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POINT GRACE SOLD TO GRACE BAY RESORTS Pristine beach front resort Point Grace has been bought by boutique developer and operator Grace Bay Resorts

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Point Grace enjoys a world class location on Grace Bay beach

FORECASTERS PAGE  4 PREDICT ACTIVE HURRICANE SEASON

COURT REMANDS MURDER ACCUSED ANTHONY FRANCIS TO PRISON PAGE  6

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Forecasters predict active hurricane season BY OLIVIA ROSE

is to be prepared.

WITH the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season less than two months away, Colorado State University (CSU) researchers predict it could be just as active as the last. After several immensely powerful storms resulted in hundreds of deaths and destruction across the Caribbean last year, this is not the news residents have been hoping for. Meteorologists at the university issued a preliminary seasonal forecast on Thursday, April 5, which predicts a slightly above average season this year. They have named 14 storms, seven which are expected to become hurricanes and three are expected to be major hurricanes between June and November. Of these storms, CSU predicts a 63 percent probability of at least one major hurricane making landfall on the continental United States. This number is above the average of 52 percent. The TCI’s Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) is urging residents to begin to take the necessary preparedness measures early to ensure that their homes, businesses and families remains in a state of readiness. The department said that with the passage of Harvey, Irma and Maria, the 2017 season serves as a reminder of how devastating and destructive storms can be and how important it

CRITICAL FACTORS Dr Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University, said: “Last season had near-record warm sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic.” This contributed to the surge in activity in 2017, especially in terms of major hurricanes. While the western tropical Atlantic is currently warmer than average, other portions, including the eastern tropical Atlantic and the north Atlantic, are cooler than average. Klotzback said: “As of now, I don’t see anything in the immediate future that would cause sea surface temperatures to warm up dramatically. “However, there is certainly still time for this to occur, which is one of the biggest challenges with issuing forecasts this early.” Although hurricane season in the Atlantic starts on June 1, most storms occur between mid-August and midOctober, meaning this prediction is coming four months before the bulk of hurricane activity. EL NIÑO/LA NIÑA The forecast explained that the development of El Nino patterns is likely to make a difference this season. Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell at CSU said: “El

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An aerial view shows damage after hurricane Irma passed over Providenciales

Colorado State University has named 14 storms expected this Atlantic hurricane season

Niño tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they try to form.” El Niño is a naturally occurring phenomenon characterised by warmer than normal water in the eastern Pacific equatorial region. While El Niño occurs in the Pacific Ocean, it has widespread impacts on the global climate. One of the elements is increased wind shear across the tropical Atlantic, which creates

hostile conditions for hurricane development. La Niña is the opposite of El Niño, characterised by cooler water in the eastern Pacific equatorial region. When La Niña is present, conditions tend to be more favourable for hurricane development in the Atlantic. Currently, there is a weak La Niña, but the forecasters at Colorado State believe it will transition to a neutral phase of El Niño-Southern Oscillation over the next several

months (no El Niño or La Niña). Klotzbach warns: “If El Niño were to suddenly develop, that would certainly knock down our forecast.” Regardless of the season’s activity, Colorado State forecasters remind countries that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season. Colorado State is expected to update its outlook on May 31 after further analysis of the current atmospheric and oceanic conditions.

Immigration sweep nets Dominicans, Venezuelans and Colombians THIRTY-six women from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Colombia are currently in custody at the Detention Centre awaiting possible repatriation to their home countries. The women, along with three men, were picked up by officers from the Royal TCI Police Force and the Immigration Department, who make up a joint task force tackling illegal migration in the territory. The operation has been an ongoing for quite some time, but has recently intensified, since a

surge of illegal sloops arrived from Haiti in March. None of those detained were from the sloops that arrived over the past several weeks. The sweep was carried out last weekend on several licensed liquor establishments in the Downtown area of Providenciales. Many of these Downtown establishments are prone and known to be harbouring and employing women from the listed countries as barmaids and sex workers, the latter of which is

illegal in the Turks and Caicos Islands. However, police only stated that those arrested are being detained in custody for immigration violations. The week-long operation also saw a number of people being denied entry into the TCI when they arrived at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS), for various reasons. Investigations are currently still underway to determine the status of some of the detainees. (Delana Isles)


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Point Grace is now owned and operated by Grace Bay Resorts

Point Grace sold to Grace Bay Resorts PRISTINE beach front resort Point Grace has been bought by boutique developer and operator Grace Bay Resorts. The company announced on Thursday (April 12) that it assumed ownership and management of the property “effective immediately”. The resort will be rebranded a Grace Bay Resort property but will retain the Point Grace name and all staff members, with gradual improvements planned over the next several months. In a press release on Thursday, Mark Durliat, chief executive officer and principal of Grace Bay Resorts, said: “We are honoured to have been selected by the resort’s longtime owner to assume this role and include Point Grace in the Grace Bay Resorts group.” He explained that the company’s primary goal is protecting the “storied legacy” of the iconic property. “The original owner was a true pioneer in establishing this idyllic luxury resort and its dedicated staff have done an incredible job of establishing its strong presence in the market place,” Durliat said. Point Grace enjoys a world class location on Grace Bay beach, consistently named the World’s Best Beach by leading travel publications such as Conde Nast Traveller. It has 35 luxuriously appointed suites and blends Caribbean charm with modern, chic design.

Point Grace enjoys a world class location on Grace Bay beach

The resort currently operates two restaurants, Hutchings Restaurant, nestled in a tropical garden setting overlooking the pool, and Grace’s Cottage, a dinner-only restaurant with a diverse gourmet Caribbean menu. It also offers intimate spa experiences, a wide range of water activities and hand-made excursions. Point Grace ownership and Grace Bay Resorts met with the staff about a month ago to announce the pending change and discuss the transition. Meetings were also held with

government ministers and the labour commissioner to confirm that the transition would ensure all staff remain employed, with employment contracts and benefits remaining intact. The resort will continue to run as before. As a Small Luxury Hotels of the World affiliate, Point Grace is part of more than 500 affiliated luxury hotels in 80 plus countries that offer genuine, one-of-a-kind experiences. Grace Bay Resorts will work alongside Point Grace staff to

implement additional training programmes and elevate the resort’s “already strong service standards”, the press statement said. Nikheel Advani, chief operating officer and principal of Grace Bay Resorts, said he is delighted to welcome Point Grace to the Grace Bay Resorts family. “We believe in this impeccable product as well as the dedicated employees and will continue to enhance the guest experience in the years to come. “We are confident that we will be

able to complement the work which is already being done at Point Grace and help the resort reach its full potential.” The Point Grace story began over a century before ground was broken on the site that is now the resort. Grace Bay is named after Grace Hutchings, a woman who visited the island on her honeymoon and quickly charmed the local residents. Over a century later, Point Grace was inspired and designed to do justice to Lady Grace. “Today, that joyous spirit unsullied, innocent, yet ablaze with natural splendour, resonates throughout the golden enclave of Point Grace,” the press release read. Grace Bay Resorts, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, is a boutique developer and operator of some of the finest, luxury resorts and branded residences in Providenciales. Founded from its flagship property Grace Bay Club, which opened in 1993 as the first luxury all-suite resort in the TCI, Grace Bay Resorts is currently comprised of Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, Point Grace and The Private Villa Collection. The soon-to-open Rock House Resort will serve as the territory’s very first cliffside residential resort. Grace Bay Resorts was founded by principals Mark Durliat, Nikheel Advani, Michael Brewster and Thierry Grandsire.


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Court remands murder accused Anthony Francis to prison Police appeal to the public for more information on deadly shooting BY DELANA ISLES TWENTY-three-year-old Anthony Francis, was on Monday (April 9) remanded to prison when he appeared in a Providenciales court charged with the murder of Andreika Stubbs and injuring another. Francis was not required to plea to the indictable charge of murder when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Tanya Lobban-Jackson in Court One. He is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a 17-yearold male who was injured during the March 23 shooting in the parking lot of Versace bar on Leeward Highway that resulted in Stubbs’ death. Two other charges of discharging a firearm and discharging ammunition were also read to the accused when he appeared in court. He was not required to enter a plea to any of the charges laid against him. Chief Magistrate Jackson has adjourned the case for sufficiency hearing in the Grand Turk Supreme Court for June 1. Another man, 21, with whom Francis was arrested in connection with the crime, remains in police custody as further investigations are being conducted. Up to press time, no charges have been laid against the young man. The two men are being represented by attorneys Oliver Smith and Lara Maroof-Misick. Reports to this publication have indicated that the 21-year-old also participated in the deadly attack. Earlier this week, police applied to the court for additional time to continue their detention of the second man, while they continue gather information into circumstances surrounding the crime. A further seven days for his detention was granted by the court. On Tuesday, April 10, police also sent out an urgent crime bulletin appealing for the public’s help in the case as they continue their investigations into the shooting. “We are continuing a methodical investigation into this matter and we appeal to the public who may have any information, no matter how small, to please contact the Chalk Sound Police Station.” Reports are that someone who may have witnessed the shooting and or the killer(s) has left the country, and police are awaiting some test results on gunshot residue alleged to have been taken from the two

INCREASED DRINKING AGE

Last month, the House of Assembly unanimously passed a bill to keep minors out of nightclubs, bars and discos across the TCI, and from legally consuming alcohol before the age of 18. This amendment has sparked debate across the Islands with many suggesting that the legal drinking age should be increased to 21. What are your thoughts?

Murder accused - Anthony Francis

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Murdered - Andreika Stubbs, mother and recently wedded woman was shot to death in a tragic shooting last month

accused. The incident occurred at about 3.20am in the parking lot of the Leeward Highway nightclub, where the murdered woman and injured teen were standing, along with several other persons. She and the teenager were hit by bullets, which sent those nearby running for their lives. Stubbs later succumbed to her injuries at the Cheshire Medical Centre where she and the teen were rushed for treatment. Reliable reports, which police have so far not confirmed, are that

the two accused were identified by video surveillance tapes, leading to their arrests just hours after the execution of the crime. Allegations are that Stubbs and the youth were shot during the commission of what was to have been a murder for hire, targeting another man. The alleged intended victim is someone who has had several runins with the law and the local courts. The newly married woman leaves her four children, husband, countless friends and family to mourn her tragic passing.

What business does someone 18 or younger have drinking alcohol beverages and spending late night hours in a night club? A high school graduate or drop out. This is the road to a life with problems.

Increase the legal age

The bill is great idea. And yes, I believe the age to consume alcohol should be moved to 21 years. In these times, there is more probability of an 18-year-old high school student drinking. Now we wouldn’t want an alcohol breath student in the classroom amongst their fellow students!

Same as US

It should be 21. The same as the USA.

Good job

I truly support this bill, but I think the age limit should be adjusted to 21. Eighteen is still a bit too young to be carousing at night clubs and bars. But to each his own. Good job Government.

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Cryptocurrency comes to the Caribbean TCI urged to be a part of the conversation BY DELANA ISLES ON APRIL 5, the Caribbean region took a major step into the future of financial transactions, with the signing of an agreement with blockchain technology company, Bitt Inc. The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, entered into the agreement with the company, with an aim of facilitating the implementation of a more efficient payment processes for tourism-related products and services. The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week at the CTO’s headquarters in Barbados. The MOU will facilitate the

promotion of Bitt’s digital wallet and merchant applications to help foster broader economic participation in community-based tourism and related sectors. Signing the agreement on behalf of the Caribbean region was CTO secretary general, Hugh Riley, who said: “The Caribbean aims to fully examine the advantages offered by new financial technology. “In particular, blockchain financial services have the potential to advance the objectives of specific programmes and activities within the tourism sector, and the CTO has a responsibility on behalf of our members to fully explore those possibilities. “Our memorandum of understanding with Bitt underscores the importance of collaborating with

‘Facebook famous’ prisoner to stand trial for double murder BY DELANA ISLES TWO years after being remanded to prison for two murders which shocked and terrified the territory, Christopher Forbes will finally get his day in court on May 26. Forbes has retained senior foreign counsel to argue his case in the Supreme Court. Representing him will be Queen’s Counsel, Jerome Lynch out of the United Kingdom and who is already representing former government minister and corruption accused, McAllister Hanchell in the SIPT trial. Last month, Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale approved an application by attorney Arthur Hamilton of Hamilton, Hamilton and Co law firm for Lynch’s limited admission to the TCI Bar. Lynch will lead the defence team for his client Christopher Forbes. He already has limited admission to the local bar in the SIPT ongoing trial. The Supreme Court trial is expected to commence in Providenciales, and last between two to three weeks. The Crown is expected to call a number of witnesses as they attempt to prove that the alleged two-time killer is responsible for intentionally taking the lives of Dominican nationals Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Moreno Arias. Forbes, who led his fellow inmates in a Facebook live stream last Thursday that angered and shocked many the territory, was apprehended and accused of the

Murder accused Christopher Forbes

brutal slayings of the two young women in August 2016. The 35-year-old man was arrested by police following a stake out at a home along Millennium Heights. Both victims, aged 26, were first reported as missing, then were found dead in Providenciales within three months of each other. Yuneiry went missing on April 18 and was found five days later in an area in northwest Provo, Pirate’s Cove. Sorineida went missing on July 10 and was found three days later, also in northwest Provo in Crystal Bay. At the time of the discovery, many residents were fearful that the territory would record its first serial killer. Police had confirmed that there were signs that the two homicides were linked. Forbes is a native of the Bahamas, who has been living in the Turks and Caicos Islands for some time.

CTO secretary general Hugh Riley (left) and Bitt CEO Rawdon Adams (right) sign MOU

Leader of the Opposition, Washington Misick

this forward-thinking, cutting edge, Caribbean company with whom we have a shared commitment to the economic success of our region.” Both organisations anticipate that by leveraging digital currency, the Caribbean region could become a more integrated economy in terms of the ease of doing business for visitors who move through multiple regional destinations. Rawdon Adams, Bitt’s chief executive officer, the other signatory, also expounded on the advantages to the new technology’s introduction to the Caribbean. “Expanding Bitt’s footprint throughout the region is very

financial technology company that utilises distributed ledger technology to offer efficient, cost-effective digital payment products and services through its Bitt Suite.

important to us because we know how transformational our technology can be. “That’s particularly the case for the region’s informal sector, for the unbanked and by extension for the economy. “Tourism is the largest single contributor to the Caribbean economy and is absolutely critical to every single Caribbean nation's wellbeing and development. “Thus we see this as a very natural and necessary association.” The arrangement is for an initial three-year period, but it can be extended by mutual agreement. The Barbados-based Bitt Inc is a

Under the tree

TCI AND CRYPTOCURRENCY While cryptocurrency has in recent times come in for a lot of negative press - with backlash coming from international banks and government regulators against the speculative frenzy that drove cryptocurrencies to dizzying heights last year - former minister of finance and leader of the opposition believes it is something CONTINUED 

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‘Hear the children’s cry’ TCI observes Child Abuse Prevention Month BY OLIVIA ROSE “OUR children and young people are our most precious gems and TCIG is committed to preventing, reporting and managing all forms of child abuse throughout the country.” Director of Social Development Tiffany Thomas-Browne expressed these sentiments as the Turks and Caicos Islands joined the rest of the world in observing Child Abuse Prevention Month. The recognition event is held annually in April and this year’s theme is ‘Hear the children’s cry’. A release issued from the Department of Social Development on Wednesday (April 11) said the TCI practises zero tolerance to all forms of child abuse. Thomas-Browne explained that child abuse can affect children of all ages, race, ethnicity and religion - no child or young person is immune to it. She said: “The TCI National Child Safeguarding Protocol - Working Together in the TCI gives us leverage on the methods and approaches that must be taken in respect to a report of child abuse/neglect. “It speaks to the various roles of stakeholders and more importantly, minimising the impact of abuse on the child as well as having the child’s best interest as our priority. “You are urged to do your part as a citizen to protect our children and ensure that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.” She emphasised that for child

abuse to be prevented, people need to first be aware of what constitutes child abuse. “Child abuse is any act or series of actions, or failure to act by a parent or caregiver which results in any form of harm, potential for harm or threat of harm to a minor child. “These acts of commission and omission may result in physical injury, neglect, emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, behaviours or actions and indicators exhibited may co-exist.” Types of child abuse include neglect, physical abuse, abandonment, sexual abuse and emotional or psychological abuse. According to the Convention on the Rights of a Child which TCI is signatory, a child is defined as a person under the age of 18-years-old. Back in March, the Government held several workshops in Grand Turk and Providenciales aimed at the protecting children from neglect, exploitation, and maltreatment. The workshop which was held under the theme, ‘Child protection, law awareness - Saving our children by educating everyone,’ sought to inform participants on how to protect children against all types of crimes and abuse. During the sessions, discussions focused on mental effects, available resources and procedure, laws and penalties relating to investigation and prosecution of abuse against children. Much emphasis was placed on the responsibility of those who come in direct contact with abused children

to report what they observed, were told or suspect to have taken place. The sessions targeting teachers from private and public schools, members of police force, personnel from the Department of Social Development and truancy officers. Coupled with this, the Government on November 15, last year, signed a multi-agency protocol to protect children from abuse and neglect. The protocol helps to establish standards for points of contact, methods of contact and purpose of contact between relevant agencies. It also outlines concrete and practical procedures for handling special issues while defining professional roles and responsibilities. The inking of the modus operandi signalled a commitment of stakeholder agencies to work together in the interest of children in the TCI. The Department of Social Development is urging the public to report cases of child abuse to the nearest social worker or directly to the police, crossing guards. Throughout the rest of Child Abuse Prevention Month several activities have been including rap sessions with young people, focus groups with children and young people, child safeguarding workshops for parents, teachers and religious leaders, community outreach, jingle creation by students, presentations to schools and ecumenical church services in Providenciales.

Tips to identify and report child abuse: DOS AND DON’TS IF A CHILD DISCLOSES ABUSE

Who abuses children? Children are primarily abused by familiar persons not strangers. People who they know and trust. There are many reasons and factors where children and adults do report child abuse:

Dos Reassure the child that you have listened to what he/she said. Ensure you have made notes using the child’s exact words (date, time, place, people present). Ensure the report is made by contacting lead agency in child protection - Social Development or the police.

CHILD VIEWS Fear of removal and separation from families. Lives being threatened. Shame, guilt, embarrassment. People gossip too much and they wouldn’t want anyone to know about it.

Don’ts Do not contact the alleged or suspected perpetrator. Do not attempt to investigate the allegations yourself. Do not interrupt, ask leading questions or make the child repeat the account, if a child tells you that he or another child is being abused.

ADULT VIEWS Fear of community backlash. Belief the child will get over it. Fear of negative consequences. How you can help? Everyone has a role to play in combating child abuse in the TCI. If you see something, say something. Do not hide incidences of child abuse - always operate in the best interest of the child. Educate others about the signs and indicators of child abuse and what can be done to prevent it.

It is important for everyone to report child abuse because: You are the voice of the child. Stop the cycle of abuse. Prevention is better. Mandatory Reporting Professional bodies such as teachers, operators and employees of day care centres, healthcare professionals, social workers, have the legal responsibility to report all forms of child abuse including the clergy. The Children Care and Protection Ordinance 2015 stipulates the timing in which reporting should be…” without delay” (section 14. 1)

Tips on managing CA Reach out to a parent who seems overwhelmed. Set a positive example. Never use violence or put downs. Treat all children and parents with respect. Be there for children. Listen and empathise. Always stop to cool down before disciplining a child.

Methods of reporting Contact the police who will contact the Director of Social Development. Email: reportabusetci@gov.tc

Paying taxes as a US expat Dear Editor, Expat living is exciting, but we don’t want to make it too exciting. The good news is that compliance is relatively simple. The Turks and Caicos Islands is a party to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It’s possible that if you are an American living here you may receive what is commonly known as a FATCA letter. This is a letter from a financial institution or bank requesting information about your US tax filing status. Normally the bank will want a response within a relatively short period of time.

What is happening, you ask? Well, the bank is in process of complying with an agreement with the US Treasury. But don’t panic. Just respond with the correct information. Your next question is, where is this information going? Well, the answer is the same if you respond to the letter, or you don’t choose to respond. The bank is exchanging information with the US Treasury. In fact, the US has a streamlined offshore filing compliance procedure. It allows Americans who have not filed tax returns for the last three years, or FBAR

(financial reporting) returns for the last six years, to catch up. They can complete their returns and send a certification statement with them. It has to be carefully worded. The only fee to the government is a relatively small one-time five percent miscellaneous offshore fee based on the value of the holdings. This is an extraordinary opportunity. Please don’t ignore a FATCA letter. Just simply reply and provide the information. Banks annually review their client records. If the records contain indications of a US

taxpayer connection, the bank will now send this letter. It’s a whole new world. If the bank doesn’t disclose account data on US persons, it is penalised under FATCA. Remember, Americans are taxed on their worldwide income, no matter where they live. What is peace of mind worth? A clear conscience is a very valuable commodity, and the benefits of filing far exceed any drawbacks. Expats no longer live ‘off the grid’. But wait, it gets better. One of the advantages of filing is that you can often utilise the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. The

only way to claim this is to file. If you have not filed, the statute of limitations continues to run. By filing, on the other hand, the statute of limitations runs and you only have three open years at any time. Most of the countries we used to consider ‘tax havens’ are still wonderful places to live, and they provide a certain level of privacy to expatriates. By simply taking common sense measures, you can still have those benefits and enjoy your time in paradise. Jerry Taylor, US tax accountant, Former Caribbean resident


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COURT OF APPEAL IN SESSION

THE COURT of Appeal commenced its sitting in Providenciales on April 3, for its typical four week work schedule, ending on April 26. So far, several criminal cases have been heard by Justice Elliott Mottley QC, and two other justices that were newly appointed to the TCI Court of Appeal bench Neville Adderley and Roger Hamel-Smith.

The sitting commenced with attorney at law Lara Maroof-Misick representing the first two appellants. Trevon Saunders, who had previously pleaded guilty in the Grand Turk Supreme Court is now appealing his sentence for the offence. Saunders was sentenced to five years imprisonment with one suspended for the burglary of a Grand Turk home, committed some time in 2016, while occupants were asleep. He is appealing the sentence as he believes it is too harsh, given the fact that he pleaded guilty to the crime and did not waste the court’s time with the expense of a trial. However, after the court heard arguments by his counsel, the judges disagreed and dismissed his appeal, upholding the sentence of justice Robert Shuster.

Convicted robber pleads with court for lighter sentence

The second appeal handled by attorney MaroofMisick was for convicted robbery by Samuel Augustine. Augustine’s appeal was heard in part at the last hearing of the Court of Appeal, and continued before the justices last week Tuesday. He was convicted by a jury for the shooting and robbing of veteran security officer and expoliceman Calvin Lightbourne, as the victim was attempting to make one of IGA supermarkets’ ATM night drop off deposits of a large sum of cash. The South Caicos native is appealing his 11 year conviction for the crimes of robbery and wounding with intent.

The security officer was robbed in a shootout outside Scotiabank by two masked men. The other non-convicted and unconfirmed robber was allegedly gunned down at a bar in Blue Hill just weeks after the robbery. This appeal continues.

Two time convicted killer appeals to court again

Collin Delancy Jr, a twice convicted killer, is appealing his second conviction and sentence for the Sailing Paradise restaurant killing of 29-year-old Santa Suarez Ramirez. He had previously won his first appeal, and a retrial was ordered by the appellate court. That trial was held and Delancy was again convicted of the crime. He is now back before the appeal court a second time, appealing his latest conviction, with attorney Noel Skippings representing him again. Delancy’s appeal was adjourned by the judges to be heard at the next sitting of the court in July 2018.

Convict robber shot in buttocks asks appellate court for leniency

Another convicted man, Innocent Calixte is appealing a robbery conviction. Calixte is currently serving a prison sentence for a 2014 robbery committed at Wine Cellar on Leeward Highway, Providenciales. The Haitian national was shot by police in his buttock as he tried to get away. Two other men were arrested and eventually acquitted for the same crime, leaving Calixte as the only accused.

Calixte’s appeal was also adjourned for the next sitting of the court in July 2018. He is being represented by attorney Tim Prudhoe.

Five year firearm sentence being appealed

On April 3, Jouvy Inelus of Blue Hills, appeared before the Court of Appeal requesting a reversal of a jury verdict. Inelus was convicted by a jury of carrying a firearm and was sentenced to five years imprisonment, with two years suspended. The appeal was adjourned to later in this session as his counsel Ashwood Forbes needed more time to prepare.

Man convicted of offences against his young family seeks leniency

Convicted inmate Sherrington Dion McIntosh who terrorised his family a couple of years ago, is now before the appeals court, asking for a reprieve. McIntosh was convicted to eight years in prison for holding up his Dominican girlfriend in her Kew Town apartment with their infant, while threatening to blow them up with a gas tank. Police were called in and on arrival were engaged in a standoff with the convict for several hours before he surrendered to officers. He was tried and convicted for false imprisonment, burglary and common assault. Attorney Lara Maroof-Misick is handling McIntosh’s appeal.

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Court rejects bail for teen charged with buggery AN 18-year-old man who was last week arrested and charged by police with committing buggery on a minor child, has been identified as Adelin Louima. The teenager is alleged to have committed the sex act multiple times on a child under 10. Louima, who is being represented by attorney Glenda Clarke appeared in the Supreme Court this past week on a bail application, which was rejected.

He has since been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison and will appear again before the Supreme Court for his sufficiency hearing on May 4.

Convicted burglar returns home after completing sentence in St Lucia

One of the three prisoners who were sent off to serve their time in a St Lucian prison during the September hurricanes is to return to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Man who pled guilty complains of punitive sentence

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Reports are that prison officers will travel to St Lucia soon and will return with the inmate that was shipped off to the facility over six months ago. The prisoner is Randal Rigby, whose sentences are expected to expire on April 12. The 18-year-old was sentenced and convicted by both the supreme and magistrate courts for numerous offences of dishonesties namely robberies, aggravated burglaries and other crimes. The two other inmates who travelled with Rigby to St Lucia are Clifford Gibson Jr and Lavardo Smith, both of whom are serving life sentences. They will remain at the St Lucia facility.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is appealing to any member of public who may have any information on these crimes. They can contact Chalk Sound Police Station on 338-5901 or make use of the confidential reporting system through Crimestoppers on 1-800-8477.

ANOTHER school has been targeted by criminals in Providenciales, who carted off several expensive items that students and teachers use in the pursuit of education. Sometime between Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5, the latest in a spate of school break-ins was committed at the TCI Middle School located on Venetian Road, in Providenciales. On Friday, school officials reported the crime to police who immediately launched an investigation. According to reports, the school was secured on Wednesday, April 4, and upon his return the complainant discovered that the school broken into and ransacked. Missing were one brand new Lenovo laptop valued at $400, one laptop valued $500, and one digital camera valued $50.

Turtle Cove business robbed

A burglary in the Turtle Cove area has left a businessman counting his losses. Police said that the crime was reported to them on Saturday, April 7, at about 8.51am. The business owner told police that upon arriving to open his business that morning he discovered that it had been broken into and robbed. Missing were a Honda pressure washer valued at $1,000, a red air tank valued at $50, arc stick welder valued $600, a set of screwdrivers valued at $150, three 100 foot power cords colour yellow, orange and black valued at $70 each, one case of engine oil valued at $110, one yellow vacuum cleaner valued $189, and four snorkel gears valued at $150. The incident is still under investigation.

Thieves steal TVs from Provo church

The Jericho Baptist Church located in the Bight, has been robbed of brand new television sets. According to the complainant, who reported the crime to police on Sunday, April 8, the church was secured on Saturday and upon arrival she discovered that the glass of the front door was broken. Missing items included two Samsung flat screen 50-inch televisions, still sealed in box; value and colour unknown. Further investigations are to be to be carried out.

Man arrested for burglary

On Sunday, April 8, police apprehended a 43-year-old man on suspicion of burglary in relation to two burglaries reported over the weekend. Up to press time, the man was still in police custody assisting with investigations.


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LETTER OF THE WEEK

New measures to protect children Dear Editor, Please allow me a little space to express a few troubling thoughts. In your recent newspaper, volume 32 no 12, Court Roundup by Delana Isles has cause for grave concern. I must thank Ms Isles for the news stories she brings to light, which for so many otherwise would be left in the dark. The troubling recounts of the court report spurred me to action and to respond through your medium if allowed. My words may be a bit strong, but please print as I sent it. I am an ANGRY Turks and Caicos Islander. I have asked myself, what the hell is going on? And have asked, where is the outcry? My heart has been saddened by so many reports of rape, with stories such as, ‘Man who raped toddler bailed,’ ‘Haitian man charged with rape and buggery,’ ‘Local pastor gets court bail on rape charge,’ ‘Man who overstayed time charged with serious sexual offences - two counts of rape and one count of sodomy.’

It seems like we have become immune to these stories especially when it relates to children and in one case a toddler What is the age classification of a toddler? A mere two to three-yearold, a child, a baby still wearing diapers and drinking from a bottle. Have we lost our way in this, our country, so much that we can just accept these horrific crimes against children as just another crime and carry on without so much as someone getting out there and condemning these acts? Come on people this is not right and we should never accept these cases with complacency. We have lost our moral compass. Where are the authorities? Where is the sexual assault division of the police force? Where are the church fraternities? Where are the pastors? Where are the NGOs who are supposed to be speaking and fighting for children? Where is the Human Rights Commission? Where are the crusaders? Just imagine if this little innocent

child was your son, daughter, or grandchild. The harm that these acts brings to a child will last throughout their lives and will leave emotional scars and confusion that will never go away. What is rape? In most jurisdictions, it is defined as sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration committed by a perpetrator against a victim without their consent. There are several other definitions but the ringing theme is forcibly and without consent. A child cannot give consent, so it must be deemed as a criminal act. It is time for the TCI to clearly define rape. I do not understand how you can charge someone for rape and defend the charge by relying on the definition of indecent assault or having carnal knowledge. In this case, it would probably be defined as unlawful carnal knowledge. Define rape, say what it is, spell it out and let it be made law! The Chief Justice, OPP and AG Chambers must review the penalties for such crimes against children.

The sentencing powers of the court must be reviewed, there must stiffer penalties for grown men and women who molest children in any form and I say there ought not be any bail. Why bail? So they can go back to the same community and continue with his/her perverted behaviours and lure these innocent children into his/her nest? A paedophile cannot change their sick behaviours; they will always look for another prey. There has to be a Register for Sexual Offenders preying on our children.

We as a society and as adults have failed our children. We must individually ask what must be done to protect the children of this country. It does not matter where they come from as long as they are here. They are children simple as that. We must protect them and send the perverts to prison because no one in his/her right mind can justify raping anyone more or less raping a child or sodomising a child. This is despicable and must be condemned in its strongest sense. Name Withheld by Request, Turks and Caicos Islands

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COMMENTARY

Managing the mess FOR the Turks and Caicos Islands this has been a long time coming. One group of our politicians stripped our Treasury and obligated us to pay millions more. They then taxed the territory to death to pay off their debts. A double whammy! A real mess. The other group suffered from internal squabbles while the old school tried its best to undermine the younger fresh-thinking leaders. The Treasury strippers linger in the British justice system and the fresh thinkers have given way to the women’s movement. The territory is on the verge of finally paying off its loan debts but not its millions in obligations. Meanwhile we are frustrated by the issues of immigration and crime. Both of these issues are clearly the responsibility of

BY DAVID TAPFER

David is a retired mobile hydraulic engineer and business executive. He has been married to Middle Caicos native Yvette Robinson Tapfer for 27 years and has lived in Conch Bar, Middle Caicos, since 2002. David formerly served as branch chairman of the PDM from 2008 to 2011

Britain. Crime was not an issue 40 years ago. There was nothing to steal, except conch hanging on the line to dry. Immigration was not yet a problem because independent Haiti was trading and more or less tending to its own issues. Today, despite Bill Clinton’s help, Haiti is in a state of anarchy as its citizens flee. Where is the financial future of

the TCI? It should be changing. Once we pay off the debts left us by the brothers Misick, what do we fix first? Grand Turk, our official capital, is hurting. In ‘those’ previous years we let certain contractors build a cruise port. Soon the stink of an overloaded sewerage system had sewage flooding the grounds. The roads deteriorated, water system failed as government buildings burned. Meanwhile Provo

goes underwater when it rains. We could not fix anything because the money was paying down the price of corruption. Thanks Rufus, thanks George! Painful lessons but did we learn anything? Everywhere you look the statutory boards are another mess. They stripped the pension fund to enrich themselves and capitalise their doomed bank. Pensioners get pension pennies while the former financial minister gets a windfall half a million and a future hundred thousand a year. The dream airport turned into a nightmare. A huge unusable checkin area with no chairs narrowing into a tight squeeze called security. As airlines are added with the same departure times, the waiting area will crowd. Don’t arrive early, there’s no place to sit down.

The Ewing health system bleeds millions while the population literally bleeds. TC Invest collapsed and has been rebuilt. Will it now perform its mission? We could continue but one wonders where you turn first. Britain sends one patrol boat. Will Haitians wait it out? There are millions on this disparaged island all wanting to leave. Who can blame them? One patrol boat, too little too late. Has civil service improved one iota under our deputy governor? It took Derek four years to repair Washy’s mess while he built honest inward investment for Mike to mess up. Our ‘change government’ begins slowly by managing the mess logically and telling the truth.


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A close-up view of governance Dear Editor, In British overseas territories and especially the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have highfalutin and all-important sounding phrases like ‘overseeing authority’, ‘administering power’, and ‘minister of this and that’. But nothing says ‘feeble colonial governance quite like this photo to the right. The Caribbean sun is shining, the water is a sparkling aquamarine blue, the beach is pristine white, and the tourists are coming in droves to see paradise, as the cruise ship in the background shows. But this is what greets their eyes on one of the most sought-after beaches in Turks and Caicos Islands, Governor’s Beach on Grand Turk. What is worse is that this eyesore and colossal piece of rusted junk is what has greeted their eyes for more than five years since it washed ashore. If that is not enough, this testament to decay is located right outside the sea facing backdoor of the residence of an individual holding the most elevated post in the TCI, the British Governor! The man sent by the Crown to ‘oversee’ these Islands. Is that not astounding? But why these pictures, you ask? Well, bear with me in recounting the many reasons: Because local elected ‘representatives’ (and I use this word lightly) have sat by, given themselves increase upon increase in salary, while allowing this to grace our beautiful beach, as the local leader, the premier, puts out press releases

about our beach ‘seaweed’ problem. Honestly, do these people warrant the salaries TCI citizens pay them, based on the above photos? Because the British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which looks into matters of Overseas Territories concern, is at it again talking about their UK government falling short in assisting territories such as the TCI. If we are to go by actions, this is nothing more than lip service and official sounding malarkey. The head of this group is now Honourable MP Tom Tugendhat. These members come and go, but circumstances always remain the same. A recent BBC article titled: ‘Hurricane Irma: MPs say UK’s response lacked structure’ states: “The Foreign Office said the disaster was one of the most complex challenges it had faced in modern times.” Really? The Turks and Caicos Islands and other colonial appendages in this Caribbean Sea region have been dealing with these natural disasters since the Earth was put in motion by its creator, but the UK is just now coming to this realisation? Astounding! The truth is that the British have, in the past, spectacularly turned their backs on these territories during such events. We need only look at their response to the Turks and Caicos Islands some years ago after it was hit by the destructive hurricane Ike. Unless kisses go by favour, MP Tugendhat and his committee should

Governor's Beach, Grand Turk

be able to explain to us why a sister territory like the Falkland Islands is provided with £175 million pounds from the UK in most recent figures (it is likely much more now) for maintaining border integrity, while for the TCI the patrol boat is ‘down for repairs’, ‘there is no money for fuel’, or ‘the scanning radar for interdicting illegal aliens is out of commission’. Again! Welcome to the club Honourable MP Tugendhat. TCI citizens would like to know how your country, the world leader in maritime salvage, plans to undertake providing hurricane recovery relief for this region, and for the TCI in particular, when for over five years you have been unable to remove this disgusting sight from one of the territory’s best beaches, which is the residence of the Governor sent by you to ‘oversee’ (I

also use this word lightly) the affairs of our people? Because TCI people, and by that I mean local governing officials, accept any pittance their British masters give them, considering it top prize and genuflecting uncontrollably with gratitude and thanks. This set-up allows and encourages the British to provide the TCI with nothing, or nothing of consequence. A case in point is the arrival of British Naval Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay in the wake of out-of-hand illegal immigrant arrivals from Haiti. Here we see local government offices of the premier and deputy governor ‘all atwitter’, putting out press releases applauding the British for coming and arriving so promptly. Absolute nonsense! Our constitution requires that the British provide us internal and external

security. This non-stop destructive illegal immigration from next door amounts to ‘criminal negligence’ that they have not. Instead of applauding the British, we should be filing multiple cases against them in courts locally and internationally. Remember, gross criminal negligence almost always results in serious legal liability. These photos demonstrate that the British do not give ‘two hoots’ about the TCI and our people, despite the fact that they sanctimoniously claim to be the ‘overseeing authority’ and administrative power’. All this, and the next hurricane season is bearing down on the region. The TCI needs to look about its own progress. Expecting much from the British will only quicken our demise as they have little to offer and clearly discriminate in who they assist. Moreover, they are grossly negligent at best. This latter is not only my point of view but as previously stated also that of their own Foreign Affairs Committee group. Four centuries of linkage to these British overlords, um overseers, should have taught us that by now. If not then the five-plus years of this insulting eyesore right outside the Governors House, as relayed in the photo at the top of this letter. Think progress! Think selfpreservation! Because if not there will not be much left for those following our footsteps. Ben Roberts, Providenciales

Stand up and speak up TCI Dear Editor, My fellow TCI Islanders, Belongers and legal residents alike, it is time we STOP blaming politicians for making promises on the campaign trail that they knew they couldn’t keep or knew they had no intention of keeping. Stop complaining that once politicians are elected into office and become government, that they forget the needs of the people, adopt corrupt practices, look out first for their own interest, renege on campaign promises, become arrogant and forget all about you. Stop blaming our members of parliament for their inefficiencies, as it is us who allow them to become complacent, thin skin and beyond reproach once they are elected. We are the ones who are quick to

say their hands are tied, when their actions show that their hands are only tied for signing policies into law that will enhance the lives and protect the rights of Turks and Caicos Islanders. Can’t you see that while you are out and about finding every way and means to defend them, that they are relaxed and not even lifting a finger to bring much needed immigration and employment ordinances and policy documents into place? Policies that will indeed give qualified TCI Islanders and legal residents with rights to work the opportunity to obtain decent jobs and remuneration packages within our beloved Turk and Caicos Islands. My people, it is time that we stop defending the incompetence of our elected representatives; it is

time we stop complaining that they are not doing what we sent them to parliament to do. It is time we start holding their feet to the fire, it is time we let them make their own excuses, it is time we hold each and every one of them accountable for the deliverance of the promises as outlined to us on the campaign trail and in each of their manifestos. It is time we stop defending and start demanding from ALL elected leaders the changes that we continue to vote for. Our political leaders are not the problem, as the politicians are only doing what we continue to allow them to do. Turks and Caicos is my country and I will choose it over politics

repeatedly and if you love it as much as I do, you will choose country over politics too. Can’t you see that time and time again, our elected officials choose their huge salaries, allowances and outrageous pension plans over country? It is high time that we choose ourselves and our country over them. After all, we are their BOSSES and as the BIG boss men and boss women that we are, it is not only high time, but it is our DUTY to hold our well overly paid government ministers and opposition members’ feet to the fire and call them in to action to perform the jobs that we hired them to do. Who am I to speak to you in this manner? I am merely a patriotic

Haitian TCI Belonger, with deep, deep passion and love for my beloved Turks and Caicos Islands who wants to share my message of country over politics with the hope of changing the political mindset of my people that our power does not end right after we vote on election day; instead our power increases, as we are the influential force that can push our politicians and our country in the right direction. But we can only do this if we learn how to choose country over politics and politicians every time. #counrtyoverpolitics #countryoverpoliticans #ourproblemisnotthepoliticians #theproblemisus Rose Higgs, Providenciales


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Chamber of Commerce executive Michael Hutchinson, Ana Coalbrooke and Kyle Smith

Rose Higgs accepting the Woman of Achievement Award in the category of Up and Coming on behalf of Ryesha Higgs

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio flanked by Chamber of Commerce president, Kyle Smith and Member of Parliament, Hon Josephine Connolly

Gertrude Forbes winner of the Woman of Achievement Award in the category of Community Enhancement

Local song bird and entertainer of the year, Chrystal ‘Tess’ Charles mingling with the crowd before belting out another amazing performance

Josephine Connolly won the Woman of Achievement Award for Business and Industry

Melanie Smith accepting the Woman of Achievement Award in the category of Arts and Culture on behalf of Barbara Johnson

Women of achievement celebrated by Provo chamber THE INCLEMENT weather last Saturday, April 7, did not keep the ladies of the Turks and Caicos Islands indoors and away from what promised to be one of the most sophisticated events of 2018. More than 80 women, adorned in some very daring and beautiful high heels, stepped out to one of the many ‘high places’ in Providenciales for the Chamber of Commerce’s first annual ‘High Heels in High Places’ luncheon. The highly anticipated event saw women of varying backgrounds being greeted by the Chamber’s executives as they stepped into the Messel Ballroom at The Palms, in Grace Bay. The popular conference venue, was adorned to match the theme of the event and its intended audience - floral décor, candles, accents of pink and high heel ornaments set the platform for an event of noteworthy mention. Officially opening the event was president of the Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales, Kyle Smith. “Today, as we launch the Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales’ first annual High Heels in High Places,

we do so as an acknowledgment of the strides you have made and your varied accomplishments.” The president charged all women present to: “Embrace the commonalities of your fellow women between generations, and align yourselves so as to uphold and transfer the powers that you have amongst each other. “Do not give in to the growing societal stigma that suggests that women do not hold solidarity between one another. “Never underestimate the force of collaboration and cohesion of women power. “Align yourselves positively and present all of the beautiful attributes of the new woman; one that is unbiased and supportive in every role and show that you are a testament of leadership, success, competence, family and forgiveness.” Of notable mention was the keynote speaker of the day Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio, accompanied by her husband Otto Beatty Jr. The congresswoman made very stirring and exciting remarks as she energetically stepped away from the podium and made her address while

simultaneously working the crowd through invigorating interaction. Eloquently charging the audience with inspiration and confidence in her shimmering blue dress and ordained heels, she conveyed a message of always being prepared, always being ready and reminding women that the way they present themselves to the world is always important. The outspoken congresswoman, who was recently dubbed “a black woman who rocks” by Essence magazine, also urged local women to consider, “looking in the rearview mirror because sometimes you’ve got to back up before you go forward”. The event also included presentations by the honourable Akierra Missick, who spoke on generational collaboration and the power of succession among women, as well as Dr Denise Brathwaite who urged women to “Be well”. While attendance at the event was paid, the Chamber of Commerce executives live streamed the event on their personal and official Facebook pages, allowing the general public to share in the moment. The event also featured a

segment of recognition - whereby women of achievement within the Turks and Caicos Islands, who sat at the head tables, were presented with beautiful glass trophy awards, laser engraved with the signature heel, the Chamber of Commerce Providenciales Logo and the recognised category. The awardees of the afternoon were Josephine Connolly- Business and Industry, Yolande Robinson - Education, Ryesha Higgs - Up and Coming, Pastor Karen Higgs - Spiritual, Marion Williams Honorary Woman of Achievement, Barbara Johnson - Arts and Culture, Gertrude Forbes - Community Enhancement and Kendra Hall Science/Technology/Environment/ Healthcare. The masters of ceremony of the day were Aisha Laporte and O’Brien Forbes, both whom kept the event flowing smoothly from start to finish with an array of humour blended with segments of fellowship among the attendees, auctions and exceptional crowd interaction. Local entertainer ‘Tess’ gave a stellar performance of ‘I’m every woman’, which had the ladies in heels stepping to the beat.

A high heel competition allowed the women to showcase their heels in a modelling segment with the TCI’s very own Prime DJs. The high heel models were judged by the award nominees. The Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales further extended a heartfelt thank you to those who participated, with special mention of Ana Alicia Coalbrooke, the executive assistant to the Chamber, who was the driving force behind the day’s event. Coalbrooke was acknowledged for the stellar job she did in organising and pulling off such a hugely successful event. Several sponsors were also thanked: Custom Candii’s, The Make-Up Boutique, I Sparkle the Salon, Kiss and Make up Beauty Parlour, Serendipity Loox, Power 92.5 FM, Sip and Paint, Hello Gorgeous Makeup Artistry, Courtyard Chiropractic, The Palms, Bow Tie VIP transport, Lavish Life, Kandles by Katy, 102.5 kiss FM and Adamma TCI. The chamber again urged local businesses and members of the public to join and be a part of the organisation.


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Digicel begins fibre optic installation process

Workers create trenches along the Millennium Highway

Digicel starts trench work for fibre optic cables BY OLIVIA ROSE DIGICEL customers in Blue Hills and Grand Turk are a few short weeks away from experiencing high speed television and broadband services as the company rolls out its major ‘Fibre to the home’ project. The project which forms part of the telecoms firm’s $15 million network upgrade has begun in Providenciales and Grand Turk. The initiative will see the core network design being revamped, with an overall aim to guarantee resilience and faster recovery after catastrophic disasters. Direct burial of underground fibre optic cable will allow the company to bury its communications and transmissions systems underground without requiring additional protection.

These sturdy cables are built to resist moisture, heat, soil acidity and other environmental factors such as hurricanes that could interfere with their performance. Digicel’s marketing executive Romello Williams during an exclusive interview with the Weekly News on Thursday (April 12) revealed that extensive trenching work is underway throughout the Islands. He said: “We have started trenching from our office on the highway all the way down to the Blue Hills roundabout and then we trenched into Blue Hills along Millennium Highway and were also trenching in Grand Turk simultaneously because we’re not only bringing fibre to the homes in Provo but also to Grand Turk. “Blue Hills and Grand Turk

are a few short weeks away from completion. All of the network won’t be underground, only the core of our network will be underground.” He said some of the network will use poles as the company “didn’t want to dig up the entire island”. “We want people to understand that we’re not just changing one and two things, when we start installation we will be changing all of the wiring, all the cables and stuff to completely upgrade their homes. “So we’re not just doing a quick fix, this has been a part of our plans for a while.” Williams explained that the mammoth undertaking represents a complete infrastructural overhaul of the company’s system in the TCI to guarantee customers faster, more upto-date reliable internet speed. “So, we’re upgrading individuals

homes so that they could receive the best service possible.” With additional coverage sites to further enhance network reliability and coverage, everyone will experience faster data speeds. Since the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September which wreaked havoc on the company’s infrastructure, some Digicel customers are still largely without internet and cable service. “So Five Cays actually is one of our priority areas as well as Venetian Road etc. We’ll begin installation and as soon as trenching finishes in Blue Hills and Grand Turk those areas will be started. “Grand Turk isn’t big at all so that should be completed in no time, so as soon as that happens we’re going to focus all of our efforts on Venetian Road, Five Cays and Long Bay.

Cryptocurrency comes to the Caribbean that the Turks and Caicos Islands should take a look at as the Caribbean region moves to implement the system. In an invited comment on the CTO’s recent MOU with Bitt Inc, Hon Washington Misick said that the world, and the TCI need to be realistic about the future of transactions, as more and more the world seems to be moving in the direction of cryptocurrency. “Also, given the whole issue around banking and derisking, particularly in some of Caribbean countries where the entire system or most of it is domestic banking, there are some concerns about the ability for those jurisdictions to be able to conduct business. “As we see it today, some of the banks seem to be having less and less interest in operating in these small territories; also,

the whole future of banking and financial institutions is beginning to go through a significant change.” Misick expressed that he personally sees cryptocurrency as a major disruptor which may very well be paving the way of the future. “So, it’s important that TCIG gets involved and keep their eyes on the ball, we don’t want to be left behind. “I believe there have been some concerns expressed by some of the more developed countries about cryptocurrency, so we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we don’t want to be left behind either.” He noted that to the extent that the TCI is associated with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, he believes that the territory should seek to be a part of the conversation.

“We actually started a good chunk of Five Cays already, but we haven’t reconnected any wires that were damaged during the hurricane, we’re replacing all of our infrastructure. “We’ve already started trenching for Five Cays, the cables have to go in and we’ve already started to place that on the poles. “When we’re done with the trenching we’ll run the fibre optic cables through there and we’ll be ready to connect them to the homes. “We have two separate teams working simultaneously to make sure that the fibre optic cable is run through and we could get the network up real quick.” As part of the mobile network upgrade, Long Term Evolution (LTE) will be available to customers in South Caicos, Salt Cay and Grand Turk.

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Cryptocurrency, blockchain and Bitcoin explained As explained by Price WaterHouse and Coopers (PWC) on their website, which can be found at www.pwc. com, a cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange, such as the US dollar, created and stored electronically in the blockchain using encryption techniques to control the creation of monetary units and to verify the transfer of funds. Blockchain is the technology that enables the existence of cryptocurrency (among other things). It also has potential applications far beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrency. “Blockchain is, quite simply, a digital, decentralised ledger that keeps a record of all transactions that take place across a peer-to-peer network,” the PwC website outlined. “The major innovation is that the technology allows market participants to transfer assets across the internet without the need for a centralised third party. “From a business perspective, it’s helpful to think of blockchain technology as a type of next-generation business process improvement software. “Collaborative technology, such as blockchain, promises the ability to improve the business processes

that occur between companies, radically lowering the ‘cost of trust’. “For this reason, it may offer significantly higher returns for each investment dollar spent than most traditional internal investments.” Bitcoin is the name of the best-known cryptocurrency, the one for which blockchain technology was invented. Created in 2009, Bitcoin was the first decentralised cryptocurrency. Since then, numerous other cryptocurrencies have been created. These are frequently called altcoins, as a blend of alternative coin. As of September 2017, over a thousand cryptocurrency specifications exist; most are similar to and derive from the first fully implemented decentralised cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. As listed by PwC, some of the benefits of cryptocurrency are: increased transparency, accurate tracking, permanent ledger and cost reduction. Some of the unknowns are listed as: complex technology, regulatory implications, implementation challenges and competing platforms.


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HMP prisoners go live on Facebook BY DELANA ISLES ONE of the many features of social media, called ‘live streaming’ was put to inappropriate use by several prisoners being held at Her Majesty’s Prison in Cockburn Town. In what can only be described as a relaxed and jovial environment at the Grand Turk facility, several prisoners took to the social media platform to entertain the Turks and Caicos Islands and the wider world. While the phenomenon of prisoners going ‘live’ on Facebook is not unique to the TCI, last week’s activities had many who viewed the livestream questioning the seeming lack of security and attention of prison wardens to the activities of the inmates. In recent weeks, the facility and its environs have come in for some very strong criticisms from its former boss, Steve Barrett. One of the prisoners was later identified as Christopher Forbes, a native of the Bahamas who is on remand at HMP on two murder charges, and who appeared to lead the cellphone show broadcast on social media. Others included Conrad Thomas Jr who is in prison for murder, Collins Delaney Jr for manslaughter and many other voices who could not be seen but have since been identified as persons in custody for offences such as robberies, attempted murders, thefts, burglaries and firearm related offences. In the 40 minute long uninterrupted video posted on Thursday, April 5, at about 6pm, the unsupervised inmates expressed themselves through song, dance, socialising with the many people who commented on the stream and even added many others to the video. One of the women added to the video put on a lewd performance, much to the delight of the prisoners. Many of the commenters on the video post were based in the United States and the Caribbean. Calling themselves the ‘Jail house crew’ the prisoners are said to be from the ‘Green Wing’ of the HMP prison. The video was posted on Facebook page ‘Donald Trump Clown University’. Up to press time the video was still online and the Weekly News has been unable to ascertain whether the Home Affairs ministry has requested its

removal from the site or asked for any other measures to be taken by Facebook against the prisoner’s access to the public forum. Some comments from members of the public following the video included: “That prison have to be a real joke or a dolly house because there have to be no control when inmates can be on live video chat for almost an hour and no officials to be found or seen.” Another person said: “Who is in charge up there? The recent newspapers published how the former prison superintendent said the place is a real mess but it seems it’s more than a mess, it too easy and slack as well because how so many killers and serious offenders out and so free on cell phones so comfortably?” Yet another said: “And can someone tell me what happened to the UK reinforcements that was present at the prison for the last six to seven months?? “Have they become so watered down like our local staff? And the new Jamaicans that joined the prison staff in less than three months? “No one could of caught up with this kind of behaviour in our suppose to be penal institution?” Reports have also indicated that following the video, prison officials eventually intervened, taking phones and other illegal items from some of the performers in the video. It has also been reported that Forbes has since been placed in solitary confinement. It must be noted that the issue with prisoners in possession of cellular devices and using the Facebook platform to ‘go live’ is one that has been plaguing other parts of the world. Since the introduction of the ‘live’ feature on the site, many prisoners around the Caribbean, in the United States, and other parts of the world have used this platform to air their grievances with their penal conditions and systems and engage with members of the public. It is also not uncommon for anyone to receive a friend request from a prisoner, both in the TCI and other parts of the world. Many times, there are no indications that the ‘friend’ you accept is actually an inmate in the penal system. Efforts to contact Facebook to ascertain what if anything can be done about this phenomenon, have so far been unsuccessful.

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Cruise company and tourism heads join forces Take a proactive approach to propelling the sector BY OLIVIA ROSE “WE CAN no longer wait for the Government to match the industry’s ambitions and commit appropriate funds to overseas marketing and new product development.” These sentiments were expressed by the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) at a meeting held on Thursday, April 5, in Grand Turk. The meeting saw the TCHTA and Carnival Corporation and plc join forces to enhance the territory’s tourism sector. According to a press release from the TCHTA, it all came about came following a meeting with Marie McKenzie, Carnival Cruise Lines’ vice president of global ports and Caribbean government relations. Due to this arrangement Carnival Corporation and plc now sits on the TCHTA’s board. The two groups met with an

objective of reviewing a collaborative accommodation approach to the stay-over and transient groups to the destination. The TCHTA pointed out that on average, the hotel and cruise sector welcomes a combined 1.3 million visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands annually, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of the territory’s GDP. However, the association stressed that the industry is at a key juncture to make an indelible mark on the world, with a reported four percent decline in arrivals in 2017 following a one percent decline in arrivals in 2016. However, if this potential is to be realised a more strategic approach to developing and diversifying the sector must be taken. Despite the fact that recent natural disasters have played a major role in last year’s dip in arrivals, many other significant factors have affected the destination’s performance. They include lack of product development, misplaced marketing efforts, no solid or collaborative tourism strategy, and increased competition from other destinations.

The TCHTA’s board stated that: “We can no longer wait for the Government to match the industry’s ambitions and commit appropriate funds to overseas marketing and new product development. “There are many options to enhance the destination’s tourism experiences and enhance our current marketing strategy, so the TCHTA together with Carnival Corporation and plc, will seek to take a proactive approach.” It added that the group meeting is “merely a start in the right direction” for both the hotel and cruise sector, as the two bodies seek to collaborate on more initiatives in the near future. The statement went on to say that TCHTA’s membership has added new room inventory to the destination with the debut of several new hotels in winter 2017. This was led by the Shore Club and the boutique offerings of Beach Enclave on Providenciales, as well as, Sailrock on the undeveloped island of South Caicos. “Additional offerings from Grace Bay Resorts and the Gansevoort are CONTINUED 

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Charitable foundation donates $100k for school computer lab THE COMPUTER lab at Oseta Jolly Primary School, which was destroyed during the recent hurricanes, will be refurbished thanks to a donation of $100,000 from the Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation. Since the destruction caused by Irma and Maria, students and teachers have been occupying the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex until rebuilding work is complete. The donation was made during a simple handing over presentation on Friday, April 6, at the Office of the Premier. It signals the company’s commitment to advancing social development as it strives to connect communities and transform lives by funding education and empowerment programmes across the TCI and other Caribbean nations. The funds will be used to provide computers, printers, desks and chairs to complete a state of the art e-learning environment for the 500 plus students and faculty members. Speaking at the presentation, Flow Turks and Caicos country manager Dellerience Hall, said: “We’re indeed grateful for the generous and significant financial contribution of the Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation that will allow students and staff of the Oseta Jolly Primary

to return to a learning environment that gives them the great start in life they deserve.” She said that Oseta Jolly Primary School, formerly Blue Hills Primary School, is one of the oldest government educational institutions in the territory. “Its history dates back to the 1940s, and today it continues serves as a pinnacle of our heritage, resilience, and determination as a people.” Minister of Education, Hon Karen Malcolm who received the donation expressed her gratitude to the company for its timely intervention. She said the money will go a long way in assisting with the reconstruction work at the school. “We know that Cable and Wireless has been a supporter of this school for many years; we know that our students and teachers will appreciate this generous gift.” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Wesley Clearveaux, said: “Hurricane Irma and Maria did significant damage, impacting 95 percent of school inventory in the TCI. “With the help of our friends, Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation and Flow, I am happy to say, we are rebounding and rebuilding, stronger, safer than ever

before. “These resources provided today is a large step into our students’ educational future. “The days of chalk and dust are going behind the scene, and as we move into the new age of technology, these resources will help our students to compete with the region and by extension the international market.” He said the ministry has plans in the pipeline to move to e-learning and e-marking by 2019 and the resources will be a great asset to advance these plans. Speaking on behalf of Oseta Jolly Primary School’s principal, staff and students, Director in the Ministry of Education, Edgar Howell, added: “Students will now have full access to ICT learning and use the resources that you are now providing the enhance the learning outcome and overtime to become better and productive citizens in TCI “I am sure the teachers and students would be excited upon receiving the resources and they will make extremely good use of it.” The Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation was set up by Cable and Wireless Communications initially as a response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the devastating hurricane season of 2017.


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Dental issues in older patients THERE are a number of specific dental issues that I see associated with my older patients. Some are of a cosmetic nature, so whilst not necessarily significant from a medical perspective might be a concern for the patient on an aesthetic level; others are more are related to increased difficulty in treating dental disease which has both aesthetic and medical implications. COSMETIC As teeth age, a number of things occur that make the teeth look duller and darker in colour than younger teeth. The nerve/pulp chamber in the centre of the tooth naturally gets smaller so the tooth becomes more solid dentine, resulting in a darker colour. Added to this, the normal wear and tear on the teeth over time causes the glass-like surface (enamel) layer of the teeth to have tiny microfractures that scatter light when it is reflected off the tooth. Imagine clear glass that has many fine scratches on it, compromising its clarity and giving a duller, slightly opaque appearance. The combination of both these factors results in duller, less white teeth. This can be a cosmetic problem if you had a crown or filling done when

younger and this now does not match the surrounding natural teeth. It may be possible with bleaching to alter the underlying colour of the natural teeth but this will not change the lack of shine. A solution for some patients is porcelain veneers or crowns to recreate a more youthful smile. With the loss of skin elasticity as you age, the upper lip becomes longer and you show less tooth when you smile- especially if there has been some tooth wear. If new veneers or crowns are made, then a slight increase in length can do wonders for a smile. Botox and facial fillers around the lip, cheek and chin areas can also be used alongside this type of dental work to improve the general youthfulness of the smile. DENTAL DISEASE A particular problem seen in aging dentition is root caries (root decay). A history of gum disease can mean an increased chance of gum recession (the gums moving away from the teeth) and this can result in new decay starting on the root surface. This can move very rapidly as the decay is directly onto the dentine of the root surface and does not have

‘NO AMBITION’ The board underscored that even though the 2015 National Tourism Strategic Policy paper stipulates foundations for a coherent and supportive approach towards tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands, there has been no evidence of positive implementation. “Which suggests that successive governments have lacked ambition for the sector and have either ignored our industry or treated it as simply a convenient source of tax revenue.” However shortly after the

meeting, Minister of Tourism Hon Ralph Higgs refuted these claims. He said: “This statement is baseless and rather unfortunate and, quite frankly, should be retracted. “It was and still is the ambition of the TCI Government and its people which attracted many of the members of the TCHTA and Carnival to our shores in the first place.” He congratulated the TCHTA and Carnival on the establishment of a formal working relationship, one he said is long overdue. Higgs in a statement issued on Thursday, April 5, said similar relationships have existed between hotel associations and the cruise sector in the region for years. “For years, an informal but cordial business relationship existed between the Tourist Board and the TCHTA and more recently this was extended to include Carnival Cruise line. “The working together of these three entities has contributed largely to our destination’s success to-date. “The ministry looks forward to a continued symbiotic relationship with the private sector inclusive of the TCHTA and Carnival Corporation to promote the entire TCI.” As it relates to strategic vision for the territory’s tourism, Minister Higgs pointed out that his ministry

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to pass through the hard, protective enamel layer first. Also, if decay starts on the root surface the distance to the nerve chamber on the inside of the tooth is much shorter, so a small cavity can reach the nerve remarkably quickly; regular dental examinations and if necessary radiographs (x-rays) are needed to monitor these problems. COLLAPSE OF OCCLUSION (BITE) As you age several things in your body become more brittle and this includes your teeth. I see patients where there has been a steady progressive loss of teeth over the years until they may be left relying on just one or two teeth with which to chew. If there is a failure of one of these key teeth, then the patient can quite suddenly find that there is poor contact between the upper and lower jaws. This causes difficulty in eating and puts strain on the jaw joint, which can result in pain. Selective replacement of missing teeth with implants, bridges or dentures can help prevent this problem before it becomes a major reconstruction project.

Cruise company and tourism ... due to accept visitors in the coming months,” it read. “TCHTA member InterCaribbean Airways, which recently won Caribbean Airlines of the Year in 2017, has expanded to add more flights throughout the Caribbean making the Turks and Caicos Islands a hub for transient travellers looking to connect to other destinations. “Carnival Corporation and plc also recently brought one of its largest ships to the Grand Turk Cruise Centre following the reopening of the cruise port. “Despite the stellar infrastructure from the hotel and cruise sector, the full potential of our industry has not yet been realised.”

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and the Tourist Board has led the way in funding and facilitation of the KPMG consultancy which produced the strategic report which has been widely accepted as the right direction for TCI Tourism. “Recently this Government formally ratified the KPMG report as the official Tourism Strategic Plan for our islands and TCIG is pursuing a sustainable funding and implementation scheme for the plan. “The funding of the plan has been hampered in part by the recent hurricanes and blanket exemptions on import duties which the government had to provide businesses and individuals, including members of the TCHTA, to have their business and the country open for business. “As the country’s income improves, proper funding for the roll out of the strategic plan would be realised.” He said the ministry remains committed to working with Carnival and the entire private sector in areas of mutual benefit and for the good of the entire territory and its people. It was agreed on all fronts that aggressive and comprehensive action must be taken to ensure that the territory taps into the sector’s substantial potential.

Swimmers’ sunscreen killing off coral THE SUNSCREEN that you dutifully slather on before a swim on the beach may be protecting your body but a study finds that the chemicals are also killing coral reefs worldwide. Four commonly found sunscreen ingredients can awaken dormant viruses in the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that live inside reef-building coral species. The chemicals cause the viruses to replicate until their algae hosts explode, spilling viruses into the surrounding seawater, where they can infect neighboring coral communities. Zooxanthellae provide coral with food energy through photosynthesis and contribute to the organisms’ vibrant color. Without them, the coral ‘bleaches’ turns white and dies. “The algae that live in the coral tissue and feed these animals explode or are just released by the tissue, thus leaving naked the skeleton of the coral,” said study leader Roberto Danovaro of the Polytechnic University of Marche in Italy. The researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in oceans worldwide, and that up to 10 percent of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching. Danovaro and his team studied the effects of sunscreen exposure on coral samples from reefs in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. Even low levels of sunscreen, at or below the typical amount used by swimmers, could activate the algae viruses and completely

bleach coral in just four days, the results showed. Seawater surrounding coral exposed to sunscreen contained up to 15 times more viruses than unexposed samples. Several brands of popular sunscreens were tested and all had four ingredients in common: paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone, and a camphor derivative. Rebecca Vega Thurber, a marine virus and coral researcher at San Diego State University in California, said the new results are further evidence of an alarming trend. “Other factors such as coastal pollution, overfishing, and sedimentation all contribute to coral reef habitat degradation, and this work continues in that vein,” said Vega Thurber, who was also not involved in the research. “But before we ban sunscreens, we must first determine if local ambient concentrations of sunscreens are positively correlated with coral bleaching events.” Danovaro says banning sunscreen won’t be necessary, and points out two simple things swimmers can do to reduce their impact on coral: Use sunscreens with physical filters, which reflect instead of absorb ultraviolet radiation and use ecofriendly chemical sunscreens. Australian researchers are also working to develop a sunscreen based on a natural ultravioletblocking compound found in coral. (Info from National Geographic)


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Recovery video released to encourage investment A VIDEO that highlights the TCI’s quick recovery following hurricanes Irma and Maria has been released online. ‘Turks and Caicos Islands Bounces Back’ was produced by FDi Intelligence, a global foreign direct investment service run by the Financial Times, in collaboration with Invest TC. Beautiful visuals, insightful commentary and interviews with tourism sector heads show that the Islands are open for business and remain an investment destination of choice. The 17 minute FDi On Location segment premiered at MIPIM, the world’s leading international real estate business, conference and

networking event in Cannes, France, on March 13. It was unveiled at the FDi Intelligence Award Ceremony which took place at Hotel Barriere Le Majestic to an audience of over 300 attendees. The video focuses on investment opportunities in the TCI and features interviews with key stakeholders including Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture, Hon Ralph Higgs. Trina Adams-Smith, Invest Turks and Caicos’ vice president of marketing and promotion, said she is very pleased with the outcome of the video. “The video initially premiered at MIPIM, during our promotional trip

Chevening Scholarship winner joins civil service A FORMER charity director has been appointed as the new Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR). Lormeka Morley-Williams recently made the Turks and Caicos Islands proud as recipient of the 2016/17 Chevening Scholarship. She went on to complete her Masters of Science in Conservation Biology at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent at the end of last year. Williams, who is passionate about the nature and wildlife of the Turks and Caicos Islands, said she is happy to return to the TCI to serve in such a capacity. “I’m very excited to begin working in the community with the department to promote and ensure the sustainability of our vital natural resources and bio-diverse environment, which will protect our tourism and fishery industries in the years to come.” The past Red Cross director is no stranger to the DECR, where she previously worked on policy development and review, environmental education, and research projects. She holds over 10 years of teaching, training and professional experience in the Turks and Caicos

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Lormeka Morley-Williams is the new Deputy Director of the DECR

Islands private and public sectors. Deputy Governor and head of the public service Anya Williams, said: “We are pleased to formally welcome Mrs Williams to the Turks and Caicos Islands civil service and to congratulate her on her new appointment. “We are certain that her educational background, experience and passion for the environment will be an asset to the department and the country as a whole and look forward to working with her.”

Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson is interviewed as part of the video

to Cannes Frances to an audience of high net worth individuals. “It was great to hear persons express an interest in the TCI and comment enthusiastically about the investment potential of our beautiful by nature islands. “We received great exposure throughout the event. I am certain that the Turks and Caicos Islands will be remembered.” The video is a part of a full marketing campaign which also featured an interview with the premier in FDi Magazine, along with advertisement in other Financial Times publications. Acting CEO at Invest TC Angela

Musgrove said: “These types of promotional videos are extremely important for generating leads for the agency. “FDi On Location has featured numerous countries in the region and around the world. “It is only fitting that we showcase the TCI and what we have to offer and FDi On Location, a subsidiary of the Financial Times provided an excellent platform to produce and promote such a video.” Invest Turks and Caicos is the territory’s investment promotion agency, responsible for enhancing the economy through the attraction, growth and retention of overseas

investment; and supporting the growth of local businesses. It provides a free and confidential service to overseas businesses looking to expand and will work with a company project team throughout the investment process, providing advice and support. It also works to actively to support the growth of local businesses, including the management and delivery of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise programme which provides concessions and reliefs to locally owned businesses. To view the ‘Turks and Caicos Islands Bounces Back,’ visit www. investturksandcaicos.tc

Cook ‘grateful and honoured’ to take top civil service role THE TCI’s new head of secretariat within the Ministry of Home Affairs said she will use her skills and experience to serve the territory. Sakera Cook holds an MBA in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Everest University formally Florida Metropolitan University. She recently returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands from the US, where she functioned in a diverse variety of settings. Cook took up a temporary post in the Ministry of Health Contract Management Unit before being formally appointed to the post of head of secretariat on Tuesday, April 3. Cook said: “I’m profoundly grateful and honoured to be selected for this position and to be a member of a dynamic team in this ministry in particular and the public service in general. “My gratitude is of course extended to all of those persons who supported and guided me throughout my personal, academic and professional journey. “I am determined to use my skills and experiences to ensure that this ministry is as strong as possible and ultimately to do whatever is best for my beloved country.” Cook previously worked as a

Sakera Cook is Head of Secretariat within the Ministry of Home Affairs

gateways vacation specialist with Jet Blue Airlines, benefits advisor at Aon Retiree Health Exchange in Orlando, Florida and as a financial advisor at SunTrust Bank in Orlando, Florida. This included ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements including Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering, OFAC, USA Patriot Act, Privacy Act and Community Reinvestment Act. Deputy Governor Anya Williams congratulated Cook her on her new role. “The post of head of secretariat is a very important role that covers a wide range of responsibilities particularly in a dynamic ministry such as the Ministry of Home Affairs which is responsible for social,

gender, prison, fire, disaster management, communication and other services.” In her role, Cook will be responsible for coordinating the political and administrative interfaces between the minister and permanent secretary within the Ministry of Home Affairs and will be responsible coordinating the secretariat function in the ministry. This includes liaison between the permanent secretary and minister, and between the Permanent Secretary Board, Cabinet, and House of Assembly for the purpose of progressing the business of the ministry through the political and administrative processes. “There is a requirement to review and keep track of issues coming to the permanent secretary and minister from the House of Assembly, ministry, TCIG and outside, to assist in the preparation of responses to parliamentary questions and the preparation of media and other releases and to also maintain a database of policy and legislative plans and proposals within the ministry amongst numerous other duties,” Williams said. “Mrs Cook has demonstrated a keen interest in and knowledge of the responsibilities of her new role and we wish her well.”


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Freshly qualified dental hygienist Raymonda Brown

Dental hygienist Deangello Germain (back left) with Director of Dental Services Dr Jameiko Harvey (back right) and Deputy Governor Anya Williams

Government hires dental hygienists for the first time ORAL health will improve across the territory with the appointment of two dental hygienists to the TCI’s health service. Raymonda Brown and Deangello Germain have joined the Turks and Caicos Government’s Dental Departments in Grand Turk and Providenciales. Director of Dental Services Dr Jameiko Harvey welcomed them both to the new roles. “These two individuals are the first dental hygienists to be hired by the Turks and Caicos Government and will be helping to combat the

fight on gum disease in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” he said. “I can say that I am very proud of these two individuals and the direction that the Dental Department is heading.” Dr Harvey explained that the department will be reintroducing a mobile clinic to Providenciales to help to eliminate the heavy traffic at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. “…and the roles of these two hygienists will be critical in helping individuals to keep their teeth longer and to live a healthier life.” Deangello Germain is a former track star, who put aside his sporting ambitions

to pursue a career in dentistry. He completed a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Technology and returned home to serve the TCI. Germain has further aspirations to become a dental surgeon, having already been accepted into Nova Southeastern University in the USA, where he intends to complete a Bachelors degree in Biology before applying to dental school. Raymonda Brown redefines what it means to be dedicated as she was accepted to a dental hygiene school some 16 years ago.

She had to defer for personal reasons but always kept in the back of her mind that one day she would finish what she started. So, when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a grant from the Civil Service Professional Development Fund to the APLUS Institute of Information Technology, Healthcare and Business in Toronto, Canada, in 2016, Brown jumped at it. Deputy Governor Anya Williams congratulated both new appointees and wished them much success in their new roles. “Having had the opportunity

to interact with them both I can emphatically state that they both are very passionate about their roles and about their profession. “I am especially proud of their accomplishments and also of the efforts and accomplishments of the Dental Department through Dr Harvey and the work that he continues to do to motivate young persons to pursue medical studies through the Clinic Exploration Programme. “I hope that their stories of success will continue to motivate others to pursue these most critical fields.”

Tourism risk manager to protect TCI’s largest industry A FORMER employee of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board has been appointed as the Government’s new tourism risk manager. Brian Been will be working within the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Environment to give high level advice and guidance on risks within the tourism industry. Deputy Governor Anya Williams said the new post was created to protect the sector which accounts for over 80 percent of the territory’s GDP. “In his new role Mr Been will be responsible for developing policy framework and standard operating procedures for the management of risks in the tourism sector and will also be responsible for developing

strategic plans aimed at enhancing our tourism product. “We wish Mr Been well in his new role and are happy to have him join our team.” Been previously served as a senior product development officer and is a former member of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee where he served for over 12 years and has also held the post of deputy chairman. Been also co-chaired the Grand Turk Cruise Steering Committee that facilitated the establishment of a cruise industry on Grand Turk and participated in the consultation for the Grand Turk Master Plan. Been served on the Steering Committee for the Turks and Caicos National Tourism Strategic Plan updates in 2006 and 2015 by

Ainsworth O’Reilly and KPMG. He also acted as National Focal for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s Regional Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action for the Caribbean Tourism Sector and the CaribSave Risk Atlas for the Turks and Caicos Islands. In a Government press release, Been said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the TCI in the new position. “Playing my role, I intend to ensure that an integrated approach is taken as we seek to build a culture of multihazard risk reduction for all eight sectors of the tourism industry,” he said. “The desired output is enhanced safety for our host community and visitors alike through a disaster risk strategy and action for the tourism

Brian Been has been appointed as the Government’s new tourism risk manager

sector. “I am really looking forward to many accomplishments in my new role and also in working with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Environment on the wider tourism management programme.”

Been is a graduate of the College of the Bahamas, now University of the Bahamas with a BSc in Tourism Management. He is also a certified business advisor for the Hospitality Assured Caribbean programme.


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WTO set to drag Bahamas ‘from 19th to 21st century’ FULL WTO membership will “drag the Bahamas from the 19th century to the 21st”, a well-known attorney yesterday urging: “We must make it work for us.” Carey Leonard, the former Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) inhouse attorney, admitted to Tribune Business that the nation will face “a rough two to three years” once it completes the accession process. While many Bahamians and businesses will be “unhappy” during the prolonged adjustment, Mr Leonard argued that full World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership will ultimately reap “huge benefits” by forcing this nation into a long-overdue modernisation of its archaic economy. The now-Callenders & Co attorney said WTO-driven tax reforms and legislative changes will benefit both the private sector and consumers, with the introduction of health and quality ‘certification’ potentially “opening the door” to local producers supplying the hotel industry and export markets. The reduction/elimination of import tariffs, he added, will reduce “carrying costs” for Bahamian companies that presently have millions of dollars locked up in unsold inventory. And foreign and Bahamian investors will be able to develop 1520 year business strategies because the WTO will require investment regimes to be ‘set in stone’, removing rule-making “out of the hands of the politicians”. Mr Leonard, urging Bahamians to view WTO membership from the perspective of how it can benefit this nation, also questioned why the GBPA had yet to address the issue, saying: “Their silence is deafening.” “I think the WTO has huge benefits for the economy,” he told Tribune Business. “We’re going to bring the Bahamas out of the 19th century, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.” Pointing out that some of the Bahamas’ recently-amended laws dated from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Mr Leonard argued that full WTO membership would force this nation into badlyneeded overhaul of its commercial regulatory regime. “We need it, and we need the WTO to modernise us,” he said. “We need to look at WTO in a different light, and see how we can make it work for us.” Mr Leonard, though, admitted that such ‘modernisation’ would not be painless. “It’s going to be a difficult two to three years,” he said of the Bahamas’ immediate experience, with the Government targeting end2019 for completing the accession process. “It’s going to be a rough time,”

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the ex-GBPA attorney reiterated. “We’re all going to have to make adjustments. As we build into it to 2019, everyone’s going to be very unhappy. “For two to three years afterwards everyone’s still going to be unhappy, but after that they will feel the benefits. I don’t expect any immediate benefit; it’s going to take a while. As long as everyone can bear it out until then.” Mr Leonard said many in the private sector had yet to realise how the WTO, and other rules-based trading regimes, were the primary influences on much legislation recently passed by Parliament. “The Bahamas has already made a tremendous amount of progress on this. A lot of people are now aware,” he explained, pointing to the Customs Management Act and introduction of Value-Added Tax (VAT) as two reforms designed to ready this nation for WTO accession. Mr Leonard said the Bahamas had also moved to address health-related sanitary and phytosanitary measures through the Food Safety Act and related plant/animal legislation, while recent improvements to intellectual property rights were also driven by impending trade regulations. He added that the Bills’ ‘objects and reasons’ sections often specified that they were motivated by the WTO and similar agreements, such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with the European Union (EU) in 2008, while noting that many laws had yet to be brought into effect because they were awaiting their accompanying regulations. “There are 10-12 pieces of legislation passed through the House but not brought into effect yet,” Mr Leonard said. “The pieces of the puzzle are already falling into place. “I don’t think many businesses are aware that we’ve already committed to a number of things when we signed the EPA in 2008, and these things are gradually creeping in on us as well. It’s very important that Bahamian businesses are engaged in these consultations, as we’re already well down the road.” Mr Leonard suggested one way that Bahamian businesses can benefit from WTO membership is through the health, safety, quality and other standards/certification that the rules-based trading body will mandate. He argued that the current absence of such standards was likely one obstacle to local businesses supplying the domestic hotel sector, or export markets, as potential purchasers had nothing to validate the quality of these goods and services. (Tribune242)

U.N. mission in Haiti extended for another year by Security Council DISAGREEMENT in the international community over whether Haiti remains a threat to the region’s peace and security overshadowed the decision Tuesday by the U.N. Security Council to extend its support mission in the Caribbean nation for another year. Both Russia and China abstained during the vote to continue the U.N. Mission for Justice and Support in Haiti — known by the acronym MINUJUSTH — for another year when its mandate expires on Sunday. The resolution also calls for the gradual reduction of U.N. police presence, based on Haiti’s security situation, beginning in October. But the United States’ insistence on widening the scope under which UN forces can be deployed to Haiti beyond the mission’s security operations to restore peace under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter divided council members. Russia questioned why the designation is needed as part of a resolution that is supposed to be aimed at assisting the Haitian government with professionalising its national police, monitoring human rights and strengthening its justice system. Bolivia, though it supported the resolution, accused the U.S. of “not

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse, center, walks with first lady Martine Moïse, and his Defense Minister Herve Denis, left, during a ceremony presenting the leadership of the newly reinstated Haitian Armed Forces (FAd’h) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

taking into account the opinions of other members of the Security Council and much less the opinions of the host country.” “During the Security Council’s mission to Haiti last year, both the president of Haiti, members of the Haitian parliament, various representatives of civil society expressly asked that the mandate come under Chapter 6 of the United Nations charter,” said Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, Bolivia’s permanent

representative to the U.N., who led the visit. Chapter 6 sets out the ways to resolve conflicts through peaceful means. Llorentty said the fact the resolution wasn’t unanimously approved was “a source of great concern because this is not sending out the correct message to the Republic of Haiti, to the mission and to the international community in general.”

Sandy out, Sara in as 2018 hurricane names released THE National Hurricane Center has released this year’s list of names for potential devastating storms. The Caribbean and the U.S. may see many of these names used as forecasters have predicted that this hurricane season will have an above average number of storms. Names are only given to tropical storms that have sustained wind speeds higher than 39 mph. These names will stay with the storm as it reaches hurricane strength (maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher), so Tropical Storm Chris will become Hurricane Chris as it reaches maturity, the National Hurricane Center explained. If there are more than 21 storms in any given year, they will be named after characters in the Greek alphabet like Delta, Alpha or Rho. The World Meteorological Organization maintains the list of names for Atlantic hurricanes. It utilizes six different lists of names that are reused every six years. Since 2012, the last time the current list was utilised, the name Sandy has been replaced by Sara.

Forecasters expect a slightly above-average season, with 14 named storms. Seven of those are expected to become hurricanes and three are expected to be major hurricanes.

Hurricane Sandy was one of the deadliest storms in 2012 and caused nearly $70 billion in damage. Crashing through Cuba and up the East Coast of

United States, the hurricane left such devastation in its wake that the WMO decided to remove it from the list of names to use.


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US House Speaker Paul Ryan to retire in blow to Republicans US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, in a big blow to Republicans with mid-term elections looming. Congress’ most powerful lawmaker said he would not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this November. Republicans already face a tough challenge from Democrats to keep control of the lower chamber. Mr Ryan joins nearly 30 House Republicans who have announced this year they are retiring outright. Democrats need 23 seats to take over the House. In a Wednesday morning news conference, Mr Ryan said the decision was family-related. “You all know that I did not seek this job,” he said. “I took it reluctantly. “But I have given this job everything. I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility.” He continued: “But the truth is it’s easy for it to take over everything in your life and you can’t just let that happen.” The 48-year-old father-of-three said he did not want to be known by his children as “only a weekend dad”. Mr Ryan said he would retire in January after finishing his congressional term.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) has been Syrian’s President Bashar al-Assad greatest supporter.

The 48-year-old father-of-three said he did not want to be known by his children as “only a weekend dad”.

According to Axios, which broke the story, he has found his job frustrating, partly because of President Donald Trump. Mr Trump praised the speaker on Twitter as “a truly good man”. In an interview with CNN, Mr Ryan explained that he and Mr Trump are “very different people”. “I’m from the upper Midwest. I’m not from New York, we’re from a different generation. So we have different styles,” Mr Ryan said. He added that despite having “had a lot of friction in our relationship,” the two men have a “common agenda to agree on”. “I’m not going to run for

president”, he said, concluding: “The last thing I’m thinking about is running for something.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Mr Ryan’s departure was an ominous sign for Republicans, months away from nationwide elections. In December Mr Ryan achieved his cherished goal of overhauling the US tax code, and according to Axios, regarded it as the capstone of his legislative career. Republican congressman Steve Scalise and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus are among those being touted as possible successors. (BBC)

Algerian military plane crash kills 257 people AT LEAST 257 people were killed on Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the Algerian capital, Algiers, state media reported. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik air base, between Algiers and the city of Blida. Ten of those killed were the plane crew, according to state-run Radio Algérie. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. Wednesday’s plane crash was the deadliest since 2014, when 298 people were killed when a Malaysian airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine. The plane was supposed to go from Boufarik to Tindouf, and then on to Bashar, which are both towns on the Algerian-Morocco border, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Algerian TV station Ennahar reported the plane was a Soviet-era Ilyushin, and showed images of smoke rising from the aircraft’s fuselage, tilted to one side. Part of the aircraft detached from the plane’s body was seen sticking out above olive trees. Images also showed dozens of bodies in numbered bags lined up

Russia again threatens to bomb U.S. missile launch sites if Trump attacks Syria MOSCOW will shoot down any U.S. missiles fired at Syria and retaliate against American launch sites, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon has warned. Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin made the comments on Tuesday while speaking on the Hezbollahaffiliated al-Manar TV channel, Reuters reported. President Donald Trump is currently considering military action against Syrian President Bashar alAssad following Saturday’s suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the capital city of Damascus. Medical relief groups say the attack killed dozens of civilians. Russia is Assad’s most powerful ally and has been supporting him in the Syrian civil war since September 2015. Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin (front L) talks with a Russian pilot at Beirut international airport, Lebanon, on April 3, 2013. Zasypkin has warned that Moscow would retaliate against U.S. airstrikes in Syria.REUTERS/ Sharif Karim On Tuesday, Zasypkin told the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV

channel, “If there is a strike by the Americans, then...the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired.” He added that both sides should avoid a military confrontation, and said “we are ready therefore ready to hold negotiations.” The international community is on edge as Trump decides his course of action. On Tuesday, the president said the U.S. would respond “forcefully” within “the next 24 to 48 hours” if Assad’s forces were proven to be behind the attack. The U.K. and France have reportedly agreed to join Trump in his response. Commercial airlines have been told to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean because of the risk of American military action. The European Aviation Safety Agency posted a statement to the Eurocontrol airspace organization website which read, “Due to the possible launch of airstrikes into Syria with airto-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations.”

Axios: Comey compared Trump to a ‘mob boss’ in ABC interview

Cranes began moving the debris as paramedics responded to the crash.

on the ground, as paramedics and firefighters worked at the crash site, while cranes began moving some of the debris. One man told Ennahar he was at home when he heard an explosion, and drove with a neighbor to the site, where they tried to put out the fire

and reach victims. “We saw bodies ... it was a catastrophe,” he said. “We were afraid the plane would explode. We covered some bodies and put out some fires.” Algeria has a shaky aviation safety record.

DURING his first sit-down interview since being fired last year, former FBI Director James Comey reportedly compared President Donald Trump to a “mob boss.” A source present at the ABC News taping told news site Axios that an upcoming “20/20” interview with George Stephanopoulos will “certainly add more meat to the charges swirling around Trump.” The source also told the publication that Comey “told George things that he’s never said before” and that the special will “shock the President and his team.” A clip released of the interview shows Stephanopoulos asking

Comey, “how strange is it for you to sit here and compare the President to a mob boss?” Comey himself doesn’t speak in the video. Comey was fired by Trump last year, with the administration saying it stemmed from his handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Following his departure, Comey told the Senate Intelligence committee that the President had demanded his loyalty, pressed him to drop a probe into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and repeatedly pressured him to publicly declare that he was not under investigation.


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Yulia Skripal was treated in Salisbury District Hospital for more than a month after being exposed to a nerve agent.

Yulia Skripal: Noone speaks for me YULIA Skripal, poisoned daughter of Russian ex-spy Sergei, has rejected assistance from the Russian embassy “at the moment”. The 33-year-old, who was discharged from hospital on Monday, said her father is “still seriously ill”. In a statement issued through police, she said she was not yet strong enough to give a full media interview but “no-one speaks for me, or for my father”. The Skripals were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury on 4 March. Ms Skripal and her 66-year-old father, who remains at Salisbury District Hospital, were exposed to the toxic nerve agent Novichok. In her statement, she said she found herself in “a totally different life than the ordinary one I left just over a month ago”. Ms Skripal, who has been taken

to a secure location, added: “I have specially trained officers available to me, who are helping to take care of me and to explain the investigative processes that are being undertaken.” After Ms Skripal’s release from hospital, the Russian embassy said: “We need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.” In her latest statement, Ms Skripal said: “I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can. “At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services, but, if I change my mind I know how to contact them.” The UK government says Russia was behind the poisoning, which has led to a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and the West.

The grandparents say they were thrilled their bloodline would be continued (file photo),

Chinese baby born four years after parents’ death A BABY has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported. The couple, who died in 2013, had frozen several embryos hoping to have a child through IVF. After the accident, their parents fought a protracted legal battle to be allowed to use the embryos.

The boy was born in December to a surrogate from Laos and The Beijing News first reported the case this week. The newspaper explained how the lack of precedent for a case of this kind had forced the deceased couple’s parents through a legal minefield before the surrogacy could proceed.

THE UK prime minister has summoned the cabinet to discuss the government’s response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Ministers will consider the options for backing military action threatened by the United States and its allies. Theresa May is prepared to take action against the Assad regime in Syria without first seeking parliamentary consent, sources have told the BBC. The allies wants to prevent a repeat of an apparent chemical attack in Douma. Mrs May has said “all the indications” are that the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad, which denies mounting a chemical attack, was responsible. If the cabinet approves UK involvement in military action, that would open the way for British forces to join an operation against Syrian targets that US President Donald Trump has said in a tweet “will be coming”. During a briefing on Wednesday, however, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders appeared to row back on President Trump’s earlier warning to Russia that it should “get ready” for missile strikes against its ally. She told reporters that the president had “a number of options at his

Mrs May has said “all the indications” are that the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad, which denies mounting a chemical attack, was responsible.

disposal and a number remain on the table”, but added: “We haven’t laid out any specific actions we plan to take.” Mrs May is reluctant to ask President Trump to hold off any action until she has the opportunity to consult MPs, the BBC understands from well-placed sources. MPs are due return to Westminster from the Easter recess on Monday, Mrs May is still yet to unequivocally point the finger of blame at the Assad government but she has spoken of the need for action “if” the regime is found to bear responsibility. BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale said the cabinet was

expected to back the PM, but she seems willing to act without the express support of parliament. However, he said this would anger some, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who believes parliament should be consulted first. Mr Corbyn has also warned that bombing could escalate the situation in Syria. Mrs May has described the alleged use of chemical weapons as a “humanitarian catastrophe” that “cannot go unchallenged”. She did not comment on Donald Trump’s tweeted warning Russia to “get ready” for missiles being fired at its ally Syria.

Officer who dragged man from plane sues United Airlines A FORMER Chicago aviation security officer who was fired after dragging a man off a flight last year has filed a lawsuit against the airline and city. James Long is suing Chicago’s Department of Aviation (CDA), its commissioner and the city, alleging he was not trained on how to use force. He was sacked after removing David Dao from the plane last April to make room for United Airlines employees. Video footage of the incident sparked international outcry on social media. The ordeal led to demonstrations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and turned into a public relations disaster for United Airlines. The 69-year-old VietnameseAmerican physician was forcibly removed after refusing to give up his seat to airline employees on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky on 9 April last year. Dr Dao, who lost two front teeth, suffered a broken nose and a “significant” concussion, later reached a settlement with United Airlines for an undisclosed amount of money. The airline also apologised

Victim David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight allegedly by security officer James Long who is now suing the airline and city, because he was not trained on how to use force.

for how he was treated. His lawyer has said that Dr Dao found the experience “more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced when leaving Vietnam”. The airline also changed its policy on giving staff last-minute seats on full flights and said future crew members would be allocated seats at least an hour before departure. Mr Long and three other security officers were placed on administration leave after the incident. He was fired by the city in

August, the lawsuit claims. According to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Mr Long claims the airline should have been aware that calling security would result in “the use of physical force”. He also alleges that although he completed five months of a police recruit training programme, the department did not provide training on the “level of force continuum”, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.


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DJs FDVM (left) and Sam Blacky (right) at the Shore Club

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Hundreds of party goers attended the sold out event in Long Bay

Local DJ Michael Burchill is the founder of The Tropi Festival

Music fest attracts hundreds of party goers INTERNATIONAL DJs from New York, LA and Paris performed for more than 300 people at a pool party in Providenciales on Sunday (April 8). Party goers flocked to the luxury setting at The Shore Club in Long Bay for the sold out event. The Tropi Festival, now in its third year, was the brainchild of

local DJ and business man Michael Burchill. “It’s incredibly exciting to see the support The Tropi is now getting both locally and internationally,” he said in a press release on Thursday (April 12). “This is our second year hosting with the amazing team at The Shore Club and honestly they add a level of

professionalism and enthusiasm that makes the whole experience totally on point, not just for the guests, but for us as organisers too. We love working with them.” The popularity of the event is clear. This year’s VIP pool cabanas, complete with ice cold bottles of champagne and custom Tropi sunglasses, sold out just seven hours

after their release. “It was a big deal for us to get Veuve Clicquot as a sponsor this year,” Burchill said. “The Wine Cellar have always been massive supporters of all our projects and this pairing was the perfect choice. “The Tropi is all about creating the right vibe – a stunning setting,

beautiful people, sophisticated drinks, great food and of course incredible music. The DJs this year were amazing.” Among the DJs who travelled to the TCI to entertain with some of the best tropical house and dance music on the scene, were California’s Sam Blacky and FDVM from France. They brought with them more


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Music lovers enjoy the vibes at The Tropi Festival on Sunday

than 500,000 followers on social media platforms and were all buzzing about the TCI during the weekend. “The hope for this event is that as we grow, we put TCI on the map for a traveller base we haven’t broken into yet,” Burchill added.

“Destination music festivals are a huge market. Thousands and thousands of people travel each year looking for a unique experience like we are offering at The Tropi. “There’s no reason Turks and Caicos can’t be a top destination for these vacationers.”

Next year’s big party plans are already in the works and promise to be bigger and better than ever. Follow @thetropifestival on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with the latest news and to catch pictures of this year’s epic event.

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Entertainment ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ beating ‘Black Panther’ to set new presales record THE mega-superhero mashup is selling twice as many tickets on Fandango as blockbuster ‘Black Panther’ — not to mention the last seven Marvel Cinematic Universe titles combined. The box-office reach of Disney’s and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is looking infinite. That is, if advance ticket sales on Fandango are any indication, along with prerelease tracking. With roughly two weeks to go before the movie’s opening, online ticketing service Fandango reports that Infinity War is on course to presell more tickets than any other superhero title in history, supplanting fellow Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. Fandango says sales for Infinity War are outpacing those for Black Panther by more than two-to-one during the same point in time — not to mention coming in ahead of the last

seven titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe combined (those seven are Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man. Further, Infinity War has already surpassed Furious 7 to become Fandango’s top all-time April preseller, a milestone the Avengers threequel actually achieved on March 27. The ticketing service says it has never seen these sorts of numbers. “Infinity War has built up such unprecedented anticipation that it’s pacing to break records, the likes of which we have never seen before for a superhero movie,” says Fandango’s Erik Davis. Separately, Hollywood’s tracking services — the chief barometer of how big a film will open, versus advance ticket sales — show Infinity

Avengers: Infinity War opens in North American theaters on April 27

War launching to north of $200 million in North America. Just how much north is the big question, although many are betting it will secure the top launch for a superhero pic, besting the first Avengers. Only five films have crossed $200 million domestically in their first three-days, not adjusting

for inflation — Black Panther ($202 million), The Avengers ($207.4 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million). Directed by the Russo brothers, Infinity War reunites the Avengers gang and friends, including Iron Man

(Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), as they join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy crew to stop the evil intergalactic despot Thanos (Josh Brolin).


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Accounting Information System, Business Communication (Theory & Practice) Cake Decorating Conversational Spanish Customer Service, Dining Room Management English as a Second Language Introduction to Building Services, Introduction to Estimation and Costing Mixology PRC Courses (TCI Studies and English) Restaurant Operation Team Building Duration: 60 contact hours AutoCAD, Automotive Maintenance, Surveying Students may also access one semester courses of their choice from any Associate Degree programme and obtain credits. Applicants for the Associate Degree must satisfy the following minimum requirements: Five GCE or CXC subjects including English A and Mathematics at the General Proficiency Level with Grads I, II, and III or GCE Grades A, B, C. Students without CXC/GCE Mathematics and English must complete the College Foundation Math: MTH1110 and MTH1120, and ENG1111 and ENG1122 (at additional cost) For the Certificate Programmes, the minimum of three GCE or CXC subjects, one of which must be English at General Proficiency level 1, 11, & 111 or GCE Grades A, B, C. Students applying through the Mature Student Entry policy should be twenty one (21) years or older with relevant experience in specific areas of interest. Note that students may be required to complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) portfolio. For the Bachelors Degree, the minimum of an Associate Degree from the TCI Community College or another recognized institution. The deadline for applications is June 1st 2018. Any application received after this date would be deemed as LATE. Applications should be fully completed and then submitted to the Registrar, TCI Community College, P O Box 236, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands or to TCI Community College, Providenciales Campus for the attention of the Registrar. An application fee of $25.00 should accompany the application form. Late application fee is $50.00

GRAND TURK Telephone: (649) 946-1163 Fax: (649) 946-1661 Email: tcicomc@tciway.tc

PROVIDENCIALES Telephone: (649) 941-3210 Fax: (649) 941-8380 Email: pvtci@tciway.tc

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAMS AND FEE STRUCTURE COST OF PROGRAMMES/COURSES OFFERED BY THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – 27th August 2018

A. SHORT COURSES

Courses are for fifteen days for two hours per day (except for AutoCAD, Automotive Maintenance & Surveying). Credits earned could be transferred into the College programmes. Students may audit the courses and not participate in the examination. Students should indicate at the commencement of the course whether or not the course is being audited. No credit will be given for those courses which are audited.

B. ONE SEMESTER COURSES

Courses run from September – December, January – May; concentrated summer semester May – early July.

C. FULL TIME PROGRAMMES

Two years, two semesters per year for the majority of the programmes. Some programmes are for five semesters with compulsory summer courses during the first year. Additionally students may access summer courses from May – early July.

TUITION FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS

A. SHORT COURSES

Courses which require the use of laboratory facilities $400 per course Courses which do not require the use of laboratory facilities $300 per course Cake Decorating $500, Mixology $450 (these include cake tools, alcohol, etc. needed)

B. ONE SEMESTER COURSES

CXC and Upgrade Computer modules Associate Degree/GCE “A” level

$150 per course $250 per course $360 per course

C. FULL PROGRAMMES (TWO SEMESTERS) SEPT – DEC; JAN- MAY;

Student category Courses TCI Nationals/ Certificate Resident Associate Degree/A-Level Bachelor’s Degree Non- Nationals Certificate Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Overseas Students Certificate Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree

D. OTHER PROGRAMMES

UWI Advanced Certificates

Annual Semester Fees Fees $1,000 $500 $2,000 $4,000 $1,500 $2,500 $5,000 $3,000 $5,000 $8,000

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

$2,000

$1,000

OTHER FEES Application Fees $25.00 Late application $50.00 Registration Fees $25.00 Late registration $50.00 Transcripts $30.00 for initial transcript and 50% discount for others when applying for multiple transcripts. Facility fee $40 (ALL STUDENTS PAY THIS ANNUAL FEE) Transportation Fee $50.00 per month (Grand Turk) Graduation Processing Fee $50.00 (prospective graduates ONLY) NB: ALL FEES ARE PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. Fees are subject to change.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 11654


32 CLASSIFIEDS IVAN’S FASHION DOWN TOWN Is seeking to employ a

PURCHASING AGENT Salary: $6.50 per hour Must be willing to work 6 days per week

CONTACT: 231-6153

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11681

JAY’S GARBAGE DISPOSAL INDUSTRIAL PARK Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER Salary: $6.25 per hour Must be willing to work Monday- Friday

CONTACT: 231-2121

Position held by work permit holder 11656

April 14-20, 2018

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS JOHN LENARD WILLIAMS BLUE HILLS Is looking for a

JOSEPH CAMPBELL Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

CONTACT: 649-244-7337

CONTACT: 241-0663

This position is for work permit renewal 11697

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

Salary: $6.25 per hour

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11609

Desarrollo Hotelco, is a leader in building luxury hotels, Is seeking an experienced and proven leader.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Candidates for the following positions:

PLUMBING SUPERVISOR DUTIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE:

Supervise the installation, repair and maintenance of water, plumbing and heating systems; maintain records and files; prepare reports. Plan, schedule and assign the activities of plumbers. Supervise the installation and repair of hot and cold water, oil, steam or gas pipes and necessary connections. Prepare and analyze reports and charts concerning worker utilization and job time rates. Establish work standards, production control, job priorities and preventative maintenance teams. Make sketches for plumbing layouts and determine types and quantities of materials necessary. Determine time and cost estimates for plumbing jobs. Aid in obtaining materials necessary to complete the job. Supervise plumbing shop and perform plumbing shop work and related jobs. Assist staff with more difficult and complex projects. Assist skilled workers of related trades in general plumbing maintenance work. Maintain plumbing tools and equipment. Perform related work as required.

PLUMBER

DUTIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE:

Interprets blueprints and building specifications to map layout for pipes, drainage systems, and other plumbing materials. Installs pipes and fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, for water, gas, steam, air, or other liquids. Installs supports for pipes, equipment, and fixtures prior to installation. Assembles fittings and valves for installation .Modifies length of pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing materials as needed for a building. Uses saws and pipe cutters as necessary. Installs heating and air-conditioning systems, including water heaters. Collaborates with contractors, construction workers, electricians, pipefitters, and steamfitters in installing and repairing plumbing. Tests plumbing systems for leaks and other problems. Analyses problem and identifies appropriate tools and materials for repair. Chooses plumbing materials based on budget, location, and intended uses of building. Follows health and safety standards and complies with building codes. Writes report documenting the problem and summary of actions taken. Performs inspections of plumbing systems to identify and replace worn parts. Prepares bids and schedules and oversees other workers, such as apprentices and helpers

PLUMBER HELPER

DUTIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE:

Assist in installing and maintaining plumbing systems. Read blueprints and drawings to determine exact specifications and where plumbing system will be installed. Determine water supply networks and waste drainage systems. Coordinate with Plumber on installation. Install systems used to transport water, waste, gases, or liquids. Ensure legislation and policies are met and that systems are up to code. Ensure systems meet all standards of building codes and safety. Cut openings in structures in preparation for pipes. Select all materials needed for installation, Repair and maintain water treatment equipment. REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE: at least 5 years relevant experience, a clean police record and driver’s license with a successful drug screen; at least a high school diploma; possess a good employment track record with demonstrated. Salary: 1330 to 2500$. May be required to work on weekends and holidays Applications comprising a letter, resume, references, Police record etc. should be sent no later than Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 to:

The Manager DESARROLLOS HOTELCO JWM Ltd. Grace Bay, Salt Mills Plaza Unit 22ATel: (649) 3475378. Email: llopez@hotelcointernational.com

Individual is expected to work unsupervised, must have great computer skills, customer friendly, willing to work extended hours and holidays as required. Normal Working hours are between 9:00am and 9:00pm Monday –Saturdays (hours varies). Salary is US$6.25 per hour. Duties are cashing at both stores and cleaning business properties. Interested parties apply in writing to royann_30@ hotmail.com or by hand at Liquors Plus/Nique’s Food, North Caicos. Belongers only need apply by 21st April, 2018.

11675

KAREN ADAMS-POLLARD

KISHANTA HALL

LILLIAN GARLAND

LABOURER

DOMESTIC WORKER

LABOURER

CONTACT: 649-244-3840

CONTACT 2439941

COOPER JACK Is seeking to employ a

THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS DESARROLLOS HOTELCO JWM LTD.

Liquor’s Plus/Nique’s Food Mart, North Caicos

CASHIER/DOMESTIC HELPER NEEDED

DOMESTIC WORKER to work 5 days per week salary $6.25 per hour

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: 244-8820

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11667

LIZ’S BAKERY & FOOD FIVE CAYS Is looking for a

LEEWARD HIGHWAY Is looking for a

to work 5 days per week salary $6.25 per hour

This position is new

11698

MAGIC SCISSORS & PRESSING BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

CLEANER

CONTACT: 649-231-6250

CONTACT: 342-9259

To work 5 days per week salary $6.25 per hour

This position is for work permit renewal 11691

MARIE C. PIERRE LOUIS WILLIAMS FIVE CAYS Is looking for a

CARETAKER to work 5 days per week salary $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: 649-342-8555

This position is for work permit renewal 11692

Salary: $6.25 per hour

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11660

of Palm Grove, Grand Turk is seeking to employ a

The salary is $6.50 per hour and interested persons can

11686

MAMA VARIETY STORE BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

LABOURER APPLICANT MUST BE HONEST, RELAIBLE AND HARDWORKING SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 343-1353 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11678

NATASHA CONSULTANCY

ACTING ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENTS IS LOOKING TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

CACTUS VILLA TCI – LEEWARD HIGHWAY Domestic Worker Salary $6.25 649-243-2851 NATIONAL COLONY REALTY – GRACE BAY Laborer Salary $6.25 per hour Renewal 649-431-5723 FRANTZ LOISEAU – BLUE HILLS Domestic worker Salary $6.25 per hour renewal 649-232-8490 CAMCO ENTERPRISE LTD.GRACE BAY 2 Housekeepers

Salary $6.25 per hour Renewal 649-232-4272 TERRANCE SMITH – KEW TOWN Laborer/ Helper Salary $6.25 per hour 649-244-8205 L.W. CONSTRUCTION – LEEWARD HIGHWAY 2 Laborer Helpers Salary $6.25 per hour Renewal 649-231-6601 STANCH CONSTRUCTION – LEEWARD HIGHWAY Mason Salary $9.00 per hour 649-231-3210 11689


April 14-20, 2018

CLASSIFIEDS 33

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

NATHAN SMITH GRAND TURK Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER Salary: $6.50 per hour

CONTACT: 231-4856

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

10941

SAURINA HAIR CENTER & BOUTIQUE KEW TOWN Is looking to employ a

COSMETOLOGIST to work 6 days per week salary $200.00 per week

NAUGHTY GULL CAFE TURTLE COVE total of 20 to 25 hours a week

PART TIME COUNTER HELP NEEDED Salary $6.25 per hour

CONTACT MEL 344-5868

11699

SAVED BY GRACE VARIETY STORE LEEWARD HIGHWAY Is seeking to employ a

CLEANER Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: 241-3896

CONTACT: 649-344-3138

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

SPRING WATER COMPANY

SUNNY FOOD WHOLESALE AND CASH N CARRY

11683

BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ

11655

GRAND TURK Is looking for a

PROFESSIONAL ISLAND LOOKS GRACE BAY Is seeking to employ a

RHONDDA COLLYMORE BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

HAIR BRAIDER

DOMESTIC WORKER

CONTACT: 244-7519

CONTACT: 231-4794

Salary: $6.25 per hour

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11644

Salary: $250 per week

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11663

S & M CONTRACTING CO. IS LOOKING FOR A

CARPENTER TO WORK 5 DAYS PER WEEK SALARY $10.00 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 649-341-1629

11702

ZAVARDO OUTTEN FIVE CAYS Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT; 246-7760

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11574

SHERON STURRUP

SCHOOL FOR FIELD STUDIES, SOUTH CAICOS

IS SEEKING A

SEVERAL OPENINGS:

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LECTURER, STUDENT AFFAIRS MANAGER, DIVING SAFETY OFFICER, ACADEMIC INTERNS JOB SUMMARIES AND QUALIFICATIONS: Resource Management Lecturer – PhD required; Student Affairs Manager – Minimum BS degree required (Masters preferred), Dive Master certification; Diving Safety Officer – Coordinates all scuba activities, BS degree and PADI Instructor Cert required; Academic

Intern – Assist all faculty and waterfront, BS degree (Masters preferred) and Divemaster Cert (PADI preferred) required; All positions required to live on-site, minimum Open Water Scuba Diver unless otherwise stated, prior experience living/working at a field station and boat handling is preferred.

DOMESTIC WORKER

TO WORK 3 DAYS PER WEEK. $6.25 PER HOUR

To Apply: Please send your CV to HHERTLER@FIELDSTUDIES.ORG by July 1, 2017. Start Date: August 2017 11673

PLEASE CONTACT 243-0313 11674

TCI SECRETARIAL ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

UNITED LEARNING CENTER

SYRMOND GRAY BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

MILLENIUM HIGHWAY Acting on behalf of our clients is looking to fill the following positions:

THE ANGELA RESTAURANT AIRPORT ROAD’ Is seeking to employ a

BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

KENDAL & TAZNA THOMAS

1 DRIVER 1 FARMER Salary: $7.00 per hour

CONTACT: 241-2764

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11679

LIVE IN NANNY

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN with A/C Electrical; and Plumbing experience, with at least 5-10 years’ of experience. Salary: Commensurate with experience

PLEASE CONTACT: 941-8112 11665

THE TUSCANY

Grace Bay is looking for a

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN to work 6 days salary $8.00 per hour.

CONTACT 941-4667

This position is for work permit renewal 11696

Salary $6.25 Renewal

ALICE KITCHEN

RECEIVING CLERK

DOMESTIC WORKER

CONTACT: 649-241-0729

CONTACT: 649-343-2230

CONTACT: 331-3918

TITON CHARLES

VACANCIES

BABYSITTER to work 6 days per week salary $7.00 per hour

11688

GRAND TURK Is seeking to employ a

FOOD CHECKER Salary $7.00 per hour

Salary $10.00 per hour

11693

WORKERS NEEDED

Must be able to work 5 days a week and on call

ERB CONSTRUCTION

MASON

$8.00 per hour JMC CONSTRUCTION

LABOURER CARPENTER MASON

TILE LAYER Salary: $8.00 per hour CONTACT: 244-7929

11676

Salary: $6.25-8 per hour SAMUEL HALL

FARMER

$6.25 per hour JULMISTE PIERRE

NANNY

$6.25 per hour

PLEASE SEND RESUME TO P.O.BOX 954 11658

11671

VACANT LAND FOR LEASE CONTACT: 649-432-4440

EXPRESS TIRES & AUTO PARTS LTD.11684

DOMESTIC WORKER Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: 242-4551

This positon is currently held by a work permit holder

11659

W&L CONSTRUCTION LEEWARD HIGHWAY Is seeking to employ

2 CARPENTERS Salary: $550 per week

CONTACT: 231-6601

11682


34 CLASSIFIEDS B&M CONSTRUCTION COOPER JACK Is seeking to employ a

BUMBLE BEES EARLY CHILDHOOD DEV. CENTER Seeks to employ

DAYCARE ASSISTANT & TEACHER AIDE

PAINTER Salary: $308 per week

CONTACT: 242-3256 OR 343-1546

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11710

M&S CRAFTS ARTS GRACE BAY Is seeking to employ

To work with children in early childhood & in the classroom, facilitate activities according to the daily curriculum and daily schedule, maintaining a healthy, safe environment, create a positive, encouraging and loving atmosphere for children as they experience school for the first time. Engage them in conversation play, Teach alphabets, numeracy, Use songs, stories, media, structured games, art and outside play/activities to stimulate children abilities. Must be First aid/CPR certified. You must be flexible, able to work weekends, holidays and evenings

Please apply with Resume, Cover letter, certificates and references to Bumblebeesecdc@gmail.com closing date for application is May 31st 2018

11716

MAID TO CLEAN IS LOOKING FOR A HARD WORKING MAID, TRUSTWORTHY AND SERVICE ORIENTED INDIVIDUAL WITH EXCELLENT COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS.

2 DOMESTIC WORKERS 1 LABOURER Salary: $6.50 per hour

CONTACT: 342-8063

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11715

April 14-20, 2018

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

RESPONSIBILITIES: Clean, stock and supply designated facility areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc.). Perform and document routine inspection and maintenance activities. Carry out heavy cleansing tasks and special projects. Notify management of occurring deficiencies or needs for repairs. Make adjustments and minor repairs. Stock and maintain supply rooms. Cooperate with the rest of the staff. Follow all health and safety regulations. Work flexible and long hours, including weekends, and public holidays. Remunerations $ 6.25/hr. Deadline April 10th 2018 POSITION FOR BELONGERS ONLY

DOWNTOWN Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER Salary: 6.25 per hour

CONTACT: 342-2878

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11714

CARETAKER/ PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO CARE FOR A PROFESSIONAL MAN’S INFANT CHILD AND TO BE A GENERAL PERSONAL ASSISTANT

CONTACT 941-4444

DRIVER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary $7.00 per hour

CONTACT; 941-5579

11717

TC AGGRESSOR II Is seeking to employ a

SCUBA DIVE INSTRUCTORS/ ENGINEERS • Must have PADI/SSI Dive Instructors Membership and liability insurance • Must have Specialty Ratings • Knowledge of underwater Film and photography • STCW Complaint • Follow Captain’s instructions with regard to daily boat maintenance/ administration paperwork

• Computer Literate • Living and working on board the vessel up to eight weeks before vacation is scheduled • Working seven days a week including holidays and Sundays • Knowledge of boat mechanics • Salary 600 per week • Must have knowledge of Boat Mechanics

Belongers need only apply Contact: 941-7825 Email: cladaggressor@gmail.com

CONTACT PERSON (649)331-6858

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS IRRIGATION LTD Is seeking to employ a

BUY WISE BEAUTY SUPPLY

BAYSIDE CAR RENTAL GRACE BAY Is seeking to employ a

NEW HOPE WESLEYAN CHURCH

BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

11709

SPA NADIA BEAUTY SALON GRACE BAY Is seeking to employ a

THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS

InterHealth Canada Construction and Services has pleasure in announcing the following vacancy within the Facilities Management Department at Cockburn Town Medical Centre, Grand Turk.

RECEPTIONIST/ADMIN ASSISTANT – GRAND TURK

SALARY: $1500 PER MONTH

Salary: $8.00 per hour

CONTACT: 441-5995

This position is currently held by a work permit holder 11705

40 hours per week. Must be efficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Responsibilities include answering all incoming and outgoing calls at CTMC, Liaising with the Portering and Engineering teams reference helpdesk calls and performing administrative tasks within role.

CONTACT: 241-9049 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

10707

Salary: $7.00 per hour. Must be willing to work 6 days per week from 10 A.m to 6 P.M

CONTACT: 941-8342

or email: spanadiatc@hotmail. com. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11706

TC AGGRESSOR II Is seeking to employ a

SCUBA DIVE INSTRUCTORS/ ENGINEERS

Appointments will be made based on successful interview, positive reference check, and clear Police check. Previous experience is preferred, but not essential. Training is provided.

• Must have PADI/SSI Dive Instructors Membership and liability insurance • Must have Specialty Ratings • Knowledge of underwater Film and photography • STCW Complaint • Follow Captain’s instructions with regard to daily boat maintenance/

Excellent communications skills, good standards of English and literacy, IT literacy and previous customer service experience are necessary. Belongers only are invited to apply. Interested candidates please forward your resume to:

Dpinnock@interhealthcanada.tc For further information and queries, please contact Donique Pinnock on Tel: 941-2800 Ext 71802.

MECHANIC PASTOR

COSMETOLOGIST

11722

administration paperwork • Computer Literate • Living and working on board the vessel up to eight weeks before vacation is scheduled • Working seven days a week including holidays and Sundays • Knowledge of boat mechanics

Salary 400 per week. Belongers need only apply Contact: 941-7825 Email: cladaggressor@gmail.com

11708


April 14-20, 2018

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

CLASSIFIEDS 35

VACANCY NOTICE VACANCY NOTICE Turks and Caicos Islands National Health Insurance Board

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD (NHIB) PROVIDENCIALES

The Turks & Caicos Islands National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Chief Financial Officer.

The Turks & Caicos Islands National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Chief Financial Officer.

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Executive Officer

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer LOCATION: Providenciales

JOB SUMMARY

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the NHIB in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and any other financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the health and insurance industry.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the NHIB’s fiscal function and performance. • Participate in the development of the company’s plans and programs as a strategic partner. • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning and the introduction of new programs/strategies • Provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the CEO and the Board in performing their responsibilities. • Develop, implement and enforce financial policies and procedures that will improve the overall operation, efficiency and effectiveness of the company. • Provide technical financial knowledge and advice to others within the financial discipline. • May perform other duties as assigned by the CEO or any other person authorized to give instructions or assignments. • Lead the timely completion of the financial statement audit process. • Assist in the completion of key accounting functions such as reconciliations, manage and supervise the finance, compliance and billing teams. Minimum Qualification & Experience Required: • Candidates should have a Master’s degree in Accounting or equivalent combination of education and experience • Preferably with professional qualification as a CPA or any equivalent accounting designation. • At least 7 years of experience in a senior finance management role is a must.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

• Experienced financial leader with appropriate industry experience, strong supervisory and mentoring skills, high ethical standards, exceptional analytical and problem solving, well organized and self-directed, excellent written/verbal communication, speak, read and write in excellent English language, proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel Spreadsheets and Pivot Tables, and Accounting software packages, effective time management skills. • Solid understanding of international financial reporting standards • Solid understanding of the NHIB Ordinance and Regulations • Experience in healthcare financing • Training in International Accounting Standards for Social Security • Experience In Microsoft Dynamics • Team worker who is willing to take a hands-on approach to the role.

SALARY

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience scale $82,200 to $89,310.00 per annum. A standard set of benefits and allowances are additional. Interested persons are requested to submit a resume, cover letter, two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer), copies of educational certificates, a Police Certificate and a copy of the Passport photo page. Additionally candidates should declare any potential conflicts of interest and the nature of such interest. Deadline for submission: April 13th, 2018 If delivering in person envelope shall be marked Chief Financial Officer Position and addressed to:

DR. HAMLET NATION CEO ACTG. NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD SALT MILLS PLAZA PROVIDENCIALES TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS BRITISH WEST INDIES IF BY EMAIL SEND TO: RECRUITMENT@TCINHIP.TC

Reports To: The Minister and Board of Directors

JOB SUMMARY:

The Chief Executive Officer is the chief executive of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) and, has system wide responsibility for the effective and efficient administration and day-to-day management and administration of the of NHIB in accordance with the National Health Insurance Ordinance and Regulations. Providing supervision to other professional and clerical staff. The CEO is expected to generate satisfactory results when the qualitative and quantitative output of the staff is at a high level, the expenditure of the NHIB is within the limits of the budget, and the services of the NHIP are provided to the Government and the beneficiaries in a timely and value for money basis.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES REQUIRED TO BE PERFORMED EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY:

• • • • •

Monitoring and administering the Plan; Monitoring and administering the Fund; Monitoring the collection of contributions under the NHIB Ordinance; Advise the Minister on the policies relating to the health care needs of the beneficiaries Advise the Minister on the policies and directions concerning the use of monies of the Fund; • Establish a quality assurance programme for the functioning of the Plan through monitoring of the health care service being provided to the beneficiaries; • Supervise and control expenditure from the Fund; • Financial and operational matters; • Developing administrative and human resources development manuals for approval by the Board; • Preparing regular financial and operational reports for the Board; • The administration and control of the staff of the Board; • Accounting for all monies collected, paid or invested under the Ordinance; • Contracting health service providers for the purposes of the objects of the NHIP; • Ensuring compliance by contracted health service providers with the quality standards as may be prescribed by the Minister from time to time; • Make disbursements from the Fund; and • Perform such functions as are for the time being conferred on him or her by Virtue of the Ordinance or any other law or any Regulations and as the Board or the Minister may from time to time assign. Qualifications and Experience: • A Master’s Degree in Health Administration/Health Financing/Health Insurance/Finance or a related field; • A minimum of ten (10) years’ on the job experience in a senior management position in insurance or health related field to acquire the necessary competencies to effectively respond to the challenges of the role; • Certification in the Accounting/Finance field (such as ACCA, CPA, CMA or CGMA would be an asset).

SALARY AND ALLOWANCES:

Salary is in the range of US$115,000.00 to $130,380.00 negotiable based on qualifications and experience. A standard set of benefits and allowances are additional. Interested persons are requested to submit a resume, along with their contact information, cover letter, two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer), copies of educational certificates, a Police Certificate and a copy of their Passport photo page. Additionally candidates should declare any potential conflicts of interest and the nature of such interest. Deadline for submission: April 13th, 2018

If delivering in person envelope, shall be marked “Chief Executive Officer Position” and addressed to: MR. DELTON JONES CHAIRMAN NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD SALT MILLS PLAZA, PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

If by Email send to: recruitment@tcinhip.tc or rawilliams@gov.tc the subject line in the email should read “Chief Executive Officer Position”. We thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates selected for an interview will be acknowledged


36 CLASSIFIEDS AJA’S AUTO PARTS Is seeking to employ a

April 14-20, 2018

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

ANGEL KEEPERS CHILD CARE

CAICOS EXPRESS PROVIDENCIALES Is seeking to employ a

BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

CARIBBEAN BUILDERS

CATCH THE WAVE

CHARLES TIPTON

LABOURER

BOAT MATE RENEWAL ADMINSTRATIVE ASSISTANT BOAT CAPTAIN

LABOURER

CHALK SOUND IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

BLUE HAVEN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

LONG BAY Is seeking to employ a

CHILD CARETAKER

Salary: $6.50 per hour Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Belonger only! Serious inquiries

CONTACT: 332-9606

11751

DOMESTIC WORKER

RAMP AGENT

DOMESTIC WORKER

CONTACT: 331-2015

CONTACT: 244-0065

Salary; $6.50 per hour

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR. MUST BE WILLING TO WORK 5 DAYS PER WEEK

CONTACT: 442-6551

11738

LABOURER

SALARY: $7.50 PER HOUR, MUST BE WILLING TO WORK 5 DAYS PER WEEK. HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11739

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 9413047 OR 231-3875

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

DEON WILSON

CLIMAX SPORTS BAR

CLAUDE CONSTRUCTION

11766

BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

LABOURER

BC, CS/ TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

CONTACT: 243-8307

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

TRAINING MANAGER We are looking for an experienced training and development manager to devise our organizational training strategy, oversee its implementation and assess its outcomes. You will identify training and developmental needs and drive suitable training initiatives that build loyalty to the firm. You will also produce original curriculum and programs customized to our needs. Our training and development manager will work to educate, coach, and mentor with the goal of enhancing employee skills, performance, productivity and quality of work. The successful candidate will have aptitude and experience in the following capacities: • Proven work experience as an educator • Track record in designing and executing curriculum and training programs. • Awareness and understanding of traditional and modern educational methods (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job or in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations and other • Excellent communication and leadership skills • Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively • Strong writing and record keeping ability for reports, curriculum guides, training manuals • Strong computer skills with experience in statistics and data analysis • Ability to identify and assess future and current training needs through job analysis and annual performance appraisals. • Budget creation and management Other Requirements: • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with preference given to those candidates with a field related Master’s Degree. • Applicant Submissions: • Presentations by applicants must include with their curriculum vitae/resume employment related references, proof of university degrees(s), and a cover page briefly outlining career aspirations. • Turks and Caicos Islanders will receive preferential consideration for this position. However, all candidates must be willing and able to produce a clean police check. Finalist for the Training Manager position will be required to write an examination designed to demonstrate their competency of the skills mentioned above. Compensation commensurate with experience

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11743

FONIQUE JEAN BAPTISTE

This position is held by a work permit holder

11768

11771

AIRPORT ROAD IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY

11676

KEW TOWN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

MASON 6 BARMAIDS SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 442-6220 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11767

SALARY: $10 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 241-2512 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11733

BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

FLOYD BETHEL

FISHERMAN’S PARADISE

LABOURER

FISHERMAN

BARMAID

CONTACT: 333-0151

CONTACT: 346-2972 THIS POSITION IS

CONTACT: 246-7943

Salary: $6.25 per hour

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11750

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11729

GRANTS PETROLEUM

GLENDA LIGHTBOURNE

PUMP ATTENDANT

DOMESTIC WORKER

CONTACT: 343-4671 THESE POSITIONS ARE

CONTACT: 232-7744

LEEWARD IS SEEKIGN TO EMPLOY

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: FRANTZ@GRACEBAYCARRENTALS.COM TEL: (649) 441-8515

CONTACT: 244-7929

ONE POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS

Is seeking to employ

SALARY: BASED ON QUALIFICATIONS

Salary: $6.75 per hour

HELD BY WORK PERMIT HOLDERS 11753

CHALK SOUND Is seeking to employ a

Salary: $6.25 per hour

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11749

GRAND TURK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11741

FR CONSTRUCTION

IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

PAINTER SALARY: $8.00 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 242-2548

11770


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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

IMPRESSIONAL BEAUTY SALON

KEW TOWN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

JA’SAMS PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER AND ELECTRICAL BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY

JO-EDIE BASDEN VENETIAN ROAD IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

KATHMAE DURHAM GRAND TURK Is seeking to employ a

CERTIFIED KITEBOARD INSTRUCTORS

1 ELECTRICIAN

HAIR STYLIST

SALARY: $8.00 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 341-1021

WITH WATER PUMP SYSTEM EXPERIENCE $10 PER HOUR

2 PLUMBERS WITH EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION $10 PER HOUR

1 ELECTRICIAN SUPERVISOR $12 PER HOUR

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

CONTACT: 231-1440

L&M CRAFT MARKET

L&M CRAFT MARKET

11745

GRACE BAY IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

ARTIST-TO PAINT METAL SALARY: $7.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 347-0198

11759

GRACE BAY IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SELLER MUST BE ABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH AND SPANISH. SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR TUESDAY- FRIDAY

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

CONTACT: 347-0198

PASAPA

PARKWAY PEST SOLUTIONS

11724

BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

11723

Is looking for a

BABYSITTER SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 431-9083 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11752

Is looking for a

LABOUR/PUMP ATTENDANT to work 6 days per week, salary is $7.00 per Hour do the following: • Dispensing fuel to customer vehicles and/or containers • Provide air, water, lubricants • Collect payments • Stocking items to the shop floor • Any other duties as may be assigned Position currently held by a work permit holder, interested applicants please email/ deliver resumes along a police certificate to Long Bay Express Service Ltd.

longbayexpress@gmail.com

11735

KITEPROVO LONG BAY BEACH

DOMESTIC WORKER Salary: $6.50 per hour

CONTACT: 231-4239

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11375

MANDY GIBSON THOMPSON

FIVE CAYS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

LABOURER

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 243-3433 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11756

MILLS INSTITUTE

DUTIES: TEACHING ALL LEVELS OF KITEBOARDING

Looking to hire 2 Kiteboard Instructors Must have a minimal of 5 years’ teaching experience. Must be certified kiteboard instructor. Salary commensurate with experience. The position is currently held by a work permit holder.

TELEPHONE: (649)242-2927 INFO@KITEPROVO.COM MARGUETTE CASIMAR JEAN-LOUIS Is looking for one

HELPER

To work 6 days per week, Tasks vary from day-to-day. MUST be trustworthy and reliable. Salary is 6.25 per hour. The position is currently held by work permit holder, interested applicants please

CONTACT 348-9505

11736

MERVIN INGHAM SR.

JUBA SOUND Is seeking to employ

11760

MARIO PIERRE

KEW TOWN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

DOMESTIC WORKER SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 241-7751 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11756

MARIO PIERRE

GRAND TURK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

KEW TOWN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

LABOURER

DOMESTIC WORKER

CONTACT: 341-5105

CONTACT: 241-7751 THIS POSITION IS

TEACHER

STORE ATTENDANT SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 348-2643

PREFERENCE FOR BELONGERS 11728

RYAN WILSON

SOUTH DOCK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SERVICE TECHNICIAN With at least five (5) years’ experience. With a background in pest control. Salary to be discussed

CONTACT PETER SCALA AT PETER@ PARKWAYPEST.COM

$1800 per month/Teacher’s Aide $1000 per month

HANDY MAN $6.25 per hour

DOMESTIC WORKER $6.25 per hour CONTACT: MILLSINSTITUTE@GMAIL.COM 11728

11748

RODEMIDE JOSEPH FIVE CAYS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

REEF RESIDENCE RESORT MANAGEMENT

PROVO STEVEDORING

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11744

PIERRE JEAN PANNIUS

SOUTH DOCK ROAD IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

BABYSITTER CLEANER HOUSEKEEPER SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

LABOURER SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: $348-8986

CONTACT: 941-3713

CONTACT: 941-8975 THIS POSITION IS

CONTACT: 242-6211 THIS POSITION IS

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR. APPLICANT MUST BE HONEST, RELAIBLE AND GOOD WITH CHILDREN

CONTACT: 244-2085

11754

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11773

THE BIGHT IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11758

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11765

LABOURER CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11761

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11757

PIERRE BARBER & BAUTY SALON AIRPORT ROAD IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

HAIRSTYLIST

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 331-2316

11763


38 CLASSIFIEDS SAMUEL GREEN

GRAND TURK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

SHAWN INGHAM

LONG BAY IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

BABYSITTER LABOURER

SALARY: $6.254 PER HOUR

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 243-2928

CONTACT: 341-7375

11742

11730

SHELLA ALPHONSE SOUTH DOCK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

DOMESTIC WORKER/LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 2422779 OR 345-1704

11774

PROVO WAREHOUSE & STORAGE SOUTH DOCK AREA

JOB DESCRIPTION

General Manager must possess a broad range of skills and be multifaceted. The ideal candidate will have a variety of daily, weekly, and monthly duties, must be forward thinking anticipating the needs of the operation, and possess strong conflict resolution skills. The GM will be responsible for all facets of the operation ensuring its financial viability while supervising, (both front of house and back of house) to maintain a harmonious and consistent execution of service standards, product offered and cleanliness. The GM will work closely with kitchen management and front house management to offer support in the implementation, execution and enforcement of company policy and procedures. • Post-secondary degree in Hospitality Management or industry equivalent experience of at least 10 years as General Manager • Fully functional computer skills with a full knowledge of Excel, MS-Word, Quickbooks and Micros • Deep understanding of menu planning complete with cost analysis, portioning and design. • Full knowledge of a broad range of inventory control measures with the ability to develop and execute. • Detailed understanding of all staffing requirements and all paperwork associated with it including work permits, National Health Insurance and National Insurance Board. • Fluent in English both written and oral with a fundamental understanding of French and Spanish • First Aid Training • Certified in the safe service of alcohol • Detailed training and understating of Oenology. • Certified in food safety and health. • Fully proficient in accounting.

15’X30’24’ HIGH 30’X30’X24’ HIGH 15’X60’X20’ HIGH

DOCUMENT ARCHIEVE STORAGE 20’X40’ 5 HOUR FIREPROOF/ SHELVES HURRICAN PROOD 24 HOUR SECURITY

RESPONSIBILITIES:

CONTACT: 431-0645 11775

NOTICE REGULATION 7 OF THE PHYSICAL PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION) REGULATIONS, 1990

An application, REGISTERED PR 13459, by the Proprietors Strata Plan No. 4/Waterfront Properties (T&C) Ltd., for the Refurbishment of Existing Apartment Building has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration of Development Permission on Block 60713/Parcels 258, 260 & 261, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales The application as submitted seeks planning consideration for the refurbishment of an existing apartment building with a total of twenty one (21) one (1) bedroom units. Anyone wishing to make representation(s) may do so in writing t the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk or through the Department of Planning, Emily House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, within twenty eight (28) days of publication of this Notice April 12th, 2018

GENERAL MANAGER EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

WORKSHOP & STORAGE UNITS

Date Posted

April 14-20, 2018

• Work with Executive Chef - estimate food consumption, place orders with suppliers, and schedule delivery of fresh food and beverages. • Resolve customer complaints about food quality or service. • Direct cleaning of kitchen and dining areas to maintain sanitation standards, and keep appropriate records. • Monitor actions of staff and customers. • Maintain budget and employee records, prepare payroll, and pay bills, or monitor bookkeeping records. • Use of computer software to monitor inventory, track staff schedules and pay, and perform other record keeping tasks. • Check quality of deliveries of fresh food and baked goods. • Maintain stock of supplies such as tableware, cooking utensils, and cleaning items. • Arrange for weekly, monthly maintenance and repair of equipment and other services. • Ensure sales and cash balance on a daily basis • Recruit, hire, and oversee training for staff. Schedule work hours for servers and bar staff. • Creation and execution of special events and promotions. • Maintain relationships with customers and staff. • Evaluate health and safety practices against standards. • Maintain standards of quality and cleanliness • Implement creative promotional ideas working with vendors and staff. • Guide, direct, and train staff. Coordinate the work and activities of staff. • Understands the necessity to work days, nights, weekends and holidays. Preference to Turks Islanders. Salary Commensurate with Experience

Send CV, References, residency status to: manager@ somewherecafeandlounge.com to be considered or deliver to Managing Director Ted Bayley, Somewhere Café and Lounge, Coral Gardens Resort, Providenciales, TCI. Tel: 649 941 8260


April 14-20, 2018

CLASSIFIEDS 39

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

INVEST TURKS AND CAICOS

VACANCY

Chief Executive Officer Reporting to: Board of Directors Location: Invest Turks and Caicos Offices - Providenciales

JOB SUMMARY: The Chief Executive Officer is the chief executive of Invest Turks and Caicos and is responsible for the success of the organization. Together with the Board, the incumbent is expected to lead the implementation of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government’s economic development vision, attract significant investments to the various inhabited islands, oversee services for Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) businesses and support expanded sustainable development throughout the entire Turks and Caicos Islands. These investments will be expected to build a successful, sustainable economy and provide improved opportunities for employment and growth. As well, the Chief Executive Officer will be actively engaged through the Agency in supporting trade and small business development. The Board has delegated responsibility for day to day management operations to the Chief Executive Officer and s/he has the authority to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. The incumbent will ensure that the organization has motivated staff who produce positive results using international best practices. The position involves overseeing a staff of up to fifteen persons who are predominately highly trained investment professionals. The incumbent is expected to be a systems thinker who is customerfocused and goal-driven. The Chief Executive is expected to be a strong leader who can develop a cohesive team within the organization and across TCI to drive new investment to the country.

KEY OBJECTIVES: 1. To manage the day to day operations of Invest TCI through planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling the functions of the Agency. This includes developing and implementing a rolling five-year Strategic Plan, complete with annual marketing plans and budgets; monitoring financial and operational performance; and ensuring that the organization has a full complement of operating policies and procedures for both internal operations and for dealing with prospective investors and daily operations. 2. To facilitate the approval of qualified investment from existing applicants and “shovel ready” projects. 3. To ensure the development of an outstanding lead generation system, along with a strong due diligence programme, a market intelligence capacity, investor outreach and network maintenance and enhancement using international

best practices. 4. To ensure the effective, efficient and economic use of human, financial and physical resources. 5. To engage constructively with various government Ministries, other relevant organizations and agencies and the private sector, both locally and internationally to support quality investment projects and to market the country. 6. To generate significant foreign direct investment to the country and to support and encourage domestic investors to participate in the economy. 7. To generate significant domestic investment through various small business programmes, including the MSME programme and financial assistance provided to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). 8. To lead investment promotion and trade missions to various locations and conduct awareness marketing to raise the profile of TCI as an investment destination. 9. To develop and install a client relationship management and tracking systems from initial contact to aftercare. 10. To develop and manage a programme of legislation review and reform for various developmental programmes that encourage Inward Investment and seek opportunities for expansion and extension of Investment potential though various agreements. 11. To carry out any other related activities as deemed necessary by the Board as essential to the organization.

2. Proven skills in investment promotion, strategic planning, project management and execution, especially as related to development projects. 3. Understanding of budgetary procedures and operational budget development/ implementation. 4. Strong track record of leadership, sales success and investment facilitation. 5. Strong track record of staff management and successful programme/project implementation. 6. Consistently displays integrity and model behavior. 7. Proven ability to motivate and develop teams/ people. 8. Strong writing and presentational skills. 9. Excellent communication and interpersonal skillsinnovative, creative and forward thinking 10. Adept in use of MS Office, particularly Powerpoint, Excel and Word, and ideally Access or similar database to basic level, internet and email.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS

Deadline Date for Applications

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: The preferred candidate should have a master’s degree in finance, business administration, economics or related field, from a recognised institution of higher learning and a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience or a combination of education and experience sufficient to meet the requirements of the position of CEO at Invest Turks and Caicos.

The deadline date for applications is April 27th, 2018 Turks and Caicos time.

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE: Minimum of ten (10) or more years of senior management experience at a public or private enterprise/company/agency engaged in investment development and/or promotion/marketing. Clear evidence of strong leadership skills, demonstrated management skills, track record of successful lead generation and marketing along with a proven ability to mentor and grow staff. SKILLS: 1. Track record of excellence in current and previous employment.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 1. Fluent English 2. Understanding of the social, economic, cultural and historical issues facing the TCI. 3. Commitment to travel by air, land and sea. 4. Willingness to work outside normal office hours. SALARY AND ALLOWANCES: Salary is in the range of $100,000 to $120,000, negotiable based on qualifications and experience. A standard set of benefits and allowances are additional.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Interested persons should submit a resume, along with their contact information, cover letter, two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer), copies of educational certificates, a Police Certificate and a copy of the Passport photo page. Applications can be submitted by courier or delivered directly to Invest Turks and Caicos at Unit 2D, Courtyard Plaza, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, prior to the deadline. The application should be addressed to The Chairman - Invest Turks and Caicos and envelopes should have the words “Chief Executive Officer” clearly marked on the front. Alternatively, applications can be emailed to chairman@investturksandcaicos.tc The subject line in the email should read “Chief Executive Officer”.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.


40 CLASSIFIEDS STANLEY WILLIAMS

GRAND TURK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

LABOURER SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 946-1489 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11732

TDMG

SOUTH DOCK ROAD IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

PAINTER

SALARY: $9-15 PER HOUR. MONDAY-FRIDAY 7 AM TO 5 PM

CONTACT: 941-3445 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11721

VACANCIES

ERB CONSTRUCTION, BLACK BOY &JEAN TRUCKING, COWDREY LIGHTBOURNE, A&S FUNERAL SERVICE, GEORGE SOLON, THE CHICKEN SHACK

DIVER

$6.50 per hour

KITCHEN HELPER $6.25 per hour

MASON/CARPENTER $8-16 per hour

DOMESTIC WORKER $6.25-8 per hour

LABOURERS

$6.25-10 per hour Held by work permit holders CONTACT: DARLING86@ HOTMAIL.COM 11776

VERONICA CLARKE FIVE CAYS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SUNSET PHARMACY

STANLEY WILLIAMS GRAND TURK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

AIRPORT ROAD IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 241-7863 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11797

SUNSHINE TRANSPORT

GRAND TURK IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SWANN CUTS HAIR STUDIO AND DAY SPA

LEEWARD HIGHWAY IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

T&R PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

ACTING ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENTS WHO ARE SEEKING TO EMPLOY

MANGO REEF RESTAURANT

Chef $6.25-$8.00 per hourwork permit holder Email all applications to mangoreef@hotmail.com

SECURITY OFFICER

CASHIER

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 946-1489 THIS POSITION IS

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 9413751 OR 333-7201

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11731

11737

LABOURER SALARY: $200 PER WEEK

CONTACT: 946-1051 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11726

TKCA VACATION RENTALS

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: • Welcome and acknowledge all guests

• • • •

according to company standards; anticipate and address guests’ service needs; assist individuals with disabilities; thank guests with genuine appreciation Supply guests with directions and information regarding property and local areas of interest Identify and anticipate Guests’ needs and ensure personalized service is provided Provide Food and Beverage Service as required Assist with any plans or arrangements the guest intends to make during their stay

SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE. QUALIFIED BELONGER CANDIDATES SHOULD SEND THEIR APPLICATION TO INFO@TKCAVACATIONRENTALS.COM DEADLINE: APRIL 27TH, 2018 11719

POSITION OF FARMER

CLUB PILLOWS Seeks

TILE LAYER

Must have at least 5 or more years experience and able to work with little or no supervision. Duties include but not limited to clean and level the surface to be tiled, measure and cut tile, arrange tiles according to the design plans, prepare and apply mortar or other adhesives, install tile in the planned area, apply grout with a rubber trowel and wipe off excess grout and apply necessary finishes, such as sealants. Salary start at $12.00 per hour and is based on experience.

• Island Fresh Produce is seeking qualified individuals with at least 3 years experience in hydroponic farming to work as farmers. • Must be able to work long hours, weekends and holidays • Belongers only need apply

Interested persons should send application via fax to 649-941-4034

APPLY IN WRITING TO 31 PANORAMA ROAD, PROVIDENCIALES, TCI

11778

REQUIRED FOR ACADEMIC YEAR

MASSUSE SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 345-7347

11779

NYKI ENTERPRISES

1 Store Clerk $6.50 per hour 2 Hairdressers $6.50 per hour

ROBINSON CONSTRUCTION

Labourer $6.50 per hour- Work permit holder Belonger only apply

11764

CONTACT: 242-8792 FOR FURTHER DETAILS 11772

TROPICAN UPHOLSTERY

WAVE DANCERS

DOMESTIC WORKER

LABOURER

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 2447033 OR 343-0355

11755

DOMESTIC WORKER REQUIRED

For a private family villa in Provideniales operated by Helle Coles. Experienced Live in Domestic Worker needed for busy household. Salary is $900.00 a month. Required to work six days a week. This advertisement is required for a work permit renewal application for this position. All suitably qualified TC Islanders are requested to submit resumes/ portfolios to PO Box 560, Regent House West, Regent Village, Grace Bay, Providenciales, TCI or send by fax to 946 4663. Prospective TC Islander applicants are also free to lodge a copy of their applications with the Labour Board. 11777

GRACE BAY Is seeking to employ a

Salary: $200 per week

CONTACT: 342-0156

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11727

WALL EYE CORP LTD GRACE BAY IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

COOK SALARY: $1600 PER MONTH

CONTACT: 946-5880

11804

WEST SIDE INVESTMENTS LTD

2018-2019

GRADUATE TEACHERS Suitable candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree and teaching qualifications, a minimum of five (5) years experience teaching the British Curriculum and CIE Examination syllabi. CV, letter of application and names of 2 referees to be sent in writing to:

THE PRINCIPAL, BRITISH WEST INDIES COLLEGIATE PO BOX 338, PROVIDENCIALES OR EMAIL: PRINCIPAL@BWIC.TC Suitable candidates will be called for interview.

G-SPOT BAR

Barmaids $6.50 per hour- Work permit holder Bar Waitress $6.50 per hourwork permit holder

TURTLE COVE IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

BUTLER

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: • +5 years of experience in Hotel/Restaurant Management with VIP Guests and Tailored Services • Butler Certification or Degree in Hotel/ Restaurant Management • Must be fluent in English and have great communication skills • Must be available to work weekends, nights and holidays

TO TEACH ALL RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT IGCSE AND ADVANCED LEVEL.

LABOURER

April 14-20, 2018

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

11780

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT MANAGER QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: • +10 years of experience in Management • Must be fluent in English, French and Spanish • Need to work well under stress to meet tight deadline and deal with challenging work environments • Must be available to work weekends, nights and holidays • Must have strong problem solving skills, leadership and be assertive in challenging situations DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Responsible for responding to and fielding telephone calls, relaying messages to the appropriate departments and handling incoming communications such as email and

formal letters. • Responsible for compiling reports, dealing with difficult clients and situations, drafting letters and anticipating business needs • Coordinate with the head department to ensure adequate coordinators and operations implementation of strategies and action plans • Update the management on all operations achievements and key issues • Operate an efficient and accurate administration process to meet in statutory legal and internal requirements Salary commensurate with experience. Qualified Belonger candidates should send their application to info@tdmg.com Deadline: April 27th, 2018

11770


April 14-20, 2018

Sports Interational

CLASSIFIEDS 41

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

Foster charged with felony domestic violence SAN Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with multiple domestic violence and weapons counts Thursday in connection to his February arrest, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced. Foster is facing three felonies after being accused of attacking his girlfriend -- domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily harm; forcefully attempting to

prevent a victim from reporting a crime; and possession of an assault weapon. He’s also facing one misdemeanor count of possession of a large capacity magazine. If convicted on all charges, Foster faces the possibility of more than 11 years in prison. “The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster,” the team said in a statement. “We will continue to follow this serious matter.

Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.” Foster, 24, was arrested by police on Feb. 11 after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend at their Los Gatos, California, home. The victim told police Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times. She was treated at

QUENTIN WILLIAMS

S&R CONTRACTUAL SERVICES

STANFORD FORBES

JUBA SOUND IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

MAINTENANCE MAN SALARY: $8.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 332-1787

11805

FIVE CAYS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

PAINTER SALARY: $7.00 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 344-9820 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

Foster is facing three felonies after being accused of attacking his girlfriend.

a hospital for multiple injuries, including a ruptured eardrum, prosecutors said.

Upon searching the residence, police found a weapon -- a Sig Sauer 516 --

and a high-capacity magazine; both are illegal to possess in California.

TSI MANAGEMENT

FIVE CAYS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

PROPERTY MANAGER HANDYMAN SALARY: $7.00 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 342-5316 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11788

LOCAL CHARTER COMPANY SEEKING EXPERIENCED

MARINE MECHANIC AND CAPTAIN • Minimum 15 years’ experience as marine mechanic • Inboards and outboards • Marine plumbing • AC/DC systems • Marine electronics and electrical systems • Minimum 15 years’ experience operating marine vessels 50ft and over • TCI and USCG Captain’s Licenses • Must have in depth knowledge of TCI Waters • Deliver a high level of customer service to guests, provide advice and assistance to guests prior to and following charter and resolve any issues that arise • Complete maintenance schedules for charter fleet, ensure vessels are clean and operational • Schedule and maintain records of all maintenance and service requirements for charter fleet • Manage schedule and performance of fleet captains and crew • Captain vessel as required Qualifications and references should accompany CV. Salary up to $48,000 per annum, based on experience and qualification. New position. Interested Turks and Caicos Islanders can submit copies of their application to the TCI Labour Department. Applicants should apply in writing by April 30th 2018 to: Panoply Sport Fishing & Luxury Charters Project House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands captain@panoply.tc | 649-432-3566 11773

SUMMARY

The Property Manager is responsible of the general operation, maintenance and record keeping of at least one property, but typically several, which are part of the company’s management portfolio, reporting to the General Manager on a regular basis. Duties with this role include bookkeeping, landscape management as well as all tasks associated with co-ordination of property maintenance, repairs, regulations and inspections. As such mandatory experience for this role includes a minimum of 10 years’ experience in business accounting. Successful individuals working in this role generally possess a diverse skill-set including the ability to negotiate, build relationships with guests and manage records. Additionally, they should have sound knowledge of business and financial proceedings.

DESCRIPTION

They are expected to take prospective clients on tours of the properties, prepare agreements and ensure required services are connected. The Property Manager role can be very demanding and the necessary skills are required to handle any problems that may occur. They are also required to have excellent people skills and make not only their clients feel comfortable, but to report regularly to Property owners on all pertinent aspects on the Property rental. SKILLS

• Accounting and Finance back ground ( extensive ), with the ability to use QuickBooks and Excel to provide at least monthly reporting to company management and property owners as required. • Administrative skills and demonstrable attention to details • Ability to work flexible hours and extended periods, we have a season that can be very busy, the Property Manager is expected to be available to clients 24/7 when they are in-residence, position is a salaried position and after hours work is expected. • Being positive and courteous to clients

EDUCATION

Knowledge and proven experience of management, accounting, landscaping, construction and repairs are mandatory, an extensive health and safety knowledge, along with first aid training is also favored.

Contact: Branitz@yahoo.com Tel: (649) 246-0775 11769


42 CLASSIFIEDS ALCES IMMACULA DOR AND SOPHIA FORBES BLUE HILLS IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

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CINDY DICKENSON

NORTH SIDE IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

LABOURER BABYSITTER

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SALARY: $1200 PER MONTH

SALARY: 6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 232-4501

11802

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BEAUTY SALON MERCEDES

DINARDA VARIETY STORE

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TO WORK 6 DAYS PER WEEK, WEEKENDS, HOLIDAY AND SHIFT WORK SALARY: 6.50 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 331-0302 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER.

RCO LIMITED

R&S ADMIN SERVICES

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CONTACT: 245-6779

11803

EXQUISITE CATERING

EMAIL: elitetci@gmail.com

11793

BLUE HILLS Acting on behalf of our clients who are seeking the following

BARTENDER Salary $1600 per month

CONTACT: 331-4501

11801

MANVILLA PRATT KEW TOWN Is seeking to employ a

ROBINSON PIERRE

DOMESTIC WORKER

LABOURER

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 344-8831 THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11796

HAIRSTYLIST Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: 342-0395

11794

CASHIER

WAITRESS

CONTACT: 246-7740 THIS POSITION IS

CONTACT: 941-5921 THIS POSITION IS

SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

SALARY: $6.50 PER HOUR

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THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS

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MASON CARPENTER

DOMESTIC WORKER Salary: $6.25 per hour

Salary: Based on Experience

CONTACT: 346-8422

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WANTED

ISLAND FISHERIES AND SEAFOOD IS LOOKING TO HIRE

CONTACT: 331-8531

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

11799

I SPARKLE THE SALON LEEWARD HIGHWAY IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY A

6 FISHERMAN

ASSISTANT MANAGER

HAIRSTYLIST

Required for a well established wine and spirits distribution company in Providenciales. In addition to supervisory and organizational roles, duties include product purchasing and sales, sourcing and dealing with suppliers, organization promotional events, customer service/social media.

CONTACT: 341 9177 THIS POSITION IS

SALARY: 6.25 PER HOUR

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • Sommelier experience in restaurant and hotels (4-5 Stars) and experience in a customer service role in the hotel/leisure/retail sector with extensive knowledge of wines, spirits and beer. • Exemplary employment/work record with supervisory and organizational skills/experience. • Strive to achieve company targets. • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle. • Fluent in English, spoken and written, and excellent communication and customer service skills. • Post-secondary diploma or certificate in marketing and the food/beverage industry or equivalent, proven experience. • Solid training in all areas of accounting from A/P, A/R, Inventory Control, Budgeting, Costing, Audits, General Ledger, Collections. • Advanced knowledge and skills in computer systems and report generating software. • Create and maintain strong relationships and positive communications with international suppliers and customers. • Applicants will be tested for all necessary skills. • Salary: $65,000 per annum. • Preference will be given to Turks & Caicos Islanders meeting the foregoing qualifications. Applicants are invited to copy the TCI Labour Board, Providenciales with applications.

Please send resume with references addressed to employer, Turquoise Distribution Ltd., c/o Twa, Marcelin, Wolf at Chancery Court, 1276 Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Attn. Erica Krygsman via email only to erica@tmwlaw.tc.

$7.00 per hour Cashier $7.50 per hour

12787

JV’S TRUCKING SERVICES SOUTH DOCK

APPLICANTS SHOULS CONTACT 649-232-6833

11789

LATINO’S CONSTRUCTION DOWNTOWN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY

DRIVER

IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY. SALARY: 8.00 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 346-2311 THIS POSITION IS 11781

FOR OFFSHORE DEEP WATER FISHING APPLICANTS MUST HAVE VALID FISHING LICENSES MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE REEFS, HAVE EXPERIENCE IN OPERATING ELECTRIC REELS, MARINE GPS, THEY MUST ALSO BE WILLING TO BE OUT ON THE SEA 5-7 DAYS AT A TIME

CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER

11795

2 PAINTERS

SALARY: $10 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 232-0771

NAIL TECHNICIAN HAIR STYLIST SALARY: TO BE DETERMINED

CONTACT: 341-0363

11807

LATINO’S CONSTRUCTION DOWNTOWN IS SEEKING TO EMPLOY

2 TILE LAYERS

SALARY: $10 PER HOUR

CONTACT: 332-0771 1 POSITION IS CURRENTLY HELD BY A WORK PERMIT HOLDER


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Sports Interational Over 40 people seek right to stay in Australia after Commonwealth Games

Kyron McMaster clears the final hurdle to win the men’s 400m hurdles final.

Kyron McMaster wins BVI’s first Commonwealth medal ABOUT seven months after the British Virgin Islands were ravaged by a pair of hurricanes, Kyron McMaster made history for the tiny Caribbean island when he landed its first Commonwealth Games medal -- and it was gold too -- Thursday in the 400m hurdles on Australia’s Gold Coast. One of track and field’s rising stars, McMaster eased to victory in 48.25 seconds, well ahead of Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas (49.10) and Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde (49.16). “I can guarantee they are jumping for joy,” McMaster, 21, said of the residents back home. “Everyone gathered into a big spot to watch this

on TV and I can imagine how they are right now. “For me it is a big deal, what we have been though. This is the first positive of a great future for the British Virgin Islands.” The path of destruction left 134 dead, including McMaster’s mentor and coach, Xavier “Dag” Samuels. Eighty percent of buildings were either damaged or destroyed, power was out and 6,000 people -- one fifth of the entire population -- were left homeless. Tourism -- so pivotal to the country’s economy -- took a major hit. Three billion dollars was needed to rebuild the island and much of the work is still being done.

Russell Westbrook grabbed a career high 20 rebounds on the final night of the regular season.

Westbrook clinches historic tripledouble average for second time DURING the third quarter of the Thunder’s regular season finale against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double two times. Westbrook recorded his 16th rebound with 9:20 remaining in the game’s third quarter. The Thunder acknowledged the accomplishment during the game and the fans in attendance at Chesapeake Energy

Arena gave Westbrook a standing ovation. Westbrook would end the night with six points, 20 rebounds and 19 assists. The 20 rebounds are a careerhigh. As a result, Westbrook ends the season with per game averages of 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.4 assists. For the league’s reigning MVP, the accomplishment puts him in a category of his own.

OVER three dozen people -including athletes and journalists -- have inquired about staying in Australia after the end of the Commonwealth Games, according to a migration agency on the Gold Coast. “More than 40 people, including Commonwealth Games athletes, journalists and others have come in over the last 10 days looking for visas they can apply for and how they can stay in Australia,” Jim MacAnally, an office administrator for Ready Migration, told CNN. MacAnally confirmed that inquiries had come from a range of different nations, including several from African delegations. The athletes’ visas expire on May 15, a month after the Games concludes, and cases of disappearances have already hit the headlines. A further three athletes were reported missing from the athletes village on Thursday, in addition to the news on Wednesday that eight Cameroonian athletes have disappeared over the course of the Games. Commonwealth Games

The Cameroonian team lost a third of its members in the first week on the Gold Coast.

Federation CEO David Grevemberg confirmed in a statement that Australian authorities are currently searching for “one Rwandan and two Ugandan accredited delegates not present in the village.” It takes the total number of missing athletes up to 11, after the Cameroonian team lost a third of its members in the first week on the Gold Coast. At a press conference on

Tuesday, Grevemberg dismissed reports of further disappearances as “speculative”, after Australian media reported that a member of the Ghanaian delegation and two from Sierra Leone had also gone missing. “There is a lot of speculation. Until it becomes a true issue and it is established they have outstayed their visas or formerly applied for asylum, we will monitor the situation,” he said.

Hughes disqualified from gold in Commonwealth Games 200m drama ZHARNEL Hughes ran from a would-be robber pointing a gun in his face earlier this year and on Thursday sprinted to Commonwealth gold – but he could not escape the verdict of the judges as they later stripped him of the title. The 22-year-old Englishman was allowed to complete a lap of honour draped in a St George flag and under the impression he had won gold in the 200m in 20.12sec. But a whisper from a friend in the crowd broke the news to him that he had been disqualified for obstructing Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards, who finished second, in the dying moments of the race. It was a chaotic addendum to an evening during which Team England clawed back some respectability in the athletics stadium with five medals, an impressive bronze for Dina Asher-Smith in the 200m among them. Hughes appeared to run out of steam towards the end of an absorbing race and extended a forearm across Richards’s lane. Upon being told of the disqualification the Englishman, who led throughout the race after an electrifying start, looked shocked but continued to pose for photographs. England lodged an appeal against the disqualification but a panel of judges from the Bahamas, Singapore

Zharnel Hughes is notified of his disqualification after a lap of honour. (Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP).

and Norfolk Island upheld the decision more than 90 minutes after he crossed the line. Richards was upgraded to gold, Aaron Brown of Canada was promoted to silver and Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid sobbed after being told he would receive a bronze medal. Richards said he believed he would

have overcome Hughes had he not been impeded. “He was ahead and when I started to catch him he started to break down and I felt his hand come across and hit me,” the Trinidadian sprinter added. “That’s probably why they disqualified him. If he didn’t hit me I would have gone past him. That hit threw me off my rhythm.”


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TCI Aquatics Swim Club team set for Bahamas meet THREE swimmers from the newly formed Turks and Caicos Aquatics Swim Club left Providenciales on Thursday to compete in the club’s first international competition. The youngsters will swim at the Swat Spring Meet in Nassau, Bahamas this Saturday. Founder of the club Lenin Hamilton, who also serves as head

coach, left with eight-year-old Lenin Hamilton Jr, 10-year-old Tajhari Williams and six-year-old Lenika Hamilton. The eight-year-old is set swim the 50M freestyle, the 50M backstroke, the 50M breaststroke, the 50M butterfly, the 100M freestyle, the 200M freestyle and the 200M IM.

Williams will swim the 50M free, the 100M free, the 200M free and the 400M free. The younger Hamilton will swim the 50M free. The swim club was formed last November and the two Hamilton children were members since the start, while Williams joined in February.

Injury fails to restrict Sauver from SIAC top spot HELCY-ANN Brianna Sauver’s fine form this season for Benedict College continued although she twisted her ankle during competition last weekend at the Gamecock Invitational at the University of South Carolina. The national sprinter ran a seasonbest time of 25.02s en route to victory in the 200M dash and the top spot in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) rankings. The freshman told the Weekly News that she twisted her foot while doing a drill in the warm up. She kept the injury a secret until after the race. “I’m not happy with the time, but I finished. My teammates said they could see the pain in my face.” The 20-year-old also ran the 100M (12.60s). Although she could

From left to right: Lenin Hamilton Jr., Lenika Hamilton and Tajhari Williams with Coach Lenin Hamilton.

Helcy-Ann Sauver has been outstanding for Benedict College this season.

not replicate an overall top position, she did win her heat. In her race, she ran into a 3.6 negative wind, but rates it as “the best 100 I’ve ever ran

Provo based Leon Cummings in action.

technically”. Sauver is hoping to be fully fit for the Conference Championships later this month.

Fourteen year-old Luke Haywood made it to three finals in the breaststroke events: 200 metre, 100 metre (1:13.82 ), and 50 metre (33.09s).

The 2018 TCI swimming team registered a whopping 43 personal bests in the 45 events they entered.


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More international exposure will lead to more medals – Opines coach Ford TCI secured four medals at the CARIFTA Games which was held over the Easter weekend, but Randy Ford feels that we have the potential to net more in the coming years. He said that the young athletes who travelled to Haiti for the NACAC sponsored Friendship Games in February showed massive improvement in the Bahamas. “The plan for next year is to get

more students off to compete in meets overseas as those who competed in Haiti all superseded their Haiti performances and most were more race savvy and technically aware.” Although the gold and silver medals were won by the senior outgoing athletes (Wikenson Fenelon in the Octathlon and Ken Reyes in the 800M), the young athletes held their own. 15-year-old

The TCI 2018 CARIFTA Games’ team finished ninth in the Bahamas. (Photo by Gertrude Saunders-Forbes)

Katrell Pierre won TCI’s first ever javelin medal (bronze) at the Games, while in the relays, Daveon Durham,

Darren Pierret, Wooslyn Harvey and Joshua Meghoo stormed to a bronze medal in the U17 4X100M with an

impressive time of 44.34s. In total, there were 10 personal best performances by the young athletes.

Latoya Rigby became the first female shooter from TCI to compete in the Games.

The TCI young basketball players with their certifications after the two-day camp.

Rigby relishes her historic feat at Commonwealth Games

Over 60 junior basketball players take part in Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball camp

LATOYA Rigby feels that participating in the 2018 Commonwealth Games is the best moment of her sporting career— especially since she is the first ever female shooter from the TCI at the Games. Although Sergeant Rigby and her teammate Constable Dovar Moultrie did not make the finals of the 10M Air Pistol Shooting competition, she is still upbeat about her performance. “This is my best moment in sports, because although I did not make it to the finals I made history for Turks and Caicos Islands by being the first female shooter to participate in the Commonwealth Games.” The 31-year-old tallied 292

OVER 60 junior basketball players (59 boys and two girls) competed in last weekend’s Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball camp which was held at the Graceway Sports Complex court. Former NBA player Mamadou N’Diaye and fellow coach Troy Justice led the sessions, which unearthed several outstanding players, including Brendan Henfield, Jamel Ward, Kimiko Talbot, Omari Williams, Omar Garland and Jahmich Hutchinson who were selected to participate in the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from July 14-15. From the elite camp, the top 14 players will be invited to participate in an authentic NBA experience in the U.S. later this year.

points over the four rounds of competition with scores of 76, 79, 66 and 71. The 29-year-old Moultrie finished with 440 points after scores of 77, 86, 79, 68, 67 and 63. Rigby told the Weekly News that: “The experience itself unlocked loads of knowledge and tips we can use to develop ourselves in the sport in future smaller competitions, hopefully which will help prepare us for the next Commonwealth Games in the next four years.” The police officer said she also had the opportunity to meet many people at the Games and felt honoured to be competing against world class champions.

During the two days, two campers in the under-14 category came out on top with Nickeem Clare winning the free-throws award and Richard Saville winning the sportsmanship award. For the under 16 category, Kenny Forbes won the sportsmanship award. According to NBA Sr. Director of Basketball Operations International at the NBA Justice: “I think the kids learned some new things. I saw them get better and there were some kids that really applied what we taught and got a lot better from day one to day three. For two or three of them – you could see that the light bulb really went off for them—that was encouraging to see as a coach.” “I think these five boys and one girl that we’ve selected from the

TCI are going to compete very, very well against the players from the other countries. They’re hardnosed, they’re tough and they’re competitive and that was good to see,” he continued. This was a great experience for me, I learned a lot that would help me to get better and go further in my basketball career thanks to Jumpstart” said Brendan Hendfield, Jumpstart participant. While in Turks and Caicos, the NBA and Digicel teams spent some time with Michael Williams, a basketball fan with special needs who was thrilled to watch the training and hang out with coaches Justice and N’Diaye. He was also gifted with a signed NBA jersey, cap and basketball by Mamadou.


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Otuonye’s new PB propels him to ninth spot in current world rankings IFEANYI Otuonye did not only make the coveted 8M mark at the Commonwealth Games, he earned a place in the IAAF top 10 global rankings for 2018. The 23-year-old is currently tied for the ninth spot on the world list. In the Caribbean, his 8.03M jump is the third best so far for the year. He sits behind Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria (8.40M), Jamaican Tajay Gayle (8.12M) and is tied with T&T’s Andwuelle Wright (8.03M). Although he did not medal, the 23-year-old holds the experience as the best moment in his long jump career. “Yes it is [the best moment]! It’s been a long time coming,” he told the Weekly News after his new national record jump. His previous best of 7.88M was

achieved in July of 2016 at the NACAC U23 Championships and replicated at the Altis Invitational in June last year. Although he had jumped 8+ metres in practice, sticking one past the 8M mark had eluded the top TCI athlete in competitions. When he took off in his first attempt at the event on Monday, he moved his game to another level. “I haven’t done much difference really...I think I’ve just been more focused….” The former K-State athlete added that that he relishes the big stages. “As far as the big stage I just told myself that I can compete with the best in the world and when I started believing in that, it gave me so much confidence so when I go out there

I’m not scared or nervous.” After qualifying with his first jump, the TCI representative advanced to the final of the event on Wednesday, but in contrast to the first round, he progressed in his jumps. He started at 7.45M, then reached 7.70M in his second attempt and 7.80M in his third. Unfortunately his competition ended there since he missed the top eight cut by 1cm. The former Munro College student feels that if he had a few more jumps he could have gone on to a better mark. According to Otuonye, it was a bit chilly jumping in the night, so he took a little while to adjust to the temperature. With his new national record, Otuonye has pushed the TCI past

Ifeanyi Otuonye has pushed the TCI national long jump record to 8.03M. (Photo Willah Gray)

several Caribbean nations in the long jump. We are now better than the BVI since their best jump is 7.97M, which was achieved in 1996 by Keita Cline. We are also ahead of Haiti, since according to their country stats their record stands at 7.93M. We also leaped past the Dominican Republic,

since Eddy Florian’s 2009 jump of 7.96M is still that island’s national record. We were already ahead of several other islands, including Barbados (David Caddle 7.77M), Montserrat (Darren Morsen 7.46M) and Anguilla (Joseph Pemberton 7.11M) to name a few.

Heartbroken Haye-Smith still trying to cope with none participation at Commonwealth Games YANIQUE Haye-Smith is literally a tourist in Australia. The ace sprinter who was expected to make her TCI debut at the Commonwealth Games said she is heartbroken to sit from the sidelines. The Jamaican born, who is wife to the president of the TCI Commonwealth Games Association, Alvirto Smith, said she only found out that she would miss the Games a day before competition when she was already in Australia. “Once I found out that I would not get to compete for TCI and all the reasons behind it... I instantly felt heart broken and my husband was the one who broke the news to me. I could tell that he was hurt too, because he has been pushing for

years for this moment.” WHY The 27-year-old said that her participation at the Games could have been a reality if the TCAAA had been proactive. “I found out a day before the competition that I’m still not eligible to compete because of the transfer of allegiance freeze that the IAAF has going on from February 2017. And not only that... Jamaica had released me from 2014 before the freeze and the President of the TCAAA never responded to the IAAF that her country accepted me. Even though I was only a resident at the time. Only if she had replied to the IAAF before the freeze I would have gotten the chance last year

Yanique Haye-Smith is an outstanding hurdler.

at the World Championship and this year at the Commonwealth Games to compete for TCI. So I’ll have to wait another year to compete for Turks and Caicos.” LOVE FOR TCI The 400M specialist has been

patiently waiting for her opportunity to compete for the TCI since migrating to live with her husband in 2013. Over the years, she has competed in numerous meets unattached. “I love the TCI and want to use my talent to put them on the

international map because there is more than just the CARIFTA Games. And nothing is wrong with a nonborn citizen representing the TCI.” Haye-Smith was outstanding in her sprints and hurdles leading up to the Games and she was touted as one of the few TCI athletes to make a final.


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