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By Vivian Tyson SUN Senior Editor

THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION and Prosecution Team (SIPT) suffered some major setbacks on the first day of its highly-publicised corruption trial when it failed in its bid to have three former Government ministers, a lawyer and two other citizens on a million dollars bail each in the magistrate’s court. And the SIPT also was unsuccessful in its request to have an English developer returned to his homeland with his passport, while putting up shares in land in the Turks and Caicos Islands as security. These were the highlights of a lengthy court hearing on Tuesday December 6th, which saw four former government ministers among nine persons who appeared before the Magistrate Clifton Warner on allegations ranging from bribery, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. The accused were former deputy premier and minister of finance Floyd Hall; another former deputy premier and minister of education, and health and human services Lillian Boyce, former minister of immigration and labour Jeffrey Hall and former minister of Public Works, Samuel ‘Sammy’ Been. The other persons who appeared in court were Lisa Hall – Floyd Hall’s wife and his brother Quintin Hall; Earlson Robinson – brother of Lillian Boyce; attorney Melbourne Wilson and UK developer Richard Padgett. Continued on page 2


On Wednesday, December 7, Brownies from the Precious Treasures Pre and Primary School in Providenciales, kick-started the true spirit of Christmas by visiting a number of establishments including, offices, supermarkets and the airport to dole out cookies to locals and visitors alike. The school said the gesture by the school’s Brownies coincided with the season, and the children were happy to have participated in the exercise. The SUN’s camera caught the Brownies on their mission on a number of the places visited. Here they are seen presenting cookies to a tourist at the Providenciales International Airport.

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Jeffrey Hall, Boyce, Wilson and Been were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, while Robinson and Quinton Hall were charged with money laundering. Floyd Hall and his wife were charged with bribery, as well as Padgett. They must notify the SIPT of any travel outside of the Turks and Caicos Islands and they were told to surrender their passports, which will be returned to them whenever they want to travel. They all have to report to the SIPT office once a week. SIPT prosecutor Robert Rinder wanted Magistrate Warner to impose $1million bail for Jeffrey Hall, Wilson, Boyce, Robinson, Been and Quinton Hall. However, the magistrate rejected that request and ordered the lower sum of $175,000 each for Jeffrey Hall, Boyce, Wilson and Been, and $100,000 each for Quinton Hall and Robinson. Floyd Hall was placed on $500,000 bail for bribery and his wife Lisa was put on $100,000 bail. SIPT lawyer Rinder’s argument


was that the loss to the TCIG in relation to land at North West Point that was planned for a condominium development was around $1.3million in total and that everyone accused in relation to that development should have to be on bail for that amount, although they were all on considerably less bail, including being their own sureties. “When it comes to assessing criminality, the value of whatever is lost to the Crown should be spread equally among those accused,” Rinder said as he continued to press for each person to be on $1.3million. This caused those in the packed courtroom to laugh and the court clerk to ask for order. In relation to Richard Padgett, his lawyer David O’Mahoni told the court that he had worked out an arrangement with SIPT to have his client return to the UK and surrender his passport to police in that country. O’Mahoni also said that the SIPT were “contented” to accept Padgett’s shares valued at$1.8million in land at North West Point as security for his bail, on the grounds that if he does not return to the TCI for trail, the land would be confiscated by the Crown. This, however, did not appear to


sit well with the magistrate, who also expressed concerns about Padgett’s passport arrangement. In an exchange with SIPT lawyer Rebecca Dix, Magistrate Warner said: “Let me say this. If you don’t belong to the Turks and Caicos Islands and you have this kind of serious charge, that puts you in a flight risk category and I usually start out by putting you in custody and then people can take it from there. That is how I deal with it all of the time.” Padgett was denied bail and remanded in custody at the Chalk Sound Police Station until around 11 p.m. His lawyer flew to Grand Turk and got bail for him in the Supreme Court, but the developer cannot leave the country. The SIPT lawyer also noted that Padgett had cooperated with them in relation to Floyd Hall was charged with conspiracy to receive bribe. According to prosecution, between August 1, 2003 and August 31, 2009, he conspired to receive bribes . According to the prosecution, a sum of $485,000 was paid into a local account belonging to Hall, while another $425,000 was paid into a United States account jointly owned by Hall and his wife Lisa. The prosecution which is headed by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team successfully argued for Hall’s passport to be surrendered to them; him reporting once per week to the SIPT; to furnish the SIPT of a fixed address; and to notify the SIPT if and when he plans to travel from Providenciales by boat or plane to any of the sister islands. He was also placed on $500,000 with surety. He was represented by Stephen Wilson. Lisa Hall was charged with conspiracy to receive bribe. The prosecution said between March 1, 2002 and March 31, 2005, she conspired with her husband, Floyd Hall, to receive bribes from developer Jak Civre, to facilitate the development of the Seven Stars Resort. Her attorney, Oliver Smith told the court that the charges leveled against Hall were not credible, since she had never held political office, so as to influence any government decision. He informed the judge that when Hall was first arrested and charged, she was released on $5,000 bail and always availed herself to the SIPT for further questioning. Judge Warner then released her on $100,000 bond. As part of her bail condition, Hall was asked to surrender her travel document; notify the SIPT of a fixed place of address and report to the SIPT once per week between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Boyce was charged with conspiracy to defraud the government. The prosecution told the court that between January 1, 2004 and June 31, 2006, she conspired with other persons to unlawfully defraud government of crown land transaction. Her attorney Neil Coleman, told

the court that Boyce is an upstanding businesswoman, who is always available whenever the SIPT team wanted for questioning, plus she has nowhere else to go, since all of her assets remain in the TCI. Jeffrey Hall has been charged with conspiracy to defraud government. The prosecution said between January 1, 2004 and June 2006, he conspired with other persons to defraud the government in relation to the dealing of crown land valued to the tune of $1 million. The prosecution said government incurred serious losses from such transaction. Samuel Been was charged with conspiracy to defraud. The prosecution said that between January 15, 2004 and June 2006, he conspired with others to defraud the government through the sale of crown land. In pleading for bail for his client, attorney Neil Coleman described Been as, not only a successful developer, but also a philanthropist, who is very much involved in churches across the Turks and Caicos Islands. He said also that this was Been’s first contact with the justice system in this fashion. Coleman also told presiding judge Clifton Warner that, Been is a fisherman who plies his trade on a regularly basis, and therefore his movement should not be restricted. Quintin Hall, who lives in Grand Turk, was charged with money laundering. The prosecution said on May 15, 2006, he benefitted from proceeds accrued from the disposing of crown land. Oliver Smith, who also represented him, said the prosecution will be hard-pressed to prove that he had knowledge of what he was charged with, while appealing to relax bail restrictions since Hall had been out on $5,000 station bail since February and had not departed the jurisdiction. He was granted bail in the sum of $100,000, and is to surrender his travel documents; report to the SIPT once per week and to notify the SIPT of his place of dwelling. Melbourne Wilson, the prosecution charged, was involved in a money laundering racket with Jeffrey Hall, to the tune of $1 million courtesy of crown land disposal deal. Despite strong pleas from his allow attorney, to allow him to keep his travel document, since he would have to make visits to his daughter, who was said to be attending a US college, Wilson was asked by Judge Warner to surrender his travel documents to the SIPT. Wilson was then placed on $175,000 bond and ordered to report once a week to the SIPT and to notify the SIPT of his place of living and where-a-abouts. Earlson Robinson was charged with money laundering. The prosecution said on May 15, he acquired proceeds from the sale of crown land valued at not less than $1 million








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By Sir Ronald Sanders


November 28 general elections in Guyana have resulted in a crisis for the country. While it is being suggested that the elected President, Donald Ramotar, of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) can appoint and run a minority government, it is an unrealistic proposition. Ramotar was elected President by a plurality of the votes but the PPP/C failed to get an overall majority in the National Assembly. The complex Guyana constitution provides for an electoral system of proportional representation under which the country is divided into 10 regions returning 25 members of the National Assembly and another 40 being allocated nationally on the proportion of votes cast for a party. To control the National Assembly, a party must secure more than 50% of the votes cast. However, the President in whom executive authority lies, according to the Constitution, only requires a plurality of the votes to be elected. Thus, since the PPP/C got the highest number of votes cast for a party (48.7%), Ramotar is elected President but the PPP/C as a party does not control the National Assembly which makes the laws of the county and initiates its money bills, including the Budget. Of the 72.9% voter turn-out at the poll, the three opposition parties combined secured 51.3% of the vote. The breakdown is: 40.8% for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU); 10.3% for the Alliance for Change (AFC) and 0.2% for the United Force. Even if the three opposition parties were now to form an alliance – something they failed to do before the elections – they cannot form a government. Under the Guyana constitution, the President appoints the Prime Minister and Ministers of the Government from “among the elected members of the National Assembly”. There is no requirement for him to appoint persons to form the government from among a party or parties that command the majority in the National Assembly. This has to be the worst nightmare for any President, but it has to be particularly harrowing for Ramotar who has no experience of government, except as a member of the National Assembly for the PPP/C of which he has been general secretary over the last few years. As this commentary is being written (shortly after the announcement of the election results on Thursday), it has been reported that Ramotar will try to operate a minority government. In other words, he

will appoint a government from among PPP/C elected members only. This would not be a sensible proposition. For, if the opposition parties in the National Assembly decide to work together they would defeat any legislation including a Budget which the government would require to function. In such a circumstance, Government would be crippled, and the only resolution of the problem would be fresh elections in an effort for one party, or an alliance of parties, to secure an overall majority. It is ironic that had the AFC joined the APNU alliance that comprises the Peoples National Congress (PNC), founded by the late President Forbes Burnham, and the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) founded by the late historian Walter Rodney, the combined parties would have won both the Presidency and the overall majority of the National Assembly. In this sense, they have only themselves to blame for their failure to topple the PPP/C. But more importantly now is what happens going forward. Ramotar and the PPP/C have a rare and golden opportunity to retrieve Guyana from its long history of racial and divisive politics by recognising that the majority of the people of the country did not support them at this election notwithstanding the economic success they have achieved in the last few years. Other issues played a much larger role and those issues included a perception of neglect of disadvantaged communities by the PPP/C including sugar workers of East Indian descent; marginalisation of Guyanese intellectuals of African descent who have been excluded from top government positions; and a general view that high PPP/C officials had benefited hugely from their time in government. In this context, if Ramotar and the PPP attempt to form and operate a minority government, they will be doing so against a backdrop of considerable popular hostility. It would be a prescription for disaster, Good sense should prevail in this very troubled situation and Ramotar should make every effort to talk to the leaders of the two main opposition parties to form a government of national unity. It would be the best thing for Guyana, and it would ensure that prosperity and stability can be built on its recent economic success and the definite prospects for immediate and continuous economic growth as a result of recently signed contracts for the mining of gold, bauxite and manganese, expected to earn the country billions of dollars, as well as the real possibility of oil production.


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The future for the Guyana economy and the Guyanese people could be glowing if such a course is followed. If it isn’t, then Guyana and the Guyanese people will be headed for great political instability, social unrest and a major reversal of their recent economic good fortune. At the same time, if Ramotar and the PPP/C reach out a hand of co-operation to the APNU and the AFC the two latter parties also have an obligation to accept it and to sit down to work out the mechanics of a government of national unity that could secure Guyana’s future. If ever there was a time in the tides of a country’s fortunes that requires its politicians to put their narrow political interests to one side for the greater interest of the nation, that time is now. The vast majority of people of Guyana are now frightened and worried. The country’s political leaders have the chance to turn that fear and worry to relief, hope and confidence. Guyana, at last, could begin to realise the potential it has long held out. Other leaders in the Caribbean and the world should call on Ramotar, and the leaders of APNU and AFC not to condemn their country to ruin and their people to the rack. History is in their hands.

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Chamber of Commerce makes proposal to sell TCI citizenship for $200,000


THE PROVIDENCIALES CHAMBER of Commerce is proposing that citizenship of the Turks and Caicos Islands be sold for $200,000 and make it subject to purchasing a property in excess of $2million. In a position paper to Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development, United Kingdom Government on December 5, 2011, the Chamber proposes to offer 50 citizenship programs, which might take several years to obtain, each year. “This can be decreased or increased depending on the success and needs of the country. Charge $200,000 and make it subject to purchasing a property in excess of $2million,” the Chamber wrote in their document. By their calculation, the immediate benefit would be as follows: 50 citizenships at $200,000 = $10million;


Stamp Duty on Purchase$100million at 8% = $8million Stamp Duty of Construction $100million at 10% $10million Total Annual Revenue: $28million “Long term these persons would provide additional benefits to the economy through property maintenance, purchase of goods and services etc. All other immigration categories such as permanent residency certificates and work permits need to be streamlined, clearly priced and the processing time must be reduced to no more than 4 weeks,” the businessmen stated. The Chamber argued that the largest single impediment to business development in the TCI is immigration, adding that the country has lost a significant amount of population in the past three years and in our relatively insular environment the loss of these


President and chief Executive Officer of Fortis TCI, Eddinton Powell says he is surprised that the Company was not given the opportunity, as a Chamber of Commerce member, to give its input as it relates to electricity deregulation before the recommendations were submitted. “FortisTCI Ltd has always been predisposed to meeting with the Chamber of Commerce, and has done so on several occasions. We are therefore a bit surprised that the Company was not given the opportunity, as a Chamber of Commerce member, to give our input as it relates to electricity deregulation before the recommendations were submitted,” he said in a press release. In a position paper submitted to UK MP Alan Duncan on December 5th, the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce said that currently economic diversification in the Turks and Caicos Islands is stifled by the huge cost of electricity in the TCI. “The contract renewal terms agreed to previously are preposterous and this contract, should be subject to investigation and revoked,” the Chamber said. “Fortis is obliged, in most other jurisdictions that it operates, to accept power generated through renewable sources. Immediately y the government should oblige Fortis to either build an electrical producing incinerator at the Providenciales garbage dump or allow a private contractor to do so. Fortis should be obliged to purchase the power produced at the base rate charged to TCI consumers plus some portion of the fuel surcharge. Fortis would still be compensated for distribution.” In his release, Powell said: “ We are prepared to meet individually or corporately with Chamber members. We are also prepared to discuss and debate the state and future of the electricity business with anyone in the TCI. We are a facts driven organisation. FortisTCI will be opening its own channels of communication with the Minister of State on this matter; discussions which will be in the best interest of the Turks and Caicos Islands.” The Chamber of Commerce added that all businesses and persons wishing to do so should be allowed to produce solar power and put this into the grid, which would in some cases turn their meter backwards during very sunny periods and stay hooked to the grid for evening or cloudy periods.

people has created a significant amount of economic problems that have multiple knock on effects. “For example a person builds a modest apartment building to provide accommodation and takes out a mortgage to do so. As population decreases the supply and demand for apartments changes and the rents and occupancy rates drop to the point where the mortgage cannot be covered. The bank is obliged to step in and sell the property. The bank takes a loss on its books and determines that it cannot afford current staffing levels and lets go staff, who then fail to make their rent payments. The cycle continues downward,” the Chamber added. “Government needs to implement policies that will reverse this trend. One method to stimulate the local economy is to provide some form of economic citizenship. Major countries around the world like Canada provide such a program and St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean provide a very successful program. The COC recognizes there are political sensitivities to any economic citizenship program, however the very significant economic benefits must be considered. For example St. Kitts and Nevis offer economic citizenship for

LOCAL NEWS $200,000.00. At a STEP (Society of Trust Practitioners) in London the President of St. Kitts and Nevis indicated they were processing 1,000 applicants for their program. This equates to $200 million of direct revenue into the government coffers. The TCI could certainly benefit from such a revenue stream and the added benefit of having high net worth individuals reside in the country.” The Chamber said government needs to develop and implement a plan to diversify the economy away from the two main long term sources of revenue, which are tourism and finance. “ Light manufacturing is difficult to justify in the TCI, however we do occupy a centralized position to the Northern Islands and this should be advertised. It is thought that software development and internet related businesses could easily locate and operate in the TCI. A small number of these entrepreneurs have located operations in the TCI through the efforts of professionals in the finance community. If the government was to provide incentives such as centralized high speed internet connections, reduced or streamlined work permit or residency permits and most importantly some planned program to inform these person that the TCI exists. This means sending a public/private team to computer conferences in locations primarily on the East side of North America to inform these persons of what the TCI offers,” the document continued

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UK Minister not making any commitment about elections next year



By Vivian Tyson SUN Senior Editor

UNITED KINGDOM MINISTER responsible for the Department of International Development (DIFID) Allan Duncan gave the clearest indication yet that elections next year are seriously in doubt, as he told journalists on Monday at a press briefing that he would not be banking on such a date for the coming year based on the setbacks of the UK stipulated milestones. Duncan told the press gathering that situations in the TCI have become fluid causing the Interim Administration to return to the drawing board at regulator intervals to make new assessments. He said also that giving the green light for elections next year when some matters, especially monetary-wise, are not achieved, would not serve the purpose of what they are working to accomplish. He said the Interim Administration was hoping that a surplus would have been achieved this fiscal year, but revealed that it appeared that budgetary stability could be set back to a year. Such situation means that elections hopes could be killed for the next 12 months – a date that was being

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bandied about. “I am not making any commitment or promising as of today, about it (elections) definitely happening or definitely not happening. We are having to assess this in what is a fluid situation. We will, of course, in due course make our views absolutely clear. “We want to restore representative government here; we want to, but we cannot do that if we also relinquish control of the money when we face so much exposure. I have got a quarter of


a billion dollars at risk here, which is a lot of money for a small island. I think the next few months would be the period when this (whether or not elections can be held next year) will become clear,” he said. In the meanwhile, the DIFID Head said the framework for the launch of economic progress is looking promising; pointing out that the country is now in the crunch stages. He however, predicted that there would be what he described as sunshine in the not-too-distant future. “I think the underlying picture of the economy is looking okay. The year-to-year numbers of the deficit has been hit quite hard by the consequences of the maladministration in the past. There had been invoices in drawers and no proper public accounting. “So, however hard we look to get the complete so we know what’s coming down the line, suddenly we get another nasty surprise – an old medical bill; and old legal bill or something. Those have totaled 15 million dollars or more this year, which is a hard hit. “And they are poor legacies of the past…that’s the bad news. The good news is, I think I can faithfully report the basic direction of the condition of

the islands is heading in the right direction. It is quite good. It is heading towards surplus. The underlying factors are looking adequately strong,” Duncan said. A postponement of next year’s election would mark a second occasion that local polls were being put off, as it was originally stated that elections would be held this year. A report of postponement last year resulted in a mini riot at the former Sky FBO, where former Governor Gordon Wetherell and his team of British Advisors were briefly prevented from leaving their vehicle to board a flight to Grand Turk , as protestors demanded immediate elections.

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LIME, Digicel could roll out 4G by late 2012




By Vivian Tyson SUN Senior Editor

THE TWO MAJOR telecommunications company in the TCI – LIME and Digicel – said they expect to roll out 4G service by the end of next year. Both companies’ pronouncements came on the heels of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) launching its 4G network on the Island of New Providence of which Nassau is the capital. It also announced that very soon the family islands will be upgraded to the service. The Bahamas is the third jurisdiction in the Caribbean where 4G is operational. Jamaica is the first island in the region to start such a service, followed by Bermuda. Cayman has also announced that it will be going 4G. In Jamaica, Digicel is operating on

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General Manager for Digicel TCI, E. Jay Saunders

Country Manager for LIME, Drexwell Seymour

a 4G network, while LIME is currently functioning on a 3G bandwidth. When contacted, Country Manager for LIME, Drexwell Seymour said he could not give a

timeframe as to exactly when LIME will switch to 4G, but said it could be in the latter part of 2012. “I don’t have a timeframe, but it should be sometime next year. Such a

service will vastly improve the speed of telecommunication in the country. It is a wider bandwidth and gives faster speed. It surly would provide faster high speed data for our customers,” Seymour said. For his part, General Manager for Digicel TCI, E. Jay Saunders said that his company could roll out the service also by the end of next year. Saunders pointed out that it should come as no surprise that BTC would go 4G – which he said is really 3GPlus – since any new company rolling out telecommunication services now would opt for the latest in technology. “Any company that is rolling our new services right now would roll out 3G-plus. They have changed the definition of 3G-plus, now and it is being called 4G. Bermuda rolled out theirs before they changed the definition,” Saunders said.

Residents encouraged to practice energy conservation

WITH RISING GLOBAL crude oil prices continuing to affect the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as the recently announced increase in the Customs Processing Fee, FortisTCI Ltd is once again encouraging residents to practice good energy conservation, especially during the upcoming Christmas period. FortisTCI’s fuel factor rate, which is determined by the price of diesel oil charged by the Company’s fuel supplier, has been on the increase because of the constant rise in world crude

oil prices. The November fuel factor rate, which will appear on customers’ December bills is $0.2322 KWH, an increase from October’s rate of $0.2312. Allan Robinson, VP of Customer and Corporate Services, stressed the importance of energy conservation, noting that, “FortisTCI is very focused on lowering the cost of generating electricity. We have achieved significant increases in fuel efficiency which means that every gallon of fuel we don’t have


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Governor overturns decision to suspend prosecutor Leonard Franklyn who filed assault report against AG Huw Shepheard


GOVERNOR RIC TODD ahs overturned the decision to suspend veteran prosecutor Leonard Franklyn who made a report to the police alleging that he was physically assaulted by Attorney General Huw Shepheard. At a press conference, Governor Todd said he thought his decision was “sensible and right in the circumstances”. “An allegation has been made and the police are investigating. Another allegation was made and it is being investigated by the normal Civil Service disciplinary procedure. While those investigations are going ahead, I’ve decided that the individuals concerned should return to work,” Governor Todd said. “I’m sure that everyone agrees that there are many important things that need to be done in the TCI and everyone should get on with their work.” Police sources confirmed to The SUN that an official report was made by veteran prosecutor Leonard Franklyn who claimed that the incident



occurred on Thursday December 1st, in the Attorney General’s office. Franklyn was placed on administrative leave with full pay, but Government officials are saying that this disciplinary action was imposed because of a heated exchange which occurred prior to the alleged incident, and not because Franklyn reported the AG to the police. In a press statement, spokesman in the Governor’s Office Neil Smith, said: “We can confirm that a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers has been placed on administrative leave under Ordinance 8.1.11 on full pay and until further notice, following an incident (on)Thursday, 1 December 2011. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating a complaint in relation to this incident.” Police officials say they will have to take formal statements from both Shepheard and Franklyn and do a thorough investigation in order to determine


whether any charges will be brought. Governor Todd side-stepped the question about whether the AG should have been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, especially given that he was facing criminal charges. “I’m not sweeping anything under the carpet,” he said, adding that there will be an independent investigation by the local police who report to him. Shepheard, a barrister from the UK, has held the office of Crown Counsel and served as Acting Deputy Solicitor-General in the Bermudan Attorney General's Chambers since 2007. His previous positions have included work for a local authority in Wales and within central government for Her Majesty's Procurators-General and Treasury Solicitor in London. Franklyn, a native of St. Vincent who also holds citizenship of the Turks and Caicos Islands, has been in the Turks and Caicos Islands for more than two decades.

ON TUESDAY 6TH December 2011 in the Grand Turk Supreme Court, George Munroe a 21 year old Bahamian/Turks and Caicos Islander was sentenced to 14 years incarceration for, Attempted Murder, 12 years for Robbery, 1 year each for 2 counts of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and 1 year for Possession of Unlicensed Firearm. The sentences were in connection to the successful investigation of a robbery which occurred at the B&S Variety Store Five Cays Road Providenciales on 24th August 2010.



Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for the general cleaning of communal areas, sweeping and mopping of floors, cleaning of windows and removal of trash. The applicant will also be responsible for any other duties assigned in regards to general cleaning. Requirements: The successful applicant must be able to work with little to no supervision, should be physically fit, hard working and reliable. Wages: $6.00 per hour Interested applicants should contact Veronica Rigby via email by December 16, 2011 at or by fax 649-946-5191. Suitable applicants will be contacted by email or telephone to schedule an interview.


CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENTS 3-5 years experience as a customer service agent. Qualified in but not limited to Customer Service Agents servicing Delta, US Airways and Air Canada.

All positions require the following: • Excellent command of the English language – reading, writing and speaking. • Good communication skills and team player • Detail oriented & organized individual Ability to work shifts, early mornings, late nights, weekends and Holidays. • Able to work under pressure • Clean police record Salary commensurate with experience.

Belongers need only apply. Interested applicants should apply to: or via fax to HR Department 649-946-4040. No phone calls please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Caicos Express launches new air service between Provo and Grand Turk



By Vivian Tyson SUN Senior Editor

DOMESTIC COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS are now presented with airline alternatives between Providenciales and Grand Turk, as Caicos Express Airways made its inaugural flights between the two islands on Monday, December 5. With a fleet of three aircraft – two Cessna 402s and an Astak - which will be used mainly for private charters, Caicos Express Airways will conduct four daily flights between the islands – 7:30am; 10:45am; 2:45pm and 4:30pm. The two co-owners, experienced pilots Richardson ‘Richie’ Arthur and Friedise ‘Fedex’ Registre, were upbeat at being granted the green light to kick-start their operation into Grand Turk directly from Providenciales. Prior to Monday, Caicos Express’ only commercial entry into Grand Turk was through Salt Cay. Arthur, who is the Managing Director for the Company said the airline’s entry into the Provo/Grand Turk market will only serve to benefit the domestic aviation industry, since passengers now know that they will have a choice and will not be fearful to travel, feeling that they would not get back to their original traveling point because of a lack of flight flexibility. “Obviously if there are two

From left – pilot Jereano Missick, agent Patrice Simmons, and owners Friedise “Fedex” Registre and Richie Arthur.

airlines, you feel that there is greater probability of you finding a seat on at least one of the airlines. And also, we have slightly different times (from the competition), and we feel that it is going to bring ease to the market and people are going to start again travelling,” Arthur said. Arthur said the 9-seater Cessna 402, which is ideal for short routes, will mainly be used between the country’s two major islands. He said also that service will be the hallmark of Caicos Express. “Our service is going to be above anything that passengers have ever seen. Customer service is paramount

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to us and, we are going to take that with extreme caution. We are going to treat our customers the way we want to be treated. Between Fred and me, we have about 25 years of experience and thousands of hours flying, so we know how to treat people. We know how an airline should be run and we

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are going to do it with the best of our ability,” Arthur said. For his part, Registre said already Caicos Express Airways has employed approximately 25 staff, which he said is adequate for the company’s initial entry into the market. He said in the coming weeks, its staff core will be stream-lined to meet the needs of the domestic air travel market. “I envision that in the next few weeks, we are going to be so mega busy; the travelling public is going to lunge towards that $140 introductory fare, especially in a time like now when everybody is watching their money. So, in the next few weeks I see us being extremely busy, probably maybe even increasing our frequencies, and we will do that based on demand,” said Registre Caicos Express Airways’ main commercial office is located at the Southern Shore Building on the Leeward Highway. Arthur said also that customers will be able to book their flights at both the Providenciales International Airport and the Grand Turk International Airport. “The Reservations line is 941-5730.

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18 people drowned in the TCI this year

Eighteen persons have reportedly lost their lives to drowning in the Turks and Caicos Islands since the start of the year, with two such deaths occurring only this week, according to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police. It is understood that visiting tourists made up this year’s statistics; however, the majority of cases are that of migrating Haitian Nationals attempting to enter our shores. The two deaths this week reportedly took place in the Grace Bay area. The police said on Monday at about 6:55am, a male body of dark complexion washed up along the Grace Bay Beach. The police said the body was seen floating in the vicinity of the Ocean Club West Resort area face down. The SUN understands that it was found by a resort beach worker, who was making the early

morning rounds. It was later removed to the morgue for post mortem examination. The body is said to be approximately 5’ 9”, weighs 190-200lbs, of medium build, with short hair and round face. The second incident, this newspaper understands, occurred while the victim was diving. According to Inspector Calvin Chase, on Wednesday 7th December 2011 at 11:30am Barry Mosesman, a 67 year old male tourist, from the United States was found lifeless, floating in the waters off French Cay. The deceased was later pronounced dead. It was ascertained that the deceased was among a group of persons snorkeling off French Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands when he succumbed to his illness. An autopsy was performed on the deceased

body and the cause of death was determined to be from natural causes. The authorities pointed out that a mass drowning in September caused the rate to spike drastically, even while conceding that eight normal drowning was a bit too high for such a small territory within a year. On September 10, the bodies of Haitians trying to enter TCI shores were fished from the sea in the South Dock area of Providenciales. Police suspected at the time that the Haitians were being smuggled onto a small boat after arriving on a larger cargo vessel. It was when they were being transferred that the incident took place, according to authorities. The ten bodies were later returned to Haiti for burial.

Toy maker unveils new creations

Walter ‘Bobby’ Morris, who is affectionately known as ‘Toy Maker’, has emerged from his lab with a new set of toys, inclusive of planes and helicopters just in time for the Christmas Holidays. Morris, who predominantly fashions model aircraft, said his latest creations are different from those of the past, as he has never

done a helicopter before. He also said whereas in the past his planes were, for the most part, crafted in a certain pattern, his latest production is somewhat different. He also mentioned that his latest toys are fashioned from plastic this time around. Morris is seen displaying some of his creations at The SUN’s office.

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Graceway Trading is looking to fill the following listed Financial Positions:


Main Purpose of Job: To develop and maintain all necessary financial controls, systems and processes to ensure the efficient and effective management of the company's finances and compliance as per standard, company and statutory requirements. Main responsibilities • Production of financial budgets and forecasts incorporating profit and loss projections, cash flow analysis and capital expenditure estimates. • Direct and control Finance staff to ensure that they are appropriately motivated and trained and carry out their responsibilities to the required standards • Prepare and present financial presentations to the Board of Directors to support investment decisions. • Produce accurate and timely financial information concerning the company's financial status and performance to enable decisions to be taken relating to the company's financial strength and security • Produce all necessary financial statements and reports to enable the accurate measurement of cash flow, profit and loss, stock and debtors. • Develop and oversee all financial controls, specifically relating to cash and inventory control • Coordinate with bankers, auditors, insurance brokers and attorneys as required • Act as the main point of contact with external auditors and coordinate the production of financial statements in preparation for annual audit. • Carry out any necessary internal audit reviews and monitor the financial effectiveness of systems and controls • Recommend any changes necessary to improve the company's financial performance and financial controls Knowledge, skills and experience required • Must be a professional qualified accountant (ACA or CPA) with a minimum of 8 years of post qualification financial management experience. • Must have advanced knowledge and experience of analyzing day-to day retail and wholesale financial accounting and system processes and controls • Experience managing computerized accounting systems, and analyzing financial data is a must • Must have sound managerial experience • Excellent communication skills are required

Requirements/Duties: • CPA/ACA/ACMA qualified with a minimum of two years experience in a financial accounting position • Extensive experience of preparation of Financial Statements, including Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash flow essential • Management and development of accounting system and processes, including chart of accounts, expansion of capability, and relationship management with external parties • Manage systems integration projects in relation to accounting system with operational systems • Operational and financial analysis of key business issues • Finance team development and training on accounting system and processes • Knowledge and experience in implementation of systems or process projects beneficial • Strong written and verbal communication skills • Attention to detail and flexibility to manage multiple tasks Salary range: $50,000-$70,000/annum.


Requirements/Duties: • CPA/ACA/ACMA qualified with a minimum of four years experience in a commercial finance position • Managing a team of four accounting staff • Supervising all transactional accounting functions of the business including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and Cash reconciliations • Communicating KPIs to major stakeholders of the business on a weekly basis, investigating and responding to any subsequent queries • Ensuring accuracy of all entries posted to the general ledger through review of general journals and detailed general ledger account reconciliations • Managing cashflow to ensure that funds are available to meet the financial commitments of the company • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with diverse audience essential • Attention to detail and flexibility to manage multiple projects Salary range: $55,000 - $75,000 annum. Deadline for submission of applications is December 15th 2011 Submit to: Graceway IGA Supermarket main office complex or email: Please Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted to attend interviews.

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Stakeholders plans to sue Government over NIB funds


A LITIGATION SHOWDOWN could be lurking on the horizon between the Interim Administration and some members of the public over a plan by His Excellency Governor Ric Todd to transfer $10 million from a National Insurance Board (NIB) sub fund to the National Health Insurance Board. Some members of the public are threatening to mount a class action suit against the administration to prevent it from removing the funds. According to them, it is illegal to take the funds, and government is attempting to circumvent the legal process by going for legislation to secure it. One of the persons contemplating the class action suit and who said he does not wish to be named, remarked: “This should be a concern of all those who are paying into NIB because they contribute to the health plan, so we are all stakeholders whether we like it or not. The Governor knows that it is not only wrong but illegal to funnel the funds from the NIB to the NHIB, so that is why he is now using legislation to make it legal. “If we allow the Governor to get away with this, it is basically saying that we have been paying twice for their NHIP. I think they are being pressured by NHIP to draw the funds from NIB and give it to NHIB.” Another member of the group


Governor Ric Todd

noted: “If this practice was done by the former administration, it would be a big stink, but because it is the British, nobody is saying anything. We are now cowards in our own country.” Speaking at a post Advisory Council news briefing on December 1, in Providenciales, Governor Todd said


Grace Bay Club is looking for candidates that have the requirements listed along with an outgoing professional manner. They love to work with different types of people, meet challenges with a positive attitude and live the standards of our organization. Their management style is one that balances a commitment to people and their development with business/financial accountability and delivers an exceptional guest experience


To lead and direct the operations and financial activities of a five star luxury resort, maintaining the highest level of guest service and owner satisfaction.Ensure the selection and ongoing direction of resort team members to achieve the highest levels of integrity, job satisfaction, morale and team spirit. Job Requirements • At least 10 years five star resort/international management experience in Senior Level Hotel Operations • 2 to 3 years of direct related experience as a General Manager for a five star luxury property • Hospitality degree preferable • Strong Rooms or Food & Beverage background • Luxury Brand Hotel Chain experience a must • Delivers business results through effective management of planning, forecasting, improving yield, budgeting, cost management and all aspects of business • Energetic, positive visionary leader, dedicated to motivating and developing team members • Ability to balance many priorities, resolve problems and meet owners and guest expectations • Exceptional communication and customer service skills and live the standards of our organization Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

legislation was being drafted to pave the way for making the transfer of the funds from the Employment Injury and Illness Fund a reality, even in the face of divided recommendations from actuaries. Governor Todd told the news briefing that among the reasons for transferring the funds to the NHIB was that the Employment Injury and Illness Fund was founded on the grounds of health reasons and collected for that cause. It is reported that the Employment Injury Fund, a sub fund of the NIB raked in a surplus of some $20 million, and it is from this fund that Governor Todd plans to haul the money. “We all agree that the charges collected by the NIB from citizens for the Employment Injury and Illness Fund have created a surplus in that particular sub fund of some twenty million dollars. Now, some actuaries


argued that that surplus should be transferred to the NIB Long Term Pension sub fund, to fill a rather large hole made by some NIB investment losses on unsuccessful investments. Other actuaries argued that because this fund was created and collected for health issues if should be transferred to the NHIB. “So after careful reflection, I carefully decided to transfer 10 million dollars, which is half the surplus, to the NHIB, and we are arranging the legislation to ensure that that takes place. The SUN contacted NIB Chairman Ervine Quelch to weigh in on the controversy, specifically regarding the planned class action suit against the Interim Administration. He said while did not want to say much on the matter, the citizens have a right to protest the Interim Administration’s decision, saying at this point he has not decided whether or not to join in with the other stakeholders.


Job Requirements: • Folds and places item in appropriate storage area. • Sorts torn and stained articles. Sorts dried articles according to type. • Loads articles into washer and adds specified amount of detergent, soap or other cleaning. • Operates laundry machinery such as washers, driers and ironers. • Lifts clean, wet articles from washer and places them successively into driers for measures time cycles. • Soaks contaminated articles and processes in de-staining cycle. • Iron and fold dried clothes and deploy to the designated rooms or areas. Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience


Job Requirements: • 1-2 year related experience and/or training. • Provide towels/chairs/umbrellas to guests. • Perform side work including the folding of towels, preparing water and fruit skewers. • Clean ashtrays, straighten chairs and keep all outside beach and pool areas free of debris. • Personable, professional, flexible, always smiling and helpful. Qualified Belongers need only apply. Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience Interested persons can contact our Human Resources Department no later than December 16, 2011 @ (649) 946-5050 Ext. 1050 Email: or Fax: (649) 946-5758 P.O. Box 128 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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TURQUOISE DUTY FREE SHOP IS LOOKING FOR: DESCRIPTION OF JOB: • Process and record all daily sales for departure customers • Prepare sales summary sheet for customs. • Complete daily sales slip and daily deposits. • Weekly inventory count SUITABLE PERSON: • Applicant must have a positive attitude to work and excellent customer service skill • Must be familiar with counterpoint system • Must have 5 years experience and skills of the beverage industry Salary: $11.00 per hour Applications must be submitted via email to DISCOUNT@TCIWAY.TC or fax 946-4871

HAB Group wishes to recruit a


The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate considerable experience in the preparation of all pre-contract construction documentation including but not limited to; detailed take offs, bills of quantities, specification production, material scheduling. The candidate will also need to be experience in the co-ordination and control of various design consultants employed in the pre contract design process with relevant input to the design process. The candidate will be required to demonstrate a familiarity with relevant industry standard compute software such as Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk Design Review and Collaborative Project management software as well as standard Microsoft Office products. Applicants for this position will possess relevant industry recognized qualifications in addition to 12 years or more practical experience. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience, training and education. Interested applicants should contact Veronica Rigby via email by December 16, 2011 at or by fax 649-946-5191. Suitable applicants will be contacted by email or telephone to schedule an interview.



Tropical imaging/Brilliant is looking for the following talented people.


Tropical Imaging requires an experienced administrator/ customer service specialist who will be heavily involved in the company’s “back end” client support services Applicants should have at least 5 years commercial work experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple ongoing tasks, have well-defined communication skills in person, on the telephone and written correspondence, be a team player and be a fanatic for attention to detail and customer service.


Experienced in all aspects of high-end digital photography and workflow, plus several years practice in creative wedding, portrait and commercial photography. Self-motivated, willing to work weekends and holidays you must also be a customer service fanatic.


Tropical Imaging/Brilliant is considering taking on the right individual(s) who are interested in making photography and imaging a career. For over 16 years Tropical Imaging has pushed the boundaries of photography and professionalism in the TCI and Caribbean. After numerous requests for internships we are considering mentoring and working with a motivated individual who displays “the right stuff”. There are no prerequisites for this possible position apart from your ability to demonstrate that you have what it takes to be a member of our team. This program will only take place if we find the right person/people. This is a real opportunity for the right person. Show us what you have? Email all resumes/links to


Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Providenciales HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties pursuant to its power of sale as registered Chargee under the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks & Caicos Islands:

5. Parcel No. 60715/28 & 29, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales. This development comprises of a Commercial property with 12 apartment units centrally located. This property also has room for future expansion. Registered Proprietor: South Bay Properties Ltd.

2. Parcel No.60811/10, Long Bay Hills, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. The property comprises of approximately .51 Acre of Land over looking the Long Bay Highway and the Northern Shores of the Island. This property is further comprised of a two-storey building with 4-2 bedroom apartments. Registered Proprietor: McAllister Eugene Hanchell

The auction will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday 16th December 2011 at the offices of Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. Conditions of sale may be obtained from Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, telephone (649) 946-5293, fax (649) 946-5289.

1. Parcel No.10304/63, Front Street, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. Comprising of commercial vacant land only. The property is located across from the Tourist Board and a short walk from the new Carnival Center now under construction. Registered Proprietors: Robert N. D’Arceuil

3. Parcel No.60719/94, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales, Comprises a main two-storey house with a separate detached guesthouse. Both homes are positioned on a elongated peninsular canal lot with approximately 400 linear feet of water frontage. The property therefore, has direct water access to the South Shore via Turtle Lake. Registered Proprietor: Daniel S. Simmons

4. Parcel No.60804/120/k57 (Unit #3503), The Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales. Comprises a fifth-floor condominium at the Alexander Resort Development on Grace Bay Beach. This is a twobedroom unit in the Prima Donna Building in the Northeast section of the Resort and benefits from extensive beach, ocean and pool views of the Resort. Registered Proprietor: Daniel S. Simmons

6. Parcel No.60703/44 & 11, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hills, Providenciales. This a Residential located off Cherokee Road with 5.23 acres of land with excellent views of both the Northern & Southern shores of the Island. The property supports two detached residential homes. Registered Proprietor: Blue Coral Ridge Development Ltd.

Interested persons may bid by way of sealed tender delivered not later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2011 addressed to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales clearly marked “ AUCTION BID-OCTOBER December 16TH 2011.” Should the bid meet the reserve price and constitute the highest offer, the property will be considered sold to the person making the bid. Note that a 10% deposit is required immediately from the successful bidder at the auction.

Note that Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd. accepts no responsibility in respect of the receipt or otherwise of sealed bids and prospective purchasers are encouraged to ensure safe delivery of sealed bids to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd. in good time and further to attend at the auction to ensure that the bid is properly made.

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R 16TH, 2011





By Royal S. Robinson MBE

I was not able to meet Alan Duncan, the openly gay Minister during his visit to Turks an Caicos Islands recently, but what I have seen from his pronouncements here, give me the distinct feeling that we are again being played for fools! This guy can fly into our country on the pretext that he has come to review the progress being made to accomplish the milestones that he helped to formulate and then spew a lot of foul air on us. I certainly think that on his way here he lost his briefing notes and when asked pertinent questions resorted to things gone by and days of the past. Minister Duncan you cannot come here now when your people that you had handpicked have made a royal cock-up of our economy and finances in particular, and try to ascribe blame to the previous administration for that. Man, just get real! A lot of us have been saying from the very beginning that this balanced budget milestone was an impossible task to say the least and a pipe dream at best. Look around today at all of the major nations and tell me which one of them is not running up a deficit? Which one has a budget that is balanced or in surplus? Yes, certainly, that is something that all public sector managers, and that includes the political directorate see as a laudable goal, but that cannot be the ultimate position to be reached in order to have free and fair elections in a country! There is a saying that if you want a particular outcome, you should begin by leading by example! The British and Alan Duncan have not as yet demonstrated their ability to achieve a balanced budget.They have red ink as far as the eye can see. Yes they have put in place in recent times some austerity measures to arrest their situation, but so far, there is not a guarantee that it will all pan out. The reason being that there is push back on some measures and they have had to retreat from them. A significant one being the increase in university tuition fees! They have had to roll that back because the citizenry rebelled against it and there were demonstrations in the streets of London in particular by students and a number of other persons as well. We cannot let Minister Duncan get away with saying that the previous administration left unpaid bills in drawers, that they now have to pay off that have lead to the deficit ballooning from $8.5M to $35M in six months. Now, remember, the biggest pretext for them usurping the legitimate rights of the people’s representatives to govern this country was that financial mismanagement was rampant. They have had more than two years to discover the extent of TCI’s debt obligation and come to grips with it. The $260M was borrowed to retire all the accumulated debt and roll up the payment stream to one lending institution only. So what was the

so-called British experts doing for the past two plus years? Cooking the books to make us all feel and look bad? By their own account, when they took over, our debt was $71M. Now, it is close to $270M and counting. These guys are in control of the milestones and they continually move the goal post at their whims and fancy to suit the agenda that they make and adjust for their fiendish purposes. They telegraphed this situation by telling us, first of all that we were in for a bleak holiday season. So what happens? They announce a slew of new taxes for implementation without consultation claiming that they were necessary to bridge the gap of the now forecasted short fall in revenue. How many times do they think that they can draw from the same trough without having adverse outcomes? They have no idea as to how the fundamentals of our economy operate. They continue to have a “square peg in a round hole” approach to creating consistent and predictable revenue streams. We have no mining, manufacturing or agricultural base to fall back on for us to realize revenue from. We import practically everything and as a result, in classical economics, we will always have a net negative balance of trade situation. Our local economy is constantly buoyed be inward investments. When that stops, then we fall flat as a rock. We have to continue to create an environment in which inward investment thrive! Duncan and his crew have so far not engendered confidence here that would translate in serious inward investment. All of their policies have been counterproductive and ineffective. Their customs duty policy was a failure. Their business license fees have proven to be ill-advised and the same can be said of the work permit fees hiking. The general public and a united political directorate, PDM and PNP must call these guys out for the wrong that they are doing to us in the name of the nebulous “good governance”. The fight must be taken to them, first, throughout the length and breadth of this country and simultaneously to halls of the UK Parliament. These guys are winning the PR war at the moment and are using our perceived political differences to continue to divide us while they continue on their path of destroying our country before they “turn it back” to us. This is totally unconscionable and untenable! We have to do whatever to stop these guys in their tracks before they totally transform the landscape of our country to a point where we don’t recognize it! Wake up now Turks and Caicos Islanders! Surely there are many amongst us that can do a better job than these bumblers. They have tried to discredit our “intelligencia” by saying that the current crop of Permanent Secretaries does not have the mental dexterity to be strategic thinkers. What rubbish! But by the same token, they are trying to


replace them with persons that are more geared to doing things by rote. That certainly cannot be the manner by which we will be able to effectively manage our affairs going forward into the C21st. what this would do is to make it easier for their retreads to come here, at our expense, make no mistake, and lord over us, while doing nothing but having a great vacation on our beaches! Duncan, Helen Garlick and her crew are trying to totally corrupt the system of justice in this country to the detriment of the indigenous Turks and Caicos Islanders. On Tuesday, when it came to the bail hearing by Padgett, I could not tell the difference between the prosecutor (SIPT), and the defence lawyer. How can these dudes ask for the confiscation of the travel documents of the Turks and Caicos Islanders who really and truly have nowhere to go, but advocate for a non-TC Islander to be in possession of his document to travel wherever he pleases! That is a total miscarriage of justice if ever there was one! My people, rise up against the infidel that have invaded our country on a pretext worst than that the Americans used, “weapons of mass destruction”, when they waged war on Iraq. We cannot continue in this vein, we must unite against these people and take our country back. Do not allow them to wave nonsense in front of us to say why they should continue to deny us what is rightly ours! That is the right for us to govern ourselves! • Royal Robinson was a former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Health in the Progressive National Party (PNP) Administration.

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Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce and Industry Elects New Executive TURKS AND CAICOS SUN


IN ITS EFFORTS to bring a fresh and new beginning to business development and the life of the nation’s capital, Grand Turk, the Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at the Bohio Dive Resort, has elected a new executive to lead the Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce for the next two years. CEO of The Ariza Group and former manager of LIME TCI, Mr. Pedro Ariza and long time businessman and former government Permanent Secretary, Mr. Tomlinson Skippings have been elected as President and Vice President respectively. The Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce has been relatively inactive within recent years but with the potential for economic growth in Grand Turk increasing, many in the business community have been urging for the Chamber to take a central role in channeling the efforts to build the future (L-R) Mr. Gary Knowles, Mr. Kirk Graff, Mr. John Ariza, Mr. Kit Fenimore, Mr. Glen Clarke, Mr. Pedro Ariza, Mr. Tomlinson Skippings, Mrs. Rosabelle Adams, Mr. Winston Quelch, Mr. Damian Wilson of the nation’s capital. and Mr. Jerzy Kolodzeij Trained economist and former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Glen Clarke, who has been the Executive Director and the continued driving force behind the Chamber of Commerce for the last several years, said “The Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce was the first chamber in the TCI and has a rich and vibrant history as a vital entity for business development and job creation in the past and this election is an important step in getting the Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce up and running as it should be and has been in the past.” Mr. Clarke continued, “It is important that we get this election completed and behind us so that we can move forward.” Upon being elected to the (L-R) Secretary, Mr. Kit Fenimore; Executive Director, Mr. Glen Clarke; President, Mr. Pedro Ariza; Vice President, Mr. Tomlinson Skippings; and Treasurer, Mrs. Rosabelle Adams presidency, Mr. Pedro Ariza thanked Mr. Clarke for his hard work in keeping the Chamber in the hearts and minds of all new, more dynamic and progressive sentiments expressed by Mr. Clarke but added, “This is an important and critical and that he looks forward to building a chamber. Mr. Ariza also reiterated the previous time in the life of the Turks & Caicos Islands and moving forward nothing will ever be the same as it was prior to the financial meltdown of 2008, so therefore this time calls for bold and proactive thinking and actions. It is important that all business owners, employees and the wider community understand that if we are to succeed in making a positive


1 Electrician - $7.00 per hour 1 Office Assistant - $5.00 per hour Please contact us at 242-5459

PROVO GOLF CLUB Turks & Caicos Water Company d.b.a. Provo Golf Club is seeking a suitably qualified individual to fill the following position. Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be considered.


Must be knowledgeable and experience in the areas of Plant Pathology, Plant Propagation, Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Soil Science and Landscape Design Principles. REQUIREMENTS • Must have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture. • Should have at least 10 years or more experience working on a Golf Course. • Requires knowledge of landscape construction and materials. • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. • Must be self-motivated and willing to work long hours. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience, training and education. Interested applicants should contact Veronica Rigby via email by December 16, 2011 at or by fax 649-946-5191. Suitable applicants will be contacted by email or telephone to schedule an interview.

impact in the development and direction of our nation, now is the time for us to truly work together in charting a course for business development in Grand Turk and the community at large in order to ensure that whatever happens is in the best interest of all concerned. It is also important that social growth takes place alongside economic growth in order to truly develop the nation and therefore the chamber must play a key role in mentoring our current and future entrepreneurs.” Mr. Ariza also emphasized that it was vital that the chamber enhance its profile locally and internationally; he continued, “We must begin to develop the necessary communication outlets through traditional means and new technologies so that relevant and important information is available to potential members and investors.” Some of the initial goals of the chamber are to increase its membership and work on developing the necessary capacities to influence and drive economic and social growth.

LIST OF 2011 – 2013 EXECUTIVES President – Mr. Pedro Ariza Vice President- Mr. Tomlinson Skippings Secretary – Mr. Kit Fenimore Treasurer – Mrs. Rosabell Adams Executive Director – Mr. Glen Clarke Legal Council – Mr. Kwame Smith Directors Public Relations and Media – Mr. Damian Wilson Finance and Fundraising – Mr. Winston Quelch Membership – Mr. Gary Knowles Business Development – Mr. Kirk Graff Government and Legal Affairs – Mr. Jerzy Kolodziej Planning and Community Development – Mr. John Carlos Ariza


Margaritaville Grand Turk seeks to identify a


REQUIREMENT: - Associates or Bachelors’ Degree in Hospitality Management or related field and/or at least 5 years experience at the international level. - At least one (1) year experience working in the capacity of cook, bartender and server, each. - Computer knowledge in excel and other spreadsheet programs. - Ability to work under stress. - Ability to communicate orally and in writing. - Ability to work with minimal supervision. - Ability to work flexible hours including public holidays, weekends and night shift. - Energetic and people oriented, reliable with problem solving skills OTHER POSITIONS ARE: BARTENDERS,



All applications need to be submitted to the HR department by 16th December, 2011. Belongers only need apply Margaritaville Grand Turk. Grand Turk Cruise Center White Sands Beach Grand Turk

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Salvation launches Christmas Red Kettle

By Vivian Tyson

Christmas. He said the Red Kettle is The Turks and Caicos Islands one way that the Salvation Army launched its organization is able Christmas Red Kettle drive on to raise funds to meet Monday, November 28, in front some of those needs. the Graceway IGA Supermarket According to along the Leeward Highway in Major Ferguson, on Providenciales. the first day of launch, Captain Matthew Trayler, head of the Red Kettle raised the Salvation in the Turks and Caicos more than $5,000. said the collection goal for this year He expects that the is $20,000. He said the goal last year funds raised could was $15,000, but the organization surpass the target set raised $20,000. this year. In the mean time Major Lester At current, the Ferguson, Divisional Commander for Salvation Army, the Salvation Army for the Bahamas which is operational and the Turks and Caicos Islands in 125 countries said the Salvation Army venture in around the world, places where there are needs. provides free He said Salvation Army wants representatives of the Graceway IGA Supermarket join the members of the Salvation Army and its associates to • Knowledge of food preparation transportation for all launch the Christmas Red Kettle drive. and health/safety techniques to provide encouragement through the elderly in Middle • Must be able and willing to work all days groceries, toys and otherwise for the elderly to church, supermarket, and theshifts 123rd countries that the Salvation Caicos. families, especially during the Duties Include: the doctor and other important treks. Army has been working to assist the The van that it operates was Christmas time and more so as the • Prepare all food items according to Captain Trayler said the Salvation less fortunate. provided by the Providenciales recipe cards and correct handling world goes through recession this The Red Kettle will be Rotary Club, and is used to transport is also working to revitalize the hot procedures. lunch programmeOPENINGS at the Clement • Maintain stationed outside theand Graceway IGA highest quality appearance IMMEDIATE all foods sent from make Howell High School, for students of Supermarket andkitchen its and sister outlet, GILLEY’S ALDEN C.DURHAM sure are clean and appetizing. who don’t getTechnician to eat at home. theplatesGraceway Gourmet in Maintenance • Maintain orderly and clean refrigerators ENTERPRISES/WINE GOOD HANDS The TCI, three years ago, became and Gracebay. Requirements work areas. • Must have knowledge and experience in • Rotate all foods and correctly fill out CELLAR IS LOOKING AGENCY repair and maintenance FOR: production charts. including preventative maintenance to SEEKS LABOURER (2) prevent down time on commercial laundry • Knowledge of food preparation ROOM ATTENDANT/PUBLIC techniques and health/safety equipment including 250lb washer, flat Salary: $6.00 per hour TWO DOMESTIC/ • AREA Must be ATTENDANT/HOUSEMAN able and willing to work all days ironer, folding machines, steam dryers, Suitable Person: Requirements: and shifts valet equipment, boilers, 150hp boiler • Must be willing to work six PLANT WORKERS • Ability to work with heavy cleaning Duties Include: feed tank, steam water (6) days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour • machinery. Prepare all food items according to heater and chemical injection system. • Mustcards be able willing to work all days • Must be honest reliable andand correct handling • Must be able and willing to work all shifts recipe 6 days per week and shifts procedures. and proficient. Duties Include: include: 1 LABOURER Maintain highest quality and appearance • Maintain proper preventative • Work is mostly manual and IMMEDIATE OPENINGS •ofDuties • all Ensuring that from standards cleanliness foods sent kitchenofand make maintenance to laundry equipment and Salary $5.00 per hour lifting inventory is a must. and organization are met at all times in GILLEY’S ALDEN C.DURHAM sure plates are clean and appetizing. boilers. Hours are from 8:30am – Maintenance Technician 6 days per week Maintain areas. orderly and clean refrigerators • Maintain proper inventory on designated • assigned ENTERPRISES/WINE GOOD HANDS Requirements 4:00pm – six days per week. • Responsibility for care and maintenance and work areas. parts to avoid down time. 1 SALES PERSON • •Must haveproper knowledge andofexperience CELLAR IS LOOKING all equipment Some extra hours maybe all foods and machinery correctly fill out Maintain amount chemical in • ofRotate AGENCY repair andon maintenance Salary $5.00 per hour • Restock charts. linens and amenities on carts FOR: production required at times. injection boiler feed tank and proper including preventative SEEKS • Run needed items to guest floors conductivity at boilers.maintenance to Contact: Applications(2) must LABOURER prevent down time on commercial laundry • Assist ATTENDANT/PUBLIC housekeepers as required • Preventative maintenance to steam traps ROOM 5-6 days per week be submitted Email: equipment including 250lb washer, flat Salary: $6.00 via: per hour and steam lines. AREA ATTENDANT/HOUSEMAN TWO DOMESTIC/ or fax: ironer, folding machines, steam dryers, Contact 244-0277 Suitable Person: LABORER Requirements: valet equipment, boilers, 150hp boiler Requirements •649-946-4871 Must be willing to work six PLANT WORKERS KITCHEN STEWARD • Ability to work with heavy cleaning feed tank, steam water Must be able and willing to work all days (6) days per week. Duties Include: machinery. Salary $5.00 per hour heater and chemical injection system. and Cleanbe&able sanitize all areas of theallkitchen. Mustshifts be able and willing to work all days • Must be honest reliable • •Must and willing to work shifts • Duties 6 days per week • Operate dishwashing machine in a safe, and shiftsInclude: and proficient. Duties Include: • General laborer duties as assigned by manner Duties include: 1 LABOURER • accident Maintain free proper preventative • Work is mostly manual and the supervisor or manager. • Must be able willing to work and all days • Ensuring that standards of cleanliness maintenance to and laundry equipment Salary $5.00 per hour lifting inventory is a must. and shifts and organization are met at all times in boilers. Interested applicants should apply to Hours are from 8:30am – 6 days per week areas. • Maintain proper inventory on designated assigned Regent Palms,for and bring a recent 4:00pm – six days per week. • Responsibility care andalong maintenance COOK parts to avoid down time. 1 SALES PERSON C.V., or by emailing to of all equipment and machinery Some extra hours maybe • Requirements: Maintain proper amount of chemical no Salary $5.00nights per hour •, Restock linens and amenities on carts WAITRESS needed for days, and • Experience with, and areand comfortable required at times. injection on boiler feed tank proper later than December 16, 2011 preparing aatvariety of different Cuisines in • Run needed items to guest floors conductivity boilers. Applications must apply in person and Contact: mornings. Please a fine dining environment • Preventative maintenance to steam traps • Assist housekeepers as required 5-6 days per week be submitted via: Email: • Understand the importance of and steam lines. bring or fax: a resume. Contact 244-0277 consistency LABORER 649-946-4871 Requirements KITCHEN STEWARD Must be able and willing to work all days Duties Include: • Clean & sanitize all areas of the kitchen. and shifts • Operate dishwashing machine in a safe, Duties Include: • General laborer duties as assigned by accident free manner • Must be able and willing to work all days the supervisor or manager. and shifts Interested applicants should apply to Regent Palms, and bring along a recent COOK C.V., or by emailing to Requirements:, no WAITRESS needed for days, nights and • Experience with, and are comfortable preparing a variety of different Cuisines in later than December 16, 2011 mornings. Please apply in person and a fine dining environment • Understand the importance of bring a resume. consistency

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• GARDENER – 5 days a week at $7.00 per hour • LABOURER – 5 days a week at $5.50 per hour • 2 (TWO) MAIDS – 5 days a week at $5.50 per hour Please contact Stewart Howard @ 941-5028


SENIOR FINANCE / PROJECT MANAGER Applications are invited for the position of

The applicant must possess the following; • Post Graduate Degree / Professional Qualifications in Finance or Accounting • 10 years of working experience in demonstrated financial and/or analytical functions with a variety of complex, multifaceted projects • Experience in large-scale business planning, feasibility studies, and Project Management • Extensive knowledge on several or all of the following: finance theories and methodologies, feasibility studies, large scale business planning, financial modeling, project management and corporate restructurings. • Ability to identify feasible project options and present recommendations to a board of directors Belongers need only apply. Please Submit Application to: P.O. Box 270 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands




1. To consult sales team on promoting products carried at our wholesale and retail operation 2. To consult team on visiting our wholesale customers in the trade on regular basis in an effort to increase sales and awareness of our products 3. Consult sales team in helping to grow retail sales by doing in store promotions and assisting customers. 4. Assist in streamlining inventory in an effort to maximize inventory turnover ratio while maintaining adequate products to service the trade efficiently. 5. Consult in the coordination and assist in devising and implementing various sales and marketing strategies for the wine cellar retail and wholesale divisions, along with similar programs for all other affiliated businesses within the group. 6. Consult in liaising with suppliers/vendors to determine, learn and implement various product campaigns within our markets. 7. Consult sales team in the provision of regular swot analysis reports to management on the progress or detriment of each account, in order to determine appropriate strategies for account success. 8. Consult where necessary the sales and marketing team of existing and future business ventures of the group. ANNUAL SALARY Application must be submitted via E-Mail or Fax to: The Manager DISCOUNT@TCIWAY.TC (OR)Fax: 649-946-4871

of the digital head end offers support by providing expert assistance and knowledge to the management and diagnostics of proprietary software systems.

Caicos Television Holding Ltd


Primary Duties: The Digital Video Engineer (DVE) is responsible for the day to day operations of all head end equipment providing digital video service to all cable and IPTV customers on Providenciales and Grand Turk.

Main Duties and Responsibilities: • The DVE will work under the technical leadership of the CTO to design, develop, deploy, configure and maintain the master IP digital video network and all supporting equipment to ensure consistent, high quality digital video signals are delivered to the outside plant. • The DVE will be responsible for apprenticing and providing leadership to junior technical staff in support of head end operations. • The DVE will be responsible for budgeting for and administering expenses related to spare parts and equipment, software and annual maintenance contracts for all equipment deployed in the head end. • The DVE will work with and support members of the management team in marketing, selling and supporting the overall video and data operations of the company. • Monitoring and performance tuning of Application, and DHCP servers, Bacchus 150 Mpeg 2 Encoder, ASI turnaround units, 3200dt units, ZeeVee prolSO,Stream Cache, Arris D5 Universal Edge Qam switches, and Set Top Boxes. • Work with the CTO to develop a detailed business continuity plan for digital video operations, taking in to considerations risks such as hurricanes, fire, loss of critical employees, network security breaches etc. • Research, evaluate and recommend new technology solutions to address emerging business and technical needs • Prepare annual budgets for on-going operational and support activities and appropriate sparing for professional 24/7/365 operation

Technical Skills • Knowledge of an operational experience with MPEG-2 transport streams • Knowledge of an operational experience with SD & HD digital video equipment • Wide knowledge of Operating Systems • Extensive knowledge of Set Top Boxes (Evolution, Amino, Xavi, ADB) • Video Technology and Multimedia • IPTV feature testing Qualification • Associate Degree or equivalent certificates • Minimum of five – ten years experience • Thorough knowledge and expertise in performance tuning • Extensive knowledge of emerging technologies • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage vendor relationships • Skill in conducting tests to newly installed/upgraded software • Skill in effectively communicating orally and in writing • Skill in isolating and resolving complex problems and utilizing appropriate diagnostic tools • Ability to analyze information and formulate conclusions and recommendations • Ability to plan and execute a platform change with minimal disruption in service to clients Salary: $35,000.00 - $45,000.00 per annum Contact: No phone calls please WIV Cable P.O. Box 679 Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands

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Saint George Fashion House’s showcase sparks TCAAF World AIDS Day Cocktail Party

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TCAAF Cocktail Party - Sean & Liam Karam

The creative genius and son of the soil Kazz Forbes again raised the bar in fashion design and style in the Caribbean. With all his showcases dubbed a smashing success, Forbes has been creating a buzz ever since his debut in the fashion hub of the Americas, New York City. Forbes, Principal Designer of his Saint George Fashion House (SGFH) label was invited to debut his ‘Red Afrique: Getting to Zero’ and to showcase his Fall/Winter 2011 ‘Le Caicos Chic: A Romance with Decadence’ collections at the Turks and Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation (TCAAF) Cocktail Party, which took place on December 1st 2011, World AIDS Day, at the Veranda Resort, Grace Bay, Providenciales. The Turks and Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation World AIDS Day Cocktail Party is a charity fundraiser that sees all proceeds benefiting the operation of the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre, run by the foundation. Ecstatic over the triumph of his runway spectacle, Forbes says, “First off, I am thankful for

TCAAF Cocktail Party -Brianna Williams

the TCAAF for extending such an opportunity to Saint George Fashion House label. It was a great event for a significant and important cause. He says “The presentation of ‘Le Caicos Chic: A Romance with Decadence’ and the debuting of ‘Red Afrique: Getting to Zero’ was a huge success. From all indications the collection won rave reviews from the audience. I was very encouraged by the response by the loud applause from the audience as it seems they loved what they saw. I am impressed with the debut of ‘Red Afrique: Getting to Zero’ collection. It is a collection for a cause that promotes awareness to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The African inspired patterns represent the Black race suffering the most from the HIV/ AIDS pandemic, and the designs in the collection are accented with red, symbolizing the pandemic. After debuting in New York earlier this year, then showcasing in Canada, The Bahamas, and this being my second time showing at home, I went a bit harder with the TCAAF showcase which was the last of SGFH’s 2011 World Debut Tour.”

Forbes went on to thank Caribbean Property Management, Karam and Missick Law at Office, FOTTAC, Tremm Jocale Jewelry, Nikki Turnes Makeup Artistry, Wayne and Christine Douglas, Provo Steel and his horde of models that strutted the eighty feet catwalk, for the success of his TCAAF showcase. Ms. Jeannie Savory, President of the TCAAF said, “We were delighted that Kazz Forbes of Saint George Fashion House accepted our invitation to showcase his creations at our cocktail party. As always, Forbes’ collections were well received and the TCAAF Directors have been flooded with positive feedback. We are overwhelmingly proud of the level of professionalism and drive of Forbes.” Mr. Kazz Forbes is a noted fashion and commercial photographer and fashion designer based in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Forbes has completed campaigns and projects for Digicel TCI, TCI Top Model Contest & Fashion Extravaganza, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Jockey, Miss Earth Canada Organization, MTV UK, Bahamas Islands of the World Fashion Week, Mrs. Bahamas Pageant, Miss Turks & Caicos Universe, Mrs. Turks & Caicos Pageant, Montreal Mode & Fashion Festival, Nu Woman Magazine, Profile 98 Magazine and Royele Model Management, to name but a few. His work has appeared in countless publications, broadcast, print and digital media. Forbes’ work is featured on: and


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The holiday rush is in full swing, and 2011 has provided some exceptional electronics for those hard-to-shop-for friends or family members. With so many other holiday hassles, the following list may help you check that last bit of holiday shopping off your list with a little more ease.

The holiday rush is in full swing, and 2011 has provided some exceptional electronics for those hard-to-shop-for friends or family members. With so many other holiday hassles, the following list may help you check that last bit of holiday shopping off your list with a little more ease. 1) Smart Phones The smart phone market has exploded this year, so most wireless providers now carry a large variety of models. Topping the list is the Apple iPhone 4S, but Apple’s contract with AT&T eliminates that option for many consumers. HTC also offers some great phones such as the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G. Check with your cellular provider to see what options are available. 2) 3D Televisions With the popularity of 3D movies rising in recent years, it is no surprise that the technology is now available for your living room. Sony, LG, and Samsung are among the manufacturers that now offer HDTVs with 3D capabilities. As is the case with any new wave of technology, prices for these TVs can be steep but vary from brand to brand and according to size. The Samsung UN55C8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV is among the most highly rated. 3) The iPad2 Although the iPad2 is not the only tablet computer, it sparked what is now a red-hot market and is still the top of the class. Apple sold 3 million iPad2 in 80. The Apple iPad2 is something of a supergadget, combining your Netbook, e-reader, gaming device, photo frame, and iPod into one well-designed device. 4) Kindle Fire The wraps are finally off Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. Its splashy entry into the tablet firestorm was hard to miss and yet I'm underwhelmed. The rumor mill had been rife with talk of an Amazon Android tablet for months. And no wonder: Amazon is the only company whose shopping services could create an integrated tablet experience that gives Apple a run for its money. What Amazon announced today with the Fire is less of a ready-to-use tablet and more of a targeted companion for Amazon's content and cloud services. 5) iPods iPods are a great holiday gift, and Apple has reworked its 2010 lineup to provide fun options for anyone on your shopping list. The iPod Shuffle, the smallest and cheapest version of the mp3, again features buttons to improve usability. The 6th generation iPod Nano is smaller than in previous years and offers a touch screen and convenient clip feature but no longer includes video capabilities. The Shuffle and Nano are great if you’re shopping for music lovers who like to keep their mp3 out of the way. The Apple iPod Touch has been slimmed down and offers most of the features of the iPhone 4S, including Face Time (video chat) as long as wifi is available. If you’re shopping for a gadget lover, then the iPod touch is the way to go.





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Jay-Z to raise money, perform at Carnegie Hall NEW YORK — Jay-Z didn't graduate from high school, but he's encouraging others to value their education. The rapper announced Thursday that he will perform two shows at New York's Carnegie Hall in February to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way of New York City. "Education is super important," Jay-Z said. "I don't have a high school diploma or a college diploma, but still for me to articulate, I had to have some form of schooling to articulate my thoughts." The concerts will take place on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Tickets in the private sale will range from $500 to $2500. The press conference announced Jay-Z as the first solo hip-hop artist to play at the famed venue, though Wylcef Jean performed there in 2001 with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Whitney

Houston. "I feel like they bent the rules so that it could make sense for me right now, but I'll take it," Jay-Z said with a laugh. Jay-Z says performing at Carnegie Hall is a big deal for hip-hop, and he's happy to bring the genre to greater heights. "Any time that I get a chance to expand and broaden the reach of hip-hop is a great thing for me on a personal level," he said. The Brooklyn-born performer said he's excited to influence his community in ways outside of music. He says going back to the Marcy Projects complex where he grew up remains a moving experience. He says he got the same feeling when he recently went to Kanye West's old home in the South Side of Chicago. "The inspiration and how happy the people were, it just makes you feel really good," he said.

Adele is Billboard's top artist of 2011 NEW YORK — If there's a "best-of" list for music this year, it's a safe bet to put Adele on top. Billboard has declared her the No. 1 artist of 2011. Rihanna was No. 2, followed by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. The list takes into account album sales, charting singles, touring Adele revenue and radio airplay. Adele's album, "21," was the best-selling of the year with 4.8 million sold. She also had the most popular song with "Rolling in the Deep." LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock was No. 2. Katy Perry's "Firework" was No. 3, her "E.T." with Kanye West was No. 4 and Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer was No. 5. Adele is top female artist. Lil Wayne is top male.

Hulk Hogan files defamation lawsuit against ex-wife over book claims

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Former WWE star Hulk what he's doing. He is just so strong," she told FOX Hogan filed a defamation lawsuit against his News Channel in June. "I thought he could kill me. ex-wife, claiming that she lied about him in her He had his hands around my neck one time on the autobiography and during a series of promotional bed, and he started squeezing my throat. He just went into this trance, and I was looking at him and interviews. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., saying, 'Terry, stop, stop. I can't breathe.'" claims Linda Bollea wrote "Wrestling The Hulk: In another interview, she alleged that Hogan had My Life Against the Ropes" to help revive her a homosexual relationship with a fellow wrestler. flagging career following their 2009 divorce, the Hogan, who denies the claims, is demanding a jury trial. He has also requested that the book, St. Petersburg Times reported Friday. Bollea alleged in the book that Hogan, real published by HarperCollins, be removed from sale, name Terry Bollea, physically and mentally abused according to the report. HarperCollins is owned by her during their marriage, including dragging her News Corp., which also owns NewsCore. Wil Florin, the ex-wrestler's attorney, said, by her hair and clothes and choking her. While being interviewed on television and radio "He's being accused of all sorts of vile conduct that earlier this year, Bollea reiterated those allegations. he did not commit. Miss Bollea's made enough of "It scared me that he might just snap, not realize these outrageous allegations that it's time they stop

Alec Baldwin kicked off plane at Los Angeles airport Alec Baldwin was on board an American Airlines flight at LAX on Tuesday when apparently his behavior caused a delay in the departure of the flight. What awful thing did the "30 Rock" star do to cause trouble on the tarmac? He didn't turn off his electronic device iPad when told. Baldwin tweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while

we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt," shortly after news of the plane's return broke on the social network. The 140-character-or-less population found out about the incident, generally, via Activate founder Michael J. Wolf's earlier tweet: "On an AA flight at LAX. Alec Baldwin removed from the plane We had to go back to the gate. Terrible that everyone had to wait."

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... The only realistic way of making them stop is through the court system." The lawsuit comes two weeks after it was reported that Bollea received a little more than 70 percent of the couple's liquid assets in the divorce settlement.

Lindsay Lohan's Playboy cover leaked online The event of 2011 that you've all been waiting for is nearly here: Lindsay Lohan's appearance in Playboy. But the anticipation is getting the best of some as a (pretty much safe for work) image of the cover made its way online ahead of the mag's official release. If curiosity is getting the best of you beyond that cover, know this: you might be able to see more of the images when Lohan appears on

a Dec. 15 episode of "Ellen" where she's expected to unveil the entire spread. While Lohan's decision to pose for the magazine might seem like a suspect career move for many, her mother Dina has insisted that the pictures will be "tastefully done." "She's been working in front of the camera with Ford Models since she was a little girl so she kinda knows how to work that," Dina told the Insider in November.

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NOTICE OF SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Scotiabank (Turks & Caicos) Ltd. of Cherokee Road, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands hereby gives notice of its intention to sell by Public Auction the following properties pursuant to its power of sale as registered Chargee under the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands: 1. Parcel 60805/15/K19, Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, Providenciales. Comprising of a three bedroom townhouse in phase 2 of the Flamingo Park The unit consist of 10 main rooms; kitchen, living and dining room, 2 full baths and 1 part bath. The development as communal facilities including a pool, gazebo, pergola lounge area, paved parking, landscaping, 4 tennis courts and boundary fencing/walls. Registered Proprietors: Deanne Nicola Williams 2. Parcel 50402/93, Kewtownship, North Caicos. Comprising of a single storey residential development, providing four bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, and kitchen and dining area. Registered Proprietor: Annie Victoria Williams 3. Parcel 60604/20, Norway and Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey residential development providing two bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living room. Registered Proprietor: Henry Nathaniel Rigby 4. Parcel 60611/53, Norway and Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of 0.25 acres of an undeveloped inland lot. The property is elevated at its roadside frontage and the land slopes slightly in an easterly direction. Any development on the land can enjoy the view of a pond located south-east of the property. Registered Proprietor: Carline Sylvestre 6. Parcel 6113/147, Long Bay Hills, Providenciales comprising 0.51 acres of an undeveloped inland lot well elevated with limited ocean views of the southern shores of Providenciales. Registered Proprietor: Darnell Laverne Penn. 7. Parcel 60400/311, Chalk Sound, Providenciales. Comprising of a high-end detached residential home. The property provides three main bedroom, three and a half bathrooms, four living/dining areas on the ground floor. There is a pool and deck area to the rear and a carport to the front of the property. Registered Proprietor: Patsy Lee Jennings The auction will be held at the offices of Scotiabank (Turks and Caicos) Limited, Grace Bay Branch, Providenciales at 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday the 23rd day of December 2011 A reserve price will be fixed on all parcels. A deposit of 10% is due immediately upon all accepted bids. Terms and Conditions of Sale by Auction are available by request from Scotiabank Collections Manager (649) 946-4750.




Ambergris Cay Facilities Ltd is seeking to employ someone to work ON A MONTH TO MONTH BASIS to fill a post on Ambergris Cay. The available post is for a:


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Enforce procedural rules and regulations of Ambergris Cay. • Ensure the personal safety of guests, staff and property at Ambergris Cay. • Maintain security and safety for assigned areas and working knowledge of the locations of various departments, buildings, access routes and admitting requirements. • Operate and monitor security control panels, alarms and related security equipment to provide area and visitor surveillance. • Patrol assigned areas including parking and back of house areas, while checking for suspicious occurrences and enforcing relevant rules and regulations. • Respond to and investigate situations reported to the Chief Security Officer. • Call Chief Security Officer to investigate suspicious activities or security violations that require intervention. • Check employees entering and departing Ambergris Cay. • Report security and general maintenance problems to the Chief Security Officer. • Responsible for lost-and found. • Maintain shift logs and records of occurrences and complete necessary paperwork. • Operate and monitor security cameras. • To respond to both airport and domestic fires and emergencies • Conduct fire safety inspections of all property • Perform designated training activities in line with OTAR 140 standards • Act as first responders to the Ambergris Cay ‘Emergency Plan’ • Maintain all vehicles and equipment • Conduct all other tasks assigned by senior management KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS: • General knowledge of routine security rules and procedures. • Ability to interact and communicate with people. • Ability to write clear, concise reports. • Ability to respond quickly in an emergency. • Ability to stand or walk for extended period of time. • Two (2) years of general experience in security. • High School Diploma or equivalent combination of experience and education. • Basic Aerodrome Firefighter certificate • A certified Firefighter • At least two (2) years experience as a Firefighter • Evidence of an unblemished disciplinary record • References from the CFO and DCFO of any previous Fire Service organization • A Civil Aviation Authority medical certificate • Current First Aid certificate • Junior Officer Qualification preferred, but not essential

REQUIREMENTS: 1. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and advanced computer skills required. 2. Must be physically fit. 3. Must be attentive to details. 4. Must be able to work under little or no supervision 5. Must possess a valid TCI driver’s license. 6. Must produce a clean Police Record 7. Must be reliable, hard working and enthusiastic 8. Must be able to work and live on Big Ambergris Cay with rotated weekends off. 9. Required to work and live on Big Ambergris Cay Salary: $23,000 - $25,000 per annum. Applications must be submitted to:

Closing Date for Applications is Friday November 19th, 2011. Applications must be in writing addressed to: Ambergris Cay Facilities Ltd, Unit 51, Salt Mills Plaza, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, E-mail: Tel: (649)-941-3777 ; Fax: (649)-941-3778

The Bahamas now has 4G technology


Nassau, Bahamas - Declaring Nassau was now on par with the most advanced telecoms networks in the world, Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham figuratively flipped a switch and transformed New Providence into a world of 4G, the lightning fast speed revolutionising cellular and internet service. The switch took place at the official opening of BTC's new flagship store December 5 at the Mall at Marathon with the Prime Minister, members of Cabinet, directors, dignitaries, union leaders, the Golden Girls and about 100 invited guests on hand for the ribboncutting. Activities celebrating the grand opening are set for Saturday with entertainment, Junkanoo, stilt walkers, artists, musicians and activities from 10 am 7 pm. "We at BTC look at this as not merely a new store, but the beginning of a new chapter in BTC history, a chapter in which the way we communicate, engage with each other socially, handle business and banking transactions changes" said BTC CEO Geoff Houston. "At BTC our vision is


to create powerful connections and inspire meaningful change for the betterment of The Bahamas and this evening we think we are doing just that for this is not just about a store. It is about making a way of life easier, more convenient, simply better." The launch of 4G follows a $43 million capital expenditure in the network and a $55 million investment in NGN, the platform which boosts all of the nation's telecoms capabilities. "This is the beginning of our leap into 4G, a leap that redefines the mobile experience in the country. In a matter of moments, the speed with which we communicate and the efficiency and reliability of our internet service will be catapulted to lightning fast speeds. This puts Nassau on a par with the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world." Houston said the transition had caused some recent interruption in cell service, but said BTC had to convert to a totally new platform while trying to keep the old one alive. "For us, it was a little like performing open heart surgery while the patient was walking around."


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The 17 men detained by police for their involvement in an alleged plot to either assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and members of her government or cause chaos and confusion in Trinidad and Tobago have been released as the state of emergency (SOE) ended at midnight on Monday. The men, including a police officer with more than two decades of service, had been detained from late last month after National Security Minister retired Brigadier John Sandy late signed detention orders under the SOE that had been in place here since August 21. The men were being held at the newly established Eastern Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre in Santa Rosa, east of here and were released in batches. Shouts of Allah’u Akbar (God is great) echoed from behind the walls of the Centre before their release to be greeted by family members and friends. “I thank Allah and I thank my family for standing by my side throughout this entire situation,” said David “Buffy” Millard, the first of the detainees to be released. Another detainee, Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis, who had recently been freed of murder related charges, accused certain police officers of plotting against him. “I know absolutely nothing about this plot the Government is talking about. There are certain people in the Police Service who are trying to bring me down and they know it. And the Prime Minister is going along with it. Only two weeks ago I was released from prison (on a murder charge). They lock me up again for this thing they call a plot to kill the Prime Minister. If there is indeed a plot, I am no way involved in it,” he said. The police Monday acknowledged that they had insufficiency evidence to link the men to the alleged plot. Police spokesman, Sergeant Wayne Mystar told reporters “as it stands now, the police do not have sufficient evidence to prosecute any of the detainees”. Last week Prime Minister Persad Bissessar told the nation that she was not surprised that the authorities had uncovered the plot to assassinate her and members of her cabinet since the introduction of the SOE had forced the criminal elements to seek reprisals

The completed transition, he said, put Nassau on par with places like Hong Kong, central Europe, the U.K. and "ahead of many areas of the United States of America." While 4G took centre stage for long-term change, the appearance of the store stole the show. It, too, had to be transformed while a section remained open for business. With a $500,000 transformation that included a huge expansion, the 6,500 square foot store that now sets the stage for the BTC retail experience features a massive Junkanoo mural by well-known artist Anthony 'Big Mo' Morley who was on hand to sign it during the ceremony. BTC's new branding -- dynamic, organic flowing waves in Bahamian colours -- is carried out throughout and melded with dark blue, bold blue, yellow and other brightly-coloured walls and high intensity drop lighting and chandeliers. Smart floor to ceiling leaning columns lend a chic and tony look with waisthigh circular shelves serving as two of the many kiosks for interactive experiences. Every model wireless

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phone and electronic tablet is live, connected with useable apps so customers can explore a wide range of downloads, products and services, discuss packages, sign up for service, have a new handset turned on or conduct any other business from a single location. BTC's marketing team describes it as "the solutions store" where a salesperson discusses individual or business needs and finds the best solution to meet those needs within a suitable financial package. The Nassau store is the first of 50 planned for throughout the country with another opening scheduled for December 12 in Grand Bahama when the major population centres of that island will experience 4G. Complete penetration of high-speed mobile and internet service in the Family Islands is slated for mid-2012. And Houston said the extensive retail footprint will create numerous entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamians. The Golden Girls, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Eldece Clarke and Pauline Davis-Thompson, Olympic gold medal winners in the 4x100 relay in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, were on hand for the event and will represent the lightning fast speed of 4G as the campaign unfolds.

Ramotar sworn in as new President of Guyana; urges unity

GEORGETOWN, Guyana combined opposition will – Economist Donald Ramotar control the National was sworn in as Guyana’s Assembly for the first time seventh head of state on in Guyana’s history. Saturday vowing to work Ramotar described his tirelessly with all political election as a “most stakeholders to improve the humbling experience” and well being of all Guyanese that he felt “deeply nationals. honoured” to have been Ramotar, 61, took the oath and assured the nation that of office on the lawns of the he would work “tirelessly State House, succeeding to improve the lot of all Bharrat Jagdeo, who was Guyanese. Donald Ramotar barred by the constitution “Now that the from seeking a third consecutive term in elections are over, it is time for all to cast office. aside our partisan cloaks and to put on Ramotar, who will lead a minority national garb, signifying our willingness, government after the ruling People’s commitment and readiness to work hand-inProgressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), which has hand, side by side as to consolidate and ruled this country for the past 19 years, won advance the gains that have been made over 32 seats in the 65-member National the years. Assembly, said the “elections have “As President of Guyana, I invite reaffirmed our maturity as a democratic Guyanese from all of our political parties, all nation, something of which we should all be civic, religious and other groups in our proud. country, to join me in furthering the “I wish to therefore congratulate my economic, human, and social development Guyanese brothers and sisters from all walks of our country for the next five years.” of life, who participated in this latest renewal He said that because of the projected of our democracy, for playing their part in make-up of the parliament following these this vital national process! Regardless of the elections, “this is the only way forward” and results we are all winners – Guyana and all that while he does not anticipate “that this the people of Guyana”. process will be easy” he is prepared “ work According to the final results released by beyond the difficulties to ensure that our the Guyana Elections Commission country does not regress. (GECOM), A Partnership for National Unity “ I do not envision that this process will (APNU), an amalgam of opposition parties be without its difficulties. There will be that included the main opposition People’s challenges, but we must be prepared to work National Congress Reform (PNCR) won 26 tirelessly to ensure that we do not thwart the seats while the minority opposition the legitimate aspirations of our people for a Alliance for Change ( AFC) took away the higher standard of living in a prosperous and remaining seven seats, ensuring that the united Guyana.

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Jamaica Prime Minister appeals for peaceful campaign ahead of December 29 poll


KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has appealed to the public to ensure that every effort is made to have a peaceful and incident-free campaign for the December 29 general election. Holness appeal comes amid reports of the stoning of buses transporting Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters from a mass rally in Mandeville on Sunday night. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said that Holness has instructed the Minister with responsibility for Information, Arthur Williams, to make a formal report to the Political Ombudsman and to the security forces. “Senator Williams noted that both the Ombudsman and the police are being requested to monitor the situation, to ensure that no one is made to feel intimidated and should be free to openly promote and support the political party of their choice,” the OPM release said. Williams said that there were


reports of persons being injured, and that privately owned and operated buses undertaking regular commercial activities were seriously damaged, after the meeting. “These bus operators were not politically engaged. They were carrying out their regular business and have suffered major financial losses with these attacks,” he said. Prime Minister Holness said that the country was on the verge of a new beginning and deplored the action. ‘We are on the verge of a new Jamaica, a bright new beginning and it is time for us to move away from backward and barbaric behaviour,” he said. Holness’ JLP main challenge will come from the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) in the 16th general election since the island attained Universal Adult Sufferage in 1944. Nomination Day is set for December 12 and the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) said it should begin


Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) yesterday ranked Barbados as the least corrupt country in the region. A report released by the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI) said Barbados and Dominica maintained their rankings well ahead of Trinidad and Tobago at 16 and 44, respectively, out of 178 countries. Of the 11 CARIFORUM countries ranked, five were above the midpoint score of five points. Barbados was followed by The Bahamas at 21; St Lucia at 25; St Vincent at 36; Dominica, Jamaica at 86; Trinidad and Tobago at 91, Suriname at 100; Dominican Republic at 129; Guyana at 134; and Haiti at 175. The country ranked first in 2011 with the highest score is New Zealand, with a score of 9.5, and the lowest-ranked country is Somalia, with a score of 1.0. The CPI is a measure of perceptions of public-sector corruption. It is a survey of surveys undertaken by international institutions ranking various countries based on the perceptions held by senior resident business leaders and nonresident analysts. It should be noted that the CPI is a perceptions test and does not aim to capture the reality of corruption on the ground. The TTTI said the 2011 CPI results suggest that there is a widely held perception that the issue of corruption in Trinidad and Tobago has not as yet been comprehensively addressed by the authorities.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

distributing voter identification cards to new electors by Wednesday. Public Education Officer at the Electoral Office, Christin Senior, said the EOJ is currently printing and packaging the ID cards for distribution to constituency offices. The EOJ published its latest voters list on November 30, with 1,648,036

voters of which there are 41, 607 new electors. Senior said there are also about 300,000 voters who were added to previous lists who are yet to collect their IDs. She said identification cards must be collected by the elector at the office that voter registered. Meanwhile, members of the protective forces as well as Election Day workers are expected to cast their votes on December 22. Director of Elections Orette Fisher said the votes will be counted with the rest of ballots cast on December 29. He said he could not indicate how many members of the protective forces and Election Day workers would be eligible to cast ballots on December 22. Under the Representation of the People Act, special provisions are made for the military and police personnel to vote before election day so as to ensure that they are available for duty on election day to see to the maintenance of law and order on the day.

Grenada considering going the route of economic citizenship

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The harsh economic realities now facing Grenada has led government to consider offering overseas investors citizenship in exchange for large financial injections into the island. This would put Grenada in the class of Austria, and fellow Eastern Caribbean islands St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica, currently the only three countries in the world who offer such programmes. The possible move in this direction was revealed recently by Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Peter David, as he outlined a new tourism development plan for the island at an all-day conference at the Grenada Trade Centre in Morne Rouge, St. George’s, attended by close to three hundred people including prime minister Tillman Thomas; Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism for Barbados; and St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Minister Ricky Skeritt, who is also chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation. “We have listened with interest to the proposal for an Investment Incentive Package for qualified applicants,’’ Minister David told the conference. “One component of the proposed package," said the Tourism Minister, “recommends that the government set up a 30-day guarantee on Alien Landholding Licences. This means that an applicant for a licence will get an answer within 30 days. That answer either should be licence granted, licence denied or we have queries on your application and we need you to answer the following questions." During consultations to formulate the tourism strategic plan, suggestions were made on giving special consideration for citizenship “to persons who are actually investing in the country,’’ said David. “This investment by bona fide investors must be sizeable," he said. “It must come with certain conditions based on size of investment, numbers of Grenadians employed by the investor and the overall

impact on the economy of the investment." He also acknowledged the need to better streamline and make more efficient the investor procedure process. In addition, said the minister, recognition is given under the plan of “the need to attract capital into Grenada for the purpose of infrastructure development, in particular for the expansion of our hotel room stock. With just over 1500 rooms, it is necessary to expand that sector. For this purpose it was the view that government needs to come up with creative strategies to attract investors." One of the proposals outlined to help lure investors and more tourists to the country will be to set up a Tourism Ambassadors’ Program, through the soon-to-be-established Tourism Authority, which Minister David described as “an inexpensive way of marketing this island." The aim of the program, he explained, would be for the appointed ambassadors “to use their vast network and influence to facilitate investment into Grenada and also find opportunities for Grenadian goods and services on the international market." Several ideas are being examined on a list of priorities for more efficient and targeted marketing of Grenada. “These include the use of prominent Grenadians such as Kirani James, Rondell Bartholomew, Jason Roberts and Johnson Beharry as spokespersons in effectively marketing Grenada to the world,’’ Mr. David said. – will consider several options. These include the use of prominent Grenadians such as Kirani James, Rondell Bartholomew, Jason Roberts and Johnson Beharry as spokespersons in effectively marketing Grenada to the world. He also called on the island’s insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions to invest in the tourism industry and urged local businessmen and women to form consortia to invest in Grenada’s sites and other attractions.

Region disappointed at British government position on air passenger duty


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Tuesday said it is “deeply disappointed and surprised” by the British government’s decision to continue discriminating against the Caribbean as it relates to the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) system. In a 26-page document published Tuesday, London said that APD rates to Caribbean destinations will continue to be considerably higher than those to some competitor destinations. The detailed tax tables published to coincide with the Chancellor’s statement show that the tax on economy long-haul flights of more than 6,000 miles will rise from £85 (US$132) to £92 (US$143) per person. “Furthermore, the fact that Premium Economy passengers will continue to be charged the same APD as First Class passengers is a blow for those customers wanting to upgrade,” the CTO said in a statement, adding that “over a period of three years, the Caribbean and its community in the UK have consistently sought to raise the issue of APD at all levels of the British government and with the UK parliament”. CTO chairman Ricky Skerrit said the British

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announcement on the APD “is a slap in the face for all Caribbean people. “It dismisses all of the research and information CTO has provided to the British government over the past three years, and it contradicts the message sent by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne MP, in March 2011 when he cited the discrepancy between the USA and Caribbean APD rates as one of the reasons for holding a consultation on reform of UK APD. “The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region of the world and the British government’s decision totally ignores the negative effect that APD is having on our economies and the Caribbean’s business partners in the UK travel industry,” said Skerrit, who is also the Minister of Tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis. Last week, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) also expressed its “disappointed’ at the decision of the British government. CHTA president Josef Forstmayr said data suggest that APD increases in the past two years have contributed significantly to falling arrivals from the UK, a prime source market for visitors for many Caribbean destinations.

“Any failure by the British government to address the discriminatory nature of the banding system will be deeply concerning and will justify the strongest possible condemnation by Caribbean governments,” Forstmayr said. British media reports last Friday said that more than seven million people who have already booked flights departing after April 1 next year will be hit retrospectively by the rise, with the hikes set to catch 74million people in total over the year. CTO said that while the Caribbean understands the challenge faced by the UK in respect of revenue raising, “the Caribbean does not believe that APD should be imposed at the expense of the Caribbean economy or its community in the UK”. CTO recalled that the Caribbean made a formal response to the APD consultation in June, making it clear “we require parity in banding with the US” and that “a move to a two band system would address the Caribbean’s requirement if this resulted in equal treatment of all long haul destinations”. The region said that no other option set out in the consultation addresses the concerns of the Caribbean.

Anguilla chief minister warn that country is under threat

THE VALLEY, Anguilla - An ongoing controversy between the Anguillan government and two UK representatives over the transfer of permanent secretaries has taken a turn for the worse with the chief minister warning residents that the country is now “under threat.” The warning came in a national address delivered more than a week after Chief Minister Hubert Hughes returned from London where he attended the Overseas Territories Conference. UK Overseas Territories Minister Henry Bellingham, who hosted the meeting, had agreed to ask the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to review the decision of British-appointed Governor Alistair Harrison after complaints from the

chief minister and his regional colleagues. Hughes has accused the governor and his deputy of attempting to “disrupt” his ministry by failing to consult with him, and replacing a veteran civil servant with someone with no experience in finance. However, the chief minister said Governor Harrison has since informed him that the previous “decision stands.” “I think at this point our island is under threat by the action of the Governor and Deputy Governor,” the chief minister told residents. “This does not make sense since it is a poor use of our precious human resources and does a disservice to you the taxpayer who pays for the salaries of these civil servant.”



Turks & Caicos Water Company Limited would like to fill the following position for a Reverse Osmosis Technician. Applicant must have 6 years experience in Sea Water Reverse Osmosis, working for facilities producing a minimum of 2.0 MGD of potable water. Applicant must be proficient with RO Pro software, customized SCADA systems, design of membrane arrays, rebuilding of high pressure pumps & energy recover devices, TIG welding, and laboratory analysis of potable water. Applicant must be drug free, have a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation and clean criminal record. Position requires swing shift hours and 24/7 on call for emergencies. Resume with cover letter must addressed to Plant Manager and be mailed to PO Box 483, Providenciales or faxed to 649-946-5191. Suitable resumes will be offered to complete an application process, which includes basic written examination regarding safety and process technologies, police background check and drug test. Suitable applicants will be contacted by email or telephone to schedule an interview. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience, training and education. All resumes must be received by December 16, 2011. Suitable applicants will be contacted by email or telephone to schedule an interview.

Hubert Hughes

“In addition, given that specific timelines were set for us in relation to our budget, the action of the

Governor and Deputy Governor has amounted to a shifting of the goal posts in mid-stream and serve to handicap this administration in our recovery effort on the budget. “What is more troubling however is that despite the expression of my concern over these transfers when Anguilla is in its toughest economic climate the Governor and Deputy Governor have total disregard for the interests of the people of Anguilla,” he added. The chief minister and the governor have had an adversarial relationship. Earlier this year, they were at loggerheads over approval for the national budget and the issuance of visa waivers.



Description of Position 1) Promote all the products carried at our wholesale and retail operation. 2) Maintain a complete sales history and purchase pattern of our wholesale customers. 3) Visit our wholesale customers in the trade on a regular basis in an effort to increase sales and awareness of our products. 4) Help grow retail sales by doing in store promotions and assisting customers. 5) Assist in streamlining inventory in an effort to maximize inventory turnover ratio while maintaining adequate products to service the trade efficiently. 6) Assist Operations Manager in setting up proper inventory purchasing cycles in an effort to maximize the use of the business’s cash flows. 7) Assist the financial controller in devising an appropriate inventory control system for the safe custody and control of the company’s inventory. 8) Any other duties within your abilities as delegated by Management. 9) Salary in the range of US$36,000 per annum 10) Must have 5 years of experience and a thorough knowledge of the beverage industry. Applications must be submitted to: Discount Liquors & Wine Cellar E-mail: (or)fax: 946-4871

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Provo Water Company Ltd is seeking suitable applicants to fill the following positions:


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: • Registered Civil Engineer • 5 to 10 years experience in the general construction and design works particularly on waterworks buildings and piping networks. • Have a strong knowledge of hydraulics and piping design calculations. • Effective organization skills and ability to work effectively both in a team setting and independently • Computer proficient with exposure in Microsoft Word and Excel. JOB DESCRIPTION: The System Design Engineer works under the direction of the head of the Engineering Department. This individual provides technical direction and management for the design compliance and construction works leading to the maintenance of the islands waterworks system. This position can be adapted to either primary or construction or facility maintenance functions. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO: • Provide Surveys, Designs and detailed engineering for proposed waterworks, civil works, engineering projects, modifications and maintenance. • Monitor and Record hydraulics input - output data such as system’s pressures, velocities and flows including pumping stations and water storage facilities for engineering design task. • Carry out continuous engineering studies, investigations and design calculations for the maintenance of water supply system in the island. • Provide cost-effective solutions to waterworks requirements/situations and establish review procedures to minimize cost growth. • Perform Engineering field surveys for establishing boundaries and limits , developing contours and profiles, piping routes and levels. • Develop company standards for all construction and or facility maintenance works. • Apply standard practices and techniques in specific engineering assignments, including proficiency in use of engineering/project scheduling tools. • Provide technical assistance to the Operations and Maintenance Department • Ensure that the integrity of master plans is maintained and maintain and update the general site plans for all waterworks facilities including new connections and facilities. • Ensure all subcontractors employed to execute engineeringconstruction tasks conform to applicable company standards for security, safety, environmental controls, hazardous materials and underground utilities. Salary Range: US$ 36, 000 – 48, 000 per annum

POSITION: CONTRACT AND DOCUMENT CONTROLLER MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: • Graduate of Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering or similar discipline. • At least 5 years experience in contracts and documents preparation, dissemination and monitoring including the safekeeping thereof particularly acquired from a construction or utility industry. • At least 2 years experience in storekeeping and stock control system. • Good communications and organization skills • Computer proficient. JOB DESCRIPTION: A Contract and Document Controller is required to maintain a master contract and document register of all the latest transactions and drawings on every project and purchasing activities of the company and ensure that all recipients are transmitted the documents they require as soon as new revisions are received. This individual reviews contracts; formulate, revise and finalize documents according to what was required and has been agreed upon by the company and parties concerned such as contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and the likes. This individual is in charge with all the liaison works including the submission and transmittal of contracts/documents to all concerned government and private agencies relative to the on going projects or purchasing activities. This position reports to the Head of Engineering. THE DUTIES of a Contract and Document Controller are: • Reviews and registers internal and external contracts and documents. • Maintenance of controlled and uncontrolled documents registers. • Prepares field work orders including attachment of agreements and drawings for approval by management and execution by field

staff. • Prepares reports of investigations, tests, maintenance or other works of the department • Reconciles contractor invoices against work completed to ensure field work invoices are paid accurately • Sending of document transmittals and submittals to all parties concerned. • Log, reference, distribute, and file all related correspondence, drawings, and documents. • Ensuring that contracts and document transmittals are acknowledged in case there is a dispute on whether the said papers were transmitted. • Manage the contracts & document/drawing review process, Internal and External. • Designs and formulate office forms and control system whenever necessary. • Inspect, accept, and store delivered materials and equipment including documentation and control thereof. • Archiving data for historical purposes. • Maintain an accurate and up to date data base of all engineering documents. • Performs other task as may be assigned from time to time relative to the day to day operation of the engineering and administrative department such as detailed engineering and inventory management task. • Assist in leak detection, field investigations, asset maintenance • Performs other duties as instructed by the Head of Engineering Salary Range: US$ 32, 400 – 42, 000 per annum


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION • Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering • 3 to 5 years AutoCAD experience a must. Must have previous experience in mechanical, electrical and civil drafting, blue print reading and 2 or 3 dimensional work • Must have at least 2 years of experience in a waterworks environment • Strong proficiency in AutoCAD Civil, ArcGIS or equivalent software for piping network design is a must. • Strong knowledge of Primavera (P3) planning software and Microsoft applications. • Must be able to work under time pressure to meet strict deadlines while producing accurate work JOB DESCRIPTION: The AutoCAD Operator reports to the Head of Engineering and must be able to prepare design and as built drawings in AutoCAD, generate engineering flow diagrams from engineer’s examples, update and modify building and piping layouts, update and modify piping networks and details in AutoCAD in a water utility environment. The duties of an AutoCAD Operator include: • Able to prepare plans and exhibits which entail making accurate computer drawings from design sketches, conceptual drawings, field compiled survey data, and verbal instructions. • Updates mechanical, electrical and civil plans and drawings according to amendments and revisions. • Produce and compile standard facility and utility drawings. • Make all required revisions to approved designs and maintains complete and accurate drawings. • Perform 3D view layout, layer and dimensioning techniques. • Create new drawings out of survey data and verbal instructions. • Follow through with all projects to ensure successful fabrication and installation. • Complete field surveys using manual and modern methods to produce accurate location or as built drawings • Maintain a highly organized and accurate database of the company’s field assets including location and detailed drawings • Assist in leak detection investigations that may require periods of night work • Assist in engineering investigations that may include meter testing and other technical work • Assist in performance of maintenance schedule of the Engineering Department • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Engineering to meet the objectives of the Engineering Department and the Company Salary Range: US$ 32, 400 – 42, 000 per annum All applications must be submitted by December 16th, 2011. Office Manager PROVO WATER COMPANY LTD. P.O. Box 39, Grace Bay Road Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Fax: (649) 946-5204 Email:

Iran shows off captured US drone



Footage shows officials inspecting the drone.

Iran triumphantly displayed one of America’s most advanced intelligence-gathering aircraft on Thursday after a spy drone crashed on its territory, leading Russia and China to ask to inspect its technology.

The RQ-170 Sentinel, supposedly the CIA’s unseen “eye in the sky”, capable of beaming back a trove of imagery and electronic intercepts, was broadcast on Iranian state television. The aircraft was shown beneath an Iranian flag,

Pakistan army believes NATO attack planned

A senior Pakistani military officer said a NATO air strike killing 24 Pakistani troops on the Afghan border last month was pre-planned and warned of more attacks, comments likely to fuel tension with the United States. Major General Ashfaq Nadeem, director general of military operations, was also quoted by newspapers on Friday as saying that Pakistan, a strategic U.S. ally, would deploy an air defense system along the border to prevent such attacks. Nadeem made the remarks to a Senate committee on defense on Thursday. Senator Tariq Azim, who attended the briefing, confirmed to Reuters that Nadeem had made the comments. The Daily Times said Nadeem described the attack as a plot. Another newspaper quoted him as saying it was a "pre-planned conspiracy" against Pakistan. "We can expect more attacks from our supposed allies," the Express Tribune quoted Nadeem as saying at the senate briefing. U.S. and Pakistani officials have offered differing initial accounts of what happened. Pakistan said the attack was unprovoked, with officials calling it an act of blatant aggression -- an accusation the United States has rejected. Two U.S. officials told Reuters that preliminary information from the ongoing investigation indicated Pakistani officials at a border coordination centre had cleared the air strike, unaware they had troops in the area. Nadeem ruled out the possibility that NATO forces may have thought they were firing on militants, who often move across the porous frontier and attack Western troops. One newspaper reported that he told the Senate committee that militants do not leave themselves exposed on mountain tops, like the ones where the Pakistani border posts were located. Senator Azim also quoted Nadeem as saying that NATO helicopters singled out one army major as he was crossing from one border post to another after losing communications, and this also led the military to conclude the attack was planned. Pakistan responded to the attack by suspending supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Page 37 apparently intact after crashing 140 miles inside the country last Sunday. State television claimed that an electronic attack had forced it down by overriding flight systems. American officials acknowledged the loss of the aircraft, but said it was more likely the drone had simply crashed. Russia and China immediately seized their chance to gain a unique insight into one of the world’s most powerful intelligence assets, asking Iran for permission to inspect the drone. Surveillance flights over Iran by CIA-operated aircraft of this kind have been taking place for several years, using bases in neighbouring Afghanistan. Iran’s nuclear installations are believed to be the prime target. The Sentinel, which entered service in 2009, is capable of both intercepting communications and gathering images. No Sentinels are known to have been lost before. Unlike other drones used by the CIA, notably the Predator and the Reaper, the Sentinel carries no weapons and its sole purpose is reconnaissance. If Russia and China are allowed to inspect the Sentinel, their goal would be to identify - and then replicate - its advanced technology. Elizabeth Quintana, an expert on unmanned air vehicles at the Royal United Services Institute, said they would be particularly interested in the drone’s ability to evade detection by radar.



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Slain Virginia Tech cop an Army vet, dad of 5



BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech police officer who was gunned down in a campus attack joined the force six months after the university was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. He was a proud policeman who recently invited a friend to ride along with him, which made his death during a traffic stop even more puzzling. Deriek W. Crouse, an Army veteran and married father of five, was killed Thursday after pulling a driver over in a school parking lot. Police said the gunman walked up, shot the officer and then fled on foot before he apparently killed himself nearby. The deceased suspect was not involved in the traffic stop. Police said they don't know what motivated the officer's killing or whether there was any link between the shooter,

who has not been identified, and Crouse. "At this point, we haven't been able to establish any kind of immediate connection between the officer and the shooter," State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press late Thursday. "That's obviously

MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of instigating protests over the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections by baselessly criticizing the vote as “dishonest and unfair” and he warned that Russia needed to protect against “interference” by foreign governments in its internal affairs. “I looked at the first reaction of our U.S. partners,” Mr. Putin said in remarks to political allies. “The first thing that the secretary of state did was say that they were not honest and not fair, but she had not even yet received the material from the observers.” “She set the tone for some actors in our country and gave them a signal,” Mr. Putin continued. “They heard the signal, and with the support of the U.S. State Department, began active work.” Mr. Putin’s remarks signaled a new worsening in relations with the United

States, threatening the Obama administration’s efforts to “reset” the relationship with Russia. His critique was strikingly personal. By singling out Mrs. Clinton, rather than making a vague comment about the West, he effectively thrust the United States on the side of the protesters in the streets challenging the Kremlin’s authority, and not entirely without reason. Mrs. Clinton has been outspoken in her criticism of the election, issuing several strongly worded statements, beginning on Monday, after a preliminary report was released by observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. “The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted,” Mrs. Clinton said on Monday in Bonn, Germany, while attending a conference on Afghanistan that included Russia’s foreign minister,

Deriek W. Crouse


something that's being looked into." State police said in a news release early Friday that ballistics tests confirmed Crouse and the deceased suspect had been shot by the same handgun. The tests have "officially linked the two fatal shootings," the release said. Authorities also said a review of Crouse's in-car video showed a male suspect with a handgun at the officer's car at the time of the shooting. The news release said clothing found inside a discarded backpack recovered by Blacksburg police seemed to match that of the male subject in the officer's video. Police said they were awaiting confirmation of the deceased suspect's identity as well as autopsy results from the medical examiner in Roanoke. The events unfolded on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in

Washington, fighting a federal government fine over their handling of the 2007 massacre where 33 people were killed. The shooting brought back painful memories. About 150 students gathered silently for a candlelight vigil on a field facing the stone plaza memorial for the 2007 victims. An official vigil is planned for Friday night. Ironically, Crouse was killed across the street from the dormitory where the 2007 massacre that began, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. Police said Crouse called in the traffic stop at 12:15 p.m. After a few minutes passed without hearing from the officer, dispatch tried to get in touch with him, but didn't get a response. About 15 minutes later, police received the first call from a witness who said an officer had been shot at the Cassell Coliseum parking lot and the gunman had fled on foot.

Sergey V. Lavrov. “That means they deserve a free, fair, transparent election and leaders who are accountable to them,” she said. The observers issued a scathing assessment in which they said their main concerns were deep structural problems, including the absence of separation between the government and United Russia, Mr. Putin’s party. Petros Efthymiou, a coordinator of the observer mission, cited “the interference of the state in all levels of political life, the lack of necessary conditions for a fair competition and no independence of the media.” Mrs. Clinton, asked about Mr.

Putin’s remarks, reiterated her concerns at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday. While stressing the importance of the relationship with Russia, she said, “At the same time, the United States and many others around the world have a strong commitment to democracy and human rights. It’s part of who we are. It’s our values. And we expressed concerns that we thought were well founded about the conduct of the election. We are supportive of the rights and aspirations of the Russian people to make progress and to realize a better future for themselves, and we hope to see that unfold in the years to come.”

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WASHINGTON, -- President Obama promised to give up Christmas in Hawaii if the payroll tax cut extension is not passed, a Demoratic leader said Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Obama at a meeting with Democratic leaders said Congress will also have to stay in Washington to work on critical measures, including unemployment benefits, The Hill reported. The president and his family had been planning to leave Dec. 17 for their usual Christmas vacation in his native state. "Michelle and the girls are going to have a great time in Hawaii. They don't need me there," Reid quoted Obama as saying. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in an appearance Monday in Iowa, depicted Obama as someone more interested in time off than getting the job done. "I just think it's time to have a president those idea of being 'hands on' doesn't mean getting a better grip on the golf club," Romney said. A White House official said Obama's decision was not related to Romney's attack. He pointed out the president said last week he and Republicans could "all spend Christmas here together" if Congress did not act. Obama was born and mostly raised in Hawaii. He typically returns to Oahu each Christmas for a low-key holiday with his family. The president is not expected to have any public events during his Hawaiian vacation. He's due to return to Washington after the first of the year.

Syria’s Assad denies ordering deadly crackdown on uprising


BEIRUT – Syria's president denied he ordered the deadly crackdown on a nearly 9-month-old uprising in his country, claiming he is not in charge of the troops behind the assault. Speaking to ABC's Barbara Walters in a rare interview that aired Wednesday, President Bashar Assad maintained he did not give any commands "to kill or be brutal." They're not my forces," Assad responded when asked if Syrian troops had cracked down too hard on protesters. "They are military forces (who) belong to the government. I don't own them. I'm president. I don't own the country." He said some Syrian troops may have behaved badly, but they faced punishment. In his role as president, Assad is the commander of Syria's armed forces. The U.N. estimates more than 4,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began in March, many of them civilians and unarmed protesters demanding Assad's ouster. "Who said the United Nations is a credible institution?" Assad said, when Walters asked him about allegations of widespread violence and torture.


"We don't kill our people," said Assad, a 46-year-old, British-trained eye doctor. "No government in the world (kills) its people unless it is led by a crazy person." Since the uprising began nearly nine months ago, Assad and his closest advisers have sealed off the country to outsiders while clinging to the allegation that foreign extremists are behind the uprising, not true reformseekers aiming to open the authoritarian political system. But the United Nations and others dismiss the government's claims, and blame the regime for widespread killings, rape and torture. Witnesses and activists inside Syria describe brutal repression, with government forces firing on unarmed protesters and terrifying, house-to-house raids in which families are dragged from their homes in the night. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Assad was trying to shirk responsibility. "I find it ludicrous that he is attempting to hide behind some sort of shell game but also some sort of claim that he doesn't exercise authority in his own country," Toner said.

Murhaf Jouejati, a Syria expert at George Washington University, said Assad's stonewalling is part of a long tradition for dictators who refuse to accept responsibility. He pointed to Assad's uncle, Rifaat, believed to be a driving force behind the 1982 massacre of thousands in the city of Hama, one of the darkest moments in the modern Middle East. "Bashar Assad said he is not responsible, and we heard his uncle Rifaat Assad say he was not responsible for Hama. So after 41 years the Assad family is not responsible for anything," Jouejati said. "If he is not responsible then we don't know what he is doing in the presidency." In the early days of the uprising, Assad offered some promises of reform -- but at the same time he unleashed the military to crush the protests with tanks and snipers. The relentless bloodshed has pushed many once-peaceful protesters to take up arms. Army dissidents who sided with the protests have also grown bolder, fighting back against regime forces and even attacking military bases and raising fears of a civil war. Still, Assad insisted he still had the

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Syria's president, Bashar Assad

support of Syrians, and said he was not afraid of meeting the fate of other leaders deposed during the Arab Spring. "The only thing that you could be afraid of as president (is) to lose the support of your people," he said. "If you don't have the support of the people you cannot be in this position," he said. "Syria is not easy ... it is a very difficult country to govern if you don't have the public support." Assad laughed slightly when asked if he felt guilty about the bloodshed. "I did my best to protect the people," he said. "You cannot feel guilty when you do your best ... you do not feel guilty when you don't kill people. You feel sorry for the lives that have been lost but you don't feel guilty."


The incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill, according to government records, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. Air Force officials said that the dumping was hidden from families who had given authorization for the remains to be disposed of in a respectful and dignified manner, according to the newspaper. There were no plans to inform families, officials told the newspaper. New information revealed that the practice, exposed by The Washington Post in November, had become very widespread until it was halted in 2008, the newspaper reported. Last month, Pentagon and Air Force officials said that figuring out how many remains were sent to the King George County, Va., landfill would take combing through the records of more than 6,300 troops. "It would require a massive effort and time to recall records and research individually," Jo Ann Rooney, the Pentagon's acting undersecretary for personnel, said in a Nov. 22 letter to Rep. Rush Holt (Dem.-N.J.), who has pressured the Pentagon for information on the issue on behalf of one of his constituents, according to the newspaper. Holt reacted angrily to the news, the newspaper reported. "What the hell?" he told the Post. "We spent millions, tens of millions, to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they're concerned about a 'massive' effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?" "They just don't want to ask questions or look very hard," he added, according to the newspaper. According to records the military gave The Post, between 2003 and 2008, 976 fragments from 274

personnel were cremated, incinerated and dumped in the landfill. An additional 1,762 remains, which could not be DNA tested because of damage from explosions, were gathered from the battlefield and dumped in a similar manner, the Air Force told the newspaper. The widow of an Army sergeant killed in Iraq told the newspaper she was furious when a morgue she was told how some of her husband's remains were dumped in the landfill. "They have known that they were doing

something disgusting, and they were doing everything they could to keep it from us," Gari-Lynn Smith told the newspaper. She had been pressing the military for information on the subject for four years — ever since she got a report on her husband's autopsy and learned that some of the remains had not been put in the casket for his funeral, according to The Post. Changes in disposal policies came about after an in-depth review at Dover was ordered in 2008 by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

BANGKOK - A court in Thailand sentenced a U.S. citizen to two-and-a-half years in prison Thursday for defaming the country's royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of the king and posting them online. The verdict is the latest so-called lese majeste punishment handed down in the Southeast Asian kingdom, which has come under increasing pressure at home and abroad to reform harsh legislation that critics say is an affront to freedom of expression. The 55-year-old Thai-born American, Joe Gordon — also known as Lerpong Wichaikhammat — stood calmly with his ankles shackled in an orange prison uniform as the sentence was read out at a Bangkok criminal court. "The defendant is found guilty ... The court sentenced him to five years in prison. But he pleaded guilty. That makes the case easier, so the court decided to cut it in half to 2 years and six months," a judge said at the criminal court in Bangkok. The sentence was relatively light compared to other recent cases. In November, 61-year-old Amphon Tangnoppakul was sentenced to 20 years in jail for sending four text messages deemed

offensive to the crown. Gordon's lawyer, Anon Nampa, said there would be no appeal against the verdict. "One month from now, we'll submit a request for a royal pardon," he added. Gordon posted links the to banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej several years ago while living in the U.S. state of Colorado, and his case has raised questions about the applicability of Thai law to acts committed by foreigners outside Thailand. Speaking after the verdict, Gordon said, "I am an American citizen, and what happened was in America." He also said he had no expectation of being let off easy. "This is just the system in Thailand," he said. Speaking later in Thai, he added: "In Thailand, they put people in prison even if they don't have proof." Gordon had lived in the U.S. for about 30 years. He was detained in late May during a visit to his native country to seek treatment for arthritis and high blood pressure. After being repeatedly denied bail, he pleaded guilty in October in hopes of obtaining a lenient sentence.

American man jailed for insulting Thai king

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Eurozone deal leaves Britain isolated

European leaders are struggling to cope with a profound split over crisis plans for the eurozone, leaving the UK isolated as the rest of the European Union agrees to press ahead with new fiscal rules to balance budgets. The measures are designed to restore confidence after a two-year crisis that has stalled growth in the world’s biggest economic bloc. The refusal by David Cameron, UK prime minister, to agree to a full treaty change for all 27 EU members unless there were safeguards for UK financial services caused a standoff in the early hours of Friday morning with Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, French president. “I really don’t believe David Cameron was ever with us at the table,” Ms Merkel said. “We’re very pleased with the result. Yesterday was no weak compromise for the euro.” “We wish them well,” Cameron


said. “My judgment was that what was on offer just wasn’t good enough for Britain. It’s better to allow those countries to do their own thing on their own.” Despite the division – which will leave Britain out of the new pact – Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, signalled his approval, a key vote of confidence that could allow the ECB to move more aggressively in eurozone bond markets. “It’s going to be the basis for a good fiscal compact and more discipline in economic policy in the euro area members,” Mr Draghi said. Markets reacted with unease to the deal, which the leaders said would enshrine new fiscal rules with penalties for countries that break them. Without agreement among all 27 countries, it remained unclear how the new fiscal rules the summit leaders


India on Wednesday suspended its plan to open its huge retail sector to foreign companies such as Wal-Mart in a reversal seen as a major capitulation to political opponents that further weakens the administration. The business community had hailed the initial decision just two weeks ago as a long overdue reform, and the government and some economists said foreign retailers would bring better prices for farmers and lower prices for consumers. But opposition parties and even some members of the governing coalition protested, saying the local mom-and-pop stores that are the heart of Indian retailing would be crushed. Opposition lawmakers disrupted Parliament for days in protest. On Wednesday, the government met with all the parties in Parliament to hammer out a deal: It would suspend the decision if they would let the legislature function. Afterward, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament that foreign retail was "suspended until a consensus is developed through consultations with various stakeholders." It was not clear how long that process would take or whether the policy would be implemented or canceled as a result. Sushma Swaraj, an opposition parliamentarian, welcomed the government's move. "To bow before the people's feeling does not weaken the government, but strengthen the democracy," she told Parliament. Other opponents claimed victory. "It is a virtual rollback," said Gurudas Dasgupta, a Communist Party lawmaker. "This is a signal that this government can't do anything with force," said Ashok Gulati, chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices in the Ministry of Agriculture. "It's the nation that loses."


promised to follow would be enforced. EU institutions – most importantly, the European Commission, which oversees and passes judgment on such rules in Brussels – legally cannot have a formal role in any agreement outside the EU treaties. The leaders said the new treaty would be signed by March. José Manuel Barroso, the Commission president, said he believed there were ways to work round the deal’s legal difficulties. But senior EU officials acknowledged it would be difficult to give Brussels new powers over eurozone national budgets outside the EU treaties, and diplomats expressed concern financial markets would not see the new pact as credible. The UK became the biggest stumbling block to a deal between all 27 countries, diplomats said, with David Cameron, prime minister, holding out for hours in the hope of

getting concessions for the its financial services industry. “Very simply, in order to accept the reform of the treaty at 27, David Cameron asked for what we thought was unacceptable: a protocol to exonerate the UK from financial services regulation,” said Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president. “We could not accept this as at least part of the problems [Europe is facing] came from this sector.” Several diplomats said Mr Cameron emerged from Friday morning’s negotiations deeply wounded, angering fellow EU leaders and getting no trade-offs for British interests. “This is going to cost the UK dearly,” said one senior EU official. “They have antagonised everyone.” Mr Cameron insisted that he had not ruptured relationships with his counterparts.

China to create $300 billion FX investment vehicle

China's central bank plans to create a new vehicle to manage investment funds worth a total of $300 billion to improve returns on the world's largest stockpile of foreign exchange reserves, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The vehicle, which was planned well before the start of Europe's debt crisis and is aimed at improving returns on China's foreign exchange reserves, would operate two funds, one targeting investments in the United States and the other focused on Europe, said the source, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. The vehicle's goal is to make more aggressive overseas investments for higher returns, said the source along with a second, independent source, who also declined to be named. Details of the venture are still under discussion, but key personnel for managing the venture have been agreed upon, the sources said. The investment vehicle would be affiliated with China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), the part of the central bank in charge of the daily management of China's $3.2 trillion in foreign exchange reserves. One of the funds would be named Hua Mei, or China-US, for investments in the United States, and the other is named Hua Ou, or China-Europe, for investments in European markets. The style of the funds will be similar to the low-key Hong Kong-based Hua An, also known in English as SAFE Investment Company Ltd, said the source, through which SAFE has purchased stocks in dozens of overseas listed companies. The People's Bank of China, the central bank, was not immediately available for comment. China's leaders have said recently that they will seek investments in the real economies of the United States and Europe, apart from their routine investments in government debt. The second source said the new venture would likely be based in Shanghai and may also sell yuan bonds in

Chinese yuan notes are counted inside a bank in Taipei

the domestic market. "The company will issue yuan bonds," the source said. "Then it can use the yuan to buy foreign currency from the central bank or even commercial banks for overseas investment." When China created the China Investment Corp (CIC), the country's sovereign wealth fund, in 2007, China's Ministry of Finance issued 1.55 trillion yuan special yuan bonds to swap yuan for $200 billion worth of foreign currency from SAFE as the initial batch of funds for CIC to manage. A similar arrangement is expected for the new vehicle. CIC, which operates independently of the central bank, recorded a 11.7 percent investment return in 2010. It has been applying for new funds from SAFE as it has developed its portfolio. In a public speech in April 2011, Chinese central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said that China may set up new ventures to manage its foreign exchange reserves. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket," Zhou said. "One option is to create some new ventures to try new investment styles and fields."



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Blue Hills Sharks are Sailrock U13 Champions The Sailrock U13 Boys season came to an end last week as Blue Hills Sharks lifted the championship for the second time this year. The Sharks rounded of the league with two hard fought wins 5-3 against Five Cays and 2-1 against Long Bay Revolution. Wylkins Sylvain confirmed his status as the best taget man for his age as he scored a hat-trick in the opening win, Sterling Raphael and Bratchsama Jean-Louis added the other goals. Greshaun Been (1) and Padraig O'Sullivan (2) got on the score sheet for Five Cays. In the final game of the league Gabriel Diotte opened the scoring for Long Bay but two goals from Jackson Pierre ensured that the Sharks were undefeated on the day. The other games were high scoring affairs. Long Bay beat the Leeward Knights 4-3 before the Knights tasted victory themselves with 5-1 win

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against Five Cays. Gabriel Diotte hedlped himself to all four of his teams goals against the Knights who had goals scored from Sameer Tolani, Cole Nickson and Deshaun Dorcius. Dorcius (2), Tolani, Nickson and Leidson Gerome scored in their comfotable win against Five Cays whose lone goal came from Ras Diamond. After the games were completed trophies were handed out to the winners and runners up, and several individual awards were handed out. League Champions - Blue Hills Sharks League Runners Up - Long Bay Revolution Blue Hills Sharks MVP - Mackenson Cadet Long Bay Revolution MVP - Gabriel Diotte Five Cays FC MVP - Ras Diamond Leeward Knights MVP - Leidson Gerome Most Improved Player - Arod Turrel Top Goal scorer - Wylkins Sylvain League MVP Wylkins Sylvain

Head coach Oliver Smith was on hand to give out the awards and eager to praise the players in this age group. "The boys are very willing to learn and it is clear they love the game. The group is very competitive and the standard of football is high. The boys have a lot of potential and thankfully this league is giving them a good opportunity to showcase their talents". Technical Director Matthew Green was equally full of praise "Oliver (Smith) has done a great job in bringing these boys forward. They are certainly a group of players the TCIFA wants to support and encourage for years to come. “We intend to bring in foreign teams next year to test our boys at the next level. We are confident that they will rise to the challenge and represent the country well for many years".

TCI Traditional Karate-Do promotes 15

The Turks and Caicos Traditional Karate-Do Centre, which is housed at the Graceway Sports Centre conducted its seventh local promotion exercise last week, which saw fifteen students being promoted. Sensei George Braynen, 6th Dan Shindo Jinen-Ryu KarateJutsu and Senior Instructor, Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai Branch Chief and Chief National Instructor for the Bahamas/ Turks and Caicos Islands and Vice-President for Japan Karate-Do Ryobukai, flew into the country to conduct the exercise. The Turks and Caicos Traditional Karate-Do Centre is an affiliate of the Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai, which is a world-wide karate organization Sensei Charles Forbes, Chief Instructor for the local school told The SUN that both he and Sensei Brennan were pleased with the students’ journey so far. He said since they have been training hard for months, it came as no surprise that so many of them made the grade to the next level. “Because the kids and the

young adults were training for months, they knew what was expected of them and the executed. So, all of them were successful, because there is a minimum passing rate of at least 65 percent. One student obtained one hundred percent. So, that of itself speaks well of the programme, and over the years we only had successes after successes. We are looking forward to bigger and better things,” Sensei Forbes said. All students start off with white belt and then promoted to yellow. The next promotion would be orange belt, then green, from green to blue and then to purple. From purple Sensei George Braynen (left) and Sensei Charles Forbes (right) along the students of the Turks and Caicos Traditional Karate-Do Centre shortly after they were promoted the next promotion would be brown and then from brown explained. Smickle. to black. Sensei Forbes said one Those who moved from White Myles Karam is the only student recorded her second brown to Yellow are: Divish Aswani, Carl student that stepped up from Blue to ranking and her next step would be Shand Jr., Tajaun Deane, Deangelo Purple, while Lisa Small received that of black belt. McLeod, Raquean Wood, Brentia her second Brown Belt stripes. “The senior female, she took her Robinson and George Ellis Jr. Divish Aswani scored a perfect second straight brown belt today, Those moved from Orange to 100 percent in his exams. so is one step away from black belt. Green are: Annakaye Brown, Oren Classes are held on Monday She had to do board-breaking both Selver and Lyle Danrs. and Wednesday 5-6 pm for Juniors with her feet and hand. She did an Those who were promoted to and Monday and Thursday 6-7 for excellent job. It was not easy but Blue from Green are: Sean Karam, adults. For further inquiries contact she came through,” Sensei Forbes Liam Karam and Michael David 247-1150 or 242-0369.

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TCI Karate-Do promotion event On November 30th 2011 the TCI Traditional Karate-Do Center celebrated its seventh promotional exercise. The organization is led by Sensei Charles Forbes 4th Dan who is the Chief Instructor. The event was visited by

Sensei George Braynen, 6th Dan Shindo JinenRyu Karate-Jutsu and Senior Instructor, Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai Branch Chief and Chief National Instructor for the Bahamas / Turks and Caicos Islands and Vice-President for Japan

Karate-Do Ryobukai. Fifteen students took the promotional exams and all were successful with Divish Aswani scoring a total of 100% in the 9KYU White - Yellow belt. The following are photo highlights of the event.

Shorter NBA Schedule has 42 back-to-back-to-backs


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NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Lakers will play games on the first three nights of the NBA season, the first of 42 back-to-back-to-back sets teams will face during this lockout-shortened season. The NBA announced the compacted, 66-game schedule on Tuesday night, one that will require every team to play on three consecutive nights at least once. And it will force every team to navigate demanding stretches that are never seen during a full season, such as the nine games in 12 nights the Atlanta Hawks face starting with their Dec. 27 opener. The league's 66th season begins with five games on Christmas, including the Lakers hosting the Chicago Bulls. Los Angeles then visits Sacramento the next night before returning home to host Utah on Dec. 27. Teams will play 48 conference games and 18 against the opposing conference, meaning they play

only three nonconference opponents home and away. The league did preserve its most storied rivalry, with the Lakers traveling to Boston for a Feb. 9 matchup before the Celtics open a stretch of eight road games in 13 nights in March with games on back-to-back nights at Staples Center. Dallas and Miami also will play twice, following their Christmas NBA finals rematch with a March 12 game in Miami. The Heat and Lakers also play two games. The 50-game 1999 season featured 64 sets of back-to-back-to-backs and was plagued by sloppy basketball being played on fatigued legs. The NBA faces a similar predicament now after failing to reach a new labor deal in time to save the Nov. 1 start to the season. Instead, a tentative agreement was reached on Nov. 26. Lawyers for the owners and players are still


finalizing the rest of the deal, with both sides expected to vote on it Thursday before training camps and free agency open on Friday. Aging teams such as the Celtics, Lakers and NBA champion Mavericks will have to pace themselves, while younger teams such as Oklahoma City figure to be better prepared for the grind. "You're not going to have those breaks of three or four days that you sometimes got in the old 82game schedule, when it was the normal regular schedule," former NBA coach and current analyst Mike Fratello said during the schedule announcement on NBA TV. "Now with everything being compacted, games come that much more quickly, you've got to gear up back up again, you move onto the next one immediately." The Denver Nuggets, hit hard by free agency with three of their players in China, face another difficult obstacle in the schedule. They play five games in six nights spanning the new year, including a home-and-home set with the Lakers on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The Nuggets do not host Carmelo Anthony, whom they traded to the Knicks last February. Deron Williams, sent from Utah to New Jersey days later, is scheduled to return to Salt Lake City on Jan. 14.

Tiger Woods ends 2-Year victory drought

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — After going more than two years and 26 tournaments without a win, and after so much turmoil in his personal life and with his golf game, Tiger Woods stood over a 6-foot birdie putt Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge and felt as though nothing had changed. Finally, the outcome was familiar, too. Woods poured in the putt to cap off a birdie-birdie finish at Sherwood, close with a 3-under 69 and beat former Masters champion Zach Johnson by one shot. The win ended a drought that lasted 749 days, and might have signaled a change that Woods is on his way back. He swept his arm across the air, yelled through the din of the gallery and slammed his fist in a celebration that was a long time coming. Relief? Satisfaction? Vindication? Woods wasn't sure, and he didn't much care. "It just feels awesome whatever it is," he said. Trailing by one shot with two holes to play, Woods came up with two clutch putts. He holed a 15-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th to pull into a tie with Johnson, then hit a 9-iron from 158 yards that landed on the ridge behind the hole and rolled down to 6 feet. "I've been in contention twice this year, which is not very often," Woods said. "So that's my third time with a chance to win it. I pulled it off this time." It was his 83rd win worldwide in tournaments that award ranking points, but his first since he won the

Tiger Woods ended a frustrating victory drought of just over two years when he clinched the Chevron World Challenge on Sunday Dec 4, holing a six-foot birdie putt at the last.

Australian Masters on Nov. 15, 2009, back when he looked as though he would rule golf for as long as he played. But he crashed his car into a fire hydrant outside his Florida home on Thanksgiving night, and shocking revelations of extramarital affairs began to emerge, which shattered his image, led to a divorce and cost him four major sponsors. Since then, he has changed swing coaches, caddies and endured more injuries, causing him to miss two majors and fail to make the cut in another. Now, however, it looks clear that Woods is on an upward path. "If the man is healthy, that's paramount," Johnson said. "I mean, he's the most experienced and the best player I've ever played with. In every situation, he knows how to execute and win."

Even though those situations have been rare, Woods looked as though he had not forgotten how to win. The only other times he has been in contention this year were the Masters and the Australian Open. "I felt normal, felt very comfortable," Woods said. "I've been here so many times that, you know, I just feel very comfortable being here in this position. Was I nervous? Absolutely. Always nervous in that position. But it's a comfortable feeling, and I enjoy being in that position. For some reason, it's kind of a comfort to be in there with a chance to win." Woods won the Chevron World Challenge, which he hosts for his foundation, for the fifth time. He finished at 10-under 278 and donated the $1.2 million to his foundation. The win moved him from No. 52

to No. 21 in the world ranking, and likely will send expectations soaring for 2012. Woods will not play again until starting his year in Abu Dhabi at the end of January. If this win felt differently than the last one, Woods wasn't saying. "They all feel good," he said. "They're not easy. People don't realize how hard it is to win golf tournaments. I've gone on streaks where I've won golf tournaments in a row, but still ... I don't think I've taken it for granted. And I know because of how hard it is." He had a worthy adversary in Johnson, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round and trailed for only three holes. Johnson tied Woods with a birdie on the par-5 13th, made an unlikely par on the 14th by chipping from the bottom of the green, and appeared to seize control by holing a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole. Johnson thought his birdie putt on the 17th was good all the way until it burned the edge of the cup. Woods, running out of time, drained his birdie putt to force a tie and send the tournament to the 18th. Johnson missed a 15-foot birdie try, leaving the stage to Woods. Johnson closed with a 71 and still took home $650,000 for the holidays. Paul Casey, who opened with a 79, had his third straight round in the 60s to finish alone in third at 5 under. "Tiger can have a long career," Casey said when he finished. "We might look back in another 10 years and actually forget about the last couple of years."





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Volume 7 Issue 48  
Volume 7 Issue 48  

Dec. 9th - Dec. 16th, 2011