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84 Haitian illegal immigrants attempt to enter TCI shores a major statement with regards to immigration this week. “The Ministers as well as I, have been visiting our departments and getting detailed status reports… We want to get our people back to work, but in the meantime we want to take stock of what is happening and know where we are as a Government. This week we will certainly make a major statement, again.” The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to contact law enforcement agents with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or of pending sloop arrivals.

BY DAISY HANDFIELD A MOTORIZED, wooden vessel containing 84 Haitian illegal immigrants, attempted to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) last week Thursday. The boat carried 70 men and 14 women. The 25-feet yellow and blue sloop, powered by an engine and sail, was escorted to the South Dock port, where officials from various Police units, Border Control, and other Government and non-Government agencies were on hand to assist with the processing. A search for illegal drugs and firearms was carried out on the sloop, but nothing was found. Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson told press during the Women in Blue event last Saturday that illegal immigration is a problem she plans to tackle with an iron fist. “It is a problem that we are always going to be faced with…It is certainly not the welcoming wagon that we anticipated, but it is something that we have inherited.” Mrs Cartwright-Robinson said that she believes that much more can be done in terms of dialogue and talking, but if not, the Government would have to take measures into their own hands, to do what they can to lower and lesser the incidents.

Haitian sloop carrying 84 illegal immigrants intercepted last week

Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

“Whilst we brag and boast about an open boarder, this is what comes along with it. We are not going to be able to alleviate the problem all together, and we do not want to present any false hopes to persons, but it is costing our treasury. We have to find ways of stepping up our relationship with the UK, so that they would understand their constitutional responsibility and to be able to put more resources in that direction,” Cartwright-Robinson said. The Premier said the Minister responsible for Border Control, Hon Sean Astwood, would be making

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‘Washy’ takes issue with headline that says PNP Gov’t spent unauthorised money LEADER OF the opposition, Washington Misick has taken exception to the headline of an article published in the Weekly News, calling it “incorrect and grossly misleading”. The article which appeared in the January 5-13 edition – headlined “Premier tables Bills to cover PNP gov’t unauthorized expenditure” – while factual in its content, the story’s headline was unfortunate, and as such the headline is hereby retracted. See below the full text of Misick’s statement:“Reply to Report in the Weekly News “Please refer to page 11 of your paper – volume 31 numbers 1 for the period January 5 to 13, 2017 under the caption: Premier tables’ bills to cover PNP gov’t unauthorised expenditure.” This statement is incorrect and grossly misleading. “First of all the idea that an appropriation bill can be table to cover unauthorised expenditure is nonsensical. “By its very nature money expenditure requires an appropriation (budget approval by parliament) before the expenditure can take place. “Second under the Public Finance Management Ordinance overexpenditure are not permitted, and where it takes place accounting officers may be surcharged for such expenditure. “If this were to occur it could only take place within the margins of a departmental or ministerial appropriation, and cannot result in

Opposition leader Washington Misick

over-expenditure in the appropriation of that department or ministry or TCIG overall budget. “In any event, should this occur at any level and for any reason, parliament is notified through the laying of an “Excess in Expenditure Report” on the table of the house – not a bill. “Such a report is subject to audit as part of the overall independent review of government accounts. “What the Premier laid on the table of the House was a number of contingency warrants representing emergency expenditure which occurred since the last sitting of Parliament. “A contingency warrant is the authorisation for an emergency expenditure of money appropriated

by parliament, held in an account (the Contingency Account) to cover emergencies between one year’s budget and the next. “The authorisation to issue these warrants are provided to the Minister of Finance (Minister in Cabinet), by the Public Finance Management Ordinance, and is laid on the table of the house for information to members and the general public only. It is not a bill and is not therefore debated by the House. “The circumstances under which money can be issued from the contingency fund are prescribed by the Public Finance Ordinance and include only expenditure of national emergencies which could not have otherwise been predicted. Any other expenditure is proscribed.”

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Anya Williams with husband Darren, a fellow civil servant, and children Darrius, Cassandra and Brooke



Being sworn in for a second time on December 21 2016.

A scholar, an icon and a diplomat Weekly News Person of the Year – Deputy Governor Anya Williams BY GEMMA HANDY SHE’S been a community crusader, civil service cheerleader and chief morale booster in a role where she’s on call 24/7 with responsibility for all public services and 1,700 staff all while balancing life as a wife and mother-of-three. That’s just a brief insight into the daily demanding life of Deputy Governor Anya Williams. The fact that she consistently accomplishes it all with dignity, distinction and integrity – while maintaining the respect of the nation – puts her in a class all of her own. For services to her country in 2016, which went above and beyond any job description a bureaucrat might have dreamed up, the diligent young diplomat has been named

Weekly News Person of the Year. For the last four years, Williams has held the highest position of any woman in the TCI. At just 36, she’s also believed to be the youngest Deputy Governor (DG) in any of the British Overseas Territories. But to make her triumphs a thesis on gender and age would be to do her a disservice. She’s also an esteemed scholar, a natural innovator and a critical mediator in her role, established primarily as a bridge between local elected rulers and their London-based counterparts. Graduating in the top 10 per cent of her class with a master’s degree from one of the USA’s finest rated universities, Williams could have had any choice of careers. And she was certainly not short of offers back in 2003, fresh from

completing an MSc in accounting at Florida International University with an impressive GPA of 3.9. With a bachelor’s in accounting and an associate degree in law, English and accounting also under her belt, opportunities were abundant. But the only thing matching her ambition was her commitment to her homeland. “I considered government as my first and only choice because I wanted to directly serve my country,” she says. Born in Grand Turk, Williams emigrated to Canada at the age of 14 when her banker father, Pastor Dennis Swann, was relocated there for work. The family spent some years living in Barbados too where Williams attended community college. But it was always her

intention to return to the country she’d left as a teenager. This year marks her 14th in TCI government, most of which involved putting her pecuniary savvy to work in the Ministry of Finance. She had only recently been appointed the department’s permanent secretary when feelers were put out to identify a new Deputy Governor for the Islands. The tenure of the previous postholder, Mahala Wynns, had come to an abrupt end with the suspension of the constitution in 2009. This time, instead of a straightforward appointment, the new DG was to be selected following an open recruitment process. “It was not my intention to apply,” Williams says frankly. “A lot of people asked me to consider it and,

after much prompting, I submitted an application on the very last night before the deadline.” In addition to an application form and interview, the rigorous process also required shortlisted applicants to present a thorough manifesto and plan of action for the then beleaguered civil service which the successful candidate would head. Just three days after receiving the news of her selection in October 2012, Williams flew to London to attend a meeting for heads of overseas territories. “I had just a couple of days to prepare,” she says. “It was a new experience but I was already familiar with most of the technocrats through CONTINUED 





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“Government ready to deliver on Change Document” – Future plans set out in the throne speech BY OLIVIA ROSE THE CREATION of jobs, the structural reform of the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP),and stricter control over illegal immigration are all on the agenda for the Government over the coming year. These and many other plans were made public during the annual throne speech at the state opening of the House of Assembly in Grand Turk on Thursday, December 29. Governor John Freeman stood before members of the House and the public in the NJS Francis Building to read the comprehensive speech prepared by Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. He said his Government is committed to the advancement of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands in freedom, equality and with justice for all and will work hard to ensure that this is achieved. Governor Freeman revealed that the top immediate priorities are geared towards the growth and expansion of the economy for the benefit of all along with the creation of jobs and poverty reduction, crime and policing, immigration and youth. “My Government believes that planning, enforcement and empowerment are the pillars on which we must build the Turks and Caicos Islands that we wish to see. “Resources are critical to advancing any plans and my Government intends to be careful and strategic in its use of the country’s resources.” He noted that to this end, his Government remains committed to the drafting and implementation of a National Development Plan with national goals that all can unite around. “My Government is committed to continuing the initiative undertaken by CDB to create a Vision Station for Medium Term Development Strategy and hope to continue consultations with a view to its completion by late summer 2017.” He outlined the Government`s plans to reposition the economy for growth through new investments, traditional and new sectors, revival of stalled projects where possible and support for small business. “We are committed to marketing TCI as open for business and where persons can do business in

Governor John Freeman delivers throne speech

an investor-friendly environment. These are immediate strategies to be employed by my Government. “We will have an unwavering commitment to diversifying the TCI economy, through to the growth and development of small businesses across all sectors and all genders with particular emphasis on Women and Youth- Owned businesses. “My Government considers this sector the engine of sustainable growth now and indeed into the future.” JOBS

“My Government is committed to the creation of jobs and ensuring that those who are willing and able to work are able to. “Removing the barriers to job seekers be it young persons, unskilled workers, holders of criminal records.” “We are committed to all through the provision of programs, policies, training and skills provision to aid those affected. “My Government is committed to ascertaining the rate of unemployment and to the holding of a nation-wide unemployment drive to ensure that much needed data is collected.” He noted that the Government is committed to the provision of short term employment for those Island economies hardest hit and those individuals who are ready to work. TCI PRIVATE-PUBLIC BUSINESS FORUM

“My Government through the Ministry of Finance will co-ordinate activities of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) and the private sector agencies to improve the business enabling environment throughout the country and will aim to encourage various sectors to form themselves into groups/associations for furtherance of shared goals.” He went on to say that his

administration believes that this will provide a platform for effective open and candid dialogue between the business community and Government, facilitating information-sharing and a better understanding of respective contributions that will support and promote policy initiatives of common issues and complementary interests. The objectives for this platform will bring together the different groups, public and private and use the forum as a mechanism for sharing ideas amongst stakeholders toward the implementation of sustainable strategies and initiatives that are feasible and align with Government policy. BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

“My Government will continue the support for the Business Transformation Project in an effort to make TCI a more business friendly environment. “My Government is committed to streamlining processes and to ensuring that all systems and laws are adhered to as it relates to employment. Freeman explained that his Government will ensure that staffing plans are current and updated and that our people are positioned to be a part of the growth. “We are committed to ensuring that there is fair treatment and opportunity on the job for the people of the Islands. SAFETY AND SECURITY

The throne speech went on to say that the security and safety of the TCI’s communities, streets and borders are essential to the sustainable development of the nation “My Government remains steadfast in upholding the rule of law and is committed to the fight against crime.

“My Government will ensure that the fight against crime is given national priority. “My Government recognizes the need for manpower, equipment and training for our Police Force and equally recognizes the need for the best possible working relationship between the Police and its greatest partners in crime fighting, the people of these Islands. “We believe that its 12 Point Plan sets the basis for a comprehensive National Security Strategy and will commit to resourcing and agitating for a comprehensive National Security Plan. “My Government is committed to providing the resources necessary to create a safe and secure Turks and Caicos society where citizens, residents and visitors alike are able to carry out the normal routines of caring for their families, conducting successful businesses and enjoying the simple pleasures of what the Turks and Caicos Islands has to offer.” Governor Freeman pointed out that it is his Government’s firm belief that when the country’s borders are strengthened, the Island’s reputation as a safe haven for persons who seek to abuse the system, and persons who do not bring benefits to the country, will change for the better, and change for the better it must. HEALTH GOALS

IT IS often said that the “Health of the Nation is the Wealth of the Nation.” The Government plans to embark on six strategic goals over the next year. The first is addressing the challenges head on in the healthcare sector. “My Government has inherited a financially challenged National Health Insurance Plan and a Hospital Contract that has not yet been reviewed after 6 years in operation. “My Government will refocus TCI Government’s attention on prevention and will strengthen primary health care and re-establish itself as the leader in healthcare. “My Government will within 6o days provide a review of healthcare management in these Islands. “Furthermore, my Government recognizes that the sustainability of the health care system in the Turks and Caicos Islands is constantly under threat as Governments struggle to find funding for Crime prevention, Education, and other much needed Social programs. “To address these concerns, my Government have committed to doing the following; Accessibility and affordability of quality health care are at the

cornerstones of my Governments vision for the health sector. EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORT AND LIBRARY SERVICES

THE GOVERNMENT intends to place high emphasis on education through policies and practices in educating its entire people, Governor Freeman told the house that his Government believes that a nation which fails to invest in its youth is a nation without a future. He said: “Education for the development of this country is a key priority for my Government and it will focus on the modernization of education through initiatives at all levels of the education sector, including Early Childhood Development, Special Needs Education, Alternative Education for those incarcerated or who may have had to drop out of our school system, Post-Secondary Education through the Community College and Adult learning opportunities within our communities. The Governor stated that the benefits of sports to the development of an individual, community and country cannot be overstated. The Government intends to get the nation more active through various sporting activities. “Nations obtain recognition through Sports; individuals find sustainable careers and nations become healthier when they are engaged in physical activity.” To this end the Government will invest in the athletic development of athletes and secure more scholarships for outstanding athletes. “Youth Development, as mentioned will be a key area for development of my Government with a mission to mainstream Youth Policies and Programs supporting the development of youth-related policies and programs in all ministries.” In the coming year my Government will introduce a YouthBetter You Program that will have at its heart a national volunteer service. “Libraries are an important part of our communities. Our library services will be developed to ensure that they are a part of the overall development of all citizens. “Libraries will be outfitted with the latest equipment for research for both adults and young people.” FOCUS ON TOURISM, ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE, GAMING & CULTURE

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DG Anya Williams at the Civil Service Awards gala in September 2016

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my position as permanent secretary.” As the nation began to make its first tentative steps towards recovery following the return of elected rule, a judicious and tenacious leader for the embattled civil service, beset by pay cuts, a major redundancy programme and rock bottom morale, was crucial. First on Williams’ list of priorities was rebuilding confidence in the various departments and motivating the staff within them. “Over 500 people had just left the service, people were demotivated due to the pay cuts and seeing so many of their coworkers leave,” Williams continues. “I had to improve working conditions and show people there were opportunities for future development. I set up recruitment and retainment incentives, a scholarship scheme and training programme strictly for civil servants enabling them to study locally and abroad.” She also fought to get the controversial 10% pay cuts reinstated and introduced a pay and grading review. The role has not been without its challenges, Williams admits, not least regarding the transition from interim to elected government. But a recent surge in interest in public sector jobs is a shining testament to her efforts. More than 1,000 applications for government positions were processed in the last 12 months alone as a direct result of her reforms. And that’s not all. The number of native Islanders occupying managerial posts has also soared. In a job which, by its very nature, offers little downtime, the fact that Williams has also proved herself to be a strong community player is further evidence of her dedication and inexhaustible nature. Her description of the DG role as “not a nine-to-five job” is something of an understatement. “It’s really a 24-hour job with no vacation as I am always on call,” she smiles.

She is also often required to step into the role of Acting Governor when the Governor is absent and chair Cabinet meetings too. The last 12 months have seen her host the Civil Service Awards which paid tribute to more than 100 staff who had devoted decades of service to the country; participate in Digicel’s Women in Leadership summit; be a keynote speaker at an event aimed at motivating women in the workplace; and serve as patron at both an International Women’s Day Gala and a Mother’s Day celebration. On December 21, Williams was again sworn in as a member of the Cabinet, this time led by the country’s first female Premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. Williams describes herself as a “career civil servant” and has lost none of her passion for serving the country she holds so dear. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure in both the Ministry of Finance and in the Office of the Deputy Governor where I have been able to influence policies that directly impact the lives of my people. “I have enjoyed welcoming numerous incomers into the civil service; congratulating numerous civil servants on their new appointments and promotions; creating opportunities for training and development and helping to shape the service into what it is today. “I want to thank all civil servants across the Turks and Caicos for their invaluable service and dedication and will continue to work on their behalf to bring about the much needed improvements that both they and the country so rightly deserve.” Receiving the Weekly News Person of the Year accolade is “an honour and a privilege”, she says. “I was surprised, elated and humbled. The fact that my work throughout the years, particularly last year, has been recognised is very much appreciated. “It’s a big challenge managing work and family,” she continues. “I have to give thanks to my husband, children and parents for supporting

me in everyday life – as well as the people of the TCI for allowing me to serve in this capacity.” And as the Islands continue to make further steps towards prosperity, Williams has a clear vision for the path ahead. After rebranding and reshaping the public sector, improving delivery of its services is now her prime focus. The nation’s future, she adds, is bright. “TCI is a country of incredible natural beauty with dedicated, hardworking and resilient people. We have seen our challenges throughout

Deputy Governor Anya Williams, with her parents Deborah and Dennis Swann, at the Abundant Life Mother’s Day concert in 2016, held under Williams’ patronage.

the years but we have worked to overcome them. “We are now in an enviable position with stable finances, heavy interest in terms of inward investment

Under the tree

and the world’s best beach. “I only see positive growth and development in the years to come - and I am happy to be part of that process.”

By Benneth Williams




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DDME kick starts earthquake awareness campaign THIS YEAR the TCI will observes its 6th annual Earthquake Awareness Public Education Campaign aimed at cultivating a culture of disaster resilience among the population and earthquake preparedness. The week of activities commenced with a church service at Rock of Jesus Ministry on January 8. The service saw the Minister of Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation & Communication with Responsibility for Disaster Management, Vaden Delroy Williams in attendance. This campaign was initiated in response to the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, during which aftershocks were felt in parts of Grand Turk and South Caicos and resulted in the TCI being placed under a tsunami watch. As such, the Haiti earthquake will forever be etched in the minds of the people of the TCI, not only because of the level of devastation it caused and the thousands of lives that were lost in Haiti, but also because it fostered the vivid realization of the exposure and vulnerability of the TCI to devastating earthquakes and thereby the need for greater preparedness and response efforts to mitigate impacts from these infrequent but high-impact events. According to a release from the Director of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, since 2010 the DDME has made significant progress in increasing the knowledge base of the general public in relation to the earthquake threats and in the development of strategies to improve overall preparedness and response to such events. Dr. Clerveaux pointed out that several notable achievements have

HON. Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister Of Home Affairs, Transportation & Communication with Responsibility for Disaster Management

Director of DDME Dr. Virginia Clerveaux

been made in this regard; these include the drafting of an earthquake contingency plan. “Conducting evacuation drills with schools in all islands in the TCI, designing and publishing earthquake brochures, mapping evacuation routes and distances and participating in media interviews to enhance public awareness. Dr.Clerveaux noted that in spite the achievements in earthquake preparedness, there is nevertheless much that needs to be done by the Government, residents and emergency management agencies of the TCI in preparing for rapid onset events such as earthquakes. “I cannot overemphasize the imperative for private sector partnerships in the national efforts towards building earthquake resilience in the TCI. “As I did last year, let me reiterate the need for us to prioritize

enhancement of our Early Warning System (EWS) that will allow the DDME and or 911 to be able to warn all residents and visitors to seek safety inland or on higher ground in the event of an earthquake and or tsunami. “Irrespective of the strides we make in the other aspects of our earthquake preparedness, without the capacity to effectively provide warning to the nation, all else will be of little avail. “As the TCI observes Earthquake week, let us remember the victims of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 12th, 2010, causing an estimated 250,000 residential buildings and 30,000 commercial buildings to either totally collapse or sustain severe damage. “Following this devastating earthquake at least 52 aftershocks with magnitudes 4.5 or stronger

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taking office, my Government will update our National Tourism Strategic Plan and present to the country a clear vision for growth of this important sector. “They will conduct a situational analysis of the industry to ascertain the current strengths and weaknesses as tourism are a dynamic industry that requires constant monitoring. The National Tourism Policy and Strategic Implementation Plan, piloted and developed by “KPMG” in consultation with various stakeholders including the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, and TCHTA among others, conducted a situational analysis of the industry and focused on five strategic pillars with recommendations and an implementation plan for each critical pillar. My Government will focus on

Cruise Ship passengers returning as land-based visitors across our archipelago. My Government will aggressively seek to expand water sports activities across our country as the underwater world of the TCI is second to none and has been an anchor attraction for this destination for many years. RELATIONSHIP WITH BRITAIN

“My Government will renew the constitutional talks with the UK and will expand those talks to include internal and external security issues. My Government committed to our people and will ensure that this country is ready for Post-Brexit. My Government has already agreed the attendance for a Post-Brexit JMC Meeting in London and will ensure that these Islands are positioned in the best way possible for the impact.

In closing the Governor asserted that his administration believes the Government that governs best is the one that governs closest to its people. To this end, it will maintain active dialogue with the people through regular addresses in all media platforms, Press Conferences and Town Hall Meetings. “My Government has been given a clear and convincing mandate from the people and is committed to ensuring that this opportunity to effect real change with real plans through real leadership is not squandered neither.” He emphasised that his Government is ready to lead together with the people of this country and to deliver on the Change Document.

rocked the country. “That these seismic activities were felt in Grand Turk and South Caicos is a sobering reminder of our own exposure. “Let us remember the almost unimaginable death toll of more than 220,000, including several persons who lived and worked in the TCI and who were visiting Haiti at the time of the quake. “The recovery from that fateful event is ongoing today, nearly 7 years later; preliminary Damage and Needs Assessment (PDNA) published by the Haitian Government in March 2010 estimated the cost of the damage at US$7.9bn. The reconstruction cost was originally estimated at US11.5bn.” “As Haiti and the rest of the world commemorate the seventh anniversary of that fateful day in Haiti’s history, it is fitting that the Turks and Caicos Islands pause to reflect on our own exposure and to commit individually and collectively to do all that is humanly possible to prepare for, respond to and recover from such an event should it occur in the TCI. “Let us recognize that that the TCI may one day experience a major earthquake event but that the impact need not be devastating if we do our part in building resilience now and for the future. In that regard, I implore your support for and participation in the planned Earthquake Week activities.”

She called on citizens to advise their colleagues, children and relatives of the importance of the observation of Earthquake Week and encourage them to join in participating in the Week’s activities towards the building of a common future of earthquake resilience in the TCI. (By Olivia Rose) List of activities planned to commemorate the Week include: 1. January 8th Church Service – 10:00am, at Rock of Jesus Ministry – Bishop Bryant Cox, Five Cays, Providenciales. 2. January 9th – Communication Tests (Email, Text, Telephone, Satellite Phone, Radio, Whatsapp etc.) & Media Interviews 3. January 10th - Earthquake Drills in South Caicos at various schools 4. January 11th - Earthquake Drills in North Caicos at various schools 5. January 12th –Earthquake Table-top Exercise with MultiStakeholder Agencies & Media Interviews 6. January 13th –Hazard Hunt in Various Schools in Providenciales 7. Distribution of Brochures and Pamphlets 8. Publication of DDME Quarterly Newsletter 9. The DDME will also be featured on Radio Turks and Caicos during the week of January 8th 2017 during one of its programmes.

Guyanese man charged with causing death by dangerous driving A 55-YEAR-OLD native of Guyana has been formally charged and cautioned with causing death by dangerous driving in relation to an accident report made on Saturday, November 26, 2016. At 10:04 pm that date, police and emergency medical services responded to a report on

hospital road Grand Turk where a complainant stated that a man who was crossing the road was knocked down by a silver truck. The man, 50-year-old Jacques Delzins of Haiti, was later pronounced dead by a doctor. The Guyanese man was set to appear in court on Tuesday, January 10.

Man charged with serious offences A 22-YEAR-OLD Kew Town man has been arrested and charged with wounding with Intent and Attempted Murder in connection with a report of a shooting that was made on Saturday, January 7. Around midnight on that date, police responded to the Kew Town area where the complainant was met and reported to police that during a verbal altercation with

the 22 year old man, he was shot with a black handgun to the right shoulder. The victim was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where he was treated and later discharged. The suspect was later arrested and charged with the offences mentioned above. He will appear in court on Thursday, January 12.

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“PDM won, but a pyrrhic victory”- PNP`s national chairman Royal Robinson BY OLIVIA ROSE

Floyd Seymour

Floyd Seymour is new interim CEO of NHIB BY DAISY HANDFIELD THERE is now a new interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB). On Thursday (January 10) Chairman of the board, Dalton Jones confirmed to Weekly News that Floyd Seymour, former PDM Leader, has taken over the position from acting CEO Tamara Robinson who occupied the post since a number of staffing issues came to light last year. Jones said that Seymour will serve until the beginning of February and then hopefully a permanent appointment will be made as the board is still addressing their staffing problems. In a cabinet meeting last year, amendments were being made by the former Government to provide an informative paper on the measures that were proposed to be taken by the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB). The matter was the hot button issue prior to the general elections which saw the previous Government requesting approval from the Governor to address the structural, financial and management challenges that was faced by the NHIB. Director Zaneta Burton was relieved of her duties amid calls for

her termination and after sit outs were staged by NHIP staff members. Reportedly, there was a breakdown between staff and management, but this was only some of the critical matters facing the health scheme. Premier the Hon. Sharlene Cartwritght Robinson paid a visit to the NHIP offices and as recent as December 29, 2016, informed the public about the serious financial trouble NHIP was in. She had indicated that her Government will issue a $4m bail out to the institution. STAFF SICKOUT Last year staff of NHIP had a twoday sick out, as they took matters into their own hands to make their disapproval with the management clear after unsatisfactory solutions to their emails and letters. This publication learned that when the staff stood their grounds, CEO Burton was put on leave until January 3, pending investigations by a select committee. While she was gone, Deputy Secretary Tamara Robinson was assigned to the body to oversee the day to day operations. Robinson was assigned as an interim CEO until the investigation was completed.

Plane from Philadelphia makes emergency landing in Providenciales AN American Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing at the Providenciales International Airport last Thursday, after it developed mechanical problems enroute to the island. The airplane, flight 1738, which was scheduled to arrive in Providenciales from Philadelphia

at 2:14 pm, arrived 30 minutes ahead of its scheduled arrival time. According to Lavern Skippings, terminal and marketing manager for the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, the plane landed safely and no one was hurt.

THE OPPOSITION`s national chairman, has called the People`s Democratic Movement`s recent win at the polls a ‘pyrrhic victory’. National chairman of the Progressive National Party (PNP) Royal Robinson, in a strongly worded statement said: “The PDM` won at too great a cost for the victory to be worthwhile. “The PDM may have won,” he said, “but their victory was but a Pyrrhic victory - and most certainly, not a total repudiation of the PNP.” In his release he pointed out that the overall final tally of the votes cast at both the individual district level, as well as that of the all- Islands district, show that the PDM got 48% of those votes, while those entities that included the PNP, PDA and Independents go 52%. Robinson compared the results to the recently concluded American elections. He said: “The results were similar in nature, where Donald Trump secured the Electoral College votes sufficient to be President of the United States, while Hillary Clinton amassed the popular votes, but still lost. “In our case, “other than PDM” got 52% of the votes and are in the opposition, while the PDM, who got 48%, won 10 seats and the right to govern our country for the next four years.” Robinson reminded that it is his duty to hold the new Government to their word. “It is my pledge to serve diligently as a part of the people’s loyal Opposition and hold the Premier and her team to account, for a lot of work has been done over the preceding 4 years and they have a great foundation to build upon.” Robinson boasted on several accomplishments of the previous administration, noting that the PDM has inherited a prudent economy. He said:“ Debt repaid, money in the bank ,BBB+ (rating) country for the past 2 years, High school built for the first time in 30 plus years, free education up to age 40, programs at Invest TCI to encourage young entrepreneurs are but a few of such achievements. “We certainly realize that we cannot rest on our laurels, even the Bishop at the ecumenical service prior to the swearing-in ceremony, paraphrased that we have to take this country to the next level. “At the ceremony, a few things stood out. First and foremost, the PDM really believe that they have the absolute right to the throne of God, and surely that cannot be right. “We all know from the reading of

National Chairman of the Progressive National Party (PNP) Royal Robinson

the Scriptures that God allows any government to stand up. We further note the saying that the people at various points in time of their history, get the government they deserve. “That is reflected, whether they voted in a positive way or abstained from voting.” Robinson called the Premier`s announcement to provide an additional 4.1M to contribute to NHIP an exercise in “smoke and mirrors”. He explained that the money came from the Consolidated Fund, left by the previous Premier. He asserted that: “You cannot draw a cheque for an outside entity unless the money is in government’s Scotia Bank account! The number of papers laid on the table of the House indicated that Hon. C. Washington Misick had done his job well. “There were the financial statements for the NHIP for the years ending March 31, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.” Continuing his critique of the new overnment, Robinson said “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” He bashed the government for trying to convey to the public the impression that in 6 Working days since their appointment the Premier was able to appoint auditors to review the books of NHIP for the relevant years and come up with a solution. The PNP chairman in his seethe labeled the Government`s move in this regard, as nothing but a ‘pipe

dream’. He said: “To add insult to injury, she laid on the table 6 contingency warrants for 2016, ranging in value from the low five digit amount to $2M. “It was only after the Leader of the Opposition, asked the Speaker to ask the Premier to give details of the warrants that she read them, and appended to each of them was the name of C. Washington Misick, and this indicated who had actually done what! She could try, but she would not be allowed to take credit for other people’s work without that fact being pointed out. “We have to establish the right parameters lest we be lulled into nonsense of “real change is here.” “It is one thing to win an election, but it is a different ball game in governing. “The PDM, having been out of effective governing for 13 years are in for a rude awakening! “They will soon fully see that the landscape has tremendously changed from the era of the Hon. Derek Taylor Administration.” Robinson stated that the expectations of the segment of the voters who put their Xs in the PDM column are very high. He called on the Government to make good on their promises and deliver. “If you do not, the people will soon realize as the story goes: “The Emperor has no clothes on”



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Year in review JANUARY

Father of three dies in hospital from multiple stab wounds

OSWALD Skippings, who twice served as Chief Minister, is officially contesting the 2016 general elections as the Leader of the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA), a fourth political party.

the luxury Seven Stars resort made large cash payments to Government ministers before, during and after he got special concessions for the project, court heard on Thursday (January 21). It is alleged that Varet Jak Civre paid $50,000 from his investment firm Precon to Paradigm Ltd, a company he and Floyd Hall both had an interest in, on March 27, 2003.

Dodgy account set up for minister’s land profits

FEAR has risen in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the brutal murder of Filipino Bobby Lubante. The 46-year-old father of three was stabbed multiple times in his Five Cays home and later succumbed to his injuries at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales.

Government to hold consultations on building height

A SERIES of consultation meetings to discuss the proposed amendment of the existing building height restriction and density requirement will be held next week. This comes in the face of the Supreme Court’s decision in November 2015 to halt construction plans for a 12 storey high rise building after a joint complaint was filed by the proprietors of The Tuscany and The Venetian luxury condominiums in Grace Bay.

The new party formed by Skippings after he severed ties with the Opposition, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), promises to address unemployment, crime, human and sex trafficking, and also to resuscitate vital industries in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

‘TCI public prosecution will be world class,’ says Masters

DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) John Masters said he will endeavour to foster better relationships with local law enforcement agencies in 2016. This comes as Masters outlined several areas his office will focus on this year, at the opening of the 2016 law year on Monday (January 11).

Misick finally stands trial in ‘pay to play’ corruption scandal

Government to repay $170m UK guaranteed bond

THE BALANCE of $170 million United Kingdom guaranteed bond to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be repaid from the sinking fund and other TCI Government cash resources. The Turks and Caicos Islands Government on Wednesday (January 13) signed a new $28 million loan agreement with the Royal Bank of Canada according to a Government release. The $170 million bond is due to be repaid on February 22.

PDA promises to address unemployment, trafficking and crime PDA1. Leader of the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) Oswald Skippings and executive members

FORMER Premier Michael Misick has finally faced the corruption charges which have dogged him and the country for years. Along with his eight codefendants, Misick is charged with a wide ranging conspiracy to defraud the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands out of millions of dollars.

AN ATTORNEY created a bogus client account specifically to hide money being passed to a minister for the sale of Crown land, court heard on Wednesday (January 20). Clayton Greene allegedly cooked up an account in the fake name of John Doezer for the sole purpose of passing cash to Floyd Hall for his role in the sale of land at Water Cay.

Misick Government’s import concessions cost TCI $42m

GENEROUS import concessions granted during the tenure of former premier Michael Misick cost the country $42 million, court heard on Tuesday (January 19). Day two of the SIPT trial also revealed allegations that a five year failure of the Misick administration to tighten up corruption laws allowed ministers to “abuse” their position for their own financial gains.

Developer paid Misick $6m for land on ‘island that time forgot’

A MEGA rich foreign investor gifted former premier Michael Misick millions of dollars as part of a corrupt partnership to hold some of the most prized land in TCI, court heard on Wednesday (January 27). Misick allegedly accepted a phoney $6 million loan from Slovakian businessman Mario Hoffman that was never repaid as part of secret dealings to secure land at Salt Cay.

Government to ensure primary healthcare for all – Premier Ewing

Seven Stars investor made huge payments to ministers

THE WEALTHY backer behind

FEBRUARY Police recruitment, coastal patrol vessels and aerial surveillance -Budget 2016 proposal

THE GOVERNMENT in its 2016/2017 budget proposal has allotted money to employ some 20 police officers to help curb the spate of burglaries, vandalisms and breakins in Grand Turk. Speaking at recent press conference, Premier Rufus Ewing said that while national security and police are under the purview of the Governor, the Government has a responsibility to finance national security measures.

Canadian province to twin with TCI

A PARLIAMENTARY twinning project between Canada and the Turks and Caicos Islands will see both countries fostering greater bilateral relations, sharing best practices and strengthening parliamentary democracy. This comes as the Turks and Caicos Islands branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) hosted four parliamentarians from the Houses of Parliament, Canada.

Masked gunman storms bar

A MASKED gunman stormed into a bar at the weekend in an attempted robbery which left patrons stunned. The man, wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun, burst into the establishment in the Bight on Sunday (February 7), ordering terrified patrons to put their hands up before a struggle ensued between the gunman and security staff.

PNP reclaims headquarters after years of legal wrangling

Teen arrested after six homes demolished by fire

AN 18-year-old man was arrested after an immense fire in Five Cays, Providenciales, destroyed six different homes. According to police press officer Audley Astwood the incident took place on Thursday, January 14, at about 4pm and it took firefighters about three hours to extinguish.

and Human Services.

THE GOVERNMENT will focus heavily on the provision of primary healthcare that will ensure universal health coverage and access of healthcare to all. This means that everyone will receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them, this is according to Premier Rufus Ewing who is also the Minister of Health

THE PROGRESSIVE National Party (PNP) have finally taken back their “spiritual home” after years of dispute with the Government. On Wednesday the party announced with delight that it had

reached an agreement with the Crown that will see the former party headquarters on Airport Road returned to them.

Government accused of neglecting capital island

THE RUFUS Ewing-led Government is being accused of neglecting the island-capital of Grand Turk, particularly as it relates to critical infrastructure. Addressing the House of Assembly on Tuesday, February 9, Opposition Elected Member for Grand Turk South and Salt Cay Edwin Astwood said Grand Turk is falling apart.

Judge refuses application to call hundreds of witnesses

JUDGE Harrison refused a defence application to call more than 300 witnesses for cross examination in the SIPT trial on Thursday (February 18). Ralph Thorne QC made a formal application to the court that written prosecution evidence, such as bank statements and official documents, could not be admissible unless the defence had the right to call and cross examine every witness behind it.

TCI’s first murder in 2016 leaves residents in shock

RESIDENTS of the Turks and Caicos Islands were left in complete shock after hearing the tragic news of the recent murder of 24-year-old Branchard Antonio Walkin whose body was found in bushes on a road leading into Kew Town, Providenciales on Tuesday (February 16). According to police press officer Kevin Clarke the body was discovered after officers were tipped off by a resident who was walking in the area.

UK gov’t paid off

THE TURKS and Caicos Islands Government has finally paid off $260 million worth of debt underwritten by the UK. Announcing the decision to Parliament in Westminster, UK minister for international development Desmond Swayne said: “I am pleased to announce that on February 22 TCIG repaid its remaining borrowing under this guarantee on schedule and with an outstanding borrowing need of just $28 million. CONTINUED 

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Year in review 2016 Scholars win case against Minister of Education

TWO students who aspired to be national scholars won a landmark victory against the Minister of Education and the National Scholars Committee after they claimed they had been robbed of their scholarships. On Wednesday (February 24) Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey Hale ruled that Tristan Greene and Ryesha Higgs who tied with Davonte Smith in the third position, were all due their respective scholarships, overturning the selection decision of the Committee for the year 2014 which denied Greene and Higgs their awards.

Misick to stand for election

FORMER premier Michael Misick is to stand for election this year despite being embroiled in an ongoing corruption trial. The man, who was leader of the Turks and Caicos Islands for six years between 2003 and 2009, released a statement saying that he was determined to return to politics and fight for the people of the TCI.

Man, 89, robbed and beaten in Grand Turk

AN 89-year-old man was hauled



from his bed, bludgeoned to the face and body and threatened with a knife by an unknown male who invaded his residence over the weekend in Grand Turk.

the country back in February 2015. An investigation carried out by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force revealed that Louis was contacted on Facebook by a person she did not know who offered her a job, which involved her bank account being used to transfer cash abroad as part of a money laundering operation.

Saving Our Boys workshop aimed at curbing violence in school

Police are investigating the dreadful attack on senior citizen James Selver which has since left the man traumatised.

Thieving airport customs officer avoids jail

IN AN effort to curb the spate of violence among male students at HJ Robinson High School the Department of Youth Affairs has arranged a day for male students to discuss the consequences of fighting and what is causing their behavioural changes.


A LIGHT fingered airport officer has been spared jail despite pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in customs revenue. An investigation by police found that Clyde Scottie Glinton, of Provindenciales, stole a total of $19,273.42 from Providenciales International Airport customs department over a two and a half month period. Haitian woman admits to money laundering

A HAITIAN woman is facing jail after confessing to number of money laundering charges. Nathanelle Louis, originally from Haiti, has pleaded guilty to her part in transferring criminal funds out of

A bridge too far?

the structure were posted to Facebook.

‘They’re spitting on us’ - protester gatecrashes corruption trial

AN ANGRY protestor slammed the ongoing government corruption as a “disgrace” while standing on top of his pick-up truck outside court on Wednesday (March 2). Bill McCollum, 69, stood on the bed of his truck on Leeward Highway directly outside the specially constructed SIPT courthouse holding a placard that read ‘SPIT needs to split’.

$1.5m Clyde Robinson ‘land flipping’ case reopened

THE CONTROVERSIAL “land flipping” case involving former Director of Planning Clyde Robinson has been sent for review. The Court of Appeal ruled that Chief Justice Ramsey Hale did not apply the “proper test” when she decided Robinson had acted properly in the acquisition of land in Long Bay.


publisher of the book ‘Listen to the Cry of the Child,’ knows sexual abuse thrives on secrecy and has learned personally that bringing abuse into the light is the first step to freedom and eventual healing. Hansen as a very young child was violated by her grandfather and victimised from age two; she was eight when the abuse stopped.

Police urged to speed up investigations into Kevino’s murder

DEPUTY Premier Akeirra Missick has urged the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) to hasten their investigations into the murder of Kevino ‘Bah’ Smith in an effort to give his family closure. The Deputy Premier, who was speaking in the House of Assembly on Monday (February 29), said the matter has been weighing heavy on her heart since police are yet to announce any leads.

Voter registration battle

Sexual assault and domestic violence survivor breaks silence

OUTRAGE has erupted over a private “eye sore” blocking access to Grace Bay beach. The wooden walkway, constructed by Beaches holiday resort, stretches from the hotel grounds right out over the waves obstructing that section of the beach at ground level, causing an outcry on social media after images of

A SEXUAL abuse survivor is using her adversities to help others break the silence of sexual assault and domestic violence. Barbara Joy Hansen, author and

DESPITE the election being months away the fight for votes has already kicked off as parties argue over voter eligibility. The process of determining who is able to vote in which district is CONTINUED 


The newest new year Here we are in January 2017. A brand new year. In welcoming this newest year TCI did a number on the USA. Turks and Caicos toasted the New Year one hour earlier than the east coast of the USA. Actually many Turks and Caicos Islanders greeted 2017 at church. Was our time change a good thing ? Many disagree. They believe in being synchronized with our visitors and TC Islanders living in the eastern USA? The USA election happened about 6 weeks earlier than TCI’s but we quickly inaugurated our new Premier before the USA. We have a wonderful beautiful truthful lady Premier while the USA has to settle for crusty old Donald Trump. Trump


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

will take his oath of office with outgoing President Obama present. Also present will be Hilary and Bill Clinton. The USA has one up on us. Respect for the democratic process. Something lacking in one of our parties who seem to believe in something other than democracy. In the 2012 election, 4 long years ago, PDM won the popular

vote but lost the right to rule by one seat. PDM went respectfully forward as the official opposition with its new respected lady leader. 2012 was not repeated in 2016. All PDM incumbents were returned with generous margins. PDM picked up a forth at large seat plus district seats long in the other camp. The PNP leader lost, left, and did not appear

at the inauguration. That is called disrespect ! Many independents and a third party had their hats in the ring but none came close to contention. It made for an interesting exercise. The PDM party is on fire with plans and energy. Energy coming from the top down and bottom up. The first 100 days will prove interesting this time around. This is the first manifesto we can expect to happen. PDM will be legislating for the benefit of the people. We hope there will be unity. That is up to the opposition. It seems that 2003 was a long, long time ago ! We wonder if prospective investors who retreated after 2003 are watching. We have faith in our new tourism ministers ability to seek them out and begin to assure them it

is safe to invest in TCI again. We believe the current resorts were watching the election and will be waiting to co-operate. Minister Higgs will also bring investors to his Twin Islands home. We need to expand our economy. There is much to be done since 2003. We have faith in true transparency and the commitment of this new administration to keeping our people advised. Once PDM sets new financial standards we can attract a credit rating in the “A” class without the “B”class apron strings of the British CFO. We now have a Thatcheresque premier with the peoples agenda. The newest year is upon us and may God bless the TCI.




Year in review 2016



nearly completed and the latest stop on the roadshow was Providenciales where people of differing political persuasions wrangled over voter details.

Miss Teen is Miss Congeniality 2016

MISS Teen Turks and Caicos Universe 2015-16, Amber Hall did not return home empty handed when she arrived through Providenciales International Airport on Wednesday night (March 2). Hall travelled to Costa Rica early last week to compete in the seventh annual Miss Teen Universe pageant where she captured the judges’ attention as Miss Congeniality and also placed in the top 16.

SIPT presents first witness

hazards of tobacco use.

Row erupts over South Caicos airport safety

INTERCARIBBEAN Airways has slammed “unreliable” safety and “disruption” at South Caicos Airport. On Monday (March 7) the TCI based airline issued a statement expressing their dismay at the state of the Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) at XSC. They said they had made numerous attempts to have the RFFS upgraded to enable them to use their Embraer E120 aircraft, all of which were denied, and that on March 3 all flights were suspended due to issues with safety equipment.

Petition calls for animal welfare improvements

A PETITION has been launched calling on the Governor to drastically improve the welfare of animals in the TCI. The petition, entitled ‘Sort out the Animal Welfare Department in the TCI’ calls for the immediate suspension of Dr Mark Butler, the chief veterinary officer, and a full investigation into the department. It also demands Governor Peter Beckingham provide a vehicle and basic equipment to the officers working on the front line of animal protection.

TCI welcomes 1.3m tourists to its shores in 2015

THE LONG awaited debut witness in the SIPT trial has finally given evidence in court. Former health minister Karen Delancy became the first person to be called by the prosecution to testify against the nine defendants on trial including former premier Michael Misick. She told the court that Misick and other senior members of the PNP, including current premier Dr Rufus Ewing, were unhappy with her during her time as health minister after she pledged to clamp down on nepotism.

Non-smokers to be protected under public smoking ban

THE TOURISM statistics for 2015 in the Turks and Caicos Islands reveal that the chain of islands hosted 1,315,268 tourists to its shores with an 8.1 percent increase in stop-over guests. According to information released by Oehleo Higgs, senior press officer at the TCI Tourist Board, the destination continues to reach new heights with noted growth in stop-over arrivals recorded for each month of the year.

Teenager found dead

SOUTH Caicos was plunged into mourning this week after the sudden death of a teenage girl. Tikera Elliot, 16, was found at her home on Swann Street, South Caicos, at about 4pm on Monday (March 14). The girl was discovered by her father who told the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force he last spoke to her at 8pm the previous night just before she went to bed.

Gov’t failing to address prostitution, says PDM leader

A TOBACCO control law that will make public places in the Turks and Caicos Islands smoke free will come into effect on April 1 this year. The bill which was passed in the House of Assembly in October 2015, also aims to prevent tobacco use by minors, regulate tobacco use overall and enhance public awareness of the

THE GOVERNMENT is failing to address reports of prostitution in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is according to leader of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Sharlene Cartwright Robinson who said there are increasing reports of women being brought into the TCI under false pretence. During an interview with People’s Television (PTV) she claimed that women are working as sex workers

at local bars and other places which operate as covert brothels.

Speed laser and radar for cops

SPEEDING drivers will now have radar and lasers to compete with when trying to evade the law. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force this week trained 19 officers to operate new certified speed measurement devices. The five day course was designed to improve the effectiveness of enforcing speeding ordinance through the use of moving radar and speed laser.

GROUND BREAKING - First mental health facility in TCI WORK has finally begun on the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first dedicated mental health facility. A ground breaking ceremony took place in Grand Turk on Wednesday (March 23) attended by Premier Dr Rufus Ewing as well as a host of other Government officials. The Mental Health Group Home will stand on the former hospital grounds and once completed will provide a 24 bed facility accommodating those with chronic and persistent mental illnesses that need supportive housing care.

APRIL NO MONEY MORE PROBLEMS - Misick gov’t ignored warnings on economy

GRAVE warnings about the finances of the TCI were ignored by the Michael Misick government, the SIPT trial has heard. Former chief economist Delton Jones told the court that when he was appointed in 2007 it was immediately clear the TCI Government was spending more money than it had coming in.

PNP ‘go getters’ got things done

THE GOVERNMENT run by former premier Michael Misick was CONTINUED 

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Ladies & gentlemen or just men & women ? Having just finished another fascinating read, “King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia” by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, I couldn’t help but think of the first book I ever read by this German-Ethiopian author, which was simply entitled “Manners” (2003). At the time I read “Manners”, I was still residing in Providenciales and had, rather BY TITUS DE BOER unceremoniously, just insulted Titus de Boer, who originally a person at a social gathering moved to the TCI from a few weeks earlier, whose Germany in 1989, is a “ignorance in action” and journalist by training and currently works as an art obnoxious arrogance winded promoter and consultant in me up to such an extent that I Grand Turk and internationally. just simply lost it. Admittedly, it wasn’t my proudest moment So what, you may think and I guess in today’s world, where four letter words are almost a must, (at least by mass media standards) those of us who prefer to express themselves politely are an ever diminishing minority. Still, I felt bad about the matter and apologised the old fashioned way – in writing. “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly” (Winston Churchill), was the quote that came to mind when said written apology was returned unopened. Thank god for Asfa Wossen-Asserate. An Ethiopian prince and grandnephew of Emperor Haile Sellassie, he is a best selling author in of all places, Germany. His “Manners”, a cultural-historical analysis of the state of manners in Europe, is not only one of the most entertaining things I have ever read, but also written very elegantly and with a lot of humour. The 40 chapters of this linguistic masterpiece deal with all aspects of manners, from “Are there Ladies and Gentlemen or just Men and Women?” and “Does one still kiss a Ladies hand?” to “Is the compliment a dying art?” A few chapters on, the author ponders the question whether there ever was such a thing as “communist manners” and “is fashion vulgar”? Prince Wossen-Asserate was born in Addis Ababa in 1948, where he graduated from the German school in 1968. He went on to study law, history and economics in the U.K. and Germany, settling down in Frankfurt after a revolution in 1974 made a return to his native Ethiopia impossible. It was in Germany where he founded the “Council for Liberties in Ethiopia”, in an effort to draw attention to the human rights abuses of the Marxist/military dictatorship of Ethiopia. In 1994 (the Marxist’s were ousted in 1991) he founded “Orbis Aethiopicus”, an organization highlighting Ethiopian culture, history and religion. The prince continues to live in Germany, where he works as a business consultant. Back to manners and my insult from all those years ago. What would have been Prince Wossen’s verdict? The answer is, mixed. His philosophy being that “The person with the best manners in the world is someone who respects the feelings of others as if they were his own”, he would surely have reprimanded me for hurting someone’s feeling, while also pointing out that not accepting a genuine apology is often as ill mannered as the original insult that instigated it. So do manners still matter? In the Salt Raker Inn, in Grand Turk, there sits a “swear box” on the bar and some days you will know (and hear) why. On those days it’s easy to forget that the English language actually consists of more than just the F word. An observation that is by no means exclusively a TCI phenomenon. That said, it is one thing to accept that as societies and cultures change, so does the use everyday language, while also realising that the chaps who are sitting around the bar, just having a f...g banter, simply reflect the times we live in and wouldn’t for a minute think that anyone might be offended. Who the f cares...Welcome to the 21st century.

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Year in review 2016 a pro-active administration which benefitted the Turks and Caicos Islands, the SIPT trial has been told. During cross examination of former government chief economist Delton Jones, counsel representing Chal Misick, Malcolm Bishop QC, spoke at length to outline the achievements of the Misick era.

Land registry disarray

A LAND registry professional has described the chaos he discovered at the Crown Land Unit in the years after the Misick government. Jonathan Llewellyn, who has over 20 years of experience in land administration, told the SIPT court that he found two cubic metres of unprocessed documents in 2013 relating to Crown land applications. The documents, somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000, were piled so high that they were in danger of “cascading” to the floor, the court heard.

Security officer shot three times during supermarket robbery

ALBOIN Williams, owner of Tag Security Services, was the victim of multiple gunshot wounds to his back during a money pickup at the Sunny Foods supermarket in Providenciales on Sunday (April 10). According to an eyewitness who preferred to remain anonymous, the three masked robbers waited until Williams walked out of the supermarket with the briefcase with the funds to knock him down to the ground. While he was on the ground, the money was taken from him and he was shot three times in his back before the robbers escaped the crime scene.

Missing years of PNP financial records

THE TREASURER of the Progressive National Party inherited a four year hole in financial records, the SIPT court has heard. Gordon Burton, the current PNP treasurer, told the court that when he took over in 2010 he was handed financial statements from 1999 until 2006 but not beyond that.

gunpoint robbery. The victim spotted a pair of men trying to break into her home in Long Bay Hills, Providenciales, at about 2.14pm on Wednesday (April 27). When the woman shouted at the men, who were all dressed in black, they came towards her and pointed a 9mm pistol and a knife at her and her baby.

Assembly member forced to backtrack

IN AN extraordinary move the SIPT prosecution cross examined one of their own witnesses on Friday forcing her to backtrack on live evidence. The Government appointed member to the House of Assembly Ruth Blackman, a former Cabinet secretary in the Misick years, had turned “180 degrees” from her previous written statement, prosecutor Andrew Mitchell told the court. Mitchell had been asking Blackman about the relationship that former premier Michael Misick and former minister for natural resources McAllister Hanchell had with exgovernor Richard Tauwhare.

MAY Guard attacked as Haitian migrants escape

A SECURITY guard was choked and handcuffed to a cell door as 12 Haitian migrants staged a daring escape from an immigration detention centre. The men had been aboard an illegal sloop which was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch at 3.03am on Sunday (May 1) off the coast of Providenciales.

Government cost of living poll a deceptive tactic, says PDM

Governor open to independence referendum

“IF THE people of an overseas territory wish to consider the possibility of independence then we will not stand in the way of a referendum.” Those were the words of Governor Peter Beckingham who spoke about the TCI’s future during a meeting of a Grand Turk volunteer group earlier this month. Beckingham stressed that there are “some obvious benefits to the relationship with the UK” including education, access to Europe, support for government institutions and security.

Mother and baby robbed at gunpoint

A MOTHER holding a baby in her arms has been the victim of a

THE MAIN Opposition is accusing the Government of trying to hoodwink residents through the circulation of a mystery poll to determine how the voting public views potential candidates. The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) national chairman Douglas Parnell issued a media statement accusing the PNP of using government workers to conduct a recent survey. He revealed that the Government is in the process of conducting the

polls on the island of North Caicos under the guise of a cost of living assessment.


works detailed in the Grand Turk masterplan.

Minicab service should replace jitneys – Philips

GOVERNOR’S appointed member John Philips has suggested the establishment of a minicab service to replace the use of jitneys. Amid reports of sexual assaults and mounted calls for jitneys to be regulated, Philips told the House of Assembly on Wednesday (May 11) that the creation of a minicab service would be the best short term plan to address the transportation woes of the commuting public.

Corruption accused to take shot at valuation officer

AFTER a somewhat disjointed examination on Wednesday morning (May 11) chief valuation officer Shaaban Hoza finished his evidence in chief. Since SIPT lead prosecutor Andrew Mitchell began his examination on May 5, Hoza’s testimony has centred on the valuations he produced during the years of the Michael Misick government.

Court hears of demeaning attitude towards TCInvest workers

ON THURSDAY morning (May 12) a combative Lillian Missick brought a touch of hilarity to what has so far been a cheerless process, fraught with tension in the corruption trial. From raised voices - both hers and the defence lawyer’s – to stern responses to questions, and evident frustration at being asked the same thing many times and in many different ways, Missick sparred with attorney Ralph Thorne, lawyer for Michael Misick.

Gov’t boasts $10.3m surplus this quarter

THE GOVERNMENT can again boast a positive financial position as the fourth quarter financial report recorded a surplus of $10.3 million. A total surplus of $68.6 million was recorded for the year ending March 31, 2016, according to a Government press release on Thursday (May 19). The country’s fiscal position is more favourable than the original and revised estimates for the year.

Work permit advertisement requirement

NEW rules are in place for employers applying for or renewing work permits for their staff. The Immigration Ordinance 2015 was brought into force on April 1. It established new conditions for advertising jobs which must be met when recruiting new staff or seeking a work permit renewal.

$8m earmarked for Grand Turk masterplan

SOME $8 million has so far been designated for the execution of the

This was recently revealed to the press by Premier Rufus Ewing. Premier Ewing stated that the money is coming from the Carnival Infrastructure Fund, as well as from the Government.

Premier says no victimisation of Jamaicans

PREMIER Rufus Ewing has debunked claims of victimisation against Jamaicans residing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to recent reports in the Jamaican Gleaner some Jamaicans alleged that they are being harassed and singled out by TCI immigration officials.

Government lost $55m in revenue in one year

FROM April 1, 2007, to March 2008, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, headed at the time by Michael Misick, lost $55 million in revenue due to duty that was foregone in several areas. In court last week, former customs collector Terry Selver testified about a number of discrepancies in the system, revealing that the Government collected just under $10 million in import duties in that one year.

JUNE Distribution of Crown land a ‘hot potato’ – Philips

GOVERNOR`S appointed member John Philips has suggested the establishment of an autonomous body to handle the distribution of Crown land in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Recently the House of Assembly debated the issue of access, ownership and affordability of Crown land for Turks and Caicos Islanders. During his contribution to the debate Philips said the issue of Crown land is a “hot potato” for any party in government since they will be undoubtedly accused of distributing land to their friends and family.

$100m luxury resort coming to TCI

THE DEVELOPMENT of another mega luxurious hotel and resort is in the pipeline for the Turks and Caicos Islands. The W Hotels chain of resorts is gearing up to replace the Toscana in Coral Gardens on Grace Bay, Providenciales.

The development of the hotel, although still in its early stages, is expected to boost the tourism and hospitality industry according to Premier Rufus Ewing.

Grand Turks’ National Heroes Day celebrations strive to unify the nation

THIS year’s National Heroes Day memorial celebration placed centre stage one very special group of national heroes. Heroes that, no doubt, would have made the nation’s celebrated national hero James Alexander George Smith McCartney, very proud.

Invest Turks and Caicos attends regional conferences, summits and roadshows

MEMBERS of the Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) team spent the past three weeks promoting the country as an attractive destination for foreign investment at regional conferences, summits and roadshows.

Illegal beach vending and littering a major tourism concern

ILLEGAL beach vending and littering are some of the major issues affecting the tourism product in the nation’s capital, Grand Turk. These issues were highlighted in the House of Assembly on Monday June 13, when the Deputy Speaker of the House, Josephine Connolly questioned the latest decline in the country`s ratings which took a significant dive from being number one to number four. CONTINUED 




Year in review 2016 Nearly 60 attempt to enter TCI illegally A THIRTY foot blue and white wooden boat carrying 57 illegal migrants from Haiti was captured on Wednesday, June 8, attempting to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands shores illegally. The boat was intercepted by marine police at about 11.49pm that night and all aboard were transported to the immigration detention centre for further processing.

Beaches honours over 1000 male employees

Beaches Celebrates Men 1. Managing director, Don Dagenais celebrating men’s week with male employees OVER 1000 male employees from over 30 departments at Beaches Turks and Caicos were honoured during the company’s first annual men’s week celebration which was celebrated from June 13 to the 19. The week kicked off with a special devotion of prayer and thanksgiving hosted by the ladies of the resort.

Dead man discovered in pool of blood


A WOMAN police officer was shot in her right leg, just above her knee while on duty, during a gas station robbery on Monday.

Misick to run as Independent PNP candidate -after failed bid under PNP umbrella

FORMER Premier Michael Misick has put to bed any speculations that he will be excluded from contesting the upcoming general elections, constitutionally due before the end of this year. At a press conference he hosted at the Alexandra resort in GraceBay on Wednesday of this week, Misick announced his bid to run as an independent candidate of the Progressive National Party (PNP).

TCI Political leaders’ mixed reactions to Brexit vote

AFTER the shock of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, local politicians have expressed mixed views on the possible adverse political, economic and social implications this new development might have on the Turks and Caicos Islands. On Thursday, June 23, the people of Britain voted for a British exit, or Brexit, from the European Union in a historic referendum.

According to a police report, shortly after 1pm the Tactical Unit officers were heading east up the Millennium Highway when they noticed two men running across the street, opposite the Petro Plus Gas Station. When the officers turned in their direction, the culprits started shooting at the officer’s vehicle from the bushes.

OT`s to discuss relationship with the UK, health, economic and social issues at JMC

A man was discovered dead, lying in a pool of blood, in Kew Town, Providenciales, on Saturday, June 18. Jeanisland Michael Monhomme, who is believed to be a Haitian, died from apparent gunshot wounds. He was wearing a white tee shirt, black track pants with white stripes, and white sneakers.

Homeowners blast Priton Development - lawsuit could be filed

Electorate should return PNP back to Government – Premier

THE Rufus Ewing led administration is optimistic that the Turks and Caicos electorate will return them to power. As the country slips into election mode, Premier Rufus Ewing during a press conference on Monday July 4, at the Opus Restaurant told the media that his government is hopeful that voters will return his administration to Government.

ECONOMIC, social, health and environmental issues, as well as the relationship between Overseas Territories (OT`s) and the United Kingdom, will be discussed at the upcoming Pre-Joint Ministerial conference to be held here in the Turks and Caicos islands. Plans are well underway to welcome the leaders from UK Overseas Territories (UKOT) and their delegations for a series of meetings on areas of mutual interest here in the Turks and Caicos Islands for the first time from 20-21st July at the Palms Turks and Caicos.

promote non-violence against women in response to recent dreadful events which adversely affected the Dominican community in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

CCTV cameras to help fight crime will be installed by November

Police appeal for help as the Premier expresses outrage while the country remains on edge

THE GOVERNMENT is looking to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on every street as part of its plans to curb the country’s escalating crime. Premier Rufus Ewing on Friday, July 15, met with members of the CCTV committee to discuss the progress of the CCTV program.

Price Club to close, leaving over 40 workers jobless

PRICE Club Supermarket in Providenciales will be closing its doors for good and nearly 40 workers will be left without employment. It has been confirmed that the store will close and reopen under a new name and under new management.

Dominicans march for justice

THE issues bedevilling Priton housing development phase two, came to head again on Saturday, June 18, when homeowners complained of being ignored by the company. The Millennium Heights residents held a press conference to air their grievances and call out the company for the deplorable work they carried out in constructing what many homeowners were hoping to be their dream homes.

THE ECONOMIC advancement of the Turks and Caicos Islands could well be affected by the ongoing litigation and a political climate that could have a destabilizing effect on the country. This was the view of Minister of Finance Washington Misick when asked how the TCI could maintain its BBB+ rating and even improve on it in the coming years and months.

Police officer shot during a gas station robbery

HUNDRENDS of Dominicans and other nationalities marched the streets of Down Town, Providenciales on Sunday to protest against violence towards Dominican women, women at large and violence against the community in general. The march was triggered by the murder of Sonrineida Moreno-Arias who was discovered dead in bushes off Crystal Bay Road, Providenciales on July 13.

Dominican protestor arrested during street demonstration

Missing Dominican woman found dead

12-storey litigation could affect the economy

Missing Dominican woman Sonrineida Moreno-Arias


THE LIFELESS body of another Dominican woman was found on Wednesday afternoon off of Crystal Bay Road, Providenciales. Sonrineida Moreno Arias, a


26-year-old Dominican woman, who was reported missing from Sunday, was found in the bushes naked, with burn marks to the private parts of her body.

TCI continues to see strong economic growth – Standards and Poor’s

THE TURKS and Caicos continues to experience strong economic growth in its tourist-based economy. According to the global ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) recent review of the TCI`s economic performance, the country`s economic growth has been largely attributed to the ongoing economic recovery in its largest visitor market, the United States.

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PANDEMONIUM broke out downtown Providenciales last Sunday July 17, as police officers arrested a 36-year-old male from the Dominican Republic for numerous offenses. The Incident occurred around 5pm Sunday, on the Airport Road in the vicinity of Max’s Mini Mart. According to the police, the man was arrested for multiple offences during an organised anti-crime protest held by several Dominican nationals which was meant to

IS A serial killer loose in the Turks and Caicos Islands? That is the concern on people’s minds as the shocking news of yet another dead Dominican woman, killed under strikingly familiar circumstances, rocked the Islands last week. As people came to grips with the sad discovery of a young mother’s gruesome murder, and the Dominican community mourned the loss of yet another one of their women to violence, a sombre Police Commissioner and the newest addition the Force’s senior ranks – Steve Snow made a quiet appeal for help at a hastily called press conference last Thursday afternoon (July 14).

TCI has one of the fastest growing populations in the Caribbean –ECLAC - But belonger population on decline

THE POPULATION of the Turks and Caicos Islands could reach 55,498 people by the year 2027 – compared with 32,199 in 2012. This is according to a new medium projection report launched on the July 16 by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub regional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Statistics Department of the Turks and Caicos Government.

TOP Cop reiterates his commitment to fighting crime - Amidst calls for his resignation

POLICE Commissioner James Smith has reiterated his commitment to addressing the rising crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands amidst calls for his resignation. Smith in a letter of the media said it is his sworn duty to lead the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Service and to uphold the law and protect life and property and anyone who doubts his resolve and determination in this regard has never met him.

Gov’t pleased at court’s decision in 12 storey debacle

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Year in review 2016 Misick says he is pleased with the outcome. The court’s decision, which was provoked by an application for a judicial review by two hotels, has put an end to the latest round of litigation brought by the applicants to prevent the development of twelve story buildings in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Five confirmed zika cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands

on the July 16 by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) which projected a population growth of 55,498 people by the year 2027 – compared with 32,199 in 2012.

Clarence Selver to run independent of PDM - amid claims of being sidelined by party

can be the change that North and Middle Caicos needs to help transform the twin-island constituency into a booming tourism and business hub in the Turks and Caicos. Higgs, who has been a long-time supporter of the Opposition party, the People’s Democratic Movement, said he has now taken the bold step to represent the people of the Islands on a different platform.

Governor lauds strides in Tourism sector – Food production and financial services still lagging behind

FIVE cases of the dreaded Zika virus have been confirmed in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This was revealed by Premier and Minister of Health Dr. Rufus Ewing in a release issued on Sunday July 24. Premier Ewing stated that of the five confirmed cases three are imported, two of which are currently undergoing further investigations to determine whether they are also imported or part of local transmissions.

DISCORD among political parties is nothing new and certainly not surprising to most, particularly when general elections are due and like all parties, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) has had its fair share. The most recent of those discords was brought to light this week when Opposition appointed member of the House of Assembly and veteran politician Clarence Selver revealed that he will be contesting the general elections as an independent all island candidate.

Distressed mother looking to sue hospital after misplaced foetus ordeal

British Armed Forces recruits Turks Islanders

A SERIES of investigations have recently been launched to identify the circumstances surrounding allegations against the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for throwing a fetus in the garbage, without the mother’s consent. The mother of the deceased fetus is preparing to sue InterHealth Canada for what she considers to be “the most I humane thing that I have experienced in my entire life.”

YOUNG Turks and Caicos Islanders between the ages of 18 and 32, now have the opportunity to join the British Armed Forces. This opportunity was announced by children’s rights activist, Patricia Duff, at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre, in Providenciales, last week.

Ralph Higgs resigns as Director of Tourism

GOVERNOR Peter Beckingham has lauded the tourism sector in Turks and Caicos Islands for its enormous strides in making the country one of the top tourism brands in the Caribbean. His extolment comes ahead of the forthcoming ‘Invest TCI Enhancing National Competitiveness’ seminar to be held on September 1.

Cabinet denies funding for legal aid in SIPT trials

CABINET has denied yet another request for additional legal aid funds made by the judiciary for the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) corruption trials. This was revealed on August 3, at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Governor, Peter Beckingham, at the Hon. N J S Francis Building on Grand Turk.

Residents to be ticketed to pay a fine for unclean surroundings

WITH the discovery of three additional cases of the Zika virus in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the environmental health department is taking strict measures to contain the spread of the virus to wider sections of the community. The mosquito borne virus is now a worldwide concern with additional countries being added to the list of confirmed cases each week.

Spanking new fish market for Grand Turk



legislature, female members, who have the testicular fortitude of the combined number of male figures in the House.”

Williams was confident of a medal - Still humbled by Olympic experience

These were the words of Lillian Misick, outspoken Governor’s appointed member to the local legislature and long time advocate for women’s rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Misick made that statement during a women’s forum held during the commonwealth parliamentary association meeting held last month in Canada.

IF Great Britain were not disqualified on August 19th, Delano Williams is confident that he would have won a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He felt gold was possible, especially with the way the team paced themselves in the second heat. “I was confident that we could have got the gold medal.” Williams recalls the moment from winning the heat to finding out that his team was disqualified as a whirlwind of emotions and indicated that it has made him into a stronger athlete.

Hoteliers to appeal courts 12 storey building height decision

OWNERS of the Tuscany and the Venetian Hotels are appealing the court`s recent judgement on the Government`s authority to make changes to the current building height and density regulations. This was confirmed by the Attorney representing Strata Corporation (the hotel umbrella company) Conrad Griffith, during an interview with this publication on Thursday August 25.

TCI too dependent on food imports – Governor

THE TURKS and Caicos Islands is far too dependent on food imports. This view was recently expressed by outgoing Governor Peter Beckingham, who has cautioned policy makers on the possible implications of heavy dependency on food importation. His comments came ahead of the upcoming Invest TCI Enhancing National Competitiveness seminar, which aims at developing new businesses in this regard.

SEPTEMBER Man, 33, arrested for alleged murders of two Dominican women

AFTER months of investigations, police have confirmed that a man, 33, has recently been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Dominicans Yuneiry Veras and Sonrineida Moreno Arias. Both women were found dead in Providenciales, within three months of each other. Following extensive inquiries, detectives from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), arrested the man at his home in Millennium Heights, on August 31 and he remains in custody, where he is being interviewed by detectives.

Supervisor of Elections Warns Against “Treating”

High income taxes crippling the average man – Seymour

PDM Urges Government to release Census Report -Following ECLAC`s population projections

THE PEOPLE`S Democratic Movement (PDM) is concerned about the recent population growth projection statistics and is calling on the Government to release a detailed census report and commit to a timeline for a population policy. This comes against the backdrop of a new medium report launched



DIRECTOR of Tourism Ralph Higgs is resigning from the Board, effective September 30 of this year. The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board made the announcement On Wednesday, stating that after 20 years of employment with the Government agency, Higgs has tenured his resignation as Director of Tourism, effective September 30, 2016.

“Time for a change” -PDM candidate Ralph Higgs implore

FORMER Director of the Tourists Board and newly-minted political candidate, Ralph Higgs, believes he

A SPANKING new fish Market on Grand Turk was officially declared open by Minister responsible for Tourism Porsha Stubbs-Smith on Tuesday August 15 2016. Fishing is an integral part of the Turks and Caicos Islands culture; as fishermen across the islands provide a highly valued service.

Women parliamentarians have the testicular fortitude of combined men in the HOA - Lillian tells parliamentary committee “WE





FORMER Opposition Leader Floyd Seymour says the Government`s current income tax regime is placing a significant economic burden on consumers. Seymour made these remarks on Wednesday, August 24, during an interview on a People`s Democratic Movement `s radio program “Raising TCI”.

SUPERVISOR of elections, Dudley Lewis, is urging candidates to refrain from ‘treating’ voters. In a release issued Thursday, September 1, Lewis reminded candidates that under the Election Ordinance they are not allowed to offer inducements to electors to influence their voting intention.

PDM still Government`s Watchdog – Opposition Leader

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Year in review 2016 People`s Democratic Movement (PDM) is still the Government`s watchdog and has been keeping the Government`s feet to the fire on serious issues that affect the populace.

Williams going for gold in Tokyo 2020

DELANO Williams has promised the TCI a medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and he hopes that it’s gold. The nation’s first Olympian returned to the TCI on Thursday afternoon to excitement and encouragement from all walks of life and he made the promise that they all wanted to hear. At the Flow homecoming celebrations, his declaration of a hopeful gold medal in four years’ time was met by loud and encouraging applauses.

the GraceBay strip. Once again, the players in the one-year-long battle, head back to court in the new month.

Trial ‘without an end’ could end in June 2017

IT IS now very difficult to say when the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team-led corruption trial will end, this is according to lead prosecutor Queen’s Counsel, Andrew Mitchell. However, Mitchell said that they have planned and timetabled the Crown’s case until June 2017.

Anthony Quinn killers appeal their convictions

Williams brings nationalities together in TCI - Opines Premier Ewing THE 2012 Mother’s Day murder of British Quantity Surveyor Anthony Quinn was a gruesome act carried out by two young men – Misael Castillo and Stanford Forbes Jr. – who were convicted and sentenced to life in prison on November 11, 2014. But the two are now appealing their convictions. DELANO Williams may have represented Great Britain at the just concluded Rio Olympics, but Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Dr.Rufus Ewing feels that he was able to transcend nationalities and inspire all of TCI. Speaking at the Flow homecoming celebrations press conference on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Ewing said that Williams is beloved because of his multi-nationality and his dedication towards athletics.

Priton residents tired of Government`s lip service – Williams

HOME OWNERS of Priton development are tired of the Government`s lip service. This is according to Opposition Blue Hills and Wheeland Parliamentary representative Delroy Williams, who says the Government is failing to address the plight of shoddy pre-fab homes constructed by Priton development in the Millennium Heights area. Priton development has been at the center of controversy recently after homeowners bitterly complained to the media and the Government about substandard construction by the developer.

Hotels wants Appellate court to throw out CJ’s ruling in 12 storey debacle

STRATA Corporation is not giving up its fight to prevent the Turks and Caicos Islands Government from introducing twelve-storey hotels on

stepson of local businessman David Been, and Lightbourne was the sister of police officer Croy Lightbourne.

Dominican man murdered in his Kew Town home

FELICIANO Antonio Garcia Quin, a 56-year-old Dominican, was murdered on Sunday in his Kew Town home, Providenciales, during an alleged robbery. Kevin Clarke, police press officer, said that at around 8:06 pm, a report was made to the 911 call centre concerning a man who had been shot. The lifeless body of the Garcia Quin was discovered by police officers and a medical team.

Building an animal sanctuary in the nation’s capital

Tuscany and Venetian deny being against TCI development

THE Hotels that have been embroiled in an ongoing struggle with the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands regarding the allowance of twelve storey developments in the country have firmly stated that they are not against continued development in the TCI.

Two killed in crash, man arrested for alleged dangerous driving

MARTIN Field Jr., 33 and Correll Glinton, 26, were killed last Thursday in a motor vehicle collision on the South Dock Road, Providenciales. Field, a Barbadian native was the

NHIP workers stage a sick out

WORKERS employed with the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) staged a no-show on Wednesday, leaving many visitors upset and management scrambling to rectify the situation. Shortly after news of the sickout by the staff spread around the local media outlets, social media pages and private phone blogs, the management of the agency issued a press release acknowledging that they were aware of the absence of several of its employees.

Leader of opposition refutes SIPT allegations

OPPOSITION Leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, in press conference on Wednesday, refuted allegations that she is being investigated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT). The media briefing was held at the PDM’s headquarters, in Providenciales, and was attended by most of the local media houses.

Deputy Premier says it’s time for the people to know the fight - Echoes Ewing`s call for CFO`s removal

DEPUTY Premier Akeirra Missick said it is time for the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands to know that the Government has fought the imposition of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from day one. Missick, in echoing Premier Rufus Ewing’s calls for the UK Government to live up to their agreement to rescind the position of CFO, noted that her Government had rejected the position from the start.

PDA calls for stiffer penalties for criminals

THE PROGRESSIVE Democratic Alliance (PDA) is calling on the Government to institute stiffer penalties for criminals following the recent spike in violent crimes in the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to PDA`s Leader,Oswald Skippings, the spate of violent crimes that include two shooting deaths in two weeks that were carried out in broad daylight, is reprehensible, intolerable and totally unacceptable.

Businessman shot dead during a cash collection


Christopher Forbes charged with two counts of murder

CHRISTOPHER Forbes, a 33-yearold Bahamian, has been charged with two counts of murder, which tied him to the horrific death of two Dominican women. Yuneiry Veras and Sonrineida Moreno Arias were found dead in Providenciales, within three months of each other in a secluded area in the western district of Providenciales.

decision to deny an additional $3 million dollars for legal aid in the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) trials.


Ewing calls for inquiry into SIPT endless spending OVER the past few weeks many residents may have become aware of a new charitable organisation that has sprung up, seemingly out of nowhere. TCI Aware Inc. – an organization created by belonger Michael Fenimore - is on a mission to ensure that these animals – most of which are donkeys and horses – are provided with adequate food, shelter and medical attention.

CFO a flagrant violation of TCI`s democracy – Premier

THE POSITION of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) was a flagrant violation of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ democracy. These sentiments were expressed by Premier Rufus Ewing at the recently-held UK Overseas Territories Attorneys General four-day symposium held in Providenciales from 18- 22 September at the Blue Haven Resort. Delivering the keynote address at the conference, Premier Ewing lashed out at the British for imposing a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) upon the country under the new 2011 constitution.

FCO approves additional $3 Million for SIPT legal aid Despite Cabinet’s denial

THE FOREIGN and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has vetoed Cabinet’s

PREMIER Rufus Ewing, in an attempt to “recover every cent of monies spent on the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT),” is calling for an inquiry into the ‘unaccountable and endless’ expenditure of the ongoing trial. This demand came at the time he blasted the British for reneging on the agreement to rescind the appointment of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after the $260 million loan was paid off, an appointment he calls “a flagrant violation of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ democracy.”

Premier lauds TCI`s strides in Universal Health - Still many challenges to overcome

THE TURKS and Caicos Islands is well on its way to attaining universal health, however illegal migration has placed a significant burden on the sustainability of the health financing mechanism. This is according to Premier Rufus Ewing, who lauded the strides made in the local health sector but admitted that many challenges are yet to be addressed.

“No shortcuts to progress”– Jasmin Walkin is newest independent candidate

‘JUST Another Soldier’ who wants to fight for his country is how popular columnist and teacher Jasmin (Jas) Walkin describes his candidacy in the upcoming general elections.

GARY MEAD, a well-known Provo businessman, was shot and killed during during an early morning robbery, in the parking lot of Slots-O-Fun Casino on the airport road, Providenciales, on October 30.Mead, 55, a long-time resident of Provo, was found dead in front of his business with gunshot wounds to his chest.

Governor Optimistic about TCI`s future - Urges leader to sharpen the Public Sector and retain an open economy

OUTGOING Governor Peter Beckingham urged the leaders of the Turks and Caicos Islands to focus on sharpening the public sector and retain an open economy. Beckingham, who only five days left the TCI after ending his tenure here, said in a release that he is optimistic about the future of the Turks and Caicos Islands. CONTINUED 

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Year in review 2016 Sunny Foods robbery accused for trial next year THE three Haitian nationals who were first fingered in the April 10 robbery at the Sunny Foods supermarket are to stand trial for conspiring to rob. On Friday (October 7) Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale set the case for trial in February 2017, when the men - Reginal Presil, Fritzer Prevalus and Wilbert Almonor appeared for their sufficiency hearing in the Grand Turk Supreme Court.

the murder of 44-year-old Dielua Jean, a mother of five and Haitian national. Joseph has received the mandatory life in prison for the murder of his on May 25, 2015.

“SHUT IT DOWN!” – Local attorney Finbar Grant weighs in on Digicel saga

the twin islands.

NOVEMBER ‘Bullied’ ex-governor testifies Misick govt had its own agenda

Former Digicel employees protest against recent dismissals

THE SACKING of seven Digicel employees has led to a protest in front of one of the company’s branch office in Providenciales on Monday. The group was accompanied by two former premiers of the TCI, Oswald Skippings and Michael Misick, and former principal of the Long Bay High school, Carlton Mills, and other residents who deemed the dismissals ‘unfair’.

Man gets life in prison for killing his lover

After seven days of testimony, the trial of 27-year-old Jamesly Joseph ended with a guilty verdict before Judge Robert Shuster in a Providenciales Supreme courtroom on Thursday (October 20). Joseph was arrested last year for

Prosecution Team (SIPT) trial has been peddled at this week`s Joint Ministerial Council(JMC) meeting in London. Premier Rufus Ewing, who attended the recent JMC meeting in London, told the council that the SIPT trial is placing a significant financial burden on the Turks and Caicos Islands economy.

New election date sparks uproar

“Good time to be coming to TCI” – newly sworn-in Governor Freeman

ON his arrival here in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday, October 16, Deputy Governor and Acting Commissioner of Police at the Providenciales airport warmly greeted new Governor Dr John Freeman and his wife Corinne Freeman. The couple was then whisked off to Grand Turk the following day for the swearing-in ceremony and the official welcome parade by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the school children in the country’s capital.



LOCAL Attorney attorney, Law Finbar Grant, has weighed in on the recent Digicel redundancies, urging those retained workers to stand in solidarity with their colleagues and shut down the organization. The public was outraged this week after news broke of the telecommunications giant ‘Digicel’severing some seven people from their payroll after a restructuring exercise by the company.

Election Day is December 5, 2016

THE ANNOUNCEMENT of the Turks and Caicos Islands constitutionally due elections was made around midday on Thursday (October 27) by Premier Rufus Ewing. Ewing made the announcement of the December 5 date during what was the last sitting of the House of Assembly until a new government is elected.

Drug users, paroled offenders to receive treatment in new halfway house

ON FRIDAY (October 21) a joint venture between the Drug Prevention Foundation and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government saw the sod being officially turned on a plot of land in the South Dock area with a panoramic view of downtown Providenciales.

ON MONDAY (October 31) former governor Richard Tauwhare took the witness stand for the first time in the Special Investigation and Prosecution trial. Tauwhare was first taken through a brief overview of areas for which he had responsibility during his tenure - 2005 to 2008.

CFO to be revoked by UK in 2017

MINISTER of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Baroness Joyce Anelay, has committed to removing the position of Chief Financial Officer, by the end of March 2017. This comes as Premier Rufus Ewing met with Baroness Anelay, FCO`s Minister with responsibility for the Overseas Territories and had the opportunity to discuss a number of important issues at the recentlheld Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) meeting in London on November 1.

Beaches TCI 2006 agreement under scrutiny in SIPT trial

THE SIPT corruption trial turned its attention to the 2006 development agreement between Beaches TCI and the Michael Misick-led government on Thursday (November 3). That agreement has long since been a contentious issue in the country with many believing that the country was not getting the value it ought to. This view is shared by the former Governor Richard Tauwhare, who is currently testifying on behalf of the prosecution in the case against former Premier Michael Misick, former ministers of his government and other persons.

UK should pay- Exorbitant and unaccounted expenditure on SIPT trial

Local group touts lower electricity costs in North and Middle

THE North Caicos Sustainable Energy group has big plans to lower electricity cost for residents of North and Middle Caicos through the utilization of the casuarina pine. The tree could be seen almost anywhere in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but it grows in abundance in

THE ANNOUNCEMENT of a new election date for the Turks and Caicos Islands has sparked massive outrage, resulting in some politicians labeling the Premier ‘incompetent’. Premier Rufus Ewing on Thursday (October 27) announced that the constitutionally due general elections would be held on December 5 during the last sitting of the House of Assembly. But on Saturday October 29, the newly sworn-in, Governor John Freeman said the Premier’s date will not give officials sufficient time to prepare for the election as envisaged by section 26 of the Elections Ordinance.

More arrests made in Gary Mead murder

THREE additional Dominican nationals have recently been arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of North American businessman, Gary Mead. Police confirmed at press time that four Dominican men and one Dominican woman have been detained in connection with the Mead incident.

“CEO ZANETA BURTON HAS TO GO” - NHIP Staff petition her removal

STAFF MEMBERS of the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) are calling for the removal of Chief Executive Officer, Zaneta Burton. In a correspondence received by the Weekly News staff members with the exception of one person have signed a petition to remove the current CEO from office. Prior to this move, a number of Sick-outs and sit-ins were planned and executed by irate staff of the NHIP to demonstrate their frustration with management.

Gratuity scheme for civil servants in 2017 THE ISSUE of exorbitant and unaccounted expenditure on the Special Investigation and

IN the new financial year, which starts on April 1, 2017, public servants will see a return of their gratuity. That decision was announced in


the last Cabinet meeting. While the Minister of Finance was firm about the scheme being reintroduced (when contacted), the Cabinet decision has so far only agreed to its reintroduction in principle and is subject to further work being undertaken on the proposed policy.

Mercy committee pardons first convict

THREE years after its formation the Mercy Committee has finally shown mercy on a convicted prisoner at Her Majesty’s Prison. Judith Swann is now a free woman, thanks to one of the final sets of approvals made by former Governor Peter Beckingham, who chaired the committee.

Judge finds sufficient evidence to continue Christopher Forbes murder cases

A GRAND Turk Supreme Court judge last Friday found that there was sufficient evidence to continue the case against a Bahamian man facing charges of two counts of murder, which tie him to the deaths of two Dominican women.

52 candidates nominated for election

WITH General election polls drawing closer, a whopping 52 candidates have been nominated. Nomination Day which was held on Friday, November 18th, is a vital part of the process of selecting a candidate for election to office. According to Supervisor of Elections, Lister Dudley Lewis, the 52 total is made of thirty- one (31) candidates from across the ten (10) Electoral Districts in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and an additional twenty one (21) All Islands District candidates.

Local Pastor and his wife left terrified after a home invasion

A LOCAL pastor and his wife were left terrified after burglars entered their home in Blue Hills on Monday and tied them up, demanding the church’s money. The incident took place at the Baptist parsonage on the Millennium CONTINUED 




Year in review 2016 Highway, Providenciales, wee hours of the morning.


implemented in neighbourhoods in Leeward, Providenciales.

Stop fear mongering – PDM Chairman to PNP

CHAIRMAN of the People`s Democratic Movement (PDM) Doug Parnell, has urged the ruling party to stop spreading fear and inciting segregation among the populace in an attempt to gain political mileage.

Two Haitian men wanted for the alleged murder of a Dominican man

The installation of the cameras is the latest measure by the Leeward Home Owners Association, with support from WIHL, to address the growing and largely uncontrolled crime problem on Providenciales.

Full scale city water project in the works for long Bay residents

PDM launches 10 Pillar ‘Change Document’

Government debunks NHIB broke claims - Calls reports incorrect, irresponsible and politically motivated

THE GOVERNMENT has dismissed reports emanating from some sections of the media on the financial state of the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) as ‘malicious, false and politically motivated’. According to some media reports the, NHIP is broke and in need of a six million dollars financial bailout.

30 CCTV security cameras to be implemented in the Leeward area

OVER US $100,000 has been invested into 30 new security cameras that will soon be

CURRENT Chairman of the Progressive National Party Royal Robinson on Friday (December 9) testified in court that he lost several acres of land he used to guarantee a loan for the PNP during the Michael Misick administration. The land was put up as security for a $1.5 million-dollar loan from the Belize Bank that former Premier Michael Misick and former government ministers Floyd and Jeffrey Hall had persuaded him to use to secure money for the PNP elections campaign in 2007.

PNP leader Rufus Ewing accepts defeat, immediately resigns

A FULL scale city water project is in the works for Leeward and Long Bay in an effort to make water accessible for all. The water project is being constructed to the tune of $500,000.00 by Provo Water Company and is scheduled for completion in 90 days.

Shaun Dean fatal accident - The wreckage of the red Nissan 350Z car that Shaun Dean was driving SHAUN Dean is being remembered as a loving husband, father, friend, and business man who always brought smiles to everyone’s face. Dean, aged 36, was identified on Friday as the man killed in a single motor vehicle accident during the early hours of November 25, in Providenciales.

Junkanoo museum opens on the island of Providenciales A JUNKANOO Museum has recently opened on the island of Providenciales to preserve the heritage and culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). An official opening was held last Friday at its location on the Old Airport Road, where visitors and tourists had the opportunity to explore inside the establishment, take photos and try on various Junkanoo costumes.

PNP launches its ‘Vision 2020 and Beyond’ manifesto PNP manifesto1 - Premier Rufus Ewing and Deputy Premier Akierra

IN the second ever held leaders debate in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the run-up to general elections, the three party leaders vying for the premiership, clashed on issues of qualifications and experience, the economy, the SIPT and over regulation of the financial services. The debate, which was held on Monday evening (December 5) at Tropicana, lasted for three hours, with the three moderators posing questions and many audience members being chosen from a raffle to ask the candidates their questions.

IN AN unexpected move on Friday midday (December 16), now defeated Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing resigned as leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP) after having suffered a massive upset at Thursday’s polls. At a brief press conference at the PNP headquarters in Providenciales, the former Premier, who was all alone at the head table, graciously accepted defeat and expressed well wishes to the incoming PDM government.

Ministry of Border control extends radar station

PDM secures landslide victory at the Polls

AN ADDITIONAL 500 square feet has been added to the original 528 square feet Coastal Radar Station in Five Cays. On Monday December 5, the Ministry of Border Control and Employment officially commissioned a new extension to the Coastal Radar Station.

PDA last to launch elections manifesto WITH JUST three days to go before elections day, the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) launched its manifesto to the people of the TCI as they prepare to head to the polls on Thursday (December 15). Leader of the party, Oswald Skippings, was joined by several of the candidates vying for office at the launch ceremony held at the PDA headquarters in Caribbean Place, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. Skippings said the document – which spans 111 pages – represents a new beginning spiritually, politically, socially and economically for the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.


were officially sworn-in on Tuesday, December 20. At a simple but significant ceremony at the Governor`s residence in Grand Turk, Governor John Freeman and other dignitaries witnessed the minister take their official oath of office.

Financial Services Commission establishes Trust Law Advisory Committee

FOLLOWING the enactment of the new Trusts legislation in the Turks and Caicos Islands the Financial Services Commission (FSC) announced that a new Trust Law Advisory Committee has been set up to ensure that a forum for collaborative and regular dialogue exists, and to keep the Trust Law and Regulation of the Islands under regular review.

Schools across TCI to decorate garbage bins to curb littering

Leader’s debate 1.Leader`s debate

Shaun Dean dies after crashing into an electrical pole IN LINE with the party slogan ‘It’s time for a change’ - on Tuesday (November 29) the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) launched its manifesto, titled ‘The Change Document’. The 62-page document is a road map of the changes the party intends to bring to the Turks and Caicos Islands, a recap of some of the successes of past PDM governments and samples of what the ballot paper will look like come Election Day - December 15.

ON MONDAY (December 5) the Progressive National Party (PNP) presented a “Bold Vision” for the Turks and Caicos Islands over the next four years. The launch of the 47-page manifesto outline hallmarks of the PNP’s vision, this includes - a virtual border wall to protect the country from “dangerous illegal immigrants”; a Constitutional referendum to end land lottery; 10 per cent duty reduction; free daycare; tougher penalties, operational control over the police and a $1 billion infrastructure investment.

Royal Robinson testifies about lost land in SIPT trial

Leaders debate 2016: Ewing, Robinson and Skippings clash in pre-election debate

TWO Haitian man are wanted by the Turks and Caicos Islands police for the alleged robbery and murder of a Dominican man, who was killed in the area of Time Square on Aviation Drive in Providenciales last month.


Missick strike a pose with the PNP’s ‘Vision 2020’ manifesto during Monday’s launch of the 2016 document)

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LOUD cheers and applause greeted the first-ever elected female Premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, as she made her way into the party`s headquarters after winning Thursday`s crucial General Election. The People`s Democratic Movement (PDM) in a landslide victory was able to extort the PNP from several strongholds, winning key seats at large and taking the government, premiership and ministerial seats away from the PNP.

New ministerial line-up unveiled Ministers 1. PDM New Ministers Glisten after being officially swornin PORTFOLIOS have officially been assigned to the Turks and Caicos Islands new slate of ministers as they

THE TURKS and Caicos Islands will soon be scattered with beautifully decorated bins to keep islands clean and beautiful as part of the Ministry of Tourism`s Schools’ Big Bin Competition. According to a ministry official the initiative, which will see every school on every island decorate a large plastic drum to be used as a garbage bin, is part of Tourism Environment Awareness Month`s effort to curb littering.

New Government to tackle crime head-on during first 100 days

THE NEW Government has pledged to tackle the incessant crime rate in a bid to restore the country to its former state of peace and tranquility. During an interview with Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control, Sean Astwood, shortly after the party`s win, he told the media that work has now begun in that direction. Elections observers impressed with process - Calls for review of elections ordinance

THE COMMONWEALTH Elections Observers have called for an overhaul of the Elections Ordinance, while also observing that the December 15 elections were free and fair. The announcement came on Saturday, two days after the historic elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which sealed a massive victory for the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM).

“Focus on our youths” Damian Wilson to gov’t

YOUTH LEADER and independent candidate Damian Wilson has implored the new Government to pay attention to the youth of the country and the many social issues that were allowed to fester over the past few years.

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Women in Blue event was successful BY DAISY HANDFIELD OVER 100 residents attended the Women in Blue event over the weekend, an event geared at celebrating the first female Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The event was held at the PDM’s headquarters in Providenciales last week Saturday and saw face painting activities and a bouncing castle as a couple of the activities available for the children. There was also free food and drinks for the adults and children. Shekera Cook, event organizer, told media houses that she could not have pictured this event going any better than it did. She said: “We are excited that so many people came out to show their love for the wonderful woman that we have as our first female Premier. Women came together in ways that you cannot imagine. All the food was donated by women in blue; all the women who wanted to be a part of an event geared at uplifting the women in the community.” Premier Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, who was also in attendance, said that she was elated to see what the Women in Blue had done for her. “This is certainly something that I do not want to downplay because it has women excited and it has girls excited and inspired. I am glad that my life can touch theirs. I would like to say to women that it is hard work that gets you where you want to go and sometimes in places where you are not even

Sesame Street character, Elmo and Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Elmo and Honourable Douglas Parnell

Children showed off their face paintings

The children having a blast at the Women in Blue event

prepared to go … “I thank God and the people of this country for the opportunity and I absolutely love these women in

and I definitely tip my hat to the organizers, and I am grateful for them,” Cartwright-Robinson said. Those interested in joining the

blue. They have tried to make me cry in public too often, but I am going to fight them on it. It certainly feels wonderful to be celebrated

Women in Blue committee can send a message to them via their Facebook page, Women in Blue, for more details.

NCS donates cheque to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti BY DAISY HANDFIELD A CHEQUE for US $3,608.78 was recently donated to the Haitian consulate in Providenciales to assist the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The funds will be handed over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Haiti. NCS eMoney Services, operators of MoneyGram in the Turks and Caicos Islands, decided to donate 50 percent of the fees from every transaction sent to Haiti from October through November 30, 2016. A cheque presentation was held at the Haitian consulate on the Leeward Highway in

Providenciales on January 4. Travelling salesperson for NCS, Antoinette Thomas, presented the cheque to officials from the Haitian consulate and emphasized that the company was pleased to be able to assist Haiti during their time of need. She said: “After the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, our manager was very supportive and wanted to give back and support the Haitian people. As you know, we cater to other communities here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, it was our corporate responsibility to reach out to the people of the Haitian community.” Thomas also expressed gratitude to all their customers who support them throughout the years.

A cheque for US $3, 608.78 was presented to the Haitian consulate to assist Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti

“We would really just like to take this opportunity to thank the communities that have supported us throughout the years. You know we have been here over eight years and

the support is phenomenal.” NCS has three locations: Downtown (Butterfield Square), Leeward Highway, Luke Plaza and Grace Bay, Queens Landing (across

from IGA Gourmet) and subagents in Grand Turk, (Cee’s Supermarket), South Caicos, (Seaview Market) and North Caicos, (Digicel TCI).

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Whitefly infestation Question: How early in the life of a papaya tree can you tell if it is a female or hermaphrodite that will produce fruit? I have several plants started from seeds. My real dilemma is that, once I grow a plant, I can’t bring myself to discard or destroy it! At this rate, pretty soon, I’ll be overrun with papaya trees! Answer: I know your dilemma as I have grown papayas from seed before myself! Until the seedlings start to bloom after germination I know of no way to tell them apart. You can easily grow your own papaya (Carica papaya) fruit in the Turks and Caicos. But for your papaya tree to bear fruit, you need to know whether you have male or female tree. It takes just a glance to identify the types of flowers on a papaya tree in bloom. MALE FLOWERS Papaya trees with only male flowers are considered male and will not produce fruit. You can identify male flowers by their shape, color and location. Male flowers will look like elongated bells on trumpets.


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Each male flower will have 10 filaments supporting anthers. These look like long threads topped with fuzzy anthers. You will find the male flowers hanging down from stalks. According to the California Rare Fruit Growers, extremely hot weather during the summer can cause a tree with only male flowers to produce perfect flowers or male flowers that appear short and stocky, like female flowers. FEMALE FLOWERS Papaya trees with only female flowers are female trees. Female flowers produce papaya fruit after they are pollinated. Female flowers may be white or yellow. They are large in size but short. The ovary should be visible at the base of the flower, giving the flower a stocky

appearance. The stamens are very apparent in the middle of the flower, but there are no filaments or anthers. Trees with Both Male and Female Flowers Some papaya trees have both male and female flowers. These do not require a second tree for pollination, because the male flowers on the tree can pollinate the female flowers on the same tree. The likelihood that your papaya tree will have both male and female flowers on it depends on the variety. For instance, “Solo” papaya has a 66 percent chance of producing both male and female flowers. PERFECT FLOWERS Perfect flowers are found on bisexual or hermaphroditic papaya trees. These flowers contain both male

and female parts on the same flower. They have a wide, stocky base and are found growing directly from the bases of the leaves, like female

flowers, but they produce stamen like male flowers. Trees with these types of flowers do not require a second tree for pollination.

• Pour over crackers. Bake 17 20 minutes (should bubble but not burn).

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Sprinkle nuts on top. • Refrigerate 1 hour. Break into pieces. Can be frozen.

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• Place crackers on foil in 5 x 7 inch rows. • Microwave butter on high for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir. Microwave on high for 2 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

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Lifestyle... New year, new resolutions and old unhealthy habits? Here is a S.M.A.R.T way you can achieve your resolutions this year Most of us have heard the saying, “new year, new me”. Oftentimes it is said with truly good intentions of progress in our lives. Maybe this year you want to cut out the conch fritters, fry fish and grits and lose 20 pounds, get promoted at your job and/ or become more serious about political matters this year. So, why is it that so many of our resolutions made on January 1st, fall flat by January 20th only to be joked about in our social circles or carried over to the next “ new year”? The answer may lie not with our intensions on achieving them, but rather, how S.M.A.R.T are the goals we are setting for ourselves. Often times the goals that we set for ourselves are too vague, lack passion and structure only to be easily put to the side when the stressors of life and reality kick in. So, what are we to do? Here are five steps that can help us to achieve our goals this year. Let us discuss what S.M.A.R.T really means in regards to our resolutions. S.M.A.R.T stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Now, this may sound really scientific, but if we are to truly achieve our resolutions,

taking the time to really think about how to go about achieving them is just as important as it is to achieve and bask in them! For instance, let us take someone who would like to participate more in family gatherings or activities, when they are usually very busy. If he/she just talks about what they want to do but never takes the time to map out what it would actually take to achieve it, chances are, his/her’s desire for spending time with family regresses back to old excuses, and old habits. According to Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, the one thing that is important for us to do even before we see if the goal is achievable or measurable, is if the goal has significant value or meaning to us. Is it something that you love or enjoy? Something that holds significance to you? What really drove you to make this change? Once we are able to answer that question honestly apart from, “so and so is doing it. Look how successful or happy so and so is” that is when the goal becomes more real and achievable. Let us take the example of the vague goal I mentioned before and tweak it so that it is more of


HOW IT WORKS We are using the laser on energy points to help promote the release of neurotransmitters; such as endorphins, serotonins and dopamine, to help smokers deal with their withdrawal

symptoms when they quit smoking. During the treatment, most people feel nothing other than a sense of relaxation. The laser procedure involves the application of the probe to energy points on the ears and limbs. When these specific points of the body are stimulated with the

By Brigida Walkin M.S

Brigida Walkin, is a Belonger of the TCI and a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern currently working towards licensure in the state of Florida. Brigida has earned her Master’s Degree in professional counseling and counsels various populations including children, adolescents, and adults regardless of social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Brigida has volunteered at Girls INC clubs and youth centers in both the United-States and the Caribbean which allows her to utilize such experiences when counseling children, adolescents, teens, and adults through anxiety, depression, and adjustments to life transitions.

a S.M.A.R.T one. Vague goal: I would like to spend more time with my family this year. As wonderful as this goal is, in order for us to really achieve this, we can apply S.M.A.R.T to it. So a S.M.A.R.T goal may sound like this: I will spend quality time with my children one hour each day for the next 3 months, where we will chat and play games or go somewhere fun. When we look closely at this goal we can see how specific it is to spending time with this person’s children and even the types of activities that may take place. There is also a measure placed there as well, “for an hour each day” which sounds very achievable. How relevant it is depends on how important the goal is and it sounds like it is important to this person to spend time with his/ her children. And finally it is time-bound. He or she wants to spend more time with his/her children over the next 3 months. It is important to remember that while S.M.A.R.T goals provide

Become smoke free in 2017 with laser smoking cessation program The term LASER is an acronym which means: LIGHT AMPLIFICATION BY STIMULATED EMISSION OF RADIATION. The laser procedure is noninvasive, totally safe and painless. Laser is a modern method of therapy. The laser simply converts electrical energy into a form of light energy that is transmitted to the client by means of specially designed probes. Low power lasers do not generate heat, therefore when the laser contacts the skin, the client experiences no warmth or burning.


laser, it promotes the release of these neurotransmitters into the brain, which results in a calming effect on the body. Endorphins, a specific neurotransmitter, are one of the body’s own painkillers, an opioid (morphinelike) chemical produced by the body that serves to suppress pain, which assists in keeping the body calm and relaxed. The client experiences a feeling of euphoria and well-being that helps to dramatically reduce the withdrawal symptoms, irritability, and craving which come with quitting addictive tendencies such as smoking. WHAT THE TREATMENT INVOLVES Addictions involve both a physical and a psychological component. Our smoking cessation programs address both components by using

the structure for success, you can be flexible with it too; whether you change the amount of time spent on the goal for how-ever long, or even the goal itself. Another important point to remember is what the psychology field calls the “implementation intensions”. This means that when we decide to make a change, change is more manageable when we alter our environment to promote the change we want to see. So if you want to lose weight, finding a gym filled with people wanting the same thing or even a gym-buddy can help you to achieve you goal of losing weight. You want to do well on an exam? You gravitate towards study groups and others who want to study and do well too. You want to be a more generous person? Volunteer or get involved in more charitable events. Environment and support play important roles in us achieving the change or goals we truly want. Final thoughts:

The beginning of the year can bring with it so much happiness, joy and motivation to do better, be better and to make change. Nevertheless, always remember that you can still grow, achieve your goals, have experiences, and still be who you are. In no way are we perfect. Even the most driven, popular and successful of people make mistakes and that is okay. In fact, count on yourself slipping back into your old ways once in a while, because relapse is the most predictable stage of change! However, the important thing is to take the “ it is okay” pill, dust yourself off and remember why you wanted to achieve the resolution in the first place; apart from what others think about it, say about it or even say about you. Your resolutions are about bringing the best parts of yourself out, regardless of how long it may take or how difficult it may seem. Forward is forward regardless of the speed you are going at. So, cheers to you and the New Year!

YOUR BODY  Dr Craig Zavitz is a Canadian chiropractor registered in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He specialises in gentle manual therapies, activator, therapeutic laser, and smoking cessation. To make appointments call 941-5252 or email For more information visit

BY Dr Craig Zavitz

Dr. Zavitz will be on island January 13-January 21.

a state of the art laser therapy system to address the physical component of the addiction and counseling guidance to address the psychological component. Laser treatment is the application of a non-invasive laser beam to specific energy points on the body. This is a completely drug-free, safe, and painless procedure. The counselling guidance involves practical advice that helps to support the individuals’ efforts to remain a non-smoker. WHAT TO EXPECT The Theralase smoking cessation program consists of a treatment session that takes approximately 45

minutes. In some cases, patients may require a second booster session which can be performed any time within 60 days of starting the program. STOP TRYING TO QUIT AND START LIVING SMOKE-FREE No matter how long you’ve smoked; no matter how many times you’ve tried to quit; if patches, gum, inhalers, or hypnosis haven’t worked for you; then why not try laser therapy? Kick the habit at the speed of light. Treatment available only at Grace Bay Medical Centre with Dr. Craig Zavitz. Dr. Zavitz will be on island January 13-January 21. 3478964 or 941-5252


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Mrs Ophelia Talbot, FLOW retail associate Mikael Smith and Grand Turk grocery voucher winner Mr Oscar Talbot

FLOW Marketing Communications Executive, Darron Hilaire pictured with Mr Raymond Utz, Providenciales winner of the 40” LED Roku TV

Leaser Jones, Mrs Marjorie Durham-Grant (Zero Your Balance Grand Prize Winner) and Mikael Smith (Retail Sales Associate)

FLOW announces winners of 2016 Zero Your Balance campaign A TOTAL of 38 FLOW customers were announced as random winners of the Zero Your Balance campaign, an initiative created by Telecommunications Company to encourage customers to pay their phone bills on time.

Raymond Utz from Providenciales and Marjorie Durham-Grant from Grand Turk were both winners of 40” TCL 1080P Roku Smart Led televisions. Other winners were awarded US $50 grocery vouchers to shop at the

A bouncing baby girl is first baby for 2017 LITTLE Joavanna Flemming has received the honour of being the first baby to be born in the Turks and Caicos Islands for 2017. Tipping the scales at a healthy and bouncing 7lbs 10ounces, Joavanna was welcomed into the world by her parents Solanllis and Jovan Flemming at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre in Grand Turk on January 3, 11am. The birth of the excited newborn, who was due on January

7, was met with just as much excitement from her elated father. According to Maternity Nurses, the baby’s father was elated to welcome his first child into the world and did not want to leave the newborn’s side. As is customary, the parents were presented with a gift basket stuffed with infant-care items such as diapers, clothes, bibs, baby wipes, and more, courtesy of TCI Hospital.

Little Joavanna’ and her parents with nurses at Cockburn Town Medical Centre.

Graceway IGA. According to Marketing Communications Executive for FLOW, Darron Hilaire, the campaign was launched on November 3, 2016, giving customers nearly two months to capitalize on the opportunity

to win daily prizes of Top Up and Bill Credits simply by paying their bills in full to our main offices on Leeward Highway in Providenciales and on Front Street in Grand Turk. He added that the campaign was proven successful in March 2016 and

that since then, the company’s year end has shifted from March 31 to December 31. Hence they have decided to end the year stronger by providing even more value to their loyal customers.

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South Caicos airport beneficiary of brand new fire truck THE SOUTH Caicos airport was the recipient of a brand new fire truck last Thursday, courtesy of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA), to boost the rescue and firefighting services there. CEO of the Airports Authority, Mr John Smith, apologized to the people of South Caicos for the long wait and thanked them for their understanding in this matter. In a statement Mr Smith said: ”The fire engine has arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands and was expeditiously forwarded to its final destination in South Caicos.”

He added that, “We wanted to thank all individuals who contributed and was of assistance in having the fire engine delivered to South Caicos in a timely manner.” Smith concluded that the Airports Authority recognized the need for the replacement of other units and have medium and long term plans to do so. The CEO said that TCIAA, along with the board of directors and Turks and Caicos Government, are committed to delivering a fitting airport in support of the economic development of the airport in South Caicos.

Mrs Lightbourne along with officials from Flow and the IGA supermarket after she was done shopping

South Caicos airport receives brand new fire truck

Jackie Lightbourne ran straight to the meat section during the 60 seconds shopping spree

Jackie Lightbourne wins FLOW’s 60 seconds shopping spree BY DAISY HANDFIELD JACKIE Lightbourne walked off with over a thousand dollars’ worth in groceries after she was declared the winner of FLOW’s annual 60 seconds shopping spree over the Christmas weekend. Mrs Lightbourne was the winner of a 60-seconds shopping spree at the Graceway IGA supermarket on

December 23, where she filled her cart with dozens of packets of meat in just one minute. During the shopping spree she told media houses that she plans on sharing her groceries with her family and friends and she thanked FLOW for the Christmas treat. Marketing communications executive for the telecommunications company, Darron Hilaire said that he and his team were always excited

when it came down to giving back to the community. He said: “At the time when we called Mrs Lightbourne, she was not feeling well, but when she got the news, the excitement in her voice was just awesome. We are very grateful and we say congratulations to Jackie and family and we look forward to doing this again in 2017.” Mr Hilaire said that the campaign

closed off on December 22 at 12pm, then their team met to pool numbers together and continue on with the selection process. “It was quite a sight, quite an experience and we were very pleased to be able to provide one lucky customer with an opportunity to have a wonderful Christmas holiday.” The Flow 60-seconds shopping spree is a joint effort between the

telecommunications company and the chain of Graceway IGA supermarkets. This promotion was attached to one of Flow’s Christmas campaigns where persons had the opportunity to sign up for a prepaid combo plan that combined their texts, minutes and data. Mrs Lightbourne was the lucky winner that was selected from the list of new subscribers.



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Entertainment ‘La La Land’ breaks record at Golden Globes HOLLYWOOD musical La La Land has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes. It won every award it was nominated for - including best musical or comedy film, best director, screenplay, score and song. Its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling also won in the acting categories. The Globes are seen as pointers to the Oscars. Moonlight was named best drama film, while Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert won other acting prizes. British actors also enjoyed a golden night in the TV categories, with prizes for The Night Manager and The Crown. Affleck was named best actor in a film drama for his role in Manchester By The Sea and French star Huppert was the surprise winner of the award for best film drama actress. Her performance in thriller Elle which was also named best foreign language film - beat contenders including Natalie Portman, who had been considered the favourite for playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Viola Davis was named best

The legendary actress died Dec. 28 at the age of 84 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, just a day after daughter Carrie Fisher died.

The musical won every award it was nominated for - including best musical or comedy film, best director, screenplay, score and song.

supporting film actress for playing a woman in 1950s Pittsburgh in Fences - a role she first played on Broadway six years ago. The movie is an adaptation of the August Wilson play, which explores race relations in post-war America. Accepting the award, Davis said: “It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen - it doesn’t scream ‘moneymaker’.

But it does scream art, and it does scream heart.” In a surprise result, British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson was named best supporting actor for his role in Nocturnal Animals - a prize that had been widely expected to go to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. Zootopia was named best animated feature film at Sunday’s ceremony, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Reynolds died from burst blood vessel in brain during stroke DEBBIE Reynolds’ official cause of death was a stroke that burst a blood vessel in her brain, according to her death certificate, acquired by TMZ. The legendary actress died Dec. 28 at the age of 84 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, just a day after daughter Carrie Fisher died. Her son, Todd Fisher, was at

her side at their LA home when she fell ill. “My mom is with my sister,” Fisher told the Daily News after her death. “She wanted to be with her. She always took care of her.” Reynolds’ death certificate also lists hypertension, or abnormally high blood pressure, as a contributing cause.

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President Obama (with his daughter Malia) has welcomed many singers to the White House, including Janelle Monae (right) and Kendrick Lamar (left).

Spotify offers Obama a job as ‘President of Playlists’ US president Barack Obama recently joked that he was hoping for a job at Spotify when he leaves the White House. And it seems the music streaming service is keen to oblige him, after it posted on its careers page a vacancy for “President of Playlists.”

The job ad says applicants should have “at least eight years’ experience running a highly-regarded nation”. It also calls for “a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize”. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek gave the commander-in-chief a heads-up on Twitter, writing:

“I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one?” before linking to the affectionate ad. While the posting does not name Mr Obama, it nods to his best-known buzzwords, saying Spotify is “full of hope, and always open to change”.




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Regional News Obama urged to draft policies to assist Caribbean immigrants OUTGOING US President Barack Obama is being urged to draft policies to assist Caribbean immigrants before he leaves office this month. Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county executives from across the United States, is calling on Obama to commit to further protections for Caribbean and other immigrants in their communities. In a letter to the American president, they recommended that his administration strengthen support for young immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by accepting early DACA renewal applications. The programme permits young immigrants who are brought to the US illegally as children to remain in the country without threat of deportation and also to work legally. The letter was signed by mayors from cities in Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Rhode Island, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Colorado, and Washington. “As local government leaders throughout the country, we know that immigrants make our communities

President-elect Jovenel Moise, who will be sworn into office next month, had said during his election campaign that “the armed forces of Haiti is a constitutional prerogative”.

US not in favour of reestablishing Haitian army Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county executives from across the United States, is calling on Obama to commit to further protections for Caribbean and other immigrants in their communities.

stronger economically, culturally and socially,” said the leaders. “For this reason, we have enthusiastically embraced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, expressed repeated support for and defence of your 2014 executive actions on immigration, and worked closely with your administration to promote citizenship and the economic, social, and civic integration of immigrants.” In the letter to Obama who leaves office on January 20, at least 30 members thanked him for

his administration’s support for immigrant families. “On behalf of millions of our immigrant residents and their families, we thank you for the steps your administration has taken to support vulnerable immigrant populations, from bright young people who may only know life in this country, to immigrants who cannot return to their home countries because of conflict or natural disaster, as well as those who look to the US to lead on human rights and non-discrimination.

A FORMER senior American official to Haiti is pouring cold water on plans by the incoming Jovenel Moise administration to re-establish a national army in Haiti. Moise, who is due to be sworn into office on February 7, had during the campaign for the November 20 presidential elections last year, said that “the armed forces of Haiti is a constitutional prerogative. “A country is not master of itself if it does not have an armed force the strength of a country is based on a defense system that is strong, a modern army that is based on the objective of ensuring the protection of Speaking on the Voice of America (VOA) radio programme, Moise, 48 who replaces

former president Michel Martelly, who left office in February last year, said that the Haitian army “has so far figured in the Constitution.” But he acknowledged that the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country does not have any funds to ensure the re-establishment of the army that was disbanded in 1995 after years of military interference in politics and at least a dozen coups. But former American Ambassador accredited to Haiti and the Special Coordinator of Haiti to the State Department, Kenneth Merten, in an interview on VOA said “we have always supported a civilian police to ensure the security of Haiti”.

Marcus Garvey’s trial was political, son Julius insists A MEDICAL doctor by profession, 83-year-old Julius Garvey is the Long Island-based second son of Jamaica’s first national hero, black nationalist and political theorist Marcus Mosiah Garvey. While Dr Garvey does not consider himself to be an activist, idealist, or political lobbyist by profession or desire, he has long campaigned to have his father exonerated of mail fraud conviction in America in 1923. Mail fraud is a federal crime in the United States, and so the conviction was used as grounds to imprison and eventually deport the controversial Jamaican immigrant from the United States and quell what had been a rising movement of black nationalism and consciousness. Marcus Garvey is recognised as a pioneer of the Pan-African movement; one of the first pro-black, economy-driven entrepreneurs, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA); and forefather of the first staunch “Africa for the Africans” ideology. Dr Garvey — and others — deem the charges as part of an agenda to historically trivialise what was essentially a trial against political ideals. Thirty years after his formal campaign began, Julius Garvey is visiting Jamaica to film footage for a documentary on his father’s life; and

Julius Garvey is visiting Jamaica to film footage for a documentary on his father’s life.

last week presented the medal his father received on his appointment as National Hero of Jamaica to the Liberty Hall museum in Kingston. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer at Marcus Garvey’s birthplace in St Ann’s Bay last week, Dr Garvey recounts his campaign and reflects on his father’s ideals and how he sees them as timely today as ever before. “We got pretty much involved in 1987, which was the centennial anniversary of my dad’s birth, with a special meeting convened with the House Judiciary Committee. Myself and my brother, Tony Martin, Rupert Lewis, John Henry Clarke, Judith Stein... a number of historians who know [what] Marcus Garvey was

about were there to give testimony about Marcus Garvey to gain the exoneration,” he said. Previous attempts were futile as Julius Garvey noted changes in Government meant the request kept revolving around the Judiciary Committee in circles, going nowhere. “Subsequent to that, we became involved with Congressman [Charles] Rangel who was the congressman from Harlem, where the US headquarters of the UNIA was based.” A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus political lobby, Rangel continued the process of appeal until last year, when the group changed their tactics. “[Rangel] promulgated House resolutions from about 2004 onwards to exonerate Marcus Garvey, for this then to be done through the congressional process. He had several House resolutions; every year he would submit... but they never passed... That has continued over the years until we got to the stage with President Obama, now at the end of [his] second term, and the possibility is of a posthumous presidential pardon since we have had roadblocks to the whole process itself through Congress.” Garvey noted that Jamaica has always supported the effort.

Leader of the Opposition Loretta Butler-Turner stressed that she didn’t leave the FNM, “they left me”.

Butler-Turner claims she did not leave FNM LONG Island MP Loretta ButlerTurner on Sunday criticised her party for its decision to revoke her nomination and ratify another candidate without due process, firmly stating her intentions to contest her seat in the upcoming general election. However, Mrs Butler-Turner strongly pushed back against speculation that sought to infer that a statement from her to party officials, which was leaked over the weekend and circulated online, amounted to a resignation from the Free National Movement (FNM). “As an incumbent MP whose ratification has been revoked and subsequently a new candidate named

without due process as articulated in the FNM constitution, the FNM has created a bogus or illegal position,” she explained in an email to The Tribune. “In effect they have undermined and circumvented the constitutional process in an attempt to prevent me running as an FNM. My response, as you will note, is in no way a resignation from the FNM, but rather a statement demonstrating that l will not be subjected to a leadership or a party that disregards and corrupts the rule of law to achieve personal objectives.” Mrs Butler-Turner was responding to questions placed by The Tribune after a letter purportedly written by her, was circulated on social media.

January 12-18, 2017



World News German minister wants suspected extremists to wear electronic monitors A PROPOSED German law could force suspected Islamic extremists to wear electronic tags without trial. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Monday he wanted to extend the use of the ankle monitors to cover those deemed a possible terror threat even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime. Maas said the proposal was a “preventive offensive” against Islamic terrorism. “The use of ankle tags should not be only available for convicted criminals after release from prison, but for those identified as a general threat as well.” The proposition comes ahead of a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and top ministers in wake of last month’s truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead. Anis Amri was able to move through Germany and other European nations despite being a possible terror threat. Authorities didn’t have enough evidence to arrest him, The Telegraph reported. Electronic monitors are used for convicted sex offenders after they are released from prison in Germany. Maas added that rejected asylum

Anis Amri (responsible for the Berlin Christmas market truck attack) was able to move through Germany and other European nations despite being a possible terror threat.

seekers who cannot be detained be detained indefinitely. Amri was to be deported back to Tunisia, but his native home country disputed his nationality. Another top German official also called for the nation to sanction countries which refuse to accept deported nationals. According to the paper, there are about 548 people living in Germany who have been deemed as a potential terror threat. (Fox News)

Boris Johnson has been meeting with top Republicans, including Bob Corker.

UK in ‘front seat’ for US trade deal, top Republican says BRITAIN will be in the “front seat” to negotiate a new trade deal with the incoming Trump administration, a top Republican in the US Senate has said. A US-UK trade deal would be a priority, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said after meeting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Barack Obama warned in April that the UK would be at the back of the queue for trade deals if voters chose Brexit. Mr Johnson has been meeting with top Republicans on Capitol Hill. “We hear we are first in line to do a great free trade deal with the United States. So, it’s going to be a very exciting year for both our countries,” he said. Those meeting with the foreign

secretary included House speaker Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. He travelled to Washington after meeting with Mr Trump’s senior advisers in New York. A Foreign Office source told the BBC the talks in Washington saw “seriously positive” discussions on the prospects for a future US-UK trade deal. Mr Corker said Mr Johnson knows “full well” that “there is no way the United Kingdom is going to take a back seat”. “They will take a front seat and I think it will be our priority to make sure that we deal with them on a trade agreement initially but in all respects in a way that demonstrates the long-term friendship that we’ve had for so long,” he said.

Corbyn suggests maximum earnings limit LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would like to see a cap on the maximum amount people can earn. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he was “not wedded” to a particular limit but the idea should be looked at. The UK’s levels of income disparity were getting worse, he said, suggesting this cannot go on “if we want to live in a more egalitarian society”. He also told the BBC he had not changed his mind on immigration and still believed numbers were not too high. His remarks on immigration, in an interview with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, came ahead of a speech which pre-briefing had suggested would see the Labour leader going cool on the principle of EU freedom of movement. The idea of a maximum earnings cap was first raised by Mr Corbyn during Labour’s 2015 leadership contest. He told Today that he now wanted Labour to consider the idea, as levels of income disparity were getting worse. “We cannot set ourselves as being a sort of grossly unequal bargain basement economy on the shores of Europe. If we want to live in a more egalitarian society and fund our public services, we cannot go on creating worse levels of inequality,” he said. Given that a direct limit (making

The Labour leader suggested that the UK’s levels of income disparity were getting worse.

it “illegal” for example for anyone to earn over, say, £200,000) would be almost impossible to enforce in a global economy where income takes many forms - salary, investments, returns on assets - very high marginal rates of tax could be one way to control very high levels of pay. Another could be by imposing limits on the pay ratio between higher and lower earners in a company possibly a more politically palatable option. The High Pay Centre, for example, supports considering this approach. Speaking later on Sky News, Mr Corbyn said a wage cap would be “somewhat higher” than his salary of approximately £138,000, adding that the salaries some footballers receive were “simply ridiculous”. In an interview with the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg,

he said it was indefensible for chief executives of some of the UK’s largest companies to be earning 100 times what their employees were taking home. “Either you do a cap or you look at the levels of disparity within organisations,” he said. “Other countries have got some policies developing this and I think we need to consult with them and learn some lessons on this.” Labour has also said it will introduce a “real living wage” of at least £10 an hour if in power. The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said an ally of Mr Corbyn’s on the shadow cabinet said they knew nothing about the maximum wage policy. And the idea received a lukewarm response from some Labour MPs. Emma Reynolds told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show that she would need to see the details but “instinctively” she believed there were “other ways” to tackle the pressing issue of income inequality, with a focus on “what you own as well as what you earn”. And John Woodcock - a critic of Mr Corbyn - tweeted: “Government on ropes over massive pressure on A&E departments. Let’s keep the focus on that rather than alternatives presented this morning.” UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said a cap on earnings would amount to the “politics of envy” and would see the “best people” in the City moving abroad.

Brazil: Almost 100 inmates killed in one week A NEW prison uprising in Brazil early Sunday left four dead, adding to the chaos in Brazil’s penitentiary system that has left almost 100 inmates killed in the past week in a gang war. The latest violence took place at the Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa jail in the centre of the jungle city of Manaus, according to an emailed statement from the government penitentiary agency in Amazonas state, where the facility is located. Three of the dead were beheaded while one was strangled to death, according to the statement. It did not give a motive for the killings and it was not yet known if drug gangs were involved. In the last week, 64 inmates have been killed in prisons in or near Manaus. A prison uprising in the neighbouring state of Roraima left at least 33 dead. Behind the bloodshed is an escalating feud between Brazil’s biggest drug gangs, which ended two decades of an uneasy working relationship about six months ago. Brazil’s most powerful gang,

Most of the killings were gang related between two of the country’s top drug trafficking gangs.

the Sao Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC) split with the Rio de Janeiro-based Red Command gang when the PCC took over drug trading routes in Brazil’s southeast. Previously, the two groups worked together to ensure a heavy flow of drugs and arms over Brazil’s borders. Members of the PCC were targeted last Sunday in the first violent outbreak, which left 56 dead, many decapitated and butchered. It

was Brazil’s deadliest uprising in more than two decades. It was the North Family gang, allied with the Red Command, that carried out the killings in that riot, authorities said. Five days later, PCC members killed 33 people at a Roraima state prison. Brutal scenes captured on a cellphone video spread widely on social media, in which the inmates are seen hacking away at bodies in acts of revenge.





January 12-18, 2017

946-4664 Fax: 946-4661






Must have thorough knowledge in the floral business with 3-5 years experience.

Call: 231-3788


CONTACT: 246-3508/ 231-3788 OR 946-4894

FOR SALE House in Richmond Hill residential area on a half acre land.

CONTACT: 231-3788

January 12-18, 2017



REGISTERED NURSE Required • Must have Bachelor’s degree in nursing qualification from a recognized university and at least 3 years post qualification experience • Be available to work part-time hours between 8am-8pm daily plus weekends, holidays and overnight to meet the needs of the clinic • Eligible for registration with local

Health Practitioners Board • Experience in operating theatres assisting with gynecology and urology cases • Willing to be flexible to meet the needs of the clinic • Must be highly computer literate, experienced with medical billing software and QuickBooks an advantage Salary Commensurate with experience




Acting on behalf of our clients is seeking the following:


Seeks a:



Salary: $7.00 per hour



Must be willing to work 3-7 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.


GLASS SHACK, LEEWARD HIGHWAY Are seeking to employ a:

CONTACT: (649) 243-1515


CARIBBEAN BEERS & SPIRITS Is seeking to hire a:

Salary: $6.25 per hour


Salary: $6.25 per hour


Duties will include installing commercial/residential doors & windows, shower panels, glass balustrade, screens etc. there will also be service work which will include, but not limited to, changing a door lock or adjusting hurricane shutters. This is a full time position that requires commitment and loyalty to the company. If you feel you would fit in at TCI’s premier, windows & class supplier please submit a copy of your resume for our attention to or, in person, to our premises located on leeward Highway at the corner of Windward Road (opposite Menzies Medical Practice). No visits or telephone calls without a resume will be considered.


CONTACT: (649) 245-6962

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Salary: $ 7.00 per hour Salary: $6.50 per hour 13275


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DOMESTIC WORKER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Cleaning and assisting where needed. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 231-2380





Is seeking a:

SALON HELPER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. (Monday – Saturday). Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 332-2182







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CONTACT: (649) 941-5684


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To work 5-6 days a week must be able to work holidays and weekends. Wages starting at $6.50 per hour.


CONTACT: (649) 346-1654

To work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour

Can be contacted between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday

CONTACT: (649)342-1465






Is seeking a:

LABOURER & DOMESTIC WORKER To work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649)342-1465




GRAND TURK Is seeking a:

Salary: $6.25 per hour Contact: (649) 244-0065



Must be willing to work 5 days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 241-1242


Must be able to work on request, salary is based on experience. Must have status to apply (Belongers Only).





LABOURER Salary: $6.50


per hour

LIVE-IN CARETAKER To care for five year old toddler. Must be willing to do light house work. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

Salary: $6.25 per hour


Is looking to fill the following Part-Time Positions:

Is seeking a:

Salary: $6.25 per hour




GILLEY’S ENTERPRISES Is seeking to hire a:



Is seeking a:

LABOURER Must be willing to work 5 days per week (Monday – Friday). Must be willing to work holidays. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 247-6233



LABOURER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Applicant must be honest, reliable and hardworking. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649432-8465 13309

GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Is seeking employment for the following:

Is looking for a:

DOMESTIC SALES CLERK WORKER To clean and assist where needed. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 244-0482


Must be willing to work 5 days per week. Serving customers and collecting payments. Salary: $6.50 per hour.



LABOURER CLEANER Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 946-4536 or email:


Salary: $6.25 per hour Interested candidate may visit Global Office regarding employment:

CONTACT: (649) 946-4069



January 12-18, 2017





Seeks a:

Is looking for a:

Cox Plaza, 15 Five Cays Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Tel: 649-941-3650 Fax: 649-946-4283

SEEKS TO RECRUIT FOR THE FOLLOWING POSTS 2 HVAC TECHNICIAN/FOREMAN JOB SUMMARY-Responsible for planning, implementing and directing the sales activities of the company in a designated area to achieve sales objectives.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Manage and support personnel in the day to day operation. • Liaise with the client, attend project review meetings and address client concerns. • Plan, implement and control a production schedule for HVAC projects. RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in a similar role is essential. • HVAC Technician Certification, Mitsubishi City Multi & Lennox VRF Certified. Project Management Skills. • Ability to represent the company in a professional manner. SALARY-Negotiable between $ 44,000 to $ 68,000 per annum based on education, qualifications and experience.


JOB SUMMMARY-Assemble, install, maintain and repair industrial, commercial and domestic air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment. KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Installation of HVAC units, including electronic and mechanical components • Troubleshoot and repair HVAC units including electronic and mechanical components RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in a similar role is essential. • HVAC Technician Certification • Ability to represent the company in a professional manner. SALARY-Negotiable between $ 22, 000 to $ 40, 000 per annum based on education, qualifications and experience.


JOB SUMMARY -Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair duct work products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Includes sheet metal and fiber glass duct installers who install prefabricated ducts used for HVAC.

LABOURER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Determine project requirements, including scope, assembly sequences, and required methods and materials, according to blueprints& drawings • Maneuver completed units into position for installation, and anchor the units.



To work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649)342-1465



RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role is essential. • HVAC Duct Fabricator Certification.

Applicant must be living in Providenciales Please send resume via email to: Contact info. Mr. Lewis E Astwood III Those applicants with required qualifications will be contacted for interview.

SALARY-Negotiable between $ 21,000 to $ 28,000 per annum based on education, qualifications and experience.


JOB SUMMARY -Performs a variety of basic technical tasks related to assisting in the service and repair of all heating and air conditioning systems. KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • design, manufacture, and install a basic duct fitting • Assists HVAC Technician in repairing/installing mechanical and electrical systems on heating and cooling equipment.



RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • A Minimum of 3 years knowledge of basic HVAC systems. • Knowledge on operating hand tools • Requires the ability to lift, carry medium weights, up to 75 lb




Is looking for a:

SALARY-Wages range between $6.50 to $ 8.50 per hour based on qualifications and experience.



Must be willing to work six days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour Contact: (649) 345-7087

JOB SUMMARY- Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain the residence in a clean and orderly manner. KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Oversee laundry and cleaning for household • Purchase or order groceries and household supplies to keep kitchens stocked and record expenditures. • Request repair services. • Care for children by overseeing their activities, providing companionship, and assisting them with dressing, bathing, eating, and other needs.



DOMESTIC WORKER Must be willing to work five days per week. Cleaning and assisting as needed. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

All Interested applicants must submit a resume, contact information, cover letter, two letter of reference (one from a former employer, copies of educational certifications, a police record and a copy of passport photo page to To request a full job description please email

CONTACT: (649) 241-2415

Interested Turks & Caicos Islanders must also submit copies of their application for the position to the TCI Work Permit Board. All positions currently held by work permit holders. 13289

Applicant must be honest, reliable and hard working Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 241-8719

Seeks a:

SALARY- $13,000 per annum




RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED • A minimum of 5 years experience • Must be able to understand, speak & write English.







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LABOURER To work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649)342-1465 13314



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To work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.


Applicant must be honest, reliable and hard working Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 243-1181





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BLUE HILLS Is seeking a:


DOMESTIC CAPTAIN WORKERS Must be willing to work six days per week. Cleaning and assisting when needed. Salary: $6.50 PER HOUR.

CONTACT: (649) 345-3825


CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE An affiliate of A Touch of Love Ministries International Center

English / Literature Teacher Needed

CONTACT: (649)342-1465




Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.



REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelors/Masters degree from reputable institution in area of discipline; Advance degree a plus • Minimum of 5-7 years teaching experience in secondary or postsecondary education • Experience with Christian education

curriculum • Persons must be an active born-again Christian who believes in the work of the Holy Ghost • Submit resume and three references including one from current Pastor • Salaries will be based on qualification and experience

No phone calls please. Address applications: Executive Board Champions for Christ International School of Excellence 1049 Leeward Hwy, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI Email: Fax:1-877-580-8743



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HELPER HELPER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR.

Must be willing to work 6 days per week. SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR

CONTACT: (649) 341-8426

CONTACT: (649) 231-6671








Is seeking a:



CONTACT: (649) 345-3825



Is looking for a:

TILE MAN Must be willing to work six days per week. Prepping surfaces, cutting and laying tile. Salary: $7.00 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 344-0906 13236




Is seeking a:

LABOURER Must be willing to work six days per week. Must be able to work holidays and weekends. Wages starting at $6.50 PER HOUR. Belongers will be given first preference.

Man to work 6 days per week 7am-2:30pm. Contact Management 9413312. The Proprietors Strata Plan #38 (The Grandview on Grace Bay). 13220




Is seeking employment for the following:

Must be willing to work six days per week. Caring for children and assisting when needed. Salary: $250.00 per week.



January 12-18, 2017


Salary: $7.00 per hour. Interested candidate may contact the employer at: 344-1312 for further details regarding employment.


Is seeking a:

LABOURER Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.50 PER HOUR.

CONTACT: (649) 241-2073



An Application, PR 12869, by Crayton Dale Higgs for the development of proposed 6 (1) Bedroom Units, 1 (2) Bedroom Unit and 1 (3) Bedroom Unit, also a Caretaker’s Quarter with storage facility, has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration of Development Permission on 60713/351, Cheshire hall and Richmond Hill on Providenciales Anyone wishing to make representation(s) may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk or through the Department of Planning, Downtown, Town Center Mall, Providenciales, within twenty eight (28) day of publication of this Notice. Notice dated: December 23rd, 2016


Nursery Coordinator REQUIREMENTS • Minimum 4 years’ experience in operations/ coordination role; • Excellent English verbal and written skills; • Comprehensive experience using QuickBooks for financial accounting, generation of financial reports and analysis; • Experience dealing with high-end clients; • Willing to work outdoors and irregular hours

including weekends and holidays if needed; • Preferably a Bachelor’s degree in environmental law; • Relevant qualification in Environmental Studies or protection; • Understanding of plants in indigenous Environmental application; • Salary $3,600 per month.

Prospective applicants including Islanders can bring all applications with two letters of recommendation citing relevant experience in the same industry to EA Nursery 65 Beachwood Street, Grace Bay Village, Providenciales or e-mail to admin@ Successful applicants will be notified by phone for interview. This position is currently held by work permit holder.




LABOURER LABOURER Must be willing to work 5 days per week. Salary: $6.00 per hour.


January 12-18, 2017


Applicant must be honest, reliable and hard working. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 432-8459



2 MECHANIC/ 1 LABOURER/ 1 BOOKKEEPER • Must have a valid driver license from A-H • Must be able to work holiday and weekends • Must be able to understand computer systems, programs and diagrams • Applicants must call 649 241-4156 Monday to Saturday 7.45 to 5pm • Pay set @ $12.00 per hour/$6.50/$10.00



Into sailing, tours and excursion is on the market for sale this long time business is a walk-in for a new owner interested persons only.






The Somerset Strata Management Co Ltd, is seeking a suitable qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently.

The Somerset Strata Management Co Ltd, is seeking a suitable qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently.



RESPONSIBILITIES: • Complete ground work as directed by the Property Manager which may include picking up trash, sweeping curb and dumpster areas and maintaining landscaping beds and other ground areas • Must have the ability to lift heavy items weighing up to 150lbs • Must have the ability to maintain irrigation systems and provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, and other grounds features

RESPONSIBILITIES: ;;Complete ground work as directed by the Property Manager which may include picking up trash, sweeping curb and dumpster areas and maintaining landscaping beds and other ground areas ;;Must have the ability to lift heavy items weighing up to 150lbs ;;Must have the ability to maintain irrigation systems and provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, and other grounds features



RESPONSIBILITIES: • Clean and maintain guest public areas within the hotel • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment, in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures • Maintain an inventory of cleaning and toiletry supplies • Polish furnitures, metal work, and chrome using appropriate cleaning and polishing compounds

RESPONSIBILITIES: ;;Clean and maintain guest public areas within the hotel ;;Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment, in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures ;;Maintain an inventory of cleaning and toiletry supplies ;;Polish furnitures, metal work, and chrome using appropriate cleaning and polishing compounds

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: • Must be a team player with a desire to deliver excellent customer service to our guest • Must have clear English communications skills (written or oral) • Previous experience in this area would be an asset

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: • Must be a team player with a desire to deliver excellent customer service to our guest • Must have clear English communications skills (written or oral) • Previous experience in this area would be an asset

Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience

Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience

Qualified Belonger candidates are requested to submit a CV by e-mail to:

Qualified Belonger candidates are requested to submit a CV by e-mail to:



Submissions for this job position should be received no later than January 23, 2017 13238

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than January 23, 2017





Is seeking a:


LABOURER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR.

CONTACT: (649) 244-8820


Experienced carpenter/labourer required for full time work at, North Caicos. Must be willing to work six days a week. A demonstrated ability to work unsupervised with excellent communication skills is essential for the position. Salary is $6.25 per hour. Please apply no later than 14Th January, 2016 at or contact on telephone No. 231 3967/946 7761. Belongers only need apply.


Maintenance Technician

We are seeking a well-qualified candidate for the position of Maintenance Technician. We require an all-round Maintenance Technician with experience in plumbing and electrical repairs, painting, pool maintenance, tool and equipment maintenance, Klargester sewage systems, woodwork and general labour. Candidate must be prepared to work weekends and holidays, and be on-call evenings. Base salary range $22,000 to $25,000 per annum commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please submit applications to: Human Resources Manager, Point Grace Management, P.O. Box 700, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 946-5096; Fax (649) 946-5097; Email: Interested Belongers must submit copies of their application to the Commissioner of Labour& Work Permit Board Zone 2. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. Closing date for application is December 30, 2016. 13227

PHARMACIST DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Serves patients with kind and caring disposition • Prepares medications • Counsels and monitors patients drugs therapies • Gives pharmacological advice and information to multidisciplinary health care team • Prepares medications by reviewing and interpreting physician orders • Detects and resolves therapeutic incompatibilities • Provides pharmacological advice and information via phone and in person to patients and health care professionals SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS • Must have certification from accredited university/institution and valid professional license through valid and acceptable regulations authority • Must have a minimum 5 years’ experience working in a Retail Pharmacy environment • Skilled at interacting with customers of all socioeconomic backgrounds • Ability to operate point-of-sale and Kroll software programs • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills • Competent and reliable professional, committed and experience Salary range from 50k – 55k depending on qualifications and experience




2 NAIL TECHNICIANS 1 HAIRDRESSER Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 231-0882


Is seeking a:

LABOURER Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 246-1284


TURKS & CAICOS ENVIRONMENTAL MGT. Is seeking to employ a:

LABOURER Must be willing to work 6 days per week Picking up litter, ensuring landfill is kept clean Directing traffic entering landfill Salary: $7.00 per hour




Is seeking a:


Must be willing to work five days per week. Cleaning yard and assisting where needed. SALARY: $7.00 PER HOUR.

CONTACT: (649) 247-4068



is seeking a:

DOMESTIC WORKER Must be willing to work six days per week. Cleaning and assisting where needed Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: (649) 332-5029





TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION Regulating with Honesty, Integrity and Transparency

NOTICE TO CURRENT AND POTENTIAL CREDIT UNIONS IN THE TCI RECENTLY PASSED CREDIT UNION ORDINANCE The recently enacted Credit Union Ordinance provides the Financial Services Commission with responsibility for the regulation and supervision of credit unions in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Credit Union Ordinance can be found on the Commission’s website at http:// All entities currently or intending to engage in credit union business, as set out in the Ordinance, will require a licence issued by the Commission. Accordingly, all entities currently conducting credit union business in the Islands are asked to contact the Commission at 946-5314/941-8311 or Recognising the early stage of credit union regulation in the Islands, the Commission is committed to working with potential licensees in developing compliant credit union models. This includes providing training to the executive and promotors of credit unions. Accordingly, the Commission strongly recommends that groups that currently operate informal credit union type businesses seize this opportunity to regularise their operations and become formally recognised under the new regulatory regime.


January 12-18, 2017


JOB VACANCIES Joel Merveille is seeking employment for the following:

Kirk”s Contracting is seeking employment for the following:



New Tech Construction is seeking employment for the following:

Emmanuel Nathaniel Morley is seeking employment for the following:

Contact 347-4578 regarding employment.


Contact 343-9313 regarding employment.

January 12-18, 2017





Is seeking an:

Is looking to hire a:

Is seeking a:


email regarding employment.

Salary: $150 per week


Contact 348-7067 regarding employment


The Somerset Strata Management Co Ltd, is seeking a suitable qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently.



CONTACT: (649) 241-6307


ELECTRICIAN JANITOR Must be willing to work 6 days per week. SALARY: $6.25 PER HOUR.

CONTACT: (649) 241-5325


Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 345-5254

The Somerset Strata Management Co Ltd, is seeking a suitable qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently.


RESPONSIBILITIES: • Complete ground work as directed by the Property Manager which may include picking up trash, sweeping curb and dumpster areas and maintaining landscaping beds and other ground areas • Must have the ability to lift heavy items weighing up to 150lbs • Must have the ability to maintain irrigation systems and provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, and other grounds features

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Complete ground work as directed by the Property Manager which may include picking up trash, sweeping curb and dumpster areas and maintaining landscaping beds and other ground areas • Must have the ability to lift heavy items weighing up to 150lbs • Must have the ability to maintain irrigation systems and provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, and other grounds features



RESPONSIBILITIES: • Clean and maintain guest public areas within the hotel • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment, in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures • Maintain an inventory of cleaning and toiletry supplies • Polish furnitures, metal work, and chrome using appropriate cleaning and polishing compounds

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Clean and maintain guest public areas within the hotel • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment, in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures • Maintain an inventory of cleaning and toiletry supplies • Polish furnitures, metal work, and chrome using appropriate cleaning and polishing compounds

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be a team player with a desire to deliver excellent customer service to our guest Must have clear English communications skills (written or oral) Previous experience in this area would be an asset

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: • Must be a team player with a desire to deliver excellent customer service to our guest • Must have clear English communications skills (written or oral) • Previous experience in this area would be an asset

Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience

Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience

Qualified Belonger candidates are requested to submit a CV by e-mail to:

Qualified Belonger candidates are requested to submit a CV by e-mail to:

JOANNA IVASIUK THE SOMERSET RESORT ON GRACE BAY JIVASIUK@THESOMERSET.COM Submissions for this job position should be received no later than January 23, 2017



Submissions for this job position should be received no later than January 23, 2017




January 12-18, 2017

VACANCIES Lycurgue cesar & Janiece Carter, Expertise Cleaner, Baniel Zamor, Jacquelin Remy, New Tech Construction, Discount Auto Parts/ Sha Construction


$6.25 per hour



$6.25 per hour

Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $7.50 per hour.

$ 6.25 per hour


$6.25 per hour

CLEANER/MAID $6.25 per hour


$7-9 per hour Held by work permit holder Contact:


WARD’S CONSULTANCY Acting on behalf of our clients; LJ WATER SPORTS, COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION Seeks the following:





Is seeking a:



to work 5-6 days a week must be able to work holidays and weekends wages starting at $6.25 per hour.


CONTACT: (649) 346-1654

Salary: $6.25 per hour ----------------------

Salary: $8.00 per hour


(649) 345-7212



Can be contacted between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday BELONGERS WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PREFERENCE. POSITION HELD BY WORK PERMIT HOLDER 13296

Private family seeking



;To ; work with 6 year old boy with Autism. ;The ; ideal candidate must be reliable, trainable and enthusiastic. ;This ; position is ideal for a recent high school graduate, a college student or individual with teaching experience. ;Salary ; and hours of work are negotiable. interested persons should email:



GENERAL MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR AND CARE-TAKER. The duties are to do general maintenance work to the school buildings and all it facilities, as well as keep the grounds clean, presentable and safe at all times. Wages will be paid at the rate of $12.00 per hour. Applications which should be made in writing and reach not later than January 11, should be sent to:


CAREER OPPORTUNITY Technical Operations Manager

Applications are invited for the position of Technical Operations Manager with Digicel TCI. The Technical Operations Manager is required to lead and motivate a team responsible for system network maintenance, including installation and repair of services to residential and business customers. The Technical Operations Manager has responsibility for Digicel’s HFC & TV technical operations consisting of NOC, third line support services, network & services security and third party operational management. This is a key role that needs an in-depth understanding of technical operations, associated processes and procedures, solid people management skills, good communications and an understanding of commercial impacts of operational failures. The ability to reduce operational overheads and accurate measurement of performance is also important.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

• Supervise and direct the Installation, Service, Network Maintenance, and Dispatch, teams, and Head end areas and for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. • Manage and evaluate assigned and completed field work for conformance with technical standards. • Responsible for the overall maintenance and operation of the HFC network, fiber technology, DWDM, broadband technology and equipment, digital video technology and equipment. • Initiates meetings and training sessions for technical personnel. • Responsible for the operational performance of your area as measured by Network, Business and Core fault repair SLA’s, Customer Impacts, Network Promoter Score (NPS) and Business Installs. • Responsible for regularly reviewing operational reports to identify areas for improvement, implement solutions including performance improvement plans • Effectively plan and implement preventative maintenance activities to improve and maximize Network and service availability. • Responsible for the acceptance of Network developments, new products and services plus Network upgrades, ensuring they comply with engineering and operational guidelines/specifications. • Demonstrate proficient monitoring and use of network management platforms, ensuring QoS and maintaining change management processes. • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with our internal and external customers and suppliers ensuring consistent quality of service. Actively gather detailed feedback from internal and external customers. Monitor performance against objectives and targets • Maintain technical and operational documentation in accordance with Digicel Group operational processes and procedures. • Supervise contractors working within your area of responsibility as and when required. • Deliver effective performance management through regular advisor coaching sessions on an individual and team basis to deliver service excellence. Conduct regular performance reviews with colleagues to ensure objectives are set and progress is regularly reviewed, including meeting all Work Force Management criteria. Identify training for internal resources. • Manage Health & Safety regulations, to identify and arrange for the delivery of Health & Safety training requirements in line with Company policy. Ensure that teams, including contractors, adhere to current Health & Safety. • Effective management of OPEX budget and CAPEX expenditure ensuring compliance to Digicel’s financial governance processes

Academic/Professional expertise required: • • • • • • • • • • •

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field 10-15 years Previous experience in a Cable Television, Broadband, HFC, FTTH Field operations At least 5 years experience managing a second or third line technical support team At least 5 years experience leading a team (10 people or more) SCTE membership, certifications and training Project management experience preferred Experience operating in a customer centric environment and possession of excellent people management skills including communication, negotiation and conflict resolution abilities Track record in delivering performance improvements in a technical environment Ability to analyse data/statistics and present findings in a coherent and understandable way Good communicator (written and verbal). Ability to define and write processes and procedures Understanding and practical application of ITIL processes

Preference will be given to applicants who possess legal status in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Salary ranges from $80,000 – $98,000.00 per annum. Applications must include a cover letter and resume and should be submitted for the attention of the Human Resources Director at the Immigration board. The closing date for applications is January 20, 2017 13278


Is looking for a




Is seeking:

LABOURER to do yard work keeping surroundings clean must be able to work 6 days a week. $6.25 per hour must be willing to work holidays and weekend.


MAINTENANCE/ HANDYMAN To clean and maintain for 5 days a week; the person should have a good knowledge of the duties and the position. Must be able to drive and communicate well. Salary US$7.50 per hour.


CONTACT 241-1746






SOUTH CAICOS Is seeking a:


SOUTH CAICOS Is seeking a:



CONTACT: (649) 332-5020

CONTACT: (649) 241-1242




Is seeking a:

Is seeking a:


FIVE CAYS Is seeking a:




CONTACT: (649)341-1977

CONTACT: (649)242-4106




FIVE CAYS ROAD Is seeking a:


SALES PERSON Must be willing to

CONTACT: (649) 231-0882

To work 5 days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour CONTACT: (649)332-3826

Acting on behalf of our clients is seeking the following positions:


Is seeking a:

Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour

To work 5 days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour CONTACT: (649)332-3826



Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Working as labourer on construction site. Salary: $6.25 per hour.





To work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour.


BLUE HILLS Is seeking a:


Must be willing to work 3 day weekends (Friday – Sunday) Salary: $8.00 per hour ------------------------

To work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour.


work 5 days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.



January 12-18, 2017



Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Cleaning, washing, ironing and cooking. Salary: $6.25 per week.

CONTACT: (649) 332-5020






CONTACT: (649) 341-5029

CONTACT: (649) 332-5020

Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.




Duties include cleaning, painting, sign installation and gardening. Hours Monday to Saturday: 9am – 6pm. Must be willing to work extra hours when needed. Experience in the field is a must. Please send resumes via email to:



Salary: $6.25 per hour.

Must be willing to work 6 days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: (649) 241-2043

CONTACT: (649) 344-0689




Is seeking a:

Is seeking a:

An Application, PR 12869, by Crayton Dale Higgs for the development of proposed 6 (1) Bedroom Units, 1 (2) Bedroom Unit and 1 (3) Bedroom Unit, also a Caretaker’s Quarter with storage facility, has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration of Development Permission on 60713/351, Cheshire hall and Richmond Hill on Providenciales





Is seeking a:



DOMESTIC DOMESTIC DOMESTIC WORKER WORKER WORKER Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 243-1626


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 332-5020


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 342-1055


NOTICE Anyone wishing to make representation(s) may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk or through the Department of Planning, Downtown, Town Center Mall, Providenciales, within twenty eight (28) day of publication of this Notice. Notice dated: December 23rd, 2016 13221

Is looking for a:

LABOURER Must be willing to work six days per week and holidays. Salary: $6.25 per hour.





To work 6 days a week Must be able to work holidays and weekends. Wages starting at $6.50 per hour. Belongers will be given first preference. May be contacted at:




FOOD SERVICE MANAGER • Minimum 10 years’ experience • International recognized culinary qualifications • Ability to supervise, train, motive and mentor team members • Strong communication and interpersonal skills • Previous international work experience, ideally in the Caribbean


JEREMIAH MISSICK KEW TOWN Seeks the following:





is seeking a qualified and experienced

NAIL TECHNICIAN Must be certified. Must have at least 2 years’ experience. Must be Professional & Courteous. Must be a Team Player. Must be Vibrant and charismatic.



Is seeking a:


Is seeking a:


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour

CONTACT: (649) 232-1220

Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 245-2435 OR (649) 346-5580



Must be willing to work four days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour



Must be willing to work five days per week. Salary: $8.00 per hour.

Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 243-0948

CONTACT: 342-8360 OR 242-3016






FRONT DESK, HOUSEKEEPING, BAR, BEACH AND MAINTENANCE POSITIONS Join a relaxed and friendly 35 team workforce and enjoy one of the highest wage and bonus packages on the island.

National parks, nature reserves, sanctuaries, areas of historical interest, and critical habitat reserves are established under the National Parks Order. Prior to any changes being made to the Order by HE the Governor in Cabinet, the Director of the Department of Environment and Costal Resources has published a notice of these changes in the Gazette. The Director is also publishing the notice found herein in accordance with the statutory obligations under the National Parks Ordinance.


Both a digital copy of the Notice published in the Gazette (35 pages) and reference maps (48 pages) can be found at Hard copies of both documents can be viewed at Department of Environment and Coastal Resources offices in Providenciales, Grand Turk, and South Caicos. The changes include expansion, removal, and creation of new areas under protection, as well as re-designating existing areas under different categories of protection.

Our 98 room resort popularity and occupancy is growing year after year resulting in high distribution of service charges and


Any person may, within six weeks of this notice, make either oral or written representation on the proposed establishment, alteration, variation or cessation of a national park, nature reserve, sanctuary, area of historic interest or critical habitat reserve, to the Director.


Written representation can be sent by email to or delivered to DECR offices on Providenciales, Grand Turk, or South Caicos.

Resumes can be dropped off at hotel or emailed to

Oral representation can be made by telephone +1-649-338-4161 or in person through scheduling an appointment. 13268






January 12-18, 2017


January 12-18, 2017


Eunike Property Management & Concierge Services POSITION AVAILABLE

PROJECT MANAGER Mature individual required with solid management skills, sales promotion background and strong operational experience having the capability to work without supervision.



RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: • Client Development • Recruitment, selection and training employees • Motivation and morale of personnel

We are looking for a Director who will be responsible for managing Red Cross operations throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. This requires the development, delivery and sustainability of programmes within an overall strategic framework; including planning, staff and volunteer management, organizational accountability, fiduciary and legal compliance, government, donor and community relations, fundraising and reporting.

• Established departmental goals • Generate efficiency and financial stability Successful candidate should possess a degree in Business and/or Project Management and must be willing to work on call after hours, weekends and Holidays when necessary. Salary range between $40,000 and $45,000 per annum.

All interested persons should send qualifications to The Manager, P.O. Box 521, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands or email: Only qualified applicants would be contacted.

The successful candidate will be a confident and inspirational leader with a proven ability to lead and manage multi-disciplinary teams, able to communicate effectively, sensitive to diversity, with sound planning and analytical skills, and with networking, influencing and negotiating skills.




For the full job description, please contact our Provo office 9418056/331-8056 Closing date for receipt of cover letters and resume’s is January 19th, 2016. 13265

The Somerset Strata Management Co. Ltd is seeking a suitable qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently.

The Somerset Strata Management Co. Ltd is seeking a suitable qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently.


RESPONSIBILITIES: • Troubleshoot and perform minor repairs on heating, cooling, and ventilation systems • Paint and repair drywall along with performing routine maintenance jobs and repairs around the property REQUIREMENTS: • Must be a team player with a desire to deliver excellent customer service to our guests • Previous experience in this area would be an asset

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Replace washers, faucets and seals on malfunctioning plumbing equipments • Repair leaky faucets and clean clogged drains • Perform a wide variety of general building maintenance repairs and services • Assist as directed in the operation and maintenance of mechanical systems such as: plumbing, ventilating, air conditioning, steam system, automatic temperature control, electrical and pool filtration as needed • Perform preventive maintenance procedures in a manner responsive to guest satisfaction REQUIREMENTS: • Must be trained and certified by an accredited school in the following areas: Plumbing/Electrical/Mechanical and A/C related trades • Must be a team player with a desire to deliver excellent customer service to our guest • Must have clear English communications skills (written or oral) • Must have at least 5 years in plumbing, wood finishing, painting, A.C repairs, and carpentry

Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience


Qualified Belonger candidates are requested to submit a CV by e-mail to:

Qualified Belonger candidates are requested to submit a CV by e-mail to:

JOANNA IVASIUK THE SOMERSET RESORT ON GRACE BAY JIVASIUK@THESOMERSET.COM Submissions for this job position should be received no later than January 23, 2017


Submissions for this job position should be received no later than January 23, 2017


January 12-18, 2017





Room Attendant

Deputy Commissioner Of Police LOCATION: Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Remuneration Package SALARY: $87,000.00 PER ANNUM ALLOWANCES: $30,240.00 PER ANNUM An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, committed senior professional to take over as second in command of one of the oldest police forces in the Caribbean. The successful applicant will have at least seven (7) years’ experience in a senior management position with experience and competencies in a range of policing disciplines including, but not limited to: Crime Investigation, Executive Policing skills, Incident Command, Professional Standards, and delivery against demanding targets. He/she will be required to Deputise or act for the Commissioner of Police. The Deputy Commissioner of Police is responsible for maintaining disciplinary standards within the Force. The Turks and Caicos Islands like other jurisdictions in the World are facing challenging times and we seek an individual who will embrace change and the opportunities it brings. He/She will promote a real belief in public service, focusing on what matters to the public and what will best serve their interests. The successful applicant will effectively develop and communicate the strategies of RTCIPF to officers, staff, government, partners and communities and build public confidence. By actively engaging with different communities, agencies and strategic stakeholders, he/she will develop effective partnerships at a local and national level to ensure the delivery of an effective police service.


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To ensure that all guestrooms are cleaned to the established standards. Main Duties & Responsibilities Provides courteous and professional service at all times. Reports for duty punctually wearing the correct uniform and name tag at all times. Receives Room Attendant assignment sheet and section passkey for the days duties from Asst. Housekeeper and/or floor Supervisor • Stocks Room Attendant cart to the established standards • Requirements: • High school diploma or equivalent vocational training • Must be literate with above average verbal communication skills • Ability to work in a self motivated environment with little supervision • Ability to manage the administration of multiple tasks at one time • Regular/Full Time position only • Must speak, read, write and understand the primary language (English) used in the workplace • Must work weekends and holidays • Must have reliable transportation to get to and from work • Possess at least 3 years of experience in five-star resorts. Strong attention to details and exceptional ability to maintain the highest standards of quality required. Must be a team player with a strong work ethic. Courteous individuals who possess a positive demeanor and a commitment to excellence are required. Payrate: $7.00 per hour

Laundry Attendant JOB SUMMARY:

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For persons recruited from outside of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a three (3) year contract extendable by His Excellency the Governor on mutual agreement is offered. Other benefits, in addition to the stated allowances include an end-ofcontract gratuity of 10% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of sixteen (16) years as well as duty free concession on the shipment of personal effects imported within six (6) months of appointment.

To ensure that all laundry is cleaned to the established standards. Fold and arrange laundry neatly. Provides courteous and professional service at all times. Reports for duty punctually wearing the correct uniform and name tag at all times. Receives assignments from Asst. Housekeeper and/or floor Supervisor Stocks Room Attendant carts when required to the established standards


Qualify candidates must have Previous housekeeping or commercial laundry experience. Must be able to push/pull carts up to 300 lbs. Lift 20-30 lbs. regularly and 40-50 lbs. occasionally. Must be able to work in a fast paced, noisy, humid environment. Safety oriented. He/she must be a team player with a strong work ethic. Courteous individuals who possess a positive demeanor. A commitment to excellence with good communication skills is required. Payrate: $7.00 per hour

Resumes with current contact information must be accompanied by a cover letter and two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer) as well as copies of educational certificates and a copy of the passport photo page. Shortlisted candidates must submit a Police Clearance/Certificate. Applications should be addressed to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, H.R, Old Airport Road, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Email to: James.Smith@ with the subject line: DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE/ APPLICATION. Successful applicants will work in accordance with the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Ordinance, TCI Laws, Ordinances, Constitution, and Public Service Ordinance.


• Provide the pivotal first impression, setting the tone for the guest experience. • Extend a genuinely friendly welcome to arriving guests. Help with doors and luggage, guiding guests to the front desk, assisting guests to their rooms, and offering tips about the property and room amenities. • Respond helpfully to guest questions about the property, getting around and nearby happenings. • Pitch in. Help guests with special requests, room deliveries, and transportation arrangements when the need arises. Tidy the lobby and public areas when you see something out of place, reporting any repair or maintenance needs.

Closing date is 18th January 2017. Following a paper-sift, successful applicants to be called for interview will be notified by 25th January 2017 with interviews taking place in person or videoconference in the week commencing 30th January 2017. An Application pack can be obtained by contacting Mr. Rex Swann, H.R Manager by email:


A high school education or equivalent is required, with prior customer service experience helpful. The ability to communicate effectively and graciously in English is essential. This position requires continuous movement, full mobility, lifting up to 50 pounds and pushing or pulling a luggage cart up to 200 pounds. Payrate: $8.00 per hour

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities, All applicants will be considered on an equal basis that determines their suitability to the post applied for. The selection process will be conducted on three principles of merit, fairness and openness. Applications without all supporting documents will not be processed. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.

Belongers only need apply. Please send CV/Resume to the attention of:

Marsha Blanche, Misick & Stanbrook, Tel. (649) 946-4732 Fax 649) 946-4734- Email: 13276



January 12-18, 2017






is seeking a:


JOB DESCRIPTION: • Directs the overall activities of the laundry facility through development and administration. • Implementation and enforcing that universal accepted policies and procedures are adhered. • Manages departmental financial processes of forecasting, budgeting, and purchasing. • Payroll and inventory control • Analyze data and compile reports on expenditure and supplies. • Select, train, monitor and evaluate team members’ performance. • Ensures laundry facility and equipment are in optimum operating condition • Ensure over all cleanliness and sanitation of the laundry premise • Weekly productivity report Requirements: • 5- 10 yrs experience as a Laundry Manager • 3-5 yrs commercial laundry experience • Team player • Ability to work with a diverse team • Knowledge of DCC System • Knowledge of Textiles and Chemicals • Knowledge of Laundry Equipment, Techniques and maintenance • Knowledge of QB, Word and Excel • Must have written and oral skills • Customer Service Focused Salary Scale: $20,000.00 to $29,000.00 per annum based on qualification and experience.

Laundry Technician

REQUIREMENTS: • Install, repair and maintain laundry equipment, electrical, plumbing and related systems. • Identity and source specialised components and tools. • Prepare and maintain an effective preventive maintenance program and spare parts inventory. • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. • Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays • 5 years experience in a commercial laundry with additional knowledge of water management and maintenance residential, commercial and industrial properties. • Knowledge of relevant building codes, legislation, regulations, polices and current standard procedures for installation and maintenance. • Effective communication and negotiation skills Salary Scale: $7. 00 to $10.00 per hr. based on qualification and experience.


Responsible for handling the fundamental aspects of Imperial financial recordkeeping, including recording financial transactions, managing accounts payable and receivable, reconciling bank statement and completing


REQUIREMENTS: • 2 – 5 yrs experience as a Presser • A minimum of 2 yrs working in a commercial laundry • Knowledge in Textiles and Chemicals • Makes garments, such as dresses, coats, and suits, according to customer specifications and measurements. • Discusses with customer type of material, pattern, or style to be used in making garment. • Measures customer to determine modification from pattern, using tape measure. • Alternations of garments. • Drafting standard pattern according to measurements of customer and adapt pattern to obtain specified style. • Be able to maintain productivity standards on a daily basis • Operational Knowledge of Machines • Ensure that dry cleaning standards and practices are used with client’s linen/garments. • Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays. • Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs. • Must be able to suggest treatment care to clients • Customer Service Focused Salary Scale: $6.25 to $7.00 per hr. based on qualification and experience.

Application giving full details of qualifications and experience should be addressed to:


and should reach no later than January 26th, 2017 for further information/appointment you can contact us at Tele:649-946-5633or email 12955

Is seeking a:

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

Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 339-6100

CONTACT: (649) 346-7358






is seeking a:

Is looking for a:



Must be willing to work five days per week Salary: $6.50 per hour

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


CONTACT: (649) 231-7747


Laundry Manager

annual returns. JOB DESCRIPTION: • Prepare financial statements and reports, including the profit and loss statement and balance sheet • Assist with budget preparations • Pay bills and maintain ledgers • Receive, approve, client invoices • Code payables for accounts payable clerks to input. • Make bank deposits and receipts of money. • Reconcile bank account and distribute money within departments • Assure expenditures are in accordance with code balances for item acquisition. • Conduct invoice activities and pay vendors for delivered materials. • Provide inventory support, including maintaining office materials and supplies. • Receive requests for materials and equipment and prepare purchase orders accordingly. • Transmit purchase orders directly to vendors for purchases. • Prepare appropriate schedules and reports as requested by clients and partners. • 3-5 yrs commercial laundry experience. • Bachelors Degree in Finance & Banking. • Knowledge of DCC System. • Draft letters, memos and proposals • Assist in daily operations • Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays • Knowledge of QB, Word, Power Point and Excel • Customer Service Focused Salary Scale: $17,000.00 to $19,000.00 per annum based on qualification and experience.




is seeking a:

Acting on behalf of our client;


BAKER/HELPER Must be willing to work six days per week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 347-3375

CONTACT: (649) 345-5113




LIVE IN VILLA HOST WANTED Candidate to have: • Minimum 8 yrs. experience working as a luxury villa host. • Outgoing & professional attitude for top quality service • Butler experience • Excellent communication skills. • Read & write English proficiently. • Confidence and ability to properly deal with

• • • • • • •

VIP guests, villa owner, vendors. Consistent work history with same company 5 + years. Experience as a masseuse Valid driver’s license Clean bill of health First aid certified Must be multilingual Ability to perform maintenance tasks, housekeeping, light cooking etc.

Send resume to:



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DOMESTIC WORKER Must be willing to work part-time. Cleaning and assisting where needed. Salary: $150.00 per week.




KITCHEN STEWARD AT MUDJIN BAR AND GRILL, MIDDLE CAICOS FULL TIME POSITION @ $8.00 PER HOUR • Responsible for maintaining clean, workable kitchen area. • Performs general janitorial cleaning in storage area, loading area, . i.e. sweeping, mopping, trash removal • Keep refrigerators and freezers clean and organized • Properly store all food stuffs, cleaning supplies and equipment • Assist prep-cook as needed. ** Please contact Blue Horizon Resort 649-9466141 or




RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: • Repairing external property fixtures at two locations. • Warehouse facility repairs and maintenance. • Landscaping.


QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum of 5 years experience in repairs, masonry work or other similar activity. • Must be able to work weekends and holidays. • Must be able to drive a manual vehicle. Starting Salary: $8.00 per hour.

Belongers should send their resumes/CVs by email to for the attention of Human Resources Tel: 649-232-4473 along with a cover letter detailing employment for the last 5 years and the reasons for departure. Applications should be received no later than January 26, 2017. 13306



Regulating with Honesty, Integrity and Transparency

Regulating with Honesty, Integrity and Transparency

SUPERVISOR - CREDIT UNIONS CREDIT UNIONS ANALYST I The Financial Services Commission, the statutory body of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Government with responsibility for the regulation of financial services businesses, is seeking qualified applicants for the post of Supervisor, Credit Unions.

The Financial Services Commission, the statutory body of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Government with responsibility for the regulation of financial services businesses, is seeking qualified applicants for the post of Credit Unions Analyst I.



The holder of this office will contribute to the work of the Bank and Trust Department in general and to regulate/supervise credit unions in particular. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting in the licensing and regulation of credit unions in the Turks and Caicos Islands and manage a portfolio of licensees with the responsibility of all onsite and off-site duties.

The holder of this office will support the effective licensing and regulation/supervision of credit unions in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful applicant will contribute to the development of the sector by undertaking assessments of the financial operations of assigned Credit Unions to ensure compliance with relevant ordinances, regulations and best practices, standards and make recommendations to address breaches by licensees.

The successful applicant will be required to assist in co-ordinating and supervising the work of the Analyst for credit unions; Designs and plan the offsite and onsite monitoring of licensed entities within the Department and ensure that they are properly monitored and operating within the confines of the law and international best practice; Participate in pre-planning and scoping reviews of institutions’ risk management framework and overall corporate governance utilizing risk focused examination techniques as necessary; and perform other related duties as assigned. The office holder will also be expected to travel internationally to represent the Commission and the jurisdiction, and to speak on financial services regulation in the Islands.

Specific duties will include the conduct of offsite and onsite monitoring of licensed entities assigned within the Department; Receiving, vetting and submitting for decision, applications/requests for changes requiring regulatory approval; performs the appropriate fit and proper assessment; Meet with licensees as needed to discuss performance, strategic changes within their organization, initiatives being planned by the FSC or outstanding issues, etc.; Maintaining computerized and manual files in relation to work done for assigned institutions and perform other related duties as assigned. The office holder will also be expected to travel to regulated institutions to conduct reviews or attend meetings.


The successful applicant should possess a sound knowledge of the Credit Union Ordinance and other relevant Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Services Laws, Regulations and international supervisory standards. The Applicant should have sound knowledge of the workings of the International Cooperative Principles on Credit Union Supervision, related Core Principles and the requirements of standards setting bodies such as the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU). The applicant should be familiar with current and emerging trends in the regulation of Credit Union operations and practices and developments in the financial sector.


The successful applicant should possess a sound knowledge of the Credit Union Ordinance and other relevant Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Services Laws, Regulations and international supervisory standards. The applicant should be familiar with current and emerging trends in the regulation of Credit Union operations and practices and developments in the financial sector along with a sound understanding of IT systems and the use of such technologies in the financial services industry



A Masters’ Degree in Finance, Regulation or a related discipline from a recognised university. Five years in Credit Union supervision, including three years at the supervisory level.

A BSc. degree in Accounts/Finance or a related discipline or equivalent qualifications. Three year experience in bank and trust supervision or auditing.



Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, and will be based on the Commission’s salary scale.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, and will be based on the Commission’s salary scale.

Applications should be emailed to no later than January 20, 2017. The response must state clearly “Application for Supervisor, Credit Unions”.

December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016


Applications should be emailed to no later than January 20, 2017. The response must state clearly “Application for Supervisor, Credit Unions”.


The duties for the post may be carried out in Grand Turk and/or Providenciales.

The duties for the post may be carried out in Grand Turk and/or Providenciales.


January 12-18, 2017






Is seeking to hire a:

Is seeking to hire a:


Is looking for a:

NURSERY NURSE/TEACHER We are seeking a full-time, enthusiastic and committed School Nurse to join our talented and successful team.

LABOURER/ MASON Must be willing to work five days per week. Applicant must be honest, reliable and hard working. Salary: $6.50 per hour


A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE: • An outstanding nurse • Hold relevant qualifications from a recognized Faculty of Medicine • Knowledge of early child development • Possess secure IT skills • Experienced working in pediatrics • Fully versed in cognitive development in the early years • Able to effectively monitor, assess, record and report on pupils’ progress towards developmental milestones • Confident in working within & contributing to a supportive team • Possess a willingness to work collaboratively and plan across the curriculum • Possess the desire to work closely with parents & to support school events

Must be willing to work six days per week. Applicant must be honest, reliable and hard working. Salary: $6.50 per hour.





WAITRESS Must be willing to work five days per week Salary: $6.25 per hour.

CONTACT: (649) 246-1497



Please apply with resume and covering letter to including details of 2 references Closing date for applications is January 27th 2017

LIVE-IN CHEF TO WORK IN PRIVATE VILLA A chef is required to work in a private villa. This is a live-in position and accommodation is provided for the individual possessing the following skills: • Preferably at least 5 years’ experience in a luxury hotel, restaurant or as a personal cook in a private residence • He/she must possess the ability to prepare a range of international cuisines (Asian, fusion cuisine, French, Italian), as well as cater to guest’s individual dietary preferences that includes vegetarian, vegan, kosher, organic diets etc. • Full ability and responsibility to take on menu planning and food preparation for house parties, BBQ’s, business meetings • Maintain the cleanliness and proper sanitation of kitchen always including deep cleaning of appliances, pots and pans, kitchen tools etc. • Exercise good cost control, presenting monthly monitoring and replenishment of stocks and supplies • Computer literacy would be an advantage but not essential with the ability to record and present invoices and purchases in an accurate manner.


The USA owners of a private villa in the Leeward community of Providenciales are seeking a married couple to fulfil caretaker and housekeeping duties of the newly constructed (non-rental) beachfront villa. Housekeeping duties include: general domestic cleaning, laundry of sheets, towels and personal clothing, assisting with grocery, light food prep and entertaining, cleanup and other duties as may be requested. Prior experience as a domestic worker at a private villa or resort is required. Caretaker duties include: light maintenance, general gardening, care of pool and spa, and overall upkeep of the property. The applicant must possess basic knowledge of irrigation systems, pool mechanicals, maintenance and repair of common household equipment and items. Prior experience working at a villa or resort is required.


THE CANDIDATE MUST ALSO: • Be willing to work flexible hours, weekends, holidays etc. • Be able to work within a team, be reliable and trustworthy • Be extremely well presented and have a good command of English • Must possess a clean driver’s license in order to run errands • Must be prepared to carry out duties when guests are not in house • Preference will also be given to individuals who have worked within a 5-star luxury environment • Salary dependent on experience • Note this is a live-in position only.

Must be honest, reliable and friendly Must be able to read, write and communicate fluently in English Must be drug and alcohol free and a non-smoker Must be legally able to drive/licensed driver Must be flexible with schedule when owners are on property

COMPENSATION • Salary will commensurate with skills and experience • Newly constructed and furnished apartment on property will be provided at no charge including utilities • Access to owner supplied automobile

Preference will be given to individuals with work experience in luxury villas or 5 star hotels and with a valid driver’s license. Salary is $2000 monthly excluding service charge. This AD is for a work permit renewal. However, this position is open to all qualified Turks & Caicos Islanders. Potential Turks Island candidates should also submit copies of their application to the Labor Board.

Please apply in writing to Villa Manager, The Source Ltd, 362 Grace Bay Road, Venture House #203W, email:, 1649 941 7550.



For further information please contact: Dorothea Malcolm Stanfield Greene Attorneys at Law Graceway House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales Tel: 649-941-3101. Fax: 649-941-3102 Email:



January 12-18, 2017



Whereas, RAYMOND ALMONDA SIMMONS a Personal Representative of CLIFFORD DENNISON GLINTON and HESTER ELIZABETH GLINTON (Deceased) has declared that the Land Certificate for the above mentioned title number(s) registered in their name was inadvertently mislaid and cannot be found.

BUS DRIVER Salary: $250.00 per week

CONTACT: (649) 342-2584


Take notice that I, Brandie Anderson, Registrar of Lands, shall issue a new land certificate for the said title six weeks of the date of the first publication of this Notice in a local newspaper and the Gazette.


Is seeking a:


Is seeking to hire a:




Is seeking a:


To work 5-6 days per week must be able to work holidays and weekends. Wages starting at $6.50 per hour. Belongers will be given first preference.

To work 5-6 days per week must be able to work holidays and weekends. Wages starting at $6.50 per hour. Belongers will be given first preference.

CONTACT: (649) 346-1654

CONTACT: (649) 346-1654








Dated this 5th day of January 2017 Signed ................................................................................................ Registrar of Lands


Witnesssed .........................................................................................

Company: Department: Reports To:

Turks & Caicos Islands Airports Authority. Engineering & Maintenance Department. Engineering & Maintenance Manager and IT Administrator.


The job of the Information Technology (IT) Staff member covers a wide range of systems, equipment and the company’s Local Area Network, the successful applicant will be responsible but not limited for the continued operation and maintenance of the company servers, workstations, printers, fax, Airline shared use system, self-check-In Kiosks, time clock system, CCTV Security and access control systems. Computer hardware and related devices repairs is required for all systems. This individual will provide the IT Administrator and the Engineering & Maintenance Manager with the necessary recommendations and guidelines for the continued operation, expansion, design and security of the TCIAA systems and Equipment.

Building Services Design Ltd. is currently seeking a suitably qualified individual to fill the following position:-

SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER The successful applicant must be a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and competent in the design of HVAC systems: Duties shall include preparation of standard detail drawings including sections and isometrics of various mechanical services such as HVAC, plumbing, sanitary, sprinkler systems, swimming pools etc. using Auto CAD software. The applicant must be familiar with USA Codes and Regulations and should be a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) The applicant must have extensive experience in the installation of, including testing and commissioning of the mechanical services. Applicant should have a minimum of 5 (five) years experience and a proven design track record on projects for condominium complexes, hotels, commercial and industrial facilities and residential dwellings. It is essential that the applicant must have a degree in his/her field obtained from a recognized University and registered with his/her respective Engineering Council/ Commission. The successful applicant must have the technical experience for solving design solutions and can work unsupervised in the preparation and issuing of mechanical design drawings. All applications will be considered from suitably qualified candidates who should forward a copy of their resume including relevant experience to the email/ fax address below. Deadline for Application is 30th January 2017 Please fax your application to: 649-946-8506 – Building Services Design Ltd. Email: Or mail to: P.O Box 641 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands


• Degree in Electronic & Computer Technology or related field, not limited to Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle approved training organizations. • A Minimum of 7 yrs. working experience in the Information Technology Field. • Windows 2000, XP and Windows 7, 8 & 10. • MS Exchange, Active Directory and other mail protocols such as IMAP • Microsoft Server 2003, 2008 & 2012 • MS-Sql & Oracle.


• Troubleshoot and resolve hardware, connection, printer and software issues reported the department. • Update network applications as required • Maintain daily tape backup and off-site tape storage • Troubleshoot and resolve all problems encountered with hardware and software. Escalate requests to the appropriate party, as needed. Replace or repair defective parts and equipment • Conduct technology training for new users • Provide support to the Engineering & Maintenance team • Conduct briefings and demonstrations for users to enhance system productivity • Perform routine server monitoring and performance benchmarking • Monitor and remove virus, spyware, and other non-authorized software • Complete special projects as requested • Performs routine and preventive maintenance as needed and as per schedule for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing functioning of systems. • Prepares written materials (e.g. repair status, activity logs, reports, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and/or conveying information. • Requests equipment and supplies for the purpose of maintaining inventory and ensuring availability of items required to complete the necessary installation and/or repair. • Responds to emergency situations during or after working hours, not limited to holidays and day offs. • Ability to Travel throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands for the purpose of installing, repairing and maintaining computer and network systems at airports located on other islands.

Salary: $33,600.00-$36,000.00 per annum Interest persons must submit their applications before January 27, 2017 to: Human Resources Manager Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Providenciales International Airport Telephone# 649-941-8692, Fax# 9415996. Email:

Please copy application to: Labour Commissioner Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands 13272



Sports Interational

January 12-18, 2017


World Cup: FIFA to expand competition to 48 teams after vote THE World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, FIFA has decided. An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament. The sport’s world governing body voted unanimously in favour of the change at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday. The number of tournament matches will rise to 80, from 64, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games. The tournament will be completed within 32 days - a measure to appease powerful European clubs, who objected to reform because of a crowded international schedule. The changes mark the first World Cup expansion since 1998. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been behind the move, saying the World Cup has to be “more inclusive”. “We are in the 21st century and we have to shape the World Cup of the 21st century,” he said at a news conference after the announcement. “It is the future. Football is more than just Europe and South America, football is global. “The football fever you have in a country that qualifies for the World Cup is the biggest promotional tool for football you can have. “This football promotion, in many

parts of the world where today they have no chance to play [at the World Cup], was at the top of our thoughts.” According to FIFA research, revenue is predicted to increase to £5.29bn for a 48-team tournament, giving a potential profit rise of £521m. Campaign group New FIFA Now described the expansion as “a money grab and power grab”. But Infantino said: “It’s not at all a money and power grab, it is the opposite, it’s a football decision.” He added the decision was taken “based on sporting merit”. He says the decision on who will get the extra qualification slots has yet to be decided but “this will be looked at speedily”. “No guarantees have been made,” he added. “The only sure thing is that everyone will have a bit more [representation] than they have.” He says there is no rush to decide what will be used to separate teams who finish on the same points and goal difference. Reports had suggested there could be a penalty shootout at the end of each drawn match. But Infantino said: “This will be part of the regulations to be decided a few years before the event, it is nothing for now.” The Football Association said in a statement: “We will work with Uefa, Fifa and the other European

The FIFA World Cup changes will be made for the 2026 tournament.

associations to understand how the 48-team Fifa World Cup will work. “The priority has to be consideration of the potential impact on fans, players, teams and leagues, and also recognition of the importance of sporting integrity and commercial viability. “In terms of the allocation of places, we note that further discussions will follow across the confederations and would expect a proper consultation process to be carried out before any decision is made.” Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan welcomed the expansion, saying it was a “positive step, particularly for

the smaller nations”. UEFA, European football’s governing body, said: “It was clear that all other confederations were overwhelmingly in favour of expanding the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams. As a result, UEFA decided to join in supporting the new format of the competition. “UEFA is satisfied that it succeeded in postponing the final decision regarding the slot allocation of every confederation in the future format of the FIFA World Cup. “We would also like to state that we are happy that the new proposed length and format of the tournament does not increase the burden on

players. We will also ensure that clubs’ interests will continue to be protected.” The European Club Association (ECA), which represents the interests of clubs at European level, reiterated it was not in favour of an expansion. It said FIFA had made a political rather than sporting decision. “We fail to see the merits to changing the format of 32 that has proven to be the perfect formula from all perspectives,” it said in a statement. “Questionable is also the urgency in reaching such an important decision, with nine years to go until it becomes applicable, without the proper involvement of stakeholders who will be impacted by this change. “ECA will analyse in detail the impact and the consequences of the new format and will address the matter at the next meeting of its executive board, scheduled for the end of January.” New FIFA Now says the governing body needs to reform, said it would “dilute the competitiveness of the tournament”. “It will not help development of the game or provide improved competitive opportunities for lower-ranked nations,” it added. “Instead, it will make a mockery of the qualification process for most confederations.”

Sharapova to return from doping ban in April in Stuttgart MARIA Sharapova will make her professional comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on 26 April after her 15-month doping suspension. The 29-year-old former world number one was given a twoyear ban in March after testing positive for meldonium. Her suspension was then reduced in October following an appeal. The tournament in Germany starts two days before the Russian’s suspension runs out and she will not be allowed to attend until the day of her match. Sharapova, whose main sponsor is Porsche, will return to tennis without a ranking and needs a wild card to enter the tournament. “I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” she said. “I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing

Ashton Eaton and Brianne TheisenEaton met at the University of Oregon.

Olympic medallists Eaton and Theisen-Eaton announce retirements Maria Sharapova has not played a professional match since the Australian Open in January 2016.

what I love.” The five-time Grand Slam champion won the Stuttgart title for three years in a row from 2012 to 2014. She last played a professional tournament at the Australian Open 12 months ago, where she failed the doping test.

Sharapova was a long-time user of meldonium and says she was unaware it had been added to the banned list at the start of 2016. She has already taken part in two exhibition events since her ban was reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (BBC)

HUSBAND-AND-WIFE Olympic medallists Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton have retired, both at the age of 28. American decathlon world record holder Eaton, who successfully defended his Olympic title in Rio, said he wanted to “try something new”. “Frankly there isn’t much more I want to do in sport,” he said. Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton won bronze in Rio and was runner-up to Jessica Ennis-Hill at the 2015 World Championships. “I no longer have the passion

for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to because I know I can’t advance any further in the sport,” she said in a statement alongside her husband’s on their joint website. Eaton broke his own world record in Beijing in August 2015 when he accumulated 9,045 points to pick up his second World Championships gold. And then by winning in Rio, Eaton became the third man to retain the Olympic decathlon title, emulating Great Britain’s Daley Thompson and the USA’s Bob Mathias. (BBC)

January 12-18, 2017

Sports Interational



Ronaldo wins 4th FIFA best player award Lord Coe is a two-time Olympic gold medallist.

Lord Coe set for select committee recall after Dave Bedford evidence LORD Coe, the head of world athletics, will be recalled by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, after MPs heard evidence that “undermined” his comments to them in December 2015. Coe told the committee he was unaware of specific cases of corruption before they became public in December 2014. But former athlete Dave Bedford said he contacted Coe about Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova in August that year. Bedford added he spoke to Coe about a related matter on 21 November 2014. Allegations of state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes, and cover-ups involving officials at the sport’s world governing body the IAAF, were revealed in a documentary by German broadcaster ARD on 3 December 2014. That is when Coe, who was elected IAAF president in August 2015, says he became aware of specific allegations. Bedford, 67, said he was “very surprised and quite disappointed” to find Coe had not opened emails sent in August 2014, which provided details of alleged extortion from marathon runner Shobukhova, who was given a doping ban in 2014. Coe, in his evidence to the committee, said he forwarded Bedford’s emails to the IAAF’s then recently formed ethics board,

without reading them or opening the attachments. Damian Collins, chair of the select committee, said he wanted Coe to come back before the committee because Bedford’s evidence “raised clear and important questions” about Coe’s knowledge of the allegations, while Conservative MP Nigel Huddleston said the answers “undermined” the former Olympic champion’s version of events. In response, the IAAF said former London Marathon race director Bedford “offered nothing new” to the inquiry, and Coe has “no further information he can provide”. Collins then issued a further statement, saying Bedford’s evidence “casts some doubt” on when Coe learned of specific allegations. He added: “There are also questions about why Lord Coe didn’t do more to make himself aware of the issues that were contained in the allegations that Bedford sent him.” Bedford agreed with the committee it was “strange” Coe had not opened his email attachments, and said he had no doubt the double Olympic champion knew about the Shobukhova case when they met in November 2014. However, Bedford - a former 10,000m world record holder - also defended Coe, describing him “as someone within the IAAF who I could trust”.

PABA Night League returns after Christmas break THE winless Spartans will hope that 2017 brings them luck when they take on the Predators on Saturday in the Provo Amateur Basketball Association (PABA) Night League. The best basketball league in the TCI returns after a break for

the holidays. Action tips off on Friday at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex court with the Sonics facing the Hustlers and the Knights taking on the Flyers. In Saturday’s opener the Nazarene Kings will battle the Stallions before the Spartans’ clash.

CRISTIANO Ronaldo received FIFA’s best player award for the fourth time on Monday, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016. He beat runner-up and great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards. “2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said in Portuguese in his acceptance speech, which he began by exclaiming “Wow, wow, wow.” Ronaldo got 34.54 per cent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Messi received 26.42 per cent, and third-place Griezmann got 7.53 per cent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, selected media, and fans online. Ronaldo’s fourth FIFA award closed the gap on five-time winner Messi, the runner-up to each Ronaldo victory, who did not attend the ceremony. Ronaldo’s 2016 trophy haul included the European Championship, Champions League, and Club World Cup, plus individual best player awards from UEFA and France Football magazine. Messi’s Barcelona won the Spanish league and cup double, though he captained Argentina to lose the Copa America final. Griezmann’s France and Atletico

Ronaldo said that 2016 was the best year of his career.

Madrid lost both finals to Ronaldo’s teams. Canadian captain Julian de Guzman voted for Ronaldo followed by Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. Interim Canadian coach Michael Findlay chose Ronaldo ahead of Messi and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski. Ronaldo’s coaches for club and country were beaten by Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who earned the men’s coaching prize for a stunning English Premier League title. “What happened last year was something strange. The God of football said Leicester must win,”

said Ranieri, who was in his first season at the unfashionable provincial club widely tipped for relegation. Ranieri collected his trophy from Diego Maradona, who earlier Monday played in an exhibition match with other retired greats at FIFA headquarters. Like Ronaldo, Carli Lloyd of the United States won a FIFA player prize for the second year in a row. Lloyd won despite Germany midfielder Melanie Behringer playing on the Olympic gold medalwinning team. Five-time winner Marta was runner-up and Behringer was third.

Pachulia credits native Georgia for All-Star voting surge ZAZA Pachulia knew something was up when his iPhone kept dying Thursday afternoon. “I had to charge my phone three times,” Pachulia said after Warriors shootaround Friday. “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I went to social media, and it was blowing up.” For the second straight year, the longtime role player had made a surprisingly strong surge in voting for the NBA All-Star Game. Pachulia (439,675 votes) was in line for the Western Conference’s second starting frontcourt spot behind Golden State teammate Kevin Durant (541,209), per initial fan balloting returns released Thursday. Pachulia, who is averaging 5.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, was ahead of San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (341,240), New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (318,144), the Warriors’ Draymond Green (236,315) and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins (202,317). It was the product of a grassroots campaign from Pachulia’s native country of Georgia, where basketball is arguably the most popular sport. “Do you think it’s a hack?” Pachulia asked one reporter Friday.

Zaza Pachulia, who is averaging 5.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, was ahead of San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (341,240), New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (318,144), the Warriors’ Draymond Green (236,315) and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins (202,317).

“He won’t tell me how he keeps doing it,” Green said. “Whatever he’s doing, he won’t share the wealth.” Thanks largely to Georgians stuffing the online ballot box, Pachulia came within 15,000 votes of becoming an All-Star starter last year. The NBA changed its system this season so that, instead of having complete say of the starters, the fans account for only 50 percent of the

vote. Players and media split the other 50 percent. Under this new model, Pachulia would need a massive lead in the fan vote to withstand the inevitable dip when player and media ballots are recorded. But more than earning an invite to New Orleans in midFebruary, Georgia’s only active NBA player is focused on the support he has again received from his home country.


Sports National


January 12-18, 2017

Helcy-Ann Brianna Sauver looks solid this season.

Sauver wins heat with new 100M PB NATIONAL athlete HelcyAnn Brianna Sauver recorded another solid performance when she stormed to victory in her 100M heat at the JC Track Meet on Saturday last. In the process the 19-year-old recorded a new personal best. Her 12.02s, which placed her seventh overall eclipsed the 12.69s she recorded at the All Comers Meet in June of 2016.

The Jamaica based athlete opened her season with a win in the 150M (18.55s) last month. Sauver, who runs for Holmwood Technical High School, said the two performances have given her confidence. “It feels surreal honestly, I really thought my win last week was a hoax or it happened by chance, but I realise now it wasn’t.”

Bass 001 players receive their first place medals.

Bass 001 play unbeaten to title A FIRST half goal from Junior Lefrant was enough to secure the title for Bass 001 in the inaugural Caicos United Premier League.

With the win, the unbeaten, Bass 001 team received the championship trophy and $5000 in cash. Runners up Full Physic settled for

$2500 after the 1-0 loss. A total of seven teams battled in the competition, which started in early July and ended on December 31st.

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January 12-18, 2017

Sports National



Switzerland’s beach soccer coach impressed with TCI TCI’s performance in the Bahamas has impressed more than just our coaching staff, given that the head coach of the Swiss team, Angelo Schirinzi complimented the team after the first clash. TCI, ranked 94th globally, scored impressive goals against the high ranked Swiss team (ranked sixth in the world) in the 10-4 loss in a threeteam warm up competition for the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. The international competition is slated for the Bahamas from February 20th-26th.

In the game last week Mackenson Cadet scored a hat-trick while Jepthe Francois added the other goal. The Swiss team included Dejan Stankovic, who was ranked by Beach Soccer Worldwide as one of the top three players in the world in 2016 and Noel Ott who is known as the “The Messi of Beach Soccer” National Beach Soccer coach Chris Bryan said that our team’s performance prompted Schirinzi (one of the better beach soccer coaches in the world) to react. “The Head Coach of the Swiss

The TCI team was impressive despite the defeats against the higher ranked sides.

Team - Angelo Schirinzi - was very complementary towards the TCI team and recognised the talent that we have within the team. We just need more match experience.” TCI went on to score three times against the Bahamas, who are the fifth best team in CONCACAF and 57th in the world. Goals came from Cadet, Francois and Alex Bryan. What was even more impressive

about TCI’s performance was that it happened with just seven players. A beach soccer team normally has 12 players. EXTREMELY PRODUCTIVE Bryan said that the team’s performance was extremely productive given that the side’s average age is 19, with most of the players having no competitive match experience apart from the TCI National League. “Our players proved that they can compete at this level, but they just lack game experience.” The former TCIFA president said that the lack of experience showed in the games, with the team having good starts in both clashes. Beach Soccer matches are made

up of three periods and in the second period against the Swiss the teams were tied 3-3, before the higher ranked team pulled away. Against the Bahamas each period had a score line 2-1 with Turks and Caicos scoring the first goal in each of the periods. “A lack of game experience and the fact that we only travelled with seven players against a full Bahamian squad of 12 players meant also general tiredness and loss of concentration towards the end of each period,” Bryan stated. “Overall it was invaluable preparation for the upcoming tournament and will now allow us to concentrate in training on the areas that we have identified from the games that we need to improve on.”

The AFC Academy will hunt the double again this season.

Gilley’s Enterprises PPL kicks off this Saturday evening THE Gilley’s Enterprises Provo Premier League will kick off this Saturday with the SWA Sharks challenging Beaches from 18:00h, followed by defending champions the AFC Academy taking on rivals Cheshire Hall from 20:00h at the Academy ground. Seven teams have signed on for this season’s league and Turks Head Cup. The teams will battle in 21 regular season games, followed by the playoffs for the top four teams and the plate playoffs for the

bottom three sides. According to PPL president Steve Kendrew there will be regular season winners, champion playoffs winners and plate play-offs winners. “I expect more interest from the lower teams with the introduction of the two part season. However to beat the excitement and narrow margin of victory of last season will be tough.” NEW TEAM Small World United will make their debut in the league next Tuesday

when they take on Full Physic from 19:00h. Kendrew said that the teams appear to be fairly strong again this season. He pointed out that Teachers have included a few new players, while all of the sides have recruited some of the U17 players. “…there will be some more young TCI talent on show this season.” The Turks Head Cup will also be seeded based on the league positions at the end of the regular season. A total of 47 games will be played.

Executive member of FIFA and TCIFA’s president Sonia Bien-Aime meets football legend Maradona at the FIFA headquarters in Switzerland



January 12-18, 2017

TCWN January 12 18, 2017  

The National Newspaper of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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