketing and or creative design •2-3 year’s related experience in a similar position •Previous experience in production and design procedures for graphic material (both print and online). •Ability to balance departmental needs through communication and organization. •Ability to plan prioritize projects •Understanding and respect the customer is both internal and external •Time-efficient, systematic working methodology •Rapid adaptability to new problem solving •Excellent knowledge of Adobe programs (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) •Excellent skills to coordinate printed productions with external suppliers (agencies, computer graphics designer, printers) •Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office programs •Excellent English communication (written and spoken) •Ability to work in a team •Organized, autonomous, resourceful and detail oriented •Can handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines •Basic knowledge of WordPress Qualified Islanders need only to apply Salary Range: $32,400 per annum DATE OPEN: April 1, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: IT Professional PROPERTY: Grace Bay Resorts Requirements: IT Systems Administration experience; Strong knowledge of VMWare, NAS, SQUID, WEBMIN; Strong knowledge of In-House Surveillance camera systems; Knowledge of Microsoft 2xxx Server architecture such as roles, networking etc.; Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory; Knowledge of SAN/NAS storage system; Knowledge of Remote Desktop; Knowledge in Linux operating system; Knowledge in configuring squid proxy access policy; Knowledge in Virtual Private Network (VPN); Experience in Point of Sale Jonas system and Jonas Accounting software; Experience in Micros OPERA administration; Experience in Saflok Doorlock system administration; Basic Knowledge in Electronics system; Experience in Avotus Call Accounting system; Basic Knowledge in Night Audit Daily activities: Be responsible for server infrastructure support and maintenance (Linux Ubuntu) and Windows Server and workstation; Responsible to troubleshoot electronics systems (TV, Sound Systems, PA Systems); Responsible to troubleshoot Doorlock systems; Responsible to troubleshoot Guest internet and Office internet connection; Provide email configuration and support; Responsible daily POS transaction and report; Responsible OPERA PMS operation; Responsible surveillance camera system 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:$44,000 - $54,000 per annum

Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than April 12th, 2019 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: humanresources@gracebayclub.com Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies


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GENERAL MANAGER REQUIRED

An immediate opening for a GENERAL MANAGER in a luxury Providenciales property has become available OVERVIEW: Responsible for management of overall operation of the resort including maintaining asset, managing guest experience and optimizing profitability by direct and indirect supervision of hotel employees and implementing strategic plans. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1.Develop and implement effective and productive strategic planning and policy. 2.Direct and monitor all daily operations of the resort. 3.Directly supervise, develop, maintain and support individual performance and group dynamics of all executive committee members and be well versed in all of their disciplines (Human Resources, Facilities, Revenue Management, Sales & Marketing, Resort Operations, Rooms Division, Food and Beverage, Finance). 4.Indirectly supervise all department heads. 5.Work with all key stakeholders including resort owners, brand, villa owners, travel partners, and Government. 6.Optimize profitability and balance that with optimizing service excellence through the aforementioned plans and policies created and managed daily. 7.Indirectly supervise all department heads and review and evaluate their performance on an on-going basis. 8.Develop individual goals and projects for subordinate employees, give ongoing support and training. 9.Monitor hotel renovation projects. 10.Charged with building and recruiting top talent from TCI and abroad with a focus on growing TCI talent pool and developing them to higher levels within the organization. 11.Respond in courteous, professional and prompt manner in order to resolve all guest and staff difficulties. 12.Responsible for employee compliance with resort policies and procedures. Initiate disciplinary action when appropriate. 13.Supervise, direct, coordinate, influence and persuade staff in order to

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: http://www.gov.tc/work-permits infobordercontrol@gov.tc

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maintain service standards of hotel. 14.Be able to build a budget with finance and present to ownership along with capital plans. 15.Perform community outreach and organize such efforts on a large scale. 16.Write reports and comprehensive plans for owners and brand on wide variety of topics. 17.Read and use data from STR and Revinate to adjust strategy accordingly. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1.A minimum of 15 years of hotel/resort experience with at least 10 on the Executive Level and at least 10 in ultra-luxury, ideally some time with Aman. 2.Experience as a resort executive in multiple countries and continents. 3.Ability to train, motivate, evaluate, mentor and guide employees and managers to meet desired results. 4.Ability to maintain excellent relations with staff. 5.Knowledge of pricing and marketing strategies. 6.Must have strong network within the hotel travel agent realm, having attended the International Luxury Travel Market trade shows and consortia trade shows multiple times in the US and Europe. 7.Exceptional oral communication skills to ensure ability to negotiate and persuade guests and staff to achieve results beneficial to operation of resort. 8. Ability to create, implement and monitor resort and staff goals, strategies and policies, as well as lead all departmental and resort wide meetings 9. Ability to converse calmly with irate guests, superiors and subordinates in sometimes intense emotional situations, work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines 10.Essential to be able to operate resort software systems including Opera and Micros and be proficient in reading industry reports including STR and Revinate. WORK HOURS AND REMUNERATION: Employee will be required to work day and evening shifts, both weekdays and weekends as required along with public holidays, including Festive. Salary for this position is $210K per annum, and will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications should include a detailed resume demonstrating strong experience in all of the above areas. References will be required if shortlisted. Applications should be submitted no later than April 12th, 2019 by email to: marsha@misickstanbrook.tc and be addressed to the Board of Directors, CR Hotel Ltd, Northwest Point, Providenciales.


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Cayman’s marriage ruling could have domino effect in other British Overseas territories, says lawyer A historic ruling to legalise same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands could have a domino effect across the British Overseas Territories, according to a leading human rights lawyer. Jonathan Cooper, QC, who served as an adviser to the legal team that brought the successful court challenge, said the decision should be welcomed. He believes it will force the U.K. to take more direct action to intervene in other territories, including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Montserrat, which still outlaw same-sex marriage. “The writing is on the wall,” he wrote in an emailed response to questions from the Cayman Compass. “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will now have to provide for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships across all the UK Overseas Territories.” The governor, who was named as a defendant in the legal challenge along with the government, endorsed Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s decision on Monday, Opposition leader Ezzard Miller, speaking at a press conference Tuesday,

said he supported civil unions for same- effect which impacts everyone,” he said. sex couples rather than marriage. He said “With the deprivation of human rights he was concerned that the chief justice comes costs. Diverse, inclusive societies was able to amend the islands’ laws and are more prosperous and happier.” The Cayman Islands Human said he did not believe the constitution entitled him to do this. Rights Commission also expressed He said this element of the support for the decision, congratulating ruling had serious implications for Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush democracy in the Cayman Islands and on their successful legal challenge to the should be appealed all the way up to the “discriminatory provision of the Marriage Privy Council. Law”. Describing the judgement as a Chief Justice Smellie said in his ruling that Section 5 of the Constitution “tremendously significant constitutional allowed him to modify laws that were not law ruling”, the commission’s statement compatible with freedoms guaranteed highlighted the chief justice’s finding under the Bill of Rights. He changed the that “no justification” had been Marriage Law to allow same-sex couples established to support the “severe form of discrimination” of a same-sex equal access to marriage. Cooper, also editor of the marriage ban. It said, “This judgment should European Human Rights Law Review, said he believes Cayman has nothing to be welcomed by all in our community. fear from affording equal rights to same- In modifying the Marriage Law, the chief sex couples. justice has affirmed the constitutionally “The guarantee of equal marriage protected rights of Vickie and Chantelle makes society safer, more stable and and many others in committed samemore secure. Denying human rights to sex relationships. Equally, the rights some and preventing them from having and freedoms of all other individuals in full access to citizenship has a knock-on the Cayman Islands, including rights of

Billionaire sails $500 M yacht off Meads Bay in Anguilla

Andrey Melnichenko and wife Aleksandra (inset) with the Sailing Yacht A Sailing Yacht A, the futuristic $500 million superyacht designed by Philippe Starck, dropped anchor off Meads Bay in Anguilla over the weekend. Owner Andrey Melnichenko, who, according to Forbes, is worth about $13.6 billion, spent two days on the public beach with his model wife in a small striped tent. The boat’s crew brought chaises to the beach for the pair, while the

couple’s kids played on a large inflatable jungle gym anchored in the water near the shore. Although a few staff members were always on hand, Melnichenko proved approachable, spies told Page Six, even letting some teenage boys on the beach ask him about his vessel. The 468 ¹/2-foot boat features an underwater observation pod in its keel.

religious freedom, are similarly affirmed and protected.” The Human Rights Commission also addressed the issue of the chief justice’s powers to amend legislation. It stated that once he had ruled the Marriage Law was unconstitutional and unlawful, he was “required by the mandatory terms of the Cayman Islands Constitution” to modify the offending sections of that law. The ruling was effective immediately, meaning same-sex marriage has been legal since Friday in the Cayman Islands. A spokesperson for the government’s General Registry said Tuesday that it had received no requests since then from same-sex couples seeking a licence to marry. “The usual process is for an application to marry to be made to a Marriage Officer. Once the marriage has taken place, it is then submitted to the Registry for registration,” she said in an emailed response to questions from the Compass.

Another boy abducted in The Bahamas A three-week break in a recent string of abductions on New Providence ended this weekend after another young boy was taken in front of his home and dropped off at the city dump, according to police. Police said shortly before 9 p.m. on Friday, two boys aged eight and 10 were standing in front of their home on Collins Close off Lumumba Lane. Police reported that a woman driving a silver vehicle stopped and spoke to the boys. The 10-year-old walked away, according to police, but the woman lured the eight-year-old into her vehicle and then drove away. Police said a short time later, the eight-year-old was dropped off on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway near the entrance of the city dump, unharmed. This most recent occurrence makes the seventh alleged abduction in five separate incidents since midFebruary. Police believe that four of the matters are connected. Police yesterday said they are seeking a person of interest, said to be the same unnamed suspect who they previously released an artist’s rendering of in an all-points bulletin. “We have a strong belief that four of those incidents are connected

and that’s based on several things,” Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash told The Guardian yesterday evening. “We are interviewing witnesses who are giving us similar descriptions of a vehicle that we are still in search of and also, we have witnesses who are giving us similar descriptions and characteristics of the possible suspect. It is a female. If you were to look at all of the composite sketches that we released previously, I can safely say that the third sketch that we have out to release now is similar to those two that we had released previously.” “What I would also add is, with the recent incident, we are following some leads. “Again, it’s a bit early to be definitive in saying that that is the person that we suspected but that individual is a person of interest and we will soon be bringing that individual into custody to speak with.” March 7 On March 7, three young boys, 10-year-old John Laurent, five-yearold Jameson Joisue and a friend, eightyear-old J’dakito Sejour, were reportedly abducted. Police said two children, later identified as Laurent and Sejour, were walking in Kool Acres when they were picked up by a woman who was the lone occupant of a dark-colored vehicle.

Teen raped first day on job at massage parlour St Joseph police are investigating a report in which an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped in St Augustine, Trinidad. The woman told police the incident took place around midday on Saturday. That was her first day as a receptionist at a massage parlour in

Santa Margarita, St Augustine. Only 12 hours earlier, she had been hired after responding to a report she had seen in a newspaper’s classified ads. The woman told police that while at the parlour, she was working when her manager came and told her he was short-staffed that day and he

wanted her to give a client a massage. She was given instructions on how to perform her duties on the man’s back and she was sent to a room in the building where she saw a man lying on a bed. She told police that at the time the man was lying face down on the bed.

As the woman began to massage the man, he allegedly got up and forced her onto the ground where he sexually assaulted her. The woman raised an alarm and was able to fight off the assailant. She then fled the scene and notified the police. WPC Collins is continuing enquiries.


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Apply for Bahamian status or be deported Under the government’s proposed new immigration laws, those who were born in The Bahamas after July 9, 1973 to parents who were not Bahamian, and failed to apply to be registered as citizens by their 19th birthday, would lose that right and would have six months after the law takes effect to apply for some form of status or risk being deported. The government’s Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2018, now out for public consultation, proposes sweeping changes to the country’s immigration laws in an attempt to fix the long-standing problem of statelessness and the rights of Bahamians to pass on their citizenship. Currently, Article 7 of The Bahamas constitution states that a person born in The Bahamas after independence, “neither of whose parents is a citizen of The Bahamas shall be entitled, upon making application on his attaining the age of eighteen years or within twelve months thereafter to be registered as a citizen of The Bahamas”. The constitution is silent on what happens to these individuals before their 18th birthday, or after their 19th birthday. Article 9 of the constitution

states that a person born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian mother is not automatically granted citizenship, but has a right to apply from their 18th birthday to their 21st birthday, to be registered as a citizen. The constitution is also silent on what happens before these people reach age 18 and after they reach age 21. The new law would also establish that these people lose their constitutional right to be registered after their 21st birthday. However, the new law establishes a “right of abode”, or a right to live, in The Bahamas for anyone born in The Bahamas to foreign parents while they are a minor – before they reach age 18. It also establishes a right to live in The Bahamas for anyone born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian mother, while that person is still a minor. These minors would be able to apply for a resident belonger’s permit which could be approved by the immigration director, “provided that such an applicant is in the custody and care of a parent or guardian who has the right of abode in The Bahamas”. For these people, the right of abode would grant them the right to

legally work in The Bahamas, and reside in The Bahamas, up to the time they apply to be registered as citizens and while that application is being processed and/or appealed. For those whose constitutionally mandated time to apply to be registered has expired, they would have six months from the passage of the new law to apply for some form of status, such as naturalization, permanent residency, etc., and would have the right of abode pending the determination and/or appeal. Those who do not apply risk being imprisoned and deported. “The continued residence in The Bahamas of any person who… fails to apply for other legal status under this act or who is refused such status, and has not appealed, or is not successful in his appeal, shall be unlawful and his right of abode shall cease at the expiration of six months following the commencement of this act…,” the draft bill states. “Any such person who thereafter enters and remains in The Bahamas, or is thereafter found in The Bahamas commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to the penalty specified in section 72(1)(h) and may be liable to deportation.”

The penalty specified is a prison sentence of up to two years. The bill also broadens the reasons for refusal of citizenship. The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill was drafted by the Law Reform Commission, headed by Dame Anita Allen. The bill, which is 123 pages, would repeal the Bahamas Nationality Act and the Immigration Act. It would also establish provisions for those seeking asylum in The Bahamas. The bill also established more clearly who is allowed to land in The Bahamas and the power of immigration officers to grant permission to land and reside in The Bahamas. The bill also more clearly defines who is a visitor to The Bahamas. The bill would also remove the power of citizenship decisions from Cabinet by establishing an Immigration Board to be appointed by Cabinet. Attorney General Carl Bethel said on Sunday that different social and political groups are being individually consulted on the bill, but it remains unclear how long the consultation period will last.

Regional jurist wants Caribbean countries to hold referendum together on CCJ Former Antigua and Barbuda attorney general, Queen Counsel Justin Simon is calling on Caribbean countries that have not yet made the Trinidadbased Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) their final court to hold a simultaneous referendum on the matter. Simon said referendums had been held unsuccessfully in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda describing the outcome as “an unfortunate thing”. “The problem we face is that we cannot change that provision in the Constitution. It is what we call an entrenched clause which demands that there must be a two-thirds majority and to change that you must also have a two-thirds majority in a referendum. “So we are faced with that obstacle and . . . that is one of the

things that I said when we went into the referendum in Antigua and Barbuda that it should be a regional collective effort. Not just Antigua alone going, not just St Vincent and the Grenadines going. “I think all of the Caribbean territories should seek to go together,” he said, adding, “It is a common purpose and the persons or electorate in all the territories will understand and appreciate and they would not think as there was some thought along those lines in Antigua that it is because it is something which is beneficial to the politicians.” The CCJ was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court and while most of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to its original Jurisdiction,

only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and of time that we have some with the Guyana have signed on to the Appellate Privy Council and some with the CCJ Jurisdiction of the Court that also serves because that is going to create possibly as an international tribunal interpreting the divergence in respect of legal the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas development,” said Simon, who served that governs the regional integration as attorney general in Antigua and movement. Barbuda from 2004-2014. He said Dominica is the The Dominican born jurist said that the CCJ comprises some of the most only Caribbean country on attaining brilliant legal minds in the region and it political independence from Britain had was disappointing that many countries “not only become a Republic . . . the were still not fully on board. constitution provision allowed for an “I am for the CCJ. It is a agreement to move away from the Privy Caribbean court made up mostly of Council”. Caribbean jurists and I think it is He said in the other territories important for the development of there’s need for a referendum “and it our Caribbean jurisprudence that that is a two-thirds majority that must be court be the final court for the entire attained”. Caribbean. “The thing about a referendum “It is unfortunate and it really is that persons normally vote to stay should not continue for any length where they are,” he added.

UK gov’t to announce compensation for Windrush victims by end of week British High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda Janice Douglas has announced that the British Government will announce, by the end of this week, a compensation package for victims of the Windrush scandal. Douglas made the remarks during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Affairs Minister E. P. “Chet” Greene on Monday. The scandal arose after deportation threats were issued in April 2018 to children of Caribbean citizens who have been working and living in the United Kingdom since 1948 (also known as the Windrush generation), over a lack of official paperwork. In July 2018 the office of Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner to Britain met with the Windrush Task Force

and persons affected by the Windrush fallout. According to British media, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will announce details of the package – estimated to cost between £150 million to £310 million. Home Office officials say 15 thousand people may have a right to compensation for being wrongly deported, forced out of their jobs, or losing access to benefits. British Prime Minister Theresa May – who was also Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016 – apologised to Caribbean leaders over the controversy during a Downing Street meeting last year. However, Prime Minister May stood by the hardline immigration policy which led to the controversy, despite many persons being caught out

by her crackdown on illegal immigration and have not regularised their status in Britain. In the interim, Douglas also announced that her team was one step closer to finalizing the location of the new Office for the British High Commissioner in Antigua and Barbuda. “A location has been identified that will serve jointly as an official residence and for the offices for the resident British High Commissioner,” she said. As part of Britain’s New Caribbean Strategy, the office is meant to strengthen the UK’s cooperation with the Caribbean region. The opening ceremony for the new High Commission facility is expected to be held in the coming months. The discussions also included

Antigua and Barbuda’s initiative to combat plastic pollution and climate change. Prime Minister Browne took the opportunity to thank the High Commissioner for her country’s financing of the reconstruction of the Sir George Walter Highway and Friars Hill Road. Browne restated his belief that, despite progress being slow, the project will be completed on time. Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Karen Mae-Hill; Senior Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ambassador Colin Murdoch; and Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Anthony Liverpool, also attended the meeting.


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Over-water Hotels: Are They Sustainable? In the race to win the tourism dollar there is always an ambition by providers to deliver something unique; something new and distinctive that seeks to go beyond a competitor’s offerings elsewhere. Because nations across the Caribbean are already replete with beachfront villas and hotels, it is almost impossible to beat the views and ambiance of a room looking out onto the shore. But for some providers, their goal of going one better has seen them take to the seas, setting up over-water hotels (OWHs) that allow tourists to sleep above the water without the motion that comes with a boat. OWHs offer a number of advantages over their land-based competition but how financially viable are they? And how sustainable are they in an era when climate change is posing new threats to land and sea? Today, OWHs are regularly eyed across many postcards, mobile phone backgrounds and, of course, tourism advertisements. While as permanent accommodations on water they are unquestionably visually stunning, they are also great achievements of strategic vision and engineering. The OWH concept owes its origins to the pioneering efforts of Californian Jay Carlisle and two friends on the small island of Ra’iâtea in French Polynesia. The entrepreneurial trio, who moved to Tahiti in the late 1950s, were trying to attract tourists but the lack of sand meant that building beachfront accommodation wasn’t an option. Initially constructing three humble rooms on stilts, they wrote the first chapter of a tourism revolution. In 1970 the Hotel Bora Bora corporatised the OWH idea, and thereafter hotel after hotel that had the means looked to take advantage of the idyllic accommodation concept. Today there are some 170 OWHs in the world, all owing their origin to three expats with a dream, on a little island in the South Pacific. OWHs Come to the Caribbean A local version of the OWH concept was long in the planning. It was not until 2016 that the Caribbean got its first entry in a range of OWHs with the December 1st, 2016 opening of the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Those who have stayed

Overwater villas at a beachfront villa will know the fantastic feeling of waking up and seeing the ocean. For anyone yet to make a trip to an OWH, there is not only the obvious appeal of a first class view of the waves, but many other attractions beyond. An OWH can offer 360 degree views of the ocean. They can offer glass-bottom floors to give access to the world’s greatest aquarium. And for snorkelers and scuba divers, there is no better accommodation than a room that lets you start the morning by jumping right into the water on your doorstep. Just the same, the reality is that OWHs — because they are so enticing — are classified as luxury accommodation, with a price tag accordingly. With an overnight stay at the Saint Lucia Sandals Grande Resort at time of writing costing well north of US$1,500, one night could cost more than a whole week staying in 4-star accommodation on shore, with a price per night of US$159-$286 found across the nation. However fantastic the OWH concept is, the rate is too high for someone backpacking through the region, or seeking accommodation that leverages the value found in the era of Airbnb. For this reason, it’s no surprise that the market for OWHs targets honeymooners in particular, seeking a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday, alongside regular luxury travellers. The Changing Tides To some extent, OWHs have some immunity from the rising sea levels that climate change could bring. For any hotelier or

developer currently considering a new hotel in the region, OWHs not only offer a unique drawcard, but also some ‘future-proofing’ against the threat of climate change. OWHs are built to provide guests with a feeling of closeness and easy access to the ocean. If they are built too high above the water, this feeling can be diminished. There is also the issue of supporting infrastructure. Many OWHs have lower level balconies, sundecks, and other amenities such as swimming pools that sit just above the sea’s surface. Many feature ladders and stairs that provide direct access to the water and are often partly submerged in them. Rising sea levels pose a risk to this infrastructure, and can mean a costly construction bill to alter in time ahead as seas rise. This to say nothing of the natural disasters, like a hurricane, that can wreak havoc to an OWH site, the same as they can to a beachfront one. Over and Under Just as OWHs have enjoyed great popularity around the world since their origins in French Polynesia, the popularity of underwater hotels (UHs) is growing globally. Already, Dubai, the Maldives and Sweden have made notable inroads in bringing underwater hotels into the mainstream. Yet the expense of construction and ongoing maintenance is not insignificant when compared to costs for a hotel on land.

CDB grant to help Caricom investigate suitability of plantation white sugar for regional manufacturing A collaboration between the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) aims to improve the availability of data to guide evidence-based decisions about the future of sugar in CARICOM. CDB will provide a grant of USD97,488 to fund a technical study on the substitutability of plantation white for refined sugar in the Region’s manufacturing sector. The findings will enhance the capacity of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to make decisions on the CARICOM sugar regime, and will also contribute to a wider exercise being undertaken by

the Customs Committee of the COTED to comprehensively review the Common External Tariff, to facilitate the transition to the free circulation of goods and a more modernised application of rule of origin. CDB’s Director of Projects, Daniel Best notes, “We import two-thirds of the estimated 320,000 tonnes of the refined sugar consumed annually within CARICOM. If plantation white can be substituted for refined white sugar, regional producers can capture a larger share of the sugar market and the Region can save considerable foreign exchange. The findings of this study will provide, therefore, data needed to make

critical investment decisions for the sugar industry.” Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica, four sugar producing countries in the CSME, account for an average of 10 percent of earnings from sugar exports. In Belize, Guyana and Jamaica, the industry is also a major employer in rural communities, providing an average of 16,000 direct jobs. The Project is consistent with CDB’s objectives of supporting agriculture and rural development and promoting evidence-based policy making as a tenet of good governance. It is also in keeping with the Bank’s Technical Assistance Policy and Operational Strategy.

Six Senses launches in Grenada Range Developments has entered into an agreement with the Government of Grenada to develop the La Sagesse area in St David’s. This is an unspoilt area of remarkable natural beauty with two beautiful beaches. The first of the luxury hotels will be the Six Senses La Sagesse, set on a promontory boasting two beaches and a lake, one of which has been described by The Sunday Times as ‘one of the top ten beaches in the Caribbean’. La Sagesse will be an incomparable masterplanned development on one of the best locations in the Caribbean, just 15 minutes’ drive from Grenada’s airport. It will feature two luxury 5-star hotels, oceanfront villas, spas, retail and water-sports’ facilities. Range Developments specializes in developing luxury resorts in the Eastern Caribbean, and will be working with award-winning Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. As in other Range developments, investors will be able to participate in the project, and if applicable, apply for citizenship in Grenada. According to Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell: “We are extremely delighted to welcome such an experienced hospitality developer to Grenada. Range Developments is well known for the high quality of its hotels and for the ability to deliver the results in our region. Our Government’s policy is to bring investment and sustainable jobs to the country, and our partnership with Range Developments is irrefutable proof of this. What’s more telling is that this project will be based in a rural part of the country, St. David; showing our commitment to ensuring that every part of our TriIsland State is developed.” The project is scheduled to open in 2022, and will create more than 500 jobs during construction and many more during operations. “We have been impressed by the welcome and the opportunities in Grenada,” said Mohammed Asaria, Managing Director and Board Member of Range Developments. “Six Senses which has been voted the world’s best hotel brand by the readers of Travel+Leisure magazine in 2018 for a second consecutive year. We look forward to working together on this exciting project.” On announcing the project, Six Senses President Bernhard Bohnenberger (BB) said, “We are very excited about coming to Grenada, the legendary Spice Island of yore. The ease of access from the United States and from Europe is also a very positive factor as these markets represent our two most prominent markets which embrace the quintessence of Six Senses. We are equally thrilled to work with the Government of Grenada and with Range Developments who are so aligned with our commitment to sustainability.”

Trinidad granny goes to court for slapping someone’s child at school A 65-year-old grandmother has been ordered to pay a $250 fine after she was found guilty last Friday of slapping a 12-year-old school child on the school’s compound in 2017. The fine was imposed on Esther Ramjohn by Magistrate Sanara Toon at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, two years after Ramjohn was arrested and charged with assaulting the girl. Should Ramjohn fail to pay the fine, she will be made to serve two months’ imprisonment with hard labour. The State’s case was that on the afternoon of February 7, 2017, the standard four pupil was standing on the compound of the Sacred Hearts Girls Roman Catholic School speaking with other pupils while awaiting the arrival of her parents to pick her up. While doing so, Ramjohn, the grandmother of another pupil, walked up to her and slapped her across the face. All of this transpired in the presence of the school’s safety officer as well as a security officer, neither of whom did anything to assist the child, the State contended. The child’s mother was eventually contacted, who in turn made a report to police. An investigation was launched and Ramjohn was arrested sometime later and charged with the offence of assault by beating. When she first appeared in court, Ramjohn pleaded not guilty to the charge and the matter proceeded to trial. She was found guilty of the offence last Friday. In passing sentence, Magistrate Toon said it was intolerable for anyone to assault anyone else’s child, more so, on the compound of a school.


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Brexit: MPs back delay bill by one vote MPs have voted by a majority of one to force the prime minister to ask for an extension to the Brexit process, in a bid to avoid a no-deal scenario. Labour’s Yvette Cooper led the move, which the Commons passed in one day. The bill is due to be considered by the Lords later and will need its approval to become law, but it is the EU which decides whether to grant an extension. It comes as talks between Conservative and Labour teams to end the Brexit deadlock continue. Discussions between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday were described as “constructive”, but were criticised by MPs in both parties. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told MPs he would hope the Lords would “scrutinise this bill passed in haste with its constitutional flaws”. He added that there was “no guarantee” that the UK will not take part in the European elections in May and to participate would be a “betrayal” and “inflict untold damage”. Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested that he expects Brussels to insist on a lengthy delay to Brexit. He also described a public vote to approve any final deal as “a perfectly credible proposition”. But Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4 Today he was “very strongly against” a public vote and he would not want to see a long extension to the Brexit process. ‘Constitutional outrage’ Ms Cooper’s attempts to prevent a no-deal departure from the EU passed by 313 votes to 312.

she would ask the EU for a further short extension to Brexit in the hope of getting an agreement passed by Parliament before 22 May, so that the UK does not have to take part in European elections. The cross-party talks have provoked strong criticism from MPs in both parties, with two ministers resigning on Wednesday. Chris Heaton-Harris quit on Wednesday afternoon, claiming his job at the Department for Exiting the European Union had become “irrelevant” if the government is not prepared to leave without a deal. Wales Minister Nigel Adams also Former Labour minister Yvette Cooper’s bill passed by 313 votes to 312 resigned, saying the government was The draft legislation would is due to exit. at risk of failing to deliver “the Brexit force the prime minister to ask the ‘Useful but inconclusive’ people voted for”. EU for an extension to the Article 50 It comes as talks between Reports in papers including process beyond 12 April - and would government negotiators and Labour the Sun suggest as many as 15 more give Parliament the power to decide the continue throughout Thursday after - including several cabinet ministers length of this delay to be requested. Mrs May and Mr Corbyn agreed a could follow if Mrs May strayed too far Tory Brexiteers expressed “programme of work”. from previous commitments. frustration at the unusual process of a A No 10 spokesman said on Among her “red lines” was backbench bill clearing all stages in the Wednesday that both parties showed leaving the EU’s customs union, which Commons in a matter of hours, rather “flexibility” and “a commitment to bring allows goods to move between member than months. the... uncertainty to a close”. states without being subject to tariffs. It Mark Francois said: “It’s difficult Mr Corbyn said the meeting was also imposes the same tariffs on goods to argue that you’ve had an extremely “useful, but inconclusive”, adding there from outside countries. considered debate when you’ve rammed had not been “as much change as [he] Labour wants a new permanent the bill through the House of Commons had expected” in the PM’s position. customs union with the EU, while in barely four hours. That is not a The prime minister wants to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist considered debate, that is a constitutional agree a policy with the Labour leader for Party - which has propped up Mrs May’s outrage.” MPs to vote on before 10 April - when government - indicated on Wednesday The government’s attempt to limit the EU will hold an emergency summit that it could support the idea. the bill’s powers resulted in a 180-vote on Brexit. ` In an interview on ITV’s Peston defeat - the second biggest defeat for a But if they cannot reach a programme, Mr Hammond said that government in modern times. consensus, she has pledged to allow while the Conservative manifesto had Responding to the Commons MPs to vote on a number of options, pledged to leave the EU customs union vote, the government said the bill would including the withdrawal agreement she - “some kind of customs arrangement” place a “severe constraint” on its ability has negotiated with the EU, which has was always going to be part of the future to negotiate an extension to the Brexit already been rejected three times by MPs. structure. deadline before 12 April, the date the UK In either event, Mrs May said

Superyacht linked to financial scandal sold for $126m Malaysia’s government has agreed to sell a seized superyacht allegedly bought with money stolen from the 1MDB state fund for $126m (£95.9m). The sale of the yacht to casino firm Genting Malaysia marks the country’s largest recovery yet of 1MDB cash. Billions of dollars were allegedly embezzled from 1MDB, which was set up in 2009 to aid economic development. It comes as Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak faces his first trial over his role in the sweeping financial scandal.

He denies any wrongdoing. US authorities say money siphoned from 1MDB was used to buy lavish assets including a private jet, paintings, real estate -and the luxury yacht, Equanimity. Businessman Low Taek Jho, a key figure in the scandal, allegedly purchased the superyacht which was confiscated by authorities in 2018. On Wednesday, a court approved its sale to Genting Malaysia for $126m. The price also fell well short of the $250m reportedly paid by Mr Low.

Mr Low said “the bargainbasement sale price” reflected the treatment of the boat by the Malaysian government which he claimed had not stored it properly and had reduced its sale price. “Proceeds from the sale have been further eroded by expenditure on the vessel’s upkeep - reportedly some US$3.5m,” he said in a statement, issued by his lawyers. Equanimity - decked out with a 20m swimming pool, spa and sauna, movie theatre and helipad - has been moored off the coast of Malaysia for the past five months, on show for

potential buyers. The Malaysian government said the pool of buyers was small, and while many offers were received, only a few topped $100m. The Chinese-Malaysian financier has been portrayed by Malaysian and US investigators as one of the masterminds of the 1MDB scam. US prosecutors say Mr Low leveraged his powerful political connections to win business for 1MDB through the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes.

Pope names Atlanta’s Wilton Gregory as new archbishop of Washington, D.C. Pope Francis has named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new head of the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., the Vatican said on Thursday. The previous two holders of the post were caught up in sexual abuse scandals. Gregory, 71, becomes the first AfricanAmerican to head the most influential position in the U.S. Church, and as such is likely to be made a cardinal eligible to vote in a conclave to elect the next pope after

Francis dies or resigns. Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigned as archbishop of the U.S. capital last October after 12 years in the job following a grand jury report that criticised him for failing to halt abuse in his previous role as archbishop of Pittsburgh. Wuerl’s predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was expelled from the priesthood earlier this year after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults.

The Washington position is the most important and visible for the Church in the United States because of its proximity to national political power. Gregory was born in Chicago and raised in the city’s poor South Side. As president of the U.S. bishops conference between 2001 and 2004, Gregory pushed through a new charter to protect children after the sex abuse scandal erupted in Boston in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory speaks to parishioners in 2002. Atlanta, Georgia, December 5, 2013


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‘Asian female’ with malware arrested at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device with computer malware allegedly lied to enter US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. The woman, Yujing Zhang, 32, told security she was at the Florida club to go to the pool, according to a criminal complaint filed in US District Court. “Due to a potential language barrier issue,” staff believed she was related to a club member and let her in. Mr Trump was in Palm Beach at the time of the incident on Saturday 30 March. Ms Zhang - who was described in the affidavit as an “Asian female” - is charged with making false statements to a federal officer and illegally entering a restricted area. According to the court documents, upon entry to the club Ms Zhang changed her story, telling

Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leaves after an International Women’s Day panel discussion at King’s College London, in London, Britain, March 8, 2019 Meghan Markle has broken a four-decade tradition by shunning the London hospital where many royal babies, including her husband Britain’s Prince Harry, were born, The Sun newspaper reported. Meghan and Harry, who married last year, are expecting their first child this spring. But the former actress has opted not to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, favored by British royalty since 1977, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified source. Princess Diana gave birth to Harry at St Mary’s in 1984 and Kate, the wife of Harry’s elder brother William, gave birth to all three of her children, George, Charlotte and Louis, there. Meghan, 37, has opted for a maternity hospital closer to their new home in the ancient town of Windsor, The Sun said under the headline “Meghan snubs Kate & Di hospital.” “The child will not be born at the Lindo,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying. “She and Harry have decided that rather than go somewhere as public as the Lindo, they will allow Meghan to recover somewhere more private,” the source was quoted as saying. Kensington Palace could not be immediately reached for comment on the report. The child will be seventh in line to the British throne, though the birth is set to grab headlines across the globe. There has long been fascination with the British royal family, particularly in the United States, and William, Kate, Harry and Meghan are regularly greeted by large crowds and feted like film stars.

a front-desk receptionist she was four mobile phones, a laptop, an there to attend a “United Nations external hard drive and a thumb Chinese American Association” drive containing a computer virus, event. but no swim suit. In the court document, The receptionist, who knew that such an event had been Mr Ivanovich notes that Ms Zhang scheduled, became suspicious of Ms “freely and without difficulty conversed” in English, becoming Zhang. The suspect was “verbally aggressive” with authorities transported off the property for as the investigation progressed. The Secret Service said further questioning. She told agents she in a statement that it “does not had been instructed by a friend, determine who is invited or identified only as “Charles”, to welcome at Mar-a-Lago; this is the travel from Shanghai, China, to responsibility of the host entity. “The Mar-a-Lago club Palm Beach to attend the purported United Nations event, but did not management determines which provide any more details, according members and guests are granted access to the property.” to court documents. She said “Charles” had Ms Zhang’s lawyer has so encouraged her to attempt to speak far declined comment. She will remain in custody to a member of the president’s family about Chinese-American economic until a hearing next week. If convicted, she could face relations, said the affidavit. Secret service agent Samuel a maximum of five years in prison. Ivanovich said Ms Zhang carried

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation’s shores. The penalties were provided for under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah instituted the code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the oil-rich monarchy of around 430,000 people, two-thirds of whom are Muslim. Even before 2014, homosexuality was already punishable in Brunei by a jail term of up to 10 years. The first stage of the Shariah Penal Code included fines or jail for offenses such as pregnancy out of wedlock or failing to pray on Fridays. But under the new laws — which apply to children and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim — those found guilty of gay sex can be stoned to death or whipped. Adulterers risk death by stoning too, while thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offense and a left foot on their second. “Living in Brunei, we

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar in Bandar Seri Begawan already knew that our sexual identity is taboo and should not be expressed. We already felt belittled before the law came to place,” said a 23-year-old member of the LGBTQ community who wanted to be identified only as Kun out of fear of reprisal from the authorities. “Now with it, we feel even smaller and the ones who could potentially oppress us have more opportunity to harass us to say and do what they want,” he said. Celebrities including George Clooney, Elton John and

Ellen DeGeneres have voiced opposition to the new laws, and have rallied a boycott of nine hotels in the U.S. and Europe with ties to Hassanal, who is still sultan. “Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?” Clooney wrote Thursday on Deadline Hollywood. Clooney said that while you can’t shame “murderous regimes,” you can shame “the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them.” There has been no vocal opposition to the new penalties in Brunei, where the sultan rules as head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in the country. Hassanal, who has reigned since 1967, has previously said the Penal Code should be regarded as a form of “special guidance” from God and would be “part of the great history” of Brunei. On Tuesday, the United States joined the United Kingdom, Germany and France in urging Brunei to halt its plans. “vicious” laws and asked the international community to condemn them.

WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale An 8-meter (26-foot) sperm “It is the first time we have been whale was found dead off Sardinia confronted with an animal with such with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of a huge quantity of garbage,” Cinzia plastic in its belly, prompting the Centelegghe, a biologist with the World Wildlife Foundation to sound University of Padova, told the Turin an alarm Monday over the dangers of daily La Stampa. plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The exam also determined The environmental group that the whale was carrying a fetus said the garbage recovered from the that had died and was in an advance sperm whale’s stomach included a state of decomposition. Experts said corrugated tube for electrical works, the mother whale had been unable plastic plates, shopping bags, tangled to digest calamari due to the huge fishing lines and a washing detergent amount of plastic it had ingested, package with its bar code still legible. filling two-thirds of its stomach. The female whale beached WWF said plastic is one of off the northern coast of Sardinia last the greatest threats to marine life and week, within the vast Pelagos marine has killed at least five other whales sanctuary that was created as a haven that had ingested large amounts of it for dolphins, whales and other sea life. over the last two years from Europe to

Asia. Another sperm whale died off the Italian island of Ischia, near Naples, last December with plastic bags and a thick nylon thread in its stomach, but plastic was not the cause of death. The World Wildlife Foundation said between 150,000 and 500,000 tons of plastic objects and 70,000 to 130,000 tons of microplastics wind up in Europe’s seas each year. To combat the phenomenon, the European Parliament last week approved a new law banning a wide range of single-use plastic products, including plates and straws, starting in 2021. Italy’s environment minister, Sergio

Costa, lamented the whale’s death and said he planned to propose a new law this week to limit the use of plastics. The law will permit fishermen to bring plastics recovered at sea to land for proper disposal, which they currently are barred from doing. Costa also pledged Italy would be one of the first countries to enact the European single-use plastics ban and appealed to the mayors of Italian cities and coastal towns to adopt the ordinances in advance of the 2021 law. “We have been using disposable plastics in a carefree way in these years, and now we are paying the price,” he said. “The war on disposable plastics has started. And we won’t stop here.”


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Maduro loyalists strip Venezuela’s Juan Guaido of immunity Maduro loyalists stripped Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó of immunity, paving the way for the opposition leader’s prosecution and potential arrest for supposedly violating the constitution when he declared himself interim president. But whether the government of President Nicolas Maduro will take action against the 35-year-old lawmaker following the Constituent Assembly’s decision remains unclear. Guaidó has embarked on an international campaign to topple the president’s socialist administration amid deepening social unrest in the country plagued by nearly a month of power outages . National Constituent Assembly members attend a session in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April He declared himself 2, 2019 Venezuela’s interim president in January, and vowed to overthrow and socialist party boss Diosdado replaced the National Assembly, Maduro. So far, however, Maduro Cabello accused the opposition of rendering it powerless. Guaidó has dismissed has avoided jailing the man that naively inviting a foreign invasion the Maduro-stacked high court the administration of U.S. President and of inciting a civil war. “They don’t care about and Constituent Assembly as Donald Trump and roughly 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela’s the deaths,” Cabello said. “They illegitimate, and continued his calls don’t have the slightest idea ??what for Maduro to step down. legitimate leader. Guaidó has come under A defiant Guaidó spoke the consequences of war are for a increasing pressure in recent weeks, publicly moments after the vote, country.” The Constituent Assembly, and Tuesday night’s vote was but saying he’s undeterred, while knowing he runs the risk of which is made up entirely of the latest instance of that. Officials being “kidnapped” by the Maduro Maduro loyalists, met a day have jailed his chief of staff, Roberto after Maduro ally and Venezuela Marrero, and accused him of government. “We are aware of that,” Supreme Court of Justice Maikel involvement in a “terrorist” scheme Guaido said. “But we will not Moreno ordered it to strip Guaidó’s to overthrow the government. immunity for violating an order Maduro’s government also barred change our path.” He cited low wages driving millions banning him leaving the country Guaidó from holding public office abroad and the spate of blackouts while under investigation by the for 15 years for allegedly hiding that have crippled the nation’s attorney general. The opposition or falsifying data in his sworn public transportation, water leader is also accused of inciting statement of assets. violence through street protests, The opposition leader, services and communications. The Trump administration and of receiving illicit funds from however, has drawn masses of Venezuelans into the streets and has threatened the Maduro abroad. Constitution garnered broad international government with a strong response The if Guaido is harmed and Florida guarantees immunity for elected support, demanding Maduro give Senator Marco Rubio — who has officials, and says that in order up rule of the crisis-wracked nation. withdraw immunity the Defying the court order, Trump’s ear on Venezuela policy — to said before the vote that nations accused lawmaker must be given Guaidó left the country in late recognizing Guaidó as his country’s a preliminary hearing before the February for a ten-day tour of South legitimate leader should take any Supreme Court. The action must be America, meeting with foreign attempt by Maduro’s government approved by the National Assembly leaders who support the Venezuelan — steps that weren’t taken in opposition and who reject Maduro’s to “abduct” him as a coup. election last year for a second six “And anyone who Guaidó’s case. Constitutional year term. cooperates with this should be The blames treated as a coup plotter & dealt Assembly was created two years ago, Maduro with accordingly,” Rubio said on when Maduro became frustrated Washington of attempting a coup to by the democratically elected and overthrow him and install Guaidó’s Twitter. National puppet government aimed at However, the vote against opposition-dominated Guaidó was unanimous, and Assembly rejected the president’s seizing Venezuela’s vast oil reserves. Constituent Assembly president policies. Its creation essentially

Chinese teacher suspected of poisoning children’s porridge A teacher at a kindergarten in central China has been detained by police on suspicion of poisoning 23 children, officials say. The children were rushed to hospital after eating their morning porridge at the kindergarten in Jiaozuo city, Henan province, state media reported. Preliminary investigations revealed the food contained high levels of sodium nitrite. Police said a motive for the suspected poisoning was not

yet clear. However, Chinese media quoted police sources as saying the teacher had wanted to take revenge on a colleague. The children began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast at the kindergarten last Wednesday, the Beijing News said. Police only reported the incident on Monday. One parent said he was alerted by the school and arrived at hospital to find doctors had

pumped his child’s stomach. One child is still seriously ill and seven others are being treated in hospital, state run Xinhua news agency said. The other 15 were discharged. According to local media, the school has been temporarily closed and the children distributed to other kindergartens. Sodium nitrite is often used as a food additive for curing meat but can be toxic in high amounts.

With the president gone, Algerian officials plot next steps

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in wheelchair, views the document as he presents his resignation to president of Constitutional Council Tayeb Belaiz, during a meeting Tuesday April 2, 2019 Algeria’s Constitutional Council met Wednesday to confirm President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, as rattled international partners watch closely to see what’s next for this gas-rich country and key player in the global fight against terrorism. Algerians woke to a new and uncertain era, after the departure of a man who had ruled Algeria for 20 years and had been a fixture in the Arab world’s political landscape for decades. A discreet, 77-year-old Bouteflika ally — the upper house of parliament’s president, Abdelkader Bensalah — is expected to take over as interim leader while Algeria plans presidential elections. But that might further anger the protesters who drove Bouteflika from power, and who want to overhaul a political elite seen as secretive and corrupt. “Our session today is related to establishing the vacancy of the post of president of the republic, following the resignation of Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika yesterday,” said Constitutional Council president Tayeb Belaiz as he opened Wednesday’s meeting of the 12-member body. A much-diminished Bouteflika, 82, appeared on images shown on national television Tuesday night handing his resignation letter to Constitutional Council president Tayeb Belaiz. Bouteflika, who hasn’t spoken publicly to the nation since a 2013 stroke, appeared pale and weak and wore a traditional robe instead of his habitual suits. Algerian protesters who drove Bouteflika out celebrated his departure with songs and flag-waving in the capital Tuesday night — but it might not be enough to satisfy their demands for an overhaul of the political elite, seen as corrupt and secretive. Algeria’s Constitution says that when a president dies or resigns, the Constitutional Council confirms the leader’s absence and both houses of parliament convene. The president of the upper house is named as interim leader for 90 days while a presidential election is organized. The upper house has been led for the past 17 years by Bensalah, a one-time journalist and former ambassador who has held senior political positions for the past 25 years but has kept a low profile, rarely giving interviews or appearing at public events. He’s known as a politician who works behind the scenes to strike compromises and solve problems, and who avoids controversial debates — and is very much part of the political elite. Demonstrators worry that those who would play a role in the political transition are too close to the distrusted power structure, including Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, accused of contributing to fraud in the last presidential election in 2014 and cracking down on past protests. However, the protest movement doesn’t have a single, unifying alternative to the current political system. Another question is what the influential military and Bouteflika’s entourage will do next. Military chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah appeared to trigger Bouteflika’s departure by pushing to get him declared unfit for office. Countries around the world are watching Algeria’s political crisis, wondering whether a transfer of power could impact gas and oil deliveries to Europe, Cuba and around Africa — or crucial security cooperation with Europe and the U.S.


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Ecuador’s president says Assange breached terms of London embassy asylum President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador told radio stations on Tuesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has “repeatedly violated” the terms of his asylum in the Andean nation’s London embassy, where he has lived for nearly seven years. Moreno, interviewed by the Ecuadorean Radio Broadcasters’ Association, said Assange does not have the right to “hack private accounts or phones” and cannot intervene in the politics of other countries, especially those that have friendly relations with Ecuador. Attorneys for Assange did not respond to requests for comment. Moreno made the comments on Assange after private photographs of him and his family at a time years ago when they were living in Europe circulated on social

media. Although Moreno stopped short of explicitly blaming Assange for the leak, the government said it believed the photos were shared by WikiLeaks. “Mr. Assange has violated the agreement we reached with him and his legal counsel too many times,” Moreno said in the interview in the city of Guayaquil. “It is not that he cannot speak and express himself freely, but he cannot lie, nor much less hack private accounts or phones.” Moreno did not say whether or not the government would take steps to remove Assange from the embassy. WikiLeaks said in an emailed statement that Moreno’s remarks were in retribution for WikiLeaks having reported on corruption accusations against Moreno, who denies wrongdoing. “If President Moreno wants to

Thousands of Venezuelans break barricades, cross Colombia border Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades along the international border with Colombia on Tuesday, according to the migration office in Bogota, which warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he would be held responsible for any problems that may occur. Maduro in February blocked bridges joining the two nations in a bid to prevent a U.S.-backed effort to distribute hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid to the crisis-wracked nation. With bridges blocked by containers and trucks, Venezuelans have been wading through the Tachira River to reach the city of Cucuta, on Colombia’s northern border, to find food, medicines and work. But torrential rains in recent days has made that impossible. “The usurper Maduro is responsible for anything that may happen to the population that is transiting between the two countries,” said Christian Kruger, head of Colombia’s migration agency, highlighting the risk to the Simon Bolivar bridge being weakened. Millions of Venezuelans have fled to Colombia to escape widespread shortages of food and medicine in their homeland, seeking jobs locally and passage into other Latin American countries. Venezuela plunged into a deep political crisis in January, when Juan Guaido, head of the oppositioncontrolled congress, invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Nicolas Maduro’s 2018 re-election was not legitimate. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken steps to ratchet up pressure on Maduro and bolster Guaido, who has been recognized as president by the United States and more than 50 other countries, including Colombia.

illegally terminate a refugee publisher’s asylum to cover up an offshore corruption scandal, history will not be kind,” WikiLeaks said. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation. That probe was later dropped, but Assange fears he could be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks. Ecuador last year established new rules for Assange’s behavior while in the embassy, which required him to pay his medical bills and clean up after his pet cat. He challenged the rules in local and international tribunals, arguing they violated his human rights. Both courts

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017 ruled against him. Last month, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is linked to the Organization of American States, rejected Assange’s request that Ecuador ease the conditions it has imposed on his residence in the London embassy.

Pope defends decision to reject French cardinal’s resignation Pope Francis on Sunday defended his decision to reject the resignation of Philippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted on charges of failing to report sexual abuse. Speaking to reporters on the plane returning from a two-day trip to Morocco, Francis said he was obliged to give the archbishop of Lyon the benefit of the doubt until his appeal is heard. “I can’t accept it because in juridical terms, in classic world jurisprudence, there is the presumption of innocence as long as the case is open, and he has appealed,” Francis said. Barbarin offered his resignation when he met the pope on March 18. A court in Lyon ruled on March 7 that between July 2014 and June 2015, Barbarin covered up allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in the 1980s and early 1990s by a priest who is due to go on trial later this year. Barbarin, 68, the highestprofile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the French Church, received a sixmonth suspended prison sentence.

He has denied the allegations and launched an appeal. “When the second court hands down its decision, then we will see what will happen. But we must always have the presumption of innocence. This is important because it goes beyond the superficial condemnation by the media,” the pope said. “Maybe he is not innocent, but the presumption (of innocence) must be there,” the pope said. The Barbarin trial put one of Europe’s most senior clergymen in the spotlight at a time when the pope is grappling with criticism over the Church’s response to a decades-long sexual global abuse crisis. Barbarin has stepped aside temporarily pending the appeal and has handed over the day-today running of the diocese to a vicar general. He has said he would remain head of the dioceses in title and would continue to sign off on documents until the appeal process is over. The Church’s credibility has been damaged in much of the world by abuse scandals in

Pope Francis addresses reporters aboard the plane bringing him back following a twoday trip to Morocco March 31, 2019 countries including Ireland, Chile, Australia, France, the United States and Poland, paying billions of dollars in damages to victims and forcing parishes to close. The scandals have reached the upper echelons of the Vatican itself with the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, jailed this month for six years for abusing boys in his native Australia. He had served as the Vatican treasurer and a member of the pope’s innermost council of cardinals until his conviction last year.

Amsterdam sex workers angry at red light district tours ban The city of Amsterdam’s latest attempt to rein in the nuisance of overtourism by banning guided tours of the red light district has run into opposition from some of the people it is intended to protect: sex workers. The Dutch capital plans to ban such tours, saying they are disrespectful and contribute to congestion in the narrow, canal-side streets where scantilyclad sex workers sit behind windows to attract customers. The first step in the new policy was taken Monday night in the red light district, with tours banned from 7 p.m. On a recent Friday night, the problem was clear to see: Tourists bathed in a red glow emanating from the windows and peep shows’ neon lights were packed shoulder to shoulder as they shuffled through the alleys. But sex workers’ union Proud questions whether banning tours will reduce tourist numbers and argues that guides educate visitors and encourage them to behave more respectfully toward the women. “It could also be that now there are no guides that people just wander into the area themselves and gawk at the women behind the window and take photos because there is no one anymore

Tourists are bathed in a red glow emanating from the windows and peep shows’ neon lights are packed shoulder to shoulder as they shuffled through the alleys in Amsterdam’s red light district, Netherlands, Friday evening, March 29, 2019 to inform them how to behave or what the rules of the game are in this area,” said a sex worker who goes by the name of Velvet and is the advocacy coordinator for Proud. Velvet declined to give her real name, saying that because of the stigma attached to sex work, most sex workers use a working name or pseudonym to protect their privacy and safety. Amsterdam’s Prostitution

Information Center, which is housed in the same building as Proud, offers its own red light district tours. The total ban on guided tours, which is planned to come into full force on Jan. 1, is another step in the city’s campaign to reduce the problems associated with over-tourism and part of a broader package of measures reining in tours in the city.

Bobien van Aalst of the Dutch tour guide association Guidor slammed the ban on tours, not just to the red light district but to other historic parts of the city. She said it means guides won’t be able to explain to tourists where Rembrandt van Rijn painted one of his first famous works or where the painter’s wife is buried. “I mean it’s like in Paris if you’re forbidding (tours) to go to the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower,” she said. City Hall says that more than 1,000 tour groups per week now operate around the Old Church Square in the heart of the red light district. “Yeah, there’s really overtourism there — too crowded. I mean there were evenings where ... residents basically couldn’t leave their homes anymore because the alleys were blocked,” the city’s deputy mayor, Udo Kock, told The Associated Press. People who work in Amsterdam’s sex industry question whether there are more tourists, or whether similar numbers are squeezing into a red light district that has shrunk in recent years as hundreds of the sex workers’ windows have been shuttered in an attempt to diversify the narrow streets.


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Boeing software re-engaged before Ethiopian crash Boeing anti-stall software forced down the nose of a doomed Ethiopian jet even after pilots had turned it off, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, as investigators scrutinize the role played by technology and crew in the fatal March 10 crash. A preliminary Ethiopian report into the disaster is due to be published within days and may include evidence the software system kicked in as many as four times before the 737 MAX dived into the ground, two people with knowledge of the matter said. A third person familiar with the findings confirmed the software had fired up again after pilots had initially switched it off, but said there was only one significant episode in which the plane pointed itself lower in the moments before the crash. The software known as MCAS is at the center of accident probes in both the crash of Ethiopian flight 302 and a Lion Air accident in Indonesia five months earlier that together killed 346 people. It was not immediately clear whether the Ethiopian crew chose to re-deploy the system, which pushes the Boeing 737 MAX downwards to avoid stalling. But one of the sources said investigators were studying the possibility that the software started working again without human intervention. A Boeing spokeswoman declined to comment. Ethiopian investigators were not available for comment. The Ethiopian crash led to a global grounding of 737 MAX

Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019 jets and scrutiny of its certification process. Initial results of the accident investigation are due within days. The stakes are high. The 737 MAX is Boeing’s top-selling jet with almost 5,000 on order. Ethiopian Airlines is also in the midst of an expansion drive, while other 737 MAX customers and victims’ families want answers, and potentially compensation. Getting the planes flying again depends partly on the role that Boeing design features are found to have played in the crash, though investigators are also paying attention to airline operations, crew actions and regulatory measures. Boeing is upgrading the MCAS software and training while stressing that existing cockpit procedures enable safe flight. People familiar with the investigation have already said the anti-stall software was activated by erroneous ‘angle of attack’ data

from a key aircraft sensor. Now, the investigation has turned toward how MCAS was initially disabled by pilots, but then appeared to resume sending automated instructions to point downwards before the jet plunged to the ground, the two sources said. Boeing issued guidelines to pilots on how to disable the anti-stall system after the Indonesian crash, reminding pilots to use cut-out switches in the console to shut off the system in the event of problems. Cockpit procedures call for pilots to leave the MCAS system off for the rest of the flight once it has been disengaged. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the pilots had initially followed Boeing’s emergency procedures but later deviated from them as they tried to regain control of the plane. Disabling the system does not shut down MCAS completely but severs an electrical link between the software’s attempts to give orders to push the plane lower and the actual controls, a person familiar with the aircraft system said. Investigators are studying whether there are any conditions under which MCAS could re-activate itself automatically, without the pilots intentionally reversing the cut-out maneuver. Safety experts stress the investigation is far from complete and most aviation disasters are caused by a unique combination of human and technical factors. None of the parties involved in the investigation was available for comment.

Bezos’ girlfriend’s brother ‘single source’ for reports

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos The publisher of the National Enquirer on Sunday said its reports on Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’ private life were based on information from a single source, the brother of Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez. The statement from American Media Inc. followed publication by Bezos security chief Gavin De Becker of an article in the Daily Beast in which he said the government of Saudi Arabia had accessed private information from Bezos’ phone. While De Becker said in the article that there was “high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone,” it was “unclear to what degree, if any, AMI was aware of the details.” Nevertheless, AMI released a statement saying its reports on Bezos’ affair with Sanchez were based solely on information provided by Michael Sanchez, “who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on Sept. 10, 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation. “There was no involvement by any third party whatsoever,” it added. Gavin de Becker & Associates did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for the Saudi embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple might release three OLED iPhones in 2020; one could be an iPhone SE 2 A new report has stated that Apple could be planning on releasing three iPhones in 2020 that all feature OLED panels, which will probably be supplied by Samsung. As one of the 2020 phones is rumored to be coming in a 5.42inch size, there has been speculation this could be a next-generation iPhone SE. In 2018, Apple released the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. While the two XS models sported

OLED screens, the iPhone XR came with an LCD. According to a supply chain source, the company is planning on continuing the same two OLED/one LCD format for its 2019 iPhone releases but will then move to OLED panels for all of its three 2020 iPhones. Along with revealing Apple’s intentions to move completely to OLED screens, the source also stated the expected sizes of the 2020 devices.

It seems the three iPhones will offer 5.42-in, 6.06-in, and 6.67-in displays. The latter two sizes fit in with current iPhone dimensions: 5.8-in iPhone XS, 6.1-in iPhone XR, 6.5-in iPhone XS Max. But the 5.42-inch offering is noticeably smaller, which has led some to proclaim this could be a next-generation iPhone SE, or the iPhone SE 2. This could be just wishful thinking though. There’s no doubt there

are many who would love to see Apple bring out a sequel to the diminutive and popular iPhone SE. But that phone had a 4.0-in display diagonal, which is obviously much smaller than the reported 5.42 inches for the 2020 device. One of the main selling points of the iPhone SE was its compact size; a 5.42in iPhone SE 2 would have to bring different USPs to the table.

Nokia’s X71 phone has a hole-punch display and a 48-megapixel camera Nokia is the latest Android phone-maker to embrace the holepunch display with the launch of the X71. Camera-centric phones have been par for the course for Nokia under both its previous owner Microsoft and current brand licensee HMD Global. The new handset, which touts a

48-megapixel triple-camera with Zeiss lenses, is no different. It’s debuting in Taiwan for around $385, but could make it to the west as the Nokia 8.1 Plus, according to GSM Arena. That price positions it between the $490 Huawei Nova 4 and Xiaomi’s $203 Redmi Note 7 Pro,

both of which carry the same Sony 48-megapixel sensor featured here. As for specs, the X71 is a midrange Android One phone throughout, from its Snapdragon 660 processor and LCD display right down to its near-stock version of Android Pie. It also packs 6GB of RAM, 128GB of

expandable storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. But the real talking point is that hole-punch display. Not only does it bestow the 6.39-inch phone with a quoted 93 percent screen-tobody ratio, but it also indicates a new direction for Nokia (albeit a route tried and tested by its rivals).


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WhatsApp now lets you control who can add you to groups WhatsApp is introducing new controls that let you limit who can add you to group messages. VentureBeat notes that the app now lets you stop people from adding you to groups if they’re not a contact in your address book. Alternatively, you can prevent anyone at all from being able to add you, or else leave the option open to all. The feature is one part of a host of changes the service is making to try and stop misinformation from easily spreading. The BBC reported that ahead of Brazil’s elections last year political campaigners were using software to automatically add swaths of people to politically motivated WhatsApp groups without their consent. Time reports that similar practices are widespread in India. WhatsApp has already limited the amount of times a message can be forwarded to five, and also now labels forwarded messages to draw attention to them. Yesterday, the service launched a new fact-checking service in India which users can use to verify the truthfulness of any messages they’ve been sent. Users that restrict who can add them to groups can still be added by private invitation. They’ll receive a link, which gives basic information about the group they’ve been invited to, and can choose to join it if they want to. Otherwise the link expires in 72 hours. Previously a WhatsApp support page noted that the only way to prevent being added to a group was to block the group’s admin. The new settings can be accessed by heading to Account options within the settings menu. Select Privacy, then Groups, and you’ll be able to select who exactly can add you to a group. This gives you three options, Nobody, My Contacts, or Everyone. WhatsApp’s new group controls are launching today, and will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.

New iPhones Could Feature Two-Way Wireless Charging & Bigger Batteries MacRumors reports that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple’s 2019 iPhones will add support for twoway (bilateral) wireless charging. The analyst made the claim in a report that he sent out to investors on Monday. In regards to the rumored feature, bilateral wireless charging means that users will be able to place wireless charging-enabled devices on the back of their iPhone. The iPhone will then have the ability to distribute power to that device via wireless charging. For example, users can charge their

AirPods or even iPhones through bilateral wireless charging, since both devices are equipped with the wireless charging feature. “We expect the new 2H19 iPhone models will support two-way wireless charging,” Kuo stated in his note. “Though the iPhone is not the first high-end smartphone to be equipped with two-way wireless charging, this new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods.” Samsung’s latest Galaxy

S10 debuted the support for two-way wireless charging, and Samsung claims that users can charge Qi-enabled devices, including the iPhone. Additionally, in order to support the bilateral charging feature, Kuo says that iPhone battery sizes will essentially increase. The analyst predicts that the 5.8-inch iPhone battery will grow between 20 and 25 percent and the 6.5-inch by about 10 and 15 percent. Meanwhile, Kuo predicts the 6.1-inch iPhone XR battery will increase by just about zero to five percent.

Snapchat’s new Status feature lets you tell your friends what you’re doing right now You can choose a Bitmoji to represent what you’re doing (like playing basketball, working on your laptop, or downing a taco), and build up a list of places you’ve visited in a feature called Passport. Previously, Snap Maps figured out what you were up to by pulling up a random Bitmoji to represent the time of day and place you’re at. Soon, to the benefit of your bored friends, they’ll be able to see what exactly you’re up to. The feature was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, and reported by TechCrunch. A Snapchat spokesperson told the publication that Status is currently being tested to a select few users in Australia.

If you have it available, you leave the location, and you you can access the feature by can also delete it. The location will opening up Snap Maps, and be added to a private list called hitting the Status button in the Passport, and you can delete bottom left corner. From there, locations as you wish. you can select a from a list of As with Snap Maps before, places around you, or type in a you can choose to share your custom place. location with your friends, some You’ll be presented with friends, or activate Ghost Mode a list of Bitmoji, with activities — which means no one can see that correspond to that location where you are. Mashable has reached (selecting a park would have your character play frisbee, or a café out to Snapchat for further would have you drinking a coffee, information. The new feature comes for instance). Once you’ve selected your off the back of Snap turning location, the Bitmoji showing around its decline in users last the activity will show up on the year, and looking to a redesign for map, and a tooltip will tell people the Android app. It’s also teased a gaming service, which is set to be where exactly you are. Your Status will last until announced on Thursday.

Google shuts failed social network Google+ Google+, the search giant’s failed social network, will finally be laid to rest on Tuesday morning. Launched in 2011 and competing with Facebook and Twitter, it was Google’s fourth attempt at a social network. But the platform failed to win people over, even after Google pushed it upon the thriving YouTube community. By the end of 2011, analysts were already writing obituaries. But Google decided to close the site only after discovering a data breach, in 2018. Google+ was launched as an invite-only platform in June 2011, before opening up to the public later in the year. It had many of the features typical of social networks, with the ability to post photos and status updates on individual feeds. However, Google also described it as a “social layer” designed to work across all its services. `Its key features included the ability to sort friends into “Circles” and make group video calls with “Hangouts”. Google boasted that millions of people had signed up within weeks of the launch. The problem was few people were using it. “I click on my newsfeed and see tumbleweed blowing through the barren, blank page,” wrote Paul Tassi, for Forbes, within weeks of the platform’s launch.

“It’s a vast and empty wasteland, “integrated” the social network with full of people who signed up but never services such as Gmail. Then, in 2013, it actually stuck around to figure out how wrapped its tentacles around YouTube. things worked.” Following the merger, anybody “Google+ was destined to fail who wanted to comment on YouTube from day one,” says Matt Navarra, a videos had to have a Google+ account. social media consultant. The move attracted fury from “Issues with an unwieldy and prominent video-makers who felt their changeable UI [user interface], being the success was being used to prop up the latecomer versus giants like Facebook, a struggling social network. disjointed user experience, and rumours App reviewers on the Google of internal disagreements about how Play store were also required to have a Google+ would be leveraged” all affected Google+ account. the platform, he says. Suddenly Google+ appeared Google+ operated a strict real- to be alive with activity, as YouTube name policy and banned people who comments, “liked” videos and app store used pseudonyms or screen names, reviews were automatically cross-posted often locking them out of other Google on the platform. services such as Gmail. Google boasted that the Unusually, it also went after platform had 500 million users - but how brands and businesses that set up profiles, many were engaging? deleting their pages. “I look at the profiles of the It later admitted this had been a family and friends I invited to join and mistake and decided businesses could set find that their presence in Google’s shiny up Google+ profiles after all. new world ranges from sparse to non But those that did sign up to existent,” wrote BBC News technology take a look were often confused by what correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones in they saw. 2011. Where Facebook had “likes”, and “The big question is whether Twitter had “Favourites”, Google+ had the 750 million people who currently the cumbersomely branded “Plus One” use Facebook and the 100 million who button. are signed up to Twitter will decide they “If you liked this post, make need to move - or need yet another social sure you’ve Plus-Oned it,” said nobody network in their lives.” ever. In April 2014, the founder of In a bid to boost engagement, Google Google+, Vic Gundotra, left the company

and changes came swiftly. Successful features such as Hangouts and Photos were separated from Google+ and run as independent services. Google started to disentangle Google+ from its apps such as YouTube and Google Play, much to the delight of video- and app-makers. In 2015, Google+ had a makeover designed to focus on “communities” but this also failed to ignite interest in the platform. In the end, it was the discovery of two data breaches that spurred Google to close the platform. In 2018, it admitted bugs in its software meant the private information of up to 52 million members had been accessible by third-party developers. Suddenly, Google was happy to admit that few people genuinely used the platform. “The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement - 90% of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds,” it said in a blog. Google+ has now been commemorated on both the Google Graveyard the Google Cemetery websites, which keep a record of the search giant’s failed projects. The Google Cemetery site was created by Naeem Nur “to make my friends keep on working on their new ideas, even if they fail”.


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Come and join our winning team at Seven Star Resort & Spa The following positions are currently available DIRECTOR OF CULINARY SERVICES Seven Stars Resort & Spa is looking for a dynamic individual to head up its culinary department. The successful individual will be responsible for managing, planning and coordinating all culinary outletsatSeven Stars Resort & Spa. DUTIES AND RESPONPSIBILITES • Manager and coordinate all aspects of food production of a large-scale food preparation operation, including daily production of all foods and assisting with staffing schedules. • Responsible for interviewing, hiring, and supervising food production staff. • Develop training programs and coordinate all professional development for staff. • Inspect all resort restaurants and employee cafeteria to ensure compliance with quality, sanitation, and safety standards. • Responsible for developing and updating recipes and menus for all culinary outlets. • Assist as needed in the operation of assigned specialty areas, such as catering and alcohol distribution. • Oversee the purchase of food items and equipment used in food preparation. • Inspect cools and freezers for proper storage and inventory levels and use of leftovers in daily operations. • Participate on committees and maintain appropriate records/files as required. • Perform related duties, as assigned. REQUIRED SKILLS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE • Extensive and proven culinary-related leadership experience within multi-unit restaurant organizations required, including menu and recipe development, financial acumen such as budgeting and analyses. • Strong experience in collaborating and leading through others is required. Must demonstrate ability to influence and develop others through indirect reporting relationships. • Minimum of 10 years culinary experience with a significant portion spent in five star dining. • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects under extreme deadlines within specific parameters. • Strong communicator with solid interpersonal, verbal and presentation skills. • Demonstrated knowledge of industry trends. • Passion for food and service. • Previous five star Executive Chef experience or equivalent experience as Executive Sous Chef • Must contribute to the Community of the Turks & Caicos Islands by carrying out training etc. • Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management Salary USD65, 000 per annum and is based on experience DIRECTOR OF FINANCE We are recruiting a Director of Finance responsible for overall management of all accounting, purchasing, and MIS functions, including, but not limited to, safeguarding all assets, strategic planning/budgeting, and compliance with internal controls and procedures. To provide functional guidance to the Executive Committee and Department Heads, interact with the resorts legal counsel, insurance companies and auditors to effectively control the assets of the business and to provide business support. Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Director of Finance Suitable candidates must have a relevant degree plus recognized accounting qualification, ACA/CPA with 15 years post qualification experience at Finance Director/CFO level • Must have at least 5 years’ experience in the hospitality industry at Finance Director/CFO level • Must possess strong background in internal/external audit • Must have extensive experience with Strata Corporation management at Executive Committee level. • Must possess a strong IT & HR background • Must have extensive knowledge of Visual 1 software • Must be fluent in English Salary Range $70,000 to $90,000 per annum. Position currently held by a work permit holder •

SPA THERAPISTS Candidates will join our team in our newly expanded award winning Spa and will be therapists as well as have opening and closing duties. Duties and Requirements: • 5 years’ experience as a therapist and relevant degree or equivalent combination of experience and education. • Knowledge of holistic concepts and treatments including facials, full body treatments, massages, physiotherapy, and manicures and pedicures. • Enthusiastic demeanor with excellent customer service skills • Must be able to work long hours and split shift. Salary $6.31 per hour (plus commission). Position held by a work permit hold MAINTENANCE TEAM LEADER We are looking for a competent Maintenance Team Leader to assist the Chief Engineer with supervising maintenance department here at Seven Stars Resort & Spa. The successful candidate will be responsible training staff and must be reliable and have a great eye for detail. Must have Strong technical skills and knowledge of various crafts such as carpentry, plumbing etc. Leadership and knowledge of administrative tasks such as scheduling are also essential. Is required to work nights, weekends and public holidays. Wages $9.50 per hour. Other positions: • Housekeeping Attendant • Carpenter • Crystallization Specialist

The Resort Butler will look after the general request of our guests by liaising with relevant colleagues and departments to actively responding to all the guests needs. The Resort Butler reports directly to the Recreation Manager. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Anticipate guest needs and expectations correctly, including those with special needs, and provide appropriate products, services or information. • Recognize customer dissatisfaction promptly and take action to resolve the situation according to individual level of responsibility and guest feedback/ complaint procedures. • Offer assistance to colleagues when required, to ensure designated work goals are met. • Seek assistance from other team members, supervisors and managers when required. • Assist housekeeping and F&B with the set up preparation of guest areas • Maintaining an open-line of communication with F&B, Front Office and housekeeping colleagues. • Accurately take and communicate orders to F&B colleagues for service. • Maintain good knowledge of Beach Bar menu to answer questions the guests may have. • Knowledgeable of all in-house services as well as local information and be able to assist guests when questioned. REQUIREMENTS: • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of all menu items and Hygiene Standards • F&B, Housekeeping& Pool & Beach Attendant experience • Must be able to work in all weather conditionsand able to work long hours in the sun • Position requires the individual to work weekends and holidays • Must be physically fit Salary USD15,000 per annum and is based on experience ACCOUNTANT: We are seeking an accomplished individual with demonstrated qualification and experiences as an accountant within a Resort. Requirements • Have at least 10 years’ experience with Accounts Payable systems, General Ledger and supplier statement reconciliations. • Must be conversant with stocktaking procedures, stock valuation methods, and automated stock control devices and software. • Demonstrated strong experience & background in Finance with specific emphasis on financial reporting. • Excellent people skills, high-energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and professionalism. • Caribbean or similar International exposure. • Must have received Bachelors in Accounting or equivalent and 10 years’ experience in Finance. • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Visual 1 software • Must be able to work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays Responsible for: • Provide leadership in establishing high-quality standards within the accounting department and must possess excellent communication and leadership skills. • Assist in the preparation of budget presentations; the production of periodic financials, statistics and operational metrics for senior management Salary range: USD25,000 to USD30,000 per annum (Salary is negotiable and based on level, experience and qualifications) RECREATION MANAGER Oversee the effective and efficient operation of Pool & Beach and Water Sports Services in accordance with the objectives, performance and quality standards established by the resort. To plan, organize, and motivate all colleagues to excel in delivering quality experiences to all guests. Requirements • • • •

Skills & abilities (required technical/functional skills) Qualified swimmer & certified in First Aid & CPR Must have 4 to 5 years Supervisory or Managerial experience Working knowledge computers and Microsoft office suite with proficiency in excel and word • Well organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills • Must be fit and able to run and lift heavy objects and equipment’s • Must be willing to work long hours in all weather conditions • Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills, comfortable speaking and enjoy working with people • Creative and imaginative and able to translate ideas into action and programs • Able to multi-task several projects at once and establish priorities amongst competing interests Salary range: USD34,000 to USD36,000 per annum (Salary is negotiable and based on level, experience and qualifications). HOTEL IT MANAGER As the IT Manager at Seven Stars Resort & Spa you’ll ensure our computers are installed properly, working efficiently and that system security measures are in place. You’ll also install new systems to improve hotel efficiency, always following standards and guidelines and making sure your teams have the tools and resources they need. Must have minimum of three years previous experience as an IT Manager (preferably in a luxury hotel environment). Strong sense of urgency and extremely customer service focused. Familiar with a variety of hotel PMS systems. Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings, weekends and holidays (on call 24hrs). The ability to work in a fast paced team focused work environment. Salary range: USD35,000 per annum (Salary is negotiable and based on level, experience and qualifications).

RESORT BUTLER

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 hr@sevenstarsgracebay.com 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: April 15, 2019


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HOUSEKEEPER

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for the general cleaning of the company’s property performing such duties as dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, restroom cleaning etc. The applicant will also be responsible for any other duties assigned regarding general cleaning of the property. Requirements: The successful applicant must be able to work with little to no supervision, must have knowledge of proper cleaning techniques,must be able to speak, read and write in English and understand verbal and written instructions, should be physically fit, hardworking and reliable. Starting wages: $6.50 per hour Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, HS Ltd, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 9465126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: ronnie@habgroup. com Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2. Position currently held by a work permit holder. Closing date for application is April 22, 2019.

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PIONEER MANAGEMENT LTD. Pioneer Management Limited requires a full time certified Waste Water Technician: Applicant must have an industrial chemical engineering degree from a recognized university and have 5+ years field experience. Operator must have excellent experience for the following processes: Extended Aeration, SBR (sludge batch bioreactor systems), MBR (membrane bioreactor systems) and secondary reverse osmosis processes. Applicant must have excellent laboratory skills to include analysis such as sedimentation calculation, suspended solids calculation, dissolved oxygen content, bacterial analysis and identification, chemical oxygen demand and have computer skills to log and track trends for each analysis. Experience with flat sheet and spiral wound membrane systems is a must. Written English and Spanish are required to communicate with laboratories in South America. Salary of $300.00 per week commensurate with experience, training and education. Swing shift hours, weekends and holidays will be required. Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, Pioneer Management Ltd, P.O. Box 483, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: ronnie@habgroup.com. Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. Position currently held by a work permit holder. Closing date for application is April 22, 2019.


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Carl Gardiner/C & S Plumbing & Electrical Services

Osprey Beach Hotel

Lofton Morley

Location: Leeward Palms, Providenciales Is seeking a Plumber Installs pipes and fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, for water, gas, steam, air, or other liquids To work 5 days a week Salary is $9.00 per hour Please Contact: 241-1153 This position is new Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Needs Domestic Worker In Grand Turk To do housekeeping work Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English Salary $6.25 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact 946-2666 or 946-2668 This position is currently being held by a worker permit holder Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

Location: South Dock Road, Providenciales Is seeking a Housekeeper Includes vacuuming, dusting, mopping and making sure all assigned areas of the home are clean, neat and tidy To work 6 days per week Salary $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 246-5644 This position is currently held by Work Permit Holder Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

Lathia Outten

WALTER MOORE

Toriano Williams

Location: Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a Domestic Worker Cleaning house, laundry, ironing, cleaning windows and other Domestic chores Must be honest and trustworthy Must be willing to work 5 days per week Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 241-1941 This position is new Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

In South Caicos Is seeking a fisherman/diver To work 6 days per week Duties include fishing, diving, and preparing seafood for sale Salary: $300.00 per week Please contact 245-2000 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: Long Bay, Providenciales Is seeking a Labourer Duties may include cleaning and preparing a job site, loading and delivering materials, and using a variety of tools and machines To work 5 days a week Remuneration: $6.50 per hour based on experience and qualification This position is new Kindly forward resume and qualification to toriano_ williams@hotmail.com, copying same to the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Department and Immigration

Show’s Bar

Donavon M. Fortune

# 814092

#814090

A & J TRUCKING

South Dock Road, Providenciales Is in need of Dump Trailer Driver & (2) Waste Collector Is seeking (1) Labourer - $6.25 per hour Is seeking (1) Mechanic - $400.00 per week •Driver must have at least 5 years experience in driving 24ft-30ft Dump Trailer Salary is $10.00 per hour •Waste Collector must be willing to work on garbage trucks, cleaning garbage from roadsides and various districts in Providenciales. Salary is $250.00 per week Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board and contact: Julie Smith Telephone # 231-0032 anytime These position are currently held by Work Permit Holders

In Grand Turk Is seeking five (5) Bar Maids Must be able to serve drinks and assist the Bartender and must be able to serve the customers To work 6 days a week Salary $6.25 per hour Please contact 231-7246 or 241-6542 These positions are new Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Immigration Board

#681586

Eagle Claw Security

Location: Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking a Boat Mechanic Duties include: repairing outboard engines, inboard engines, inboard-outboard engines, boat steering systems, plumbing or propellers To work 6 days a week Salary $10.00 per hour Please Contact: 347-4220 This position is new Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Immigration Board

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RAMBO AND JUNA ENTERTAINMENT Location: Providenicales is seeking (10) Barmaids Must be able to serve drinks and assist the Bartender and must be able to serve the customers To work 6 days a week Salary is $6:50 per hour Contact:346-6455 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board

Chiraag Ltd. Location: Grace Bay, Providenciales Seeking: Store Clerks Butler Salary is $6.25 - $7.00 per hour Description: Attend to customers, Have the ability to properly organize Keep inventory of goods on display and general stock Contact: Deluxe Training and Employment Agency Tel. 946-8876 or Email: deluxebusinesscenter@tciway.tc These positions are currently held by Work Permit Holders Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Freedom Electrical Services

Diamond Cleaning Services

Location: Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking is Two (2) Electricians Duties: Install, maintain and repair electrical control, wiring, and lighting systems To work 4 days per week Salary is $500.00 weekly Please Contact: 344-1530 These positions are new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Immigration Board

Location: Kew Town, Providenciales Is seeking three (3) Domestic Cleaners Two females and one male Duties include: Cleaning Villas, schools and offices etc Salary is $6.50 per hour Must be able to work 5 days per week and be on call Please Contact: 241-7600 These positions are currently held by Work Permit Holders Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

#8140822

SPARKLE CLEANING SERVICES Needed Urgently: Four (4) Cleaners/Car washers Duties: Washing and detailing automobiles Wages: On a commission basis Qualification: Honest, hardworking, highly motivated, Friendly, must be able to work under minimum supervision and flexible hours, Ability to safely operate motor vehicle. Experience is essential. Closing date for application is April 12th, 2019 These positions are held by Work Permit Holders Applicants who are Turks & Caicos islander should also copies of their application to the immigration board or use directly: Sparkle Cleaning Services Suite 5, Southside Plaza, Five Cays Road, Providenciales Tel: (649)241-0237 Email: carwashguy@hotmail.com

#814083

Caicos Bakery & Retail LTD Grace Bay Road (behind Caicos café) Is seeking suitable qualified applicants to fill the following position: Baker & Pastry Chef Specialized in gluten free and organic products Have 5yrs experience in similar position Excellent Interpersonal skills Excellent written & verbal communication Ability to work within a team Must be a team player Suitable qualified candidates should apply in writing or send resume to: Phone (649)242-2266(Eric) Please Email: bakerytc@gmail.com These positions are currently held by Work Permit Holders Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board #814084

Vilas Oasis

Kervin Gordon

Danzella Jennings

Location: Cheshire Hall, Providenciales Seeking: Surveillance Technician Salary is $3,000.00– 3,500.00 monthly Applicant must be a qualified technician Least 5 years knowledge and experience in the technical field Training in security and surveillance will be an asset Contact: Tel. 941-4429 or Email: Eagle_ Eyeshfw@hotmail.com Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Location: Kew Town, Providenciales Seeking: Domestic Worker Salary is $6.25 per hour Contact: 344 4313 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Seeks to employ a Caretaker in Grand Turk At a salary of $250.00 per 5 day week The successful applicant will be required to take care of 2 elderly people by cleaning and maintaining the home Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board Zone 1 and Danzella Jennings at Tel no. 431-2282. Please note that this position is new

Florice Forbes

B & B Services

ROCK OF JESUS MINISTRY

All About You

ANA’S Variety Store

Location: Long Bay, Providenciales Is seeking (1) Labourer Duties include general cleaning Must be able to work 5 days per week Salary is $6.25 Per Hour Please Contact: 247-7819 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

Location: Grace Bay, Providenciales Is seeking an AC technician/ Maintenance Worker Duties: To repair and service AC’s, to do some painting and some plumbing To work 6 days a week Salary $10.75 per hour Please Contact: 649 – 243-8471 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

Is seeking for: (1). GRAPHIC DESIGNER Prepares visual presentations by designing art and copy layouts. Relevant Qualification and Experience Required Must be able to use graphics design programs RELEVANT QUAIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED A minimum of 7 years’ SALARY: Based on qualification and experience. Deadline date May 31, 2019 Must be a Christian Please fax or email resume to Fax: 649-946-4283 Email: info@roj.tc

Is seeking a Sales Person Duties include greeting customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs To work 6 days a week Salary $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 231-3892 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Location: Glass Shack, Providenciales Is seeking a Sales Clerk The Sales Clerk is responsible for obtaining or receiving merchandise, totaling bills, accepting payments and making change for customers in retail store. Must be able to work 6 days per week Salary $7:00 per hour Please Contact: 242-0681 This position is new Interested Belongers must submit their application to the Immigration Board

#814093

#814091

Sunshine Restaurant Seeks to employ a Cashier in Grand Turk At a salary of $350.00 per 6 day week The successful applicant is required to collect daily sales on behalf of the restaurant in an efficient effective and friendly manner Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders are to submit their applications to the Immigration Board Zone 1 and to Sunshine Restaurant at Tel no. 241-2402 Please note that this position is presently being held by a work permit holder

Location: The Bight, Providenciales Seeking: Domestic Worker Maintenance Man Salary is $6.25 - $7.00 per hour Contact: 941 5556 These positions are currently held by a Work Permit Holders Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board


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Inter Primary School National Track & Field Championships highlights

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he Inter Primary School National Track & Field Championships, which featured more than 20 primary schools, has been hailed as a success. The event which was last hosted in 2015 was held on Friday, March 29th and Saturday March 30th at the TCI National Stadium in Providenciales. ` Scores of parents, family members, government officials and teachers came out to show their support. The top five winning schools were;1st position - Oseta Jolly Primary School with 321 points, 2nd position Ianthe Pratt Primary School with 303 points, 3rd position - Enid Capron Primary School with 258 points, 4th position - Ona Glinton Primary School with 242 and 5th position - Iris Stubbs Primary School with 122 points. Mr. Jarrett Forbes, Director of Sports said, “These pass few weekends were filled with excitement as we witnessed the exceptional performances of our youth in the sport of track and field.

Hats off to the National Governing Body for Track and Field under the leadership of TCAAA President, Edith Skippings who worked tirelessly to organize the officiating and management of the various meets. What we witnessed was the great potential of our youth; potential that we will work closely with TCAAA to develop grassroots programs in all islands that will build on the current success and ensure that our young stars not only shine here in the TCI but in the world.” He added: “To the sponsors, principals, teachers, coaches, parents and fans, we are entirely grateful! We are all in this together, so let us continue to work in unison to empower our youth through sports. To the government officials who were in attendance, your continuous support has a significant positive effect on how our young athletes see themselves and ultimately the passion and patriotism they have for our beloved country.”

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Federer downs injured Isner in Miami for 101st career title Roger Federer defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open on Sunday. Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. Federer, who won his fourth Miami title, broke Isner three times in a blazing opening set. “It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves,” the Swiss, 37, said in a courtside interview. But the American fought back in the second, leveling the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before the pain made it difficult to continue. Federer took the final two games for the victory. “What a week its been for me,” said the fourth seed. “I’m just so happy right now. It’s unbelievable. I played here in 1999 for the first time and here I am in 2019. It means a lot to me.” Only American Jimmy Connors, with 109, has more career singles titles than Federer. Isner began to feel pain in the first set. “I started feeling some pain on the top of my foot, and it

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy after defeating John Isner of the United States (not pictured) during the men’s finals at the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex didn’t go away. It only kept getting worse,” he said. “I have never had anything like this before, ever.” Even before the injury slowed the seventh-seeded American, Federer was the master, tempering Isner’s big serves and winning 32 of 35 points on his own serve “Roger was too good,” Isner said. “In the first five games, I was fine. Nothing was bothering

NBA to invest millions of dollars in new African league The NBA will invest millions of dollars in Basketball Africa League, its first professional league outside of North America, and will be hands-on in its operation, a top executive said on Tuesday. The NBA, in partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), is launching the Basketball Africa League in January 2020, featuring 12 teams from across the continent. “This league will be fully operated by the NBA,” Amadou Gallo Fall, the NBA’s vice president for Africa, told Reuters by phone from Johannesburg. “Our expertise and best practices will be on display.” The NBA generated $8 billion in revenue last season, according to Forbes, and industry players say audience interest in Africa has grown alongside the profile of Africans playing in the world’s top basketball league. Cameroon’s Joel Embiid, a 25-year old center for the Philadelphia 76ers has emerged as a top player in the NBA, signing a five-year contract with the team worth nearly $150 million in 2017. This season, Embiid and 24-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, born in Greece to Nigerian parents, are contenders to become the NBA’s most valuable player. The NBA established an Africa office nine years ago. It held its first NBA Africa game in 2015. Games in 2017 and 2018 were played in front of sold-out crowds in South Africa. Basketball Africa League will involve six national champions — from Nigeria, Angola, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Senegal — who will automatically qualify for the competition. The remaining six will come through international qualifiers later this year. “It’s an opportunity through our partnership with FIBA to continue to strengthen the basketball ecosystem here,” Fall said. He did not confirm exactly how much the NBA would be investing in the league but said it was millions of dollars. As the NBA courts African audiences, African players have been conquering the NBA.

me. He was all over me.” Federer elected to receive to open the match and the strategy paid off as he broke Isner. The American held on the third game but Federer took the next four. Isner played much better in the second set but in the end the pain became too much, even with a medical examination after the seventh game. “I knew at 3-4, whatever, I knew I wasn’t going to win. I can tell you that much,” said Isner. “Which is a weird feeling, you know, being on serve in the finals of a match and knowing that I wasn’t going to win.” Federer also sensed the American was in trouble. “I knew it was going to be something that was not right. The way he was moving was not well,” Federer said. “But at the same time I have got to make him work hard, keep doing my things.” The title was Federer’s second of the year, coming after his historic 100th win in Doha in February.

LeBron not playing for Team USA this summer

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during a timeout during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center LeBron James has confirmed he will not join Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in China this summer, but he has not ruled out competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. There was speculation that the Lakers superstar might reconsider World Cup participation after Los Angeles missed the NBA postseason, but James told The Athletic he never intended to join coach Gregg Popovich’s squad. “I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” said James, whose busy summer schedule includes shooting the film “Space Jam 2.” James, 34, said playing for Popovich at Tokyo 2020 is “a possibility.” “It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics,” he told The Athletic. It would be the fourth Summer Games for James, who won gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and a bronze in 2004.

Westbrook’s historic 20-20-20 carries Thunder Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-103 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. It was just the second time in league history a player had at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game. Wilt Chamberlain had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists in a 1968 game. Westbrook finished off the feat in the final minute, nabbing Lance Stephenson’s miss with 41 seconds left, drawing a large ovation from the crowd. He clinched the tripledouble — his 31st of the season — with 4:38 left in the third quarter, hitting a contested jumper. Warriors 116, Nuggets 102 Golden State took a big step toward securing the top seed in the Western Conference, overcoming the ejection of Kevin Durant to crush Denver in Oakland, Calif. The win gave the Warriors (53-24) a two-game lead over the Nuggets (51-26) with just five to play. The Warriors also earned a potential tiebreaker by virtue of their third straight win over the Nuggets after an October defeat, claiming the season series 3-1. In a marquee matchup of big men, DeMarcus Cousins outplayed Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, contributing 28 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots, helping

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks the ball as Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) looks on during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena the Warriors to their fourth win in their last five games.

beating 3-pointer that gave the Rockets a 62-46 lead at the intermission.

Rockets 130, Kings 105 Spurs 117, Hawks 111 James Harden recorded his 32nd double-double, and visiting Houston completed a sweep of its four-game season series with Sacramento. Harden paired 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting with 10 assists and sank 7 of 12 3-pointers for Houston (50-28), which led by as many as 30 points. The Rockets improved to 17-4 since the All-Star break to move a half-game ahead of Portland in pursuit of the third seed in the Western Conference. Eric Gordon added 19 points, Danuel House Jr. scored 19 off the bench, and P.J. Tucker chipped in 13 points, including a buzzer-

Derrick White and Marco Belinelli led a fourth-quarter surge as San Antonio rallied past visiting Atlanta. White, who hit 10 of his 12 shots, finished with 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan went for 29, as the Spurs (45-33) kept pace with Oklahoma City (45-33) in their duel for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Spurs trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter before rallying into the lead during a stretch in which White scored seven straight points.


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Braves sign Acuna to eight-year, $100 million extension

Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) hits a solo home run against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Champion Stadium The Atlanta Braves and 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. have agreed to an eight-year, $100 million contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday. The deal begins this season and is the largest in history for a player with as little major league service time as Acuna (165 days), according to the Braves. He also is believed to be the youngest player to receive a $100 million contract. It is also the second-largest contract in franchise history, trailing the eight-year, $135 million deal for Freddie Freeman in 2014. Acuna’s contract runs through 2026 and includes club options for 2027 and 2028, with ESPN and other outlets reporting that the options were worth $17 million each. Acuna was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2018 after batting .293 with 26 homers, 64 RBIs, 78 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 111 games. In 68 games after the All-Star break, he posted a .322/.403/.625 line with 19 homers. Through the Braves’ first four games this year, Acuna was 3-for-14 at the plate with one home run and two RBIs. Atlanta originally signed the Venezuela native as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2014. He had been scheduled to earn $560,000 this season.

U.S. women’s soccer team says lawsuit about more than money Members of the United States women’s soccer squad (USWNT) have told Reuters their lawsuit against the national federation alleging gender discrimination is not just about wages but also improving the sport for women participating in it at all levels. All 28 members of the squad were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court last month and says the women are not paid the same as their male counterparts. While the U.S. men’s team have voiced their support, the U.S. Soccer Federation has said it was surprised by the lawsuit, with its president, Carlos Cordeiro, saying it strives for equal pay and has boosted its investment in female player development programs. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe told Reuters in an interview timed with Equal Pay Day on April 2 that they were also pushing for systematic change. “For us it is really important to really look at the bigger picture of the compensation piece,” she said. “I don’t think you can talk about compensation articulately or intelligently until you have a conversation about funding across the board,” she said. “So whether that is youth teams or staffing for each team or promotion and sponsorship, you know, advertising for both teams, I don’t think that that is equal yet,” she said. “So yes we are fighting for equal compensation but we are also fighting for this larger picture of investment in both programs equally.” Since the lawsuit was filed, some companies have stepped in to help close the pay gap. Nutrition snack company

USA Women’s Soccer team forwards (L-R) Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, and Alex Morgan pose for a portrait in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., March 26, 2019 Luna Bar on Tuesday announced that it would give each member of the squad competing at the Women’s World Cup a onetime payment of $31,250 — the difference in the bonus paid to the men’s World Cup squad. Sportswear company Adidas has also said that if the USWNT win the Women’s World Cup this year its sponsored players would receive the same performance bonus payments as their male counterparts. The players said change was also needed outside the United States. “We are hopeful that FIFA is doing things to put more women in executive positions and more women within FIFA in general,” striker Alex Morgan told Reuters. “We still feel like they are very behind on the trend and we are hopeful that what we are doing today and the continual fight that we have will help FIFA proactively change the inner workings of the system that is very flawed within them as well.” Morgan said the team hoped to improve the lives of the

next generation of female athletes. “I think we realize the opportunity we have and the resources we have are due to the generation before us and we hope to increase those opportunities and resources available for the generation after us,” she said. “We might not see equal pay among athletes within our generation but the hope is that the future generations will.” The women said the lawsuit would not distract them from their efforts to win back-to-back World Cups, and a fourth title overall, when they compete in France in June. “Success for us is very simple and it is very clear from the first second that you get on the team, whether it is like a passing pattern or a small-sided game or a friendly or a World Cup final — it’s winning,” Rapinoe said. “It’s competing to the best of your ability, it’s trying to be the absolute best that you can so for us the expectation is always the same, success for us looks like winning,” she said.

Calipari accepts lifetime deal from Kentucky John Calipari has agreed to a to The Athletic and ESPN. long-term contract to remain men’s After receiving permission to basketball coach at Kentucky, the school talk to Calipari about its vacancy, UCLA announced Monday. reportedly offered a deal worth $48 The new contract came after million over six years. Calipari reportedly UCLA made overtures to land Calipari responded that he wasn’t interested in as its new coach. Kentucky didn’t leaving the Wildcats. immediately announce terms of the deal. Calipari, 60, is already the Calipari’s new deal is essentially a lifetime highest-paid basketball coach in the country, making $9.2 million this year, contract, multiple outlets reported. “They presented it to me and I according to the USA Today Sports appreciate it,” Calipari said on his radio database. He previously signed an show Monday night. “They want me to extension in 2017 that runs through be here until I’m done coaching. This 2024. Calipari said the latest extension is a unique place and I appreciate the opportunities I’ve had here.” has been in the works for a while and isn’t The deal is believed to include a a response to any specific school’s interest. 10-year extension as head coach, followed “It has nothing to do with all of the other by a role as a paid ambassador for the stuff,” Calipari said. “Every year that I am program upon his retirement, according here, something at the end of the year

happens. Somebody calls ... “You think of what we have built, the culture of what we built here. We’ve done it all kinds of different ways. ... This is a situation and culture that has taken time to build. So where else would I want to coach?” Calipari has a 305-71 record since taking over at Kentucky in 2009, leading the Wildcats to Final Fours in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and to the NCAA championship in 2012. Kentucky’s 2018-19 season ended with a loss to Auburn in the Elite Eight on Sunday. The Wildcats went 30-7. UCLA is in the market for a head coach after firing Steve Alford with a 7-6 record in late December. Murry Bartow finished the season as interim coach for the Bruins, who went 17-16.

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts against the Auburn Tigers during the first half in the championship game of the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center

NBA fines three Warriors for ripping refs The NBA issued a total of $75,000 in fines to three Golden State Warriors players on Tuesday for their criticisms of officials. Forward Draymond Green was fined $35,000 for making statements on social media which “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating,” according to the press release from NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. Guard Stephen Curry was fined $25,000 for his actions and public statements “impugning the integrity of NBA officiating.”

Forward Kevin Durant was fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating. The actions of all three players had to dowith the Warriors’ 131130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Down by three with 5.5 seconds left, Golden State inbounded the ball in its offensive end to Durant, who turned and fired a 3-pointer while being fouled. The shot went in, which appeared to put the Warriors a free throw away from taking an improbable lead, before young referee Marat

Kogut waved off the hoop, saying the foul occurred before the shot, which returned possession to the Warriors out of bounds. “It’s a four-point play,” Durant told reporters afterward. “I mean, I don’t know what else to say. Kind of mindboggling. You catch and you go up for a shot, and you get fouled in any league — any league — that’s a good bucket and a free throw. Any league, not just the NBA. The next inbounds pass went to Curry, who buried a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock.

Several Warriors laughed and pointed fingers at Kogut after the shot, but Minnesota ultimately got the last laugh. After advancing the ball with a timeout, the Timberwolves attempted a lob to Karl-Anthony Towns under the hoop, only to watch the pass sail well over his head and out of bounds. But there was another whistle. This time referee Leon Wood called Durant for bumping Towns as he attempted to leap for the uncatchable ball, awarding what turned out to be the game-winning free throw.


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