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RAISING SERIOUS CONCERNS FROM LAWYERS by Hayden Boyce Publisher & Editor-in-Chief


he last-minute change to the wording of charges against defendants in the SIPT corruption trail caused some defence lawyers to raise questions about the fairness of the trial and whether their clients may have been prejudiced. The concerns were expressed on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019, the last day the defence lawyers were responding to prosecutor Queen’s Counsel Andrew Mitchell’s reply to their no-case submissions. Senior Counsel Reginald Armour, the lead lawyer for former Premier Michael Misick, had made the point that the way one of the charges on conspiracy to defraud was worded, it would not have been legal to charge his client for that particular offence. Most of the defendants are charged with conspiring to defraud the Government and/or Belongers of the Turks and Caicos Islands while serving as Ministers, by acting in a way that was contrary to the economic interests of the Crown, in the way they disposed of Crown land. The prosecution made an application to the court to add the government and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands to the charges, after Armour pointed out that when the 1967 Registered Lands Ordinance stated that the Governor may dispose of Crown land, it was a reference to the Sovereign’s lands, not the lands of the Turks and Caicos Islands government or to the lands of the Belongers. Armour said that from 1971 until 2012, the land reverted to the Crown and there was no proprietary interest during the period of these charges against Misick, former ministers and others. “Until 2012, all Crown land in the Turks and Caicos Islands, vested in the Crown and therefore no offence was made out in count two that these defendants, including Michael Misick, did anything to

First Cliffside Residential Resort ‘Rock House’ breaks ground in TCI


ictured is Minister of Health, Hon. Edwin Astwood; MP for Cheshire Hall, Hon. Doug Parnell; Minister for Immigration, Hon. Vaden Williams;

defraud Turks and Caicos Islands Government or Belongers,” Armour stated. However, prosecutor Mitchell said the Crown land was sold for the benefit of the Government and the money received from the sale of the crown land was received into government coffers, therefore Belongers have a proprietary interest in the land because the was held in the name of the Crown for the benefit of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The judge, Hon. Paul Harrison, who is also jury in the case, and who will deliver his decision on the no-case submissions when the court resumes on July 22nd, 2019, said he found “no prejudice whatsoever in respect of the amendments sought”. Under the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, the judge is entitled to amend the charges at any stage of the

Minister for Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm; Mark Durliat, CEO and Owner of Grace Bay Resorts; Kirk Delancy; Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson,

Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Derek Taylor and Ramon Andrews, Director of Tourism. (See page 24 & 25 for more photographs).

trial if it appears to the court that the have done that amounts to an offence; information is defective. and on the prosecution’s own case they The judge noted that he was merely (the prosecution) are not clear.” inviting the prosecution to make the Judge Harrison then told amendments to the charges based on Armour that what he may well be the evidence that has been led so far in implying was that there was no the case, adding that he saw no reason common law offence of conspiracy to to adopt any other posture. defraud during that period. Armour said the existing law in Amor replied: “The offence of the indictment period was the Crown conspiracy to defraud would have to Land Ordinance of 1896. be a conspiracy in relation to existing “Nowhere in that law is there, law; law that you can point to and say going back to the European Court of that particular law is being infringed... Human Rights decision, nowhere in the entirety of the Crown’s case in this the framework of that law is there any regard falls away, being based on an criminal law provision which makes erroneous and wholly impermissible it an offence to do any of the things premise having no basis in law, that that the defendant Michael Misick and is to say that in the period covered by others are alleged to have done in that these information that Michael Misick period of the indictment,” he said. is somehow guilty of breaching the “The law has to be clear. The trust and/or proprietary interest newly defendants have to know what it is created in 2012 and that such a breach that they are being told, in relation to represents a criminal offence having existing law, that they are alleged to penal consequences.” Continued on page 2

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CHARGES CHANGED IN SIPT TRIAL, RAISING SERIOUS CONCERNS FROM LAWYERS continued from page 1 He stressed that a law creating criminal offences and, attaching criminal/ penal consequences, to be enforceable against his client must be clear. Armour said it is trite to observe that the mere presence of a Minister in Executive Council or Cabinet meetings when development agreements, concessions thereunder and/or land allocation decisions were

being taken is not and cannot be, of itself and without more, evidence of that Minister’s complicity in any of the overarching conspiracies charged in some of the counts. He said that in order for there to be a case to answer, there must be some evidence from which a reasonable and fair minded properly directed jury could infer that the defendant whose case is being considered, intended

to be a party to the alleged unlawful agreement charged and that he knew that the unlawful scheme to which he was intentionally attaching himself extended beyond the immediate unlawful act that he had agreed to perform At the 24th June 2019, in respect of Informations brought now over several years charging Defendants with offending against the law, this

is the state of “the evidence” on the claimed repeal of the Crown Land Ordinance 1896, adding that the repeal has not been provided to the Court. Armour said the Crown Land Ordinance 1896 cannot be taken to have been impliedly repealed whether by “custom and practice” as suggested by the Prosecution or howsoever otherwise.

Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams attends historic International Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva, Switzerland Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services attended the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations Headquarters from June 10th to 21st, 2019, under the theme “Building a future with decent work”. The conference, the highest decision-making body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, was attended by more than 36 world leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May; Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev; South African President, Cyril Ramaophosa; Norweigan Prime Minister, Erna Solberg; Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley; Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and around 6,000 delegates representing governments, employers and workers from around the world. Hon. Williams’ delegation attended the conference from June 17th20th, including Labour Commissioner, Mr. Edwin Taylor, Deputy Labour Commissioner Mr. Alpheus Smith, and Head of Secretariat Mrs. Sakera Cook. Commenting on the conference, Hon. Williams stated: “The sessions were extremely useful and beneficial to the Turks and Caicos Islands in terms of the knowledge and information gained and the connections that were made. We will put all that we’ve learned at the conference to good use and we will also maintain contact with the various officials we met so that we can benefit from their experience, guidance and

advice as we continue to develop our country.” During the meeting, Hon. Williams and other ministers shared their experiences with new forms of employment and best Institutions of work that can adapt to it; adapting institutions for a brighter future of work, emerging of work (Telework, Platform work and Zero hours contract). The historic conference concluded with the adoption of an unprecedented Convention and accompanying Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the world of work, as well as a Declaration charting the way towards a human-centred future of work. The Declaration, which looks to the future of work with a human-centred lens, has a strong focus on enabling people to benefit from changes in the world of work, by strengthening the institutions of work to ensure adequate protection of all workers, and by promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth and full and productive employment. Specific areas for action include: •The effective realization of gender equality in opportunities and treatment •Effective lifelong learning and quality education for all •Universal access to comprehensive and sustainable social protection •Respect for workers’ fundamental rights •An adequate minimum wage •Maximum limits on working time •Safety and health at work •Policies that promote decent work, and enhance productivity •Policies and measures that ensure

Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister for Immigration, Head of Secretariat Mrs. Sakera Cook and Deputy Labour Commissioner Mr. Alpheus Smith appropriate privacy and personal data protection, and respond to challenges and opportunities in the world of work relating to the digital transformation of work, including platform work. The Convention recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work “can constitute a human rights violation or abuse…is a threat to equal opportunities, is unacceptable and incompatible with decent work.” It defines “violence and harassment” as behaviours, practices or threats “that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm.” It reminds member States that they have a responsibility to promote a “general environment of zero tolerance”. The new international labour standard aims to protect workers and employees, irrespective of their contractual status, and includes persons

in training, interns and apprentices, workers whose employment has been terminated, volunteers, jobseekers and job applicants. It recognizes that “individuals exercising the authority, duties or responsibilities of an employer” can also be subjected to violence and harassment. The standard covers violence and harassment occurring in the workplace; places where a worker is paid, takes a rest or meal break, or uses sanitary, washing or changing facilities; during work-related trips, travel, training, events or social activities; work-related communications (including through information and communication technologies); in employer-provided accommodation; and when commuting to and from work. It also recognizes that violence and harassment may involve third parties.

Human Rights Commissions launches Business and Human Rights The Turks and Caicos Islands Human Rights Commission has developed a guide for businesses to assist them in meeting their obligations to human rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and across the world. Both the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Chamber of Commerce have agreed to partner with the Commission in rolling out this initiative to businesses across the Turks and Caicos Islands. This guide will be accompanied by human rights training and is available to all businesses throughout the TCI. The growing global acknowledgment on issues such as climate change, diminishing resources, forced labour and human trafficking has triggered a significant change in the attitudes and profit margins of the business community. There have been many aspects of human rights that businesses have assimilated over the past few decades,

some in response to domestic law such as pay equality and some in response to their own changing attitudes or the attitudes of their customer base such as fair trade. Recently more businesses today are partnering with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) in the creation of human rights policies. These policies are founded on both a strong ethical commitment by the business community and the recognition that a fairer more secure society is a necessary environment for businesses to flourish. Adopting a human rights policy is a precursor to a company’s human rights due diligence towards meeting its responsibility to respect human rights. It sends a clear signal to internal and external stakeholders that the company is striving to embed human rights into its operational policies and procedures and to understand the human rights impacts of the business, both positive and negative. It also signals a

commitment to take respect for human rights seriously, to allocate management time and resources for developing and implementing a human rights policy. The Turks and Caicos Islands Human Rights Commission will be launching this new initiative at Brayton Hall on Wednesday 3rd of July 2019, members of the public and businesses of all sizes are invited to attend, employees should make a special effort to be there. This event is free The Commission is very pleased to be presenting a variety of speakers at this event including our keynote speaker who currently sits as the Director of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), Dr. David Russell. Dr. Russell has led the NIHRC Commission’s duty to advise the United Kingdom Government, Northern

Ireland Executive and Assembly on matters affecting human rights in the jurisdiction. In addition, he has managed research and the exercising of investigatory powers on a plethora of social policy issues from emergency healthcare to racist hate crimes; the rights of nursing care home residents to addressing the legacy of conflict. In 2008, he was engaged in drafting the Commission’s advice to the Secretary of State on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. In 2010, he was similarly involved in the work of the Joint Committee of the National Human Rights Institutions on the island of Ireland to produce advice on a proposed Charter of Rights. It is our hope that all businesses will engage with this new programme which builds upon their commitment to human rights and help to create a fairer and more sustainable society.

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GSAT to be replaced by Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment from next year By Todeline Defralien Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) will replace the Grade Six Achievement Examination (GSAT) in Turks and Caicos Islands come 2020. The introduction of CPEA will bring a more holistic approach to learning than the traditional Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) which is set by hundreds of students along the length and breadth of TCI each year. The Ministry of Education officially announced its plan to step away from GSAT late 2018. Commenting on the introduction, Director of Education Edgar Howell said the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment is an assessment that looks at the key literacy’s possessed by students exiting primary school system. “It’s not based on any specific curriculum. It takes note of all of the various guides across the region and it picks up on the skills that young children leaving the primary school at grade six ought to have developed and then to move seamlessly onto high school,” he said. Howell explained that GSAT features a one-off test at the end of grade six with a lot of anxiety around it. “A lot of anxiety is around it. I think parents themselves feel if they’re being assessed or evaluated at the end of eight years of primary education and pass or fail is the outcome. What the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment will allow for Turks and Caicos would be, for our students coming through

the primary schools system to come with accumulative grades, like the school based assessment in high school students will be able to accumulate grades, continuous assessment at the primary level that would count 40% towards to their final grade at the end of grade six,” he added. Howell further explained that the assessment will be an assessment that is going to be diagnostic in nature and allows teachers to see how the children are performing in the specific subject areas and which areas they will need to pay more attention to as they transition into first form of high school. The Director of Education said the first group of students will be writing the CPEA in 2020 and the last sitting of the GSAT will be May 2019. In preparation for this, the Caribbean Examination Council has sent Facilitators into the country to begin to work with local teachers in grades four through six. “We will have those training sessions just towards the end of 2017/2018 school year and so when we return to school for the 2018/2019 school year, teachers in grades four through six in all public and primary schools and some of our private schools would have been exposed to the methodology of the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment and will begin to introduce that into their teaching,” he explained. In a nutshell the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment is not only about preparing children to write a terminal exam at the end of grade six,

SAILROCK DEVELOPMENT LIMITED is seeking a qualified candidate for Office Administrator Short Job Description Office Administrator will support the Sailrock Development team by leading and directing day to day administrative and office needs. Day to Day Responsibilities •Maintain regular Sailrock Office hours (5 days per week) •Become an expert in product offerings, overall plan and strategic vision of Sailrock in order to communicate effectively with clients and other associates •Be the first point of contact for visitors, calls to the sales office •Secure contact details for visitors and prospects in order to record details and relevant notes in the CRM •Assist Human Resource Manager with completion of work permits •Assist Human Resource Manager with Enrichment Program •Ability to run office errands and make deliveries to airport or marina once or twice a week •Flexibility to travel to South Caicos at times •Track office Supplies and place order when necessary •Maintain an excellent office environment that ensures all visitors receive the best first impression of Sailrock •Work with property manager to coordinate office repairs/issues •Manage Travel arrangements International/Local •Assist colleagues whenever necessary Qualified Candidates will have/be: •High School Diploma •High attention to detail •Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as a natural ability to interact with people in a friendly and engaging way •Solution oriented, pro-active and driven •Highly organized and able to flex with changing needs of a fast-paced office environment •Ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects at once •A positive, can-do attitude and a desire to see the team succeed •Strong Computer Skills •Must have a Vehicle Salary range:$25,000-$30,00 per annum Please submit applications to: •Drop off: W104 Venture House, Grace Bay, Providenciales •Email: Interested Turks and Caicos Islands must also submit copies of their application to the TCI Labour Board

Director of Education Edgar Howell, Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm it is about a methodology taking into account how children learn and then being able to teach according to that. “We are preparing young people for life and not simply for exams,” Howell concluded. Five hundred and thirty five (535) students across the country, representing twenty (20) primary schools, wrote the GSAT on May 28 and

29, 2019. Some 362 students scored an overall average of 50% or higher. The overall pass rate this year is 67.66% compared with 75.56% in 2018. The 2019 cohort, like their counterparts from previous years, maintained an overall pass rate exceeding sixty per cent.

NOTICE To: the Creditors of TCI Bank Limited (In Liquidation) (“the Company”) My request as the Company’s Official Liquidator to pay a third interim dividend distribution of fifteen cents ($0.15) on the dollar ($1.00) was approved on March 28, 2019 by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Her Ladyship, the Honourable Mrs. Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale. We are currently in the process of making these distributions by contacting customers in alphabetical order. For creditors who reside on Islands other than Providenciales and who cannot make private arrangements to have their distributions collected in Providenciales, we will be visiting the other Islands namely Grand Turk and North Caicos for the purpose of making the dividend distribution. The dates and times of these visits will be announced. For those persons who reside outside of the Turks and Caicos Islands, separate arrangements will be made. If your address has changed since the date of filing your claim or the second distribution, please contact us at telephone 649-941-7500 or via email address Mr. Anthony S. Kikivarakis Sr. Official Liquidator TCI Bank Limited (in Liquidation)

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FSC expecting $9 million in revenue this year by Hayden Boyce Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The Financial Services Commission (FSC) is forecasting revenue for the financial year 2019/2020 to be $ 8.6million. This, according to a government document, represents an increase of 3.9% compared to budgeted revenue of $8.3million for the financial year 2018/2019. The actual outturn for the current financial year is expected to be $13.2million. The revenue budgeted for the financial year 2018/2019 and the projected outturn represents a 59% favourable variance, the report said. “This favourable variance is driven by activities in the land share transfer duty category, which is highly unpredictable and not

expected to recur at the same rate for the 2019/2020 budget year, and improved performance in the annual returns filings for companies, partly attributable to changes made towards the end of the previous financial year to certain filing procedures, which meant some revenues for that year were carried forward to the current year. Revenue projected for 2019/2020 is expected to be down by 35% when compared to the actual for the financial year 2018/2019,” according to the official document. The report noted that the FSC’s revenues for 2019/2020 will be affected by outcomes in the banking department, as one bank is expected to surrender its licence. Further, the Registry had implemented in part its new online filing system, and entities were given an extended period to use the portal

in the 2017/2018 financial year, which resulted in the carry-over of revenues to the current period. As such, the high intake for annual returns will be dampened in the 2019/2020 financial year as activities settle down to a normal pace, the report noted, adding that other licenses remain fairly stable over the past few years and there is no projection for fee increases from those areas. It was noted that several projects are planned for financial year 2019/2020, primarily the acquisition of a database to serve the regulatory departments, with capital outlay for the financial year of approximately $900,000. “This is important as steps to enhance the financial stability framework will require that the FSC has the ability to obtain and analyse

data relevant to the sector in a more efficient and effective way. Importantly, the Commission plans to construct a Registry building in Grand Turk in accordance with its detailed business case which was developed and submitted to the various Authorities for consideration,” the report added. This project is expected to provide the Registry with a permanent home from which it will operate, thus ensuring stability in operations and is projected to cost approximately $1.3million. Other projects include the acquisition of new servers and computers, renovation of the Banking Unit to better serve the needs of employees and enhance data confidentiality, a new trademarks database, replacement of one of the vehicles in Providenciales and acquisition of needed furniture.

Premier Robinson recovers quickly after collapsing at Seaga funeral Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson made a quick recovery following hospitalisation in Jamaica after she collapsed at the graveside of former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, minutes after the final burial rites were performed. As mourners were leaving the area and dignitaries were being picked up by their respective drivers and security teams, Cartwright-Robinson was placed on a stretcher and put inside an ambulance by medical personnel and some Jamaica Defence Force Military Police personnel. Shortly after the

incident, the Premier issued a response saying: “I wish to thank you all for your prayers and concerns. I did collapse following the Graveside Ceremony for the Most Hon Edward Seaga. The medical team on hand attended to me swiftly and I was transported to the University of the West Indies Hospital where I received commendable care. I wish to thank the Team of Doctors and support staff. I will return home tomorrow, Monday June 24th as planned.” The Premier attended the annual Pre Joint Ministerial Council Meeting

(JMC) in Cayman Islands on June 26th. A number of persons had also collapsed or fainted during the long funeral service, and had to be assisted at a makeshift health facility at the church grounds. Officials from the Ministry of Health refused to give a figure of the number of persons who were treated for illnesses, citing ‘protocol’ as their reason for declining to provide the information. However, a teenage schoolgirl was seen being taken to the facility in an ambulance after she fainted while standing in the sun. Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson

Caicos Pride Products Ltd. Location: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands Is looking for: Plant Worker/ Conch Peeler/ Lobster Processor/ Fish Processor •Cut, clean, trim and grade and pack Fish, Conch and Lobster •Prepare daily production report •Responsible for order and maintenance of Freezer •Cleaning plant equipment’s and performing other duties as assigned Requirements •Minimum of 1 year experience •Proficient in English •Must be self –motivated with the ability to work effectively without Supervision •Must be capable of working long and variable work for extended periods of time •Must have clean Police Clearance Salary is $6.25 per hour Others will be paid by per pound basis base on individual production Please Contact: Caicos Pride Products Ltd. At 232-3320 Six of these positions are for renewals and two are first time. Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders are encouraged to apply directly and submit a copy of their application to the immigration Board

Report from June 21st Cabinet meeting His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, 21 June 2019, at the Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales. All ministers were present with the exception of the Hon. Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Minister for Border Control and the Hon. Minister for Tourism. At this meeting Cabinet: •Approved an application for Crown Land parcel 60804/134 to be advertised as a tender for which there is a proposal for the development of a hotel.

•Approved a request for a development agreement for development concessions for Sandy Point Resort and Marina (SPH Ltd.). •Approved a request for specific duty concessions from Somerset Development Ltd. for the importation of materials under the Refurbishment Policy. •Noted a paper on the former TCInvest loan portfolio and the TOLCO loan portfolio managed by TCIG. •Noted a paper on progress by the National Disaster Recovery Task Force. •His Excellency the Governor reported on his intention to establish the Boundaries Commission.

•Approved an application for a longterm lease (49 years) over Crown Land •Were updated by the Hon Premier as parcel 60000/618 for the development regards the NHIB. of an eco-friendly resort. •The Hon Premier informed Cabinet •Approved the establishment of of her prospective visits to Cayman a National Quality Infrastructure and St Lucia Steering Committee, subject to financial provision. • His Excellency the Governor informed Cabinet that Alex Mills, his •Approved a Business Licence Financial Advisor, would be leaving application for Moore’s Fisheries TCI shortly following the conclusion to operate in a restricted business of his contracted term, and expressed activity under the Business Licencing thanks for Mr. Mills’s work over the (Amendment) (No3) Regulation 2014. past two years.

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Grace Bay Resorts celebrates groundbreaking of Rock House, in Providenciales By Todeline Defralien Grace Bay Resorts, boutique developer and operator of luxury resorts and branded residences in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islandsled by developer Mark Durliat, celebrated the groundbreaking of phase one of Rock House, the first residential resort tucked into the rugged, untouched limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore. At over 82% sold in phase one, construction has officially begun following a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site on Saturday June 22nd, 2019. The ceremony saw the attendance of Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Minister of Health, Hon. Edwin Astwood; the Minister of Immigration, Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm; Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Derek Taylor, MP for Cheshire Hall, Hon. Doug Parnell and Ramon Andrews, Director of Tourism. Rock House joins the list of nearly a dozen projects in whichGrace Bay Resorts has been involved in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where Durliat and partners are respected for their ability to develop and manage luxury resorts, including Grace Bay Club, the company’s award-winning flagship property Commenting on the launch of the Luxury Resort and Residential Homes, Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson extended congratulatory remarks to Mark Durliat and the Grace Bay Resorts team for their newest venture. “I remember just about a year ago this project was introduced to my government and was certainly not something that we had to dwell on long before we accepted it and appreciate what it would bring to the Turks and Caicos brand. We want to congratulate the Grace Bay family for another magnificent project and I know that will certainly be a part of what you have become known for, something that Turks and Caicos is proud of and that is nothing short of the best in the world in terms of services when we are looking at the hospitality industry.” Robinson stated it is important that development be guided by resilient building and environmental consciousness as outlined in Vision 2040 and this project is a model example of the way forward. “As the Minister of Finance Investment and Trading, and of course as Premier, we want to invite investors, be it local or overseas, to invest for the first time in our country, but nothing excites a leader more and a Minister of Investment more than when they see persons who have already invested so much and continuing to reinvest and that is a bold statement being made here. A lot of people would recognize that my government has been very much on the up about protecting our environment, because what we market in Turks and Caicos is our environment and we have to take much better care than we have been doing before,” the Premier added. She continued: “This project says to us that we don’t have to fight the environment and that we can co-exist, development and the environment can work together for the benefit of the people of the Turks and Caicos. I am excited about the project, how they are going to be using the history, using the vegetation and even the rocks and building along with the environment

showing that they are great stewards of the environment and the chunk of Turks and Caicos that is invested to them.” Developer Mark Durliat addressed the crowd with a love story expressing how he got where he is today. He said, “Today starts with a love story, a love story that begins with a man and it begun 18 years ago and it was upon my arrival here and I went to a tiny hotel at a tiny bar and a meet a man from Middle Caicos and his name was Carlton Higgs. His spirit for this country was so infectious that it took me completely by surprise and for the next 18 years, this is where we got to. Later that day I walked up to the lobby and I meet another person who has become one of my most cherish friends and one of the most influential hospitality leaders in this country and that is a lady by the name of Adelphine Pitter. For those of you who live here can imagine how I was overwhelmed by how unbelievable this place was and it was the hearts and souls of these two individuals.” “We are thrilled to begin construction on Rock House and to have seen the market respond so strongly thus far, with over80% of phase 1homes sold,” said Durliat. “Over our 18-year career in the Turks and Caicos, we have grown a team of talented leaders and hospitality executives with a reputation of integrity, quality and a desire to deliver the finest in luxury experiences to our customers. Like many of our counterparts in this industry, Rock House is a vision that relies on the collective financial participation from our residential buyers, which requires an enormous amount of confidence from those who support us and is a relationship we have carefully developed over many years. These investments are incredibly meaningful to us as they have helped grow the company immensely over the last two decades.” Durliat further thanked government Ministers, businesses, his friends, family, partners, Grace Bay Club team and a sincere thanks to his wife who made this all come to fruition. Ramon Andrews, Director of Tourism said Grace Bay Club theme speaks to the brand of Turks and Caicos and it shows that Turks and Caicos is a very strong brand and that it will be around for a very long time. Emulating idyllic seaside towns along the Mediterranean coast, Turks and Caicos architecture firm Coast, together with master planner Design and celebrated New Yorkbased interior designer Henderson, are creating a community of contemporary stone-clad cottages cascading down the sloping coastal rock. Rock House will feature 37 studio suites and one- and twobedroom ridge and beachfront cottages ranging from $700,000 to $1.995 million, with exclusive Estate homes expected to launch at $5.0 million. Guests and residents will enjoy many breathtaking amenities including a 100-foot infinity pool perched on a 25ft limestone cliff, a focal point of the property, as well as a secluded Beach Club and jetty.Additional amenities will include a signature restaurant offering dazzling, 180-degree views of the ocean, a relaxing spa, energizing fitness center, tennis courts and winding jogging trails. Turks and Caicos Sotheby’s International Realtyis responsible for the sales and marketing.The resort is slated to open in 2021.

Rock House Jetty Lookout

Grace Bay Resort Pool house

Ocean Vibes Scuba & Watersports Ltd Location: Providenciales and Grand Turk

Is seeking: (2) Dive Instructors - $100.00 per day (2) Parasail Boat Captains - $400-450 per week plus commissions (2) Boat Captains - $400-450 per week (1) Parasail Mate - $300 per week Duties: The Dive Instructor must be current instructor able to train and keep staff up to date on safety and rescue, do mooring buoy maintenance and inspection. Assist owner with admin duties, supervise boat crew, liaise with cruise line head office. Duties: Par¬asail Boat Captains must be able to operate a high volume parasail boat. Inspect and ensure all parasail equipment, vessel, and crew are safe for daily operations. Duties: Parasail Boat Matemust be trained in and have experience working on parasailing boats, operating parasailing chutes, briefing guests on safety procedures, assisting captain with launch and landing, rescuing passengers in emergency situation. Duties: Boat Captains must be able to operate high volume power and sailing catamaran, be experienced in diesel engine service and maintenance. Managing crew and making sure tours depart on and return on time. All applicants must have proof of experience; captains must have licenses, clean police record and references Working hours are between 4-7 days a week including weekends and public holidays. To apply please send resume, copies of certifications, proof of experience and references to One Dive Instructor and one Parasail Captain Position is currently held by work permit holder. Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islanders should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board.

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Turks and Caicos National Museum in Grand Turk vandalised On June 26th it was discovered that the Museum on Grand Turk was a victim of vandalism with hate speech. Dr. Michael P. Pateman, Director of the Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation Grand Turk, said this has recently been a problem on Grand Turk with several signs and other buildings on the island being targeted. “While we don’t believe that the Museum itself was the target, as the 7th Day Adventist Church on Front Street, which is primarily used by Haitian worshipers was also targeted. After police inspection we removed the graffiti from in front of the Museum and assisted with the removal from the Church. However, there is a miss-perception that the National Museum is for expats and whites only,” he said in a press statement. “We will not let the recent hate speech deter the museum from continuing to expand our programming and events for all the residents of the Turks and Caicos.” The Turks and Caicos National Museum Foundation (TCNMF)is dedicated to recording, interpreting, preserving and celebrating the rich history and culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands and ALL its people. Over the last several years it has expanded its community outreach and educational programs to include events including the monthly and summer kids club (both Grand Turk and Provo), Back in the Day (Provo), Grand Turk Cooking Competition, Emancipation Day Celebrations (Provo), Museum Day (Grand Turk), Museum Quiz (Provo), Evening with the Experts (both Grand

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Turk and Provo) and Movie Nights (Grand Turk). Pateman said they will continue to use the Museum as a location to celebrate the community. Additionally, the Museum has a diverse board of directors including Belongers and ex-patriots, all of who

ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT, is looking for motivated proactive individuals to join its ‘Resort Team’ and contribute to this growing Condominium Resort. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience. •SECURITY OFFICER Requirements: •MUST speak English and the ability to write and read English •Responsible for patrolling resort facility on foot and create a general security/public safety presence to deter inappropriate activity. •Answers radio calls from other departments with requests for assistance, and respond to emergency situations involving guests, owners and employees. •Interact with guests of the resort to provide customer service and assistance when needed •Participate in briefings with heads of departments and assist with internal investigations relating to sensitive security matters involving guests and resort employees •Assist other departments as needed regarding safety and security matters •Must be fit and able for heavy lifting •Willing to work split shifts, holidays and weekends Wages $7.15/hour All resumes and applications must be forwarded to: Royal West Indies Resort P.O. Box 482, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands You may also fax to: (649)946-5008

volunteer their services. At the recent Museum Gala in Provo on June 8th the museum honored Board members, Hon. Derek Taylor, and Mr. Thomas Saunders, former director of Immigration for their incredible 27 years of volunteering on the board of Directors, since the museums inception.

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Job Summary Provo Water Company Limited is looking for a suitably qualified person to fill the post of Water Operations Director (WOD). The WOD shall be responsible for the complete operations including water quality, planning, directing, controlling and coordinating the construction and maintenance of water systems. The successful candidate will provide strong leadership and work with the management team to implement effective operations strategies in the Company.

Company Description Provo Water Company Limited is a privately-owned regulated water utility located on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The Islands are a high-end tourist destination for about 300,000 guests annually. The islands’ population is about 30,000 residents. The company supplies potable water treated by sea water reverse osmosis.

Roles & Responsibilities The Water Operation Director’s role shall include but not be limited to: •Lead the operations of the company •Ensure that operations targets are met while conforming to laws, standards and industry best practices •Develop and enforce the Company’s health and safety policy •Oversee the company’s resources and systems for optimal results •Develop and control departments’ budgets

Skills and Qualifications The ideal applicant shall: •Hold a master’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or other applicable discipline. •Have 7 years’ experience with not less than 5 years in a managerial capacity within a water supply company. •Clearly demonstrate success in a similar role

Compensation The starting salary shall commensurate with qualifications/experience and shall be in the range of US $85,000 – $95, 000 per annum. A performance bonus and other fringe benefits are associated with the position.

How to apply Apply by email to Include a cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume The subject of the email should be: Water Operations Director The deadline for applications shall be 5pm EST, 31 July 2019. Applications received after the stated deadline may not be considered.

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Premier attends pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting in Cayman Islands

The Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson attended the annual Pre Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) which was hosted by Premier of Cayman Islands and Chair of Pre JMC, Honourable Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP in the Cayman Islands June 26 2019. All Overseas Territories Leaders made representation at the conference to discuss and agree on pertinent

matters and to discuss the format of the Joint Ministerial Conference that will be held in London, UK later this year. During the meeting, Overseas Territories discussed a number of topics including: Gateway Science and Environment Funding; Border Issues; Mental Health; UK Oceans Policy; Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) Report and UK Government’s response .

VACANCY – BUSINESS SYSTEM ANALYST Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Business System Analyst, FortisTCI, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Description • Works with business units to align technology solutions with business strategies. Supports business processes, requiring design or integration of technical solutions that may cross multiple functions of the business. Assist the technical team and strengthen their understanding of the solution to be developed. • Facilitate end-user technical training and monitoring of system utilization. Ensure ERP documentations are developed, circulated, communicated and updated. Manage project as assigned by the ETS Manager. Main Duties • Establishes and maintains liaison relationship with business partners and Enterprise Technology Solutions (ETS) unit in order to provide effective technical solutions. • Seeks opportunities to improve and deepen relationship between ETS and business units. • Conducts data gathering and analysis to understand business strategy requirements. • Contributes to the business short and long-term planning sessions and provides direction to ensure understanding of business goals and direction. • Conduct facilitated workshops to elicit requirements both functional and technical requirements. • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis. • Provides input in project development from a business and IT perspective. • Assesses business user needs, utilizing a structured requirements process (gathering, analyzing, documenting, and managing changes) to assist in identifying business priorities and advises on options. • Develops, writes, and communicates business requirements and functional specifications for the implementation of business solutions. • Analyzes business operations to understand their strengths and weaknesses to determine opportunities for improvements. • Effectively communicates and works with system developer to convey and achieve business units requirements • Assists in the business process redesign and documentation as needed for new technology. • Conduct feasibility studies and draft proposals for evaluation by appropriate users and managers. • Responsible for business case development and presentation. • Identify and propose technology solutions viable to the business case. • Develops user test cases and system integration testing and validates test results during testing. • Monitors testing process to ensure that business results are adequately tested with minimal risk. • Ensures test strategies involve appropriate integration and process components.

OTs all expressed a united stance on all of the issues raised. At the end of the meeting, OTs agreed that a letter should be submitted to the Minister of State for the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, Lord Ahmad ahead of the Joint Ministerial Conference 2019 outlining priority agenda items. The Pre JMC was launched as an initiative of the United Kingdom

Overseas Territory Association (UKOTA). UKOTA exists to promote the interests of the Territories and the cooperation between them. Specifically, UKOTA demonstrates the collective and individual partnerships between the Territories and the UK Government. Premier Robinson along with other OT leaders will be attending the Joint Ministerial Conference in London in November.

• Investigates problems and develops recommendations for resolution. • Identifies need for technical assistance to help in problem resolution. • Keeps stakeholder informed of problems, issues, and resolutions. • Analyzes performance metrics to ensure stakeholder satisfaction. • Manages end-user expectations. • Ensures technical solutions meet end-user or stakeholder needs. • Meet regularly with business units and technical support to gather work statuses. • Discusses work progress and obstacles. • Provides advice, guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback. • Ensures work, information, ideas, and technology flow freely across teams. • Generates appropriate communication, process and educational plans for mitigating the disruption of change from technology implementation. • Identifies and removes obstacles to change. • Coaches and transfers knowledge to all team members Academic/Technical/Management Experience &Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business, or other related field. • Requires 5-7 or more years of relevant technical and business work experience. • Requires leadership skills, experience/in-depth knowledge of business operations and systems requirements processes. • Experience in business process design, documentation (written and workflow), and analysis. • Understanding of software development lifecycle (SDLC) • Proficient in Microsoft Office i.e. Word, Excel, and Power point • Good command of English language (Spoken and written) • Understanding of networks, operating systems and technology system interfaces • Knowledge of or familiar with high-level programming or scripting languages (X++, C#, Java, Python, SQL etc.) Abilities & Skills: • Organization and presentation skills • Data analysis and planning skills • Excellent time management and self-motivation skill • Good communication and organizational skills • Work effectively with diverse attitudes and groups • Visualization and prototyping skills • Team-oriented • Goal-oriented • Facilitation and coordination skills Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Tuesday July 2 2019: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: or

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Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education responds to Article on recent GSAT results Once again, I congratulate our students who recently sat the 2019 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and express my gratitude to their parents and teachers who worked assiduously to support them. The recent GSAT results reemphasized the policy shift that my Government has made to discontinue GSAT, with a one-time test period and introduce the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) which is based on accumulative grades over a two-year period. It has always been my Government’s position that a number of factors can affect a child’s performance on the day of exam. As Minister for Education, I would like to address the inference made by my esteemed parliamentary colleague in her attempt at weaponizing our students for political gain. This is both disheartening and unfortunate. It is a known fact that hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 affected our islands severely. Our records showed that approximately 74% of the critical infrastructure and facilities within our country were affected, especially our

schools. This has undoubtedly increased the challenges to our education system and the personnel therein as it would for any small island state. My Government has risen to this challenge and has found sustainable solutions which involve conducting on-going repairs to our schools whilst aggressively promoting the safe school initiative for our children and personnel. Research in the region has shown that within one year after a natural hazard students’ academic performance decrease due to lack of attendance as a result of disruption caused by storms. It is for this reason that my government worked tirelessly to resume school within a record short six weeks after the storms in comparison to other schools within the region. This was reflected in our students’ performance with an overall GSAT 2018 pass rate of 75.6%. To attribute the performance of schools solely to the condition of the infrastructure post 2017 is myopic. I hasten to point out that in June

Hon. Karen Malcolm 2014 the overall GSAT percentage pass was 68.3% and students did not experience any hurricanes the prior year which affected the conditions of the schools. To suggest that our students’ performance this year is as result of a hurricane which occurred

two years ago is simply misleading. The performance of students immediately following the hurricanes and even now has shown this position taken by the former minister to be incorrect. In fact, one of the top performing students last year, a short few months following the passage of the storms, was a student from a school that was totally displaced and on one of the hardest hit Islands. My Government is concerned about this year’s results and has instructed the Department of Education to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the GSAT results and make recommendations for short and medium term approaches to address our students’ performance. Although this is the last year for the GSAT, the evaluation will also determine the factors which impact students’ performance over the past years towards achieving continuous improvement of teaching and learning. The Government remains committed to engaging stakeholders about strategies and innovations that will improve the lives of our children and the education system.

More wins for TCI culinary team Team TCI returns home withmorewins for the Turks & Caicos Islands after an exceptional performance at the 2019 Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition where Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) members, and food enthusiasts, gathered to see who had the best culinary offerings in the region. Held in Miami, Florida at the Hyatt Regency from June 22nd to 26th, teams from 14 Caribbean countries clashed on the culinary battlefield, creating everything from savory dishes to expertly crafted cocktails. Two (2) Gold, two (2) Silvers, two (2) Bronzes,an Honorable Mention and a Hall of Fame induction and an overall team Silver medal were among some of the coveted prizes showcased by the team at their arrival at the Providenciales International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Lead by Executive Chef Jason Heath of the Turks & Caicos Collection, the team went head-to-head with fourteen renowned teams from across the Caribbean and delivered spectacular dishes and cocktails in 11 categories. “Year after year this team has created excellence at this competition, I am beyond words on how proud I am at their accomplishment,” said Turks & Caicos Hotel andTourismAssociation’s Chief Executive Officer, Stacy Cox, who accompanied the team. “The tremendous dedication from everyone, the commitment and the drive to win amazes me and I am so grateful for all the support we’ve received.” The locally based team had an impressive finish with a gold medal and a Hall of Fame induction in the‘Pastry Chef of the Year’ category, a gold medal in the ‘Best in Chocolate’ category, a bronze medal in the ‘Seafood’ category, a bronze medal in the ‘Junior Chef of the Year’ category, silver medals in both the ‘Caribbean Chef of the Year’ and ‘Bartender of the Year’categories and an Honorable

Mention in the ‘Beef’ category. Added to this, the team competed in the very first Street Pork competition; a new addition to the Taste of the Caribbean competition. Team members Chef Nikita Skippings and Chef Walky Gedeon took on contenders in the ‘whole hog’ portion of the competition and emerged proudly with a 2nd place win in the category. “We are so thankful to the Association members for nominating their top chefs to help us showcase TCI’s culinary talent internationally. Year after year, the team is supported by our members with their sponsorship which they provide in many different ways. The training they have endured leading up to Taste of the Caribbean, including Taste of Tapas, continues to pay off.” Since 2016, the team has seen considerable sponsorship from members like Stanley Williams of Hertz, Seven Stars Resort and Owners Association, Beaches Resort, The Hartling Group and coming on board again this year, was the Turks & Caicos Collection. The training they have endured leading up to Taste of the

Caribbean, including Taste of Tapas, has truly paid off.” Team TCI was led this year byExecutive Chef Jason Heath of the Turks & Caicos Collection and included Chef Martin Wilkiens of Seven Stars Resort; Chef Eversley Rowe of Kalooki’s Restaurant; Chef Nikita Skippings of the Cook Off Chopped Off brand (standing in for Chef Jago Moore);Chef Walky Gedeon of Solana, Chef Rajasekar Ravindran of The Hartling Group;Chef Peter Ooi of the Turks & Caicos Collection; Chef Vadivel Raju of Grace Bay Resorts; Junior Chef Kevin Missick from the Turks & Caicos Community College and Junior Chef Inga Stubbs; both products of the TCI Hospitality Adventure Lit’l Chefs Camp. Team Bartenders were Delorno Mosley of Kalooki’s and Paolo Patitucci of Wymara Resort. This is the fourth year that the Turks & Caicos Islands has been represented in this international cooking competition. In 2016, the team was led by Chef Colin Watson of Beaches Resort. They travelled on a fact-finding mission; not knowing what to expect and wanting to

familiarize themselves to prepare for fierce competition the next year. Though novices to the competition, they surprised everyone by earning a Silver medal for Caribbean Team of the Year and a Hall of Fame induction in the Junior Chef of the Year category. The team returned to the competition in 2017, again led by Executive Chef Colin Watson and armed with the experience of the year before This time, they returned to Turks & Caicos with a team Gold. The team successfully held on to that position when they competed in 2018 with a team Gold and a Hall of Fame induction in the Pastry category, then led by Executive Chef Edwin Gallardo of Seven Stars Resort. This year, Executive Chef Jason Heath of the Turks & Caicos Collection led the group to a team Silver and a Hall of Fame induction in the Pastry Chef of the Year category. The team is proud of their accomplishments and look forward to intensive training and mentoring throughout the upcoming months to prepare for next year’s competition and to regain their Gold medal team status at the Taste of the Caribbean.

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Half-million to resolve Five Cays Road flooding issue, says Deputy Premier Astwood By Todeline Defralien Close to Half a million dollars is needed to properly resolve the issue of excessive flooding in the area of Five Cays, according to Deputy Premier and MP for the community, Hon. Sean Astwood. The well known issue of flooding in Five Cays recently worsened after almost two weeks of rain nonstop and caused hectic driving and long traffic lines when leaving or entering the district. Although there has been temporary fixes, the road is still in bad condition. During an exclusive interview with The SUN on Wednesday June 5th, Astwood said they are looking in having to come up with a more permanent solution. “We are now carrying through the process and that will be unveiled to the public once we get full approval for what we are trying to do,” he said. “It also includes some additional monies, probably in the estimates of close to half a million dollars to do from the

Fortis roundabout straight around to the Five Cays corner. The concept is really to include making sure that the drainage situation is being taken into consideration and part of the problem there as well is that the water table there is pretty low. So in normal places where you could just drill a well and the water will seep away, we can only go so far down there and we have the other dynamic right across from the fence where the soak away in the pond area from the Airport runway, they are all converging in the same location so it is a challenge in that area.” In addition, Astwood said that the rains a few weeks ago delayed the fixing process. “What has happened over the last couple of weeks is abnormal in that we don’t normally have rain everyday for almost two weeks and that is what really compounds the situation, cost of delays and repairs. You actually have to wait until the surface is dry in order for the repairs to take effect. If it is raining everyday that that just hampers, even though we pumped the next day it rained again and there is at least two

times that we fixed it and it got eaten away shortly after,” he explained. Astwood continued: “The reason why it took so long was because of the consistent rain, normally it rains in for a day and then the next day the water is pretty much gone, but as I said the abnormality in this scenario is that it rained for such a long time. What it also did is cause the road to erode more than normal. You have a pot hole, it’s there for a day, it gets fixed a day or two later and then you’re back to normal but what we have is a pot hole that is there and filled with water from the rain and people are driving into it for over a week in and out and just making it bigger and the water is seeping into the sub-surface of the pavement and that created a number of other problems.” The MP for Five Cays stressed that strategies are now in place and there is also a plan that they feel very confident about that can solve the problems. “There is a more detailed project as it relates to the flooding that happens when you have storms coming over from the ponds and the

Hon. Sean Astwood, Deputy Premier and Five Cays MP water levels just rise generally and how we deal with that. That’s coming a little later down the road but there is a strategy that is now in place, there is a plan that we feel confident that can solve the problems in the medium turn and we’re going through the process of executing that,” he concluded.


T&C Refreshments Employment Opportunity - Manager

Parameters • Management of day to day operations • Ensure deliveries are executed • Willing to work in fast paced and multifaceted environment • Willing to temporarily relocate to The Bahamas on an as needed basis • Must be a “people person” that will never compromise on providing exceptional customer service • Willing to work on weekends and holidays Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree (Business Management or related fields preferred) • Valid Driver’s Licence • 5years sales, or other supervisory experience • Turks and Caicos belonger status. Bahamian status a plus Skills • Candidates must be energetic, highly motivated and eager to learn • Analytical and time management skills • Strong management and leadership skills • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) • Ability to work efficiently with limited supervision, and take ownership for assigned responsibilities • Ability to multi-task and communicate effectively • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Powerpoint Salary range $36,000 - $42,000 This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Interested persons must submit resumes to: T&C Refreshments #10 Butterfield Square Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands &Labour Department Providenciales

•Must be College Graduate •Must have at least five years’ experience in the field of metal, aluminum and glass fabrication works •Must have an excellent organizing skill and have proven track record in supervising a team of technical staff •Computer skilled and other IT peripherals •With experience in office administration •Can execute payroll and other accounting role •Must have an excellent communication skill both verbal and written •With Purchasing and store keeping background Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range:$21,600 per annum Interested persons can contact our office no later than July 5, 2019 @ (649) 242-7012/ (649) 347-9199 Email: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

LS LTD. LS Limited is seeking suitable applicants for the following position:

GARDENER •Assist with maintaining the landscaping of the golf course by cutting and shaping the grass and surrounding trees and shrubbery to a standard expected at an international quality golf course for our members and guests. •Operates all handheld landscape equipment in various golf course maintenance procedures. •Operates self-propelled walking mowers on greens and tees along with operating utility vehicle. •Performs a multitude of manual labor functions. •Must be willing to work public holidays and weekends when required. •Work with minimal supervision. •Previous experience as a gardener or grounds keepers preferred. Wages start at $7.50 per hour Please submit applications to: Veronica Rigby, Provo Golf Club, P.O. Box 124, Regent House, The Regent Village, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5126; Fax (649) 946-5191; Email: Interested Belongers must also submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2. Position is currently available. Closing date for application is July 15th, 2019.

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Chelsea Stubbs awarded for top chemistry student in the world By Todeline Defralien Chelsea Stubbs, who is also Valedictorian for year 13 at the British West Indies Collegiate, was magnificently awarded at the school’s graduation ceremony on Saturday June 22nd at Brayton Hall for her excellence in achieving Top in the World Award for Cambridge International AS-Level Chemistry. After learning about Stubbs heartwarming story which was published in the front page of The SUN newspaper, many persons in the community also wanted to show their congratulations to Stubbs for her great achievements. “There are many persons in TCI who would like to show their appreciation for your achievements, many people here knows Chelsea story because of...her inspiring story of the front page of The SUN Newspaper,” said Ms. Lettice Malcolm, Head of Sixth Form. During the special presentation, companies and businesses throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands presented Ms. Stubbs with a number of gifts and tokens that will help her along her journey for a new successful school year abroad. These included vouchers for horseback riding, introductory dive for two, paddleboard lessons, kayak trips, boat trips, parasailing, vouchers at the Palms, Beaches day pass, spa treatments, cash donations, cheque donation, trip to the nation’s Capital Grand Turk, a special bag pack, books for University, a new laptop and a special presentation from her parents who presented her with a new flute as her Valedictorian gift and more. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm and Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood. While addressing the crowd, teary-eyed Chelsea Stubbs sincerely

Chelsea Stubbs receiving the Top of the world in AS Chemistry award from Principle of BWIC Mrs. Sylvie Wigglesworth

Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm, Chelsea Stubbs and parents Bennett Stubbs and mother

thanked everyone in the Turks and Caicos Island who has played a part in her success and everyone who presented her with gifts. She said, “First I would like to express the heartiest congratulations to our graduates, year eleven. Having stood at this podium just two years as valedictorian, seeing you reminds me of the time when I was absolutely beaming because I have finally completed five long years of secondary school and I was looking forward to a new chapter and year thirteen standing at this podium as a member of your graduating class today brings me joy for the future. In addition to being delighted in this academic milestone, I celebrate our strong friendships which have survived many hectic times. Nevertheless seeing both classes, I am mainly optimistic because I know that today will only be the first of many very proud and successful moments for us all.” Furthermore, given Stubbs own recent achievements and perseverance she stated that she has developed a special desire to encourage others. Chelsea, at 17 years old, became

her father’s primary care giver when he fell ill which was difficult for her while juggling school. “A year prior to the publishing of my prestigious award, my father has fallen ill and I was a year twelve student juggling between my responsibilities as his main caregiver and the academic demands of the sixth form. Despite long shifts attending to him at the hospital, I managed to show up for my classes the next morning and to engage in meaningful studies whenever I had a break and students if I can do great things, you can do great things to,” she said. She continued: “I would love for everyone who are listening to appreciate and for any struggling student to internalize that if you work towards an ambition and you have honest intentions, good things will come your way. I never lost hope because I knew my efforts would be rewarded despite the adversity I encountered and they were. Even though I am proud with what I have been able to achieve and overcome, there are a significant number of individuals that I must thank but first

I want to thank the almighty God for allowing me to accomplish what I can use in return to inspire others.” Stubbs further thanked the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, her family, church family, teachers, Principle of BWIC Mrs. Sylvie Wigglesworth, teachers at Best Institute for laying the foundations and special thanks to Grace Way IGA for their consistent love and support for my endeavors. “To members of the TCI community, thank you for your beautiful comments on Facebook, thank you also to those that have personally approached me to express their congratulations, your words have meant the world to me and they give me so much encouragement to keep striving for excellence and to continue to make you proud. Turks and Caicos Islands this is proof enough that you are what it takes, thank you for being my village. As Ben Carson once said, you have the ability to choose which way you want to go, you have to believe that great things are going to happen in your life do everything that you can, prepare, pray and achieve to make it happen,” she concluded.

Cockburn Town Emergency Department team donates to local schools The Emergency Department doctors and nurses at Cockburn Town Medical Centre combined their personal funds to purchase several items for two schools on Grand Turk. In an effort to show the departments’ philanthropic values and support the community beyond emergency care, two professional all-purpose first aid kits along with much needed appliances were donated. The first aid kits were designated for the Industrial Arts and Home Economic areas where students are more at risk of sustaining injuries such a burns, cuts, during activities at the HJ Robinson High School. The institution also needed a microwave, which was also donated. During a presentation on Monday, May 27th, 2019 inside the department waiting area, the items were handed over to Patrick Jarrett, Teacher of Visual Arts and Acting HOD for Industrial Arts and Eudelsie Swimmer, Head of Home Economics at the high school. Clinicians also pledged to provide training on basic first aid, should the need arises. The second beneficiary was the New Testament Pre-School. The brand new compact refrigerator was accepted by Principal Kelma Hamilton. The school is in the process of reconstructing their main building, which (L-R) CTMC Emergency Department Team with HJ Robinson High School Teachers, Patrick Jarrett, Eudelsie Swimmer and Principal of New Testament was damaged during hurricane Irma. Pre-School, Kelma Hamilton

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Local registered Nurse/EMT launches first HomeAid Care Company By Todeline Defralien For the very first time, Turks and Caicos Islands can look forward to a professional HomeAid Care company operating on Island following its launch this week. TCI HomeAid Care was formed by local Registered Nurse/ EMT, Cleola Been with experience in Mental Health Nursing that loves helping others, and believes it to be a mission in life. TCI HomeAid Care was formed with one goal, to deliver the highest quality of in-home care. With over 20 years of experience in Registered Nursing, there are things she has seen firsthand that she wanted to see changed. It was her plan for TCI HomeAid Care to offer only the best of service, so only the best caregivers where hired to match the culture that the company intended to build. During an exclusive interview with The SUN, Been said, “The impact that I would want to bring to the Turks and Caicos Islands is to provide the elderly with care in the last stages of their lives where they are comfortable, in familiar surroundings without taking away too much of their independence. It will also alleviate a lot of pressure off of the hospital and off of social welfare as well. This is a service whereby instead of having a facility, the same care and standards can be maintained in their homes without displacing that individual and putting them in unfamiliar surroundings and that in itself lengthens their life because you take away a lot of the stress and It also helps health wise.” The Care Company allows individuals and their loved ones to continue to enjoy independence in

the comfort of their home, with just the right amount of support from a dedicated caregiver. She added: “There is no geriatric home in Providenciales especially and the hospital has quite a few geriatric patients and they are just there for daily routine care and the problem is that they have homes, but there is no one to care for them and that is where we would come in. This is a private company; I am seeking to gain assistance from the Government where they would assist these persons with gaining care from the company.” In addition, services will be provided to persons living in the Turks and Caicos as well as people visiting for a while. TCI HomeAid Care is a full family service, and take to heart the responsibilities associated with caring for you and your family member(s). “The process is after contacting the company, I would go to their homes/ residence and we would sit and discus their needs because each person’s needs are different and we do specialize care for each individual person and then we go ahead and we plan as to what type of care that you would need and that can be medical or non medical,” she said. Been further stressed that there are no limitations to age; it will cater to the elderly, sick, children and it is 100% safe. She continued: “All the Caretakers are First Aid and CPR trained and the company was approved by the Health Practitioner’s Board and is a licensed business. I have nurses and Caretakers that I have worked with for the past three years and they are professionals. In addition I have two Caretakers in particular that are professionals and the nurses are from

the nursing pool that is here, so they are Changing of Dressing. already registered nurses.” More Services available please Meantime, Been said that give a call to 1-649-345-6109 or email the feedback she is receiving from the for more community is very positive. details. “The feedback is very positive from people especially because it is a service that is new, it is the first one and there is no service like it so far in Turks and Caicos Islands. It is something that is really needed here and I have been getting some positive feedback from lots of individuals and throughout the public.” TCI HomeAid Care officially launched at the Commerce Cocktails & Conversations event hosted this Friday June 28th, 2019 in Grand Turk. Some of the services provided include: Bathing Assistance, Dressing Assistance, Walking Assistance, Meal Preparation/Diet monitoring, Light Housekeeping, Errands and S h o p p i n g , M e d i c a t i o n Reminders, Joyful Companionship, Respite Care for Family Caregivers, Care is Available Mornings, MidDay and Evenings, Temporary or Long Term Care is Available, Weekends and Holiday Care is Available, 24 Hour Care Available, Administration of Owner of TCI HomeAid Care, Cleola Been Medication and

Salary range based on qualifications and experience.

Floor Care Specialist Requirements / Qualifications:

Graceway IGA Supermarket invites applications from suitable qualified individuals to fill the listed positions currently held by work permit holders:

Retail Operations Manager Main duties and Responsibilities: •Must have over (8) years experience in Supermarket Retail with a minimum of five years in a managerial position to include management of individual department •Standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality and profitability •Must be familiar with all phases of retail grocery operations •Maintain awareness of market trends in the supermarket retail industry, understanding forthcoming customer initiatives and monitoring what local competitors are doing •Determines marketing strategy changes by reviewing operating and financial statements and departmental sales records •Ensure that Managers and department heads are monitoring teams to consistently rotate merchandise in accordance with store policy and product code dates to guarantee quality control •Understand Supermarket Math and how to arrive at proper margins •Oversee and ensure proper equipment operation & maintenance •Oversee and assist with special event as required •Familiar with Droste, ISS, SV Harbour and other retail programs •Establishes controls to minimize wastage •Full Understanding of business P&L breakdown •Help Train and develop staff •Managed large (50 or more) groups of employees

•Experience in floor care and maintenance. •Experience in waxing, wax removal, stripping, buffing and vacuuming large surface areas. •Experience in operating and maintaining heavy duty floor care machines. •Experience in using proper safeguards such as warning signs and safety cones to alert customers and employees to potential hazards such as wet or slippery floor surfaces; •Be knowledgeable cleaning programs and adhere to manufacturer’s label instructions for the safe and proper use of all chemical products Duties and Responsibilities include: •Monitor inventory of cleaning supplies and submit purchase orders or requests to store management; •Oversee cleaning and maintenance of the supermarket. •Responsible for the total store floor care on a daily basis. Salary Range: 6.50 - $7.00 per Hour Retail Floor Positions Job Requirements All applicants must be able to read, speak and understand the English Language and will be expected to sit and pass an in-house Math and English Test. • DELI / BAKERY ASSISTANT (1) • BAKER (1) • Warehouse Clerk / Stocker (1) Salary Range: $7.00 - $7.50 / Per Hour Deadline for submission of applicants is July 1st 2019 Submit to: Graceway IGA Supermarket main office complex or email:

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Limpid English Learning (Part 3) By Dian Kennedy This is our third week of examining troublesome pairs and I do hope that we are learning, using and adopting all that is being explored. I also ask you to save these articles for practice and reference purposes. 1.HERE/HAIR The verb hear means to perceive sound or to listen. Hear also means to receive a message or gain information. The past form of hear is heard. Example: I am sorry to hear about your loss. I did not hear about it until today. The adverb here means at, in, or toward a place or a particular point in a process. Example: I have lived here for years. Here is my proof of address. 2.WAIST/WASTE The waist is the part of body between the ribs and the pelvis. Example: Waste is the word with many senses mostly relating to things used needlessly or thrown away. Its definitions include (1) to use or expend (something) needlessly, (2) to lose energy, strength, or

vitality (usually with away) Example: 3.WEAK/WEEK Weak is an adjective which means lacking physical strength or feeble. Weak may also mean lacking in moral strength, easily influenced or lured into temptation. A person or thing that exerts little force is considered weak. A week is a period of any seven consecutive days. A calendric week consists of seven days 4.LIE/LAY To lay is to set (or otherwise place) something in a resting position. Example: I don’t like to lay my purse on the floor. The dogs always lay their toys next to their water bowls. A lie is an untruth. However, it’s the verb form of lie that people find difficult to distinguish from lay. The verb lie means to tell a falsehood. Example: Sometimes children lie to get out of trouble. You lay something down and people lie down by themselves. (pLAce) and (recLIne)

What makes it even more confusing is the fact that the past tense of lie is lay but lets see if this mnemonic can help you remember that lay, which begins with the letters L-A, has a long A sound like its definition: to place. On the other hand, lie, which starts with the letters L-I, has a long I sound like its definition: to recline. This week I want you all to complete the exercise below and all answers will be available next week. Let us see how many you can get correctly. I hope you all score a perfect 100%! 1.The patient must (lie, lay) perfectly still during the X-ray. 2.The landfill has been having an 10.I will not go to the (fair, fare, fear) as I cannot afford the (fair, fare, fear), extreme overflow of (waist, waste). 3.Some persons are extremely kind to the plus I have a (fair, fare, fear) of (weak, week) while others refuse to help. overcrowded venues. 4.(There, Their, They’re) a number of activities to be tackled at the team park, Word of the week but (there, their, they’re) is not much Sporadic (adjective) for adults for do. 5.(Hair, Here) are the documents you Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated. requested. 6.The team tried everything not to Example: The sound of sporadic shooting (loose, lose) the game, but still ended could still be heard. up being unsuccessful. 7.The old adage “better late (than, * Dian Kennedy holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a then) never” is not always true. 8.Years of climate change has caused the specialisation in teaching English as second language. For feedback (weather, whether) to be sporadic. 9.There will be no (piece, peace) until I or queries she can be contacted at get a (piece, peace) of cake.

Microdermabrasion By Dr. Marsha Barnett Do you ever look in the mirror and wish that your face had a more even skin tone? If so, microdermabrasion might be for you. This non-invasive treatment gently exfoliates your skin. After a series of treatments, your complexion can appear smoother, brighter, and more even in tone. The microdermabrasion that a dermatologist or aesthetician performs differs from the one that you can do at home with a kit. A professional treatment goes a bit deeper into the skin. Still, the procedure is safe for all skin colors. Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive procedure that gently exfoliates the skin to diminish the signs of aging and improve skin tone and blemishes. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as o Dull complexion. o Uneven skin tone or texture. o Age spots. o Dark spots that can appear when acne starts to clear. o Melasma. Microdermabrasion can also improve the results gained from using your skin care products as it allows these products to penetrate the skin more easily. What should I expect throughout the process?

During the treatment, a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of skin is used. You may feel a sanding sensation, if crystal microdermabrasion is being used or a suction and mild pulling on the skin if a mechanical microdermabrasion is being done. It is not painful and usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes to treat the entire face and about 20 minutes to treat the neck. After the treatment, a moisturizer is applied. After microdermabrasion, your treated skin may be pink or red and slightly swollen. This tends to disappear within a day. In some cases, the skin can bruise, burn, sting, or become extremely sensitive to sunlight. These will go away without treatment. You will be given a skin-care plan that includes sun protection. Protecting your skin form the sun helps ensure the best possible results and reduces the risk of side effects. When will I see results? Most patients need a series of treatments to see results. Depending on the skin condition being treated, and the condition of your skin, it may be recommended that you repeat treatment every two weeks, or monthly. Most patients receive between 5 and 10 treatments. After a series of treatments, patients usually have smoother skin and a more-radiant complexion.

The results tend to be temporary. Patients who protect their skin from the sun and follow the recommended skincare plan will maintain their results for a longer time. Yet, no matter what we do, our skin continues to age. Follow-up treatments are usually necessary to help retain smoother skin and a more radiant complexion. Caution! Although microdermabrasion is a gentle, non-invasive treatment, you should see a dermatologist before getting this treatment at a spa or using an at-home microdermabrasion kit if you: o Have a mole or other spot on your skin that is growing, bleeding, or changing in any way. This spot could be a skin cancer. o Are taking (or have taken) the acne medicine, isotretinoin, which is prescribed to treat severe acne. If you have taken this medicine within the past 6 months, you have a higher risk for complications, including scarring. You may need to wait before having microdermabrasion. o Scar easily. Remember that although you might’ve gone online and believe you know exactly what the best treatment for your skin may be, your dermatologist or skin care professional

Dr. Marsha Barnett should examine your skin to confirm that this is a treatment you are likely to benefit from. If not, an alternative may be suggested such as a chemical peel. In fact, in some cases, the two treatments can be used together to maximize benefits. Also, your skin care professional should suggest a skin care regime to help enhance and maintain the effects of the microdermabrasion procedure between your treatments. *Dr. Marsha Barnett is a general practitioner who also specializes in dermatology. For questions or comments, please contact at or at Associated Medical Practices 946-4242.

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Caribbean House Evolution 2019 set for July 18 -21 By Todeline Defralien The most anticipated destination house music festival in the heart of the Caribbean is set to take place from Thursday July 18th- Sunday July 21st in Providenciales. Founded by house music lover, Johnny Legend, Caribbean House Evolution was first held in 2013 and has fast become one of the most anticipated music events on the island. The festival celebrates friends, vacations, house music and the end of the tourist season. Dedicated to art and community, Caribbean House Evolution is where locals and visitors alike can take part in the happy beats of house music and be themselves in all their diversity. It is a destination festival for house music lovers around the world and a space where local and international DJs come together and take part in a musical experience. In an interview with The SUN, founder Johnny Legend said this year is set to be bigger than ever. “I’m truly excited and so thankful to have the support of local businesses and proud to see the festival grow year on year. This year we have new events with Grace Bay Club and Wymara Resort & Villas. For me, music makes all things possible. Each year I introduce new acts and talent found locally and internationally and each year I’m overwhelmed by the response and energy. My festival has become a truly global affair, fully inclusive and fully immersive.” Legend said the committee is thrilled to continue in their support for the Edward Gartland Youth Centre in partnership with Somewhere Cafe and they are proud to announce that funds raised in 2019 will go towards music equipment for the centre’s planned music studio.

Roxann Wake-Forbes, Director, Edward Gartland Youth Centre, International DJ, sponsors and students of The Edward Gartland Youth Centre at last year’s DJ event Legend added: “As someone heritage, religion or ethnic background. | 9pm until late | Club Night Party who used music as an escape in my The centre provides a safe and inspiring •Liberation | Saturday July 20th @ youth, I understand its healing powers. environment where teens can broaden Somewhere Cafe and Lounge | 1pm until Supporting the Edward Gartland their awareness and understanding of Sunset | Yoga Brunch Youth Centre is something I am very global and social issues and develop life •Liberation | Saturday July 20th @ | passionate about and something my skills. Wymara Resort & Villas | 8pm until DJs are passionate about. I can’t wait Partners for the festival include 11pm | Dinner & Live DJ Set to see how these talented kids use the The Shore Club, Gracebay Club Resort, •Evolution | Sunday July 21st @ Water equipment and studio to create beautiful Wymara Resort & Villas, Royal West Cay | 1pm until Sunset | Private Island & music of their own. I’m truly excited and Indies, Sandbox and Somewhere Cafe Boat Party so thankful to have the support of local and Lounge. businesses and proud to see the festival In addition, the DJ Line Up grow year on year.” Caribbean House Evolution four day will include DJ Rashida (LA) (tour DJ for Meantime, Roxann Wake- Programme will consist: Bruno Mars and Prince), Silky (LA) and Forbes, Director, Edward Gartland Youth DJ Munro (London) and Local DJ’s, DJ Centre said that The Edward Gartland •Vibration | Thursday July 18th @ The Shakes, DJ Dayoh and DJ Dallas. Youth Centre is a non-profit organisation Shore Club | DJ Masterclass (5-7pm) and 2019 Sponsors are Graceway which relies on volunteers, donations VIP Opening Party (7pm-11pm) | Invite (IGA), Panoply, The Wine Cellar, Fiji and the support of the community to Only Water, Hurricane Vodka, Coyaba, keep their doors open. •Revolution | Friday July 19th @ Gracebay Kalooki’s, Retreat Kitchen, Jsquared The centre works tirelessly to Club | 6pm until 9pm | Sunset Mix with Island Designs, Glow Fit, Blufin, Island empower teenagers and provide equal DJ Munro Raw, Scooter Bob’s and Larry Klein opportunity for all young people on the •Revolution | Friday July 19th @ Sandbox Productions. Island of Providenciales regardless of

CARPHA workshop in TCI The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services welcomes Dr. Kimberly Ashby-Mitchell and Mrs. Christine Bocage, Senior Technical Officer’s for Food Security and Nutrition from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for two, two-day workshops on Nutrition Surveillance and development of the New Child Clinic records. The purpose of the workshop on nutrition surveillance is to train health care providers, particularly those with focus on assessment of the young child (age 0-5 years), in the application of the revised WHO standards for the child’s growth and development record. In 2006, the World Health Organization released a new growth chart throughout the Caribbean region to provide information and tools for parents, and health care professionals alike to recognize sup-optimal and excessive weight gain in children. The collection and analysis of this data will help stakeholders to improve programme planning for prevention and management of nutrition in children. Previously, the data collected was based solely on children living in the United States of America (USA) who were formula fed. This new standard of data collection uses breastfed children from all regions of the world as the gold standard for comparison. In addition, the workshop seeks to train trainers in the collection, collation, reporting and use of nutrition surveillance data. “The goal of CARPHA and the Pan

American Health Organization (PAHO) is to continue their efforts to improve the generation of accurate surveillance data that will be used for planning and evaluation of existing programmes on child health.”The second session focused on the development of a new child health record for the Turks and Caicos Islands. This new record will collect data that is more comprehensive from each child. Approximately 25 health care professionals participated in this four-day session including nurses, nutritionists/dietitians, nurse educators, primary care physicians, pediatrician, dentist and the Chief Nursing Officer/ Primary Health Care Manager (CNO/ PHCM). Commenting on the training, Mrs. Bocage, CARPHA’s Senior

Technical Officer for Food Security and Nutrition stated that; “The WHO New Growth Standards were released in 2006 but the charts are not currently in use in the TCI. This training was conducted to ensure standardization of measurements and to demonstrate and practice the correct techniques so that the information charted will be accurate for interpretation. These charts will be incorporated in the new Child Clinic Records which were drafted over a two-day period with the assistance of the facilitators. The draft document prepared will be further revised in a small selected working group; finalized and circulated for comments. It is hoped that this document will be pretested; piloted and finalized by the end of December 2019”.

The CNO/PHCM thanked the consultants and the participants for their attendance at the workshop which is timely, and a step in the right direction towards strengthening child health services throughout the TCI. Those who have received this training will impart this knowledge to those in their respective clinics. Upon completion and dissemination of the Child Health Records/Cards, there will be periodic follow up by the CNO/PHCM to ensure that the newly developed record is utilized in all participating clinics. Special thanks were extended to the Coordinators of this workshop Nurse Alrisa Gardiner, Senior Public Health Nurse/EPI manager and Mrs. Lakeisha Wilson, Nutritionist.

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The time I hated my country

By Deveraux Malcolm I was born in the 1970’s in the capital island of Grand Turk, a time when my country was the third world of the third world. Those born before me and around that time would understand what I mean. There was no running water. Drums and water cisterns held our water, and we accessed this water using buckets. Our baths occurred in small tubs and if you were fortunate, you were the first or the second person who took a bath in that same water. We had limited electricity in our homes, 3 TV channels (and 2 which didn’t work) and an antenna on the roof that had to be positioned at the right angle to make it work. Our food was cooked some days on a cold stove by my grandfather whose intentions were really good but didn’t rescue us from the fact that he never learned to cook until much later in his life. We walked barefooted as we only had a single pair of what was called our “GOOD SHOES”. I can also recall some days attending primary school without shoes. For fun, we played marbles, went fishing, ran behind horses, donkeys, goats and chickens, played with a bicycle tyre or wheel and pulled a klim can. With all that said it was surprisingly a good life. No worries or concerns and we were at our happiest with what little we had. Then my mom decided to study in New York in the mid-80s. As an only child, she took me with her. A new place in the big city! At first I asked, how could she take me from my good life in my third world home and force upon me a strange life in the concrete jungle? But wait, the concrete jungle was actually better than my home! We had running water and good food. I mean who would turn down New York style pizza and Burger King? Chinese food to die for? We had access to the latest toys, video games and fashion and my TV had all 12 analog channels. I was living my best life. This is the point at which I started to hate my home. How could I have been born in such a place? A place so harsh, so dissolute and so backward? I asked God why did He do that to us? Why would you place my ancestors in such a place and made life so hard for us? Why couldn’t I be born and raised in the US and not know about such a place called the Turks and Caicos, which

none of my classmates in New York knew about and wasn’t even on the world map to show to them during geography lessons? Imagine trying to explain something that does not exist according to the latest world map at that time? I was the laughing stock of the class. My mother finished her degree in 2 years and my time in New York came to an end and it was time to return to my home. But home to what? As far as I knew, nothing had changed. I knew that the conditions were the same. “Home sweet home,” as it is so gloriously stated. I returned home and could not wait for the day I could escape again return to New York to live for good. But something interesting happened. My presence on these isles made me fall in love with my home all over again. The saying that one must be “in the room” in order to appreciate the experience sounds true when it comes to the TCI. I did not want to live in any other place on this earth. I was indeed fortunate enough to return to New York for college and I would captivate audiences with my stories of a place no one in the room knew about. A place so geographically close to the US but it seemed so far in the minds of my audience. I returned home knowing that I had a contribution to make to a developing country. A country that gave me a scholarship, which helped me achieve my goals. A country that I thought could be the best country in the world. Fast forward to today, I have watched my country develop tremendously in my life-time and become my concept of New York to so many people. However, my recent concerns lie with the answer to the question, for whose benefit has this country become so developed? Who is currently out there reaping the benefits of the best country in the world? Certainly not its home-grown people! Certainly, not the descendants of those whose backs were broken by whips and wounds treated by labouring further in salt! Certainly, not the people who remained and called this place home before the world even had a glimmer of its possible existence! The question which arises is, why? Why haven’t and why shouldn’t the people and their descendants who first loved and cared for this place when there was nothing to gain be the first to benefit from their

country’s development? In Jamaica, the Jamaicans benefit from their country’s growth. In the Dominican Republic, it is the Dominicans who benefit before anyone else. In Cuba, the theory is that the Cubans benefit alone. Even in Haiti, with all its turmoil, it is still the Haitian who benefits where there are benefits available. In America, the American benefits. In Canada, the Canadians benefit. Why is it that in Turks and Caicos the Turks and Caicos Islander has no benefit to look forward to? Why is it that the first harvest of benefits are seemingly distributed amongst everyone else other that the native person with the native person left to graze the field with the hope of collecting any fallen residue? My fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, when will we wake up and take back the control and enjoyment of our country? When will we work together and do the things that we need to do to put our people first? When will we put our differences aside and focus on us, our children and our children’s children? It appears that we are the only group to be falling behind as the country moves forward. We are very close to becoming 4th Class citizens any day now in a country which is rightfully our own! Those foreign to our shores already look upon us with disdain and many of us can relate to stares and frowns, within our own home, which question our very right to exist, let alone our right to benefit first. A colleague suggested to me that writing this article would amount to a waste of time because all Turks and Caicos Islanders are aware of the problems I write about, yet no one will seize the opportunity to take action. What will we do, at this point? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! And this absolutely nothing will lead to our further demise. I am not oblivious to the fact that taking action will create discomfort. However, history teaches us that sometimes we need to become a little uncomfortable and seriously restless in order to recognize and aggressively pursue the opportunities and benefits wrongfully withheld from us and routinely exploited for personal gain by those entrusted with the power to govern on our behalf. I write with the hope that my colleague would be proven wrong. I write this as a call to action. A cry for

justice. A summons to every Turks and Caicos Islander to join hands and to fight for our country. What’s at stake is bigger than your party affiliation! Let us do what we need to do to secure a future for our children. Let’s put our differences aside for a time and fight for the greater good. A cause much bigger than self. Are you ready? I know I am. Today, I will ask my people to sign a petition as one united front to have our Constitution restored as per the recommendations in 2015. To restore the constitutional power to the people we elect to represent us. This is the start that we need for a brighter future. This is not a PDM or a PNP issue or problem. The problem affects all of us who live in the country. Let’s show the world that we can unite and operate at a level bigger than politics and set our country on the right foot to prosperity. Our goal is to get enough signatures from the voting population of the country that the powers that be will give the people of this country a referendum to decide if they want their constitution restored or not. LET’S RESTORE THE POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE ONE SIGNATURE AT A TIME!!! Anyone interested in helping or volunteering with this cause, please contact me on (649) 2323382 or email me at Malcolm_

Submission to the Fortis TCI proposed rate variation inquiry By Ed Forbes At this given time, I strongly oppose the Fortis electricity rate hike and here is my reasoning. Every for-profit company reserves the right to increase their bottom line in every which way they can, once it’s done in a legal and ethical way. There should also some consideration and empathy for the most vulnerable. The citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands are in a vulnerable position right now. We are suffering from some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

Post hurricane Irma and Maria, this was a missed opportunity for Fortis, one of the top 15 utilities companies in North America and the Caribbean not to replace downed power lines in select areas with underground cables. This would have put them in a much better position to minimize future losses from natural disasters. While the cost per kilowatt varies by country, we in the TCI have a multi-layered electricity rate design. Residential customers pay anywhere from 29 to 43 cents per kilowatt-hour. Most developed countries are paying an average of 25 cents per kilowatthour while the average price people in

the U.S. pay for electricity is about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. Comparatively, this is a significant difference. Although Fortis is diversifying its energy mix and allowing customers to connect solar PV systems to the grid, it’s a pretty significant start up cost for the average consumer. With about 217 days of sunshine a year, TCI has excellent solar resources enabling solar PV plants to generate electricity at similar or less expensive costs than conventional power plants do. Why isn’t the country as a whole harnessing this clean energy like Fortis power plant is doing in

Provo? Fortis TCI announced in 2017 that 1 MW of solar capacity is scheduled to be installed in the islands via the utility company, which would include a 700 kW array on North Caicos and 300 kW throughout the other islands. What happened to this commitment, but yet they are seeking a rate hike? Unless the government can get a commitment and a way forward from Fortis on these aforementioned initiatives, I strongly believe consumers are not getting a fair shake and the rate hike should be rejected.

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New PDM Taxes? By Shaun Malcom On Tuesday April 16 of this year, Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, who is also Minister of Finance in the TCI, presented her PDM government’s 2019/2020 draft budget before the House of Assembly that included a new tax policy introducing a General Sales Tax in the TCI that would be set to begin in March of 2020. This new tax appears intended as a general sales tax on goods and services. On Tuesday April 30 of this year, the Honorable Premier announced to the public that her Government had no intention of introducing new taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. The contradiction between the draft budget presented by the Honorable Premier and the Honorable Premier’s public statement are too glaring to ignore because we know that no item could be included in the draft budget proposal without the approval and support of the Premier who, is also the Minister of Finance. Without explanation for this apparent contradiction, the Honorable Premier has since posted a statement to her personal Facebook account indicating that there would be “No new tax, no GST” from her PDM government. Whether or not the draft budget proposal has since been amended, remains to be seen.

However, the Ministry of Finance, led by Cartwright-Robinson, has prepared and presented a Fiscal and Strategic Policy Statement (FSPS) that articulates the PDM government’s intention to implement new tax schemes by expressing that “islanders will be asked to invest in the development plans of the islands to boost economic growth so as to safeguard our future prosperity and medium-term fiscal sustainability”. That last mystifying statement is Minister double-speak for the PDM increasing tax rates on the working-class citizens of the TCI. I respectfully submit that before this PDM government considers increasing tax rates on the already overburdened working-class Turks & Caicos Islander, they consider asking persons who contribute little or nothing to the TCI economy, to make a reasonable contribution to paying their fair share. Specifically, I submit that absentee foreign landowners who buy and hold property without making improvements that contribute to the economy, should, after a sensible grace period, be required to pay a reasonable “property tax” on that unimproved property. That requirement should not apply to Belongers. We, as Turks Islander’s, have welcomed outsiders and foreigners to our shores and showered them with our unparalleled hospitality for as long as

any of us can remember and I believe we should continue to do so. An honest review of the tourism industries development here in the TCI would reveal that much of that development was co-funded by we as taxpayers through government subsidies and concessions to developers and investors that were not offered or available to Belongers. Foreigners and outsiders who buy, build and develop in our Islands contribute to the TCI economy by creating jobs and commerce. We should continue to welcome these people with open arms. Foreigners and outsiders who buy vacant land, pay a modest transfer fee to government and “park” their wealth while property prices escalate, contribute almost nothing to the economy. We, as taxpayers, subsidize or did subsidize, by way of the high cost of water and electricity we pay, the cost for the utility companies to expand services and bring electricity and water to or near that vacant property. We, as taxpayers, subsidize or did subsidize, by way of government fees and taxes, installation of highways and roads to that vacant property. Let’s be fair and honest. Asking an absentee owner of an unimproved property who has “parked” his wealth to pay an annual property tax of $200.00 to $500.00 per acre would not

be an unfair or unreasonable request. Everybody needs to contribute. And let us not forget that a new general sales tax on goods and services could have a negative impact on our tourism industry by further inflating the cost of vacationing in the Turks & Caicos Islands. A “foreign owned and unimproved property tax” will not fill our treasury but will move towards a more equitable tax system for working class Belongers. I caution the PDM Government; Every new tax on a Belonger has the potential to lower that Belonger’s standard of living. May God Bless all,

The GSAT is dead but the issues causing some poor results are still alive By Drexwell Seymour The Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) is an exam that many elementary schools used to test their performance against other schools throughout the Turks and Caicos. Personally, I have always had mixed feelings about the GSAT, having gone through it with my daughter in 2010. However, replacing it with CPEA is not the answer at this time as we have too many other issues to address in our schools. Before I proceed any further, let me congratulate all parents, teachers and the students who were successful in the GSAT. A special mention to Providence International Academy (my children’s school) that captured 2 top 10 spots in the country. A special recognition also to Community Christian Academy (my church school). Last but not least, I have to recognize a very special school to me, Oseta Jolly that continues to soar despite the setbacks. This article is to address some issues that affected the results of the GSAT in the public schools specifically on the island of Providenciales. Student ratio On Providenciales, the average student teacher ratio is 28 students to

1 teacher in the public school, while in the private school, the average student teacher ratio is 12 to 1. A lower student teacher ratio will no doubt have a positive significant impact on students which is reflected in GSAT results. English as second language English is not the first language for most of the students in the Provo Public Schools and so many of them have a challenge comprehending the work. Despite the fact that some of them cannot read and write properly, they are promoted from one grade to the next. Apparently this promotion is done to accommodate space for new students. Let me pause me right here and say that there are many success stories of students who could not speak English but were very successful in previous and current GSAT results. The role of parents The role of parents in the life of children have a significant impact on their education. Some parents depend solely on the teachers to train their children. Some parents have multiple jobs and they are not even at home and so some of these students ae left on their own and hence their education is impacted. Some teachers see the jitney drivers

more than the parents. Recommendations Government needs to lower the student ratio and when the school reaches its desired ratio, discontinue accepting applicants. Perhaps this is why the previous administration and the current administration proceeded with a fourth primary school on Provo. I don’t know if that is the reason but we will wait and see. Outsource to a private institution or individuals to train students that cannot speak English. Once they are proficient in English Language, then transition them into the Public school. No one should be allowed to enter the Public School until they mastered the English Language. Otherwise, we are setting up these children for failure. Train our teachers to teach English Language as a second language or foreign language to students that speak Creole and Spanish. Encourage the promotion of the expansion of private schools. After all, the majority of locals are frustrated with the public schools and are sending their children to the private schools. You can easily count the locals at the Public schools on the island of Provo.

Drexwell Seymour Make parents pay a fee for their children to attend the Public School. It seems if parents pay for something, they will pay more attention to our children. Conclusion Like a parent knows most things about his or her child, the teacher knows most things about the student. They know the issues and are not surprise with the results. The ministry needs not only to have constant dialogue with the staff but they should also listen and implement the recommendations from the staff. Somehow, Oseta Jolly seems to have the formula right based on their consistent performances. Unlike the other two public primary schools on Providenciales, the parents of Oseta Jolly are very much involve in the education of their children.

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How To Vacation Like A Kardashian In Stunning Turks And Caicos The Kardashian sisters have been spotted enjoying the luxurious island of Turks and Caicos several times. So, what exactly keeps bringing the famous family back to this island paradise? Sure, it has beautiful beaches and year-round sunshine, but so do many other Caribbean countries. What makes Turks and Caicos Island luxurious enough for a Kardashian and why should you visit? Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s Vacations Celebrity spotting is almost a sport on The Turks and Caicos island. As a small country with a population of only 31,000, big news travels fast. The arrival of any of the Kardashian family is certainly deemed big news. During my stay, in addition to the Kardashian sisters, I also heard about other celebrities who were on the island including a child TV actor and a certain Canadian rap star! Thankfully many celebrities, including the Kardashians, are not at all shy about sharing where they are vacationing so if you fancy the opportunity of nabbing a celebrity selfie while on your trip, the Turks and Caicos will almost certainly deliver. Luxury Resorts As Standard

The Turks and Caicos are known as a luxury vacation destination. Grace Bay Beach on the Island of Providenciales, where you will arrive from international flights, is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s also where you’ll find most of the high-end luxury properties and resorts. Kim Kardashian along with her sisters Kylie and Kourtney have reportedly stayed at the Amanyara retreat, on the western shore of Providenciales. A stay here starts at $1550 per night and features an outdoor reflecting pool, spa pavilions, and fine dining. For a more cost-effective but equally luxurious experience choose The Ocean Club Resort. You can stay at either Ocean Club or Ocean Club West, two deluxe properties located just a mile from each other along Grace Bay Beach. Look for the pretty pink sun umbrellas to find your way. You can choose from a garden, pool or ocean view in a variety of different categories including studio, studio deluxe, junior suite, one, two- and three-bedroom deluxe suites. Comfortable lounges, dining areas and kitchens make the Ocean Club a true home away from home and particularly convenient for family travel. You can expect to eat well at

Shark and Ray conservation survey The Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to inform the general public that the survey pertaining to Fisheries in the Turks & Caicos Islands: Shark & Ray Conservation, is now online. The survey will be available on the DECR’s Environmental Outreach & Education Facebook Page, as well as on the DECR’s webpage, for a period of two weeks, from 17 - 30 June, 2019, and will be published in English, Spanish and Creole. Representatives of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), who are conducting the independent consultation, will also be on hand at the fish plants to go through the questionnaire with fishers. The aim of the survey is to determine the public’s current understanding of the importance of sharks and rays as part of the greater ecosystem and to receive public input as to conserving these apex predators. The data collected and compiled

from the survey will subsequently be used to inform policy relating to the conservation of sharks and rays in the Turks & Caicos Islands. This follows initial consultation meetings held in November, 2018 as facilitated by the BNT, to ensure an objective collation of information. Follow-up public consultation meetings will be held in the near future, by the BNT, to further ascertain a responsible way forward in striking a balance of sustainable environmental objectives, and maintaining a healthy and thriving coral reef ecosystem – the bread and butter of the TCI. The DECR requests that the public please take time to complete the short survey as this is an opportunity to provide direct feedback to BNT on this issue. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the DECR via email at or call 338-4170.”

CARLA PETA-GAY BLAKE Location: Leeward, Providenciales Is seeking (1) General Worker Duties include: Performing a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing. Ensuring all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards. Protecting equipment and making sure there are no inadequacies Must be able to work 6 days per week Salary $8.00 per hour Please Contact: 231-4454 This position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

Solana, the Asian-inspired restaurant, the Opus wine bar or at the more casual Cabana bar and grill. Spend your days lazing in the pool, strolling on the 12 miles of pure white sand on Grace Bay Beach or borrow a bicycle and explore the island. Enjoy The Beach Life Like A Kardashian If you scroll through Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram feed you’ll see just how much she enjoyed stunning Grace Bay Beach. She shared glamor shots of her in the surf, family pictures of her little baby daughter, True playing in the sand and both herself and her sister Kourtney posing on a yacht. Beach lovers will find so much to do here in Providenciales, or Provo as it’s known by locals. Home to the worlds third largest reef, it’s a great place to go scuba diving or snorkeling. Book a tour with Island Vibes Tours, where you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with tropical fish, (but please don’t touch) then you’ll visit an island inhabited by iguanas and swim in the ocean. Celebrity Spotting At The Fish Fry

Every Thursday night at Bight Park, join the crowds and sample delicious Caribbean food, listen to music and shop at one of the biggest parties on the island. It also happens to be where I was able to spot the Kardashians for myself! With a mouthful of conch salad, I browsed trinkets and jewels laid out on market stalls. The music was playing, and the fish fry was in full swing. Suddenly the crowd moved close together in an excited pulse. A swiftly moving march of people descended holding enormous bright lights and cameras as they spoke quickly into radios. In the center of the throng were two instantly recognizable faces, the Kardashian sisters. Well, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian to be exact, they lined up at a food stall, magically without having to wait in line and were mobbed by people eager to get a selfie with the famous pair. They ate, they drank, they danced and then they left. It’s not hard at all to see why the Kardashians love Turks and Caicos so much, but this stunning island paradise is not just for the rich and famous; all are welcome.

Great House Management Limited [Sailrock] is seeking a qualified candidate for the position below: Temporary Guest Service Agent • Guest Service Agent is directly responsible for the prompt, efficient and courteous check in and check out of guest. Responsibilities • Engage each guest as a unique individual and listen attentively to their request • Answer the Telephone in a timely and professional manner • Escort all guest to their room • Listen to guest’s complaints or concerns and resolve their issue in a timely manner • Operate the Switchboard to ensure efficient communication within to and from the hotel • Assist guests with activities/excursion booking, restaurant reservation,and general information on the property, the surrounding area andthe island. • Update guests’ profile with any special request. • Complete all transactions and daily deposits. • Ensure guest is properly check in and checkout from the system. • Promote safe working environment • Keep work area neat and tidy Qualified Candidates will have/be: •High School Diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree preferred •Excellent communication skills both oral and written •Must have strong computer skills •Requires standing/walking throughout shift •Ability to work effectively in an innovative fast-paced and multi tasked environment •Able to organize, plan ahead and manage workload Please submit applications to: •Drop off: W104 Venture House, Grace Bay, Providenciales •Email: com Interested Turks and Caicos Islands must also submit copies of their application to the TCI Labour Board, this position is for 6 months.

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Responsible for overall management of all finance, accounting, purchasing and MIS functions, including but not limited to safeguarding all assets, strategic planning/budgeting and compliance with internal controls and procedures. Also, a financial advisor to the management team of the hotel and a coordinator with the various department heads with respect to the relationship of accounting policies and practices to operational procedures. -Minimum 7 years of hospitality accounting experience, with a minimum of 3 years in international assignments -Minimum 5 years’ experience as Assistant Director of Finance in a luxury hotel/resort/club of similar size or larger or minimum of 2 years as Director of Finance in a luxury hotel/resort/club of similar size or larger. -Condo hotel or residential accounting experience is a plus Experience in managing resort’s Purchasing and IT functions -An undergraduate degree in Business Administration or Accounting or equivalent in experience -A proven track record in overseeing the finance function environment Strong people management skills and experience is a plus -Adaptability: Able to adjust to change, open to new ideas, willing to take on additional responsibilities and able to perform in a deadline driven environment -Effective communicator with Owners, Guests and Employees and who is not uncomfortable in dealing with challenging issues -Excellent knowledge of various hotel software to include property management software, POS, and accounting software, specifically Opera, Micros ,ACCPAC, SAP Must have excellent: • Communication skills • Leadership skills • Advanced mathematical and accounting concepts • Computer literacy • Ability to analyse and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and governmental regulations • Ability to train staff This advertisement is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions of this position. 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: $80,000 - $90,000 per annum DATE OPEN: June 1, 2018 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Junior Pastry Sous Chef PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview: The Junior Pastry Sous Chef’s responsibilities include preparing quality pastry items such as breakfast items, desserts, breads, ice creams, sorbets, creams, simple syrups, amenities, displays/centerpieces and special request items. They should have a complete knowledge of correct maintenance and use of equipment; use equipment and tools only as intended, properly and safely. Also, they should be able to maintain and strictly abide by state sanitation/health regulations and hotel requirements. Meet with the Executive Chef to review assignments, anticipated business levels, changes and other information pertinent to the job performance. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $2,000 per month DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 POSITION: Waitress


Job Overview: Prepare tables with special attention to sanitation and order. Attend to customers upon entrance. Present menus and help customers select food/ beverages. Take/serve orders and answer questions or make recommendations for other products. Deal with complaints or problems with a positive attitude. Issue bills and accept payment. The individual must be well groomed, clean and polite. Previous experience is a must and should be able to speak and write English. Shifts varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.50 - $7.50 per hour DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 POSITION: Housekeeper (2)

Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any companyrelated practices Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range: $6.25 per hour DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 POSITION: Housekeeper



Job Overview: We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation.

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Job Overview: We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation. Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.25 - $6.75 per hour DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Sous Chef PROPERTY: Grace Bay Club Job Overview: The sous chef reports directly to the executive chef and will quickly amass an in-depth familiarity with the kitchen’s operations so that they may fill in for the executive chef when needed and assist them in resolving any problems that may arise on the job. A sous chef must possess the ability to quickly and authoritatively delegate job tasks to a large staff. They must also be able to draw upon their considerable experience as a culinary chef who has worked in many different roles and settings in order to effectively coach and mentor junior chefs. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $42,000 - $50,400 per annum DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 START DATE: ASAP POSITION: Housekeeper PROPERTY: West Bay Club Job Overview: We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation. Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices This position is currently held by an expatriate worker Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $6.50 - $7.25 per hour DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 POSITION: Stove Technician


Job Requirements: Engineering course, undergraduate or vocational school graduate with good verbal and written communication skills. Must have at least 7 years work experience engineering/ facilities equipment operations and maintenance gained in hospitality or other industries. •Working knowledge of electrical equipment and trouble shooting •Knowledge of computers and its peripherals •Planning and executing preventative maintenance of suites and equipment within •Knowledge of Operational Health and Safety Standards •Knowledge of basic kitchen equipment maintenance and trouble shooting •Knowledge of industry storekeeping procedures •Must be computer literate and technology savvy, particularly for ordering and follow up processes •Must be familiar with electrical and mechanical parts Shift Varies. Full time. Weekend and holiday work may be required. This position is currently held by an expatriate worker

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Qualified Islanders need only to apply copying applications to the Commissioner of Labour & Work Permit Board Zone 2 Salary Range: $8.50 - $9.25 per hour DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 START DATE: TBD POSITION: Executive Housekeeper PROPERTY: West Bay Club Position Summary: The Executive Housekeeper participates in the development of business strategies for the rooms division which are aligned with the overall objectives of the resort, develops and implements business strategies for housekeeping and monitors status regularly and adjusts strategies as appropriate Job Skills and Requirements: •Three to Five Years of Management Experience preferably in Hotel Operations or managing a team of 20 plus persons •Must possess and demonstrate excellent time management skills and ability to manage resources and prioritize and organize work efficiently and effectively. •Possess and demonstrate a keen eye for details •Must be an extremely honest person with high levels of integrity •Be able to work in close co-operation with and foster team spirit with all coworkers, demonstrating teamwork by co-operating and assisting co-workers as needed. •Communicates freely and effectively with customers, co-workers and management to provide services as agreed. •Provides value added service to customers by doing whatever is possible and reasonable to meet or exceed customer expectations •Has full knowledge of Hotel and Department policies and procedures. •Projects a positive work attitude at all times while refraining from gossiping and other work habits which may affect your work performance as well as fellow workers. •Demonstrate a high level of flexibility and adaptability. Skills and Complexity: •Must have a high level of effective communication skills in both oral and written forms. Ability to read and write English. •Ability to use computer and computer software programs. •Ability to develop data for use in operations, interpret simple and complex business statements. •Must have full understanding and possess the ability to develop an operating budget and other financial statements.

VACANCY – SUPERVISOR OF SECURITY Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the position of Supervisor of Security, FortisTCI, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Description • Supervise security guards to ensure the protection of FortisTCI assets and property. Ensure procedures are developed, continuously updated and implemented in order to prevent fire, theft, sabotage, riots or other situations that endanger the well-being of employees and damages to company property. Main Duties • Provides leadership, coaching and mentoring to all security staff. • Oversees the day-to-day (i.e. planning & scheduling of activities) operations of the security group. • Ensure that guards are admitting authorized personnel only to respective areas. • Responsible for periodic inspection of buildings, sub-station perimeters and grounds in order to prevent and guard against fire, theft, illegal entry, infractions of safety regulations, and other irregularities. • Train and develop security staff by estimating personnel needs, assigning work, meeting completion dates, interpreting and ensuring consistent application of organizational policies and industry standards; • Provide input on the security budget and controlling costs. • Assist with access control and security audits. • Provide management with risk assessments and recommendations of economic conditions (internal and external) that may affect the security of the company’s facilities and its employees. • Provide new and innovated techniques in investigation procedures & protocol and the areas of facility security, monitoring and control. • Troubleshoot and maintain all aspects of the company’s mechanical and electronic security, CCTV and fire protection systems throughout all company’s facilities. • Oversees the monitoring of the removal of company property from all facilities; ensure all transactions are well documented and with proper approval. • Design, implement, integrate and manage a comprehensive modern internal mechanical and electronic security, CCTV, and fire protection infrastructure throughout the company’s facilities in accordance with latest industrial standards and regulations. • Oversee all Security Services projects to ensure that all are within specs. • Ensure that Security Systems are maintained (i.e. CCTV and Fire Protection equipment, automatic gate openers, electronic door locks, small UPS) on all

Page 21 •Possess working knowledge of industry standards, inventory management and cost control procedures. •Have an eye for the bottom line •Must have excellent organizational and administrative skills •Must be detailed oriented with an ability to handle multiple priorities. •Possess service oriented style with professional presentation skills. •Ability to define and resolve problems in a highly professional manner. •Have self-control in difficult situations •Able to work in a culturally diverse environment •Able to work under stress •Ability to lift a minimum of 30 lbs and push/pull in excess of 50 lbs •Must be physically able to stand on feet for long periods of time, bend and perform repetitious tasks. Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range: $48,000 - $66,000 per annum DATE OPEN: June 17, 2019 START DATE: TBD POSITION: Housekeeper (3) PROPERTY: West Bay Club Job Overview: We are looking for a professional Housekeeper able of attending to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests that will become a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation. Responsibilities: •Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing •Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards •Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies •Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances •Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience •Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate •Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range: $7.00 per hour Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than July 5th, 2019 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1020 Email: Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

FortisTCI compounds. • Ensure that all employees and contractors perform their work in a safe manner according to the Company policies and procedures. • Provide input into the creation and implementation of Company Security Policies and Procedures. • Conduct and document intensive and factual investigations. • Provide supervision and monitoring of contracted security employees. • Provide periodical departmental reports. • Conduct periodic Departmental Meetings with employees. • Liaison between local Turks and Caicos and International law enforcement agencies. • Internal/External Customers at all levels Internal/External Customers at all levels • Suppliers • Outside Business Entities Internal/External Customers at all levels • Local and International Law Enforcement Agencies • Outside Business Entities • Internal/External Customers at all levels • Other duties as assigned. Academic/Technical/Management Experience &Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in related technical trade or law enforcement • 15 years’ experience in law enforcement or private security industry • Extensive knowledge of all mechanical and electronic infrastructures associated with Security Alarm equipment, Access Control, Fire Alarm and Protection Equipment, CCTV, Locking Devices and Vaults. • Extensive knowledge and skills relating to Microsoft Family of software products. (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) • Experience in any security software system utilization or administration • Possess a valid driver’s license • Must be eligible to carry firearms • Bondable Abilities & Skills: • Excellent team player and team building skills • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines and to work under pressure • Goal-orientated • Self-motivated Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications Deadline for submission of applications (inclusive of a cover letter, resume and a FortisTCI application form) is Tuesday July 2 2019: Avi Adams Manager, Human Resources FortisTCI Limited P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address: or

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British West Indies Collegiate graduation & prizing giving ceremony


ritish West Indies Collegiate in Providenciales held its 2019 graduation ceremony, on Saturday June 22nd, at Brayton Hall. The event was attended by a host of dignitaries, including Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood and Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm who brought greetings.

This year’s Valedictorian for year 11 was Rebecca Archbold and Chelsea Stubbs for Year 13. Both young ladies addressed the crowd with heartfelt speeches. In addition, awards were presented to most outstanding students in year 11 and 13. A special presentation was made to

Chelsea Stubbs who received Top of the world in AS Chemistry. Twenty students successfully graduated this year and are looking forward to a brighter future. Mr. Devonté Smith was Master of Ceremonies. Photo Credit: Todeline Defralien

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Rock House, TCI’s first cliff-side residential resort, breaks ground On Saturday, June 22nd 2019, Grace Bay Resorts, boutique developer and operator of luxury resorts and branded residences in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands led by developer Mark Durliat, celebrated the groundbreaking of phase one of Rock House. Rock House is the very first residential resort tucked into the

rugged, untouched limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore. At over 82% sold in phase one, construction has officially begun. The ceremony was held at the site located on Blue Mountain Drive, Providenciales and saw the attendance of Premier Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, Minister of Health, Hon.

Edwin Astwood; the Minister of Immigration, Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm; Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Derek Taylor, MP for Cheshire Hall, Hon. Doug Parnell and Ramon Andrews, Director of Tourism. Rock House will be a 14-acre residential resort located on the cliffs

of Providenciales’ north shore and will celebrate the beauty of the environment, incorporating the natural landscape in the architectural design, ultimately limiting its environmental impact. The property will join the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Grace Bay Resorts collection.

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Premier hosts luncheon for 100 year old Mr. William Simmons

The Premier Hon. Sharlene Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon. Cartwright-Robinson hosted a luncheon Derek Taylor. at the Como at Parrot Cay in celebration In a letter to the Centenarian of Centenarian, Mr. William Simmons for his birthday, the Premier said, on Friday, June 21st 2019. “William Simmons, today we celebrate Relatives of the lively Mr. you as the rare treasure that you are. By Simmons were also invited to lunch reaching a milestone 100th birthday, with the Premier, Minister for Education, you have reached a stage of opportunity Hon. Karen Malcolm and Deputy and strength that most have not and

will not have the chance to ascend. As you reflect on your life, I am confident that you can attest to God’s grace and guidance enabling you to overcome the myriad of challenges that would have presented themselves on your path. We thank our Heavenly Father for every good gift, and we thank him for continuing to enrich the

community of North Caicos with your presence. On behalf of the Government and people of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I extend best wishes for the happiest of birthdays.” A very Happy Birthday to Mr. Simmons! God Bless you and your family.

Prince’s Turks and Caicos retreat sells for $10.8 million While Prince’s home base of Paisley Park Studios in his native Minnesota might have been turned into a museum, his Turks and Caicos retreat was recently sold. Tom Barnes, CEO of 319 Capital Partners, purchased the palatial estate about three years after it originally hit the market, noting his family and he have been looking for a vacation complex on the island with the ability to host more people. But the size of the estate is not the only thing that drew the Barnes, who plans on renting it when his family isn’t using it, to the property. “I can remember myself back in 10th grade listening to ‘1999,’ ” he told The Wall Street Journal. “If I could go back and tell that 10th-grader that some day he’d buy Prince’s house, his head would probably explode.” After being listed in 2016 for $11.8 million, the compound was finally purchased for $10.8 million. And

though it was a private sale, fans don’t have to give up hope of being able to visit the late rock star’s vacation home, because the buyer says he plans to rent it out in the future. So, what will you get if you decide to book a night or two? The 10-bedroom, 10-bath retreat is spread out over 10,000 square feet. You’ll enter through a grand foyer that flows into a great hexagonal room complete with impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean. From there, the open floor plan flows into the dining room, kitchen, and outdoor living space. In fact, all of the main living space in the home connects to a terrace, so you can dine or relax outside with ease. Elsewhere is a spacious master suite and an entire guest wing—and that’s in addition to another two-story guest house on the property. A tennis court, tropical gardens, a 200-foot-long boat dock, multiple cabanas, and a staff

gatehouse are also included. If you want to be sure you’re staying in Prince’s home, look no further than the purple driveway and the purple velour-covered walls in the home theater. The “Purple Rain” singer originally purchased the villa, which sat on 3.31 acres at the time, in 2011. He then acquired adjacent land at different times between 2011 and 2012, adding

a total of two additional acres to his property. Now the home has over 1,625 of frontage on ocean and beach and is located on an exclusive and highly private peninsula. What’s also interesting about the sale is that the affiliate used AR and virtual reality from companies called R00my and Curate to model how the unfurnished property would look with furniture in it.

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ENTERTAINMENT Bounty hunter’s wife remains in coma in Honolulu hospital

Beth Chapman in Honolulu The wife of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman remained in a medically induced coma Monday so that she can be treated without suffering pain. Beth Chapman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 after having a nagging cough checked out, family spokeswoman Mona Wood-Sword said. Chapman was declared cancer-free after removing a tumor. But she was later diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Chapman, 51, was hospitalized in Honolulu Friday after having difficulty breathing and passing out momentarily. Doctors put her in a coma to spare her from pain during treatment, Wood-Sword said. “Duane and the family feel she’s such a fighter, she could get better,” Wood-Sword said. “The family still has hope.” The A&E series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was canceled in 2012. The Chapmans, who live in Honolulu, later starred in other similar reality shows, including Country Music Television’s “Dog & Beth: On The Hunt.” In 2016, Beth Chapman ran for president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States, and won. She has said she was the youngest ever to receive a bail license in Colorado, where she’s originally from. That record was beat by her own daughter, she said. In January, the Chapmans announced their bail bonds office in Honolulu was closing because the building would be demolished. Tourists would sometimes stop by Da Kine Bail Bonds because episodes of their shows were filmed there. They later opened a logo shop in the same building.


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Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was arraigned Tuesday on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club. “Not guilty, sir, honor,” said the rapper dressed in a dark blue and light pink pantsuit with her hair tinted blue as she pleaded in state court to two counts of attempted assault and various misdemeanor charges, including harassment, criminal solicitation, conspiracy and reckless endangerment. The rap star, whose charttopping hits include “I Like It” and “Bodak Yellow,” has showcased her fashion style at each of her court appearances. She didn’t speak to reporters as she entered and left the courthouse, but waved at a small crowd of fans who shouted her name and took video on their cellphones. The 26-year-old Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage argued with a bartender at Angels Strip

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B, right, waves at fans as she arrives for a hearing at Queens County Criminal Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in New York Club, police have said. They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to the woman and another employee. Cardi B had originally only been charged with misdemeanors. Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury after she rejected a plea

deal that would have given her a conditional discharge. Two other defendants in the case who allegedly participated in the brawl also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to similar charges. The judge set Sept. 9 as the next court date, but the rapper does not have to appear.

Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary Michael Jackson’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and charity Tuesday as fans make final preparations for gatherings to celebrate his memory on the 10th anniversary of the King of Pop’s death. “Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian,” the Jackson estate said in a statement to The Associated Press. “A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever.” The estate has doggedly worked to protect and enhance Jackson’s legacy, a task made more challenging this year when two men accused Jackson of molesting them as boys in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” sparking new scrutiny of years-old claims that Jackson preyed on children. Jackson was acquitted of abuse allegations in 2005

and always vehemently denied such allegations, and the estate and his family angrily refuted the men’s claims when the documentary was released in March, noting the men had at one time been among Jackson’s biggest defenders and testified on his behalf at his criminal trial. The estate is using the anniversary of Jackson’s death to celebrate and accentuate Jackson’s vast humanitarian work. It called on fans to honor Jackson’s memory by engaging in charitable acts “whether it’s planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. ... This is how we honor Michael,” the statement read. Fans plan to gather at Jackson’s last home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the singer received a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol on the afternoon of June 25,

2019 from his doctor. Jackson was declared dead at a hospital at age 50. They also plan a vigil at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where Jackson was laid to rest two months later. Some planned to gather around Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One group of fans planned a Hollywood rally Tuesday to declare his innocence of molestation allegations. Co-executors John Branca and John McClain, both major figures in Jackson’s career when he was alive, have taken his badly debt-ridden estate and grossed over $1.3 billion through various Jackson-related projects in the past decade, including the film “This Is It,” a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows and the sale of Jackson assets that included The Beatles catalog.

Gooding Jr.‘s accuser ‘troubled,’ groping case bogus Cuba Gooding Jr.’s lawyer is urging a judge to dismiss the forcible touching case that landed the actor in handcuffs two weeks ago, arguing that witnesses and security video contradict a woman’s allegations that he groped her at a New York City night spot. Lawyer Mark Heller is also taking aim at the 29-year-old accuser’s credibility, filling court papers filed ahead of a Wednesday hearing with quotes from what he said are blog posts that portray a woman with a “troubled mentality,” the lawyer said. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined comment. Gooding, 51, is accused of placing his hand on the woman’s breast and squeezing it without her consent June 9 at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square. She told police she believed that Gooding, the Oscar-winning star of “Jerry Maguire,” was intoxicated at the time. Gooding was arrested four days

later after turning himself in to police. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night court arraignment and was released on his own recognizance after about six hours in police custody. A conviction in the New York case could put Gooding behind bars for up to a year. Heller contends the woman, who has not been identified by police or prosecutors, wanted revenge against Gooding after feeling rejected and rebuffed by him and his girlfriend, who asked her to leave them alone after spotting her following them around. Video obtained by TMZ that the website says is from inside the bar on the night in question appears to show Gooding putting his hand on or near a woman’s leg and breast as they sit on a couch with his girlfriend between them. Gooding is then seen pulling the woman’s hand to his lips, as if to kiss it, and leaning toward her before another

man steps up and talks with them. Gooding’s girlfriend, Claudine De Niro, and a man seen approaching Gooding after the alleged incident said in affidavits filed with Heller’s dismissal motion that they did not see Gooding touch the woman’s breast. John Baeza, a retired NYPD sex crimes detective hired by Heller to analyze security video of the alleged incident, said in an affidavit accompanying the court papers that he studied the footage frame-by-frame and concluded that it does not show Gooding putting his hand on the accuser’s breast. Heller said the accuser initially told police she was “partying with Cuba Gooding Jr.” and claimed that Gooding groped her while she was handing him a glass of water, leading to a verbal dispute. None of that was true, Heller said, and the woman ended up revising her story. He said witnesses who disputed the groping allegations weren’t interviewed by police before Gooding’s arrest.

Cuba Gooding Jr. appears in criminal court in New York Summarizing his argument, Heller wrote: “The interests of justice are SCREAMING OUT” for Gooding’s exoneration.

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San Francisco is 1st major FDA approves drug for loss US city to ban e-cigarettes of sexual desire in women

San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday. Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative to regular cigarettes. San Francisco is a city that

celebrates its marijuana culture, but it appears deeply opposed to other vices. Last year, voters approved a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and in 2016, a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. E-cigarette maker Juul Labs, which is based in San Francisco, says it is opposed to youth vaping. The company is working on a ballot initiative that would regulate but not ban e-cigarette sales.

Average pregnant woman in U.S. may have poor nutrition

A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009 Many pregnant women in the U.S. may not be getting enough of certain crucial nutrients, while others may be getting too much, a new study suggests. Based a study of more than 1,000 pregnant women, researchers estimated that even with supplements, many women were getting inadequate levels of magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin E and iron. In contrast, most women were getting too much sodium, and many were consuming too much folic acid and iron, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. “The very high sodium intakes among pregnant women are similar to that of most U.S. adults, so similar strategies for sodium reduction (amongst the general population) are recommended,” said Regan Bailey, an associate professor of nutritional science at Purdue University. “Women concerned about their diet should work with a registered dietician or qualified healthcare professional.” To take a closer look at the nutritional status of American women, Bailey and colleagues turned to the nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They focused on data collected from 1,003 pregnant women between 2001 and 2014. During interviews, the women had been asked about their diet and their use of supplements. Based on the survey responses, the researchers estimated that 48% of the women were low in magnesium, 46% were low in vitamin D, 43% in vitamin E and 36% in iron. Smaller proportions of women were low in other nutrients, such as vitamin A (16%), folate (16%), calcium (13%) and vitamin C (12%). Nearly all the women, 95%, were taking in too much sodium, while some were also exceeding healthy levels of folic acid (33%), iron (28%), calcium (3%) and zinc (7%).

Most women, 69.8%, were taking a supplement, and the researchers say this was necessary for them to reach the recommended intake for key nutrients. Still, in some women, the use of a supplement may lead to higher levels of some nutrients than is healthy, Bailey said. The new study comes at a time when new dietary guidelines are being drawn up which will include information on prenatal nutrition, said Linda Van Horn, a professor of epidemiology and chief of nutrition in preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. A drawback of the study is that researchers didn’t measure actual levels of nutrients in women’s blood. Still, the findings are important because “we need to know more about what pregnant women are eating and to get a sense of their general nutritional status,” said Van Horn, who was not involved in the new research. “The results are not shocking: Americans in general are not eating what is being recommended and these women before they became pregnant were following the typical American eating patterns.” Along with helping researchers drawing up new guidelines, the new study may help supplement makers design prenatal vitamins that are better suited to U.S. women, said Dr. Maisa Feghali, an assistant professor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “This study suggests there is quite a bit of diversity in the nutrient status of pregnant women,” Feghali said. “It also shows that about 30% don’t use any supplementation, which in most cases would be prenatal vitamins. And despite 70% using supplements there are still quite a few nutrients for which pregnant women don’t reach recommendations.”

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012 The U.S. drug regulator on Friday approved Palatin Technologies and Amag Pharmaceuticals’ drug to restore sexual desire in premenopausal women, the latest attempt to come up with a therapy that some have dubbed as “female Viagra”. The therapy, Vyleesi, will compete in a market which has seen previous attempts fail. Analysts have said that a drug that safely and effectively treats loss of sexual desire in women could eventually reach annual sales of about $1 billion. Palatin’s shares jumped 44% to $1.93, while Amag shares rose 11.5% after market. Vyleesi, chemically known as bremelanotide, activates pathways in the brain involved in sexual desire, helping premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). The drug will compete with Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ Addyi, a oncedaily pill that was approved for HSDD in 2015 with a warning restricting alcohol use when on the medication. It will be available from September through select pharmacies. Addyi was approved under intense pressure from advocacy groups despite a review by scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that deemed it minimally effective and possibly unsafe. Vyleesi, which does not restrict alcohol use, is seen as having several advantages over Addyi, including

tolerable side effects, rapid-acting nature and not having to take it every day, according to analysts. Side effects reported during clinical trials included mild to moderate nausea lasting no more than two hours and mostly occurred over the first three doses, Amag said. About 40% of patients in clinical trials experienced nausea. The drug is administered as a shot into the abdomen or thigh using an auto-injector at least 45 minutes before anticipated sexual activity, with the FDA recommending patients not to take more than one dose within 24 hours or more than eight doses per month. The drug was developed by Palatin and Amag holds exclusive North America sales rights. Palatin will get $60 million from Amag for the approval plus additional payments for certain sales milestones and royalties. HSDD affects about 6 million women in the U.S., but few seek or receive treatment. SVB Leerink analyst Ami Fadia said there will be a need for more directto-consumer advertising through social media, which could help in building awareness about HSDD. “These women are just suffering in silence and so the market doesn’t really exist today,” Amag CEO William Heiden said. Ladenburg Thalmann analyst Michael Higgins forecast Vyleesi sales could reach $732 million by 2030.

Young women smokers at much higher risk of deadly heart attack While smoking boosts the smokers that heart attack risks only likelihood of heart attack in both arise much later in life.” There was the hint of some men and women of all ages, it has a much more powerful effect in younger good news in the new study. When women, especially those under 50, a women quit smoking, their risk of a major heart attack dropped back to that new study suggests. For women smokers ages of non-smokers. “This reversibility was a 18 to 49, the risk of a deadly type of heart attack was more than 13 times surprise, which I regard as a ‘silver higher than it was for non-smoking lining’ within the dark cloud of smoking counterparts, researchers reported in outcomes,” Grech said in an email. the Journal of the American College of “This will undoubtedly incentivize those smokers who may have genuine Cardiology. “This study sheds new light concerns regarding their longer term on the risk impact that smoking has health and realize the massive benefits in provoking major heart attacks, of abstaining.” Grech and his colleagues especially in younger and female smokers,” said coauthor Dr. Ever Grech, studied five years of data on patients an interventional cardiologist at the who came to their hospital with a South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Center so-called ST elevation myocardial at the Northern General Hospital in infarction (STEMI), which results from a Sheffield, UK. “I hope (the study) complete blockage of a major coronary will correct the perception by young artery.

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ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT, is looking for motivated proactive individuals to join its ‘Resort Team’ and contribute to this growing property and brand. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience. _____________________________________________________________________ RWI Management Ltd. A growing Turks and Caicos Islands management company is seeking a qualified and experienced Managing Director to head corporate and client level operations. The successful candidate must possess: •University Degree In Hotel and Food Administration •Masters in Business Administration •Minimum 10 years relevant work experience at directorial and regional level in a hospitality company. •Proven track record in growing business and contract negotiation. Will be able to produce mission critical reporting and provide solutions and decision-making based on proper analysis and understanding. •Computer literate with knowledge of modern property management systems, resort productivity software and internet distributed marketing and reservations systems. Salary: $85,000 Per Annum The suitable candidate: Must be able to lead all aspects of hospitality and corporate operations. WASTE WATER MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN •Knowledge of Activated Sludge Process WWTP systems and process control. •Knowledge of lift station grinder pumps, control panel, sensors and float switches. •General knowledge of hydraulic loading, D.O and settlement testing with the ability to carryout extended rise tests. •Knowledge of tertiary treatment systems including filters, pumps, automated backwash systems and controls. •Be able to record and keep excellent log reports as part of a maintenance program. •Overall general maintenance issues as well as civil engineering. Salary: $18,304 Per Annum •POOL & BEACH ATTENDANT Requirements: •MUST speak, read and write English •Ability to maintain pools and hot tub chemicals and maintenance issues related to same •Provide high customer service at all times as per the resort standard •Arrange pool loungers and tables on pool deck •Clean area of any debris, dirty plates, cups and glasses •Check landscaped areas around the pool for litter and debris

BUTTERFIELD GOLD GROUP OF COMPANIES POSITIONS AVAILABLE Positions held by Work permit holders One (1) Domestic Workers All aspects of cleaning & other domestic duties including preparing meals for the OwnerApplicant must be of excellent character and work ethics. Be able to work independently Applicant must be willing to work flexible hours Wages starting from $7.00 per hour Location: Leeward, Providenciales Two (2) Domestic Workers Cleaning officeson the Butterfield compound and other domestic duties Applicant must be of excellent character and work ethics. Be able to work independently Be willing to work flexible hours Wages: starting from $8.00 per hour 23 Parade Ave, Providenciales Only Belongers apply for these positions. Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified. Submit applications to by July 8, 2019 to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211 Labour Commissioner, Labour Department Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands

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•Unload, clean and place lounge chairs on beach •Rake area, pick up debris and trash & place umbrellas in sand near lounge chairs. •Maintain pool and spa water chemistry by conducting water chemical tests in compliance with health department standards. •On a daily basis ensure highest water quality, sanitary conditions, optimum pool performance and record all test results and adjustments in a detailed log. •Must be able to work split shifts, weekends and public holidays Houseman •Must speak English •Must be customer friendly •Greet and escort guests to room •Daily replenishment of room items and restocking of closets •Daily cleaning of buildings •Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays Wages: $7.50 Gardener •MUST speak English •Water, feed, prune and trim plants and trees •Mowing lawns, weeding gardens and keeping walkways clear of debris and litter. •Knowledge of landscaping equipment such as mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers •Install, weed and maintain plants and weed shrubs •Apply pesticide/insecticide to plants and trees as necessary •Ability to lift heavy object •Ability to work flexible hours Labourer Requirements: •Check on a daily basis all general areas of the common property – lights, pathways, walls, floors, railings, woodwork and any other area within the property •Clean, disinfect and touch up paint the public area bathroom by the pool area •Clean and oil external brown room doors & bannisters daily and as required •Touch up paint and any damaged walls within the common area •Keep pathways clear of debris and litter •Ability to lift heavy objects •Ability to work flexible hours Wages $6.50/hr These positions are currently held by work permit holders Prospective & qualified applicants who are Islanders can send copies of their applications and resumes to the email address noted below or to the Labour Board. All resumes and applications must be forwarded to: Royal West Indies Resort P.O. Box 482, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands You may also fax to: (649)946-5008

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:




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NEEDS A Painter In Grand Turk Duties: Prepare paint surfaces, mix, match, and apply paints and other finishes to various surfaces Salary $10.00 per hour To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 241-6994 This position is currently being held by a worker permit holder Applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islander should also send copies of their application to the Labour board


Aldarro’s Construction

NEEDS A Beautician In Grand Turk Duties: Specialize in certain areas, such as makeup application, nail art, etc Salary $200.00 per week To work 6 days per week Please Contact: 241-5785 This position is currently being held by a worker permit holder Applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islander should also send copies of their application to the Labour board

NEEDS Mason Helper Carpenter Helper In Grand Turk Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Salary $7.00 per hour To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 331-1625 These positions are currently being held by a worker permit holders Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board


Sherlock Forbes

For All you advertising needs contact TCISUN at 339-5879 Or email –


Lower Bight, Providenciales Is looking for the following: 4 Barmaids and a Janitor Janitor duties includes perform general clean up of all areas of the building as directed Manage routine upkeep of exterior areas Barmaids duties includes preparing alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages for bar and patrons and interacting with customers, taking orders and serving drinks. •Must have experience at least 3-4 years. •Salary is negotiable Please Contact 344-8644 or email: These positions are held by Work Permit Holders Applicants who are Turks & Caicos islander should also send copies of their application to the immigration board

For All you advertising needs contact TCISUN at 339-5879 Or email – Claudette Gibson Providenciales Is seeking to fill the position of general maintenance worker for an apartment complex. Position currently filled by work permit holder, must have general construction knowledge of carpentry, electrical and plumbing. Wage: $8.00 per hour contact : 232-7950 please dont call after 5p.m or call on Sunday Locals only need apply submit applications to Labour Board Position advertised is currently held by a Work Permit Holder

Mercedes Beauty Salon Location: Grand Turk Is seeking Two (2) Cosmetologist Duties: Providing various beauty services, such as hair styling, manicures, pedicures, scalp and facial treatments, or make-up application To work 6 day per week Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 246-5104 One of these positions are new and one is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islanders should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board

Location: South Caicos Is seeking a labourer Duties: to work in store stocking groceries, cleaning the store, and cutting meats To work 6 days per week Salary: $ 6.25 per hour Please contact 231-2781 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 Labour Board

Marilene Pierre

Larissa Gray

Location: Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking a Caretaker Duties may include cooking, complete light housekeeping duties To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 346-8736 Salary is $6.25 per hour This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Location: Grand Turk Is seeking a Domestic Worker To be carried out domestic duties such as sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and laundry To work 5 days per week Please Contact: 332-1946 Salary is $6.50 per hour This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

NTAB Construction

TJ’S Construction

Of South Dock, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a Mason To work 8:00am – 5:00pm 6 days @$7.00 per hour Duties include Laying Block, Plastering, Mixing of Mud and Working on Construction Site Applications can be sent via email at or delivered to #28 South Dock or Contact: 331-8346 Locals only need apply submit applications to Labour Board Position advertised is currently held by a Work Permit Holder

Seeks to employ a Mason In Grand Turk At a salary of $350.00 per 5 day a week The successful applicant will be required to lay concrete blocks and plaster walls as specified in approved plans Applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board Zone 1 and Tereze James AT TEL NO. 2454888. Please note that this position is presently being held by a work permit holder Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

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North Caicos Contracting Ltd Location: North Caicos Seeks One (1) Carpenter Salary $8.00/hour Duties: Install fixtures and apparatuses; repair and replace hardware With minimum 5 years’ experience and references Is seeking One (1) General Maintenance Salary $7.00/hour Duties: Perform general cleaning and minor maintenance duties in maintaining library building, adjacent walks and grounds, and equipment in clean, orderly and functional condition With experience and references For both Must be: - willing to work 6 days per week - Holiday and Week end - Hardworking and reliable These positions are currently held by Work Permit Holders Contact during Office Hours 946 7437 or Email CV& Ref to Belongers are encouraged to send applications and resumes to the Labour Board

Elianise Rigby


Blythe Malcolm

Location: Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking a Domestic Worker Nature of position: To be carried out domestic duties around the house such as sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and laundry Wage: $6:25 per hour Please Contact: 341-2902 First time Work Permit Belongers are encouraged to send applications and resumes to the Labour Board

Location: Grand Turk Is seeking a Store Clerk Duties: Responsible for obtaining or receiving merchandise, totaling bills, accepting payments and making change for customers in retail store To work 5 days per week Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 231-2062 This position is new Belongers are encouraged to send applications and resumes to the Labour Board


Louidon Pluviose

Location: Airport Road, Providenciales Is seeking a Sales Clerk To work 6 days per week Job Offered: Selling in the store and keeping the store clean at all times Applicant must be willing to work on holidays at times Please Contact: 243-8279 Salary is $7.00 per hour This position is new Applicants who are Turks & Caicos Islanders should also send copies of their application to the Labour Board

Location: Kew Town, Providenciales Is Seeking: Labourer Duties may include cleaning and preparing a job site, loading and delivering materials and using a variety of tools and machines Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 347- 0933 This position are currently held by Work Permit Holder Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

Warren Williams Of German Cigar Pub

H G Maintenance Company


Seeks to employ a Domestic Worker At his restaurant in Grand Turk At a salary of $250.00 per 6 day week Successful applicant will be required to maintain the cleanliness of the restaurant and its surroundings on a daily basis Applicants are required to submit their applications to the Immigration Board Zone 1 and Warren Williams at telephone no. 246-9114. Please note that this position is new Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

Location: Bay Road, Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking a Maintenance/ Handyman Duties: Repairs all trades, cleaning, painting, trash moving, septic cleaning, appliance repair and lifting To work 4 days per week Salary is $6.50 per hour Please Contact: 241-5071 or 342-0275 This position is new Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islanders should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board

Deluxe Maintenance and Contracting Services

Sabrina Forbes

Lyndon Jennings

Orilus Dorleans

Location: Ivory Court, Turtle Tail, Providenciales Is seeking a Domestic Worker To do housekeeping work Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English To work 4 days a week Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 331-0927 This position is new Interested Applicants who Turks and Caicos Islanders should submit Copies of their application to the Labour Board

Domestic Worker WANTED In Grand Turk To do housekeeping work Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English Salary $6.50 per hour To work 5-6 days per week Please Contact: 241-0202 This position is held by a work permit holder Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders are encouraged to send a copy of their application to the Labour Board

Location: Kew Town, Providenciales Is Seeking: Domestic Worker To do housekeeping work Must be able honest, trustworthy and speaks English Salary is $6.25 per hour Please Contact: 346-2380 This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board



The Aquatic Restaurant & Bar Location: In King Road, North Caicos Is seeking 1 Barmaid Salary: $6.50 per hour Working hours range from 7:30am-3:00pm Duties Includes: Meeting and greeting customers, serving drinks, keeping bar and restaurant area cleaned Applicants who are Turks and Caicos Islanders can send a copy of their applications to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder Interested persons can submit applications to Mr. Alpheus Gardiner, Bottle Creek, North Caicos Telephone Number: 231-0005 or email:

Juba Sound, Providenciales Is Seeking: Labourers Construction Helper Steel Man Mason Painter Salary ranges from: $6.26 - $8.00 per hour Employees may be required to work weekends and holidays Only Belongers need to apply Please Contract: 946-8876 These position are currently held by Work Permit Holders Interest Turks & Caicos Islander applicants must send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

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131 South Dock Road, Providenciales Is seeking three (3) Welders Welder duties: Fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools Salary: $14.00 an hour To work 5 days a week Please Contact: 331-0221 or 941-3400 One of these positions are currently held by a Work Permit Holder and two are new positions Interested Belongers must submit copies of their applications to the Labour Board

WILLIAMS DRAFTING LTD. Lower Bight, Providenciales

Is looking for the following: Structural Engineer •Structural engineers design, plan and oversee the construction of new buildings or alterations and extensions to existing properties or other structures. •Must have 5-8 years experience •Salary negotiable AUTOCAD TECHICIAN •Duties include creating technical drawings used in the construction of products and materials. •Salary negotiable Seeks a Receptionist •Welcoming visitors by greeting them, in person or on the telephone; answering or referring inquiries. •Must have experience in front desk •Salary negotiable All persons must be able to work 6 days per week Please Contact 344-8644 or email: These positions are held by Work Permit Holders Applicants who are Turks & Caicos islander should also send copies of their application to the Immigration Board

New Position Summary/Objective


The Senior Accountant position is responsible for serving as supervisor and team leader of the accounting department; ensuring the department creates accurate and timely financial records for the organization. They will assist in the monthly processes related to Cash, Revenue and Payables, including month-end close, preparation of monthly account reconciliations, A/P, A/R, general treasury functions, audit support, and journal entries. Essential Functions Duties include but are not limited to: o Reconciling sub-ledger to general ledger account balances o Preparing financial statements o Assessing internal controls, including risk assessments and reviews of risk areas o Performing monthly balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position/budget variance analysAes o Assisting in the design and preparation of budgets for review by management o Maintaining and reconciling fixed assets schedules o Developssystemsforthemaintenanceoffinancialrecords,makinguseofcurrenttechnologies. o Createsformsandmanualsforaccountingandbookkeepingpersonnel o Supervising accounting staff Competencies o FinancialManagement o Strong Leadership, CollaborationSkills, People Skills, and Team Oriented o EthicalConduct o Excellent Communication and Writing Skills; Must Speak English Fluently o Thoroughness and Accuracy in Daily Work and Assigned Projects o Intermediate or Advanced Experience with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and Quickbooks o Experience with various office equipment and technologies Required Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance plus a minimum of five years of accounting experience with increasing responsibility. Experience working in a multi-company environment is a plus. Preferred Education and Experience CA or CPA designation preferred Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job.Duties, obligations, and activities may change at anytime with or without notice Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience from $60 - $84k Submit applications to by June 28, 2019 to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211

Labour Commissioner, Ministry for Border Control &Employment Services Sammy Been Building Airport Road Providenciales Turks & Caicos Island

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PRC applicant in Cayman scammed for $1.9 million in alleged immigration scam

The owner of a water sports company was conned out of almost $2 million by a woman who claimed she was collecting legitimate fees for his applications for permanent residency and Caymanian status, a court heard this week. Judith Douglas is charged with obtaining money by deception from US national Nathaniel Robb in a six-yearscam. The trial, which began earlier this year but was abandoned for legal reasons, re-opened Monday in front of a new jury. Outlining the case against Douglas, prosecutor Toyin Salako said Douglas had been introduced to Robb by a neighbour as someone who could help him with efforts to get Caymanian status. Initially, Douglas claimed it would cost just $8,000 to get permanent residency, status and a Caymanian passport, Salako said. But, she said, the goalposts kept changing and Douglas kept coming back

with requests for new fees, which she the other cash payments to Douglas did personally collected from him in cash. not go towards any application, Salako By January 2016, Robb had handed over said. $1.91 million in cash payments directly “Putting it bluntly, it was a scam,” she said. to Douglas. Eventually, Robb became Douglas had indicated that much of that money would be refunded suspicious and reported Douglas to the police. She was arrested in November at the end of the process, Salako said. Douglas also asked for copies of 2016 and made no comment in police his passport, photographs, land transfer interviews, the prosecutor said. The Crown’s case centres on a documents and police documents, leading him to believe she was a series of text and WhatsApp messages between Douglas and Robb. legitimate operator, the prosecutor said. Robb, giving evidence on Robb was granted permanent residency in April 2012, further Monday and Tuesday, answered questions about thousands of messages, bolstering his confidence in Douglas. “At all times, Douglas spanning several years. Salako also quizzed him about represented that she was working for or acting on behalf of the Cayman Islands cash withdrawals from his bank account, government,” Salako said. which she said correlated with payment She said Douglas had arranged requests from Douglas. The messages contain references to have the PR application submitted to to fees requested by the “big man” for government on Robb’s behalf. Though the permanent “Cabinet” and “members of the board”. residency fees were paido government Robb said he did not know who these directly and generated official receipts, people were but understood them to

Following Dominican Republic deaths, these Caribbean islands have seen tourism spike Tourism to the Dominican bookings jumped 26.0 percent. Republic has plummeted after at least 12 Americans died in the island nation BAHAMAS in the past year – but some Caribbean islands have seen the opposite, Bookings to the Bahamas according to a new report. were up 7.0 percent during the period ForwardKeys, which analyzes of April 1st to May 31st. However, more than 17 million flight bookings a bookings surged 44.5 percent during day, found from June 1 to the 19th that the period of June 1st to the 19th. bookings to the Dominican Republic ARUBA for the months of July and August From April 1st to May 31st, dropped by 74.3 percent compared bookings were down 3.5 percent but to the same period last year. Bookings during the period of June 1st to the made from the beginning of April to 19th, bookings increased 31.3 percent. May 31 increased by 2.8 percent. “The recent deaths have Cancellations of bookings sparked an extraordinary level of made to the Dominican Republic media interest in the USA, with many increased by 51.2 percent during the major news organizations reporting period of June 1 to the 19th. The site on the latest developments,” Ponti noted the cancellations jumped to said in a statement. “It amounts 70 percent the day after the death of to a dreadful image crisis for the Leyla Cox, 53. Dominican Republic because the USA “My deepest sympathies go is the no.1 source market for tourism out to the families of the American to the destination and its economy is tourists who have passed away,” highly dependent on foreign visitors Olivier Ponti, the VP Insights of – 17.2% of GDP and 39.1% of export ForwardKeys, said in a statement. revenue, according to the World “Their recent and tragic deaths appear Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). to have had a dramatic impact on Since the latest death on June 13th, travel to the Dominican Republic. we see a further erosion of bookings Our analysis of leisure travel shows a and no immediate sign of recovery, so striking correlation.” I hope the authorities are successful Despite the drop in tourism to in providing explanations that will the Dominican Republic, some islands convince the American public.” have seen a boost, according to the The Dominican Republic also data analyzed by ForwardKeys. made headlines after former Boston JAMAICA Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot During the period of April 1st in the back at a bar in the country’s to May 31st, bookings to Jamaica were capital in June by a gunman who down 8.4 percent. However, during mistook him for the intended target, the period of June 1st to the 19th, Dominican officials said Wednesday.

be officials within government whom Douglas was communicating with in respect of his application. Robb said he had believed the fees to be legitimate and had used his personal savings and money from his business, as well as borrowing from friends and family, to make the payments. Asked why he did not stop making the payments as the fees mounted and promised refunds did not materialise, he said, “I was trying to get the process completed. I didn’t see any way to end this.” He added that Douglas was the only person to whom he had given any money or documents and the grant of permanent residency status had given him confidence that she could deliver as promised. “At this point, I was believing what she was telling me,” he said. “My PR had come through. I believed the story she was selling me.” The trial continues in Grand Court this week.

‘Brutal’ Bermudian jailed 20 years in UK A Bermudian man was jailed last week for 20 years for a brutal campaign of domestic abuse against his 29-year-old former girlfriend. Tarik Hill, 35, formerly from Devonshire, was found guilty of false imprisonment, two charges of causing actual bodily harm, putting someone in fear of violence by harassment and of controlling and coercive behaviour after a trial in January. He was also convicted of the rape of a woman aged 16 and over at a separate trial at the same court in May. Hill, of no fixed abode in Britain, will have to serve an extended sentence of 20 years — 15 years behind bars and a licence period of five years. He will also be placed on the UK sex offenders register for life. Detective Constable Mark Annal, of London’s Metropolitan Police, who led the investigation, said: “Hill is a violent, high-risk offender whose partner was forced to endure a truly horrific campaign of abuse. “We are pleased that he is now behind bars and unable to subject anyone else to this type of behaviour. “The victim in this case will have to live with the impact of this for the rest of her life.” Mr Annal added: “She has shown great courage in coming forward and helping to secure this conviction and we hope this sentence brings her some kind of closure.” The January trial heard that Hill had met the 29-year-old woman

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in the autumn of 2016 and the two started seeing each other. But he started a campaign of physical and psychological abuse just months into the relationship. Hill attacked the woman on a regular basis, verbally abused her and deleted the contact numbers of all the men on her mobile phone. The court heard Hill refused to let the woman leave the house and carried out a sustained attack on her over several hours in March 2017. He forced her to have sex with him after the assault and told her she could not leave the bedroom until she complied. The traumatised woman ended the relationship soon afterwards and reported Hill to police in May 2017. Hill was arrested the next day and was charged with the offences in August 2017 after a police investigation. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said Hill had denied the attack in March 2017 and insisted he had been at work all day. But the spokesman added that detectives had found evidence that was not the case and Hill was charged with a string of offences. A spokesman for the Bermuda Police said yesterday that the service had been “recently made aware of the conviction and sentencing of a 35-year-old local man in the UK for sexual related offences”. He added: “However, the BPS awaits official notification from the relevant UK authorities regarding this matter.”

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CCJ rules for Guyana opposition The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Tuesday ruled that the motion of no confidence filed against the Guyana government last December was successfully passed in the National assembly. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had challenged the ruling of the Court of Appeal in his country that invalidated the motion of no confidence that he had successfully piloted in the National Assembly in December 21, last year. One of the main issues in that case was whether 33 or 34 votes were required to carry the motion given that the membership of the National Assembly totalled 65 members. When the matters came before the High Court in Guyana in

People’s Progressive Party leader Bharrat Jagdeo January, it ruled that only 33 votes were required. However, on appeal to the Court of Appeal, the threemember panel by a 2-1 majority held that 34 votes were required. CCJ President, Justice

Adrian Saunders, who delivered the ruling, said the Court had found that 33 was the majority in the Guyana Parliament and therefore the motion was passed by a majority. Charrandass Persaud, who was then a government legislator, voted in support of the motion in the National Assembly, ensuring that the coalition administration lost its one-seat majority in the 65-member legislative body. The CCJ also ruled that it could not invalidate the vote of Persaud and also threw out the argument that he needed to vote for his list. The parties will meet on June 24 when the possible consequential orders will be Iguana discussed. Figures for culled green iguanas in the Cayman Islands have reached more than three quarters of a million. According to the Caymanian Compass, numbers are on track to top 100,000 for June alone, after nearly hitting that target in May. Officials with the Department of Environment say warm weather, mating season and other elements have led to increased iguana activity, making them easier targets for cullers. “The females are now moving out to nest sites,” said Fred Burton, who oversees land-based biodiversity for the department. That movement makes them more vulnerable as they excavate their nests in open areas. In recent days, Burton said, “I’ve noticed a number of road kills of females with eggs.” From 1 to 22 June, just under 82,000 iguana carcasses were turned in at Cayman’s landfill. Since the most recent culling programme began in late October, a total of 767,000 iguanas have been killed. The estimated population at the start of the programme was 1.6 million. Cullers remain ahead of the pace needed to reach the target of culling 1.3 million iguanas by the end of this year. Burton said he expects the recent rise in Attorney General Carl Bethel numbers to continue for some time. “It’ll keep going for a little while,” he said. “The taxes due for July 2018 and then stopped, while FML and Island nesting does peak around June and July, but it’s not like Game had yet to pay anything at everyone nests at the same time. Some nests are laid much later.” that point. Once the eggs in those nests hatch, the culling A new agreement was agreed earlier this month, with numbers may go up even more. “The hatchlings are really easy to catch,” Burton Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said. “It’s going to be culling bonanza time.” confirming the new settlement And, unlike the adults, the hatchlings have would involve no further changes other predators to worry about besides humans. to the mid-February deal. “The native snakes, the racers, take them,” In the interim, he said the government had still been collecting Burton said. “Great egrets and ching chings take them. the majority of its revenues from We would expect that owls will take them, and other Island Luck, Ultra Game, and raptors.” Chances, which accounts for 76 In addition, there are cats, dogs and cars. Burton said there may be as many as 200,000 percent or three-quarters of the nests on the island, each with about 60 eggs. sector’s tax base. “Not every nest is successful,” he added. Heavy rain can drown out a nest. Conversely, too much heat with no rain can dry out the eggs, killing the embryos. The rise in activity is not expected to taper off until the winter months bring cooler weather. He’s hoping cullers will take advantage while more iguanas are out and about. “We want to keep the cullers working as hard and as fast as they can,” he said. Cullers are being paid $4.50 a head for iguanas, rising to $5 if they meet monthly and annual targets, in an effort to wipe out the invasive species in Grand Cayman.

Bahamas AG tells web shops to pay taxes and go to court later As the legal and regulatory framework for a tax agreement between the government and domestic gaming houses nears its competition, Attorney General Carl Bethel has warned those still fighting the deal to “pay your tax” and go to court later. His comments came at the close of his Senate contribution to the 2019/2020 budget debate. He declared that as of the passage of the new agreement, any entity or legal counsel endeavouring to “make a cottage industry from lawsuits challenging the laws that we have passed” would be free to do so, but is still mandated to pay all taxes due to the government. “…To reflect the agreement we have with the major gaming houses, which will pass in July, anyone that wants to have a… lawsuit -- pay your tax, that is what the law says,” Mr Bethel asserted. “Pay your tax. When we have a settled law, you can sue all you want, just pay your tax and if the courts say we owe you something, we’ll settle it up afterwards.” The Minnis administration, as a part of its 2018/2019 budget, imposed a sliding scale tax schedule on the industry. The schedule aimed to tax houses at a progressively higher rate the more “taxable

revenue” they earn. The tax scheme garnered several lawsuits from various houses, with each taking issue with the scope of the tax structure. Legal proceeding pushed tax collections in the sector back from the onset of the 2018/2019 budget period to the start of the 2019 calendar year. Ultimately, the government believed that all web shops were on board with the mid-February 2019 settlement agreement, however, Island Game, Paradise Game, Asure Win and the FML Group of Companies took the position that no retroactive taxes should be owed for the 2018-2019 fiscal year’s first half. Under that deal, back taxes for the first half of the 20182019 budget period from July 1, to December 31, 2018, -- were to be levied at the old web shop taxation rate of 11 percent of gaming revenues. This was replaced by the new sliding scale operator tax, and its new rates of 15 percent (for revenues under $24m) and 17 percent (for over), with effect from January 1, 2019. Tribune Business subsequently revealed that Paradise Games and Asure Win had paid

Antigua Prime Minister is new chairman of OECS Premier Andrew Fahie pledged to support Gaston Browne, the incoming chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Authority, during the body’s 67th meeting Monday in Antigua and Barbuda. The session, which also included the fourth sitting of the OECS Assembly, focused on the official handover of the chairmanship from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Mr. Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. “The strength of the Caribbean region is through unity,” Mr. Fahie said during the meeting. “The journey in this oneness of purpose has been strengthened where both government and opposition parliamentarians from across the region were in attendance.” Mr. Fahie also moved the motion to have the outgoing

speaker of the OECS Assembly, Vincentian attorney René Baptiste, serve for a second time as the body’s chair, according to Government Information Services. In a statement at the sub regional meeting, Mr. Fahie also highlighted the impact of the potential loss of correspondent banking relations on the VI’s economy. Additionally, he updated the leaders on the territory’s recovery efforts, thanking the OECS member states for their aid pledges in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The VI delegation also included Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley; Opposition Leader Marlon Penn; and Premier’s Office representative Najan Christopher. The OECS Assembly includes five representatives from the parliament of each full member state and three from the legislature

Cayman Islands iguana cull numbers pass 750,000 mark

Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister, GastonBrowne of each associate member state. The VI is an associate member. These representatives must include the head of government and the opposition leader. Members serve for two years from the date on which they were elected or until the next general election for the legislature which they represent. The Assembly has the power to review legislation passed by the Authority and regulations made by the Council of Ministers.

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Airbnb reimagines luxury travel with Airbnb Luxe

Barbados Atelier House Eleven years ago our founders, Brian and Joe, inflated three airbeds in the living room of their San Francisco apartment and Airbnb was born. From airbeds, we expanded to spare rooms and then to entire homes, to Airbnb Plus and even to boutique hotels. Today we’re bringing the same innovative approach to luxury travel by introducing Airbnb Luxe — a new luxury experience that makes personal and bespoke travel more accessible to everyone. Airbnb Luxe provides access to unique and spectacular properties with dedicated trip designers to arrange bespoke experiences and services to make every stay truly magical. With homes that are destinations in themselves, travelers can stay at incredible places, including awardwinning homes in New Zealand and South Africa, castles in France and breathtaking historic villas in Tuscany. Literary fans can seek inspiration and beachfront luxury at The Fleming Villa in Jamaica where Ian Fleming wrote his famous spy novels. Others may prefer complete privacy and exclusivity by booking an entire island with its very own self-declared time zone at the incredible private atoll in French

Turks and Caicos Hawksbill Estate Polynesia, Nukutepipi, curated by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge. Airbnb Luxe is built on the deep expertise in luxury travel Airbnb gained from its acquisition of Luxury Retreats in 2017. This new tier launches with more than 2,000 handpicked homes around the world, each one passing strict evaluation across 300+ criteria to meet standards in both design and function. This includes elevated design standards on a variety of elements, from premium materials & finishes and rare & unique features, to spaces that accommodate groups, highly functional design, chef-grade appliances and the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom. Each Airbnb Luxe booking provides access to a dedicated, highly trained trip designer who will ensure the stay is tailored to the traveler’s unique needs every step of the way. After booking a property, the trip designer can help ensure effortless check-in, coordinating local bespoke experiences and activities, and arranging a wide range of services from childcare to private chefs to inhouse massage therapists - or, for the

dedicated, personal training sessions in your own private gym. “Today’s luxury traveler is craving more than just highend accommodations; they seek transformation and experiences that leave them feeling more connected to each other and to their destination.” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community. “With Airbnb Luxe we are applying the same approach we’ve used since we launched Airbnb more than 11 years ago — creating local, authentic and magical travel moments now in amazing places to stay — to reimagine the way people think and experience luxury travel.” Urban Luxury In addition to chateaux and chalets, Airbnb Luxe will also open the door to spectacular places to stay in cities, a new area of focus for us. Building on the places to stay already available in cities like London — be it a Kensington oasis or a Sloane Square penthouse; and Los Angeles — like this French Country estate, we plan to add incredible properties in at least 12 more cities this year, including Milan, Paris and Austin.

The launch of Airbnb Luxe also helps meet increasing demand from Airbnb guests for luxury properties and experiences. In 2018, the number of Airbnb bookings for listings worth at least $1,000 per night increased more than 60 percent. The increased interest in luxury travel on Airbnb is consistent with broader trends: analysts believe the luxury travel market is worth more than $200 billion and poised to grow in the years ahead. The launch of Airbnb Luxe is also part of our continued effort to ensure Airbnb is for everyone. In February 2018, we introduced Airbnb Plus, our first ever standalone tier intended for everyday Airbnb guests looking for beautiful homes, exceptional hosts and added peace of mind knowing homes are quality inspected and verified in person for cleanliness, comfort and design. Launched initially in 13 markets around the world, Airbnb Plus is now available in over 300 markets. Now, with Airbnb Luxe joining our portfolio, sitting above Airbnb Plus, we are closer to meeting the needs of every traveler at every price point by including the luxury category alongside our entire portfolio.

Thousands attend Buju concert in BVI Ten people and ten days. Throughout the night, artists BBC reported. That’s what it took to set up the stage including Koffee and Capleton In addition to the Virgin for what organisers billed as the largest performed prior to Mr. Banton and Islands and Jamaica, so far Mr. Banton concert in Virgin Islands history. gave shout-outs to cities including has performed in Guyana, Bermuda, With an estimated attendance New York, Atlanta and others. Crowds the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, of nearly 8,000, the Buju Banton show responded with cheers, acknowledging Barbados, Suriname and Grenada. on Saturday night welcomed fans from the places they had travelled from to With dates into mid-August, his next across the Caribbean, and many more witness the return of Mr. Banton. shows are in St. Kitts, Germany, the from the mainland United States and Mr. Banton, the stage name of Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, further abroad. reggae-dancehall star Mark Anthony France and Antigua. “I am a fan of Buju Banton Myrie, was released from a United Then the tour will return to because he makes good music — music States prison in in early December. Jamaica before going to Bermuda. we can relate to,” said Ernest Bertram He was convicted in 2011 for of St. Thomas, adding, “I’m having a drug-related charges and sentenced to a The lineup great time.” 10-year term, which was reduced a year He noted that the event later into eight years. As a well-known Though Mr. Banton didn’t organisers were handling the large reggae artist in Jamaica, Mr. Banton take the stage until 1:30 a.m. on crowds well, saying that there were a has collaborated with many renowned Sunday, the show was filled with other lot of people but not too many. American artists including Fat Joe and performers from Jamaica, the USVI “It’s crowded, but it’s good,” Busta Rhymes over his 30 years in the and this territory, including Koffee, he said. “You can still pass the crowd industry. Capleton, Cocoa Tea, Pressure, Sistah easily, get your drink, get your food, He is now banned from Joyce, Revalation Da Royal, and Shine I. and still have a great time.” entering the United States. Doors opened at 5 p.m., and by 7 With hotels filled up, many thousands had already filled the residents offered up their homes Tour launch Festival Village Grounds in Road Town. to travellers through Airbnb or Divided into general admission, VIP advertised on Facebook groups like BVI When Mr. Banton launched and “Ultra VIP” — a tent that included Community Board. his “Long Walk to Freedom” tour in bottle service — most attendees had Prices ranged from $100 Jamaica in March, BBC reported that plenty of room to dance and move per night to more than $500 for the the show was described as the biggest around. weekend. music event in Jamaica since Bob The crowd went wild when “We’re staying here in town Marley’s Smile Jamaica concert in 1976. Koffee, a 19-year-old artist out of at an Airbnb,” said Nas Roman, who It was hailed as a legendary comeback Jamaica, performed her hit songs travelled from St. Thomas for the night. and in a stadium with a 35,000-person “Rapture” and “Toast.” “I think it was a reasonable price.” capacity, an estimated 40,000 attended, Another Jamaican dancehall

and reggae artist, Clifton George Bailey III, also known as Capleton or King Shango, took the stage dressed all in red just before Mr. Banton. His music included Rastafari spiritual themes and classic roots reggae. According to Spotify music, he’s credited, along with Mr. Banton and Sizzla, for bringing dancehall back into reggae tracks. The headliner When Mr. Banton finally came on stage, crowds packed in closer to him. He was an energetic dancer throughout his set and many fans recorded his performance on cell phones. A brief shower sent some concertgoers running for cover under tents, but it didn’t stop Mr. Banton from performing. He did not perform his 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye,” which has been criticised for apparently advocating the murder of gay men. In March, Mr. Banton said he had removed the song from the platforms he controls, and he promised not to play it again, according to the Jamaican news site Urban Islandz. “I affirm once and for all that everyone has the right to live as they so choose,” he told the site. “In the words of the great Dennis Brown, ‘Love and hate can never be friends.’

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American couple mysteriously disappears at sea in Barbados

US immigration: Drowning exposes risks of illegal crossing

Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil, of New Jersey, arrived in Barbados for a romantic getaway over the weekend. Just days into their vacation, Suarez, 32, and Devil, 25, rented a jet ski. They haven’t been seen since. “We have family members calling hospitals. No one’s answering the phone. We just know nothing,” Suarez’s sister, Susanna Cruz, told ABC News. “Please don’t stop looking. He has a daughter and son to come home to.” Suarez and Devil were both wearing life jackets when they headed out to sea after renting the jet ski at Holetown Beach on the island’s western coast around 2:30 Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil p.m. on Monday, the Royal Barbados two American tourists vanished lack of regulations, under which her after boarding a jet ski in Holetown 15-year-old son was allowed to use Police Force said in a statement. The operator who sold the continue to puzzle longtime the small crafts. “Every time he went out of watercraft to the couple became seafarers and visitors to the island. Many of them are at a focus I was like, ‘where is he, where worried when they did not return after nearly 30 minutes, police loss about how they could have is he?’” she lamented. “I think there should be said in the statement. The operator disappeared amid an abundance of enlisted the help of coworkers to activity and highly desirable beach better regulations for the jet skis. I am not trying to put anybody down look for Devil and Suarez, but there conditions. Barbados Today reported but that is my opinion. There need were no signs of the couple. They then contacted the that a British couple, who were to be regulations. “This couple didn’t seem to police, who could not find the “a couple umbrellas down” from couple in the water, on the beach or Suarez and Devil on the day they wet have anybody else looking out for even back at their hotel, according missing, revealed for an extended them because nobody knew they’d period after the incident was gone on the jet ski,” she added. to the statement. Anderson Lewis who has “I’ve been calling; I call and reported, there was no indication an call the police, the U.S. Embassy in emergency situation was unfolding. worked in the watersport industry Paul Bolton of Essex in the around Holetown for over 20 years Barbados, they can’t provide me with any answers,” Suarez’s mother, U.K who was vacationing with his admitted the developments were a Ninfra Urrutia, told ABC. “They wife Louise said they had seen the bit “puzzling”. “It is something that could haven’t called me back to let me missing people from time to time at happen from time to time for people know what I need to do or find out the bar. “On this particular day to have accidents. But Monday was what’s going on with my son.” Suarez has two children they were on the beach just a couple puzzling because the weather was — Elias, 10, and Tatiana, 5 — from of umbrellas down from us and we good. I have actually seen a guy lose a previous marriage, the family didn’t really take much notice… his life but on that occasion the told ABC. He and Devil have been The Coast Guard arrived at around weather was bad. “The rain was falling and together for about a year, Urrutia 5’oclock and at that point they’d been missing for a couple hours but visibility was poor, but none of that said. Police said Suarez and Devil up until then, we didn’t even know existed on Monday. The weather were expected to return home on there was a situation going on. We was good and the water was smooth, didn’t see the jet skis rushing out so we find it strange,” he said. Saturday. He however said watersport “We just don’t even know looking for them or anything like what next step to take, I mean short that. There was no kind of urgency operators were extremely cautious when doing business. of going there ourselves, looking for at all,” said Paul. The concerned vacationer “When I heard about it I him,” Cruz told ABC through tears. Cruz shared a photo of the added: “Their stuff was just left was a bit puzzled because I know couple on Facebook on Wednesday, there on the beach. It was really these operators try their best to tell writing that she and her mother surreal that they were there one people what they should do and minute and next minute this is how what they shouldn’t when they go were traveling to Barbados. “On behalf of my parents it is. Two days later they’re still not on a jet ski… because they know what could happen if they go out and siblings, thank you all for your here.” Louise revealed they had there and don’t do what they have support and prayers,” she wrote. never encountered such a situation do,” he said, adding time was of the “We still need them.” Meantime, the in their many years of travelling but essence in the search. circumstances under which the admitted she was concerned about a

El Salvador’s government has warned people against risking their lives to reach the US after a man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande. Photos of their bodies, found face down in shallow water with the 23-month-old girl’s arm around her father’s neck, have sparked condemnation. It comes as the US and Mexico implement tougher policies to stem the flow of undocumented migrants, mostly from Central America, travelling north. At least six have died in recent days. Many of the migrants say they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and plan to seek asylum in the US. Critics of President Donald Trump’s tougher stance on immigration say his approach is driving migrants to take more dangerous routes. At least 283 migrants died on the USMexico border in 2018, according to US Border Patrol, but human rights activists say the number is likely to be higher. Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his daughter Valeria drowned on Sunday while trying to cross from Matamoros, in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, into Texas. The image, which surfaced on Monday, was captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada. His wife and the daughter’s mother, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, 21, said they had been living in Mexico for two months on a humanitarian visa, AP news agency reports. Frustrated after being unable to present themselves to US officials and seek asylum, they had decided to cross the river. Mr Ramírez managed to get across with their daughter and set her down on the bank, then began returning for his wife, she told Mexican police. But alone on the riverbank, Valeria panicked and jumped in after her father. He made it back to her but both were swept away by the river’s dangerous currents. “I begged them not to go, but he wanted to scrape together money to build a home,” Rosa Ramírez, Óscar’s mother, told AP. El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Hill, has called on citizens to stop putting their lives at risk by trying to migrate illegally. The government said it would cover the expenses needed to bring back the two bodies and would provide “necessary support” to their relatives. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also warned against making the perilous border journey, describing the deaths as “very regrettable”. “People are losing their lives, in the desert or crossing the Rio Grande, we’ve always condemned it and we don’t want it.” The picture has also drawn comparisons to the photo of young Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, who became a symbol of the human cost of the war in Syria.

Student killed by three sharks on holiday in Bahamas “She was a beloved daughter, A 21-year-old student has been killed by three sharks while on holiday sister, girlfriend, and friend.” in the Bahamas with her family. Jordan’s family have set-up a Jordan Lindsey was snorkelling GoFundMe page to cover her funeral at the time and reportedly couldn’t hear and costs to bring her body back to warnings from her parents while she California. was in the water. She was studying It’s thought her right arm was communications at Loyola Marymount ripped off and she was also bitten on University in Los Angeles. her other arm, legs, and buttocks. A statement from the university Jordan, from California, was says they were “saddened” to hear the taken to hospital but pronounced dead news about Jordan, adding she was on 26 June, according to local police. “a devoted animal lover and climate In a tribute, her family say change advocate”. “Jordan had the most beautiful, gentle Jordan’s dad Michael told ABC soul and she will be missed deeply. News she was a “great daughter and

person. We already miss her terribly”. Yvette Liao, a neighbour of the family, told CBS News “my heart is pounding, I cannot believe it. I don’t know how they’re going to get through this.” Jordan was snorkelling off the coast of Rose Island, an uninhabited private island. It’s a half-hour boat ride away from the capital, Nassau. The Bahamas tourism board sends its “condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim of Wednesday’s shark attack off Rose Island” on behalf of the government and its population.

Jordan Lindsey Radio 1 Newsbeat has reached out to the local police and Jordan’s family.

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WORLD NEWS Prince Harry, Meghan’s home renovations cost taxpayers $3M

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, right, leave Windsor Castle in a carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($3.06 million) of taxpayers’ money, royal accounts revealed Tuesday. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s residence near Windsor Castle, called Frogmore Cottage, underwent major work to turn five properties back into a single home for the couple and their baby son Archie. Fixtures, fittings and furnishings at the Victorian-era structure were paid for by the royal couple. The figures were part of the release of the royal family’s accounts, which showed that the British taxpayers spent 67 million pounds ($85.2 million) on the monarchy during 2018-19, a 41% increase on the previous financial year. “The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate,” said Michael Stevens, the keeper of the Privy Purse, who is responsible for the monarchy’s accounts. “The building was returned to a single residence and outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property,” he said. “Substantially all fixtures and fittings were paid for by Their Royal Highnesses.” Anti-monarchy campaign group Republic questioned why so much money was spent on the renovations at a time when public services are under financial pressure. “It is particularly galling that they’re allowed to get away this whilst public services need money,” said group spokesman Graham Smith.

Robert Mueller to testify publicly before 2 House committees Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17 after Democrats issued subpoenas to compel him to appear, the chairmen of two House committees announced. Mueller’s unusual backto-back testimony in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees is likely to be the most highly anticipated congressional hearing in years, particularly given Mueller’s resolute silence throughout his two-year investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign . Mueller never responded to angry, public attacks from Trump, nor did he ever personally join his prosecutors in court or make announcements of criminal charges from the team. His sole public statement came from the Justice Department podium last month as he announced his departure, when he sought to explain his decision to not indict Trump or to accuse him of criminal conduct. He also put lawmakers on notice that he did not ever intend to say more than what he put in the 448-page report. “We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself,” Mueller said May 29. “I would not provide information beyond what is already public in any appearance before Congress.” Those remarks did little to settle the demands for his testimony. The two committees continued negotiations that had already been going on for weeks, saying they still wanted to hear from Mueller no matter how reluctant he was. “When you accept the role of special counsel in one of the most significant investigations

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting in Washington in modern history you’re going to have to expect that you’re going to be asked to come and testify before Congress,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters shortly after the announcement. Trump himself simply tweeted, “Presidential Harassment!” In the report issued in April, Mueller concluded there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, which was the original question that started the investigation. But he also said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice. The report examined several episodes in which Trump attempted to influence the investigation. Democrats say it is now the job of Congress to assess the report’s

findings. Lawmakers are likely to confront Mueller on why he did not come to a firm conclusion on obstruction of justice. They are also likely to seek his reaction to a drumbeat of incessant criticism from the president and ask for his personal opinion about whether Trump would have been charged were he not the commander-inchief. Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said they issued the subpoenas Tuesday, and Mueller agreed to testify pursuant to those subpoenas. In a letter to Mueller accompanying the subpoenas, the committee chairmen said “the American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions.” Schiff said there will be two hearings “back to back,” one for each committee, and they will also meet with Mueller’s staff in closed session afterward. The Justice Department declined to comment. Republicans have criticized Democrats for their continuing investigations of the president. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., questioned why they would still want to hear from Mueller after the lengthy report was issued. “He said he didn’t want to talk to us anymore, didn’t he?” But Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, has said he has no objections to Mueller’s testimony. “May this testimony bring to House Democrats the closure that the rest of America has enjoyed for months, and may it enable them to return to the business of legislating,” Collins said.

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top disproportionately disrupted black and campaign promise Tuesday by signing brown communities,” Pritzker said. legislation making the state the 11th “Law enforcement across the nation to approve marijuana for recreational has spent billions of dollars to enforce use in a program offering legal remedies the criminalization of cannabis, yet its and economic benefits to minorities consumption remains widespread.” whose lives critics say were damaged by On the campaign trail, Pritzker a wayward war on drugs. claimed that, once established, taxation Legalization in Illinois also of marijuana could generate $800 million means that nearly 800,000 people to $1 billion a year. He said dispensary with criminal records for purchasing licensing would bring in $170 million in or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or the coming year alone. But Cassidy and less may have those records expunged, Steans have dampened that prediction, a provision minority lawmakers and lowering estimates to $58 million in interest groups demanded. It also gives the first year and $500 million annually cannabis-vendor preference to minority within five years. owners and promises 25% of tax revenue Carrying the psychoactive from marijuana sales to redevelop ingredient THC, marijuana was impoverished communities. effectively outlawed in the U.S. in 1937 Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose election and in the 1970s was declared a drug last year gave Democrats complete with no medicinal purpose and high control over state government again after potential for abuse. four years under GOP predecessor Bruce Blacks have been most Rauner, signed the bill in Chicago amid susceptible since then to “Just say ‘No”a bevy of pot proponents, including the era crackdowns. Pritzker quoted a 2010 plan’s lead sponsors, Rep. Kelly Cassidy statistic from the American Civil Liberties and Sen. Heather Steans, both Chicago Union that while blacks comprise 15% Democrats. of Illinois’ population, they account for “Today, we’re hitting the ‘reset’ button on 60% of cannabis-possession arrests. the war on drugs,” Cassidy said. Peoria Democratic Rep. Jehan Residents may purchase and Gordon-Booth summarized marijuana’s possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of recent history as one where “white men marijuana at a time. Non-residents may would get rich and black men would have 15 grams. The law provides for get arrested.” The plan addresses those cannabis purchases by adults 21 and concerns with the criminal-record older at approved dispensaries, which, scrubbing by giving preference to wouldafter they’re licensed and established, be marijuana vendors in areas of high may start selling Jan. 1, 2020. Possession poverty and records of large numbers of remains a crime until Jan. 1, a spokesman convictions. And 25% of tax proceeds for Senate Democrats said. must be reinvested in impoverished “The war on cannabis has communities, while 20% is dedicated to destroyed families, filled prisons substance-abuse treatment programs. with nonviolent offenders, and “What we are doing here is

Gov. J. B. Pritzker takes in the applause before signing a bill that legalizes adult-use cannabis in the state of Illinois at Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center in Chicago about reparations,” Gordon-Booth said. “After 40 years of treating entire communities like criminals, here comes this multibillion-dollar industry, and guess what? Black and brown people have been put at the very center of this policy in a way that no other state has ever done.” Police organizations are wary, concerned about enforcing driving under the influence laws and arguing technology for testing marijuana impairment needs more development. Law enforcement organizations fearing black-market impacts were successful in killing an earlier provision that would have allowed anyone to grow up to five marijuana plants at home for personal use. Police said they’d have difficulty enforcing that, so the bill was amended to allow five plants to be maintained only by authorized patients under the state’s medical marijuana law. They previously

could not grow their own. Ten other states and the District of Columbia have legalized smoking or eating marijuana for recreational use since 2012, when voters in Colorado and Washington state approved ballot initiatives. This year began with promising proposals in New York and New Jersey , but both fizzled late this spring. Despite a statewide listening tour on the issue by Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor last winter, the idea never took flight. Vermont and Michigan last year were the latest states to legalize marijuana. Vermont did so through the Legislature — the first time it wasn’t done through a ballot initiative — but while it allows residents to grow small amounts for themselves, it didn’t establish a statewide distribution system like Illinois did, licensing dispensaries. Other states license dispensaries too, but not all.

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European heat wave sees Germany put speed curbs on autobahn Large parts of western and central Europe sweated under blazing temperatures Wednesday, with authorities in one German region imposing temporary speed limits on some stretches of the autobahn as a precaution against heat damage. Authorities have warned that temperatures could top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in parts of the continent over the coming days as a plume of dry, hot air moves north from Africa. The transport ministry in Germany’s eastern Saxony-Anhalt state said it has imposed speed limits of 100 kph or 120 kph (62 mph or 75 mph) on several short stretches of highway until further notice. Those stretches usually have no speed limit. On Tuesday evening, German railway operator Deutsche Bahn called rescue services to Duesseldorf Airport station as a precaution because two trains’ air conditioning systems weren’t working properly, but neither had to be evacuated.

Young people enjoy the evening on lake Walensee, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Walenstadt, Switzerland. The country was hit by a heatwave with temperatures up to 39 degrees celsius In Paris, authorities banned older cars from the city for the day as a heat wave aggravates the city’s pollution. Regional authorities estimate the measure put into place Wednesday affects nearly 60% of vehicles circulating in the Paris region, including many delivery trucks and older cars with higher emissions than newer models. Violators face fines.

Russia warns of repeat of 1962 Cuban missile crisis

Russian guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov enters Havana’s bay, Cuba, June 24, 2019 The U.S. deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia’s borders could lead to a stand-off comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. Russia has been fiercely critical of U.S. plans to deploy missile systems in eastern Europe, and of Washington’s withdrawal from the INF arms control treaty. The Cuban missile crisis erupted in 1962 when the Soviet Union responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The crisis was defused when Soviet ships headed for Cuba turned back in the face of a U.S. naval blockade. Eventually, the Soviet Union agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba; in return, the United States promised not to invade Cuba and, secretly, said it would remove the U.S. missiles from Turkey. “If things get as far as an actual deployment on the ground of these sorts of systems, then the situation won’t just get more complicated, it will escalate right to the limit,” RIA news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying. “We could find ourselves in a situation where we have a rocket crisis close not just to the crisis of the 1980s but close to the Caribbean crisis,” Ryabkov said, using the standard Russian term for the Cuban missile crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin made similar remarks in February, when he warned that Moscow would match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States, deploying faster missiles or both. Earlier that month, the United States said it would withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in six months unless Moscow ended violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact. Russia denies any violations.

Around France, some schools have been closed because of the high temperatures, which are expected to go up to 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in the Paris area later this week and bake much of the country, from the Pyrenees in the southwest to the German border in the northeast. Such temperatures are rare in France, where most homes and many

buildings do not have air conditioning. French charities and local officials are providing extra help for the elderly, the homeless and the sick this week, remembering that some 15,000 people, many of them elderly, died in France during a 2003 heat wave. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe cited the heat wave as evidence of climate destabilization and vowed to step up the government’s fight against climate change. About half of Spain’s provinces are on alert for high temperatures, which are expected to rise as the weekend approaches. The northeastern city of Zaragoza was forecast to be the hottest on Wednesday at 39 C, building to 44 C on Saturday, according to the government weather agency AEMET. In southwestern Europe, however, some people had other reasons to complain during their summer vacation: the Portuguese capital Lisbon, on Europe’s Atlantic coast, awoke cloudy and wet Wednesday.

Trump denies woman’s sexual assault accusation: ‘She’s not my type’ U.S. President Donald Trump denied a new accusation of sexual violence raised by a woman who said she had to fight him off more than 20 years ago in the dressing room of a high-end New York department store. In an interview with The Hill newspaper on Monday, Trump said E. Jean Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, was “totally lying.” “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” he said. Carroll, 75, accused Trump in a New York magazine article on Friday of attacking her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the autumn of 1995 or spring of 1996. Trump, 73, also had denied the accusation in a statement on Friday, saying Carroll was just trying to boost sales of a new book, and again in remarks to reporters on Saturday. “I am so glad I am not his type,” Carroll said in a Monday evening interview with CNN. In the article, which was adapted from her memoir, Carroll said Trump overpowered her in a dressing room that had a closed door and penetrated her in an encounter that lasted no more than three minutes.

E. Jean Carroll is seen in an undated photo released on June 25, 2019 She said she told two friends, but did not report Trump to authorities because she feared retribution from the wealthy and connected businessman. News outlets including the New York Times said the friends corroborated her report over the weekend. She wrote Trump pushed her against the wall and put his mouth against her lips. “He seizes both my arms

and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights,” she wrote. She wrote it was a “colossal struggle” after he penetrated her. She wrote that she was finally able to push him out and off before she opened the door and fled. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them years before he entered politics. Trump has denied the accusations. Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced in December to three years in prison for crimes that included orchestrating payments to pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal shortly before the 2016 presidential election. In the article, Carroll described the experiences of other women, who received death threats from Trump supporters and denials and ridicule from the president. In subsequent television interviews, Carroll said she made the decision to go public because that would be her advice to other women in her situation.

Drones disrupt flights at Singapore airport for second time in a week Unauthorized drone flying caused the second spate of delays and flight diversions in less than a week at Singapore’s Changi airport on Monday night, the city-state’s aviation authority said. Around 18 departures and arrivals were delayed and seven flights were diverted from the global transit hub due to “bad weather and unauthorized drone activities”, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement on Tuesday. A similar incident involving drone flying affected 38 flights on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Authorities are investigating. A surge in the availability

The facade of Jewel and the control tower of Changi Airport are seen in Singapore, April 11, 2019 of drones has become an increasing travel chaos at London’s Gatwick security concern for airports airport, resulting in the cancellation or diversion of about 1,000 flights around the world. In December, drone at an estimated cost of more than 50 million pounds ($64 million). sightings caused three days of

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Cuba’s first ‘sex shop’ tackles taboos, fuels legalization calls An exhibit-cum-pop-up store For their project, originally of handcrafted dildos in Havana is located in the Cuban Art Factory throwing new light on sexual taboos in nightspot, they created translucent Cuba stemming from its macho culture “phallic sculptures” in an array of colors and decades of isolation, and has re- from pink to green, some containing ignited calls for the country to allow wordplay on official Cuban slogans like the sales of sex toys. “Until Victory, Always.” Scarce and expensive resources While Cubans pride themselves on being very sexually liberal, many are in Cuba meant they had to use close-minded regarding sex toys, with entwined fish line for whips and resin men in particular assuming dildos or for dildos, prompting some clients to vibrators are only for homosexuals and complain it was much harder than the feeling threatened by them, the artists usual silicone. The artists said the objects could be say. The distribution of anything used as thought-provoking sculptures deemed obscene is banned in the or for sex play. The artistic nature of Communist-run country, and there are their project meant they could get no sex shops or licenses available to away with what merely commercial workers in the fledgling private sector endeavors can not. “We want to break the taboos,” to sell sex toys. Instead, Cubans import toys in their suitcases and sell them in said Mauri, 35, who works on issues of sexuality in her photography. “In the secret. So Yanahara Mauri, Javier rest of the world, this is normal now.” Alejandro Bobadilla and Joan Díaz were To be sure, the expansion of surprised when the state-run Havana internet in recent years and influx of Biennial accepted their proposal to foreign TV series and films in Cuba as stage a performance consisting of a well as greater freedom for Cubans to pop-up sex store in a public space. travel have already gone some way to

Italian ‘cocaine king’ makes midnight escape from jail in Uruguay

breaking down taboos over sex toys could get their hands on. While he was studying and rousing interest. “We have seen demand nearly engineering, co-students had brought double in the two years since we started him a motor and deodorant bottle, out,” said Ernesto, 25, who runs the asking him to make it vibrate, he virtual store “Toys for adults” and recalled. “Consolez Vous” has been declined to give his last name. Cubans like him are temporarily housed in the Havana La increasingly selling imported sex toys Marca graffiti parlor since the end of openly on online marketplaces, via Biennial. The artists behind it said they would like to continue their line of social media or word-of-mouth. Yet the artists’ store “Consolez “Made in Cuba” sex toys, creating other Vous” - a play on the Spanish word objects too, like masks and collars, for dildo (consolador) and the French given the clear demand. phrase “console yourself” - is the first But by establishing themselves to take over a public, physical space. as a commercial line of sex toys, and Of the roughly 500 phallic not an artistic exhibit, they would need objects they created, nearly all have for the state to make it clear this would been sold or gifted to friends and not be considered obscene under the art critics, and more commissioned, law, according to Cuban lawyer Aldo highlighting the runaway success Alvarez. of a line that is much cheaper than News of their work has re-ignited calls for the state to officially authorize the imported toys. “We bought four (as sculptures) sales of sex toys. “At the end of the day, we are because of the curiosity they arouse,” said Wilfredo Santos, 31, adding that not harming anyone,” said Ernesto. before imported sex toys became “On the contrary, we are giving people available, Cubans used whatever they benefits.”

Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions

People shop at the old main bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 23, 2019. As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most

People walk on the roof of the National Institute of Rehabilitation An Italian mob boss, who had said in a statement that Morabito and been imprisoned in Uruguay since 2017, three others had escaped late at night escaped from jail overnight as he was through the roof of the former Carcel waiting to be extradited back to Italy, Central prison - now called a national the South American country’s interior rehabilitation center - onto an adjoining ministry said on Monday. building. Rocco Morabito had been the “It is disconcerting and serious most wanted fugitive member of the that a criminal like Rocco Morabito, boss Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most of the ‘Ndrangheta, managed to escape powerful organized crime group and one from a jail in Uruguay while he was of Europe’s biggest importers of South waiting to be extradited to Italy,” Italian American cocaine. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said. Dubbed the “cocaine king “I make two commitments, of Milan,” the 52-year-old Morabito First: to shed light on evasion procedures, had been arrested after more than two asking for immediate explanations from decades on the run from convictions for the Montevideo government. Second: Mafia association, drug trafficking and we will continue to hunt down Morabito, other serious crimes. wherever he is, to throw him in jail as he Uruguay’s interior ministry deserves.”

1 pilot dies, 1 survives after German fighter jets collide A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany, the military said. The pilot of the other Eurofighter jet was able to eject safely and survived, the German air force said. The two unarmed fighter jets collided shortly before 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) Monday near Lake Mueritz, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Berlin. A third pilot taking part in the exercise saw two parachutes descending to the ground after the crash in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state. A video posted online after the crash showed two plumes of smoke rising from the ground.

Police in Neubrandenburg said one of the pilots was found alive in a forest. Rescue teams also found body parts near the village of Silz, police said. “One of the crashed pilots could only be recovered dead,” the air force said on Twitter. “The second was able to save himself using his parachute and is alive. He is being tended to by rescuers.” Police warned the public not to approach the potentially dangerous wreckage from the planes. Firefighters were deployed to tackle any blazes caused by the crash. The German air force said the jets were based in Laage, near the Baltic sea port of Rostock.

As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Many blame President Donald Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing U.S. sanctions on the country. In recent weeks, Iran has threatened to break out of the deal unless European powers mitigate what it calls Trump’s “economic warfare.” Iran also appeared ready to push back against the buildup of U.S. forces in the region, after shooting down an American drone it says violated its airspace last week. In response, U.S. officials have vowed to pile on more sanctions. But alongside Trump, many Iranians blame their own government, which has careened from one economic disaster to another since its Islamic Revolution 40 years ago. “The economic war is a reality and people are under extreme pressure,” said Shiva Keshavarz, a 22-year-old accountant soon to be married. She said government leaders “keep telling us to be strong and endure the pressures, but we can already hear the sound of our bones breaking.” Walking by any money exchange shop is a dramatic reminder of the hardships most people are facing. At the time of the nuclear deal, Iran’s currency traded at 32,000 rials to $1. Today, the numbers listed in exchange shop windows have skyrocketed — it costs over 130,000 rials for one U.S. dollar.

Inflation is over 37%, according to government statistics. More than 3 million people, or 12% of working-age citizens, are unemployed. That rate doubles for educated youth. Depreciation and inflation make everything more expensive — from fruits and vegetables to tires and oil, all the way to the big-ticket items, like mobile phones. A simple cell phone is about two months’ salary for the average government worker, while a single iPhone costs a 10 months’ salary. “When importing mobile phones into the country is blocked, dealers have to smuggle them in with black market dollar rates and sell them for expensive prices,” said Pouria Hassani, a mobile phone salesman in Tehran. “You can’t expect us to buy expensive and sell cheap to customers. We don’t want to make a loss either.” Hossein Rostami, a 33-year-old motorbike taxi driver and deliveryman, said the price of brake pads alone had jumped fivefold. “The cause of our problems is the officials’ incompetence,” he told The Associated Press as fellow motorbike drivers called out for passengers in Tehran. “Our country is full of wealth and riches.” The riches part is true — Iran is home to the world’s fourth-largest proven reserve of crude oil and holds the world’s second-largest proven reserve of natural gas, after Russia. But under Trump’s maximumpressure campaign, the U.S. has cut off Iran’s ability to sell crude on the global market, and threatened to sanction any nation that purchases it. Oil covers a third of the $80 billion a year the government spends in Iran, meaning that a fall in oil revenues cuts into its social welfare programs, as well as its military expenditures.

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BMW unveils insanely high-tech ‘vision m next’ hybrid supercar concept

BMW Vision M Next Concept Promo It has gyroscopic cupholders. facial recognition software, and plenty of power. The latest futuristic ride under BMW’s Visions program has been unveiled: a sub-three-second hybrid supercar dubbed the Vision M Next Concept. Its performance powertrain boasts a turbocharged inline-four and two electric motors, all of which work in concert to produce 600 horsepower. It’ll hit 62 mph in three seconds flat before maxing out at 186 mph.

As Road and Track notes, the M Next also has a pure EV mode with a 62-mile range, a toggle between all-wheel and rearwheel drive, and a revolutionary three-tier driver interface called a Boost Pod. The luxury German automaker also promises a host of other high-tech features, including facial recognition software that automatically unlocks as the driver approaches, a gyroscopic cupholder that keeps drinks level, and “Laser Wire” headlights that use wafer-

Eldorado Resorts clinches $18 billion cash and stock deal for Caesars U.S. casino operator Eldorado Resorts Inc has agreed to merge with Caesars Entertainment Corp in a cash and stock deal that values its peer at about $18 billion including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The agreement comes three months after Reuters reported that Caesars had agreed to give Eldorado access to its books under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who earlier this year was awarded seats on Caesars’ board. The deal, which is expected to be announced on Monday, values Caesars at close to $13 a share, according to the sources. The combined company’s ownership would be split roughly between Eldorado and Caesars shareholders, the sources said. The sources asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential. An Eldorado spokesman said the company did not comment on rumors or speculation. Caesars did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The combination of the two companies would create a serious competitor to larger casino industry players, such as Las Vegas Sands Corp, Wynn Resorts Ltd and MGM Resorts International. Caesars’ shares closed on Friday at $9.99. The company, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2017, operates casinos with the Harrah’s and Horseshoe brands. It had 53 properties in 14 U.S. states and five countries outside the United States at the end of December. Eldorado has a market value of $4 billion. It also had long-term debt at the end of March of $3.1 billion. It owns and operates 26 properties in 12 U.S. states.

thin glass fibers and phosphorous to illuminate the road ahead with pin-sharp precision. But in the style department, the M Next is a mashup of old and new. Certain elements, like the design of the rear window and butterfly doors, take cues from the iconic M1 and current i8 plug-in hybrid, while the low-slung, wedgeshaped silhouette offers a glimpse of what the next generation of track-eating Bimmers could look like. We like what we see.

Apple Suddenly Abandons Massive iPhone Upgrade Things are not getting better for Apple. In a month where 1.4BN iPhones and iPads became vulnerable to hacking, 2018 iPhone sales hit such lows Apple risks major fines and leaked 2020 iPhones only served to highlight how poor 2019 models look, now there is more bad news. Major UK newspaper The Telegraph has revealed that Apple has pulled cutting edge camera technology from its upcoming iPhone 11 line-up and the company has nothing comparable to replace it. With Apple (controversially) redesigning the iPhone 11 around its massive camera upgrade, the news is a shock. It is also a devastating blow to Apple’s Quantum Dot partner, UK-based Nanoco, after it revealed the loss and subsequently saw its value slashed from £93M to just £24M. BlueFin Research also followed this up, with sources confirming Apple has ended development of Quantum Dot image sensors due to cost. The researchers stated Apple has shifted its attention to 3D laser mapping, but the technology will not be ready until 2020 “at the earliest”. The news is a blow because not only is the cancellation so late, but QD sensors can be tuned to very specific light spectrums, giving 2019 iPhones the potential to deliver a true differentiator to current class-leading rivals. And with iPhone cameras even falling behind budget phonesrecently, a serious upgrade has been necessary for some time. All of which means Apple’s 2019 iPhones look even less compelling than they already did. The good news, however, is Apple’s 2020 models are potential game-changers, combining 5G with smart new sizes and that superiority was clear before the 2019 models took their latest dive. So yes, if ever there was a year to hold off your iPhone upgrade, this is it.

50 years later, the moon is still great for business

Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the moon. Hundreds of millions of people were riveted when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Naturally, marketers jumped at the chance to sell products from cars and televisions, to cereal and a once-obscure powdered drink called Tang. They are at it again in 2019, as the 50th anniversary of the giant leap for mankind approaches. There’s the cosmically priced $34,600 limited edition Omega Speedmaster, a tribute to the watch that Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon. And the more down-toEarth Budweiser Discovery Reserve, which revives a recipe from the 1960s and features 11 symbolic stars in the packaging. There’s the playful NASA Apollo 11 lunar lander set from Lego. And Nabisco’s indulgent purple Marshmallow Moon Oreo cookies. And who doesn’t need “one small step” t-shirts, Saturn V crew socks or an Apollo 11 travel tumbler? But seriously, some brands take genuine pride at having been part of the first moon landing. Omega Speedmaster watches have been an icon of space travel since NASA chose them for its manned missions in 1965 after other watches failed tests. In 1970, the crew of the ill-fated Apollo 13

mission used a Speedmaster to time a 14-second engine burn to align themselves for re-entry to Earth. “It continues to be an important tool to have. You have to look only to the Apollo 13 mission,” said James Ragan, a retired NASA aerospace engineer who tested the watches in the 1960s. Omega’s gold Speedmaster is a version of the watches the company presented to astronauts at a gala dinner in 1969. A relatively more modest $9,650 stainless steel timepiece features a laser-engraved image of Aldrin descending from the lunar lander. Then, there are the antigravity Fisher Space Pens, developed specially for the Apollo missions. For luxury space enthusiasts, Fisher Space Pen Co. has a $700 limited edition pen with authenticated materials from the Apollo 11 space craft. Back in 1969, both Omega and Fisher Space Pen Co. were quick to promote their Apollo 11 connections with media and advertising campaigns, as were NASA contractors like Boeing and General Electric. Stouffer’s made sure consumers knew it provided food for Apollo 11 astronauts once they were back on Earth, launching the ad campaign “Everybody who’s been to the moon is eating Stouffer’s.” Fifty years later, the Nestle-owned brand is celebrating

This July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA shows pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. For the 50th anniversary of the landing, Omega issued a limited edition Speedmaster watch, a tribute to the one that Aldrin wore to the moon. with a media campaign to share some of the recipes from 1969. But brands with no direct Apollo connections were not about to sit out an event that nearly every U.S. household with a television watched. In 1969, Zippo released a lighter saluting the Apollo 11 mission and its astronauts. A half-century later, Zippo has sold out of the 14,000 limited edition lighters released in tribute to the anniversary, priced at $100 each.

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Politicians need to move fast as Facebook & Co move into finance Politicians need to quickly coordinate regulatory responses to new risks from technology companies like Facebook moving into finance, though banks won’t be squeezed out anytime soon, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said on Sunday. The social media group’s announcement last week that it wants to expand into payments and launch its own coin Libra has focused minds of regulators and central bankers, the BIS said. Such a move by Big Tech mixes extensive data on individuals with activities that could potentially undermine financial stability, the BIS said. It touches on competition, data privacy, markets and banking, all areas that have their own regulators that would need coordinating, Hyun Song Shin, economic adviser and head of research at the BIS, told reporters. “To make that coordination possible, I think there would need to be more of a concerted effort on the part of our political leaders to take that forward,” Shin said. The Group of Seven economies

is looking at Facebook’s plans, but no single global authority has taken the lead role so far. Shin suggested it could be up to the Group of 20 economies (G20), a body that last year failed to muster consensus that went beyond gathering more information on cryptoassets. “The role of Big Tech in finance introduces very many new and very unfamiliar elements which pushes us to take a fresh look at some of the activities that international policymakers engage in,” Shin said. “This is something that needs attention sooner rather than later.” BIS Big Tech chart: tmsnrt. rs/2FomG8P Shin said the BIS, a forum for central banks based in Basel, Switzerland, had a “courtesy meeting” with the initiators of the Libra project ahead of its announcement, but knows no more than what the social media company has made public. He added that questions over what kind of regulation Libra would be subject to did not come up in the meeting, declining to give details of when it took place.

Small toy figures stand on representations of virtual currency in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration picture, June 21, 2019 Banks have so far faced external competition in payments from financial technology (fintech) firms, but many are relatively small and without the depth of data that the likes of Google, Alibaba, Amazon, Apple and eBay have to hand. On Sunday the BIS published a chapter on Big Tech in finance from its annual economic report. It looked at the sheer volume of data held by social media, search engines and ecommerce firms, putting them at an immediate advantage over fintech firms and banks. Their entry into finance could spark rapid change in financial services as the broad range of data on consumer behavior and preferences paints a

Samsung to launch mid-range 5G Galaxy A90 with 45W fast charging, leaks claim Samsung is reportedly planning to release a 5G version of the unannounced Galaxy A90, which would make it the first of Samsung’s mid-range phones to feature the next-gen cellular technology. Reliable leakers OnLeaks and Ice Universe both report that there’ll be a 5G model of the device, while the latter claims that it will also support 45W fast-charging. If true, it’ll offer faster charging than the 25W Super Fast Charging seen in the Galaxy S10 5Gflagship phone. According to OnLeaks,

there will be two models of the A90, one with 5G and one without. Both devices will reportedly come equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset, and a 6.7-inch display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. However, while both will have a triple-camera setup on their rear including a 48-megapixel main sensor, the 5G model will have 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras alongside it, while the non-5G phone will have a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors for its second and third cameras.

The Galaxy A90 is not the only contender to become Samsung’s second 5G device. Earlier this year, reports emerged that Samsung could release a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10, which is rumored to be launching on August 7th. AT&T has already announced that it intends to carry Samsung’s second 5G handset along with, presumably, most other carriers. Given that the A-series is meant to be Samsung’s more affordable lineup of phones, the A90 is likely to be the cheaper of the two devices.

FedEx profit beats estimates, warns of pain in 2020 from trade war Package delivery company FedEx Corp beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Tuesday, but warned that U.S.China trade tensions and the nonrenewal of its contract with Amazon. com Inc would hurt its fiscal 2020 performance. Shares of the company recouped from initial losses and were last up 1.4% at $157.76 in extended trading. The United States and China have waged an 11-month trade war marked by tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each others’ goods, roiling financial markets, disrupting supply chains and crimping global economic growth prospects. “Our fiscal 2020 performance is being negatively affected by continued weakness in global trade and industrial production, especially at FedEx Express,” Chief Financial Officer Alan Graf said in a statement. FedEx forecast a mid-singledigit percentage point decline in adjusted earnings for fiscal 2020. “If we see these tariffs rise to say 25% as the Trump administration has talked about ... one of the biggest losers in the American economy would be FedEx,” said Matthew White, a transportation and package delivery industry specialist.

“Trade weakness is very decision as a strategic move that hard to predict, as it can be caused would allow it to focus on the by both policy and sentiment. broader e-commerce market, a Unfortunately, FedEx is seeing group that would include rivals of negative effects of both.” Amazon scaling up one- and two The shipping giant, which day delivery. gets about a third of its revenue “The big emphasis from outside the United States, has going forward is going to be on drawn Chinese ire over shipping e-commerce, which FedEx says will mistakes involving several packages. pressure yield,” said Cathy Morrow Most recently, a package containing Roberson, founder of consulting a Huawei phone sent to the United firm Logistics Trends & Insights. States was returned last week to its “They’re right, especially for Express, sender in Britain, in what FedEx and since they will be doing more said was an “operational error.” residential deliveries, that will cost Telecoms company Huawei more as well.” Technologies Co Ltd in May was FedEx also said the cost of added to a blacklist of people and integrating Dutch delivery company companies the U.S. government said TNT Express into the company was posed a security risk, barring it from now expected to be about $1.7 buying, without special approval, billion through fiscal 2021. Fedex U.S. technology upon which it was had said in March the cost would heavily reliant. be more than $1.5 billion. It bought TNT Express in 2016 for $4.8 billion FedEx on Monday sued the U.S. and has struggled to integrate it into government, saying it should not its own network. be held liable if it inadvertently Adjusted net income fell shipped products that violated the to $1.32 billion, or $5.01 per share, Trump administration ban. for the fourth-quarter ended May Earlier this month, FedEx 31, from $1.60 billion, or $5.91 per decided not to renew its contract share, a year earlier. with Amazon, which represented Revenue rose to $17.8 less than 1.3% of its total revenue in billion from $17.3 billion a year the last calendar year, for U.S. cargo earlier, largely due to growth in delivery through FedEx Express, U.S. volume and higher revenue the unit that delivers packages on per shipment at FedEx Freight and planes. FedEx Ground. FedEx described the

more detailed picture of a person’s creditworthiness, the BIS said. Banks typically rely on credit scores. While Big Tech could mean financial services becoming available to people normally shut out of banking, it also raises potential data privacy and competition issues, Shin said. It was early days regarding the impact of Libra if it goes ahead. “We need to see much more before we can come to a judgment,” Shin said. Regulators will need to decide how the activity of Facebook and others in finance fits into existing, regulated categories. The same activity should face the same regulation, the BIS paper said, though Shin added: “We should not rule out a new approach that fits better.” But even the biggest forays by Big Tech into finance, such as in money-market funds in China, represent a tiny fraction of total banking deposits, the BIS said. “Banks are not in imminent danger of being squeezed out,” Shin said. “It would not be right to be alarmist here as the banks still have a very big advantage.”

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket with 24 satellites SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying 24 experimental satellites in what Elon Musk’s rocket company called one of the most difficult launches it has attempted. The craft blasted off to cheers from onlookers at 2:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) after a threehour delay from the original launch time late Monday. The boosters separated safely as the craft began its six-hour mission to deploy the satellites. The two-side booster rockets returned safely to Earth, landing on adjacent Air Force landing pads, but the rocket’s center booster missed its mark, crashing in the Atlantic ocean. Musk, who predicted trouble with landing the center booster on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic, said on Twitter early Tuesday, “It was a long shot.” The mission, dubbed Space Test Program 2 (STP-2), is the third for the Falcon Heavy rocket, which SpaceX describes as the most powerful launch system in the world. It was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense, the key contractor for commercial space companies such as SpaceX. The company is putting satellites into orbit for agencies including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), defense department laboratories, universities and a non-profit organization, SpaceX said. The mission is one of the most challenging in SpaceX history, with four separate upper-stage engine burns and three separate orbits to deploy satellites, the company said on its website. The payloads on the satellites Falcon Heavy is putting into orbit include an atomic clock NASA is testing for space navigation, another testing new telescope technologies, and a solar sail project part-funded by the Planetary Society, a non-profit organization headed by Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” on television presentations. The LightSail is a crowdfunded project that aims to become the first spacecraft in earth orbit propelled solely by sunlight, the society, which has championed solar propulsion for decades, says on its website. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world “by a factor of two,” SpaceX says on its website. It has the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 pounds) - more than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973 from the same launch pad, delivered more payload to orbit, it says.

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department, ensuring management and the relevant authorities are promptly notified of all unlawful acts, court proceedings or any pertinent information that may affect the day to day operation of the office.

JOB SUMMARY: This is a senior professional position, the incumbent will be assigned to Ministries and provide advice to the Permanent Secretary and Heads of Department on financial matters and ensure that the Ministry’s and Department’s financial and budgeting procedures and practices are appropriate. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This post holder will assist in organizing and managing an efficient and relevant statistical information system that provides a comprehensive range of statistical products and services to meet the information needs of the national community of the Turks and Caicos Islands for informed decision-making. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The job holder is required to provide rigorous analysis of expenditure proposals, as well as quarterly forecasting of both revenue and expenditure, and make recommendations on expenditure prioritization to support the preparation by the Ministry of Finance of policybased, medium-term budgets that contribute to the implementation of policy priorities in TCI. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This position is the team leader responsible for the operational units within the Customs Department. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:



JOB SUMMARY: The job holder in this managerial position is responsible for overseeing the performance and service delivery standards in the Department. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is senior professional position within the Strategic Planning and Policy Department, Ministry of Finance. The incumbent is expected to play a leadership role in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of all activities related to the Development Budget. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The job holder in this position must be able to provide legal advice to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade as it relates to a wide range of Government financial and taxation matters. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:





JOB SUMMARY: This incumbent is to undertake research and evaluation activities that will provide the Department / Ministry with evidence required for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This position exists to provide management and operational oversight over Case-workers within the Department of Employment Services. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative support position for the office. The job holder will undertake clerical and administrative tasks to support the day-to-day running of the office.



JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative position, which has responsibility for the smooth operation of administrative functions in the office and for dealing with information that is sensitive and/ or confidential. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a professional position, performing evaluations, developing and implementing effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with professional standards governing the facility and their discipline. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent will be responsible to provide a high standard of primary health care to patients in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Conduct Primary Health Clinics in assigned island clinics and have active participation in the daily clinical management of patients and provide emergency care to clients in assigned health district. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

JOB SUMMARY: This Post holder will assist with all compliance and investigative matters within the


JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative and operational support position initially with island wide responsibility for monitoring and regulation of labour laws, policy, standards and procedures.


JOB SUMMARY: The post holder will report to the Deputy Director of Exchange of Information and will be responsible for assisting with the full range of competent authority functions, including the implementation of new agreements, the execution of requests, the making of compliance examination, and the handling of legal and enforcement issues arising from any aspect of the competent authority’s work. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:

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JOB SUMMARY: The successful candidate will be responsible to provide clean, sanitary comfortable, orderly and satisfying surroundings for the users of the facilities.

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JOB SUMMARY: This a professional nursing position with basic level responsibility for patient/client health care in the Wellness Center/Special Needs Unit on Grand Turk and South Caicos. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a practical nursing position with basic level responsibility for patient health care in the wellness center. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The Probation and Rehab Coordinator is a key role in establishing firm foundations and developing a skilled and competent work force. The role will support the provision to the courts in providing high quality reports with risk assessments and programs of interventions to motivate and manager offenders towards reducing crime.

JOB SUMMARY: To provide support service to the Special Needs Unit/Wellness Center personnel to maintain the cleanliness of buildings, moving clients and moving supplies and materials. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY:

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JOB SUMMARY: This is a specialist position which has unit level responsibility for the teaching of one or more of the school’s curriculum subjects to students. JOB REFERENCE NO: LWB2-19-30 JOB TITLE: GRADUATE SECONDARY TEACHER – HOME ECONOMICS MINISTRY: EDUCATION, YOUTH, CULTURE, SOCIAL AND LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT LOCATION: SOUTH CAICOS (MARJORIE BASDEN HIGH SCHOOL) SALARY: $35,926.25 PER ANNUM PLUS ALLOWANCES JOB SUMMARY: This is a specialist position which has unit level responsibility for the teaching of one or more of the school’s curriculum subjects to students. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY To provide professional social work services to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

JOB SUMMARY: This is a specialist position which has unit level responsibility for the teaching of one or more of the school’s curriculum subjects to students.





JOB SUMMARY To provide professional social work services to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The Client Intake Officer plays an integral role within the organization and will be the first point of contact for clients. The incumbent will be responsible for facilitating clients access to services and triaging of new cases. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a senior administrative position, which has responsibility for the smooth operation of administrative functions in the office and provides support in resource management of finances, human resources, facilities and purchasing. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The Probation Officers are required to provide high quality and professional services to offenders to support and encourage productive citizens. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT:




JOB SUMMARY: This is a specialist position which has unit level responsibility for the teaching of one or more of the school’s curriculum subjects to students. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a specialist position which has unit level responsibility for the teaching of one or more of the school’s curriculum subjects to students. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a professional position which has responsibility for the instruction and supervision of students in primary schools. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent in this position is, to oversee formulation of policies, setting of standards, inspection process, development of the capabilities of staff, development and promotion of programs and targets to increase and improve capacity of the education sector. The job holder will be expected to oversee and take responsibility for all business and administrative operations of the SIU, including human resource management; to exercise financial and budgetary control over finances and in general, establish strategic operational priorities that deliver the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan and Annual Business Plans.

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JOB SUMMARY: This is a specialist position which has unit level responsibility for the teaching of one or more of the school’s curriculum subjects to students. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a general support services position, to assist with cleaning and maintenance of assigned facilities and grounds so that they are clean and ready for use. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a paraprofessional position which has responsibility for working under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: To ensure that all students between the age of 4 – 16 attend school during school hours. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative position, which has responsibility for the smooth operation of administrative functions in the office and for dealing with information that is sensitive and/ or confidential. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a supervisory support position which has floor level responsibility for Postal clerks, mail handling and Post Office customer service. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The post holder is responsible for developing, planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating effective learning and development opportunities and resources for the establishment to meet individual and organisational needs. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY


JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative support position, which has responsibility for secretarial and administrative support functions in the office.


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JOB SUMMARY: This is a purchasing support position. It has responsibility for managing all inventory control related activities. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY


JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent in this position is to present programs, music, news, sports, and/or weather reports, gathering and rewriting materials, so that it will convey required information and fit into specific time slots. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This position provides core support to the Department with respect to Sales and Marketing. JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent will provide research and analytical support to the Energy and Utilities Department by collecting data for conducting effective analysis of conventional and nonconventional energy generation and energy use in the TCI. JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: To support the Superintendent of Prisons to maintain security, control, supervision and the Medical health care of Offenders. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:


Job SUMMARY: As head of a department responsible for the construction and management of Affordable Homes on behalf of the Government of the TCI, the Director is expected to provide the leadership necessary to ensure that this initiative reflect the realistic aspirations of Government and are implemented on time and to budget. ` JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: MINISTRY: LOCATION: SALARY:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a senior level technical support position with responsibility for the electrical inspection of new and existing electrical installations, and equipment, to ensure compliance with the National Electrical Code for workmanship and safety factors. Installation knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to the work will include but not limited to the following: Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Hotels and Apartments, Educational and recreational installations, Health Facilities and Residences. In addition to performing inspections and circuit testing, the job holder is required to give guidance to electricians and electrical contractors to ensure compliance with Code and regulatory issues. The Electrical Inspector is required to investigate electrical faults and conduct revenue meter examinations and tests and produce reports to the Electrical Commissioner.

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JOB SUMMARY: This is a junior position with responsibility for the enforcement of the Physical Planning Ordinance and the regulations made thereunder throughout TCI. The job holder will assist in ensuring the enforcement of the Code, educate the public and liaise as required regarding amendments to the Planning and Building Regulations. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:



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JOB SUMMARY: The Senior Land Compliance Officer is a middle level post in the Crown Land Unit. The Senior Land Compliance Officer and subordinate Land Compliance Officer(s) are responsible for monitoring use of all Crown Land in the area to which they are assigned other than protected areas. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT:


JOB SUMMARY: This is a senior administrative support position for the Health Secretariat.



JOB SUMMARY: This post supports the Director of DECR. It is a senior management position with responsibility to enforce environmental and maritime laws in the TCI.



JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent in this position will be responsible for clerical and administrative tasks to support the daily functions of the Office. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY: DEPARTMENT: LOCATION: SALARY:





JOB SUMMARY The post is a mid-level position with island-wide and national significance, mandated to assist in the planning, directing, promotion and implementation of DECR’s management of the non-protected coastal areas, Protected Areas, and fisheries infrastructures.

JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent assists in the provision of clinical and regulatory services, veterinary public health, inspections, control of zoonotic diseases to ensure the protection of the health and safety of the public, oversees and evaluate the trapping operations of the animal welfare unit and assist in the enforcement of animal control Ordinances. JOB REFERENCE NO: JOB TITLE: MINISTRY:





JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative position, which has responsibility for the smooth operation of administrative functions in the office and for dealing with information that is sensitive and/ or confidential.

JOB SUMMARY: This is an administrative position, which has responsibility for the smooth operation of administrative functions in the office and for dealing with information that is sensitive and/ or confidential.

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Woods dropped from wrongful death case

A family’s wrongful death estate dropped the golfer from the lawsuit that was filed last month against lawsuit because, despite the restaurant’s Tiger Woods, a Florida restaurant named name, Woods doesn’t own the place. for him, and Woods’ girlfriend, Erica Excluding Woods “was clearly Herman, the eatery’s general manager, appropriate and reflected the fact is no longer targeting the star golfer, that Mr. Woods should not have been Woods’ attorney said Monday. included in the lawsuit in the first place The other defendants in the because he had nothing to do with Mr. case remain. The family of Nicholas Immesberger’s death,” according to a Immesberger, 24, a bartender at The written statement from Postman. Woods in Jupiter, Fla., filed the lawsuit Attempts to reach Spencer in the wake of his death late last year in Kuvin, an attorney for the estate, were a car crash after he had apparently been unsuccessful Monday, according to the drinking heavily at the restaurant after South Florida Sun Sentinel. Immesberger’s parents alleged his shift ended. Woods’ attorney, Barry in their filing that their son had a Postman, wrote that the Immesberger “habitual problem” with alcohol, which

Baseball’s David Ortiz out of ICU, in good condition after shooting

Boston Red Sox former player David Ortiz Retired Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been moved out of intensive care and was in good condition, his wife said in a statement on Saturday, nearly two weeks after he was shot in the Dominican Republic and moved to a Boston hospital. “David was moved out of the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He remains in good condition and continues to recover under the care of Drs. David King and Larry Rondan,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement issued by the Red Sox. The bullet entered his back and exited through his abdomen, Ortiz’s father told reporters. Conflicting media reports have offered varying details about which internal organs were damaged. Ortiz, well known as “Big Papi,” was shot while seated at an open-air nightclub in the capital of his native country. Dominican authorities have since concluded that Ortiz was not the target of the attack and the shooter meant to kill somebody else a friend of Ortiz, identified as Sixto David Fernandez. Television host Jhoel Lopez was also wounded in the shooting. Several arrests have been made in the case. Ortiz, 43, is widely revered in Boston for helping the Red Sox win three World Series championships, including the memorable 2004 title that broke an 86-year drought for the club. He retired after the 2016 season while still one of the best hitters in the game, making the Major League Baseball All-Star team that season while leading the league in several statistical categories.

was known to the restaurant’s staff, and he had been overserved. After ending his shift on Dec. 10, 2018, Immesberger allegedly stuck around and drank to the point of intoxication before he left the restaurant. He later died after losing control of his car and swerved across three lanes of highway traffic before going airborne and landing in a grassy patch, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, per the Palm Beach Post at the time. At the time of the crash, Immesberger’s reported blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit at .256.

Tiger Woods chips onto the 5th green during the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links

Teary-eyed Antetokounmpo wins NBA MVP honors The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive of the Year on Monday night in Santa Monica. Antetokounmpo, a 24-year-old forward from Greece, beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and James Harden of Houston, who won last year. Antetokounmpo was a resounding winner. He received 941 points and 78 first-place votes in the balloting — 165 points more than Harden. Harden finished second with 776 points and 23 first-place votes. “MVP is not about stats and numbers, and obviously James Harden had unbelievable numbers and Paul George also, but obviously it’s about winning,” Antetokounmpo said backstage. “We created great habits throughout the season and were able to stick by them, and that’s why we were able to have a chance in every single game we played and were able to win 60 games.” The show had an international flair, with three international players besides Antetokounmpo winning. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds while earning All-NBA first-team honors this season, his sixth with the Bucks. He led the franchise to the best record in the regular season and the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference finals. Tears rolled down his cheeks as Antetokounmpo thanked his mother Veronica and brothers in the audience at Barker Hanger. He credited his late father for pushing him toward his goals and his teammates and coaching staff for their help. “We started from nothing as a family,” he said, “and we are going to be in every stage that we can be as a family.” Antetokounmpo said backstage that he had vowed to his family he wasn’t going to cry. “When you hear your name up there on the stage and then you realize these years of hard

NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, reacts as he accepts the most valuable player award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif work, what you did in the past, then you start getting emotional,” he said. Budenholzer also got choked up while thanking his family after his second coaching honor. He earned the trophy for the first time with Atlanta in 2015. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to eventual NBA champion Toronto. “What they did on the court this year, including the playoffs, was special,” Budenholzer said backstage. “We weren’t good enough in the end, but we certainly feel like we have enough talent, we have enough character to be a team that’s playing in the finals and winning a championship.” Budenholzer also coached Team Giannis in the All-Star Game last season. He beat out Denver’s Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers. Horst was honored in voting by his fellow NBA executives, while the six biggest awards were determined in voting by a global media panel. Lou Williams was voted the Sixth Man of the Year for the second season in a row and third

time in his career, tying former Los Angeles Clipper guard Jamal Crawford. The guard won for the first time in 2015 with Toronto. Williams beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he formed the highestscoring bench duo in NBA history last season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana. Williams became the career leader in points off the bench during the season. “This one was different because I kind of went into the season wanting this one. In years past I always just played and lived with whatever happened,” he said. “I felt like this one was going to be a legacy piece.” Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. The 26-year-old center from France beat out Antetokounmpo and George. “I never thought I would be able to do that when I started basketball playing in France,” Gobert said backstage. “I didn’t know an NBA player, I didn’t know nothing about basketball. I was just having fun.” Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors earned Most Improved Player. The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 points and started 79 of 80 regular-season games for the Raptors in his third year with the team. Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 points in a game only once in his first two seasons. He then scored 32 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Siakam beat out De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D’Angelo Russell of Brooklyn. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks easily won Rookie of the Year. The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks as the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft last week. Doncic was the No. 3 pick last year. The other finalists were Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Trae Young of Atlanta.

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Federer looks to turn number nine Wimbledon dream into reality

Historically, emotionally and Perhaps Federer’s decision statistically, Roger Federer remains the to compete at Roland Garros for the man to beat at Wimbledon even at the first time in four years was actually an 21st time of asking. acknowledgement that his great powers Forget the creaking knees and are waning. advancing years — the Swiss will be 38 Federer knows that every in August — not many in SW19 will bet opportunity to boost his Grand Slam against their adopted favorite achieving tally of 20 trophies must be grasped or Wimbledon history with a ninth men’s risk being eclipsed by the rejuvenated title to equal Martina Navratilova’s Nadal. record singles mark. The Spaniard’s victory in Paris Victory would consolidate his took his Grand Slam total to 18 while position as oldest male champion, a Novak Djokovic has won three of the record he set in 2017 when he won his last four blue-riband events to bring his eighth title without dropping a set at career tally to 15. the age of 35 years and 342 days. It is possible to make a strong Federer’s cheerleaders will case for all three, with Nick Kyrgios point to the confidence gleaned from last week making special mention for 2019 tournament wins on the hard Federer, whom he predicted will “be courts of Dubai — his 100th ATP title — hard to beat” on his favorite surface. and Miami. Former French Open finalist This year’s Wimbledon lead-up Alex Corretja is another who has flagged has been wrinkle-free after a positive up Federer. showing at the French Open, where “Federer played a great claycourt season, he lost in the semi-finals to Rafa Nadal, which gives him the belief he can win and his traditional grass tune-up at last Wimbledon again,” said the Spaniard. week’s Halle Open, where he triumphed Grass has always suited for the 10th time. Federer’s aggressive style, which is But look through the glass based on footwork, pace and ability to differently and 2019 may tell a whole find sharp angles. new story. Perhaps the only remaining

Raptors president ‘confident’ Leonard will return to champs

Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team president Masai Ujiri speaks to the media during an end-of-season press conference in Toronto, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Still absorbing the magnitude averaging career bests of 26.6 points of his team’s accomplishment, Raptors and 7.3 rebounds in the regular season, President Masai Ujiri is confident Kawhi Leonard raised his averages to 30.5 and Leonard and the rest of Toronto’s core 9.1 in the playoffs. will reunite next season in a bid for Ujiri says he and Leonard have another title. had multiple talks the past several days, “We’re on to the next issue, discussions he called “positive.” which for us is coming back and being The Raptors will stay in touch champions again,” Ujiri said Tuesday in and meet formally once free agency his first news conference since Toronto begins Sunday. After that, Ujiri is not won its first title nearly two weeks ago. worried about how long Leonard takes “We want to experience this moment to decide. here again and again and again.” “I texted Kawhi last night, I Retaining Leonard is the most talked to his uncle this morning,” Ujiri pressing issue. The two-time finals MVP said. “For us, there’s that trust regardless is expected to opt out of the final year of wherever it goes, and there’ll be of his contract and become a free agent. constant communication.” Toronto can offer a five-year deal worth Center Marc Gasol also has about $190 million — one year and a player option for next season, and some $50 million more than any other guard Danny Green is a free agent. team. “I think they know what the “I know what we’ve built here,” effect of Kawhi’s decision is, but we’re Ujiri said. “I’m confident, and you see really approaching it like we want to how these things go.” bring everybody back on this team,” Ujiri stressed the main selling Ujiri said. “That’s a priority for us.” points of his pitch to Leonard: health, Less urgent is a potential trust, success. extension for forward Pascal Siakam, “I said we have to be ourselves, a runaway winner of the NBA’s Most and we were ourselves for the whole Improved Player award. The parties year,” Ujiri said. “I think he saw that. I plan to meet during the summer league. think we built a trust there. “Pascal has gotten to a place “I believe winning a where he’s definitely a priority for championship, him seeing who we us and it’s definitely going to be a are, working with his medical staff conversation that we’ll have,” Ujiri said. combined with our medical staff and Ujiri said little about his getting him to where he wanted to be,” confrontation with a deputy following Ujiri added. the Game 6 clincher. The deputy’s Injured for all but nine games lawyer, David Mastagni, says his client in his final season with San Antonio, is on medical leave with a concussion Leonard played 60 games this season and jaw injury and is considering a and another 24 in the playoffs. After lawsuit.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses as he celebrates winning the final against Belgium’s David Goffin with the trophy question is whether the Swiss has the stamina to slug it out against the game’s young guns. As always the aim remains to win but now it is to do so without expending too much energy. Last year there were signs that the balance is more difficult to achieve and the eight-times champion squandered match points against Kevin Anderson before exiting in the quarter-

finals. Despite Anderson’s raw power, few at Wimbledon expected Federer to lose that day because for so many years Wimbledon victories came so naturally. All that can be said with certainty is that should anyone beat the man who has already pocketed $124 million in prize money, he should consider himself champion in waiting.

NBA fines Knicks $50,000 for rules violation

RJ Barrett (Duke) reacts after being selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Knicks in the first round first round of the 2019 NBA Draft at Barclays Center The NBA fined the New York Knicks $50,000 for failing to allow a New York Daily News reporter to attend a news conference introducing draft picks R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis. All other credentialed media members covering the team were invited to attend the news conference, held Friday. The league said Monday that the team has agreed to comply with NBA rules regarding media access in the future. The team issued a statement shortly after the league’s announcement. `“The Knicks acknowledge

that we did not comply with the NBA’s media policy, and made an error in interpreting Friday’s announcement as an invite only event,” the statement read. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the League’s policy.” Team officials have been at odds with the Daily News in the past. In December, the Knicks banned Daily News reporters from a news conference featuring president Steve Mills because of a headline reading “Do It” that accompanied a story about the possibility owner James Dolan would sell the team.

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